Dan Cohen AUTHOR Negotiations over the conference report for a fiscal 2019 spending package covering the military construction-Veterans Affairs, energy-water and legislative branch spending bills appear to be completed, with conferees prepared to sign a final deal imminently. On Friday, House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said the “minibus” would be on the House floor this week. It is still not clear, though, when the text of the conference report will be released, reports CQ. Congressional leaders are aiming to clear two other spending packages prior to the Oct. 1 start of the new fiscal year as well, including a two-bill minibus covering the defense and labor-HHS-education titles.
WILMINGTON, MA – The Wilmington High School Athletic Hall of Fame will hold its 2018 Induction Ceremony on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 6pm at the Hillview Country Club in North Reading (149 North Street).The following Wilmington High School athletes will be inducted:Brianne Bozzella (2007)Nick Farnsworth (2008)Derek Hanley (2003)Jack Irwin (1969)Jackie Mello (2006)Raymond Mercuri (1987)Vinnie Papageorgiou (2008)Ernie Mello (2008)Greg Stewart (2007)Ashley Vitale (2007)Inductees are recognized for significant contributions in the field of athletics while a student at Wilmington High School. Inductees must have graduated from Wilmington High School at least 10 years ago.In addition, Tom Walsh will be inducted as a benefactor, and the 1961 Football Team and 1998 Baseball Team will receive special team awards.Tickets to the Hall of Fame induction dinner cost $50 per person and must be purchased in advance. Contact Jack Cushing at 978-658-2170 or 978-604-2443 for tickets.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS Athletic Hall Of Fame Class of 2016 Announced, Ceremony Set For Nov. 5In “Sports”VIDEO: WHS Athletic Hall Of Fame Class of 2018 InductedIn “Videos”PHOTO OF THE DAY: 2016 WHS Athletic Hall of Fame Class InductedIn “Photo of the Day”
Comment 1 How to stop climate catastrophe | What the Future “The velocity of change across these and other technological fronts is extremely high; the international effort to manage these rapid advances has been, to date, grossly insufficient,” reads the new statement from the Bulletin.The panel also focused on the threat of climate change and the renewed rise in global greenhouse emissions following a plateau in recent years.Susan Solomon, a professor of environmental studies at MIT, said the US failure to stop a rise in carbon emissions is “simply an act of gross negligence.”While the clock did not advance closer to midnight this year after two years of inching toward the brink, Bronson and the other panelists were clear to keep the focus on doom and gloom. Sci-Tech Tags Now playing: Watch this: 6:23 Share your voice “[The 2019 time] should not be taken as a sign of stability but as a stark warning,” Bronson said.But rather than despairing and retiring to the family fallout shelter to Netflix-and-chill our lives away, the Bulletin lays the task of turning back the clock at the feet of the public.”Today, citizens in every country can use the power of the Internet to fight against social media disinformation and improve the long-term prospects of their children and grandchildren. They can insist on facts, and discount nonsense. They can demand action to reduce the existential threat of nuclear war and unchecked climate change.”Naturally, the Bulletin even includes a hashtag, because what better tool to save the world, right?Fight the Power: Take a look at who’s transforming the way we think about energy. Crowd Control: A crowdsourced science fiction novel written by CNET readers. We’re still living in the most perilous times since the end of World War II, according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and its trademark Doomsday Clock, which remains set at just two minutes to midnight for the second year in a row.The clock is a kind of metric — midnight represents doomsday — that the organization contrived decades ago to warn “the public about how close we are to destroying our world with dangerous technologies of our own making.” The Bulletin makes periodic announcements updating the current “time” on the clock, indicating how close we are to some sort of existential catastrophe.It’s two minutes before midnight for the second year in a row. Bulletin of Atomic Scientists In its seven decades of existence, the clock has never been closer to midnight than it is right now. It was also at two minutes before midnight in 1953, at the beginning of the Cold War and a nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union.”We have in fact entered a period we call the ‘new abnormal’,” Rachel Bronson, president and CEO of the Bulletin, said at a press conference Thursday at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.In a lengthy statement released at the same time on its website, the Bulletin laid out how this period is defined by a “devolving state of nuclear and climate security” and “a qualitative change in information warfare and a steady misrepresentation of fact that is undermining confidence in political structures and scientific inquiry.” A series of panelists at the press conference decried the erratic nature of relations between the United States and other nuclear powers like Russia and North Korea, which have often played out on President Trump’s Twitter feed.”Journalists, you love Trump’s tweets,” Jerry Brown, former California governor and the Bulletin’s executive chair, told reporters. “You love the leads that get the clicks … but the final click could be a nuclear strike.”In addition to the threats of nuclear arms, climate change and fake news, Bronson cited risks from nascent technologies like artificial intelligence and synthetic biology. 8 Photos 8 sci-fi ideas that might become science fact pretty soon (pictures)
