23 July 2007

Stories from 23 July 2007

Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados: Harry Potter Launch

  23 July 2007

“It’s only after he puts on the pair of round fake-Italian sunglasses with the slightly reflective lenses that I realise that the figure in the purple cape I’d seen earlier lurking sheepishly near the self-help section is meant to be Harry.” Caribbean Free Radio posts an entertaining piece on the...

Haiti: Coffee Traceability

  23 July 2007

An Information Technology project will offer Haiti's coffee cooperatives more traceability and therefore greater leveraging power with their products. The Fair Tracing Project gives details.

Cuba: Pan Am Games

  23 July 2007

Child of the Revolution reports that “Cuban athletes are failing to win the hearts and minds of many spectators at the Pan-American Games being held in Rio” – and suggests a few reasons why.

Tajikistan: Meet The New Changes

A new law is set to restrict the activities of all religious groups; an Indian airbase in the country feeds the imagination of Indian bloggers; the heroin trade has some devastating social consequences; a camera saves you from paying bribes; and different investment is needed in the cotton sector - find all that in this week's blog roundup from Tajikistan.

Japan: Face recognition system

  23 July 2007

Edo from Pink tentacle reports: on July 19, electronics giant NEC announced it has developed the world’s first automated border control system that uses facial recognition technology capable of identifying people inside their automobiles. The system is already in operation at checkpoints on the Hong Kong – Shenzhen border.

Hong Kong: TELA mission statement

  23 July 2007

Sun bin digs out Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority's mission statement and points out that the department has deviated from its mission and value.