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For most of the F1 teams, 4th place is as good as it gets
Ferrari crew work on the car of the team’s driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany during the first practice session for the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, Friday, April 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)SHANGHAI — A week ago, Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly came from nowhere to finish in fourth place in the Bahrain Grand Prix.He and his team treated it like a victory.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Three teams and their six drivers monopolize the top spots in Formula One almost every race. Last season, five different drivers won races, all from the top three teams: Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull. Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel has won both races so far this season.It was much the same in practice Friday ahead of Saturday’s qualifying for the Chinese GP.Defending champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes was quickest in both sessions, and Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen was second quickest each time. Hamilton’s teammate, Valtteri Bottas, was third in both sessions, which stayed dry until a light rain began to fall in the final minutes of the second practice.Hamilton will try to win his sixth race in China, and will be after his seventh pole position.Rain is forecast for Saturday qualifying with a dry day predicted for Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Ninth place in Formula One is worth two points in the season standings, far behind the 25 the winner gets. But at least it’s something.“It was a great race for us,” said the Swede, who praised the team’s new main sponsor, Alfa Romeo. “We’re coming from two very difficult years where we’ve been always at the back as a team. I was super happy to be back in the points. It’s been a long time.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES “The battle for that fourth place in the championship is going to be extremely interesting through the year,” said Robert Fernley, the deputy team principal of Force India.Last season, Force India finished fourth in the team standings, but light years behind the top three.New series owner Liberty Media, which took over last season from long-time Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone, hopes to give the small teams a chance to be more competitive when the current rules — called the Concorde Agreement — expire after the 2020 season.The new owners are looking to cut costs and cap spending, but the richest teams, Mercedes and Ferrari, will have to agree — or cut a deal.The smaller teams seem mostly on board.“I support all the points that Liberty Media presented, and I hope that they will realize it,” said Tost, the Toro Rosso principal.Though it runs in cycles, Formula One has traditionally been dominated by a few teams and drivers. The “also-ran” teams have taken to calling themselves “the midfield,” where competition is close for the spots behind the top three. But the gap is large.Fernley, the Force India No. 2, was asked if he had ever seen the pack in the middle this tight.“Not in recent years, no,” he replied. “I think it’s tremendous. The battle for that fourth place in the championship is going to be extremely interesting through the year.”Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson was ninth in Bahrain, and just as excited as Gasly — the fourth-place winner. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast In your face! Giannis reaches new heights for Bucks Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “I must say, it’s been amazing,” Gasly said of his “success” as he prepares for Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix, the third race of the season.Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost was just as thrilled, and credited engine maker Honda.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I expected a place between eight and 10,” Tost said Friday in Shanghai. “And in the end it was fourth place. It was a big, positive surprise and I’m very happy.”For seven of the 10 teams in Formula One, getting one of their drivers to finish in fourth place is about all they can hope for. Forget about first, second or third. 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Kobe would love to trade for Kidd
