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Bolsonaro, Trump talk coronavirus help as Brazil cases rise sharply

first_imgTopics : He told reporters that Brazil was having difficulty importing urgent medical equipment because the United States sent 23 planes to China to be filled up, and Brazil’s share was slashed as a result.Mandetta said on Monday that 200 million personal protective equipment items would arrive from China this month.Meanwhile, Bolsonaro repeated his insistence that jobs and the economy cannot be forgotten in the coronavirus fight and warned that imports of food were already falling.Figures on Wednesday showed that Brazilian manufacturing activity in March shrank at its fastest rate in three years, while the real sank to a record low of 5.27 per dollar.The government pledged billions more to help the poor but was criticized for fraying ties with congress that could delay aid reaching those most in need.Economy Minister Paulo Guedes said the government will spend about 98 billion reais ($18 billion) to help 54 million informal workers affected by nationwide lockdowns, part of an overall 800 billion reais government aid package. Criticism has grown over Bolsonaro’s handling of the crisis. The right-wing populist has attacked state governors for lockdowns that are causing job losses, played down the threat of what he calls “a little flu” and contradicted his own health minister’s position on self-isolation and social distancing.Brazil’s Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta said the latest coronavirus figures were very worrying and expressed concern about the lack of protective equipment, medical equipment and ventilators.The Health Ministry said on Wednesday that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Brazil rose by 1,119 to 6,836 and the death toll by 39 to 240.A 20-year-old indigenous woman in a village deep in the Amazon rainforest was the first case reported among Brazil’s more than 300 tribes. Mandetta said monitoring indigenous people is a challenge, and their lifestyle could facilitate the spread of the virus.center_img Presidents Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday discussed cooperation between the two countries in the fight against coronavirus, as Brazil’s health minister warned that infection rates and lack of medical supplies were a big concern.The two presidents discussed medical and logistical cooperation on a telephone call but steered clear of confinement and quarantine policies, according to Brazil’s Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo. Both leaders have stirred controversy for their positions on the latter.The White House said they discussed the importance of working together through the Group of 20 nations, cooperating on vaccine development and restoring global economic growth.last_img read more

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Team of the Decade

first_imgJessie Vetter led an unstoppable Badger defense during their title run.[/media-credit]Domination.Of all the superlative words that could describe the 2006-07 Wisconsin women’s hockey team, only that really encapsulates what the Badgers did en route to their second national title.Consider this: UW only had one loss, tied or broke 18 NCAA records and had two goaltenders with goals against averages under 1.00.Numbers don’t always tell the story, but in this case, the statistics are enough. Wisconsin outscored its opponents by just over three goals per game to lead the nation in scoring margin. They were first in power play and penalty kill percentage. The Badgers gave up an NCAA-best 36 goals in 41 games, never gave up more than three goals in a single game and posted 18 shutouts. Nobody scored more than UW’s 166 goals that season.Led by senior Sara Bauer’s 72 points (24-48-72), the Badgers had four players in the top 10 nationally in total points on the season. All but two players on the team registered at least an assist on the season — even sophomore goaltender Jessie Vetter had two assists.UW’s goaltending tandem of Vetter and senior Christine Dufour helped the Badgers lead the nation in scoring defense at 0.88 goals against per game. UW went 36-1-4 that season, the only blemish being a 0-2 loss to Minnesota-Duluth Nov. 24, 2006. The Badgers started the season 13-0-1, and after their only loss, finished the season on a 26-game unbeaten streak. Highlights included a 10-0 win at Robert Morris and a 2-1 OT win at No. 7 UMD in early February.Wisconsin’s biggest hurdle on its path to the title was its first game of the NCAA Tournament, a triple-OT battle against Harvard at the Kohl Center. Harvard goaltender Brittany Martin almost single-handedly kept the Crimson in the game, making 67 saves — the sixth-highest single-game total in NCAA women’s D-I history.UW’s Jinelle Zaug finally broke the stalemate, scoring after 127:09 minutes of play to send the Badgers to the semifinals after the second-longest women’s college hockey game ever.With the win, UW head coach Mark Johnson would return to Lake Placid, N.Y., where he was a member of the “Miracle on Ice” team 17 years ago. The Badgers would face much less adversity there, cruising to a 4-0 win over St. Lawrence and avenging their only loss with a 4-1 victory over UMD in the title game.The Wisconsin women won three national titles in the 2000s — or half of UW’s total team championships during the decade. While all three seasons were great successes, the second championship stood head and shoulders above the rest. With a second consecutive national title and 18 NCAA records set, the 2006-07 women’s hockey team is easily the team of the decade at UW — if not everywhere else, too.Honorable mentions: 2005-06 men’s hockey, 2008-09 women’s hockey, 2006-07 men’s basketball, 2000 volleyball.UW athletics saw a lot of good years this decade and a few great ones. The 2006 men’s hockey title team did a good job to earn the program’s sixth championship, while the volleyball team’s run to the title game was also great. The UW men’s basketball team earned its first No. 1 AP ranking in 2007, but lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.last_img read more

