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Good morning. Welcome to Ten News.

Heading our stories this morning, a

horror night on Australian roads.

Three fatal accidents in the three

eastern capitals at the same time

as authorities urge motorists to

take it easy over the Easter long weekend.

Senior AFL footballers run foul of

their club and their code after a

joke involving a rubber chicken joke involving a rubber chicken

causes outrage and indignation.

Italy's Prime Minister tours the earthquake region and causes

rumbles of his own telling

survivors in emergency shelters to

treat it like a holiday. And in business, consumer

confidence and housing approvals

both sky high. More signs that with

the recession, the only way is p up.

the recession, the only way is p up.

A horror night on the nation's

roads. There were deaths in

Brisbane and Sydney and Melbourne

overnight. Police are worried of Brisbane and Sydney and Melbourne

the road toll they're facing. In

Sydney, a roung boy who was a

passenger died when the car slammed

into a tree at 2:00. Ambulance

crews which arrived a short time

later were unable to revive him.

The police helicopter and dog squad

were called in to find the driver

from the car. and another who were seen running

In

In Brisbane a24-year-old man died

when his car smashed. Had narrowly

missed a house before landing on

the roof. The driver landed at the

scene. Police believe he'd been

speeding. The impact snapped the

power pole in half. Witnesses say a

second car fled the scene.

And the carnage continued in

Melbourne where a man was killed and another injured in a and another injured in a two-car

collision. Only occupant died at

the scene and a 19-year-old man was

taken to hospital in a serious condition.

The only big bank to pocket all of

yesterday's interest rate cut has

tried to justify its decision. ANZ,

Commonwealth and Westpac will pass

on 0.1%, but the National Australia

Bank is keeping the lot. The NAB

Bank is keeping the lot. The NAB

insists that the standard home loan

rate is lower than the competitors

and passed on more RBA cuts than

the others. The Treasurer says

that's no excuse. I think they

ought to have a good hard look at

themselves. The fifth biggest,

Westpac and St George is also

passing on just 0.1%.

The faces behind AFL's latest

scandal have been revealed. Two

have members of the north Melbourne team

have owned up over a video which

caused football's latest scandal.

The clip forced the club into an

embarrassing apology.

Boris, a club mascot stars in a

four minute video. The players

responsible are not seen in the

clip but have been forced to come

clean. It was totally wrong what we

did. The shame faced admissions did. The shame faced admissions

coming from former club captain

Adam Simpson and leadership group

member Daniel Pratt. It was

important that Daniel and I being

the senior players spep our

responsibility. Overlayed with a

dirty rap song, the video shows the

rubber rooster, drinking, buying

condoms and engaging in sex acts

with the chicken. It's been removed and the players removed and the players say it was

never intended for the public arena.

I think as the CEO, they're all

responsible. From the people who

won received the idea to the last

young player on the list who

watched it. We would like to

apologise for the video obviously.

We certain lip didn't mean to

offend anyone. But anti-violence

campaigners say the damage has

already been done. I think it's most unfortunate most unfortunate that people within

the club saw it but didn't

understand possibly how masogonist

that was. It's an anti-female

documentary. It bristles with female hatred.

A major anti-terrorism operation is

under way in England this morning.

Police have arrested ten men in a

series of raids in Manchester and

Liverpool in the north of the Liverpool in the north of the

country. The raids were brought

forward after Britain's most senior counterterrorism officer walked

in past photographers with documents

in full view outlining the operation.

A State funeral will be held for

all of the people who have died in

Italy's earthquake. Rescue teams

are searching through the debris

hoping for miracles.

This 98-year-old This 98-year-old grandmother was

buried for 30 hours under the

rubble. She told her Italian

rescuers she passed the time by knitting.

A 20 student was also pulled out

alive 42 hours after the earthquake

levelled the five storey building

she was in. But not long after at

the same site in L'Aquila, crews

found the body of a young girl.

grim search Sniffer dogs are helping in the

grim search for those still buried.

Coffins line the streets as

funerals begin for some of the more

than 250 victims. 16 children are

among the dead. Almost 28,000

people have been left homeless.

