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Good morning, everyone. I'm Ron

Wilson. And I'm Katherine Robinson.

Today's main story - another major

earthquake. Indonesia hit last

night. The reports of death and

damage are still coming in. There

Sumatra. may be more than 1,000 dead in

More tsunami warnings have been

issued for the region.

Frantic rescue efforts under way in

Samoa and tongue aafter a smuem

kills more than 100 people there. kills more than 100 people there.

Four Australians among dead.

And aid from around the world

starts making its way to the

damaged region. The first flights

from Australia due out this morning.

Two earthquakes in the space of 24

hours have brought a plague of

death and destruction to our region.

Just after 8pm last night

Australian time, a big quake rocked

Indonesia. Reports spoke initially

of 20 deaths. That rose to 70

during the night, but this morn, during the night, but this morn,

it's emerged that the waigs is far,

far worse. -- the situation is far,

far worse. The latest report we're

hearing is more than 1,000 dead,

and in Samoa, more than 100 dead

after the earthquake and tsunami

there flattened coastal areas. Our

first report is from nearby yafplt

the 7.6 magnitude grate struck off

Sumatra. It sparked tsunami

and Thailand. warnings for Malaysia, Indonesia

Panic and chaos in the streets as

the 7.6 magnitude quake hit Sumatra.

It brought down buildings,

including two hospitals, trapping

thousands in the rubble. The quake

also triggered landslides, cutting

off roads and starting fires.

Thousands fled the coast in cars and on motorbikes.

Padang, the capital of Indonesia's

West Sumatra province sits on one

of the world's most active

faultlines along the Ring of Fire,

where the Indo Australia played

grinds. Geologists have long said

that Padang, with a population of

900,000 may one day be destroyed by

a huge earthquake due to the

location. The death toll have shot

up to estimates of more than 1,000,

but it's feared that even that

could be conservative.

The search for survivors continues

on the Samoan Islands after an

earthquake triggered a series of

tsunamis. At least 119 people are

now believed dead. Some washed out

to sea by the giant waves. World

leaders have been quick to offer

relief. To aid in the response,

I've declared this a major oor

disaster to speed the deployment of

resources and FEMA, the Federal

Emergency Management Agency is

working closely with emergency

responders on the ground and the

coastguard is helping to provide coastguard is helping to provide

immediate help to those in need. immediate help to those in need.

The United Nations has also

declared it will be sending an

emergency team to provide aid.

Four Australians are confirmed as

having died in the Samoan disaster,

and there are fears for nour six

still listed as missing.

Among the Australians confirmed

dead, Tasmanian woman Maree Blacker.

She was celebrating her 50th

birthday in Samoa with her husband.

Three members of the Rees family

from Melbourne are in hospital

after tsunami hit their water front

hotel. The hotel was basically hotel. The hotel was basically

flattened and my father had

suspected broken ribs and they were suspected broken ribs and they were

trying to make some sort of chaos

of the -- sense of the chaos out of

them. There was an emotional home

coming for people caught up in the

disaster. You could see people

there. It was too late. The wave there. It was too late. The wav

came. She lost her kids. It's good came. She lost her kids. It's good

to be back, yeah. But a good friend

of mine was killed up there, so

very sad, yeah. Australia, New

Zealand and the United States led

the international community in

offering assistance, and two RAAF offering assistance, and two RAAF

Hercules are on stand by ready to Hercules are on stand by ready to

go. We stand ready to provide all

forms of practical assistance to

them in dealing with the aftermath

of this natural disaster. Anyone

concerned about family and friends

can call the Department of Foreign Affairs emergency hotline:

Joining us now live from Apia in

Samoa is Carly Flynn a reporter

from New Zealand's TV3. What's the

scene like there this morning? Good

morning, Ron. We're at a peach

which is normally the picture

postcard for Samoa it is normally a

picture perfect beach with Kiwi and

Australian tourists but that

changed when the 3 metre tsunami

wave came through. Earlier this

morning, we saw some of the locals

come down. They've camped up high

in the hills. They're too scared to

come down but they're trickling

down now. You can probably see now

the police are staging a grid-by-

grid search because there are

plenty of bodys left here at the

moment and lots of relative it's

looking for those who weren't so

lucky to make it up the hill. We're

getting fresh lists of people

through. The four people from

Australia. And we're hearing that

two New Zealanders are among the

dead? Yeah, that's what we

understand as well. We've been

speaking to a doctor this morning

who was working at the local

district hospital here and she says

she's treated lots and lots of

Australian and New Zealand tourists.

