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High Court rules John Downey was responsible for IRA bombing

first_imgThe High Court in London has ruled that Donegal man John Downey was responsible for the 1982 Hyde Park bombing which killed four British soldiers.Downey (67), who has an address in Creeslough, was found to be an “active participant” in the IRA attack on military members. Relatives of the four Royal Household Cavalrymen who died in the July 1982 blast have won a civil action against Downey, which was brought to court following the collapse of a criminal case in 2014.Mrs Justice Yip ruled on Wednesday that the Hyde Park bombing was “a deliberate, carefully planned attack on members of the military.“I have found that the defendant was an active participant in the concerted plan to detonate the bomb, with the intent to kill or at least to cause serious harm to members of the Household Cavalry.”Squadron Quartermaster Cpl Roy Bright, aged 36, Lt Dennis Daly, aged 23, Trooper Simon Tipper, aged 19, and L/Cpl Jeffrey Young, aged 19 were killed by a car bomb packed with nails as they rode past on their way to the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.Downey, who did not appear in the London court, filed a defence denying any involvement in the attack.Downey is currently in custody facing other charges for the murder of two UDR soldiers in an IRA bomb attack in Enniskillen in 1972.High Court rules John Downey was responsible for IRA bombing was last modified: December 20th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more


Wheelchair tennis team SA shines

first_img29 May 2012South Africa’s wheelchair tennis team delivered a strong performance at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Seoul, South Korea last week, with the men’s team winning promotion to the elite World Group I of the game, and Kgothatso Montjane going undefeated in the women’s singles.In the men’s open competition, the South African team of Evans Maripa, Sydwell Mathonsi, Marshall Marsh and coach Gerald Stoffberg competed in the World Group II division. They began their challenge by competing against Greece and Canada in round robin play.Playoffs qualificationAfter a 3-0 victory over the Greeks, Maripa and Mathonsi scored singles’ victories to give South Africa a win over the Canadians. That put South Africa into the playoffs for place one to four in the group.Sri Lankan number one Upali Rajakaruna offered a stiff challenge to Maripa, who ultimately triumphed 7-6, 5-7, 6-0, but Mathonsi won easily against Dissanayake Gamini before Maripa and Mathonsi teamed up to secure a 3-0 win with victory in the doubles.The win over the Sri Lankans put South Africa into its first final at the BNP World Team Cup where the opposition in the title-decider would be Thailand.The Asians got off to a strong start when Suthi Khlongrua overwhelmed Mathonsi 6-4, 6-0, but the contest between Maripa and Suwithchai Merngprom was a real humdinger. After a tough battle, the Thai player squeezed out a 7-6, 3-6, 7-6 win to secure the title for Thailand.Promotion/relegationNot only had South Africa captured the silver medal, but they had also won the right to face Belgium in a promotion/relegation tie for a place in World Group I, the highest level of competition in the game, which features the top 16 nations in the world.Mathonsi put South Africa ahead when he dismantled Kristof Michils, romping to a 6-0, 6-1 victory, but the Belgians levelled the tie when their number one Joachim Gerard outplayed Maripa 6-3, 6-1.That left the doubles clash to decide the tie. Once again, Maripa and Mathonsi were called on to deliver the sought-after victory. They did it, defeating Gerard and Roland Meersman 6-3, 6-3 to secure promotion for South Africa alongside Thailand.It has been a remarkably swift climb to the elite group of wheelchair tennis playing nations for South Africa. The country finished 16th on its debut in the World Team Cup in 2005. Last year, the team made the semi-finals of World Group II for the first time. Now, South Africa is in World Group I!JuniorsThe South African junior team of Gift Lekhanyane, Mabel Mankgele and Mariska Venter also shone. After a 3-0 defeat of Argentina and another 3-0 win over Israel, in a first, the team earned the right to contest the playoffs for the top four nations in the world, which also featured Great Britain, the Netherlands and the USA.Although they went down to the British and the Dutch, they made sure of automatic entry into the event in 2013 by finishing in the top four. In 2011, they had finished seventh.QuadsThe green and gold Quads team of Lucas Sithole, Steven Kekai and Bongani Dlamini faced a very tough division in which few teams had players ranked outside the top 16 in the world.Once more, the team achieved a best ever finish, placing sixth, which also gained it automatic entry into the 2013 event.WomenThe women’s team of Kgothatso Montjane, Celia du Toit and Rose van der Meer failed to match the depth of the other competing nations and placed twelfth in the open women’s division.However, Montjane, who is currently ranked ninth in the world, repeated her feat of 2011, by going undefeated in the singles.She is in very good form at present and will bear watching at the Paralympics. Her recent results include a win over world number two Aniek van Koort.‘Pride, passion and commitment’Wheelchair Tennis South Africa Director Holger Losch commented on the South African team’s results: “It is always such an honour for the players to represent their country. Tennis, as an individual sport, has limited opportunities for the players to play for their country.“You can see the difference,” Losch said. “They play with more pride, passion and commitment, knowing they are not only playing for themselves, but for a team, and a country.“The BNP World Team Cup is the premier event on the wheelchair tennis calendar, and it is fantastic to see that our team’s hard work is paying off,” Losch added.“We are no longer viewed as a developing nation, but are becoming one of the top wheelchair tennis nations in the world.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


