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The Pope's pennance, the Pontiff

moves to diffuse controversy with

his strongest words yet denouncing his strongest words yet denouncing

the Catholic Church's child abuse

scandal. We are live in the United scandal. We are live in the United

Kingdom for his visit. It's Friday,

17 September. I'm Ron Wilson. I'm

Kathryn Robinson. Also this

morning... Switching sides, the

former policeman who helped bring a

drug smuggler to justice rides to

his rescue in court and tries to

save him from the firing squad. In

AFL the stage is set for a

memorable preliminary final with

Collingwood and Geelong at full

strength for tonight's clash. In

finance the jury is out as

Australian business decides whether

tax. The weather: to listen to calls for a new carbon

The Pope has made his strongest

admission to date on the Catholic

Church's child sex abuse scandal

which claimed victims around the

world, including Australia. He

moved to diffuse the controversy

surrounding his State visit to the

UK. Ten's Europe correspondent

Danielle Isdale joins us from

London where the pope arrived. The

Pope's first stop was in Scotland.

What kind of welcome did he get

there? Well, a pretty good one. He

had considerably more on his plate

than your average 83-year-old, a

hectic first day of his first papal

tour of the United Kingdom. But

among the first to welcome him was

the Queen and Prince Philip, they

took him to Hollywood House, the

Queen's official res dense in

Scotland. He's being -- residence.

He's been treated as a Head of

State other not as a pastoral visit.

They exchanged gifts and held talks,

after which the Queen and the Pope

gave formal addresses, Her Majesty

spoke about the need for Christian

unity and his holiness warned about

secularism and atheist extremism in

these not earn times. Then it was

straight to the Pope mobile and

through the streets of Edinburgh,

where 100,000 people turned out to

catch a glimpse of the pope as he

passed through their streets. Some

were protesters, not as many as you

would expect. You'll be interested

to know He ate haggis and it was to

Glasgow where he held a huge open-

airs mass with thousands turning up.

In good weather. We saw him wearing

a tarp and scarf in the Pope mobile.

As you mentioned the trip is not

without controversy, and

confrontation, has he faced any

protesters yet? Not as much as you

would expect, but the headlines so

far have focused on, as you

mentioned earlier, Pope's pennance,

this is to do with him addressing

the anger over the church's

failures to respond to the child

abuse scandals that have

overshadowed the lead up to this

visit. He tried to deal with the

issue before landing in the United

Kingdom, on the plane from the

Vatican. He addressed journalists

and told them, made a frank

admission about how the church

hasn't acted quickly or decisively

enough to deal with the scandal.

Let's listen to what he had to say.

It is with great sadness that the

authorities of the church were not

vigilant enough, not sufficiently

fast and decisive in taking the

necessary measures. So a gant

admission there, but perhaps not --

significant admission there, but

not enough to put off the planned

protests in the coming days, he has

plenty before him, three days to go

and he's touched down at Heathrow

airport. He'll spend the night at

Wimbledon in London before starting

again tomorrow. Ten's Europe

correspondent Danielle Isdale in

London. Australian Federal Police

dver Mike Phelan, and former Chief

Mick Keelty, testified on behalf of

convicted 'Bali Nine' drug smuggler

Scott Rush. Leonie Mellor is in

Bali and brings this report. Scott

Rush is one step closer this

morning to knowing whether his

appeal against the death penalty

will be successful. Former

plaintiff Mick Keelty, and current

Deputy Commissioner Mike Phelan

were among five witnesses helping

to plead his case. They told the

court he was a minor player, he was

young, naive and received his

passport days before leaving. It is

clear to me that the role that

Scott Rush played was only that of

a courier. They told the court

while they were aware of and had

monitored the group, known as the

'Bali Nine', Scott Rush was not

initially on their intelligence

radar. The evidence we had is this

was the first time Scott Rush was

involved in an importation of this

type. When asked what would have

happened had he been caught in

Australia. They said he would have

received a light jail sentence,

less than 10 years, and perhaps a

fine. The AFP has been criticised

in its role of tipping off the

Indonesian police, but the men told

the court there was nothing unusual

in what they did, it was part of

the obligations in the region to

prevent drug smuggling and crime.