Somebody hand me a New Zealand

tourist passport this morning as

well, so we're chasing that up.

We're unsure. We haven't seen any

Kiwis or Aussies yet but we're

going to track them down through

the day. America, Australia and the

UN all promising aid. Has any of

that arrived yet? Well,

incidentally, the Samoan local aid

has arrived because this is not an

easy place to get to. This is the

south-eastern area of the Island

and what was incredible, and the

digger, you can probably hear the

one here, they came in and cleared

the roads. We're about two hours

south-east of Apia, so they came in

and cleared the roads so that some

aid could get through. When we were

on the hills, rice and water -

bottled water is a commodity here bottled water is a commodity here

now, and that was starting to come

along with crackers and things like

that. But there are still people up

in the hills severe shri injured. I

met a heavily pregnant woman up

there who was still waiting for

medical attention, and it is still

very much ground zero and these

people are very much in dire need

of everything. Thank you very much,

Samoa. reporting to us live there from

In the earthquakes and tsunamis

aren't enough, the powerful typhoon

which hit the Philippines and

Vietnam with deadly force is now

battering combodia. At least 11

people have died bringing the total

death toll to 33 is. Typhoon

Ketsana blew down wooden villages

and swept away residents days after

crushing houses under mud slides in

Vietnam. The immediate threat has

eased after Ketsana was downgraded

to a tropical depression as it

crossed into Laos.

Other news, and a toddler has died

after accidentally getting

strangled by a window blind chord

at a home in Victoria. Police say

theily member discovered the body

hanging from the cord in a Geelong

afternoon. bedroom just after 5:00 yesterday

Sports news this morning and

Australia is through to cricket's

champion's trophy semifinals. They

beat Pakistan by two wickets in a

last ball thriller this morning.

Michael Hussey led Australia's

pursuits of 206 for victory. He

made 64 but the Aussies lost 6/ 47

and things got close. They needed

just one run to win off the last

ball.

COMMENTATOR: He misses, but it

doesn't matter. They think that

they have to get the ball. It's a

magnificent end to the contest.

We'll now play England in the first semifinal tomorrow.

Rugby league's traditional Grand

Final breakfast gets under way

shortly in Sydney. The guests of

honour will be Sunday's stars from

Parramatta and Melbourne.

A handful of fans and a handful of

hecklers welcomed the Storm to

Sydney last night. The team hoping

the name of the aircraft they flew

on wasn't a bad omen. It was called

City of Parramatta. Well, maybe the

NRL decided to send that plane down

to Melbourne to pick us up, but

that's fine. You know, as long as

we go back on the Melbourne plane,

that should be good. But the

players got the perfect farewell

from Melbourne. A fan day. The

Storm faithful in full voice. Who

doesn't matter? Parramatta doesn't

matter. We're going to rip the Eels

apart. The Eels say they're relaxed

ahead of Sunday's decider.

Certainly more so than their last

Grand Final appearance in 2001. I

can't remember too much about 2001.

I think I got a good knack of

blocking out bad things, so this

week, we're really just

concentrating on keeping it simple

and easy.

Brendan Fevola's career at Carlton appears over after the club

announced that it would seek to

trade the troubled 28-year-old. The

Blues released a statement on the

website confirming that he would be

looking for a new home in 2010. The

all-Australian is holidaying on the

Gold Coast and said he was

disappointed, but acknowledges that

it was of his own doing. Sydney is

the club most likely to make a play

for his services.

All the morning's finance news now

with Kath Robinson, and it will

take more than a global meltdown to

put Aussies off owning their own backyard.

House prices have bounced back to

levels not seen since early last

year, but it may not last. The

first home-buyer's grant ended

meaning that many people have

missed the chance. Perhaps in inner

city capitals in Australia, there's

a question mark. Particularly in

Melbourne and Sydney and you may

have missed the boat. Residential

building approvals tell a story

falling a greater than expected 1%

due to the credit squeeze.

And strong retail sales out

yesterday proved that shoppers

flocked back to the stores in

August. A 0.9% increase

significantly raising the chance of

a rate rise as earl yes as next

week and boosting the Aussie dollar to above 88 cents.

Company shareholders may be given

unprecedented power to sack board

members behaving badly. The

Productivity Commission is ensuring

that they have a bigger say in CEO

salaries. And it's advocating a

two-strike policy in a bid to curb

fat cat pay packets. If they make a

bad decision, and shareholders vote

against it, twice, there will be a

spill. They'll fails all of them

with re-election. CEO pay packets

have swelled by 250% in the past 13 years.

