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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Good morning. I'm Richard Davies. Welcome to Ten's Early News. And I'm Danielle Isdale. Australia's racing crisis. Making news this Monday - to derail the spring carnival. The outbreak of horse flu threatens Ambulance trauma - reports suggest during next week's APEC summit. New South Wales ambos could strike

Fire threat - under threat rhe ancient site of Olympia across Greece. as bushfires continue to rage And in sport - legends James Hird and Kevin Sheedy the emotional farewell for Essendon not a winning one, on the Bombers's parade. Now time for a look at finance news build on last week's gains today The Australian market is tipped to

of positive local profit results. after a rebound in the US and a bevy

could be the next victims When I come back - Tabcorp shares of the equine influenza crisis.

First this morning - and recreational horse industries on horse movements are counting the cost of a total ban across the country. Authorities are stepping up efforts to equine flu in New South Wales. to trace about 200 horses exposed is facing extreme measures The crippled racing industry including running a Melbourne Cup and overseas horses robbed of interstate as the equine flu crisis continues.

It does seem increasingly likely carnival campaigns that the start of the spring by our leading horses from being moved across Australia With all horses banned all but doubling to 47, and the number of confirmed flu cases racing authorities are scrambling disaster to strike the industry. to limit the damage from the worst At the moment, on Tuesday afternoon the ban on horse movements expires

but could be extended. are still being traced Hundreds of other cases though three horses in Queensland of health. have been given a clean bill in Victoria by Wednesday A ban may be lifted on race meets to New South Wales. if the virus is contained in Victoria There's nothing that's happened

anything to the contrary. that would indicate gathered to discuss their concerns. Industry representatives have the effectiveness Trainers questioning of our quarantine procedures. when it can happen. Obviously, it's not working well It obviously can be improved and we need to look at it.

Tracy Vo, Ten News. during next month's APEC summit, Ambulance officers may strike and threats of a pay cut. angry over staff shortages News Limited papers report some ambulance officers to catch a taxi to hospital have been forced to tell patients due to low staff levels. And leaked rosters reportedly show

are being staffed by trainees. entire ambulance stations yesterday Meanwhile, police took to the streets ahead of APEC, for another dress rehearsal biggest security operation. in what will be Sydney's in the latest opinion poll More heartache for the government falling further behind Labor. with the Coalition On a two-party preferred basis, 47 points to 39 the ALP now leads the government according to the latest Galaxy Poll. unveils the next phase of his plan It comes as Kevin Rudd to fix the country's hospitals - GP Super Clinics. Just 23 hours old, little William Palasty isn't sure what all the fuss is about. Kevin Rudd has detailed super clinics $220 million to build physios and psychologists - for doctors, specialists, taking pressure off hospitals. the move aimed at preventative health care. It's good for But it's also good for between Canberra and the States. the overall ending of the blame game $2 billion plan It's part of Labor's to revamp public hospitals, a Commonwealth takeover in two years. which could see of making it up as they go, The Government accuses Labor the Health Minister highlighting

rural health programs already in place.

a surprising concession. But he has made hospitals throughout the country Isn't a national policy for in shaky seats? better than a few one-off deals Well, in a sense, yes. But what is Rudd's national policy? The Government has been criticised of the Mersey Hospital for its takeover plans of Braddon. in the marginal Tasmanian seat

The Mersey is the first step. It's not necessarily the last step.

Leonie Mellor, Ten News. with their lives Five people have escaped crashed near the Gold Coast. after a light aircraft sky-divers and their instructors, The plane, which included two crashed after losing power on take-off. Attempting an emergency landing into the ground the aircraft nose-dived

before flipping over on to its wings. no-one was seriously injured. Remarkably,

out of control Bushfires continue to burn

across parts of Greece this morning. 57 people are now confirmed dead now setting its sights with a huge blaze on the ancient town of Olympia. have broken out in Greece overnight. There are reports that 21 new fires

now threatens The bushfire crisis facing Greece the cradle of the Olympic Games, the town of Olympia.