Scott Rush may have to wait several

months to know if it was enough to

sway the judges. Three men have

been killed in a crash on the far

north coast. The men in their 20s

were travelling in a Toyota which

collided head-on with a semitrailer

as it rounded a bend at Ewingsdale.

All three died at the scene, a is

being prepared for the core none.

Police will decide what to resume

the search for a teenager thought

to have given birth in Sydney's largest cemetery. There were

reports a 15-year-old girl had

given birth in Rookwood Cemetary

around 5:00. An exhaustive search

involving the dog squad and police

helicopter failed to find mother or

baby. Police will rea assess this

morning. Former Socceroos captain

Craig Moore will face court in

Dubai, after being arrested for an

alcohol-related incident. He's the

second sportsman to be caught up in

a booze-fuelled controversy in as

many days. After a rough night in

the lockup in Brisbane, when

Jonathan Thurstan finally arrived

back in Townsville, he delivered

what will be the first of many

apologies. I'm embarrassed and apologies. I'm embarrassed and

ashamed of the incident, but I'm

going to talk to the club about it.

I'll take it from there. More

apologies when Jonathan Thurstan

meets with club executives. He was

kicked out of Brisbane's Treasury

Casino in the early hours of

yesterday morning for drunkenly

disurk people, he was with team-

mate Willie Tonga, and year

footballer. They were warned by

police, Jonathan Thurstan ignored

that and was arrested when he

wrestled his friend on a road and

landed on a taxi. We shouldn't talk

about my hiccup. It's up to Cowboys

management to decide his future.

We'll worry about anything else,

such as discipline and captaincy

and that down the track. Jonathan

Thurstan joins a long line of

sporting stars behaving badly.

Former Socceroos Captain Craig

Moore will face court in Dubai,

after being arrested after a boozey

altercation with police this week.

Being intoxicated in a public place

is illegal in the United Arab Emirates. is illegal in the United Arab

Sports news this morning, and

Collingwood and Geelong will be at Collingwood and Geelong will be at

full strength for tonight's

preliminary final with both naming

unchanged sides. The game is

expected to draw a crowd of more

than 90,000 it the MCG. The Magpies

have a lopping and painful history

of under-- long and painful history

of underperforming in finals, coach

Mick Malthouse and captain Nick

Maxwell are convinced the side can

avoid the September colliwobbles.

Nick pointed out to me Monday night,

I started coaching before he was

born. So I hardly suspect that he's

going to be worried about the

burdens of past - he's not, the

side is not. Veteran defender Simon

Prestigiacoma is fit but has been

overlooked. Midfielder Sharrod

Wellington appears to have

recovered from a rolled ankle I

don't see a reason why he wouldn't

be available. He trained well.

Geelong beat the pies in two of the

past three preliminarys finals, but

Mick Malthouse is confident his

team has bridged the gap. We are

comfortable and confident that our

best football is capable of beating

anyone. West Tigers hopes of

winning the NRL semifinal in

Canberra received a boost with

Benji Marshall making it through

the final training session. The

star playmaker figured in several

moves, coach Tim Sheens will wait

until later today before giving him

the green light. Terry Campese is a

player keen for Benji Marshall to

take the feel He has the wood on me

twice, I have one to get it back,

this is the one that counts, this

is the one I want to win. With nine

wins, the Raiders trained behind

closed doors for the first time in

recent memory. The world's fastest

man Usain Bolt received a surprise

at a charity up dinner in Sydney,

the 100m and 200m world record

holder said his wish was to meet

local wild life during a trip down

under. It was granted on the red

carpet. I see these animals on TV,

that was a good experience for me.

I think I need to see more. I'll

try to see more. Usain Bolt was in

town for the Gatorade Bolt, a race

between Australia's fastest

footballers, won by the Waratahs

Lachie Turner. A check of finance

with the glamorous Kathryn Robinson.