Well, it was a great session on the

local boards yesterday. The Aussie

share market shrugging off the

financial crisis, notching up its

best quarter in 22 years. The All

Ords is up 20% since June. The best

run since 1987 and up almost 6%

since September. Investors pun are

punting the global economy is on

the mend and that business and

consumer confidence will remain strong.

Now, despite the good news,le All

Ords finished in negative territory

after a weak lead from Wall Street.

Briefly now in other business news:

Here's the weather:

Still more on this morning's

tsunami and the earthquakes after

the break. And Australia's

milestone after lunchtime today. It

will be interesting.

This program is captioned live.

You're watching the Early News here

on Ten. Frantic efforts will resume

this morning to help thousands of

people trapped under collapsed

earthquake buildings after a second major

earthquake in our region in the

space of 24 hours. A 7.6 magnitude

quake hit Sumatra last night. It

brought down buildings, including

two hospitals, trapped people under

rubble. It also triggered

landslides, cut roads and started

fires. Thousands fled the coast in

cars and or motorbikes. The death

toll has steadily climbed overnight

to at least 200 and reportedly more

than 1,000. Expect that to go even

higher as the new day begins there.

Meanwhile, international rescue

efforts will get under way today in

the Samoan Islands after an

earthquake there triggered a series

of tsunamis. More than 100 people

are dead as villages were flattened

and people swept out to sea.

God, what's going on? It's oh, so dreadfully familiar. Small wonder

the couple who film the ocean the couple who film the ocean

surging over American Samoa surging over American Samoa

carrying vehicles and trees before

it started to pray. Lord Jesus give

us the power to accept the things

that are going on here. It was that

most dreaded natural phenomena -

the tsunami. Once again, bringing

death and destruction to vulerable

low-lying Islands. Warnings did not

come in time for some when the

giant waves created by an

earthquake reached these beaches.

This is western Samoa, less This is western Samoa, less

developed by its neighbour,

American Samoa. It is still not

cleared how many died here.

Photographs e-mailed from western

Samoa give a sense of the terrible

power the tsunamis brought ashore,

but officials warn it could be many

hours yet before the scale of the

tragedy becomes clear. To aid in

the response, I've declared this a major disaster to speed the

deployment of resources, and FEMa

the Federal Emergency Management

Agency is working closely with

emergency responders on the ground

and the guard is helping An amateur

cameraman highlights the problems facing the emergency operation.

There is absolutely no way for any

vehicles to go to that part of the

Island. The whole road is wiped out.

Four people from Australia and two

Four people from Australia and two

from New Zealand are among the dead

in Samoa. Several more are in

hospital or still unaccounted for.

Australia has been quick to offer

$2 million in aid to the disaster

zone - the first of which has been

flown out today.

Loaded up and ready to go. Aid from

Australia on its way to Samoa this

morning. Two Hercules planes are

leaving for the disaster zone,

packed with essential food and

tents for shelter. We see our

friends in Samoa as part of our

Pacific family, and therefore, when

natural disasters strike, Australia

has always stood ready, shoulder to

shoulder, to assist them in times

shoulder, to assist them in times

of difficulty and need. Emotional

eunions last night as a flight

touched down at Sydney Airport.

Many though returned with tales of

horror. All you could see was

people running towards the inland.

It was chaotic. It was too late.

The wave came and she lost her kids.

It's good to be back, yeah. But a

good friend of mine was killed up

there, so it was very sad. Aamong

the Australians who died, Maree

Blacker from Tasmania who was in

Samoa to celebrate her birthday,

plus a 6-year-old girl and a 56-

year-old woman from Victoria. And

three members of the Rees family

from Melbourne are in hospital

after the tsunami hit their

waterfront hotel. The hotel had

basically been flattened. My father

had suspected broken ribs and they

were trying to make some sort of

sense of the chaos that was going

on around them. A hotline has been

set up for anyone worried about

friends or family. The number:

As the clean-up begins, the help

from Australia is vital in helping

the country back on its feet.

Two other news, and Australia's

ever-expanding population is

expected to hit the 22 million mark

today. Over the 12 months, the

population has increased by a

record 406,000, mostly because of

immigration. At that rate, there

will be 35 million people calling

Australia home by 2050. Based on

current population baby names, the

22 millionth Australian at 2:00

this afternoon is likely to be

named Ella or Jack.