Many are now staying at these

now. community camps. This is home for

Police in England are under mounting pressure after a mounting pressure after a video

surfaced which implicates police

in the death of a man during last

week's G20 protests in London. The

video clearly shows the moment when

an unsuspecting 47-year-old Ian

tomorrow linson was hit with a

baton and violently pushed by a

riot control officer. MrTomlinson

died after a heart attack. He was died after a heart attack. He was

walking home from work. His family

investigation. is demanding a criminal

Collingwood will keep Geelong

guessing until the last possible

moment as to whether Anthony Rocca plays. ahead of tonight's blockbuster - Plenty of intrigue as an emergency, Collingwood naming Anthony Rocca if he lines up. don't be surprised We have got an agenda ourselves,

we want to see him play, in regards to how long and how often

today. then we'll make that decision for the thumping they received The Magpies are desperate to make up a month ago. in the NAB Cup final we pushed behind us. That little nightmare is something We didn't want to - we forget that we played - three weeks ago. we want to forget that we played the facts are that we got thumped. So, you can't ignore it -

a three-zip start to the season. The Cats hoping for

We always attract a big crowd, and we can always get to play at the MCG. It's a great stadium, to playing Collingwood. so, yeah, we look forward And now on school holidays, number one draft pick Jack Watts at Melbourne training. has finally joined in Jack. He's excited to train for two weeks, He's working really hard at school, which is great, and the carrot on the end of it was to train with us for two weeks sort of thing. So you know, he was bouncing round last night, you know, he can't wait. Adam McNichol, Ten News.

Rugby league and Brett Finch's

manager believes that he won't be

forced to a club in England. The 27-year-old quit the Eels with

three years left in his contract

after the coach took issue with his

poor form. The coach poor form. The coach Daniel Anderson poor form. The coach Daniel

Anderson had spoken to him about

his performance last weekend. And

Daniel indicated that he hasn't

got a guaranteed spot in first

grade. The club denies there's a

rift between senior players and new

coach Daniel Anderson.

Let's check in on the finance now

and here we are in the middle of a

recession, and to be truthful, you

can't get the smile off the can't get the smile off the faces

of some builders and real estate agents.

The number of new housing loans

just keep climbing. It's an an

11-month high. First home-buyers

account for more than a quarter of

the loans - the highest on record.

Figures also suggest wage earners

are better off by $770 a month than

a year ago. That's effectively a

20% pay rise. Demand is 20% pay rise. Demand is strong. We

can probably expect prices to rise

in the months ahead and that may

bring the investors back into the

game. But to counter that optimism,

there are still deep clouds over

much of the economy. The bureau

releases its Labor force data and

expected to show that jobs are

disappearing at a furious rate.

That's no surprise to the people of

Glad stone in Queensland who are

still reeling from the news that still reeling from the news that

500 local mining jobs have disappeared.

For a community so relyant on one

company, the job cuts have hit so

hard, at least 600 will go from Rio

Tinto's new aluminium company.

Gladstone is reeling, the mining

giant hasn't said who will lose their jobs.

their jobs. Nothing mate, I haven't

heard anything. In the dark. Jodie

Pierce's husband has already been

made redundant by Rio. Now they're

both on the dole. Cutting back on

all the bills and scraping

wherever we can. The flow-on

effects of the job cuts are

crippling the city. Businesses say

that business is drying up. Several

companies called up that want to put

put their contracts on hold. But a

new project would turn that around.

At a $35 billion gas plant for the

city is on the pipeline. It is huge

and hopefully it could take the

slack. It could create up to 5,000 jobs.

Wall Street had a mostly positive

session, except for a short slide. session, except for a short slide.

But the Dow Jones did fall briefly,

recovering quickly to be up 47 at

the moment and the NASDAQ up 29.

Checking the weather:

Checking today's newspapers, the

'Age skwolt 'reports more links being

being discovered between the

Chinese Government and the funding

of the defence minister Joel of the defence minister Joel Fitzgibbon's re-election campaign. Fitzgibbon's re-election campaign.

Business Day says the oil and gas

project could be worth $35 billion

and create 5,000 jobs.

The Australian' says another plaip

figure has been drawn into

investigation after using credit

cards at brotels.

Stid ahead, more asylum seekers

arrive off the coast, but politicians are again downplaying what

what is seen as a soft touch for

people smugglers.

Headlines every 15 minutes on Ten's

Early News. Fears of a terrible

Easter road toll this weekend after

a horror night on the nation's

roads. Accidents in Sydney,

Melbourne and Brisbane claim lives.

An inquiry launched into the death

of a man during the G20 protests

after a void yo shows a policeman

hitting an innocent by stander who

later died.

And in sport, the Central Coast And in sport, the Central Coast

Mariners given a lesson in the Asian Cup.

It's been a horror night on the

roads before the Easter weekend.

Police are worried what sort of

road toll they're facing. In

Sydney, a young boy who was a

passenger in a Toyota died when the

car slammed into a tree at Revesby

at 2:00. Ambulance crews which arrived a arrived a short time later were

unable to revive him. The police

helicopter and dog squad were

called in. Two people have been

arrested just a few minutes ago.

In Brisbane, a 24-year-old man died

when he smashed his car into a

power pole. The car then hit a tree,

narrowly missing a house before

landing on its roof. The driver

died at the scene. Police believe

he'd been speeding. Witnesses say a

second car fled the scene. Moil And second car fled the scene. Moil And

the carnage continued in Melbourne

where a man was killed and another

seriously injured in a two-car

collision. The only occupant - a

driver in his 30s died at the

scene. It was a big impact into the

four-wheel drive, but our

investigation so far has revealed

that speed was not a factor. And a

19-year-old man was taken to

hospital in serious condition.

