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Tonight - Sydney's

legionnaires outbreak, more

cases reported. It may be

possible that others May

appear. The heavens open on the

plains. Papua New Guinea's

compensation case over the Ok

Tedi mine. And a theatrical

splash reliving the golden age

of Hollywood.

Good evening, Paul Lockyer

with ABC News. Three more

people have contracted

legionnaire's disease in an

outbreak linked to New Year's

Eve celebrations at Sydney's

Circular Quay. One of them is

in a critical condition in

hospital but it's not yet known

if he was at the Quay during

the festiveties. The Department

of Health said it would be

unlikely to see any more new

cases. It's not known whether cooling towers at Circular Quay

are the source of the deadly

legionnaire bacteria that has

infected seven people. Three

cases were reported overnight.

Two of them contracted the

disease while celebrating the

new year. One didn't require hospitalisation at all and the

other has been discharged from

hospital. A man in his 50s from

south-west Sydney is in a

critical condition. Doctors are

struggling to get a clear

picture of how or where he

contracted the disease.

Talking to his doctors it

doesn't appear he's related to

the cluster. Health officials

believed the likelihood of

further cases was remote

because the incubation period

had passed. Now they are not so

sure. It may be possible that

others may appear, we're

hopeful there won't be too

many. It is a concern. Our

doctors are working hard to

provide support and to track

this outbreak. Sydney City

Council has tested all 25 air

conditioning cooling towers at

Circular Quay. The results had

been expected on Friday, now

they won't be made public until

early next week. As I

understand it from the council

there has been no obvious

smoking gun. Of the four men

diagnosed with the disease on

Wednesday, one has been

discharged from hospital, the

others are in a stable

condition. It's been another

day of extreme weather as

Australia's unpredictable

summer rolls on. There's some

welcome news in Victoria where

the bushfire threat has eased,

replaced by cooler conditions

and some significant rainfall

in drought areas. It's caused

minor flooding in the west of

the state. More than a dozen

homes in Kaniva and Stawell

went underwater overnight with

rainfall nudging 100mm in some

areas. In SA, severe storms

have brought the heaviest falls

in years. There's been

widespread flooding across the

state, cutting major roads and

leaving several communities

isolated. The small town of

Hawker took the brunt, but

fears the local damn mite burst

have abated. After weeks of

dry, roads are impassible in

the north of the state. The

gateway to the Flinders rangers

was like an island after the

overnight deluge. Cut off by

road, the town's 300 0

residents spent much of the day

making sure their homes would

be safe from rising waters with

early fears the local damn

would overflow. The town itself

is isolated because of flooding

either side of it. If the

creeks and rivers were to

continue rising at this rate,

there will be water

inundation. Late this afternoon

the immediate danger passed,

but the town remains cut off by

road. Further south in Port

Pirie, the sell udge dumped up

to 125mm of rain in just a few

hours. It flooded homes,

businesses and roads. Water

rose up to David Errington's

doorstep. His house was saved,

but he was left stranded. We

are land locked with all the

water and the water can't drain

away. At a local hotel, water

seeped through two first storey

rooms and on to poker machines

below. Trying to run the

business and keep afloat. Mr

Leyson says the damage bill for machines alone could be more

than $100,000. North of Port

Pirie, a train came off the

rails. The weather bureau says

the rain will now travel

east. There is prospect of part

of the eastern states to see

useful rainfall totals as

well. Weather bureau says the

inundation over SA was a 1 in

50-year event. And in NSW,

firefighters continue to battle

a bushfire in the alpine

region, fanned by strong

winds. The fire is burning in

the Kosciuszko National Park

12kms from Thredbo. It's hoped

that forecast overnight rain

will ease the direct threat to

the ski village. To the

northern hemisphere and much of

Europe is in clean-up mode

after the continent was struck

by the deadliest storms in

eight years. At least 47 people

were killed in the devastating

weather that swept through

countries from Britain to

Ukraine. Parts of northern

Europe effectively shut down

after hurricane strength winds

reeked havoc throughout country

after country. Flights across

Britain were delayed or

cancelled, while many on board

those that did arrive, wished

they'd never taken off. There

were rolls, screams, couple of

people were crying, a lot of

people unfortunately being

sick. A toddler in North London

died when a wall fell on him

while winds peeled off the roof

of this school in Manchester

and dumped it in the

playground. It was like a tiny

bang and we all just thought it

was the wind against the

building. Then a big chunk of

school fell off. Gale force

wins whipped Germany, causing

at least 12 deaths and Europe's

biggest rail crossing hub,

Berlin Central, was closed

after a massive steel support

was rip Friday the facade.

