Monday, 11 July 2016

Oscar Pistorius's sister 'grateful' for athlete's six-year sentence

Aimee Pistorius thanks judge Thokozile Masipa for recognising that ‘this is not a gender-based violence situation’

Oscar Pistorius holds his sister Aimee Pistorius as he leaves the High Court in Pretoria, on July 6, 2016 after beeing sentenced to six years in jail for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Oscar Pistorius holds his sister Aimee Pistorius as he leaves the High Court in Pretoria, on July 6, 2016 after beeing sentenced to six years in jail for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Photograph: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images

The sister of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius, who was sent back to jail for six years on Wednesday in what many viewed as a lenient sentence for murdering his girlfriend, has said that she was “grateful” to the judge.
Judge Thokozile Masipa has been criticised by women’s and other rights groups for accepting the defence argument that a lesser sentence than the 15-year minimum term sought by prosecutors was appropriate for the 2013 murder of Reeva Steenkamp.
“The thing I’m most grateful (for) and the thing I really appreciate is the emphasis she made to distinguish a difference between the facts and the truth in terms of this is not a gender-based violence situation,” Aimee Pistorius said in an interview with the eNCA television news channel.
“It’s a terrible accident where Oscar had no intention of shooting Reeva,” she said.
Pistorious fatally shot his girlfriend four times through a toilet door at his Pretoria home and has already served 12 months in prison, but the original manslaughter conviction was increased to murder by the supreme court of appeal in December.
Pistorius claimed he fired four shots into the toilet on Valentine’s Day 2013 in the mistaken belief that an intruder was hiding behind it.
The former runner, who had the lower part of his legs amputated when he was a baby, was freed from prison last October after almost a year in prison.
He was to serve the remainder of the original five-year term under house arrest at his uncle’s house in a wealthy suburb of the South Africa capital.
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Widow of Nigerian man beaten to death in Italy granted refugee status

Italy debates how law must tackle racism as Chinyery Emmanuel is granted asylum after husband’s death

Emmanuel Chidi Namdi and his wife Chinyery Emmanuel.
Emmanuel Chidi Namdi and his wife, Chinyery Emmanuel. Photograph: Facebook

The wife of a Nigerian man beaten to death in Italy has been granted refugee status in Italy, as the country debates how society and lawmakers should respond to racism.
Italy’s interior ministry announced on Friday that Chinyery Emmanuel had been given asylum a day after her husband, Emmanuel Chidi Namdi, died from injuries sustained in the attack in Fermo, a small town in central Italy.
The couple had arrived in Europe from Libya last year, after reportedly fleeing the terrorist group Boko Haram in Nigeria, and were being hosted by the church community in Fermo.
They were walking in the town on Tuesday when an Italian man allegedly called Namdi’s wife a “monkey”. The episode ended violently with Namdi falling into a coma and dying in hospital the next day.
His wife has since been moved to alternative accommodation and is being cared for by a group of doctors and nuns. Speaking at a vigil for her husband, Chinyery Emmanuel said her life had been destroyed.
“God, where are you? Why do you leave me in this wicked world without Emmanuel? It’s very painful for me to stay,” she said.
An autopsy is due to be carried out on Friday and Namdi’s funeral is expected to take place on Sunday in the town’s cathedral.
A local man, Amedeo Mancini, 39, has been arrested. His lawyer, Francesco De Minicis, said Mancini felt pained and regretful about the incident.
De Minicis said: “He said that he’s not a fascist. He’s a very simple guy. He’s not studied … He’s not a well-off person.”
Paolo Calcinaro, the mayor of Fermo, said the town had a history of welcoming outsiders. He said: “This is a very calm place, from this point of view I’ve never come across racism. Now the community finds itself under the spotlight with negative publicity that is not justified.”
Recently church buildings have been hit by makeshift bombs, believed to be linked to the religious community hosting between 150 and 200 refugees and asylum-seekers.
An autopsy is due to be carried out on Friday and Namdi’s funeral is expected to take place on Sunday in the town’s cathedral.
A local man, Amedeo Mancini, 39, has been arrested. His lawyer, Francesco De Minicis, said Mancini felt pained and regretful about the incident.
De Minicis said: “He said that he’s not a fascist. He’s a very simple guy. He’s not studied … He’s not a well-off person.”
Paolo Calcinaro, the mayor of Fermo, said the town had a history of welcoming outsiders. He said: “This is a very calm place, from this point of view I’ve never come across racism. Now the community finds itself under the spotlight with negative publicity that is not justified.”
Recently church buildings have been hit by makeshift bombs, believed to be linked to the religious community hosting between 150 and 200 refugees and asylum-seekers.
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Father of Dallas shooting victim: 'All this fighting, all this racism must stop'

Patrick Zamarripa’s family recalls the Iraq war veteran and Dallas officer who embraced anti-police protesters and a life of service.

