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Tonight - pens down as

teachers ramp up the campaign

against league tables. Public

humiliation make s it very,

very hard for those

recover. Warn ing to bush

walkers after a mass rescue in

the Blue Mountainses. Gore ger's upbeat ger's upbeat assessment for

Copenhagen. I choose to be very

optimistic. And the lighter

side of the world's most

humourless dictator.

Good evening. Deborah Rice

with ABC News. The battle over

so-called league tables for

schools is intensifying. NSW

teachers are threatening a

boycott of national literacy

and numeracy tests for students

as part of measures to stop

controversial rankings being

published in newspapers. They

say the tables unfairly shame

schools. This is the type of

table that teachers don't want

published. It's a rank ing

based on the results of

national literacy and numeracy

tests known as NAPLAN. We've

never had the unity of opinion

that we have now from public

and private school sector, from and private school sector, from

parent organisations, unions,

in opposition to this. Today

teachers from across the State

gathered in Sydney for union's

annual conference. On the table are nine recommendations to

fight league table s. They say

will unfairly shame schools. Public humiliation

makes it very, very hard for

of the those schools to recover. One

of the recommendations is for a

political and industrial

campaign involving national unions and possible strike

action. To stop the further

creation of league tables. If

that is not going to some to

fruition, clearly the

profession will act responsible in the interests of

students. Now a boycott is

threatening the exams

themselves. Sources within the teaching profession have told

the ABC if the Government

doesn't block league tables

being published the tests may

not be distributed. The State

Opposition Leader recently lent

teachers his backing for

legislation to penalise those

who publish the tables. It

would be disappointing at least

for those tests to be

ditched. We do want mums and

dads to have access to

information that enables them to make a sensible and

well-informed choice. The Federal Education Minister,

not interest ed Julia Gillard, says while she's

not interest ed in simplistic

school information should be league table s analysis of

robust and free. All those

positions may be tested in

September when the results from

this year's NAPLAN tests are

released. Police are warning

about the dangers of bush

walking after the rescue of

eight people in the Blue Mountainses. The day trippers

spent a night in near-freezing

conditions after wandering into

dense bush laevend. Their

rescue comes as hope s fade of

finding a British backpacker

missing at ka tomb ba. The late

afternoon buck walk came close

to ending in tragedy. Nobody

had coats. I think my

4-year-old just had one rugby

top on. He is probably feeling

miserable and tired. Two

families including a 1-year-old

girl set out at 4:30 yesterday,

within half an hour it was dark

and the group knew they were in

trouble: The children were

getting unbelievably cold and

when you're trying to keep your

children warm and there is

nothing you can do, that's when

you start to think I've had

enough of this and I just want

to go home. Thomas and I had a

little bit of a cry because we

got quite worried. Politician

were called in at mid-night. We

put in two police rescue

officers and a dog squad

officer. Several hours latter

group was spotted and walked to

safety. Is everyone up there? I

am not that tired because I got

a bit of a kip on the rock we

were sleeping on. They were

checked by paramedics but were

none the worse for their

ordeal. Big relief mate. But in

may be relief for those rescues, authorities are

feeling frustrated. This time

of the year at 4:30 woe're

starting to lose day light and

by 5:30 we're nearly in

darkness. It is not an

appropriate time to go for a

walk. You shouldn't take risk.

It doesn't take much for

something to go wrong. A

brokeen ankle in an area without mobile coverage can led

Leed to tragedy. And police are

scaling down the search for Jamie Neale,

Jamie Neale, hopes of findling

him are AIF lye are fading as

he went missing in the Blue

Mountainses 10 days ago. Three

elder errorly people are

recovering in hospital after

their mobile home crashed into

a creek. The driver of the bus

lost control when he tried to

make a right-hand turn. It

careered off the road and down

an embankment : It's a mini bus

that's been converted to a

mobile home. So you have things like

like fridge s that have all

moved forward due to the

impact. There's lot of debris

and broken trees and sticks and

mud and the wind screen has

blown in on them. It took

several hours to free the two

men and one woman inside. Police are now investigating

Federal Government's options the cause of the accident. The

for helping the Australian

businessman jailed in China

appear to be appear to be shrinking. The

Foreign Minister Stitt says

under agreement with China,

officials are onls allows to

visit Stern Hu once a month.

