If the face fits: Tokyo 2020 to deploy facial recognition

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tennis star Serena Williams struggling with ‘postpartum emotions’ FILE – In this July 22, 2018, file photo, Tokyo 2020 Olympic mascot “Miraitowa”, left, and Paralympic mascot “Someity”, right, pose with children for photographers during the mascot debut event in Tokyo. The countdown is on for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Tuesday, July 24, marked two years to go until the opening ceremony will be held at the brand new National Stadium in central Tokyo.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)Hundreds of thousands of Tokyo 2020 athletes, staff and reporters will be scanned by cutting-edge facial recognition technology in an Olympic Games first, organizers said Tuesday.About 300,000 athletes, staff members, volunteers and reporters will be required to use their ID card and be verified with the facial recognition system to access venues.ADVERTISEMENT View comments After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Peza offers relief to ecozone firms In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES This will be especially practical for the Tokyo Olympics as the venues are scattered widely around the massive Japanese capital, Iwashita added.The technology takes only 0.3 seconds to match up a face with a pre-registered photo, said Masaaki Suganuma, an official at NEC, which claims this is the world’s fastest such system.In an experiment conducted last year, access using an ID card and facial recognition was 2.5 times faster than using barcodes and visual checks as at previous Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ The security overhaul will prevent fraudulent entry by people borrowing, stealing or faking an ID card, said electronics giant NEC, which developed the technology. It will be rolled out across all facilities — including the 43 competition venues, athlete lodgings and media centers — but would not be used for spectators, organizers said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“It is the first time facial recognition will be deployed for all people involved in the Olympics at all venues,” Olympic security chief Tsuyoshi Iwashita told reporters.“Higher security is needed for people involved in Olympics as they enter important areas. They also go in and out of venues so we decided to introduce the system for smooth entry,” he added.last_img read more

High threshold must be set for persons seeking to become teachers – BVI Minister

first_img…as consultations begin to improve teaching standards“We cannot expect students who are not properly learned to properly teach, so it is imperative to set a high threshold for those seeking to enter the profession as is the case with law and medicine. If one would not want a C student operating on their body, one should not tolerate a C student operating on the young minds of the nation”.Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture Minister of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) Natalio WheatleyThese were the sentiments shared by the Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture Minister of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), Natalio Wheatley, during the opening of consultation sessions at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre on developing standards for the teaching profession in Latin America and the Caribbean.Making his position known on the matter, the Minister went further to list some special skills teachers must be equipped with. According to him, “Teachers must be equipped to teach students who are not only visual learners, but who learn through doing, who are tactile and auditory. Teachers must learn to use technology to enhance the learning experience. Teachers must be trained in identifying students who have learning disabilities and recommend them for support services as necessary”.Representing Guyana on this front was Chief Education Officer (CEO) Marcel Hutson, who underscored the importance of setting these higher standards.“Standards for teachers or teacher educators are paramount. Why? Teacher educators are strategically positioned to serve as catalysts for the required change in the education delivery and outcomes,” he added.As a consequence, the CEO noted that these persons must be able to model teaching that demonstrates content, professional knowledge, skills and the dispositions which reflect research, proficiency with technology and accepted best practices.Meanwhile, the Assistant Secretary General of Caricom, Douglas Slater, outlined the agenda of the Regional Two-day meeting which wraps up today (Thursday).He explained, “At the 34th meeting of the Council of Human and Social Development 2018, the technical working group for teachers’ innovation and education leadership submitted draft standards for teachers, educational leaders and teacher educators. The course had mandated the member States to convene consultations with relevant stakeholders and provide feedback to the Caricom Secretariat. The feedback gained from member States significantly influenced the revision of the draft standards that is being presented here today”.In addition, the Assistant General Secretary outlined that the teaching profession is formed within the context of social practices. With this on the forefront, he said that the draft teaching standards, “is a collection of aspirational statements” and “they refer to the sets of values and dispositions that influence the form of actions that occur in the teaching-learning relations”.The event is being undertaken as part of a series of consultation workshops being done in five regions internationally to acquire input from key education stakeholders including teachers, teacher organisations, education planners, teaching regulatory councils, teacher educators, and researchers.Participants will be asked to review and comment on a guidance framework and suggest ways in which it can be refined as well as recommend approaches for local adaptations.last_img read more