A few years ago, it was, “When are the Timberwolves going to get past the first round of the playoffs?” Then, after the Wolves made it to the Western Conference Finals in 2004, it became, “When are you going to win a championship?” But the questions have turned gloomier now that Minnesota has missed the playoffs for two straight years. More like, “Can you win in Minnesota?” or “Do you need to win a championship to cement your legacy?” Garnett plays it cool for the most part, but it’s obvious the team’s struggles are starting to get to him. “I’m pretty sure, until you win a championship, that’s going to be the next question,” Garnett said. “It’s like, when you’re single, people ask, when you’re going to get a girlfriend. Then when you get a girlfriend, they ask when you’re going to get married. After you you get married, they ask when you’re going to have kids. So you have to ask, “Can you get it done in Minnesota?” “We’ll see,” he said, adding a wink. Kobe international: Plenty of NBA players draw large crowds of international media. Dirk Nowitzki draws a pack of German reporters. Yao Ming has a small army of Chinese media following him. But Lakers’ guard Kobe Bryant, who will start at point guard for the West in today’s All-Star Game, seems to be a hit all over the world. At Saturday’s media session, reporters from China, Guatemala, India and Israel asked Bryant to say hello to fans back home in their countries. He’s generally a good sport and takes a stab at try to pronounce his message in other languages. “So far, I’d say there have been about 10 countries,” Bryant said. “I’ve said hi in Spanish, (Hebrew), German, Chinese. I don’t think I’ve done Polish yet.” Asked why he seems to be so popular overseas, Bryant joked, “I don’t know. Maybe there’s no one else to talk to.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAS VEGAS – Unwieldy contract be damned. Bad back? No problem. Kobe Bryant isn’t thinking about any of the negatives attached to a trade for Nets point guard Jason Kidd. “This team is young, and if you have the opportunity to bring a player like Jason Kidd in, that’s something you definitely definitely have to look at,” Bryant said Saturday before the West All-Star team practiced at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. “I hear all the talks going on. I don’t know the seriousness of it, or the possibility of it, but it’s still exciting. Stern wants New Orleans progress: NBA commissioner David Stern had some pointed words for politicians in New Orleans, the site of next year’s All-Star Game, saying the NBA was committed to the Hornets but disappointed in the city’s slow recovery from Hurricane Katrina. “Although politics and government are not our beat, it sure would be nice to see a plan, completely unrelated to basketball, to deal with issues for the people of New Orleans that haven’t been dealt with. “We want to be good citizens, but we’d like to see just something that takes care of the displaced people. That place hasn’t really made a lot of progress, because it really is not going to be that much fun to be there if progress hasn’t been made. “I think we can probably make it work and we’re very optimistic about that. But it doesn’t make me feel so good when I go down there and see the inaction for the people in New Orleans. We’re not going to be part of the problem. We’re going to be part of the solution if there’s a will in Louisiana and New Orleans to solve the issues. Next question: Kevin Garnett gets a lot of the same questions. “If something is coming down the pipe, we’ll definitely talk about it.” Kidd, who is 34 next month, is due $41 million dollars over the next two seasons so acquiring him would probably force the Lakers to pay luxury taxes.
Countrywide to bail out borrowers hurt by subprime loans
CALABASAS – With foreclosures mounting, Countrywide Financial Corp. announced a bailout plan on Tuesday to modify $16billion in mortgages for customers who cannot afford the monthly payment because of interest rate resets. A top company executive promised generous flexibility for borrowers whose hybrid adjustable loans are now or might soon be unaffordable. “In some cases, we won’t even invoke the payment reset,” Steve Bailey, Countrywide’s senior managing director of loan administration, said in a conference call. “The payment reset is not going to be the reason why people suffer foreclosure.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Countrywide said that its plan will “proactively address the rising foreclosure rate” through 2008. The program includes $2.2billion this year to help about 10,000 subprime loan holders who are currently delinquent and are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of a recent reset. It did not win universal approval, though. Bart Narter, senior analyst with Celent, a Boston-based financial research and consulting firm, said in an e-mail that the plan means Countrywide’s options went from bad to worse. “The bad consists of renegotiating loans, and perhaps losing some potential profit, but not flooding the market with even more homes,” he said. “What’s worse is that Countrywide is foreclosing on homes in a declining market and going through the legal, administrative and financial pain involved in this process.” But he said that the action by Countrywide, the nation’s largest