HitFilm 4 Pro: Easier, Faster, and Sexier Than After Effects

first_imgExpressions:  HitFilm currently does not support expressions or scripting of any kind. This means it’s probably not a great option for creating templates, as there are no expression controllers like sliders, checkboxes, and color boxes. However, the staff at HitFilm have said that they are “very interested in including [expressions] in future developments.”Pick Whips: One of the best hidden features in After Effects is the pick whip tool. This tool, when coupled with simple expressions, will radically change the way you work with motion graphics. Unfortunately, HitFilm’s closest answer is simply a dropdown parent menu, which is nice — but it’s certainly not enough to keep AE users happy.Multi-Cam Editor:  A good litmus test to see if a video editing program is serious about targeting the professional market is to look for a multi-cam editor. Unfortunately, there is not one in HitFilm at this time. But if DaVinci Resolve or FCPX are indicators of what the natural feature progression of a software might be, it’s safe to say we could very likely see a multi-cam editor in the future.Shape Layers: Sorry, motion designers. There are no shape layers or layer styles inside of HitFilm. It seems complex shape-based designs are near impossible to create in HitFilm Quick Answer: Sometimes How Is It Different Than After Effects?HitFilm is a compositing software before anything else. The developers of HitFilm have clearly spent a lot of time perfecting the individual effects, and their hard work is much appreciated by the PremiumBeat team. HitFilm is a great software for quickly adding ‘cool’ effects to your project. In fact, a lot of the effects and presets found in HitFilm can’t be found in After Effects by default (fire, smoke, snow, etc.).HitFilm’s compositing workflow is incredibly fast. Simply clicking a tab is so much easier than using the Adobe Dynamic link or exporting footage. After Effects users will be surprised that you can even watch footage without having to render it first (gasp).The software is designed for beginner-to-intermediate level VFX artists and compositors. Its large, sleek interface makes it incredibly easy to use, but somewhat difficult to organize once you begin to have more than ten layers.With HitFilm, what you see is what you get. This is great because you can easily learn and use the software. But it’s bad in that there is clearly a creative ceiling you will hit when using HitFilm. You could spend your entire career learning new things in After Effects. I don’t think the same could be said about HitFilm.HitFilm is faster at compositing than After Effects, making it a powerful tool for VFX artists. If all you do is compositing and VFX work, you would probably be more happy working inside of HitFilm than After Effects (once you get used to the workflow).HitFilm vs. After Effects: Who Wins?Here’s our quick (and highly opinionated) feature comparison between After Effects and HitFilm.3D Compositing: HitFilmVFX Work: HitFilmColor Grading: HitFilmImporting 3D Models: HitFilmLens Flares: HitFilmParticle Generators: HitFilmSimulations: HitFilmTemplate Creation: After EffectsTitle Generation: After EffectsMotion Graphics: After Effects3D Animation: HitFilm2D Animation: After EffectsRender Speed: HitFilmEase-of-Use: HitFilmCustomization: After EffectsExporting: After Effects with Media EncoderRotoscoping: Slight Edge to After EffectsCamera/Footage Tracking: After EffectsThird-Party Plugins: After EffectsSupport/Tutorials: After EffectsScore: HitFilm 10, After Effects 10Can it Replace After Effects? With a slick interface and advanced editing features, HitFilm 4 Pro is a post-production powerhouse.Editor’s Note: PremiumBeat is not paid by any software manufacturer or developer. All of our reviews reflect our honest opinions of the software. It’s hard to remember the last time we’ve been really excited about a new software launch. While it seems like other software companies have been slowly plateauing, the good people at HitFilm have quietly been perfecting their software. Their latest release, HitFilm 4 Pro, is an amazing reminder that video innovation is not dead. HitFilm gave us the opportunity to review their new software. Here’s our experience.The InterfaceThe professional video editing world is notorious for creating very unapproachable products, but HitFilm is completely the opposite. Users with just a very basic understanding of video editing software will be able to figure