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Sydney teacher Monica Young accused of seducing teenage boy student

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Sydney teacher Monica Young accused of seducing teenage boy student

Monica Young, a teacher in Sydney, Australia, allegedly sexually assaulted a 14-year-old student after she pleaded with him over Snapchat to send naked pictures of himself, The Sun reports.

Sydney authorities have slammed Monica Young, 23, with multiple charges of aggravated sexual intercourse with the boy while she was his teacher. She also allegedly sent images of her genitalia to him over Snapchat.

The disgraced teacher, Monica Young, has pleaded not guilty to all 12 charges in the Sydney court that will decide her fate.

At a recent hearing, Judge Kate Traill indicated that the court will hear pre-recorded testimony from the alleged victim at a trial to be held later this year.

Two further witnesses will also give evidence it was heard.

Sydney teacher Monica Young to stand trial over student sex allegations

Monica Young has retained the services of the high-profile Sydney defense attorney Margaret Cuneen. The former crown prosecutor is expected to put up an aggressive defense in an attempt to get the teacher off the hook.

Cuneen made a name for herself prosecuting big-ticket pedophile, gang rape and murder cases. But now she’s switched to the other team and has hung up a defense shingle in private practice.

Monica Young was arrested at her home in Greenacre, which lies just southwest of Sydney, on July 10. The teacher is alleged to have committed the offenses for which she was charged between June 24 and July 3.

News.com.au reports that the court previously heard that Young allegedly sent the teenage boy a Snapchat message in which she showed herself lying in a bed and wrote, “I’m waiting for you.”

Ms Young spent a month in custody on remand after her arrest in July last year amid allegations she allegedly assaulted the boy.

Sydney teacher Monica Young to stand trial over student sex allegations

Monica Young’s trial for what she allegedly did to the Sydney boy while she was his teacher is expected to last for five days.

At the recent hearing, the judge adjusted the conditions of Young’s bail. Her house arrest has been lifted, but with considerable conditions.

Monica Young still must remain at home between 8pm and 8am, and she may only leave during the days if accompanied by her mother, father or grandmother. The disgraced teacher must also check in with the Sydney police once each day.

The Daily Mail reported in October that when the Sydney judge first placed Monica Young under house arrest, her parents begged for leniency so that the teacher could accompany them on a five-day vacation they had already planned.

The family appeared in Burwood Local Court on Wednesday to beg Magistrate Susan Horan to let the accused paedophile come along.

EXCLUSIVE: Female geography teacher, 23, accused of repeatedly having sex with her 14-year-old student begs court to let her out of house arrest so she can go on a family holiday

Horan dismissed the Sydney family’s desperate attempts to keep to their vacation plans and held firm on giving Monica Young house arrest for her alleged misdeeds as a teacher.

“The defendant engaged in risk-taking behavior, sometimes in proximity to students and serious lack of judgement,” the magistrate insisted. “The Supreme Court imposed strict bail conditions for good reason. The risks are not mitigated [by the defence’s submissions] and would allow her freer movement.”

The Herald Sun reports that Monica Young uttered the words “not guilty” 12 times at the hearing where she was charged with heinous acts of immorality while working as a teacher. 

Her matter will be mentioned in court next month before her September trial.

Sydney teacher Monica Young to stand trial over student sex allegations

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NASA releases 3D video of Ingenuity Mars Helicopter flight

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NASA releases 3D video of Ingenuity Mars Helicopter flight

NASA released a video this week giving viewers the chance to witness the Ingenuity Mars Helicopter’s historic third flight in 3D.

In a release on Wednesday, the agency said that the video was meant to approximate standing on the Martian planet and witnessing the action “firsthand.”

“When NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter took to the Martian skies on its third flight on April 25, the agency’s Perseverance rover was there to capture the historic moment. Now NASA engineers have rendered the flight in 3D, lending dramatic depth to the flight as the helicopter ascends, hovers, then zooms laterally off-screen before returning for a pinpoint landing,” the agency said.

