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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Good morning. I'm Georgina Lewis. Welcome to Ten's Early News. And I'm James Boyce. Today - Indonesian insult,

a sentence reduction 10 bali bombers handed of one of the attacks, on the second anniversary in which Australians died. Arsonists at work, yesterday's blazes suspicious, NSW authorities declare as they prepare for more of the same.

Poll position, Peter Costello to Wayne Swan how the majority of voters prefer as Treasurer. And dream run, highest level in 18 years. the Aussie dollar soars to its

a look at the national weather. Before we press on, now with James Boyce. Time to check the finance news on Wall Street. And James it's been a good day Good morning, territory this morning, US stocks have surged to record as investors start the final quarter, squeeze is behind them. betting the worst of the credit

When I come back, a million-dollar share package. the Australian CEO who refused and 2005 bombings in Bali their sentences reduced. are likely to get The list of remissions made public of the attacks that killed 20 people. on the two-year anniversary A simple way to remember at Jimbaran beach. the victims of the 2002 bombings by the tragic events. Locals still scarred

including those of four Australians, As they remembered the 20 lives lost, offer sentence reductions Indonesian officials are preparing to for the carnage. to the men responsible in both the 2002 and 2005 bombings 10 radicals involved one month off their sentences - are likely to receive a gift to mark the end of Ramadan. In another insult to victims, the remissions are likely to take effect on October 12,

of the first Bali bombing. the fifth anniversary sentence reductions in August All 10 convicted terrorists received

Indonesian independence day. to celebrate Ben Lewis, Ten News. near Newcastle, The homes at Port Stephens, were gutted early this afternoon. evacuated. Dozens of residents have been favour Peter Costello as Treasurer An overwhelming majority of voters manager-in-waiting Wayne Swan, over Labor's economic according to a new survey. papers shows for every Swan fan, The Newspoll in today's News Limited two Costello supporters. there are at least of Labor supporters believe In fact, more than 30%

a better Treasurer Mr Costello would make

touted replacement. than their own party's of putting off calling Labor has accused John Howard on taxpayer funded advertising. an election so he can spend big The Opposition says the Government

Eagles champion Chris Mainwaring Cousins was at the home of West Coast There are reports AFL star Ben just hours before he died. Police are investigating the possibility

the 41-year-old overdosed on ecstasy. The loss of a football legend. of Chris Mainwaring's death The news media and sporting communities. sending shock waves through Perth's Yeah, very sad... wife and kids. leaves behind a beautiful

I still am. I'm deeply shocked. it's just unbelievable. I'm in shock, the major crime squad Detectives from surrounding the sudden death investigating the circumstances including a possible drug overdose.

for the Eagles. It ends a black year by drug allegations, finals failure Their season already marred and the loss of skipper Chris Judd. had played a mentoring role It's believed Mainwaring to troubled star Ben Cousins through substance abuse. after his fall from grace Mainwaring's character and integrity To lose someone of Chris was a big shock to everybody. of the club, Mainwaring was a foundation member between 1987 and 1999, playing 201 games for the Eagles including two premierships. He was very determined, he made it work. and whatever he turned his hand to, and he treated everyone the same. He got on with everyone memories of Chris Mainwaring. I'll only have good Jane Bootle, Ten News. in Berela around 7:00pm last night, Her corpse was found in this home after a tip-off to police. They aren't saying how she died. still to be carried out. A post-mortem examination's A 29-year-old man has been arrested, with their enquiries. and is helping officers Australia has snubbed a military leader sent to Canberra

as Burma's new ambassador. on the Burmese government The move hopes to put pressure the military violence. as thousands flee scant news from inside Burma. At the main border crossing there is escaping the poverty of military rule But among the migrant workers we met others fleeing in fear. for whom Burma is no longer safe. These are Buddhist monks they're arresting hundreds of monks. TRANSLATION: I was not involved, but They are indiscriminate arrests. I had to flee. They are shooting at us.