out how to use HitFilm 4 Pro. The software is essentially Premiere Pro/Final Cut Pro and After Effects combined into one editing platform. The sleek design is easy to navigate and the buttons and icons are all virtually self-explanatory.There are two main layouts which you will use when working inside of HitFilm: Edit and Compositing. In this regard, it’s very similar to DaVinci Resolve or Adobe Lightroom.The editing workspace looks and feels like a modern NLE, complete with video and audio effects. While it doesn’t have all of the features associated with modern day professional video editing applications, it has all of the basic tools you need to do a simple-to-intermediate editing project. In my experience with HitFilm’s editing interface, I never once ran into any playback issues or bugs, which is more than I can say about Premiere Pro.The compositing interface is essentially a hybrid 3D version of After Effects — but unlike After Effects, you don’t have to open a separate software. Compositing is a great descriptor for this tab because that’s clearly what HitFilm was designed to be. Inside the compositing interface, you will find a series of effects, tools, and features that are ‘sexier’ versions of After Effects plugins and effects. Unlike other high-end compositing softwares, HitFilm is a layer-based software, just like After Effects.The buttons and icons are big in HitFilm, which is fantastic. You don’t have to squint your eyes to see them. However, this can occasionally lead to some cramped working conditions if you are working on a laptop screen.Learning CurveDifficulty: 3/10If you have any experience with modern video editing applications, you’ll quickly be able to pick up HitFilm. We were able to jump right in and use HitFilm without any problems whatsoever. HitFilm uses human language to label their software and it makes the entire editing/compositing process very easy. If you’re completely new to HitFilm, you could probably learn most of the features within just a few hours of messing around in the software.When you launch HitFilm, you are immediately welcomed with a page that has tutorials and articles about HitFilm. They also have an ever-growing network of forums online that answered all of the questions we had about the software when we did a quick Google search.Non-Exclusive FeaturesIf you’ve spent time with Adobe After Effects, you’ll quickly be able to jump into HitFilm. There are a lot of features that you will immediately recognize:Masks: Masks work very similarly to those found in After Effects. There’s a pen tool that can quickly be used to mask out certain areas of your layers along with an ellipse tool and rectangle tool.Graph Editor: If you’re a fan of organic animation, you’ll be happy to see that HitFilm has a graph editor that can be used to smooth out keyframes.Parenting: While you won’t find a pick whip anywhere, you can still parent objects together in HitFilm. You can also use the null object (point) trick to quickly move a camera and rotate it around a fixed point of interest.Effects: HitFilm has virtually all of the basic effects you’ll find in all of the major video editing applications. You’ll find levels, curves, blurs, sharpens, and every other basic effect you can imagine built into HitFilm.Rolling Shutter Repair: Like many modern NLEs, HitFilm has a built-in rolling shutter repair tool.There are also many other basic features that HitFilm includes, like blending modes, audio tools, and editing tools.Exclusive HitFilm FeaturesHitFilm’s exclusive built-in features are impressive… really impressive. Here are a few of our favorites.Pro Skin Retouch: If you’re working on a fashion film or commercial, the skin retouching tool inside of HitFilm is a really great feature. You can easily select skin and smooth it out. You can also adjust skin saturation, exposure, and glow in this effect. There’s even an option to convert your skin selection into a black-and-white mask.Hyperdrive: While this effect is rather specific, if you’ve ever wanted to create a Star Wars-esque hyperdrive effect, you can easily do so using the Hyperdrive Effect in HitFilm.Action Tools: Working on an action film? Using the built-in gunfire effect, you can customize and create 3D muzzle flashes without having to use pre-rendered action effects like Action Essentials from Video Copilot. Users can adjust cone shape, flare distance, and color all from inside the gunfire effect. There are also amazing smoke, explosion, tornado, debris, fire, and rain effects