Australia's big four banks have Australia's big four banks have

outraged the Federal Government by

ignoring pleas to pass on the full

introduction. The ANZ and

Commonwealth have joined to pass on

just a fraction of the cut, while

the NAB is trying to justify

rocketing the lot. In the Treasurer's own words, the big banks need a kick up the bum after delivering Australians a slap in the face. The banks have an obligation to explain themselves and I think they ought to have a good hard look at themselves. The Reserve Bank wanted to give borrowers a breather, reducing the official interest rate by 0.25%. That should have meant a $40 a month saving on the average home loan, but three of the big four banks pocketed most of the cut while a fourth, the NAB, kept the lot. It's pretty appalling. The banks should pass it on. It's unfair to the average person out there. The NAB insists its standard home loan rate

is still lower than most competitors and that it has passed on more cuts than the others. A brave few were prepared to stick up for the banks. The banks do have a case that the cost of money to them is not just set by the Reserve Bank, that the credit crunch globally is still very expensive for them. I think we've done pretty well out of the last 12 months with the interest rate cuts. Home mortgage rates are almost half what they were

at their peak last year, spurring an 11-month high in the number of new loans, and the best consumer confidence survey since February 2008. Daniela Ritorto, Ten News.

Two north Melbourne AFL players

have owned up to a video which has

been banned from the Internet. A

club mascot, dubbed Boris, club mascot, dubbed Boris, stars in

the 4-minute sex romp clip set to a

dirty rap song. Former club captain

Adam Simpson and Daniel Pratt have

taken the rap for the game.

The players say the video was full

of inhouse jokes and never meant

for the public arena.

A fourth teacher from a prestipblious boys

prestipblious boys school will

today face court with sex charges.

He's been charged with inciting

an act of indecency against a

student who was 14 years old at the

time of the alleged offence in

1988. He was arrested in Melbourne

and will be extradited to Sydney today.

Italy's Prime Minister Silvio

Berlusconi has visited the town Berlusconi has visited the town

hardest hit by the earthquake, but

created shocks of his own while

trying to cheer up the survivors.

The death toll rose overnight to

267 and emergency workers say their

task will today become a search for

bodies rather than survivors. Mr

Silvio Berlusconi upset many people

in emergency shelters by telling

them that living in a tent was like going camping. He like going camping. He later

explained he was trying to make

them more optimistic. A criminal investigation has been

launched into the death of a man

during last week's G20 protests in

London. Ian Tomlinson was pushed

and struck by police moments before

he died of a heart attack.

In this video, Ian Tomlinson is

clearly walking away from officers.

His hands in his rockets when he's violently violently shoved to violently shoved to the ground.

These are some of the last images

of the 47-year-old alive. Today, I

spoke to an eyewitness - a free

lance photographer who suggests

that before this video was filmed,

Mr Tomlinson had already been

pushed to the ground and beaten

with a baton by the same group of

police officers. The photographer

didn't want to be identified.

didn't want to be identified.

I saw him struck twice with a baton

and then scrambling to run away.

And then you saw him being pushed

again? As he was scrambling, the same riot police officer pushed him

again. I was also in the passengerway at the same time and

saw the build-up to the incident

involving Ian Tomlinson. Four

officers had been separated from their unit. their unit. Outnumbered and

isolated, they had just beaten off

a fer orbs attack. The death of Ian

Tomlinson has put the police under

the most public scrutiny with

numerous witnesses and damning footage.

Carlton young gun Andrew Walker's

career is at the cross roads after

yet another shoulder operation. yet another shoulder operation. His

fourth bout of surgery is expected

to permanently prestrict his arm

movement, but it does give him the

chance to plaip again. I know that

Cloke had it before and he's come

back in fine colours and you see

him running around there. He doesn't

tape his shoulders or anything like

that and the reoccurrance rate is a

lower perisn'tage than the other

operations I had. Walker has still managed to

managed to play 81 games in five seasons.

Rugby league star Brett Finch is on

the look out for a new club after

parting ways with Parramatta. He

could be the first of many to leave

as the new coach, Daniel Anderson

makes his mark on the club. There's a new broom sweeping through Parramatta. Whilst we're not playing well, all players are under the pump as far as the new coach is concerned. He's bought his own ideas into here at the Parramatta Stadium, and that's what we'd expect. Brett Finch deciding to quit with three years left on his contract, after the coach took issue with his poor form. The coach, Daniel Anderson had spoken to him about his performance last weekend, and Daniel indicated

that he hasn't got a guaranteed spot in first grade. And there's speculation that captain Nathan Kallis

could be next. We all of us have been given that sort of talking to,

so we need to perform. If you're not going to get the job done, then you might be out the door as well, so it's a bit of a wake up call, and it's one we certainly need, yeah. The club denying talk of a rift between senior players and the new coach. Former Manly half, Jeff Robson, named as Finchs's replacement. Leanne West, Ten News.

