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Ten's Early News. Good morning everyone. Welcome to

This morning's top stories - the

swine flu death toll tops 140. More

Mexicans have died overnight.

Health authorities around the world

have swung into action to battle

the spreading illness.

A leading economic forecaster

predicts our unemployment rate will

soar beyond 8% by the end of next

year, but we won't be as bad as

some countries.

In cricket, acting captain Michael

Clarke inspires Australia to a 2-1

series lead over Pakistan.

And in business, don't be

surprised if your beer tastes a bit

different from today. Two of our

most loved brands are turning

Japanese.

bulletin: A check of the weather to start the

The swine flu epidemic leads the

news again. Here's the latest:

people in Mexico are returning to

work. Schools, courts, bars,

cinemas and restaurants remain

closed. An Australian woman, Kate

Corbett, is under garn teen in

London with symptoms. Dozens of

more suspected cases have been

reported in Israel and Europe. In

Australia, new screening measures

for international travellers came

until at midnight. The scare has

wiped billions off world share

markets and thrown the future of

airlines, including Qantas into

jeopardy. The first cases of swine jeopardy. The first cases of swine

flu in the UK involve two people in

Scotland who tested positive to the

disease a short time ago.

In Mexico, they're praying for

deliverance as the world waits to

see how and where this killer virus

spreads next. And with two cases

now confirmed in Scotland within

the last few minutes and others

globally, the world health authority is considering

increasing the pandemic. Kate

Corbett is going to extraordinary

lengths to minimise the infection.

Just back in Britain from Mexico

and feeling unwell, she spoke to me

from her quarantineed home from her

front window. She's scared. What

are your real concerns now? My real

concerns are for my friends who are

still in Mexico or are travelling

home from there now and may have

the illness. And of course for

people who may have been in contact

with me and maybe I have anticipate

inadvertantly passed on something

that I didn't know I had. Kate is

one of 25 people in the UK who

reported flu-like symptoms after travelling abroad in infected

countries. What we're waiting for

is the organise organise organise

who are the experts on drgdrg is

the World Today who are the experts

to have a decision. A pub Mick

health emergency has been declared

in the US where 40 cases were

confirmed. There are six confirmed

cases in Canada and one in Spain.

A viral diseases expert said that

Australia is closely monitoring the

disease overseas. Professor Bill

Rawlinson says keeping an eye on

what's happening elsewhere will

help us prepare our response if the

virus is confirmed in Australia.

The spread can certainly occur, but

it is really the consequences of

that and how efficiently it spreads

that can determine whether a fairly

limited outbreak becomes much more

widespread. We'll be joined live by

Professor Rawlinson for the latest

news regarding Australia later in

the bulletin.

The Department of Health has set up

a national hotline for anyone wanting to know more about the

swine flu outbreaks. The number to

call is:

180 2007.

US President brom says there's no

reason to manic about the swine flu.

Over 40 cases have been confirmed

in America. We are closely

monitoring the emerging cases of

swine flu in the United States and

this is obviously a calls for

concern and requires a heightened

state of alert. But it's not a

cause for alarm. The President says the public health emergency was

declared as a precautionary measure.

And poor old Mexico can't take a

trick today. A powerful earthquake

measuring 6 on the Richter scale

struck Mexico City. It shook

buildings but there are no reports

of damage or injuries.

The unemployment rate could jump to

over 8% leaving close to a million

Australians out of work. An Access

Economics report due out this

morning has revised the forecast

for next year from 7.5%

unemployment up to 8.5%. It is

currently on 5.7%. The rise is

forecast to happen just before the

next expected Federal election.

Access also predicts interest rates

will fall to a record low of 2%.

Seniors meanwhile are outraged the

Government will not block a pay

rise for MPs even though a pension

increase looks unlikely. The Greens

want the increase to be scrapped.

Reports the Government may renege

on a $30 a week pension increase

was bad enough. The boost in

pollies perks fuelled the anger.

What do you think of that? Not much

at all. Outrageous. The devil looks

after his own. If it's good enough

for them to have a rise, it is good

enough for the pensioners to stay

where they are. Bob Brown agrees.

If the Prime Minister doesn't act

on this, I'll move a disaloupance

motion. He'll be a loan voice. It

is not a pay rise for MPs, this is

money that will be spent in

electorates. Toney Abbott says that

the decision is made independently

of politicians. He likens it to

the $900 tax handout. While I'm not

sure it is good policy, indon't

begrudge people the money. The

almost $5,000 a year boost in the

electorate allowance mostly goes to

fund raisers for little leagues

and endsless chook rafles. Making

it sound like a slush fund. No,

come on, seriously.