all built-into HitFilm.All-in-One Color Grading Tools: While you’ll find your normal vibrance, sharpen, and levels effects in HitFilm, there are also a few special color grading tools that deserve a mention. The coolest color grading tool is the bleach bypass effect which can easily be dropped onto any layer. Users can adjust the bleach bypass intensity using a slider. There is also a cine-style effect designed to emulate cinematic color grades. While I wouldn’t say any of these features would ever replace color grading by hand, they can be quite fun to mess with.Distortion Tools: HitFilm includes built-in distortion and noise tools that can be used to simulate a distorted video or film. Most notably, HitFilm has an awesome ‘Film Damage’ effect which can be used to create a Grindhouse effect to your footage.3D Object Importing: You can easily import 3D models into HitFilm just like video files. This is a fantastic feature that gives HitFilm a considerable advantage to After Effects, which utilizes the Cineware effect to import 3D objects. In a way, HitFilm 4 Pro’s native 3D tools work a lot like Element 3D.Form-Based Particle Emitter: HitFilm has a an amazing tool called Atomic Particle Effect which essentially creates a particle system that surrounds both 2D and 3D objects alike. This tool works a lot like Trapcode Form, but it’s included in the software.There are plenty of other exclusive features in HitFilm, but these are just a few that stood out during our review. HitFilm has a few particle generator effects that are extremely customizable and support 3D. In a way the particle generator built-into HitFilm is like Element 3D and Trapcode Particular, and Trapcode Form combined. You can even use moving 3D animated models in the particle generator. For more info on the particle generator I recommend checking out HitFilm’s site.  It should also be noted that HitFilm is incredibly fast at rendering out all of the effects listed above. There were only a few moments during our review that HitFilm didn’t play all of the effects in real-time. However it did have a few crashing issues while we were reviewing it.center_img Features HitFilm Is LackingWhile I’m sure there are a few features missing in this list, here are a few of the features we found lacking:Advanced Text Editor: The text editor inside of HitFilm isn’t as advanced as those found in Adobe Software. For example, there are only a limited number of paragraph options, no align tool, and you must make a text box in order to create text. In this regard, it’s clear to see that HitFilm is more of a compositing software than motion graphics software. HitFilm 4 Pro will never be able to replace After Effects entirely, but I don’t think that’s what its designed to do. HitFilm is an easy-to-use alternative to After Effects that offers users a set of powerful features that would be incredibly difficult (if not impossible) to simulate in After Effects. In most cases it felt like HitFilm 4 Pro was at least twice as fast as After Effects.There are some situations in which you would probably want to use HitFilm over After Effects. If you’re working on an indie action sequence, you’d be mistaken to use After Effects over HitFilm. But if you’re working on a 2D animation, there’s no way you would want to use HitFilm over After Effects.If After Effects is beginning to annoy you, or if you’re looking for a quick 3D compositing solution, I highly recommend downloading the free trial from HitFilm. After you begin to familiarize yourself with the effects, you’ll be able to get a better idea as to when you might want to use HitFilm over After Effects and vice-versa.ConclusionHitFilm 4 Pro is the most exciting video software I have ever used. The program was clearly designed with artists in mind. From fast playback to 3D models, HitFilm 4 Pro has virtually everything an aspiring filmmaker, compositor, or VFX artist needs to create amazing works of art. Sure it’s not After Effects, but in a lot of ways it’s better. HitFilm is trailblazing a new era of video editing software, and if Adobe doesn’t up their game, they may be left in the dust.CostHitFilm Pro 4 Costs $349 and can be purchased directly from HitFilm’s website. You can also download a no time-limit free trial from HitFilm’s website. Just keep in mind that you will only be able to export 30 seconds of YouTube SD quality footage in the trial. Hitfilm is compatible with both Mac and PC.What do you think of Hitfilm 4 Pro? Share in the comments below.last_img read more


