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Pistorius could face long jail term
“Blade Runner” Oscar Pistorius
has been convicted of culpable
homicide for shooting his lover
Reeva Steenkamp, but walked
free on bail ahead of what could
still be a stiff prison sentence.
South African Judge Thokozile
Masipa acquitted Pistorius of
murder, but found he acted
“negligently” in killing the
blonde law graduate and fashion
model by firing at her through
a bathroom door, claiming he
mistook her for an intruder.
The 27-year-old athlete —
whose journey from disabled
infant to Olympic sprinter
inspired the world — will hear
his punishment when sentencing
begins on October 13.
His trial had heard that in the
early hours of Valentine’s Day last
year Pistorius fired four hollow
point pistol rounds into a locked
toilet door, hitting Steenkamp
and causing her head to “explode”
and “amputating” her arm.
Masipa, dismissing swathes
of prosecution evidence as
inconclusive or irrelevant, ruled
that on the charge of murder “the
accused is found not guilty and is
discharged. Instead he is found
guilty of culpable homicide”.
Pistorius stared straight ahead
as the conviction was read,
showing little emotion.
The 29-year-old Steenkamp’s
father Barry looked at Pistorius
and ran his hand over his head
while her mother June pursed her
lips and shook her head.
“I just don’t feel that this is
the right (verdict),” she told
America’s NBC News after the
final judgment was handed down
“It was disbelief on everyone,”
her father said in the same
The mother said her daughter
had died a “horrible, painful,
“I can’t believe that they believe
that it was an accident,” she said.
Pistorius was escorted by more
than a dozen policemen wearing
bulletproof vests out of the
courtroom and into a heaving
Culpable homicide carries no
mandatory sentence under South
Masipa — who has a reputation
for handing out stiff sentences —
could decide to fine Pistorius or
put him behind bars for more
than a decade.
“ It all comes down to how she
feels, how bad the mistake was,”
Johannesburg lawyer David
Dadic said. “ It ’s a very serious
Speaking after the verdict,
Pistorius’s uncle Arnold said
the damage done to the athlete’s
career and life as a result of the
trial had been “tragic ”.
“ We always knew the facts,” the
family spokesman said, “and we
never had any doubt in Oscar’s
version of this tragic incident,”
thanking Masipa for her verdict.
South Africans voiced surprise
and even anger that Pistorius was
found not guilty of murder.
The National Prosecuting
“disappointed” but had not yet
decided on whether to appeal.
Masipa also found Pistorius
guilty on one of three other
firearms charges that were also
levelled against him — that of
negligently handling a pistol that
went off in a busy Johannesburg
He was cleared on charges of
illegally possessing ammunition
and firing a pistol through a car
Born without fibulas — calf
bones — Pistorius had his legs
amputated below the knee at
11 months of age and was fitted
with prosthetics which allowed
him to play sports.
He has taken numerous
sprinting titles in the Paralympics
and made history in 2012 when
he became the first double-
amputee to compete at both the
Olympics and the Paralympics.
Judge Thokozile Masipa reads her verdict during the trial of Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius at the
North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.
PICTURE: Getty Images
Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson stands in front of a portrait of
the late Dr Ian Paisley in the Great Hall at Stormont.
Ulster’s Dr No
turned Dr Yes
Ian Paisley, who has died at 88, was a
firebrand preacher whose extraordinary
about-turn from decades of intransigence
finally ushered in peaceful, stable
government in Northern Ireland.
Dubbed “Doctor No” for his hardline
stance towards the Catholic community,
the Protestant minister helped the
sectarianism-scarred province start a
new era by agreeing to share power with
former arch-enemy Sinn Fein in 2007.
Paisley became Northern Ireland’s first
minister in a power-sharing government.
Paisley ’s deputy at the Belfast
assembly was convicted terrorist Martin
McGuinness of Sinn Fein, the political
wing of the now-defunct Irish Republican
Army (IRA) paramilitary group.
The partnership — which eventually
grew into an unlikely friendship —
would have seemed unthinkable just a
few years earlier after three decades of
bombings and shootings, known as “the
Troubles”, which left some 3000 dead.
