1. Oscar Pistorius sentencing
Oscar Pistorius is a broken man according to his defence team. His sentencing hearing has heard from trauma counsellor Lore Hartzenberg, who strongly implied that a “broken” Pistorius had been punished enough.
He faced a court in South Africa yesterday to be sentenced for culpable homicide for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
The defence called Joel Maringa, a state correctional services officer who said Oscar Pistorius should be sentenced to three years of house arrest and be obliged to carry out community service as a cleaner for 16 hours a month during that period, cleaning a museum for example.
During this time he would be allowed to do athletic training.
“We are basically saying he should not be destroyed,” Mr. Maringa said.
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel called the suggestion “shockingly inappropriate” after the killing of Ms. Steenkamp.
2. PM says coal is good
The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott has said that Australia’s coal industry has a “big future, as well as a big past” and claimed that it will be the world’s principal energy source for decades to come.
Speaking at the opening of a $ 3.9 billion Caval Ridge Mine in Central Queensland.
Fairfax Media reports that this mine will produce 5.5 million tonnes annually of metallurgical coal and employ about 500 people.
3. PM says he will shirt-front Putin
The Prime Minister, Tony Abbott has puzzled social media by announcing at a press conference yesterday that he is going to shirt-front Russian president Vladimir Putin when they meet at the G20 summit in Brisbane next month.
“I’m going to shirtfront Mr Putin,” he said in regarding to the ongoing investigation into MH370.
“I am going to be saying to Mr Putin Australians were murdered.”
“There’ll be a lot of tough conversations with Russia and I suspect the conversation I have with Mr Putin will be the toughest conversation of all
The unusual phrase – a football term meaning to knock someone to the ground – or to stand up to them – was trending on Twitter.
“Perfect way to abolish war – in future all disputes to be settled by a duel between presidents! #Shirtfront #Pistols_at_dawn :)) wrote one user