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Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. And

I'm Kathryn Robinson. Welcome to Ten's Early News. Today:

Kevin Rudd arrives in Tokyo for the

business end of his tour and a meeting with the emperor.

A WA fan sentenced to 10 years'

jail over one of the worst cases child cruelty. jail over one of the worst cases of

At least 100 people believed to be

flames in Sudan. flames dead after a plane bursts into

And in sport, two tribes go to war. Again.

Origin II in Brisbane.

Right now, a look at the markets.

Kath, welcome. Thank you, Bill. good morning again. Kath, welcome. Thank you, Bill. And

US stocks have staged a moderate

recovery on the close this thorpbg

before comments by the Fed chairman

stoked fears that rates could be on

the way back up. An the way back up. An earnings

Dow higher. upgrade for Coca-Cola helped the

why shortly. Fosters boss walks - I'll tell you

Thanks, Kath .

Now to our breaking story this morning. A passenger jet has

crashed in Sudan, reportedly

killing more than 100 people killing more than 100 people on

flames board. The airlineer burst into

flames after veering off the runway on landing at Khartoum airport.

Up to 200 people were believed Up to 200 people were believed to

be on board this plane, but many of

those passengers had left the plane

before it caught fire. The Sudan

Airways flight had come from Airways flight had come from Syria

and Jordan. Emergency workers have

tried to extinguish the flames,

hospital. while survivors were taken to

Mother than 100 of the estimated

passengers on board the Sudan plane

have been killed. We'll have more details on that story as to hand. details on that story as they come

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has

arrived in Tokyo for the business

end of his 5-day fence-mending talks with Japan. Paul Bongiorno is

travelling with Mr Rudd. He has more

Later this morning, the Prime

Minister will have an audience with

the emperor. This is a rare honour

and it's a recognition of his

status as Australia's new Prime

Minister. It's also a clear signal that, despite the diplomatic that, despite the diplomatic gaffe

of a couple of months ago when

Kevin Rudd left Tokyo off the itinerary and went to Beijing

instead, that the relationship is

longer and deeper and of such

mutual benefit that even a stumble

like that can't get in the way of

it. A good example of this is one

of the first things Mr Rudd did

when he arrived in Tokyo last night,

to go to an Eon to go to an Eon supermarket. It's

the biggest chain in Japan and

imports $150 million worth of beef

and produce from Australia. The

Japanese produce only 39% of the

food they need. Australia is

critical, not only for the energy

we export, but also for the the

food that we export. As we speak, industry minister Kim Carr is on

his way to Detroit. Without a doubt

the biggest announcement of this

Toyota visit to Japan is the fact that

Toyota will build 10,000 hybrid cars

cars in Victoria. The primary

objective here is to ensure that we

have high-skilled, high-wage jobs

for Australian workers.

Senator Carr is hoping that General

Motors and Ford will show a similar

commitment. He's confident they

will. Back to you.

report. Thank you, Paul Bongiorno with that

Now, back home, Toyota has admitted

the Government could have saved its

money. It's been revealed the giant

car company had already decided to

produce hybrid Camrys in Australia

before the Federal and Victorian

governments offered them a $70

million subsidy A spokesman said

the decision was due to be

announced within months. But the

brought forward. subsidies meant the news was

A man who beat a 3-year-old boy to

death for wetting his pants has been

Australia. jailed for 10 years in Western

31-year-old Timothy Leonard Gordon

Farmer pleaded guilty to the toddler's manslaughter in obgtd

2006. The judge says Farmer beat

the infant over two weeks with tree

branches and garden hoses,

describing it as one of the worst

cases of child cruelty. The toddler's family says the sentence is not long enough. Pressure is Pressure

Pressure is mounting on the Prime

Minister to sack Labor MP Belinda

Neal after more revelations of bad

behaviour. It's been revealed Ms

Neal kicked another player during Neal kicked another player

an amateur soccer match last month.

Meantime, NSW Premier Morris Iemma

is under fire for not firing her

husband, the State Education

Minister, John Della Bosca. This

follows claims Della Bosca and Ms

Neal abused and Neal abused and threatened staff at the Iguanas nightclub on the

State's Crows.

A former Victorian drug squad

officer suspected of murder is

expected to give evidence at a

police integrity hearing today,

investigating claims that several

police lied to protect the former detective.

Detective Sergeant Denis Linehan is Detective Sergeant Denis Linehan

a long-time friend of former drug squad deblgt and murder suspect squad deblgt and murder suspect

Paul Dale. The career cop is emphatic his mate had no

involvement in the gangland

executions of police informer

Terrance Hodson and his wife

Christine in 2004. Under oath, Mr

Linehan provided Dale with an

alibi, claiming they were on

holiday in Bendigo with other

policemen. But intercepted phone

calls show he was wary of talking

on Dale's mobile phone. If you got

someone with you that you can borrow their phone, I'll ring borrow their phone, I'll ring you

on their number. OK, yeah. No

worries. During the hearing, Dale,

who has not been charged over the

killings, will be asked to explain

several taped conversations.