An increase in a tax on party goers

waiting on taxis in Melbourne has

fored the Victorian Government into

action. Taxi ranks are to be fitted

with security cameras and better lighting.

With crime on the rise in Melbourne, Premier John Brumby has unveiled

the plan to make the streets safer.

$4 million will be spent on taxi

ranks in a bid to boost late night

safety. Safer taxi ranks is a safer

city. The sort of things we're

talking about might include weather

shelters, might include pedestrian

barriers. Might include better

lighting, might include CCTV. Under

the four year plan, funding will be

made available to improve notorious

cab rank hot spots. And it also

reduces some of the stress for taxi

drivers in the late night periods

where things can be a bit difficult.

Violent assaults in the city are up

almost 2% on last year. The State

Government taking action to turn

that around. More police, tougher

penalties, banning noticing and

tougher liquor licensing. All of

those things make a difference.

More public transport makes a

difference. It is just one measure

to stamp out violence on the

streets. And this is all about

producing a safer environment, a

better environment for members of

the public who want to use taxis. Heading sport - Australia has

taken a 2-1 series lead over

Pakistan after completing a

stunning 27-run come back rin in

Abu Dabi this morning. Michael

Clarke inspired the victory top

scoring for Australia with 66

before taking two wickets in two

balls despite Pakistan's batting

collapse. Match Four of the 5-match

series is on Friday.

And two former members of the

Australian team have continued

their strong form in the Indian

Premier League. Matthew Hayden fell

just one run short of a half

century as he helped the Chennai

Superkings to a competitive 165-run

target. But Adam Gilchrist quickly

went about mowing down that total.

The former Australian wicketkeeper

smashed 44 off just 19 balls top

help his Deccan Chargers reach

their target with three balls to spare.

Rugby league and the Penrith

Panthers have scored a big win

over the Gold Coast Titan. Jarrod

Sammut's match-winning contribution

just before half time set up the win.

It was a nasty tackle on Lachlan

Coote that brought Jarrod Sammut to

the field. His impact was immediate.

Slicing through before an

electrifying piece caught the

defence napping. I he went on the

field, didn't think about playing

fullback but went on. Lachlan Coote

left badly hurt that saw Matthew

White placed on report. He's got

pretty bad spasms and is in pain.

It was a dampener on an otherwise

spectacular start. They started

with a bang with two trys in ten

minutes. The Titan did have a come

back in the second half. Michael

Jennings with yet another

spectacular piece of play to break

the visitors' backs. Michael

Jennings with the turn there.

There's not too many players in the

comp who score that try that he got.

They're a good side, a dangerous

side if given space, and we gave

them space.

The AFL match review mapbl has

taken a more lean vent view on

player contact with umpires despite

Magpie Heath Shaw being sussen

pended. They deemed that contact by

Henry Slattery and Geelong's Max

Rooke wasn't worthy of further

action. We know that there are

going to be grazes and bumps here

and there. We're not worried about

those, but those where the umpire

can get seriously injured. But

Melbourne's Jarrod Rivers was found

guilty and fined for his bump on

umpire Justin Schmidt.

Finance news and some of the best

beer is tasting just a little bit

Japanese this morning.

I wouldn't call Four X one of the

best beers, but that is correct.

That amber fluid and Tooheys is

going overseas. The board of Nathan

has agreed to a takeover offer from

Krin breweries. Krin already owned

46% of the company of course, so it

wasn't such a big surprise. Shares

in Lion sky rocketing after the

news. The company finishing up

almost 40% on the day. West Australian Premier Colin

Barnett has signed off on a

lucrative Kimberley gas project. In

return for an economic package

worth well over a billion dollars,

indigenous communities will support

construction of the project just

north of Broome. Stkpwhrfrplgts a

once in a generation opportunity to

substantially and permanently

improve the condition of people in

the Kimberley for what will be a

minimal environmental impact.

However, Chevon's plan to expand

the gas project on Barrow Island is

facing rejection because of the

impact on the marine ecosystem.

Wall Street took a tumble as

concerns that a possible global

flu outbreak could damage the economy.

Pharmaceutical companies dominated

in Europe with hopes that they

would dominate with vaccines.

