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Country doctor accused of taking intimate hospital pics

Camera IconNicholas Chu is accused of taking intimate pictures of patients, and of children for abuse material. (Bianca De Marchi/AAP PHOTOS) Credit: AAP Country doctor accused of taking intimate hospital pics Stephanie GardinerAAPMarch 21, 2024 10:53AM Topics Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail UsCopy the Link

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Trump’s $20M February fundraising haul lags behind Biden’s

Former President Donald Trump brought in just over $20 million in campaign contributions last month, far less than President Biden over the same period of time. The 77-year-old presumptive GOP nominee’s campaign and joint fundraising committee raked in $20.33 million in February and the candidate has $42 million in cash-on-hand, according to multiple reports Wednesday. The February sum represents a dramatic increase from the Trump campaign’s two previous campaign contribution totals. In January, Trump reported $13.875 million in donations, but the campaign spent more money than it took in. In December, the former president brought in about $10.5 million in contributions. The Republican presidential primary contests ate up a significant amount of Trump’s donor cash. Additionally, Trump has been forced to tap into his campaign contributions to help cover his mounting legal bills stemming from four criminal indictments. Meanwhile, Biden’s political apparatus hauled in $53 million in February – more than double Trump’s sum – and it received about $11 million more in donations from the previous month, according to his campaign. The 81-year-president’s campaign also boasted having a $155 million cash war chest. Biden and Trump both clinched their respective party nominations for president earlier this month. Trump has a polling edge over the incumbent both nationally and in most battleground states, according to a RealClearPolitics average of polls. “Americans know that they were better off with President Trump four years ago than with Crooked Joe Biden and his disastrous policies,” Trump campaign adviser Steven Cheung told Fox News, in reference to Trump’s fundraising haul. “We need a return to America First policies that successfully kept our country safe and supercharged the economy for all Americans,” he added. The Republican National Committee, which is coming off its worst fundraising year in three decades, reported Wednesday that it held about $11.3 million in cash on hand at the end of last month – money Trump can tap to in his general election rematch with Biden. The RNC has recently overhauled its leadership, with Trump-backed candidates Michael Whatley and Lara Trump, the former president’s daughter-in-law, taking over as chair and co-chair, respectively.

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Badaun Doble Murder Case: UP Police Announces Reward On Missing Accused

Badaun Doble Murder Case: District Magistrate Manoj Kumar Singh has ordered the mandatory magisterial inquiry into the encounter of accused Sajid. Badaun: In a step to find the missing accused in the Badaun double murder case, the Uttar Pradesh Police have announced a reward of Rs 25,000 for Javed, the second accused in the case, who is currently absconding in the matter. Notably, Javed is the brother of the main accused, Sajid, who was killed in a police encounter shortly after he killed two minor boys on Tuesday. Badaun Doble Murder Case: What Happened?Javed was allegedly waiting on his motorcycle when his brother went into the house of the victims to ask for money for his wife’s treatment. When Sajid came out after killing the boys, Javed sped away with him on his motorcycle. Meanwhile, in another development, it has been found that Sajid’s wife, whom he claimed was in the hospital for her delivery, is not even pregnant. She has been staying at her maternal house in the Binawar area for the past 15 days, said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Alok Priyadarshi. Badaun District Magistrate Manoj Kumar Singh, meanwhile, has ordered the mandatory magisterial inquiry into the encounter of accused Sajid and ordered to send the inquiry report within 15 days. Nazarin, the mother of the accused, said that her sons faced the consequences of their actions. “I don’t know what was going on in their minds. They do not have any rivalry with anyone. I feel very sad for the children to whom this has been done,” she told reporters. Union Minister Giriraj Singh Reacts On Badaun Double MurderAfter one of the accused in Badaun’s double murder case was gunned down by the Uttar Pradesh police hours after committing the crime, Union Minister Giriraj Singh said on Wednesday that lawbreakers are not spared in UP. Singh defended Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s rule in UP, saying, “The Samajwadi Party (SP) is saying such things due to its declining public support base… Be it Hindu or Muslim, whoever has tried to take the law into their own hands in Uttar Pradesh has not been spared by CM Yogi Adityanath.” “The accused in Badaun has been brutally punished. He committed the heinous murder and also attacked the police; hence, he died in an encounter,” Singh said while speaking to reporters.Earlier, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav launched a scathing attack on the ruling BJP government, accusing it of failing to maintain law and order in the state. “Two brothers have lost their lives. They could have been saved if the police had acted from the beginning. The government’s failure cannot be hidden through an encounter,” said Akhilesh Yadav while addressing a press conference earlier in the day. Two young brothers, aged 11 and 6, were allegedly hacked to death in Badaun’s Baba Colony on Tuesday. Following this, one of the two accused involved in the incident was killed in an encounter with the police on Tuesday evening. According to officials, one of the accused, identified as Sajid, fled the scene after the attack and was later spotted in a nearby forest. The police team chased him after receiving information about his location. He opened fire at our team upon being confronted by our Special Operations Group (SOG) and police station personnel. He sustained a bullet injury in retaliatory firing and succumbed to his wounds, officials said. (With inputs from agencies) Source link