Fort St. John water bill mix up

first_img­The City of Fort St. John has had a problem with the latest round of water bills.Some residents in the south east quadrant of the City will either receive two bills, one being for your neighbour, or will not receive a bill at all.The problem was caused by an improper setting on the mailing machine.- Advertisement -The City is arranging for the water bills to be re-sent to residents in the south east area of Fort St. John.For more information or if you haven’t received your water bill by April 22, contact the finance department at 250-787-8150 or by calling 311.last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgfor pot in house LA MIRADA – One of three people arrested after deputies discovered marijuana plants growing inside a La Mirada home posted bail and was released Tuesday, officials said. Deputies went to the home in the 14000 block of San Ardo Drive at about 11 a.m. Monday after receiving a call about a domestic dispute. They immediately smelled marijuana and obtained a search warrant, said Lt. Duane Harris of the sheriff’s Norwalk Station. One person booked on suspicion of domestic violence and cultivating marijuana posted bail and was released Tuesday. The other two suspects, each booked on suspicion of cultivation remained in custody but were also expected to post bail and be released, officials said. Narcotics detectives from the station confiscated 146 marijuana plants and two dozen containers full of marijuana, Harris said. Slaying trial hearing delayed NORWALK – A trial setting and pretrial conference for two men charged in a triple murder in South Whittier was postponed Tuesday. Cimarron Bernard Bell, 33, and Briaell Michael Lee, 24, are charged with murder in the deaths of Mario Larios, 23, Edgar Valles, 22, both of West Covina, and Fernando Pina, 25, of Mexico. According to police, the three had gone to Bell’s South Whittier home to buy the defendant’s car. Instead, authorities allege, the victims were robbed of $8,500 and killed. Their bodies were discovered in one of the victim’s cars left in a parking lot of a La Mirada shopping center. Judge Dewey Falcone ordered Bell and Lee to return to Norwalk Court for a trial setting and pretrial conference on May 17. Sign-ups open for day camp WHITTIER – The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation is registering children for a spring break day camp that will run from April 2-6 at Adventure Park, 10130 S. Gunn Ave. The camp costs $50 for the week and is open for children from first through eighth grade. For more information, call (562) 698-7645. Or call dingo Mercado, (213)216-4366. Reward offered in man’s slaying Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina announced Tuesday the establishment of a $10,000 reward in the slaying of 55-year-old Benjamin Abella earlier this year. Abella was shot at about 6:30 p.m. Jan. 15 as he was driving on the westbound Pomona (60) Freeway in East Los Angeles, just past the Long Beach (710) Freeway interchange near the Indiana Street exit. Someone drove alongside him and shot several rounds into his vehicle, killing him, Molina’s office said. Anyone with information about the shooting was urged to call Detective Angus Ferguson of the sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau, (323) 890-5500. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! INDUSTRY – One person was injured Tuesday in a multivehicle crash on the eastbound Pomona (60) Freeway in Industry, the California Highway Patrol said. Paramedics sent to the freeway near Nogales Street at 8:29 a.m. took the injured person to a park, from where the victim was then flown by helicopter to a hospital, said CHP Officer John Seumanutafa. Eastbound lanes were closed briefly while emergency crews attended to the injured person. 3 arrested last_img read more

CAF to consider Nigerian proposal for World Cup friendlies

first_img0Shares0000Nigeria fans cheer during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying football match between Nigeria and Cameroon at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Nigeria, on September 1, 2017ABUJA, Nigeria, Nov 11 – The Confederation of African Football will meet soon to discuss a proposal for African World Cup qualifiers to play friendlies during the FIFA window in March, a Nigerian official said Tuesday.Nigeria, Senegal, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia will be Africa’s five flag bearers at Russia next year. However, all five teams will be engaged in AFCON 2019 in the next FIFA window in March and this will be the last window before the World Cup in June in Russia.Super Eagles spokesman Toyin Ibitoye said Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick has proposed that the next FIFA window should now be used by the World Cup finalists to prepare for world football’s showpiece tournament.“In the few days CAF will meet to deliberate a proposal by the NFF president on using the FIFA window in March for the World Cup flag bearers to play friendly matches ahead of Russia 2018,” he said.Nigeria are slated to play against Seychelles in March 2018 in continuation of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, but would now battle a better rated team should this proposal be accepted.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Friday, May 8

