Ronaldinho is allowed to go from jail to hotel football for $ 1.6 million

Good news for Brazilian soccer legend Ronaldinho (40).

The judge: “I decided to put her under house arrest because the investigation is well advanced, unlike a month ago.”

Ronaldinho is facing a process of entering suspected counterfeit passports. The former FC Barcelona superstar and his brother were arrested in Paraguay a month ago. They are accused of entering the country with false passports. Ronaldinho faces up to five years in prison.

His lawyer asserts that he did not use the falsified documents on purpose. The passports were therefore made available to him by a foundation.

The two-time world footballer and world champion from 2002 had planned a lot in Paraguay: advertising his new book. A program that should inspire children for a sporty lifestyle. And the opening of a Brazilian businessman’s casino.

Ronaldinho and his brother had their passports withdrawn in Brazil in November 2018 for failing to pay the equivalent of 2.2 million euros. This penalty was imposed for causing massive environmental damage to a property in Porto Alegre.


A study has been started on the human coronavirus vaccine. When might a COVID-19 shot be available?


March 18, 2020 5:12:35 PM

It was a big step in the global fight against coronavirus.

Key points:

  • Around the world, around 35 companies and academic institutions are in the running to create a coronavirus vaccine
  • One launched human studies and three others claim to be close, with EU leaders predicting that a vaccine could be produced within six months
  • However, experts warn the population to be patient, with WHO officials maintaining the vaccine will not be available before “the middle of next year”

In a research center in the city of Seattle in the United States this week, Jennifer Haller, who does not have the virus, became the first human to receive a potential vaccine.

“Everyone is feeling so helpless right now,” he said.

“And I realized there was something I could have done to help, and I’m excited to be here.”

Haller is one of 45 volunteers who received two injections 28 days apart to test the safety of the vaccine. It is one of several processes needed before any vaccine can get the go-ahead for mass production and distribution.

But this Seattle research firm – the Kaiser Permanente Washington Research Institute – is not alone. The race has started and Australia is really good.

A team of scientists from the University of Queensland announced in January – when the outbreak was in its early stages – it was working on a vaccine.

The team, part of an international vaccine development team called the Coalition of Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), is now working “all day”.

A spokeswoman said the team had chosen a candidate vaccine and preclinical testing has started.

“[It is] progress as rapidly as possible towards human trials, hopefully by the end of June, “said the spokeswoman.

Approvals could be accelerated

Around the world, around 35 companies and academic institutions are competing.

At least four are already testing on animals and two others are preparing to begin human trials.

According to reports from the Chinese Communist Party’s popular newspaper this week, researchers from the country’s Academy of Military Medical Sciences received approval for launching early clinical trials for a potential vaccine this week.

A clinical trial database controlled by the Chinese government says that a “phase one” test will determine if the experimental shot is safe in humans.

It aims to recruit 108 healthy people to take part in the trial, which will take place between 16 March and 31 December.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen surprised the world this week, suggesting that the regulatory process for vaccines could be speeded up and that a coronavirus hit could be on the market within six months.

This is in contrast to experts from the World Health Organization (WHO), who do not expect that a fully tested and approved vaccine will be ready to hit the market by mid 2021.

But Ms. von der Leyen said she believes a shorter timeline is possible following talks with CureVac, a German biotechnology company working on a coronavirus vaccine.

The EU has offered the company financial support of 80 million euros (147 million dollars) and reports this week suggest that the Trump administration has even attempted to buy the company.

However, these reports were rejected by the White House and by the company itself.

In the United States, along with the Seattle-based research firm, the Boston-based biotechnology company Moderna has publicly stated that the human trial will begin next month.

What coronavirus experts say:

“It will be a long process”

Despite the pockets of optimism, most scientists and experts suggest that, even with accelerated timing, there is still a long way to go.

Vaccines, like all medicines, must undergo a series of clinical studies before authorities decide whether they are safe and can be distributed to the public.

Jodie McVernan, director of epidemiology at the Doherty Institute in Melbourne, told the National Press Club of Canberra on Wednesday that the effort was coordinated by CEPI.

