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Beaten but never broken: the people

of North Queensland begin the task

of rebuilding their lives in the wake of the cyclone.

6am, good morning I'm Ron Wilso in

N Welcome to Ten's Early News T

political crisis in Egypt is coming

to a head. Pro-and anti-government

demonstrators clashed in Cairo, ten.

In sport he's on a mission to shape

up at the London almost picks. Ian Thorpe trains under watchful eyes. Thorpe

When we get to business, Newscorp

launches the world's first ipad

only newspaper but has bad lose for

lovers of My Space.

The aftermath of the cyclone leads

the news. Here is the latest: the

Prime Minister arrived last night

in the affected storm zone.

The defence force will spearhead

the massive relief operation.

Troops held a briefing in

Townsville where they're working to

install back-up generators for the

water treatment plant. Road

closures in Ingham stopped the army

reaching Ground Zero but the convoy

is expected to roll into Tully

today. Troops are expected to

provide much needed emergency

supplies for the isolated community.

in full swing. In Townsville the relief effort is

We're joined live by our reporter

happening on the telephone. What will be

happening in the initial stages?

Well, initially the first priority

is to clear the roads. There are

thousands of trees blocking roads

and they've fallen on to power

lines and taken out the power. As

you mention that's effectively

rendered us without power here in

Townsville which has also affected

the water treatment plants here.

Now the mayor is appealing to

people to conserve water and to use

it only for drinking and hygiene

and if you do need to use tap water

to boil it for one minute, so

that's a big problem. You - we've

had half a metre of rain in the last

way last day, another 300 mm is on it

way in the next 24 hours, that's

making it hard for people to get

through to these isolated towns,

including the emergency services

and the defence force, but no doubt

helicopters they have the capability with the

helicopters and they will get in

there and help these people as soon

as they can. The worst of the

damage seems to be around the towns

of Tully and Cardville yet you in

Townsville and up in Karens are

suffering damage. Try to give us a

sense of the scale of the relief

effort? There was relief yesterday,

there wasn't a huge amount of

structural damage here in

Townsville, but there is a huge

amount of water with the storm

surges and a massive amount of

flooding through homes. That's

devastating enough. Also with the

roofs, there's lots of roof damage,

tin roofs flown off, what the

actual emergency services are

concentrating on now is getting

people back to their homes. 200

people are still in evacuation people are still in evacuation

cepblters, some of those won't be

able to return for months with

homes damaged significantly. Now,

going through the Cardwell and

Ingham they're isolated. Cardwell

is a coastal town t main street is

imagine metres from the water, so you can

imagine what happened when the

storm surge came. They're

concentrating on getting the concentrating on getting the

recovery effort in. People are safe. recovery effort in. People are safe.

People are in a position to decide

that faces us. the next step, that's the decision

Now, as we reported the Prime

Minister arrived in North

Queensland last night to inspect

the damage for hes. Ms Gillard says

she's keen to meet with locals and

promised the Commonwealth full

support. We're rebuilding

Queensland coming back from the

cyclone and coming back from the

floods. The PM says it will be some

time before an accurate estimate of

the damage can be made beshe ruled

out increasing the flood levy. The

cyclone recovery will be funded by

more cuts to the budget. The

The towns of Tully and Cardwell

have been described as Ground Zero.

We surveyed the damage by air.

The wreckage of cyclone Yasi

continues to pound North Queensland,

but when you get to the air you get

a perspective of what unfolded T two

two most affected communities,

Cardwell and Tully, Card with well

is a billion air's playground, but

we saw yachts on the harbour, they

had nowhere to go. As we circled

the coast we found many of the

houdzs, those 15-20 years older

have not stood up. Well, in Tully

that's by far the worst, probably

twice as bad as Cardwell. We saw

roofs torn away, in bedrooms,

bathrooms, second floors at home

and on to the ground level. It was

astonishing to see how the cyclone

has come through and treated these

areas with utter disrespect.

Businesses, the local refinery,

well, that's going to take a long

time before it's back on its feet.

Many of the tanks and the

infrastructure there have been

destroyed. You don't know how long

it will take before the emergency

crews can begin to move in and

start getting power back to these

communities and getting them so

they can function like they once they can function like they once

did. Everywhere we looked we saw

devastation, many of the homes,

well, they didn't have a chance. well, they didn't have a chance.

