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’Allo ’Allo! star Gorden Kaye dies at 75
Actor Gorden Kaye, best known
for his role in the long-running
sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo!, has died at age
Kaye played reluctant resister and
cafe owner Rene Francois Artois
in the show, set in Nazi-occupied
France during World War Two.
The star’s agent confirmed he had
died overnight but made no further
The show ran on BBC One from
1982 to 1992 and it remains one of
Britain’s best-loved sitcoms.
Vicki Michelle, who played Rene’s
mistress and waitress Yvette Carte-
Blanche in the show, said Kaye was
“ loved the world over”.
As Rene, Kaye risked his neck to aid
the resistance and stay out of trouble
with the Nazis, with Carmen Silvera
playing his wife Edith, Richard
Gibson as Gestapo officer Herr
Flick and Arthur Bostrom as Officer
Crabtree, whose mangled vowels led
him to adopt the greeting “Good
A frequent philanderer, Rene was
a surprise attraction for the local
women and had love affairs with a
number of his waitresses.
A long-running joke in the
television series had Rene hiding
a painting, The Fallen Madonna
with the Big Boobies, inside a garlic
Before landing his career-defining
role, Kaye appeared in a number of
shows including It Ain’t Half Hot
Mum and Are You Being Ser ved?
and played Elsie Tanner’s nephew
Bernard Butler in Coronation Street
from 1969 to 1970.
Kaye also starred in a successful
stage version of ‘Allo ‘Allo! alongside
the original cast, and later a new-
look line-up, which frequently
toured in the United Kingdom and
In 1990 he nearly died in a freak
accident which left him with severe
head injuries when a wooden
advertising hoarding blew through
his car windscreen during a storm in
London. — Daily Mail
The man accused of deliberately
driving into pedestrians in Melbourne’s
Bourke Street mall has failed to appear
in court after police finally charged him
with murdering five people.
James “Jimmy ” Gargasoulas, 26, asked
not to appear before the Melbourne
Magistrates’ Court yesterday after he
was charged with five counts of murder.
He was excused.
There were police in the courtroom
when the case was heard, but no
supporters for Gargasoulas.
Three people, including a 10-year—
old girl, died when maroon Holden
Commodore, allegedly driven by
Gargasoulas, mounted the footpath in
the Bourke Street mall about 1.30pm on
A 33-year-old man died in hospital
later that night. A three-month-old boy
died on Saturday.
At least two people are still in a critical
condition, with up to 32 others injured
in the incident.
Police say more charges will be laid
Officers had to wait until yesterday
afternoon to inter view Gargasoulas, who
turns 27 on Thursday.
He under went surgery on Saturday
after being shot in the arm by police
on Friday as they stopped his alleged
Prosecutor Brendan Kissane, QC,
asked the court for extra time for police
to build the case against Gargasoulas,
and for his next court appearance to be
set for January 2018.
Magistrate Jelena Popovic refused.
“I will tell you now, I will not adjourn
the matter until a date in January (next
year),” she said.
“I will adjourn it to a date this year.”
The prosecution wanted the longer
than usual time of nine months due to
the complexity of the case.
because of the
unprecedented events,” Kissane said.
Parts of the central city were in
lockdown on Friday while officers
collected evidence over a large area.
The Premier promised the State
coroner extra resources if she needed
given the enormous scale of her
Counsel for Gargasoulas, Megan
Casey, said in court she understood there
may be “ voluminous material” but said
such a delay was concerning.
“I have concerns about the matter
going for as long as that,” she said.
There was no application for bail for
Gargasoulas, who has been remanded
His lawyer said the 26-year-old
required medical care.
“He has had surgery in the last few
days so requires medical attention,”
The case is due to return to court on
August 1 for a special mention.
Popovic ordered the brief of evidence
be ser ved on Gargasoulas’s lawyers by
October 20. — AAP
Crown wanted 12-month adjournment
Kenya Wildlife Ser vices veterinarians set up a radio collar on the neck of a tranquilised five-year-old lioness named Nyala to track its pride’s
movements in the Nairobi National Park near the Kenyan capital.
