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When the coronavirus outbreak first started to spread in the U.S., some referred to it as “the great equalizer” because of the health risk it posed to everyone. But that sentiment hasn’t been borne out over the course of the pandemic. Racial, economic and geographical factors have shown to play a major role in how severely different groups are affected.

Another determinant is gender. On the whole, men have experienced the bulk of the health impacts of the virus. As of last week, about 16,000 more men than women had died of COVID-19 in the U.S. Women, on the other hand, have felt a disproportionate amount of the economic pain during the recession caused by the virus. 

Disparities that existed before the pandemic have been exacerbated by business closures and increased at-home responsibilities

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By Winni Zhou

SHANGHAI, Oct 12 (Reuters)China’s move to cool a rising yuan stands little chance of stopping further gains, international banks say, as the strength of the world’s number two economy and a near-record yield advantage drive big and steady inflows.

Over the weekend, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) scrapped a requirement for banks to hold a reserve of yuan forward contracts, removing a guard against depreciation and sending the currency down 1% for its steepest drop since March.

Yet an identical move three years ago ultimately proved ineffective, and investors say this time the conditions are even more likely to buoy the yuan, perhaps as far as 6.5 per dollar.

“In all previous instances, the impact of the regulatory change was temporary,” said Eugenia Victorino, head of Asia strategy at Swedish bank SEB in Singapore.

“We continue to expect the yuan to remain on

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday attacked the Yogi Adityanath government over the death of a Dalit woman from Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras after being allegedly gang-raped, saying the Chief Minister and his Police say no one was raped because for them, she was “no one”.

In a tweet, Gandhi said the shameful truth is many Indians do not consider Dalits, Muslims and tribals to be human.“The CM & his police say no one was raped because for them, and many other Indians, she was NO ONE,” the former Congress chief tweeted. He also tagged a media report which asked why police was denying rape when the woman repeatedly reported rape.

A 19-year-old Dalit woman from Hathras was allegedly raped and attacked by four upper-caste men. She later succumbed to injuries at a Delhi hospital.

Severe criticism

The Yogi Adityanath government is fighting severe criticism for its handling of the case,

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s legal fight against a woman who accuses the international soccer star of raping her in his suite at a Las Vegas resort more than 10 years ago is heading toward a trial before a federal judge in Nevada.

No date was immediately set, but U.S. District Judge Jennifer Dorsey said she will hear arguments and decide herself whether Kathryn Mayorga was mentally fit to enter a 2010 hush-money agreement with Ronaldo’s representatives that paid Mayorga $375,000.

Ronaldo’s attorney, Peter Christiansen, declined to comment on Tuesday.

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Mayorga’s lawyers, led by Leslie Mark Stovall, did not immediately respond to email and telephone messages about the judge’s ruling, issued Sept. 30.

Dorsey wrote that a court should decide whether Mayorga “lacked the mental capacity” to sign a confidentiality arrangement with Ronaldo’s representatives and “whether any agreement … was ever formed between the parties.”

It was not immediately clear whether

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Hearings have begun in Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s defamation suit against a blogger who shared an article about him on Facebook.

Lee sued Leong Sze Hian for posting a link to a Malaysian news site that alleged the Prime Minister had helped launder 1Malaysia Development Bhd. funds. The Singaporean leader, who has sued other people for defamation while in office, arrived in court on Tuesday to give evidence and undergo cross-examination. Lees lawyers have said the accusations are false and baseless.

“The offending words in the post meant and were understood to mean that the plaintiff was complicit in criminal activity relating to 1MDB,” according to Lee’s opening statement to the court. “They meant and were understood to mean that the plaintiff corruptly used his position as Prime Minister to help Najib launder 1MDB’s billions,” the statement said, referring to former Malaysian premier Najib Razak.

Taking the stand

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Complicated path

Pereira first came to the U.S. as a student in 2008, when she received a full scholarship to Oklahoma City University. The Colombian violinist spent 10 years on a student visa, earning two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degrees.

She has worked for seven years as a lead teaching artist at El Sistema Oklahoma, an after-school program that teaches music to underserved Oklahoma City Public Schools students, and has performed for a decade with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.

The last two years, she has lived in the U.S. on a work visa, but after 12 years of living in America – all in Oklahoma City – Pereira said she wanted to take the next step to citizenship:  applying for a green card and becoming a permanent resident. If her application was approved, she would need to live in the U.S. for five more years and

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InvestorPlace – Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips

October can be a scary month if you’re a superstitious stock trader. Here’s why…

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On Oct. 29, 1929, the stock market crashed on Black Tuesday and ushered in the Great Depression.

Not to be outdone, on Oct. 19, 1987, the stock market crashed again on Black Monday, wiping out more than 20% of the market’s value in a single day.

Nervous yet? Do you have your lucky rabbit’s foot handy, just in case?

Well, we don’t think you’re going to need it this year because the stock market appears to be doing just fine on its own.

You see, there’s nothing magical, or cursed, about October. It’s all quite natural really. Big movements — both bullish and bearish — tend to occur when a lot is going on in the world, and October happens to be a

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  • Amazon sales of certain thermometers, disinfecting wipes, and fingertip pulse oximeters spiked on Friday, after President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19. 
  • For example, sales of Femometer’s medical oral thermometer spiked 248% overnight on Amazon, according to Jungle Scout data.
  • Some companies have spent months preparing for a spike of sales that may accompany a second wave of the pandemic
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

 

Amazon’s sales of certain thermometers, disinfecting wipes, and masks soared on Friday, after President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19. 

Amazon’s sales of Femometer’s medical oral thermometer spiked 248%, reaching 1,933 units sold on Friday up from 556 on Thursday, according to Jungle Scout data shared with Business Insider.

Sales of Amazon Brand’s Solimo disinfecting wipes spiked by 899%, selling 829 units compared to just 83 the day before.

Various face masks saw

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An American Foods Group employee walks past a sign that says “Heroes trabajan aquí,” meaning “Heroes work here,” on April 28 in Green Bay. (Photo: Sarah Kloepping/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

A judge temporarily blocked the state health department from releasing the names of businesses linked to COVID-19 cases on Thursday, after the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce sued to stop the release of the information to media outlets.

The state’s largest business lobbying group argued Thursday that the records are protected by patient confidentiality laws and that disclosure will “irreparably” harm businesses by “effectively blacklisting them.”

The order from Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Lloyd V. Carter will remain in effect for five days. 

Track COVID-19 in Wisconsin: See the latest numbers and trends

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel requested Wisconsin Department of Health Services data on facilities associated with COVID-19 cases on June 6.

The department announced in July that it

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Do you plan on:

  • Purchasing new equipment or software?
  • Implementing a project to reengineer a critical process?
  • Justifying the expansion of the department?

Before undertaking a major expense or transformation, a leader needs to get approval from their senior management. An effective technique is to draft a clear business case that clarifies the costs and benefits to the company and their customers. For most endeavors, a business case includes the following 8 points:

  1. Executive Summary
  2. Problem Statement
  3. Impact Statement
  4. Proposed Solutions
  5. Basic Project Plan
  6. Costs
  7. Benefits
  8. Restated Summary

The Executive Summary is an abridged version of the overall business case. This section includes a statement of the problem, the issues addressed, the suggested solution, costs vs. benefits, and next steps. If possible, the Executive Summary should be one-page, and two pages at most. Most senior leaders are pressed for time, and want information presented in a succinct manner.

Although it’s

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