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Jessica Falkholt ’s life
switched off more than
a fortnight after a horror
crash that killed her
parents and younger
The 29-year-old has
been fighting for life in
St George Hospital since
she was pulled from the wreckage,
along with her sister Annabelle, 21, on
December 26 near Ulladulla.
The family’s car was hit by a four-
wheel drive, incinerating both vehicles,
and parents Lars and Vivian died at the
Annabelle died as a result of her
injuries last Tuesday and yesterday it was
reported Falkholt ’s life support had been
turned off. Th ere has been no official
confirmation from the
NSW Police or hospital
that the actress has died.
Home and Away,
on which she had her
break-out role, tweeted:
“ Rest in peace, beautiful
Jessica Falkholt”, with
a link to a news story
about her life support
being turned off.
The driver of the four-
wheel-drive, 50-year-old Craig Whitall,
was reportedly travelling home from a
Nowra methadone clinic when he was
also killed in the collision. Whitall was a
habitual traffic offender with more than
60 convictions to his name.
Falkholt ’s family were laid to rest after
a funeral at St Mary’s Catholic Church
in Concord on Wednesday. The family
was remembered as an inseparable,
radiant group. — AAP
Actress’s life support switched off
Armoured carrier in ram raid for bottle of wine
A man rammed an armoured
personnel carrier into a shop
window before climbing through
the rubble to steal a bottle of wine
in a town in northern Russia,
according to local media and
video posted on social media.
The man had swiped the vehicle
from a privately-run motorsport
training ground nearby, driven it
through a forest and into Apatity,
a small town just south of the
Arctic circle, local news agency
Struggling to turn around in
a narrow street, the man, whom
witnesses described as being
drunk, proceeded to slam the
carrier into the window of the
Family convenience store, the
news agency said.
He also crushed a Daewoo car
parked nearby, images showed.
Footage shared on social media
showed the man subsequently
getting out of the vehicle through
its hatch, briefly inspecting the
damage, and entering the shop
through the broken window.
He was later arrested in
possession of a stolen bottle of
wine, Hibinform said. The shop
was not licensed to sell alcohol
that early in the morning, the
Witnesses visible in the footage
did not seemed particularly
disturbed by the incident.
“Basically some guy stole an
armoured vehicle . . . and went into
a shop to top up his stocks in the
morning,” the social media user
described, while filming the snow-
covered scene out of his window.
The man, in his late 20s, did not
resist arrest, RIA news agency
reported. — Reuters
An armoured personnel carrier which was rammed into a shop
window before a man clambered through the rubble to steal a bottle
of wine, in the northern town of Apatity in Russia.
Drone light shows could replace fireworks
Fleets of light-carrying mini drones
could replace fireworks as traditional
entertainment, according to the boss of
Intel’s drone group.
Anil Nanduri said the pre-programed
Shooting Star mini drones, which carry
coloured LED lights and use special
location technology to stay in formation,
create a new art form.
During the CES tech show in Las
Vegas, the technology giant deployed 250
of the crafts to the famous fountain show
outside the Bellagio hotel in the city.
Nanduri said programing of the
drones, which keep them close to each
other without crashing, could be used to
sweep large areas during a search.
The advance in technology also meant
there was now an opportunity to evolve
firework displays to something more
“ Fireworks have been around for
centuries. Now fireworks create a lot of
pollution and noise,” he said. “ We all
enjoy fireworks, but that has been the
only way you could enjoy something in
the sky other than being in Nor way and
looking at the Northern Lights.
“ What you’re seeing in the Shooting
Star system is the ability for you to
create that story. You can create shapes,
logos or animations and turn it into a
story and that is a new form — you can
now paint in the sky, but without the
pollution. It’s reusable and it’s safe.
“For us, light shows are a way of
redefining night sky entertainment.
It’s more than fireworks. Because with
fireworks you can’t get shapes or logos.
You get a lot of colour and vibrant mix of
sound but here sound can come through
music and you will see that in the show. ”
Intel is one of many industry giants
showcasing new technology at CES, the
four-day electronics fair.
The event, which attracts more than
170,000 visitors, was hit with major
disruption on Wednesday when a power
cut triggered by condensation from
heavy rain plunged large parts of the
convention centre into darkness. — PA
Chinese reports say firefighting vessels
have resumed attempts to put out a blaze
aboard an oil tanker in the East China
The reports follow an explosion aboard
the Sanchi, whose 32-member crew is
Photos on the Ministry of Transporta-
tion’s microblog showed thick black
smoke pouring out of the ship. Rescuers
on Tuesday found a body believed to be
from the Iranian-operated tanker but
there has been no sign of sur vivors.