Patrick Zamarripa, one of the police officers shot dead in Dallas, Texas, pictured with his father Rick Zamarripa
Patrick Zamarripa, one of the police officers shot dead in Dallas, Texas, pictured with his father Rick Zamarripa Photograph: Family Photo


Even when he was out on patrols and too busy to chat, Patrick Zamarripa always made sure to text his father back.
“He would say ‘Dad, I’m ok, but I’ll call you later’,” his father, Rick, recalled in an interview at his home in Saginaw, about 40 miles west of Dallas.
Last Thursday evening, when Rick saw on the television news that some Dallas police officers had been shot, he dashed off a text message checking in on his beloved 32-year-old.
“And he never replied,” said Rick. “And that’s when I started feeling bad.”
Born in August 1983, Patrick grew up in Fort Worth and joined the US navy soon after graduating from Paschal High School in 2001. A few weeks later, terrorists attacked New York and Washington, and the future began to look different. His service would take him through three tours of Iraq as a military policeman.

About five years ago, having left the military, he decided to join the Dallas police department. According to Rick, his first assignment was Mesquite, the blue-collar suburb that was home to last week’s gunman Micah Johnson. Then he was transferred to the Oak Cliff section of the city, and then to downtown bike patrols about two months ago.
“After being in Iraq, he never spoke about policing being dangerous,” said Rick. “Maybe he thought about it in the back of his mind, but he was always positive, always hoping the best thing would happen.”
The best thing did happen in December 2013. Patrick’s wife, Kristy Villasenor, gave birth to their daughter, Lyncoln. “My new reason for for life,” Patrick said, as he posted a photograph of his new baby online.
Patrick already adored Kristy’s eight-year-old son, Dylan. “He loved him like a regular son, and Dylan loved him like a regular father,” said Rick. “They were real close.”
Together, they followed the Texas Rangers baseball team and would frequently take in games at Globe Life Park while decked out in Rangers gear. “I love my Country, Texas, Family, God, Friends, and Sports!” Patrick once wrote in an online posting. He once stopped Rangers players Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara in downtown Dallas – “I immediately became nervous,” Gallo recalled in a social media post – and the officer promptly asked for a picture.
“It was definitely a first for me and Nomar to have an officer, a true hero, want to meet us,” Gallo wrote.
In fact, Kristy was at the ballgame last Thursday night. At 9.55pm, she posted a picture to Facebook showing her view of the field and the matching red Converse low-top sneakers that she and young Lyncoln were wearing. The picture’s details listed Patrick as one of the subjects.
“Glad Pat is there and not in Dallas right now,” a friend commented under the picture. “He’s not here, I just tagged him so he’ll get the pic,” Kristy explained.
Unbeknownst to Kristy, about an hour earlier Johnson had begun firing an AR-15 rifle toward officers standing on downtown Dallas streets, where a peaceful demonstration was coming to an end with a march by protesters.
Patrick was one of five officers to be struck fatally. His Dallas city police colleagues Lorne Ahrens, Michael Smith and Michael Krol, along with Dart transport police officer Brent Thompson, also died. Seven other officers were wounded.
When a reply to his text message didn’t come, Rick called Kristy at the ballpark. She told him she would find out what she could, and let him know. “It was taking forever, so I called her back,” said Rick. Kristy had just got off the line with a friend and colleague of Patrick’s. “We need to get to Parkland hospital,” Kristy told him. “But they wouldn’t tell me anything.”
Rick and his wife, Marie, jumped in their car and hurtled eastbound along I-30. Even at high speed, it took them 30 anxious minutes to get there.
They were escorted to the family room. “My wife knew it, but I still didn’t want to know it,” said Rick. A senior officer met them there. Introducing himself, he said that he had graduated Patrick from the police academy. Rick asked how Patrick was doing.
“He looked at me, he didn’t say anything, and his face turned red,” said Rick. “I will always remember. I said, ‘No, don’t tell me that. Don’t tell me that’.”
Dazed, the family were permitted to see Patrick – but only from behind glass. “They only showed us him from the head up,” said Rick. Lyncoln was there, and seemed confused that he was sleeping. “She was saying ‘daddy, daddy,” said Rick, his voice beginning to crack.
Kristy’s heart is now broken without the man she called the love of her life in an online posting on Friday. “We were not done spending our lives together,” she said.
Patrick will be remembered as calm, patient and thoughtful, his family said. He was the sort of man that if something was wrong, he would keep it to himself, not wanting to trouble others.
He was also kind and generous, they said. “He would give you his last dollar if he had it, and he would bend over backwards for you, said Rick. “He’d help you. If you needed something, even if you knew he couldn’t really help, he’d offer to. That’s who he was.”
Patrick had no time for prejudice, they said, and had close friends who were black, white and Latino. “All this fighting, all this racism, this must stop,” said Rick.
Rather than becoming angered by the rising tensions in recent years between law enforcement and some communities, he would try to look on the bright side. Underneath a photograph he posted online of a demonstrator holding a banner declaring “Fuck the police,” Patrick wrote: “Gotta love freedom of speech.”
It was a sense of humour even during times of adversity that his family wish they could call on today.
“Patrick was my hero ever since he was born,” said Rick. “And he definitely was a hero. And he should be remembered as a hero.”
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One Killed In Kenya Attack