10 months agoMessi: Ronaldo has improved Juventus

first_imgMessi: Ronaldo has improved Juventusby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona ace Leo Messi has no doubts Cristiano Ronaldo has improved Juventus.Ronaldo left Real Madrid for Juve in August.“Being in the same League as him and competing with his team to win everything was very nice,” Messi told Marca.“Cristiano was a great player for La Liga and Real Madrid. Our clashes with them were very beautiful, but I always aim to win with my team.“Any team would miss Cristiano because he always scores lots of goals and gives you many other things on the field, but Real Madrid are still a great club with excellent players.“Juventus are a very good team. They already were before and with the arrival of Cristiano they’re much more so. They’re a great candidate for the Champions League.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


7 days agoAdrian: The Scouse link which landed Liverpool deal

first_imgAdrian: The Scouse link which landed Liverpool dealby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAdrian admits an ex-teammate – and Scouser – at West Ham United helped secure him a move to Liverpool.Merseysider Aaron Cresswell, formerly of Tranmere Rovers, urged Reds goalkeeper coach John Achterberg to go for Adrian after Alisson broke down at the start of the season.Cresswell knows Achterberg from their time together at Prenton Park.Adrian told the Telegraph: “I only knew it after I signed. “So thank you Cress for having had a good word for me.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Braxton Miller Posts Photo Showing Number Of Trophies He’s Amassed

first_imgBraxton Miller poses with all of his trophies.Braxton Miller Ohio State TrophiesAfter watching Ohio State’s surprising run to the national championship last year under the guidance of two backup signal-callers, college football fans often forget how much Braxton Miller accomplished when he was the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes. Thursday, the OSU senior reminded us all with one Instagram post. Miller, letting the photo do the talking, posted a selfie with a number of the trophies he’s won featured in the background. Check it out: A photo posted by Columbus /O H I O (@braxtonmiller92) on Jun 11, 2015 at 9:46am PDT Miller has won a number of individual awards – including the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and the Chicago Tribune Silver Football twice each. He may not be done either – he very well could be the starter this fall, if things work in his favor.last_img read more


Video: Roy Williams Dabbed In The Locker Room After Beating Duke

first_imgRoy Williams dabs in the locker room.Roy Williams DabWhen you beat your rival on the road and clinch the seventh ACC regular season title in your tenure as head coach, there’s only one thing you can do: dab. North Carolina head coach Roy Williams did his best Cam Newton impression and broke out his dab in the post-game locker room tonight, much to the delight of his players. Not bad, Roy. That’s one thing we can’t see coach K doing.last_img


