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Profile António Cunha, the new president of the Council of Deans

This morning António Cunha was elected President of the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. It is one of the oldest presidents in activity.

It is five years since that António Cunha is the dean of the University of Minho.

Well before that, he graduated in Production Engineering, which currently leads the University in 1991 and a PhD in Science and Polymer Engineering also from the University of Minho.

Was 84, the year I completed my degree, which began with an academic career. Nineteen years later came a full professor in the Department of Polymer Engineering.

Until you reach the rector of the University of Minho António Cunha has held several positions of academic management. Was, for example, Director of Programme and the Department.

More in the field of applied research, the new president of the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities has registered four patents and was responsible for three winning projects from national competitions of Columbia outerwear innovation.

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BTG Pactual, the Brazilian bank that advises Hi, received several expressions of interest in the purchase of PT Portugal, including that of Altice. The French have already discussed with the assessor values ​​of Hi, but without a formal proposal has been submitted.

To the Economic cleared, the Altice and other ‘players’ who have made expressions of interest have not yet met with the Hi to negotiate the purchase of PT Portugal.In recent weeks, Altice has been the most visible candidate, having launched an operation to ‘charm’ shareholders of Hi and the Portuguese government with mens fleece. The group hired Uria Menendez as legal advisor and Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley as ‘advisors’ financial, alongside Perella Weinberg.

However, Hi not yet made a decision regarding the sale of PT Portugal nor authorized aides to move forward with the operation. BTG Pactual was mandated by Hi movements, to assist in the ongoing consolidation in the ‘telecoms’ sector in Brazil. And the eventual sale of PT Portugal, valued by analysts at about 6.7 to € 7.7 billion ‘enterprise value’, will finance the participation of Hi in these movements.

In a statement, the Hi clarified that “has not received any proposed divestiture, indicating values ​​or not, its activities in Portugal and there is no decision as to the disposition of such activities.” The telecom admits however that BTG Pactual “was contacted by several interested parties (among which Altice)”.


Mr. Ryan and Roe v Wade

I read two articles that showed and discussed the viewpoints on the social injustices of abortion. Abortion is currently legal upon request in all the fifty states in the United States since the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. Prior to that, abortion was illegal in thirty states and legal under certain cases in twenty states. The Supreme Court case established the Constitutional protection of the women’s decision to terminate her pregnancy derives from the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. It declares that no State shall “deprive any person of life, liberty or property, without the best toilet bowl cleaner”.

The first article I read was about Paul D. Ryan (Mitt Romney’s Vice Presidential Running Mate) and his viewpoints on the social issues surrounding the United States. Ryan shows his credibility to the reader because of his fourteen years as a republican congressman from Wisconsin. Mr. Ryan has not only voted for legislation that would cut off the works toilet bowl cleaner for Planned Parenthood and the Title X family planning program, but also backed bills to establish criminal penalties for certain doctors who perform the procedure known as partial-birth abortion. He has a very strong emotional appeal toward fetuses because he defines them as people entitled to full legal rights and protection. Ryan also believes the concept of personhood is a fundamental tenet of the anti-abortion movement and under this definition abortion and some other forms of birth control could be projected as murder.

On the other hand, the second article I read was about the health and equality for women who are pregnant. If the Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade were to be overturn in the next few years because of different Supreme Court members, then the likeliness of the United States returning to it’s individual state laws toward abortion would return. That would make it difficult for woman stuck in a sticky situation to have an abortion if they lived in a state where it was illegal. Women lacking the resources to travel to another state where they could have their procedure done would either be forced by the government and politicians to go through with an unwanted or risky pregnancy, attempt to self-abort or turn to an illegal and potentially unsafe provider for help. Women’s health, privacy and equality would suffer and some women would die.

It can sometimes come down to the fact on whose life is more important. Everyone is going to have their different opinions and no one will ever be able to take that away from people. Death is a scary thing and sometimes you have to do what’s best for you and not anyone else. In order to make yourself happy you need to make big decisions over the course of your life and one of the biggest regrets you can have during life is making the wrong decision. It is not right to take any the rights of an individual in the United States, better yet that goes against our Constitution. Government should not have any say in whether you want to have your baby or not. It is purely your decision.