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At the Met Opera, the Show Goes On After a Technical Mishap

Gelb said in an interview that the machinery jammed around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, while the Met was changing sets for “Turandot” after a rehearsal for Puccini’s “La Rondine,” which opens next week. Crew members tried using saws to cut through steel bars to free the lift, but their efforts were unsuccessful. By about 6:30 p.m., one hour before the show was to begin, Gelb had to make a decision: cancel the show, or move forward with a pared-down version. He said he was reluctant to turn audiences away. “Everybody rallied together,” he said. The Met used a piece of scenery from the second act of “Turandot” — a wall in the imperial palace — as a backdrop, to provide some color. The action was confined to roughly the first 20 feet of the stage. Gelb tried to encourage the singers by telling them that their music would be more powerful, telling the tenor SeokJong Baek that when he sang the famous aria “Nessun dorma,” “you’ll be that much closer the audience.” Technical mishaps have rarely stopped productions at the Met. In 1966, when the Lincoln Center house was opened, a turntable malfunctioned at a dress rehearsal for Barber’s “Antony and Cleopatra.” The soprano Leontyne Price narrowly escaped being trapped inside the pyramid on top of it. And in 2011, a performance of Wagner’s “Die Walküre” was delayed for 45 minutes because of a technical problem with the 45-ton set.