There's been a development high in

your agenda yesterday. There has

been, Australian business is split

over a push for a Coyne tax.

There's been a mixed reaction to

the call from mining giant BHP

Billiton which could mean a

backflip for Julia Gillard. The

message was clear enough in the

last week of the election campaign.

There'll be no carbon tax under the

government I lead. Now things are

not certain. I think it rule in

rule out games are silly. The hung

parliament is the game changer, now

a call for a carbon tax from

anunexpected jours. BHP Billiton

acknowledges that the main-stream

scenes is correct. They acknowledge

that a global carbon tax is coming.

When it comes Australia would have

needed to act ahead of it coming in order to maintain its

competitiveness. The Opposition

says it put on a carbon tax ahead

of the rest of the world would kill

our exports. I reject it. I

completely reject it. The Greens

say entrenched positions are having

to shift. We are in a different

period of government. No-one has

all the pour. The Greens and the

government began talks on a

parliamentary committee on how

carbon should be priced. Coalition

MPs won't take part. Tony Abbott

says on the fundamental question

the committee has made up its mind.

Buyers beware, the sun is setting

on the days of megadiscounts at one

of our biggest Department stores,

Myer will stop its aggressive price

cutting and offer smaller discounts

during sales periods. The

announcement coming as the retailer

uncovered annual profits of $67

million. Small discounts, similar

to those two years ago will be more

common. Earnings for the coming

year are expected to rise 10%.

Turning to the markets, a late

rally on Wall Street sees the Dow

Jones closing up, despite shares in

FedEx dipping 4% after issuing a

profit forecast this missed

expectations. Weak retail sales

spooked investors in Europe.

Let's look at the weather:

Checking the newspapers, 'The

Australian' says children at Mt Isa

in Queensland suffer from brain

damage and retardation caused by

their prolonged exposure to led.

The 'The Age' reports Victorians

will pay an average $570 million a

year for 30 years for a

desalination plant even if no water

is needed. 'The Courier Mail' looks at

at Iranian board Parham Sharfi one

of today's Australians who will

become sit zns. Still ahead, the

naked truth.. Forget the stray tan,

this material girl is wearing the

latest fashion. We'll reveal all

when Ten's 'Early

Headlining Ten's 'Early News', the

Pope made a frank admission during

his trip to Britain, the Pontiff's

controversial trip to the United

Kingdom has been met with anger

from victims of numerous child sex

cases involving Catholic priests,

the Pope admitting the church

hasn't been quick enough with

dealing with the perversion of the

Priesty ministry. The family of

William Crews is planning a private

funeral for the fallen officer,

thousands turned out for his

funeral in with full police honours.

Mourners filled St Andrew's

Cathedral for the ceremony. He was

a larrikin and loved a laugh.

William Crews died after being

accidentally shot by a colleague

during a drug raid last Wednesday.

In a posthumous honour he was

elevated to Detective Constable. WA

detention centres are struggling to

cope with the increasing numbers of boat people. The Immigration

Department has been forced to beg

with staff from other departments

to cope with the influx. This is a

crisis of the government's own

making. The only way to change is

if the government changes its

policies. WA takes in 47% of

illegal immigrants compared with 3%

in Queensland, Victoria and South

Australia. Meantime thousands of

immigrants will become Australian

citizens in ceremonies spanning the country, Australian Citizenship Day

was introduced in 2001. More than

3,600 people from 118 countries

will officially become citizens

today. 68 ceremonies will be held

across Australia, with schools

getting involved in celebrate the

lucky country. Queenslanders will

now have to adhere to strict pool

safety laws, Queensland is known as

the drowning capital of the world,

but now has some of the toughest

laws in the world. Parents who had

calls to backyard pools hope it

will prevent tragedy It's just - I

still think about it today. It was

just that panic that comes over you.

