DHS starts work on $128 million biodefense center

first_imgJun 27, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials broke ground yesterday for the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC) at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md. Construction of the NBACC is slated for completion in 2008, DHS officials said in a news release. The facility’s estimated cost is $128 million, according to an April 2005 Congressional Research Service (CRS) report. See also: The new center is a component of the Bush administration’s “Biodefense in the 21st Century” initiative and meets requirements in the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the DHS statement said. The facility will include laboratories with the highest level of biosecurity, Biosafety Level 4, for handling dangerous pathogens, according to the CRS report. “Scientific research is fundamental to reducing the high consequences of a biological attack,” said DHS Deputy Secretary Michael Jackson, as quoted in the DHS press release. “Our threat picture is ever-changing, and this facility will provide enduring biodefense capability against these types of emerging threats.” Congressional Research Service report, Apr 25, 2005http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/homesec/RL32891.pdf The NBACC will be located at the new National Interagency Biodefense Campus (NIBC). The campus includes laboratories belonging to the Department of Defense, the Department of Agriculture, the National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to DHS. (Fort Detrick is the home of the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.) The 160,000-square-foot facility will house two centers, the Biological Threat Characterization Center (BTCC) and the National Bioforensic Analysis Center (NBFAC). The BTCC’s task is to define biothreat agents and conduct risk assessments to guide research, development, and acquisition efforts and to support the intelligence community, according to DHS. The NBFAC is the lead federal facility for conducting forensic analysis after a biological attack.last_img read more

Dhoni slots ‘finishing’ as hardest cricketing role

first_img(ESPNCricinfo) – Ahead of India’s home ODIs against New Zealand, captain MS Dhoni has said it is difficult to find players to slot into a finisher’s role. The nature of cricket in the subcontinent, he said, meant lower-order batsmen had few opportunities to get used to the pressure of finishing games.“You talked about [the examples of Jos] Buttler and [Glenn] Maxwell. You have to see consistent performances,” he said. “It [finishing] is one of the most difficult things to do in cricket. It’s not about six months or one year. You have to be used to that role and responsibility, and you have to have that self-confidence to keep on doing what is required of you, usually over a period. Once you find a good finisher, they are the ones that will keep batting at that slot for 8-10 years.“I think one of the biggest challenge is that the cricket that we play in the subcontinent, more often than not, a finisher is someone who bats at 5, 6 7, to some extent, maybe No. 4. A lot of times in India, the lower-order doesn’t get a chance to bat.Dhoni himself had made his reputation as a finisher but, with his striking power having dimmed over the last few years, he has indicated a preference for batting higher up the order; his reasoning is he can hold the innings together before hitting out in the end, while the batsman coming in at numbers 7 or 8 could go for the big hits from the start. He said the team management had identified a few players for the finisher’s spot, but refused to divulge their names so as to not put pressure on them.“It becomes more and more difficult for a youngster to come in and fill in that place. The reason being he may not get an opportunity, but you start counting opportunities – say if we are four or five down for 40 runs, it’ll be counted as a big opportunity by you. In 15-20 games, [the youngster] gets an opportunity like that and you expect the youngster to do well, score a 100-150; you say” ‘That was a perfect opportunity in front of you.’”Dhoni is averse to using the word “experimentation”, but with India having only eight ODIs to play before the 2017 Champions Trophy in England, he admitted to there being pressure to identify the best combination of players in a short span of time.“Quite a few of them would have gone to Zimbabwe. All of a sudden, 14 or 15 were there and then a few injuries here and there… It’s not a realistic number but at the same time, there are a few individuals who we are very keen to see what they have on offer.last_img read more

Walcott starts ahead of Giroud? Predicted Arsenal XI v Barcelona

first_img 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 34. Francis Coquelin (centre midfield) 14. Theo Walcott (striker) 11 15. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (right wing) 11 16. Aaron Ramsey (centre midfield) 11. Mesut Ozil (attacking midfield) Arsenal host Champions League holders Barcelona in the last 16 of the elite European competition on Tuesday night.It’s a draw that Arsene Wenger and his men will have dreaded being handed, with Luis Enrique’s side currently enjoying a 32-game unbeaten run, largely thanks to the prolific form of fearsome trio Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.So, with the pressure on, who will Wenger turn to?Take a look at talkSPORT’s predicted Arsenal line up by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 11 6. Per Mertesacker (centre back) 11 17. Alexis Sanchez (left wing) 24. Hector Bellerin (right back) 4. Laurent Koscielny (centre back) – see the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the right arrow above 18. Nacho Monreal (left back) 33. Petr Cech (goalkeeper) last_img read more