Woods-Mickelson match set for Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Kobe Bryant poses with his family at halftime after both his #8 and #24 Los Angeles Lakers jerseys are retired at Staples Center on December 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPKobe Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, squelched rumors that her superstar husband was considering coming out of retirement to play alongside LeBron James with the Los Angeles Lakers.The speculation, fueled by Lakers fans’ enduring love for Bryant, was boosted by erstwhile teammate Shaquille O’Neal’s podcast prediction that Bryant would return to team with James — the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player signed by the Lakers in July.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Vanessa Bryant, quizzed by a fan in the comments of an Instagram video she had posted of herself on vacation in Mexico, said no way.“Kobe will not be coming out of retirement to play again,” she said. “He doesn’t want to play again and frankly we really enjoy spending time together as a family without the crazy game schedule interfering with birthdays, holidays and special events.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Bryant, 39, played with O’Neal from 1996-2004. He won five NBA titles with the Lakers before retiring in 2016 and since then has pursued a variety of projects.In March, Bryant won an Oscar for the animated short film “Dear Basketball,” a collaboration with artist Glen Keane and legendary composer John Williams.
Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington High School Varsity Sports Schedule (Week of January 31)In “Sports”Wilmington High School Varsity Sports Schedule (Week of February 7)In “Sports”Wilmington High School Varsity Sports Schedule (Week of February 14)In “Sports” WILMINGTON, MA — Below is the Wilmington High School Sports Schedule for the week of February 3, 2019.Sunday, February 3 Monday, February 4Tuesday, February 5Wednesday, February 6Thursday, February 7No GamesFriday, February 8Saturday, February 9(NOTE: The above information is from Big Teams.)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.Thank You To Our Sponsor:
Review • Lincoln Amazon Prime Amazon Ford More about 2019 Ford Edge SE FWD Auto Tech Car Culture 2019 Ford Edge takes few risks Preview • Having a package delivered can be an exercise in unnecessary stress if nobody’s home. Key by Amazon lets couriers drop packages inside cars or houses, and now, it’s expanding to a very popular automaker.Ford Motor Company announced on Tuesday that it has teamed up with Amazon to bring Key’s benefits to eligible Ford and Lincoln vehicles. Amazon Prime’s delivery service will be granted one-time access to a vehicle, allowing them to drop a package in the trunk and lock everything back up, giving that parcel a safe place to hang out during the workday.Not every vehicle is eligible for this service, though. First, there’s the matter of the car. Ford vehicles need to be from the 2017 model year or later, and it must be equipped with FordPass Connect, the automaker’s connected-car service. Lincoln vehicles are limited to the 2018 model year or later, and they need to be signed up for Lincoln Connect. Second, there’s the matter of location. Key by Amazon In-Car is only available in certain US cities, and folks can find out if they’re in the right location on Amazon’s website.Enlarge ImageJust make sure you leave enough space in the car for the package to be delivered. Couriers shouldn’t have to wade through stinky soccer equipment and Sun Chip crumbs to find a spot for the item. Ford Once all that’s squared away, the owner needs to download their connected-car app, whether it’s FordPass or Lincoln Way. From there, the app will need to be linked to the owner’s Amazon Prime account, which will enable the in-car delivery service. Owners receive notifications before and after delivery, as well as confirmation that the car is locked. Access can be blocked at any time, and packages can be rescheduled for drop-off on a different day, need be.Prior to Ford’s announcement, Key In-Car deliveries were limited to Buick, Cadillac, GMC and Volvo vehicles, but it’s constantly expanding its service area. Of course, if people don’t want to grant access to their vehicles, Key’s delivery service can also drop packages inside a person’s home or garage, although not everyone will be on board with the idea of letting a stranger into an unattended home.This is just the beginning for Ford’s connected-car offerings. Both Ford and Lincoln are also working to bring mobile car wash services to owners. It’s working with Spiffy, Rub A Dub and Sparkl to offer on-the-spot car washes wherever the services are available. This, too, can grant one-time access to the vehicle so that the detailers can work their magic inside and out. 2016 Ford Explorer review: Go road-tripping in Ford’s updated, EcoBoost-powered SUV Share your voice null 2019 Ford F-150 review: Popular pickup keeps on truckin’ Ford Lincoln 0 Tags 47 Photos More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better
