NCAA volleyball: Arellano storms back, survives Perpetual

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano University survived its toughest test yet, climbing back from two sets down to beat University of Perpetual Help, 22-25, 19-25, 25-21, 25-20, 15-5, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Chiefs leaned on their trio of Jovielyn Prado, Andrea Marzan and Regine Arocha, who combined for 50 points.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak LATEST STORIES Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases PBA suspends Camson, Almazan, Mirandacenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Maria Tripoli had 20 points while Cindy Imbo added 19 for the Lady Altas, whose lead over fourth-running San Sebastian in the standings is now just half a game after falling to 4-2.Perpetual Help shot itself in the foot with 43 errors.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We played so bad in the first two sets so I made adjustments beginning the third set and things started to click,” said Arellano head coach Obet Javier in Filipino after steering his squad to its 18th consecutive win dating back to last season.Prado scored 20 points with four blocks while Marzan and Arocha scored16 and 14 points, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I just told them to play with heart,” Prado said in Filipino. “The games become more important as the season goes so we have to treat every game like there’s no tomorrow. It’s now or never.”After a tough first four sets, defending champion Arellano showed its composure and raced to a 10-1 start in the deciding fifth set. View commentslast_img read more

Citizen’s Enshrined Rights to Protest

first_imgDear Editor,I wish to make it pellucid to the nation, to our Government of the day, and to the Opposition that I have no political priority in my life. If I am speaking for the Government, then it is because I am a fair commentator, and if I am speaking on behalf of the Opposition of the Country, then I am also speaking as a fair commentator.I read with disappointment, a recent article, “Democratic right to protest denied in Region 1 as Police bar citizens from Granger’s ‘Cabinet’ campaigning,” published in <<>>, Saturday, September 21, 2019 edition. I cannot help but proclaim my utter disagreement with the Government of the day and the Guyana Police force, for which I always have maximum respect, but it is wrong for them to deny people the right to protest.The Government cannot interfere with the rights of its citizens to picket just because it disagrees with the picketers’ views. They cannot make the conclusive decision that these views might be of a nuisance to them. Instead, they must take reasonable steps to enable citizens to protest and to protect participants in peaceful demonstrations from disruption by others. In simpler terminology, they have the right to prevent violence, they have the right to arrest people if they break the law, but they have no right to prevent these kinds of expression that is enshrined in the vagaries of democracy.Government of Guyana, how shameful it is that even at this time, after being so long in power, that you are unable to preserve the rights of the people of this magnificent country? How dare our law enforcement officers violate this right through means intended to thwart free public expression? Political leaders, President of the State, I earnestly remind you that you have got to remember that people have a right to peaceful protest; otherwise it means that democracy is being hijacked by the powers.It is as if the Government and the Guyana Police Force believe that they have a veto power over all speech. At the end of the day, dear Government, we are citizens! Not subjects! We are employers of Government, Opposition and political institutions, and we the people can hire and fire at will. (And for stating this, a group I call the Shadow Cabinet of the current Government tried to destroy me over the last few years and my business, but respectfully, I will never relent. Success is not dependent on the power of a few individuals but on the blessings of God Almighty and the power of birth.)I can reflect very well in the days of the PPP/C being in power, His Excellency David Arthur Granger himself was leading picketing exercises against the Minister of Home Affairs, and several other places as well. No one ever tried to stop them from exercising their democratic right to picket. And I stood there admiring democracy in action. I politely raised my hand to them.If I may remind you, the right to protest is vital for a democracy. And when this democratic right of ours is suppressed, it becomes disadvantageous, thus creating unfavourable situations. The intention is not to create chaos, but to express the plight of the people to the state, and that the issues of the citizens of this great country are heard by the Government.Sincerely,Hajji Dr Roshan Khanlast_img read more

