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Tonight - a global swine flu

pandemic imminent. It really is

all of humanity that is under

threat. No work, no problem,

the Government's fix for rising

unemployment. Friends and

family pay tribute to their

giant among men. And off to a

good start, but a lot more work

to be done. I'm pleased with

the progress we've made. the progress we've made. But I

am not satisfied. Good evening, am not satisfied. Good

Juanita Phillips with ABC

News. A global swine flu

pandemic is imminent, that's

the Texas from the World Health

Organisation as more countries

reported confirmed cases. Asia,

Europe and the Americas have

all been touched by the

potentially deadly virus, as

yet Australia has no confirmed

cases, nonetheless the Federal

Government has activated its pandemic action plan in

preparation. More from medical

reporter Sophie Scott. The

swine flu spread from Mexico to

every corner of the globe

pushed the level from 5 to 6.

That means the threat of a

pandemic is imminent, and time

is running out for countries to put emergency plans into

action. It's all of humanity

that is under threat during a

pandemic. The virus is

spreading quickly around the

world. Two new countries Peru

and Switzerland confirmed their

first cases of swine flu,

raising the number of infected

countries to 11. Schools with

sick children have been told to

close, Texas recorded the first

fatality, a 22 month old

Mexican boy, the increased

alert means governments around

the world are ramping up

security measures to stop the

virus spreading, the US says it

won't close its border with

Mexico. This is a cows for --

cause for deep concern, not

panic. State and Territory

leaders met in Hobart. Swine

flu top of the agenda. What

Heads of Government agreed to

was to take-all necessary

measures to as? Preventing the introduction, establishment or

the spread of swine influenza

in Australia. All in Australia. All international

airports will use thermal body

scanners to detect patients who might be circumstances the might be circumstances

Prime Minister had practical

advice. Which is for all

Australians to engage in the

simple practice of washing

their hands with soap on a

regular basis To speed up

testing authorities want people

with flu-like symptoms to go to

hospital instead of their GPs

to be assessed. We are

predicting this disease will be

around and of interest and a

threat for many weeks to

come. In New Zealand officials

said the number of confirmed or

probable cases is now 13, all

but one from a high school

group that visited Mexico The

anti-Government stockpiled 40

million of these masks should

they be feeded. Around

Australia people are buying

their own, supplies are running

out. There's no cases of swine

flu in Australia, though more

than 100 people remain under

investigation. At the epicentre

of the swine flu outbreak every

day life has changed beyond

recognition, in Mexico

extraordinary measures are in extraordinary measures are

place to restrict the spread of

the virus, 176 have died from

the flu, hundreds more

infected. North America

correspondent Kim Landers is in

the Mexican capital. In Mexico

City one business is booming,

shops selling face masks can't

keep up with demand. This man

used to sell 10 a day, now it's

up to 1,000, doctors his

biggest customers. As fear and

uncertainy about the swine flu

outbreak ricochets around the

world, bus drivers in Mexico

City have been ordered to wear

maskses and gloves, maskses and gloves, passengers

have been taking precautions. Most people are

trying to get on with their

lives. This woman says she

only ventured outdoors to

register her 6 weeks old birth,

she's happy to unwrap him to

show him off, but from now on

she's staying at home.

