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Although Michigan quarterback John O’Korn isn’t at the top of anyone’s draft board, he doesn’t lack confidence.
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Although Michigan quarterback John O’Korn isn’t at the top of anyone’s draft board, he doesn’t lack confidence.
(Reuters) – Verified Facebook pages of Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX and electric carmaker Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) disappeared on Friday, minutes after the Silicon Valley billionaire promised on Twitter to take down the pages when challenged by users.
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Texas Tech’s historic season reached a new high on Friday with a 78-65 win over Purdue, giving the program its first-ever appearance in the Elite Eight.
What’s left behind when a popular, much-loved and talented 14-year-old girl is killed in a school shooting?
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In this week’s wrap-up, Facebook vows to change its ways after the misuse of data from tens of millions of users came to light. In lighter news, you can now send or request money using Google Assistant on iOS and Android.
The popular recommended practice to ensure medication adherence is Directly Observed Treatment or DOTS, which involves the patients going to a healthcare centre where they ingest the medication in front of a health worker. As it was implemented at the start of their work, patients needed to visit the centre three times per week for the first two months and once a week for the remaining four months. The system involves an unnecessary burden on the patients, who are typically from low-income groups — every visit means travel expense and loss of work.
Two years ago, when we began taking on blockchain security engagements, there were no tools engineered for the work. No static analyzers, fuzzers, or reverse engineering tools for Ethereum.
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When an offense shoots as poorly as the Duke Blue Devils did Friday in Omaha, Nebraska, the team usually cannot outlast the Syracuse Orange. But when an offense has Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter, trends can be broken.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands are gathering in Washington Saturday for a protest that organizers claim will be a defining moment in the long-simmering national debate over gun-control legislation.Organizers of the March for Our Lives rally are hoping to draw 500,000 protesters; that would match last year’s women’s march and make this one of the largest Washington protests since the Vietnam era. It would also bolster claims that the nation is ready to enact sweeping changes to its gun control laws. More than 800 marches are planned in cities across America and dozens of locations overseas to be held at roughly the same time.Washington is generally nonchalant about protests, but Saturday’s gathering has prompted more attention and speculation than usual. Washington officials say they are prepared to handle the crowds – more prepared than they were for the women’s march, which far exceeded the organizers’ official predictions of 300,000.The protesters, many of them high school students, claim that the youth leadership of this initiative is what will set it apart from previous attempts to enact stronger gun-control legislation.In the wake of the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the students have tapped into a powerful current of pro-gun control sentiment that has been building for years. They have also partnered with well-funded liberal groups such as Everytown for Gun Safety, the gun control advocacy group founded by former New York mayor and billionaire Michael Bloomberg.Polls indicate that public opinion nationwide may indeed be shifting on an issue that has simmered for generations, and through dozens of mass shootings. A new poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, found that 69 percent of Americans think gun laws in the United States should be tightened. That’s up from 61 percent who said the same in October of 2016 and 55 percent when the AP first asked the question in October of 2013. Overall, 90 percent of Democrats, 50 percent of Republicans and 54 percent of gun owners now favor stricter gun control laws.But even with claims of historic social momentum on the issue of gun control, the AP poll also found that nearly half of Americans do not expect elected officials to take action. Among the questions facing march organizers and participants will be how to translate this one-day event, regardless of turnout, into meaningful legislative change.One way is by channeling the current energy into mid-term congressional elections this fall. Students in Florida have focused on youth voter registration and there will be a registration booth at the Saturday rally.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Under President Barack Obama and a GOP-controlled Congress, Capitol Hill Democrats had to scratch and claw for months to get tiny increases for domestic programs – or just hold them level.The $1.3 trillion government-wide funding bill signed by President Donald Trump on Friday gave them almost everything they wanted.Big fights in 2016 over $1.1 billion emergency funding to battle the Zika virus or $170 million to deal with Flint, Michigan’s lead-poisoned water look pretty silly in retrospect.Then, just keeping programs like Head Start, child care grants, and heating subsidies for the poor funded at prior-year levels required months-long battles – backstopped by Obama veto threats.“You had to fight for every dollar,” said the senior Democrat on the Appropriations Committee, Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy.The times certainly have changed. Democrats have gone from battling for every scrap to reaping a full-course meal under Trump.In the spending bill that rapidly passed last week, so-called TIGER grants – a transportation projects grant program created by Obama’s much-maligned 2009 economic stimulus bill – were tripled from $500 million to $1.5 billion. Grants for child care programs got a $2.4 billion increase that almost doubled the size of the program. Mass transit funding got a $1.1 billion increase, while Army Corps of Engineers water and flood control projects received a $789 million, 13 percent increase. There’s a more than $2 billion increase in spending for federal student aid and other higher education programs.Trump said on Twitter that he had to “waste money on Dem giveaways” to get what he wanted on defense.“Waste money on Dem giveaways’? Would he call funding our heroic veterans ‘Dem giveaways’? Affordable childcare for hardworking middle-class families? Life-saving medical research, which creates jobs? The integrity of America’s elections?” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.The increases for non-defense programs – $52 billion more than current levels, or 10 percent – not only erased the automatic spending cuts known as sequestration but smashed through a more generous set of budget “caps” originally set under the 2011 budget pact.Trump admitted on Friday that Democrats had him over a barrel.“There are a lot of things that we shouldn’t have had in this bill, but we were, in a sense, forced – if we want to build our military – we were forced to have,” Trump said Friday afternoon in a White House event after he signed the bill.For Republicans, the months-long showdown over the budget played out in slow motion. All along, GOP leaders were confronted by demands from Republican defense hawks for huge increases in defense spending. Since Republicans needed Democratic votes to pass any spending bill, top Democratic leaders like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer were able to demand comparable increases for domestic programs.“It’s more a story about pressures on defense spending,” said Rohit Kumar, a former top aide to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. “That then, in turn, gave leverage to House and Senate Democrats who used it to their maximum ability.”The seeds of the budget-busting measure were sown seven years ago after enactment of a hard-fought budget and debt deal between Obama and Republicans. In those talks, then-Speaker John Boehner had laid down an edict that any increase in the national debt be matched by equal cuts to spending and the deficit.After an attempt by Boehner and Obama in the summer of 2011 to forge a “grand bargain” on the budget failed, under-the-gun negotiators devised a plan to establish a budget “supercommittee” to come up with an alternative. But when the supercommittee failed, big automatic spending cuts known as sequestration took effect.Those cuts set the precedent that any spending relief would be equally split between defense and nondefense programs. Another agreement for 2017 only deepened the impact of this year’s automatic cuts.With defense programs facing a freeze but lacking leverage over Democrats, the bidding began. In the end, a bipartisan budget pact sealed last month set up a two-year framework to break the caps again, for 2018 and 2019. The 2,000 page-plus catchall spending bill signed by Trump on Friday filled in the details.“We are growing the size of government at a break-neck pace,” said conservative Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. “This is not the limited government conservatism our voters demand.”