Liberia’s Oral Health Situation Dismal

first_imgDr. Taylor Neal, who is one of two Liberian practicing Dentists, has disclosed that the oral health situation in the country is dismal and urgent action is needed on the part of the Ministry of Health and other health stakeholders to step up dental services. Dr. Neal said there are only six dentists in the country to a population of nearly four million and that only two Liberians are among the six practicing dentists.Dr. Neal, who is in private practice, and Dr. Ayele Ajavon-Cox, the other dentist, have now reached retirement but cannot leave as there are no other Liberian dentists in the country to cater to people with dental problems. He spoke at a program organized by Smile for Liberia, a local NGO, yesterday, on World Oral Health Day (WOHD), which is also celebrated worldwide. The day was celebrated under the theme, “Healthy mouth, and health body.”Touching on the situation within the Dentistry Department at the John F. Kennedy Hospital, he said most of the equipment that are being used there are obsolete, adding: “we need to get up to date instruments and infrastructure.”He emphasized the need for more and better training for young Liberians who have an interest in the profession.Dr. Neal said the oral cavity or mouth is a very important part of the human body. “Digestion begins in this cavity. While good things begin in this cavity, bad things also start there. So it is very important to have a healthy mouth,” he stated.The Dentist said one important component in the oral cavity is the set of teeth, which according to him helps us to pronounce well and keep our mouth in shape.Also speaking, Dr. Ajavon-Cox, who has been a practicing dentist for more than 40 years now, said the oral health sector needs the full support of the government. Dr. Ajavon-Cox, who is the head of Smile for Liberia, disclosed that the Methodists have trained some mid-level young Liberians in dentistry, but they are now just sitting and doing nothing much. “This makes me feel terrible,” she added. She reemphasized that she and Dr. Neal have now reached retirement but can’t leave because there is no one to take their places. Speaking on the importance of the day, she urged Liberians not to wait until their teeth or mouth start to hurt.Dr. Ajavon-Cox’s Smile for Liberia, had invited several primary schools, including the Candlelight Christian Academy, Duport Road, Paynesville and Christian A. Richards, Elementary School, Clay-Ashland, Montserrado. Each of the two schools brought 20 kids and all of the 40 children were screened. Some adults, too, benefited from the free screening. Importance of the WOHDOver 90 percent of the world’s population will suffer from oral diseases in their lifetime. In addition, World Oral Health Day offers the dental and oral health community a platform to take action and help reduce the overall disease burden.WOHD 2016 aims to get everyone to recognize the impact their oral health has on overall physical health and wellbeing to help inspire this change, the overall campaign platform.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Challenge Cup 12 Results – Pat Ferris Wins

first_imgOther times were Ken Nix 1:41:17, Steve Sparling 1:43:46 and Francis Plum 1:47:05.Coming upOn Thursday is a Baldonnel time trial at 7 pm on the new pavement.On Sunday is a 40 km time trial for the World Masters Time Trial Challenge. Eight Masters’ clubs from three provinces in Canada, Australia and England will race the 40 km distance on their own turf and compare their times as to which club has the most riders who beat their age class standard. The highest total wins the competition. Race time is 10:00 am at the Cecil Lake gravel pit. Photo: Submitted – 54 year-old Pat Ferris wins Challenge Cup Race 12Pat Ferris won Challenge Cup Race 12 Sunday, with a time of 2:59:37 hours for the 90 km 2 lap distance on the Montney-Upper Pine circuit. Kent Pedersen of Dawson Creek was second at 3:02:24 and Gary Hilderman third at 3:16:01. Dave Kay of Grande Prairie was 4th at 3:22:39 and Owen Giebelhaus 5th at 3:35:17.- Advertisement -The Blizzards won the day with 45 points to Grande Prairie’s 10 and 9 for the Greasy Chains.Blizzard Roger St. Jean held off the Andrews Boys to win the 45 km 1 lap race with a time of 1:33:40 hours. Simon Andrews was second at 1:34:00 and Bob Andrews third at 1:36:19. Sam Keats was 4th at 1:38:58 and Sandy McDonald 5th at 1:39:05.Advertisementlast_img read more

RCMP Blocking roads due to flooding, power outages in Fort St. John

first_imgThe RCMP have blocked 93rd Ave infront of the Enerplex due to the flash floods, and houses on 94rd ave near Sobey’s are flooded.RCMP are advising the public to avoid driving if possible.  – Advertisement -Over 5,000 people in various areas of the Peace area are without power. BC Hydro is estimating power will return at 11 PM tonight in most locations. For more information on specific areas check the BC Hydro map here. For more on this story and photos click here.last_img