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About Town

first_imgLINCROFTThe public is invited to commemorate Martin Luther King Day at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, 1475 W. Front St.The program “The Selma March: Now and Then” is sponsored by the Mon­mouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought (MCWRET) and the Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Congre­ga­tion of Monmouth County. Two ministers, the reverends Gil Caldwell and John Licitra, will discuss the experience and meaning of the historic 1965 Selma march and celebrate the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.For more information please call Unitarian Univer­salist Meeting House at 732-747-0707 or email Lynn Dash at [email protected] FAIR HAVENWriter, editor and tour leader Rick Wright will present “In Search of the Great Horned Mop” at the Mon­mouth County Audubon Society meeting at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13. The meeting will be held at the Church of the Nativity on Ridge Road in Fair Haven.The public is welcome; admission is free.Even the best birders make mistakes identifying birds – but not every birder collects those mistakes. Join Wright for this entertaining journey through 35 years of blunders and bobbles. From the Great Horned Mop to the Russet-crowned Notmot, Wright’s “sightings” over the years have led him to develop a set of birding rules that, for the most part, help him avoid repeating the same mistakes – and may help you keep from committing them yourself.A native of southeast Nebraska, Wright studied French, German, philosophy and life sciences at the University of Nebraska before earning his Ph.D. in Germanic languages and literatures at Princeton University. He served as a department editor at Birding magazine from 2004 to 2008, then signed on as managing director of WINGS, a birding tour company, from 2008 to 2010. Wright is a widely published writer, a popular lecturer at birding events, and an enthusiastic tour leader in Europe and North America. His time afield is documented in his blog, Birding New Jersey; his forthcoming publications include the ABA Guide to New Jersey Birds and the Peterson Reference Guide to Sparrows.Further information can be obtained by visiting the organization’s website at www.monmouthaudubon.org, or via e-mail at [email protected] HOLMDELThe New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Founda­tion will host Dr. Saul Broudy at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, as he presents his musical program and lecture titled “Oh You Saigon Girls, Can’t You Dance the Polka? – Folksongs of Americans in the Vietnam War.”The program will be held at the Vietnam Era Museum & Educational Center, Exit 116 of the Garden State Parkway.Broudy will sing many of the helicopter pilots’ songs in his repertoire, and will talk about the role songs and other folklore played in military life in Vietnam and how they reflect everyday life “in country.” Be aware that most of them deal with adult themes, and should be considered “PG-rated.”The program is funded by the Horizon Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Council for the Humanities.Broudy served with the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps in Vietnam in 1966-67. While there, he befriended helicopter pilots, through whom he discovered a widespread tradition of Army Aviation folksong – songs written by and generally known among the pilots. He collected songbooks and tapes from them, and this tradition became the subject of his master’s in folklore at the University of Pennsylvania.For more information, check out the Vietnam Veterans Oral History and Folklore Project at faculty.buffalostate.edu/fishlm/folksongs.center_img SHREWSBURYThe Shrewsbury Com­mun­ity Garden officially closed for the growing season on Dec. 1 after a very successful inaugural year. Plans are already under way for next year.The community garden committee invites current and prospective gardeners to attend the annual gardeners meeting at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14, at the Shrewsbury Historical Society.During the meeting, members will have the opportunity to review the past season’s operations and successes, discuss possible areas of concern and explore opportunities for improvement for the 2013 planting season.Seasoned veteran Master Gardeners of Monmouth County, Bob Mellert and Ellen Simonetti, will be keynote speakers. Attendees can stop by and learn how they can become a part of this vibrant, growing community.last_img read more

