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US Post fails: Lottery loss
Reported at https://www.9news.com.au

A woman in Florida has been forced to forfeit her winning lotto ticket after the US Postal Service lost it in transit to her local lottery office.

Sue Burgess had been declared a winner in Florida's "Second Chance Lottery Game", with her ticket earning her US$1000.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, Ms Burgess' local lottery offices were closed and could not cash out her ticket.
Following state lottery instructions, Ms Burgess mailed her ticket into the registered lottery office using certified mail.

Under lottery rules, a winning ticket must be delivered to a registered office in a one-week time frame to claim the prize.

Despite sending her ticket via certified mail, it never made it to the office – meaning she was forced to forfeit her prize.

The US Postal Service has apologised for the mistake.

The Florida Lottery told local media "because the Lottery did not receive Ms Burgess' ticket within the seven-day claim period, an alternate winner was selected and paid.”

"However, if Ms Burgess' package arrives at Florida Lottery Headquarters with a date stamp prior to the original expiration date, our Claims Processing department will process and pay her claim."
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US Post fails: Remains to be seen? Apparently not
Reported at https://7news.com.au

A man's cremated remains have gone missing after his widow sent them through US Postal Service.

Mark and Mary Colby were married for 44 years, until Mark died of cancer on August 31 this year.

After her husband was cremated, Mary Colby sent an urn through the mail to a longtime friend in New York.
Ms Colby spent AUD70 to ensure the remains headed for New York arrived by midday the following day.
But they went AWOL, eventually arriving four days later.

When Ms Colby got in touch with the USPS, it was unable to explain why the urn took so long.

Ms Colby noted that when she was arranging to send her husband’s remains through the post, she watched a USPS video claiming it was the only choice to “trust” when shipping cremated remains.

She said staff “seemed brusque and abrupt” when she tried to find out what was going on.

“It wasn’t an envelope or a box with toys. It was my husband’s remains.”
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Canada Post fail: Off with his head
Reported at https://globalnews.ca

Canada Post is apologizing after a sheet of stamps was printed showing the severed head of a John A. Macdonald statue that was recently toppled in Montreal.

The sheet of stamps was printed through the postal service’s Picture Postage program, which allows people to order stamps with personalized photos for a fee.

The man who ordered the stamps said he made the order as a protest against colonialism.

James Bone originally tweeted out a picture of the stamp sheet, asking people to retweet in solidarity. He promised to send individual stamps to people for free “if you or your ancestors were f***ed over by Macdonald.”

After getting several requests for the stamps, Bone tried to place an order for more sheets— only to receive an email from Canada Post denying the request, saying the picture was “not appropriate for use” through the program.

“We apologize and will take measures to ensure our vetting and approval processes are strengthened and closely followed,” a spokesperson said.

The image shows the head of a bronze statue of Macdonald that separated from its body after it was toppled by protesters in Montreal on Aug. 29.

The protesters were part of a Black Lives Matter movement, which has opened a larger debate about systemic racism in Canada.

Macdonald, while regularly memorialized as Canada’s first prime minister, was also responsible for the widespread mistreatment, displacement and forced assimilation of Indigenous peoples during Canada’s founding.

Macdonald’s defenders, meanwhile, point to his achievements securing Canada’s unity, including overseeing the completion of the Pacific Railway that connected the country from coast to coast.

The City of Montreal removed the statue the day after the protest as officials worked to determine the best course of action moving forward.
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India Post win: Postal heroes of the pandemic
Reported at https://www.hindustantimes.com

In sun and rain, the postal workers face the weather and numerous other hurdles to deliver letters all year round.

Amid the pandemic when life suddenly became locked down, the postal service staff have donned various hats, helping everyone deal with the disease. Right from the distribution of testing kits to delivery of medicines and money, postal employees in India have been providing, emerging as corona warriors who continued to work in the face of adverse conditions.

On World Post Day (October 9) here is a glimpse of the action from behind the post counters:

“We restarted our operations in April, with staggered shifts, so that the transport of letters, urgent medicines was not hampered,” says Ashok Kumar, at Chanakyapuri Post Office.

Kumar, who has been a postal employee for almost four decades, adds, “We made arrangements for safety equipment for all our employees, including gloves, masks, sanitisers. People worked in shifts; if extra work was needed to dispatch packages, we put in more time.”

The postal staff has also been delivering cash to people, in need, who have been unable to access banks due to the pandemic. To deliver money to people at their doorsteps, some like Delhi-based postman Narendra Kumar RC have been working without leave.