The first visit took place on

Friday and Mr Smith says the

Government is prepared for a

long haul in dealing with the

issue. The ABC's Stephen

McDonally reports from Shanghai

where Stern Hu is being neld a

high security jail. The

detention centre where Stern Hu

is being held is a drab

facility hidden away on the

outskirts of Shanghai. Here,

the general manager of Rio

Tinto's China operations is

still waiting to be officially

charged. According to a Chinese

newspaper report, Rio Tinto is

also accused of going around to

Chinese iron and steel

companies asking for billions

of dollars in financial

compensation for contracts

which fell through due to the

world financial crisis. But at

Rio Tinto's Shanghai head

quaerkts they're still waiteding to hear officially

about these or any other

allegationsrating to their -

relating to their staff. The

Australian Government is

preparing for a process which

may take many months. We may

well be in for a long haul

here, which is why we are

urging the Chinese authorities

and our official also take this

up in Canberra and Beijing

tomorrow, urging the Chinese

authorities that this matter

has to be dealt with

expeditiously. There appear s

to be a major infrastructure

fraur in the relationship

between Canberra and Beijing.

There's been a lack of cooperation. Australian

business leaders are paying

close attention to the case,

and what it means for them. But

this serves to remind them they

need to be extra cautious at

this particular time. I think

China also needs to be aware

that this hardly helps

commercial linkages between two

countries. Discussion of Stern

Hu's case is happening in a

gaping void of solid

information. Even when his

hearing eventually happens, it

will be behind closed doors

with no requirement to make the

accusations against him and the

others public. We don't know a

lot about the conditions of

Stern Hu, who is being held in

the detention centre behind

menl me. He's told Australian

diplomats she in good health

but the anti- espionage State

Security Bureau is not going

let us any closer than this to

the head of Rio Tinto in China.

Federal Police have joined

the investigation into the kill

ing of an Australian mine iner Indonesia. 29-year-old

Melbourne man Drew Grant was

shot in the chest, neck and

stomach as he was driving with

fellow workers near Freeport's

Grasburg gold and copper mine.

Another Australian was in the

war but he was not injured in

the attack. Two Australian live

ins have got gone to the Pappa

province to help with the

murder investigation. We

welcome very much and we're

very pleetioned by the fact

that the Indonesian authorities

have requested the assistance

of Federal Police and they will

be assisting with the

inquiry Drew Grant's body is

being returned to Australia for

a funeral this week. The

crowded immigration detention

centre on Christmas Island has

taken in another boat load of

asylum seekers. The Navy

intercepted the Indonesian

boat, north-west of Christmas

Island after watching it

approach over 60 nautical

miles. All 73 passengers have been taken to Christmas

Island's detention centre to be

checked and interviewed. Border

patrols have picked up almost

20 boats this year, carrying a

total of more than 900

people. In a flying visit to

Ghana, the US President has

urged African nations to take

responsibility for their own

future. Mr Obama received an

ecstatic welcome during his

stop of less than one day. In a

wide ranging speech, he called

on African leaders to promote

democracy and the rule of

law. I say this knowing full

well the tragic past that has

sometimes haunted this part of

the world - after all I have

the blood of Africa within me,

and my families - CHEERING

My family's own story

encompasses both the tragedies

and the triumphs of the larger

African story. The President

and his family also visit add

fort once used by slave

traders. He said the fort was a reminder of the human capacity

for evil. But he said it also

symbolised hope because of the

efforts black and white

campaigners had made to abolish

slavery. The Sydney theatre

company is turning company is turning down its

wattage to help save the

planet. While the spot light s

will be as bright as ever, in

future the pow ler come from

the sun. Like any industry,

the performing arts chews

through resources and energy.

But finding way s to conserve

power is a challenge. To a

lighting designer, re yosh you

have two candles a and torch,

get back to us in a couple of

weeks an see what you can

do. Now with the help of a $2

million grant ra fr the

Commonwealth and one from a philanthropist, the theatre

company is set to go

green. It's brilliant roof and

this is a world first for a

theatre company to embrace

energy efficient technologies

in this way. 2,000 solar panel

s will be put on to the roof to s will be put on to the roof to

reduce power drawn from the

electricity grid by 70%.

Ambassador and all non-drinking

water will come from

rainfall. A pipe about this

thick which runs the length of

the wharf just Bo high tide and

captures all of the water. The

theatre company beat off stiff

competition for the grant

because of its high public pro

pro-file and star power. The

extremely excited. Thank

you. It hasn't been easy for

the theatre company to get

permission from planning

authorities to put 2,000 solar

panels on to the roof of a

heritage-listed wharf. In the

end, it's got the green light

because of the industrial

history of this precinct. Not

everyone is pessimistic about a

substantial deal being made at this year's climate change

talks in Copenhagen. The

prominent campaigner and former

US Vice-President Gore ger says

he is still upbeat about the

prospects anss Mr Gore has

backed the Government's call

for the Opposition to pass

legislation for a carbon

trading scheme tbfr Copenhagen

summit later this year.

