Martin O’Hagan not forgotten four years after his unsolved murder

first_img Safety of journalists remains active concern in Northern Ireland as BBC Panorama team is threatened to go further RSF_en Organisation News Receive email alerts Solidarity with Swedish media outlet Realtid ahead of UK defamation case hearing March 23, 2021 Find out more United KingdomEurope – Central Asia On the eve of the fourth anniversary of the murder of Irish investigative journalist Martin O’Hagan of the Sunday World on 28 September 2001 near Belfast, in Northern Ireland, Reporters Without Borders today called on the British authorities not to abandon their investigation into this unsolved crime.“Let us not forget that O’Hagan was killed for doing his job,” the press freedom organisation said. “This unpunished murder highlights the dangers that often exist for journalists working in Northern Ireland, especially those probing sensitive issues. We call on Peter Hain, the British minister for Northern Ireland, to promise to pursue the investigation into O’Hagan’s murder until the truth is revealed and those responsible are punished.”O’Hagan was probably the first journalist to be deliberately murdered by Northern Ireland’s loyalist paramilitary militias. He was almost certainly killed for investigating collusion between the Northern Irish police, military intelligence, armed groups and drug gangs. Seamus Dooley, the Irish Secretary of the National Union of Journalists, and many of O’Hagan’s former colleagues continue to condemn the “wall of silence” around the police investigation.Since the start of the investigation, eight suspects have been arrested and then released for lack of proof. The police have denied claims by journalists that some of the suspects were cleared because they were former police informants.O’Hagan’s murder marked a shift in the security climate for journalists in Northern Ireland. “The number of journalists threatened by loyalist groups in 2001 was no more than three, but today it is more like 15,” said the Reporters Without Borders correspondent in the United Kingdom.The Sunday World was the target of a campaign of intimidation this summer after it ran several reports about the lavish lifestyle of certain Protestant armed group members who are also organised crime leaders. Several newspaper vendors in loyalist neighbourhoods were repeatedly the victims of paramilitary violence aimed at forcing them to stop selling the Sunday World.“If this kind of intimidation took place on the streets of Liverpool or Manchester and if the newspapers in those cities were targeted like ours is, there would have been a national outcry, but as it is happening in Northern Ireland, no one seems to pay any attention,” Sunday World editor Jim MacDowell told Reporters Without Borders.Aged 51, O’Hagan was gunned down in Lurgan, near Belfast, as he was returning home from a night out with his wife. The day after his murder, a caller to the BBC claimed responsibility on behalf of the “The Red Hand Defenders,” a name used by loyalist paramilitary groups, especially the “Loyalist Volunteer Force” (LVF). Help by sharing this information September 27, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Martin O’Hagan not forgotten four years after his unsolved murder News United KingdomEurope – Central Asia RSF condemns BBC broadcast ban as example of Chinese government reprisal Irish reporter Martin O’Hagan of the Sunday World was gunned down on 28 September 2001 near Belfast. Four years later, the investigation has ground to a halt and those who did it have still not been identified. News Follow the news on United Kingdom February 12, 2021 Find out more News February 11, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Warriors Profiles: Could Jordan Bell play his way out of the Bay Area?