Train carriages were lifted off

their tracks in Switzerland,

and homes and cars were wrecked

across Austria and Poland. Tens

of thousands across the

continent are without

electricity after the storms

downed numerous powerlines. The

freak weather wasn't confined

to Europe with players in a premiership soccer game at

South Africa's Ellis Park

narrowly avoiding injury when

winds of up to 170km/h blew

signs around the pitch. Fans

were forced to duck for cover,

remarkably no-one was seriously

hurt. Efforts to resume the

game after the boards were

removed from the field were

kickly abandon ed when a

thunderstorm struck. A local

health professional will be the

candidate for the troubled Iemma Government's new

Sydney seat of Macquarie

Fields. Dr Andrew McDonald

will replace Steven Chaytor,

who stepped down this week when

he was convicted of assaulting

his girlfriend. After 27 years

as a paediatrician, Andrew

McDonald is trading the surgery

for the campaign trail. This

is an opportunity for me to do

something for the children as a group, rather than one at a

time. The father of two is the

director of children's health

services in Sydney's

south-west. He fits the

criteria of a strong community

candidate. Above that though,

he is the dream candidate. He

will work very hard to get

elected in Macquarie Fields to

work and expand, improve

services for the hard-working

families of this area. Premier

has brushed aside concerns

about any political fallout

from the assault conviction of

the sitting member, Steven

Chaytor. Not to have taken

action would have right ly seen

the electorate and the families

of this area take action

against the party. At the

ballot box, Dr Andrew McDonald

will face Liberal candidate,

former colleague and health

services whistleblower, Nola

Fraser. The Government suffered

a 12 per cent swing against it

when a by-election was held in

Macquarie Fields last year. It

holds the seat by 10%. Dr

McDonald says while he works in

the electorate, he has no plans

to move there. Meanwhile, Peter

Debnam was turning his

attention to the waterways,

pledging $1 million. We've got

encroaching development all

around our waterways and it is

an ongoing task to make sure we

keep the waterways, clear and

clean and the surrounds. The

money will go to three

programmes covering the harbour

and waterways. Police are

continuing the search for a man

who stabbed two people in

Sydney's CBD early this

morning. Disglsh a man and

woman in their late 20s walking

along Bridge Street when a man

tried to steal the woman's

handbag. She was stabbed in the

abdomen and the man in the

chest. The attacker escaped in

a white car. The victims are in

a stable condition in hospital.

Police are eager to speak to

two young men who stopped to

help them after the attack.

The plans of hundreds of

people travelling to the

Tamworth music festival were

disrupt td this morning when a

fuel tanker overturned on the

main road into the city. Both

lanes of the New England

Highway were closed for most of

the day, forcing drivers to

take detours. People living

nearby were evacuated because

of concerns that some of the

spilled fuel could ignite. The

tanker hit a power Pole,

cutting electricity to

thousands of homes. The driver

was taken to hospital suffering

minor injuries. Lawyers in

Australia and Papua New Guinea

are spending the weekend

preparing legal arguments for a

huge compensation claim against

the mining giant, BHP

Billiton. The Australian mining

company is facing a

multibillion-dollar civil

damages claim for environmental

damage it caused when operating

the Ok Tedi gold and copper

mine several years ago. Papua

New Guinea correspondent, Steve

Marshall reports. At its peak,

the Ok Tedi mine created

billions of dollars for BHP

Billiton and the Papua New

Guinea Government. But the 90

tonnes of waste it dumpbed into

the river every day also

created an environmental

headache. The river itself is

deadly. People cannot even walk

through the river, wade through

the river. Five years oo, BHP

Billiton opted out of Ok Tedi

and donated its 52% stake to a

trust account for the region.

