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Coronavirus live news: Scott Morrison and chief medical officer get second vaccine dose; US administers first vaccine dose to more than 100m

Germany warns cases could hit Christmas peak by April; Australia records first local Covid case in more than two weeks; Poland reports rise in daily casesAustralian PM and chief medical officer get second dose of vaccineJordan health minister steps down after hospital oxygen failure deathsDay of reflection to be held a year after UK’s Covid lockdown beganTake things slowly as lockdown ends to avoid ‘re-entry’ syndromeSee all our coronavirus coverage 12.13am GMT In Australia a person who work...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, Germany, US, Society, UK News, World news, Philippines, New South Wales, Sydney, Poland, Vaccines and immunisation, Scott Morrison, NSW Health, Coronavirus


Coronavirus live news: US has administered a first vaccine dose to more than 100m people; UK records a further 121 Covid deaths and 5,534 cases

Germany warns cases could hit Christmas peak by April; Australia records first local Covid case in more than two weeks; Poland reports rise in daily casesJordan health minister steps down after hospital oxygen failure deathsDay of reflection to be held a year after UK’s Covid lockdown beganTake things slowly as lockdown ends to avoid ‘re-entry’ syndromeSee all our coronavirus coverage 11.25pm GMT Hundreds of international students at three major London universities are refusing to pay their ...
Tags: Health, UK, London, Australia, Germany, US, Society, UK News, World news, United States, Philippines, Poland, Brazil, Vaccines and immunisation, Royal College of Art, Reuters Continue


Stanford’s Abstract Idea: A Method for Resolving Haplotype Phase

In re Stanford University (Fed. Cir. 2021). This case appears to potential be a good test case on patent eligibility for the U.S. Supreme Court. The Federal Circuit here held that Stanford’s bioinformatics innovation – “a method for resolving haplotype phase” – lacks eligibility under Section 101 because it is directed to an abstract idea under Alice Corp. Gene inheritance is a super interesting biologic process.  Each person inherits a set of chromosomes from each parent.  At times, it is helpf...
Tags: Law, Stanford, Uspto, Patent, Federal Circuit, PTAB, Stanford University Fed, U S Supreme Court The Federal Circuit, Alice Corp Gene, Federal Circuit Patenting Math


At the Sunrise Café...

 ... you can talk about anything you like. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Photography, Law, Sunrise, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse


Met police criticised for 'deeply disturbing' handling of Clapham Common vigil

Despite ban on gathering, crowds clash with police while elsewhere Reclaim These Streets holds virtual events and doorstep vigilsWomen report feeling silenced as vigils cancelled‘Always with keys out’: women tell of fear of walking aloneBoris Johnson comes under pressure to make UK safer for womenMarina Hyde: it was nothing – the nothing women know all too wellTell us: how are you marking the Sarah Everard vigil? 10.35pm GMT From Caroline Nokes Truly shocked at the scenes from Clapham Common...
Tags: UK, Protest, Women, Society, UK News, Johnson, Clapham Common, Caroline Nokes, Sarah Everard, From Labour, Jonathan AshworthThe


Coronavirus live news: Italy expects to vaccinate 500,000 a day; UK records a further 121 Covid deaths and 5,534 cases

Germany warns cases could hit Christmas peak by April; Australia records first local Covid case in more than two weeks; Poland reports rise in daily casesJordan health minister steps down after hospital oxygen failure deathsDay of reflection to be held a year after UK’s Covid lockdown beganTake things slowly as lockdown ends to avoid ‘re-entry’ syndromeSee all our coronavirus coverage 9.16pm GMT Australia’s centre-left Labor party has been reelected in the state of Western Australia after im...
Tags: Health, UK, Labor, Australia, Germany, Society, UK News, World news, Philippines, Italy, Poland, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Western Australia, Perth Western Australia, Mark McGowan


What is the Level of Contribution for Joint Inventorship?

