Killstreaks and brilliant editing are combined to make CoD BlOps Feel Good

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first_imgWelcome to the “Feel Good Edition” of Call of Duty: Black Ops, well at least that’s what I’m calling it. The ultra-violent game is normally just a parade of explosions and stabbings but this video make it seems like something much more light-hearted than that. It not only adds in some much-needed rainbows, but it has awesome sniper killstreaks, great slow-motion action, and some very impressive kills with a variety of weapons. It also completely avoids the ridiculous amount of frustration someone feels when they get no-scoped from across the map.The video was made possible by some very nice editing work from Filip Bongcam and skilled CoD play by Qits. Filip B. has all sorts of cool, well-edited videos at his gaming channel as well.It goes to show much but can be done with some creativity and a video that a lot of people can relate to. Recording and uploading Call of Duty clips is one thing, and they tend to be interesting enough, but some good music, slick editing, and attention to detail can take them to an entirely different level.via Kotakulast_img read more


Google now offers Instant Previews for videos even on your phone

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first_imgGoogle is already known for its Instant Previews within its search results, but the company announced a new kind of Instant Previews this past Friday. The new previews are designed just for video results.How many times have you been searching for a video online and have had to visit three different sites and watch part of three different videos before finding the right one?  Google’s new previews will show you four frames from a video when you click on the little magnifying glass icon. The sound option is automatically switched to off, but you can click it to hear the clips’ accompanying audio.  Each clip plays for about five seconds in different parts of the video. Clicking on one of the clips will take you to the full video.AdChoices广告For the most part, you can usually find the video you’re looking for right away through just regular search, but Instant Previews can be really handy when the video results are more diverse and you can’t tell them apart unless you click through the results.Instant previews show up in universal search results, as well as under Google Videos. Not all videos will have this option immediately. Video providers have to opt in to make previews available.Instant Previews for mobile are also available now. Similar to the desktop version, Instant Previews for mobile shows search results in the form of web page snapshots. This way, you can visually compare results without having to go back and forth between sites and search results, and wait for the pages to load each time you do so. To use Instant Previews, visit Google on your Android (2.2 or higher) or iOS (4.0 or higher) device and tap on the magnifying glass next to your search result. Then quickly scroll across previews by swiping with your finger, and then tap the preview to go straight to the page.Read more at The Official Google Bloglast_img read more


Buy a Wooden Neo Geo for 649

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first_imgIt was the defining console for fighting games, and now you can re-live those classic Neo Geo moments with a brand new version of the device. And, get this, the casing is made entirely of wood.It works perfectly with all the old-school Neo Geo cartridges, and even has modern-day inputs to connect to your TV. Back in the day, the Neo Geo was one of the most expensive consoles of all time, so many gamers never had a chance to play it.Unfortunately, this new version isn’t any cheaper. It’s available for $649, the exact same price as when the original system first launched. Though with inflation, it’s actually cheaper now, right? Yeah, tell that to our wallets…Via Game ProAdChoices广告last_img


Labor Day Six Gran Turismo 5 gamers to race former F1 driver

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first_imgSix Gran Turismo 5 gamers are in for a treat this coming Labor Day. Former McLaren Mercedes and Red Bull Racing F1 driver David Coulthard is set to race them around an as yet unannounced UK track for 10 laps.Each driver will be at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz AMS SLS, with the one difference being Coulthard will be racing in the real car around the real track. The other six competitors will be doing it on the perfectly recreated version in the game on the PS3.Put an F1 driver in a race against anyone and in any car and you’d expect them to win, but this is different. Can the real take on the virtual and win? I suspect the answer is still yes unless these GT5 players are something special and know a few tricks to go faster without cheating. Games are never perfectly real, after all.Coulthard does make a good point in the video above. I wouldn’t be surprised if a few of the younger current F1 drivers try and pick up one of the GT5 places for this race just to attempt to beat him. Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso are well-known for gaming, and I’m sure newcomers like Senna is too. As the final gamers list will be chosen at random they would have to be extra cars on the track, though.The chance of racing Coulthard is worth it not only for the challenge, but also the prize. If you beat him and log the fastest time, you’ve got a free trip to the Brazilian Grand Prix on November 27 this year.Wired will be live streaming the event on Monday, so be sure to head on over this Labor Day to see if the real thing can beat the virtual gamer.Read more at Wiredlast_img read more


Clik for iOS and Android allows you to quickly grab any browser

Posted On Sep 21 2019 by

first_imgYou know that scene in Iron Man 2 where Tony Stark reaches up with his transparent gizmo and takes over the TV’s in the hearing room? It looked so simple, so natural, as he reached up and took over the screen so he could show his videos on them. We’re far away from gadgets actively control another computer from across the room (while keeping us alive and powering our robot suits). Actually, I’m not so sure about that first part after seeing a demonstration of Clik.Clik gives your phone the ability to share a video on any screen with a web browser. Take the browser from any screen — be it a computer, a web-enabled TV, or anything else — head to http://www.clikthis.com. When you arrive at the website, you’ll be presented with a giant QR code… and not much else. Next, you take your iOS or Android device and grab the free Clik app from the Android Market or Appstore. When you launch the app, you’ll see a camera interface with everything but the circle in the middle of the screen shaded. Line up the QR code on the screen you want to take over with the circle on the phone, and Clik will grab control of the screen in about a second. Right now, all you are able to do is show videos from Clik’s customized YouTube system on a screen. You can search for videos you like and as soon as you press play on your phone, it starts to load on the screen. According to sources at Clik, the development team has big dreams of Clik evolving into a portal where you can share many different kinds of content in the same way that the current Clik app works. We’ve got a ways to go before anybody is sitting back in a chair looking smug like Tony Stark, but the Clik app shows some really interesting potential in this space. To be able to just grab someones browser and share your images, music, videos, or whatever else developers come up with is extremely cool.This video basically explains the app:More at Clikthislast_img read more


