President Vladimir Putin’s grip on power is fading, and he has to take regular breaks for medical treatment, according to former British spy Christopher Steele.
“Our understanding is that there’s increasing disarray in the Kremlin and chaos,” Steele said in an interview with British talk radio station LBC on Wednesday.
Steele is a former MI6 operative who worked for many years in Russia, including heading up the spy agency’s Russia desk for three years.
President Vladimir Putin with Rosatom CEO Alexey Likhachev on a state media photo dated to May 19 2022Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP Photo
He told LBC: “There’s no clear political leadership coming from Putin, who is increasingly ill, and in military terms, the structures of command and so on are not functioning as they should.”
He did not cite his sources but said he was “fairly confident” of his claims. Putin’s top spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, has repeatedly denied any issues.
“What we do know is that he’s constantly accompanied around the place by a team of doctors,” said Steele. Government meetings — many of which are televised — have to be broken up into sections so that Putin can go out and receive regular treatments, Steele claimed.
“It’s certainly having a very serious impact on the governance of Russia at the moment,” he said.
Putin is unlikely to withdraw from Ukraine “because of the sort of political corner he’s painted himself into,” Steele said. He added: “It’s probably driving his wish to solidify his legacy as he sees it.”
Rumors about Putin’s health have circulated for months. On May 14, Ukraine’s head of military intelligence, Maj. Gen. Kyrylo Budanov told Sky News that Putin is “very sick” and suggested that a Kremlin coup is underway.
And the rumors went into overdrive after recent television appearances revealed the president looking pained, fidgety, and puffy. They led to speculation that the president may have dementia, Parkinson’s disease, or a type of cancer.
Some tabloid speculations have been attributed to an anonymous Telegram account named “General SVR.” It claims to be a former high-ranking Kremlin official but Insider has been unable to verify.
But in his interview with LBC, Steele gave credence to the Parkinson’s rumor, saying Putin is “probably” ill with the disease. Nonetheless, “we don’t know the exact details of what his ailment is,” Steele said.
In April, an in-depth investigation by the independent Russian outlet Proekt also found, by examining flight records, that Putin has for the last decade had a medical entourage, with up to a dozen doctors with him at any one time — including numerous visits from a thyroid cancer specialist.
Steele is the author of the Trump-Russia dossier that included obscene allegations about the former US president, including the rumored “pee tape.”
No evidence has since been found of that tape, and other headline claims have been discredited or are yet to be independently confirmed, as CNN reported.
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BATON ROUGE — The House Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations unanimously advanced a bill Thursday that would protect state employees who are legally treated with medical marijuana.
House Bill 988, sponsored by Rep. Mandie Landry, D-New Orleans, protects state employees from negative consequences if they are diagnosed with a condition for which their doctor recommends medical marijuana that is used in accordance with state law.
The law would protect employees from being fired and would protect prospective employees from being discriminated against for their use of medical marijuana.
The bill would not apply to law enforcement, firefighters or other public safety officials.
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The Louisiana Board of Pharmacy reported that there are over 43,000 medical marijuana users in the state. The first medical marijuana dispensaries in the state began operating in 2019.
“There are a lot of people who don’t want to take opioids for their long-term PTSD and pain management because of the high possibility of addiction to opioids,” Landry said. “This has proved to be a better option than them.”
Rep. Larry Frieman, R-Abita Springs, raised concerns that the issue should be addressed by state agencies, not by the Legislature.
Jacques Berry, communications director for the Louisiana Department of Administration, clarified that his department has policies protecting its workers from discrimination based on medical marijuana use and that the bill would create uniform policies across all state agencies.
Berry referred to the impact of a sexual-harassment law sponsored two years by the committee’s chairwoman, Rep. Barbara Carpenter, D-Baton Rouge.
“Every agency had a sexual harassment policy, but they were all over the place, and Dr. Carpenter wanted stricter, more consistent standards,” Berry said. “She wrote a very good law, and it is working very well.”
Frieman pushed back, arguing that the bill amounted to the Legislature doing the Department of Administration’s job.
Berry pointed out that the next governor could change the policy.
Rep. Ed Larvadain, D-Alexandria, praised the bill.
“We’re going to have to change how we deal with medical marijuana,” Larvadain said. “But this is a first step.”
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Larvadain asked that Landry work with him in the future to find a way to protect police and firefighters as well.