Share your voice 30 Photos Google Maps for Android Google Search gets AR, and Google Lens wants to be your… Now playing: Watch this: The coolest things we saw at Google I/O With the Translate filter, Google Lens will detect a language and overlay a translation on top of the words. It works across over 100 languages, according to Google.The Text filter allows users to copy and paste text from objects including Wi-Fi passwords, gift card codes and recipes onto their phone; and Shopping provides similar items when the camera is pointing at clothing, furniture, or home decor, as well as barcode scanning capabilities.Read: Google brings AR and Lens closer to the future of searchAuto provides search results based on whatever object a user is pointing the camera at.”We’re taking Google Lens and taking it from, ‘oh, it’s an identification tool, what’s this, show me things like this,’ to an AR browser, meaning you can actually superimpose information right on the camera,” Aparna Chennapragada, vice president and general manager for camera and AR products at Google, told CNET earlier in May.”One of the questions we had was, if we can teach the camera to read, can we use the camera to help people read?” she added regarding the Lens Translate feature. “This is obviously useful in cases where you’re in a foreign city and you can’t speak the language, but in many parts of the world, people can’t speak or read their own language.” 4:19 Tags Comments Review • The rebuilt Google Maps for Android is better than ever Google Lens is getting five more filters.Google on Tuesday launched five new Lens filters for subjects ranging from food to foreign languages.The new Google Lens features will provide better and faster overlays of information over real-world objects, the company said. Google gave CNET’s Scott Stein an early look at what Lens filters can do just ahead of its I/O developer conference earlier this month. The Dining filter will automatically highlight popular dishes on a menu, tapping into Google Maps to see photos and reviews of specific dishes.”And when you’re done with your meal, just point the camera at your receipt, and Lens can help calculate the tip and split the bill,” Google said. Mobile Tech Industry Mobile Apps Phones Digital Media Online 0 Google
A group of leaders of ruling Bangladesh Awami League’s (AL) student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) assaulted the principal of Bogra’s Government Shah Sultan College, Ejazul Haque.Witnesses said a group of BCL activists led by college unit BCL president Bishwajit Kumar Saha on Monday noon, vandalised the principal’s office and assaulted the principal following the expulsion of two BCL activists.Principal Ejazul Haque filed a case in this connection with Shajahanpur police station, accusing seven BCL activists including BCL college unit president Bishwajit Kumar and ten other unnamed people.The case was filed on charges of attacks, vandalism, and destruction of public property. Police arrested two students – a masters’ student SM Zobayer and an honours’ student Anik – in connection with the case.Principal Ejazul Haque told Prothom Alo that several BCL activists took part in the HSC test examination without paying the fees. Two of them – Mezbahul Hossain and Zobayer Hossain – misbehaved with college teacher Nilufer Rahman on 26 August when she sought examination fees from them.The principal said the college authorities expelled the two students when they misbehaved again at the examination centre on Monday.The college principal alleged that BCL activists led by Bishwajit raided his room, abused and assaulted him following the expulsion.Bishwajit, however, denied the allegations, saying no one from BCL launched the attack on the principal.He said he was present in the place of occurrence but was not involved in the vandalism. “No one from the BCL was involved in the vandalism.”President of Bogra district unit BCL Naimur Razzak, however, told Prothom Alo that the district unit BCL has decided to investigate the incident.“Disciplinary actions will be taken if any BCL activists are found involved in the incident,” he said.Shajahanpur police station officer-in-charge Zia Latiful Islam said police arrested two after the principal filed the case around 9:00 on Monday evening.Besides, Bogra district unit of the BCS General Education Association held an emergency meeting on Monday night following the attack on one of their fellows.Association’s general secretary Faruk Ahmed, also an assistant professor of the chemistry department at the Government Azizul Haque College, Bogra, said they have given the administration a seven-day ultimatum to arrest those involved in the attack.He said the teachers will announce tougher action programmes if the perpetrators are not brought to the book.