At least one person was shot dead at a protest against Kenya’s election body in the western city of Kisumu on Monday and others wounded, hospital officials said, as demonstrators also gathered in the capital.
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Police fired into the air to break up a crowd trying to march on the Kisumu office of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), one witness told Reuters.
Protesters, accusing the commission of pro-government bias and demanding its members resign before elections in August next year, blocked roads with burning tires in Kisumu and in Nairobi’s Kibera slum.
Protesters, accusing the commission of pro-government bias and demanding its members resign before elections in August next year, blocked roads with burning tires in Kisumu and in Nairobi’s Kibera slum.
Demonstrators also marched in the center of the capital, blocking traffic. “IEBC must go,” they shouted.
A spokesman for opposition leader Raila Odinga who led Monday’s rally in Nairobi, Dennis Onyango, said two people were killed in Kisumu. But hospital officials said they only knew of one.
A superintendent at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital, Juliana Otieno, said 12 casualties with bullet wounds had been admitted to her hospital, while she said Kisumu County hospital reported one dead and others with bullet wounds. A nurse at Kisumu hospital also confirmed one dead there.
There was no immediate police comment on Monday’s reported deaths. Kenyan television reported at least one person killed.
Western Kenya, traditionally an opposition stronghold, has seen some of the worst violence in the almost weekly protests. Three people were killed in clashes in the region on May 23.
Western ambassadors have accused the police of using excessive force and called for dialogue in a nation prone to political strife. The 2007 election triggered weeks of ethnic bloodshed and the 2013 result was disputed.
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Police Say Militants Have Not Taken Over Akpabuyo, Bakassi

The Cross River State Commissioner of Police, Jimoh Ozi-Obeh has debunked rumours that the Militant Group, Bakassi Strike Force have taken over the control of Akpabuyo and Bakassi Local Government Areas of the state.Police, Militants, Bakassi

The CP reacted to the rumours making rounds in an interview with Channels Television at the State Command in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital.

According to him, the information is false and called on residents to go about their lawful activities without fear as all security operatives are up and doing to ensure the safety of lives and property.
He clearly stated that, the state is calm and free of militant activities.
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Six people Arrested Over Female Preacher’s Murder In Kubwa, FCT

Six people have been arrested in connection with the murder of a female preacher in Kubwa in the Federal Capital Territory.
In a statement signed by the Spokesman of the FCT Police Command, A.S.P. Anjuguri Manzah, the Police is interrogating those arrested.
female preacher, Kubwa, FCT
The FCT Police Commissioner, Mr Alkali Usman had ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Criminal Investigation and Intelligence to lead a discreet investigation into the murder.

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However, the Police did not reveal the identity of those arrested.
The statement further stated that contrary to reports from the family that the deceased’s head and legs were chopped off, her body is still intact.