2013 Year in Review: July brings rash of violent attacks

first_imgOn July 8, it’s believed shots were fired outside and inside a home in the 9600 block of 96 Street. There were two separate incidents of shots being fired and pepper spray being used at the entrance of the Marquis Centre apartment building in the early morning hours of July 15 and 21. Later the evening of the 21st, shots were fired through the doors of two hotel rooms at Northwoods Inn, and shortly after Molotov cocktails were thrown at a house in the 101 block of 96 Avenue. There were also reports of shots fired at a home on 101 Avenue near Tim-BR Mart, but police were unable to find any evidence to support the claims.- Advertisement -The only connection immediately made was between the firearm incidents, as police believed they were linked to the drug trade. Other than that, no clear links have been made. RCMP maintained that the incidents all appeared to be targeted attacks and the risk to the general public was minimal. No injuries were reported as a result of any of the violence. Advertisement The Oscare Daycare on the ground floor of the Marquis Centre is still looking to move after the incidents of violence in its building.last_img read more

SHOCKING FLOOD DAMAGE TO HOMES IN RAMELTON AS BAND MEMBERS RESCUED

first_imgRamelton this evening. Pix Angela McFadden for donegaldaily.comRamelton town band members had to rescued by locals as the banks of the river burst and flooded the Ramelton community centre this evening.The children are now safe after their terrifying ordeal.  Local people have been praised for their quick-thinking rescue efforts as the community came together to help.However a great deal of damage had been done to the centre and surrounding houses.Mud, sewage and sludge has poured into homes after the disaster.“It’s a shocking sight,” said one local man. “There’s never been anything like this in living memory.”The flood waters in Ramelton after the Lennon burst its banks. Donegaldaily.comSHOCKING FLOOD DAMAGE TO HOMES IN RAMELTON AS BAND MEMBERS RESCUED was last modified: August 5th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:floodRameltonRESCUEDtown bandlast_img read more

MARA MEDIA ARE PROUD NEW SPONSORS OF NAOMH MUIRE U12 GIRLS FOOTBALLERS

first_imgLOCAL companies are the lifeblood of local communities and sports clubs and another local business has stepped in to help.MARA MEDIA, based in Anagaire, are the proud sponsors of Naomh Muire Ladies U12 team.Managing Director of the company is Mullaghdubh man Hugh Bonner. His family are wife Mona, son Conall and daughter Kate. All are members of Naomh Muire mens/ladies clubs.Pictured is Donal Sharkey from Naomh Muire Ladies and Sharon Boyle doing the presentation.Mara Media is a good local business who sponsor quite a lot of community based ventures.Mara Media is a publishing and event management company based in Annagry. Founded in 2005, the company has grown to include events such as the Skipper Expo International Galway, Aberdeen & Bournemouth, Ireland Angling Expo and the Irish Cycling Show.Publishing titles include hugely popular The Skipper, Take Off & Go West magazines and various others. MARA MEDIA ARE PROUD NEW SPONSORS OF NAOMH MUIRE U12 GIRLS FOOTBALLERS was last modified: April 29th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Mara MediaNAOMH MUIREsponsorU12’slast_img read more