Thousands of postal workers around the country, like Kumar, have been instrumental in keeping the postal services running during these difficult times.

Vijay Kumar, who works at RK Puram main post office, describes how delivery of medicines has taken priority. “During Covid-19, we have started making instant dispatches of medicines pan India,” he says. When asked if he became concerned about his personal safety at any point, Kumar says, “Of course, there was a fear. But, we took all precautions, worked over time, sometimes even with just 50% personnel capacity, so that the work doesn’t suffer.”
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Covid hits Kenya Post
Reported at https://www.capitalfm.co.ke

The Postal Corporation of Kenya is set to undergo a restructuring process, a move the government has said will help the troubled state-owned company bounce back to profitability.

The National Treasury is looking how to ensure affected employees will be compensated as required.

“ We cannot just start sending people home, we must have a plan for them and so we have been working very carefully to do this in a humane way,” a spokesman said.

This comes a week after the National Treasury approved a Sh810 million bailout for the company to pay employee salaries dating back to March.

The government claims it was unaware of some of the struggles the corporation was facing thus the late intervention in taking care of employees’ wages.

“Postal Corporation is an independent self-funding institution even though owned by the government so when COVID-19 struck they did not inform us in time that all their revenues were affected when flights were halted”.

The Postmaster General said “we lost Sh1.2billion in 2019/2020 because of the last two quarters when planes were grounded - about 70 % of our business came to a halt because we use passenger planes to move our cargo.”
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Indigenous concerns addressed
Reported at https://www.abc.net.au

The next time you send a letter or parcel in Australia, take note of the First Nation country you are sending it to.
That is the dream of Gomeroi woman Rachael McPhail who is encouraging people to include the traditional place name as part of the address on their postage.

"I would love for Australia Post and the Australian Government to make the traditional place names an official part of the address information," she said.

“I'd also love to see Aussie businesses, universities, banks, MyGov, PayPal, Star Track, Uber etc asking people for the traditional place name as part of the address information when people are filling in the forms or going through the online checkout."

Ms McPhail found out about her Gomeroi heritage when she was 30 and is named after her great-great-grandmother, who left Country for fear of losing her lighter-skinned child.

"She didn't tell anyone she was Aboriginal because she was protecting her family, so I celebrate my Aboriginal heritage for her because she wasn't able to," she said.

Response to the idea on social media has been positive, the only criticism being that it could make delivery of the mail more complicated — a criticism advocates reject.

Australia Post supports the idea and are talking to Rachael about how the idea can be promoted.

"Customers are welcome to include the First Nation name in the address. We recommend its included below the recipient's name but above the street address," an Australia Post spokesperson said.

Rachael McPhail has tested her idea with success. "I've been doing this for months now and all of my parcels have made it to me fine," she said. "Australia Post haven't lost one single package."
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Every collector’s nightmare
Reported at https://www.cbsnews.com

A brazen Hong Kong burglar made off with a collection of stamps and calligraphy worth a reported $US516 million in a daylight heist.

The thief struck an apartment belonging to Chinese collector Fu Chunxiao in the city's bustling Kowloon district and took just two hours to steal the staggering haul.

"I was dealt a huge blow and I feel so sad. The lost items are invaluable indeed, but I cannot tell in detail what they are right now, as my mind is racing,” said Fu.

Police sources reported that the stolen goods were worth HK$4 billion ($US516 million) and included calligraphy by the Chinese Communist Party's founder and first Chairman, Mao Zedong, along with five extremely valuable antique stamps and revolutionary items from mainland China.

One of the items taken was one of the few remaining examples of a 1968 stamp entitled "The whole country is red."

Fu, a member of the Hong Kong Philatelic Society and prominent figure in the world of Chinese "revolutionary collectibles", was in mainland China at the time of the burglary on September 10.

The thief walked into the 16-storey residential building, prized open an iron gate and burst through a wooden door to get inside the apartment, before making off via the same route with the goods.

The valuable goods were taken from a locked drawer in the apartment.
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Crypto stamps in Croatia
Reported at https://www.croatiaweek.com

Croatian Post has issued the first Croatian crypto stamp, designed in cooperation with the Croatian blockchain community, and the digital token Postereum was developed by Croatian company Bitx.

The crypto stamp package contains all the information needed to activate or transfer the digital crypto stamp. After the purchase of the crypto stamp, the part used for paying the postage may be detached, while the digital part remains to be used in the blockchain.

The Croatian crypto stamp is envisioned as the perfect combination of the analogue and the digital.