Geek deals 437 off Dell laptop docking station and 20inch monitor mega

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first_imgBusiness laptops can be boring. We understand your pain when your system breaks down and it’s time for a thick, hefty BlandBook, in a business-friendly color, with the mandatory optical drive, average about of RAM, and cost effective processor. Sometimes computers exist to get work done — you know it and we know it — but when you have to pick up a work computer, it makes sense to minimize the blandness and minimize the price, so as much as possible can go back in your pocket.This discount on a workstation bundle gets you a Dell Latitude E5520 15.6-inch laptop, a Dell docking station for charging and extra inputs, and a 20-inch Dell E2011H LED-backlit LCD monitor. The base configuration for the laptop is enough to get the job done, but it’s not anything to brag about. It has an Intel Core i3 CPU, 250GB HDD but only comes equipped with a single DIMM of 2GB DDR3 memory (so RAM upgrade is in its future). Graphics are integrated, the 15.6-inch display is HD (but not full HD), and you’ll get a free one-year hardware warranty and Microsoft Office Starter Edition. This laptop is not exactly a killer, but there’s more.The Dell E Series monitor is an excellent add-on for the price. At 20 inches and backlit by LEDs, it’s an energy-efficient bargain. It displays 16.7 million colors, and projects an industry-standard 250 nits.As the for the “workstation” part of the bundle, the dock — or, port replicator — provides all the extra inputs you need for the Latitude laptop. This includes five USB 2.0 inputs, one eSATA/USB combo port, Ethernet, VGA, DVI. This should give you enough space and range for most,  if not all, of your accessories.In this case Dell’s gear is exactly on the cutting edge, but if you know you need a docking station and a new monitor, $733 is a great priceStop by Logic Buy for this deal.last_img read more


Picture leaks of updated iPad 3

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first_imgAn unconfirmed photo has surfaced, claiming to be of a new edition of the iPad 3. There’s no need to hold onto your socks, though. This picture shows one and only one difference from the iPad 3 that everyone has come to know and love: the Lightning port. This is the same connector that was introduced with the iPhone 5.It is expected that this refresh will contain very minor updates, both with hardware and software. Obviously, for the next several months all the real attention will be turned toward the iPad Mini, which is expected to be revealed at a highly touted Apple event tomorrow, October 23.It is at that very event that the new full-size iPad is also expected to make its presence known. The news will likely be swept under the rugs of most major news outlets, but it does give Apple the enviable position of being able to have two “brand new” tablet products on the market in time for the holiday shopping season.The new 9.7-inch iPads are expected to retain the same price as the current models, ranging from $499 to $699 for the WiFi models and $629 to $829 for those equipped with high-speed LTE mobile data.As for the price of the iPad Mini, that remains anyone’s guess, though many estimates peg it around a $250 to $300 sweet spot.Just in case all that isn’t enough for you, it’s also rumored that tomorrow’s event will be a launching pad for an entirely new slate of Mac computers, including ones that use the iPad’s heralded Retina Display technology.In other words, tomorrow is a big day. Get ready for it.Apple.Pro (Facebook page), via 9to5maclast_img read more


Modder proves SimCity can run offline indefinitely

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first_imgEver since SimCity launched, there has been a suspicion that the need for the game to always be connected to a server was mainly a form of DRM, not for social game features and multiplayer. Then a Maxis developer came forward to confirm the game doesn’t actually need a server to function, suggesting the information coming out of EA wasn’t the whole truth. Now EA and Maxis have some explaining to do as a modder has managed to get the game running offline indefinitely.The video above shows the game being played offline. The modder states that this can be done for as long as you like without issues. The only real downside being you can’t save the game because it utilizes cloud saves. However, if you reconnect the game it does save, so you can play all day then just go online to save your progress at the end of a session.In order to achieve this offline state, modder UKAzzer had to edit the game code to enable debug mode. This exists so the developer can play around with additional features and test the game. Most of those features are disabled unless you have a developer build of the game, but apparently enabling it on a consumer version removes the need for a server connection while retaining everything you need to play.In fact, it actually improves the game in some ways. City populations are actually tracked correctly and you can edit outside of your city boundaries. Those additional edits are also saved when you reconnect.This revelation will put EA and Maxis in a difficult position. They’ve been adamant all along that the game won’t work without a server connection and offloads a “significant amount of the calculations.” That’s clearly not true, so why has it been used as a reason to explain why an always-connected game was necessary?last_img read more


Vatican inhabitants pirate porn while Irish priests stream screeners

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first_imgAs technology moves forward and our media continues to move more toward digital files rather than tangible items we keep on a shelf, the easier it becomes to download whatever we need. Legal ambiguity aside, it has become so easy to download media that even priests can’t avoid the two-click torrent process. Furthermore, it would seem that people in the Vatican not only partake in media piracy, but some pirate adult films.According to TorrentFreak, Paul Flynn owns a DVD rental store in Ireland, and for the past six or so years, a priest has been a regular customer. When discussing movies with Flynn, the priest let slip that he had seen some movies — Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty, Django Unchained, and Les Miserables — but Flynn noticed that those movies had not yet been released. Supposedly, the priest says he and a group of fellow priests meet up at a monastery at a weekly film club, which is where they watch the pirated screeners. Essentially, if Flynn is to be believed, there is a monastery full of priests that have a movie piracy club, and they either don’t understand that they’re viewing pirated content, or are totally fine with the idea.The anecdote of priests pirating media piqued TorrentFreak’s interest, and they went ahead and checked out some IP addresses from the Vatican in order to see if what is considered the holiest place on the planet dabbles in piracy. The Vatican is a small region, so there aren’t too many people downloading torrents, but the report did find that a few downloaders were partaking in the protocol. Unlike Flynn’s priests, however, no one seemed to be downloading any screeners, and were only downloading old movies — some of which were over a decade old. A few people were interested in television shows, an even smaller amount of people were downloading music, and only one person had downloaded a game.However, even though the Vatican as a whole doesn’t seem to care all too much about pirating media, what TorrentFreak did notice is that there are a few IP addresses that are pirating porn. Amusingly, there were more IP addresses seen downloading porn than download games or movie screeners. So, while we’re not here to discuss the morality of porn, we are here to point out the interesting piracy breakdown of Vatican inhabitants.last_img read more


Android 43 ROMs for Google Edition Galaxy S4 and HTC One leak

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first_imgSome early adopters who rushed out to buy the Galaxy S4 and HTC One are no doubt wishing they’d held off and purchased the Google Edition phones instead. Well, you can kiss your buyer’s remorse goodbye: Google Edition ROMs with vanilla Android 4.3 for both are now available to download.The ROM kitchen over at TrickDroid has cooked up the Google Edition HTC One firmware. It brings a stock Android experience (so long, Sense!) to HTC’s new flagship smartphone. Feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive, and there doesn’t appear to be any major bugs to report.Meanwhile, the team at Sammobile claim to have an early 4.3 build for the Samsung Galaxy S4. They claim that this is from a Google Play Edition variant of the S4, and the build is completely functional when tested on other Galaxy S4’s, but there’s no way to verify the validity of the claim. Since Google has not yet announced Android 4.3, and it doesn’t seem that there are any significant changes to the OS, this could well be a very clever fake with an edited build.prop to say 4.3. Even if the S4 build is not Android 4.3, it is still a high quality build for those who want the Google Play Experience on their Galaxy S4, though it has not been confirmed to work on ever Galaxy S4 yet. Still, based on initial user feedback the HTC One and Galaxy S4 seem to be just fine running the firmware from their Google Edition counterparts.Want to flash your own device? Complete instructions for the HTC One have been posted by Team Venom over at the XDA forums. If you’ve got a Galaxy S4 that’s itching to transform itself into a Google Edition Android 4.3 device, just grab the ROM from Sammobile and restart in recovery mode. They’ve got step-by-step instructions if you’re not sure how to do it.The usual firmware flashing caveats apply, of course: exercise caution, because there’s always the possibility (however remote) that something could go wrong and you could brick your phone.last_img read more


