Concern Mounts For Clippers As Griffin Paul Nicked Up

Chris Paul has a sore hip.It’s not just that the Los Angeles Clippers got beat, 92-80, Wednesday night to extend their first-round playoffs series. It’s pretty significant that the Clippers got beat up, too.Blake Griffin went down holding his left knee, a scary sight. Thankfully, it was a sprained and not something debilitating. Point guard Chris Paul hurt his right hip and had to come out. Not good, as L.A. looks to regroup for a close out Game 6 at Los Angeles Friday.”We’ve got to get home, get some therapy, get rest and then get back to work on Friday,” Clippers coach Vinnie Del Negro said.The team doctor and trainer told Del Negro that Griffin and Paul were healthy enough to return to action in the fourth quarter. But when Paul struggled with his mobility, Del Negro took him out.Griffin hurt his knee when he tangled legs with the Grizzlies Marc Gasol (23 points) on a drive to the basket in the third quarter. He lay on the court clutching his knee for a few minutes before going to the bench. But he returned to attempt his free throws and played most of the fourth quarter.”One of our guys went down,” said Clippers forward Caron Butler, who’s playing despite breaking his left hand in Game 1. ”Not just one of our guys, one of our superstars. It’s important that we go down and check on our brother. He got up. It was a tough play. He got banged up pretty bad. But he’s a soldier. He got back out there and kept chipping away at it with us.”Memphis has lost all four of its games at Staples Center against the Clippers this year. The Grizzlies know they have to break through to force a decisive Game 7 in Memphis on Sunday..”There’s no point leaving home if we don’t know our way back,” Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo said. ”We can’t look at Sunday because we have to make sure we get back home after Friday night.” read more

HEALTH HAS MOSQUITO GEAR GIVING FREE FLU SHOTS

first_img Chicken Pox hatching at schools, PDM sounds alarm Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Change is on the horizon says PDM Leader Sharlene Cartwright Robinson Related Items:Chikungunya, Dengue, edwin astwood, Flu shots, Ministry of Health and Human Services Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Dec 2014 – Lots of rain and Magnetic Media has confirmed that the Department of Environmental Health does have the requisite supplies to fog or oil and foil any boom in the mosquito population.  Hon Edwin Astwood during that PDM Press Conference (Monday Dec 1) expressing  his concern about the lingering Dengue Fever and Chikungunya Virus problems; saying there is already localized flooding at the JAGS McCartney International Airport.  Last month, the TCI Hospitals confirmed a double digit surge in cases at the hospital related to Dengue and ChikV.  This news comes at the Ministry of Health and Human Services announces that it has cold and flu vaccines to ward off fevers and the like this season. Explaining that the Ministry is committed to keeping the Turks and Caicos healthy with the Seasonal flu vaccine for adults and children now available at all Government operated Primary Health Care Departments free of charge. Recommended for you ZIKA Press Releaselast_img read more

STATE REP RACE Pina Prinzivalli Named Featured Candidate At GOP Meet Rally

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury), candidate for State Representative in the 19th Middlesex District, has announced she’s been named a featured candidate at a GOP Meet and Rally on August 1 from 6pm to 8pm in Lowell. The event is being held at Athenian Corner and is being hosted by United States Veteran and 1st Middlesex State Senate candidate John MacDonald.“I’m a big supporter of Pina and I’m excited to have her be a part of this event because she’s running for all of the right reasons,” said MacDonald, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force who served in the Persian Gulf War. “Pina and I jumped into our respective races early on to challenge two long time incumbents. Now both of our races are for open seats. Pina had the courage to run when no one else was willing to do so. She will bring that same courage to Beacon Hill where she will be a bold voice and a fearless advocate for the taxpayers. Pina is truly running to put the taxpayers first.”The event will feature other area and statewide Republican candidates including Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate, Rick Green for Congress (District 3), Jay McMahon for Attorney General, Anthony Amore for Secretary of State, Joe Espinola for State Senate (2nd Middlesex & Essex), Kathy Lynch for State Rep (2nd Middlesex) and Rich Baker for Governor’s Council (5th District).“I can’t thank John enough, first for his service to our country and second for the support he has shown me,” said Prinzivalli, who announced her candidacy last October. “John has done so much great work for our veterans with ‘Veterans Assisting Veterans.’ I can’t wait to work with him on Beacon Hill on the issues that matter most to the people of the Commonwealth. It’s going to be a great night with great Republican candidates who are committed to bringing balance to Massachusetts.”The August 1 event is free, donations to the candidates are welcome. Athenian Corner is located at 207 Market Street. MacDonald says the event will allow people in the area to meet great candidates all in one place that are standing up against politics as usual.“These are the candidates I personally endorse,” said MacDonald. “They are offering the people a true and positive choice in the upcoming election and Pina has clearly shown herself to be just that.”Since announcing her candidacy last fall, Prinzivalli has been the only candidate in the 19th Middlesex working to lower the tax burden by collecting over 800 signatures for a ballot question to reduce the sales tax. Prinzivalli is also the only candidate who has signed the ‘Taxpayers Protection Pledge’ and has been steadfast in her opposition and commitment to saying “NO” to Massachusetts becoming a Sanctuary State for illegal immigrants.“I’m not a career politician, nor am I running to become one,” said Prinzivalli. “I’m a career professional, a hardworking taxpayer just like you. It’s time for Tewksbury and Wilmington to have a bold Republican voice that isn’t going to be afraid to stand up against the status quo and put the taxpayers first.”Prinzivalli has been endorsed by the Tewksbury Republican Town Committee, Representative Geoff Diehl, Representative Shaunna O’Connell, and Republican State Committeewoman Ruth Chou.The Republican primary will be held on Tuesday, September 4. The general election will take place on Tuesday, November 6.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Prinzivalli campaign.)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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Pina Prinzivalli Speaks At Large GOP Rally, Shares Message On TaxesIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Prinzivalli Pledges To Opt Out Of Pension SystemIn “Government”last_img read more

