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5 takeaways from the debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden in Cleveland

first_imgSocial distancing measures at the first debate between President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden meant that their podiums were far apart from one another and there was no customary handshake between the two rivals at the beginning of the evening.But the lack of a handshake was far from the way in which the Cleveland debate broke the normal conventions of civility. At Tuesday’s encounter, the two men questioned one another’s intelligence,Trump repeatedly interrupted Biden and Biden frequently scoffed at the president’s comments and called him a “clown.” At one point, the Democratic candidate asked Trump, “Will you shut up, man?”Trump was pressed about his taxes and was also asked by moderator Chris Wallace if he would condemn white supremacists – a question he sidestepped. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Texas A&M fined $1 million for lab safety lapses

first_img 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 releasecenter_img 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.last_img read more

More woe for AVB as Chelsea lose again

first_imgBayer Leverkusen 2 Chelsea 1Chelsea’s place in the knockout stage of the Champions League is in serious doubt after Manuel Friedrich’s injury-time goal in Germany.Friedrich’s header from Gonzalo Castro’s corner took Bayer Leverkusen to the top of Group E and through to the next phase of the tournament, which Chelsea will miss out on if they lose to Valencia at Stamford Bridge in their final group game.AdChoices广告This result will do nothing to ease the pressure on manager Andre Villas-Boas, whose side have now lost four of their last seven matches and again looked disorganised at the back.Didier Drogba put them ahead early in the second half, getting the better of Friedrich and firing into the bottom corner after being found by Daniel Sturridge.But Chelsea’s recent defensive shortcomings were evident again, not least when they failed to deal with a routine ball into the box and Sidney Sam’s cross was headed in by Eren Derdiyok.It was Derdiyok’s first touch after coming on as a substitute and gave Leverkusen a deserved equaliser, although they were fortunate not to concede a late penalty when Drogba appeared to be fouled by Lars Bender.Had that decision gone their way, Villas-Boas’ men might well have got the victory that would have taken them into the last 16.And to make matters worse for them, Friedrich came up with a last-gasp winner – but the bigger picture remains the same, as the Blues would still have faced Valencia needing a draw to qualify.Drogba’s goal came after a cagey first half in which ex-Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack very nearly scored against his former club.Ballack, sporting Petr Cech-style headgear to protect a broken nose, headed Castro’s right-wing corner against the bar.Chelsea’s best chance of the opening period came when Sturridge threaded a perfect pass through to Drogba, who rounded keeper Bernd Leno but in doing so took a heavy touch, and as a result fired high and wide from an acute angle.But when Sturridge set him up again three minutes after the interval, Drogba made no mistake.Leverkusen responded in determined fashion and Ballack came close to scoring on two more occassions.His overhead kick was tipped over by keeper Cech, who seconds later produced a fine point-blank save to deny Ballack after Andre Schurrle’s header had found its way through a crowd of players.Chelsea looked dangerous on the break and the impressive Sturridge sprinted half the length of the pitch before shooting at Leno’s legs.After surviving that scare, the home team levelled on 72 minutes with the help of some shoddy defending.After Castro’s delivery into the box caught Chelsea napping, an unmarked Sam lifted the ball beyond the onrushing Cech, and Derdiyok headed over John Terry and into the net.And worse followed for the visitors when Friedrich climbed above substitute Alex and powered in a magnificent header from 12 yards out.Valencia, who walloped Genk 7-0, will head to west London the week after next knowing they have a great chance of progressing, but the Premier League side’s destiny remains in their own hands.As well as a win for Chelsea, a goalless or 1-1 draw would take them through. Any other result would send them out.Follow West London Sport on Twitter.last_img read more