to more than 150,000 Burmese refugees Thailand is already host along the border. in crowded camps like this 20 years ago. Many fled the last big crackdown Ong Ong was a student leader once of the latest uprising. and he despairs at the crushing They kill, they arrest, everything they can do. they capture... the latest uprising To understand what motivated this border clinic. you only need to enter Here, the poor and beaten of Burma they are denied at home. come for the aid keep their vigils For now, all the exiles can do is that this time it will be different. and hope against hope admits it will be tough Geelong President Frank Costa, squad together. to keep the Cats' drought-breaking to sacrifice money He has called on the Geelong players and focus on more success. shows no sign of slowing down. Geelong's never-ending party for the Cats' players. Monday proving suitably mad

Mad Monday is a good day anyway, a little bit. because you let the hair down that tinge of disappointment But you've always got that you haven't won the big one. This year, we're walking across as actual premiers. as the best team in the country. This is Mad Monday Such a great feeling. But while the players are still letting their hair down, Geelong's already facing its next challenge - keeping its super-talented list together. If you've got to take a pay cut, well, so be it, because, at the end of the day, it's team glory that actually overrides everything else. Tommy Harley has already come out and said publicly that he's prepared to take a cut.

He's been such an outstanding leader and he's got the absolute respect of every player in the club now. It was a far different atmosphere in Adelaide. The Port players continued their wake which began with Saturday's record-breaking defeat. Adam McNicol, Ten News. Premiership celebrations could be soured for Melbourne's Ben Cross. The prop slapped with a grade three charge for unnecessary contact with Brett Stewart's face. Cross now facing the possibility of missing the first three rounds of next season. Two other charges coming from the Grand Final. An early guilty plea will see Manly's Jamie Lyon escape suspension for a dangerous throw charge. Team mate Jason King not so lucky, This knee lift could cost him two weeks.

Finance now with James, and our dollar soars to it's highest level in almost 20 years? That's right Georgie. The Aussie dollar breached the 89 US cents mark for the first time since 1989, gaining more than 1 cent during yesterday's local trade, and it has continued to climb overnight. Since the global credit crunch six weeks ago, the dollar's climbed more than 15% against the US dollar, as investors abandon the greenback in droves. Economists say the currency could soon equal the US dollar for the first time since 1983. Coles' chief executive John Fletcher has paid a heavy price for the retailer's dismal performance, foregoing his $1 million bonus.

Mr Fletcher was to receive $4.57 million for the past year, but later asked the Coles board to withhold $1 million in shares due to the company's humiliating profit slump. Meantime, an independent report on the Wesfarmers $19 billion take-over, says shareholders can justify voting against the offer

because it's unfair, and a full control premium isn't being paid.

Now for a look at the national weather, and for the rest of the day. Now for a look at what's making news in today's newspapers. A volcanic eruption rocks an island in the Red Sea. The details when Ten's Early News returns. (Sings) # When I feel tired # We wind down all of the windows # You should have a rest # I'll put the air on full force

# He looks a bit wired # We turn the music to 11 # We could take a break # No, we'll scream till we're hoarse... # When fatigue hits, stop and revive with a free cup of Bushells Tea at a Driver Reviver. This program is captioned live. Welcome back. Leading Ten's Early News this Tuesday morning, Funding overhaul, the Howard government's radical plan to oversee the running of state hospitals. Sentence reduction, the families of Bali bombing victims react angrily to news 10 Bali bombers have had their jail terms cut.

Deadly eruption, fears as many as eight soldiers have been killed in a volcano blast

on an island in the Red Sea. And in sport, five Melbourne Storm players named in the Kangaroos squad to take on New Zealand. Finance now with James Boyce, and James, looks like it could be if Wall Street is any indication? Good morning, US stocks have rallied this morning with weak manufacturing data pointing to further rate cuts.

When I come back, one of the world's big banks unveils multibillion-dollar losses A new poll shows Labor has closed the gap on the Coalition

on managing interest rates. The Howard government still leads the Newspoll, but Labor is five points within striking distance. That's one better than a month ago. Five interest rate rises since the 2004 election are believed to have boosted the opposition's result. The Reserve Bank is not expected to endorse another hike, when it meets today. Direct state control of public hospitals would be bypassed, under a radical federal funding overhaul to be announced today. Under the five-year arrangement, every public hospital would be made accountable for its management and actions in return for federal government funding. States would also establish a board for each hospital, which would oversee the hospitals budget, resources and staff. The shake-up follows the horrific incident in which a woman miscarried in a Sydney hospital toilet.