Set of 5000yearold board game pieces discovered in Turkey

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first_imgWhile excavating a 5,000 year-old burial mound at Başur Höyük near Siirt in southeast Turkey, archaeologists have unearthed a set of carved stones that may represent the earliest recorded gaming tokens. The stones depict dogs, pyramids, pigs, and other shapes with each set of tokens painted a different color. There were even dice.Archaeologists have matched these 49 apparent game pieces with similar objects found in several sites in Syria and Iraq. At these locations, the stones were found alone, so they were assumed to be counting stones, not part of a game. This mysterious game might have been a common way to pass the time in ages past. The Başur Höyük site dates to 3100-2900 BCE, suggesting board games like this one may have originated in the Fertile Crescent and Egypt before spreading outward.Some bits of decomposed wood were also found in close proximity to the stone game pieces. Researchers are hoping that they will provide some hints on the rules of the game, which seems to have something to do with the number 4 — most of the tokens are in sets of four or eight.The site where the game pieces were discovered also contained a large cache of beads and pottery, which indicates it was connected to an individual in the ruling class. This reinforces evidence from other Mesopotamian sites and Egyptian writings that board games were common among the elite in the ancient world. Some tombs from Mesopotamian societies dating around 3,000 BCE have contained intricate game boards and pieces from the “Game of Twenty Squares.”The game pieces were found in one of nine graves at the Başur Höyük site. Archaeologists are going over the area more closely in search of more related pieces.last_img read more


Nintendo 2DS reportedly uses single screen obstructed by outer casing

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first_imgYesterday Nintendo shocked the gaming industry and announced the 2DS, a 3DS stripped of its ability to display in 3D, as well as its ability to fold into a compact, clamshell form. This means that the new handheld is more like a tablet in design, especially since it needs to be tall enough to accommodate two screens positioned on a vertical plane. Normally, you would naturally assume that the unit employs two separate screens to achieve this, but reports have stated that the 2DS actually employs one large screen that is simply obstructed by the device’s casing in order to make the unit appear to have two separate displays.The report somewhat glazes over this facet. The 2DS having one screen masquerading as two isn’t really a big deal. You might feel a little taken advantage of, in that there’s a secret treasure trove of screen real estate sitting directly underneath your fingertips. However, this tactic — along with the removal of 3D, and the unibody design — likely helps the 2DS achieve its cheap price tag of $129.99. The unit will also dispense with stereo speakers (a stereo headphone jack will still be present) in place of a mono speaker, so that likely also helped pass the savings on to you.We won’t know whether or not the 2DS will become a hit — much like the Nintendo DS before it — until it releases to market. Nintendo, though, is specifically targeting children under seven-years-old with this device, so either that will create an entirely new revenue stream, or will keep people away from it since it’s officially labeled as a kid’s device.The console will release on October 12 — the same day as Pokémon X and Y — in a blue or red color scheme.last_img read more


Apples latest acquisition could put your iPhone on a data diet

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first_imgiPhone users have always consumed a ton of data, but it appears as though Apple is working on a way to help folks cut back. AlgoTrim, a Swedish company that Apple just acquired, knows a thing or two about data compression.It’s possible that Apple could be planning to use AlgoTrim’s software to build something similar to Opera’s off-road mode the new bandwidth-conservation mode Google added to Chrome for Android. AlgoTrim develops image and video libraries that could allow Apple to add the same kind of functionality to iOS apps like Safari and iMessage.It’s not all about the data your phone sends and receives, however. AlgoTrim’s products include compression tech that just might help you conserve that valuable storage space on your iPhone or iPad.One of those products is a code-compression library. With it, it’s possible that Apple could shrink the iOS footprint by a substantial amount — perhaps as much as 40 to 50%. AlgoTrim says that pretty much all the core parts of the OS (including preinstalled apps) can be shrunk. The only real exception would be the Darwin-based iOS kernel.AlgoTrim’s website notes that this isn’t an entirely new concept. It’s something that IBM did with its PowerPC processors… something that Apple knows a thing or two about.Now, you might think that compressing OS code would add unwanted lag — decompression take time, after all. AlgoTrim says that the process happens so quickly that it’s actually possible for the opposite to occur. Applications can become faster after being compressed.A faster iOS with a smaller footprint and potential bandwidth savings to boot? It’s precisely the kind of thing Apple needs to do to make sure iOS doesn’t wander aimlessly off into obscurity like BlackBerry OS.last_img read more


Ulster came in there with a few protein shakes and beers afterwards

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first_img Friday 28 Oct 2016, 10:21 PM By Murray Kinsella Short URL 52 Comments 99,951 Views Great to have this fitting tribute from @UlsterRugby in our changing room. Close to our hearts #Axel #RugbyFamily pic.twitter.com/87s7IJHZHD— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) October 28, 2016 http://the42.ie/3053290 ‘Ulster came in there with a few protein shakes and beers afterwards’ Les Kiss’ men showed their class after a desperately disappointing defeat in Belfast.center_img DESPITE THE BITTER nature of the defeat, the agonising way in which they lost out to their inter-provincial rivals, Ulster still managed to show their class at the Kingspan Stadium tonight. Rory Scannell’s winning drop goal. Source: Presseye/INPHOAfter losing 15-14 on account of Rory Scannell’s late drop-goal, Ulster captain Rob Herring and some of his men grabbed a crate of beer and crossed the corridor to share a moment with Munster in memory of Anthony Foley.Speaking after the game at Kingspan Stadium, Munster’s director of rugby Rassie Erasmus lauded the Ulstermen.“From last week with the funeral, Les Kiss was down, Rory Best was there, the supporters wanted to help up,” said Erasmus.“I have so much respect for Irish people from the last two weeks. I always had respect for them, but I just couldn’t believe the way they stand for each other here.From before the game, to after the game, it’s always tough when you lose a game. But they came in there with a few protein shakes and beers afterwards into our team room and offered them to the guys.“That takes special men to do that, so they obviously have a great spirit here. It’s not for nothing that they were leaders of the log.“It’s humbling to know this, because it doesn’t really happen in professional rugby anymore with guys coming over to your changing room to share a beer with you. It was nice.”Ulster this week revealed a new plaque in the away changing room at Kingspan Stadium in memory of Foley. Director of rugby Kiss said that the post-match beer was just another way for Ulster to pay their respects.“We just made a commitment beforehand that whatever happened, we’d do it,” said Kiss. “As you know, we put the plaque up there for Axel and it was just a gesture to stand with him and have a beer and a chat.While it’s a battle out there and you go at each other, there are some things that are bigger and better than the game.“One of those things is that we go in there and respect that, because they’ve been through some tough times.“We did it out of respect and to honour Axel, really, and it’s just a shame that the beer wasn’t as sweet as I would have liked it to be.”Scannell’s dramatic drop goal seals superb win for Munster in BelfastMunster centre Arnold set for return and all your UBL 1A and 1B previews Source: Munster Rugby/Twitter Oct 28th 2016, 10:21 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share8530 Tweet Email1 last_img read more