first_imgWill this Warriors’ big man find consistency after a rollercoaster rookie year? Find out below in our latest preseason profile.(In case you missed them previously, here are the first installations of our ‘Game Faces’ feature, profiles on Jacob Evans, Jonas Jerebko, Quinn Cook, Damian Jones and Kevon Looney. Dope images provided by Jose Carlos Fajardo)Jordan BellContract: 1 year / $1,378,242 (Warriors can extend a $1.8 million qualifying offer this summer)Outlook: Jordan Bell’s rookie …last_img

Augmented ID: Augmented Reality Facial Recognition for Mobile

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perez What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces As mobile phones continue to develop, the improvements to geolocation features, video capabilities, and processor speed combined with APIs from various web services are helping to make augmented reality the next big thing in mobile applications. On open platforms like Android, we’ve already seen amazing developments, including things like Layar, an augmented reality app that describes the world around you, and TwittARound, an app which shows you nearby tweets. But one of the items on our Augmented Reality wishlist – AU facial recognition – isn’t something we’ve seen come about just yet. It almost seems too futuristic to be real. And yet…here it is. Swedish software and design company The Astonishing Tribe is developing an AU concept called Augmented ID that “sees” people and tells you who they are. How Augmented ID WorksAugmentedID uses facial recognition and tracking technology from a company called Polar Rose, a photo tagging startup. A few months ago, Polar Rose made the news when they released a tool that lets you tag your friends on flickr and then alert them that they were tagged via Facebook Connect integration. Although hyped as “facial recognition for flickr,” the technology isn’t a part of the photo-sharing site at all (although if Flickr was smart, they’d soon find a way to make that happen). Instead, Polar Rose, at its very core, is simply a facial recognition algorithm which pulls in photos from flickr to its site for tagging. It can also be integrated into any web site you own via a javascript widget. Apparently, it can now be integrated into mobile devices, too. center_img Polar Rose performs facial recognition by matching 3D models of faces, one of the three methodologies for performing this task. This technique captures the shape of the face and other distinctive features like the contour of the eyes, the nose, and the chin. The advantage of using this technique is that it’s not affected by low lighting scenarios – a useful feature when used in real-world mobile interfaces like that of Augmented ID.Current Limitations and Future PossibilitiesUnfortunately, in order for Augmented ID to know a person’s face to begin with, it appears you first have to set up an Augmented ID account. Once that’s done, you can maintain different profiles for your public persona versus your private one, switching between them as desired. Each profile has associated with it your contact information, web links, and information about your social networking profiles. Another Augmented ID user could then aim their phone at you and Augmented ID would recognize who you were and show them the appropriate profile – which is actually the video stream of you in real life with the various links sort of hovering around your head. This isn’t exactly the ideal mobile facial recognition solution just yet since it requires both participants to use Augmented ID in order for it to work. But it is one step closer than anything else we’ve seen before. In a perfect world, however, anyone could use the app to identify anyone else – regardless of whether or not that person had created an Augmented ID profile. Of course, implementing that type of feature would be difficult, but not impossible. Given the numerous public photos on the web, an app could, in theory, use its facial recognition technology to compare the 3D model of the face in the live video feed to those out there on the web as opposed to ones in its own database. A good place to start this matching process would be Facebook. Despite the millions upon millions of photos on that social networking site, facial recognition already exists there courtesy of the new app Photo Finder. Perhaps the two companies could even work together so the mobile app could query against the photos Photo Finder has already turned into 3D models for matching purposes. (Is that technically possible? If that’s your area of expertise, let us know). That’s getting a little ahead of what Augmented ID actually does, but possibilities like this are exciting. But For Now…At the moment, Augmented ID is more of a mobile “concept” than it is a working application ready for download. Still, it’s only a matter of time before technology like this is adopted and put into use in the real world. In fact, that’s why TAT developed it in the first place. The Swedish company designs and builds products and services that “enhance the user experience of portable devices.” They work with OEMs including SonyEricsson, Motorola, S60, Samsung, Vodafone, and Orange as well as partners like Texas Instruments, Freescale, Teleca, Macnica Networks, Montavista, Nvidia, and Symbian. In other words, you may one day see this technology come built into your mobile device. But we’d settle for the Augmented ID mobile app -wouldn’t you? Image credit: engadget Tags:#mobile#Product Reviews#Trends#web Related Posts last_img read more