Meantime, Kevin Rudd continues his tour of public hospitals today, accusing the Government of wasting potential health dollars on advertising. challenging the Opposition Leader The Federal Health Minister

The Labor leader's tour of hospitals in NSW and Queensland has been branded a political stunt. Frankly, he's a tourist, that's all. Kevin Rudd wants to end the buck-passing between the States and Commonwealth over health care and see more bucks sent the way of cash-strapped public hospitals. He's accused the Federal Government of wasting $1 million a day on pre-election advertising. Whereas that $1 million Mr Howard is spending could have been spent on 1,000 extra bed nights, 78 extra hip replacements or on 12 senior nurses for a year. The Government believes Mr Rudd hasn't the courage to take on the Premiers over their handling of hospitals. If Kevin Rudd tours hospitals and doesn't dare to criticise

the State administrations of these hospitals, he is exposed as a phoney. Let's not turn this into a debate about who is at fault here. I believe both levels of government, in different ways, have been at fault. Murray McCloskey, Ten News. Country music star Keith Urban has confirmed he was on his way to an alcoholics anonymous meeting when he crashed his motorbike in Sydney. Urban, who was snapped up a gutter on his Harley Davidson yesterday, says he dropped the bike to avoid an oncoming car after he'd sped up to outrun a reported pair of chasing media. But Nicole Kidman's husband doesn't blame the photographers for the mishap, admitting they came to his aid when he was down. Police are not investigating. A sad memorial tonight, Fire crews today expect 30-plus temperatures to fuel further blazes across New South Wales, after yesterday's horror start to the season. A home was destroyed and several other properties damaged in fires, believed to be the work of arsonists. Hundreds of fire fighters and water bombing helicopters were deployed to four blazes in and around Sydney, burning more than 100 hectares of grassland between them. The worst of the outbreaks, Port Stephens, where fire gutted this home. Its owner Merv Hartigan escaped unharmed, but without his kids' treasured possessions. three. She is actually on holiday, and all my young blokes football trophies. Unfortunately his home wasn't insured. I had a fair bit of antique furniture, an old violin, probably early 1600s. The blazes marked the official start to the bushfire season and school holidays. Authorities convinced arsonists were involved. And at this stage, with no lightning strikes, we are treating this as potentially suspicious. The police and fire are working on these fires. but the winds should ease. High temperatures are expected today Fire crews nontheless preparing for more blazes. A sad memorial tonight, it's two years since the 2005 terrorist bombings in Bali. Australians, Indonesians and Japanese gathered for a solemn ceremony to honour the 20 victims from the three countries. Three suicide bombers attacked popular seafood cafes at Jimbaran Beach and a busy restaurant in Kuta. Tight security surrounded the service. There's fears up to eight soldiers have been killed after a volcano erupted on an island in the Red Sea. The tiny island off the coast of Yemen was a bright red glow as lava and ash spewed hundreds of metres into the air. The unexpected eruption forced the closure of a military base, eight soldiers have been reported missing. NATO ships have joined in the search. Police in the UK have gone on trial for shooting a man they believed was linked to the London bombings. The Brazilian was shot seven times in the head as he boarded a London train. This was Jean Charles de Menezes with friends just five days before he was shot in the head by armed police on the tube. AMBULANCE SIREN BLARES He was killed during the hunt for the failed suicide bombers of July 21, 2005. What the prosecution described today as a shocking and catastrophic error. The court heard that Jean Charles lived in this south London block. Overnight, it had become linked to one of the suicide bomb suspects a surveillance team was outside. and from 6:00am, The strategy was for armed officers to stop anyone who left. In fact, no-one was stopped, because by the time Jean Charles left at 9:33am, the firearms team still weren't at the scene. Jean Charles boarded a bus, and back in the overcrowded control room there was confusion. At first they thought he definitely wasn't - and then definitely was - their suspect. At 10:00 as Jean Charles neared the tube a surveillance team were told to stop him. Moments later the order was reversed and they were told to leave it to the firearms team. didn't get to him The armed officers before he entered the station and got on a train. Jean Charles tried to stand up when they boarded the carriage but he was pulled down and shot seven times in the head. Rugby League, and the celebrations continue in Melbourne this morning, with the players to enjoy a civic reception at Federation Square. Five Storm players named in the Kangaroos squad to take on New Zealand in a fortnight.

