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CCTV images emerged today appearing to show a smiling Reeva Steenkamp arriving at Oscar Pistorius’ home, just hours before he shot her dead on Valentine’s Day.
The video stills show Reeva Steenkamp, 29, looking happy as she pulled up Oscar Pistorius’ home in Pretoria, according to the respected South African investigative programme Carte Blanche.
Reeva Steenkamp was pictured on a camera pulling into the guarded entrance of the Silver Woods estate in her Mini Cooper car just before 6 p.m. on February 13, the day before Valentine’s Day.
The model was seen holding her right hand against her cheek and right eye, and 10 minutes later Oscar Pistorius himself was pictured arriving in his white BMW, but his facial expression could not be seen.
Despite Reeva Steenkamp’s smiles, her ex-flatmate revealed that she felt so “caged in” by an “impatient and moody” Oscar Pistorius in the early days of their relationship that he was forced to tell him to “back off”.
Cyril Myers, whom Reeva Steenkamp lived with in Johannesburg, told South Africa’s City Press that Oscar Pistorius at first seemed polite but then began to start putting pressure on Reeva.
He claimed it got to the point where Cyril Myers had to intervene. He recalled their first date, shortly after she broke up with her former boyfriend.
“She went with Oscar to a sports-awards evening. And after that he wouldn’t leave her alone. He kept pestering her, phoning and phoning and phoning her.
“Oscar was hasty and impatient and very moody – that’s my impression of him. She told me he pushed her a bit into a corner. She felt caged in. I told her I would talk to him.
“I told him not to force himself on her. Back off. He agreed, but his face showed me what he was thinking: <<Oh, this guy is talking nonsense>>. He did cool down a bit.
“Then they started going out steadily, and she was more at his home. I once talked to her about Oscar’s moodiness. She didn’t answer me.”
CCTV images emerged today appearing to show a smiling Reeva Steenkamp arriving at Oscar Pistorius’ home, just hours before he shot her dead on Valentine’s Day
Oscar Pistorius has been charged with premeditated murder in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine’s Day.
A text from Reeva Steenkamp to Cyril Myers on the night she was shot revealed that she did not intend to stay the night but changed her mind because she did not want to drive home as it was late.
Oscar Pistorius denies murder, saying he killed her accidentally. He said he opened fire after mistaking Reeva Steemkamp for an intruder in his home.
Meanwhile the brother of Paralympic star, Carl Pistorius, is facing charges over the death of a woman in a car crash in 2010, it emerged today.
Oscar Pistorius has broken down in tears at court this morning as he begged for bail on the same day Reeva Steenkamp will be buried by her family.
Oscar Pistorius, 26, was hidden under a blanket in the back of a police car as he was swept into the Pretoria courthouse where he was accused of gunning down model Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day.
The Paralympic champion began to sob in the dock before he slumped forwards with his head in his hands as the prosecutor accused him of murdering an “unarmed and innocent woman”.
The court was also told that Reeva Steenkamp had arrived at his home at around 6 p.m., with an overnight bag, before being “shot three times while on the toilet” in the middle of the night.
600 miles away in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth Reeva Steenkamp’s family, friends and loved-ones will be attending her private funeral.
They have demanded to know why their “beautiful angel” was blasted to death with his 9mm gun and have begged the sprinter to “tell the truth” about the shooting when he appears in court today.
Meanwhile olice focus their investigations on Reeva Steenkamp’s iPad amid concerns she received an early-hours message that may have sparked a row.
Oscar Pistorius has broken down in tears at court this morning as he begged for bail on the same day Reeva Steenkamp will be buried by her family
Reeva Steenkamp’s tablet computer was found on the bedroom floor – and this is now being checked by investigators along with both her and Oscar Pistorius’ phone for any clues about her death.
June Steenkamp, Reeva’s mother said: “All we want are answers … answers as to why this had to happen, why our beautiful daughter had to die like this?”
But the mystery of her final moments deepened after the tragedy was recreated in a controversial “cartoon” strip in South Africa.
The bizarre images suggest Reeva Steenkamp was shot in the hip in Oscar Pistorius’ bedroom before being attacked and seeking refuge in the bathroom, sitting on the toilet seat.
Today it also emerged that sportswear brand Nike, one of the athlete’s main sponsors, has no plans to use Oscar Pistorius in future ad campaigns.
