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Hello, everyone. I'm Ron Wilson.

It's 9 o'clock on Tuesday March 22.

Welcome to Ten's Morning News. More

homes evacuated as relentless rains

battered a soaked NSW. The Bega

River will peak. We've evacuated

homes. Prince William touched and

humbled after visiting flood

victims in Queensland and Victoria.

And direct hit - the West hits

Gaddafi's compound in Tripoli and

takes out some of his heavy artillery.

Also today - about face. The

amazing story of a man in the US to

have that later. receive a face transplant. We'll

First this morning, the resident

battling relentless rain in parts

of NSW. More flooding is expected

in the sodden Illawarra and South

Coast regions today as the worst

rain for 21 years works its way

through. But the end is in sight.

The skies are now brightening and

downgraded. the severe weather warning has been

The forecast was for rain but no-

one was expecting this. Locals have

never experienced anything like it.

The water was up to my chest. There

was snakes swiping around. Spiders

running everywhere. It got us all

unaware, up to our shoulders. We're

trying to rescue people. Roads,

businesses, homes were flooded. A

life was lost. A man was found dead

under a storm water bridge in

Warilla. Police are yet to formally

identify him but believe he's in

his 40s. State Emergency Services

had more than 700 calls for help,

including children from a preschool

in Jamberoo. Locals are doing what

they can. These three cars up here

slid and there was an old man

inside having a bit of trouble. Got

him out of the car and there was an

ambulance. I've been helping guide

traffic. This farmer watched his

paddock go under. Climbing on top

of his tractor to avoid being swept

away. Rescuers got to him just in

time. Authorities are urging people

not to drive, ride or walk through the floodwaters. Weather conditions

are expected to ease today. That

will bring some relief for

emergency crews. We had a low-

pressure trough develop very close

to the coastline. If they're out to

sea a bit, it's not as big an

effect. This developed very close

to the coastline and generated very,

very high intensity rain. Road

closures and train suspensions are

in place. Traffic is expected to be

affected. The SES has had more than

sev00 calls for help and it's been

-- 700 calls for help and it's been

involved in a lot of rescues. A

busy 24 hours for you. We are

saying that the severe weather

warning has eased. What conditions

are your people experiencing on the

South Coast of NSW at the moment?.

Good morning, Ron. That's right,

blue skies in some parts of the

Illawarra and South Coast as we

speak. The Bureau is indicating we

could experience some heavy showers

across that area. We have more than

750 calls from people. 63% of those

being complete. If the sun stays

out, the rain stays away, we're

confident we'll complete those jobs

today. You had reinforcements go

down from Sydney last night, more

again today - what will be their

focus? The focus is in the

Illawarra, specifically around the

Shellharbour, Albion Park locations.

Mostly water in to people's roofs.

We're fairly active in the Bega

area with the Bega River still in

major flood. Still some properties

evacuated in the Jamberoo, Kiama evacuated in the Jamberoo, Kiama

area. The advice from your people

is to not walk or drive through

floodwaters, and consistently we're

seeing people drive through very

large flooded areas. We've had a large flooded areas. We've had a

death at Warilla. Is that the

obvious result of such a situation?

It is, unfortunately. It looks like

a person has lost their life due to

the flash flooding at Warilla. I

think maybe people think they know

the ground underneath. They might

be familiar with the area. They

think the water is only shallow.

But the flood can move the ground

underneath. Things can open up.

Grates can move. The water is quite

strong. It's not worth it. Under

any circumstances, don't drive,

ride or walk through the floodwater.

Thank you. We've got your SES

hotline on the screen now at the

moment. Thanks.

Prince William says he's been

touched and humbled after visiting

flood victims in Queensland and

Victoria. He's now heading home.

He's expected back later this year

with his new wife to watch the

Rugby World Cup.

Flying from one flood zone to

another, Prince William showed no

sign of weariness as he spent his

final day in Australia greeting

hundreds of locals in Victoria's

flood areas. I think he's wonderful.

I got a lovely hand shake from him.