Skipper Cameron Smith given the honour of leading the side in the absence of the injured Darren Lockyer. Arriving home .5to thousands of elated fans, the Storm's premiership success still sinking in. The last 24 hours have been the best days of my life, and hopefully they'll continue for a little bit longer. Continue it will, Cooper Kronk winning the battle for the Aussie half back role. Skipper Cameron Smith prayers answered, earning a recall at hooker. Manly's Brett Stewart waking up to some good news, his debut Test jersey. The man who ended his Grand Final early, Michael Crocker, earning a surprise recall after three years. He'll start on the bench. He'll also use training to make peace with Stewart. Obviously I'll apologise and say there was no intent in it. We'll put it all behind us. Clive Churchill Medal winner, Greg Inglis, resumes his position on the wing. With team-mate Ryan Hoffman the fifth storm player who'll assemble with the side on Thursday. Victoria Murphy, Ten News. Bitter rivals Carlton and Collingwood will fight it out for Chris Judd, after Melbourne and Essendon were yesterday ruled out of contention. The Demons released a statement on their website citing a lack of adequate training facilities as the main reason behind Judd's decision. The Bombers have also been told they are no longer in the equation.

Collingwood is believed to be Judd's club of choice. But Carlton holds the upper hand, with its high draft picks. The Brownlow Medallist is currently recovering from groin surgery. In cricket news, Finance now with James, and UBS, the biggest casualty so far in the sub-prime mortgage crisis? Melbourne's Crown Casino will spend more than half a billion dollars building Australia's largest hotel. It will also upgrade the existing site hoping to boost profits. It's the new landmark coming soon to Melbourne's skyline. Crown's planned 29-storey hotel is to boast a shopping mall, hospitality college and a national title. will be the largest in Australia, Crown's third hotel, of 658 rooms, bringing the total number of rooms here on this site to 1,600. As yet unnamed, the complex will be built near Crown's two existing hotels and the casino, management promising something special.

This hotel will be in the 4.5-star level. It will sit between Crown Promenade and our 6-star offering, Crown Towers. Crown will spend more than $500 million building the new hotel, as well as upgrading one of its existing ones and improving the casino. Construction on the hotel will start this month and should be finished by mid-2010. While the hotel will be Australia's biggest, it's still a long way from the current world title, which has seven times as many rooms. Christopher Still, Ten News.

The battle continues to contain bushfires raging across New South Wales. That's next. when the Early News returns. And the CommSec finance report

(Sings) # When I feel tired # We wind down all of the windows

# You should have a rest # I'll put the air on full force # He looks a bit wired # We turn the music to 11 # We could take a break # No, we'll scream till we're hoarse... # When fatigue hits, stop and revive with a free cup of Bushells Tea at a Driver Reviver.

This program is captioned live. Welcome Back to Tens Early News. I'm Georgina Lewis. Today - Indonesian insult,

10 bali bombers handed a sentence reduction on the second anniversary of one of the attacks, in which Australians died. Arsonists at work, NSW authorities declare yesterday's blazes suspicious, as they prepare for more of the same. Poll position, how the majority of voters prefer Peter Costello to Wayne Swan as Treasurer. Before we press on, a look at the national weather. Now have a look at finance with James Boyce. How did training finish on Wall Street? Good morning, Weak manufacturing data hasn't hurt Wall St this morning with investors speculating it could lead to more rate cuts soon.

When I come back, we'll have a chat with CommSec's Craig James about the soaring Aussie dollar. A sad memorial tonight - it's two years since the 2005 terrorist bombings in Bali. Australians, Indonesians and Japanese gathered for a solemn ceremony

to honour the 20 victims from the three countries. Three suicide bombers attacked popular seafood cafes at Jimbaran Beach and a busy restaurant in Kuta. surrounded the service. Tight security Fire crews today expect 30-plus temperatures to fuel further blazes across New South Wales, after yesterday's horror start to the season.

A home was destroyed and several other properties damaged in fires, believed to be the work of arsonists. Hundreds of fire fighters and water bombing helicopters were deployed to four blazes in and around Sydney, burning more than 100 hectares of grassland between them. The worst of the outbreaks, Port Stephens, where fire gutted this home. Its owner Merv Hartigan escaped unharmed,

but without his kids' treasured possessions.