“A lot of those men and women have chronic pains because over the years they’ve had to climb through windows and police officers have been abused,” Larvadain said.
Several medical marijuana advocates testified in support of the bill.
Tony Landry, an advocate with Veterans Action Council, said law enforcement officers and firemen cannot take CBD, a chemical found in marijuana, because “it can accumulate in your body over time and cause a positive test. I’m in favor of this bill, and I just think we need to leave no employee behind.”
“The fact is we have an opioid problem that gets discussed in this building all the time,” Kevin Caldwell, an advocate with the Marijuana Policy Project, said. “We are seeing that for a lot of patients, medical cannabis is an exit strategy.”
No members of the public came to speak in opposition of the bill.
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OHIO — The toll of mounting medical debt can be financially and emotionally crippling for families already reeling from the devastation of illness or injury.
It’s a struggle Robyn King of Ohio knows about personally.
“It’s something that affects thousands of thousands of people in this country every year and I know firsthand that the consequences of these burdens can be debilitating,” King told a Senate committee this week. “There’s just no excuse for this in America.”
King and her siblings placed their mother in a nursing home to receive care for Alzheimer’s disease and King said she served as her mom’s representative throughout the process.
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Social Security and Medicaid had been covering the cost, but King said the Medicaid coverage lapsed without her knowing, despite King filling out forms to keep the coverage in place.
King said she only learned the coverage had run out shortly before her mom died and she was told that she was on the hook for the bill.
“I received notice I was being sued by the nursing home for close to $80,000,” said King. “I never had time to grieve.”
King said she never agreed to cover any expenses in the first place.
“I did not agree to be personally liable if finances for my mom’s medical care ran out,” said King. “I have a household of my own to take care of and I knew I couldn’t afford to pay any nursing home for my mom’s medical expenses.”
King said she got help from the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.
She said that while she is no longer personally responsible for the bill, the nursing home is still going after her late mom’s assets.
“The nursing home is still pursuing my mom’s estate for what is owed so it’s still impacting my life,” said King.
King shared her story with members of Congress this week, who also heard from health care policy experts who pointed to an underlying cause of medical debt: the cost of medical care.
“It’s important to keep your eye on the ball,” said David Hyman, a professor of health law and policy at Georgetown University Law Center. “The ball here is high health care costs.”
This month, the three major credit agencies announced that most medical debt would be removed from credit reports starting in July.
It’s a move that has divided lawmakers.
“Anyone can get sick,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). “Anyone can get in a car accident. … No one should be harassed by shady debt collectors because of a medical emergency or a sick family member.”
“This new credit reporting agency policy doesn’t actually lower the cost of medical care,” said Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Penn.) “In fact, it’ll either raise costs or reduce access. It may end up discouraging people from paying medical bills.”
Congress did pass bipartisan legislation last year to end surprise medical bills.
Advocates for health care policy change said that while these steps can help families, more still needs to be done.
“There must be a better way to take care of each other and not leave people like me facing life-changing amounts of debt,” said King.
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The “Doctor” is still in, as Marvel’s latest film continues to lead the box office against some very proper competition.
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” added another $8.5 million to its box office total on Friday, bumping its cumulative gross up to $318 million. Meanwhile, “Downton Abbey: A New Era” is estimated to end the weekend with $18 million.
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“Downton Abbey: A New Era,” the second film spin-off of the beloved U.K. series, raked in a solid $1 million in previews on Thursday from 3,300 theaters. But its weekend estimates won’t be enough to dethrone “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” which is looking to top the domestic box office charts for a third weekend. Alex Garland’s horror film “Men” also opens this weekend, but looks to have a soft start with only $1,411,853 from 1,800 screens on Friday.
The first “Downton Abbey” film, released in 2019, grossed more than $190 million at the global box office. Though the COVID-19 pandemic may make matching those numbers unrealistic for “A New Era,” the film has already made $29 million since it opened overseas on April 29. Directed by Simon Curtis, “Downton Abbey” stars many of the franchise’s favorites including Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter and Phyllis Logan as they journey to the south of France to uncover a mystery.
“Downton Abbey: A New Era” has been well-received by critics, earning a certified fresh score of 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. Variety‘s Peter Debruge called the film a “crowd-pleasing reunion” in his review, writing that the film feels like an “affectionate group hug.”