They couldn't get out of harm's way.

We know that their owners did but

missing. we understand some people remain

Away from the cyclone now, for a Away from the cyclone now, for a

moment, the bitter and bloody

confrontation between pro-and anti- confrontation between pro-and anti-

government protesters continues in central Cairo this morning. Pro-democracy demonstrators

demanding the over throw of Hosni

Mubarak gathered for the tenth

straight day. Pro-Hosni Mubarak

supporters fought back with stones

and fire bombs, army officers have

calm the fighting. fired warning shots in the air to

Ten protesters have reportedly been

killed today. The US says this

morning the Egyptian government

elections. should set a brisk course for new

People across America have started

digging themselves out from under digging themselves out from under

the huge winter storm which buried

much of the country yesterday. The

storm was the biggest in 40 years,

it affected an estimated one third

of the entire US population.

Normally sunny Texas has frozen,

and hundreds of cars in Chicago

were abandoned after they were

stuck for hours in a massive

traffic jam. Factories across the

country remain shut. The grain and

livestock industries have been

paralyseed and more than 5,000 flights have been cancelled.

Sport: swimming, he made the

announcement and now Ian Thorpe

allowed the media to watch his

train. He's been training under

secrecy in five months in 8 pools

across Sydney. It was nice to have

people I knew at the pool. Usually

trying to strike up conversation

with the general public. The

'Thorpedo' leads for - leaves for

month. his training base in Abu Dhabi this

Ricky Pettard's wretched run

continues, the 2-year-old yesterday

strained his left hamstring. His

preseason is very good. preseason is very good.

The President made a welcome sight

back at the club following a bout

of cancer related surgery.

One of Australian soccer's most

decorated careers is coming to a

close. He announced that he will

retire at the end. To pass

something back to the younger

players. The 35-year-old's career

has spanned 16 years including nine

goals in 51 games for Australia.

Time now nor the finance news with

Frank. Good to see Rupert Murdoch

doing so well after the crisis. Yes,

News Corporation nearly doubled its

net profits to more than $640 net profits to more than $640

million. His growing staple of

television scandals were the big

earners, but his newspapers were earners, but his newspapers were

surprisingly profitable. The former

Aussie has also launched a new iPad

only prescription called The Daily.

That newspaper probably cost up to

$30 million to set up we're told, $30 million to set up we're told,

it cost half a million a week to

run. Mr Murdoch has been looking

for ways to wean the public off

free Internet use for some time.

The soaring dollar is good for

those heading overseas but rising

fuel prices are about to hit

travellers in ticket prices. Qantas

will soon start slugging passengers

up to 50% more on fuel surcharges which

which will push international

ticket charges up by 20-50 dollars

each way. This follows a move by

other airlines including Singapore

and BA who have increased the fuel

charge this year.

It's the first adjustment to the

carrier's fuel surcharge since 2008. carrier's fuel surcharge since 2008.

Qantas domestic prices are also under review.

The rally on the American markets

is losing steam, as Egypt's unrest

escalates. Investors were not

totally put off.

Still ahead: the latest on the Still ahead: the latest on the

recovery going on in the wake of

Cyclone Yasi.

More from Egypt where increasing

violence means it's D-day for the government.

Headlines every 15 minutes on Ten's Early News.

The clean-up after the cyclone leads the news.

That rebuilding will take a long

time and a lot of both federal and

state resources. Even the army is

getting involved.

The army is ready for action. These

team also be welcome arrivals in

Tully today as the relief operation gets under way.

Help comes just in time, many who

evacuated will start heading home,

with commercial flights resuming today.

Cyclone Yasi smashed into North

Queensland, Mission Beach is a mess.

But Tully was the prime target. In

Tully, the early estimate is that

one in three houses has been either

lost his roof or completely

demolished and more than 20% of

businesses in the main area

significantly impacted. Cardwell

was also hit hard. It's pretty

devastating. It's unreal. It's a

war zone. There are about 95% of

the boats are all in one corner of the

the marina. There's all the

pontoons vz gone with the boats.

The search continues for a man who

went missing at Port Hinchinbrook.

He wanted to move his boat.