The new laws require mandatory

inspections for all privately owned

pools within five years, home

owners to face fines if they don't

comply. A quarter of Victoria's

agricultural crops are under a

threat from a locust play, the

worst in 75 across, the pest cover

an area the sues of Spain, with the

prop centred -- size of Spain, with

the problem centred in the north-

west of vulent. It's unquantifyable

the damage they can do. State Prem

your John Brumby declared war on

the pests, with -- Premier John

Brumby declared war on the pests,

with sprayinging to take place. To

a scurking story from the US, a

mother -- disturbing story from the

mother -- disturbing story from the

US, a mother has been arrested

after filming her 2-year-old

daughter smoking knis, her mother

encourages here. Don't blow on it.

21-year-old Jess call gamble faces

a number of charges and could go to

prison for up to 11 years. Her

daughter has been taken into

careful We have been there, Friday

morning rolls around, you are down

to the last pair of skimpies, the

to the last pair of skimpies, the

shirts are in the wash. Don't worry,

British inventors come up with

clothes in a can. Spray them on,

off you go. It's not science

fiction, spray-on clothing is here

now, at least in the labor try at

Imperial College. Take a fibre, mix

it with a plastic or solvent, off

you go. You can create high fashion you go. You can create high fashion

with a spray gun. What is it like

being sprayed. It's nice, it's like

a second skin. It's the brain child

of Manel Torres, with help from a

chemical engineer. It's not a one

off of the garment you make is for

life. This is the finished item.

Linda took it off half an hour ago,

it feels like swayed, but it

doesn't stick to your skin. When

you have taken it off. You can drop

it in the water and wash it. We are

planning to sell it in an aerosol

plan that you will be able to spray

plan that you will be able to spray

the material and be alt create the

fabric. It's not only instant T-

shirts, imagine how it could be as

an instant bandage or upholstering

furniture. Saint Kilda has resisted

the temptation to recall defender

Baker against the Preliminary Final

against the Bulldogs. After missing

10 matches through suspension and

injury, he's been named an

emergency. He's a guy you'd love to

go to war with, he'd jump on a

grenade for you. He's that sort of

player. If there's a spot for him,

he'll be welcomed. The Bulldogs

recalled defender Dale Morris after

three games out with a back injury.

The signs are promising about Benji

Marshall lining up for the West

Tigers in the NRL semifinal. Coach

Tim Sheens has a wait and see

approach giving the star playmaker

all the time to prove his knee was

right. He was giving nothing away

as he left for training, with the

league world waiting on his injury,

the showman put on a limp for the

waiting media. These are the

pictures Tigers fans have been

praying to see. Benji Marshall

running free at training, at one

stage producing his trademark flip

pass. His coach is cautious. About

his wounded figers. We have six

that -- Tigers. We have about six

we are carrying. We have

contingensies for that. We'll work

it out today and see how they wake

up in the morning. They'll play, we

prepared like they'll play, and it

will be a cracker match. Terry

Campese is hoping Benji Marshall

plays He has the wood on me twice

this year. I have one game to get

it back, this is the one that

counts, this is the one I want to

win. And Kathryn Robinson looks to

be wearing something spray on.

Doing a reverse Oprah, you'll take

us to the US. I am, I am not taking

John Travolta, well head to Wall

Street, for analysis let's check in

with US finance reporter Alexise

live from New York. A bit of a

mixed picture on inflation, but

encouraging jobs numbers. That is

right. A mixed picture. Wall

Street's reaction was muted over

all on inflation, wholesale prices

rising 0.4%. If you take out food

and energy, inflation was tame,

edging up 0.1%. The number of

Americans providing for first-time

unemployment benefits fell to a 2-

month low. Mid-terms elections in

the US are coming up. There's a

debate in the US about tax cuts.

You bet. Taxes are the No.1 issue

for Congress, the question is what

to do with them. A CBS poll

confirms that American voters see

the economy and unemployment as a

big concern. President Obama wants

to extend the Bush era tax cuts for to extend the Bush era tax cuts for

families making less than $250,000,

and those with higher brackets

expir. Extending the cuts for

everyone would cost $4 trillion in

taxes, Republicans, and moderate

Democrats oppose tax increases

saying now it not the time it raise

taxes. Under the Barak Obama plan a

lot of small business owners would

see taxes go up, the people who are

supposed to be creating jobs, if

they are getting squeezed it can

have a devastating effect on the

jobs market. The debate expected to

become heated as the elections near.