Genuine. So laid back and easy to

talk to.. Tremendous. I'll a

royalist too. In a briefing at the

Town Hall, the Prince learned the

extent of January's flooding. These

houses here? All inundated. It was

a visit locals had long been

looking forward to, lifting the

community's dampened spirits. We

don't get royalty here in Kerang.

Prince William himself has

inherited so much of his mother's

flair to be able to come and talk

and listen. The Prince flew to one

of the towns hardest hit by the

floods, before travelling to

another town for a barbecue. No

trip to Victoria complete without a

kick of an AFL football. A

statement issued by St James's

Palace says the Prince was

incredibly moved by his trip and incredibly moved by his trip and

saw a lot of resilience and good

humour. Carrying his own overnight

bag and boots, the Prince flew to

Melbourne for some well-earned rest

at an airport hotel, before heading

home for no doubt a few busy weeks

ahead of the royal wedding.

An elderly woman has been rescueed

from the third floor of her burning

home in Sydney's inner west. The

Birchgrove house was well alight

when firemen forced their way in to

rescue the woman. Neighbouring

properties were evacuated until the

flames were brought under control.

NSW Fire is investigating what

started the blaze.

Police in riot gear are removing more detainees from Christmas

Island to the mainland today to ease overcrowding. Australian

Federal Police have taken control

of the centre from the private

operator and the Immigration

Department. The Immigration

Minister says he's trying to ease

the pressure on the island after a

series oaf riots. I've announced

several new detention centres on

the mainland. Didn't do that for

fun or to make me more popular in

local communities. I did it to

relieve the pressure on Christmas

Island. The Opposition says there

could be legal implications for

processing on the mainland. The

latest Newspoll showing Labor is

bouncing back in the polls. We're

joined by Amanda Hart in Canberra.

Before we get in to the recent

falls, what are the figures

showing? No doubt the figures are

certainly going to be boosting the

PM's confidence. She sounded a lot

stronger when she was interrogated

on radio this morning. Labor has

come back in the latest poll, come back in the latest poll,

especially after the PM back-

flipped on a promise not to introduce the carbon tax.

We've had two things since this

poll was taken or before the poll

was taken. We've had the PM's trip

to the US and new developments on

the carbon tax issue. Have you been

able to pinpoint what is turning

around the polls for them? Well, we

think it could be tax cuts, Ron.

Everybody loves a tax cut. The PM

has flagged that low to middle-

income earners could receive these

tax cuts as well as pensioners

receiving compensation if the cost

of living does rise as a result of

the carbon tax. The Opposition just

says these are phantom tax cuts.

Also, the PM is really trying to

claw back that middle ground. She

was accused as pandering too much

to the left. In a speech last week,

the PM has come out and slammed the PM has come out and slammed

both the Greens and the Opposition

as being too extreme. Now, on radio

this morning, the PM attributes the

bounce in the polls to people

understanding the carbon tax a lot

more. Let's have a listen now. I

think there's a job of explpbgz to

do. There's plenty of hard work in

-- explanation to do. There's

plenty of hard work in front of us.

Plenty of hard work to talk to the

Australian community about this and

to consult with Australian to consult with Australian

businesses. Let's see how the next

one goes. Otherwise we could have a

rogue sample. I'd say to the people,

"Ask for your money back, because

they haven't given you a proper

reflection of what the true

position is." The Opposition also

says Labor's bounce in the polls

could be more to do with Kevin

Rudd's stance on Libya. He's been

really getting out and about there,

selling himself as opposed to Julia

Gillard's leadership. Plenty going

on there. Thank you.

The alleged bully at the centre of

the schoolyard attack that went

viral has spoken publicly for the

first time. Ritchard Gale has

apologised for punching Casey

Heynes, but claimed Casey bullied

him before he threw the first punch.

The 12-year-old said he snapped at

the taunts. He abused me first.

Really? What did he say to you?

Lots of stuff. I'm sorry I picked

on him. I didn't know he has been

bullied his whole school life.