The Central Coast Mariners have

been embarrassed 5-0 by a Japanese club

club in the AFC Champions League.

The home team missing a straight

forward chance at the opening

stages before the visitors nailed

three first half goals.

Kawasaki turning entertainers in

the second half. The Mariners now

winless after three games.

After two days of losses, there

were signs of life again on Wall

Street overnight. And here with all

the details is Juliana Roadley from

Commsec. Things are starting to

slow down for the Easter break, but

more confidence has emerged in the

market? Yes, the US stocks getting a

real boost overnight. There was a

lot of talk about the lot of talk about the $3.1 billion

merger occurring in the home

building sector. This is the first

time the home builders have had

good news coming through in at

least a year. The Treasury looking

to extend the tarp to cover helping

out with rescue funds for the

insurers, the life insurers and the

home insurers. And then the

retailers getting a late boost. We

saw big names like Borders, Target

and Gap leading the charge higher. The

The DOW closing up 47 and the

NASDAQ up by 29. Are we going out

with a bang or a wimper? I hope

we're going to go out with a bang

today. It was a bit of a bad day

yesterday selling off by 2 pearls.

There were small moves going on in

Europe overnight but I think we'll

follow the trend of the US. We're

looking for a trend of a few points.

Hopefully it will flow through to

our markets. The oil price is our markets. The oil price is up.

You've seen the gold price up $2.50

and base metals higher. All of that

working in our favour. Foil

Taking a look at the weather now:

After the break - what would

Professor Dumbledore say about one

of his students who has been busted of his students who has been busted

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Headlines on the quarter hour. A

bad night on the roads even before

the start of the Easter holiday.

Lives lost in the three eastern cap

ATMs. Authorities urging motorists

to take it easy over the long to take it easy over the long

weekend. Noilt It's no joke -

senior AFL footballers hen pecked

after an AFL video goes public.

And Italy's earthquake ravaged

region becomes a body recovery

effort rather than a rescue

operation as hopes fade of finding

further survivors.

And in business, consumer

confidence and housing approveAls

both sky high. More signs perhaps that with the that with the recession, the only

way is up.

It's been a horror night on the

nation's roads, even before the

Easter break gets under way. There

were deaths in Sydney, and

Melbourne and Brisbane. Police are worried what worried what sort of road toll

they're facing. In Sydney, a young

boy who was a passenger in a Toyota

died when the car slammed into a

tree at Revesby. Ambulance crews

were unable to revive him.

Helicopter crews and the dog squad

were called in when the driver and

a passenger ran off.

In Brisbane, a 24-year-old man died

when the smashed his car into a

power pole. The car then hit a try

and narrowly missed a house. Police

believe he'd been speeding.

Witnesses say a second car fled the scene.

And the carnage continued in

Melbourne where one man was killed

and another seriously injured in a

two-car collision. The only

occupant of one of the Ken Bigleys

a driver in his 30s died at the

scene. It was a big impact into the

four-wheel drive, but our

investigation so far revealed that

speed was not a factor. A

19-year-old man was taken to

hospital in a serious condition.

Gold Coast residents woke to a loud

explosion last night before a

neighbour's house burst into flames.

The explosion rocked the area just

after 11:00. No-one was home.

Neighbours rushed to contain the

blaze with garden hoses. The flames

were 7 to so feet high ripping the

roof of the garage when I came

across, two or three of the

neighbours came across to see what

we could do with hos. Firefighters

contained the fire to the garage

but have no idea how it started.

Melbourne police are investigating

a suspicious fire that destroyed a

church hall. It was in the suburb

of East Malvern. The weather board

building was destroyed, but crews

managed to stop it spreading to

the church itself. Half a dozen

homes surrounding the site were

evacuated. The only big bank to

pocket all of the interest rate cut

has tried to justify its decision.

ANZ, Commonwealth and Westpac will

pass on just 0.1%, but the National

Australia Bank is keeping the lot.

The NAB insists that its standard

home loan rate is lower than its

competitors. The Treasurer says

it's no excuse. The banks have an obligation to explain themselves

and he think they ought to have a

good and hard look at themselves.

The fifth biggest bank, the

Westpac-owned St George is also

passing on just 0.1%.

The faces behind the AFL's latest

scandal have been revealed. Two

members of the north Melbourne

football team have owned up. The

clip forceed the club into an embarrassing apology.