The weather on the screen right now:

Still ahead on Ten's Early News. We

talk to an Australian woman

quarantineed in the UK because of

fears she has swine flu. And fears she has swine flu. And

terrible pictures of moments before

a policeman takes out his gun and

shoots three people.

This program is captioned live.

Headlines every 15 minutes.

More deaths from swine flu in

Mexico. An Australian woman

quarantineed for symptoms . Claims

that we may not have enough vaccine

in an emergency.

The Government planning to get tough

with superannuation managers who

charge too much for their advice.

And the dramatic moment when a

policeman takes his gun and shoots

three innocent people after an

argument with his wife.

The swine flu epidemic continues to

lead the news. This is the latest:

The death toll was revised sharply

overnight. 149 deaths in Mexico

have been blamed on the illness.

People there are returning to work.

Schools, courts, bars, cinemas and

restaurants remain closed though.

Australian woman, Kate Corbett, is Australian woman, Kate Corbett, is

under quarantine in London with

symptoms. Dozens more suspected

cases have been reported in Israel

and Europe. In Australia, new and Europe. In Australia, new screening measures for

international travellers came in at

midnight. The scare has wiped

billions off world stock market and

thrown the future of airlines into jeopardy.

There are still no cases here yet,

but doctors say the spread is inevitable and they're preparing

for it. for it.

More confirmed cases overnight

proves the virus is spreading. The

two suspected cases of swine flu in

Scotland have been confirmed as

positive. As the world waits to see

where the killer virus will go next,

health authorities have issued

travel warnings. I would try to

avoid non-essential travel to the

areas which are reported to be in

the centre of the cluster. But

that's too late for people

returning from Mexico where the flu

started. Nothing at all. No warning.

Nothing from the hostesses or the

pilot. Nothing whatsoever. There's

no cases here in Australia, yet.

But experts believe it's just a

matter of time. And while there's

no vaccine, they're stockpiling

anti-viral drugs like Tamiflu which anti-viral drugs like Tamiflu which

can reduce symptoms. There are

elements of a north American avian

influpepbz aand a swine influenza

and some human influenza. What

doctors don't know is how easily doctors don't know is how easily

the virus spreads. This is

obviously a calls for concern and

requires a heightened state of

alert. But it's not a cause for alarm.

An Australian woman has been

quarantineed in London after

returning from Mexico. After

feeling unwell, doctors told the

29-year-old to stay in her house.

Ten's Europe correspondent Danielle

Isdale is in London and spoke to her.

We're in a fairly quiet street in We're in a fairly quiet street in

Fulham, which is an area of

south-west London where many

Australian expapts do live. One of

them is 29-year-old Sydney

journalist Kate Corbett. Kate has

been quarantineed inside her flat

after returning from Mexico on

Friday with flu-like symptoms.

She's been inundated by

international media crews today. We

interviewed her but she did ask us

to stay a safe distance away from

outside the front gate. I came home,

when out that night. Went to a

friend's gig. Felt fine. And then I

woke up on Saturday morning and I

had a bit of a cough and he didn't

think anything of it at all and

went about my life. And then turned

on the news on Saturday afternoon

and saw this stuff about the swine

flu, which obviously got me pretty

nervous. So they just said to

staip indoors as a precaution. So

Kate has planned to stay inside the

house as directed for at least

another day. She'll speak to her

doctors to get the all-clear over

the phone. She's not too concerned

that she actually has contracted

the flu strain, but as she said,

it's better safe than sorry in a

case like this. The Federal Government is reportedly considering banning

financial advisors from charging

commissions on the compulsory 9%

superannuation payments. This

morning's 'Sydney Morning Herald'

says ministers are angry about the

excessive commissions chargeled by

advisors on the funds. Not surprisingly, the move is being

resisted by financial planners. It

would boost the superannuation

payments for workers by about $80,000.

Seniors are furious they may not

get a pension increase even though

MPs are going to get their increase.

Federal MPs will get an extra $90 a

week electoral allowance. Aged

pensioners looking for an extra $30

look like they'll miss out. If it's

good enough for them to mills out,

it's good enough for the pensioners.

Lawyers for ailing billionaire

comfort Richard Pratt say he'll take

comfort from the news that ages

against him have been dropped. The

card board packaging tycoon is believed

believed to be close to death with

prostate cancer. The DPP dropped the

charges because of his health, not

the strength of the evidence. I

think he'll pass into the next

world knowing that he's been

vindicated and that he is innocent.