Alexis live from New York.

Here is how the weather looks in

your part of the country:

We are live to London after the

break as the Pope arrives in the

capital for the next stage of his

visit. The rest of the news, sports

and finance, see you after the break.

Headlines every 15 minutes on Ten's

'Early News'. The pope's pennance,

the Pontiff moves to diffuse

controversy with his strongest

words denouncing the Catholic

Church's child abuse scandal.

Switching sides, the former

policeman that helped bring a drug

smuggler to justice rides to his

rescue in court, trying to save him

from the firing squad. In AFL the

stage is set for a memjor final

Palestineal with Collingwood and --

with Preliminary Final, with

Collingwood and geeing at full

strength. And deals off the shelves

at a big Department store chain.

The Pope made his strongest

admission on the child abuse

scandal which claimed victims from

around the world, including

Australia. The move to diffuse

controversy including his visit to

the United Kingdom. Danielle Isdale

joins us live from London where the

pope has arrived. The Pope's first

stop was in Scotland. What kind of

reception did he get there? A very,

very warm one, truth be told. His

first appointment was with the

Queen and Prince Philip, she took

him to Hollywood House, her

official residence in Scotland. He

is a Head of State and was treated

as such, different to the pastoral

visits of the past. He came on an

official State visit. They

exchanged gifts and held talks. It

was into the Pope mobile and

through the streets of Edinburgh,

where some 100,000 lined the

streets to catch a glimpse of the

pontiff. Some were protesters, they

were far out numbered by really

wishers much he hate haggis for his

lunch and headed to -- he ate

hagise for lunch and headed to

Glasgow, thousands were gathered.

The weather was friendly and they

prayed with the pope. The Pope has

moved to London from Scotland.

There was plenty of prewarning

about the likelihood of protests,

have we seen any confrontation. Not

as much as you expect. That's not

to say there won't be many and

varied protests in the coming days.

The headlines this afternoon were

Pope's Pen jns, this pertains to

his -- pennance, this pertains to

his speech in the plain, where he

attempted to address the issue of

the church's failure to respond to

the child abuse scandals, he talked

to reporters on the plane and made

a frank admission. Listen.

TRANSLATION: It is a great sadness

that the authorities of the church

were not vigilant enough, were not

sufficiently fast and decisive in

taking the necessary measures. So

that is a significant admission. It

may not be enough to stop the

protests that are planned, but the

pope is on his way to be warm in

his bed in Wimbledon, and he starts

again tomorrow. Thank you. Ten's Europe correspondent Danielle

Isdale live from London. Australian

Federal Police Deputy Commissioner

Mike Phelan, and former Chief Mick

Keelty both testified on behalf of

convicted 'Bali Nine' drug smuggler

Scott Rush. Ten's Leonie Mellor is

in Bali for this report. Scott Rush

this morning is one step closer to

knowing whether his appeal against

the death penalty will be

successful. The former plver Mick

Keelty and current Deputy

Commissioner Mike Phelan were among

five witnesses helping to plead his

case, telling the court he was a

mine junior player, he was young,

naive and received his passport

days already -- minor player. It

was clear the role that Scott Rush

played was that of a courier. They

told the court that while they were

aware and monitored the 'Bali Nine',

Scott Rush was not on the

intelligence radar. The evidence we

have is this is the first time

Scott Rush was involved. When asked

what would have happened had he

been caught in Australia. They said

he would have received a light jail

sentence, less than 10 years,

perhaps a fine, not the death

penalty. The AFP has been

criticised for its role in tipping

off Indonesian police, but Mick

Keelty and Mike Phelan told the

court it was not unusual, it was

part of the obligations in the

region in preventing drug smuggling

and transnational crime. Scott Rush

is likely to have to wait several

months to know it their evidence

was enough to sway the judges.