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers…Louis van Gaal has pressed the button on Manchester United’s £200m summer spending spree by landing Dutch wonderboy Memphis Depay. The Red Devils boss is also interested in Borussia Dortmund pair Ilkay Gundogan and Mats Hummels, Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne, Real Madrid flyer Gareth Bale and PSG’s Edinson Cavani. (Daily Express)Daniel Sturridge is likely to miss the start of next season after hip surgery, raising the prospect of Liverpool starting the campaign with an entirely new strike force. (The Times)Manchester City are poised to beat rivals Chelsea and Arsenal to the £20m signing of Brazil sensation Roberto Firmino. (Daily Star)Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech admits he still doesn’t know where he will be playing next season, but hinted once again he will have to leave the club in order to get regular first team football. The Blues shot stopper has been valued around £10m. (Evening Standard)Tottenham star Danny Rose is a target for Atletico Madrid – and the Spanish club are prepared to fight Manchester City for his signature. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com transfer tales…Neymar: Barcelona would ‘open the gates’ to sign Chelsea and Manchester United targetArsenal one of four top European sides eyeing deal for Chelsea’s Petr CechRonald Koeman confident England duo will sign new deals at SouthamptonFormer Chelsea star and Manchester City target awaits big money moveReports: Manchester City to use Yaya Toure as makeweight in deal for Manchester United targetChelsea and Liverpool both eyeing shock deal for Juventus legend Andrea PirloArsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City target’s agent confirms at least a dozen clubs want Ligue 1 starTransfer blow for Arsenal! Serie A sensation ‘agrees personal terms with Inter Milan’Liverpool transfer report: French winger in Melwood talks as Reds look to tie up dealTottenham transfer news: Talks held over £9m deal for Germany strikerBayern Munich join fight with Liverpool and Manchester City for £30m Brazilian aceExclusive – Manchester City will have to wait until 2016 for Pep Guardiola, claimx ex-Germany starExclusive – ‘David De Gea happy to stay at Manchester United’, claims former Spain starlast_img read more


first_imgSUPERVALU customers in Donegal have received an apology from the supermarket after an unfortunate text boasting about its frozen turkey offers this week.Donegal Daily reader Oisin Mac Lochlainn was one of thousands of customers nationwide who got the text – but was a bit taken aback by its content.But it wasn’t Frozen Basted Turkey on offer in the text….as the B-word appeared instead. Supervalu later texted customers to apologise.SUPERMARKET APOLOGISES FOR ‘FOWL-MOUTHED’ TEXT TO CUSTOMERS! was last modified: October 16th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BastardsSuperValulast_img read more