My son Joshua was born and died 16 years ago today and

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first_imgMy son Joshua was born and died 16 years ago today and we still punish tragedies like his Gerry Edwards, chairperson of TFMR Ireland, on the pain and courage inherent in using a personal bereavement in a very public battle. Feb 12th 2017, 8:30 AM http://jrnl.ie/3233583 By Gerry Edwards Gerry Edwards 119 Comments Sunday 12 Feb 2017, 8:30 AM Chairperson, TFMR Ireland Short URL Share432 Tweet Email1 ON THIS DAY sixteen years ago, my first son was born. His name was Joshua and he did not cry. I cried, my wife cried and my mother-in-law cried. I think some of the midwives in attendance cried too.Joshua had a condition called anencephaly. It meant that his skull did not close when the neural tube was developing and because his skull was open most of his brain was missing. He could never live. Joshua was delivered by induced labour at 22 weeks’ gestation.Although we lived in Dublin at the time, Joshua was born in Belfast, in a different country to the rest of his family. The reason for this is because it was illegal for the maternity hospitals in our independent Republic to provide a termination of pregnancy, even by induced labour. Even in circumstances where a baby did not have the capacity to either be born alive or to survive independently.We were unable to bring Joshua home for a funeral because we didn’t know how to explain to anyone that we had a tiny dead baby. What would become of us? Bear in mind that at that time we could be prosecuted under an Act from the same time that Abraham Lincoln became president of America and sentenced to life in prison.Instead we arranged with the hospital to have Joshua cremated in Belfast. We did not know when this would take place and we were unable to be with him. Sometime later we had what was for us our funeral – his remains were delivered to us in a padded envelope by a courier. Source: Gerry Edwards Joshua’s remains as sent on from the crematorium in Belfast. Source: Gerry EdwardsThe thought that our son was cremated alone in a different country troubled us greatly for many years. We found out recently that a pathologist in the hospital always takes the babies left in her charge to the crematorium in her car and sits with them during their cremation. Hearing about this individual act of kindness and respect for our son made us cry again, but with gratitude.It reminded us that although we felt totally abandoned by Ireland when we needed her most, people are inherently good. They care and they have respect for others, their challenges and the choices they make.Unfortunately, although my mother-in-law met Joshua because she travelled with us, my father-in-law could not. My parents never met him, my sisters never met him and my wife’s brothers never met him. Nobody else got to see him or kiss him goodbye. We were denied the opportunity to be publicly supported in our grief by our friends, colleagues and neighbours. It was as though our son never existed.Joshua was real, he was wantedThis is why marking his anniversary is so important for us. Joshua was real, he was wanted, he was and to this day is loved and he is my son.In the years that passed Gaye and I were lucky enough to have four beautiful children. It was a difficult journey and was not without further losses. It is a time I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy, but I would do it all again tomorrow to have the family I have today.During the 2002 Referendum, which sought yet again to remove suicide as legitimate grounds for abortion, Bertie Ahern said in relation to Deirdre Conroy’s story of her termination of pregnancy following a diagnosis of a fatal foetal anomaly, that he could not legislate for individual cases. This prompted my wife to write about Joshua to point out that Deirdre’s case was not unique. But Bertie and his Government didn’t care.Deirdre wrote her letter as Deirdre DeBarra and my wife wrote hers as Gaye Brennan. This was the impact of the shaming and intimidation of women at that time.  No-one felt safe in coming forward with their true identities.Just over four years ago, Arlette, Amanda, Ruth and Jennifer came forward to tell their stories of being forced to travel abroad to have a termination of pregnancy following their tragic diagnoses, and they did so using their own identities and set up the group TFMR Ireland (Terminations for Medical Reasons). This was the beginning of a social change.I felt pride – and shameAmid a feeling of pride for these women, I also felt shame. If I had been as brave as them many years before, could they have been spared the additional suffering they had to endure? It was not until President Higgins was signing in the PLDPA 2013 that the fury finally broke through. Our Oireachtas had declined the opportunity to include a provision to deal with fatal foetal anomalies. I wrote a letter to all TDs and Senators imploring them to amend the law and to stop this cruelty, and that letter was published here in TheJournal.ie.I fully expected an urgent response from our elected representatives – that they would feel compelled to do the right thing. However, we have moved to 2017 with two rejected Fatal Foetal Anomaly Bills and a rejected Repeal the 8th Bill.Still women go to our maternity hospitals every day, and still several every week will receive the devastating news that, due to a cruelty of nature, their much-wanted baby will die in the womb, during birth or shortly after.Still, this time due to the cruelty of people, those who feel they cannot continue the pregnancy in these circumstances will need to travel as we did to avail of termination of pregnancy services overseas or else be forced to continue the pregnancy against their will in Ireland, wondering every day if that will be the day their baby dies inside them.Those who feel entitled to publicly condemn usAlthough the general levels of support and respect from people in Ireland towards those women, and men, who share their personal stories has been overwhelming, it is very clear that there are those who are not satisfied simply to disagree with the choice we, and others like us, made. Instead they feel entitled to publicly condemn us for them.These range from anonymous trolls on social media who can be extremely overt and callous in their comments, all the way through to members of the Oireachtas and clergy who try to portray us as cold and uncaring people who were just dissatisfied that our babies were not perfect. They imply that we did not value or love our babies. One even went so far as to refer to our precious babies as “debris, not the kind of thing you put into a coffin and grieve over”.They deliberately conflate our babies’ conditions with illnesses and disabilities, most particularly with Down Syndrome. There has even been a concerted effort to prevent the use of the phrase “fatal foetal anomaly” in place of inaccurate euphemisms like “life-limiting condition” or “poor prognosis”.I believe that all of this is a deliberate effort to deflect public discussion from the realities of the most tragic of situations that we faced. Our experience has generally been that the more some people claim to have moral superiority, the less they seem to demonstrate it.Cruel, inhuman, degradingIn June last year the United Nations Human Rights Committee ruled that Amanda Mellet, one of those founders of TFMR, by being denied access to a lawful termination of pregnancy in Ireland, was subjected to severe emotional and mental suffering and that Ireland violated her rights to freedom from cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, privacy and equality before the law.Our Government’s response was not to put a Referendum on Repeal of the 8th before the people of Ireland, but instead to set up a Citizens’ Assembly to discuss the issue. The Edwards family in front of street art by Maser, shortly before it was removed. Source: Gerry EdwardsI have always maintained that this was a completely unnecessary step and was in fact a mechanism to abdicate, at least temporarily, their responsibility to act as our elected legislators. That said, I feel that Justice Laffoy is doing an excellent job and that the selected 99 citizens are taking their responsibilities very seriously, and I expect them to make their recommendations to the Oireachtas in May or June this year.The question remains though, having set up the Citizens’ Assembly and given them timeframes within which to report on a number of issues, what will the Oireachtas do next? Will they prove to the sceptics that this was just a can-kicking exercise or will they show some respect to the volunteer citizens who have done what was asked of them?It is imperative that the Oireachtas establishes a special Committee to act upon the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly, whatever they may be. Clear terms of reference should be set out including a maximum time frame within which the Committee should report to Government.This can and should be done in advance of the Citizens’ Assembly report. On the basis that we know that women’s human rights are being violated on a daily basis there simply cannot be any more deferral on the part of Government. It is time for them all to grow up and accept the responsibility they sought. They need to put a Referendum to Repeal the 8th before the people of Ireland so that they can determine whether or not they wish to decriminalise abortion and extend the provision of these essential medical services to women in Ireland.As we remember Joshua today I can’t help but wonder whether or not we as a society will stop punishing tragedy before his 17th anniversary. And if not, why not?Gerry Edwards is chairperson of TFMR Ireland (Terminations for Medical Reasons) 1,404 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


