A media guide to the Oscar Pistorius trial

first_imgRecent media reports on the Oscar Pistorius murder trial. Clockwise from top left: The New York Times, News24, The Guardian, The Mail & Guardian, City Press, and Sky News.Shamin ChibbaParalympian athlete Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial, set to start on Monday 3 March, is a landmark case for the media. A groundbreaking court ruling makes it the first time in South African history a criminal trial will be broadcast live on TV, instantly streamed via audio apps, and live-tweeted to the world.Jump to:South African justice system ‘moving with the times’Oscar Pistorius Twitter feed and websiteConditions imposed on the mediaMain players in the trialTelevision coverageAudio coverage: radio and streaming appsLinks to streaming audio appsFollowing the trial on TwitterOn Tuesday 25 February Gauteng judge president Dunstan Mlambo ruled in favour of an application by Multichoice and Eyewitness News to broadcast the trial. It will be shown on two news channels on satellite TV service DStv, as well as on eNews Channel Africa (eNCA) and a special channel under the banner of MNet’s investigative programme Carte Blanche. But the judge ruled that only certain parts of the trial – the opening and closing arguments, expert witness testimony, judgment and sentencing – may be broadcast on TV. Radio broadcaster Eyewitness News, eNCA and Multichoice will, however, be allowed full audio coverage of the trial.Under Mlambo’s ruling, Multichoice must provide a free feed to other television channels. According the Associated Press, the broadcasts may also be made available to international stations through a sharing agreement.Pistorius is facing charges of premeditated murder and the illegal possession of ammunition after shooting Reeva Steenkamp, his girlfriend, to death through the closed bathroom door in his house on 14 February 2013. He claimed to have mistaken her for an intruder. In December last year two additional charges were added to the trial, for separate incidents of illegally discharging a firearm through the sunroof of a car, and under a table at a restaurant.South African justice system ‘moving with the times’George Mazarakis, executive editor for the Carte Blanche channel, said in an interview with AFP that judge Mlambo’s ruling set a precedent and was a victory for open justice. “We are thrilled that the South African judiciary has matured to this ground-breaking decision. It is a seminal moment and will make South African television and legal history as visual access of this nature has never before been granted in a South African court.”Eyewitness News editor-in-chief Katy Katopodis said in her web column that the ruling was a sign the justice system was moving with the times. She said the live broadcast of the trial will simply be an extension of the live tweeting reporters do when covering court cases. The broadcast, she said, would be no different from the principle of open justice, under which any person was allowed to walk into a courtroom and listen to a case.Normal witnesses can refuse consent to have their testimony broadcast, Katopodis said. “We can, however, have the testimony of witnesses who are expert witnesses, whose job essentially it is to give testimony in court cases like this.”In the hearing, Pistorius’ lawyers argued that television cameras in the courtroom would prevent him from having a fair trial. They said the broadcast of witness evidence may allow tailoring, fabrication and adaption of evidence.But Mlambo said the trial is in the public interest and having cameras in the courtroom would ensure a greater number of people, especially those unable to attend the proceedings, would be able to follow it wherever they may be. “Particularly those who are poor and who have found it difficult to access the justice system, they should have a first-hand account of the proceedings involving a local and international icon.”Oscar Pistorius Twitter feed and websiteMeanwhile, Pistorius’ public relations team has launched a Twitter account – @OscarHardTruth – which it claims will reveal the truth about the shooting.Pistorius’ family has also made the decision to turn his official website, once used to chronicle his exploits on the track and his charitable activities, into a news website featuring the latest developments in his trial, and a space for messages of support.The website states that it will provide the opportunity for the media to make enquiries or requests, but the family may not always respond or comment because of legal reasons.Conditions imposed on the mediaJudge Mlambo’s ruling has been hailed as a victory for media freedom, but he did impose a number of conditions to ensure broadcasters would not interfere with proceedings. These include:The presiding judge, Thokozile Masipa, will specifically direct when recording should start and when it should stop.No recordings of personal legal discussions and private conversations are allowed.No recordings when the court is not in session.Three small, unmanned spy cameras must be fitted to the courtroom at least 72 hours before the trial starts. The cameras must be installed in such a way that they do not interfere with proceedings. No camera operators will be allowed in the courtroom to control equipment, to prevent disruptions.Close-ups are not permitted.Mlambo allowed the opening argument for state and defence, expert evidence, and the testimony of police and all consenting state witnesses to be broadcasted.Print media will be allowed to take still photographs of