first_imgCOUNTY Mayor Ian McGarvey today banned ‘snide remarks’ being made between councillors after the resumed budget meeting this afternoon had to be adjourned following an uproar.When the meeting resumed shortly after 1pm, Independent Councillor John Campbell immediately called on Fine Gael to withdrawn their proposals. He said it would leave the council at a loss of €1.5million.“The members who voted for it need to be aware they could legally be surcharged for that amount and can be disqualified from membership of the council,” he said. Sinn Fein party whip, Cllr Mick Quinn, demanded clarity from executive around the issue.“If there is potential for surcharge against members who vote for a budget that is not balanced it requires clarity,” he added.Fianna Fail party whip, Cllr Ciaran Brogan again warned his party would not be voting for the budget until they got clarity around the issue of Irish Water.“Water rates are due to come in by October and we don’t know what it will cost for homeowners, farmers and businesses.” he said. Fine Gael spokesman, Cllr Bernard Mc Guinness, said their propsoals could be teased out with management and all other parties to make the adjustments,“What we have here is a draft revenue budget. We will try  today to and achieve adjustments in the best interests of the people of Donegal. There is a lot of politics being played here about rish Water- that is for the political parties in Dail Eireann,” he said.“We’re proposing a five per cent rates reduction. That is not proposed by management and we’ll have to work with the executive to finds savings elsewhere to support hard pressed local businesses,”“We will continue to campaign for a rates exemption for start-up businesses’, but again that decision is national legislation. Our proposal to have a Donegal brand would protect local producers. Again, a central tourism fund is proper and can be achieved within adjustsments in the annual estimates book,” he added.“It amazes me that Councillor Campbell can come in here and scaremonger. We haven’t heard one firm proposal from you here, all you have done is criticise others. To have the audacity to ask us to withdraw is not on and we will work with executive and other parties to try and find agreement- at least we will try,” he said. Sinn Fein Cllr Doherty, queried why Fine Gael waited ’20 hours to produce a wish list’ late on Monday night.This angered Cllr Mc Guinness who said as a newly co-opted member he was ‘wet behind the ears’ and didn’t understand the politics of the negotiations down through the years.“I’ve been here many ways and all parties sit down and make their proposals. For someone to come in here and see this is not the proper way is incredulous.“It is the way we have done it for years. It is not a wish list- it is what we want for the people of Donegal. If we can’t achieve them- we’ll deal with it,” an irate Cllr McGuinness said. Replying, Cllr Doherty, said he ‘resented’ the tone of response from Cllr McGuinness.On behalf of the Labour Party, Cllr Martin Farren, said since he was elected in 2009 , it was the first time the budget would increase by €5million and there would be as five per cent cut in rates.“I’d like to see a small reduction in rates by management- five per cent if possible and the increase in the Development Fund initiative of 50,000 per each of the five electoral areas,” he said.“For the people of Inishowen I also want a commitmet around the Public Service Office in Carndonagh. We’ve been elected to represent the people and agree a budget. We have a responsibility to do so instead of playing politics here,” he added.“There is an onus on us to pass a budget. Common sense should prevail and we should be working to get agreement,” he adddd.As Cllr Brogan was about to speak, Cllr Frank McBrearty, made comments in the direction of the Fianna Fail benches.Cllr Brogan, said “it was a shambles that members of his party were being subjected to allegations and comments across the floor.”Cllr Brogan and if they continued he warned he’d be calling for the gardai to be brought into the chamber ‘to protect his members’.“It is a shambles what is going on here,” he said demanding a ten minute adjournment.“It is not good enough,” he added.On his return to the chamber, Mayor Ian McGarvey said: “We have spent three days and we have made no progress whatsoever and we owe it to the people of Donegal to be big enough to sort this out. The money won’t change.“I will not allow any snide remarks being thrown across the chamber. If people are speaking they must be allowed to finish what they are saying.”The meeting was adjourned until 4pm to allow inter-party discussions.Fianna Fail is trying to prevent the handing over of €352 Million worth of assets to Irish Water.MAYOR BANS ‘SNIDE REMARKS’ AMID COUNCIL MEETING UPROAR was last modified: January 7th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:budgetDonegal County Councilmeetinglast_img read more