Up to five former and serving

police are expected to give

Integrity hearing. evidence to the Office of Police

A long-running drugs trial in Sydney

has been aborted after jurors were

sudoku. caught playing the puzzle game

It's estimated the 4-month trial

has cost taxpayers $1 million.

The Government's controversial tax

hike on alcopops will come under

the spotlight in Canberra today. A

Senate committee will hold a public

hearing on the 70% tax increase on

the drinks. The move was meant to

raise $2 billion and cut consumption. But Budget papers

forecast $3 billion this year and

the Opposition, which controls the

Senate, wants to know why.

Flood-swollen rivers are expected

to peak today in America's Midwest with homes already destroyed and

dozens forced to evacuate. 15

people have died in the storms so

far and more rain is forecast. It's

a case of extremes. Washington

looks like a winter wondland after

being hit by a snowstorm. Up to 10

inches has fallen in some parts,

taking drivers by surprise, while

in New York residents have enjoyed

a fourth day of scorching temperatures.

A German doll maker has created a Barack Obama doll in honour of the

US Democratic presidential nominee.

Shop owner Marcel Offermann admits the doll bears little resemblance

to the real-life Obama but says the

doll's black suit and sky blue tie

symbolise the outfit the candidate

wears in most of his appearances.

Queensland will be trying to keep

rugby league's State of Origin

series alive when it hosts NSW in

Game II tonight in Brisbane. The

Maroons are the favourites, despite

their disappointing performance in the series opener.

A security guard for NSW coach

Craig Bellamy. He reckons

Queensland complaints about referee Tony

Tony Archer are also unnecessary.

Obviously trying to influence the

referee up here, you know. And

again, I just think that's a waste

of time, you know? At the end of the

the day, he's a very experienced referee, he's the best referee, he's the best referee

we've got in the game. I do expect

a better performance, yeah, a

fairer performance. We need him to

referee like he normally referees.

I don't think there's anything

outrageous about that. But no

complaints from the Queenslanders

after Blues forward Willie mason

called their supporters nut bags

and red necks. Well, he's

absolutely true. That's been going

on since 1980 and let's hope

tomorrow night there's an extra

group of them. In my day, we used

to love a few hillbilly songs and

get out there and do a few dances

and stuff like that. Mate, I'm

happy for those sort of things. I'm a

a lovable guy.

Sydney's dual Brownlow Medallist Ada Goodes won't be collecting a third

award this season. The swan avoided

suspension but is ineligible for

the medal after accepting the AFL's

offer of a reprimand for rough

conduct. Paul Roos says his midfielder must tone down the

aggression. It's unacceptable and

he needs to modify the way he does

those sort of things. Sydney play

St Kilda on Saturday night.

Devastation for Danny Vukovic. Sock heer's

heer's world governing body has

banned him from playing at the Olympics. FIFA overturned Football

Federation Australia's decision to

let him go to the gaifpls after

striking Mark Shield. The FFA handed the Central Coast Mariners

keeper a split ban to be served

before and after the Olympics but

FIFA said that punishment was

contrary to the spirit of their

current regulations.

Let's go back to finance now. Kath,

a surprising departure at Fosters.

Indeed, Bill. Trevor O'Hoy has resigned after the company

announced more than $700 million

worth of writedowns of its wine business.

business. Fosters admits its $7

billion wine venture was a disaster

and that it paid too much for and that it paid too much for its $3.2 billion Southcorp acquisition.

They also downgraded an earnings

forecast from 10% to between 5% and

7%. The company is conducting a

strategic review of its wine

business.

The head of Virgin Blue has slammed media reports the airline would go

out of business because of high jet

fuel prices. Speaking in Sydney,

Virgin Blue CEO Brett Godfrey says his

his airline would adjust to meet

its challenges and survive. He did

admit the reports had spooked customers.

The national weather outlook for Wednesday:

looking at the newspapers looking at the newspapers this

morning, the 'Sydney Morning

Herald' highlights a report showing

NSW has lost more than $3 billion

in potential tourism revenue since the 2000 the 2000 Olympics. The 'Financial Review' says

Australia's biggest ever money

laundering investigation is now

taking in mum and dad investors.

And the 'Courier-Mail' reports on Opposition to Canberra's plans for an overhaul of Medicare.

Who is footing or hoofing the bill for

for the horse flu crisis? We'll

have details when we return.

This is Ten's Early News. This This morning:

A meeting with the emperor on

today's menu as Kevin Rudd's Japan jaunt hits Tokyo.

The horse industry to be spared the

bill for cleaning up the equine influenza outbreak.

Last chance - dumped swimmer Nick

D'Arcy to plead his case to Olympic

chiefs.

And then in sport - Adam Goodes is

free to play but there'll be no

Brownlow Medal at the end of the season.