from 10 BC Its museum contains treasures and water-bombers from Europe and firefighters

are scrambling to Greece's aid. 31 planes and helicopters sent. countries and from Israel will be from various European Union have been hardest hit. The western Peloponnese are being evacuated. Whole towns and villages have been deliberately lit. Almost certainly, some of the fires Greek television screened vision seeming to show

one arsonist in the act.

are land-clearing There's speculation some of the fires or vendettas against land-owners. by the devastation. Holiday-makers are stunned Disbelief. Sad. Horrified. Absolutely. 57 people have been killed. Authorities have confirmed Mark Suleau, Ten News. Police have arrested another teenager of a 11-year0-old boy in the UK. over the shooting death

while walking through a carpark Rhys Jones was shot dead after a game of football last week. remain in police custody. Six teenagers a key witness to the shooting. Police say they've also traced down It's believed the shooter was wearing a hooded jumper and was riding a BMX bike. Terrifying scenes in Colombia as a tornado races towards homes. A local resident caught the drama on camera. It's the first time a tornado has ever hit the country's capital.

A plane can even be seen flying dangerously close to it. But despite the scare, the tornado failed to do any damage. A 27-point loss to Richmond has spoiled the farewell Melbourne appearances of Essendon legends Kevin Sheedy and James Hird. Seven goals to four in the last quarter sealed the Tiger's third win for the season. Almost 90,000 fans came to see Kevin Sheedy and James Hird's last appearance in Melbourne. The match started to script as the Bombers looked strong. The man of the hour showed why he is an AFL great. COMMENTATOR: You never know which one will be his last. But the Tigers were determined to spoil the party, taking command after quarter-time and not looking back. Tigers by 22 points... The loss ending Essendon's finals hopes. It's been an amazing ride. The club has been amazing, The support has been amazing. I'm tired, I'm gone. And I'm happy with what I've achieved. Meanwhile, Geelong's 15-game winning streak has come to an end, Port Adelaide scoring a heart-stopping 5-point win. COMMENTATOR: History repeats itself! They did it to the Hawks last week.

They've done it to the Cats this week. The celebrations soured

with Daryl Wakelin suffering a groin injury,

his finals campaign and career now in doubt.

And Hawthorn could do no wrong in its win over the Western Bulldogs, victors by 84 points. Luke Hodge was the star with six goals. Oh, ducks out of trouble! Angelina Anictomatis, Ten News.

Rugby league - and victory over The Wests Tigers has South Sydney on the verge of a first finals appearance since 1989. The Rabbitohs running in six tries to two in their convincing 25-point win. Amazing really, just a great performance for 80 minutes. Souring celebrations - an opening minute knee injury to Nathan Meritt. In other results

the Warriors condemned Manly to just their second back-to-back loss of the season while Brisbane's remained in the finals hunt by beating Canberra. American Tyson Gay is the fastest man in the world today after relegating the 100m world record holder Asafa Powell to third place at the world championships. The hotly anticipated final played out as expected. Powell with the start reeled in by Derrick Atkins of the Bahamas and that man Gay.

COMMENTATOR: And Gay's clear at the end. It's Tyson, Gay in 9.85. Time for finance and we're expecting to see some reaction on the market today to this horse flu scare? Yes, Richard all eyes will be on Tabcorp shares today when the market opens in the wake of worsening horse flu crisis. At least $1.5 billion in revenue from New South Wales and Victorian TABs is at stake if the Melbourne Spring Carnival is cancelled. Analysts say the crisis could wipe around $45 million from the company's bottom line this financial year. On Thursday, Tabcorp reported a 9% slip in profit and warned of a flat year ahead. After months of turmoil the Australian market returned its best performing gains in 32 years last week. The All Ordinaries jumped 7.4% or almost 417 points,

the biggest improvement since January 1975. Market sentiment turned positive following last weekend's surprise rate cut by the US Federal Reserve and analysts say it was a classic case of investors moving in to snap up a bargain. Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day. Now for a look at today's newspapers.