Xolo Era 1X Pro review: As basic as basic gets

first_imgIn India, smartphones are purchased by two kinds of people. One, that cares about the spec-sheet: these are people who are always on the look-out for a good hardware set, latest software, excellent camera, long-lasting battery and more. They don’t mind shelling out a fortune, for latest and greatest in technology. Then, there are people who want a budget friendly phone. It’s no secret that, in India, the latter group is all the more dominant.This is probably one reason why a few smartphone manufacturers often have second thoughts before bringing a high-end — and expensive — phone to India. This is also probably why most home-grown brands prefer to target the lower and mid-tier segment. Lava subsidiary — Xolo is one such home-grown brand. The Noida-based smartphone maker introduced the Era series back in 2015. With this series, the company has mainly concentrated on the budget phone segment. Phones belonging to Xolo’s Era series come with a very basic design and the specs are quite like the entry level smartphones as well. So is the pricing.The newly launched Xolo Era 1X Pro is no different from other Xolo Era phones available in the market. The Era 1X Pro (if not exactly) looks almost similar to its predecessor – the Xolo Era 1X. There seems to be absolutely nothing different about this new phone, apart from a little improvement on the performance front. Be it the camera, the battery, the display, it’s more or less the same deal as the Era 1X. Perhaps that is why the company calls it a Pro edition.advertisementDesign and build quality: Compact but nothing out of ordinaryTo get it clear right off the bat, there’s nothing unique about the design of Xolo’s Era 1X Pro. It looks like any other budget phone. That doesn’t mean it look bad though. In fact, it doesn’t look like a phone that costs under Rs 6,000. It looks a lot more expensive than what it’s price would lead you to believe. This Android smartphone sports a very compact design. The Xolo Era 1X Pro is available across major online stores at Rs 5,777 in two colour variants – Black and Gold.As far as the design is concerned, the Era 1X Pro comes with flat edges on all four sides, unlike the Era 2x which comes with a curvier footprint. Xolo’s Era 1X Pro is an all-plastic phone with a smooth matte finish on the back. There’s necessarily no ‘wow’ factor attached to the phone’s design, but, what is good about the Xolo Era 1X Pro is that it is extremely light weight and very easy to carry in one hand.An 8-megapixel camera is placed at the top on the rear side of the phone, right next to which sits the LED flash light. At the bottom is a massive speaker grill which if not great, at least produces a decent sound quality for a phone at this price segment. The back cover is removable and sports and all plastic design. What is good about the handset is that it is very light weight, 145 gram to be precise, which makes it very easy to use with one hand. The Xolo Era 1X Pro overall sports a sleek design, and looks very strong as well. While using the phone, the handset did (actually) fell quite a number of times but nothing happened — no cracks on the screen. The phone should survive a fall or two, but, we do advise you to not stretch your luck with it. Display: Brightness levels could have been betterThe smartphone comes with a 5-inch touch-screen display with a resolution of 720×1280 pixels. The display looks fine. There’s nothing unique about the display of the phone. It is like any other ordinary entry level phone, flat from all sides. This gives the Xolo Era 1X Pro a little outdated look, probably because smartphone users these days prefer curve display over the flat ones.Then there are capacitive keys below the screen. These can be slow, often unresponsive at times. They are not also back lit, but at its price point, this can be overlooked.There’s necessarily no ‘wow’ factor attached to the phone’s design, but, what is good about the Xolo Era 1X Pro is that it is extremely light weight and very easy to carry in one handThough the phone looks decent, the touch screen isn’t all that impressive. It lags. Actually, a bit too much. The touch doesn’t feel that smooth at times. The Xolo Era 1X Pro falls drastically as far as the touch response is concerned when compared to other similar price segment phones available in the market.advertisementMost budget phones, especially phones below Rs 6,000, struggle with brightness level. This one is no exception. In fact, there will be times when it’ll struggle — as far as ambient brightness levels are concerned — even in indoor scenarios. The brightness levels aren’t enough to let you watch movies indoors at half the level. You need to keep it full, which at times feels insufficient. On the other hand, keeping the brightness levels full drains battery very quickly, that’s another disadvantage. That’s about the indoors. Moving to outdoors, the brightness level isn’t sufficient enough, especially in bright day light. Even when the brightness is toggled up to the highest level, you often struggle to have a clear view.Performance: As basic as basic getsThe Xolo Era 1X Pro runs on a seemingly dated software that lags in performance, and makes the phone extremely slow depending on usage. The phone ships with stock Android UI — Android 6.0 Marshmallow — at a time when Google has just announced Oreo. The fact that many under Rs 10,000 phones are now