Gail Delaughter/Houston Public MediaA Houston freeway.Gas Prices Are Still Falling In Houston And Around TexasGas prices are still falling in Houston and around Texas. AAA Texas says the statewide average is now $1.93 a gallon. That’s four cents less than last week.The average price in Houston is now $1.92 a gallon. That’s five cents cheaper than last week.Joshua Zuber, a spokesman for AAA, said they expect prices to stay low for the rest of January but it’s hard to predict what happens next. “We are expecting the OPEC cuts to take place starting off this New Year,” Zuber noted, “we’ll have to see how big of an impact that will have on gas prices.” He also highlighted the United States is producing oil in record numbers. A community rally and public funeral service have been scheduled for seven-year-old Jazmine Barnes who was killed Sunday morning while riding in a car with her mom and sisters.The community rally will be held Saturday, January 5 at noon in the Walmart parking lot at 5655 East Sam Houston Parkway, not far from where the shooting occurred. A funeral service and balloon release will take place on Tuesday, January 8 at noon at the Green House International Church.Barnes was killed while riding in a car with her mother and three sisters in the eastern outskirts of Houston. A person in a red, four-door pick-up truck pulled alongside the car and fired into it. Barnes was killed on scene and her mother, LaPorsha Washington, suffered a gunshot wound. The reward for a tip that would lead to an arrest of the killer has also been increased to $100,000. The reward is being offered by Lee Merritt, a national civil rights attorney with an office in Dallas, and New-York-based activist and writer Shaun King. Share Thursday, January 3, 2019Top afternoon stories:Texas May Miss Out On Quality Pre-KEarly education can do more than teach children the ABCs. High quality pre-K can also improve children’s physical and emotional well-being, according to a new analysis by the National Institute for Early Education Research.Analysts found that attending preschool can result in children having less depression, less stress, better blood pressure and better job prospects.But in Texas, many children may be missing out on those benefits.That’s because researchers only find these health outcomes if the pre-K is quality. And state standards for early education programs miss most of the national benchmarks for quality pre-K. For the 2016-2017 school year, the most recent data available, researchers at Rutgers found that Texas only met four out of 10 benchmarks.For example, Texas doesn’t have limits on class sizes or student to teacher ratios and doesn’t require assistant teachers to have more than a high school diploma.Fort Bend DA’s Office Fires 15 As Middleton Succeeds HealeyFort Bend County’s new district attorney has fired 15 staffers. The move comes as Democrat Brian Middleton reshapes the office, following 26 years under Republican DA John Healey.Those let go include 11 of the county’s 70-plus prosecutors, along with two investigators and two other staffers.“We conducted a thorough review of the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office staff with one objective,” said First Assistant District Attorney Ibraheem Khawaja. “And that’s finding the attorneys and staff that will help bring Brian [Middleton] and his administration about the criminal justice reforms that he promised the voters. The process began with all positions being required to reapply for employment at the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office.”The DA’s office notified the 15 staffers last Friday that they were out of a job. Khawaja says the office will announce their replacements soon.Courtesy of family of Jazmine BarnesJazmine Barnes.Community Rally And Funeral Announced For Jazmine Barnes
The Children’s Home’s FACES 2014 celebration will take place 6 to 9 p.m., Oct. 23 at Morgan State University’s Murphy Fine Arts Center, 2201 Argonne Dr., Baltimore 21218.Approximately 200 guests in business attire are expected to gather for this chic and savory evening filled with an amazing collection of wine, chef cuisine and an assortment of incredible desserts. Guests can demonstrate their own artistic style at interactive art tables and a photo booth. They also can enjoy a one-of-a-kind dinner performance by the Morgan State University student five-piece combo band.The event highlight will be the live and silent auctions featuring a variety of special items, along with unique artwork created by the at-risk children and youth living at The Children’s Home prepared as part of a special mentorship project with Towson University School of Fine Arts.This year’s event theme is “FACES Identity Discovery – ID.” Residents in The Children’s Home’s care respond positively to art as an innovative approach to rebuilding their lives. FACES will showcase their courage for positive change, along with their innate artistic talent.FACES 2014 admission is $75/person through Oct. 10, and $100/person, Oct. 11 through event day ticket sales at the door. Proceeds will help sustain quality programs and services for at-risk children, youth and their families. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit thechildrenshome2014.brownpapertickets.com or call 410-744-7310.
Yesterday, Diane Hosfelt, a Research Engineer at Mozilla, shared what she and her team experienced when rewriting Firefox internals in Rust. Taking Quantum CSS as a case study, she touched upon the potential security vulnerabilities that could have been prevented if it was written in Rust from the very beginning. Why Mozilla decided to rewrite Firefox internal in Rust? Quantum CSS is a part of Mozilla’s Project Quantum, under which it is rewriting Firefox internals to make it faster. One of the major parts of this project is Servo, an engine designed to provide better concurrency and parallelism. To achieve these goals Mozilla decided to rewrite Servo in Rust, replacing C++. Rust is very similar to C++ in some ways while being different in terms of the abstractions and data structures it uses. It was created by Mozilla keeping concurrency safety in mind. Its type and memory-safe property make programs written in Rust thread-safe. What type of bugs does Rust prevent? Overall Rust prevents bugs related to memory, bounds, null/uninitialized variables, or integer by default. Hosfelt mentioned in her blog post, “Due to the overlap between memory safety violations and security-related bugs, we can say that Rust code should result in fewer critical CVEs (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures).” However, there are some types of bugs that Rust does not address like correctness bugs. According to Hosfelt, Rust is a good option in the following cases: When your program involves processing of untrusted input safely When you want to use parallelism for better performance When you are integrating isolated components into an existing codebase You can go through the blog post by Diane Hosfelt on Mozilla’s website. Read Next Mozilla shares key takeaways from the Design Tools survey Mozilla partners with Scroll to understand consumer attitudes for an ad-free experience on the web Mozilla partners with Ubisoft to Clever-Commit its code, an artificial intelligence assisted assistant