Innisfail's banana crops wiped out

by Cyclone Larry has been destroyed

again. Townsville faces serious

flooding. The city is in danger o

of losing its water supply. In the

midst of the chaos in Cairns, a

little miracle - a baby girl born

in an evacuation cepblter. She

definitely doesn't want to name the

baby Yasi, that's one memory she

doesn't want to keep. Like plenty of

of others who want to forget.

In the wake of the cyclone flash

flooding is a real threat to

communities in North Queensland.

Our reporter is joining us via

Skype. The weather up there very

volatile right through North

Queensland. Bring us up to date

with what you are exspebting so far

as the weather is concerned.

Volatile is the right word to

describe it, it's also very

unpredictable. At the moment it

looks like it could almost be a

clear day today, there's a lot of

clouds in the sky at the moment,

but clean-up crews are out early,

because they know that there's

heavy rain and some storms forecast

for today. The Bureau of

Meteorology says to expect flash

flooding in already swollen rivers

here around Cairns, and are

expecting some more storm cells to

move across. The area has already

had 270mm of rain in the last 19 hours.

The Cairns area was on the very

northern edge of the storm damage

zone. Now, 24 hours after the storm

moved across the area, are we

getting a sense of the scale of the

relief effort that will needed

here? We certainly are. Z there's a

lot of work that needs to be done,

so many small farming communities

as well that run between the major

centres that will need so much more

assistance. The good news is that

about 160 more fliver also be

coming to Cairns to help out around

the region and about 500 new

volunteers will be in the region by

early next week. They will be a

very welcome addition to recovery

crews. Thank you. The Prime

Minister as we mentioned arrived in

Townsville to exr inspect the

damage caused by the cyclone T

Federal Government will have to

help Queensland pay for the

recovery because the state doesn't

have natural disaster insurance.

Julia Gillard arrived in North

Queensland keen to meet with locals and promising Commonwealth support

is on its way. We definitely are

rebuilding Queensland, coming back

from this cyclone, coming back from

the floods. Yet yesterday the Prime

Minister received briefings at the

National Crisis Co-ordination

Centre but it will be some time yet

before the real cost is known. We

will only be able to give people a

sensible estimate of the degree of

the damage when some time has gone

by. Unlike other states the

Queensland government doesn't have

natural disaster insurance. Senator

Nick Xenophon says it would only

cost 50 billion a year for 300 billion of cover.

This has strengthened the Federal

Government's desire for home

insurance policys to be in plain

English. This seems likely to

happen because insurance companies

agree it's good for the community.

Australians should be able to look

at their home and contents

insurance policy at a glance and

not see a page upon page of fine

print but instead be able to see at

excluded. a glance what's included and what's

Away from the storm now and at

least six are dead as running

battles continue in Cairo. Joining

me now live from Cairo is our

Senior Foreign Correspondent Hamish

Macdonald. The big question I guess

in the last few hours has been have

the military been able to keep the

two pro-and anti-government forces

aside? No, they haven't. We've seen

these wild scenes of absolute chaos

on the streets of Cairo. Right up

to the front doors of our hotel.

We're holed up inside the hotel,

all the journalists as well are

here, many of them managed to

escape this afternoon before this

happened. But for some of us we're

stuck in here t hotel is

barricadeed. We're not allowed to

leave. There are tables and pillars

up against the doors, trying to

block us out from the mobs of

protesters and demonstrators

outside T pictures you're seeing

now are a small snippet of what

we've been seeing all afternoon,

running street battles in the

centre of the city across Tahir

Square, down to the banks of the

Nile river. We and many of the

other journalists are staying-in

the middle of a volatile situation

to say the least. Reports I'm

seeing from people in Tahir Square

saying that the numbers of

protesters have doubleed in the

last 24 hours as this Friday

deadline approaches for Hosni Mubarak

Mubarak to step down. Yes, I mean t numbers

numbers have moved up and down

throughout the day, and in fact at

times they spilled right out to

Tahir Square and the front line I

guess of this whole situation

(breaking up sound ). We watched it

all unfold in front of us as people

ripped apart bus doors, started to

throw them at other people, the

tanks were rolling in, fireing to

the crudes, - crowds, gunshots

every minutes, a chaotic situation,

it wasn't clear which side was it wasn't clear which side was

which, who was protesting for Hosni

Mubarak who was protesting against,

whether the military was on side

with one of those groups or the

other, it was really difficult to

read. There were countless reports

of journalists beaten up, attacked,

having cameras taken, being brought

in by the military or the secret

police, it is an unbelieveably

chaotic suchation here at the

moment. We've had calls from the

Australian Ambassador wanting to

check on our welfare and many

people are trying to find ways of

getting out or hiding here as best

they can and trying to see out the

night. Thank you.