Unspeakable cruelty and vicious abuse historical abuse inquiry releases damning report

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first_img 52 Comments Today, we have specially trained officers within the PSNI’s Public Protection Branch who work closely with our partner agencies on a daily basis to ensure a joined up approach to dealing with allegations of child abuse. This multi-agency approach is based on information sharing and joint police/ social care working which allows the agencies to effectively and promptly safeguard victims and potential victims.Counselling One in Four, an organisation that supports survivors of sexual abuse, also welcomed the report.Executive Director Maeve Lewis said: “The Hart Report documents the unspeakable cruelty to which the most vulnerable children in Northern Ireland were subjected over decades while in the care of the State.Vicious physical abuse, repeated sexual abuse and neglect were the routine experience of the children. Many of them have endured the impact of this inhumane treatment throughout their lives.“Judge Hart describes catastrophic failures of the State agencies, religious congregations and the Church authorities to properly monitor the care of the children. The shocking revelations in Northern Ireland mirror those exposed by the Ryan Report (2009) into institutional abuse in the Republic.We must salute the tremendous courage of all the survivors who gave evidence before the Inquiry and who continue to suffer from the trauma of their childhoods.“Unlike in the Republic, no redress scheme was set up to run alongside the Inquiry. It is a matter of great urgency that a compensation scheme be established for the survivors, many of whom are now elderly and living in straitened circumstances. We commend Judge Hart and his team for the tremendous work they have done.”Anyone affected by the report, in Northern Ireland or the Republic, has been encouraged to contact Connect – a professional telephone-based counselling service on the freephone number 00800 477 477 77 (NI) or 1800 477 477 (RoI).Opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday 6-10pm. For more information, click here.With reporting by Órla Ryan Read: On dramatic day for politics in the North, a senior DUP figure also stood downRead: Martin McGuinness receives heartfelt tributes from Bertie Ahern and… Ian Paisley Jr Friday 20 Jan 2017, 4:25 PM The disposal of our farm and Abbey at Kilnacrott was directly related to our attempts to compensate and reach out to victims. Although our Abbey is now closed, a member of our community will continue to be available to listen to those who have been abused. I again acknowledge our failings to all those who have been so horribly betrayed.Bishop of Kilmore Leo O’Reilly meanwhile said of the Smyth findings “to abuse a child is a most abhorrent act, is evil and to be condemned unreservedly”.“Judge Hart’s report reminds us again of  the appalling crimes against children committed by Fr Brendan Smyth,” O’Reilly said.From what I have seen of the report the evidence contained in it is at times heart-breaking to read.  It is clear that many adults who, in the place of parents, were meant to provide love and care to children, failed in a catastrophic manner to protect and nurture their precious charges.Archbishop Eamon Martin, Primate of All-Ireland, said: “It is totally understandable that those abused may find it hard to forgive or find reconciliation with the Church. But we in the Church must do everything we can to submit to the demands of justice and demonstrate that we are serious about making reparation for the sins and crimes of the past.“I call on all those in positions of leadership within the Catholic dioceses and religious congregations concerned to engage in a constructive and urgent manner with the agencies to be established by the new executive to take forward this report’s recommendations. I commit to doing all that I can – and also to encouraging others throughout the Church – to support survivors of abuse today and into the future.”The PSNICommenting on behalf of the PSNI, Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said that the force “will take time to read the report in full and consider any learning from it”.“We co-operated fully with the inquiry, including declassifying tens of thousands of documents, to help ensure the panel could conduct a thorough examination of relevant material,” Hamilton said this afternoon.I apologise unreservedly for the police failings that have been identified within this report. I acknowledge that there were a number of occasions when a thorough police investigation could and should have been brought about which may have prevented more children from becoming victims. Jan 20th 2017, 4:25 PM Share107 Tweet Email2 http://jrnl.ie/3196344 Short URL ‘Unspeakable cruelty and vicious abuse’ – historical abuse inquiry releases damning report The greatest number of complaints relate to four Catholic-run homes in the North. Source: Shutterstock/Jamie WilsonUpdated 4.25pmA REPORT INTO institutional abuse at children’s homes in Northern Ireland has found that there was ‘widespread abuse’ at such facilities between 1922 and 1995.The Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry had looked into allegations of abuse at 22 such children’s homes across Northern Ireland.The largest number of complaints stemmed from four different Catholic-run institutions.At those four Sisters of Nazareth homes nuns were found to have been physically and emotionally abusive to children in their care, chairman of the inquiry Sir Anthony Hart said at a press conference to launch the report today.At those institutions, he added it was not unheard of for children to have outdoor disinfectant Jeyes Fluid put in their baths, while “the handling of menstruation and sex education, and other practices such as the confiscation of children’s belongings, represented poor childcare and amounted to systemic abuse”.Sexual abuse had also been carried out by priests and lay people, Hart said.Some institutions “sought to protect their reputations and individuals against whom allegations were made, by failing to take any action at all, failing to report matters to or deliberately misleading the appropriate authorities and moving those against whom allegations were made to other locations”. Brendan Smyth, pictured in 1997 Source: Rollingnews.ieRegarding infamous paedophile Fr Brendan Smyth, Hart said: “Smyth was able to carry out widespread sexual abuse of children, including some children resident in homes investigated by the Inquiry, due to the failure of branches of the Roman Catholic Church to properly address his behaviour from before he was ordained as a priest, despite clear warnings.There was repeated failure to assess the risk he posed to children, to confine him to his Abbey or to thoroughly investigate allegations of abuse.As part of the inquiry hearings were held into institutions run by different branches, including the State, local authorities, the Catholic Church, the Church of Ireland, and children’s charity Barnardo’s. The inquiry took 232 days to complete.Many of those who had given evidence were present for this morning’s press conference.Hart said that for many years the “financial circumstances and living conditions were very poor” in such Northern Irish institutions.“The extreme violence and civil disorder in the 1970s and 1980s did not leave those responsible for child care,” he said.These factors are largely forgotten today although there were many failures. Those failings must be examined against the backdrop of the political, social and economic circumstances at the time.RecommendationsThe inquiry also made many recommendations regarding redress and compensation for victims. Those recommendations include:A minimum of £7,500 and maximum of £80,000 in compensation should be paid to victimsA time-limited Historical Redress Board should be set up to administer that compensationThe Northern Ireland Executive and those responsible for the individual institutions should make a public apology to victimsA physical memorial should be set up on the grounds of Parliament Buildings at StormontReactionReacting to this morning’s press conference, religious order Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd said it “welcomed” the publication of the report.Houses run by the order in Derry, Newry, and Belfast were all considered by the inquiry.It said that it apologised “unreservedly” to former residents “whose care fell short of what they needed and deserved”.We hope that the publication of this report will create an opportunity for society to continue to engage in dialogue on this issue, and apply lessons learned to current and future care of children and teenagers in Northern Ireland.The Irish Norbertines order, of whose community Brendan Smyth was a member, said it “recognises the tragic harm and hurt caused to innocent children by Brendan Smyth, a deceased member of our community, as outlined in the report published today”. We again unreservedly apologise most sincerely for the hurt and harm caused to so many young people, while also accepting that our management of the man concerned and the accusations presented to us was grossly inadequate.‘The life of the Kilnacrott Canonry changed forever in 1994 when we were confronted with the reality of our failings and their consequences,” said Fr William Fitzgerald of that order today.In the years since we have tried to atone for our failings. In listening to the people who were so appallingly abused by Brendan Smyth we have endeavoured to demonstrate the deep remorse felt within our community. By Cianan Brennan 21,086 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


