LETTER TO THE EDITOR Anonymous Internet Troll Is Misusing My Familys Name

first_imgDear Editor,As an Everett, I was irate to learn that my family’s name was used in an attempt to smear a political candidate.  The Everetts were long time residents of Wilmington.  My mother ran a successful dancing school and donated proceeds to help build the Health Center.  My father volunteered for years in Little League, Pony League and Pop Warner.  He helped to build the Little League field by the Police Station and a skating rink behind the South School.  I grew up in Wilmington and taught for 30+ years as Miss Everett, Mrs. Mosca, or Mrs. Farrar.The name Jack Everett comes from the Urban Dictionary. As copied from the Urban Dictionary:“Jack Everett – a strong leader that sticks up for other people and he will always put others first. lovely eyes and hair. good at sports, he isn’t arrogant, girls drop even when he is standing. he will fight to protect his friends and family”Perhaps, the person who hid behind a cartoon character and our name sees this as themselves.  However, I question their integrity.  Our family will fight to protect our friends and family, which is why I am writing this.   We do not want to be attached to negative campaigns.For 63 of my years, I have lived and/or worked in Wilmington.  I am invested in Wilmington.  I am angry that our family name has been used in this way and to have been called on this by another hurts all the more.I hope that the people of Wilmington will vote on Election Day and will vote wisely.Sincerely,Sheryl Everett FarrarLike 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman Mike McCoy Defends Himself From Attacks From Tewksbury Selectman CandidateIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Now I Know Why Residents Don’t Attend Board Of Selectmen’s MeetingsIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bendel & Caira Are Serving For The Right Reasons, Care About ALL ResidentsIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

Galveston County Holds First Ever Transportation Conference

first_img X 00:00 /01:18 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Gail DelaughterCongressman Randy Weber (R-Friendswood) speaks at the Galveston County Transportation Conference about the importance of long-term federal transportation funding.The U.S. Census Bureau says Galveston County’s population grew by close to 11-percent between 2010 and 2015.And while the county is happy to add to its tax base, local officials say there’s still worried: How do you evacuate all those people before a major hurricane?That was one of the big topics at the first-ever Galveston County Transportation Summit.Precinct 2 Commissioner Joe Giusti says it’s extremely important for Galveston to evacuate first. Because history shows that it will be very difficult for residents to leave the coast.“Then I have a situation like we did during Hurricane Rita when Galveston County’s at the back of a stack when Harris County and everybody else is leaving early,” Giusti says. “And we have people dying in traffic, that’s my biggest fear.” But officials say some new road projects should help more people evacuate faster.In 2019, TxDOT hopes to start the process of widening I-45 from FM 1764 to the Galveston Causeway.  It will go from six lanes to eight.Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken Clark believes it will help “If we can get people to leave in a staged fashion, it should really make an evacuation not only efficient but very smooth also,” Clark says.State Highway 146 is also being widened in Seabrook and that includes a new bridge near the Kemah Boardwalk.http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3038372-Galveston-Transportation-Conference.html Listen Sharelast_img read more

TSA Checkpoint At Bush Airports Terminal B To Remain Closed Until Further

first_imgWikimedia CommonsThe Houston Airports System (HAS) announced Friday that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security checkpoint and the ticketing counters in Terminal B at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) will remain closed until further notice, even though the Senate passed Friday a short-term deal to reopen the federal government with the endorsement of President Donald Trump.The checkpoint and ticketing counters originally closed on January 13 in response to staffing issues associated with the partial shutdown of the federal government.All other operations at Terminal B are open, and flights scheduled to depart from and arrive at Terminal B will operate as normal. Passengers with flights scheduled to depart from Terminal B are being directed to the ticket counters and TSA checkpoints located in Terminal C and Terminal E.For passengers flying out of Terminal B, once checked in and through security at Terminal C or Terminal E, they can walk or take the Skyway tram to Terminal B to reach their departing gate. Passengers can utilize the interactive terminal map available on fly2houston.com or the terminal maps available on the interactive visitor kiosks to help navigate their way back to Terminal B.The HAS said there are six TSA security lanes at Bush Airport still operating as normal.Passengers choosing to use the Terminal B parking garage can still do so and use the terminal subway system to reach either Terminal C or Terminal E to check in and go through security screening. Sharelast_img read more