Boris, a rubber rooster and a club

mascot stars in the four minute

video posted on the Internet. The

players responsible are not seen in

the clip, but have been forced to

come clean.. It was totally wrong

what we did and we're ashamed and

embarrassed. The shame faced

admissions coming from former club

captain Adam Simpson, and leadership group member Daniel

Pratt. It was important that Daniel

and I being the senior players

involved in the incident, that we

accept our responsibility in the

matter. Overlayed with a dirty rap

song, the video shows the rubber

rooster drinking, buying condoms

and engaging in sex acts with a

chicken. It's been remofbled from

the net and the players say it was

never intended for the public arena.

As the CEO, I think all of them are

responsible. From the person who

conceived the idea to the last

young man or player on the list who

watched it. We'd just like to

apologise for the video, obviously.

We certainly didn't mean to offend

anybody. We've got full respect for

women. But anti-violence campaigners

campaigners say the damage has

already been done. I think it is

most unfortunate that people within

the club saw it, but didn't

understand possibly, how masogonist

that was. Let's be clear - it's an

anti-female documentary that

bristles with female hatred.

A major anti-terrorism operation is under way in England this morning.

Police have arrested ten men in a

series of raids in Manchester and

Liverpool in the north of the

country. The raids were brought

forward after Britain's most forward after Britain's most senior

counterfrism officer walked past

photographers with documents in

full view outlining the operation.

A State funeral will be held for

people who have died in Italy's

disasterous earthquake. Rescue disasterous earthquake. Rescue

teams are still searching through

the debris hoping for miracles.

This 98-year-old grandmother was

buried for 30 hours under the

rubble. She told her Italian

rescuers she passed the time by

knitting. A 20-year-old student was

also pulled out alive 42 hours

after the earth quaiblg levelled the

five-storey building she was in.

But not long after, at the same

site in L'Aquila, crews found the

body of a young girl. Sniffer dogs

are helping in the grim search for

those still buried. Coffins lined

the streets as funerals begin for some of

some of the more than 250 victims.

16 children are among the dead.

Almost 28,000 people have been left homeless.

homeless. Many are now staying at

these community camps. This is home

for now.

Police in England are under

mounting pressure after a video surfaced which imple cats police

in the death of a man at the G20

protes. The video clearly shows the

moment when an unsuspecting

47-year-old Ian tomorrow linson was

hit with a baton and pushed. Mr

Tomlinson had a heart attack and

died in the street moments later.

He had been walking home from work.

His family is calling for a criminal investigation.

The crew of a cargo ship seized by

pirates off Somalia has regained

control of the vessel. It was bound

for Kenya when the hijackers took

over. However, they've since been

set adrift in a lifeboat. The

pirates reportedly have one crew

member with them. Negotiations are

under way for its release.

Hagred would not be impressed. A

19-year-old regular of the 'Harry

Potter' movies has been arrested

with cannabis in his car. He was

arrested with another man in London. arrested with another man in London.

The latest film in which he stars, The latest film in which he stars,

Harry Potter and the 'Half Blood

Prince' will be released on jewel 17.

Collingwood will keep Geelong

guessing until the last moment on

whether Anthony Rocca plays at the

MCG. A crowd of around 80,000 is

expected to kick off the Easter round. Plenty of intrigue ahead of tonight's blockbuster -

Collingwood naming Anthony Rocca as an emergency, don't be surprised if he lines up. We have got an agenda ourselves, in regards to how long and how often we want to see him play,

then we'll make that decision today.

The Magpies are desperate to make up for the thumping they received in the NAB Cup final a month ago. That little nightmare is something we pushed behind us. We didn't want to - we forget that we played - we want to forget that we played three weeks ago. So, you can't ignore it - the facts are that we got thumped. The Cats hoping for a three-zip start to the season. We always attract a big crowd, and we can always get to play at the MCG. It's a great stadium, so, yeah, we look forward to playing Collingwood. And now on school holidays, number one draft pick Jack Watts has finally joined in at Melbourne training. He's excited to train for two weeks, Jack. He's working really hard at school, which is great, and the carrot on the end of it was to train with us for two weeks sort of thing. So you know, he was bouncing round last night, you know, he can't wait. Adam McNichol, Ten News.

Rugby league and Brett Finch's

manager believes that the

Parramatta play maker will not be

forced to a club in England after

he parted ways with the Eels

yesterday. The 27-year-old quit the

NRL club with three years left on

his contract after the coach took

issue with his poor form. The coach

Daniel Anderson had spoken to him Daniel Anderson had spoken to him

about his performance last weekend, about his performance last weekend,

and Daniel indicated that he

hasn't got a guaranteed spot in

first grade. The club denies a rift first grade. The club denies a rift

between senior players and new

coach Daniel Anderson.

More on finance now with Frank.

We're all being told how bad the

recession is, but there are a few

home builders out there and real home builders out there and real

estate agents doing a victory jig

this morning.