The 74-year-old was last year

fined more than $30 million after

admitting to price-fixing.

A Russian police chief has gone on

a shooting spree in Moscow. The off

duty policeman opened fire in a

supermarket killing three people,

including a cashier and a customer.

Several others were injured in the attack which happened just after

midnight. The man had just finished midnight. The man had just finished

a late shift and hitched a ride to

the supermarket. It's believed he

had an argument with his wife.

Rugby league and the Brisbane

Broncos are out on their own at the

top of the NRL ladder after Penrith

knocked the Gold Coast off the

perch. Substitute Jarrod Sammut set

up the win just before half time.

COMMENTATOR: He goes past. A second

half try to Michael Jennings put

the result beyond doubt. The

Titan's loss soured further with

Matthew White placed on report for

this tackle on fullback Lachlan Coote.

A massive blow for Essendon just

days after the memorable Anzac Day

win. Ruckman David Hille's knee

injury will see him miss a year of

football. in the opening minutes, His Anzac Day ended to time on the sidelines. now David Hill must get used

is far worse than first feared. Scans revealing the ruckman's injury which happen - He has some smaller complications cartilage and things like that, for the rest of the year, clearly, so, we're expecting - he'll be out be back for round one, we'd love to think that he might rehabilitation period. but generally it's a 12-month

on Thursday, Hill will go under the knife ruckman is doing it tough. the club admitting the number one a positive-type person, He generally is and he's going to need that, but to start with, to come to terms with the fact he's going to have for the rest of the year. that he is out for a stint without their skipper, The Kangaroos are preparing on his dislocation today. Brent Harvey to have surgery

Yeah, I spoke to Brent last night for about 10-12 weeks - and he's going to be out that was Dr Con's prognosis, for about 8 weeks. Brent reckons he'll be out and get back early, He's going to try little ligaments, and with his little bones, pretty quickly. he should be able to heal Roger Oldridge, Ten News.

The NSW Swifts have kept their

perfect home court record intact

this sees within a hard-fought

4-point win over the Northern

Mystics. Despite a last quarter

challenge, the reigning champions

led from start to finish on the

back of an impressive gold shooting

display by the captain, Catherine

Cox. Elsewhere, the Adelaide

Adelaide Thunderbirds held on for a

thrilling 5-point extra time win over Canterbury.

A bit of a rocky ride on Wall

Street this morning. Investors

worried about the economic impact

of swine flu, but there was relief

as well about GM's restructure

which might enable it to avoid

bankruptcy. Here with the details

is Juliana Roadley from Commsec.

The swine flu had a surprisingly

large effect on the financial

markets. Investors selling out of

tourism and transport stocks. The

airline sector the hardest hit. The

oil price off by 3% and below $50US

a barrel with big cuts to air

travel. And while drug stocks are

going higher. This might be a

one-off event but the market is

taking it seriously. On the other hand, General Motors gaining 20% on

the day on the restructure plans.

They're going to cut 3,000 workers.

At the close today, the DOW was off

by 51 points and the NASDAQ off by

14. Significant job losses. What

does all of this mean for the job

markets? The SPI is set to open up

20 points higher. It will be hard

for the miners though. The banking

season will kick off today and

while it won't affect the market,

it will be a big impact for the

Pont airbgs be c makers at the

Holden plant. We now know that

General Motors came out and said

that they won't be going on with

the Pontiac line. Juliana Roadley

from Commsec. Thank you. Weather check now:

Still to come on the early news -

that next. more on the swine flu. We've got

This program is captioned live.

This morning's top stories - the

swine flu death toll shoots towards

150. More Mexicans have died

overnight as health authorities

around the world swing into action

to battle the illness.

A leading economic forecaster

predicts the unemployment rate will

soar beyond 8% by the end of next soar beyond 8% by the end of next

year, but it won't be as bad as

some other countries.

In cricket, acting captain Michael

Clarke inspires Australia to a 2-1

series lead over Pakistan. In series lead over Pakistan. In

business, two iconic Aussie beers

have been swallowed up by the

Japanese. Kirin takes control of

Nathan and Four X and Tooheys.

There is the weather on the screen now:

Is The swine flu epidemic leads the

news this morning. The death toll

was readvised sharply upwards

overnight. Mexican officials say

149 deaths have been attributed to

the illness. People there are

returning to work. Schools, courts,

bars, cinemas and restaurants

remain closed. An Australian woman,

Kate Corbett, has been placed

under quarantine in London with

flu-like symptoms. Dozens more

suspected cases have been reported

in Israel and Europe. In Australia,

new screening measures for

international travellers came in at

midnight. The scare has wiped

billions off world share market and

thrown the future of airlines,

including Qantas, into jeopardy.