Queensland's Premier says there are

Queensland's Premier says there are

encouraging signs that the State's

economy is finally turning around,

economy is finally turning around,

but Bligh bloi is still going ahead

with the unpopular sale of assets.

Queensland's economy might be

starting to move again, but Anna

Bligh won't budge. There are some

raem signs of recovery and some

cause for optimism. She's pushing

ahead with a $15 billion sale of

Government assets, adamant that the

privatisation plan is the only way

to fill a budget hole. Our building

program and our asset sales program

are at the centre of our strong

plan for economic recovery, and

that's where they will stay. Some

Government-owned ports and rail

infrastructure will be carved up

and sold to private companies.

Unions are against it, and the

Premier's popularity has plummeted.

Our surveys, the people of

Queensland seem to be solid that

privatisation is not supported by

over 80% to 90% of people. I'm very conscious that we've made this

decision in the context of a public

that is very unwilling to embrace

privatisation. A State wide blitz

and million dollar advertising

campaign has so far failed to turn that around.

Parramatta's players say they're

relaxed and ready to go for sun's

NRL Grand Final. And despite their

fairytale run to the season decider,

finishing as runners up will not be

good enough. Me personally - nah.

It's going to be hard if we don't

It's going to be hard if we don't

win on Sunday. It's would be tough.

Burt was part of Parramatta's ill-

fated 2001 Grand Final team.

Carlton has finally lost patience

with the troublesome full forward,

Brendan Fevola. The club has

announced it will trade the 28- year-old Australian.

Last week's drunken antics at the

Brownlow Medal were the last straw.

A new home looms for Brendan Fevola.

Carlton has lost patience with the

troubled 28-year-old. The Blues

released a statement on the website

yesterday confirming that the

wayward forward would be offered

for trade. The 2009 coalman

medallist is currently on holiday

with his family. REPORTER: You

can't have a quick chat.

Sydney looks the club most suited

to Fevola, although the Swans coach

Paul Roos has dismissed talk that

the All-Australian could be headed

to the harbour city. The midfielder

signing a new four-year deal to

stay with the Demons. Yeah, he will

be a player who plays his whole

career at Melbourne. So we'll be

working closely with the management

and the football club to ensure

that he stays with Melbourne and I

would expect him to be with us for the rest of his career.

And in cricket, Australia is

through to the champion's trophy

semifinal, but only just. They were

chasing 206 and the scores were

tied with one ball remaining.

COMMENTATOR: He misses but it

doesn't matter. They think they had

to get the run. It's a mag any sent

end to a contest. Oh, boy, they

just snuck it in. That means that

we'll play England in the first semifinal tomorrow.

The Jitters which have plagued Wall Street have continued overnight

after the release of weaker than

expected manufacturing data. Here

with all of the details is Juliana

Roadley from Commsec. The numbers

are making traders nervous and

there was disappointing payroll

number out? Unfortunately the weak

economic data started off low. The

DOW was down 120 points and it

started higher and also a big surge

in the US dollar. But unfortunately,

the pain from the big hit in the

oil price which is up by 5.8%

overnight, and worries about the

survival of the lender CIT Group

rocking the bank stocks. The DOW

finishing down and the NASDAQ down

by 1. Locally, we finished in the

red but all the quarter was higher.

What are you expecting today?

Yesterday's movements weren't that

bad. We coped remarkably well with

what happened in the US. The huge

rally in commodity prices overnight

is going to boost our miners today

so we could end up in front. The

oil price is up by $3.90, back

above $70 a barrel. Big surges in

base metals, all working in our

favour. OK, thank you. We'll check

in with you again shortly.

Here's a weather check:

Sydney is going to be hot today

mostly sunny with 31.

Still ahead, more news on this

morning's top stories about the

earthquakes and tsunamis, and the

NRL Grand Final breakfast is about

to get under way. We'll cross there

live after the break.

Today's main stories. Snore

earthquake - Indonesia hit last

night. The reports of death and

damage are still coming in. There

may be more than 1,000 people dead

in Sumatra. More tsunami warnings

issued for the region.

Frantic rescue efforts under way in

Samoa and Tonga after a tsunami

kills more than 100 people there.

Four Australians are among the dead.

And aid around the world starts

making its way to the battered reem

on. The first flights from

Australia due out this morning.

Two earthquakes in the space of 24

hours have brought a plague of

death and destruction to our region.