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Winters rocks Valentine’s Spiel, captures A event at annual Nelson Curling Club mixed event

first_imgBarry Marsh of Nelson finished second in the B event while Brent Pihowich placed second in the C behind the Nando Salviulo rink of Nelson.Ken Haynes of Nelson, along with wife Sandi at third, Gary Meadows at lead and Maxine Meadows at lead won the D event. Jill Winters reached into her contact bag to pull out a provincial winner to help the Nelson skip capture the Valentines Mixed Bonspiel Sunday at the Nelson Curling Club.Winters, third Dean Horning, second Grant Davidson and lead Marcie Stefiuk, defeated Al May of Nelson in the A Final.Myron Nichol of Castlegar finished third in the A event with Curling Guru Fred Thomson of Nelson fourth.last_img read more

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Bournemouth’s worst fears confirmed as key man ruled out for six months

first_img Callum Wilson Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has been ruled out for at least six months.Wilson injured his right knee during Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Stoke and Eddie Howe admitted after the game that ‘it did not look good’ for the 23-year-old.Now the club’s worst fears have been confirmed after scans showed he suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.Wilson will have an operation next week before beginning rehabilitation and faces a battle to be fit before the end of the season.It is a huge blow for Cherries boss Howe and the hitman, who scored five goals in his first six Premier League matches and has been tipped for an England call-up.”It’s very disappointing for Callum, after what has been an exceptional start to the season, but I am sure he will come back fitter and stronger,” Howe told afcb.co.uk.“Callum is the type of character who won’t be fazed by such a setback, and I am sure he will turn this experience into a positive in the long run.“As I have said many times before though, this kind of setback offers others the opportunity to step up to the plate, show everybody what they can do and make a real impact at this level.” 1last_img read more

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Cal Poly Pomona beats Humboldt State, 73-70

first_imgThe Humboldt State men narrowly lost a close contest to conference leader Cal Poly Pomona (12-2, 9-1) 73-70 at home Thursday night. The loss moves the Jacks to 6-11 (3-8) with 11 games remaining in the regular season. The first half saw both teams feeling one another out, ending with Pomona leading 25-24. Both teams seemed unable to stop one another after the break, and each just about doubled their point totals from the first half. Down 71-68 with 13 seconds remaining, the Jacks’ Davasyia …last_img read more

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Giants’ Tyler Beede earns first career win at Dodger Stadium

first_imgLOS ANGELES — There is no better way for a player to earn the adoration of Giants fans than beating the Dodgers.In his first game against the best team in the National League and his club’s hated rivals, Giants rookie Tyler Beede didn’t just beat the the Dodgers. He overwhelmed them.In his seventh career start and fifth this season, the 26-year-old right-hander turned in a dominant outing that sent the Giants to a 3-2 win and sent Beede to the same place every Giants newcomer dreams about.W …last_img read more