In cricket, a hip injury has -

Steve Smith has opened the door for

former test spinner Jason Krejza to

return to the stage. A new look

Australian side led by Cameron

White will take up England.

I'm sure they will give the guys

the chance to get in the chance,

but if someone doesn't make it

hopefully can I put my hand up on

Sunday. Pace man Liam Plunkett has

been called into England.

NBL and a stand out performance

from Pinney - the Hawks never had

with 2. the lead, but Pinny finished up

with 2.

(Penney ) the breakers celebrating

the win in style.

I will be on the side lines.

to Wall Street. Frank, as we do each Friday, a trip

Yes, everyone is keeping a nervous

eye in Egypt. US stocks were lower

as investors contemplated the

government's latest jobless figures.

Here with the details in New York

is Alexis. Why are the number sos

volatile? We've had a string of

snow storms which have steered the

weekly jobless numbers for a while.

Last week we had claims spike

because some states in the south because some states in the south

had to shut down unemployment

offices because the weather was so

bad, this was this back log of

claims. This week we saw 42,000

fewer Americans apply for

unemployment benefits, now over all 415,000 Americans are receiving

those benefits and any time that

number is below 425,000 it signals

modest job growth. Of course that's

welcome news any time, but

especially ahead of tomorrow's

monthly jobs report. Analysts here

expect the report to show employers

October. added the most workers since

That's great. Now, we've seen the

images and just had the latest images and just had the latest

reports from our team in Egypt.

Everyone is keeping a wary eye on

those proceedings, what is the

impact of that in the US? There

hasn't been a huge impact in the

equity markets, but there is

concern that the violence in Egypt

will spread to other areas in the

region, that's a back drop to

trading. While Egypt is not a huge

oil producer itself, it is home to

the Suez Canal a major oil pipeline.

Opec has said it will pump more oil

to make up for shortfalls coming

out of that country, but overall

oil prices have taken more of a

direct impact because of the chaos

in Cairo, we've seen oil prices up

Thank you. Thank started. more than 7% since the violence

There's been a brawl involving

hundreds in Sydney. We will show

you the pictures next.

Move over Mr Pack Cam, there's a

new billion air at the top of the

you? rich list. Should I be looking at

You're watching Ten's Morning News.

These are our main stories.

Beaten but never broken. The people

of rebuilding. of north Queensland begin the task

Gl the political crisis in Egypt is

coming to a head. Pro-and anti-

government demonstrators have

clashed in Cairo's streets again.

In sports he is on a mission to

shape up for the London Olympics,

Ian Thorpe trains under watchful

eyes at his first open session. And

then in finance, News Corp reports

a big profit and launches the first

ipad only newspaper, but bad news

for lovers of My Space.

The clean up of Cyclone Yasi will

get into force today.

The defence force will spearhead

the massive relief operation

swinging into gear. Troops held a

briefing in Townsville where they

are working to install back-up

generators for the water treatment.

Road closures in Ingham stopped the

army reaching "Ground Zero" as it's

called but the convoy is expected

to roll into Tully today. Troops

supplies. are expected to bring much needed

The Prime Minister Julia Gillard is

in North Queensland to see for

herself the damage caused by

Cyclone Yasi. Canberra will have to

pick up the tab for most. Our

political reporter joins us from

Canberra. What's the Federal

Government doing about this latest natural

natural disaster? Well, Julia

Gillard is in Townsville and she's

been briefed by local officials

about the scale of the disaster,

she said she is back because of the

challenges that keep being thrown

at the state. Now, the Prime

Minister said that those affected

are eligible for disaster relief

payments, just like those affected

by the floods. She say that she's

looking forward to getting out in

Townsville and other areas and

asking locals what they think they need to help rebuild.