This came as Reeva Steenkamp’s brother Adam called for the truth, telling reporters that the only person left alive who can say what happened is Oscar Pistorius.
Asked what could possibly be the motive behind his niece’s murder, Reeva’s uncle Mike Steenkamp said: “The only person who can answer that is Reeva”
But her brother Adam said: “Oscar.”
Adam Steenkamp, a 36-year-old father of two who works at the University of Cambridge, has flown back to his parent’s home in South Africa to help deal with the crisis. Though he is Reeva Steenkamp’s half brother, as they have different mothers, he said that they considered each other direct siblings.
One girlfriend used Valentine’s Day to break up with her boyfriend – with a cold-hearted message on a petrol station’s advertising board.
“Laura” paid to display the message at an Esso garage in Manchester because she knew her boyfriend went there every day for his lunch so he would see it.
Not only did she announce that she was breaking up with her partner, she also informed him that she was leaving him for another man.
The cowardly message reads: “I’m leaving you for Gary. Your clothes are at your mum’s. I’ve change the locks.
“Sorry to do this on Valentine’s Day. Laura.”
The ad, which has become a social media hit, was spotted by Jordan Wilson who posted it on Twitter with the caption: “This has to be the meanest dump ever.
“Not such a great Valentine’s day for the man in question here.
“To get dumped is bad enough, but the humiliation of seeing it displayed at your local petrol station is just one step too far.”
Laura paid to display the message at an Esso garage in Manchester because she knew her boyfriend went there every day for his lunch so he would see it
The Amscreen board, upon which the cruel message was displayed, usually advertises snack deals.
But could this Valentine’s break-up just be an elaborate hoax?
It transpires that Amscreen is a company that specializes in selling advertising space on digital signage screens and is run by none other than entrepreneur Lord Alan Sugar and his son Simon.
Lord Alan Sugar tweeted a snap of the ad out to his 2.7 million followers with the caption: “Have a look at the advert someone took out on one of our screens today… Poor bloke! #Valentines #Amscreen.”
Simon Sugar then added: “The world’s media seemed to have loved Laura’s ad. You can rent out a screen via…”
Jordan Wilson, who first posted the photo spurring the internet frenzy, is a digital account manager at PushON.
After posting the photo, Jordan Wilson added: “It seems the #amscreen pic has reached Australia judging by the recent RT’s…”
It didn’t look like Britney Spears was too lonely for Valentine’s Day after her recent split from fiancé Jason Trawick as she was spotted dining out with a mystery man in Calabasas on Thursday night.
Dressed in a cream blouse, black blazer and jeans, Britney Spears was spotted arriving at Banzai Sushi for dinner with an unidentified male.
Although it could have been her bodyguard, her decision to dine out with a man on Valentine’s Day will prompt speculation there could be something more going on.
Ahead of her dinner date, Britney Spears was seen shopping with her mother Lynne at Bed, Bath & Beyond in Malibu.
Also on Thursday, Britney Spears responded to an accusation she didn’t sing on her Will.i.am duet Scream And Shout.
The claims came as the remix video for the single was released online 24 hours earlier than planned.
It didn’t look like Britney Spears was too lonely for Valentine’s Day after her recent split from fiancé Jason Trawick as she was spotted dining out with a mystery man in Calabasas
Athlete Oscar Pistorius tweeted how he went into “full combat recon mode” after mistaking his washing machine for an intruder, less than three months before his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead in the middle of the night.
Oscar Pistorius, 26, was today preparing to spend the night in jail before appearing in court first thing tomorrow morning after being charged with the murder of 30-year-old FHM model Reeva Steenkamp.
Reeva Steenkamp, who had been dating Oscar Pistorius for two months, was shot four times in the head, chest and arm inside his mansion in Pretoria, South Africa at 4.00 a.m.
In a message posted on Twitter on November 27 last year Oscar Pistorius wrote: “Nothing like getting home to hear the washing machine on and thinking it’s an intruder to go into full combat recon mode into the pantry!”
Oscar Pistorius may have killed his girlfriend with a handgun kept next to his bed after a Valentine’s Day surprise went tragically wrong and he thought she was a burglar, sources have said.
Oscar Pistorius tweeted how he went into “full combat recon mode” after mistaking his washing machine for an intruder, less than three months before his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead in the middle of the night
But police say Reeva Steenkamp’s death is being treated as murder, adding that officers had been sent to previous incidents of a “domestic nature” at his address on the exclusive Silver Woods gated estate.