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“I’ve written lots of things that I’ve happily forgotten about, or that have been remembered fondly,” says Matthew Jacobs. “But the Doctor Who TV movie is very much like a tattoo that just won’t go away.”
What is it like to make one sizeable contribution to a much–loved franchise – and then everybody hates it? And, two decades later, to turn up to a fan convention for the very first time, only to find fans still want to tell you to your face how much they hated it? That is the premise of what turns out to be a surprisingly uplifting new documentary about fandom and family called Doctor Who Am I from Jacobs and Vanessa Yuille.
“I had distanced myself from the fans,” says Jacobs, whose other credits include The Emperor’s New Groove and The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones. “But, on Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary, everyone started getting interested in me again. I didn’t initially want to go to a convention in Florida. I said, ‘there’ll be some alligators. And Doctor Who fans.’”
However, Yuille saw it had great potential for a documentary story. “Matthew thought this was going to be about the fans, but I always knew it was going to be about him.”
Ncuti Gatwa may be the new 14th Doctor Who, but back in the 90s Paul McGann was “the Doctor of the future”, according to the Radio Times.
How the Radio Times promoted the Doctor Who TV Movie in 1996. Photograph: Martin Belam/The Guardian
It wasn’t to be.
Coming seven years after the original run of Doctor Who had ended, the movie remains McGann’s only major screen outing in the role. Despite getting over 9 million viewers in the UK, Jacobs’ script didn’t spark the hoped-for new series, and the movie spent years being perceived as a failure. One significant reason was that he had made changes to the very fabric of Doctor Who – McGann had kissed his companion.
“You have the incipient romantic aspect of the Doctor really coming to the fore with Paul’s Doctor,” says Jacobs. It didn’t matter how short the companions’ skirts were in the 60s, the rule of “no hanky-panky in the Tardis” had lasted for three decades until, in Jacobs’ script, McGann was suddenly snogging Dr Grace Holloway, played by Daphne Ashbrook.
Even worse for some fans, the Doctor unexpectedly revealed in 1996 that he was half-human, on his mother’s side. During the documentary, the executive producer of the movie, Philip Segal, talks about going to a convention and being practically assaulted by a fan who was furious about the movie.
Writer Matthew Jacobs enters the room at a Doctor Who convention in the US. Photograph: American Anorak
Another sequence shows a group of fans looking horrified as Jacobs tries to explain the reasoning behind it, as something that expressed the Doctor’s affinity with humanity, and would appeal to US television executives. They are not convinced. “It was usually the older fans, if we met them, who had a visceral reaction,” says Yuille.
The TV movie did succeed in introducing some new US fans to the show, and one of the joys of the new documentary is meeting some of the most enthusiastic cosplayers of the American convention scene. On camera, they share stories about how Doctor Who has comforted them through grief and loss, or made their relationships stronger.
Jacobs thinks that when writers and actors go to conventions, they always initially think it is just for the fans’ benefit, but find “they’re being brought into a family” themselves. Jacobs ends up on screen wearing props and trying on monster costumes as people enthusiastically detail how much time they’ve invested making them, and his reluctance to embrace fandom gradually diminishes.
Matthew Jacobs gets to try on bits of a Dalek costume during the documentary. Photograph: American Anorak
Watching the 1996 TV movie again in 2022, it is striking how much the first half-hour feels more like a US medical procedural, rather than the relaunch of a sci-fi/fantasy franchise. Its structure is flawed – giving the seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy, a regeneration sendoff was a nice continuity touch at the time, but it eats up a third of the film’s run time. But, as the BBC gears up to celebrate Doctor Who’s 60th birthday next year, the Doctor Who TV film looks less like a forlorn coda to the 1963-89 series and more like a springboard between the “classic” and modern eras.
Higher production values, a theme tune rearranged with an orchestra, and the revelation of a mysterious new secret about the Doctor’s past seem nothing unusual in 21st-century Who. The brief kisses between McGann’s Doctor and companion are relatively chaste set next to David Tennant’s 10th Doctor marrying Queen Elizabeth I, and Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor’s very own “time traveler’s wife” in the form of River Song (Alex Kingston).
Despite the movie being a one-off, McGann is no George Lazenby among Doctor Whos. The film set in motion a whole range of off-screen continuations in books and comics and McGann has gone on to embed himself as a much-loved part of the franchise. His enthusiastic portrayal of the character trying to recover his identity remains the highlight of the movie, and his Doctor now has over two decades and more than 100 stories behind him on audio.