shipping with Android Nougat doesn’t help its case either.Although the device comes with a near stock Android UI, it doesn’t include any useful or striking feature. However, what is good is that the UI is pretty light and easy to use. Given the fact that most phones, even the affordable ones come with the latest software – Android Nougat, the Xolo Era 1X Pro lags in that aspect.The smartphone is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. The Xolo Era 1X Pro is clearly not a powerhouse of a phone and lags in performance most of the time. The phone lags in the interface even in normal use let alone multi-tasking.There is also a visible slowness in the animations while opening apps. There are times when the phone hangs, especially while using apps like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media applications. Note that Facebook and Instagram are notorious for being heavy apps that require an able machinery to function well. The Era 1X Pro could have done with a little more fire power under the hood.Games like — Temple run and Subway Surfer run pretty smooth, but the phone feels sluggish with heavy graphics games like — Asphalt 8 or Dead Effect 2. It doesn’t offer you the moon when it comes to the performance aspect. It’s a rather basic phone for people looking for an entry-level affair which means that it should do just fine until the time you’re aware of its limitations.Camera struggles to focus, selfie shooter is fair enoughThe highlight of the device, according to what the company claims is its dual LED flash which sits right next to the front camera placed above the display. But, it fails to impress in actual usage. First, because the camera is too slow and second, the pictures clicked with the phone lack details.advertisementThe Xolo Era 1X Pro comes with a 5-megapixel selfie shooter which (as mentioned) comes coupled with dual LED flash. Coming to the back camera, the Xolo Era 1X Pro comes with an 8-megapixel camera with a single LED flash. The camera set up further comes with several smart camera features like — time lapse videos, live photos, and beauty mode. XPreviousNextThese days, even the budget phones come with good quality optics. Phones like the Xiaomi Redmi 4A is a classic example. But, sadly, that’s not the case with the Xolo Era 1X Pro. Photos clicked by both rear and front camera lack details in the case of the Era 1X Pro. The camera often finds it extremely difficult to focus, and click noisy pictures. Similar is the case with the front camera as well. Even the front camera finds it difficult to focus on the subject, which results in blurry captures. That’s about the photographs clicked in daylight situation.The rear camera comes with auto focus but fails to capture crystal clear pictures with good details. The color reproduction isn’t somewhat satisfactory. The in-built HDR mode that captures well lit shots in tricky lighting situations does save the day somewhat. Until capturing steady shots are fine. But, when trying to click a moving object, the Xolo Era 1X Pro is an absolute disaster. We had to keep the hand steady as a rock to capture photos for the risk of blurring the subject. Overall, the back camera is fine, if not good, but what fails to impress us is the autofocus, it takes way too long to focus on an object.The Xolo Era 1X Pro is clearly not a powerhouse of a phone and lags in performance most of the time. The phone lags in the interface even in normal use let alone multi-tasking. More than pictures, the Xolo Era 1X Pro is pretty decent in recording video shots. It comes with the auto-focus feature while recording videos. It works well in recording normal video, however lags a bit too much while recording moving shots. The camera also comes with several other features like — slow-motion video recording, time-lapse recording. There’s also an option to create GIFs in the camera app.Battery life couldn’t get any worseUsually, for an affordable phone like the Xolo Era 1X Pro, battery set-up often works as a pro-factor. But, that’s not the case with this one. Overall, the battery set up is poor, as it doesn’t even lasts for 12 hours and needs to be charged for at least two to three times a day. The Xolo Era 1X Pro, for your reference, comes with a 2,500mAh battery. The smartphone when used rigorously struggles to survive even for 8 hours.This is disappointing. We tried watching a 3-hour-long movie and the phone was out of charge by the end of the film. Although something that is fair enough is that the smartphone doesn’t take much time to charge. It took approx 2 hours to charge from 1 per cent to 100 per cent.Should you buy it?To get straight, there are better phones in this price segment. There isn’t any “striking” factor about the Xolo Era 1X Pro. There’s nothing great about the design of the phone. It comes with an ordinary camera, average battery and performance. There’s absolutely nothing that will help this Xolo phone to stand out of its competitors. If you have a budget constraint, and want a phone at a pocket friendly price, and are not willing to spend more than Rs 6,000, it’s only then that you can count on the Xolo Era 1X Pro. But, if you are a power user, the Era 1X Pro by Xolo is a simple – NO.Xolo Era 1X Pro6/10Good stuffDual front flash is satisfactoryPocket-friendly priceCompact design and light weightBad stuffDated softwarePoor and unstable rear cameraPerformance lagsDisappointing battery lifelast_img read more