Someone has to smile and I'll tell

you why. It's all about the

housing figures. The number of new

housing loans keeps climbing. It's

at 11-month highs and that's

another 0.4%

another 0.4% in February. First another 0.4% in February. First

home-buyers account for more than a

quarter of new home loans. Figures

also suggest that wage earners are

better off by $770 a month than a

year ago. That's effectively a 20%

pay rise. Demand is strong. We can

probably expect prices to rise in

the months ahead and that may also

bring the investors back into the

game.

But to counter that optimism, there

are still deep clouds over much of

the economy. The bureau of

statistics reveals its starter for

today. They're expected to show

another jump in the jobless rate to

5.4% - the highest level since September 2004.

Wall Street had a mostly positive

session, except for a short slide

which came only moments after

Federal Reserve projections:

briefly in other business news now

and Australia's forestry industry

will shut down production for the

next ten days in a bid to save jobs.

QBE Insurance is expecting the average premium rates to rise average premium rates to rise by 4%

as the number of weather related catastrophes rise.

And Iran has reported huge new

discoverys of oil contains billions

of barrels of reserves.

Weather now on the screen:

Checking news from websites around

the world. The LA Times has more on

the hijacking of a US cargo ship by

pirates operating off the horn of Africa.

The New Zealand Herald says former

PM Helen Clarke's speech to

Parliament focused on the

inevitability of New Zealand becoming a Republic.

And the Times of India claims the Pakistani President claims the Pakistani President claims the

Mumbai attack was an international

operation with Indian support.

Still on Ten's Early News, yet

another teacher at an exclusive

school charged with child sex offences.

A a pirate in the US creates a national security scare: GOOD MORNING, I'M FIONA NELSON... FIRST UP, CRIME EXPERTS, WILL BE IN CANBERRA, FOR ANOTHER MEETING TODAY. THE GROUP OF RESEARCHERS, AND ACADEMICS, MET IN THE CAPITAL YESTERDAY, TO LOOK AT INTERNATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT. THE NATIONAL EUROPE CENTRE, AT THE A-N-U, IS HOSTING THE FORUM, WHICH WILL ALSO LOOK AT POLICE WORK OVERSEAS, IN RELATION, TO THE BALI NINE. THE COMMUNICATION UNION, WHICH REPRESENTS TELSTRA

WORKERS IN THE A-C-T SAYS, SERVICES WILL SUFFER, IF MORE JOBS ARE AXED LOCALLY. THE TELCO, IS REPORTEDLY PLANNING TO SACK 90 TECHNICIANS AROUND NEW SOUTH WALES ... INCLUDING FOUR IN THE CAPITAL. TELSTRA SAYS, 12 HUNDRED JOBS WILL GO, OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. C-E-P-U'S STEVE DODD SAYS, THE COMPANY'S PUTTING PROFITS, AHEAD OF CUSTOMER CUSTOMER SERVICE. THE DEAKIN POOL, WILL SHUT ITS DOORS FOR THE FINAL TIME TODAY. THE BUILDING IS GETTING TOO OLD, AND IS IN NEED OF EXPENSIVE REPAIR WORK ... WHICH THE OPERATORS SAY, ISN'T VIABLE. THE CLOSURE, WILL LEAVE PARENTS OF MORE THAN A THOUSAND KIDS, LOOKING FOR A NEW POOL TO HAVE THEIR LESSONS. TO SPORT, AND BRUMBIES LOCK, MARK CHISHOLM, HAS RETURNED TO AUSTRALIA, AFTER HAVING SURGERY ON HIS DISLOCATED RIGHT WRIST, IN SOUTH AFRICA.

THE 28 YEAR OLD, INJURED HIS ARM, DURING THE INJURED HIS ARM, DURING THE BRUMBIES WIN, OVER THE OVER THE CHEETAHS LAST WEEKEND. THE INJURY, WILL SEE HIM RULED OUT, OF THE REST OF THE SUPER 14 SEASON. SUPER 14 SEASON. THE BRUMBIES TAKE ON THE STORMERS AT CANBERRA STADIUM THIS WEEKEND. NOW HAVING A LOOK AT TODAY'S WEATHER... MORE FINE CONDITIONS AS A STRONG HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM OVER THE BIGHT EXTENDS A RIDGE ACROSS SOUTHERN NEW SOUTH WALES. LOOKING ACROSS THE NATION - FINE AND SUNNY IN CANBERRA AND ADELAIDE - PARTLY CLOUDY CONDITIONS FOR SYDNEY - MORNING CLOUD FOR MELBOURNE