Eddie Robson, who wrote Radio 4’s Welcome to Our Village, Please Invade Carefully recently wrote for McGann’s continuing Doctor Who audio adventures, and says of his Doctor, “Paul has a nice sort of spontaneity as an actor. He has a way of making a line that’s written on the page sound like the first thing that’s come into his head. It’s fun to run with that. He thrives off snappy, short, little bits of dialogue.”
When McGann appears at the convention in the documentary, Jacobs says it was like witnessing people waiting to see the pope. McGann eventually reprised the role on TV in a specially shot iPlayer “minisode” as part of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
Paul McGann returned to Doctor Who on television in 2013. Photograph: BBC
It is difficult, with hindsight, to recapture just how much excitement there was about Doctor Who returning in 1996. In a very different media landscape, the movie was available to buy on VHS prior to being screened in the UK. Robson recalls bunking off school to get it. “A friend of mine was also a fan. We nipped out of school, went to HMV and bought it, went to his house and watched it and then came back to school. I felt very positive about it. There was a sense of really wanting to like it, really wanting it to be good, and to work, and to lead to something.”
It was a bittersweet experience for Sophie Aldred, who played popular 80s companion Ace alongside Sylvester McCoy’s seventh Doctor, as the storyline seemingly signalled the end of her tenure on the show, although she will reprise her role later this year. “I absolutely loved the Tardis in that, I thought yes, that’s what we’d have done if we’d had the budget. I think it really was quite modern. A young, handsome doctor who kissed the companion. It was a precursor to the future, but, in a way, too early.”
Ace (Sophie Aldred, L) and Tegan (Janet Fielding) will be returning for the BBC centenary Doctor Who special later this year. Photograph: James Pardon/BBC/PA
As the Doctor Who Am I documentary unfolds, it becomes clear that writing the movie isn’t Jacobs’ only connection to Who. His father, Anthony Jacobs, starred as Doc Holliday in a 1960s Doctor Who story set in the wild west, and, as Jacobs begins to open up about his difficult relationship with his parents, the documentary bends towards a journey of discovery. Yuille says it made sense to have the documentary explore who Jacobs was, as he was “unpacking his past and moving from one city to the next, sort of like a rebirth or regeneration himself”, in parallel with the journey taken by McGann’s Doctor in the film.
And their own verdicts on the TV movie now, in 2022? “I think it’s fun. It has a lot of energy. I didn’t see what the big deal was about the kiss, and I thought Paul was wonderful,” says Yuille.
“I always stand by it,” Jacobs says. “I’m not ashamed of it in any way.”
ALISO VIEJO, Calif. (AP) — He was known by all as simply Dr. John, the quiet, calm physician who mentored kids in kung fu, finding time between patient appointments to encourage people to learn self-defense. So it was no surprise to friends and colleagues that John Cheng spent his final moments saving others by rushing a gunman who fired on a Southern California church luncheon of mostly older Taiwanese people, including Cheng’s recently widowed mother.
The 52-year-old father of two often looked for ways to protect people. He was concerned enough about the growing number of mass shootings that he had taken safety courses to prepare himself for a situation like the one that cost him his life Sunday.
“It was characteristic of Dr. Cheng to charge forward at that gunman,” said Erica Triplett, Cheng’s office manager. “It does not surprise any of us. Dr. Cheng exemplified what he was built for — his heroism that saved so many people not only at that church, but throughout his career.”
The family and sports medicine physician was like family to the staff and he encouraged them to learn kung fu, telling them about the importance of knowing self-defense techniques. He also learned how to handle a gun for that same reason.
That preparedness combined with Cheng’s serene disposition likely gave him a proclivity for acting heroically, according to active shooter experts. Most people in those situations freeze.
“People don’t rise to the level of the occasion; they fall to the level of training that they have,” said active shooter expert Chris Grollnek, who believes such trainings should be as common as fire drills. “This man obviously as a doctor was inoculated (to deal) with bad things from a bone sticking out of somebody’s arm to a tragic event like what happened inside the church in Orange County.”
Authorities credit Cheng’s quick action with saving perhaps dozens of lives at a celebratory luncheon for congregants and their former pastor at Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church, which worships at Geneva Presbyterian Church in the Orange County community of Laguna Woods.