Deaconess Eunice Olawale was killed in the early hours of Saturday, July 9 while preaching in the Gbazango Area of Kubwa Satellite Town in Bwari Area Council in the nation’s capital.
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Serena Williams wins Wimbledon for historic 22nd grand slam title

Serena Williams poses with the Venus Rosewater Dish after her women's singles final victory over Germany's Angelique Kerber.

Wimbledon (CNN)This time, Serena Williams wouldn't be denied.
Deprived of a record-tying 22nd grand slam title in the Australian Open and French Open finals this year, Williams got to No. 22 Saturday by defeating a dogged Angelique Kerber 7-5 6-3 in a high-quality Wimbledon final.




It was the same Kerber who beat Williams in Melbourne in January but the world No. 1 turned the tables on the grass at the All England Club with a clinical display of power tennis amid windy conditions.

"I have definitely had some sleepless nights with a lot of stuff, coming so close and feeling it and not being able to get there," Williams, who was also foiled in her bid to achieve a calendar-year grand slam at last year's U.S. Open, told reporters.
"This tournament I came in with a different mindset. In Melbourne I thought I played well but Angelique played great, and better. So I knew going into this one I needed to be calm and be confident and play the tennis I've been playing for well over a decade."
"I have definitely had some sleepless nights with a lot of stuff, coming so close and feeling it and not being able to get there," Williams, who was also foiled in her bid to achieve a calendar-year grand slam at last year's U.S. Open, told reporters.
"This tournament I came in with a different mindset. In Melbourne I thought I played well but Angelique played great, and better. So I knew going into this one I needed to be calm and be confident and play the tennis I've been playing for well over a decade."
The 34-year-old struck 39 winners. Williams only faced one break point, at 3-3 in the second, and saved it with one of her 13 aces.
"Of course it feels disappointing, that's for sure," Kerber, who finished with a respectable 12 winners and nine unforced errors, told reporters. "But also I know that I played a good final.
"I lost against a really strong Serena today. This makes it a little bit better, that I know that she won the match, not that I lost the match, because she played very well."
Williams and Kerber's fellow German Steffi Graf now tally 22 majors, the most in the Open Era of professional tennis. Talk now will surely center on the American attempting to get to Margaret Court's 24 grand slams, the all-time record. Court was in attendance Saturday.
Williams was claiming her 22nd grand slam title to tie Steffi Graf on the all-time list. Williams didn't want to dwell on the next step up the ladder, especially since she endured struggles to win her 18th major -- tying Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova -- and the 22nd.
"One thing I learned about last year is to enjoy the moment," said Williams. "I'm definitely going to enjoy this."
At 3-3, not only did Williams produce the ace on break point but she hit another ace to earn a game point. Seeing that rare chance dissipate, Kerber was broken in the next game and Williams held to love to close out the one hour, 21-minute affair.
"Today when she's in trouble at 15-30, boom, boom, this is Serena," said Mouratoglou. "When she needs to lift her level to close it, this is Serena. I didn't see that for eight months."
After authoring a winning volley on match point, Williams fell backward onto the grass. Williams and Kerber then exchanged a long hug to cap an enthralling battle.
Williams lies on the ground after clinching her victory against Kerber to win Wimbledon for the seventh time.
Kerber was full of confidence after beating Williams in the final of this year's Australian Open.
Kerber was full of confidence after beating Williams in this year Australian's Open.
"I just said to her, 'Congrats,' and that she's a champion," said Kerber.
Indeed. And not just any champion.
Star quality: Jay Z and Beyonce watch on as Williams and Kerber battle it out in the women's singles final.
Star Quality: Jay-Z and Beyonce watch on as Williams and Kerber battle it out in the women's single final
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Sarah Palin: Black Lives Matter is a 'farce'