This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - racing against time. The Spring Carnival threatened as more cases of horse flu are discovered. The gap widens - the Coalition's popularity sinks even further in the latest opinion poll

as voters dismiss Kevin Rudd's strip club visit. Kiwi riots - hundreds of students clash with police torching cars in the city of Dunedin. And in business news - record profit expected. Woolworths tipped to ring up a $1.3 billion full-year result.

And on the topic of business Dani's back with a rebound on Wall Street? Thanks, Richard. Better-than-expected economic data helped the US market end the week on a high. Investors this week will be on the look-out for any indication the Central Bank plans to cut the federal funds rate as problems with the housing slump persist. recovery ahead for the US market? When I come back - recession or

A ranch in New South Wales Hunter Valley may be the epicentre of the equine influenza outbreak rocking the nation.

Horses across Australia are being locked down and checked over as the number of cases continues to rise

Deep in the country side the suspected breeding ground of equine influenza. At least three of up to 200 horses that visited this ranch in the Hunter Valley last weekend now carry a strain of the virus. Based on presenting clinical signs a quarantine notice was issued

effectively stopping the movement of 300 horses. Those that weren't quarantined in time are being tracked down as the number of cases continues to rise. Some are recovering reasonably quickly. Others are getting secondary bacterial infections

which wil be treated with antibiotics. In Western Australia, this 4-year-old gelding is separated from the pack

that came over on the float There were other horses that were from Sydney as well so naturally, there's concern there may have been a bug carried. Vets making the most of a ban on movement in place until Tuesday, but the problem is far from over. It does seem increasingly likely that the start of the Spring Carnival campaigns by our leading horses will be inevitably delayed. Rakhal Ebeli, Ten News. More pain for the government in the latest opinion poll. Most voters believing the country's strong economic position and budget surplus are thanks to higher taxes. On a two-party preferred basis the Galaxy poll reveals the Coalition's popularity has slipped 2% since July to 39% with the ALP soaring three points to 47%. The poll also found 85% of voters think Kevin Rudd's visit to a New York strip club

demonstrate he's a normal bloke. Sydney is in full preparation for APEC with emergency services put to the test a week before world leaders arrive for the summit. It comes amid reports NSW ambulance workers may strike during the summit angry about a lack of staff. SIREN BLARES Seven days until APEC and the biggest security operation in the history of the Harbour City.

SIREN BLARES Another dress rehearsal today, to prepare police for the motorcades that will give the 21 world leaders clear passage through the CBD. The planning phase has now sort of moved into the operational phase. Appreciate that this time next week, APEC will be up and running. into the millions of dollars. The cost is also running It's an important event for Sydney and we've got to deliver it.

One of those deliveries will be a shipment of our cutest creatures to entertain the spouses of APEC dignitaries. on Garden Island, They will be housed in the harbour to avoid the need to spread the security net further. It's a secure environment.

They can get to see and experience Australian wildlife. Another showcase of the city will be a New Year-style firework's display.

But APEC organisers are warning coming into Sydney especially to see it won't be worth the hassle. many city vantage points, the major congestion experienced with the 'Queen Mary's visit could be repeated. Josh Murphy, Ten News. Australian citizens People wanting to become will need to brush up on their Aussie values. has been released

containing information to be tested in a new examination The booklet lists important Australian values and goes on to explain the expression 'mateship'. The exam consists of 20 questions. 12 of which need to be answered correctly to pass. After days of storms, residents on Queensland's Sunshine Coast are cleaning up after the flood crisis. It may have stopped raining but the flood water is taking its time to subside.

Rescue crews say more than 1,000mm fell across the region and it could take weeks for the water to clear. 18 people have been killed as floodwaters continue to swamp the United States's Mid-West.

Thousands of residents have fled to higher ground to escape water-logged homes. Many backyards in Chicago are underwater.