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How Patent Trolls Use Economies Of Scale To Force Settlements

first_imgRelated Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair brian proffittcenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Tags:#legal#Patents Here’s something to not be proud of: 61% of all patent lawsuits filed in the U.S. in 2012 (up to Dec. 1)  were brought by non-practicing entities. Or, as we like to call them in the media, patent trolls. This percentage is pretty depressing, since it’s up from 29% of 2010 patent suits and 45% of 2011 lawsuits, but there’s some good news buried in the same stats: The total number of defendants sued in all patent lawsuits went down from about 5,600 in 2011 to about 3,000 up through the third quarter of this year.The rise in patent trolling is a reflection of simple economies of scale, according to Santa Clara University law professor Colleen Chien. Because of the way patent trolls can do work their revenue models, the risk vs. reward of launching any lawsuit are minimized… and what risks there are can be spread across suing multiple defendants. Just Don’t Call Them TrollsChien doesn’t like to use the term “patent trolls,” or even “non-practicing entities.” Instead, she prefers to describe companies that generate revenue solely through the enforcement of intellectual property they have acquired as patent assertion entities (PAEs). Sheesh. But there’s also some evidence that these PAEs actually do some good in the start-up ecosystem.To understand why it’s suddenly more profitable to be a PAE (and the role PAEs play), it’s helpful to understand how the costs of traditional lawsuit add up. When a company like Apple sues Google over patents, there are a lot of up-front costs sunk into the lawsuit, such as the direct costs of research, discovery and hiring a legal team. Add to that the indirect costs, such as getting countersued, and damage to the plaintiff’s reputation. Stack those costs against the unknown reward of a settlement or judgment, and it’s clear that launching a suit isn’t worth it unless the payoff is really big.Trolls Can Sue For LessPAEs, right off the bat, have several advantages in this environment.First, forget about the indirect costs: you can’t countersue a PAE, and seriously, how much worse can the reputation of troll get?The direct costs are kept down by hiring law firms on contingent fees… they get paid only when they win or get a settlement. This can lower the up-front legal fees by 75%. To further mitigate this cost, PAEs often name multiple defendants, spreading the net while keeping the direct legal fees down. That can also lower the risk of losing a judgement.Ironically, the way PAEs have scaled the lawsuit economy not only makes it easier for PAEs to assert their patents, but also makes it more economical for defendants to settle, no matter the merits of the case. Because the plaintiff costs are lower than the defense’s costs, and because there’s always the risk of a huge settlement or judgement, it simply makes sense for defendants to suck it up and settle earlier.The model is fueling a cottage industry of these PAEs, and patent lawsuits in general. In 2010, there were 2,521 patent lawsuits in the U.S. In 2011, that number rose to 3,353. And through Dec. 1, the number of patent lawsuits filed in 2012 was a whopping 4,171.Despite the numbers of lawsuits going up, the number of actual defendants is going down. In 2011, PAEs alone named a high of 3,018 defendants. Through 2012’s third quarter, PAE sued only 1,788 defendants.Chien believes the drop is due to new rules in the America Invents Act. “It’s harder to name more defendants per suit, requiring PAEs to split their suits up and making it ‘not worth it’ to sue smaller companies,” Chien wrote in her presentation. But it’s not clear if these lawsuits are netting PAEs more or less money, because of the non-public way many of these lawsuits get settled out of court.Do Patent Trolls Perform A Service?Chien argued that PAEs, which tend to target smaller companies that might be more more likely to settle, can also be of actual benefit to smaller startups. PAEs can buy or litigate the patents of startups or individual investors looking to raise money by monetizing their own patents. They can sell the patents outright to the PAE or have the PAE litigate for patent licensing revenue on their behalf.But value is tempered by the fact that smaller companies often find themselves in a PAE’s cross-hairs. It can be like winning the lottery for a PAE to send a summonds toward a hot new startup that’s getting a lot of funding. Put both sides together and it’s not clear if PAEs are harming or helping the startup ecosystem. Chien asserts that business model is compelling enough to warrant a shift in the perception of PAEs as “trolls.” “Vilifying ‘trolls’ won’t make them go away. But understanding and challenging their economics might,” Chien told me after this article was initially posted.Can Companies Fight Back?Fighting PAEs can be hard, but it’s not impossible. Chien notes that in the 1880s, the railroads got hammered by inventors’ patent lawsuits even as they were expanding throughout the country and pulling in huge revenue. The railroads eventually banded together with patent associations, and individual inventors were forced to drop their lawsuits. It could be argued that the railroads squashed plenty of legitimate patent assertions, but history gives the railroads the win.Similar patent associations may be the key to checking the PAEs that now dominate the patent legal system. Otherwise, startups are going to remain in a world of legal pain.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.last_img read more