They've come from across the

country and the region to hear

from the guru of climate

change. We are meeting at a time of

time of extraordinary promise

and extraordinary risk. Gore is

in Melbourne for a summit aimed

to help people from all walks

of life to become climate

ambassadors. So it feels like

the key factor in this summit

for me is learning the details

and then being able to

communicate that clearly to the

world I belong to. The man most

associated with the global

climate movement says world

leaders recent agreement at the

G8 summit for carbon emissions

cuts in the long term is a

positive development. It was a

step forward and get ing

agreement from as many nations

as did agree to the numerical

goal I think was a very

positive accomplishment. But as

Kevin Rudd left Rome,

pessimistic about a global

global deal at the coming

climate summit in Copenhagen,

back in Australia he's being

accused of reaping what he

sewed on climate policy. It's

very daunting and instead of

taking a lead Australia's got a half-hearted plan which will

fail. It will be hard to get an

agreement but Australians don't

run away from things that are

hard. Penny Wong has use ed the

opportunity to again press the

Opposition on its stance on the

Government's ETS. The Government wants the

legislation passed next month

and on that it has the support

of Al Gore. Our two countries

are providing leadership. When

that leadership is most needed

is in the run-up to

Copenhagen. A new generation is

watching, and expecting

results. East Timor has had

more than its share of dark

events in its short history

since independence. Maybe none

more so than a the attempted s

a sassination of President Jose

Ramos Horta last year. The

rebel leader who led the attack

was killed in the shoot-out.

His girlfriend was imply kaentd

charged. Tomorrow, Angelita

Pires goes on trial but already

her lawyer has raised daernts

fairness of the process. For a

year and a half, Angelita Pires

has been under suspicion and unable to leave East Timor to

see her family in Darwin. The East Timorese-born Australian

is looking for her day in

court. I will never plead

guilty. Andly never accept a

pardon. Why should I? A Darwin

GC has flown in to hen her

fight the 21 charges she's

facing but he complains he's

had little time to see the prosecution's

prosecution's case. The law

here is supposed to operate so

you get access as soon as

you're notified you're to stand

trial. That simply hasn't

happened in this case. In

February last year, rebel

soldiers shot Jose Ramos Horta

outside his Dili home. The

rebel leader, Alfredo Reinado,

was killed in the attack.

Angelita Pires was his lover.

She's one of 28 people charged

and preparing to face court

tomorrow. If I have to go to

jail simply because of my love

for Alfredo Reinado, for my son

and for the people, so let it

bo. - be - let it. Be I will

face it. In the past, the

President has accused Angelita

Pires of manipulating Reinado.

Now he's refusing to discuss

the case. All he will say is

he's fully recovered from the

attack. I am doing very, very

well physically, mentally,

emotion ally. In Dili, this is

a sensitive case. Many

questions still remain about

how and why Jose Ramos Horta

was shot last year but the

answers could still be some way

off. About 150 witnesses are

expected to give evidence in

this trial. It could last for


Forget gor illas in the mis,

for a Perth scythe's been an

orangutan on the run. A female

orangutan triggered an

evacuation of the zoo when it

bid a bid for freedom from its enclosure. Zoo officials are confident the great escape was

a one-off event. Back in familiar surroundings today,

there tbhooz denying

15-year-old Pulang has grown

accustomed to being the centre

of attention. But it was the

teenager's curiosity for life

outside its enclosure that led

to Perth zoo's first escape in

more than a decade. Pulang made

a bid for freedom by swinging

out of the zoo's primate

enclosure to the amazement of

onlookers. She landed on the

bricks there and then sniffed

the plants and all that sort of

thing and slowly crept up on to

the fence, walked along here,

got down. It took zoo keepers

about five minutes to evacuate

the area and another so to coax

the adventurous ape back

inside. Zoo keepers say the escape has been weeks in the

making. She's managed to work

on one of these propose ropes

that was up to the platform and

was secured on here. She's got

the clamps undone and the

rope's then been

loose. Orangutan's are

developing quite a reputation

as escape or tiss - artists.

