Five fingerprints belonging to republican terrorist John Downey (pictured outside the Old Bailey in 2014), 67, were found on two parking tickets in the Morris Marina car used in the 1982 Hyde Park bombing There is 'no question whatsoever' that the fingerprints of John Downey, a prime IRA suspect in the 1982 Hyde Park bombing, were on car park tickets linked to the explosion which killed four Royal Household Cavalrymen, an expert has said. Fingerprints belonging to republican terrorist John Downey, 67, were found on two parking tickets in the Morris Marina car that exploded and caused the 'cold-blooded killing' of British soldiers 37 years ago, a High Court in London heard. The Marina had been bought the week before the attack on July 20, 1982 at a car auction in Enfield by a man with an Irish accent who gave false details, according to a court document. Now, fingerprint expert Stephen Hughes has told the court that the quality of the five … [Read more...] about ‘No question whatsoever’ that IRA Hyde Park blast suspect John Downey’s fingerprints are on car park tickets linked to bomb that killed four soldiers, civil trial hears
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A mum was left furious after her £150 car seat was destroyed on a Jet2 flight back home from a family holiday. Faye Hatton, 34, had landed at Birmingham Airport on Wednesday morning after enjoying a break in Turkey. However when she arrived in the UK she discovered that her Maxi-Cosi Pebble car seat had been broken, Birmingham Live reports . The mum lifted the rear baby seat only to discover the straps had been cut making it unsafe for use. She says the options were to either take a taxi back home or use an old car seat which another passenger had left behind at the airport. The mum-of-three claims the car seat offered to her by the airline was manufactured in 2009. The Royal Society For the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) told BirminghamLive it would align with the advice provided by Good Egg Safety which says car seats should not be used for more than 6-10 years. Jet2holidays has now confirmed that an investigation has taken place into the make and model of the car which … [Read more...] about Mum’s fury as £150 car seat is destroyed on Jet2 flight back home from holiday
In the manicured grounds of a public library in Chandler, Arizona, Liisa Walimaa is waiting for a robot to take her to Macy’s. For a year Walimaa has been a participant in a closely guarded experiment being run by Waymo, a division of Alphabet (née Google), in this suburb of Phoenix that could change the face of global transportation on a scale unseen since we ditched horses for cars. Automated vehicles offer the promise of fewer road fatalities, cheaper rides and greater mobility for the blind and otherwise disabled. They could also cost millions of jobs, threaten public transport spending and upend insurance. Technology companies may love to talk about “disruption”, but what is happening in Chandler is genuinely worthy of the word. There have been setbacks (there will be more) and progress has been slower than first promised, but Walimaa thinks that in five or 10 years, autonomous vehicles will be as viable an option as taking a bike, calling a regular taxi or … [Read more...] about ‘I’m so done with driving’: is the robot car revolution finally near?
Waymo, Google’s self-driving car division, has acquired the Oxford artificial intelligence company Latent Logic for an undisclosed amount, giving Waymo its first presence in the UK. Latent Logic, a spinout company from the University of Oxford, specialises in “imitation learning”, teaching machines how to act by showing them examples of humans doing the same actions. It was founded in 2017 by the academics Shimon Whiteson and João Messias. Waymo hopes the company’s expertise can be put to use teaching AI drivers how to deal with complex behaviour such as a car cutting off another at a roundabout, a pedestrian emerging from a parked car, or a cyclist skidding in rain. “The team’s expertise in reinforcement learning and imitation learning can help further accelerate Waymo’s progress in areas from simulation to behaviour prediction and planning,” the company said in a statement. The Alphabet subsidiary is also intending to use its new … [Read more...] about Google’s self-driving car project buys British AI firm Latent Logic
Belfast Crown Court has heard witness accounts in relation to the murder of a man near Dungannon, County Tyrone, on 31 May 1998.Francis Lanigan, 55, from Belfast, denies murdering 22-year-old John Stephen Knocker outside the former Glengannon Hotel.He was extradited from Dublin last January, where he had been living under an assumed name for more than 15 years.The prosecution claims the murder was a revenge attack.Mr Lanigan also denies possession of a 9mm Browning pistol.The witnesses told Belfast Crown Court of hearing "bangs, like fireworks" after seeing a man in a red top being chased by a man in grey.The prosecution claim the man in grey was Mr Lanigan.Various witnesses told the judge, Mr Justice Horner, sitting alone without a jury in the Diplock-style trial, of seeing a disturbance, a scuffle involving two men, before the man in the red top, said to be Mr Knocker, ran from the hotel car park followed by the man in grey.A former Ulsterbus driver, at the hotel to collect a group … [Read more...] about Francis Lanigan trial: Witnesses recall hotel car park shooting