Ono Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., v. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Inc. (Supreme Court 2021) The Federals Circuit issued an important decision in this case back in 2020 that, in my view, further lowered the bar for joint inventorship. Traditionally, we have thought that a joint inventor must do more than simply tell the other inventors about the current state-of-the-art. In Ono, some of the inventive contribution made by Dana Farber scientists was published and made part of the prior art before the ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Court, Patent, Usc, Fed, U S Supreme Court, Levin, Morse, O'Reilly, Federal Circuit, Ono, Dana Farber, 4th Circuit, Pannu, Fed Cir


"From Damage Caps to Decarceration: Extending Tort Law Safeguards to Criminal Sentencing"

The title of this post is the title of this new article on SSRN authored by Andrea Roth and Jane Bambauer.  Here is its abstract: The Supreme Court has recognized a civil defendant’s substantive due process right not to be subject to grossly excessive punitive damage awards.  Such awards — even if furthering legitimate state interests in retribution and deterrence — must not be grossly disproportionate to the compensatory damages reflecting the actual harm suffered by the plaintiffs.  More conc...
Tags: Law, The Supreme Court, Andrea Roth, Douglas A Berman, Jane Bambauer


Duke and Duchess of Sussex to give to race and mental health charities

Announcement of donations follows Meghan’s claim she did not get help with mental health from palaceThe Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced a series of donations to charities related to mental health and racial equality, particularly in the press, in a move seen as an assertion of their commitment to causes they have been outspoken about in recent months.The announcement came less than a week after their televised interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which Meghan revealed she had been suicidal...
Tags: Race, Society, UK News, World news, US news, Mental Health, Charities, Monarchy, Prince Harry, Oprah Winfrey, Duke, Sussex, Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex


Reclaim These Streets vigils to highlight women's safety held across UK – latest updates

Women respond to ban on gathering with virtual events and doorstep vigils across country – while some have come out on the streets Women report feeling silenced as vigils cancelled‘Always with keys out’: women tell of fear of walking aloneBoris Johnson comes under pressure to make UK safer for womenMarina Hyde: it was nothing – the nothing women know all too wellTell us: how are you marking the Sarah Everard vigil? 7.35pm GMT This is from Guardian journalist Iman Amrani in DerryThis evening ...
Tags: UK, London, Protest, Women, Society, UK News, Guardian, Johnson, Derry, Brian Clough, Iman Amrani, Sarah Everard


Biden administration, challengers ask court to dismiss litigation over abortion-referral “gag rule”

Yet another dispute is likely to disappear from the court’s docket after a change in position by the Biden administration. Acting Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar and lawyers for state and local governments and non-profit groups on Friday night asked the court to dismiss a trio... The post Biden administration, challengers ask court to dismiss litigation over abortion-referral “gag rule” appeared first on SCOTUSblog.
Tags: Featured, Law, Biden, Merits Cases, Elizabeth Prelogar


"Poured into a tall glass it was the colour of cow’s milk and I couldn’t smell anything unusual. But as soon as I took the first sip..."

"I could taste the difference. It was slightly sweet and perhaps a little more watery than cow’s milk. Its sweetness reminded me almost of a milkshake.... As someone who wouldn’t drink a glass of milk on its own out of choice, I find it pleasantly tasty. If you can get over the hurdle of it coming from a horse then it seems a perfectly natural thing to be drinking."From "Horse milk is ready for its heyday" (London Times). [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Horses, Milk, London Times, Ann Althouse


"[I]t would appear that 'racist' means 'anything that a black person doesn’t like for some reason,' and we are to bow down and accept this..."

