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London Weekend: Fleetwood Mac, Bond Breakfast, Timberlake

“I looked up and noticed this guy coming out of a university and knew it was him,” Hyland recalled, adding that neither of his colleagues recognized the burglar. Hyland arrested the suspect, who confessed after questioning. “If I’ve met someone before and see them again, I’ll usually know where I know them from, even if I can’t remember their name,” he said. How does Hyland do it? Nobody knows. But since 2011, about 200 London police officers have been recruited to an elite squad of super recognizers. Officials say they have tripled the number of criminal suspects identified from surveillance photos or on the street each week, and even helped prevent some crimes like muggings, drug deals and assaults. “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,” said Mick Neville, Detective Chief Inspector at Scotland Yard. Neville started the super recognizer unit after realizing the police had no system for identifying criminals based on images, unlike those for DNA and fingerprints. The unit proved especially valuable after riots hit London in the summer of 2011. After the violence, Scotland Yard combed through hundreds of hours of surveillance video. So far, there have been nearly 5,000 arrests; around 4,000 of those were based on police identifications of suspects from video images. The super recognizers were responsible for nearly 30 percent of the identifications, including one officer who identified almost 300 people. A facial recognition software program made only one successful identification, according to Neville. Weeks before the Notting Hill Carnival, the biggest street festival in Europe, kicked off last month, the super recognizers were given images of known criminals and gang members.

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. The veteran band is the same as at its Rumours peak — while Christine McVie is largely absent, she did make a surprise brief appearance at one show. Expect plenty of the 1977 album, re-released this year in a 35th-anniversary edition, as well as hits from a new four-track EP. Information: http://www.fleetwoodmac.com . The iTunes festival is wrapping up at the Roundhouse. Dizzee Rascal serves up his droll hip-hop on Friday, John Legend adds jazz on Saturday and Justin Timberlake offers hit-material pop on Sunday: http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/ . OTHER LONDON OUTINGS Send your kids up a chimney this weekend at a festival to inaugurate a vast new London square.

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.

Ike Taylor gets playful as Steelers arrive in London

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A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 7 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Ike Taylor gets playful as Steelers arrive in London Tom Pelissaro, USA TODAY Sports 9:39 a.m. EDT September 27, 2013 Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor speaks to the media during a press conference after the team arrived in London (Photo: Sang Tan AP) SHARE 90 CONNECT 33 TWEET 7 COMMENTEMAILMORE LONDON Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor grinned as the first question came his way from a British reporter in the front row. “Man, I love your accent,” Taylor said, then chuckled and paused. “Say it again?” The Steelers arrived here early Friday morning after an overnight flight in advance of Sunday’s international series game against the Minnesota Vikings. Within hours, a half-dozen players and coach Mike Tomlin were taking turns at the podium in front of a largely local media with Taylor, an 11th-year veteran making his first trip to London, the unquestioned star. “Excuse me?” Taylor said to another reporter. “Your accent real thick.” One winking question seemed to have Taylor geographically confused, too: why do Americans call it football when they barely use their feet? “Um I guess ’cause we spell it different,” Taylor said. “Y’all spell it futbol.” BIG BEN: Expect plenty of Roethlisberger jokes in London Taylor, 33, later asked one reporter to “shoot me a few slang words,” only to be told that man was from Denmark. His friend in the front row chimed in to recommend “jiffy” (meaning quickly) and “lift” (instead of elevator). “You know what I did see outside the airport?” Taylor said. “We call ’em restrooms. Y’all call ’em toilets.” Told he could also say he’s going to “the loo,” Taylor responded, “A lube?