Tracking device to stop lioness straying into town
Kenyan authorities have fitted a
tracking device a on to one of the
36 lions which live in a wildlife
park on the outskirts of the capital
city, aiming to stop the animals
coming into unwanted contact with
Human settlements have
long been encroaching on the
Nairobi National Park which was
established in 1946 and gives
visitors a chance to see lions,
giraffes, zebras and other wildlife
against a backdrop of the city’s
Kenya Wildlife Service said
the it now had six lions in the
park fitted with satellite tracking
devices inserted into special
collars, in a project that began in
“The information is collected by
the lion collars in real time and
transmitted to park management
to guide problem animal control
teams whenever collared individuals
are obser ved to be headed to areas
inhabited by people, thus averting
conflicts,” the ser vice said in a
Last year rangers shot and killed
a male lion after it strayed out of
the park. Another was speared
to death in a township south of
Conser vationists say a new road
and railway passing through the
park was affecting animal behaviour
and leading more big cats to try to
escape in search of quieter hunting
There are about 2000 lions left in
the whole of Kenya. — Reuters
The health of former United States
President George H W Bush, 92, has
improved and he will move out of the
intensive care unit today of a Houston
hospital where he has been treated
for more than a week for pneumonia,
Former first lady Barbara Bush, 91, has
been discharged from the same hospital
after being treated for bronchitis, doctors
at Houston Methodist Hospital said at a
“He is a really strong person. He is
not your average 92 year old,” Dr Amy
Mynderse said of the former president.
Doctors added he is expected to spend
a few more days in the hospital.
Bush, who at 92 is the nation’s oldest
living ex-president, has been at Houston
Methodist Hospital since January 14
after experiencing shortness of breath.
Barbara Bush was admitted to the same
hospital on Wednesday as a precaution
after experiencing fatigue and coughing,
family spokesman Jim McGrath has
said. — Reuters
Torrential rain and strong winds
threatened to snarl travel and cause more
destruction overnight as a major storm
roared up the United States east coast
after killing at least 20 people in the
The weather system, which formed
deadly tornadoes in the deep south, is
turning colder as it moves northeast,
where residents face potential flooding,
downed power lines and high tides
overnight, Tim Morrin, the National
Weather Ser vice’s New York obser vation
programme leader, said.
“The best place to be is inside,” Morrin
Two train lines operated by NJ Transit,
which serves about 100,000 commuters
daily, were suspended during evening
rush hour between New York City and
parts of New Jersey due to downed
power lines, the agency said on its
About 665 flights were cancelled, with
Newark Liberty International Airport
in New Jersey the hardest hit airport,
according to the air traffic website Flight
New York City emergency management
officials warned winds could reach
100kph through the day, with more than
7.5cm of rain possible. F lood advisories
and watches were issued for much of the
Northern Pennsylvania and parts of
New England were expected to get
more than 15cm of wet snow, producing
dangerously slippery roads. Winds
topping 80kph could whip the east coast
from Delaware to eastern Maine.
The National Weather Ser vice said the
front would reach the Middle Atlantic
coast today. A flood warning was in
place for part of south-western Virginia,
and a high wind advisory was issued for
western North Carolina.
The storm is expected to take a north-
eastward path away from the U.S.
coastline by Wednesday evening, the
weather ser vice said.
The rain and snow will help ease a dry
spell in the north-east US, where much
of the region is suffering from moderate
to extreme drought, according to the US
Tornadoes and storms killed 15
people over the weekend in Georgia.
In Dougherty County, four people were
confirmed dead after a twister left a
damage path at least a mile wide in spots
on Sunday, according to the National
Weather Ser vice.
Families were separated and many
people left without homes, food or hope,
officials said. A mobile home park was
particularly hard hit.
“ It literally looks like God took half of
the mobile home park and threw it across
the street into the woods,” Dougherty
county commission chairman Chris
Cohilas said at a news conference.
Mississippi reported four dead from a
tornado on Saturday, and one death was
reported in northern Florida’s Columbia
County. — Reuters
The election of Republican
businessman Donald Trump as
president of the United States has
some Californians dreaming — of
their own country.