Because each physical stamp comes with a digital token on the blockchain, the crypto stamp has the potential to live forever, which adds another dimension to philately – protection from ageing. Such tokens have collectible value, just like classic stamps, transposing philately into the digital world.

The crypto stamp project is important for the development of this relatively new industry in Croatia, and also for putting Croatia on the blockchain world map, as well as on the world philately map since the crypto stamp also marks an anniversary: 180 years since the world’s first postage stamp, the “Penny Black”, was issued.
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The heat is on in Finland
Reported at https://www.dezeen.com

Finnish Post has commissioned special heat reactive stamps as an innovative way of communicating the negative effects that rising temperatures will have on Finland.

These stamps by Finnish studio Berry Creative feature three base designs: a snow cloud, a depiction of limited immigration, and a bird. These images are printed as black silhouettes against coloured gradient backgrounds.
Printed in colour-transforming ink that reacts to heat, these symbols change from black to clear when warmed up by being rubbed with a finger, revealing additional designs underneath.

The snow cloud transforms into a thunderstorm to represent the loss of winter snowfall, while the depiction of immigration turns to mass migration as climate refugees are forced to leave their homes and relocate.

The bird is also made to turn into a skeleton, as a representation of the extinction of many of Finland's native species.

As the studio explained, the stamps each have jagged edges and eye-catching colour gradients to create a sense of urgency.

Aiming to reach as many people as possible, the message will be sent on letters and parcels across the country to encourage the Finns to take actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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Grub’s up in Greece
Reported at https://greekcitytimes.com

Every year, Mediterranean countries in the EuroMed Postal Community organise a stamp issue based on a common theme. This year’s joint stamp issue is themed “Traditional Gastronomy in the Mediterranean”.

Representing Greece in this year’s competition: oven-baked lamb and potatoes, moussaka, octopus and spanakopita (wild greens pie).

“Cooked food hails from ancient Greece, with recipes both simple and complex. World-renowned moussaka, an emblematic dish of this country, is not found anywhere else in the world as we make it. It is a dish that unites the West with the East,” the Greek Postal Serivce said in a press release.
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Breaking the ice in Australia
Reported at https://www.antarctica.gov.au

The forthcoming arrival of Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker, RSV Nuyina, in its home port of Hobart in 2021, is being marked with a stamp issue by Australia Post.

The four stamps and minisheet highlight the ship’s state-of-the-art design, its role as an icebreaker and scientific research platform, and the indigenous origin of its name and its historical connection to other Australian Antarctic ships.

The word “nuyina” means “southern lights” in palawa kani, the language of indigenous Tasmanians. The name also links the icebreaker to Antarctica, where the geomagnetic phenomenon (or ‘aurora australis’) can be observed in polar skies, as well as to both its immediate predecessor, the icebreaker RSV Aurora Australis, and to Douglas Mawson’s earlier Antarctic vessel, SY Aurora.

The new icebreaker’s state-of-the-art design and construction will ensure superior endurance and capability for extended research seasons, while also providing an enhanced cargo carrying capacity for the potential resupply of two Australian Antarctic stations in one voyage. The ship’s two 55 tonne cranes on the bow are a key part of this capability and feature prominently on the stamps.

Nuyina’s scientific trawl deck, which also features on the stamps, will be a key part of its success as a platform for marine science and sea ice studies.
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Donald’s duck stamp revamp
Reported at https://news.artnet.com

As the US elections approach, even the annual the contest to design next year’s Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, better known as the Duck Stamp, is polarising.

In a controversial new rule, each design is now required to incorporate the theme of “celebrating our waterfowl hunting heritage,” and that isn’t sitting well with a lot of conservationists.

The organization Friends of Animals filed a lawsuit in Connecticut district court last month against the US Fish and Wildlife Services, citing the rule as “anti-wildlife” and “anti-conservation.”

This year’s 138 entries included duck decoys, retrieving dogs, duck blinds, and hunters lying in wait. Many depicted spent shotgun shells or lost duck calls floating amid an otherwise bucolic scene.

“That looks to me like litter,” Missouri artist Rebekah Knight, who painted a decoy in the background of her submission to the contest, told Audubon Magazine.

The first Duck Stamp was issued in 1934, after President Franklin Delano Roosevelt passed the Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act. Under its regulations, all waterfowl hunters 16 and older are required to purchase a Duck Stamp to affix to their hunting license each year, with 98 percent of the proceeds of stamp sales going toward the federal purchase and management of wetlands.