But he warned that there were trials in place to protect the public and patience was important.

“We need to move from discovery, to development, to clinical trials,” said Dr. McVernan.

“We will have no evidence if the vaccines will work until properly tested.

“All these steps must take place, which is why we are saying it will be a long process.”

The candidate vaccine requires cells to make the coronavirus protein

This week the Doherty Institute – which became the first research team outside China to copy the virus – found that people’s immune systems responded to the coronavirus in the same way they try to fight the flu.

Scientists took blood samples from one of the first Australian patients diagnosed with coronavirus and identified antibodies that the body recruited to fight the disease.

Hopefully the information will help evaluate any vaccine candidate, as in an ideal world the vaccine should mimic the body’s immune response.

Back in Seattle, the vaccine being tested on Haller uses a genetic code that tells cells to produce the same protein found in the coronavirus.

Most vaccines use a weak strain of the real virus. But this vaccine uses protective antibodies created by the body after breaking down that protein to grab the spikes outside the virus and prevent it from penetrating the body’s system.

It has been labeled “cutting edge” by the scientists behind it.

For Ms Haller, the motivation to use as a human guinea pig was simple:

“I hope that we will quickly get to a functioning vaccine and that we can save lives and that people can come back to life as soon as possible.”

A feeling shared by most of the world right now.

Additional reports from ABC medical journalist Sophie Scott and AP



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Who gets the most credit: Brady or Belichick? – NBC Boston

From 2001 to 2019, the New England Patriots have won the AFC East 17 times. The other two years ended in a tie in first place.

In that time frame, they went to 12 AFC championship games and nine Super bowls. Six have won.

Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have been together for the entire race and – thanks to the past two decades – are now recognized as the best coach and quarterback in NFL history respectively.

Trying to share credit for a race never seen before the NFL domination and perhaps the most incredible trait in the history of professional sport – to some extent – is missing the point.

Did the ancient Egyptians stand in front of the pyramids and discuss whether the architect or builders deserved more credit? Did Mrs Wright analyze which of her children – Wilbur or Orville – was primarily responsible for the invention, construction and flight of the first plane?

There is something to be said just to close and appreciate the realization, isn’t there? Yup.

And we will get there.

But right now, with the engines going down Route 1 to pack Tom Brady’s remaining stuff and take him out of Foxboro forever, the question hangs on everything. Which man was most responsible for creating the story we’ve seen written in the past two decades: Belichick or Brady?

Results may vary. In fact, I know they will. But here’s how I see it.

If it hadn’t been for Belichick, there would never have been the mini-dynasty that they became in the decade 2000-2009.

If it weren’t for Brady, the Patriots would never have become the Super Dynasty that they became from 2010 to 2019 when they blew up the 60s Packers, 70s Steelers, 80s Niners and 90s Cowboys to become the only franchise that has dominated two decades.

Bill gets the first decade

The moment Mo Lewis cut an artery in Drew Bledsoe’s chest in September 2001, he is touched as the history of the NFL has changed. It wasn’t. It will only speed up a trial that began when Robert Kraft decided to hire Belichick to succeed Pete Carroll in January 2000.

Belichick took a look at the team’s register and management and started fumigating and renewing. In the end – despite the heavy contract that the Patriots gave Bledsoe in January 2001 to help strengthen public confidence and private investment in building CMGI Field (possibly Gillette Stadium) – Belichick was wary of being tied to a quarterback that the coach was able to routinely undress whenever he trained against him.

Especially a quarterback who had to be paid as the top of the market, as Bledsoe and his agent David Dunn made clear.

Brady was not enlisted in the sixth round of the 2000 draft as Bledsoe’s successor, but in September it became clear to Belichick that he had something. And it became obvious during the 2001 offseason and the training camp that – although not better than Bledsoe in all – the child who made $ 298,000 was more mobile, more precise, more ready in his pocket and destined to be more suited to handling a Bledsoe game.

Mo Lewis accelerated the process and – with a painful stroke – made the transition relatively painless. But the credit goes to Belichick for seeing what he had, promoting it and having the decision to pull the trigger.