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Demolition costs soar

(WSVN) – When the county said his building was unsafe, he decided to tear it down. But trying to get it demolished has cost him tens of thousands and nothing has been done. So he turned to Help Me Howard with Patrick Fraser for some help. When Edison looks at an old newspaper, he sees stories about a young Edison. Edison Wheeler: “And, I used to go out there and race, and, the attendance was always better when I would come out.” Edison was one of the first Black drag racers in a car he built and named Super Soul. Edison Wheeler: “When I had the race car going, I had Super Soul jumpsuits.” He also owned about half a block in Broward County with his mechanic shop and an apartment complex he built in the 1970s. That was then. Edison Wheeler: “Two and three apartments together. This is now. Edison Wheeler: “I guess I didn’t get the right permits and everything when I was getting it built.” Broward County declared his building unsafe. Rather than try to fix it up, Edison decided to hire someone to demolish it all. Edison Wheeler: “The man’s name is Gambino and he was going to tear it down for me.” Stefano Marco Gambino runs G&G Moving and Storage. Edison says he was told Gambino would demolish the building but he was either misled or misunderstood because Gambino doesn’t have a license for that and listed himself as a consultant on the contract. Edison Wheeler: “I trusted him because he wasn’t trying to hide a duck and dodge me. Edison agreed to pay Gambino $31,950 and gave him an $11,182 deposit. Edison Wheeler: “He claimed that the county would not give him permits, to get it torn down.” At the same time, Broward County started fining Edison for the unsafe property. Edison Wheeler: “So far, they’ve charged me, $30,800. Edison says Gambino told him he needed more money for asbestos removal, surveys, and other things. Edison kept writing checks to him. Edison Wheeler: “$28,400…I have the checks.” Gambino took out some windows, knocked down a few doors, but no demolition as the money keeps pouring out of Edison’s bank account. Edison Wheeler: “I want the building torn down.” Well, Howard. Legally, where does Edison stand? Howard Finkelstein, 7News legal expert: “Edison could have hired the demolition company himself or done what many people do; hire a consultant to do all the difficult permitting work. That drives up the cost. Also, there are many rules and regulations governing the demolition that can cause delays and also add to the cost. So in this contract, everything appears to be legal, just frustrating for Edison.” As we did our research, we discovered that the consultant, Marco Gambino, got $17,000 more than the money agreed to in the contract. He said he used the money to pay for unexpected hurdles. That everything has been conducted in a professional manner. We then spoke to the owner of Riteway Demolition, who told us he was waiting on a final permit. We contacted the county they issued it. The work Edison wanted began . Demolison worker: “Yes, I’m very happy. My guys did a great job.” Tony got the $32,000 agreed to in the contract for his demolition work, counting the $17,000 Gambino got, Edison paid $49,000, and then he came to see what his money got him. Edison Wheeler: “Done a lot of work here.” After the demolition, Riteway even did cleanup for free that wasn’t in the contract. Edison Wheeler: “And thanks to Channel 7 and Help Me Howard. You guys are great.” Edison says he probably will sell the property now but won’t use the money for himself. Edison Wheeler: “The main thing I wanna do now, I have five very beautiful grandchildren, great grands, and, their education is my, desire at this point. And then I’ll die like everybody else and go to heaven.” You got a point, Edison. Now, he had to pay more than he expected but he says that doesn’t bother him because the work was done well. As for the $30,000 in fines from Broward County, he hopes to get that lowered because he did what the county wanted. We will let you know what happens. Got a problem you want to demolish? Need a free consultant? Let us bulldoze our way in to construct a solution. With this Help Me Howard, I’m Patrick Fraser, 7News. CONTACT HELP ME HOWARD:Email: helpmehoward@wsvn.comReporter: Patrick Fraser at pfraser@wsvn.comMiami-Dade: 305-953-WSVNBroward: 954-761-WSVN Copyright 2024 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Army wrote prison CG repeatedly before Kuje jailbreak – Major

