By signing up for National Doughnut Week, which starts on 5 May, craft bakers can help raise money for The Children’s Trust. This money will help change the lives of youngsters all over the UK with multiple disabilities.”Michelle is one of the many children who have benefited from the money raised from National Doughnut Week”, said Joanne Toner, corporate fundraiser at The Children’s Trust. “She was born with brain damage and with severely impaired eyesight. Because of her condition, her world can be very frightening and, understandably, she can become anxious and upset in unfamiliar situations.””Michelle was becoming closed off from anything new and I worried she would lock herself into her own world, stopping her from enjoying life”, her mother Debbie said. “What she needed was special help so that she could begin enjoying the learning and fun most children take for granted.””It was at St Margaret’s that we were able to unlock Michelle’s world,” said Toner. “St Margaret’s is an on-site residential school where we provide a stimulating and comforting environment for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties and complex health needs.”In class, Michelle benefits from a curriculum tailored specifically to her needs. Teachers and therapists encourage her to use her voice, facial expressions and body movements to express herself. Her new-found skills have helped her understand the idea of ’cause and effect’ for the first time. As a result, she understands that her actions give her control – for example, to use a switch to start music or turn lights on. The skills she has developed in school have now enabled her to cope with new experiences and to have fun with her schoolmates on trips out.”So why not help make this year’s National Doughnut Week (5-12 May) the best yet? To get on board, visit www. fundraising.thechildrenstrust.org.uk/nationaldoughnutweek.Alternatively, contact Christopher Freeman at Dunns Bakery on 020 8340 1614 or e-mail [email protected]
ESSEX JUNCTION If you are looking for a fun evening and some great silent auction bargains from local businesses and merchants, plan on attending the Ambassadors Silent Auction and Taste of the Chamber on Thursday, March 27, from 5:30-8 p.m. at Champlain Valley Exposition (CVE).Champlain Valley Exposition, a non-profit organization, is home to many of Vermonts biggest events, including the annual Champlain Valley Fair, Everything Equine, Vermont Quilt Festival, Spring and Fall Essex Crafts, Circus Smirkus and Northeast Nationals NSRA Street Rods to name just a few of the dozens of special events planned in 2008.All these events help us fulfill our mission as a non-profit organization to encourage and support education, agriculture, commerce and entertainment, said CVE General Manager David F. Grimm, CFE.The Robert E. Miller Expo Centre, located on the 130-acre site, is the largest events complex in northern New England. The Expo Centre offers 81,000 sq. ft of clear-span exhibit space designed for maximum flexibility and is completely air-conditioned for year-round use. The Expo Centre project was completed in January 2006 by REM Development Company, Williston, Robert E. Miller president.The professional staff and event management team at the Exposition provide turn-key services for consumer and trade shows, banquets, conventions, meetings, weddings, concerts and conferences. A 14,000 sq. ft connector building between Expo South and North has offices, conference rooms, concession space, a prep kitchen and additional dressing and rest rooms.Wireless internet service is available at the Expo Centre and on the grounds of the Exposition during special events. A new recycling and re-use Green Committee has been formed this year to reduce energy use and waste and to encourage recycling at the Exposition.The Expo Centre also serves as home to The Soccer Centre for the Nordic Spirit and Far Post soccer leagues November to May. The 2008 Champlain Valley Fair on Aug. 23-Sept. 1 has been designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association (ABA) for the second year in a row.The Fair also received the 2006 John Deere Agricultural Awards of Excellence Sweepstakes Award from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions for best overall exhibits and agricultural events in the nation.With the recent addition of new electrical and water service throughout the Exposition grounds, the ability to host large recreational vehicle and motor home rallies has grown dramatically. CVE will be the host for several large motorcoach rallies in 2008, including the FMCA Regional and Northeast rallies, the NE Carriage Travel Club and others.The combination of modern facilities, convenient location near Burlington International Airport and access to major state and interstate highways makes CVE an attractive destination for regional and national organizations like the N.E. Forest Products Expo, Vermont Grocers Association, Green Mountain Alpacas Spectacular and Green Mountain Dog Show.Champlain Valley Expositions experienced sales and marketing team are ready to help you plan and grow your events in 2008-2009 and beyond.- For information on holding your special events or meeting at the Exposition, contact Tom Oddy, director of special events at (802) 878-5545 [email protected](link sends e-mail).- To learn how your business can benefit as a sponsor of an event, contact Chris Ashby, director of sales and marketing at (802) 8787-5545 or [email protected](link sends e-mail).- A complete calendar of events is available at www.cvexpo.org(link is external)
Murano said work done at the biodefense laboratory represents 1% of the university’s $570 million annual research expenditure. However, she said yesterday that the work “is, nonetheless, a significant and critical part of our efforts to protect the citizens of our community, state, and nation from those who may choose to do us harm.” She added that Texas A&M will pay the fine from its research compliance funds. Elsa Murano, who became Texas A&M’s new president about 6 weeks ago, told reporters yesterday at a press conference that she proposed the large fine so that the university could more quickly resume its biodefense work, which has been on hold since the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suspended work at the lab in July 2007. The CDC halted work with select agents and toxins at the lab after the Sunshine Project, a nonprofit group that monitored biodefense research safety before it suspended operations earlier this month, exposed several safety violations at the lab. The lapses included lab workers infected with the category B bioterror agents Brucella and Coxiella burnetti. Sep 6, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Texas A&M chief vows to fix biodefense lab problems” After the CDC stopped work at the lab, it investigated and released a report in September that detailed a long list of safety violations, including instances in which the school didn’t immediately report or neglected to report lab worker infections or exposure to the pathogens. An official with the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) said the fine is the largest ever for violations involving select agents and toxins, the Austin American-Statesman reported today. See also: Donald White, a spokesman for the HHS OIG, said the department’s regulations allow $500,000 per violation, “and there were numerous violations, over a dozen,” according to the American-Statesman article. “So there was disagreement between OIG and Texas A&M on that point,” White said, according to the article. “In the end, Texas A&M agreed to pay $1 million.” Feb 20 Texas A & M press release The large fine that Texas A&M will pay sets a new standard of accountability for other research institutions that conduct work on select agents and shows that the university is serious about maintaining a safe program, Murano said. “This is serious. It’s important for us to have robust safety controls.” “I don’t know how much of a deterrent a million dollars is. I think the biggest deterrent, or the heaviest price, has related to publicity,” he told the paper. Edward Hammond, who directed the Sunshine Project when it revealed the violations at Texas A&M, told the American-Statesman that the Texas A&M lapses were the most egregious violations of their kind that have ever been publicized, and that though the fine is significant, it’s unclear what effect the amount will have on other institutions. Murano said she expects a team from the CDC will make a follow-up visit to campus in early March to verify that the school has corrected the safety problems, which would allow Texas A&M to resume its select agent work. “We will continue to cooperate fully with the CDC to develop a model program for research and compliance,” she told reporters. “Texas A&M has made tremendous research strides, and it’s crucial that we resume our work at the earliest date,” Murano said. “Our top priority will always be the safety of our students, faculty, and the community.” Feb 21, 2008 (CIDRAP News) Officials at Texas A&M University announced yesterday that the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has accepted the school’s offer to pay a $1 million fine in connection with a 2007 report on several safety violations at its biodefense laboratory.