One in every three California
residents supports the most populous
State’s peaceful withdrawal from the
union, according to a new Reuters-
Ipsos opinion poll, many of them
Democrats strongly opposed to
Trump’s ascension to the country’s
The 32% support rate is sharply
higher than the last time the poll
asked Californians about secession,
in 2014, when one-in-five or 20%
favoured it around the time Scotland
held its independence referendum
and voted to remain in the United
California also far surpasses the
national average favouring secession,
which stood at 22%, down from 24%
The poll sur veyed 500 Californians
among more than 14,000 adults
nationwide from December 6 to
January 19 and has a credibility
inter val, a measure of accuracy, of one
point nationally and five points in
The idea of secession is largely a
settled matter in the US, though the
impulse to break away carries on in
some corners of the country, most
notably in Texas.
While interest has remained about
the same nationwide, it has found
more favour in California and the
concept has even earned a catchy
name — “Calexit.”
“ I don’t think it ’s likely to happen,
but if things get really bad it could
be an option,” Stephen Miller, 70, a
retired transportation planner who
lives in Sacramento and told pollsters
he “tended to support” secession, said.
During the campaign, Trump
alienated many in the Democratic-
leaning State with his promises to
crack down on illegal immigration,
threats of creating a Muslim registry,
remarks women found offensive and
vows to repeal the Affordable Care
Act, also known as Obamacare.
“There’s such hostility towards
Trump that many citizens believe it
would be smarter to leave than fight,”
Steve Maviglio, who last year ran the
campaign against a proposed ballot
initiative to break California into six
With 39 million residents and the
sixth-largest economy in the world,
California is already a nation-state,
Maviglio said. In November’s election,
the State broke nearly two-to-one
in favor of Trump’s Democratic
opponent, Hillary Clinton.
In practice, secession is highly
unlikely, facing political, legal and
possibly even military obstacles,
considering that the US fought the
Civil War over the secession of the
South, Maviglio and others said.
Trump’s election gave a huge
boost to the quixotic campaign to
remove California from the US
called Yes California, run by a former
conser vative turned progressive who
now lives in Russia.
Dubbed “Calexit” by pundits
comparing the effort to “Brexit” —
Britain’s vote to withdraw from the
European Union — Yes California’s
e-mail list jumped from fewer than
2500 before the election to 115,069
currently, the group’s president, Louis
Marinelli, said in a phone inter view.
Yekaterinburg, about 1600km east
of Moscow, in September and has
lived in Russia on and off for several
years, said he became disenchanted
with the US after difficulties arose
with the immigration process for his
On Friday, activists from the group
waved signs saying “California out
of the United States” and “U.S. out
of California” at anti-Trump protests
in Los Angeles and San Francisco,
Marinelli said. They have requested
approval from the state to begin
collecting signatures for a pro-
secession ballot initiative.
In Lodi, California, Democratic
who told pollsters he “strongly
supported” California secession,
said he thinks it could happen if
Trump and the Republicans who
dominate the Congress impose
conser vative policies on such issues
as the environment, immigration and
“There’s a whole series of things
that are going to get Californians
riled up,” Rubly, 68, said. “ If he
pushes those buttons in the wrong
way, there’s going to be hell to pay. ”
Californians dream of country without Trump
Hamas warns US
on embassy move
The Palestinian Hamas
movement has warned
United States President
Donald Trump of the
through on his promise to
move the US embassy to
administration is exceeding
all red lines by moving its
embassy,” the group in
charge of Gaza since 2007
said in a statement.
Mahmoud Abbas, who has
also repeatedly warned that such a move
would be viewed as an “aggression,” has
asked Jordan for help in opening a direct
line of communication with the Trump
White House, Israel Radio reported
White House speaker Sean Spicer said
on Sunday the US administration was
“at the very beginning stages of even
discussing” relocating the
embassy, according to the
Spicer’s comment came
shortly before a “very
warm” phone conversation
between Trump and Israeli
Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu about peace
and security in the Middle
East and the nuclear deal
repeatedly promised to
move the US embassy to
Jerusalem from its location
in Tel Aviv, also invited
Netanyahu to Washington in February.
An exact date will be set in coming days.