The first cases of swine flu in the

UK have been recorded. Two people

in Scotland have tested positive to the disease.

In Mexico, they're praying for

deliverance as the world waits to

see how and where this killer virus

spreads next. And with two cases

now confirmed in Scotland within

now confirmed in Scotland within

the last few minutes, and others globally, the world health

authority is considering

increasing the pandemic alert level.

International travel warnings are

also being issued. I think anyone

who has flu symptoms now and has

been anywhere near the countries

affected will need to be looked at.

But what we're waiting for is the

World Health Organisation who are

the experts on this to have a

robust assessment. In Britain,

those who are already arriving

home from Mexico this morning were

very anxious. Some were offered

advice upon landing by doctors, but

others claim not enough travel or

health information was available to

them. I think they should be doing

something. Definitely. Nothing at all, no

It's not a cause for alarm. The It's not a cause for alarm. The

President says the public health

emergency was declared as a

precautionary measure. The

Department of Health has set up a

national hotline for anyone wanting

to know more about the swine flu

outbreaks. The number to call is:

And Mexico just can't take a trick

today. A powerful earthquake

measuring 6 on the Richter scale

struck Mexico City four hours ago.

It shook buildings, but there are

no reports of damage or injuries. no reports of damage or injuries.

The unemployment rate could jump to

over 8% leaving a million over 8% leaving a million

Australians out of work. An Access

Economics report due out this

morning has revised the report for

next year from 7.5% unemployment to

8.5%. It's now at 5.7%. The rise is

forecast to happen just before the

next expected Federal election.

Access also predicts that interest

rates will fall to a record low of 2%. 2%.

Seniors meanwhile are outraged the

Government will not block a pay

rise for MPs, even though it looks

likely that a pension rise will be

approved. The Greens want the

increase to be scrapped.

Reports the Government may renege

on a $30 a week increase in the

Budget was bad enough. The boost in

Pollies perks just fuelled the anger

What do you think of that.? Not

much at all. If it's good enough

for them to have a rise, it's good

enough for the pensioners to stay

where they are or to get a better

one. Bob Brown agrees. If the Prime

Minister doesn't act on this, I'll

move a disaloupance motion. He'll

be a loan voice. It's not a pay

rise, this is money that will be

spent on electorates. Toney Abbott

says the decision is made says the decision is made independently of politicians. He

likens it to the $900 tax handout.

While I'm not sure it is good

policy, I don't begrudge people the

money. The $ 5,000 a year boost in

allowance mostly goes for fund

raiser fos for little leagues.

You're making it sound like a

slush fund. Come on, seriously.

An increase in attacks on party

goers waiting for taxis m Melbourne has forced the Victorian

Government into action. Taxi ranks

across the city are to be fitted

with security cameras and better lighting.

With crime on the rise in Melbourne,

Premier John Brumby has planned to

make the streets safer. $4 million

will be spent. Safer taxi ranks

means a safer city, and I think means a safer city, and I think

that would be a great outcome. The

sort of things we're talking about

here might include weather shelters,

might include pedestrian barriers.

Might include better lighting,

might include CCTV. Under the

four-year plan, funding will be

made available to improve notorious

cab rank hot spots. And it also

reduces some of the stress for taxi

drivers in the late night periods

where things can be a bit difficult.

Violent assaults in the city are up

almost 2% on last year. The State

Government taking action to turn

that around. More police, tougher

penalties, banning notices. Tougher

liquor licensing. All of those

things make a difference. More

public transport makes a difference.

It's just one measure to stamp out

violence on the streets as crime

climbs. And this is all about

producing a safer environment, a

better environment for members of

the public who want to use taxis. A

tight rope walker in China has gone

to great heights to set a new world

record. Without a harness, the

stunt man tip towed 700 metres up a

cable high above a valley in

central China. The wire, just 3cm

wide was set at an incline of 39

degrees. The 24-year-old wore

specialised rubber boots, but the

rest was just down to balance.

Australia has taken a 2-1 series

lead over Pakistan after

completing a 27-run come back win

in Abu Dabi. A solid performance by

Michael Clarke inspired the

performance. He top scored with 66

before taking two wickets in two

balls despite Pakistan's batting collapse.