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Washington (CNN)Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says the Black Lives Matter movement is a "farce" and said Americans who hyphenate their racial backgrounds -- such as African-Americans and Asian-Americans -- "further divide our nation."
"#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ is a farce and hyphenating America destroys us," the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee wrote on her Facebook page. "Shame on our culture's influencers who would stir contention and division that could lead to evil such as that in Dallas." 
"Shame on politicians and pundits giving credence to thugs rioting against police officers and the rule of law in the name of "'peaceful protests.' It is a farce. #BlackLivesMatter is a farce."
The former vice presidential candidate said black lives matter more than activists "can grasp."
"Black Lives Matter? Yes - more than BLM "protestors" can grasp, as evidenced by their self-destructive provocateurism," she wrote. "Doesn't it go without saying that Native lives matter, too? And Asian; and Eskimo; and Hispanic; and Indian... and every other race comprised of people who see clearly the agenda at play to weaken America through disunity."
    She continued, "Self-descriptions that put any race in front of being an American are now used to further divide our nation. It's time to acknowledge you're either an American under our system of equality, law and order - and traditional patriotic spirit - or you're not. Knock off the hyphenation of who we are. And knock off the shoulder chip if you've let 'leaders' burden you with it through their example that sadly capitalizes on division for untoward purposes. That chip is crushing the people's hope."
    Palin's comments come after a week in which five Dallas officers were shot and killed amid protests over the back-to-back police shooting deaths of two African-American men by police earlier in the week. The Donald Trump supporter said she sides with police in these situations.
    "So if we're to take sides, I side with the Thin Blue Line. To side with our public servants trying to keep law and order amidst political agendas that clearly oppose that virtue is how the good guys win again," she wrote. "It's the only way to ensure our best days will be ahead of us. Join me."
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    Euro 2016: Portugal crowned champions after Cristiano Ronaldo goes off injured


    Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated with teammate Eder, the goalscorer, after Portugal defeated France 1-0 to win Euro 2016.
    Stade de France, Paris (CNN)Portugal gatecrashed France's Euro 2016 party to win the European Championship for the first time in its history -- and all this without leading star Cristiano Ronaldo.    
    The Real Madrid forward was forced out of the game with a knee injury in the first half, but Portugal regrouped and thanks to some heroic goalkeeping from Rui Patricio took the game into extra time before Eder struck with 11 minutes to go.

    Portugal's 1-0 win was all the more remarkable given in their previous 10 meetings, France had won all of them.
    "Simple as doves and as wise as serpents," is how Portugal coach Fernando Santos characterized his team's success at Euro 2016.
    France hit the post late on in normal time, but so too did Portugal just before Eder's goal when Raphael Guerreiro's exquisite free kick came back off the crossbar.
      The win was testament to a remarkable group ethic after Ronaldo was taken off on a stretcher following a robust tackle by Dimitri Payet on eight minutes.
      Twice Ronaldo tried to hobble back on the pitch before he collapsed, distraught and in tears as he conceded his tournament had come to a premature end.
      The huge ovation he was given by the Stade de France crowd -- French and Portuguese fans alike -- must have been scant consolation given the pivotal role he has played in this side for over a decade since making his international debut as an 18-year-old.
      "Terrible to see Cris come off like that," tweeted Ronaldo's Real Madrid teammate Gareth Bale and no wonder given many had billed this as the crowning moment of Ronaldo's career as an international player.
      Twelve years ago he was also left in tears after Euro 2004 host Portugal was surprisingly beaten 1-0 by Greece.
      True France might have been favorites to win this final given its home advantage, but this was a real opportunity for Ronaldo to showcase his talents in an international final and add to the countless starring roles he has produced for Real Madrid.
      In the end given the prodigious efforts of his teammates it didn't matter and Ronaldo, despite his injury, was well enough to jump up off the bench to join in the celebrations when Eder scored.
      Portugal's fans certainly hadn't forgotten their talisman and as the clock ticked down they chanted his name again and again.
      With Ronaldo out of the picture, Patricio was consistently on hand to thwart France, notably in saving a couple of fierce shots from Moussa Sissoko, who had an outstanding game.
      Central defenders Pepe -- named man of the match -- and Jose Ponte were also key to Portugal's defensive obdurateness.
      Pepe described Portugal's win as a victory of the "humble," while France coach Didier Deschamps paid tribute to the victors' organization.
      "The winner always deserves it," said France coach Didier Deschamps. "You can analyze things but they didn't get to the final by chance.
      "This is the first time I think that a team finished third in their group and ended up as champions."
      Portugal coach Santos added: "I always said we were a team. I told them we have a lot of quality and talent. But first we have to run and fight."
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      A proverbs a day keeps foolishness away!

      Do not keep good from those who should have it,
       when it is in your power to do so.            

       

      Good mentioned above varies from love, knowledge, gifts, opportunity, care, money to anything at all when can ever think of. 

      Many of us can somehow relate this proverb and if we can don't forget to share your story or views.

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