Let's talk to Kath about the

markets. What about Wall Street? markets. What about Wall Street? A

mixed session overnight with the

Dow staging a late rally thanks Dow staging a late rally thanks to

strength in Coca-Cola stocks but

comments by the Fed stoking

inflation and rate rise fears weighed on the NASDAQ.

A negative session in Europe with all

all major indices lower, the

all major indices lower, the FTSE at a 275-month low.

I'll have the I'll have the latest development

in the ABC Learning Centre saga in

under 10 minutes. Thanks, Kath.

At least 100 people believed to

have been killed in a passenger jet

crash in Sudan. The airlineer

veered off the runway on landing at

Khartoum airport. Bad weather is

being blamed for this crash. Up to

200 people were believed to be on

board but many of those had left

the plane before it caught fire.

The Sudan Airways flight had come

from Syria and Jordan. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has

arrived in Tokyo for the business

end of his 5-day fence-mending trip

to scrappian. Mr Rudd's first stop in

in the capital was Japan's biggest

supermarket chain, which imports $150 million worth of Australian

beef and produce each year. Later

this morning, Mr Rudd will meet

with the Japanese emperor, a rare

honour and a sign of the strong relationship between the two

countries. The visit to the

Imperial Palace is the first by an

Australian leader since John Howard in 1999.

Mr Rudd is under fire, however, for

failing to meet the Dalai Lama

during his visit to Sydney this

week. With the PM and his deputy,

Julia Gillard, out of the country,

it's fallen to Senator Chris Evans to meet the Tibetan leader. The

Dalai Lama is expected to arrive in

Sydney earlier today for five days of meditation teaching. There's some good news today for

horse owners. The Government is

expected to announce the industry

will not have to pay back the $342

million spent responding to last

year's horse flu epidemic. year's horse flu epidemic. There

were plans for a levy but the

Government has decided against that. Agriculture Minister Tony

Burke says, because the previous government government had not made

arrangements to prepare the

industry for such an emergency, it

would be unfair to charge them to

clean it up.

The Federal Government will today

begin its long-awaited revamp of

health care services. In a move

sure to upset doctors, Medicare coverage is to be extended to

nurses, and other health professionals such as physiotherapists. The Health Minister Nicola Roxon says she's ready for a turf ready for a turf war with doctors

to ensure that patients get the right health professional for their

needs.

A former Victorian drug squad

officer suspected of murder is set

to give evidence at a police

integrity hearing today. Paul Dale

was allegedly involved in the

gangland executions of a police

informer and his wife in 2004.

Yesterday, his long-time friend, Detective Sergeant Denis Linehan, claimed

claimed his mate had no involvement.

Up to five former and serving

police are also expected to give evidence.

Police are still searching for two

men who used a taser gun to rob a

tavern west of Brisbane. It's

believed the bandits are

responsible for raids on three other pubs.

The robbers planned every move and

struck with precision. Staff at the tavern in Ipswich were too

frightened to fight back. They

grabbed two of the staff, utilised a

a dayser to stun one of the guys

and then used zip ties to tie them

down. The masked bandits hid in a

storeroom until closing time when

they ambushed the manager. That

brought him to his knees. That

frightened him. You lose control.

The pair tried to smash the safe but fled

but fled empty handed. It's a

breach of trust. Staff come here to

work and earn money and doing an

innocent and honest job and innocent and honest job and next thing they're partially injured and

scared, frightened. Police believe

the bandits are responsible for a

number of other robberies in the

south-east. Each time, the employees

employees were tied up and Tasered.

It's of great concern to police. Obviously

Obviously they don't undergo the training that training that members of the

service undertake. It's illegal to

own a Taser but they are available over the Internet. Swimmer Nick D'Arcy will today make

his last bid to regain his place on

the Olympic team. The 20-year-old

was dumped after allegedly

punching former swimmer Simon Cowley

in a bar brawl in March. D'Arcy

appealed against his sacking and this morning this morning will get a chance to

tell his side of the story to Australian Australian Olympic chiefs.

The United States continues to face

this extreme weather. The Midwest

is cleaning up from heavy flooding

while residents of the east coast

are sweltering. In Washington, a freakish storm has dumped more freakish storm has dumped more than

10 inches of snow.

The summer season is off to a

disastrous start for thousands in

the Midwest. Raging floods have the Midwest. Raging floods have

left hundreds homeless and water left hundreds homeless and water is

still rising in Wisconsin, Indiana

and Iowa. The White River in Iowa

is expected to crest 16 feet above

flood stage today. Much of the tourist season in Wisconsin may

have washed away when a have washed away when a man-made

lake empties into the river. Lake

front homes were wiped out. Here front homes were wiped out. Here in

New York and along most of the east coast, you'd never know summer is

almost two weeks away. Now a

brutal mix of high humidity and

soaring temperatures are making

things miserable for the fourth day

in a row. Basically what we're

doing is just having gallons of

water, ice, trying to keep cool but

it's nasty out here. That's not the

case out west in the Washington

cascades. Snow up to 10 inches of

it is in the forecast. It's only

Tuesday and already it's one crazy

weather week from coast to coast.