first_imgJames Pat just moments after delivering the calf!James Pat McDaid is certainly getting his election campaign moooo-ving!The young local Fianna Fail candidate had to take time out of his canvassing schedule last week in order to attend the emergency birth of this young Charolais calf, on his family farm in Glenkeeragh, New Mills, Letterkenny.Young James Pat, who has farming in his blood, confirmed that he is now on call 24/7 during the election campaign, in order to ensure his father has sufficient help on the family farm during this busy time of year. “It’s all early mornings and late nights now for the next few weeks!”Coming from a farming background, James is only too well aware of the worsening position for Irish farmers with recent news confirming a stealth cut to the Single Farm Payment, which will hit low income farmers this year.The change was brought in during Fine Gael Minister Simon Coveney’s tenure as President of the European Council of Agriculture Ministers, however the cuts are only becoming apparent as the small print of these deals emerge.“Farmers receiving between €5,100 and €10,000 will see their payments cut by up to 10% under the new changes. Up until and including 2013, the first €5,000 of the single farm payment was exempt from modulation. “However, in response to a parliamentary question, Fine Gael Minister Simon Coveney has admitted that any farmer receiving a payment of more than €5,000 will have a 10.49% “linear deduction” imposed on the full amount of their funding. This equates to a cut of €452 for a farmer in receipt of a payment of €5,001. However, as the payments increase, the deductions reduce and actually result in increased payments for farmers receiving €50,000 or more.”James Pat refers to comments made by Fianna Fail Spokesperson for Agriculture, Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív, citing that “this is another body blow for low income farmers and is creating a feeling of hopelessness amongst the farming community where it seems all the focus is on those with large farms on very good land. In other words everything is focussed on the top 15% and there seems to be a conscious effort to try to drive many of the smaller farmers or farmers on marginal land out of business by wholesale cuts to payments and multiple schemes with ever more red tape”.“I’m calling on farmers to protest against these cuts in the most effective way possible – by using their vote. I believe if we want a fair CAP that treats all sections of farming equally and ensures the continuation of family farming in Ireland it is imperative for farmers and their families and the rural community in general to send a strong message to the Minister and the Government that the present proposals are unacceptable and that they need to be radically changed between now and August the 1st, the deadline for informing the EU on Pillar 1 decisions.“The upcoming local and European elections give all citizens the opportunity to show the Government that the measures they’ve brought in over the past three years have damaged rural communities and the small farming sector in particular. I’m urging all farmers to use their vote to demand change and ensure a fairer system for all”. HOLY COW – JAMES PAT IS REALLY GETTING HIS CAMPAIGN MOO-VING! was last modified: May 6th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalglenswillyJames Pat McDaidLocal electionssingle farm paymentlast_img read more


first_imgMarian Harkin, MEPThe adoption by the European Parliament’s Agriculture and Rural Development Committee of measures to encourage organic farming in Donegal was very positive for the sector and emphasised the role which an individual MEP could play in influencing EU legislation.This was stated by Independent Marian Harkin who put forward 54 amendments to the present regulations and succeeded in having changes adopted favourable to Irish organic growers….including one with a twist!“My amendments were developed in close consultation with the Irish Organic Farmers & Growers Association and with strong support from my ALDE Group we have delivered a significantly improved basis for the development of organic farming in Ireland throughout the EU”, Marian Harkin said. An accepted Harkin amendment means that in future when Donegal growers were having difficulty in obtaining inputs, such as feed, they can now source it from a distance of 150km which would now include not just the North but Scotland too!“This is in comparison to the Commission’s Draft Report which called for much tighter restrictions for organic growers. This increased distance was achieved by eliminating the stretch of water between Ireland and the UK in the calculation of distance”, she said.The increased use of delegated acts by the European commission had been a constant problem and the changes agreed by the European Parliament had helped to reduce the power the European Commission would have with regard to the implementation of the regulation, Marian Harkin said.She continued:- “The main contentious issue was the proposal by the European Commission to introduce thresholds for pesticide residues on organic farms which might be caused by contamination from other non-organic farms. Thankfully, my amendment to eliminate this penalty on organic farmers was accepted by the Committee. This will allow organic farmers to invest in the sector without the threat of penalties from the European Commission. “The Parliament this week took a very progressive step forward to address many issues which have been inhibiting the growth of organic production to meet the ever increasing demand, and I have been very pleased at the outcome which meets the requirement of Irish growers as individuals and groups. I now hope that the negotiations with the Commission and the Council will take on board the position adopted by the Agriculture Committee”, Independent MEP Marian Harkin concluded.MEP HARKIN ‘WALKS ON WATER’ TO SECURE DEAL FOR DONEGAL ORGANIC FARMERS! was last modified: October 16th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalmarian harkinMEPorganic farmerslast_img read more