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PC Paul Hyland a Metropolitan Police super-recognizer poses for photographs beside computer screens at the force’s New Scotland Yard headquarters in London on Sept. 18, 2013./ AP London police officers at Scotland Yard have reportedly been getting helped by a new breed of police-officers with special skills: “super-recognizers.” The Associated Press reported Friday that since 2011, about 200 London police officers have been recruited into an elite squad of super-recognizers that search crime surveillance photos in the hopes of identifying suspects based on perps they’d seen before. Super recognizers were responsible for nearly 30 percent of the 4,000 people who were arrested following the 2011 London riots , according to the report. “When we have an image of an unidentified criminal, I know exactly who to ask instead of sending it out to everyone and getting a bunch of false leads,” Mick Neville, Detective Chief Inspector at Scotland Yard who created the unit, told the AP. Just what exactly makes someone a super-recognizer? Richard Russell, an assistant professor of psychology at Gettysburg College in Pa., led a 2009 study that coined the phrase “super-recognizers.” He theorizes people with this superior facial recognition ability are on the other end of a spectrum from people who suffer from another condition called “face-blindness,” or prosopagnosia. In face-blindness, people have an inability to recognize familiar faces, even of celebrities and people they know well. Russell told CBSNews.com he does not believe super-recognizers are doing anything dramatically different than average people when they look at someone to recognize a familiar face. He thinks they don’t hone in on someone’s eyes or a specific feature to recognize someone better than a typical individual would, he said. “We don’t really know whether they are doing something qualitatively different than other people. I assume they are not,” said Russell. “It might be a quantitative difference — still using the same kind of processes, but maybe they’re better.” One of the goals of facial recognition research is to understand which cues are leading people to identify a face. It could be a difference in how a person processes the color contrast between the lips and skin or the distance between parts of the face that leads to this recognition, he postulated.
London Whale Settlement Sets Legal Precedent
It’s a big rights market. We think our sport has had success, and there’s potential for a lot more. We haven’t necessarily said, ‘We have to have a team here.'” To be clear, Parsons and those at the league office haven’t said that. But it’s a fair bet to think a few other people have. Breaking down the Aldon Smith situation The San Francisco 49ers ‘ decision to play Aldon Smith last week after a second DUI-related arrest might have come down to answering a yes-or-no question, but the complexities that went into the final call highlight an organization that was a bit conflicted on its approach. San Francisco knew that deactivating Smith, even if it chose to pay him for the game, would lead to a grievance from the NFL Players Association because of the union’s resolve to prevent a bad precedent. The 49ers weren’t going there. And so given that they’d dress Smith out for the game, the question became how much he’d play. Brandt: Teams in the danger zone Gil Brandt takes a look at seven teams that surprisingly have struggled out of the gate in 2013. Time to hit the panic button? READ Right or wrong, the 49ers decided it would be unfair to Smith’s 52 teammates to go into the game short a roster spot; this meant he would be available to the coaches in some capacity. My understanding is some inside the organization preferred to limit Smith’s role, to a) send the right message and b) prepare for the looming extended period without him. In the end, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and the staff played Smith every snap; on Monday, Smith checked himself into rehab . That part is in the books.
Its owned by chef Joe Mercer Nairne (formerly of Chez Bruce) and David OConnor, formerly manager at Chez Bruce, the Square and the Ledbury. The food is modern European, using British ingredients. Information: http://www.medlarrestaurant.co.uk/ or +44-20-7349-1900. VISUAL ARTS Cuban-American artist Ana Mendietas life was bookended by trauma: She was separated from her parents at age 12 and died at age 36, mysteriously falling from a New York window. In between, she produced singular art thats the focus of a Hayward exhibition. The show would have been impossible without Mendietas records of her ephemeral creations, such as the 1973 performances where she cast herself as a rape victim. Mendietas 1980 return to Cuba inspired some of her best work: primitive sculptures carved into caves (and photographed), some of which still exist. Through Dec. 15 at the Hayward Gallery: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk or +44-20-7960-4200. MUSIC Fleetwood Mac plays the final gig of its three-concert run at the O2 — the first U.K. shows since it sold out Wembley in 2009.
This could expose the bank to more lawsuits in addition to claims by investors already in play. While the bank did not admit to any misstatements of its financial reports, the SEC’s order noted “the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 established important requirements for public companies and their management regarding corporate governance and disclosure.” Other legal headaches for JPMorgan JPMorgan’s troubles are far from over. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has a separate probe under way to determine whether the bank’s London unit manipulated the market with heavy derivative trading in 2012. Also, the Justice Department intends to bring another case against the bank involving $1 billion in mortgage losses for loans sold to Fannie Mae. Finally, last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered JPMorgan to refund about $309 million to more than 2.1 million customers for illegal credit card practices. This enforcement action was initiated by the OCC, which the CFPB joined in 2012. The federal watchdogs found JPMorgan engaged in unfair billing practices for certain credit card “add-on products” by charging consumers for credit monitoring services they did not receive. JPMorgan will also pay a $20 million penalty payment to the CFPB, while the OCC is separately ordering restitution of approximately $309 million from the firm. The OCC’s order also requires JPMorgan to pay another $60 million to the agency. What does new precedent mean for the big banks? This case continues a wave of settlements involving JPMorgan and other banks. Until now, these legal actions often settled without the banks acknowledging wrongdoing. But admitting to faulty internal controls exposes the bank to more legal woes. Moreover, this precedent leaves other banks exposed. For example, Bank of America (NYSE: BAC ) currently faces SEC charges regarding the BOAMS 2008-A series of mortgage-backed securities.