The fact that the Patriots went 14-5 under Brady after starting 5-13 under Bledsoe is persuasive evidence that Brady was the missing piece. But Belichick created the register, built the culture and hired the right people – from managers to coaches – to put the team in a position to succeed. It deserves more credit.

Brady may have helped them get where they did, but the Patriots were undoubtedly headed in the right direction and the fruits of Belichick’s designs were collected in 2003 and 2004.

Those Super Bowl wins – the first at the end of a season that started with the shooting down of lawyer Milloy in favor of Rodney Harrison; the second thanks largely to a dice throw on Corey Dillon – they were the victories for “culture”.

Disinterest imposed. All done for the greatest good of the team. Everything ego in your pocket. The most impressive aspect of the patriots was therefore their stamina and mental endurance. Brady was an important part. But so were Tedy Bruschi and Harrison, Matt Light, Richard Seymour, Mike Vrabel and so on.

Fifty-three very intelligent and capable players row together in the hold of the big ship while Belichick was over the bridge to trace a route. It was from 2001 to 2004.

The dips in 2005 and 2006 began the process that would have led Brady to become, largely on Belichick’s design, the engine.

The 2005 Patriots were hit by injuries – not a hindsight surprise when you consider the nine extra games played in the previous four seasons and the difficulty of staying on top. They started to see some friction to grow old – Troy Brown was 34 then – and the ongoing game was marked as well as their defense on the run. They went 10-6 and lost in the division round.

The following season, a protracted squabble over the contract led to the Deion Branch being swapped with Seattle shortly before the season began. Reche Caldwell led the team in receptions followed by Ben Watson, Troy Brown and Kevin Faulk. However, they were unable to advance to the Super Bowl, but lost on the road to the Colts.

That season, Brady got a toy he had never had in Randy Moss and a Troy Brown replica model named Wes Welker. The entire set of record sets went 16-0 and lost in the Super Bowl.

Which brings us to 2008. This is the season that many are aiming for when they say that it is Belichick’s genius that is most responsible for twenty-year success. The Patriots went 11-5 with Matt Cassel starting in quarterback. Hadn’t he been a beginner from high school, yet the patriots still went 11-5?

Cassel was exceptional, better than anyone could hope for. But it’s still a sharp drop from 16-0 to 11-5.

In 2009, the central defense core was expelled or withdrawn: Vrabel, Bruschi, Seymour and Harrison. Belichick complained to Brady on the sidelines during a defeat for the Saints that season that “I just can’t get these kids to play the way I want them. So frustrating.”

The season ended with an ignominious home defeat against the crows in the AFC division playoff round.

Brady gets the second decade

The patriots renewed in the off-season and, in my opinion, Brady was at the forefront of finding their places where they had no business at that stage of their reconstruction. In 2010, the Patriots went 14-2, they were seed no. 1 and Brady was the unanimous MVP.

The offense, moving away from the narrow final position, enlisted two – Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez – and their production would become historic in 2011 when the Patriots arrived at the Super Bowl and lost again to the Giants. Brady launched for 5,235 career yards with 39 touchdowns and 12 picks.

In the 2012 season, he launched 637 times, a career high and one of three times in four seasons that attempted more than 600 passes. With a defense that too often seemed to resist better teams, it was Brady and the offense to score and score and score a little more. They were the first, third, first and third in points marked from 2010 to 2013. Defensively in that period they were eighth, 15th, ninth and tenth.

Even in 2013, when Hernandez was jailed for murder, Gronkowski was grounded due to back surgery and then with an ACL, Brady still ran by hitting the ball with Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and – to a lesser extent – Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson and Shane Vereen.

They won the Super Bowl in 2014, winning a shootout against the Ravens in the Divisional Round, 35-31, and then overcoming a 24-14 deficit against the Seahawks in the fourth quarter when Brady moved to a completely different level in the fourth quarter.

The previous April, Belichick had enlisted Brady’s aspiring successor, Jimmy Garoppolo, in the second round. Brady, perhaps remembering the shrug that Drew Bledsoe had encountered Brady’s arrival 14 years earlier, would not have fallen asleep on the move with the team that ran Garoppolo.