2018 Big Ten Preview Michigan State Spartans

Location: East Lansing, Michigan  2017 Record: 10-3 (7-2 Big Ten) Head Coach: Mark Dantonio  2018 Record: 2-1 (1-0 Big Ten) All-Time Record vs OSU: 15-31What has happened thus far in 2018: The Michigan State Spartans took a surprising loss in the second game of the season as the Herm Edwards-led Arizona State Sun Devils knocked off the then-No. 15 ranked Spartans with a field goal during the expiring seconds of regulation to secure the 16-13 victory. Michigan State bounced back versus Indiana in Week 3 with a 35-21 victory.  Impact Player:  Senior running back L.J. Scott is the most experienced player on the roster, but a slow start mixed with an ankle injury has limited his production thus far in 2018. Scott is a three-time letter winner with the Spartans and is a physical downfield runner with the capability of making an impact in the red zone against the Buckeyes. Strengths:  Creativity has helped Michigan State win its two games this season. Trick plays against Indiana were the decisive plays that allowed Michigan State to pull away with the victory against the Hoosiers last week. Quarterback Brian Lewerke made a quick pitch in the red zone to make a seven-point lead into a 14-point lead, which lasted for good. Lewerke also hauled in his first career reception during the game in a unique sequence of play calls that caught the Hoosiers off guard.  Weaknesses: Sloppy play has dug the Spartans into some holes this season that has made its path to victory harder than it needs to be. Lewerke has again been plagued by interceptions with four already this season after seven last year, and the offense has looked stagnant at times, such as in the loss to Arizona State. Michigan State also committed nine penalties in its opener against Utah State, flaws that it was able to make up for in Week 1. But those flaws could come back to bite them later in the season. read more


Strauss investigation nearing its conclusion as mediation search continues

The investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against former Ohio State doctor Richard Strauss is “nearing its conclusion,” Provost Bruce McPheron said at Ohio State’s full Board of Trustee meeting, while noting that the university is still seeking to reach mediation with accusers in federal court.Richard Strauss, a former wrestling team physician and an assistant professor of medicine, is being investigated by Ohio State on allegations of sexual misconduct. Credit: Lantern file photoMcPheron also said that counseling has been offered to alumni and will be paid for by the university. According to court documents in early February, there was disagreement between the plaintiffs in Brian Garrett et. al, v. Ohio State and Steve Snyder-Hill et. al, v. Ohio State, a pair of class-action suits led by Strauss accusers. Garrett and Snyder-Hill, the leading plaintiffs, requested former mediators of both the Penn State and Michigan State sexual abuse cases.Ohio State opposed both proposed mediators, and instead suggested a former district court chief judge and an appeals court chief mediator. The plaintiffs opposed the two, arguing that neither had experience handling sexual abuse mediations in the past.A mediation was supposed to begin within 30 days after the initial court order came in on Jan. 17, which would have been on Feb. 16. According to court documents citing a meeting of the two sides on Feb. 19, the two parties now have until March 12 to agree on a mediator.In Steve Snyder-Hill et. al v. Ohio State, the plaintiff proposed an alternate mediator in Judge Steven Rhodes if the other two are not selected. Rhodes is a retired judge who presided over the City of Detroit bankruptcy case in 2013. He has also served as mediator in a second phase of the Michigan State sexual abuse case involving Larry Nassar.Strauss, a doctor at Ohio State from 1978 to 1998, is accused of sexually abusing former student-athletes during his time as a team physician at Ohio State, as well as students while serving as an employee at Student Health Services. Ohio State investigators are also looking into claims as to whether he abused students at a private clinic after leaving the university.Strauss died by suicide in 2005. In a letter sent to 115,000 alumni in February, Ohio State said it would cover the cost of professionally certified counseling from Praesidium for any students affected by Strauss. In a past Board update, it was revealed that more than 150 individuals had come forward with allegations of misconduct from Strauss.McPheron said Friday that Praesidium is a “leader in responding to incidents of sexual abuse.”At the last full Board meeting in November, a number of accusers, including both Garrett and Snyder-Hill, spoke before the board with their stories of sexual abuse from Strauss.Ohio State opened an investigation into Strauss in April 2018 with Porter Wright Morris & Arthur serving as legal counsel to Ohio State, as appointed by then-attorney general and now-Governor Mike DeWine. The firm originally hired Bricker & Eckler to lead the investigation, but turned to Seattle-based Perkins Coie in May due to a legal conflict with Bricker & Eckler.Facing lawsuits from accusers, Ohio State has been represented by Carpenter Lipps & Leland. Ohio State attempted to have both the court cases dismissed, but Judge Michael H. Watson put both the motion to stay discovery and motion to dismiss on hold. “Ohio State remains steadfastly committed to learning about Strauss’ conduct,” McPheron said, noting that the university will address the past when the investigation is concluded and will continue to improve in the future. read more