Just after 8pm last night

Australian time, a big quake rocked

Indonesia. Reports spoke initially

of 20 deaths. That rose to 70

overnight, but this morning, it's

emerged that the situation is far,

far worse. The latest death toll

we're hearing is more than 1,000,

and in Samoa, more than 100 people

are report dead after the

earthquake and tsunami there

yesterday flattened coastal areas.

Our first report is from Indonesia.

The 7.6 magnitude quake struck off

the Indonesian Island of Sumatra.

It sparked tsunami warnings for

Indonesia, India, Thailand and

Malaysia.

Panic on the streets as the quick

hit Sumatra. It brought down

buildings trapping thousands in the

rubble. The quake also triggered

landslides, cutting off roads and

starting fires. Thousands fled the

coast in cars and on motorbikes.

Padang sits on one of the world aes

most active falllines across the

Ring of Fire. Geologists have long

said that the population of 900,000

may one day be destroyed by a huge

earthquake due to the location. The

ded toll shot up to possibilities

of more than 1,000, but it is

conservative. feared that that could be

The search for survivors continues

on the Samoan Islands after an

earthquake triggered a series of

tsunamis. In total, at least 119

people are now reported dead. Some

washed out to sea by the giant

waves. World leaders have been

quick to offer relief. To aid in

the response, I've declared this a

major disaster, to speed the

deployment of resources and FEMA,

the Federal Emergency Management

Agency is working closely with

emergency responders on the ground

and the coastguard is providing

immediate help to those in need.

The United Nations has declared it

will be sending an emergency team

to provide aid.

In the past hour, it's been

confirmed that two New Zealanders

are among the dead, as well as the

four from Australia. There are

fears for another six Australians

still listed as missing.

All you could see was people

running towards inland. It was too

late. The wave came. She lost her

kids. It's good to be back, yeah.

But a good friend of mine was

killed up there, so very sad, yeah.

Australia, New Zealand and the

United States led the international

community in offering assistance

and two RAAF Hercules are on

standby ready to go. We stand ready

to provide all forms of practical

assistance to them in dealing with

the aftermath of this natural

disaster. Anyone concerned about

family and friends can call the

Department of Foreign Affairs

emergency hotline on:

Joining us now live from Apia in

Samoa is Carly Flynn, a reporter

from New Zealand's TV3. Let's go to

her now. What's the scene like

there this morning? Well, good

morning. We're actually at the

beach which is normally the picture

postcard picture for Samoa normally

filled with New Zealand and

Australian tourists, but that

changed when the three metre

tsunami came through. Earlier this

morning we've seen some of the

locals come down. They're camped up

high in the hills, but they've

started to trickle down this

morning. You can probably see

behind me the police are staging a

grid-by-grid search because there

are plenty of bodys left here at

the moment and lots of relatives

looking for those who weren't so

lucky to make it up the hill.

America, the UN and Australia all

promising aid. Has any of that

arrive yet? Well, incidentally, the

Samoan local aid has arrived

because it is not an easy place to

get to. This is the south-eastern get to. This is the south-eastern

area of the island and what was

incredible yesterday is that the

diggers, you can probably hear the

one going past me now, they cleared

the roads. We're about two hours

south-east of Apia so they came in

and cleared the road so that some

aid could get through. When we were

up on the hills, rice and bottled

water, bottled water is such a

wanted commodity here now, and that

was starting to come through along

with crackers and those kinds of

things but, there are still people

up on the hills severely injured. I

met a heavily pregnant woman

yesterday who was still waiting to

get medical attention, so it is

still very much ground zero and

these people are still very much in

dire need of everything. Thank you

very much for your report.

And, as if the earthquakes and

tsunamis aren't enough, the

powerful typhoon which hit the

Philippines and Vietnam with deadly

force is now battering Cambodia. At

least 11 people have died bringing

the total death toll to 331.

Typhoon Ketsana blew down wooden

villages and swept away residents,

days after crushing houses under

mudslides in Vietnam. The immediate

threat has eased after Ketsana was

downgraded to a tropical depression

as it crossed into Laos.

Other news this morning and a

toddler has died after accidentally

getting strangled by a window blind

cord at a home in Victoria. Police

say a family member discovered the say a family member discovered the

body of the 2-year-old hanging from

the cord in a bedroom of the

Geelong property just after 5:00 yesterday afternoon.

Time is running out for a baby

Minke whale beach on an island near

Perth. The calf became stuck

yesterday morning. Wildlife officer

trying to save it. The animal has

been behaving well during that time.

