Brandon Jennings Traded to Detroit Pistons

Detroit Pistons have agreed to a sign-and-trade deal that would land them Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings, a restricted free agent. The new contract is for three years and worth a little over $25 million.In return for the guard, the Bucks will receive guard Brandon Knight, forward Khris Middleton and center Viacheslav Kravtsov, according to sources.Jennings was originally going to return to the Bucks for a one-year qualifying deal. The offer would have made him an unrestricted free agent, but the Pistons showed major interest in having the trade completed.Detroit has picked up a lot of talented players this offseason. The team acquired former Atlanta Hawks player Josh Smith, former Piston Chauncey Billups and Luigi Datome.The Bucks on the other hand, signed their first-round draft pick Giannis Antetokounmpo and free-agent guard Gary Neal on Tuesday. read more

Facebook data leak Should you delete your account now

first_imgA 3D plastic representation of the Facebook logo is seen in this photo illustration May 13, 2015.ReutersFacebook’s deepening crisis over the data leak of 50 million people to British political-advertising firm Cambridge Analytica has led to a public outcry about its data policies.The hashtag #DeleteFacebook has been making the rounds on Twitter this week and when co-founder Mark Zuckerberg did come out to address the public, some 2 billion weren’t ready to forgive the social network giant.It is time. #deletefacebook— Brian Acton (@brianacton) March 20, 20181. Remove Facebook bookmark from your web browserIf you visit your Facebook page every 20 minutes, its time you get rid of the app from your web browser. The lesser you involve with Facebook, the better.2. Deactivate your Facebook accountIf you’re not able to control your constant urge to check Facebook, simply deactivate your account.Facebook will still have your data, of course, but you’ll get a chance to take a breather and depend less on the digital platform when you’re ready to jump back in.3. Stop signing in with FacebookDo not use your Facebook credentials to log into various sites and services. By doing this, you give other companies access to your Facebook data, which can be used for various illicit activities.Use a handy password manager to create and keep track of your logins and passwords instead. And if an app demands you sign into Facebook to use it, find an alternative.4. Delete your accountDeleting your account is also an option, if you want to completely distance yourself from the social media world.When you’re absolutely sure about closing your account, let Facebook know, and be prepared to stay away from your account. Change your mind, and you’ll have to start the countdown all over again.”It may take up to 90 days from the beginning of the deletion process to delete all of the things you’ve posted, like your photos, status updates or other data stored in backup systems. While we are deleting this information, it is inaccessible to other people using Facebook,” the company says in its Help Center page.last_img read more

Plague of 7Eleven ATM Robbery Attempts Continues

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Staff Writer, mgray@afro.com The rash of attempted thefts of automatic teller machines in Prince George’s County continued in Mt. Rainier when another truck rammed into the front of a 7-Eleven convenience store April 17.  It was the fourth time since March 13 that thieves tried to escape with the cash dispensers.Prince George’s County Police say the incidents are linked and may be a part of a larger crew that has made attempts to steal ATMs from convenience stores in the District and Montgomery County as well.  Law enforcement authorities from all three jurisdictions are collaborating on the investigation.“We believe the four cases that occurred in Prince George’s County are linked,” said Prince George’s County police officer Ameera Abdullah.There have been four robbery attempts in Prince George’s County.  (Courtesy Photo)The store’s surveillance video captures what appears to be a black truck backing into the store just before 3:30 a.m. according to Mt. Rainier police. Three men dressed in all black entered the store – in the 2300 block of Varnum Street – and assaulted a clerk, before attempting to load the ATM machine onto the back of the truck. However, the robbery went awry when the assailants were unable to remove the machine from the store and escaped in the empty vehicle.This robbery attempt follows the pattern of three previous incidents in a series of what authorities have now described as “crash and grab” burglaries that target ATMs at Prince George’s County convenience stores. However, the difference in this case was that these potential thieves were conscious to keep their identities concealed by wearing masks and staying out of clear view of the cameras.There have been four ATM robbery attempts in the County in March and April.  In each case the robbers stick to a similar script. The Prince George’s County convenience stores were hit March 13, April 3, April 10 and April 17.  At this point the robbers are “batting .500” with two successful thefts and two that failed.“Three suspects, at least, we believe drive a pickup truck to the location, drive it through the business and attempt to take the ATM,” Abdullah said. “Either they are successful or not. In this case, they were not successful.”As the investigations continue authorities have discovered evidence that may have established a link between the cases. A stolen truck was recovered from one of the past attempts and to this no one has been fatally hurt in the attempted burglaries.  The thieves appear to be targeting 7-Eleven stores particularly since most have ATM machines and the incidents have taken place in early morning hours between 2-4 a.m.On February 17 four men tried to steal an ATM from a Silver Spring, Maryland 7-Eleven.  That surveillance video captured a pickup truck smashing into the front store window and three men trying to escape with the machine using a hand truck.  That effort was thwarted when the ATM fell off into the parking lot, forcing them to leave empty handed.  However, the pickup used to crash into the building was later recovered in Hyattsville.Since this is not the type of crime that happens often and the individuals behind the latest spree in Mt. Rainier were careful to conceal their identities from video cameras that are focused on the interior and exterior of this particular convenience store, they have not been identified.“They’re masked up so you don’t really get to see much of what they look like, so I think they’ve taken some steps to hide their identities more so than most,” Abdullah said.Police have begun increasing patrols near convenience stores throughout the County in an effort end the threat of ATM robbery attempts.last_img read more