Brady went on to launch 69 touchdowns and 16 predictions in 2014 and 15. He lost four suspension games in 2016 – Garoppolo overcame six quarters of Brady’s relief before hurting himself and giving way to Jacoby Brissett – but he still threw 28 touchdowns and two interceptions before ending that season with a 43- record. by-62, 466 yards in the Super Bowl when the Patriots canceled out a deficit of 28-3. Brady did it at 39.

At 40 in the AFCCG, without Edelman, without an injured Gronkowski, Brady and Amendola joined together to push the Patriots beyond the Jaguars and in the Super Bowl against Philly where he would have launched for 505 yards.

So let’s tell here. From 2010 to 2017, the Patriots have reached seven consecutive AFC Championship Games and the year they didn’t, Brady was the unanimous MVP. He wrote the filming of the playoffs against Ravens and Seahawks in 2014, the Falcons in 2016, the Jaguars in 2017 and led the team to two Super Bowl wins.

In 2018, Edelman was exiting an ACL and was therefore suspended for the first four games. Gronk was injured for a large chunk of the year. Phillip Dorsett and Chris Hogan were the main gimmicks for a while until the team faced Josh Gordon. It’s still? The team went 11-5, Brady put them on his back in the fourth quarter and overtime in Kansas City in the AFCCG and then the Patriots defense checked against the Rams and delivered a Super Bowl to Brady – apart from the shot at Gronk which led to the game’s winning touchdown – he just had to play OK to win the team.

The final verdict

So, see what my answer to this debate is now. Bill gets a bigger share of the first three Lombards. Tom gets a higher share than the second three.

So many people over the years have speculated that Belichick wants to prove that he can win a championship without Brady. I don’t know if it’s true.

I think if Brady was gone, Belichick would appreciate the opportunity, but I never thought he would have wanted to get rid of what he thinks is a quarterback capable of giving him a title that the others couldn’t.

Maybe that’s why we’re here. Belichick doesn’t see Brady as special as he once was. Great? Sure. Are there other guys who can do things they can’t do now? Belichick seems to think so. Brady has apparently survived its usefulness here.

Bill will do what he has done to so many other players. Go ahead. But this is the life cycle of the NFL.

From what I’ve been told and what I’ve collected, Brady agrees. He hoped to be special and to be able to write a different ending here, but to realize he couldn’t shock him. For a legend, it is rather well established.

Playing for Bill Belichick will help keep a player that way. And maybe even for that, Belichick deserves a lot of credit. He allowed Tom Brady to become Tom Brady because he was eternally and exasperatedly Bill Belichick.

Every. Single. Year.


Mass. Man left the cruise due to coronavirus fears, refused reimbursement – NBC Boston

A February Caribbean cruise was something Yi Zhao and Greg O’Brien from Provincetown, Massachusetts were really looking forward to.

“About a week before departure, we received an email from the shipping company saying that if anyone had been to mainland China within 14 days of sailing, it will not be possible to embark,” said O’Brien.

The cruise line notification stated that it was closely monitoring the coronavirus situation and that passengers who had provided proof of travel to China would receive a full refund of all money paid for the Holland America line. Yi had visited his family in China for the new year and was not eligible to sail, so he called Holland America to get a refund.

“They said, ‘We’re sorry, even if we don’t let you take the trip, because you booked through the charter company, the charter company has to start the whole process,” “said Zhao.

Zhao had paid over $ 5,000 for the trip to the charter company, RSVP Vacations, but says customer service wouldn’t accept a refund.

“They kept saying,” It’s a government problem, we can’t give you your money back, “said Zhao.

“We said we have to talk to someone else, and he was a little rude, and he said, ‘I am there’ ‘,” said O’Brien.

The couple then turned to NBC10 Boston Responds for help.

“Half an hour later, Leslie came back to me, and I’m like ‘Wow, it’s Johnny on the spot’,” said Greg. “He’s taking this seriously, and it was a really good feeling. There was someone on our team.”