As a broke college student who is currently studying deep learning and AI, my side projects often require lots of GPUs to train neural networks. Unfortunately the cloud GPU instances from AWS and Google Cloud are really expensive (plus my student credits ran out in like 3 days), so the roadblock in a lot of my side projects was my limited access to GPU compute.
The Villanova Wildcats continue to be a steady force of dominance in a 2018 men’s NCAA tournament largely defined by shocking upsets.
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After losing 98 games in 2017, the San Francisco Giants opted for a retool over a rebuild. They swung trades for veterans Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen, sacrificing prospects and payroll space in the name of winning now.
A Nevada high school student who was suspended last week after he called a congressman’s office and told an aide that lawmakers should “get off their fucking asses” and act on gun control will have his punishment lifted.
“It’s receiving and filtering and then gives us alerts when certain kinds of public communication are detected,” Broadrick explains. Shawsheen Tech buys the social media scanning service from a Vermont-based company called Social Sentinel. It’s one of many technology firms doing some form of social media scanning or monitoring. Social Sentinel claims it’s the only one with expertise in protecting schools. Shawsheen Tech has about 1,300 students. It pays Social Sentinel approximately $10,000 per year, according to Broadrick.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Federal officials are saying little about how they chose a Nebraska startup to build an $11 million section of border wall in California, including whether they knew of the company’s connections to a construction firm flagged in a government audit for “many potential fraud indicators.”The top Democrat on the House Committee on National Security is seeking answers from the Department of Homeland Security on what vetting was used last year to select SWF Constructors of Omaha for the job. The company, founded last year with only one employee, is an offshoot of Edgewood, New York-based Coastal Environmental Group, which has been repeatedly sued for underpaying or failing to pay subcontractors.“It seems DHS has awarded a contract to a brand new company with questionable connections and without the proper prior performance,” Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson said in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. “In the rush to build President (Donald) Trump’s wall, a portion of it may be built by a company with a history of mismanaging and wasting taxpayer funds.”Thompson’s office said it had not received a reply to its request by Friday.A wall along the Mexico-U.S. border was a central promise of Trump’s campaign. The contract with SWF is for just a fraction of the larger project, about 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) of post-style barriers at the border at Calexico, California.A 2016 Interior Department internal audit report obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request found that Coastal had cash flow problems and violated federal requirements to promptly pay workers. Those problems were cited even before it was hired in 2013 by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to clean up two wildlife refuges following Superstorm Sandy.If government officials had identified some of those issues, the report said, “it likely would not have contracted with (Coastal), thereby avoiding the numerous problems that occurred on these contracts.”The report also noted that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had flagged Coastal Environmental as a problem company on an earlier Superstorm Sandy cleanup contract, including underpaying or failing to pay some of 400 workers. A Corps contracting officer interviewed for the report told auditors “his advice was to never contract with (Coastal).”The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Fort Worth, which bid the border wall project and hired SWF, said in written responses to questions from the AP that “performance and relevant experience were considered in making the selection.” But it declined to answer questions about how performance and relevant experience were applied to a company created only nine months before it was selected, saying that information is “procurement sensitive information and not releasable.”The Corps used the same language in refusing to answer questions about how many other firms bid for the project and whether any offered a lower-cost bid than SWF. It said it has revisited its documentation on the contract “which confirms the awardee’s status as a responsible offeror.”Coastal has been sued in federal court a dozen times, and at least three times by the federal government for failing to pay subcontractors on government jobs. The Interior Department’s audit found $2 million in questionable spending by Coastal in the Sandy cleanup. The company later agreed to repay $200,000 to the government.Coastal has an office in Omaha – a repurposed house in an industrial district south of downtown, the same address listed on federal documents for SWF Constructors. While a Coastal sign appears on the building, there is no sign indicating it is home to SWF Constructors.The president of Coastal and main contact for SWF, Richard Silva, has not returned repeated phone and email messages seeking comment.—Follow Margery Beck on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Margery3—This story has been corrected to reflect the company name as SWF Constructors, not SWF Contractors.