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BREAKING: Oscar Pistorius Jailed for five years for shooting and killing model Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

BREAKING: Oscar Pistorius Jailed for five years for shooting and killing model Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Oscar Pistorius & the now deceased girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

 

South Africa: Judge Thokozile Masipa sent the 27-year-old to prison despite his lawyers arguing that he should be sentenced to a house arrest Oscar Pistorius was today jailed for five after shooting his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through his bathroom door.

Judge Thokozile Masipa sent the 27-year-old Paralympian to prison despite his lawyers arguing that he should be sentenced to a house arrest.

Pistorius was found guilty last month of culpable homicide for killing Reeva – and last week prosecutors said he should be jailed for at least ten years.

Despite being jailed today however, Pistorius can still rely on the support from his family.

Carl and Aimee Pistorius said they would support their famous brother, “regardless of the outcome” of today’s hearing.

In an interview with ITV News, Aimee Pistorius said last night: “I do not doubt my brother at all. I have the privileged position of knowing his strengths and his faults, as you do when you are close as we are.
“When I first heard what happened my first reaction was shock and devastation and extreme heartache.
“My first thoughts were that – knowing my brother, the kind of person he is and his fears – he must have thought it was an intruder.

“(I thought that) before I even knew any of the facts. I saw two people who really just adored each other and had a fantastic friendship.
They were a good match, they were both strong people.”

Carl Pistorius told ITV: “We cannot speculate ahead of sentencing. But what I do know for certain is that regardless of the outcome the three of us will stand together and continue to stand together like we always have.
“Oscar is genuine. What you see is what you get – he’s real.”

Pistorius killed his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day 2013 when he shot through the bathroom door and into Ms Steenkamp.
The athlete, who had his legs amputated as a baby, said he thought he was firing at intruders.

Courtesy of WWW.MIRROR.CO.UK

 
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Kenya – Raila says Africa’s economic statistics misleading and poverty a threat to stability

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Nation

Raila Odinga says poverty is a threat to stability of African countries

Statistics showing high rates of economic growth in Africa are misleading, Cord leader Raila Odinga has said.

Cord leader Raila Odinga address journalists at Capitol Hill Square in Nairobi on July 23, 2014. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL  NATION MEDIA GROUP

NEW HAVEN, USA
Statistics showing high rates of economic growth in Africa are misleading unless they include measurements of how that growth is distributed within a society, Cord leader Raila Odinga said in the US on Thursday.

Mr Odinga said Africa has some of the most unequal societies in the world.

“We must begin paying attention to people struggling at the…

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Posted by on October 20, 2014 in General News

 

WHO says ebola could lead to failed states in West Africa

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BBC

The Ebola epidemic threatens the “very survival” of societies and could lead to failed states, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.

The outbreak, which has killed some 4,000 people in West Africa, has led to a “crisis for international peace and security”, WHO head Margaret Chan said.

She also warned of the cost of panic “spreading faster than the virus”.

Meanwhile, medics have largely ignored a strike call in Liberia, the centre of the deadliest-ever Ebola outbreak.

Nurses and medical assistants had been urged to strike over danger money and conditions. However, most were working as normal on Monday, the BBC’s Jonathan Paye-Layleh in Monrovia said.

File photo: A Liberian burial squad carry the body of an Ebola victim in Marshall, Margini county, Liberia, 25 September 2014More than 4,000 people have died during the Ebola outbreak

A union official said the government had coerced workers – but the government said it had simply asked them to be reasonable.

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Posted by on October 20, 2014 in General News

 

UN says ebola winning the race

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BBC

‘Ebola winning the race,’ says UN official Anthony Banbury

Health workers spray themselves with chlorine disinfectants after removing the body a woman who died of Ebola virus in the Aberdeen district of Freetown, Sierra Leone, on 14 October 2014. The World Health Organization says the number of cases – including deaths – could top 9,000 this week

The UN’s Ebola mission chief says the world is falling behind in the race to contain the virus, with thousands of new cases predicted by December.

“It is running faster than us, and it is winning the race,” Anthony Banbury told the UN Security Council.

Meanwhile, more questions are being asked in the US about how a nurse in Texas became infected with the virus.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says 4,447 people have died from the outbreak, mainly in West Africa.

Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea have been hardest hit by the outbreak, which began in December 2013 but was confirmed in March.

‘Unprecedented situation’

US President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that “the world as a whole is not doing…

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Posted by on October 20, 2014 in General News

 
 
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