Brigadier Denise Beukes said neighbors were woken by “screaming and shouting” at the time of the shooting and police were “very surprised” by the intruder suggestion, telling reporters: “These allegations did not come from us.”
Oscar Pistorius is in custody and was due in court this afternoon but the hearing has now been delayed to 9.00 a.m. tomorrow to allow forensics more time to work in his home.
Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was today charged with murder after allegedly shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead at his mansion in Pretoria, South Africa.
Reeva Steenkamp, 29, a former FHM model who had been dating the 26-year-old for two months, was shot four times in the head, chest and arm inside his home at 4:00 a.m.
Oscar Pistorius may have killed Reeva Steenkamp with a handgun kept next to his bed after a Valentine’s Day surprise went tragically wrong and he thought she was a burglar, sources have said.
But police say Reeva Steenkamp’s death is being treated as murder, adding that officers had been sent to previous incidents of a “domestic nature” at Oscar Pistorius’ address on the exclusive Silver Woods gated estate.
Brigadier Denise Beukes added police were “very surprised” by the intruder suggestion, telling reporters: “These allegations did not come from us.”
Oscar Pistorius was due in court this afternoon but the hearing has now been delayed to 9:00 a.m. and the sprinter is in custody.
Oscar Pistorius was today charged with murder after allegedly shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead at his mansion in Pretoria
Police were called to his home in the upmarket Silver Woods gated compound on the outskirts of South Africa’s administrative capital in the early hours of Thursday morning.
They found paramedics treating a 29-year-old woman with four gunshot wounds to the head and upper body. Reeva Steenkamp died at the scene, and officers recovered a 9 mm pistol.
Early reports suggested Oscar Pistorius might have mistaken his girlfriend for an intruder.
Police say neighbors heard screaming and shouting around the time of the shooting, and that they had been called to investigate incidents of a domestic nature at the same house in the past.
They also said that they would oppose any bail application.
This year forget teddy bears and chocolates for Valentine’s Day. If you really want to make your sweetheart feel special on Valentine’s Day, give her an experience.
Doing something special together is more meaningful and more memorable.
Here are ten date ideas that will guarantee a fun and romantic Valentine’s Day, Night or Weekend.
1. Create a scavenger hunt.
Hide things around your home, neighborhood, or city!
2. Book a nice hotel get-away.
There’s nothing sexier than having a glass of champagne on high-thread count sheets.
3. Take a romantic road-trip.
Take to the road for a weekend excursion. Plan neat spots to stop for lunch, a hike, and for a cozy night’s sleep.
4. Play in the snow.
Go on a skiing, snowshoeing or sledding adventure! Then warm up with hot cocoa in front of a fireplace.
Ten date ideas to impress your girlfriend on Valentine’s Day
5. Go on a French themed date.
Visit a wine bar, a French restaurant, and play her French tunes there and back.
6. Have a picnic.
Pack a picnic and head somewhere with an incredible view.
7. Get rustic.
Rent a cabin or go glamping and eat dinner in front of the fireplace.
8. Go to wine country or do a wine tour in your town.
A good wine sets a good mood. Go wine tasting in your state, pop by a few places for wine and small plates in your town, or go big and fly to California.
9. Take an Italian cooking class.
Cooking is better together. Learn how to do it right and then create your own delicious candle-lit meal at home!
10. Chill out.
Book a couples spa day or a hot springs weekend.
Valentine’s Day Chocolate Cupcakes
*3 cups all purpose flour
* 2 cups sugar
* 2/3 cup Hershey’s Cocoa
* 2 teaspoons baking soda
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 2 cups water
* 2/3 cup vegetable oil
* 2 tablespoons vinegar
* 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
* 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
* 1/3 cup sugar
* 1 egg
* 1/8 teaspoon salt
* 1 cup Hershey’s Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips or Mini Chips
Valentine’s Day Chocolate Cupcakes
Prepare filling; set aside. Heat oven to 350 degrees. In large mixing bowl combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Add water, oil, vinegar and vanilla; beat on medium speed 2 minutes or until well combined. Fill paper-lined muffin cups ( 2 1/2 inches in diameter) 2/3 full with batter. Spoon 1 level Tbsp filling into center of each cupcake. Bake 20-25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in cake portion comes out clean. Cool. About 2 1/2 dozen cupcakes.