Casey's father says he doesn't

thinkties safe for him to return to

Chifley College. Refuellers and

baggage handlers have joined pilots

and engineers to call for a limit

on the use of cheaper contract

workers at Qantas. The Transport

Workers Union is seeking annual 4%

pay rises and extra employer

superannuation contributions. Video

has been released a moment a bull

shark attacked a navy diver in

Sydney Harbour. The shark attacked

Paul de Gelder. I started swimming

for all my life. As I took my first

strokes, I noticed my hand was gone.

Paul also lost part of his right

leg. The last shark bite in Sydney

Harbour was in the late 1990s.

Still ahead - the latest from Japan

as the survivors struggle to

rebuild their lives.

Taking its toll - the enormity of

the task ahead becomes too much.

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Welcome back. We return with the

latest from Libya. The coalition is

patrolling a no-fly zone but it's

still no guarantee Colonel Gaddafi

will be overthrown. The rebels have

suffered a setback in their attempt

to retake a key town. You may find

some images in this story


East Libya celebrations have been

short-lived. Try telling this man

the war is over. He drove his

comrade from the battlefield. On

the road out of Benghazi, Gaddafi's

tanks are still burning but the air

strike didn't kill his fight

completely. As we stopped at a

checkpoint, rebels wounded at the

front. This man told me his convoy

had been hit by artillery. His

three brothers and a cousin had

been killed. There is no shortage

of volunteers to replace them. This

is where the road to Ajdabiya stops.

We've been told Gaddafi's troops

have a tank on the gates of the

town about 10 kilometres from here

and it's firing on anything coming

towards it. Heading back to

Benghazi, we passed what's become a macabre tourist attraction.

Hundreds have flocked from the city

to see what remains of one

Government artillery position.

There was -- Government artillery

position. There was gunfire and the

air strike came in the nick of time.

These things OK, attacked Benghazi

people. They destroy completely. We

would like to say thanks for the

United Nations and for all of these

people because it's it's going to

be like face-to-face with this, it

will be carnage. Back inside

Benghazi, we stopped at the

hospital. The chaos continued as

casualties from the front kept

coming. This man answered the call

for volunteers this morning. An

hour later, caught in the shelling,

he lost both his arms. Just a few

feet away, another awful story.

This 5-year-old, writhing in pain,

his family's car came under shell

fire on Saturday. His father and

brother were killed. His mother

lies critically ill beside him.

Even if Libya does win its freedom,

it will have paid an awful price.

To the east of Libya, a government

slaughter has shifted the balance

in another Arab uprising. In Yemen,

three senior army commanders have

defected to join the protest

movement after government forces

killed 52 demonstrators on Friday.

The President has lost almost all

support. In the past, he's received

Western backing against Al-Qaeda militants.

World nuclear experts think Japan

may have turned a corner in

bringing its nuclear crisis under

control. Power has now been

restored to the reactor cooling

systems but survivors of the

tsunami in the most remote areas

won't see power or heating for some time.

The water mark on the blackboard in

this school shows how the tsunami

crashed through classrooms at child

height. This boy shows me pictures

of two of his schoolmates. They're

missing and so are a dozen others.

He now lives where he used to learn.

400 people sleep on the floors. No

heating. No running water. Anyone

here after 10 days has nowhere or

no-one to go to. This woman, a

mother of two, told me the children

don't fully understand what's

happened, but she does.

It's only this man's second hot

meal in 10 days. We started talking

about what conditions are like

living in the school. When his

tearful aunt told us all three of

his children and his wife are missing.

There are children here whose

parents are still missing.

Understandably, the teachers don't

want us to film them or speak to

them. They don't want them to be

traumatised any more. Along with

the stained art class drawings, new

images - photos posted by the

relatives of the missing. At this

school, they're learning to cope.

Australian rescue workers who have

been helping in Japan arrive home

today. 72 urban search and rescue

crew members from across NSW are

due back in Sydney Airport just

after lunch. They'll be greeted by

the State's Police Commissioner and

fire boss. The Federal Governments

will donate $10 million to support

Japan. The PM says the money will

be used to help the country get

back on its feet. They are living

the ancient Japanese proverb -

seven falls and eight rises. Julia

Gillard and the Opposition Leader

signed a condolence book in

Canberra. The PM later led a

condolence motion in Parliament.