Australian Alex Kopra and her

son Oscar are inside. Keeping a

3-year-old indoors for a week

in a 7th floor apartment hasn't

been easy, he has plenty of

toys, but her son knows

something is wrong He's

understanding that there's an

illness, he doesn't like it

when we put on masks if we go

out, he thinks it's scare scary. After living here for

seven years, Alex Kopra says

her family and the city will

cope. Life goes on. My

sister-in-law said that Mexico

City dwellers are like

cockroaches, doesn't matter

what happens, we always crawl

out. There are plenty on the

streets, some ignoring the

warnings to wear masks. This

man says the outbreak is doing

massive damage to the economy,

but he's keeping his mask on

until officials tell him it's

safe. The global spread of

swine flu shows no signs of

slowing down, Mexico City's

Mayor says the outbreak is

stabilise ing, and he's

thinking of lifting

restrictions. To other news, if restrictions. To other news,

you are not earning, you should

be learning, that's the message

from political leaders to the

younger generation, states and

territories signing on to territories signing on to what

Kevin Rudd calls a comeback for

young Australians, teenagers

through to the early 20s will

have to work or study during

the downturn, waiting on

welfare for jobs to pick up

won't be allowed. Chris Uhlmann

reports. Kevin Rudd's no fan of

idle hands. As the ranks of

the jobless swell, he wants to

ensure the young are fully

employed. Anyone under the age

of 17 must be earning or

learning. Australia's leaders

have agreed that everyone under

25 should be guaranteed

training if they can't find

work. There'll now be

nationally consistent

requirements legislated that

will require all young people

aged 15-17 to be either in

school, work or in some form of

training. Those between 16 and

20 will be dragged in with the

carrot of training, and

carrot of training, and the

stick of evaporating

benefits. Anyone under the age

of 20, without a Year 12

equivalent qualification must

be in education or training in

order to receive Youth

Allowance. The same conditions

must be met if parents of young

people in the same

circumstances wish to receive

family tax benefit A. There's a

carrot for lifting post-year 10

retention rates to 90% by 2015. $100 million reward

Territories lifting the payments to States and

retention. Those in retention. Those in training

aren't counted among the

jobless, the Prime Minister's

motivation is ensuring the

young aren't condemn ed to

long-term unemployment. I think

it's good policy, the right way

to go. Kevin Rudd's equally

adamant about lab's emissions

trading plan under attack from

all sides, the Coalition

releasing a study saying the long-term long-term environmental

benefits will be one at the

cost of huge pain cost of huge pain now. The Government has done no

analysis, no analysis of what

would be the transitional

effect on businesses of their

scheme. The Prime Minister is

preparing for a stoush in the

Senate where the plan may be

shredded. We'll give it a good

go. Plitically heroic failure

might serve for

success. There's at today's

co-ag meeting Federal and State

leaders agreed to set up a

National Texas system.

Arguments about who should pay

- nags warning system,

arguments over who should pay

meant it wasn't in place. The

system provides for several

tiers of warnings. The Federal

Government will contribute

Government will contribute 15

million thoords the set

up. This will not be a

full-proof system for the

future, it represents future, it represents an

important step forward in

providing the best possible

emergency Texas system in the

case of future case of future warning system in

the case of future - the system

will go out to tender. Billionaire

philanthropist Richard Pratt

was laid to rest in Melbourne,

his funeral attended his funeral attended by

hundreds of mourners, in the

eulogy Richard Pratt was

described as a great but

profoundly human person devoted

to his work and family In death

as in life, Richard Pratt

attracted a crowd. A

procession of politicians,

sporting identities, captains

of industry, and entertainers

came to say goodbye. But came to say goodbye. But today

it was the Pratt family's turn

to talk about the man they

loved. I watched his grandson

Jake on come to his bedside,

dad said to Jacob simply, "Be

strong, be honest, work hard."

This was my father this was my

hero. Quite simply - you were

my dad, and I love you. His

lifelong friend Sam Lipski

described Richard Pratt as a

continent amongst men. Who was

loved because of who he was,

and despite the way he

sometimes was. Richard was a

man of contradictions, ironies

and paradoxes, but, "So what?"

He would have said. Driven by

the power oflies will, and

sometimes by the inner

demons. Demons that perhaps

included the price-fixing

scandal that clouded the

billionaire's last years, with

criminal charges abandoned criminal charges abandoned a

day before his death the wound

were snarting. In this last

act, Richard was cast in a play that never should have been produced. Outside produced. Outside afterwards.

It was a matter of celebrating

an extraordinary life. I

admired him, he gave a lot to

the community. Well, I was very

tearful in there and tearful

when I heard he died. He was

when I heard he died. He was a

great trend of mine. On the

factory floor at factory floor at Visy,

thousands of workers observed a

minute's silence. Richard Pratt

was 74. From a funeral for

someone everyone knew to a

farewell for a baby boy that

no-one knew. His body was found

dumped at a Sydney tip, his

mother has never come forward.