Prosecutors say the gunman, David Chou, 68, of Las Vegas, was motivated by hatred of Taiwan, where he was born and grew up after his family was forced from mainland China when Communists took control. He had no connection to the church but it afforded him access to a large group of Taiwanese to target, authorities said.
Chou spent about an hour with attendees at the luncheon, apparently to gain their trust so he could execute his plot, authorities said. He chained doors shut and glued locks. He had two 9 mm handguns and three bags, containing four Molotov-cocktail-type incendiary devices and ammunition.
When Chou began shooting, Cheng charged him and was shot. He died at the scene but his quick action disrupted the shooter, who was then hit by a chair thrown by the church’s former pastor, Billy Chang, and jumped on by three members of the congregation who used an extension cord to tie him up until police arrived.
Cheng was the only one killed. Five others were wounded, including four men ages 66 to 92 and an 86-year-old woman.
Sheriff Don Barnes called Cheng’s heroism “a meeting of good versus evil.”
“Dr. Cheng’s selfless love for others stopped a hate-filled act from claiming more lives beyond his own,” Barnes said in a tweet.
Those who knew Cheng said that selflessness defined his life.
He started his practice by knocking on doors to introduce himself as the new family doctor in the area, said Johnna Gherardini, executive director of South Coast Medical Group. Cheng gave physicals to student athletes and then donated the money he was paid to Aliso Niguel High School.
Gherardini took kung fu with her daughter at Cheng’s urging.
“He’s always taught us how to protect ourselves,” she said.
His patients remembered him as a concerned listener. “He was unfathomably kind,” read a note left by a patient taped to the door of his office, where people left flowers to pay homage.
In a video posted online, Cheng said he was inspired to get involved in medicine after seeing the care his father provided as a physician in their small community in East Texas, where the family had moved to from Taiwan when Cheng was a baby.
“It’s those small-town values that were ingrained in me when I was younger that really helped create this sense of community,” said Cheng, who graduated from Texas Tech University School of Medicine and did his residency in California. “And in this modern society, in these modern times, we miss a lot of that.”
He called the patient-doctor relationship special “so you get to know a lot about the patient, their family, the community that they live in. And what’s beautiful is that I live in the same community.”
Cheng’s pastor and close friend, Ira Angustain, took a class with him to learn how to handle a gun safely.
“We talked about how people were losing their minds and going around shooting people for no reason,” said Angustain, pastor of Kingdom Covenant Church in the nearby community of Lake Forest. “He didn’t want to feel helpless.”
On Sunday morning, Cheng texted Angustain to let him know he wouldn’t be coming to service because he was taking his mother to her church.
She had stopped going since her husband passed away a couple of months ago, still grieving his death. But Chang, the church’s former pastor who had written to her expressing his condolences, was visiting from Taiwan and the church had invited her to a service and luncheon to see him.
Cheng volunteered to drive his mother, but in a horrible twist of fate, instead of the outing giving her peace, she would end up witnessing his death that day.
“My heart is aching,” the visiting pastor wrote in a statement.
Shortly before the shooting, Angustain replied to Cheng’s text, telling him to say hello to his mother.
“You’re such a good son,” Angustain texted to Cheng.
“I can always be better,” Cheng replied.
Less than 15 minutes later, Cheng didn’t hesitate to charge the gunman.
“Evil didn’t take Dr. John out,” Angustain said. “Dr. John chose to lay down his life for others so they could live.”
Watson reported from San Diego. Associated Press writer Stefanie Dazio in Los Angeles and news researcher Rhonda Shafner in New York contributed to this report.
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Kepala Satgas Antimafia Bola Jilid 3 Brigjen Pol Hendro Pandowo menyampaikan pengawasan ini dilakukan karena bandar judi diindikasi kerap terlibat dalam upaya pengaturan skor.
“Pengaturan skor itu tidak terlepas dari bandar judi, itu sedang kami dalami terkait dengan peran mereka untuk mengatur skor sepak bola di Indonesia,” ujar Hendro di Polda Metro Jaya, Jakarta, Selasa (18/2).
Kementerian Pemuda dan Olahraga (Kemenpora) pun mendukung upaya Satgas Antimafia Bola mengawasi bandar judi. “Itu kami dapat masukan dari pak Sekretaris Menpora tadi (soal judi bola),” jelas Hendro.