the trial. Two cameras are allowed, but flash photography is not permitted.No cabling is allowed on the floor of the courtroom.Where concerns are raised about video coverage, final authority rests with the presiding judge.Prosecution witnesses may elect to have their testimony withheld from video cameras.Main players in the trialCome Monday, all cameras will be focused on Pistorius. But little is known about the other role-players in the trial, namely the presiding judge, Thokozile Masipa, prosecuting lawyer, Gerrie Nel, and Pistorius’s lawyer, Barry Roux.The judge: Thokozile MasipaSince becoming a high court judge in 1998, Thokozile Masipa has distinguished herself in three major trials. According to the Mail & Guardian, she threw out a R85-million unfair dismissal lawsuit against Eskom brought by former Eskom chief executive Jacob Moroga. She also presided over the City vs Occupiers case, in which she maintained that the City of Johannesburg had failed to fulfil its obligations to find alternative accommodation for squatters threatened with eviction from old warehouses in Berea. And in 2011, she had handed serial rapist and robber Shepherd Moyo a 252-year sentence after a two-year crime spree.A former crime reporter, Masipa was the second black woman to be appointed to the bench after Constitutional Court judge Yvonne Mokgoro.The prosecutor: Gerrie NelAdvocate Gerrie Nel is a state prosecutor for the National Prosecuting Authority. He previously headed the Gauteng division of the Directorate of Special Operations, also known as the Scorpions. In 2010, he successfully prosecuted Jackie Selebi, the former South African Police Services commissioner, who was found guilty of corruption and handed a 15-year prison sentence.The defence lawyer: Barry RouxSenior advocate Barry Roux has won out in a number of high-profile cases, including tax charges against mining magnate Roger Kebble, the father of politically connected murder victim Brett Kebble. At Pistorius’ bail hearing, Roux’s masterful cross-examination skills helped secure the athlete’s release on a R1-million bond. According to the Mail & Guardian, his sharp questioning may have changed the course of the case.The detective: Vineshkumar MoonooCase investigator lieutenant-general Vineshkumar Moonoo was appointed as the head of the Pistorius murder investigation after detective Hilton Botha resigned from the police in March 2013. Police commissioner Riah Phiyega has described him as the “top detective in the South African Police Service”. He has led a number of high-profile investigations, including the 250 robberies where suspects wore police uniforms and used blue-light vehicles, and the bombing of Czech businessperson Radovan Krejcir’s gold dealership in Bedfordview, Johannesburg.WitnessesThere are 107 witnesses listed for the trial from friends and neighbours to security guards at the Silverwoods Country Estate, where the shooting took place.Pistorius’ ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor will testify for the prosecution. She has claimed to have witnessed the runner angrily fire a gun through the sunroof of his car after being stopped at a police roadblock. After they broke up, her mother, Trish Taylor, reportedly posted on Facebook that she was glad Samantha was “out of the clutches of that man”. The alleged comments were later removed. Trish will also take the stand at the trial.Christo Menelaou, Pistorius’s neighbour at Silverwoods, will also testify. In a Drum magazine article, he claimed to have woken up startled by what sounded like three thunderclaps at eight minutes past three in the morning. An hour later, when he went to the bathroom, he peered outside and saw blue and red lights flashing outside Pistorius’s house.Television coverageThe Carte Blanche channel will feature interviews with expert guests from around the world, including US criminal defence attorney Robert Shapiro, famous for his successful defence of murder accused OJ Simpson in 1995. Also on the panel will be senior legal experts, psychologists, social commentators, social media analysts, American forensic experts, and police consultants to hit crime-TV shows such as Dexter.Multichoice said the current editorial team for Carte Blanche will cover the trial for its special channel. They include journalists Derek Watts, John Webb, Bongani Bingwa and Devi Sankaree Govender. Also on the team will be social media lawyer Emma Sadleir, radio talk show host Leigh Bennie, legal journalist and radio talk show host David O’Sullivan, and former BBC presenter Subniv Babuta.According to eNCA group news editor Ben Said, the station will cover large parts of the trial in much the same way as Carte Blanche. Karyn Maughan and Annika Larsen will be the correspondents on site. The channel will consult a number of experts to analyse the trial but Said did not provide any names. “We have lined up both local and overseas justice criminal experts, forensic experts and legal experts.”Audio coverage: radio and streaming appsWhile TV coverage will be slightly limited, the full trial will be available on radio and streaming audio. Eyewitness News, part of the Primedia group that owns the stations Talk Radio 702, 567 CapeTalk, 94.7 Highveld Stereo and 94.5 Kfm, will provide the public with a continuous audio feed of the trial, accompanied by analysis.The feed will be available, for free, via streaming apps – both iOS and Android – provided by the four Primedia radio stations.An extra pop-up station positioned as “Gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Oscar Pistorius