Funding is said to be a major

headache because the Queensland

government reportedly doesn't have

any kind of insurance to cover

itself for this sort of thing.

That's right, now the clean-up bill

is no doubt going to be huge and

making matters worse the Queensland

state government is the only state

government that doesn't have

disaster relief insurance, which

leaves its valuable assets

vulnerable in situations like this.

So what is u it is going to have to

do is rely on the fall back option

a long standing agreement between

the Commonwealth and the states

which requires the Commonwealth to

pick up 75% of the bill. Now, Julia

Gillard said yesterday that she

won't be increasing the levy to pay

for the reconstruction, so this no

doubt means that we will have more budget cut Miss the future.

Thank you. Welcome aboard the

Morning News. Thanks.

Police in Sydney say a big brawl

which erupted inside a Sydney

shoper centre last night was

organised. Dozens watched on in

Westfield while a group of young

men laid into each other after 7 o'clock.

The arrests and the swift action by

the police would send a clear

message to these people involved in

this incident that their actions

and their behaviour will not be

tolerated by us in any way shape or

form. Police have charged 13 people,

most of them are teenagers.

The bitter and bloody confrontation

between pro-and anti-government

protesters continueds in central

Cairo. Pro-democracy protesters

demanding the overthrow of

President Hosni Mubarak gathered

for their tenth straight day. Pro-

Mubarak supporters fought back

again with stones and fire bombs.

Army officers fired warning shots

to calm the fighting. Ten

protesters have reportedly been

killed today. The US says the

Egyptian government should set a

brisk course for new elections.

Swimming, he made the announcement

and now Ian Thorpe allowed the

media to watch his train. The five

time Olympic gold medallist was

training under a shroud of secrecy

for the past pieve months in 8

pools across Sydney.

It was nice to have some people

that I knew at the pool, usually

trying to strike up conversation

with the general public. The

'Thorpedo' leaves for his training

base this month.

To AFL and the blow for the demons,

Ricky Pettard's run with injury

continues, having suffered a

dislocated shoulder the 22-year-old

strained his left hamstring. His

preseason was good, but he can't

take a trick. New skipper Brad

Green watched from the side lines,

also out, President Jim Stynes a

welcome sight back following

another bout of cancer related surgery.

More on finance with Frank. With

the global crisis in the rear view

mirror, Rupert Murdoch is looking

good? He's going okay. News

Corporation nearly doubled its

profits to more than $ 640 million.

His growing staple of TV channels

were the earners but his newspapers

were surprisingly profitable T

former Aussie has launched a new

ipad only subscription, called The

spent Daily which News Corps reportedly

spent 30 million setting up, but

bad news for My Space, News Corps

will lay off half the employees and

buy it. buy the group is looking for someone to

Of over Mr Packer, step aside Mr

Palmer. Gina Reinhart has become

Australia's richest person. Forbes

say the WA iron iron other tycoon

fortune went to $9 million. But the

miner more Rhys can't complain.

And James Packer is third with 4. 4

billion, shop ing king and soccer

supreme mow was a fourth.

In Alice Springs they've been

warned for flooding.

It may come as a surprise to

Americans buried under snow, but

they say that winter is finished.

And a final check of the markets.

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The headlines every 15 minutes on

Ten's Early News. As the cyclone

clean up, here is the latest:

Flash flooding is a real threat now.

Our Ten reporter is in Cairns on

Skype. Tell us the situation, so

far as the flash floods are

concerned and services such as

power. Flash flooding will be a

real concern about Cairns today.

The falls in the last 24 hours have

been incredibly heavy. Cairns has

had more than 270mm of rain in the

past 19 hours. A lot of suburban

streets are experiencing flash

flooding, it's mild at the moment

but could get worse with more heavy

rain predicted today. That's caused

power outages. Some homes have not

had power restored since the

cyclone and then Energex has

disconnected some power because of

the flood risk but the state

government expects to reconnect

power to 55,000 homes around the

region by some time today.

