Day: October 13, 2020

Donald Trump vs. Joe Biden: Where they stand on COVID, education and more

Amid the tumult of the 2020 presidential campaign, one dynamic has remained constant: The Nov. 3 election offers voters a choice between substantially different policy paths.

President Donald Trump, like many fellow Republicans, holds out tax reductions and regulatory cuts as economic imperatives and frames himself as a conservative champion in the culture wars. The president has offered few details about how he would pull the levers of government in a second term. His most consistent argument focuses on stopping Democratic opponent Joe Biden and his party from pushing U.S. policy leftward.

Biden, for his part, is not the socialist caricature depicted by Trump. But he is every bit a center-left Democrat who frames the federal government as the force to combat the coronavirus, rebuild the economy and address centuries of institutional racism and systemic inequalities. The former vice president and U.S. senator also offers his deal-making past as evidence

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Screening university students could reduce community COVID-19 burden

Researchers in Canada and the United States report that screening students for infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) as universities re-open this fall could reduce the burden of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the broader community.

The team conducted a model-based analysis to estimate the impact that the return of a relatively large student population would have on the rate of COVID-19 infections in a mid-sized city, where the number of cases was relatively few, prior to students returning.

Lauren Cipriano (University of Western Ontario) and colleagues from the London Health Sciences Centre and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health say the findings suggest that the return of such a student population would significantly increase the number of COVID-19 cases in the community.

The study also suggests that routine testing of students would prevent the number of infections in this population and provide significant public

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ESO Telescope Spots Galaxies Trapped in the Web of a Supermassive Black Hole

With the help of ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), astronomers have found six galaxies lying around a supermassive black hole when the Universe was less than a billion years old. This is the first time such a close grouping has been seen so soon after the Big Bang and the finding helps us better understand how supermassive black holes, one of which exists at the centre of our Milky Way, formed and grew to their enormous sizes so quickly.

It supports the theory that black holes can grow rapidly within large, web-like structures that contain plenty of gas to fuel them. Marco Mignoli, an astronomer at the National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) in Bologna, Italy, and lead author of the new research published in Astronomy & Astrophysics, said:

This research was mainly driven by the desire to understand some of the most challenging astronomical objects — supermassive black holes

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35 Years Ago, ‘After Hours’ Saved Martin Scorsese’s Career



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© Elaine Chung


Right now, you could make a pretty iron-clad case that Martin Scorsese is our greatest living director. There’s a handful of solid runners-up, to be sure. But I can’t think of another filmmaker (American or otherwise) who’s compiled as many masterpieces and near-masterpieces as he has during his six decades behind the camera. Even now, at age 77, there’s no shortage of major studios and steaming services who would kill to be in business with him. I mean, who else could have gotten Netflix to fork over $160 million to make a three-and-a-half hour gangster epic like The Irishman with no strings attached and no questions asked?

And yet there was a time back in the early 1980s when Scorsese was written off as box-office poison. Even after having made Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, and Raging Bull, no one wanted to touch him with

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Boston College “Number One” For Newly Offered ’21 DE Quintayvious Hutchins

Boston College continued to connect with new recruits in the Class of ’21 this week, offering Quintayvious Hutchins out of Alabama. 

Hutchins, a 6’5 250 pound defensive end out of Bessemer, Alabama is currently committed to Murray State. His recruitment started out quiet, due to a coaching change at his high school and COVID-19, but has blown up lately. Just in the past few weeks he has heard from Iowa, Florida State, Tennessee, Western Kentucky, along with Boston College. Given the recent P5 interest he may be reopen his commitment. 

BC Bulletin caught up with Hutchins shortly after his offer to talk about Boston College, and their coaching staff. 

It was defensive line coach Vince Oghobaase who made the initial offer to Hutchins. “It’s feels great having an offer and an opportunity to play at Boston College,” he told BC Bulletin. Recruits commonly talk about “Coach Vince”, and his passion

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