Shanghai knight

first_imgThe global concept store in ShanghaiI could be lost. I’m driving through Shanghai’s Nanjing Xi Lu area, looking for the Ritz-Carlton where I’m scheduled to stay. It seems to be the right place, but there’s no sign of the hotel. My Chinese driver nods unhelpfully when I ask him where,The global concept store in ShanghaiI could be lost. I’m driving through Shanghai’s Nanjing Xi Lu area, looking for the Ritz-Carlton where I’m scheduled to stay. It seems to be the right place, but there’s no sign of the hotel. My Chinese driver nods unhelpfully when I ask him where we are! Next thing I know, he’s swerved off the road and into the driveway of what looks like a giant Zegna property. The building is encased in the marque’s trademark black, the cars in the driveway are emblazoned with the logo, even the concierge is standing behind a Zegna-flagged podium. “Welcome to the Portman-Ritz Carlton. Welcome to Zegna,” says the concierge as he opens my door.Turns out there is a rather large corner of a foreign field that is for now Ermenegildo Zegna. The marque’s centennial celebrations, which began last spring in Italy, have wound their way to China. The timing couldn’t be better. The city is overrun by the world’s notables, here for the Shanghai Expo. The brand’s fifth global concept store has opened in town. And most fittingly, China has just whizzed past Japan as the world’s second-largest economy.Everyone is talking about Louis Vuitton’s dream run in China. Few know that Zegna is following close behind. The first Ermenegildo Zegna store in Greater China opened in the Beijing Peninsula Hotel in 1991. The brand now has over 75 stores across the country. The latest store just opened in Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia (yes, you read that right).The VIP room where clients get personalised serviceFor its centennial-celebrated only in Italy and China, I’d have you know-the brand has taken over a good part of the Shanghai hotel for its employees and guests. It’s quite a takeover. The lobby is overrun by suits; the keycard sends you to a Zegna room where the phones have a special Zegna Hotline number, the flowers come in a little branded box; even the lozenges are encased in little black logoed wrappers. Zegna is clearly making a statement, staking its claim to China, where it was the first luxury brand to open directly-operated stores exactly 20 years ago.The posturing is atypical of the low-key brand but impressive. It’s also easy to understand. Zegna’s sales in emerging economies now account for 40 per cent of its total sales and, to a large extent, offset the contraction seen in traditional markets like Europe and the US. A rapacious appetite for luxury goods is seen as a bellwether of a blooming economy. For much of the last few decades, that appetite has been strongest in Japan, making it the darling of the luxury world. When Hermes put out a coffee table book on its remarkable history a couple of years ago, it came in only two languages: French and Japanese. When the chef of Le Meurice went missing from the hotel’s kitchens, you could be sure he was doing demos for prized clients in Tokyo. Well, not anymore. He could well be in Shanghai.The company is run by fourth generation Zegnas, chairman Paolo, image director Anna and CEO Gildo, standing in the new Shanghai storeBecause China is the new Japan. Zegna is 100 per cent cashmere proof of that. This is the market that helped the brand contain the effects of the economic crisis that broke in 2008, and grew the group’s business by 29 per cent in 2009. It’s the jade in luxury’s new crown.Gildo Zegna, CEO of the Ermenegildo Zegna Group, is proud to admit that Greater China has become the biggest market for the Zegna brand worldwide. And to put his money where the mouth is. For the Beijing Olympics, his company shot the first-ever luxury menswear campaign in China with a budget of over 20 million Euro (Rs 120.8 crore). An integrated ad campaign across large format billboards, print and online videos, it was, cleverly, called Great Minds Think Alike. Actually, the brand’s intentions were made clear back in 2004 when, on a visit to the Shanghai International Circuit, chairman Paolo Zegna tried racing in a Maserati car bearing the Zegna logo and a fabric pattern, and explained