The Nigerian Army said, on Wednesday, that it repeatedly wrote to the Comptroller General of the Correctional Service warning of dangers before the July 5, 2022, jailbreak at the Kuje Custodian Centre in Abuja, where over 900 inmates escaped. The army said the jailbreak could be linked to the lack of Close Circuit Television Cameras coupled with the low perimeter fence at the facility. The Army made the assertion during the investigation instituted by the House of Representatives’ Joint Committees on Reformatory Institutions, Justice, Police Affairs, Interior, and Human Rights to ascertain the whereabouts of inmates who escaped from the Abuja Correctional Centre. The PUNCH had reported that about 900 inmates escaped from the centre following an attack launched by men suspected to be members of the Boko Haram sect. Speaking at the event in Abuja, the Assistant Director, Commercial Law, Army Directorate of Legal Services, Maj. Peter Ogbuinya, said after the prison break, the army “observed that the place where Kuje prison is located is more of a built-up area. “We observed issues of low fencing and a lack of CCTV cameras within the area, but these were unable to be put in place before the incident.” Ogbuinya, who represented the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja, added that the Nigerian Army was only playing a complementary role to the correctional centres by way of assistance. According to him, the army is not the only security agency deployed to Kuje prison. He said, “The day it took place, we had a rotation of troops, and it was that day the incident took place. I wouldn’t want to comment on the possibility of having an insider. “Prior to that incident, the Nigerian Army wrote a series of letters to the Comptroller General of the Correctional Service concerning our observations and things that would enhance security. “We are still working to know if there are any soldiers who failed to do what they were meant to do within the military hierarchy.” The representative of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mrs Ayoola Daniel, said the ministry was in support of the committee to decongest the prison. She said the correctional service had been removed from the Exclusive to the Concurrent List, adding that states were expected to take up the responsibility to decongest the prisons in their domains. On his part, the Assistant Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Philip Ayuba, asked the committee to look into how lawyers who are in the National Youth Service Corps could be engaged in providing services for prisoners. “We still have so many young men in prison; we are requesting that NYSC lawyers be sent to prison to look at some of the minor cases so that we can decongest the prison,” he said. He emphasised the need for the adoption of alternative conflict resolution as a means of decongesting correctional centres. “We also suggest that those who have stayed more than a year or two should be given amnesty. They need to give the inmates better training so that those who leave can find better things to do,” he added. The Chairman, House Committee on Justice, Olumide Osoba, said, “We found ourselves in an embarrassing situation in July 2022,” adding that there has been a lot of improvement at the correctional centre since its oversight. The Chairman of the Joint Committees, Chinedu Ogah, pledged the readiness of the parliament to do its part in decongesting correctional centres across the country.

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Adventist member loses suit to stop election, exams on Saturday

The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Wednesday, dismissed a suit seeking to stop the conduct of elections and examinations on Saturdays. However, an elder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Ugochukwu Uchenwa, who filed the suit, expressed displeasure with the high court verdict, vowing to proceed to the Court of Appeal. Uchenwa, in the suit, contended that fixing elections and examinations on Saturdays violated his right to freedom of worship and that of other members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The elder prayed the court to declare the fixing of elections and examinations on Saturdays unconstitutional. In the alternative, the plaintiff prayed the court to order the defendants to allow him and other members of his church to vote or sit for examinations on any other day of the week, including Sundays. Listed as defendants in the suit were the President, the Attorney-General of the Federation, the Minister of Internal Affairs, the Independent National Electoral Commission, and the Joint Admission and Matriculation Examinations. Others were the National Examination Council, the West African Examination Council, the National Business and Technical Examination Board, the Council of Legal Education, and the Ministry of Education. However, delivering judgment on the matter on Wednesday, Justice James Omotosho described the suit as frivolous, vexatious, irritating, and baseless. The judge added that the fundamental rights being claimed by the plaintiff were not at large and could be curtailed by a government policy. “The Seventh-day Adventist Church is in the minority in Nigeria and its doctrine can not be imposed on the majority of other religious denominations in the country,” he added. Addressing journalists after the judgment, counsel for the plaintiff, Benjamin Ahaemefule, said that his client was heading to the Court of Appeal to further test the law. Ahaemefule said that although his client had victory in some aspects of the suit, they lost in the main suit, hence the need to approach the appellate court. He said, “The court agreed with us that it has jurisdiction to hear our matter. “The court also agreed with us that elder Uchenwa has the locus standi to institute the action for the enforcement of his fundamental rights and those of the entire members of the Seventh-day Adventist church Nigeria. “The court agreed with us that the rights of the Adventists are breached. “The court, however, refused to enforce our right, saying that Adventists are in the minority and not in the majority. “The court held that although our rights are infringed upon, the infringement is legally necessary and justifiable. “So, the court refused to grant our substantive request because it said that granting it would open a floodgate of litigation by other citizens of Nigeria who will come out to enforce their rights. “The court erred in law for holding that although the Adventists have cause of action, this right cannot be enforced because the Adventists are in the minority.”