It is relatively calm and the

breathing hasn't changed much.

Adult minkes have been sighted

youth south of Rottnest Island and

it's believed one could be the baby it's believed one could be the baby

whale's mother, but reuniting the pair could be difficult.

For the first time in history, a

clown has gone into space. Cirque

Du Soleil founder bought a ticket

to the International Space Station

for $40 million and will spend 12

days there. He donned a bulbus red days there. He donned a bulbus red

nose and blue kisses to supporters

-- and blew kisses to supporters

from the facility in Kazakhstan.

Well, Australia is through to the

cricket's Champion's Trophy

semifinals. They beat Pakistan in a semifinals. They beat Pakistan in a

last ball thriller this morning.

Mike Hussey led Australia's pursuit.

The Aussies lost 6/ 47 and things

got offly close. They needed just

one run to win off the last ball.

COMMENTATOR: He misses, but it

doesn't matter. They think they had

to get the run. It's a magnificent

end to a contest. Oh, desperation

it was. We'll play England in the

first semifinal tomorrow.

Well, it's a beautiful morning in

Sydney and every NRL celebrity

player and die-hard fan is heading

to Darling Harbour for the

traditional Grand Final breakfast

due to get under way in a few

minutes. Ten's Ian Cohen was first

in line for the sausage sandwiches.

This is NRL's biggest day of the

year? Good morning to you. You

were' right. We've seen a lot of

crowds at practice throughout for

both the Storm and Parramatta this

week, but this kicks off Grand

Final week. A massive celebration

for the code, and we're going to

sew all of the players inside, and

of course, for a lot of them, it

will be a nervous stomach that

they'll be putting the Wee-t-bix on

to. What else is going on? There

will be a big long table that

they'll be sitting on, so some 40-

odd players up on stage, as well as

dignitaries. All of the football

notables and plenty of people in

their hundreds fitting into the

convention centre over that way and

all of the focus will be on those all of the focus will be on those

players. The players themselves

will certainly be the feature.

They'll be spotlight. For a lot of

them, it will be the last time we

hear about them or hear from them

before sun's big decider. When it

comes to Grand Final time. A lot of

it is about the psychology. Do you

start seeing that playing out at

the breakfast? Sometimes you get

them eyeballing each other across

the table. Sometimes they won't

give much away in comments.

Sometimes they'll brush past each

other, because they are at close

proximity. They're not used to that.

This is the only time that they get

that close. Sometimes the mind

games get in close especially among

them. Alright, get back in the

queue for the sangers. We'll cross

back in a few minutes to see when

the brekkie has begun.

Brendan Fevola's career at Carlton

appears over after the club

announced that it would seek to

trade the troubled 28-year-old. The

Blues released the statement on

their website yesterday confirming

that the wayward forward would be

looking for a new home in 2010. The

All-Australian is holidaying on the

Gold Coast, and said he was

disappointed but acknowledges that

it was of his own doing. Sydney is

the club most likely to may a play

for his services.

Time for more on finance with Kath

and Australians in a meltdown. We

still want our little backyard. We

do. And house prices have bounced

back to levels not seen before

early last year. But it might not

last. The Federal Government's

boost to the first home-buyer's

grant ended at midnight last night

meaning that many people have now

missed the chance. Perhaps inner

city capitals across Australia,

there's a question mark. Particularly in Melbourne and

Sydney and you may have missed the

boat. Residential building aprovals

tell a different story following a

greater than expected 0.1% due to

the credit squeeze.

And strong retail sales out

yesterday proved that shoppers

flocked back to the stores in

August. A 0.9% increase

significantly raising the chance of

a rate rise as early as next week

and boosting our Aussie dollar to above 88US cents.

Well, it was a great session on the

local boards yesterday. The Aussie

share market shrugging off the

financial crisis, notching up its

best quarter in 22 years. The All

Ords is up 20% since June, the best

run since 1987 and almost 6% since

September. Investors punting that

the global economy is on the mend

and business and consumer

confidence will remain strong. confidence will remain strong.

Now, despite the good news, the All Now, despite the good news, the All

Ords finished in negative territory

yesterday after a weak lead from

Wall Street. The all ortsdz were

down. Overnight, the Dow Jones fell

again after a surprise contraction

in business activity, but a bounce

from tech stocks helped them to end from tech stocks helped them to end

the quarter there stronger.

European markets were weaker. The

FTSE falling 0.5%. The nikkei up 33.

The Hang Seng off almost 60 points.

