The British royal family on Buckingham Palace balcony after Prince William and Kate Middleton were married. Kate wears a wedding gown by Sarah Burton. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
by pio dal cin. Codognè As I predicted on my recent post the Royal Baby is Here, today, on the very first day of full Moon. July the 22nd. It’s a boy (I predicted a girl) So His Royal name is not yet known All we know is that he was born at 4:24 pm local time and weighed 8.6 pounds in London’sSaint Mary’s Hospital. William was present for the birth
The name was not immediately announced and may not be known for up to a week.
Pistorius, who has been nicknamed the “blade runner” for the carbon-fiber blades on which he runs, was accused today of killing his girlfriend, 30-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius allegedly shot Steenkamp several times at his home overnight in the South African capital of Pretoria.
The sprinter, who took home gold and silver medals at the London Paralympics in 2012, enjoyed firing guns and would often leave his home in the middle of the night to shoot at a nearby range, according to Daily Mail writer Jonathan McEvoy, who spent time at Pistorius’ Silverwoods estate on the outskirts of Pretoria in 2011.
“He enjoyed shooting,” McEvoy told ABCNews.com in a telephone interview from London. “There was a range nearby, and when he wasn’t able to sleep in the night, he’d go there. He had a small gun by his bed, and a big gun by the window, some sort of machine gun.”
Police Lt. Col. Katlego Mogale said a 9-mm pistol was recovered at the scene and a murder case opened against Pistorius, The Associated Press reported. The precise circumstances surrounding the incident are unclear. Local reports say he might have mistaken her for a burglar, according to the AP.
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Although Pistorius’ home, which McEvoy described as big for a young man living on his own, is heavily secured with his personal armed guards, Pistorius told McEvoy that he worried that the guards were working with potential burglars on invading his home.
“It’s usually safe in guarded estates like this until that happens,” McEvoy said Pistorius told him.
Gated communities are increasingly popular with the wealthy in South Africa, as well as the middle class. Guard dogs, electric fencing and complex security systems are designed to protect residents from threats from the outside world.
Pistorius’ concerns about his personal safety in his home were similarly reflected in a January 2012 New York Times article, in which he described his reaction to a security alarm going off in his home. When the alarm triggered, he crept downstairs, gun in hand, only to find nothing, according to the Times report.
Crime, particularly violent crime, along with robberies and home invasions, is a significant issue across Pretoria and South Africa, which has one of the world’s highest rates of violent crime. In 2011, the homicide rate was 31.8 per 100,000 people.
McEvoy said Pistorius had an unusually large arsenal.
“Even by the standards of a very scary area where he lived, it was unusual for him to have as much as that,” he told ABCNews.com.
McEvoy described Pistorius as generally easy going and relaxed, but prone to drastic shifts in mood.
“On days his mood would swing the other way, and he could be very miserable and down, surly, and there was no reason to explain it,” he said.
Police said they have heard reports of an argument or shouting at the apartment complex, and that the only two people on the premises were Steenkamp and Pistorius. Police also confirmed there have previously been incidents of a domestic nature at the home of Pistorius.
South African Sports journalist Lelo Mzaca refuted rumors that Pistorius was anti-female in an interview today with ABC News.
I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this Government: ‘I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.’ We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and suffering. You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us: to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival. Speech in the House of Commons, after taking office as Prime Minister (13 May 1940).