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Buffalo defense contractor CUBRC gets $16 million in federal funds to build testing facility | Buffalo Politics News

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Sen. Charles Schumer stands next to a segment of a wind tunnel used in weapons development at CUBRC in a 2019 visit to the facility. 




WASHINGTON – CUBRC, a Buffalo-based defense contractor, has received $16 million in federal funding to construct a new hypersonic testing facility, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer announced Thursday.

“CUBRC is the only facility in the nation with the ability to test hypersonic weapons systems at flight conditions at full scale, and it is a critical part of both Western New York’s innovation economy and our national security,” Schumer said. “That’s why I’m proud to have secured this funding that will fund CUBRC’s groundbreaking improvement to its testing and evaluation complex, allowing us to win the global race on innovation in hypersonic technologies and weapons.”

The project will also boost local jobs, Schumer said.

Formed in 1983, CUBRC has long been a key test site for military hypersonic projects.

“This award from DOD will enable CUBRC to further upgrade our capabilities here in Buffalo thus providing our incredible scientific talent the tools necessary to keep the United States in our leadership position on hypervelocity,” said Tom McMahon, CUBRC’s CEO. “This cannot be understated about how important this is to CUBRC, to Western New York and to the nation.”

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Lou Holtz: Improvements in COVID testing made it possible for Big Ten to play in 2020

This is a rush transcript from “The Story with Martha MacCallum” September 16, 2020. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

MACCALLUM: All right, everybody, so tonight, we’re 48 days from the presidential election and now six months into the coronavirus. There’s a pitched battle over money for relief, vaccines and the divide over masks. The riots that have embroiled cities across this nation during racial strife and job loss due to the lockdown have now cost the country more than a billion dollars in those broken windows and buildings that we have seen burned over the course of the last few months, and that’s far from over. 

The country is fighting though to get back to normal as we await vaccines. 
The Big Ten announced today that they will reverse their earlier decision and they will play football after all at their colleges. Still, when asked if you would “roll things back if we had a spike”, the former Vice President Joe Biden answered “absolutely,” adding this today.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) 

JOE BIDEN (D) PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE: I trust vaccines, I trust scientists, but I don’t trust Donald Trump.

(END VIDEO CLIP) 

MACCALLUM: So on all of this news tonight, we’re glad to bring in Vice President Mike Pence who joins us from Muskingum County Fairgrounds in Zanesville, Ohio. Welcome, vice president, good to have you with us tonight. Got an enthusiastic crowd behind you.

MIKE PENCE, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: We do. Great day here in Ohio, Martha. It’s good to be with you tonight. Thank you.

MACCALLUM: All right, hopefully we’ll be able to hear your answers. So if we could start with this, today the president came out and said this about a vaccine, and when it will be

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Microsoft is testing Your Phone app-management improvements

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Microsoft rolled out a new Dev Channel test build of Windows 10 on September 30. That build, 20226, has some new storage health monitoring functionality, plus updates and fixes. But the bigger news in today’s blog post about the new build has to do with the Microsoft Your Phone app.

I use the Your Phone app quite a bit as a way to interact with my Android phone right from my Windows 10 PC screen. But setting this app up is harder than it should be, in my experience. I’m betting Microsoft is hearing the same from others, and its team seems to be working to improve the experience.

Microsoft is rolling out a new user experience meant to improve Your Phone device management. There’s a new settings page, designed to improve how users can link a new device, remove an old device and switch between active devices all within the app. Each device will be identifiable on its own device card.

The new Your Phone user experience will be gradually rolling out to Insider testers, Microsoft officials said. No word on when it will roll out to mainstream users. 

(Here’s to hoping Microsoft next will be improving syncing of Your Phone so that messages I type on my PC actually get delivered via my phone consistently and quickly!)

Meanwhile, in Build 20226, Microsoft is testing a feature designed to detect hardware abnormalities for NVMe SSDs which will notify users ahead of a device failing. By clicking on a notification which says “A storage device may be at risk of failure and requires your attention,” or navigating to the drive properties page in Storage Settings, users can get additional details.

There are other changes and fixes in today’s Windows 10 test build. Microsoft is starting to roll out

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Covid ‘Testing Hell’: Devices Given to Nursing Homes Bring New Problems

“There’s no mechanism in place for reporting,” said Kim Schilling, the vice president of health services at Friendship Haven, which runs a nursing home in rural Iowa. “We were on the phone yesterday trying to figure this out with the department of public health and it was very overwhelming for them too.”

Katie Smith Sloan, the president of LeadingAge, an association of nonprofit providers of aging services, said the Trump administration’s focus on fines and stringent reporting requirements were the wrong approach to addressing a crisis that was aggravated by federal inaction in the early months of the pandemic.

“For seven months, nursing homes have been saving and protecting lives while dealing with staffing shortages, testing and personal protective equipment challenges and growing unexpected costs,” she said.

David Grabowski, a health care policy expert at Harvard Medical School, described the federal rapid-test program as “a positive step but late in the game,” and said Washington should do more to address the systemic financial and staffing problems that have long bedeviled the industry’s efforts to shield vulnerable residents from infectious pathogens. Because federal reimbursements do not cover the full cost of care in much of the country, nursing home operators who serve predominantly Medicaid patients say they often lack the money to hire enough skilled workers willing to take on a grueling job that the pandemic has made increasingly stressful and fraught with risk.

“I don’t have a problem penalizing nursing homes guilty of gross negligence, but my sense is that most of the facilities out there have been doing their best despite dealing with sick workers, a lack of resources and poor guidance from the federal government,” Mr. Grabowski said. “Putting efforts into training workers on infection control, boosting wages and offering paid sick leave would be a better approach.”

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Donald Trump announces coronavirus testing boost for schools, nursing homes

President Trump on Monday announced that his administration plans to distribute 150 million rapid coronavirus tests to schools, nursing homes and other facilities in the coming weeks.



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: FILE – In this Sunday, June 14, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up while walking across the tarmac as he boards Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, N.J. Trump is returning to Washington. A far-right Norwegian lawmaker says he has nominated President Donald Trump for the Nobel Prize 2021 for his efforts to reach a peace agreement in the Middle East. Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament for the far-right Progress Party, said on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020 that Trump should be considered for his work “for reaching a peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel which opens up for possible peace in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)


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FILE – In this Sunday, June 14, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up while walking across the tarmac as he boards Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, N.J. Trump is returning to Washington. A far-right Norwegian lawmaker says he has nominated President Donald Trump for the Nobel Prize 2021 for his efforts to reach a peace agreement in the Middle East. Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of the Norwegian Parliament for the far-right Progress Party, said on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020 that Trump should be considered for his work “for reaching a peace agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel which opens up for possible peace in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Trump during an event at the White House called the 150 million tests a “massive and groundbreaking expansion” in the nation’s coronavirus testing capabilities.

Of the 150 million Abbott point-of-care tests, 50 million will “protect the most vulnerable communities,” Trump said. That includes 18 million tests for nursing homes, 15 million for assisted living facilities, and 10 million for home health and hospice care agencies.

The rest, 100 million tests, will go to states and territories to “support efforts to reopen their economies and schools immediately and as fast as they can,” the president said.

“It’s important to remember that as younger and healthier people return to work, and as we massively increase testing capacity, we will identify more cases in asymptomatic individuals in low-risk populations,” Trump said. “This should not cause undue alarm. The total number of cases is not the full metric of success.”

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