All her memorabilia since she was three. She is actually on holiday, and all my young blokes football trophies. Unfortunately his home wasn't insured. I had a fair bit of antique furniture, an old violin, probably early 1600s. The blazes marked the official start to the bushfire season

and school holidays. Authorities convinced arsonists were involved.

And at this stage, with no lightning strikes, we are treating this as potentially suspicious. The police and fire are working on these fires. High temperatures are expected today but the winds should ease. Fire crews nontheless preparing for more blazes.

It's believed AFL star Ben Cousins was at the home of West Coast Eagles champion Chris Mainwaring just hours before he died.

Police are investigating the possibility the 41-year-old overdosed on Ecstasy.

An overwhelming majority of voters favour Peter Costello as Treasurer over Labor's economic manager-in-waiting Wayne Swan, according to a new survey. The Newspoll in today's News Limited papers shows for every Swan fan, there are at least two Costello supporters. In fact, more than 30% of Labor supporters believe Mr Costello would make a better Treasurer than their own party's touted replacement. Meantime, Kevin Rudd continues his tour of public hospitals today, accusing the Government of wasting potential health dollars on advertising. The Federal Health Minister challenging the Opposition Leader to take on the Premiers over their handling of hospitals.

The Labor leader's tour of hospitals in NSW and Queensland has been branded a political stunt. Frankly, he's a tourist, that's all. Kevin Rudd wants to end the buck-passing and see more bucks sent the way of cash-strapped public hospitals. He's accused the Federal Government of wasting $1 million a day on pre-election advertising. Whereas that $1 million Mr Howard is spending

could have been spent on 1,000 extra bed nights,

or on 12 senior nurses for a year. The Government believes Mr Rudd hasn't the courage to take on the Premiers over their handling of hospitals. If Kevin Rudd tours hospitals and doesn't dare to criticise the State administrations of these hospitals, he is exposed as a phoney. Let's not turn this into a debate about who is at fault here. I believe both levels of government, in different ways, have been at fault. Murray McCloskey, Ten News. Six weeks after the discovery of equine influenza, the NSW government will announce its response to the crisis. It's expected to unveil a $5 million aid deal, almost $25 million less than the Queensland government's handout. Racing NSW has requested relief for the industry's lowest-paid.

The Queensland Government has decided against the introduction of daylight saving. The Premier Anna Bligh ruled out a fresh vote on the issue, despite a Government survey finding a clear majority of winding the clocks forward. in favour But the research found most regional Queenslanders opposed the introduction. Australia has snubbed a military leader sent to Canberra

as Burma's new ambassador. The move hopes to put pressure on the Burmese government as thousands flee the military violence. At the main border crossing there is scant news from inside Burma. But among the migrant workers escaping the poverty of military rule we met others fleeing in fear. These are Buddhist monks for whom Burma is no longer safe.

TRANSLATION: I was not involved, but they're arresting hundreds of monks. They are indiscriminate arrests. They are shooting at us. I had to flee. Thailand is already host to more than 150,000 Burmese refugees in crowded camps like this along the border. Many fled the last big crackdown 20 years ago. Ong Ong was a student leader once and he despairs at the crushing of the latest uprising. They kill, they arrest,

To understand what motivated the latest uprising you only need to enter this border clinic. Here, the poor and beaten of Burma come for the aid they are denied at home. For now, all the exiles can do is keep their vigils

and hope against hope that this time it will be different.

Geelong President Frank Costa, admits it will be tough to keep the Cats' drought-breaking squad together.

He has called on the Geelong players to sacrifice money and focus on more success. Geelong's never-ending party shows no sign of slowing down.

Monday proving suitably mad for the Cats' players. Mad Monday is a good day anyway, because you let the hair down a little bit. But you've always got that tinge of disappointment that you haven't won the big one. This year, we're walking across as actual premiers. This is Mad Monday as the best team in the country. Such a great feeling. But while the players are still letting their hair down, Geelong's already facing its next challenge - together. keeping its super-talented list well, so be it, If you've got to take a pay cut, because, at the end of the day, it's team glory that actually overrides everything else. Tommy Harley has already come out and said publicly that he's prepared to take a cut. He's been such an outstanding leader and he's got the absolute respect of every player in the club now. It was a far different atmosphere in Adelaide. The Port players continued their wake