In small mixer bowl combine cream cheese, sugar, egg and salt; beat until smooth and creamy. Stir in chocolate chips.
Goblin’s Delight Filling: Add 2 teaspoons grated orange peel, 4 drops yellow food color and 3 drops red food color to filling before stirring in chips.
Valentine Filling: Add 4-5 drops red food color to filling.
The 42-year-old Jennifer Lopez looked like a giddy teenager as she and the 24-year-old Casper Smart got playful in Santa Barbara, California earlier this week.
Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart celebrated the Valentine’s Day holiday on Tuesday by exploring their childish sides.
J Lo looked carefree and happy as she and Casper Smart played on a swing set by the ocean.
Casper Smart certainly looked his age in a pair of white and black board shorts with a complementary black hooded sweatshirt.
Jennifer Lopez still managed to look impossibly chic in a cream dress and long grey cable knit sweater as she joined her lover on the playground.
J Lo looked happy and in love as she hopped on the swing with Casper Smart for a full embrace and couldn’t resist giggling with glee.
After getting frisky on the swings, the pair took a walk on the beach to play in the surf.
They sat a distance apart on a large rock before moving on for a romantic hand-in-hand stroll.
Later, they carved a large heart in the sand with sticks which read “Jennifer + Casper.”
The couple showed off an additional romantic Valentine’s Day moment when Jennifer Lopez tweeted a black and white photograph of the two cozying up to one another.
Her eyes are closed in the snap while the shirtless backup dancer planted a kiss on her forehead.
However, Jennifer Lopez appears to have since erased the photo.
J Lo also spared some love for her fans on February 14, posting: “HAPPY VALENTINES DAY #JLOVE?RS!! I wish U ALL lots of love today and always! I l appreciate and love you all. #sweettweet.”
Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart are now in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, together, where they plan on attending the world famous Carnival festival.
They were seen today hanging out on the balcony of their hotel, waving to fans and taking pictures of Ipanema beach.
This time, they were on the same page fashion-wise.
Jennifer Lopez wore tight black skinny jeans, a black sweater and a cream and black plaid scarf looped around her neck .
Casper Smart was in black shorts, a striped black vest and a straw fedora.
They were also captured with Jennifer Lopez’s manager, Benny Medina, who posed for pictures with the diva that Casper Smart took.
Jennifer Lopez and her manager, Benny Medina, in Rio de Janeiro posing for pictures that Casper Smart took
Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart have been dating since November, and though they seem happy together, there’s no chance Jennifer is rushing to remarry.
J Lo told Today show host Matt Lauer recently that she wasn’t planning on tying the knot again in the near future.
She said: “It’s not time to think about that yet. It’s still fresh.”
Jennifer Lopez has had more time to fully get over ex-husband Marc Anthony, with whom she recently shared a good humored appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show.
She playfully “slapped” the father of her children during the interview, prompting him to joke: “That was assault on camera.”
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony ended their seven-year marriage in July.
For this Valentine’s Day, a bakery in Pennsylvania is offering cupcakes decorated in eight carat engagement rings, delicately fitting each cake’s whipped icing with a surprising diamond sparkler.
The bakers say there’s no better way to showcase their store’s motto, “love tastes like this”, than this diamond-topped treat.
“What could be sweeter than asking your special someone to marry you than with a red velvet cupcake?” Maki Garcia-Evans, Cupcakes Gourmet owner and executive pastry chef told KSLA-TV.
The dazzling bobble provided by Pennsylvania-based Warwick Jewelers is offering the rings at a 15% discount when sold through the bakery’s Valentine’s day offer.
“We wanted to do a statement piece that when people see it they would say, <<wow, I can’t believe this is a $55,000 beautiful ring>>” Warwick Jewelers marketing manager Brittany Burkland told KSLA.
For this Valentine’s Day, a bakery in Pennsylvania is offering cupcakes decorated in eight carat engagement rings
Brittany Burland reasons no sweeter way to pop the question.
Named as one of the four best couture bake shops in the nation in 2011 by Brides magazine, the bakery takes great pride in each individual cupcake made from scratch and by hand.
“What I love most about it is when people eat them and they just feel loved you know,” Maki Garcia-Evans said, “and that’s what it’s really all about”.