COMMENTATOR: Oh Michael Clarke, can

you do it again. Match four is on Friday.

And two former members have

continued their strong form in the

Indian Premier League. Matthew

Hayden fell just one run short of a

half century as he helped the

Chennai Superkings to a competitive

165-run target. But Adam Gilchrist

quickly went about mowing that

target down. Comment no, he doesn't

need to worry about a signal on

that one. The former Australian

keeper smashed 44 off 19 balls to

help the Deccan Chargers reach the

target with three balls to spare.

Rugby league and Penrith Panthers

have scored a big win over the

competition high fliefrs, the Gold

Coast Titan. Super subJarrod

Sammut's match-winning contribution

before half time set up the win.

It was a nasty tackle on fullback

Lachlan Coote that brought Sammut

to the field. His impact was

immediate. Slicing through for a immediate. Slicing through for a

try, before an electrifying piece

of play from dummy half caught the

defence napping. He went on the

field, didn't think about playing

fullback. Went out there and needed

to do what the team needed him to

do. Coote left badly hurt which saw

Matthew White placed on report.

He's got bad spasms and is in pain.

It was a dampener on an otherwise

spectacular night for the team.

They started with a bang with two

trys in ten minutes. The Titan did

mount a come back in the second

half, but it was short lived.

Michael Jennings with yet another

spectacular piece of play to break

the visitors' backs.

COMMENTATOR: Michael Jennings there.

There's not too many players in the

comp who score that kind of try

there. They're a good side and a

dangerous side if given space, and

we we gave them space.

The AFL Match Review Panel has

taken a more lenient view on

contact with umpires, despite

Magpie Heath Shaw being suspended

for a week. They deemed that the

contact made by Henry Slattery and

Max Rooke wasn't worthy of further

action. We know that there are

going to be grazes and bumps here

and there. We're not worried about

those, but those who bounce down

where the umpire can get seriously

injured. But jebl's Jared Rivers

was found guilty and fined for his game.

Finance now, I nearly forgot about

you Frank. And the best beers are

tasting well. I know that you

don't think that they're the best beers.

Queenslanders will agree with you

about the assessment of their

favourite which is Four X and the

other amber fluid going overseas is

Tooheys. The board of Nathan has

agrod to a takeover offer from

Kirin brewery. Kirin already own

46% of the company so it wasn't a

great surprise. Shares in Lion sky

rocketing after news that the

company finished up almost 40% on

the day.

WA Premier Colin Barnett has signed

off on a lucrative Kimberley gas

project, but another deal might be

in trouble. In return for an

economic package worth more than $1

billion, indigenous communities

will support the project north of

Broome at James Price Point. A once

in a generation opportunity to substantially and permanently

improve the continues of the people

in the Kimberley for what will be

an absolutely minimal environmental

impact. However, Chevon's plans to

expand the project on Barrow Island

faces rejection in the next few

days because of the impact on the

marine system.

Briefly in other business news: Skhreert

Wall Street took a tumble as

concerns that a possible global

flu outbreak could dampen optimism

about the American economy. That

has overshadowed a cost cutting plan

and the gains in biotech stocks.

The Dow Jones down 51 points. Farm

tuetical companies dominated

across Europe. Gains there on the

hopes that there will be increased

demand for vaccines. London adding

11. A modest increase in Japan. 11. A modest increase in Japan

Hong Kong hitting a near three-week

low falling 2.7%. Oil is trading

lower at 49.09 a barrel. Gold is

currently at 906 an ounce. The

kurpbsly will buy you:

There's the weather for your part

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After the break - we'll talk to an

Australian woman quarantineed in

London with suspected swine flu.

And police criticised for tasering

a teenager and causing him to crash his vehicle. ARRIVED IN THE CAPITAL, AND FIRST, THE COLD WEATHER HAS SUDDEN DEATH, OF CLOSE TO A IT'S REPORTEDLY, CAUSED THE HOUSE. DOZEN BIRDS AT PARLIAMENT HONEYEATERS, WERE FOUND 10 YELLLOW-FACE TOGETHER, ON THE SENATE WERE FOUND HUDDLED

AFTER THE WEEKEND. SIDE OF PARLIAMENT HOUSE, THE COAST IN SUMMER, HAVE THE BIRDS, WHICH MIGRATE TO BY THE SUDDEN DROP IN APPARENTLY BEEN CAUGHT OUT, TEMPERATURE.

