Burleigh gets set to demolish fire-damaged hotel

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California winner of $447M Powerball can claim prize Monday

first_img Published: June 12, 2017 4:58 AM EDT Author: AP Recommended Sanibel man scores a $2 million POWERBALL prize Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Powerball jackpot leaps to estimated $625 million and counting California winner of $447M Powerball can claim prize Monday LOS ANGELES (AP) The holder of the sole winning Powerball ticket worth $447.8 million can claim the prize as early as Monday morning, lottery officials said.The ticket matching all six numbers was sold in Southern California, and whoever owns it will claim the 10th largest lottery prize in U.S. history, the California Lottery said in a statement. Lottery officials said the earliest the ticket could be redeemed is 8 a.m., and the winner has one year to claim the prize.The winning ticket was sold at Marietta Liquor & Deli in the small city of Menifee, the California Lottery said in a statement. The store just off a highway caters to retirees who live in the part of Menifee known as Sun City, which was developed as a retirement community in the 1960s. It also is a common stop for motorists passing through the area about 80 miles (130 kilometers) from Los Angeles.Liquor store owner Matthew Alberre said he does not know which of his customers won the jackpot or what his family will do with the $1 million bonus set aside for the retailer that sells the winning ticket.“We’re so blessed for this to happen,” said Alberre, who owns the store with his father.The year began terribly for the family because Alberre’s father was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis.“Starting out the year, it seemed like it was going to be the worst year in the world, and six months later, our store hit the Powerball. We’re very, very grateful for this to happen to our store,” Alberre said.Sun City residents were wondering if they might know the winner.At a breakfast at the local Knights of Columbus organization, Armand Blais said people there hoped the ticketholder lived in their community and would assist their efforts to build a new church.“We’re hoping they’re a parishioner and they’ll bring us a check tomorrow,” said Blais, president of the Sun City Civic Association’s board.Sun City has about 4,700 homes developed for residents age 55 and older. Today, they are part of Menifee, population 89,000, but those living in Sun City still proudly call the community by its original name, Blais said.The homes are clustered around a golf course, and residents join in activities ranging from tai chi and swimming to woodworking and shuffleboard, according to the association’s website.Menifee Mayor Neil Winter said he hoped a local resident bought the winning ticket at the heavily visited store that has sold winners before but never for so much.“There’s a lot of good folks over there, so hopefully one of our Menifee folks won,” he said.The lucky numbers drawn Saturday night were 20-26-32-38-58, and the Powerball number was 3.Powerball spokesman Randy Miller said the estimated jackpot prize is based on a winner choosing an annuity, which pays off over 29 years. The cash prize would be $279.1 million. Both prize amounts would be before taxes are deducted.Before the drawing Saturday night, the jackpot was estimated at $435 million. It had grown because no one had matched all the numbers since April 1.The odds of winning Saturday’s drawing were one in 292.2 million.Powerball is played in 44 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. SHARElast_img read more

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Don’t leave trainees hanging on, law firms told

first_imgLaw firms should tell trainee solicitors whether or not they intend to hire them at least two months before their expected qualification date, the Law Society has said, responding to concerns that some employers were waiting until the last moment before telling trainees of their fate.The guidance was published after the Law Society’s Junior Lawyers Division (JLD), which represents around 70,000 trainees and junior solicitors, asked the Society to raise the issue with employers.’The JLD is aware that some employers are failing to let their trainees know whether they will be offered a newly qualified position until the last moment, resulting in a number of newly qualified solicitors finding themselves unemployed, without a sufficient notice period to enable them to secure a position elsewhere,’  the JLD said. ’Furthermore, some employers are even unwilling to let their trainees know when they will be in a position to make a decision when asked.’According to the guidance, published today, law firms should ‘as a matter of good practice’:Inform a trainee no later than 12 weeks prior to the expected admission date of a time at which they can expect to be told of their employer’s decision.Inform a trainee no later than eight weeks prior to their expected admission date what that decision is.The guidance adds that, if an employer is unable to provide the information, it should say so, providing reasonable information as to why it is not possible. Adele Edwin-Lamerton, JLDAdele Edwin-Lamerton, JLD chair, said the guidance would give trainees the opportunity to plan for the future. As it stands trainees could be a situation where they are unsure of their position and may look for other opportunities, only to be told they would not be taken on by their employer for a perceived lack of loyalty, she said.She added that firms would also be able to use the guidance to manage their upcoming trainee intakes for March. Last year, then JLD chair Bryan Scant said some firms were leaving trainees ‘in limbo’ by failing to tell them until the last minute whether or not they would be retained.last_img read more

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