Share Robin Jerstad for The Texas TribuneState Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, arrives at the federal courthouse in San Antonio on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2017.The criminal case against Democratic state Sen. Carlos Uresti, Assistant U.S. Attorney Joe Blackwell told jurors Monday morning, was “birthed in loss” — but it ended with both “loss and profit.” The prosecutor said the losses were suffered by Denise Cantu, whose son and daughter were killed in a 2010 car wreck that would ultimately, with Uresti’s legal representation, win her a substantial wrongful death settlement. And the profit, Blackwell said, also came at her expense, when she lost the bulk of $900,000 she invested at Uresti’s recommendation with FourWinds Logistics, a now-defunct frac-sand company where Uresti worked as general counsel and owned 1 percent of shares. The largest question looming in the federal felony case against the San Antonio senator is whether he was aware of the Ponzi scheme that effectively robbed Cantu and a slate of other large-stake investors. Blackwell alleged in opening arguments that Uresti used his reputation and prominent position to lend credibility to the fraudulent scheme. Defense attorneys claim that Uresti didn’t know about FourWinds’ shady dealings.“There’s not a question of fraud in this case,” defense attorney Michael McCrum said. “Fraud did happen. People pled guilty to it. But the people on the outside didn’t know about it. That’s why we’re here.”Three FourWinds employees, including Chief Operating Officer Shannon Smith, entered into plea deals in 2016 and are expected to testify for the government starting Tuesday. And FourWinds CEO Stanley Bates, co-defendant with Uresti, unexpectedly pleaded guilty to eight felony charges earlier this month.Lawyers on both sides argued for about four hours Monday to a jury warned several times by U.S. District Judge David Ezra to disregard widespread media reports on the case. The courtroom was packed with Uresti’s family, so full in the morning that would-be spectators — including Uresti’s father – were at first turned away. Flanked by his defense attorneys, the senator listened attentively throughout, his face always directed toward the jury. Uresti’s co-defendant Bates was in dire financial straits when he launched FourWinds, which purported to sell sand to fracking companies. Prosecutors said Bates and his associates falsified bank statements, in one instance claiming there was nearly $19 million in an account of under $100,000, to assuage skeptical investors.Still, prosecutors argued, potential investors remained wary of the relatively unknown company. Enter Uresti, a veteran state legislator, a reputable local lawyer and a member of a San Antonio family so prominent that its name calls out to drivers several times on stretches of nearby highway.“Uresti had something Stan Bates didn’t — a well-known name, respected attorney, state senator,” Blackwell said. “He was someone that could bring credibility to FourWinds.”That reputation helped lock in hesitant investors, and that, along with Uresti’s personal relationship with Cantu — he denies her claim that the relationship was sexual — secured millions in investments for the fraudulent company, prosecutors alleged. Investors were told that their money was being used to purchase sand, which would be sold at a markup to oil companies, prosecutors said. In fact, according to the prosecution, FourWinds leadership used it to pay themselves and to cover extravagant personal expenses.Uresti’s lawyers did not deny on Monday that Uresti’s reputation lent credibility to a sketchy operation. But, they insisted, Uresti was never aware that the business didn’t merit that credibility.“Senator Uresti never asked to look at the books,” McCrum said. “The evidence is going to show that he had no idea what was going on with the books.”Uresti’s defense team hammered home the point that Uresti should be presumed innocent, acknowledging that jurors might carry biases against politicians. His 11 felony charges could carry decades in prison, as well as millions of dollars in fines. And if convicted, Uresti would lose his long-held seat in the Texas Legislature, though he could continue to serve during the appeals process.The trial is expected to continue for about three weeks in San Antonio.Uresti is also set for a May trial in a separate bribery case. Indictments for that case, as well as the fraud case currently being heard, were both handed down in May 2017 after a February FBI raid of Uresti’s law offices.The senator has also been accused of sexual harassment at the Texas Capitol, charges he emphatically denies. Those allegations will not be permissible evidence in court, the judge ruled last week.