mortgage provider, will hopefully set an example in the industry. And Bailey acknowledged that sinking home values is one reason the company is now taking this action. The program has a refinance and a work-out component. Here’s how it works: Countrywide set up a special refinance unit for about 52,000 borrowers with subprime loans and strong payment histories. This pool has about $10billion in mortgages, and the company will try to arrange a refinance into prime or FHA loans. For those with credit issues, Countrywide will offer Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac’s expanded criteria programs. Countrywide is also going to contact prime and subprime borrowers who are current but unable to qualify for a refinance and are likely to have difficulty affording an upcoming payment reset. The company will supplement its early notification letter to borrowers by calling no later than three months prior to the reset to determine their financial circumstances and develop affordable solutions. Countrywide hopes to modify $4 billion in loans for approximately 20,000 borrowers in an existing adjustable-rate mortgage through the end of 2008. So far this year, the company said its home preservation efforts have helped more than 40,000 borrowers stay in their homes, including the completion of 20,000 loan modifications. Jack Kyser, vice president and chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., said the company is doing the right thing. “It’s very unprecedented, and it’s probably a very savvy move on the part of Countrywide given all the criticism that Angelo Mozilo (the company’s chairman and chief executive officer) is getting,” Kyser said. “For a lot of people, this is just going to be wonderful news.” email@example.com (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Mayor asks outside probe of city power
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Responding to three power outages in the past month, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called on the Board of Water and Power Commissioners on Thursday to seek an independent review of the city’s electric system. Also, Villaraigosa nominated Forescee Hogan-Rowles, an economic development official and former City Council candidate, to the panel that oversees the Department of Water and Power. “The frequency and duration of power outages is a cause of great concern,” Villaraigosa wrote in a letter to his commissioners. A Sept. 12 blackout, which the DWP attributed to a worker’s error, affected half the city. It was followed by two smaller outages, including one Tuesday that affected 1,000 customers downtown. The mayor requested a report within 45 days to address the electrical distribution system, its maintenance history and the city’s investment in the network. Villaraigosa nominated Hogan-Rowles to fill the vacancy on the Board of Water and Power Commissioners created when his previous appointee, William Burke, withdrew because of possible conflicts of interest. Hogan-Rowles is president and chief executive of the Community Financial Resource Center, a nonprofit provider of financial counseling and services. She ran for a City Council seat in South Los Angeles in 2003. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 firstname.lastname@example.org
NBA is playing dress-up
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Business casual? Sounds more like madness formal. How a player dresses when “participating in team or league activities” seems as if it should be up to the player. If he’s not embarrassed to be wearing 20 pounds of chains over a sleeveless jersey, so be it. But the players negotiated away that right in their last contract. Apparently, Allen Iverson & Co. didn’t read the fine print. The league thinking here: The NBA has an image problem (read: “gangsta”) and dressing up the kids will make it go away. Well, it won’t, not as long as a majority continues to sport tattoos of dubious taste and players keep turning up on rap sheets. Hidden jewelry is revealed wisdom? NBA commissioner David Stern seems to think so, if his Big Brother-ish players dress code is any indication. Clothes don’t make the man, or the league . . . Let’s see if we understand this: If NBA players wear sport coats while on the bench, the league will sell more tickets? If they take off sunglasses while indoors, TV ratings will take off, too? Sport coats won’t fix that. The NBA’s dress code seems to be an attempt to disguise many players’ hip-hop cultural preferences. We’re no fans of the genre, but trying to deny/ignore it seems as pointless as Ed Sullivan refusing to televise Elvis Presley’s gyrating pelvis. Didn’t stop rock ‘n’ roll.Baseball’s playoffs always are good for identifying the truly heroic spitters. All those closeups between pitches. And it appears White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is the Old Faithful of the 