Disrupted globular cluster found in the constellation of Draco

first_img A ‘ghost from the past’ recalls the infancy of the Milky Way A co-moving clump of stars was found in the constellation of Draco at a distance of approximately 8,500 light years away by a team of astronomers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It is assumed that the newly detected stellar group is a disrupted globular cluster, according to the researchers. They described their discovery in a paper published online on Dec. 16 on the arXiv pre-print server. © 2015 Phys.org 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. Explore further NGC 6362, an example of a globular cluster. Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA Citation: Disrupted globular cluster found in the constellation of Draco (2015, December 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-12-disrupted-globular-cluster-constellation-draco.html More information: arxiv.org/pdf/1512.05090.pdf Using the data from the Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fibre Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST) at the Xinglong Station observatory in China, the scientists were able to derive important information about the cluster such as its distance, age, mass, luminosity, velocity and orbit. They used about 2.5 million stellar spectra available in the second data release of the LAMOST spectroscopic survey, searching through the spectroscopic dataset and looking for metallicity-velocity clumping inconsistent with the field.John Jason Vickers, who is the lead author of the study along with the co-authors, estimates that this cluster, named Lamost 1, has a total mass of about 25,000 solar masses and has luminosity approximately 15,000 times greater than our sun. The researchers are 90 percent sure that the stellar group is about 11 million years old.When studying Lamost 1’s characteristics, the scientists have also found that it could be a part of a larger structure.”The large physical size and the fact that the tangential velocity dispersion is so much higher than the radial velocity dispersion imply that this could be part of a tidal stream, although some tangential velocity dispersion is certainly an effect of proper motion uncertainty at this distance,” the paper reads.By knowing the velocity and position of the Lamost 1, the researches can tell that this clump is near a point in the orbit at which it is furthest from the center of its galaxy.However, there are doubts over whether Lamost 1 is really a disrupted globular cluster. The high metallicity indicates that there is possibility that the studied group is a large dwarf galaxy progenitor. On the other hand, the lack of a strong physical overdensity speaks against this hypothesis.”The stream’s progenitor could be either a dwarf galaxy or a star cluster. The high metallicity of our stream implies that if the progenitor were a dwarf galaxy, it should be relatively massive, on par with that of the Sagittarius Dwarf. Since we do not see any prominent physical streams in the photometric data, we look to another possible explanation,” the astronomers noted in the paper.The elliptical orbit and advanced age of the clump supports the globular cluster origin theory. It was more likely a spherical collection of stars orbiting a galactic core once. “We postulate that this object is a star cluster being observed near the apocenter of its eccentric orbit. It manifests as a signature distinct from the background in velocity and metallicity space,” the scientists wrote.They conclude that the object of interest is likely to be a nearby, intermediate-age globular cluster which is being disrupted by the galactic potential. According to them, the spectroscopic technique provided by the LAMOST telescope could help uncover numerous known objects and structures, as well as more puzzling, unknown features like Lamost 1.last_img read more