Border officials dont have data to address racial bias in facial recognition

first_img Facial recognition Facial recognition is going to be everywhere Share your voice Tags Gender and race pose a challenge for facial recognition. Studies have shown the technology has a harder time identifying women and people with darker skin. Civil rights advocates warn that the shortcomings could adversely affect minorities. Several airports and airlines have rolled out the biometric tech across the US, offering a faster way to board your flights. The technology scans a traveler’s face and matches it with a passport photo provided to the airlines by the State Department. It’ll be used in the top 20 US airports by 2021. CBP says it has a match rate in the high 90th percentile, while a study from the DHS’ Office of Inspector General found that it had a match rate closer to 85%. Customs and Border Protection says the system is getting better. A spokesman for the agency noted that the OIG study drew from a demo in 2017 that looked at the potential for the Traveler Verification Service.”In the current deployment of TVS,” the spokesman said, “CBP has been able to successfully photograph and match over 98% of travelers who have photos in U.S. Government systems.”In addition, CBP is working with the National Institutes of Standards and Technology to analyze the performance of face-matching tech, “including impacts due to traveler demographics and image quality,” the spokesman said. A lack of diverse data is what led to racial bias with facial recognition to begin with. Experts have suggested that photo databases for facial recognition could be using more images of white people than people of color, which skews how effective the technology is for minorities.  Jake Laperruque, a senior counsel at the Constitution Project, is concerned that the agency is turning a blind eye to the potential for racial bias at airports.”The comments reflect a troubling lack of concern about well-documented problem of facial recognition systems having higher error rates for people of color,” Laperruque said in an email. “CBP can’t simply ignore a serious issue and take a ‘see no evil approach’ — if they’re not willing to confront serious civil rights problems and deal with them, they shouldn’t be trusted to operate a program like this.”  Originally published May 6.Updated May 8: Added comment from a CBP spokesman. 10 Comments A woman boarding an SAS flight to Copenhagen goes through facial recognition verification system VeriScan at Dulles International Airport in  Virginia. Jim Watson / AFP/Getty Images Facial recognition technology is prone to errors, and when it comes to racial bias at airports, there’s a good chance it’s not learning from its mistakes. Debra Danisek, a privacy officer with US Customs and Border Protection, talked to an audience Friday at the International Association of Privacy Professionals Summit about what data its facial recognition tech collects — but more importantly, what data it doesn’t collect.”In terms of ‘Does this technology have a different impact on different racial groups?’ we don’t collect that sort of data,” Danisek said. “In terms of keeping metrics on which groups are more affected, we wouldn’t have those metrics to begin with.” In other words, while the CBP does collect data that’s available on people’s passports — age, gender and citizenship — to help improve its facial recognition algorithm, it doesn’t gather data for race and ethnicity, even when a passenger is misidentified.So the CBP doesn’t know when there’s a mismatch based on a person’s skin color. It’s relying on reports from the Department of Homeland Security’s Redress program to identify when that happens.  “If they notice we have a pattern of folks making complaints this process, then we would investigate,” Danisek said. Now playing: Watch this: Politics Security 3:28last_img read more

Olivia Culpo flaunts her figure in barely there swimwear Photos

first_imgOlivia CulpoOlivia Culpo Official Instagram (oliviaculpo)Olivia Culpo took to social media yet again and posted some sizzling snaps of her enjoying the sun. The gorgeous beauty relaxed on a grey lounger in a photo shared to Instagram.The 27-year-old model can be seen showing off her enviable curves as she wore a red-and-white candy cane striped Christian Dior bikini. The beauty captioned the pinup image, ‘Energy flows where attention goes.’ Olivia seems to have gone makeup free for the post. But we have to say she looked gorgeous nonetheless. She sure knows how to rock a swimsuit. She wore no jewellery.Olivia Culpo is a successful model and was also included being featured in Sports Illustrated’s annual Swimsuit edition. The former Miss USA, posed in a series of bikinis, teasing millions of her fans and Instagram followers. Olivia sure seems to be keeping herself busy. She recently did a photoshoot for Maxim magazine. Olivia CulpoOlivia Culpo Official Instagram (oliviaculpo)Olivia Culpo opened up about her dating life to Us Weekly. “What I struggle with is the people are, like … they don’t love you for you,” Culpo told Us Weekly exclusively.Her side of the story. Olivia Culpo slammed famous men who, despite being married, contacted her after her split from boyfriend Danny Amendola. Olivia Culpo may have some unfortunate incidents with men, but we hope she doesn’t write them off completely. The former beauty queen has had experiences with her exes that may not be categorized as pleasant. Especially Danny Amendola, who may not have taken too kindly to their break up. Well it does look like Olivia Culpo isn’t letting anyone hold her back. We have to say, she looks gorgeous in her Instagram snaps. You can check out the pics here:  Olivia CulpoOlivia Culpo Official Instagram (oliviaculpo) Olivia CulpoOlivia Culpo Instagramlast_img read more