The Perseverance Mars rover’s zoomable dual-camera Mastcam-Z instrument produced the video and other images NASA says provide “key data” for navigation and aids in scientists’ efforts to locate rocket targets – and potentially ancient microbial life.

NASA also announced Tuesday that the rover’s robotic arm had begun conducting science operations, including a close examination of the planet’s terrain and environment. 

The Mastcam-Z imager took shots of reddish-brown Martian rocks that the team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Southern California is trying to classify as sedimentary or igneous, or formed by volcanic activity.

JPL imaging scientist Justin Maki led the team that put together the video of the rotorcraft’s flight, according to the release, which noted that frames of the video had been reprojected to optimize viewing in an anaglyph.

The video was a first for Maki, who had reportedly been creating 3D imaging of Mars since his days as a graduate student. 

“The Mastcam-Z video capability was inherited from the Mars Science Laboratory MARDI (Mars Descent Imager) camera,” he said. “To be reusing this capability on a new mission by acquiring 3D video of a helicopter flying above the surface of Mars is just spectacular.” 

Perseverance’s drivers and arm operators reportedly use a “more sophisticated” 3D system, but Maki’s team members have also been reviewing still 3D images to map out rover drives.

“A helicopter flying on Mars opens a new era for Mars exploration. It’s a great demonstration of a new technology for exploration,” he said. “With each flight we open up more possibilities.”

Ingenuity’s April 25 flight was one of five successful experimental endeavors – with one failed attempt.

In April, NASA announced that the helicopter would enter a new operations demonstration phase, having already proven that powered, controlled flight is possible on the red planet.

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Today is tax deadline day for 2021

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Today is tax deadline day for 2021

The tax man cometh. 

Monday is the deadline for filing federal taxes without incurring a penalty, unless you seek an extension. 

This past spring, the IRS pushed back its usual April 15 deadline by more than a month, saying it wanted to be understanding given the coronavirus pandemic. 

“This continues to be a tough time for many people, and the IRS wants to continue to do everything possible to help taxpayers navigate the unusual circumstances related to the pandemic,” IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig said in a statement at the time.

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Jeffrey Epstein gave advice to Bill Gates about ending his marriage

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Jeffrey Epstein gave advice to Bill Gates about ending his marriage

Jeffrey Epstein reportedly gave advice to Bill Gates about ending his marriage with his now-estranged wife Melinda during meetings the two had at the pedophile’s Manhattan townhouse.

Epstein, who killed himself in August 2019 in a lower Manhattan jail cell, gave some pointers to Gates about what the Microsoft co-founder called his “toxic” marriage to Melinda, two sources told The Daily Beast.

Epstein and Gates met dozens of times from 2011 to 2014, the report said, with Gates treating the get-togethers as an escape, a person who attended some of the meetings told the publication.

Most of the gatherings occurred at Epstein’s Upper East Side pad.

“[It’s] not an overstatement. Going to Jeffrey’s was a respite from his marriage. It was a way of getting away from Melinda,” a source told the outlet.

During some of the meetings, Gates spoke to Epstein about possibly getting involved with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the report said.

A spokesperson for Bill Gates refuted the allegations in a statement to The Daily Beast.

“Bill never received or solicited personal advice of any kind from Epstein — on marriage or anything else. Bill never complained about Melinda or his marriage to Epstein,” the spokesperson said.

“Your characterization of his meetings with Epstein and others about philanthropy is inaccurate, including who participated,” the spokesperson said to the outlet.

The rep also said Gates never spoke with Epstein about him possibly getting involved with the foundation.

Bill and Melinda Gates said they were ending their 27-year marriage earlier this month, saying, “We no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.” In a divorce petition, Melinda said their marriage was “irretrievably broken.”

Melinda reportedly hired divorce attorneys in 2019, after her husband’s ties to Epstein were made public, setting in motion the couple’s divorce announcement.

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