Three years later, it main compensation payments to

appease local landowners who

abandoned a US billion dollar

claim. But now 13,000 Papua New

Guineans living along Ok Tedi's

poisoned waterways say they did

not benefit from that deal.

Those that were strong enough

to say the money is not enough

to justify an existence in the traditional environment they

used to live in. They are not

parties to the agreement. BHP

said it would defend a claim

made against it. In a statement

the company said arrangesments

put in place when it

transferred shalding meant

future claims could not be

successfully argued. It's

alleged BHP still pulls the

strings in Ok Tedi's current

mining operation. It was then

who started the mine until they

shifted the shareholding to

somebody else. Yet, they

continue to control the

companies. They continue to

control the operating

company. In 1996, BHP reached

an out-of-court settlement with

villagers after acknowledging

the mine had seriously damaged

the environment. Since then,

the company has faced several

law suits, but none anywhere

near the size of the $4 billion

US claim it faces now. There

have been angry protests in

Turkey over the murder of a

high profile Turkish Armenian

journalist. He was shot dead

outside his newspaper office in

Istanbul. The grieving family

members and colleagues gathered

at the scene and thousands

marched through the city.

Hrant Dink was a frequent

target of Turkish nationalists

because of his views about the

mass killings of Armenians

during World War I. Turkey has

denied allegations of genocide

and the dead journalist was

convicted of in 2005. The

United States, the European

Union and Armenia have

condemned the attack.

Turkishing leaders have vowed

to bring those responsible to

justice. More than a year after

the Cronulla riots, moves are

continuing to welcome people

back to the beach. For the

second year running, harmony

patrol teams are taking to the

beaches and parks to promote

goodwill and social cohesion.

The teams are made up of Arabic

and non-Arabic speaking people and are part of the

Government's response to the

riots. There was a lot of fear

there last year and letting

people feel comfortable to come

back to conula. The patrol will

be on duty until the end of the

Easter long weekend. Australia

has a new species of animal,

though it's one the people of

the NT could probably live

without. It's a new species box

jellyfish identified around the

Gove Peninsula and named after

the Territory researcher who

discovered it. In northern

Australia, the study of

jellyfish is a serious

business. They can give painful

and fatal stings. Dr Baht Curry

has devoted his career to

stingers and has now had one

named after him. Meet the

jellyfish names Baht. It packs

a powerful sting. He went

against the grain on naming

conventions, not wanting to be

too official. I thought my

surname didn't sound good, but

Baht wasn't a bad option. His

unorthodox choice has sent the

scientific community into a bit

of a spin. As you can expect,

that was challenged in review.

The expert reviewers said

that's not Latinised. You can't

name it. They managed to

convince them in the end. Dr

Curry works at Darwin's Menzies

school of research, a leading

expert in tropical

medicine. When I first came to

the area, one issue was

children were dying from

jellyfish venoming. This was an

issue known for many

decades. His work on stingers

has been recognised around the

world. The work that he's done

on behalf of public safety and

science, scientific

advancement, he's definitely at

the forefront of box jellyfish

research. But of course he says

his work is more about saving

lives than receiving praise.

Tonight's top story again -

more cases of legionnaire's

disease have been reported,

presumably linked to an

outbreak centred around

Sydney's Circular Quay on New

Year's Eve. Still to come - why

England is fuming after

Australia's battling win in


Melbourne police have

revealed a 32-year-old man was

arrested at the Australian Open

this week for allegedly filming

up the skirts of two women. A

digital camera was seized. The

man is expected to be charged

on summons with offensive

behaviour. It's been a

difficult week for Open

organisers. The arrest was made

two days after a young boy was

allegedly sexually assaulted in

a toilet cubicle inside Rod

Laver arena. Police are

searching for his attacker.

The top seeds on the women's

side of the draw all got

through easily on day six of

the Australian Open at

Melbourne Park. Maria Sharapova, marngs and Kim

Clijsters didn't drop a set

between them, cruising into the

round of 16. And the men's

number two seed, Rafeal Nadal,

secured his place in the 4th

round with a straight sets win.