Earlier this year a female

orangutan at Adelaide zoo made

a similar bid for freedom using

a branch to short circuit the

electedric barrier around its

enclosure. Perth zoo has been

quick to defend its response,

saying at no time were visitors

at risk. She is a very gentle

orangutan. We go in with our

orangutans. The zoo says it

will conduct a review of safety

procedures and enclosure

maintenance. Australia is

poised for a victory in the

first Ashes test Test. The

tourists completely dominated

day 4 in Cardiff. Marcus North

and Brad Haddin both scored

centuries as declared at 6/674.

England has eight second

innings wictset ins in hand.

England's chances look as

gloomy as the welsh weather.

Records were rewritten as the

home side conceded the fifth

highest total in Ashes

history. The last couple of

days have been tougher but I

guess this's what Ashes is all

about. Day four belonged to

Australian batsman Marcus North

and Brad Haddin. North might be

walking new ground, but he's

quickly proving his tbhort the

tourists' middle order. First

Ashes Test 100 in his first

Ashes Test Marcus North. Superb

batting. I I would give it up

tomorrow if the weather can be

good and Committee with get

another eight wickets an get

the first Test win. Haddin then

had the statisticians reaching

for the history books. 1938 was

the last time four batsmen

reached 100 in an innings of an

Ashes Test. Very well played

indeed. Look at that for a

celebration. Batted and

beleaguered, all but one of the

English bowlers concede add

century of their own and their

opening bats man didn't fair

much better. He's gone.

Absolutely straight. Ben

Hilfenhaus followed up Mitchell

Johnson's effort but Ravi

Bopara can feel a touch un

lucky. Looks high to me. Rain

ended English misery with a

session to play. They still

trail the Australian total by

219 runs, and seem resigned to

survival. We're two down, eight

wickets in the shed and we have

three sessions. Simple as

that. More bad weather could be

England's only hope and perhaps

not an unreasonable one.

George Illawarra has firmed

for the minor premiership with

a thumping win over Manly. The

Knights beat the Raiders.

Today, a defleeted Bulldogs

line-up upset the War yoorns

the Dragons won in still. The

Dragons are again building an

imposing record at their

Illawarra base, Manly's only

win there against the joint

venturer s was six seasons ago.

And this one didn't start well

for the maroon and whites. It

is a 100m try with the

Dragons. The defending

champions did manage three

tries. He is the man on the

spot. But their fleet fooded

opponents over came their

Origin representation hiccups

with brilliant ball work. The

Dragons converted their

12-point half-time advantage to

a 48-18 thrashing. They scored

eight tries. Wendell Sailor

Brett Morris two each and

pushed the Eagles deep into the

pack battling for a final spot.

The Bulldogs were patched up to

crass the Tasman, the Warriors

switched on early via Manu

Vatuvei. Late in the half, a

speculative pass paid off for

visitors. Now the ball has come

loose. A well engineered set

play with Luke Patton on the

end extended the margin to

eight points. But New Zealand rookie Kevin Locke leapt

high. He's got ball and over

the line. And his side

regained the lead through some

ragged dogs Defence

defence. In a last ditch

flurry, the Bulldogs found the

line again to pinch the points.

He's in. The Knights

suffered a major set back

inside the first five minutes.

Half and chief play maker

Jarrod Mullen went off with ankle ligament damage. He will

have tests and could miss up to

a month. Newcastle over came a

dearth of possession, defending

grimly then piling on 16-0

before half-time. He will score

for Newcastle. Joel Monaghan

went up to revive Canberra

hopes. But the Knights

finished strongly, a fourth try

gave them a 19-point

win. Planted there. The Eagles

drop out of the eight and the

bran cos come in. The Titan s

an Eel also complete the round

on the Gold Coast. The

defending AFL Premier Hawthorn

has kept lye its finals hopes

with a hard fought victory over

North Melbourne. Last night,

Brisbane beat Geelong and

Adelaide humiliate ed

Fremantle. Today, the Hawks and

Melbourne won and in the late

game St Kilda lead West Coast.

Mark Webber has become the

first Australian in almost 30

years to claim pole position in

a Formula One Grand Prix.