Saturday's record-breaking defeat. Adam McNicol, Ten News. Premiership celebrations could be soured for Melbourne's Ben Cross. The prop slapped with a grade three charge for unnecessary contact with Brett Stewart's face. Cross now facing the possibility of missing the first three rounds of next season. Two other charges coming from the Grand Final. An early guilty plea will see Manly's Jamie Lyon escape suspension

for a dangerous throw charge. Team mate Jason King not so lucky, This knee lift could cost him two weeks. To Rugby, and Centre Morgan Turunui will fly out to France tomorrow to join the Wallabies World Cup campaign as a replacement for injured forward David Lyons. Turunui, who plays for the Sydney Fleet in the Australian Rugby Championships, received the call up ahead of teenage flyhalf Kurtley Beale. The twenty test veteran has not played for Australia since 2005. The Aussie dollar breached the 89 US cents mark for the first time since 1989. breached the 89 US cents mark for the first time since 1989. With more Craig James from CommSec joins us live. Craig, it appears the sky's the limit for the Aussie dollar, will it smash that elusive 90 US cent barrier and even go on to equal the US dollar?

And in sport - five Melbourne Storm players named in the Kangaroos squad to take on New Zealand. Finance now with James, and investors on Wall Street seem confident

another rate cut is on its way. Georgie, Wall Street has surged this morning with investors betting this final quarter will see the markets leave the worst of the credit squeeze behind them.

When I come back, investors give the new BHP boss the market tick of approval.

Direct State control of public hospitals would be bypassed under a radical funding overhaul

to be announced by Health Minister Tony Abott today. Under the 5-year arrangement every public hospital would be made accountable in return for Federal Government funding. States would also establish a board for each hospital which would oversee the hospital's budget, resources and staff. The shake-up follows the horrific incident in which a woman miscarried in a Sydney hospital toilet.

New South Wales' hospital crisis is meantime having a ricochet effect on ambulance officers. They're being forced to play doctor and stay with the patients they deliver to hospital until a bed is found. This has driven overtime hours up significantly. One unnamed officer clocked up $85,000 in overtime which took his base wage of just under $50,000 to well over $130,000.

Damning findings against the Government's new workplace laws. A new study of more than 8,000 people - the largest of its kind so far - shows people on Australian Workplace Agreements earn an average of $106 less than those on collective agreements. The Australia at Work report, workplace research centre, by the University of Sydney's contradicts Bureau of research Statistics which previously suggested workers on AWAs earn 9% more. This new research considers a wider-pool of data. 10 terrorists convicted over the 2002 and 2005 bombings in Bal are likely to get their sentences reduced.

The list of remissions made public on the two-year anniversary of the attacks that killed 20 people. A simple way to remember the victims of the 2002 bombings at Jimbaran beach. Locals still scarred by the tragic events. As they remembered the 20 lives lost, including those of four Australians, Indonesian officials are preparing to offer sentence reductions to the men responsible for the carnage. 10 radicals involved in both the 2002 and 2005 bombings are likely to receive one month off their sentences - a gift to mark the end of Ramadan. In another insult to victims, the remissions are likely to take effect on October 12, the fifth anniversary of the first Bali bombing. All 10 convicted terrorists received sentence reductions in August to celebrate Indonesian independence day. A 2-year-old girl is dead after a housefire in Northern Victoria overnight.

The girl's parents were flown to Melbourne from their Swan Hill home, suffering serious burns after making repeated attempts to rescue their daughter. Their 4-year-old son escaped the blaze without injury. At least three houses have been destroyed in bushfires near Sydney. The homes at Port Stephens, near Newcastle, were gutted early this afternoon. evacuated. Bushfires in the Royal National Park, south of Sydney, have been brought under control. Investigators believe the blaze was deliberately lit. There's fears up to eight soldiers have been killed after a volcano erupted on an island in the Red Sea. The tiny island off the coast of Yemen was a bright red glow as lava and ash spewed hundreds of metres into the air.

