Warriors whip Portland in opener

first_imgOAKLAND, California (AP):Klay Thompson scored 37 points as fellow ‘Splash Brother’ Stephen Curry watched injured and the Golden State Warriors again dominated without their MVP to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 118-106 on Sunday in Game One of the Western Conference semi-finals.Draymond Green had his second career postseason triple-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists for the defending champions.With Curry sidelined because of a sprained right knee, Green and Thompson took charge again. Thompson hit seven more three-pointers to become the first player in NBA history to make at least seven threes in three straight playoff games.Game Two of the best-of-seven series is tonight at Oracle Arena.Golden State reserve Anderson Varejao and Portland’s Gerald Henderson were ejected late in the third quarter after receiving their second technical foulsPortland’s Damian Lillard had another slow start back home in the Bay Area, missing 11 of his first 13 shots before finishing with 30 points – 10 on free throws.HEAT 106, HORNETS 73Goran Dragic scored 25 points, Gerald Green added 16 and Miami ended Charlotte’s season, beating the Hornets in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference first-round series.The Heat will open the second round at Toronto tonight.Luol Deng scored 15 points, Dwyane Wade added 12 and Hassan Whiteside had 10 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks for the Heat. They have won their last four Game Sevens – each of the previous three coming along the way to winning NBA championships.Frank Kaminsky scored 12 points for Charlotte.RAPTORS 89, PACERS 84DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 rebounds and 10 points and Toronto beat Indiana in Game Seven of the first-round series.Rookie Norman Powell added 13 points, Kyle Lowry had 11 points and nine assists and Patrick Patterson had 11 points to help Toronto win a seven-game series for the first time in franchise history.The Raptors won their first postseason series since a five-game triumph over the New York Knicks in 2001, ending the NBA’s longest active drought between playoff series victories.Paul George led Indiana with 26 points and 12 rebounds, George Hill scored 19 points and Monta Ellis had 15.last_img read more

May unveils talented new Cabinet, Patel holds on to Cabinet

first_imgpostBy Aditi KhannaLondon, Jun 11 (PTI) Theresa May today appointed her close ally Damian Green as her first secretary of state while Priti Patel remained the senior-most Indian-origin Cabinet minister as the embattled British premier unveiled her new Cabinet after shock election results forced her to form a minority government.Patel holds on to her position as the senior-most Indian-origin Cabinet minister and will remain in charge as the secretary of state for international development in the new government, which May said will focus on delivering a successful Brexit.The Prime Minister said the new line-up brought in “talent from across the whole of the Conservative party”.Her statement came after Michael Gove, one of the driving forces behind Brexit who had been relegated to the back benches after he vied for Tory leadership against May last July, returned to the front bench as environment secretary and one of May?s close allies Green takes charge as first secretary of state, effectively her deputy prime minister.”Crucially Ive brought in talent from across the whole of the Conservative party. We want a country that works for everyone,” she said in Downing Street.May said she had appointed “a Cabinet that will get on with the job of government, which is about delivering successful Brexit negotiations. And those negotiations start in a weeks time?.The prime minister had already confirmed on Friday, soon after the general election results were confirmed, that five of her top-most Cabinet posts will remain unchanged ? including Philip Hammond as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Amber Rudd as home secretary, Boris Johnson as foreign secretary, David Davis as Brexit secretary, and Michael Fallon in charge of the ministry of defence.advertisementThe remaining Cabinet posts are set for a reshuffle from her previous administration, with todays key announcements.Greg Clark holds on to his job as secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy and David Gauke takes over as work and pensions minister.Liam Fox stays in his post as Secretary of State for international trade, while Justine Greening has been re- confirmed as Secretary of State for Education. She additionally gets the portfolio as minister for women and equalities.Liz Truss appointed chief secretary to the treasury, with right to attend Cabinet and Pakistani-origin Sajid Javid keeps hold of his post as secretary of state for communities and local government.David Lidington takes charge as Lord Chancellor and justice minister and Alun Cairns as the new Secretary of State for Wales.She has also kept Jeremy Hunt in his post as health secretary, Gavin Williamson is the new party Chief Whip or parliamentary secretary to the Treasury and Chris Grayling has been appointed transport minister.The other key Cabinet members include James Brokenshire as Northern Ireland minister, Karen Bradley as culture, media and sports minister and Andrea Leadsom as the Leader of the House of Commons.The new Cabinet appointments will be seen as Mays attempt at surrounding herself with as many allies as possible against the backdrop of a brewing rebellion within party ranks after the Conservatives suffered heavy losses in the June 8 general election.Far from a forecast landslide majority, May has been left holding on to 10 Downing Street with diminished authority ? having lost her party its majority. PTI AK PMSlast_img read more