AROUND GOULBURN. EFFECT AGAIN THIS MORNING, THAT SCHOOL ZONES COME INTO DRIVERS, ARE BEING WARNED,

REGION'S SCHOOLS, BETWEEN PEOPLE DRIVING AROUND THE

SCHOOLS, BETWEEN EIGHT AND AROUND THE REGION'S AND FOUR P-M, WILL HAVE TO AND NINE-30 A-M, AND TWO-30 SLOW TO 40 KAYS AN HOUR. COUNCIL SAYS POLICE AND THE GOULBURN MULWAREE PATROLLING LOCAL SCHOOL COUNCIL RANGERS, WILL BE ZONES, THROUGHOUT THE DAY. BATEMAN'S BAY ON ANZAC DAY TURNED NASTY, IN CANBERRA MAN, IS EXPECTED SATURDAY... A 20 YEAR OLD AFTER ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTING TO FACE COURT NEXT MONTH,

ANOTHER MAN. ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTING COURT NEXT MONTH, AFTER

TO HAVE PUNCHED A 38 YEAR THE 20 YEAR OLD IS ALLEGED AT A LOCAL HOTEL, AT AROUND OLD MAN FROM BATEMANS BAY,

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This program is captioned live. The

death toll rising in Mexico as

health authorities around the world

swing into action to fight more

outbreaks of the deadly swine flu.

The Government planning to get tough with superannuation managers who

charge too much for their advice.

And you can call Bob a loser if

you like - he doesn't mind, even

though he's only half the man he

used to be.

The swine flu epidemic continues to

lead the news. Here's the latest -

the death tomorrow was revised up

sharply overnight. 140 deaths in

Mexico have been blamed on the

illness. People there are returning

to work, though. Schools, courts,

bars, cinemas and restaurants

remain closed. Australian woman

Kate Corbett is under quarantine in

London with symptoms. Dozens more

suspected cases have been reported

in Europe. In Australia, new screening measure force

international travellers came in at

midnight. The scare has thrown the

future of airlines into jeopardy.

There are still no cases here yet,

but doctors say the spread is

inevitable and are preparing for it.

More confirmled cases overnight

proves the virus is spreading. The

two suspected cases of swine flu

has been confirmed as positive. As

they ask where the killer virus

will go next, health authorities

have issued travel warnings. I

would try to avoid non-essential

travel to the areas which are

reported to be in the centre of the

cluster. But that's too late for

people returning from Mexico where

the flu started. Nothing at all. No

warning, nothing from there. The

hostesses or the pilot, nothing

whatsoever. There's no cases here

in Australia, yet, but experts

believe it's just a matter of time.

And while there's no vaccine, they're stockpiling anti-viral

drugs like Tamiflu which can reduce

symptoms. There are elements of a

north American avian flu influenza,

a swine influenza and human

influenza. What doctors don't know

is how easily the virus spreads.

This is obviously a cause for

concern and require as heightened

state of alert. But it's not a cause for alarm.

An Australian woman has been

quarantineed in London after

returning from Mexico after feeling

unwell. Doctors told the

29-year-old to stay in her house.

Ten's Europe correspondent Danielle

Isdale is in London and spoke to her.

We're in a fairly quiet street in

Fulham, which is an area of

south-west London where many

Australian expats do live. One of

them is 29-year-old Sydney

journalist Kate Corbett. Now, Kate

has been quarantineed inside her

flat after returning from Mexico on

Friday with flu-like symptoms.

She's been inundated by

international media crews today. We

interviewed her, but she asked us

to stay a safe distance away from to stay a safe distance away from

outside the front gate. I came home.

Went out that night, went to a

friend's gig. Felt fine. Then I

woke up on Saturday morning and I

had a bit of a cough and didn't

think anything of it at all and

went about my life. And then turned

on the news on Saturday afternoon

and saw this stuff about the swine and saw this stuff about the swine

flu, which obviously got me pretty

nervous. So they just said to stay

indoors as a precaution. So Kate

has planned to stay inside the house

as directed for at least another

day. She'll speak to her doctors to

get the all-clear over the phone.

She's not too concerned that she

actually has contracted this flu

strain, but as she says, it's

better safe than sorry in a

situation like this. Danielle Isdale reporting there

from London.