NBC10 Boston Responds has contacted Atlantis Events, the parent company of RSVP Vacations and the managing director, Rich Campbell, told us: “As agents for our cruise lines, we transparently support their policies and in situations like we will of course grant full refunds if a guest is not allowed to travel. I personally replied to Mr. Zhao and assured him that if he could provide the correct documentation of his recent trip to China, he would be entitled to a full refund according to the policy. from Holland America. “

Zhao provided the paperwork and was told that his $ 5,158 refund is being processed. O’Brien claims that NBC10 Boston Responds did the trick.

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Some criminals who faced deportation to Illinois communities: Sheriffs – NBC Chicago

The Illinois Sheriffs Association said Tuesday that some violent criminals who had to deport are instead released into local communities after their prison terms end following a policy change by the government administration J. Pritzker.

Sheriff Mike Downey of Kankakee County and Tony Childress of Livingston County, representing the state police group, told Capitol reporters that the Illinois Corrections Department has stopped coordinating the transfer to American immigration and the United States. application of the customs of released detainees who are in the country illegally. Downey said it is similar to giving ex-convicts an “advantage to circumvent federal law.”

“It is alarming to think that due to a change in politics that suddenly these types of people might walk the streets and we might not even be aware of it,” said Senator Jason Barickman of Bloomington, one of several GOP lawmakers to sign a letter seeking legislative hearings. “We are here first of all to ask the administration to reverse this reckless policy and guarantee its safety to the public.”

But an immigration expert said the practice violates the state Trust Act, the 2017 law that restricts local law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration officials.

The sheriffs’ concerns came a few days after the Trump administration announced the unusual step of sending customs and border patrol agents to internal premises such as Chicago and other “sanctuary cities” that hampered customs enforcement.

Pritzker spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh called the policy change a “pause” in Corrections’ interactions with ICE, while Pritzker staff examine it and other procedures.

“The governor made it abundantly clear that Illinois will be a firewall against the president’s attacks on immigrant communities,” said Abudayyeh.

Downey said corrections officials announced late last month that they were canceling a trial whereby criminals who lived illegally in the country, with their expiration date, were being transferred to the Pontiac Correction Center. It is there that, since October 2016, Kankakee County Sheriff’s deputies collected and detained them under contract with ICE.

Of the 223 immigrants transferred from Pontiac to ICE detention in 2019, Downey said 11 were convicted of murder or attempted murder, more than four dozen predatory criminal assault or sexual abuse, including crimes involving children, and 33 were convicted of a crime involving a weapon.

Robert Guadian, director of the Chicago field office for ICE enforcement and removal operations, said in a statement that Illinois “puts politics ahead of public safety” when it breaks the communication between Corrections and ICE. It has increased the average total of affected prisoners.

“Now, around 400 convicted criminals per year – including criminals who have served time for crimes such as child sexual abuse and murder, will be released in your community and mine,” said Guadian. “I can’t think of any other state that protects convicted criminals …. ICE will now have to make these arrests in the community when they should have been made within the safe borders of a prison.”

Mayor Lori Lightfoot joined the protesters who gathered outside a press conference involving the “imposition and removal” operations of the new Chicago local office of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Fred Tsao, senior political consultant for the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, said that the Trust Act, signed in August 2017 by Republican Governor Bruce Rauner, prohibits the collaboration of IDOC and Kankakee County with ICE, although the ICE holds a warrant or so-called federal immigration holder on the person.

“The IDOC would not be able to detain anyone beyond that person’s end of the criminal sentence even if that person were subject to an ICE detainee or warrant,” Tsao said. “In no event would Trust allow any sheriff or local police department to take custody of someone based solely on an ICE holder or mandate.”

The Trust Act allows local police to communicate with immigration agents and to detain someone for federal authorities if a valid criminal warrant exists.

In this case convictions should count, said Quincy Republican Senator Jil Tracy.

“These are convicted criminals,” said Tracy. “They served their sentences. However, will they register with a probation officer? “

Regarding the perpetrators of sexual offenses, Childress added: “People who do not have a legal status in this country do not register in the Illinois Sex Offender Registry. And if they flee Illinois, they don’t register anywhere else. “