his increased presence in the country: “In Europe, the competition is fierce and the pie is getting smaller. Here in China, when you make an investment, you can see the result.”48 top models from across the world walk the stone ramp for Zegna’s centennial celebrations in ShanghaiThe results are rather tangible. The brand’s new 7814-sq-ft global concept store stands on Huaihai Road, which hosts the who’s-who of excess. Next door stands a humungous Louis Vuitton outlet; across the road, Hermes has taken up the whole block for its new retail offering.Zegna’s global concept stores are the result of a partnership with Peter Marino, where the architect echoes the brand’s quality materials and contemporary style across the outlet. Marino, who has also designed stores for LV, says the fabrics created at the Lanificio Ermenegildo Zegna since 1910, in Trivero Italy, are the “pivotal inspiration for the store design, with Zegna’s spirit and inspiring brand story manifested directly on the building’s sandblasted glass faade”. Folk singer Sa Dingding performs in Mandarin, Tibetan and SanskritThe mirrored lights represent the trademark pinstripe livery fabric while the metallic strands in the windows resemble the woven composition of textiles. The central staircase is the sexiest feature, with an overlaid woven structure of criss-crossed polished stainless steel rods behind a glass curtain wall.A marble stripe traverses the store floor, in reference to the selvage on Zegna fabrics, the signature line at the edge of bolts of fabric that guarantees authenticity. The colour palette that runs alongside the wood and stone is, but naturally, overtly masculine.While this is the fifth global concept store created for the world leader in luxe menswear by Marino, the VIP luxury room (with a pale gold palette of stucco, where clients are given individual style consultations and personalised service) is exclusive to Shanghai. All of Zegna’s diverse collections ranging from formal to casual wear and accessories to the Z Zegna and Zegna Sport brands (think shearling coat trimmed with crocodile and leather jackets lined with wool), are displayed within the store’s two floors.On the evening of the official opening of the store is the much-touted centennial party. It starts solemnly enough with the launch of an exhibition, entitled A Century of Excellence. From Textile Factory to Style Factory, that was unveiled in June in Milan’s design museum La Triennale. Cocktails at the store follow, and then the Zegna club of family and friends trot off to the Shanghai Music Hall for the Autumn-Winter’10 Ermenegildo Zegna and Z Zegna shows. Under a mammoth canopy, watched by famous local faces from business, entertainment and fashion, as well as people who’ve flown in from Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan, 48 international models strut the latest designs from Milan on a 60-metre stone runway.The marque’s leather corner at Shanghai Grand Gateway PlazaShow over, the guests traipse across to the 17,222-sq-ft structure created next door for the afterparty. The place pulses with an abundance of surreal realism. Psychedelic visual displays are projected on suspended cylindrical screens and lightbeams bearing the Chinese term for ‘100 years’ swim through the air. Chinese folk singer Sa Dingding performs in Mandarin, Tibetan and Sanskrit, accompanied by dancers doing a traditional Chinese fan. Irish singer Roisin Murphy has the next act before New York’s DJ Coleman gets people on the floor and the real party going.Most of the crowd is young and male. That’s easily explained: 80 per cent of male Chinese consumers making luxury purchases fall within the age bracket of 18 to 44. Gildo says he expects the region’s sales to grow by at least 30 per cent this year by catering to the established, older clients with its premium made-to-measure products and targeting young money in China’s second-, third- and fourth-tier cities through the edgier Zegna Sport and Z Zegna brands.Last heard, Zegna was finalising its 20th anniversary celebrations in China for 2011. Watch out for that party if Gildo’s sales projections stay on track. The Ritz-Carlton be damned. They may need to take over Tiananmen Square for that one. The China storyThe first Zegna store in Greater China opened in the Beijing Peninsula Hotel in 1991.The Shanghai Global Store is the fifth of the Peter Marino concept stores for the marque. The first opened in Milan in 2007.Seventy-five of the Group’s 525 stores worldwide are located in Greater China (China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan).In 2009, Greater China was the biggest market for the brand.Zegna’s links with Mongolia began to be forged in 1984, when a delegation visited the region to source the world’s finest cashmere.At least half of the 20 stores that Zegna plans to open in 2010 will be in Greater China.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more