Webber will start from the

front of the grid in tonight's

German Grand Prix, after

thriving in a rain affected

qualifying session. The signs

for Mark Webber and his Red

Bull were all positive early on

in the qualifying at the

Nurburgring. That's good

enough. He topped the time list

edhing into the final shoot-out

and while rain hampered his

rivals, Webber produced a

flawless last lap to win the

first pole of his 128 race

career. He's done it. You've

got it. Pole position. Well

done. Thanks. Awesome. Not

since Alan Jones claimed pole

position in 1908 has another Australian achieved the

feat. All the teams an drive

ers in that session it was very

chaotic but to still deliver

the lap time was very important

to me and to do the best time

was fantastic. Webber will

start on the front row with Brawn's Rubens Barrichello,

champion leader Jensen Button

qualified third faster. Desperately needing to make up

time, Cadel Evans attacked on

the first opportunity of the

8th stage of the Tour de

France. This is right up there

with the most bold moves you're

ever likely to seat the

tour. The move backfired though

as the Australian was quickly

reeled in and failed to make an

impression on the tour

leaders. I saw an opportunity

and got nothing to lose. So try

something as it turned out a

big waste of energy. Span jard

Luis-Leon Sanchez won the stage

in a sprint finish while

Rinaldo Nocentini still holds a

slight lead overall from the

Astana heavy weights' Alberto

Contador and Lance Armstrong.

Evan s is three minutes off the

pace in 18th position. The

Hockeyroos have suffered a 1-0

defeat to Argentina in their

second match of the Champions

Trophy. A goal just on half

time proved to be the

difference between the two

teams. Australia had chances to

level the scores but couldn't

find the back of the net.

You'd think being a dead

ring foreworld's noes noxious

dictator would be a curse

rather than a bless bug one

South Korean man is using his

striking resemblance to North

Korean Kim Jong-il to forge an

un likely career path. He has

his paunch, his multi storey

head of hair, head of hair, his menacing

look, and has mastered his

moves. He may be a dead ringer

for Kim Jong-il, but the appropriately named Kim

Young-sik is a humble South

Korean shop keeper.

TRANSLATION: People say my hair

style, forehead, aers and

cheeks are exactly the same as

Kim Jong-il's. Also my height

is identical. Luckily for Mr

Kim's customers there's no

threat of being sent to the

guling a. Just flendly and -

gulag, just friendly and efficient service.

TRANSLATION: He's very famous.

He looks just like Kim

Jong-il. With his bouffant

hair, oversized glasses and

olive-drab fatigues, Kim

Jong-il was always going to

make a right target for satire

and his South Korean

doppelganger has made himself a

lucrative sideline, appearing

in music videos and DVDs.'S

even met the man who labelled

him a member of the axis of

evi. At least he looked like

George W. Bush. Out on the

streets of Seoul, Kim Young-sik

is an un likely star,

attracting the odd laugh and attracting the odd laugh and

the occasional double take. But

most are delighted to meet the

dear leader's double.

TRANSLATION: I saw him from

across the street. I was so

surprised I thought for a

second it was Kim Jong-il. The

biggest problem for Kim

Young-sik now is keeping up

with his Darwin's recent

dramatic weight loss.

TRANSLATION: People tell me I

need to lose weight to keep up

with Kim Jong-il, so I'm really

trying hard to shed a few kilograms. Standing defiantly

in front of the symbol of

imperialism, Kim Young-sik is

showing the comic face of the

world's most humourless despot.

To the weather - all that

cloud about has failed to

produce much rain? It certainly

hasn't been good. Now the

reason why is because we're at

the northern end of a series of

fronts and troughs, they're

produce ing plenty of cloud but

unfortunately little in the way

of rain. There were some right

showers about the parts of

Sydney today. They were

generally across this morning

but temperatures pushed up to

20 degrees through the west.

Cloud is likely to increase but

it should remain dry over

Sydney tonight and so the good

news there. The State is under

the influence of a complex low

pressure system, it's sitting

west of Tasmania. But it's

producing cloud and weak fronts

moving around that low. That's

what is affects much of the

State with very light and patchy rainfall across the

central districts and light

snowfalls through the alpine

areas. There's been no

significant rain to 9pm. There

was nothing more than a 1mm or

too today.

Cloud stretched from Sydney

to the north-west of the State

today and the cloud swifrling

just west of Tasmania is the

complex low. Lit extend a

broerds area of instability

through the State through to

Thursday with plenty of cloud and storms around from mid-week

but we're not expecting

anything in the way of

significant rainfall from

that. Tomorrow's fall also

generally be less than 5mm,

with extensive cloud once again

sitting over the State. Melbourne and Adelaide should

be the only wet cities

tomorrow. And we're looking at

a warm 25 degrees in Brisbane.

Thanks. Apologies that you

couldn't see him then. That's

the news for now. I will be

back with an update in about an

hour. We will leave you now

with pictures of London's Big

Ben celebrating its 150th

birthday. Goodnight.

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