The Department of Health has set up

a national hotline for anyone

wanting to know more about the

swine flu outbreaks. The number to

call is: The Federal Government is

reportedly considering banning

financial advisors from charging

commissions on the compulsory 9%

superannuation payments. This

morning's 'Sydney Morning Herald'

says ministers are angry about the

excessive commissions charged by

advisors on these funds. Not

surprisingly, the move is being

resisted by financial planners. It resisted by financial planners. It

would boost the Super payouts for

workers by a healthy $80,000. workers by a healthy $80,000.

Seniors are furious they may not

get a pension increase, even though

MPs are going to get theirs.

Federal MPs will get an extra $90 a

week electoral allowance. Aged week electoral allowance. Aged

pensioners looking for $30 a week

looks like they will miss out in

Budget. If it is good enough for

them to have a rise, it is good

enough for the pensioners. The

Greens are calling for it to be scrapped.

Lawyers for ailing billionaire Richard Pratt say he'll take

comfort from the news that charges

against him have been dropped. The

card board packaging type couldn't

is believed to be close to death

with prostate cancer. The with prostate cancer. The

Commonwealth DPP dropped the charges

because of his ill-health, not

because of the strength of the

evidence. I think he'll pass into

the next world knowing that he has

been vindicated and that he is

innocent. The 74-year-old was last

year fined more than $30 million

after admitting to price fixing.

WA police have come under fire

after footage was released showing

an officer using a stun gun on a

teenager while he was driving.

Police chased the stolen van Police chased the stolen van

through a town in the State's

north-west taking the drastic action when the 17-year-old

refused to stop. After being

tasered, the teenager lost control

and slammed into a nightclub.

There's one bloke in Australia who

doesn't mind being called a loser. doesn't mind being called a loser.

Bob Hurstman shed more than half of

the body weight to win the 'Biggest

Loser. He's the show's oldest contestant. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

Bob's daughter-in-law, Tiffaney

didn't do too badly. She lost 54

kilos and took second place.

Rugby league and the Brisbane

Broncos are out on their own at the

top of the NRL ladder after Penrith

knocked the Gold Coast off the

perch with a 34-20 win last night.

Substitute Jarrod Sammut set up the

win just before half time.

A second half try to Michael

Jennings put the result beyond

doubt. The Titan loss soured

further with prop white white white

placed on report for a rough

tackle on Lachlan Coote.

A massive blow for Essendon days

after the memorable Anzac Day win.

Ruckman David Hille's knee injury

will see him miss a year of football. His Anzac Day ended in the opening minutes, now David Hill must get used to time on the sidelines. Scans revealing the ruckman's injury is far worse than first feared.

He has some smaller complications which happen - cartilage and things like that, so, we're expecting - he'll be out for the rest of the year, clearly, we'd love to think that he might be back for round one, but generally it's a 12-month rehabilitation period. Hill will go under the knife on Thursday, the club admitting the number one ruckman is doing it tough. He generally is a positive-type person, and he's going to need that, but to start with, he's going to have to come to terms with the fact that he is out for the rest of the year. The Kangaroos are preparing for a stint without their skipper, Brent Harvey to have surgery on his dislocation today. Yeah, I spoke to Brent last night and he's going to be out for about 10-12 weeks - that was Dr Con's prognosis, Brent reckons he'll be out for about 8 weeks. He's going to try and get back early, and with his little bones, little ligaments, he should be able to heal pretty quickly.

It was a rocky ride on Wall Street

with investors worried about the

economic impact of swine flu. Here

with the details is Juliana Roadley

from Commsec. The swine flu has had

a large effect on financial

markets. Yes, we did see drug

stocks rallying, some of them

getting ten fold gains today, but

investors selling out of tourism

and transport stocks. The key index

in the US is down by 11%. The oil

price off by 3% on expectations of

big cuts to global air transport.

We've got the DOW closing down 51

and the NASDAQ down by 14. What

does all of this mean for the

market? Not too rosey. We are set

to open up around eight points higher.

higher. The miners will do it hard.

It is the start of the bank

reporting season kicking off with

the NAB where the market is looking

for a 1.8% rise in the profit.

Juliana Roadley from Commsec. Thank you. you.

That is the day in finance. The

swine flu is having an effect.

Yes, I have a little bit of news on

that. Just before we go we have a

last check of the weather:

this is the news just in, three

people from a New Zealand school people from a New Zealand school

who returned from Mexico have

tested negative to swine flu.

Doctors are still awaiting tests on

ten others. That's it for the early

news. I'm Ron Wilson. We'll see you

again tomorrow morning at 6:00. And

I'm Frank Colletta. Enjoy your day.

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