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Captain Cook's cottage has
been vandalised with anti-
Australia Day gra ti for a
second year in a row.
e historic building was
spray-painted with slogans
including "26th Jan Australia's
shame" and "F--- Aus Day".
Council workers have
arrived to clean-o the paint
and police are inspecting the
e building was vandalised
with similar slogans in
February last year.
Anarchist blog "disaccords"
claimed responsibility for the
2013 gra ti, saying in an on-
line statement the denial of
Australia's "brutal" history was
nowhere more evident than
on Australia Day.
" is is why we trashed the
absurd shrine to genocide,
Captain Cook's Cottage, with
paint," the bloggers wrote last
year. --- AAP
8 - Friday, January 24, 2014
Canadian re ghters are
searching the ashes of a Quebec
retirement home that burned to
the ground on a bleak midwinter
night, leaving more than 30
residents feared dead.
O cials said the remains of
three victims had been recovered
and some 30 more were
unaccounted for, while the local
re chief said rescuers were now
searching for bodies.
e blaze at the home, which
housed around 50 to 60 elderly
people in 52 units, broke out
shortly after midnight.
"We could hear screaming
from inside. e re was intense,
it was like a haystack on re,"
Pascal Fillion, a neighbour
who witnessed it, told French-
language public broadcaster
By 1am the building "was
completely engulfed in ames,
which were fanned by the wind,"
e home is in L'Isle-Verte, a
small town 450km north-east of
Montreal with a population of
about 1400 people.
e town's acting mayor,
Ginette Caron, told a news
conference that most residents
of the home are reliant on
She said these include elderly
people needing "100% care,
almost all in wheelchairs, using
walkers, or who aren't mobile at
all, people su ering from the late
stages of Alzheimers.
" e types of services o ered
here are not found just anywhere.
at's what we've also lost," she
Authorities said 23 people were
evacuated from one third of the
irteen of them were injured,
one seriously, and were treated at
Two re ghters were also hurt.
Fire chief Yvon Charron said
that a third of the building had
been evacuated and his crew
hopes to breach the remaining
areas worst hit by the ames by
the end of the day "to search for
e Red Cross set up a
makeshift shelter at a local school
where several people rescued
from the inferno spent the night,
according to a representative,
Some residents might have
been away visiting family, or
may have taken refuge elsewhere
during the blaze and missed
being counted, she told local
"It's a tragedy for the
community and we can only
fear that the death toll will rise,"
Gaetan Lelievre, a provincial
minister, told Radio-Canada.
Images broadcast on local tv
showed ames engul ng the
wood-frame building, leaving
only a solitary chimney standing
by morning. An adjacent
pharmacy and a community
centre were also destroyed.
A witness said his grandmother
"had called her son to come
rescue her, but he didn't succeed.
He tried to use a ladder to reach
her, but she died right there on
Neighbour Nancy Charron said
she was awakened in the night
by sirens and screams: "People
shouted: 'Fire! Help! By the time
we got there, there was nothing
that could be done."
Charron said she and her
husband took people in from the
cold but their own house was
soon evacuated as re ghters
struggled to contain the re with
hoses that froze at times.
Her uncle died in the blaze and
an aunt is still unaccounted for.
"Our thoughts and prayers
go out to the injured and the
families and friends of those lost
in this morning's horri c re in
L'Isle-Verte," Prime Minister
Stephen Harper, who is visiting
the Middle East, said.
"We are holding out hope,
but the reality is that there was
considerable loss of life," he
Quebec Premier Pauline
Marois sent a message from
Davos, Switzerland to say she
was "profoundly saddened by this
tragedy" and vowed government
help for the victims and their
"It's a human tragedy," top
county o cial Michel Lagace
said, describing "the worst
possible circumstances" --- a re
in the middle of the night in a
care home with minimal sta on
Police said an investigation will
follow. --- AFP
30 feared dead in
rest home blaze
Love Will Keep Us Together couple to divorce
e Captain and Tennille in happier times.
Captain and Tennille, the popular 1970s
married pop duo who sang of sharing forever
and of love keeping them together, is splitting.
Cathryn Antoinette Tennille, better known
as "Toni", has led in an Arizona court to
end her 38-year marriage to Daryl Dragon, or
" e Captain".
e two are already listed as ex-husband and
ex-wife on their website, which says while
their marriage appeared to be rock-solid,
"almost all people naturally evolve over time,
(and) sometimes hidden feelings start to be
e divorce petition says the couple's
marriage is irretrievably broken. ey were
married the same year their hit song, Love
Will Keep Us Together, earned a Grammy
award for record of the year in 1975.
Tennille's lawyer declined comment
overnight, and a call to Dragon's number in
Prescott where the couple retired in 2008
went unanswered. e two have no children.
e divorce petition asks that any
community property, debt and obligations be
equitably divided. It also states that neither
Tennille, 73, nor Dragon, 71, is entitled to or
in need of spousal support.
While Tennille has been active in Prescott,
voicing over a promotional tourism video for
the city in 2011, singing at local spots and
training Australian shepherd dogs, Dragon's
health kept him wanting to stay home.
Tennille wrote in a blog in 2011 that
tremors due to a neurological condition
had made it di cult, if not impossible, for
Dragon to play the keyboards and that he was
embarrassed to go out in public.
Kim Kapin, a former spokesman for the
City of Prescott, said he sought out Tennille
and her "killer pipes" for the promotional
video. He was surprised to hear back from
Tennille's manager within a week of sending a
script, he said.