Queenslanders are really fired up

for tonight's second State of

Origin match. They've named their

team of the century but the Maroons won't cop talk from NSW that their

new halfback Scott Prince won't be

up to the job defensively alongside five-eighth Johnathan Thurston.

You can't hide in Origin footy. You

know that's probably a silly

statement to make. He'll know that

- he's played at national rugby

league level - that they'll throw

numbers at him and JT knows the

same. They'll come up with the

right options. Queensland must right options. Queensland must win

tonight to keep the series alive. Sydney's dual Brownlow Medallist

goods gds goods will not collect a

third award this season.

Adam Goodes is free to play this

weekend but Paul Roos says he will

have to tone down his aggression. Adam Goodes might have escaped the wrath of the Match Review Panel

I've spoken about that today an inappropriate action, based on what we know about footy, and he knows that that's unacceptable and he needs to modify the way he does those sort of things. Roos steered clear of claims his dual Brownlow medallist instead pointing the finger at the match review process. If you want to have a go at anything have a go at the system but I think negligent, reckless - sort of intentional. I mean, I'm not lawyer or an English teacher - I don't really understand the meanings of those terms. Collingwood's Travis Cloke for making contact with his head to the face of Matthew Warnock. He can accept a reprimand and 93.75 points with an early guilty plea. Cloke was also one of five players fined a total of $8,400, for their part in yesterday's Queen's Birthday melee. Roger Oldridge, Ten News. The first Wallabies team to play under coach Robbie Deans will be

named today and it's expected to

feature a new-look back line. The uncapped Luke Burgess has been

training at halfback inside play

maker Matt Giteau ahead of the first Test against Ireland on Saturday.

Saturday.

Definitely suits my style of game

because he threatens the line and

if he has those people in tight it opens

opens up more space for me a bit wider. wider. We certainly complement

each other. The Irish have made two

changes to the team that fell to

the All Blacks last weekend.

Tiger Woods has proved he's ready

to play the US Open easily

completing practice at Torrey Pines

Golf Course. The world's top player

has won six of the last ten Buick Invitationals

Invitationals here but one former

champ thinks it will be different at the Open. The

The rough is always up. It's tough.

The green is always firm and fast and

and even par, maybe three or five

this week. No American has won this

since Jim Furyk in 2003. You can

see the Open live and exclusive on

Ten from Friday.

And live on exclusive on Ten right

now is the finance. Kath, ABC overhauls its Australian business.

overhauls its Australian business.

That's right. ABC Learning Centres

has had to sell off more discounted

shares to fund its huge debt. Yesterday they revealed they

placed 15% of equity with two big

backers, Morgan Stanley and Lazard.

The move raised another $82 million for the troubled company

but caused their share price to

fall yet again to $1.22. That's

down from $4 in February.

China is on track to invest China is on track to invest more

than $30 billion in Australia this

financial year. And that figure

could go even higher after the

announcement yesterday that

Australia has become one of China's approved investment countries a

alongside the United States, Japan

and the UK. The approval means

Chinese investors are allowed to look for business

look for business opportunities here.

Here's the forecast for the

A politician who has had a doll A politician who has had a doll

named after him. We'll tell you named after him. We'll tell you who

that is next. That's when you know you've made it!

This program is captioned live. Ten News. The Early News.

The headlines this The headlines this morning:

Kevin Rudd arrives in Tokyo for the

business end of his tour and a

meeting, a rare one, with the emperor.

A WA fan sentenced to 10 years'

jail over one of the worst cases of child cruelty.

At least 100 people believed to be

dead after a plane bursts into

dead after a plane bursts into flames in Sudan.

And to sports news - what else? Two

tribes going to war for Origin II in Brisbane. More on that later.

To the markets. Kath, how did the

US stocks close? Bill it was a

mixed session overnight on Wall

Street with the Fed talking tough

on inflation, spooking investors about future interest rate

Coming up:

I'll speak with CommSec about what

is likely to happen on our market today. Thanks, Kath. First, a passenger jet has crash-landed

crash-landed in Sudan, killing at

least 100 people on board. The

Sudan Airways plane had been trying

to land during thunderstorms at

Khartoum airport. It veered off the

runway and burst into flames. Up to

200 people were abhorred but many

of those passengers had left the

plane before it caught plane before it caught fire.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has

arrived in Tokyo for the business

end of his 5-day fence-mending

talks with Japan. Political editor

Paul Bongiorno is travelling with Mr

Rudd and has more on this story.

Later this morning, the Prime

Minister will have an audience with

the emperor. This is a rare honour

and it's a recognition of his

status as Australia's new Prime

Minister. It's also a clear signal

that despite the diplomatic gaffe

of a couple of months ago, when

Kevin Rudd left Tokyo off the

itinerary and went to Beijing

instead, that the relationship is longer

longer and deeper and of such

mutual benefit that even a stumble

like that can't get in the way of

it.

I think a good example of this is

one of the first things Mr Rudd did

when he arrived in Tokyo last night.