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Economists expect rates to hold on Thursday despite fall in inflation

A small but pleasant surprise in inflation data released on Wednesday is unlikely to change the calculations as the Bank of England decides whether to change interest rates again, economists have said. The inflation rate dropped slightly faster than expected in February, hitting 3.4% during the month, the lowest for two and a half years. That is good news for the Bank of England, and will be welcomed by its decision-makers on the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC). But analysts from BNP Paribas said on Wednesday that it was unlikely to make the MPC vote any differently from how it would otherwise. They still expect rates to be held steady, at 5.25%, during this week’s meeting, the result of which will be announced at midday on Thursday. “We do not think that this morning’s data will move the needle for the BoE meeting tomorrow,” said Matthew Swannell, Dani Stoilova and Gerardo Martinez at BNP Paribas. “One area of the focus will be the vote split, with the largest uncertainty around whether hawk Jonathan Haskel changes his vote from a 25bp (base point) vote hike to a hold. “By his own admission, his February vote for a hike was ‘finely balanced’, so it is difficult to call how he will vote tomorrow. “Our expectation is that despite the BoE’s core services inflation dropping in February – which it would seem Haskel attaches some weight to – he will need further evidence of its being on a downwards trajectory before adjusting his vote. We expect an unchanged vote split.” That would mean that only one of the nine-person committee is likely to think that conditions are right for a cut. Economists generally agree that cuts to the interest rate will come later this year – the Bank has signalled as much recently too – but they are less sure when the cuts will come. It would be the reversal of a four-year trend of rates being either hiked or kept unchanged at every Bank meeting. In February, only Swati Dhingra voted to cut rates. Two of her colleagues on the nine-person MPC voted for a rise, but the majority thought that rates should stay unchanged. “The direction of travel for UK inflation is certainly encouraging and supports the case for a policy easing in the near future,” said Ellie Henderson, an analyst at Investec. “Our base case is for a first interest rate reduction in June. “Furthermore, it is not just about actual inflation, expectations play a strong part too. “As inflation expectations fall, but the nominal policy rate remains constant, the real rate of interest rises, resulting in a tightening in monetary policy, without the Bank actually changing its stance. “The MPC will have that in mind when deciding on the appropriate time to cut interest rates. “But for the meeting tomorrow, today’s inflation numbers do not change our view, first set out in our preview, that the MPC is likely to convey the message that it has an eye on easing policy rates this year, but the hurdle to do so has not yet been overcome.”

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Hyderabad: Passenger Rants Over UTS Ticket Booking App; Netizens Extend Support After X Post Goes Viral

Is the UTS app which is used to book tickets on a Mumbai local train as well as other trains not effective? This discussion has come up several times, often to conclude that the ticket booking app is doing fine and fair to its features. However, in a recent post made on X (formerly known as Twitter), a man claimed to face one of the commonly raised inconveniences about the app and those who are frequent commuters using this service would have already guessed it by now. A look into his X post Passenger rants over UTS app A man identified as Venkat took to social media just seconds before his travel to inform people that he felt pathetic due to the app service as it didn’t allow him to book a ticket when closer to the train track or when already arrived at the railway station. He expressed his concern that this feature needs a revamp allowing people to book instant tickets without necessitating a scan at the station even when already on the premises. However, it is learned that the facility stands unavailable considering malpractices when caught by officials onboard. Man blames the officials Taking a look at his post, he mentioned missing his long-distance train due to the issue caused by the app. Furthermore, he also blamed the officials formulating this app for its functions and not wanting to learn about people’s feedback followed by fixing concerns. He wrote, “I couldn’t board that because I had to go out to scan the QR code as this app didn’t allow me to book the ticket. This is what happens when the babus sitting in the AC rooms don’t want to know how things work.” More about Venkat’s post He shared a screenshot of the app to address and claim the issue in a better way. It was learned he tried booking an unreserved journey ticket on a MMTS coach routing between Lingampalli and Bharat Nagar stations in Hyderabad, Telangana. The ticket cost was Rs. 35 and he was expected to board the earliest train within the next two hours, only if he was successful in booking it – which we wasn’t. Despite a train standing in front of his eyes, he stepped back from getting inside, not compromising the validity of his ticket. He posted, “My long distance train arrived and there is a local train ready to depart from the adjacent platform. I couldn’t board…” Netizens reply Shared on March 19 night, the tweet went viral and attracted over 249 views on the social media site. It triggered netizens to express their feedback on the app, its features, and the overall efficiency. While many replied to Venkat in his support and pointing about similar issues faced by them, a few backed the government and the app’s ideation. The second highlighted the need of the discussed feature to curb malpractices on an immediate paperless ticket. Meanwhile, some didn’t agree to the way he spoke ill about the railway authorities. “Learn to respect,” said internet users.