Sementara itu, Sekretaris Menpora Gatot Dewa Broto mengaku telah masuk tim 9 Kemenpora yang bertugas mengusut pengaturan skor. “Satgas diharapkan dapat mengungkap persekongkolan antara bandar judi dengan dunia sepak bola di Indonesia. Perlu diketahui perputaran judi di Liga 1 sebesar USD 10 juta per perandingan,” tandas Gatot.
Sebelumnya, Satuan Tugas Antimafia Bola Jilid III per Senin (3/2) sudah mulai bertugas untuk menjaga sportivitas dunia persepakbolaan Indonesia selama enam bulan ke depan. Hal ini sesuai perintah Kapolri Jendral Idham Azis kepada jajarannya.
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“Empat penyidik sudah berangkat ke Bareskrim Mabes Polri untuk memeriksa transaksi judi bola online. Mereka berangkat hari ini,” ujar Direktur Reskrimsus Polda Kepri, Kombes Pol Achmad Yudi Suwarso di Markas Polda Kepri, seperti diberitakan Batam Pos, Jumat (6/12).
Pemeriksaan tersebut dilakukan setelah server-server judi bola yang diangkut saat penggerebekan dibuka. Dari data yang dimuat di dalam server tersebut, penyidik akan melihat transaksi yang terjadi. Dari situ, polisi kemudian akan mengumpulkan alat bukti yang lain.
Yudi menjelaskan, penggunaan server tersebut terbukti melanggar Undang-Undang Inforemasi dan Transaksi Elektronik (ITE) karena digunakan untuk judi bola online. Ia menambahkan, koordinasi dengan Bareskrim Mabes Polri dalam proses pemeriksaan kasus ini karena pengamat cyber crime baru ada di Mabes Polri.
Sementara itu untuk mengetahui keberadaan IW, yang diduga merupakan pemimpin aktivitas judi yang dikatakan terbesar di Asia ini, Ditreskrimsus terus berkoordinasi dengan kepolisian di wilayah lain. Kapolda Kepri Brigjen Endjang Sudradjat juga menegaskan, Polda Kepri terus melakukan pengejaran terhadap IW.
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Ketika ditanya mengenai hasil pemeriksaan Pusat Pelaporan dan Analisis Transaksi Keuangan (PPATK) terhadap rekening-rekening yang diduga digunakan dalam transaksi judi bola online itu, Endjang mengaku belum mendapatkan laporan. “Tapi yang pasti sudah ditelusuri semuanya,” terang dia.
Sebelumnya, Ditreskrimsus Polda Kepri menggrebek lokasi yang digunakan sebagai pengendali judi bola online pada 2 November 2013. Praktik judi online tersebut dikatakan sebagai yang terbesar di Asia. Dari penggeebekan itum polisi mengamankan belasan unit CPU dan monitor komputer. Selain itu, polisi juga mengamankan enam server yang pengendali praktikjudi tersebut. (eks)
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Saat sekolah, ia menjadi bandar judi tebak koin, tebak jumlah sedotan, hingga yang paling tak masuk akal tebak jumlah keramik setiap lorong sekolah.
Padaa setiap perjudian ia selalu menjadi bandar, sangat jarang bermain sebagai pemasang. Hingga akhirnya, saat kuliah ia memutuskan membuka perjudian sepak bola darat (offline).
Bukan tanpa alasan ia menjadi bandar judi bola begitu merantau ke Solo. Tuntutan kebutuhan sebagai perantau sangat tinggi ketimbang kehidupan pelosok. Semester pertama hingga keempat ia menyadari kebutuhan hidup semakin besar.
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Tak mau membebani orang tuanya, dengan berbekal pengalamannya ia mendeklarasikan diri sebagai bandar judi bola. Meski masih mahasiswa, dalam sehari belasan juta rupiah hingga puluhan juta rupiah masuk ke kantongnya.
Bahkan, saat weekend Joni bisa meraup Rp50 juta. Namun, ia hanya menerima pemasang yang ia kenal. “Tidak ada ceritanya bandar kok kalah, kalaupun kalah paling hanya sekali dua kali,” paparnya.
Kendati untungnya terbilang besar, Joni mengaku tidak tergiur lagi untuk menjadi bandar judi bola di Solo. “Kalau saya boleh berpesan, sudah jangan berjudi lagi. Pemasang tidak akan menang dan bandar selalu menang. Banyak hal dalam perjudian termasuk psikologis [yang terdampak],” kata Joni.