He went to an Aeon supermarket, the

biggest supermarket chain in Japan.

It imports $140 million worth of beef and produce from Australia. beef and produce from Australia.

The Japanese produce only 39% of the

the food they need. Australia is

critical, not only for the energy

we export, but also for the we export, but also for the food

that we export. And as we speak,

industry minister Kim Carr is on

his way to Detroit, without a doubt

the biggest announcement of this

visit to Japan is the fact that

Toyota will build 10,000 hybrid cars

cars in Victoria. The primary

objective here is to ensure that we have high-skilled, high-wage jobs

for Australian workers. for Australian workers. Senator

Carr is hoping that General Motors

and Ford will show a similar

commitment. He's confident they

will. Back to you.

Paul Bongiorno with that report

from Japan. Meantime, Toyota has admitted the

Government could have saved its

money. It's been revealed the giant

car company had already decided to

produce hybrid Camrys in Australia produce hybrid Camrys in Australia

before the Federal and Victorian governments offered them a governments offered them a $70

million subsidy. A spokesman said

the decision was due to be

announced within months but the subsidies meant the news was

brought forward.

A man who beat a 3-year-old boy to

death for wetting his pants has been jailed

jailed for 10 years in Western Australia.

Australia. 31-year-old Timothy Leonard Gordon Farmer pleaded

guilty to the toddler's

manslaughter in October 2006. The

judge says Farmer beat the infant

over two weeks with tree branches

and garden hoses. The judge

described it as one of the worst

cases of child cruelty. The

toddler's family says the sentence is not long enough.

A long-running drugs trial in Sydney

has been aborted after juries were

-- jurors were caught playing the

puzzle game sudoku. It's estimated

it's cost taxpayers $1 million. A former drug squad officer suspected of murder is expected to

give evidence at a police integrity hearing today. They're

investigating claims that several

police lied to protect the former detective. Detective Sergeant Denis Linehan is a long-time friend of former drug squad detective and murder suspect Paul Dale, and the career cop is emphatic his mate had no involvement in the gangland executions of police informer Terrence Hodson and his wife, Christine, in their home in 2004. Under oath Mr Linehan provided Dale they were on holiday in Bendigo with other policemen, but intercepted phone calls show he was wary of talking on Dale's mobile.

Up to five former and serving police are expected to give evidence to the Office of Police Integrity hearing. They'll be asked whether they sought out information about a task force investigating the Hodson murders and if they provided information to the suspect. Dale, who has not been charged over the killings, will also be asked to explain several taped conversations.

The controversial Bill Henson

photographs of naked children will

be back on show at a Sydney gallery

tonight by appointment only. The

images were returned to the gallery

yesterday after police decided not

to charge the artist. A gallery

spokesperson says the works will be on

on restricted public display for

the next fortnight.

Pressure is mounting on the Prime

Minister to sack Labor MP Belinda

Neal after more revelations of bad

behaviour. It's been revealed Ms

Neal kicked another player during

an amateur soccer match last month.

Meantime NSW Premier Morris Iemma

is under fire for not firing her

husband, the State Education

Minister John Della Bosca. This

follows claims that Della Bosca and

Ms Neal abused and threatened

staff at the Iguanas nightclub on

the State's Central Coast.

The NSW Government says it hopes a

new strategy and an extra $40 million will help to revite million will help to revite lies

the State's tourism industry. The Tourism Minister Matt Brown says it's the first step towards

rebranding NSW. The review accused

the NSW Government of missing $3.5

billion in tourism revenue since the Olympics. Flood-swollen rivers are expected

to peak today in America's Midwest with homes already destroyed and

dozens forced to evacuate. 15 people have died people have died in the storms so

far and more rain is forecast. It's

a case of extremes in the US.

Washington looks like a wonderful

winter setting, a postcard, after

being hit by a snowstorm. Up to 10

inches have fallen in some parts, inches have fallen in some parts,

taking drivers by surprise. In New

York, residents have endured a

fourth day of scorching temperatures.

A German doll-maker has create ad

Barack Obama doll in honour of the

US Democratic presidential nominee.

The shop-owner, Marcel Offermann,

admits the doll doesn't look too

much like the real-life Obama but

says the black suit and sky blue

tie symbolise the outfit the

candidate does wear in most of his appearances.

Queensland will be trying to keep

rugby league's State of Origin

series alive when it hosts NSW in

Game II tonight in Brisbane. Maroons Game II tonight in Brisbane. The

Maroons are the favourites, despite

their disappointing performance in

the series opener.

A security guard for NSW coach

Craig Bellamy. He reckons Queensland complaints about referee

Tony Archer are also unnecessary. Obviously trying to influence the

referee up here, you know? And

again I just think that's a waste again I just think that's a waste

of time, you know? At the end of

the day he's a very experienced

referee, the best referee we've got

in the game. I do expect a better

performance, yeah, a fairer

performance. We need him to performance. We need him to referee

like he normally referees. I don't

think there's anything outrageous

about that. No complaints from the

Queenslanders after Blues forward

Willie mason called their

supporters 'net bags and red necks'.