Watch: Roger Federer shows off his cricketing skills in Wimbledon

first_imgWorld No.2 Roger Federer eased his way into the quarter-finals of the ongoing Wimbledon on Monday but not before showing off his cricketing ability.Federer was 2-0 up in the first set against Adrian Mannarino when the top seed returned the Frenchman’s shot with a cricket-like forward defence only to concede a point.Wimbledon took to Twitter and tagged International Cricket Council (ICC), the world cricket’s governing body, to ask how much “ratings” Federer deserved for that forward defence shot.Federer’s pursuit of a record ninth Wimbledon title gathered momentum as he reached the quarter-finals with a 6-0 7-5 6-4 win over Mannarino.Ratings for @rogerfederer’s forward defence, @ICC?#Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/VVAt2wHPa4Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 2018The 20-time Grand Slam champion was in blinding form during the first set, which blazed by in 16 minutes, but after the Swiss missed four break points in the opening game of the second set, Mannarino made more of a match of it.The world number 26 became the first man to reach break points against the 36-year-old at the All England Club this year, but failed to convert any of them as Federer made it to at least the last eight of the grasscourt major for the 16th time.Federer, who has now won 32 sets on the trot, needs one more straight sets victory to break his previous longest streak at the All England Club. He holds the record of 34 consecutive sets at Wimbledon between the third round in 2005 and the final in 2006.advertisementA 15th quarter-final in his last 16 appearances at #Wimbledon@rogerfederer brilliant record at The Championships continues… pic.twitter.com/lzlO67uJofWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 9, 2018The eight-time champion will next play either another Frenchman, Gael Monfils, or South African eighth seed Kevin Anderson.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Facial recognition tech coming to New York school district next week report

first_img Facial recognition 5:11 Backlash grows for police use of facial recognition (The… Now playing: Watch this: Tags 0center_img Post a comment Facial recognition technology reportedly will be tested on students. Chris Pavey/CNET To better protect kids, a school district in New York is going to give facial recognition a try. Next Monday, Lockport City School District will reportedly be the first US public school system to test a facial recognition program on students and staff. The district begins the “initial implementation phase” for the Aegis software suite, the Lockport Union-Sun and Journal reported Tuesday.Aegis’ applications include a facial recognition tool, Sentry, that alerts school officials if anyone from the local Sex Offenders Registry enters a school or if any suspended students, fired employees or known gang members enters a school, according to SN Technology, Aegis’ developer. The company also offers Protector, a shape recognition tool that recognizes the top 10 guns used in school shootings, and Mercury, a forensic search engine that can review unattended video. SN Technology confirmed all three applications would be deployed in the district. Superintendent Michelle Bradley and Robert LiPuma, director of assessment and technology, said in a statement that Lockport City School District is committed to protecting the safety of its students, staff and visitors. The statement said the district has already increased security measures in the past, like the “Raptor” ID System, which reviews the government-issued IDs presented by building visitors and alerts if they’re in the sex offender database. Aegis’ system won’t compile information on and track the movements of all District students, staff and visitors, the district’s statement said. Instead, the software is limited to identifying whether an individual whose photograph has been entered into the system database is on district property. The people in the database are those who aren’t allowed on the property. If one is identified by Aegis’ software, it will alert and at least two levels of identification by staff have to happen before action is taken before response can be fully taken. In the case of the system identifying a gun, it immediately alerts police. Police, stores and airports want to use facial recognition tech to help solve crimes, prevent shoplifting and make boarding flights more efficient. But activists see the tech casting a dark shadow over civil liberties. In May, San Francisco became the first US city to prohibit police from using the technology, and critics continue to press local governments to implement bans.The ACLU has also spoken out against Amazon’s sale of its Rekognition tech. The group says the identification software could turn the US into a surveillance state and invade people’s privacy. Researchers have also found that the software runs into issues with recognizing women, as well as people with darker skin.Originally published May 30, 9:35 a.m. PT.Update, May 31: Adds info from SN Technologies and statement by Lockport City School District.  Share your voice Security Tech Industrylast_img read more