13yearold girl dies after being thrown from ride at China amusement park

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first_img 6 Comments Share Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Stock image Image: amusement park image via Shutterstock Sunday 5 Feb 2017, 8:07 AM 13-year-old girl dies after being thrown from ride at China amusement park It is reported the girl’s family reached a compensation agreement with the park. By Associated Press http://jrnl.ie/3223555 center_img 13,855 Views A 13-YEAR-old girl has died after being flung out of a fast-turning ride at an amusement park in southwest China.China’s product safety regulator said in a statement last night that an initial investigation showed her seatbelt had broken and a passenger safety bar did not fit tightly enough at the Chaohua Park in Fengdu county, which comes under Chongqing municipality.Smartphone footage carried by state media showed the girl flying out of the “Travel Through Space” ride on Friday afternoon as seats repeatedly spun round 360 degrees. Media reports say she fell on to iron railings and was taken to a hospital, where she died.The West China Metropolis Daily reported that the girl’s family had reached a compensation agreement with the park for their only child’s death amounting to 870,000 yuan (€117,750).The newspaper also said the ride had passed a routine quality inspection in December.The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine said that it had asked Chongqing authorities to suspend all the park’s large amusement facilities to “carry out checks and eliminate hidden dangers.”It also ordered companies operating the same “Travel Through Space” ride across the country to immediately suspend use of it and contact its Chengdu city-based manufacturer for further checks.Read: The Irish barristers who travel to the US to help prove people’s innocence> Stock image Image: amusement park image via Shutterstock Short URL Feb 5th 2017, 8:07 AM last_img read more