Many people were touched by the

story of of a little boy known

as Nicholas, today they made

sure he would not go to his

grave alone. Some came with

their own children and stories

of loss to say goodbye to a

child they never knew. I child they never knew. I felt

like I had to for all the mums

out there, and having a baby

myself, I couldn't imagine myself, I couldn't imagine her

having a funeral without anyone

there. There was no family or

friend to act as pallbearers,

the tiny coffin needed one pair

of hands. Today I think of a

mother who is has not had

proper grief, not the

opportunity to say goodbye, no

real closure in her life. Baby

Nicholas was farewelled with

just a short service by a

cemetery Chaplain paid for cemetery Chaplain paid for by

the State Government. A

concerned community ensured he

wouldn't be forgotten and

expressed sorrow for his

mother. I feel sorry for the

mother, wherever she is, you

know, I feel for her. I hope

that she can find the strength

to come forward and get some

help. As well as

help. As well as compassion,

there was disbelief that a

mother could abandon her

baby. Sickening, it's quite sickening actually, I don't know how anyone can do

it. Police are confirmed for

the woman's welfare, more than

two months after her premature

baby boy was found dumped in

rubbish at a waste facility at

Sydney's west. Emotionally we

think she'll be suffering, we'd like to offer assistance. Authorities concede

they may never know who the

mother S We'll do the best mother S We'll do the best we

can in termses of coronial

purposes. Unless the mother

comes forward it will be

difficult. Maybe the outpouring

of grief today will make her

change her mind. The Iraqi

Capital has been hit by another

series of bombings killing 40

people, in the worst attack a

market in the Shi'ite Sadr City

area of Baghdad was targeted by

two near simultaneous car

bombs, one detonate ed as

families crowded an ice-cream

parlour, raising fears that

Sunnis are reforming. April has

been the bloodiest month in

Iraq this year. Barack Obama

has marked 100 days in office.

But it's the next 1,000 that

will make or break his

presidency. Mr Obama says he's

pleased with progress so far,

but sobered by the slow pace of

change. While there's a lot of

work to do, he's optimistic

about the future. Washington correspondent Mark

Simkin. Barack Obama's advisors

derided the milestone as a

media beat-up, a hallmark

holiday, but tried to exploit

it. Today marks 100 daze, sips

I took the Oath of Office. The

President travelled into the

America's heartland. After 100

days I'm pleased with the

progress we me. I am not

satisfied. I'm confident in the

future but I am not content

with the present. How could he

be after the latest GDP

figures, the world's biggest

economy shrinking at an

alarming rate. 6.1% for alarming rate. 6.1% for the

first three months of the

year. You can expect an

unyielding effort from this

administration to strengthen

our prosperity and security, in

the second, third 100 days and

all the days after that. In the

first 100 days Barack Obama

pushed through a massive

economic stimulus plan. It's

down. Set a timetable for

withdrawal from Iraq. Sent more

troops to Afghanistan. Made

overtures to Iran. United

States wants the Islamic

Republic of Iran to take its

rightful place in the community

of nations, Vowed to of nations, Vowed to stop

Guantanamo Bay prison and end harsh inter gags

techniques. Obama accomplished

more as a newly elected

President in his first 100 days

than any President than any President since Franklin Delano Roosevelt in

1933. 100 days is a meaningless

milestone, less than one-tenth

of a presidential term, Barack

Obama's legacy is more likely

to be defined by what to be defined by what happens

in the next 1,000 days, will

the economy recover, will there

be progress in Afghanistan,

will the ambitious agenda get

through congress.

The Australian Transport

Safety Bureau blamed human

error for a serious aviation

incident at Melbourne Airport

last month. An Emirates airbus

carrying 257 passengers was

forced to make an emergency

landing after its tail landing after its tail scraped

the run with a during take-off.

A preliminary report by the

bureau found the plane's pilots

incorrectly entered the incorrectly entered the weight

of the plane into the flight

computer. Because of the error

there wasn't enough power to

get the plane off the

ground. I think speculating on

how close it came to crashing

is not that useful. I think we

all recognise that this is

definitely a very serious

event. Safety is the highest

priority for our organisation,

and we want to get to the

bottom of how this

occurred. Emirates said the

pilots involved have resigned. A Western Australian

Supreme Court Judge has ordered

a syndicate of banks to pay

more than $1.5 billion to the

liquidator of Alan Bond's Bell

Group of companies, the legal

fight between the banks and

liquidators has been one of

Australia's longest running

liquidators, the banks lent the

Bell Group money when it was

insoefent, when the company

collapsed the banks took $283

million. The decision taking

many by surprise. The impact on

the banks is hard to know, we

don't know what they provided

for, they were expecting it

wouldn't necessarily be

favourable to them. In NAB's

briefing a couple of days ago

they indicated they'd been

providing something. The issue

is how much is that short of

the financial judgment that's

been delivered? The case grew

out of the WA Inc saga, and

took beers to be finalise

ched. To finance - took years

to be finalised. Sharts around

the world bougesed - share

markets around the world

bounced back. The All Ords and

Australian dollar soaring. Two

things happened in the United things happened in

States last night, March

quarter GDP figures were

released showing a second

consecutive decline of more

than 6%, it doesn't mean the

American economy shrunk by 12%,

the figures refer to an

annualised rate. After a year

US out put would be 6% smaller,

which all things considered is

not good. Unemployment, as a

result is 9%. Meanwhile

Federal Reserve board had a result is 9%. Meanwhile the

meeting and decided to do nothing except put out a

statement saying that the pace

of contraction appears to be

slower. Wall Street was pitifully grateful and jumped

for joy. The pace of

contraction is somewhat slower.