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Mailbox Takes Its Email App To iPad, With Android Waiting In The Wings

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … What has Mailbox founder Gentry Underwood and his team been up to since selling the email-app maker to Dropbox for a reported $100 million in March?Mostly working on new versions of the product – like an iPad version of the app, which is coming out Thursday morning on Apple’s App Store.Like the original iPhone version, which attracted a million users at breakneck speed, Mailbox for iPad lets you swipe messages off to the right or left to handle them. A short swipe to the right archives them, while a long swipe deletes them; a short swipe to the left “snoozes” messages for later reading, while a long swipe puts them in folders based on actions: “to read,” “to buy,” or “to watch.”Mailbox for iPad doesn’t change that basic concept for email handling, but it does add a column to let you read messages alongside a list of messages in your inbox. Tags:#App Design#Dropbox#email#Mailbox#mobile apps Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Resisting Design TemptationReadWrite sat down recently with Underwood to talk about the challenges of rethinking an app originally meant for smartphones for tablets. Underwood, a former designer at Ideo, had lots of thoughts.“[Tablets] are these weird hybrid devices that sit in between,” said Underwood. “They’re part luxury mobile phone, and they’re part makeshift desktop experience.”That made it harder, not easier, he said.“Constraint is the friend of design,” Underwood said. “It’s easier for us to create a simple mail experience [for the phone]. We have to resist the temptation to take all these pixels and put in all these bells and whistles.” The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement That echoes comments recently made by Luke Wroblewski, creator of a polling app called Polar. For Polar’s Web version, Wroblewski left the center of the screen largely blank, rather than alter the app’s core function—because filling up pixels didn’t add to the user’s experience.Dropbox founders Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi have given the Mailbox team permission to ignore suggestions from their new colleagues for cool new features, Underwood said. When Underwood showed Houston and Ferdowsi mockups of all the design suggestions and asked what the Mailbox team should work on, Houston told him, “That’s something you have to answer. What’s best for the customer?”Putting Gmail On NoticeWhat would be really exciting, though, is an Android version. Underwood acknowledged that Mailbox was working on Android next, but didn’t reveal any specific plans for the product.(See also How Google Is Wooing Developers To Make Apps For Android First.)Anyone familiar with Android, though, can see clearly where Mailbox is headed – and why it would be a killer app, challenging Google’s Gmail on its own turf.That’s because Android’s notification system is superior to the notification functions built into Apple’s iOS mobile operating system in a key way: Developers, if they choose, can add functional features to the notifications that drop down on the screen, allowing users to take actions without having to launch into the app.For Mailbox, that would likely mean that its swipe-right-or-left convention for email handling could be ported into notifications, allowing users to swiftly handle emails as they come in without leaving the task they’re working on. (I suggested this to Underwood, but he declined to comment on the notion.)Dealing with email purely through notifications is not something that Mailbox could do today on Apple’s iPhone or iPad. But it’s such a logical extension of the email app’s design brilliance, it’s unimaginable that Underwood and team aren’t thinking about it.Photo by TechCrunch owen thomaslast_img read more

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Early Intervention Team Wrap Up for 2017

first_imgWhat a great year!  In 2017, the Early Intervention team produced four webinars with Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, Ph.D., on The Power of Play.  In June, they offered continuing education credits for a webinar the MFLN Nutrition and Wellness team hosted on responsive feeding in infants.  In addition to webinars, 24 blogs were published on a variety of topics!  All of the 2017 webinars still carry continuing education credits and are available for viewing.All 2017 content can be accessed by clicking below:2017 Webinars2017 BlogsWatch this blog and the Family Development social media outlets for upcoming announcements about our 2018 series on speech and communication challenges in young children!last_img read more

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