2005 postseason, both in frequency and in volume.Geoff Blum, veteran infielder from Chino, has made it to the World Series in his first playoffs appearance. He was traded from the Padres to the White Sox in midseason.Former Angels shortstop David Eckstein is still playing. The Angels are not. Draw your own conclusions.Giving Orlando Cabrera a four-year, $32 million deal when they could have kept Eckstein at a fraction of the price isn’t the Angels’ biggest contract disaster. That would be the three more years the rapidly declining Garret Anderson has coming on a four-year, $48 million deal.Bengie Molina is a free agent, a nice catcher and a decent hitter, but the Angels shouldn’t break the bank to keep him. If he’s overweight and injury-prone at 31, how “gordo” and fragile will Beefy Bengie get when he has the security of a three- or four-year deal?Actually, the Angels could be headed in the Dodgers’ direction, this winter: Letting guys go, hoping the prospects come through. Such as Jeff Mathis at catcher, for Molina. Such as Jered Weaver for Jarrod Washburn.Seems like a year ago already, but the Josh Paul/A.J. Pierzynski third-strike episode should hammer home one point with catchers everywhere: Always tag out a batter on a third strike below the knees. Just to be safe.Straight-shooter John Olguin, Barstow native and University of Redlands alumnus, was fired last week by the Dodgers from his job as public relations director. Olguin, apparently a collateral damage victim from the Dodgers’ 71-91 season, will be missed.Now that it’s clear that Jim Tracy demanded a two-year contract extension from the Dodgers . . . does anyone still feel sorry for the club’s ex-manager?Perhaps caught up in the excitement of the moment, some suggested after USC’s 34-31 victory over Notre Dame that it was the greatest college football game ever played. It was very good, but we think the Ohio State-Miami BCS title game in 2003 was better, to name one.The “619” eye-black patches that USC tailback Reggie Bush wears are a tribute to his hometown of San Diego, area code 619.USC and UCLA: Five and four victories, respectively, from an unbeaten showdown Dec. 3 at the Coliseum. Still unlikely, but less so after every fourth-quarter-rally weekend.Former Fohi running back Josh Okoebor is an occasional starter at cornerback for Washington, and has two interceptions including one of UCLA’s Drew Olson. Okoebor missed the 2004 season with a knee injury (after sitting out 2003 at San Bernardino Valley College with a hamstring injury). Okoebor has a balky hammy again, and may not play against No. 1 USC in Seattle on Saturday. Washington senior Chris Singleton, third in San Bernardino County in regular-season rushing in 2000 with 1,774 yards at Etiwanda, is the No. 4 tailback for the Huskies and sees occasional action on special teams.Don’t look for receiver Nate Johns (Redlands East Valley) or linebacker Isaiah Cook (Claremont) on the Oregon State sideline at the Rose Bowl on Saturday. Each is ineligible, according to the Beavers sports information office. Both had been expected to contribute, as redshirt freshmen.Beavers sophomore Alexis Serna, formerly of Fontana A.B. Miller, will be easy to spot at the Rose Bowl. The kicker is 14-for-16 on field goals and 21-for-21 on PATs.We make a point of trying to remain neutral when local preps are playing . . . but we admit to some satisfaction in Los Osos High School’s 52-21 football victory over crosstown rival Rancho Cucamonga’s Cougars and their three ex-Grizzlies transfers.We weren’t there when veteran prep football coaches Don Markham (Bloomington) and Mike Churchill (Rialto Carter) took the actions that their schools decided warranted suspension/administrative leave . . . but it would be a stunner if the coaches were in the wrong.Colton football coach Harold Strauss is a shadow of his former self, having shed 135 pounds. Strauss told Sun reporter Michelle Gardner, “I’ve lost a freshman. I’d like to lose a senior.”Who would win a fight between John Madden and Keith Jackson? We don’t know, but it would sound something like this: “Boom!” “Whoa, Nellie!” “Pow!”Kudos: To the Angels, for getting as far as they did with a holey lineup.Condolences: To Mike Scioscia, who had to go an entire season saying things like, “We have enough offense in this clubhouse to win.” Only to have GM Bill Stoneman finally concede Sunday night, “We need to get a bat.”Lookalikes: Angels pitcher Paul Byrd, actor Dominic (“Lost”, “Lord of the Rings”) Monaghan.Where are they now? Allen Iverson is at Men’s Wearhouse, buying sport coats.They said it: “We have a minimum standard that we’ve set that reflects on the professionals in our sport and you’re going to do it.” NBA commission David Stern, on the dress code.And finally: And if you don’t follow the minimum standard? No recess and a note home to your parents. Paul Oberjuerge’s column appears Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday. 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Flight disruption fears due to Ryanair pilot strike