A number of tornadoes have also been recorded cutting powerlines and causing widespread damage. More bad weather is expected. The wife of Prince Charles, Camilla, will not be attending the memorial service for the 10th anniversary of Princess Diana's death. Despite being invited by the Princes William and Harry, Camilla doesn't want to steal the limelight. A glamorous Princess

Diana's popularity was like nothing the royal family had seen before. This Friday, her family are celebrating her life with a memorial service on the 10th anniversary of her sudden death. Camilla, who married Prince Charles two years ago, was invited by Princes William and Harry to attend the service and had initially agreed to go

but this afternoon, the Duchess of Cornwall changed her mind and released this statement. In it she says: Despite today's developments

Princes William and Harry are expecting the Queen, the Prime Minister and Elton John to attend the service. Arsonists are being blamed for an inferno that's caused a national crisis in Greece.

More than 40 fires have been raging through the country, one threatening the town of Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic games. European countries have sent 31 water bombers to help thousands of weary firefighters who've been battling for three days. They're still not winning. 57 people have been killed. Hundreds of university students have clashed with New Zealand police at an annual car rally in Dunedin. Partygoers took to the streets setting fire to cars, couches and mattresses. Police were forced to charge the crowd in an effort to stop the flames from spreading onto nearby homes. Around 70 people were arrested after police were hit by flying bottles. Rugby league - and Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens has apologised to fans after his side's 25-point loss to Souths.

Elsewhere, the Warriors secured a finals berth, Brisbane remain in the hunt but it was all the Bunnies and their quest for a first finals appearance in 18 years. Not a spare seat in the house but Tigers fans had their enthusiasm quickly quashed, the Rabbitohs jumping out to an 18-6 half-time lead. It could have been a lot more. And Nigel Vagana scores... COMMENTATOR: Oh gee, he's dropped it. It didn't matter though

as Souths continued their impressive finals run with a solid 25-point victory. I think we owe our fans an apology for that today - not good enough. South Sydney's win was soured by an opening-minute knee injury to Nathan Merritt. In Auckland, Manly coach Des Hasler was left fuming

after his side's attempt at a second-half comeback was interfered with, the video ref disallowing Michael Robertson's try due to obstruction. I've got no idea as to why the NRL official would disallow that try. The Warriors remaining on-track for a top-four finish with a comprehensive 22-point victory. Officals also under the microscope in Brisbane, the Raiders disallowed a runaway try after the video ref spotted an earlier knock-on. Brisbane's departing veterans given a deserved Suncorp send-off as the premiers remain in the finals hunt. Andrew Brown, Ten News. Ferrari has pegged back valuable points in the F1 Manufacturers' hampionship with a one-two finish at the Turkish Grand Prix. Brazilian Felipe Massa home first after starting on pole. He finished more than two seconds ahead of team-mate Kimmi Raikkonnen with Reigning world champion Fernando Alonso third. A blown tire slowed current Drivers' Championship leader Lewis Hamilton He finished third, while Australia's Mark Webber didn't finish. English Premier League champions Manchester United, while Socceroo Striker Mark Viduka has been denied a victorious return to Middlesbrough. Viduka with this 77th minute strike to put Newcastle up 2-1 against his old club.

Celebrations spoiled 3-minutes later

when Julio Arca salvaged a draw for the home side. Time for finance news and a bumper result expected today? Yes Richard, earnings season continues in earnest this week, with all eyes on the Woolworths result due out later today. The market is expected a record result from our top performing supermarket chain, with net profit climbing 28% to $1.3 billion. That's better than the 25% to 27% guidance given by the retailer earlier this year. The result is a boost for Chief Executive Michael Luscombe, whose tenure was questioned when he was named as Roger Corbett's successor.

And a leading economist has moved to allay fears about a possible recession in the United States.

Following last week's $2 billion bail out of mortgage provider Countrywide and comments by its CEO

recession talk on Wall Street has intensified. But a Chicago-based economist David Hale

has told the 'Australian' newspaper he doesn't think it will happen. With US exports strong and the global economy buoyant he believes the US will weather the current storm in the housing market. Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day.

The horse flu crisis threatens the Spring Racing Carnival - that's next. And the CommSec finance report when the Early News returns.