Jetstar says it will be cutting the

number of flights between Australia

and Tokyo for the time being

because no-one wants to travel

between the two. Jetstar has

reportedly had a wave of

cancellations from Japanese people

who have put off their holidays

here. At the same time, all the

talk of radioactivity and food and

electricity shortages has put off a

lot of Aussies planning to go there.

It will cost Qantas about $55

million, analysts say.

A young father who suffered

shocking burns in a work accident

has become the first American to

receive a full face transplant. He

now has a new nose, lips and nerve,

allowing his new skin to feel

sensation. We warn this story

contains video some viewers may

find find confronting.

He's a loving father but for three

years he hasn't been able to

properly kiss his daughter. She

kisses me. I hear it and I can feel

pressure but can't really feel her

kissing. The 25-year-old's entire

face was horrifically burnt in a

2008 accident. He was painting a

church and his head came in to

contact with power lines. I lost my

left eye. What you see here is bone.

Now, he's America's first full-face

transplant recipient. Last week, in

a Boston hospital, a team of 30

doctors, nurses and atheegtthetists

spent 15 hours attaching a new nose,

lips, muscles and nerves to give

his new skin sensation. The way he

looks won't resemble either the way

he looked or the donor. We offer

our most sincere and heart-felt

our most sincere and heart-felt

thanks to the family who gave

Dallas this most precious gift. You

will forever remain in our hearts

and prayers and we are grateful for

your selflessness. He says his

daughter's reaction to his injuries

daughter's reaction to his injuries

inspired him to fight on. She was

talking to me like nothing had ever

changed. The world will see his new

face shortly but even in a mirror,

he never will. The accident blinded

him in both eyes and surgery won't restore his sight.

Just amazing, isn't it? Next - all

the day's finance, including bad

news for motorists.

Fuel prices driven higher with the

worst still to come. The details

when we return from the short break.

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Finance news now. We're joined by

Scott Kelly from Macquarie Private

Wealth. Rebound in overseas markets

overnight. Will we see the result

of that here today? Good morning.

It's interesting, given the fact

we've been awash with negnfb

sentiment recently, the US is --

negative sentiment recently, the US

is now recouping all of last week's

profits. Firstly, we've been dogged

by event risk in recent weeks. We

had respite from that yesterday.

The situation in Japan to some

extent Libya stabilised. That

lifted tension from the markets to

some extent. Secondly, we had a

juicy corporate deal to focus on -

AT & trbs buying trbs Mobile --

AT&T buying trbs Mobile -- T Mobile.

That could bow a win-win should it

have regulatery a-- regulatory

approval. That will probably set

the tone for economic data here. We

expect a positive start to the day. Thank you, Scott.

If you've noticed petrol getting

more expensive lately, it might

only be the start. It costs around

$200 a month on average to fill up

as puch prices hit their high rs

levels -- pump prices hit their

highest levels since the depths of

the oil crisis. The average

Australian unleaded petrol price in

the past week to just over $1.43

per litre, the highest level since October October 2008.

Victorian potato farmers are, dare

I say, spitting chips over a move

by McCain to offer them less for

their crops. McCain is threatening

to replace Aussie potatoes with

imported product unless the farmers

except $25 less a tonne than last

year. Farmers and their families

have formed a picket line outside

McCain's Ballarat plant, claiming

the food giant is driving them out

of business. We've had droughts,

of business. We've had droughts,

floods and now McCain's. Bob Katter

joined the growers in their protest.

The company insists its price offer is is fair.

A recap of the headlines coming up.

Plus, are we giving up giving?

The charities worried about

compassion fatigue. Are we being

asked to give too much? A special

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Updating our main stories. Skies

are brightening this morning after

heavy rain caused flash flooding on

the NSW South Coast. The SES has

received more than 600 calls for assistance. Prince William says his

visit to flood zones in Queensland

and Victoria has left him touched

and humbled. He's now on his way

back to Britain. And allied forces

have attacked more of Colonel

Gaddafi's compound in Libya

overnight. Norway and Italy have

joined the UN-backed mission but

it's drawn criticism from Russia and and China.