Rafeal Nadal showcased his

complete game against

Switzerland's number two

player, Stanilas Wawrinka,

mixing his power game with a

softer touch. There is nice

recognition. The two-time

French Open champion defended

his side of the court

vigorously, point after point,

surprising even his entourage

with his raw ability. He saw

that! It was over in three sets

with an unsuccessful challenge

on the last point of the game.

29-year-old Italian Tathiana

Garbin was no match for top

seed Maria Sharapova, but she

appeared to enjoy herself on

the big stage. The Russian was

in control from start to

finish, wrapping.the match in

just over an hour. Didn't

really adjust from the

beginning. I thought I was

letting her play her game too

much. As the match went on, I

moved better and sought short

balls quicker. Martina Hingis

was right at home on the court where she's won three

Australian Open titles. Aiko

Nakamura was completely

outclassed by the former world

number one who conceded just

three games on her way to

victory. It was always a great

feeling to be in the second

week of a Grand Slam. That's

what you come here for. Being

seeded 6, that's what you

expect, at least. I'm happy I

was able to fulfil my

commitments. And Kim Clijsters

is a step closer to a dream

finale in Melbourne after

beating Alona Bondarenko of the

Ukraine. The issue of batsmen

not walking has flared again

after man of themap, Mike

Hussey, stood his ground in

Australia's 4-wicket win over

England last night. Hussey's

decision not to walk when he

appeared to edge a ball at a

pivotal moment in the game, had

England fuming after skittling

the top order. Australia

remains undefeated in the

one-day series. The Australians

were on the move to Sydney

today, but last night Mike

Hussey was an immovable force.

The game was finely balanced

with a shaky Australia 5/109

when he edged a ball through to

the keeper, apparently. Despite

protest and abuse from the

keeper and sheepish looks from

Hussey himself, the man known

as Mr Cricket refused to

walk. I don't walk. I take the

good decisions with the bad

ones. I've had some where I was

and wasn't out. I leave it to

the umpires. A frustrated

England could only lament a

decision that may have robbed

them of their first real chance

to beat Australia this

summer. He's a good finisher.

He seems to have taken on the

Michael Bevan role and comes in

and finishes the game

off. Hussey had a running

battle with Nixon, but the

batsman said the constant

niggling helped motivate him. I

couldn't hear what he was

saying. There was so much

coming out of his

mouth. England had cause to

crow last night with six top

order Australian batsmen back

in the sheds by the 30 th

over. Hussey mixed patience

with exhilarating shots to

revive Australia's faltering

run chase. Brett Lee

tormented the bowlers with wild

stroke play. He and Hussey iced

the win to earn Australia a

bonus point win. The home

side's perfect summer record goes on the line against New

Zealand in Sydney tomorrow.

Newcastle has claimed a spot

in the A-league finals with a

4-0 win over minor Premiers,

Melbourne, last night. Sydney

FC and Queensland will learn

their fate tonight when the two

meet in the last round before

the play-offs. The goal

differentials are likely to

play a part in who makes the

top four. Newcastle's win over

Melbourne means Sydney FC will

need to draw to finish in the

top four. Queensland must win

to stay alive. While Melbourne

was presented with the minor

premier's plate it rapped up a

month ago, players had their

minds on the bigger battles

ahead as Newcastle capitalised

on defensive

blunders. COMMENTATOR: Chance

for Mark Bridge for

Newcastle! Knowing a win would

guarantee a finals berth, the

Jets gave the 19,000-strong

crowd more to cheer about in

the second half. That could be

it for the Jets! Newcastle then

started working on its goal

differential and could finish

as high as second if Adelaide

slips up against Central Coast

tomorrow. A team that sacked

its coach after failing to win

any of its games in the opening

seven rounds is now preparing

for its second finals campaign

in as many years. Melbourne has

gone three games without a win

and victory supporters will be

hoping their team has saved its

best for the play-offs. And

in cycling, Swiss rider Martin

Elmiger will wear the leader's

Jersey heading into the final

day of the Tour Down Under.