Ireland to give over €1 million to Cyclone Idai relief effort as

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first_imgIrish Embassies in Mozambique and Malawi are working with partners on the ground in response to this crisis, while the Embassy of Ireland in Pretoria is monitoring the effects of the crisis in Zimbabwe, through its office in Harare.Here’s a breakdown of the Irish Government’s €1,050,000 response: €400,000 released by the Embassy of Ireland in Mozambique to the World Food Programme.€500,000 to the IFRC Red Cross response in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.€150,000 in Irish Aid funding allocated to Concern Worldwide for activities in Malawi. Image: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi Friday 22 Mar 2019, 5:19 PM Survivors of Cyclone Idai in a makeshift shelter by the roadside near Nhamatanda about 50 kilometres from Beira, in Mozambique, Mar 22nd 2019, 5:19 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Ireland to give over €1 million to Cyclone Idai relief effort as fears death toll could exceed 1,000 Ireland will contribute at least €1,050,000 to help those most gravely affected by the cyclone. Three thousand people who are living in a school that has 15 classrooms and six, only six, toilets. You can imagine how much we are sitting on a water and sanitation ticking bomb.What moved him the most was the number of children without their parents, separated in the chaos or newly orphaned.“Yesterday (we) did a reconnaissance and we found another (inland) lake. So we are still very early in the phase of identifying what the scope of this is, for who is affected and how many are lost,” Emma Batey, coordinator for the consortium of Oxfam, CARE and Save the Children, told the AP.Luckily, the area is a national park and less densely populated, she said. Still, “there were devastatingly small amounts of people.”She estimated that another 100 people would be airlifted out today: “We’re only picking up those in absolute dire need.”No one is still clinging to roofs and trees, she said. Mozambicans stands in a queue to receive food from the World Food Programme in Nhamatanda, about 100km west of Beira Source: Themba HadebePedro Matos, emergency coordinator for the World Food Program, said that what rescuers are seeing now is “sometimes it’s just a hut completely surrounded by water.”“If islands are big enough, we can even see smoke coming out, meaning that they’re cooking,” he said, adding that it remains “super difficult” to estimate a death toll or even the number of missing.For residents of Beira, life staggered on. People salvaged the metal strips of roofs that had been peeled away like the skin of a fruit. Downed trees littered the streets. And yet there were flashes of life as it used to be. White wedding dresses stood pristine behind a shop window that hadn’t shattered.Zimbabwe was also affected by the cyclone and as roads began to clear and some basic communications were set up, a fuller picture of the extent of the damage there is beginning to emerge.The victims are diverse: a mother buried in the same grave with her child, headmasters missing together with dozens of school students, illegal gold and diamond miners swept away by raging rivers and police officers washed away with their prisoners.The Ministry of Information said 30 pupils, two headmasters and a teacher are missing.Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa said Thursday that officers and prisoners were washed way. Marta Ben prepares food on a sidewalk after her home was destroyed in Beira, Mozambique, Source: Cara Anna via PA ImagesIn downtown Beira, a sidewalk is Marta Ben’s new home. The 30-year-old mother of five clutched a teary child to her hip as she described the sudden horror of the storm.“I’ve never seen anything like this,” she said, barefoot, a cooking pot bubbling nearby. “We were not warned. Suddenly the roof flew away.”She said she and neighbours in their home near the beach hurried their many children away but “we lost some of them.” Hers survived.Now they claim a patch of sidewalk among others newly homeless. They beg passers-by for aid. They say they have received nothing from the government or aid groups, “not even bread.”And yet she knows others have suffered more. She described seeing the ragged people who had been ferried by fishermen from communities outside the city. “They looked sad,” she said.The survivors from inland Mozambique arrived by the boatload, some 50 at a time, mostly children, witnesses said.“Some were wounded. Some were bleeding. Some had feet white like flour for being in the water for so long,” said Julia Castigo, who watched them arrive Friday morning.The 24-year-old said the cyclone came as a surprise to her, her husband and two children. It blew away the roof, the door, the windows. Water filled the home.She looked resigned. “We survived. We’re still here,” she said simply.Additional reporting from Assocaited Press  36 Comments 9,690 Views By Adam Daly Share1167 Tweet Email Survivors of Cyclone Idai in a makeshift shelter by the roadside near Nhamatanda about 50 kilometres from Beira, in Mozambique Source: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi via PA ImagesIn Mozambique, thousands of people were making a grim voyage toward the city of Beira, which although 90% destroyed has become a centre for frantic rescue efforts throughout the region.Some walked along roads carved away by the raging waters a week ago. Others, hundreds of them, were ferried in an extraordinary makeshift effort by local fishermen who plucked stranded people from small islands.Helicopters set off into the rain for another day of efforts to find people clinging to rooftops and trees.For those who reach Beira with their few remaining possessions, life is grim. Waterborne diseases are a growing concern as water and sanitation systems were largely destroyed.“The situation is simply horrendous, there is no other way to describe it,” As Sy said after touring transit camps for the growing number of displaced. Survivors of Cyclone Idai in a makeshift shelter by the roadside near Nhamatanda about 50 kilometres from Beira, in Mozambique, Image: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi THE IRISH GOVERNMENT has announced it is giving over €1 million in funding to support the thousands of people affected by Cyclone Idai in southern Africa. Tánaiste, Simon Coveney, and Minister of International Development Ciarán Cannon made the announcement today offering their deepest sympathies to everyone impacted by the “truly shocking” disaster. “Rapid assessments, including through EU satellite imagery, have highlighted the vast scale of humanitarian need, which is only likely to grow in the coming days and weeks. It is vital therefore that we step up our international response.“That is why, in addition to our contributions to the UN relief efforts, I am pleased that Ireland will contribute at least €1,050,000 to help those most gravely affected,” Coveney said in a statement. A week after Tropical Cyclone Idai lashed Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi, flood waters have begun to recede in parts, adding fears the death toll could soar as bodies are revealed.The number of deaths could be beyond the 1,000 predicted by Mozambique’s president earlier this week, said Elhadj As Sy, the secretary-general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent SocietiesIn addition to worries about the number of dead, As Sy told The Associated Press that the humanitarian needs are great.“They are nowhere near the scale and magnitude of the problem,” As Sy said. “And I fear we will be seeing more in the weeks and months ahead, and we should brace ourselves.” A man passes through a section of the road damaged by Cyclone Idai in Nhamatanda about 50 kilometres from Beira, in Mozambique Source: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi via PA ImagesMinister Ciarán Cannon described the disaster as one of the “worst weather-related disasters ever experienced in Africa,” adding that Ireland’s response will be crucial over the coming days in order to minimise the loss of life. https://jrnl.ie/4556276 last_img read more


Opinion Independent Ireland was established through violent revolution there were few peacemakers