Let's stay with the situation in

Libya where the West is pounding

Colonel Gaddafi's strongholds.

We're joined by Libya expert Peter

Khalil. He's a foreign policy and

national security advisor who has

worked with both the Australian

Government and US Government. What

we're hearing at the moment is that

there is a strong coalition force

attacking Colonel Gaddafi, not

necessarily he himself, but his

resources. What's your assess want

of the coalition action so far?

It's been very successful so far.

In the space of two days, they've

not only matched to take out

Gaddafi's air defence installations,

but they've grounded his air force

and controlled the air space above

Libya. I think most importantly,

coalition warplanes have hit some

of Gaddafi's ground military assets

- tanks, armoured personnel

carriers and artillery. That's been

very, very important. It's

prevented Gaddafi's forces from

moving into Benghazi and committing

a massacre on Benghazi's residents.

He promised he and his sons there

would be rivers of blood for rebels

in Benghazi. That's not going to

happen now. The coalition says that

Colonel Gaddafi is not a target -

why not? The UN Resolution of 1973

is very explicit. It's about

protecting Libyan civilians from

the murderous regime of Colonel

Gaddafi. It's not about regime

change or an ocia pieing force on

the ground in Libya. There was some

confusion yesterday when the

British Defence Saerbts talked

about a bunker buster taking out

Gaddafi's bunker, interpreting the

resolution to mean that killing

Gaddafi was about protecting

civilians. The British PM made

statements very quickly to the fact

there was no legal authority to

remove Gaddafi or to go towards

regime change but solely to protect

civilians. When the allied forces

moved in to Iraq, it was to wipe

out the weapons of mass destruction,

so-called kaegs could this be the

same as Iraq -- - could this be the

same as Iraq? I don't think so.

President Obama has been clear-cut

there will be no ground troops sent

in to Libya. Certainly no US ground

troops sent in to Libya. No boots

on the ground. He wants to avoid a

scenario in which Iraq or Afghan

tan is repeated, given what's

happened over -- Afghanistan is

repeated, given what's happened

over the last 10 years. Gaddafi may

be able to hold on in the western

part of Libya. We saw fairly quick

resolutions to the uprising in

Tunisia and Egypt. How long do you

think Gaddafi could hold out? He's

a brutal ruthless dictator, a

bloody dictator, and he's going to

hold on till the bitter end. He's

obviously lrpbt from what's

happened in Tunisia and -- learnt

from what's happened in Tunisia and

Egypt. Possibly, the country split

for a period of time. That may

change if the international

community recognises the rebel

government in the east and starts

to rearm them. You've already seen

the rebels starting to mount a

counteroffensive on the back of

these air strikes. Russia and China

are both senior members of the UN

Security Council. They didn't veto

the action but they're condemning

the attacks. What sort of message

does it send? They abstain, they

didn't veto. They have a lot of

interests with Libya. There were

reports that Gaddafi had met with

the Russian and Chinese ambassadors

with regard to oil concessions. They're worried about setting

precedents with regard to their own

situations and are very much

against any internal interference

of the sovereign affairs of any

country. They view the act in Libya

as intervening in the sovereign

affairs of a country. Kevin Rudd

was very much in support of this

no-fly zone, yet the PM said we

wouldn't militarily be involved in

the action. Could we eadventureally

be called on to take part in a

military sense? I don't think so. I

think the Foreign Minister and the

PM have ruled out Australian

participation militarily. We have

supported the UN-mandated no-fly

zone but probably won't be sending

any of our air force or other

military assets in this operation.

It's very much a NATO, US, European

operation. Yemen is the latest

we're talking about in the news

today where senior military

commanders are siding with those

protesters. Apart from Yemen itself,

what other countries over there

should we be keeping an eye on?