"... as post-Enlightenment, morally binding truth because black people have a hideous history. That is not a real discussion. It renders black people something less than human, in feigning that we are beyond serious critique. We are lying to one another and nervously hoping nobody will blow the whistle on what we are told to pretend is about 'social justice.' But lowering standards is not 'social justice,' nor is pretending that the standards have no value and calling for their elimination.... ...
Tags: Law, Racists, Georgetown, Sandra, John McWhorter, Race And Education, Ann Althouse, Lawprofs, Critical Race Theory, Sandra Sellers, LSAT Sellers


Coronavirus live news: UK records a further 121 Covid deaths and 5,534 cases; Germany warns cases could hit Christmas peak by April

Wales begins first stage of lockdown easing; Australia records first local Covid case in more than two weeks; Poland reports rise in daily casesJordan health minister steps down after hospital oxygen failure deathsDay of reflection to be held a year after UK’s Covid lockdown beganTake things slowly as lockdown ends to avoid ‘re-entry’ syndromeSee all our coronavirus coverage 5.24pm GMT Football fans were offered a Covid-19 vaccine at the Russian Premier League match between Zenit and Akhmat ...
Tags: Health, UK, Wales, Australia, Germany, Society, UK News, World news, Philippines, NHS, Poland, Vaccines and immunisation, St Petersburg, Reuters, Stephen Webb, Zenit


Coronavirus live news: UK records a further 121 Covid deaths and 5,534 cases; three health workers who received Oxford vaccine treated in hospital for blood clots

Wales begins first stage of lockdown easing; Australia records first local Covid case in more than two weeks; Poland reports rise in daily casesJordan health minister steps down after hospital oxygen failure deathsDay of reflection to be held a year after UK’s Covid lockdown beganTake things slowly as lockdown ends to avoid ‘re-entry’ syndromeSee all our coronavirus coverage 4.29pm GMT There have been a further 5,534 lab-confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK, according to government data – c...
Tags: Health, UK, Wales, Australia, Society, UK News, World news, Philippines, Oxford, Poland, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


Blogger’s Photo Republication Isn’t Fair Use–Golden v. Grecco

This case involves a photo of Lucy Lawless as Xena. The TV studio hired Michael Grecco to take the photo and paid him $25k for his services. Grecco retained the photo’s copyright, and he made the photo available for licensing through Getty. It was licensed 11 times over the years, generating a total of $3.94 in licensing fees. Golden runs a pop culture blog called “Film Combat Syndicate.” He blogged about rumors that Xena would be rebooted and included the Xena photo, which he copied from a Tumb...
Tags: Law, Copyright, Xena, Golden, Liebowitz, Lucy Lawless, CCB, Michael Grecco, Grecco, Michael Grecco Productions Inc


Reflections On A Year Of Challenges And Changes For The Legal Profession

That it was Friday the 13th was not lost on me. There I sat, one year ago today, on Friday the 13th, on a packed flight from Salt Lake City to Boston, almost no one wearing masks, feeling superstitiously anxious as I returned home from BYU Law School, where I’d traveled two days earlier to attend a meeting of a law school advisory board. Just two days earlier, literally as I flew out to Utah, watching CNN on my back-of-the-seat monitor, news broke that Tom Hanks and his wife, Rita Wilson, had te...
Tags: Utah, Law, Boston, Uncategorized, Cnn, Tom Hanks, Nba, Salt Lake City, David Lat, Utah Jazz, Richard Susskind, Michigan Supreme Court, Rita Wilson, McCormack, Legal Services Corporation, COVID


"In the weeks leading up to the 2020 presidential election, The New York Post, the nation’s oldest newspaper, broke a major story based on documents and emails obtained from the laptop of Hunter Biden..."

"... son of the front-running presidential candidate Joe Biden. Those documents shed substantial light not only on the efforts of Hunter and other family members of President Biden to trade on his name and their influence on him for lucrative business deals around the world, but also raised serious questions about the extent to which President Biden himself was aware of and involved in those efforts. But Americans were barred from discussing that reporting on Twitter, and were actively impeded f...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, New York Post, Law, Censorship, Joe Biden, House, Glenn Greenwald, Biden, Hunter, Ann Althouse, Hunter Biden


"I want to keep wearing a mask after this is over. I can just go and do my thing, and I don’t have to interact with people. It’s liberating."