Irish holidaymakers could face major disruption as Ryanair pilots plan to ballot on industrial action this week.The vote comes after Ryanair pilots in the UK announced they will strike over two days in August and three days in September.Irish-based Ryanair pilots with IALPA, the Irish Air Line Pilots’ Association, will vote tomorrow (Friday) on whether they will also launch strike action. UK pilots who are members of the British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) will begin their two-day strike action on August 22nd. They are planning a second strike for 72 hours on September 2nd.The dispute centres around demands for a consistent pay structure and a range of conditions, including maternity, pensions and insurance. Flight disruption fears due to Ryanair pilot strike was last modified: August 8th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FlightsryanairTravel
Going up: Cape Town’s new skyscraper
16 February 2012 Cape Town’s city skyline will soon feature a stunning addition. The 32-storey, R1.6-billion Portside Building – Cape Town’s first new skyscraper since 1993 – represents a substantial investment in the Western Cape and a major boost for the local construction industry. It was announced this week that construction group Murray & Roberts has been awarded the R1.6-billion contract to build the Portside, which will be located opposite the entrance to the V&A Waterfront, in the emerging financial district on Cape Town’s Foreshore. The project is a joint development between South African financial services giants Old Mutual and FirstRand, and will partly house the provincial headquarters of FirstRand Bank’s three divisions, FNB, Rand Merchant Bank and vehicle financier WesBank, with 25 000m² of corporate and retail space to be let by Old Mutual Property.‘Sustainable economic stimulus’ Designed jointly by DHK and Louis Karol Architects to represent a “city in the sky”, the 148-metre Portside will be the highest building in Cape Town’s central business district, offering its residents all-round views of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the building in August, FirstRand CEO Sizwe Nxasana said the group’s investment in Portside would provide “sustainable economic stimulus and creat[e] much-needed jobs in line with the government’s employment development and social upliftment agenda.” Andrew Boraine, chief executive of the Cape Town Partnership, a public-private partnership that focuses on the regeneration of the inner city, wrote on his blog in August that the significance of the project lay “in the vote of confidence given to the Cape Town economy by two of South Africa’s biggest corporate businesses”. Old Mutual Property MD Peter Levett said in a statement this week that the visual, environmental and social impact of Portside were key to the building’s design process. ‘Historically, environmentally sensitive’ “The design had to provide Old Mutual and FirstRand with two distinct business addresses in the city,” Levett said. “Moreover, the location in a central city urban conservation area meant the design needed to be highly sensitive to the historical and environmental character of its surroundings.” The architects were required to take cognizance of both the current and potential future development of the city around the site of the new building, and to ensure that it would “be able to create the necessary synergies with other buildings in the area, contributing to the overall revitalisation of this part of Cape Town over time”. FNB Western Cape provincial chairman Stephan Claassen said the project team planned to submit the building for formal green star rating to the Green Building Council of South Africa. “We intend making Portside a benchmark of environmental sustainability in terms of both construction and building management processes,” Claassen said. “[We] have worked closely with the architects to ensure that it serves to raise the standards of green design, indoor environmental quality, and the reduction of energy, water consumption, waste production and management production and negative carbon emissions for tall buildings.” Portside is due for completion in March 2014. The last tall building to be built in Cape Town’s city centre, Safmarine House, was built in 1993 and stands at 123 metres. SAinfo reporter
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Platform-as-a-Service: 6 Ways PaaS Will Change The Enterprise