Stocks up 2%, in Australia All

Ords up 2.3%. Closing above

the 7 January peak for the

first time since November

meaning my pronouncement of the

death of the rally was

premature, at least for today

which is all that exists for

the share market. The gains

were led by the resources giant were led by the

BHP Biliton and Rio Tinto, the

banks did good. Yesterday ANZ

was a friendless pariah falling

7.5%, it was on the A list

today, up 3%, CSL jumping 3.5%.

Today's economic news in

Australia, private sector

credit or total loans

outstanding, annual rate outstanding, annual rate of

growth is less than 5%, a year

ago it was 15%, businesses in

particular are continuing particular are continuing to

pull their horns in, here is a

graph of what is happening.

Polonius, he of the neither

borrower nor lender be speech

would be pleased. Last but not

least the Aussie dollar

climbed. Some teenagers are

working up to 30 hour a working up to 30 hour a week as

well as attending high school,

a Federal inquiry heard many

students work part time to pay

the bills. But the big concern

is for those that work excessively long hours, even

during exam time. The Government is considering

tightening regulations on

casual work for children. Back

to school for these Federal

MPs, and they are here to find

out first-hand from students

how they balance part-time work

with study. When it comes to

exams, and they are still

working 20 hours a Parliamentary Committee has working 20 hours a week. The

been told half of

schoolchildren have jobs. I

like to dive, surf, fish and

keep up with all that, it's - I

have to get money for

that. Some students work more that. Some students

than 30 hours a week, and for

many, holding down a job means

schoolwork will suffer. A large

minority of students supporting

themselves or contributing to

the family income and have to

do that. Teachers have told the

inquiry they've had to become

flexible with assign the

deadlines for students. They

usually say, "I didn't do as

well as I had hoped" because

they physically didn't have the

time to put into it. The

committee heard from students

here at Port Kembla, that young

people don't see the importance

of school. And that raises the question of whether more

regulation is needed for young workers. Wouldn't rule out we

may look at that. At the end of

the day what is clear young

people value the work, they are

resistent to attempts to put

controls on them in terms of controls on them in terms

how many that they can

do. There was an acknowledge at

the inquiry that the skills

learnt in employment are

valuable life lessons though. International swimming has

come up with a distraction to

the fast skinsuit controversy,

the sport's ruling body FINA

gave the go ahead for a new

starting block which could help

eliminate mistakes and reduce Institute of Musical sometimes, Australia's sometimes,

Performance is one of the first to trial them - Institute of Sport is one of to trial them - Australia's

the first to trial them. This

is one piece of technology international swimming

approved, the fast starting

block, a little piece of track

sprinting has come to the pool

deck. I like them deck. I like them honestly,

they are a nice little piece of

technology, you can get more

power out of backfoot. The

adjustable block will produce

discernable results. You'll see

fractions of a second. It will

limit mistakes. Remove slipping

from blocks is a good

thing. Unlike the fast-skinned

suit, this is an acceptable

advancement. Now you are coming

to grips with what the new

swimsuits mean, they think

about what the new blocks

mean. They house a timing

device for cleaner, accurate

readings, Australia is a

welcome Guinea pig. Bringing

the blocks into our pool is

really going to give us an advantage. And will competition

test them against Japan in 10

days time. The McLaren Racing

Team has been handed a

suspended 3-ace race band by suspended 3-ace race band

Formula 1 1's body for bringing

the sport into disrepute.