The Premier and other authorities

are saying there's plenty of help

ready, it's 24 hours since the

cyclone moved through, is that help

starting to get through to areas

affected? It is starting to trickle

through some of the worst affected

areas, some are still isolated

because roads are cut and it's hard

to access those areas. But that's

not for want of trying. About 150

extra police officers have landed

and are heading for the worst

affected areas in Queensland and

about 500 extra volunteers are also

packing their bags ready to fly in;

that includes volunteers from

around Australia, not just

Queensland, but flying from other

states. They're expected to be here

by early next week. That rebuilding

will take a long time and a lot of will take a long time and a lot of

resources. Even the army is getting

involved. The army is ready. These

teams will be welcome in Tully as

the relief gets under way. Help

Kohl comes in time, many who

evacuated will head home. With

commercial flights resuming.

Cyclone Yasi smashed into North

Queensland, Mission Beach a mess,

but Tully was the prime target.

Nfrpblgts Tully the early estimate

is that one in three houses has

been either lost its roof or

completely demolished and more than

20% of businesses in the main area are significantly impacted. Cardwell

Cardwell was also hit hard. It's

pretty devastating, unreal. It's a

war zone. There are about 95% of

the boat ts all in one corner of

the marina. There's all the

pontoons have gone with the boats.

The search continues for a man who

went missing at Port Hinchinbrook.

He wanted to move his boat.

Innisfail banana crops wiped out by

Cyclone Larry have been destroyed.

Townsville is facing serious

flooding, the city's also in danger

of losing its water supply. In the

midst of the chaos in Cairns, a little

little miracle: a baby girl born in

an evacuation centre. She

definitely doesn't want to name the

baby Yasi, that's one memory she

doesn't want to keep. Like plenty

of others who want to forget. Away

Away from our storm coverage, a

fire has destroyed a bunks

warehouse north of Melbourne's CBD.

Fire brigades were called at 9. 30

last night in the suburb of Pascoe

Vale. But as the flames spread,

local fire crews were forced to

call for back up. Residents living

near the warehouse were evacuated,

and police began an investigation.

At least 6 people have died in the

second day of running street

battles in Cairo. It's day ten.

What's happening at the moment?

We're coming to you live from the

hotel we are staying in. The

reasons for that is the television

station we had been bringing you

those pictures from was raided by

the secret police here in Egypt

this afternoon, they got into the

building through the roof and cut

the kaipbls and removed the staff.

It is simply unsafe for us to leave

the hotel. The hotel has been

barricadeed and the military have

actually secured a perimeter around

where we are. The protesters broke

out of Liberation Square this

afternoon just on sunset and made

their way across the city here to

our hotel which is on the banks of

the Nile. There was rioting on

three sides of the hotel, and the

decision was made by the staff here

to close up the hotel. We were told

to go to our rooms and close the

curtains, and stay inside there. Compounding

Compounding the stress for us is

reporters, we have not been able to

leave the hotel to gather any of

this news, we've had to gather from

the hotel room, secret police have

been arresting journalists, there's

talk in the hotel that up to 25 are

missing, unaccounted for, while

journalists have been beaten and

robbed, while they've been out and

about gathering the news, so it's about gathering the news, so it's

been a very interesting day of news

gathering but we're doing our best

to keep you up dated in Egypt.

Pressure from world laelders

appears to be mounting on President

Mubarak and given the deadline of

Friday is fast approaching over

there, are we closer to a possible

resolution the? Well, on paper that

sounds achievable but looking out

of the hotel window here, can I

tell you there are still thousands,

probably tens of thousands of

protesters gather in the streets

here. The military are still

relatively passive, which has been

well received by both sides, but something

something has to give, and at this

stage the world leaders have come

out, we've seen Barrack Obama,

David Cameron and Kevin Rudd have

been critical of how this situation

has been handled but on the

situation, on the ground, we're exspebting another day of violent

protests on the ground in Egypt

tomorrow, that's for sure.

Thank you, Brett Mason manageing to

get the information despite the

best efforts of the secret police over there.

People across America have started

digging themselves out from under

the huge winter storm which buried

much of the country yesterday. The

storm was the biggest in 40 years,

affecting an estimated one third of

Texas is frozen. the population, even normally sunny

Trucks and buses were abandoned

after being struck in a massive jam.

Factories remain shut.