Making news this Monday - Australia's racing crisis. The outbreak of horse flu threatens to derail the spring carnival. Ambulance trauma - during next week's APEC summit. New South Wales ambos could strike Fire threat - the ancient site of Olympia under threat as bushfires continue to rage across Greece. And in sport - the emotional farewell for Essendon legends James Hird and Kevin Sheedy not a winning one, Richmond raining on the Bombers's parade. Time for the latest check of the markets now and a huge week for Australian shares. That's right, Richard. It was the best week for Australian shares

in more than three decades thanks to strong local profit results, a good reaction to the discount rate cut in the US and rebounding investor confidence in a clearly oversold market. A ranch in New South Wales' Hunter Valley may be the epicentre of the equine influenza outbreak rocking the nation. Horses across Australia are being locked down and checked over as the number of cases continues to rise Deep in the countryside the suspected breeding ground of equine influenza. At least three of up to 200 horses that visited this ranch in the Hunter Valley last weekend now carry a strain of the virus. Based on presenting clinical signs a quarantine notice was issued effectively stopping the movement of 300 horses. Those that weren't quarantined in time are being tracked down as the number of cases continues to rise. Some are recovering reasonably quickly. Others are getting secondary bacterial infections which will be treated with antibiotics. In Western Australia, this 4-year-old gelding is separated from the pack after arriving from Melbourne. There were other horses that came over on the float that were from Sydney as well so naturally, there's concern there may have been a bug carried. Vets making the most of a ban on movement in place until Tuesday, but the problem is far from over. It does seem increasingly likely that the start of the Spring Carnival campaigns by our leading horses will be inevitably delayed. Rakhal Ebeli, Ten News. Two men have been hospitalised after being stabbed in a knife attack last night in Sydney. in the inner city suburb of Enmore. Police are investigating the assault in t e innerFcity suburb of Enmore. The stabbing comes after a 20% increase in knife crime over the last 10 years in New South Wales alone. More pain for the government in the latest opinion poll. Most voters believing the country's strong economic position and budget surplus are thanks to higher taxes.

On a two-party preferred basis the Galaxy poll reveals the Coalition's popularity has slipped 2% since July to 39% with the ALP soaring three points to 43%.

The poll also found 85% of voters think Kevin Rudd's visit to a New York strip club

Sydney is in full preparation for APEC with emergency services put to the test a week before world leaders arrive for the summit. It comes amid reports NSW ambulance workers may strike during the summit angry about a lack of staff. SIREN BLARES Seven days until APEC and the biggest security operation in the history of the Harbour City. SIREN BLARES Another dress rehearsal today, to prepare police for the motorcades that will give the 21 world leaders clear passage through the CBD. The planning phase has now sort of moved into the operational phase. Appreciate that this time next week, APEC will be up and running. The cost is also running into the millions of dollars. It's an important event for Sydney and we've got to deliver it. One of those deliveries will be a shipment of our cutest creatures

to entertain the spouses of APEC dignitaries.

They will be housed in the harbour on Garden Island, to avoid the need to spread the security net further.

It's a secure environment. They can get to see and experience Australian wildlife. Another showcase of the city will be a New Year-style fireworks display.

But APEC organisers are warning

coming into Sydney especially to see it won't be worth the hassle. With secure zones taking up many city vantage points, the major congestion experienced with the 'Queen Mary's visit could be repeated. Josh Murphy, Ten News. residents on Queensland's Sunshine Coast are cleaning up after the flood crisis. It may have stopped raining but the flood water is taking its time to subside. Rescue crews say more than 1,000mm fell across the region and it could take weeks for the water to clear. Wild weather is continuing to cause havoc cross parts of the US. At least 18 people have died but as the clean-up begins

residents across several mid-western states

are bracing for more bad weather.

Emergency crews across the mid-west are overwhelmed

trying to help thousands of people whose lives were washed away by days of torrential rains and storms. The national weather service has confirmed the wicked weather spawned several twisters. A touchdown in Fenton, Michigan, near Detroit. No-one was killed, but the tornadoes carved a huge path of destruction. The situation isn't much better in south-western Wisconsin, where the state's governor has declared 12 counties

to be in a state of emergency. Those flooded out by the storms in Wisconsin are now eligible for federal help. So are hundreds of flood victims in south-eastern Minnesota who lost their homes.