The pair were even dubbed the
“Chuckle Brothers” for their joviality.
“ If anybody had told me a few years
ago that I would be doing this,” he had
said as he was sworn in as first minister
in May 2007, McGuinness at his side, “I
would have been unbelieving. ”
Born in 1926, the founder of the
Protestant, conser vative, pro-British
Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) had
built a career on staunch opposition to
sharing power with Irish nationalists
His doctorate was an honorary one
bestowed by a United States university
but it formed part of his “Dr No” image,
along with his booming voice, fire-and-
brimstone oratory and almost instinctive
stance of outright opposition.
In 1964, he demanded that the Irish
flag be removed from a street in British-
ruled Belfast. Riots broke out when it
A year later, the reverend threw snow-
balls at Irish Prime Minister Sean L emass
when he visited the parliament in Belfast.
He had been bitterly opposed to the
1973 Sunningdale Agreement and the
1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement, efforts
brokered by then-British premiers Ted
Heath and Margaret Thatcher to end the
violence in Northern Ireland.
When the 1998 Good Friday peace
deal was thrashed out to create Northern
Ireland’s assembly, many wrote off
However, the man who spent a lifetime
saying no finally said yes, bolstered by
increasing electoral success which made
his party the biggest in the assembly.
That agreement, brokered in 2006 in
St Andrews, Scotland, led to remarkable
photographs of Paisley, Sinn Fein leader
Gerry Adams, McGuinness and a
beaming Tony Blair, then British prime
minister, drinking tea as power-sharing
Many in the DUP found it difficult
to understand Paisley ’s apparent ease
working with Sinn Fein, and it is
thought the issue contributed to his
stepping down as both party leader and
first minister in 2008.
He continued to represent North
Antrim at the House of Commons in
London — a role he had held for 40
years by the time he stood down in 2010
and joined the House of Lords as Lord
Paisley ’s politics and his religion were
inextricably intertwined. His booming
oratory style was honed in the pulpit,
and he continued to pen weekly sermons
as first minister.
An evangelical Christian who founded
the Free Presbyterian Church in 1951, he
was notoriously once thrown out of the
European Parliament for denouncing
Pope John Paul II as the antichrist. He
gave his final sermon in January 2012.
“I am exceedingly happy that I’ve had
the privilege of being the preacher here
for 65 years, and that ’s a long time,” he
told the crowd of 3000 worshippers.
He had suffered health problems for
several years and had a pacemaker in
2011. Despite denials from his party that
he was ill, Paisley admitted in 2004 he
had “walked in death’s shadow ”.
He is sur vived by his wife Eileen and
five children. — AFP
World’s largest dog dies
The world’s largest dog, a great
dane named Zeus, has died, his
The five-year-old, donkey-sized
dog stood 112cm at the shoulder.
His owner, Kevin Doorlag
of Otsego, Michigan, told the
Kalamazoo Gazette that the
beloved family pet died last week.
Zeus had been declared the
world’s tallest dog in the 2012
edition of the Guiness World’s
Records. He topped 220cm when
standing on his hind legs.
Doorlag family photos showed
Zeus dwarfing a sofa that he
sat on, and drinking from the
running kitchen tap without
having to stretch or strain.
Doorlag described Zeus as a
“ wonderful dog” who loved to
sit on his family members’ laps,
oblivious to his own size and
70kg weight. Zeus’s daily ration
was up to 13kg of dog food.
picture editor Michael Whitty,
who had met Zeus, said the dog
was “the gentlest giant you could
ever wish to meet ”.
“ He will be greatly missed by
his lovely owners and will live
on in Guinness World Records
history as the tallest dog we ever
measured,” he said. — D PA
Toronto’s crack mayor withdraws
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, who gained
global notoriety for admitting he smoked
crack cocaine, dropped his re-election
bid overnight, citing a health crisis, but
his older brother took his place in the
race to run Canada’s largest city.