Said the 16-year-old son of the author of this WaPo column, "Here are the people who love wearing masks."The author, Petula Dvorak, collects some other pro-mask statements: “I love wearing a mask. I want to do this forever. It has helped my social anxiety so much.”...“Wearing a mask is really letting me be ugly in peace. I love it here.”...“I like not catching colds, not wearing makeup and not being noticed... So even vaccinated and with herd immunity, I’m still going to be hiding behind it.”......
Tags: Makeup, Law, Masks, Aging, Autism, Austria, Introverts, Smiling, Ann Althouse, Religious Garb, Strange Medical Condition, Petula Dvorak


Big Changes for Businesses as Many Sector Rules Become Recommendations

Big changes are on the way for employers in Connecticut that have been operating for close to a year under “Sector Rules” — mandatory practices that were set out by the state that businesses had to follow in order to reopen. All that changes effective March 19th.  Late Friday, the state updated the website regarding sector rules for reopening. While some mandates remain, most of the requirements are changing to best practices. As the webpage indicates by the DECD: The following rules apply to al...
Tags: Workplace, Law, Cdc, Masks, Businesses, Connecticut, Guidance, Rules, Recommendations, Best Practices, Operation, Lamont, OSHA, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Wage & Hour


"Why was [Andrew Cuomo] celebrated for so long?"

The headline for an article at New York Magazine is "Abuse and Power Andrew Cuomo’s governorship has been defined by cruelty that disguised chronic mismanagement. Why was that celebrated for so long?"Was the "governorship" celebrated or was the governor celebrated? I rewrote the headline for my post title because it seemed perversely impersonal and inaccurate to say that people have been celebrating the abstraction. People were celebrating the man. There was some embarrassing fawning.The NY Maga...
Tags: Law, Envy, Andrew Cuomo, Donald Trump, New York Magazine, Cuomo, Trump, Rebecca Traister, Mario Cuomo, Fred Trump, NY Magazine, Working Families Party, Ann Althouse, Emotional Politics, Bill Lipton


Coronavirus live news: More than 21m vaccine doses given in England; Germany warns Covid infections could reach Christmas peak by mid-April

Wales begins first stage of lockdown easing; Australia records first local Covid case in more than two weeks; Poland reports rise in daily casesJordan health minister steps down after hospital oxygen failure deathsDay of reflection to be held a year after UK’s Covid lockdown beganTake things slowly as lockdown ends to avoid ‘re-entry’ syndromeSee all our coronavirus coverage 3.19pm GMT Three health workers in Norway who recently received the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19 are be...
Tags: Health, UK, England, Wales, Australia, Germany, Society, UK News, World news, Philippines, NHS, Poland, Vaccines and immunisation, Norway, Reuters, Denmark Iceland


"City Hall should immediately impose a resettlement tax on all returning New Yorkers. The levy will be determined..."

"... at the very moment they touch down at J.F.K., determined by both their income level and how flagrant their desertion was. (If someone spent the entirety of their exile on the crystal waters between Monaco and Sardinia, he can expect to pay up.) That money will be used to fund a public good ascertained, through a special election, by those of us who never left.... We saw the videos from the Joshua Tree ranch, OK? You can’t just march back in here as if you own the place. Once sufficient con...
Tags: New York, Taxes, Law, New York City, America, Wealth, Envy, Monaco, Sardinia, Joshua Tree, City Life, Ann Althouse, Coronavirus, Luke Wilkie


US Army reservist charged in Capitol riot was a Nazi sympathizer who sported a 'Hitler mustache' to work, federal prosecutors reveal

Riots at the US Capitol Building. Michael Nigro/Pacific Press:LightRocket/Getty Court documents published by Politico offer an insight into a Capitol rioter's white supremacist ties. Hale-Cusanelli worked at a New Jersey naval facility where he held secret-level security clearance. Investigators found that Hale-Cusanelli's coworkers could recall numerous incidents of racist behavior. See more stories on Insider's business page. A US Army reservist who is charged with taking par...
Tags: News, Law, Navy, Youtube, Politico, US, Trends, Fbi, New Jersey, News UK, Pentagon, Hitler, US Army, Capitol, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Getz


"Starting next month, residents can attend classes to learn the intricacies of the local recycling system, what can and can’t be recycled, and how to reduce their overall waste."