The losses have also piled up in northern Ohio where a river in Finley swelled 7ft above flood stage, the worst flooding in almost 100 years. And forecasters say more rain is on the way to hard-hit towns. Arsonists are being blamed for an inferno that's caused a national crisis in Greece. More than 40 fires have been raging through the country. One threatening the ancient site of Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games. European countries have sent 31 water bombers to help thousands of weary firefighters who've been battling the flames for three days. They're still not winning. 57 people have been killed. Richmond has ruined Essendon's tribute to Kevin Sheedy and James Hird with a 27-point victory at the MCG. In front of nearly 90,000 fans, the Tigers spoilt a fairy tale ending for the two AFL favourites in their last Melbourne appearance. Despite the loss Hird kicked two goals and had 18 possessions to be among Essendon's best. It's been an amazing ride. The club has been amazing, The support has been amazing. I'm spent, you know? I'm tired, I'm gone. And I'm happy with what I've achieved. The farewell tour will officially end at Subiaco against West Coast on Saturday. Rugby league - and victory over The Wests Tigers has South Sydney on the verge of a first finals appearance since 1989. The Rabbitohs running in six tries to two in their convincing 25-point win. Amazing really. Just a great performance for 80 minutes. Souring celebrations - an opening minute knee injury to Nathan Meritt. In other results

the Warriors condemned Manly

to just their second back-to-back loss of the season while Brisbane's remained in the finals hunt by beating Canberra. American Tyson Gay is the fastest man in the world today

after relegating the 100m world record holder Asafa Powell at the world championships. The hotly anticipated final played out as expected.

Powell with the start reeled in by Derrick Atkins of the Bahamas and that man Gay.

at the end. COMMENTATOR: And Gay's clear It's Tyson, Gay in 9.85. And Australia's Sally McLellan made the semi-finals of the women's 100m. Time for more finance and the stoush between the ACCC and a former CEO intensifies. The battle between the former Patrick boss and the ACCC is worsening with Chris Corrigan hitting out at claims of price-fixing. The ACCC alleges the former stevedoring company that was taken over by Toll Holdings almost two years ago colluded with rival P&O to fix the price of car delivery services. Mr Corrigan has told the 'Australian' those claims are almost as bad as being labelled a child molester.

Time now for the CommSec finance report in earnest this week. and reporting season continues For the latest on what we can expect, Craig James joins us now live. Craig, Woolworths the big result everyone will be focusing on today?

It certainly will. There should be

a super result. Expecting a rise of 28 %.

28 %. Always provided guidance that

profit will be up 25-27 % but it is

continuing to lay on market she

intends of Scholes and suggests a

better result. A month reporting

today but ABC learning. better result. A month reporting today but ABC learning. better result. A month reporting today but ABC learning. better result. A month reporting today but ABC learning. better result. A month reporting today but ABC learning. We have today but ABC learning. We have tracked over 200 tracked over 200 companies

reporting for the last financial reporting for the last financial year. reporting for the last financial

year. US market shot up over the

weekend. Oil and gold was fire as

well so a good result for our

market today. We are looking for a

rise around 70 or rise around 70 or 80 points at the

start of trade. It was a very

strung week last week. It is the

best weekly game and 32 ears.

Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day.

The Greek bushfires threaten the ancient site of Olympia.

Those details after the break.

This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - racing against time. The Spring Carnival threatened as more cases of horse flu are discovered. The gap widens - the Coalition's popularity sinks even further in the latest opinion poll as voters dismiss Kevin Rudd's strip club visit. Kiwi riots - hundreds of students clash with police torching cars in the city of Dunedin. And in business news - record profit expected.

Woolworths tipped to ring up a $1.3 billion full-year result. Last check of the markets and Wall Street headed for another mixed week? Yes, more volatility is predicted for the US this week with speculation the Federal Reserve may be planning further intervention

to ease the economy,

derailed by the current credit crunch and housing slump.