Explore further As scientists continue to search for life on other planets, more and more they are beginning to concede that if it does exist, it may not necessarily exist in the Goldilocks, or habitable zone. Such planets are all the “right” distance from their star, and hopefully, also have water. But recent evidence has suggested that some chemical reactions could lead to types of life forms where there is no water, which further suggests that it may exist outside of what is now considered the habitable zone. For life to come about in such places, researchers reason, there would likely need to be some sort of action going on—and that is why there has been so much focus on Titan; it is the only object in our solar system, besides Earth, that has both rainfall and erosion due to liquid movement. But the water it has is locked far underground and the moon is too cold to support an impact by water anyway. But, as the researchers with this new effort discovered after poring over data sent back by Huygens, the surface does have hydrogen cyanide in its sediment, brought down from the atmosphere by methane and ethane rain. It was those molecules that drove the design of the simulations—the team wanted to see if they could form the basis of reactions that could lead to the creation of polymers such as polyimine, which the team notes, are conducive to the formation of prebiotic reactions leading to a form of life. Their simulations showed that such reactions are possible and that the structures that came about were also able to absorb sunlight in the wavelengths present on the Titan surface.The researchers suggest their work, and that done by others indicates that a return to the planet by a new probe might be in order, one able to test for a different form of life, or at least its precursors. © 2016 Phys.org Life on other planets could be far more widespread, study finds An image of Titan’s surface, as taken by the European Space Agency’s Huygens probe as it plunged through the moon’s thick, orange-brown atmosphere on Jan. 14, 2005. Today, Cornell scientists have chemical evidence that suggests prebiotic conditions may exist there. Credit: ESA/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Phys.org)—A team of researchers at Cornell University has built and run a simulation that showed prebiotic reactions could possibly occur on the surface of one of Saturn’s moons, Titan, suggesting the possibility of life evolving in a place where it is too cold for water to be a factor. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes the simulation they created in response to the discovery (by the Huygens probe) that polymers such as polyimine might have already developed on the moon’s surface. Citation: Simulation suggests non-water based life could exist on Saturn’s moon Titan (2016, July 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-07-simulation-non-water-based-life-saturn.html More information: Polymorphism and electronic structure of polyimine and its potential significance for prebiotic chemistry on Titan, PNAS, www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1606634113AbstractThe chemistry of hydrogen cyanide (HCN) is believed to be central to the origin of life question. Contradictions between Cassini–Huygens mission measurements of the atmosphere and the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan suggest that HCN-based polymers may have formed on the surface from products of atmospheric chemistry. This makes Titan a valuable “natural laboratory” for exploring potential nonterrestrial forms of prebiotic chemistry. We have used theoretical calculations to investigate the chain conformations of polyimine (pI), a polymer identified as one major component of polymerized HCN in laboratory experiments. Thanks to its flexible backbone, the polymer can exist in several different polymorphs, which are relatively close in energy. The electronic and structural variability among them is extraordinary. The band gap changes over a 3-eV range when moving from a planar sheet-like structure to increasingly coiled conformations. The primary photon absorption is predicted to occur in a window of relative transparency in Titan’s atmosphere, indicating that pI could be photochemically active and drive chemistry on the surface. The thermodynamics for adding and removing HCN from pI under Titan conditions suggests that such dynamics is plausible, provided that catalysis or photochemistry is available to sufficiently lower reaction barriers. We speculate that the directionality of pI’s intermolecular and intramolecular =N–H…N hydrogen bonds may drive the formation of partially ordered structures, some of which may synergize with photon absorption and act catalytically. Future detailed studies on proposed mechanisms and the solubility and density of the polymers will aid in the design of future missions to Titan.Press release