Leonie Mellor reporting from Bali.

An international study found some

children have brain damage as a

result of lead exposure in the

country of Mt Isa, five families

are suing Xstrata, the Queensland

government and the local council.

It's the first scientific evidence

of the effect of children on lead

pollution caused by the town's mine

and smelters. Three men have been

killed in a crash on the for NSW

coast. The men were traing in their

Toyota, aged in their 20s,

colliding head-on with a

semitrailer, as it rounded a bend

at ewesar. All three died --

Ewingsdale, all three died at the

scene. The search is on for a

teenager thought to have given

birth in Sydney's largest cemetary,

at Rookwood Cemetary, at around

5:00. An exhaustive search

involving the dog squad and police

hypofailed to find the mother or

the baby. -- Former Socceroos

Captain Craig Moore to face court

in Dubai, arrested after an

alcohol-related incident yesterday,

he's the second Aussie sportsman to

be caught up in a booze-fuelled

scandal in as many days. After a

rough night in the lockup in

Brisbane, when Jonathan Thurstan

finally arrived back in Townsville,

he delivered what will be the first

of many apologies. I'm embarrassed

and ashamed of the incident. I'm

going to talk to the club about it.

And take it from there. More

apologies today when Jonathan

Thurstan meets with club executives.

Jonathan Thurstan was kicked out of

Brisbane's Treasury Casino in the

early hours of yesterday morning

for drunkenly disturbing people. He

was with team-mate Willie Tonga,

and another footballer. They were

warned by police, but Jonathan

Thurstan ignored that and was

arrested when he allegedly wrestled

his friend on to a road and landed

on a taxi. We shouldn't talk about

my little hiccup this weekend. It's

up to Cowboy management to decide

his future. We'll worry about

anything else, such as discipline

and captaincy and those things down

the track. Jonathan Thurstan joins

a line of sporting stars behaving

badly. Former Socceroos Captain

Craig Moore will face court in

Dubai, arrested after a boozey

altercation with police earlier

this week. Being intoxicated in a

public place is illegal in the

United Arab Emirates.

Collingwood and Geelong will be at

full strength for tonight's

Preliminary Final, both naming

unchanged sides. The game is

expected to draw a crowd of more

than 90,000 to the MCG. The Magpies

have a long and painful history of

underperforming in finals, but

coach Mick Malthouse, and captain

Nick Maxwell are convinced this

year's side can avoid the dreaded

September colliwobbles. Nick

pointed out to me on Monday night I

started coaching before he was born.

So I hardly suspect that he's going

to be worried about the burdens of

the past. He's not, and the side is

not. Veteran defender Simon

Prestigiacoma is fit, but has again

been overlooked. Midfielder Sharrod

Wellington appears to have

recovered from a rolled ankle. So

far I don't see a reason why he

wouldn't be available. Geelong beat

the pies in two out of three

Palestineals, but Mick Malthouse is

confident his team has bridged the

cap. We are comfortable and

confident our best football is

capable of beating anyone. And West

Tigers hopes of winning the NRL

semifinal in Canberra received a

boost with Benji Marshall making it

through the final training session,

the star play maker figured in

several moves. Terry Campese is a

player keen for Benji Marshall to

take the field. He has the wood on

me twice this year. I have one game

to get it back, this is the game

that counts. With nine wins in the

past 10 games the Raiders trained

behind closed doors for the first

time in recent memory. The world's

fastest man Usain Bolt received a

surprise at a charity dinner in

Sydney, the 100m and 200m record

holder said his big wish was to

meet local wild life, it was

granted, on the red carpet. I see

these animals on TV. That was a

good experience for me. I think I

need to see more. Usain Bolt was in

town for the Gatorade Bolt, a race

between Australia's fastest

footballers, won by the Waratahs Lachie Turner. Another finance

update with Kathryn Robinson, and a

suggestion by one of the mine

Taking a look at the screep for the weather forecast.

You know what they say, I should do

it with a falsetto voice

# Big girls don't cry. It wasn't

falsetto. You have guessed what we

are talking about yet.