You're right. Yemen is problematic,

particularly because Al-Qaeda is

quite strong in Yemen. The West

fears any further instability could

cause Al-Qaeda to take control in

that country. Syria, protests in

Syria. That's also something which

I think the West would be

encouraging to remove the

dictatorship there. The instability

across the region I don't think is

uniform. Some of these dictators

will hold on. Some of then will

fall. Some will have protracted

civil wars like Gaddafi. Thank you

for your insight today.

Let's get more now on the flooding

on the NSW South Coast. A 61-year-

old man has drowned at Warilla,

just south of Wollongong, after

torrential rain battered the region

yesterday. Dozens of homes were

evacuated, major roads have been

cut. We've just received this

report from Shellharbour.

It is very foggy down here this

morning. The good news is it's

stopped raining. A severe weather

warning for the Illawarra and South

Coast region was lifted just before

7 o'clock this morning. That's

great news for all those SES

workers who have been busy on the

ground and those coming down from

Sydney as well to help out. The SES

said it over had -- had over 600

jobs they had to work on yesterday

afternoon. Shellharbour - a lot of

the damage we're seeing is damage

to roadways. A lot of streets have

been washed away, pot holes have

appeared. A lot of council workers

have closed a lot of localised

streets. Emergency crews have

better access to a lot of those

areas now. The situation we're

watching this morning is down in

Bega. 290 millimetres fell in the

Bega Mountains yesterday, south of

the Bega River. That's peaked early

this morning. An evacuation centre

has been established at the Bega

Showgrounds. Householders and

farmers down there are being issued,

are being told to go through the

motions of moving their equipment

to higher ground if possible and

livestock as well. The good news

down here is it's nowhere near as

bad as expected. The severe weather

warning was issued and hence lifted later.

Thank you very much, Lachlan.

Another natural disaster for us

here in Australia. With the

plethora of disasters we've been

hit with lately, Australians are

repeatedly being asked to open

their hearts and wallets. There is

a limit to our generosity and it's called compassion fatigue. called compassion fatigue.

Oh, my goodness. I think there is

this enormous ground swell of

compassion and how could there not

be when we see these disasters on

our television screens right in the

heart of our livingroom? We just

couldn't do our work without the

donations from the Australian

public. People only get paid so

much in their wage each week. It's

a simple and well-proven equation.

Australians dig deep at times of

crisis. That generosity is easy to

see. Australians donated $100

million to the Boxing Day tsunami.

Britons gave $3 a person. Americans

88cents. After the Black Saturday

bushfires, we gave a staggering

$400 million. After the recent

Queensland floods, another $250

million. A sign that we're even

more generous when the disaster is

closer to home. In three months

alone, the demand has been

unprecedented. Floods, cyclones, unprecedented. Floods, cyclones,

earthquakes, tsunamis, even Libya.

Our generosity is under pressure.

Australians are cutting family

budgets like never before. I

wouldn't say compassion fatigue

because Australians do have big

hearts and the hearts still go out

to people but it is budget strain.

And there are limits to how much we

can actually give. Our local

charities are about to find out if

that's true. The Salvos will try to

raise $80 million through its Red

Shield Appeal.. We don't want to

negate the impact these natural

disasters are having on people.

People every day are facing their

on disasters. Those personal on disasters. Those personal

disasters are just making ends meet disasters are just making ends meet

from week to week. Those are the

disasters people don't see. Salvos

assist over a million people every

year. We saw 80 thousand new people

who had never been to us before

last year. Without donations to its

raubs calling campaign now under

way, it can't fund critical -- Red

Cross calling campaign now under

way, it can't fund critical

projects. The message we want to

get out is by that regular giving

through our website, that donation

of a price of a restaurant meal or

a few cups of coffee a week can be

such an act of generosity to

support Red Cross for its ongoing

work. It's tougher, though, for

smaller charities without national

profiles or advertising campaigns. profiles or advertising campaigns.

