London: A Quarter Of The Way To An Nfl Franchise
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.
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NFL in London raises legal issues
Spot the jersey at a London Underground Station (six teams) However, this also works in Londons favor, as the most recent research distributed by the NFL in the UK cited that 50 per cent of UK NFL fans consider themselves fans of the League as much as a team. Of course, any London franchise would pick up new fans and be a second team for the diehards who grew up on a diet of Marino, Rice and Riggins. It was that maturitynot a lack of popularitythat led to NFL Europe leaving London and preseason games ceasing, as fans knew they were getting an inferior product. The youth is engaged in the NFL. The British Universities American Football League is the largest college league in Europe. There is a fair splattering of purple, black and gold in Wembley,but NFL UK managing director Alistair Kirkwood told me that the overwhelming fanbase is British: “We have fans coming from the U.S. and all over Europe, especially Scandinavia, but 85-90 per cent of the crowd is British.” Interview with Alistair Kirkwood – Managing Director at NFL UK Outside the stadium I spoke to Matti Cross, an exiled Brit now living in Denmark, who told me he would come to two matches a season if London had a franchise. Other fans from all four corners of the UK I spoke to had a similar opinion. Naturally, fans would veer towards the more glamorous encounters if they had eight games to pick from. However, the London metropolitan area is the largest in the European Union with a population of 13,614,409, according to Eurostat . With a sensible pricing policy (the NFL offered special discounted prices if you bought tickets for both this years games together), you could envisage half of Wembleys 86,000 seats being taken by season ticketholders if they were priced around 250/$400. The rest would be filled with travelling fans from the U.S.plus farther reaches of the UK and Western Europe. London can be reached from a glut of European cities in under two hours’ flight time and for a return of around $150. Pivotally when the next nearest team is more than 2,500 miles away, there is a natural sell for the sport.
Record London house prices stoke bubble fears
That’s a product of the history of those leagues, but it will probably continue as a product of EU laws. London-based attorney Andrew Nixon of Sheridans focuses his practice on representing sports governing bodies, clubs, agencies and athletes. He says the NFL draft would probably be permissible under the competition laws, because it is collectively bargained between the owners and players. It’s the same reason the NFL draft is allowed under antitrust laws in the United States. “The trickier issue with the draft system would be that it would breach a worker’s right to move freely, and the EU distinguishes between exemption under competition rules and exemption from free movement rules,” Nixon said. When the EU was formed, a treaty was enacted giving certain rights to all European Union citizens. One section of that treaty makes the free movement of workers a fundamental principle, allowing an EU citizen to move between EU countries for work without needing a work permit or having to live there for that purpose. According to the NFLPA, the league currently has 15 players who were born in EU countries, among them Bjoern Werner (Germany), Osi Umenyiora (England) and Sebastian Janikowski (Poland). Would the presence of EU citizens be enough to apply the EU’s laws to the NFL? No one knows the answer to that question. And what if the team were technically based in the U.S. but played all of its home games in London?
London bullion body could charge more or disband gold rates
then the GOFO might not exist.” Gornall added that the alternative for the LBMA would be to carry on with the Good Delivery List, the Responsible Gold Guidance on ethical gold production, refining and assaying, the annual conference, publishing the dedicated quarterly journal the Alchemist but not the regulatory side. The Good Delivery rules specify the physical characteristics of bars used in settlement in the wholesale London bullion market. PRICE ENVIRONMENT Gold prices have fallen by a fifth this year, hurt by speculation that the U.S. Federal Reserve is set to rein in its bullion-friendly quantitative easing (QE) policy, a major driver of the record-high prices seen in recent years. QE put pressure on long-term interest rates, keeping the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding gold at rock bottom, while stoking fears of rampant inflation in the years to come. Gold dropped $200 an ounce in two days in April in its sharpest slide in 30 years, and investors started to divest gold as a result, unwinding nearly 700 tonnes of ETF holdings so far, while central bank buying more than halved. The halt in the gold price upward trajectory could have an impact on the decision that LBMA member banks have on the GOFO services, Gornall said. “If you look at the commodities cycle, it’s whether you believe there is going to be enough business to fund (higher charges to get GOFO data)…I think that’s a relevant question and that’s what I ask them as the LBMA chairman.” (Reporting by Clara Denina; Editing by Marguerita Choy) @yahoofinance on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook Related Content Chart Your most recently viewed tickers will automatically show up here if you type a ticker in the “Enter symbol/company” at the bottom of this module. You need to enable your browser cookies to view your most recent quotes. Search for share prices Terms Quotes are real-time for NASDAQ, NYSE, and NYSEAmex when available. See also delay times for other exchanges . Quotes and other information supplied by independent providers identified on the Yahoo! Finance partner page .