"Toni was totally prepared and committed
to being directed and giving us what we
needed," Kapin said. "Not an ounce of
e Captain and Tennille had 14 songs on
the pop singles chart, with half of them in the
Top 10. eir songs also included Muskrat
Love, Do at To Me One More Time, and
Shop Around. e duo also brie y hosted a
variety show. --- AP
Forest o cials in southern India have
shot dead a tiger suspected of killing
three people, ending its three-week reign
of terror which forced dozens of schools
Forest workers spotted and shot the
female tiger in a tea plantation in Tamil
Nadu State after trying to trap it with
the help of elephants and sni er dogs,
motion detection cameras and cages
laced with meat.
e tiger had killed a woman working
on the tea plantation in Nilgiris district
last week --- the third victim since
January 4 --- prompting 45 schools and
popular holidaymaker resorts in the area
to shut down.
"Last evening, we spotted the animal
in a forest area near a village and had
to shoot it," Nilgiris police chief Senthil
Kumar told AFP from the area, some
50km from the city of Coimbatore.
"Now everyone is relieved, everything
is back to normal. Schools and resorts
have also reopened."
e beast had also attacked and killed
many animals, angering local villagers
who joined the hunt to kill the wild cat.
ere were searches earlier this month
at the other end of the country for a
tiger believed to have killed four people
in Uttar Pradesh State. e animal is
thought to have strayed from a nearby
Conservationists blame towns and
villages encroaching on tigers' natural
habitats for the deadly incidents
occasionally reported in India.
India is home to some 1700 tigers ---
half of the world's rapidly shrinking
wild tiger population --- but has been
struggling to halt the big cats' decline
in the face of poachers, international
smuggling networks and loss of habitat.
e country has seen its tiger population
plummet from an estimated 40,000 upon
independence in 1947. --- AFP
A British wealth manager in
Singapore is facing death threats,
government criticism and public
anger after his social media posts
about mixing with "poor people"
on public transport and being
reunited with his Porsche went
Anton Casey has been forced
to hire a public relations rm
in a bid to fend o the growing
outrage over his Facebook posts.
"Ahhhhhhhhh reunited with
my baby," said the caption of a
photo he posted on Sunday, in
which his son sits inside his sports
car. "Normal service can resume,
once I have washed the stench of
public transport o me!"
Another photo showed his son
sitting inside the intra-city train
with the caption "Daddy, where
is your car & who are all these
ose posts went viral in the
city-State, where an in ux of
wealthy foreigners in recent
years has fuelled growing public
discontent among a population
beset by rising costs in one of the
world's most expensive cities.
e on-line rancour sparked
a response overnight from
Singapore's Minister for Law and
Foreign A airs, K Shanmugam.
"Like many Singaporeans, I
am terribly upset and o ended
by what he has posted.
Deeply o ensive, wrong, and
unacceptable," the minister wrote
on his Facebook page.
Casey, who is married to the
2003 Miss Singapore, has since
deleted his posts and apologised
after he received thousands
of on-line complaints from
Singaporeans and said he has
received death threats.
"I have the highest respect and
regard for Singapore and the
good people of Singapore; this is
my home," he said in a statement
released through his PR rm.
"I wish for nothing more
than to be forgiven for my poor
judgment and given a second
chance to rebuild the trust people
have had in me as a resident of
this wonderful country."
e incident has also sparked
some more humorous responses.
Local bar Tuckshop has
dedicated a special happy hour
for Casey, o ering him a special
$S120 ($113) rate for a pint of
beer, and $S12 for "the rest of us
poor Singaporeans". --- Reuters
Death threats over Singapore 'poor' posts
Pope Francis has described the internet
as "a gift from God" and called on
Catholics to "boldly become citizens of
the digital world".
" e internet .
. o ers immense
possibilities for encounter and solidarity.
is is something truly good, a gift
from God," the Argentine Ponti said
in his rst World Communication Day
message, given annually by the Pope.
"Let us boldly become citizens of the
digital world. Let our communication
be a balm which relieves pain and a ne
wine which gladdens hearts," he said.
e 77-year-old Ponti is a keen
Twitter user whose account has attracted
more than 10 million followers.
However, Pope Francis warned people
not allow the desire to be connected to
the digital world 24 hours a day to isolate
them from society. "It is not enough to be
passersby on the digital highways, simply
'connected'. Connections need to grow
into true encounters," he said. --- AFP
Internet 'gift from God'
Captain Cook's cottage vandalised
e Queen's granddaughter, Zara Phillips, has
named her baby Mia Grace.
e champion horse rider and her rugby-
player husband Mike Tindall announced the
name of their daughter overnight, with Tindall
tweeting, "For everyone who has asked what our
daughters name, it's Mia Grace Tindall."
Zara gave birth last week to the 7lbs 12oz
(3.5kg) girl, who is 16th in line to the throne
and is the Queen's fourth great-grandchild.
Tindall took to Twitter after the birth to
describe his joy at becoming a father for the
rst time, saying it was "de nitely the best day
of my life".
Zara, a silver medal-winning Olympian, who
is one of Britain's leading equestrian riders,
gave birth to her rst child at Gloucestershire
Royal Hospital in south-west England with her
husband at her side. --- PA-AFP
Captain Cook's cottage.
Zara Phillips names baby Mia Grace
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