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first_img By Caoimhín De Barra 82 Comments IN AN ARTICLE last week, the Irish Times journalist Kathy Sheridan commented that during the 1916 commemorations on Easter Sunday at the GPO, she felt a nagging sense that:“In this street named after the Liberator, a man able to summon up crowds of hundreds of thousands and fire them up without drawing a drop of blood, surely another way could be envisaged to commemorate all those remarkable figures of peace.”She was referring to Henry Grattan, Daniel O’Connell, Charles Stewart Parnell and John Redmond who she says helped to deliver Irish nationhood while also being “figures of peace”. This quote perfectly demonstrates the uneasy relationship many people in Ireland have with our violent past.Independent Ireland was established through violent revolution. And as soon as it came into existence, the majority of those revolutionaries immediately tried to overthrow it.With the IRA leadership claiming to be the ‘legitimate’ government of Ireland for most of the twentieth century, the political establishment in Ireland has always found it a bit awkward to explain why the violence between 1916 and 1921 was right and proper but any further attempts at revolution were (and are) morally wrong.Instead, it has been much more comfortable embracing as its historical heroes those who fought for Ireland with words rather than bullets.Henry Grattan, Daniel O’Connell, Charles Stewart Parnell and John Redmond have been imagined as champions of nonviolent resistance; Irish equivalents of Martin Luther King.Nothing better demonstrates how eager some people are to place them at the centre of Irish history than the fact that Dublin City Council erected posters of the four men together as part of the centenary commemoration events for the Easter Rising.Three of the men had died during the century before the Rising and the fourth was bitterly opposed to it. Clearly, the message was that these people are more appropriate historical role models for the people of Ireland than gunmen like Pearse and Connolly.But looking at the history of the four men, one quickly realizes that it requires a selective historical memory to depict them as the pacifist forefathers of the modern Irish state.Three of them (Parnell excepted) were devoted subjects of the British monarchy and the extent of their political ambitions was local autonomy under the governance of the crown.There is nothing wrong with that, but it makes it rather complicated to imagine them as blazing a trail for the independent Irish republic that eventually emerged.Even more problematic, however, is the idea that Grattan, O’Connell, Parnell, and Redmond were “remarkable figures of peace”. In reality, violence played a considerable role in generating the political power they wielded.Let us start with Henry Grattan, who succeeded in winning legislative independence for all of Ireland.In the years between 1782 and 1800, for the only time in its history, Ireland was ruled by a single parliament – albeit one that was deeply unrepresentative of the population in general.How did Grattan achieve such a feat? Bluntly, at gunpoint.The Irish Volunteers had been established in 1778 to ward off the threat of a French invasion but turned their attention to removing the influence of Westminster on the Irish parliament. Grattan declared the independence of this body with thousands of Volunteers lined up in formation on College Green.It was the implicit threat of violence that forced the British government, weary from war in its American colonies, to concede the demand.Daniel O’Connell is also a difficult fit for the label ‘man of peace’. For a start, he shot and killed a man in a duel. Not exactly a Gaelic Gandhi then.More importantly, though O’Connell’s political power stemmed from his ability to organise massive meetings that carried the threat of disorder.He often walked a fine line in his speeches with regard to violent rhetoric. He told one audience in Mallow, in 1843 “Gentlemen, you may soon have the alternative to live as slaves or die as free men”.The phrase “England’s difficulty is Ireland’s opportunity” has also been attributed to O’Connell.It is true that O’Connell often denounced the use of violence. However, in his correspondence, there are strong hints that O’Connell rejected violence to achieve his aims because he believed such efforts would fail – rather than because he held a moral objection to bloodshed.Charles Stewart Parnell is another Irish historical figure who doesn’t fit easily into the pacifist mould. In the 1870s, Parnell forged an informal alliance with leading Fenians with a view to increasing the pressure on the British government.As president of the Irish National Land League during the Land War, Parnell was always reluctant to condemn the rural unrest across Ireland because it directly benefited him and his political goals.More evidence of his ambiguity on violence was the fact that Parnell rarely denounced the Fenian dynamite campaign of the 1880s. Perhaps not surprisingly, when Parnell began to openly court the support of Fenians after the split in the Irish Parliamentary Party in 1890, many were willing to rush to his side.Was John Redmond a “remarkable figure of peace”? I would question whether such a label is appropriate. This is due to the fact that Redmond campaigned for Irish men to join the British army when the First World War broke out in 1914.“No people can be said to have rightly proved their nationhood and their power to maintain it until they have demonstrated their military prowess,” he said – as he urged the people of Ireland to go off to war.Of course, Redmond was encouraging violence on behalf of the state, not against it. The political establishment in Ireland has always been comfortable in accepting the legitimacy of that.In the midst of the centenary commemorations of our independence, it is inevitable that difficult questions will be asked about the role of violence in achieving it.It is important that we don’t judge the events of the Irish revolution against fictional, sanitised versions of the Irish past.Caoimhín De Barra is an author and assistant professor of history at Gonzaga University, Washington. His new book Gaeilge: A Radical Revolution is out now published by Currach Press.  Wednesday 15 May 2019, 7:00 AM Opinion: Independent Ireland was established through violent revolution – there were few peacemakers It is important that we don’t judge the events of the Irish revolution against fictional, sanitised versions of the Irish past, writes Caoimhín De Barra. May 15th 2019, 7:01 AM Short URL Assistant professor of history, Gonzaga University, Washington Caoimhín De Barra 16,551 Views Share65 Tweet Email3 https://jrnl.ie/4634802 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


Blood spatter expert says evidence suggests Ana was struck a number of

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first_img No Comments THE MURDER TRIAL of Ana Kriegel has heard from a blood spatter expert who said the evidence suggests she was struck a number of times as she lay on the ground of a derelict farmhouse where her body was later found. John Hoade is a DNA and blood pattern analysis expert from Forensic Science Ireland. He attended the scene at Glenwood House a day after 14-year-old girl’s body was found, where he conducted a number of tests. He said he observed there was impact spatter and cast-off blood staining and saturated blood staining in a corner of room to the left where Ana’s body was found. He said there was also a blood swipe pattern. Hoade explained that this could have been by the transfer of blood from a blood-bearing surface to another surface.The blood spatter expert explained that a cast-off pattern is very often found when someone is assaulted with a weapon. He told the court that the blood will travel along the weapon and would be transferred onto surfaces nearby. Two boys, known as Boy A and Boy B, have pleaded not guilty to Ana’s murder. Boy A has also been charged with aggravated sexual assault – a charge he also denies.It is being alleged by the prosecution that Boy A murdered Ana and sexually assaulted her. It is the prosecution’s case that Boy B assisted the murder and knew what was going to happen.Hoade told the court that the carpet in the room in Glenwood House had been saturated with blood. The jury has previously heard that the house was in very poor condition and there was debris in many of the rooms. Some of the roofing had also collapsed in places.In his evidence to the court, Hoade said that the impact spatter and cast off patterns indicated to him that Ana was struck several times as she lay on the floor. He added that the saturation pattern on the carpet told him that her body lay in this position for a period of time before being moved to another part of the room.  Hoade also told the court that there was evidence that Ana was struck a number of times while she was standing up. He said that this was due to blood spatter patterns being found on areas of the wall higher up than the other blood evidence which suggested she was struck while on the ground. Clothes taken Earlier this morning, the court heard from Detective Garda Gabriel Newton who had interactions with boy Boy A and Boy B during investigations. She was initially dealing with the alleged assault suffered by Boy A in the park on the day of Ana’s disappearance.Newton said she requested the clothing Boy A was wearing and said it was important she did so as there could be traces of the attackers’ DNA which could have been transferred to his clothing during the assault. The court was then shown the clothes Boy A had been wearing on the day. His iPhone was also taken as evidence. Detective Garda Newton said she also called to the home of Boy B a number of hours after Ana’s body was found. She had arranged this meeting prior to the discovery of Ana’s body.The clothes worn by Boy B on the day were also handed over with the permission of his parents.The trial continues. Short URL Share2 Tweet Email 32,099 Views Tuesday 14 May 2019, 2:33 PM https://jrnl.ie/4633634 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article May 14th 2019, 2:33 PM By Garreth MacNamee Blood spatter expert says evidence suggests Ana was struck a number of times while lying on floor Two boys have pleaded not guilty to Ana’s murder.last_img read more