But good news for US residents,

winter is official, Punxsatawney

Phil pupbg, the ground hog emerged

from his before row in Pennsylvania

and saw no shadow. So according to

tradition there will be an early

spring. The forecast should come as

some relief to Americans buried

under that snow. As Bill Murray

discovered there may be an

identical Ground Hog day tomorrow,

after that... and the day after that and the day

It's well known that blondes have

more fun, soon they will have a new

holiday resort to have that fun. A

Lithuanian company plans to build a Lithuanian company plans to build a

resort in the Maldives staffed only

resort in the Maldives staffed only

by blondes. There could be a

problem. The Maldives requires

foreign companies to the 50% local

ethnically staff and the islanders are more

ethnically diverse. The company

insists that if a staff member

isn't naturally fair haired they

will have to wear a wig.

Well, with his Italian blood

through his veins he will never be

blonde, even in a wig.

And Steve Smith opened the door for

Jason Krejzer to return to the

stage. A new look side led by

in Cameron White will take on England

in the final game of the one dayer.

I'm sure they will give the guys in

the squad every chance, but if

someone doesn't make it hopefully

can I put my hand up. Pace man Liam

Plunkett has been called to the

England side.

In AFL Richmond coast Damien

Hardwick demanded significant

improvement from his young side.

Their first test is tonight against

the Indigenous All Stars in Alice

Springs.

The Tigers brace for a wet and wild

night in the Alice. They expect 100

km winds and laet pbg. Brad Miller

will make his debut, alongside him

former bomber BasherHawley and

Grigg. That trio and a developing

young list raising expectations. In

your first year you probably get

Lee way, but look we expect the

screws to tighten and expect an

improved performance. Another reason

reason for optimism is virtual

recruit Nathan Foley. He hasn't

played barely any footy for two

years, he's part of our leadership

group, a guy we're expecting huge

things of. He's a firs round draft

pick. And Ricky Petterd added to

his already long injury CV,

straining a hamstring in

yesterday's intra club match. His

preseason good, but he can't take a

trick. But Tom skullly dominated the

the midfield and Jack Watts in good

touch up forward bringing a smile

to the face of President Stein stpien.

One of Australian soccer's most

deck raid rated careers is coming

to a close. Josip Skoko announced

he will retire. I always wanted to

play a year in the top level,

before I left, and try to impart

something to the younger players.

Frank is picking on me about my pronunciations!

He has kicked nine goals in 54 games for Australia.

Wall Street is quiet as investors

mulled over the latest American

unemployment figures. Here with the

details is Scot trk Kelly from Macquarie.

In terms of the business world why

is Egypt so important? Economically

it's about oil. A rising oil price

would be bad news for the gradual

economic recovery under way in many

parts of the world and hardly good

news for the Australian consumer

with higher petrol pump prices,

there are two ways in which the

situation in Egypt could impact,

firstly if those issues spread

across the Middle East that could

disrupt oil production in those

regions and secondly the Suez Canal

is a major link between the developed

developed markets of Europe and the

US and oil producing nations which

account for 25% of oil production, those

those are the concerns. As it

stands, it seems like both of those

scenarios are unlikely which is why

we saw the price drift back over

night. How is our market shaping

up? Well, quickly, the net result

of the move from overseas was

broadly flat to down, some good

news out of retailers and the oil

stocks weak, so we expect probably

a flat, slightly down open this

morning and then thereafter our

attention will turn to the RBA statement

statement and we will look for a

steer from them with regard to the

impact of the Queensland floods on

our economy. Thank you.

Barbie may well and truly be in

middle age but she's earning top

dollar for Matel Toys. Sales of the

all American doll beat expectations

last year, posting a 9% rise. But Matel

Matel reports that fuel and wages

have started riseing in Chinese

factories, it is reluctant to pass

costs on to consumers. Barbie's

been a top earner for that company

for 52 years. Her boyfriend Ken is

50. Is that boyfriend like that?

52 is the new 25, so there's plenty

of life yet in those little collagen cheeks...

These were the main storys this

morning: beaten but never broken:

the people of North Queensland

begin the task of rebuilding their

lives in the wake of Cyclone Yasi.

The political crisis in Egypt is

coming to a head, pro-and anti-

government demonstrators clashed

again in Cairo's streets. We have

reports that up to ten people are now dead.

And people across America have

started digging themselves out from

under the huge winter storm which

is very much - buried much of the country.

That's it from us, I will have our

next news bulletin at 9am. Enjoy your weekend.