This man raises money in a very

personal way, selling 'The Big

Issue' to help the homeless. He has

no doubt larger disasters are

having an impact on smaller

donations. My sales have dropped

about half. If not half, close to

it. Come on, Sir. Where is the

love? It's a plea other charities

might be echoing sooner than they'd

hoped. Where is the love, indeed.

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Chris Lawrence has signed a

lucrative deal that will keep him

at the Wests Tigers until the end

of the 2016 season. The Sharks

managed a stunning upset over St

George Illawarra 16-10.

Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan said

the Sharks were not worried about

playing against St George Illawarra.

The focus was getting their own act together. COMMENTA.

COMMENTATOR: You can't do that from

the first play of the game. Cooper

did well before the Sharks scored

two minutes later when Pomeroy had

a double dip. Brett Morris put a

foot in to touch, before it was 10-

0 at half-time. Morris fumbled a

bomb and Pomeroy pounced for his

second. Soward finally got St

George Illawarra on the board.

Stanley's solo try a late

consulation for the Dragons. A

stunning -- consolation for the

Dragons. A stunning performance to

down the premiers.

And Lote Tuqiri has shot down any

speculation over the future of

coach Tim Sheens at the Wests

Tigers. Tuqiri emphasised Sheens'

importance to the Tigers'

premiership tilt. The players love

him. He's been their only coach for

a lot of the players. He's a bit

like a father figure to a few of

those blokes. Tahu trained for the

first time with Penrith. Matt

Elliott hasn't ruled out naming him

against Cronulla. Ross Lyon says

his players have put another

scandal of summer behind them. Both

sides have their injury concerns

leading in to the game.

After a tumult chues preseason, the

clash -- tumult chues preseason, clash -- tumult chues preseason,

the -- tumultchous -- tumulttuous

preseason, they are focused on the

job at hand. We trained fully this

week and last week. He's a

certainty to play. Cameron Ling has

declared himself a starter after

overcoming a hamstring injury.

Chapman remains doubtful. It's not

Geelong's mid-sized brigade lieson

most concerned with. The Saints

coach refusing to rule out Justin

Koschitzke to combat the Cats's

talls on Friday night. He sort of

done full training the last week or

so. He will train this week but it

will be left field. He is not

totally out. Tippet, it has been

discounted. The Crows' season

opener against the Hawks. He had a

light run on his injured ankle on

Friday but medical staff ordered

him back in to a mon boot in the

hope he will recover in time for

Round Round 2. Australian cricket coach Tim

Nielsen has started the mind games

with India ahead of their World Cup

quarterfinal on Thursday. Arriving,

Nielsen deflected Australia's poor

form, declaring India are the team

under the pump. The media and the

public would be so great, that the

media will expect the pressure to

be on India. The presence of Sachin

Tendulkar is already looming large.

Tasmania has won the Sheffield

Shield cricket final. Set 203 to

win, the Tigers were 2/71 after the

Blues removed the openers. Tasmania

also lost George Bailey, run out

for 25, before reaching the target just before tea.

COMMENTATOR: There it is. It's all

over. It's Tasmania's second

Sheffield triumph in five years. We

have the national weather details

when the Morning News returns.

This program is captioned live.

Let's take a look at the national weather

Finally this morning, as Prince

William heads home to the UK after

his tour Down Under, a look back at his

I'm overjoyed. I think it's a big

thing. It's a once-in-a-lifetime. A

lovely hand shake from him I got.

He's gut a very strong presence

about him. He could be good captain

material, without a doubt. -- got a

very strong presence about him. He

could be good captain material,

without a doubt.

That brings you up to date with all

the news now. Full details in our

news at 5pm tonight. I'm handing

you over to the ladies at The

Circle. A Prince that will sit on

the throne one day to a lot of

little princesss. Aren't you sweet,

Ron. Thank you for the update. See

you again in an hour. Identical be

sitting here waiting. You're our

honourary princess? When will Ron understand there's three ladies and

a man on this show? He wants to be

you. On 'Glee', a first kiss

happened. Was everybody watching?

Just in case you missed it, here it

is again. This duet would be an

excuse to spend more time with you.

Oh. Oh. I love it when they grab your