25 Indicted in East Baltimore Drug Bust

first_imgTwenty-five suspects associated with three separate drug organizations operating near East Monument Street and North Rose Street in Baltimore were indicted Oct. 2, the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office announced.The indictments come after months of investigations conducted by detectives of the Special Enforcement section of the Baltimore Police Department and the Major Investigation unit of the State’s Attorney’s Office. The focus for police and prosecutors was on stopping the distribution of narcotics in the Monument street corridor. The indictments outline that three narcotic traffickers allegedly sold cocaine and heroin in multiple neighborhoods this past summer.“In neighborhood after neighborhood, we are working closely with police to conduct focused investigations leading to strategic prosecutions, all with the objective of reducing violence, so all of our residents can live, learn, work, and worship in safety and security,” State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein said in a press release.Out of the 25 individuals that were indicted by the grand jury, 14 have been apprehended, ranging in age from 21 to 51. September’s drug takedown in East Baltimore follows recent neighborhood initiatives aimed at targeting drug operations with the purpose of decreasing violence and homicides.In August, prosecutors and police secured charges against 27 individuals for their involvement in heroin distribution in West Baltimore’s Gwynn Falls Parkway area. In late May and early June, 57 individuals were indicted for taking part in five distribution crews. One crew operated in East Baltimore, while the other four crews worked in West Baltimore on Baltimore Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.“Whether it is the East Monument Corridor, Cherry Hill, Oliver or Gilmore Homes, we will not rest until this criminal element that is harming our children, neighborhoods and the innocent in every community is eliminated,” said Police Commissioner Anthony Batts in the press release.jhunter@afro.com; Twitter @hunter_jonathanlast_img read more

IFLs created from piconjugated polymers improve performance and stability of optoelectronic devices

first_img 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. Stabilization of the doping profile by counter-ion immobilization in self-compensated doped polymer organic semiconductors. Credit: (c) Nature (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature20133 To make optoelectronic devices a layering technique is used—a thin film conductor is caused to be in contact with a semiconductor allowing an electric charge to move between them—to facilitate the transfer an IFL is placed between them. But as Facchetti notes, conventional IFLs are considered to be inefficient—improvements would allow greater efficiency in solar cells, for example. In this new effort, the researchers suggest a particular type of polymer, part of a group called π-conjugated polymers—a type of stable polymer with high doping content that has a self-compensation mechanism that involves covalently bonded counter ions that serve to block the migration of dopants—they offer not only improved efficiency but stronger performance and more stability. But, as Facchetti also notes, most such polymers in their native state are not able to transfer large numbers of charged particles—to overcome that problem the researchers used a chemical doping process that caused the charge carriers to become denser which in turn caused the polymer to become much more conductive.To test their ideas, the researchers modified several devices (solar cells, LEDs, photodiodes, etc.), replacing conventional IFLs with ones they had created and then tested their performance. The team reports that the expected improvements in efficiency were realized, which they note, suggests such polymers have the potential to improve the efficiency of a wide variety of optoelectronic devices. More work will need to be done though before that can be proven—first it remains to be seen if such polymers can be scaled up and then it must be shown that they can stand up to the rigors of real-world demands. © 2016 Phys.org New polymer able to store energy at higher temperatures Citation: IFLs created from pi-conjugated polymers improve performance and stability of optoelectronic devices (2016, November 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-11-ifls-pi-conjugated-polymers-stability-optoelectronic.htmlcenter_img More information: Cindy G. Tang et al. Doped polymer semiconductors with ultrahigh and ultralow work functions for ohmic contacts, Nature (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature20133AbstractTo make high-performance semiconductor devices, a good ohmic contact between the electrode and the semiconductor layer is required to inject the maximum current density across the contact. Achieving ohmic contacts requires electrodes with high and low work functions to inject holes and electrons respectively, where the work function is the minimum energy required to remove an electron from the Fermi level of the electrode to the vacuum level. However, it is challenging to produce electrically conducting films with sufficiently high or low work functions, especially for solution-processed semiconductor devices. Hole-doped polymer organic semiconductors are available in a limited work-function range, but hole-doped materials with ultrahigh work functions and, especially, electron-doped materials with low to ultralow work functions are not yet available. The key challenges are stabilizing the thin films against de-doping and suppressing dopant migration. Here we report a general strategy to overcome these limitations and achieve solution-processed doped films over a wide range of work functions (3.0–5.8 electronvolts), by charge-doping of conjugated polyelectrolytes and then internal ion-exchange to give self-compensated heavily doped polymers. Mobile carriers on the polymer backbone in these materials are compensated by covalently bonded counter-ions. Although our self-compensated doped polymers superficially resemble self-doped polymers, they are generated by separate charge-carrier doping and compensation steps, which enables the use of strong dopants to access extreme work functions. We demonstrate solution-processed ohmic contacts for high-performance organic light-emitting diodes, solar cells, photodiodes and transistors, including ohmic injection of both carrier types into polyfluorene—the benchmark wide-bandgap blue-light-emitting polymer organic semiconductor. We also show that metal electrodes can be transformed into highly efficient hole- and electron-injection contacts via the self-assembly of these doped polyelectrolytes. This consequently allows ambipolar field-effect transistors to be transformed into high-performance p- and n-channel transistors. Our strategy provides a method for producing ohmic contacts not only for organic semiconductors, but potentially for other advanced semiconductors as well, including perovskites, quantum dots, nanotubes and two-dimensional materials. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from Singapore and the U.K. has found that using a particular type of polymer allowed for creating interfacial layers (IFLs) in optoelectronic devices with improved performance and stability. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes their technique and their results when they made actual devices using the polymer. Antonio Facchetti with Northwestern University offers a News & Views piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue and outlines some of the benefits of self-compensated polymers as well as some of the hurdles that will need to be overcome before they can be used in commercial products. Explore further Journal information: Naturelast_img read more