Well, he's absolutely true, you Well, he's absolutely true, you

know in sheas been going on since

1980 and let's hope tomorrow night there's an extra group of them. In

my day, we used to love a few hill

byy songs, get out and do a few

dances. I'm happy for those sorts

of things. I'm a lovable guy. Sydney's Brownlow Medallist Adam Goodes

won't be collecting a third award this season. The swan avoided suspension but is ineligible

the medal after accepting the AFL's offer

offer of a reprimand for rough

conduct. The coach says he's got to

tone it down. He knows it's

unacceptable and he needs to modify

the way he way he does those sorts

of things. Devastation for Olyroos Devastation for Olyroos goalkeeper Danny Vukovic. Soccer's world

governing body has banned him from

playing at the Beijing Olympic. FIFA overturned Football Federation Australia's decision to let Vukovic go

go to the Games after striking

referee Mark Shield. The FFA had

served him a split ban to be served before and after the

Olympics. FIFA thought that

punishment was contrary to the spirit of their current regulations.

Another sign that interest rates

are biting with the number of home

loans dropping 3% in April to hit a

17-month low. For a closer look at the

the figures, I'm joined live the figures, I'm joined live by Juliette Saly from CommSec.

Juliette, home buyers are clearly

spooked. They certainly are, spooked. They certainly are, Kath.

We've seen the number of home

We've seen the number of home loans

by owner occupiers fall to its

lowest level in 20 years when you

strip out the number of people that

have sought refinancing in the past

three months. It's not only higher

interest rates but also rising

living costs which are scaring

people out of the property market.

The only good news is there's been

a slight pick-up in the number of

investors seeking home loans.

Yesterday, as expected, we saw our

local market hammered, but it's

likely to be a little less brutal

today? Hopefully it will be today? Hopefully it will be but

there's not much to pick it up from

yesterday. The Dow Jones managed

to finish in the black, only just.

And we've had weaker commodity prices

prices overnight so we could see

energy and mining stocks once again under pressure. under pressure. Hopefully

financials will do well today. We

saw good buying in banking stocks

offshore. At the moment, it's

looking like a flat start.

Hopefully we may see some bargain hunters pick up.

OK, thanks for the update. Thanks. The weather situation for Wednesday:

Let's have another look at the

morning's newspaper headlines now.

The 'Daily Telegraph' highlights the

the remarkable turnaround in

fortunes for Blues rugby league

halfback Peter Wallac, e.

halfback Peter Wallac, e. The herald's business day reports Foster's admission their tilt at

the wine industry was a mistake.

And the 'Advertiser' says a new

planning strategy will increase

public transport use.

Nick D'Arcy, who has been dumped from the Australian swimming team

for the Olympics, has a last chance

to make it to Beijing. We'll have

that story when we return. A 19 YEAR OLD APOLOGISES AFTER STABBING A MAN IN GAREMA PLACE LAST YEAR BUT FIRST, A WOMAN WHO SUED CANBERRA'S CALVARY HOSPITAL, OVER A BOTCHED EPIDURAL, HAS SETTLED THE CASE OUT OF COURT. 43 YEAR OLD LOUISE FRANCES WILKINSON, TOOK THE HOSPITAL, AND A LOCAL ANAESTHETIST TO COURT, CLAIMING THE DOCTOR WAS NEGLIGENT, IN THE WAY HE TRIED TO PUT THE NEEDLE IN HER SPINE 10 YEARS AGO.

A 19-YEAR-OLD, HAS APOLOGISED TO THE FAMILY OF A MAN HE STABBED, DURING A VIOLENT BRAWL IN CIVIC. ADRIAN PATRICK O'BRIEN, PLEADED GUILTY TO STABBING THE 21 YEAR OLD SEVERAL TIMES, DURING AN ARGUMENT

IN GAREMA PLACE LAST YEAR. ANY ACTION, ON THE WILD HORSES DAMAGING THE KOSCIUSZKO NATIONAL PARK, COULD STILL BE A WHILE AWAY. THE NATIONAL PARKS AND WILDLIFE SERVICE, STILL HASN'T SIGNED OFF ON A MANAGEMENT PLAN, AFTER LOOKING AT MORE THAN 60 SUBMISSIONS ON THE ISSUE. AND, WE MAY HAVE RECIEVED SOME DECENT RAIN IN THE PAST FEW DAYS, BUT IT SEEMS IT HASN'T HAD MUCH IMPACT ON THE DAMS. THEY'RE STILL BELOW 50 PER CENT CAPACITY. THE BUREAU SAYS, WE CAN EXPECT MORE RAIN IN THE A-C-T OVER THE NEXT WEEK.

