#RizzNews!:Mega Millions and Powerball Jackpots over $400 million, When should you take your Christmas Tree down, Cops arrest man posing as a Nigerian Prince, and MORE
Mega Millions and Powerball Jackpots Both over $400 Million
Tuesday night’s drawing for the $361 million Mega Millions jackpot failed to produce a winner, so the jackpot is even more lucrative now: It’s an estimated $418 million, according to Mega Millions officials.
The drawing for that jaw-dropping jackpot will take place Friday night.
The numbers drawn Tuesday were 1, 42, 64, 47, 70. The Mega Ball: 22.
Lottery players across the country could win big if they have the winning numbers for both the Powerball and Mega Millions jackpots, the latter of which will be drawn Wednesday.
The Powerball jackpot for Wednesday’s drawing is expected to be $440 million with a one-time cash payout of $278.3 million.
via ABC News
When should you take your Christmas Tree down?
This question’s a bit simpler to answer. Your Christmas tree should be down by the 12th day of Christmas, which always falls on January 6.
This date marks the Epiphany – the day when the Three Wise Men visited the baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem.
The Epiphany is the official end of the festive season.
Cops Arrest a Nigerian Prince Email Scammer… Who Turn Out To Be a 67-year-old White Guy in Louisiana
SLIDELL, La. – A 67-year-old man who served as a go-between for an international team of scammers running a “Nigerian prince” email scheme has been arrested after an 18-month investigation.
According to WGNO, Michael Neu, who is neither Nigerian nor a prince, has been charged with 269 counts of wire fraud and money laundering.
Authorities with the Slidell Police Department say Neu helped shuttle fraudulently obtained money to his co-conspirators, some of whom actually do live in Nigeria.
The ubiquitous scheme, which begins when an email is sent to an unsuspecting recipient the scammers claim has been named as the beneficiary in a will, is designed to collect personal information that is then used to steal money and identities online.
The scheme nets millions of dollars each year, according to the SPD, and is difficult to track since many of the participants operate outside of the United States.
“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal told WGNO. “Never give out personal information over the phone, through e-mail, cash checks for other individuals, or wire large amounts of money to someone you don’t know. 99.9 percent of the time, it’s a scam.”
Surgeon Admits to Signing His Initials on Patients’ Livers
An accomplished British surgeon has admitted branding two of his patients’ livers with his initials. Yes, you read that right.
Dr. Simon Bramhall, 53, admitted to Birmingham Crown Court that he etched “SB” onto the livers of two transplant patients in 2013 using an argon beam. Argon beam coagulators are commonly used during such operations to stop blood flow and resection organs.
Bramhall’s handiwork didn’t appear to damage either liver, but the Telegraph reported that one of the patients ended up having other complications and that the initials were discovered during a followup procedure. Surprise, surgeons!
Bramhall was suspended in 2013 and resigned from his surgical position at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham in 2014. A Birmingham Crown Court representative said he was charged with assault causing actual bodily harm but pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a lesser charge of assault by beating (beating here refers to the physical act of inscribing the livers, not actually beating the patients). He is free on bail and will be sentenced on January 12.
Elizabeth Reid, a specialist prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in London, said Bramhall’s actions were “deliberate and conscious.”
“Those assaults were wrong not just ethically, but also criminally,” she said in a statement. “It was an abuse of the trust placed in him by the patients.”
After he resigned in 2014, Bramhall told the BBC that he’d made a “mistake,” in reference to the incidents.
Efforts to contact the law firm RadcliffesLeBrasseur for comment from Bramhall’s lawyer were not successful.
Doctor reused one-use anal catheters on patients
If you ask your doctor where a single-use anal catheter has been before the doctor uses it on you, there should be only one answer: in the packaging. Any other answer should be unacceptable. Single-use anal catheters are not like bowling shoes. They are not meant to be re-used.
Unfortunately, according to Spencer Kent reporting for NJ.com, Dr. Sanjiv K. Patankar, a colorectal surgeon based in East Brunswick, NJ, may have overlooked the “single-use” portion of the name. The New Jersey Board of Medical Examiners has suspended the medial license of Patankar for allegedly reusing disposable single-use anal catheters on multiple patients. (Note: Attempts to leave a message at two offices for Dr. Patankar were unsuccessful, and an email address for him could not be located.) Anal catheters include tubes that are inserted into a patient’s rectum to either inject fluids or obtain fecal matter samples. As you can imagine, anal catheters can get quite dirty while being used, hence the reason for single-use disposable ones.
However, from January 1 to November 30 this year, Dr. Patankar’s office reportedly performed 82 procedures requiring the catheters but only ordered five catheters over that time period. Do the math and you’ll realize that this would mean that a given catheter was used on at least 16 different patients. Apparently, rather than disposing the catheters after a single use, Dr. Patankar and his staff washed the catheters between uses.
That can be a bit like washing and then reusing used toilet paper. Neither toilet paper nor single-use catheters are designed to be washed, making them difficult to adequately clean and disinfect. Microbes such as bacteria and viruses can hide out in the various cracks, crevices, and pores in the catheter. Besides sounding rather disgusting, such unacceptable re-use can help transmit infectious diseases from one patient to another. Moreover, washing can significantly damage any device, equipment, or material that is not designed to be washed. This can not only impair the functioning of the catheter but also create more cracks, tears, and other places for microbes to hide.