The act was a huge success, saving species like the over-hunted Wood Duck and other wild game birds from the verge of extinction, and combating habitat loss. The price of the duck stamp has risen from $1 to $25 since its introduction, with sales to date raising more than $1.1 billion to support the preservation of over six million acres of waterfowl habitat.

The stamps, which cannot be used as postage, grant free entry to any of the more than 300 national wildlife refuges, and are also purchased by those looking to support habitat conservation.

Highlighting hunting in the Duck Stamp is part of an executive order aiming to “support and expand hunting and fishing and increase outdoor recreation opportunities for all Americans.”

But with the number of hunters shrinking to just four percent of adult Americans, there are concerns that the new focus on hunting will alienate other audiences and hurt the cause.

After the rule change was proposed in February, the public was invited to submit feedback. “The limits placed on the creativity of artists by this rule will contribute to the already steady decline in the number of contest entries,” argued one response, as reported by Linn’s Stamp News.

“Requiring a hunting theme will discourage non-hunters from purchasing the stamps,” read another. “As a hunter and life-long bird lover, I know that many people are uncomfortable with the idea of killing birds, and would not appreciate stamps that depict this activity.”

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As always - entire thread most interesting. Thanks.

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A good read, as always. :)

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"Indigenous concerns addressed
Reported at https://www.abc.net.au

The next time you send a letter or parcel in Australia, take note of the First Nation country you are sending it to.
That is the dream of Gomeroi woman Rachael McPhail who is encouraging people to include the traditional place name as part of the address on their postage.

"I would love for Australia Post and the Australian Government to make the traditional place names an official part of the address information," she said."



Great idea.

And many, (most) don't realise that we actually have Parish and County names either. Goulburn is Parish of Towrang, County of Argyle.

Looks like Goulburn was part of the Mulwaree peoples land and the City sits on an area that they apparently called Burbong.
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An excellent series of news articles Margo. I love the breadth of the world coverage of philatelic news and information. It is wonderful to have it all on one thread. Please keep up the good work as there are many viewers who want to know more..
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Many thanks for your kind comments, gents. 8-)

I like the indigenous address idea too though it can be fairly complicated. My daughter is an archaeologist specialisting in indigenous work - 'boundaries' can be quite contentious.
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You know it is the best part of the month reading your Stamps in the News Margo, thank you.

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Thanks for another interesting set of articles.

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USPS makes a special box to ship cremated remains in ????????!!

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Just came across this thread. Most interesting! Many thanks.

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Some tasty stamps in the news this month, thanks Margo.

Sending ashes by post is something I have thought about but something I hope not to do in the next couple of years or so! A few years ago, came across a company turning ashes into glass - and provides new meaning to family heirlooms. There's also companies to turn ashes into diamonds.
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MargoZ wrote:Canada Post fail: Off with his head
Reported at https://globalnews.ca

Canada Post is apologizing after a sheet of stamps was printed showing the severed head of a John A. Macdonald statue that was recently toppled in Montreal.

The sheet of stamps was printed through the postal service’s Picture Postage program, which allows people to order stamps with personalized photos for a fee.

The man who ordered the stamps said he made the order as a protest against colonialism.

James Bone originally tweeted out a picture of the stamp sheet, asking people to retweet in solidarity. He promised to send individual stamps to people for free “if you or your ancestors were f***ed over by Macdonald.”

After getting several requests for the stamps, Bone tried to place an order for more sheets— only to receive an email from Canada Post denying the request, saying the picture was “not appropriate for use” through the program.

“We apologize and will take measures to ensure our vetting and approval processes are strengthened and closely followed,” a spokesperson said.

The image shows the head of a bronze statue of Macdonald that separated from its body after it was toppled by protesters in Montreal on Aug. 29.

The protesters were part of a Black Lives Matter movement, which has opened a larger debate about systemic racism in Canada.

Macdonald, while regularly memorialized as Canada’s first prime minister, was also responsible for the widespread mistreatment, displacement and forced assimilation of Indigenous peoples during Canada’s founding.

Macdonald’s defenders, meanwhile, point to his achievements securing Canada’s unity, including overseeing the completion of the Pacific Railway that connected the country from coast to coast.

The City of Montreal removed the statue the day after the protest as officials worked to determine the best course of action moving forward.
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The person that ordered the personalized stamps was a federal employee that wanted to protest against colonialism. Which is perfectly fine.
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Thanks Margo. Very interesting articles in one thread. I really enjoyed it.

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Great series of articles as always and the American incompetence has shown up well again.

As for cremains, I am glad I will be buried when I die.

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