The 26 year old Olympic and Paralympic superstar stood with head bowed in front of magistrate Desmond Nair to hear the charge that he had murdered model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp.Pistorius then started sobbing, covering his face with his hands. “Take it easy,” Nair told him. “Come take a seat.”The case has stunned a nation that revered ‘the fastest man on no legs’ as a hero who managed to compete at the highest levels of sport despite being born without a fibula in either leg.Prosecutors told the Pretoria court the shooting of 30 year old Steenkamp in the early hours of Thursday was pre meditated.Pistorius faces life in prison if found guilty.He did not enter a plea but a statement issued by his family and London based agent said the charge was disputed “in the strongest possible terms”.”He (Pistorius) has made it very clear that he would like to send his deepest sympathies to the family of Reeva,” the statement said, in the first message attributed to him since his arrest.Steenkamp was found shot dead in Pistorius’s plush home in the middle of a heavily guarded gated complex in the northern outskirts of the capital, police said.The Afrikaans language Beeld newspaper said she was hit four times, in the head, chest, pelvis and hand.”The security guards found Pistorius by Steenkamp’s body in the bathroom,” the paper said on its website, citing a neighbour.
Terri Banfill/Special to The StarSpinnaker, a Soft Coat Irish Wheaten Terrier. Tammy Palmer/Special to The StarLexi, a Jack Russell mix. Lin Kramer/Special to The StarLeeloo, a Yorkie. With a nod to Alice in Wonderland, The Mad Hatter, and a bit of Irish luck it was St. Patrick’s Day after all last weekend’s Canadian Home Builders’ Association Edmonton Region (CHBA ER) Awards of Excellence in Housing gala saw Edmonton’s housing industry share the wealth, with more than 30 different builders and industry suppliers taking home at least one award.As the organization rolled out its version of the Academy Awards at the Shaw Conference Centre, CHBA ER president Greg Nakatsui said the night was all about taking a step back to recognize what was accomplished in the past year.”It’s about celebrating the industry,” said Nakatsui, who noted that the economic gloom of years past is fading. “The industry seems to be a little better these days.
Sheeran is not only one of the most popular musicians in the UK right now, he also the most popular at weddings. Spotify recently released data on the top 10 dance songs chosen by UK couples and he features three times in this list, twice for two versions of the same song (Perfect, released in 2017). Does Ed Sheeran have a formula for writing a successful wedding song?Making personal music choices for a public occasion is a tightrope walk, as anyone who’s planned the music for a wedding or funeral knows well.