Chinese officials have warned the
tanker could explode and sink, possibly
triggering an environmental disaster.
The Sanchi was carrying nearly one
million barrels of condensate, a type of
gassy, ultra-light oil, when it collided on
Saturday evening with a freighter 257km
from Shanghai and caught fire. — AP
on blazing tanker
girl, 7, raped,
Protests broke out across Pakistan
overnight after the rape and murder of
a seven-year-old girl in a district south
of Lahore, due to public anger at what
is seen as the authorities’ failure to
investigate such cases.
It is the 12th such murder in the town
of Kasur in a year, and has raised concern
that a serial killer may be on the loose.
Two people were killed on Wednesday
when police fired at angry protesters in
Kasur, and a local resident said schools,
offices, and markets remained shut in the
town early today.
Demonstrations were held in all cities
between Faisalabad in the north-east
down to Pakistan’s southern metropolis
In Lahore, the provincial capital of the
State where Kasur is located, protesters
blocked a major road connecting the
two, causing traffic between them to be
Police recovered the body of Zainab
Ansari from a rubbish skip in Kasur on
Tuesday, four days after she was reported
The chief minister of Punjab province,
Shahbaz Sharif visited Ansari’s parents
to assure them that the perpetrators
would be apprehended soon, a provincial
government spokesman said.
“(Sharif ) has announced 10 million
rupees ($124,450) for anyone giving
information about the kidnapper,”
Punjab government spokesman Malik
Muhammad Ahmad Khan said. He
said it could not be ruled out that the
murders involved a serial killer.
A police official said two of Ansari’s
relatives had been interrogated and
26 locals are currently in custody and
being questioned. He added police
were waiting for forensic evidence to be
collected and analysed.
Ansari’s family doubts justice will be
“ We don’t have any expectations
from police, as we gave proof to police
including the CCTV footage, but they
could do nothing,” her uncle Hafiz
Muhammad Adnan said.
Adnan said the kidnapper waited to
dump the body after search parties took
a break after four days of looking.
“ It appears as if the kidnapper is a local
who developed familiarity with Zainab
to take her along, probably telling her
that he would take her to her parents,”
A number of police officials have been
transferred out of the region for failing
to investigate complaints of missing
children since 2015, when authorities
uncovered what they said was a
paedophile ring linked to a prominent
At least two people have been convicted
in connection with that case, in which
authorities say hundreds of children in
the district were abused. — Reuters
uAuthorities say serial killer possible
uUncle says killer probably a local
Ecuador has given citizenship to
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange,
who has been holed up in the country’s
London embassy for over five years, and
is seeking a “dignified and just ” solution
to his situation with Britain.
The British government said earlier
today it had refused a request by Ecuador
for Assange to be given diplomatic status
as part of the South American country’s
efforts to resolve his dilemma.
Assange has been living in the building
in Knightsbridge, London since he was
granted asylum there in 2012 to avoid
extradition to Sweden over rape claims.
Swedish prosecutors dropped their
probe into the allegations but British
police said Assange would be arrested
for breaching bail conditions if he left
the embassy. Assange, who denies the
allegations, feared Sweden would hand
him over to the United States to face
prosecution over Wikileaks’ publication
of thousands of classified military and
diplomatic documents in one of the
largest information leaks in US history.
“ Ecuador is currently exploring
other solutions in dialogue with the
UK, like good offices of renowned
authorities, other States, or international
organisations that could facilitate a
just, final and dignified solution for all
parties,” Ecuador’s foreign minister
Maria Fernanda Espinosa told a press
“There are well-founded fears we
have about possible risks to his life and
integrity, not necessarily by the UK but
by third party States.”
She did not give details on how
granting Assange citizenship might help
in avoiding his arrest by British police.
For some, Assange is a cyber hero
for exposing government abuses of
power and championing free speech
but to others he is a criminal who has
undermined the security of the west by
“ Ecuador knows that the way to resolve
this issue is for Julian Assange to leave
the embassy to face justice,” a British
Foreign Office spokesman said.
The former computer hacker enraged
Washington by publishing hundreds
of thousands of secret US diplomatic
cables that laid bare often highly critical
US appraisals of world leaders from
Russian President Vladimir Putin to the
Saudi royal family. — Reuters
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