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Rangers’ Matt Rempe calls suspension for hit on Devil a learning experience

The four-game suspension levied against Matt Rempe by the NHL provided enough time for the purple and green bruising around both of his eyes to fade away. Marks from his five fights in 10 games are gone. The face of a 21-year-old kid remains. His time away from game action also gave Rempe some space to calm down from the pandemonium in which the 6-foot-8 ½ forward has been engulfed since making his NHL debut just over a month ago. “Just a learning experience,” Rempe said of his suspension for his high-elbowed hit on the Devils’ Jonas Siegenthaler. “Made a mistake, and just going to learn from it and grow. At 21, still got to learn lots of things. Watching games, you learn a lot. I can go watch a lot of the older guys and see what they’re doing. “Got lots of great reps in practice, got to work on my skill, got to work on a lot of things. It was great. Obviously, you never want to be suspended, but you learn things, and you get better and you grow.” Rempe showed remorse for his actions, which concussed Siegenthaler and sidelined him the next four games. It prompted George Parros, the head of the league’s department of player safety, to essentially throw the book at the first-time (technically, but not really) offender. The next step for Rempe is to continue learning how to toe the line. Play hard, but also clean. “More control of my body, just stuff like that,” he said of what he’s learned. “If a guy is pulling out of a hit, just got to be careful. It was an accident. I thought I was going to hit the wall. … Never want to see a guy get hurt or anything like that. I’m still going to play super-hard, play the same way. “I’m just going to make sure my hits are clean, like, keep everything compact, keep everything tight. It will be good. Just live and learn.” There’s obviously no question Rempe’s elbow came up and hit Siegenthaler, but the rookie said he did not realize he made contact with the Devils’ defenseman. Head coach Peter Laviolette said after the fact he also thought Rempe was bracing himself to hit the wall. Still, Rempe recognized that it does not excuse the fact that his elbow was not kept in tight. He called it a mistake and, again, apologized for how it all unfolded. There was uproar in the Devils’ locker room after that 3-1 Rangers win on March 11, led by forward Kurtis MacDermid. Understandably so, considering the fact that Siegenthaler was the second Devils player Rempe had knocked out of a game, after he ran through Nathan Bastian during the previous meeting Feb. 22. MacDermid openly challenged Rempe that night for his hit on Bastian, who has been out ever since with a lower-body injury. After Rempe declined, MacDermid went after him again after the Siegenthaler hit, but the refs kept the two apart. “I had my instructions,” Rempe said of refusing MacDermid. “I had my instructions before the game and stuff.” The Rangers signed Jaroslav Chmelar to a three-year, entry-level contract Wednesday, the team announced. Chmelar, the Blueshirts’ 144th-overall pick in the 2021 draft, is leaving Providence College in the middle of his sophomore season to join the organization’s AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack. The 20-year-old forward recorded 12 goals and 16 assists in 59 career games for the Friars. This season, Chmelar posted five goals and 10 assists in 26 games. It’s been an exciting few years for Chmelar, who helped Czechia win a silver medal in the 2023 World Junior Championship with three goals and two assists in seven games.

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