TO SPORT, AND A RESHUFFLE FOR THE RAIDERS THIS WEEK, RESHUFFLE FOR THE RAIDERS THIS WEEK, WITH RYAN HINCHCLIFFE AND MICHAEL WEYMAN, RETURNING TO THE SIDE, TO PLAY BRISBANE ON SUNDAY, AT CANBERRA

STADIUM. HINCHCLIFFE IS BACK, AFTER RECOVERING FROM A THUMB INJURY... WHILE WEYMAN WILL PLAY HIS FIRST MATCH AFTER HE WAS SUSPENDED IN ROUND FOUR. NOW TO TODAY'S WEATHER... AN UPPER LEVEL TROUGH IS BRINGING PATCHY RAIN AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS - A FRONT IS EXPECTED TO CROSS THE REGION LATER IN THE WEEK. LOOKING ACROSS THE NATION - A SHOWER OR TWO FOR CANBERRA TODAY - A FINE DAY FOR SYDNEY WITH A LATE SHOWER - MOSTLY FINE IN BRISBANE CLOSER TO HOME - SHOWERS AND LIGHT RAIN DEVELOPING IN DUBBO 21 THE EXPECTED TOP - CLOUDY, WITH A FEW SHOWERS IN ORANGE 13 DEGREES CLOUDY AND THE CHANCE OF A LATE SHOWERS FOR BOWRAL 16 SHOWERS FOR BOWRAL 16 - RAIN AND A TOP OF SEVEN FOR PERISHER CLOUDY WITH A FEW SHOWERS DEVELOPING IN COOMA 14 THE TOP - LIGHT RAIN FOR PARKES 20 LOOKING AHEAD TO THE NEXT FEW DAYS TOMORROW - SHOULD BE MOSTLY FINE. FRIDAY - WE CAN EXPECT A FEW SHOWERS. AND SATURDAY - SHOULD BE A MOSTLY FINE DAY.

This program is captioned live. This morning's top stories - a meet wgt emperor is on today in Tokyo. It's horse industry to be spared the bill for cleaning up the equine influenza outbreak. Last chance - dumped swimmer Nick D'Arcy to plead his case to Olympic chiefs.

And in sport - Adam Goodes free to

play but there'll be no Brownlow at

the end of the season.

A final check of the markets for this morning, Kath. Thank you.

A mixed session overnight on Wall

Street with the Fed talking tough

on inflation, spooking investors

about future interest rate hikes.

Details on just why the Foster's

boss walked. I'll be back shortly.

News is still coming in from Sudan

but around 100 people are believed

killed in this plane crash there.

The jet veered off the runway The jet veered off the runway while

trying to land during a

thunderstorm. It burst into flames.

About 200 people were believed to

be on board the flight but many of

those passengers had left the plane

before it caught fire. The Sudan

Airways flight had come from Syria and Jordan.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has

arrived in Tokyo for the business

end of his 5-day fence-mending

talks with Japan. Mr Rudd's first

stop in the capital was stop in the capital was Japan's

biggest supermarket chain, biggest supermarket chain, which imports

imports $140 million worth of

Australian beef and produce each year. Later this morning, Mr year. Later this morning, Mr Rudd

will meet with the Japanese emperor,

a rare honour and a sign of the

strong relationship between the two countries. The visit to the

Imperial Palace is the first by an

Australian leader since John Howard

went there in 1999.

There's some good news today for

horse owners. The Government is

expected to announce the industry

will not have

will not have to pay back the $342

million spent responding to last year's horse flu epidemic. There

were plans for a levy but the

Government has decided against that. Agriculture Minister Tony

Burke says because the previous

government had not made

arrangements to prepare the

industry for such an emergency, it

would be unfair to charge that

industry to clean it up.

The Government's controversial tax hike on hike on alcopops will come under

the spotlight in Canberra today. A

Senate committee will hold a public

hearing on the 70% tax increase on

the drinks. The move was meant to

raise $2 billion and raise $2 billion and cut consumption but Budget papers

forecast $3 billion this year forecast $3 billion this year and

the Opposition, which controls the Senate, wants to know why. The Federal Government will today

begin its long-awaited begin its long-awaited revamp of health care services. In a move

sure to upset doctors, Medicare coverage is to be extended to nurses

nurses and other health

professionals, such as physiotherapists. Health Minister

Nicola Roxon says she's ready for a

turf war with doctors to ensure

that patients get the right health

professional for their needs.

A man who beat a 3-year-old boy to

death for wetting his pants has been death for wetting his pants has been

jailed for 10 years in Western

Australia. 31-year-old Timothy

Leonard Gordon Farmer pleaded

guilty to the manslaughter of guilty to the manslaughter of the

toddler in October 2006. The judge

says Farmer beat the infant over

two weeks with tree branches and

garden hoses. He described it as

one of the worst cases of child

cruelty. The toddler's family cruelty. The toddler's family says the sentence is not long enough. the sentence is not long enough.

Police are still searching for two

men who used a taser gun to rob a

tavern west of Brisbane. It's believed the men are responsible

for raids on three other pubs.