In drama worthy of Shakespeare, the
family switch was made minutes before a
deadline for changes to the city election
ballot, which also saw a Ford nephew
withdraw to allow his uncle, the mayor,
to run for a city council seat in his place.
The October 27 election is seen as a
referendum on Ford’s four tumultuous
years leading Toronto. Recent polls had
shown him in second place in a tight
three-way race for mayor of Canada’s
financial capital and largest city with a
population of six million.
Doug Ford, the mayor’s older brother
and campaign manager, is regarded as
less charismatic but less volatile than his
larger-than-life sibling, who steadfastly
refused to resign even as he admitted
buying illegal drugs while in office and
checked himself into rehabilitation.
“My heart is heavy when I tell you I am
unable to continue my campaign for re-
election as your mayor,” Rob Ford said
in a statement, adding that he could be
“facing the battle of my lifetime”.
“I’ve asked Doug to finish what
we started together so that all we’ve
accomplished isn’t washed away. I ’ve
asked Doug to run to become the next
mayor of Toronto because we need
The 45-year-old mayor was admitted
to hospital on Wednesday after
complaining of unbearable abdominal
pains and was diagnosed with a tumour.
He is undergoing a battery of tests, with
biopsy results expected in a week.
In a newspaper inter view earlier
yesterday, Doug Ford said, “I would
jump off a bridge for the guy.”
A 49-year-old businessman, Doug
Ford was elected as a city councillor in
2010 when his younger brother became
“He’s a Machiavellian figure and
he’s been called many things but
not necessarily a gifted politician or
someone with the gift of charisma,”
Phil Triadafilopoulos, a political science
professor at the University of Toronto,
said before Doug Ford’s nomination for
mayor was filed.
“The question is whether, if there is a
welling of sympathy, if it goes over and
helps a potential Doug Ford candidacy
so that he can sur vive his innate lack
of charisma by taking advantage of the
sympathy that people are feeling for his
brother,” the professor said.
Doug Ford announced last year that
he would not run for re-election as
councillor, saying that he wanted to
focus on his brother ’s re-election.
Michael Ford, the nephew who
withdrew from a city council race to
allow Rob Ford to run in his place, is
now running for the city school board.
The Fords’ politician father, Doug Ford
senior, died of colon cancer less than
three months after being diagnosed in
In 2009, doctors removed a tumor
from Rob Ford’s appendix, and the
then-city councillor returned to work in
Medical experts said Ford will likely
require surgery regardless of whether
the tumor is cancerous or benign, and
said the biopsy is typically quick and
In May and June, the mayor under went
rehab for drug and alcohol abuse. He
emerged noticeably thinner though still
obese. Ford said he regretted not getting
treatment “years ago” to treat his alcohol
Ford, who came to power in 2010
pledging to cut waste at city hall and
keep a lid on taxes, has a core base of
suburban support known as “Ford
A poll released on Wednesday showed
Rob Ford running in second place with
28% of the vote, behind conser vative
front-runner John Tory, who had 40%
of voter support. Left-leaning candidate
Olivia Chow was in third place with
21% of the vote. — Reuters
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1. “So true, funny how it seems - always in time, but never in line for dreams...”
begins which 1983 hit single for which group?
2. Warning ships from 1859, where was New Zealand’s first permanent lighthouse
3. What was the nickname of William Cody, the American showman?
4. Which batsman got out after scoring 299 against Sri Lanka in 1991?
5. What name for a duck-shooter’s shelter is not a Maori word, despite its sound
6. Is an impi the Asian release of a 1970s Hillman car, a body of Zulu warriors or a
mischievous sprite in stories by the Brothers Grimm?
7. Which alphabet is made from just dots?
8. What is found on the periodic table?
9. Which part of New Zealand did Rudyard Kipling describe as the “eighth wonder
of the world”?
ANSWERS: 1 “True” by Spandau Ballet, 2 Pencarrow Head, 3 Buffalo Bill, 4
Martin Crowe, 5 Maimai, 6 A body of Zulu warriors, 7 Braille, 8 A list of chemical
elements, 9 Milford Sound, 10 Seven.
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