# Who loves you pretty momma. We

are on stage with the Jersey Boys,

and their homage to the Four

Seasons. It's bound to be good.

Join us after the break. with Westfield to combat number plate thefts around weekend. faiths this weekend when great way for officers and prescribing allows better every year and says an initiative like the will lead to faster, more The boys take on Wests and fans are being urged to it till the last minute. transport fans from SOUTHERN CROSS TEN. degrees. 18 in Sydney. Melbourne. Wet and windy in Parkes. Warm and sunny in

You are with Ten's Ten's 'Early

News', our headline story, the Pope

has made a frank admission during

his trip to Britain, his trip to

the United Kingdom has been met

with anger from the victims of sex

abuse cases involving Catholic

priests. The Pope admitted the

church hadn't been quick in dealing

with the perversion of the Priestly

ministry. Thousands of immigrants

will become Australian citizens

today. Australian Citizenship Day

was introduced in 2001. More then

3,600 people from 118 country will

become citizens, 68 sermonsies are

being hold across Australia, with

schools involved to celebrate the

lucky country. You can't have

failed to notice how Oprah fever

dripped the country after

announcing plans to come to

Australia. She's gin one interview,

and Ten's Entertainment Reporter

Angela Bishop scored the coup. I

don't know if you have any idea

what a frenzy you have caused over

here. It's immense. Are you as

excited to be coming as we are all

excited here for you to be coming.

I think probably more excited. The

moment started when I made the

announcement because happiness is

having something to look forward to.

Are you going to try our national

dish, spread, Vegimite I intend to

try anything that is not crawling.

If Vegimite doesn't crawl, I'll try

it, yes. You referred earlier to

some of the wonderful Aussies

you've met and interviewed over

your years, who are some of your

favourites. Hugh Jackman. Like him

a lot. Baz Lurhmann. Like him a lot.

Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe - like

them a lot. The lit Irwin girl,

liked her a lot. As I said to you

earlier, for me it's every time

somebody comes to the show, and

generally that happens three or

four times a month, there's

somebody here from Australia, it's

the regular folks, you know,

getting to know regular people -

like them a lot. It's going to be

exciting for us. We are looking exciting for us. We are looking

forward to it. We look forward to

it to, apparently. American singing

sensations The Four Seasons,

celebrated a musical milestone as a

new generation of fans gears up to

enjoy their distinctive sound with

Kathrine in the front row the

musical Jersey Boys opens in Sydney

tomorrow. Shsh sherry... 48 years

ago today the The Four Seasons

enjoyed their first No.1 chart hit.

Almost five decades on they are

still winning over fans.

# Who loves you... Their rags to

riches tale, Jersey Boys opens in

Sydney on Saturday, after wowing

audiences in Melbourne for more

than a year. People identified with

them, they struggled and worked

Harr. There's been such a rush on

tickets extra seats have been

released to cope with demand. This

is what I dreamed of happening, it

hardly ever happens, no-one can really explain.

# Big girls don't cry... #. You may

have thought you harld all you had

to know about the The Four Seasons,

Frankie Valli, falceto, but the

musical focuses on the unfold story

behind the band. No-one knows

anything, most people walk aut

saying "I had no idea". The

gambling, debts and links to the

Mafia, that and two hours of iconic

music. What a night. I'd sing if I

could The the world's most famous

stripper put on a burlesque

extravaganza, Dita von Teese put on

a special performance for 300

special guests. Burlesque is not a

fashion style, it's not stockings

and tights. Burlesque women were

strippers. I thought it should stay

true to them. The 37-year-old is

back in Sydney for another three Sydney shows.