With no two women being the same, Pizza Hut is also offering their own Valentine’s Day engagement promotion of a $10,010 dinner box with their own provided ring and meal.
The proposal package features a red ruby ring, limousine service, flowers, personal fireworks show, photographer and videographer, as well as a $10 pizza, breadsticks and cinnamon sticks dinner box.
Pizza Hut is also offering their own Valentine's Day engagement promotion of a $10,010 dinner box with their own provided ring and meal
As a courtesy-safety net to buyers provided by the pizza chain, if the package is not used before March 31 of this year, they say they’ll refund the entire cost.
The packages are limited to one per person.
A short guide to pick-up the right bottle of fragrance for this Valentine’s Day.
FRAGRANCES FOR HER
Jimmy Choo eau de toilette
A newly launched lighter version of the gorgeous Jimmy Choo scent, which, in keeping with all things romantic, is pale pink. There are top notes of ginger and heart notes of tea rose. It comes in an exquisite faceted bottle.
Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial L’Eau
In a beautiful bottle with a sapphire blue stopper, this new version of the iconic scent has top notes of damask rose and iris on a base of vanilla and tonka bean. It’s fresher than the original, with an almond overtone.
Burberry Body Mist
A new, lighter version of the best-selling Burberry Body fragrance, this is lovely for spraying all over as it’s delicate enough to scent hair and the whole body. Use after bathing to allow skin to absorb sandalwood, freesia and peach notes.
Gucci Guilty Intense
A warm, oriental version of the eau de toilette, this is a feminine fragrance, with notes of pink pepper, mandarin and powdery violet. Perfect for romantic nights out.
Gucci Guilty Intense is perfect for romantic nights out
Brand new from Coach, this is a fruity, floral scent with fresh cucumber, juicy mandarin and baby freesia buds. In a pretty pink and red bottle, its woody undertones blend with the floral aspects. Lovely for every day.
Dolce & Gabanna The One
This scent feels exclusive and luxurious. It’s a warm oriental with a citrus blend of bergamot and mandarin. The heavy glass bottle feels substantial and expensive.
Carita eau de parfum
With top notes of bergamot and rose, heart notes of violet, heliotrope and iris and base notes of vanilla, amber and musk, this is one of the sexiest new scents around. A must-have for true romantics.
Fan de Fendi eau de toilette
This limited edition of the Sicilian scent is like a little bottle of sunshine. A fresh floral perfume with notes of Damascena rose, it comes with the famed Fendi logo in bright yellow. It’s available for only one season, so is sure to become a collector’s item.
FRAGRANCES FOR HIM
Molton Brown Re-Charge Black Pepper eau de toilette
With fiery Madagascan black pepper- corn oil, this sultry, warming scent is very masculine. Another great choice is one of Molton Brown’s fabulous gift sets, Fresh Black Pepper.
Boucheron Pour Homme
A refreshing citrus scent with a woody base and notes of bergamot, verbena, basil and coriander. One for men who like to look and smell classic and dapper.
Jean Paul Gaultier Kokorico
This sweet, yet fresh, fragrance contrasts cocoa bean with fig leaf for an unusual, yet distinctly Gaultier scent. It comes beautifully presented in a red tin, so it would make a great Valentine’s gift. Ideal for men who like a powerful, exotic fragrance.
Guerlain Homme L’Eau Boisee
A woody version of Guerlain Homme L’Eau, with notes of Indian vetiver. There’s a lovely crispness, too, perfect for spring days.
Guerlain Homme L’Eau Boisee is a woody version of Guerlain Homme L’Eau, with notes of Indian vetiver, perfect for spring days
Tom Ford Extreme eau de toilette
A real treat for the man who knows exactly what he wants. Rum, caramel, vanilla and black truffle make this a unique spicy scent. In an elegant bottle, it will quickly become a favorite.
M7 by Yves Saint Laurent
This is part of The Collection from YSL, another brand to re-launch cult and classic fragrances. Dating from 2002, it has notes of mandarin and myrrh to give a woody, distinctive fragrance. The retro bottle will look good in the bathroom.
Paco Rabanne 1 Million aftershave
A huge seller, this scent is leathery and freshly crisp, with notes of frosted grapefruit, mandarin and peppermint, contrasting with tonka bean and amber. The bottle is impressive and will look smart in a wash bag.