The unexpected eruption forced the closure of a military base, eight soldiers have been reported missing. NATO ships have joined in the search. Britney Spears's ex-husband has been granted custody of the couple's children. A US judge has ordered Kevin Federline to take custody of the kids from tomorrow until further notice. There's been no comment from Spears.

is about to become the first person A British man

to complete a human-powered circumnavigation of the globe. And after 13 years travelling, Jason Lewis is very happy to be back on home soil. It all began back in July 1994 when Jason left his job as a window cleaner to take on this extraordinary challenge. Expedition 360 took him south through France and Portugal by bike. to take on this extraordinary challenge. Expedition 360 took him south through France and Portugal by bike.

Then, still using pedal power, across the Atlantic to the United States. There, the trip came close to disaster when Jason, now on rollerblades, had both legs broken in a car accident. to the Pacific, Fit again and onward undeterred by this encounter. It's not a very big shark, mind you. But hell, a shark's a shark. Through Indonesia to the Himalayas, and more unwanted travel companions.

By the start of this year Jason was back on two wheels in Africa. In a rowing boat to cross the Bosporus to Istanbul. And finally, a 2,000-mile bike ride back to the Channel Coast

before last night's crossing to Dover. Tomorrow, Jason begins the final 80-mile leg of his journey around the Kent Coast and up the River Thames to the finish line at Greenwich. He'll have plenty of stories to tell but he says his main priority once he gets there is to find himself a job. Rugby League, and the celebrations continue in Melbourne this morning, with the players to enjoy a civic reception at Federation Square. Five Storm players named in the Kangaroos squad to take on New Zealand in a fortnight. Skipper Cameron Smith given the honour of leading the side

in the absence of the injured Darren Lockyer. Arriving home to thousands of elated fans, still sinking in. the Storm's premiership success The last 24 hours have been the best days of my life,

and hopefully they'll continue for a little bit longer. Continue it will, Cooper Kronk winning the battle for the Aussie half back role. Skipper Cameron Smith prayers answered,

earning a recall at hooker. Manly's Brett Stewart waking up to some good news, his debut Test jersey. The man who ended his Grand Final early, Michael Crocker, earning a surprise recall He'll start on the bench.

He'll also use training to make peace with Stewart. Obviously I'll apologise and say there was no intent in it. We'll put it all behind us. Greg Inglis, Clive Churchill Medal winner, resumes his position on the wing. With team-mate Ryan Hoffman the fifth Storm player who'll assemble with the side on Thursday. Victoria Murphy, Ten News. In cricket news, umpire Darrell Hair faces an industrial tribunal, accusing his employer of racial discrimination. Hair is seeking unspecified damages for loss of earnings

and emotional distress, after he was stood down from the ICC's panel of elite umpires. The incident stems from Pakistan's infamous forfeit to England in 2006, for ball tampering. when Hair penalised Pakistan 5 runs It is the only forfeit in 129 years of Test cricket. Finance now with James Boyce,

and BHP Billiton's new boss has been well received?

That's right, Georgie. Shares in the mining giant surging yesterday to a record high of $45.10 as new boss Marius Kloppers took over the reigns before settling down to close 5 cents lower for the day at 44.50. Former chief executive and director Chip Goodyear has officially stepped down until January next year. but will remain with the company Australia's largest online accommodation site wotif.com

has launched a $49.8 million takeover bid for travel.com. Wotif says it will offer shareholders 50 cents a share in either cash or scrip, than its rival Webjet put forward. 9.5% higher Wotif's offer is conditional on acquiring at least 90% of all travel. com's stock. And that's finance. Afghani women are showing off the beauty beneath the burqua. In a country known for its strict dress code, completely foreign. a model contest is something But one city is embracing a local television show that hopes to present a more glamorous image of Afghani women. Wearing bright coloured clothing, the women took to the impromptu catwalk in traditional shawls and headscarfs. Many fear the show will spark outrage. So far, locals are happy with the idea.

Now for a final look at the national weather. Now for a look at today's news diary.

A quick recap of the morning's top stories. Indonesian insult - 10 Bali bombers handed a sentence reduction on the second anniversary of one of the attacks in which Australians died. Dream run - to its highest level in 18 years. the Aussie dollar soars

Arsonists at work - New South Wales authorities declare yesterday's blazes suspicious as they prepare for more of the same. That's it for Ten Early News. Don't forget 9am With David and Kim, the Morning News starts at 11 am and we'll wrap up the day in the Ten News at 5:00. I'm Georgina Lewis, 'bye for now. And I'm James Boyce. Good morning.