Gold and oil have had a huge run

overnight. Gold is back up above

$1,000 an ounce.

Here's a look at the weather for

today. Brisbane sunny and 28 and

Sydney mostly sunny.

Still lots more ahead on Ten's

Early News. We'll have the very

latest on the tsunami and

earthquakes, and an Italian store

has a great competition. If you win,

you get a job. We'll be back.

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NEWS TV .

This program is captioned live.

Frantic efforts will resume this

morning to rescue thousands of

people trapped under collapsed

buildings after a second major

earthquake in the region in the

space of 24 hours. A 7.6 magnitude

quake hit Sumatra last night. It

brought down buildings, including

two hospitals trapping people unthe

rubble. It also triggered

landslides and cut roads. It also

started fires. Thousands fled the

coast in cars and on motorbikes.

The death toll has steadily climbed

overnight to more than 1,000.

Expect that to go even higher today.

The quake could be felt hundreds of

kilometres away. Australian

cameraman Steve Hume was in

Malaysia when it struck. He's on

the phone now. Given all of the

other seismic activity that's

occurred in the region recently,

how did people react when they got

the warning? I don't know, we

didn't get a warning over here at

all. It was quite surprising. The

first we knew about it - the

buildings started shaking and

shortly after, the building that we

were in, they actually started

getting security to evacuate us out

into the street. What sort of

damage are you see thrg? In

Malaysia, I haven't seen any damage

at all or heard any reports yet.

Just minor stuff. My unit, one of

the light fittings has fallen apart

and just some stuff moved around,

but that's about it. Nothing major

that I can see in the near vicinity

of KL. What is the mood of the

people in that region of Asia with

all of the activity occurring

recently? It's been all over the

news here. Everybody has been

watching. Basically the one that

happened in the Samoa area, and I

think a lot of people were shocked

that we actually had a fairly

decent sized quake here as well.

Thank you for that, Steve. Steve

Hume there, a cameraman in KL

reporting on the emergency in that

part of the world.

Meanwhile, international rescue

efforts will get under way today in

the Samoan Islands after an

earthquake there triggered a series

of tsunamis killing 100 people and flattening villages.

Lord, what's going on?

It's oh, so dreadfully familiar.

Small wonder the couple who filmed

the ocean surging over American

Samoa carrying vehicles and trees

before it started to pray. Lord

Jesus Christ, please give us the

power to accept the things that are

going on here. It was that most

dreaded natural phenomena - the

tsunami. Once again bringing death

and destruction to vulnerable low-

lying Islands. Warnings did not

come in time for some when the

giant waves created by an

earthquake reached these beaches.

This is Western Samoa, less

developed by its neighbour,

American Samoa. It is still not

clear how many died here.

Photographs e-mailed from western

Samoa give a sense of the terrible

power the tsunamis brought ashore.

But officials warn it could be many

hours yet before the scale of the

tragedy becomes clear. To aid in

the response, I've declared this a

major disaster to speed the

deployment of resources, and FEMA,

the Federal Emergency Management

Agency is working closely with

emergency responders on the ground,

and the coast lard is helping to

provide immediate help to those in

deed. An amateur cameraman

highlights the problems facing the

emergency operation. There's

absolutely no way for any vehicles

to go to that part of the Island.

The whole road is just wiped out.

Four people from Australia are

among the dead in Samoa. Several

more are in hospital or unaccounted

for. Australia has been quick to

offer $2 million in aid to the

disaster zone. The first of which

is being flown out today.

Lowed up and ready to go, aid from

Australia on its way to Samoa this

morning. Two Hercules planes are

leaving for the disaster zone pack

with essential food and tents for

shelter. We see our friends in

Samoa as part of our Pacific family,

and therefore, when natural

disasters strike, Australia has

always stood ready shoulder-to-

shoulder to assist them in times of

difficulty and need. Emotional

Republic unions last night as a

flight from Samoa touched down at

Sydney Airport. Many though

returned with tales of horror. All

you could see was people running

towards inland. It was chaotic. It

was too late. The wave came. She

lost her kids. It's good to be back,

yeah. But a good friend of mine was

killed up there, so it was very sad,

yeah. Among the Australians who

died, Maree Blacker from Tasmania

who was in Samoa to celebrate her

birthday. Plus a6-year-old girl and birthday. Plus a6-year-old girl and

a 56-year-old woman from Victoria.