trial” will stream audio from the courtroom live each day from 09h00 to 16h00. This will be available on all four stations’ websites, free of charge. David O’Sullivan and Gushwell Brooks, who both have legal backgrounds, will present the show. Primedia said it would make copies of the daily audio streams available to international listeners across different time zones.Links to streaming audio apps94.5 Kfm: Apple • Android94.7 Highveld Stereo: Apple • Android567 CapeTalk: Apple • AndroidTalk Radio 702: Apple • AndroidFor further information and updates, visit Eyewitness News, Talk Radio 702, 567 CapeTalk, 94.7 Highveld Stereo and 94.5 Kfm.Following the trial on TwitterBarry BatemanEyewitness News Pretoria correspondent Barry Bateman will cover the trial for Primedia’s radio stations, and live-tweet it as it unfolds. Bateman was one of the first to report the case on Twitter, sending his follower count up by over 100 000 in the week after Steenkamp’s death. Bateman is also co-author, with his colleague Mandy Wiener, of a forthcoming book about the case. Follow him @barrybateman.Talk Radio 702Gushwell Brooks: @GushwellBrooksDavid O’Sullivan: @702David eNCAAnnika Larsen: @AnnikaLarsen1Karyn Maughan: @karynmaughanCarte BlancheCarte Blanche: @carteblanchetvDerek Watts: @DerekWatts Bongani Bingwa: @bonglez Devi Sankaree-Govender: @Devi_SGOscar PistoriusOscar Pistorius’s public relations team: @OscarHardTruthlast_img read more

Using the Track Select Forward Tool in DaVinci Resolve 15

first_imgLearning a new application can mean spending hours stumped by usability issues. Here’s one we found in Resolve — and how to fix it.Every so often, we run across an issue that doesn’t have an apparent answer, partly because we’re not too sure what’s causing the problem. There’s one issue in Resolve that, when I was new to the platform, boggled me for hours, and that’s selecting multiple clips at once from the playheads position using the track select forward shortcut.If familiar with Premiere Pro, you’re likely familiar with this button:It’s the handy Track Select Tool, which allows you to move the contents of an entire track forward from the position of the playhead. You can also move multiple tracks by holding shift and selecting a different track. It’s an efficient way of moving multiple clips on numerous tracks forward or backward, without selecting all clips. As is the case in Resolve, if we were to select all clips (Ctrl+A) in the image below, we would be unable to move the clips back because track one already has clips that reach the start of the timeline, which acts as a wall.However, if we were to track-select Video 2 and Audio 1 and 2, we could then move all clips back to the desired position.We could, in theory, also hold shift and highlight the desired clips across the tracks to move them backward or forward. However, if you have a long timeline with multiple clips, that’s a recipe for disaster. I could happily sing the praises of Resolve’s user interface and design mechanics all day long. It’s very user-friendly, but every so often, I do run into a feature that could perform better. Selecting clips forward and backward is the heel today.In Resolve, we don’t exactly have a tool icon to select, nor is it available using the trim tool, but you can perform the operation by using a keyboard shortcut — which is Y or Ctrl+Y to select all clips back from the playhead position. However, as you can see in the GIF below, look what happens when I hit Y and Ctrl+Y after selecting the track region I want to move forward:The clips on the track above become selected, and the clips on track one, the track I selected, have been omitted from the process. This is because the track above is currently the designated video track, meaning if I were to insert a clip from the source viewer, it would appear on the secondary track. We can see that it’s the destination track because of the orange square active on the track header. So, even though I have selected track one because it’s not the active destination track, the select clips forward function does not work the way I need it to. To move the clips forward for the first video track, which is confusingly also called V1, you have to change the destination track — which you can do so by selecting the V1 button.A secondary issue when using these shortcuts is when you want to move clips forward from all tracks, which you do by pressing Alt+Y, or Ctrl+ALT+Y to select all tracks backward from your position. One would think that as you’re selecting all the tracks, there wouldn’t be an issue with having a designated video track as you’re selecting multiple. Yet, as you can see below, when hitting Alt+Y, only the clips from the one video track are selected.Why is this? Well, unlike having an active video track destination, this is now a result of autoselect (if you are unfamiliar with autoselect, you can read about that feature here). In the example, you can see that I don’t have autoselect active on any of the tracks. Therefore, to track-select all tracks, I need to activate autoselect. At first, this seems like a hindrance. However, it was designed this way — if you need to select all tracks except two, you can omit those two tracks by deselecting autoselect.So, the tl;dr:To change the track that you want to use the track select tool on, you have to change the designated video or audio track.To select multiple tracks, you have to turn autoselect on. Lewis McGregor is a certified DaVinci Resolve Trainer.Looking for more articles on DaVinci Resolve? Check these out.DaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — The Edit ToolsDaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — The Edit PageDaVinci Resolve 15 Video Crash Course — The Media PageColor Grading: Working with the Hue vs. Curves in DaVinci ResolveRevive Your Footage With Resolve 15’s Automatic Dirt Repair and Dust Buster Toolslast_img read more