When I come back, Woolworths to report today and expectations are high. Australia's racing and recreational horse industries are counting the cost of a total ban on horse movements across the country. Authorities are stepping up efforts to trace about 200 horses exposed to equine flu in New South Wales. The crippled racing industry is facing extreme measures

including running a Melbourne Cup robbed of interstate and overseas horses as the equine flu crisis continues. It does seem increasingly likely that the start of the spring carnival campaigns by our leading horses will be inevitably delayed. With all horses banned from being moved across the country and the number of confirmed flu cases all but doubling to 47,

racing authorities are scrambling to limit the damage from the worst disaster to strike the industry. At the moment the ban on horse movements expires on Tuesday afternoon but could be extended. Hundreds of other cases are still being traced though three horses in Queensland have been given a clean bill of health. A ban may be lifted on race meets in Victoria by Wednesday if the virus is contained to New South Wales. There's nothing that's happened in Victoria that would indicate anything to the contrary.

Industry representatives have gathered to discuss their concerns. Trainers questioning the effectiveness of our quarantine procedures. Obviously, it's not working well when it can happen. It obviously can be improved and I think we need to look at it. Ambulance officers may strike during next month's APEC summit, angry over staff shortages and threats of a pay cut. News Limited papers report some ambulance officers

have been forced to tell patients to catch a taxi to hospital

due to low staff levels. And leaked rosters reportedly show entire ambulance stations are being staffed by trainees. Meanwhile, police took to the streets yesterday for another dress rehearsal ahead of APEC, in what will be Sydney's biggest security operation. More heartache for the government in the latest opinion poll with the Coalition falling further behind Labor. On a two-party preferred basis,

the ALP now leads the government 57 points to 43 according to the latest Galaxy Poll. It comes as Kevin Rudd unveils the next phase of his plan to fix the country's hospitals - GP Super Clinics. Just 23 hours old, little William Palasty isn't sure what all the fuss is about. (Kevin Rudd pretends to yawn) Kevin Rudd has detailed $220 million to build super clinics for doctors, specialists, physios and psychologists - the move aimed at taking pressure off hospitals. It's good for working families. It's good for preventative health care. But it's also good for the overall ending of the blame game between Canberra and the States. It's part of Labor's $2 billion plan

to revamp public hospitals, which could see a Commonwealth takeover in two years.

The Government accuses Labor of making it up as they go, the Health Minister highlighting rural health programs already in place. But he has made a surprising concession. Isn't a national policy for hospitals throughout the country better than a few one-off deals in shaky seats? Well, in a sense, yes.

The Government has been criticised for its takeover plans of the Mersey Hospital in the marginal Tasmanian seat of Braddon. The Mersey is the first step. It's not necessarily the last step.

Leonie Mellor, Ten News. Five people have escaped with their lives after a light aircraft crashed near the Gold Coast. The plane, which included two sky-divers and their instructors, crashed after losing power on take-off. Attempting an emergency landing the aircraft nose-dived into the ground

before flipping over on to its wings. Remarkably, no-one was seriously injured. Bushfires continue to burn out of control across parts of Greece this morning. 57 people are now confirmed dead with a huge blaze now setting its sights on the ancient town of Olympia. Burning history. The bushfire crisis facing Greece now threatens the cradle of the Olympic Games, the town of Olympia.

Its museum contains treasures from 10 BC and firefighters and water-bombers from Europe are scrambling to Greece's aid. TRANSLATION: 31 planes and helicopters from various European Union countries and from Israel will be sent. The western Peloponnese have been hardest hit. are being evacuated. Whole towns and villages Almost certainly, some of the fires have been deliberately lit. Greek television screened vision seeming to show There's speculation some of the fires are land-clearing or vendettas against land-owners. Holiday-makers are stunned by the devastation. Horrified. Absolutely. Sad, really, really sad. Authorities have confirmed 57 people have been killed. Mark Suleau, Ten News.