Prison Looms for Pistorius

first_imgJOHANNESBURG — Oscar Pistorius was convicted of murder on Dec. 3 by a South African appeals court that described the once-glittering story of the double-amputee Olympian and Reeva Steenkamp, the girlfriend he killed in his home in 2013, as “a human tragedy of Shakespearean proportions.”The Supreme Court of Appeal overturned a lower court’s conviction on the less serious charge of manslaughter, adding another twist to a case that riveted people around the world because of its gripping saga of a celebrity athlete’s plunge from grace by his own hand.“The accused ought to have been found guilty of murder on the basis that he had fired the fatal shots with criminal intent,” Justice Lorimer Eric Leach said in the courtroom in Blomefontein, in which Steenkamp’s mother, June, sat impassively. Pistorius was not there.The murder conviction means Pistorius will almost certainly go back to jail, where he spent one year of a 5-year prison sentence before being put under house arrest at his uncle’s mansion in Pretoria in October.The minimum sentence for murder in South Africa is 15 years, but exceptional circumstances in the case of the former track star, including time already served, his disability and status as a first-time offender, could mean he’ll get a lower sentence.Sentencing is up to the North Gauteng High Court, where Pistorius was tried. South African media said Judge Thokozile Masipa, who presided over the original trial, will handle the matter. No sentencing date has been set.The National Prosecuting Authority will wait for word from the trial court about possible sentencing dates, said Luvuyo Mfaku, a spokesman for the authority.The Pistorius family said in a statement: “The legal team will study the finding and we will be guided by them in terms of options going forward.”Johann Engelbrecht, a criminal lawyer who is not involved in the Pistorius case, said it is doubtful that the former athlete’s lawyers could challenge the murder conviction by appealing to the Constitutional Court.He speculated that prosecutors would want the sentencing process to proceed swiftly rather than let Pistorius remain under house arrest for an extended period.Pistorius, a multiple Paralympic champion, became the first amputee to run at the Olympics and the able-bodied world championships. He was known as “Blade Runner” for his carbon-fiber running blades.“This case involves a human tragedy of Shakespearean proportions,” Leach said while delivering the ruling on behalf of the five-judge appeals court.“A young man overcomes huge physical disabilities to reach Olympian heights as an athlete,” he said. “In doing so he becomes an international celebrity. He meets a young woman of great natural beauty and a successful model. Romance blossoms and then ironically, on Valentine’s Day, all is destroyed when he takes her life.”Steenkamp, a model who appeared in a television reality show, had planned to give a speech touching on domestic abuse and family relationships at a school on the day she died. In a tweet the day before she died, she wrote: “What do you have up your sleeve for your love tomorrow???”Leach witheringly described Pistorius’ often tearful trial testimony as “vacillating and untruthful” and said Masipa, the judge who convicted him of manslaughter, committed an “error in law” by incorrectly applying a legal principle called “dolus eventualis.”Under that concept, a person can be convicted of murder if he or she foresaw the possibility of someone dying through their actions and went ahead anyway.Pistorius, 29, insisted he shot Steenkamp by mistake, thinking there was an intruder behind the door of a toilet cubicle in his home. The prosecution said Pistorius shot Steenkamp during an argument.Leach said that regardless of who Pistorius said he thought was behind the door, he should have known someone could be killed if he fired.There was initial confusion in the court when the judge preceded his reading of the Pistorius ruling by saying an appeal had been dismissed. He was referring to a separate legal case, but some news organizations incorrectly reported that Pistorius had not been convicted of murder.The Associated Press did not make the error. It was unknown if Pistorius was watching the TV broadcast or monitoring the initial news reports online that suggested he would serve no more prison time.There was no sign of Pistorius outside the home of his uncle, Arnold. As the judge began to read the decision, broadcast live on TV, the uncle was seen rushing into the house. Later, the uncle drove off in a car.Reeva Steenkamp’s father, Barry, told South African television channel ANN7 that the judgment was fair.“Let us now all get on with our lives,” he said. His voice breaking with emotion, he said of his daughter: “I’m sure she’ll be able to rest as well now.”___By Christopher Torchia. AP writer Lynsey Chutel contributed to this reportTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more