The robbers planned every move and

struck with precision. Staff at the

tavern in Ipswich were too

frightened to fight back. They've frightened to fight back. They've grabbed two of the staff, grabbed two of the staff, used a

taser and used zip ties to taser and used zip ties to tie

them down. Masked bandits hid in a

storeroom until closing time storeroom until closing time when

they ambushed the manager. Brought

him to the knees, gave him a big

stun. That frightened him because

you lose control. Pair tried to

smash the safe but fled empty

handed. It's a terrifying

experience. At breach of trust.

Staff come here to work and earn

money, doing an innocent and honest job and job and next thing job and next thing they're

partially injured and scared,

frightened. Police believe the

bandits are responsible for a

number of other robberies in the

south-east. Each time, the

employees were tied up and tasered.

It's of great concern to police.

Obviously they don't undergo the training training that members of the

service undertake. It's illegal to

own a taser but they are own a taser but they are available over the Internet.

over the Internet.

Swimmer Nick D'Arcy will today make

a last-ditch bid to regain his spot

on the Olympic team. The

20-year-old was dumped after allegedly punching former swimmer

Simon Cowley in a bar fight in

March. D'Arcy appealed against his

sacking and this morning will get a

chance to tell his side of the

story to Australian Olympic chiefs.

Motorists are bracing for record

petrol prices today as the cost of crude

crude oil continues to rise.

Discount Tuesdays prices are

expected to be a distant memory by

this afternoon. Last night, service

stations were flooded with drivers taking advantage of slightly

cheaper petrol. There are fears

fuel may hit $1.70 a litre within a week. Queensland is Queensland is fired up for

tonight's second State of Origin

match. They're always fired up match. They're always fired up but

they're naming a team of the

century. The Maroons won't cop talk

from NSW that their new halfback

Scott Prince won't be up to the job defensively alongside five-eighth Johnathan Thurston.

You can't hide in Origin footy. You

know? That's probably a silly

statement to make. He'll know that - as

- as at national rugby league level,

they'll throw thms at him. They'll

come up with the right option it's.

Sydney's dual Brownlow Medallist

Adam Goodes won't collect a third

award this season. He accepted the

AFL's offer of a reprimand. AFL's offer of a reprimand. He's

flee to play this weekend but Paul

Roos says he'll have to tone down his aggression. Adam Goodes might have escaped the wrath of the Match Review Panel but he did face a dressing down from his usually composed coach. I've spoken about that today and I think it was an inappropriate action, based on what we know about footy, and he knows that that's unacceptable and he needs to modify the way he does those sort of things. Roos steered clear of claims his dual Brownlow medallist is the AFL's protected specie, instead pointing the finger at the match review process.

I wouldn't be having a go at Adam.

If you want to have a go at anything have a go at the system sort of intentional. I mean, I'm not lawyer or an English teacher - I don't really understand the meanings of those terms. It's been a busy couple of days for the Match Review Panel. Collingwood's Travis Cloke was charged with misconduct for making contact with his head to the face of Matthew Warnock. He can accept a reprimand and 93.75 points with an early guilty plea.

Cloke was also one of five players fined a total of $8,400, for their part in yesterday's

The first Wallabies team to play

under Robbie Deans will be

announced today. It's expected to

feature a new-look back line. Luke

Burgess has been training at halfback inside Matt halfback inside Matt Giteau ahead

of the first Test against Ireland on

on Saturday. He definitely suits my style

style of game. He threatens the

line. If he has those people in

tight, it opens up space for me a

bit wider. We complement each

other. The Irish have made two

changes to the team that fell to

the All Blacks last weekend.

Let's talk finance now. Kath a lot

of people predicted this - a plunge in home loan numbers.

in home loan numbers. Housing finance dropped 3% in

April to hit a 17-month low. Higher

interest rates are clearly spooking

would-be buyers with the overall value

value of home loans falling by a

seasonally adjusted 4.9%. The

sharpest drop is in owner-occupied

dwellings with finance down 5% from

the previous month.

Trevor O'Hoy has resigned from Foster's Foster's after the company

announced more than $700 million

worth of writedowns in its wine

business. Foster's admits its $7 billion wine venture was a disaster

and it paid too much for its and it paid too much for its 3.2 billion-dollar Southcorp

acquisition. Foster's downgraded

its earnings forecasts from 10% to

between 5% and 7%. The company is

conducting a strategic review of its wine business.

its wine business. Thanks, Kath.

The forecast weatherwise today.

Plenty of rain around the capitals.

Melbourne - showers and 16.

Kevin Rudd ariefsd in Tokyo for the bisz end

bisz end of his tour and a rare

meeting with the emperor.

A WA man sentenced to 10 years'

jail over one of the worst cases of child child cruelty.

At least 100 people believed dead

after a plane bursts into flames in Sudan.

We'll have more on that breaking

story, of course, in the 11 o'clock

news. That's it for the Early News for now.

I'm Bill Woods. I'm Bill Woods. Goodbye. I'm

Kathryn Robinson. Have a good day. Supertext Captions

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