A wedding party ended in disaster after a truck crashed into a crowd in western Canada, killing six people and injuring 19. The ute ran into the group of 30 people after its 71-year-old driver lost control of the vehicle. The bride and the groom weren't injured and are still planning to get married later today. Police have arrested another teenager over the shooting death of a 11-year-old boy in the UK. Rhys Jones was shot dead while walking through a carpark

after a game of football last week. Six teenagers remain in police custody. Police say they've also traced down a key witness to the shooting. It's believed the shooter was wearing a hooded jumper and was riding a BMX bike. Hundreds of university students have clashed with New Zealand police at an annual car rally in Dunedin. Partygoers took to the streets setting fire to cars, couches and mattresses. Police were forced to charge the crowd in an effort to stop the flames from spreading onto nearby homes. Around 70 people were arrested after police were hit by flying bottles. Rugby World Cup hosts France

have sounded a warning for next month's tournament with a 27-point demolition of Wales. Meanwhile, the Australians continue their low-key approach in Portugal.

The Wallabies easing into their aclimatisation with assistant coach Scott Johnson defending a lack of lead-up matches. It was planned, we planned it that way. And I'm a big believer that you plan your dive and dive your plan. The Wallabies are spending five days in camp before heading to France. A 27-point loss to Richmond appearances of Essendon legends has spoiled the farewell Melbourne Kevin Sheedy and James Hird. Seven goals to four in the last quarter

sealed the Tiger's third win for the season. Almost 90,000 fans came to see Kevin Sheedy and James Hird's last appearance in Melbourne. The match started to script as the Bombers looked strong. The man of the hour showed why he is an AFL great. COMMENTATOR: You never know which one will be his last. But the Tigers were determined to spoil the party, taking command after quarter-time and not looking back. Tigers by 22 points... The loss ending Essendon's finals hopes. It's been an amazing ride. The club has been amazing, The support has been amazing. I'm spent, you know? I'm tired, I'm gone. with what I've achieved. Meanwhile, Geelong's 15-game winning streak has come to an end, a heart-stopping 5-point win. Port Adelaide scoring

COMMENTATOR: History repeats itself! last week. They've done it to the Cats this week. with Daryl Wakelin suffering a groin injury, his finals campaign and career now in doubt. And Hawthorn could do no wrong in its win over the Western Bulldogs,

victors by 84 points. Luke Hodge was the star with six goals. Oh, ducks out of trouble! Angelina Anictomatis, Ten News. Ferrari has pegged back valuable points in the F1 Manufacturers' championship with a one-two finish at the Turkish Grand Prix.

Brazilian Felipe Massa home first after starting on pole. He finished more than two seconds ahead of team-mate Kimmi Raikkonnen with Reigning world champion Fernando Alonso third. A blown tire slowed current Drivers' Championship leader Lewis Hamilton

He finished third, while Australia's Mark Webber didn't finish. Our last look at finance and a strong result tipped today. Yes Richard, earnings season continues in earnest this week, with all eyes on the Woolworths result due out later today. The market is expected a record result from our top performing supermarket chain, with net profit climbing 28% to $1.3 billion. That's better than the 25% to 27% guidance given by the retailer earlier this year. The result is a boost for Chief Executive Michael Luscombe, whose tenure was questioned when he was named as Roger Corbett's successor. And the board of Coates Hire met over the weekend to consider a multibillion-dollar takeover bid from media mogul Kerry Stokes. Mr Stoke's National Hire company and private equity firm the Carlyle Group are believed to be offering as much as $1.5 billion. But in a blow for Coates - a potential bidding war has not emerged with French-based Loxam unable to meet the weekend deadline.

Coates says it will not announce whether or not it will accept the National Hire bid until it releases its full-year results on Wednesday. And that's all the day's finance news. Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day.

A quick recap of the morning's top stories. Australia's racing crisis - the outbreak of horse flu threatens to derail the spring carnival. And in business news record profit expected - Woolworths tipped to ring up a $1.3 billion full-year result.

Fire threat - the ancient site of Olympia under threat as bushfires continue to rage across Greece. That's it for Ten Early News. The Morning News is at 11:00 and we'll wrap up the day in Ten's full news hour at 5:00. I'm Richard Davies, thanks for your company. And I'm Danielle Isdale. Good morning. Supertext captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au