CHECKING WHAT TO EXPECT ACROSS SOUTHERN NEW SOUTH WALES - MOSTLY SUNNY CONDITIONS FOR DUBBO 27 DEGREES THE TOP - 20 FOR THE GONG 21 THE EXPECTED TOP FOR BOWRAL - MOSTLY SUNNY AND 22 FOR GOULBURN AND BATEMANS BAY

MOSTLY SUNNY FOR MUDGEE 24 - CLEAR SKIES AND 23 FOR SKIES AND 23 FOR COOMA - FROST THEN SUNNY AND 11 FOR THEN SUNNY AND 11 FOR THREDBO LOOKING AHEAD - TOMORROW - SHOULD BE FINE AND SUNNY -

WITH A TOP OF 25 SATURDAY WE CAN EXPECT MOSTLY FINE CONDITIONS

AND SUNDAY - WE'LL HAVE SHOWERS DEVELOPING .

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Headlines every 15 minutes on Ten's Early News. Early News.

Motorists warned to take care on

the roads over the Easter break

after a terrible night. Three people killed in accidents people killed in accidents in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane even

before the long weekend starts.

Tpwhoil Big trouble for the police

in England. An inquiry launched

after video emerge showing a

policeman at the G20 hitting a

passer by who died moments later.

And in sport, the Central Coast

Mariners give p a football lesson

in their Asian Champions League clash.

It's been a bad night on the roads

in the biggest cities. Deaths in

Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and

police are worried of the road toll

they're facing this weekend. Foil

This was the first of three crashes

. The green Sedan a twisted wreck

after smashing into a power pole

and then hitting a tree. The driver,

a 24-year-old Brisbane man didn't

stand a chance. He died at the

scene. Initial investigations

suggest at this time that speed was

a tactor. However, investigations

are continuing. The impact snapped

the power pole in half. We are

seeking the driver of a white

sedan that was seen to reversa way

from the accident scene shortly

after it occurred.

In Sydney, a young boy diepd when

this car also slammed into a tree.

The driver didn't stay around to

help the young chide. Instead,

fleeing the scene on food. The

little boy couldn't be revived.

In Melbourne, yet another car

accident. One man dead and another in hospital after two cars

collided on the Melton Highway.

With Easter just around the corner,

police are urging drivers to take care.

To slope down and do not drink and drive.

And two people were arrested over

that Sydney accident a short time that Sydney accident a short time ago.

Australia's big four banks have outraged the Federal Government

and their customers by ignoring

pleas to pass on the full interest

rate reduction. The ANZ and Westpac

have joined the Commonwealth in

passing on just a fraction, while

the NAB is trying to justify

pocketing the lot. In the Treasurer's own words, the big banks need a kick up the bum after delivering Australians a slap in the face. The banks have an obligation to explain themselves and I think they ought to have a good hard look at themselves. The Reserve Bank wanted to give borrowers a breather, reducing the official interest rate by 0.25%. That should have meant a $40 a month saving on the average home loan, but three of the big four banks pocketed most of the cut while a fourth, the NAB, kept the lot. It's pretty appalling. The banks should pass it on. It's unfair to the average person out there. The NAB insists its standard home loan rate is still lower than most competitors and that it has passed on more cuts than the others. A brave few were prepared to stick up for the banks.

The banks do have a case that the cost of money to them is not just set by the Reserve Bank, that the credit crunch globally is still very expensive for them. I think we've done pretty well out of the last 12 months with the interest rate cuts. Home mortgage rates are almost half what they were at their peak last year, spurring an 11-month high in the number of new loans, and the best consumer confidence survey since February 2008. Daniela Ritorto, Ten News.

A fourth teacher from a

prestipblious Sydney boy's school

will face charges today. He's

charged with inciting an act of

indecency against a student who was

just 14 years old at the time of

the alleged offence in 1988. He

was arrested in Melbourne and will

be extradited to Sydney today.

Authorities believe the global

financial slowdown might be partly

to blame for a rash of illegal

immigrants arriving off the coast

of Australia. A boat with 45 people

onboard slipped past the coastguard

and arrived at Christmas Island.

Three boat loads have turned up in

the past week. The Government

denies we've become a soft touch again.

Italy's Prime Minister Silvio

Berlusconi has visited the town

hardest hit by Monday's earthquake.

But has created shock waves of his

own while trying to cheer up

survivors. The death toll from the

6.3 magnitude quake rose overnight

to 267, and emergency workers say

their task will today become a

search for bodies rather than

survivors. Silvio Berlusconi upset

many people in emergency shelters

by telling them that live not

guilty a tent was like going

camping and they should go to the

beach. He later explained he was

trying to make them more optimistic.

A criminal investigation has been

launched into the death of a man

during last week's G20 protests in

London. Ian Tomlinson was pushed

and struck by police moments after

he died of a heart attack.

In this video, Ian Tomlinson is

clearly walking away from officers. clearly walking away from offic clearly walking away from officers.