Tags:#cloud computing#enterprise#hack#infrastructure Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Guest author Bart Copeland is CEO of ActiveState.Jetpacks, flying cars, hybrid cloud. Which one will be ubiquitous in two years? Here’s a hint: It’s the one that doesn’t involve personal air travel.In two years, the cloud-computing-enabled enterprise will have the enviable luxury to take much for granted, including accelerated time to market, seamless deployment, true polyglot coding and agile-as-you-want development.And the technology that will enable that bright future? Here’s another hint: It starts with “private PaaS” or private Platform- as-a-Service. Think of private PaaS as cloud middleware for the enterprise — Platform-as-a-Service technology for on-premise service delivery behind a firewall, or an operating system for an enterprise private cloud.Here are six ways private PaaS will change the enterprise cloud space by 2015:1. Mobile apps will drive enterprise cloud and private PaaS adoption.Two years from now, the biggest driver for cloud adoption won’t be traditional applications, it’ll be mobile apps. Disparate workforces already make Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) a cost of doing business for the enterprise: More types of enterprise work will require more types of mobile applications. And that will burden IT leaders mandated with managing the cloud. To retain control (and sanity), those IT leaders will embrace private PaaS technologies to provide integrated application management of mobile (and Web and cloud) applications.2. Private clouds will dominate the enterprise market for now… but hybrids will win in the end.Marketers spin idealized tales of cross-cloud hybrid love, with capacity-enabling bursts to the public cloud, easy multi-datacenter application administration, better security management, and redundancy/failover operational models abstracted from the developers and employees doing the actual work. It’s a great, achievable vision. But for most enterprises, that hybrid cloud vision is still two years away. Which is why they’re investing in private PaaS architectures now. Today’s enterprise cloud adopters see private cloud — and in particular, private PaaS technology — as the path to tomorrow’s hybrid cloud glory.3. Smaller “public PaaS” players will dwindle as Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) subsumes PaaS.To differentiate themselves against commoditization, IaaS service providers will continue to incorporate PaaS technology into their infrastructure service offerings. 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U.S. Federal Court Dismisses Challenge to Stem Cell Patent
A U.S. federal appeals court has rejected an attempt to strike down a long-contested stem cell patent held by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). The Santa Monica, California–based Consumer Watchdog (CW) had hoped to invalidate the patent, which it says puts a burden on California’s taxpayer-funded research by requiring licensing agreements to use the cells, but on 4 June the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that CW isn’t involved in work on human embryonic stem cells and, thus, can’t challenge the patent in court.The patent, awarded in 2006, involves creating an in vitro culture of human embryonic stem cells. CW challenged it and two other WARF stem cell patents, but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) upheld the patents in 2008. Last year, CW appealed its challenge to the federal circuit court, claiming that the isolation of these cells was an obvious, incremental step beyond existing techniques. In a brief to the court, CW’s attorney, Dan Ravicher of the Public Patent Foundation, also cited the Supreme Court’s June 2013 decision in the Myriad Genetics case that human genes are “products of nature” and cannot be patented.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The appellate court didn’t address either of those issues. Instead, Circuit Judge Randall Rader wrote in the decision that CW lacks the legal “standing” required to bring a case against WARF.“We are very disappointed with and obviously disagree with the ruling,” Ravicher told ScienceInsider in an e-mail. He added that CW will “consider its options” for the next step. But time is running out, because the patent will expire in early 2015. The case was a test for a 2013 change in patent law specifying that anyone who gets an adverse judgment from the patent office has the right to appeal to the federal circuit. But the decision makes clear that the constitutional requirements for legal standing still apply, says Kevin Bastian, a patent attorney Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in San Francisco, California. “You have to have some skin in the game, as it were,” he says.If it stands, the decision guarantees “a shorter and more certain resolution” for groups hoping to fight patents on political or ideological grounds, says Konstantin Linnik, a patent attorney at Nutter McClennen & Fish in Boston. Without a chance for such groups to appeal to the circuit court, “now it becomes a binary deal: You can win or you can lose at the patent office.”