Germany wins Davis Cup tie against Australia

first_imgJokic hits go-ahead triple, Nuggets take down Warriors Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s tough to go out there and not be able to put in your best performance.” He also returned well, getting many of Kyrgios’s thunderbolts back in play and then winning the battle from the back of the court.“It’s awesome, it’s an amazing feeling and without my teammates it wouldn’t have been possible,” Zverev said.“Obviously we’re happy but hopefully this is just the beginning for us.”Kyrgios went into the match full of expectation after an impressive win over Jan-Lennard Struff in Friday’s opening singles.Zverev, on the other hand, had looked out of touch on Friday and was pushed for almost four hours before seeing off 18-year-old Alex de Minaur in five sets.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ But following the Germans’ win in the doubles on Saturday to give them a 2-1 lead, all the pressure was on Kyrgios, who had to win to keep the tie alive.The mercurial Australian opened brilliantly, holding his serve to love much to the delight of the boisterous home crowd.But that was almost as good as it got for the Australian team, as Kyrgios lost two of his next three service games to surrender the opening set in just 23 minutes.Kyrgios appeared troubled by an elbow problem in the first set and it became more noticeable in the second, the Australian often shaking his right arm between points.He served better in the second set, firing down eight aces, but at 4-3 he had a medical timeout for treatment on his arm.The Australian continued to serve well and had two set points on Zverev’s serve at 6-5, but the German saved both then played a superb tiebreak to take a stranglehold on the rubber.Once Zverev broke to go ahead 3-1 the result was never really in doubt and at 2-5, Kyrgios was broken again to give Germany the tie. Kyrgios said he felt a problem with his elbow after Friday’s match.“It obviously affected me a lot,” a downcast Kyrgios said.“My serve is my biggest strength — I mean I thought he played great today — but my serve was not really there and that affects the rest of my game.center_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “(To win) against a very strong Australian team makes us very confident for the next round, for the upcoming years,” German captain Michael Kohlmann said.“We showed we have a lot of good players, a lot of strong players.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We showed that we are able to go further than this.”Zverev served beautifully throughout, only facing two break points in the match, both at the end of the second set and both of which he saved. FILE – Germany’s Tim Puetz, right, plays a shot past Australia’s Matt Ebden, left, in the doubles match between Germany and Australia at the Davis Cup World Group first round in Brisbane, Australia, Saturday, Feb.3, 2018. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)German number one Alexander Zverev beat Nick Kyrgios in straight sets to give his country a 3-1 win over Australia in their Davis Cup World Group tie in Brisbane on Sunday.Zverev produced some superb tennis to down Kyrgios 6-2, 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 in one hour, 48 minutes and put Germany into a quarter-final against either Spain or Great Britain.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Tigresses lead BVR Ilocos leg champs

first_imgUST’s Cherry Rondina gets one over San Beda’s defense in the Beach Volleyball Republic. Contributed Photo.University of Santo Tomas turned back San Beda, 21-12, 21-14, over the weekend to rule the Beach Volleyball Republic on Tour women’s university division in Playa Tropical Currimao, Ilocos Norte.Tigresses Cherry Rondina and Ma. Cecilia Bangad defeated the Red Lioness’ pair of Iza and Ella Viray for the title.ADVERTISEMENT In the men’s university division, Malaysians Mohd Aizzat Zorki and Raja Nazmi Hussin turned back Far Easter University, 21-14, 21-18, to emerge champions in the event that has the Inquirer as media partner.“This leg had indeed the most competitive lineup of teams,” said BVR founder Charo Soriano. “We had teams from Malaysia and Hong Kong and they showcased their world-class athleticism against our local talent.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingCebu’s Jade Becaldo and Rommel Pepito gutted their way out of an opening set loss before turning back Hong Kong’s Giovanni Musillo and Brian Nordberg, 18-21, 21-14, 23-21, to top the men’s open class.The winning pairs received P50,000 in the event sponsored by Nestea, Smart, NLEX/SCTEX and Rebisco, among others. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Mike mopes for Jason in the Byron Nelson LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Organizers also held a volleyball clinic for young enthusiasts in Ilocos Norte as part of the group’s “Sandroots” advocacy.“We want to be able to give the kids a chance to learn from the best coaches that we have in beach volleyball,” said Soriano.“In the end, it’s really about teaching and sharing the passion we have one province at a time,” said BVR’s Bea Tan.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more