Israel has long considered Jerusalem
to be its capital. However, since the
Palestinian Authority would like to
make east Jerusalem the capital of an
eventual state, picking Jerusalem as the
site of its embassy would be a clear signal
of favouring one side. — DPA
Searchers wanted to
continue MH370 hunt
Searchers for MH370 maintain the
missing Malaysia Airlines flight is
probably to the north of where they had
been looking in the southern Indian
The Australian Transport Safety
Bureau said last month the Boeing
777 could be within a 25,000 square
kilometre area to the north of the
120,000 square kilometres offical search
zone, but the last vessel returned to port
south of Perth overnight.
“It’s highly likely the area now defined
by the experts contains the aircraft
but that ’s not absolutely for certain,”
Australian Transport Safety Bureau
chief commissioner Greg Hood told
Hood later told AAP the ATSB would
have liked to continue searching to
solve the mystery and bring closure to
the families of those on board, but the
decision to suspend the under water hunt
was made by the Malaysian, Australian
and Chinese governments. — AAP
Battery design blamed
for Samsung Note 7 fires
Samsung Electronics Co says problems
with the design and manufacturing
of batteries in its Galaxy Note 7
smartphones caused them to overheat
and burst into fire.
The announcement of the company ’s
investigation into one of its worst
product fiascos comes three months after
the flagship phone was discontinued.
The world’s biggest smartphone maker
recalled 2.5 million Note 7 phones
in September after reports they were
overheating and catching fire.
It blamed lithium batteries from a
New Note 7s with different batteries
also caught fire.
So Samsung permanently dropped the
premium phone in October.
It estimates the problems will cost it at
least $US5.3 billion through early 2017.
Samsung has taken heat for its handling
of the recall and its hasty, apparently
incomplete initial investigation into
what went wrong. —AP
Questions over hotel
Rescuers dug in the buried ruins
of a mountainside hotel in central
Italy for a fifth day running today, as
questions multiplied over the initial
response to last week’s blizzards and
Eleven people sur vived the
January 18 disaster in the Gran
Sasso national park, including four
children who were extracted from
under tonnes of snow and debris
on Friday. Six bodies have been
recovered and a further 23 people
are still missing.
Video footage showed one rescuer
wriggling through a tiny hole cut
in the concrete roof of the Hotel
Rigopiano trying to find more
possible sur vivors.
“ We are working on the theory that
the avalanche did not necessarily hit
or destroy every room and that we
haven’t yet reached the heart of the
structure,” Luca Cari, spokesman
for the national fire brigades, said.
“ We are continuing to explore the
inside of the building in the hope
of finding someone alive, although
there is no certainty of this.”
Italian media published an
e-mail sent by the hotel manager
on January 18 to an array of local
authorities, urging help to clear the
access roads to enable the guests
to escape after a series of powerful
earthquakes had rattled the region.
“The clients have been terrorised
by the tremors,” the e-mail said.
However, no help came before
the avalanche struck, with local
authorities saying that their most
powerful snow plough had broken
down and they did not have the
money to repair it.
“The snow plough had been in for
repairs for months,” Luigi Di Maio,
a leading light in the opposition
5-Star Movement, who accused
the government of depriving local
provinces of vital funds, said.
The government has promised
to review its emergency response
apparatus in the wake of the
disaster. A court in nearby Pescara
has opened an investigation into
hotlines allegedly did not take
seriously early telephone calls
reporting the disaster.
“The operator did not believe
me,” restaurant owner Quintino
Marcella said. He had called for
help after one of his staff telephoned
from the obliterated hotel.
Italian media said the emergency
ser vices had contacted the hotel’s
owner to see if he could confirm
the avalanche. He reportedly said
he knew nothing about it, but the
operators were apparently unaware
that he was not actually there.
As a result, the rescue operation
only got into gear some two and a
half hours later, with the first rescue
team arriving by ski 11 hours after
the catastrophe because the roads
Waiting ner vously at a hospital in
Pescara, the father of one man who
was in the hotel accused authorities
of wrongly telling him his son
had been rescued along with his
Alessio Feniello said his son’s
girlfriend had been pulled to safety
and had told her rescuers that
Stefano Feniello, 28, was still inside.
“If there was a thread of hope
to rescue (my son), there isn’t any
hope any more,” he told reporters.
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