McLaren and Lewis Hamilton

mislead stewards after the

Australian Grand Prix, the

Englishman claimed he hadn't

been given instructions to let been given instructions to

Jarno Trulli make an illegal Jarno Trulli make an

pass under safety car conditions. Lewis, you need conditions. Lewis, you need to

allow the Toyota through

now. Formula 1 1 boss Bernie

Ecclestone says losing paints

was enough punishment from

McLaren and defended himself

against criticism the ban is a

slap on the wrist. It's good

for everybody. English powerhouse Manchester United powerhouse Manchester

European Champions League for believes it can win the

the second year in a row. the second year in a row. The

Red Devils went straight on the

offensive if the opening leg in

the semifinal against the semifinal against fellow

Premier League club

Arsenal. Tevez again, There was

little the Arsenal could do

about the next shot. John

O'Shea - blasted home. From the

right back John O'Shea. First blood to Manchester

United. Manuel Almunia put his

body on the line to prevent

further damage on the

scoreboard, the 1-0 victory

didn't reflect united's

dominance, the Gunners will

need to fire more shots when

they host the return leg

Wednesday. It's not easy being

a sea turtle, research

suggesting Queensland's turtle population is under direct

threat from climate change, it

says there'll be fewer male

turtle hatchlings as

temperatures rise and nesting

sites are disappearing. The

beaches of the Torres Strait

and northern end of and northern end of the Great

Barrier Reef, are home to the

world's biggest population world's biggest population of

Green Sea Turtle, but the

gradual rise in sea levels and

temperatures in the region

could mean dramatic fall in

numbers over the next 60 numbers over the next 60 years,

Mariana Fuentes has been

monitoring the population for

the last three years, today the last three years, today she

told a Marine and tropical

science conference that sand

temperatures are likely to

change and fewer male

hatchlings will surprised. -

will survive. There'll be less

males introduced. The

university researcher predicts

40% of nesting grounds could be

flooded by rising sea levels,

tourism authorities are already

worried. It's important to the industry because we rely on

those managers and researchers

to be able to predict where

industry might invest into the

future, how we may deal with

changing events. They say more

research is essential to keep

ahead of the game It's there,

we talk about it, we don't we talk about it, we don't know

when it will happen to us, or

how. The idea of research

allows us to outthink it to

some degree. If the management

are assessing the impacts that

the population has, the population has, tourism

industry will benefit from

that. Thoel keep a close eye on

the turtles - they'll keep a

close eye on the turtles and

the changing world around

them. Checking the weather,

what a cold end to April it's

been, we are not the only ones

feeling the chill. It's

widespread across the south-east. Clear skies and

light winds allowed the mercury

to fall to 2.9 degrees in the

centre of Melbourne, some of

the eastern suburbs dropping

below feer zero. Along the

ranges snow dumped by a series

of cold fronts is deep newer

for Mt Bulla to open one lift

to skiers, making it the

earliest opening of the ski

seen at the resort for 45

years, the excitement of years, the excitement of the

big chill hasn't extended to Sydney's water reserves,

there's a fall of 0.2%, taking

the storage to 58.7%. There is

heavy showers about the eastern

suburbs, cool tops ranging from

17 to 19. Showers and cloud

clearing overnight with fog

developing, most suburbs are

sitting between 12-13. Around

NSW - the showers continued

along the coast south of the

hunter, that is as an upper low

moved east combining with a

weak off shore trough. A

minimum of minus 12 at

Charlotte's price, and 26 at

Marr wool im bar and casino. As

the upper system moved east,

falls were confined to coastal

parts. On top of this morning's

cold it's been a month of

contrast in the capitals,

Brisbane and Hobart wet, Darwin

and Perth warm. The next cloud

band to effect NSW is a weak

front moving towards the

south-east. Ahead of it wind

will be light allowing afternoon temperatures to

increase a little about the

coast, cloud starting to clear,

as the front moves to the

Tasman showers will return

along the coast over the

weekend. Rain tomorrow will be

confined to the north-east,

widespread falls between Nowra

and Coffs Harbour. Warmer in

Melbourne, a cold front

increasing cloud and showers,

showers forecast for Hobart and

Adelaide. Around NSW tomorrow,

coastal showers about the

northern riffs, clearing from

the Mid North Coast during the

morning, frost and fog along

the tablelands and slopes,

reaching far inland as Burke

and Ivanhoe. Cloud and Ivanhoe. Cloud increasing

over the southern inland, the

inland parts of the state

remaining dry. Fog in Sydney,

that'll clear to a sunny day

with top temperatures of 21.

The winds will be light.

Starting from the north-west.

Shifting north-easterly in the

afternoon. Make the most of the

sunshine, it won't hang around.

Winds tending onshore as Winds tending onshore as the

front moves to the Tasman, we

are set to see a stagnant

pattern of cloud, cooler and showery conditions next

week. Thanks for

that. Recapping the top story -

health authorities warn of an

imminent global swine flu

pandemic, the Government here

has activated its action plan

installing thermal imaging

equipment at all international

airports. That's ABC News for

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and first a graphic run town of

what is at stake if the swine

flu outbreak develops into a full-blown pandemic,

particularly if it turns out to

be a viralent strain of the flu virus, although

virus, although the World Health Organisation seems on

the verge of formally

identifying the flu outbreak as

a pandemic, it's caught in a

game of guesswork as it tries

to assess how dangerous the

virus really is. The Mexican

Government is now linking 176