Saint Kilda has resisted the

temptation to recall defender

Steven Baker for tomorrow night's

preliminary final against the

Western Bulldogs, after missing 10

matches through suspension and

injury, he's been named an

emergency despite the backing of

his captain. He's a guy that you'd

love to go to war with, he'd jump

on a grenaid for you, he's that

player. If there's a pot in the

teem, he'll be welcomed. The

Bulldogs recalled Dale Morris,

after three games out with a back

injury, the signs are promising for

Benji Marshall to line up against

Canberra. Coach Tim Sheens has a

wait and see approach, giving the

playmaker all the time he needs to

prove his knee is right. He was

giving nothing away as he left for

training. With the league world

warning the latest on his injury,

the showman in Benji Marshall put

on a limp for the media. But these

are the pictures Tigers fans have

been praying to see. Benji Marshall

running free at training, at one

stage producing his trademark flick

pass. His coach though remains

cautious about his wounded Tigers.

We have about six that we are

carrying at the moment. But as I

said, we have contingencies for

that, we'll work it out today and

see how they wake Um in the morning,

and we'll finalise it then. We've

prepared like they'll play. Terry

Campese's definitely hoping Benji

Marshall plays He has the wood on

me twice this year, I have one game

to get it back, this is the game

that counts, this is the one I want

to win. England's Ashes winning

hero Andrew Flintoff has announced

his retirement from all forms of

cricket. The 32-year-old who quit

the Test format after helping

England regain the Ashes has been

told he needs a third operation on

his right knee. He had been tipped

to make a move to Queensland to

play Twenty20 this year. Shares

snapped a 3-day winning streak, the

ASX suffering its biggest one-day

fall in three day, let's check in

with Laura Purbrick at Macquarie

Private Wealth. Are we expecting a

soft end to the week. We are

expecting an uneventful finish for

today on the market today. We had

mixed leads from overnight last

night. After a 7% rally over the

last two weeks investors are

hopeful the US will avoid a double

dip recession, we may give back

some gains at some stage. Our local

SPI is looking to trade up 20

points, not much on the economic

calendar. I love bagging a bargain

and was devastated to hear the days

of massive Department discounting

could come to an end, Myer

announcing this news and company

results. We are hopeful for a

bargain, it may be coming to an en.

Myer reported yesterday the full-

year financial result for the 2010

year, $67.1 million. The market was

happy with that, and gave good

guidance for next year, looking for

10% profit growth, given retail

sales numbers, as well as strong

wage growth. It looks achievable.

The bargains it looks to be hard to

find. Thank you Laura Purbrick.

That wraps things up for finance

for today and the week. Check of the weather before we go.

And I can see a weekend just over

the Horizon, let's go to Josh at

the Weather Channel. A balmy

weekend in store for you. You would

hope so. Unfortunately it's not

going to be the case hope so. Unfortunately it's not

going to be the case much there's

inland rain on the way and cold and

uncomfortable conditions across the

south-east. Let's check it out. We

have the southerly surge generating

massive surf for the south-eastern

massive surf for the south-eastern

states of Tasmania, Victoria, South

Australia and NSW. Now, we are

going to see the waves pick up over

the weekend. Dangerous surf

conditions, if you head to the

beach, with that nice weather on

beach, with that nice weather on

the way for Sydney over the weekend

make sure you use extreme caution.

The other feature of the airflow

will be the freezing temperatures

across areas of Victoria. Anywhere

west of the ranges in NSW,

temperatures will be below average,

rug up, stay warm this weekend as

we check out the rainfall which is

heavy in some areas, 50mm plus. As

we get into the weekend we'll see we get into the weekend we'll see

the rainfall explode across

Queensland. Some areas could get

between 50 and 100m throughout the between 50 and 100m throughout the

inland. It will be very interesting.

Make sure you keep the dry as a

bone and the umbrella on stand-by. bone and the umbrella on stand-by.

Let's look at the 4-day totals.

Inland areas of Queensland seeing a

deluge, and also coastal areas will

become affected. As we check out

the forecast for Saturday and

Sunday. Brisbane looking wet.

For semifinal football it will be

wet and cold across areas of

Melbourne For the Roosters and

Panthers at the SFS, we'll have

good conditions. Josh Holt at the

good conditions. Josh Holt at the Weather Channel, thank you. good conditions. Josh Holt at the Weather Channel, thank you. That's

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