And three members of the Rees

family from Melbourne are in

hospital after the tsunami hit

their waterfront hotel. The hotel

had basically been flattened. My

father had suspected broken ribs

and they were trying to make some

sort of sense of the chaos that was

going on around them. A hotline has

been set up for anyone worried

about friends or family. The number:

As the clean-up begins, the help

from Australia is vital in helping

the country back on its feet.

Other news this morning - Australia's ever-expanding

population is expected to hit the

22 million mark today. Over the

past 12 months, the population has

increased by a record 406,000,

mostly because of immigration. At

that rate, there will be 35 million

people calling Australia home by

2050. Based on current population

baby names, the 22 millionth

Australian is likely to be named

either Ella or Jack.

And it's going to be a big day in

Beijing. China is gearing up to

celebrate the 60th anniversary of

the people's Republic today is

major military and civilian praise.

Chinese filmmaker Jang Ji Mao, who

directed the opening and closing

ceremonies for the Beijing Olympics

will also oversee a fireworks

display twice as big as the

Olympics. Officials have promised

that the speculations will be the

most spectacular in China's history.

The crowds are gathering in

Sydney's Darling Harbour for the

NRL's traditional Grand Final

breakfast. Now getting under way,

Ian Cohen couldn't pass up the

prospect of a Grand Final brekkie.

Who is likely to be turning up

there? Apart from the players

themselves, are other people

expected at the breakfast? Yeah,

you're right. The tummy is bling.

There will be a lot of people

turning up, hundreds of people, and

a lot of the old stars will be here.

Also a lot of NRL dignitaries and

also expecting a few politicians to

get their snout in the trough with

a free breakfast onoff. So there

will be a host of characters there

to help kick off Grand Final week.

Is there an opportunity for the

public to get a sneak peak of the

players as they go in? Obviously

here, it is an open access is the

Darling Harbour, so there is an

tune here. We've seen a few scarves.

The Eels arrived a short time ago.

We're still waiting for the

Melbourne storm to get in and get

in place, but it was good to see

the Eels come. For them, it's a new

experience for a lot of the Eels

players. They haven't been down

this road before. For the Melbourne

Storm, it is the fourth time around

so a fairly comfortable feeling for

the Melbourne boys. Ian Cohen,

thank you very much.

And in cricket, Australia is

through to the Champion's Trophy

semifinal, but only just. They were

chasing 206 and the scores were

tied with one ball remaining.

COMMENTATOR: He misses. But it

doesn't matter. They think they had

to get the run. It's a magnificent

end to a contest. Indeed it was

pure desperation. That means that

we'll play England in the first

semifinal tomorrow.

Well, the jitters which have

plagued Wall Street this week

continued overnight as weaker than continued overnight as weaker than

expected manufacturing and payrolls

data was released. Here with all of

the details is Juliana Roadley at

Commsec, and not a great night on

Wall Street. What does it mean for

the market today? I think the main

thing we have to take out of last

night was the big surge in the US

dollar which helped commodity

prices. We're set to open down 11

points but I think we could do well

by the close. The oil price is up,

well above $70 a barrel. The gold

price is adding $15, up around

$1,009. And base metals are higher.

It willwork work in our favour. The

only thing that will hurt the

miners is the Aussie dollar

breaking through 88 cents mark.

A supermarket chain in northern A supermarket chain in northern

Italy has come up with a novel new

competition to lure shoppers.

Anyone who spends the equivalent of

$43 in the market goes into the

draw to win a job. The chain will

be giving away ten jobs this month

to lucky customers. Already, tens

of thousands of people have put in

entry forms in. Italy's

unemployment rate is heading

towards 8% this year. There you go.

That's finance up to the minute. If

you feel like going to Italy, there you go. you go. Here's the weather:

Let's recap the main news today,

dominated by two massive

earthquakes in the past 24 hours.

Panic and chaos on the streets of

Sumatra as a new day approaches.

The death toll is expected to rise

well past 1,000.

Confirmation this hour from Samoa

that two New Zealanders have been

added to the list of deaths from added to the list of deaths from

the quake and tsunami there. As

many as four people from Australia

have also been killed.

And Australian aid is due to arrive

in Samoa two hours from now. Two

Hercules planes are in the air at

this moment car whying the first of

$2 million worth of essential

supplies from Australia. That's it.

The first 15 minutes of this

bulletin is available for download

from the Ten News website. I'm Ron

Wilson. See you again tomorrow

morning at 6:00. I'm Katherine Robinson. Thank you for your

company this morning. Good morning.

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