"Those who complete the two 90-minute sessions and a community outreach project will be certified Master Recyclers, equipped not only to tell the difference between No. 1 and No. 5 plastic containers but to help friends, neighbors and coworkers improve their own habits." From The Wisconsin State Journal. That made me laugh. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Wisconsin, Environmentalism, Ann Althouse


Lost recording of Trump pressuring a Georgia election official was uncovered in an investigator's spam folder, report says

Officials reportedly located the recording in Watson's spam folder when responding to a public records request. Getty Images A phone call between Trump and a Georgia election official was published by The Wall Street Journal. It was previously believed that no recording of this phone call existed. Officials, however, located the recording in an investigator's junk folder, The Post said. See more stories on Insider's business page. A six-minute phone call between former Presiden...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Law, Washington Post, Trends, Georgia, Joe Biden, New York Times, News UK, Watson, Biden, Donald Trump, Spam Filter, Trump, Election 2020


Lost recording of Trump pressuring a Georgia election official was uncovered in an investigator's trash folder, report says

Officials reportedly located the recording in Watson's trash folder when responding to a public records request. Getty Images A phone call between Trump and a Georgia election official was published by The Wall Street Journal. It was previously believed that no recording of this phone call existed. Officials, however, located the recording in an investigator's trash folder, The Post said. See more stories on Insider's business page. A six-minute phone call between former Presid...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Law, Washington Post, Trends, Georgia, Joe Biden, New York Times, News UK, Watson, Biden, Donald Trump, Trump, Election 2020, State


FY-21 Navy Enlistment Bonus March Update

Effective, March 13, 2021, the following enlistment bonus (EB) opportunities have been continued, adjusted, or eliminated by the Commander, Navy Recruiting Command: The Enlistment Bonus for Source Rate (EBSR) is no longer available for Avionics (AV). The Enlistment Bonus for Shipping (EBSHP) is no longer authorized unless originally contracted with EBSHP and the ship date […]
Tags: Military, Navy Recruiting, Rating-School, Enlistment Bonus, Commander Navy Recruiting Command, Navy Enlistment Bonus March Update


‘I’m on the street, but I’m not a bum’: how a Vietnam vet showed me the real New York

My plan was to write a book about the infamous city through its varied inhabitants. In the end it was Joe who told me the real storyIn 2014, I moved to New York with the goal of speaking to a couple of hundred locals. In 2011, I’d published an oral history of London, and hoped to do the same for this great city: describe the experience of living there in the words of its own people. This unfeasibly large task took up my weekdays.One Sunday, after a year in New York, I learned of a free lunch ser...
Tags: Books, New York, London, Society, Poverty, Homelessness, Culture, Social exclusion, Vietnam, Joe, Flatiron District


Are we soon going to start seeing notable judicial nominees from Prez Biden?

This past week was full of big accomplishements for the Biden Administration with the confirmation of Attorney General Merrick Garland and the passage of the big COVID relief bill.  And now, as we approach nearly two months into the new Administration, there is reason to expect we will start seeing Prez Biden announce some judicial nominations.  These recent press articles certainly are raising expections that nomination will be coming soon: From Axios, "White House primes 'pipeline' of federal ...
Tags: Law, Cnn, Jackson, Biden, Josh Blackman, Prez Obama, DC Circuit, Douglas A Berman, US Sentencing Commission, Merrick Garland, Ketanji Brown Jackson, Axios White House, Biden Administration, Prez Biden



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