Belgian Pieter Ghyllebert won

the grueling 147km stage in wet

and windy conditions. As wet

conditions threatened again, it

was imperative everything was

in perfect working order. The

same went for the start.

Navigator's insurance rider,

took a blow. Laurent Brochard

was not tampered. His hunt for

the sprint lead started with a

second place at the first dash,

behind the butchman. The gap to

the peloton steady,. New Zealand's Heath Blackgrove rode

first over the summit. On

descent, another chase group

formed without overall leader

Karl Menzies. A late charge

brought him and CSC's Luke

Roberts back to the front.

Sprinting clear into Willunga

was Pieter Ghyllebert. It's my

turn. Switzerland's Martin

Elmiger piped Stuart O'Grady

for third and a 2-second bonus

to claim the overall leader's

Jersey. I'm ready for tomorrow

and happy for the team and me

for today and tomorrow is

another day. I will fight for a finish. Tomorrow's final stage

will centre on a 90km circuit

through the city. Australia's

leading cross-country runners

had a taste today of what they

can expect at the championships

in Kenya in March. Searing

temperatures and a difficult

course in Canberra confronted

athletes vying for a place on

the national team. Canberra's

den Dent won the race ahead of

Queensland's Michael Shelly.

Den dent says Australia can

match the formidable African

teams, even though Benita

Johnson and Craig Mottram are

skipping the event. I think

Australians are pretty tough.

On the track they are tough.

You get ganged up on by the for

instance, but cross-country is

hit and miss. While some

struggled to make the finish

line, Donna McFarlane

eventually won the women's 6km

event. Making a splash with

London theatre critics, a new

production bay based on the

life of Australian swimmer,

Annette Kellerman. Reviving a

spectacular style of Hollywood

musicals, the cast is made up

of members of the Britain's

oldest synchronised swimming

club. This is one of the

lavish MGM aqua musicals.esta

Williams was often the star and

this one was based on the life

of Australian swimmer, Annette

Kellerman. And this is the

recreation, in London. An

effort to invoke a more

innocent time. It appeals to go

back to something that once was

and change it slightly to make

it ironic. It's kind of

exciting. The cast is made up

of members of Britain's oldest

synchronised swimming club and

the cast of 20 dancers who

spend much of their time on the

edge of the pool.

Synchronised swimming

sometimes battles ts perception

it is fixed grins and dreary

music. The producers home this

can reclaim the 1950s allure.

This is much more controlled

by women in a way and women

love all our shows, men as

well. But they find it very

empowering to watch it. It's

a small production put on by a

company more used to staging

riskai cabaret than tricky

formations in the pool. When

so many people are used to

computer-generated special

effects and 24-hour music video

channels, this audience was

impressed. You smell it, see

it, and feel it and practically

get wet from the fount ans.

It's 100% better. People come

away feeling good. There are

no plans yet for a tour Down

Under. Now let's take a look

at the weather Down Under. In

Sydney, it hit 28 degrees, but

it got up to 41 in the west at

Penrith, sharing the top

temperature in the state.

The satellite picture shows

thick cloud over central

Australia dissating, but

streaming across SA, Victoria,

western NSW and Tasmania. On

the synoptic chart, a deep

trough that has delivered all

the rain to SA and areas to the

south is slowly edging towards

the east. Behind it a high in

the Bight is bringing clearer

weather. Rain and storms are

expected as the low tracks east

through western and southern

NSW and through Victoria and

Tasmania. There will be the

odd shower on the Far North

Coast of NSW. In the capital

cities tomorrow:

And before we go, another

look at tonight's top stories.

NSW authorities are

investigating another three

cases of legionnaire's disease,

two of which are linked to

Circular Quay. Severe storms

in Victoria and SA have caused

widespread flooding, damaging

houses and leaving several

communities isolated. A huge

compensation claim is being

prepared against the mining

giant, BHP Billiton, for

environmental damage it caused

when operating the Ok Tedi gold

and copper mine. That's the

news for now. There will be

updates throughout the evening.

Until then, goodnight.

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