His hands in his pockets when he's

violently shoved to the ground.

These are some of the last images

of the 47-year-old alive. Today, I

spoke to an eyewitness, a free lance photographer who suggests

before this video was filmed, Mr

Tomlinson had already been pushed

to the ground and beaten with a

baton by the same group of police

officers. The photographer didn't

want to be identified. Well, what I

saw was him being charged by the

riot police officer, struck to the

ground and struck twice with a b

oorbgs aton and then scrambling to

run away. And then you saw him

being pushed again? As he was going

away, the same riot police officer

also pushed him again. I was also

in the passengerway at the same

time and saw the build-up to the

incident involving Ian Tomlinson.

Four officers had been separated

from their unit, outnumbered and

isolated, they had just beaten off

an attack by protesters. The death

of Ian Tomlinson has put the police

under the most public scrutiny with

numerous witnesses and damning footage.

A student pilot who stole a plane

in Canada and played tag with US fighter jets has told authorities

he wanted to be shot down and

killed. The 6-hour flight created

chaos and caused the evacuation of

some Government buildings. The

pilot defied orders by F-16 pilots

to land, but eventually ran out of

fuel and put down on a country road

where he was arrested.

Carl toon young gun Andrew Walker's

career is at the cross roads after

another shoulder operation. His

fourth bout of surgery is expected

to restrict his arm movements, but

it does give him the chance to

plaip again. I know Cloke had it

before and he's come back in fine

colour and you see him running

around there. He doesn't tape his

shoulders or anything like that and

the reoccurrance rate is a lower

percentage. Walker has still

managed to play 81 games in five seasons.

Rugby league star Brett Finch is on

the lookout for a new club today after parting ways with Parramatta.

He could be the first of many to

leave as coach Daniel Anderson

makes his mark on the club. There's a new broom sweeping through Parramatta. Whilst we're not playing well, all players are under the pump as far as the new coach is concerned. He's bought his own ideas into here at the Parramatta Stadium, and that's what we'd expect. Brett Finch deciding to quit with three years left on his contract, after the coach took issue with his poor form. The coach, Daniel Anderson had spoken to him about his performance last weekend, and Daniel indicated that he hasn't got a guaranteed spot And there's speculation that captain Nathan Kallis could be next. We all of us have been given that sort of talking to, so we need to perform. If you're not going to get the job done, then you might be out the door as well, so it's a bit of a wake up call, and it's one we certainly need, yeah. The club denying talk of a rift between senior players and the new coach. Former Manly half, Jeff Robson, named as Finchs's replacement. Leanne West, Ten News.

The Central Coast Mariners have

been embarrassed 5-0 by the

Japanese club Kawasaki Frontal. The

home team missing a straight

forward chance in the home stages

before the visitors nailed three

first half goals.

COMMENTATOR: Kawasaki3, the

Mariners 0. They turned entertainers in the second half.

entertainers in the second half.

The Mariners now winless after three games.

After two days of losses, there

were signs of life once again on

Wall Street overnight, and here

with the details is Juliana Roadley

from Commsec. Things are starting

to slow down for the Easter break,

we know that. But more confidence

has emerged in the market

overnight? US stocks getting a boost

from a $3.1 billion merger in the building

building sector. The first time

they've had good news in a long

time. Also the Treasury confirming

that some life insurers are going

be able to access the funds from

the tarp, a rescue package put

aside months ago. And good rallies

coming through in the retailers,

big names like Target and Gap and

Borders Books making the gains

early on. The DOW up by 47 and the

NASDAQ up by 43 at the close.

What about our market? Looking for

a rebound. Looking for the market

to be up 44 points. All of the

commodity gains working in our

favour. An increase in gold prices

to $886 an ounce and oil up to

$48.50 a barrel overnight. We do

have the job data out today. We are

looking for a cut of around 10,000

jobs for the month of March, but

that's not that bad. Thank you very..

Briefly in other business news,

Alcoa kicked off its first quarter

with a $705 million net loss

because of weak metal prices. Moil

BHP Billiton is withdrawing from

its coal seem gas project in China.

And James Packer's consolidated

media holdings has cut its board.

Five directors including the

director Chris Anderson are out. director Chris Anderson are out.

And I'm out too for finance! And

the weather now:

Recapping the top stories before we

go, fears of a terrible Easter road

toll this weekend after a horror

night on the nation's roads.

Accidents in Sydney, Melbourne and

Brisbane claim lives.

Senior AFL footballers run foul of Senior AFL footballers run foul of

the north Melbourne club and their

code after a joke involving a

rubber chicken causes outrage and indignation.

And an inquiry launched into the

death of a man during the G20

protests after a video shows a

policeman belting an innocent

passer by who later died.

And that's it for ten's Ellie news

for this week. See you again on Ten

News morning.

Have a happy and safe Easter.

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