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A fallen digger honoured as another

our troops. Afghan soldier turns his weapon on

Do they understand there's a risk

at play here? Yes, they do. Would

their families be aphnsive, anxious,

concerned? I'm sure they are.

Police storm a city office building,

(CHANTING) arresting Occupy protesters.

A local council comes to the rescue

of a youth counselling service in

the Premier's electorate.

And a Ten exclusive - the

breakthrough pill helping patients

with a life-threatening blood with a life-threatening blood

big disorder. Oh, it's just made such a

big difference knowing that I can

do what I want to do.

Good evening. I'm Sandra Sully. And

I'm Bill Woods. Also - that next

round of nasty storms still on the way.

And Ned Kelly to receive a private

family funeral, 130 years after his death.

But first - a rogue Afghan soldier

is on the run after opening fire on

Australian troops, seriously

wounding three of them.

This comes less than two weeks

after a similar attack, which

killed three of our diggers. But

the Prime Minister says it won't

change our training role with the Afghan army.

At Queensland's Enoggera Barracks,

a memorial for a fallen digger returning home. Corporal Ashley

Birt was one of three Australian

troops shot dead last month by a

('LAST POST' PLAYS) Army. rogue member of the Afghan National

Now, news of another betrayal. An

Afghan National Army soldier,

located in an overwatch position,

opened fire on Australian and ANA

soldiers using an automatic weapon

and a grenade launcher. The incident happened overnight in

Oruzgan province. The three

Australian soldiers are in a

critical but stable condition,

the run. while the rogue gunman is still on

It comes just a fortnight after

three Australians were shot dead by

a member of the ANA. It is too

early to speculate whether the two

incidents are linked. Having

visited Afghanistan just two days

ago, Julia Gillard says troops are

still motivated to see the mission

through, and they know that means

training Afghan soldiers. This is

not an extra to the mission we are

on. This is the mission we are on.

But some experts warn coalition

forces might be taking in too many

troops, too fast. It's about 8,000

National personnel going into the Afghan

National Army every month - perhaps

there are certain elements getting

in that are getting through the

quite strict vetting procedures.

Bob Brown wants the troops brought

home. I say to both the Prime

Minister and Leader of the

Opposition, name a date.

Australia's role in Afghanistan

will again be debated in parliament

bipartisan later this month, but it is a

bipartisan issue - both the

Government and the Opposition are

committed to seeing the mission

through. We believe we're on track,

we're on progress to transition. On

this, we agree with the Prime

Minister and the Government.

Around this time yesterday, storms

caused chaos across much of Sydney.

They were predicted to happen

around this time today. Let's check

in with Tim Bailey. Well, they're

not above us right now, Tim, but

where are they? I believe they're

south of Sydney somewhere? Yes,

they are. A line of storms from the

Illawarra out to juNolan. Moving

across the Warragamba area as we go

to air this evening. As you're well

aware, folks, for the past 48 hours,

this has been the storm window

where the storms and the skies have

been ripped open. Torrential rain

and electrical strikes. They've

taken a wild swing at Sydney. Is it

going to happen again tonight? It

looks like they may well run out of

energy before they hit the Sydney

Basin. We've come up to North Head,

which gives a bird's-eye view to

the western suburbs. It's hazy,

humid and hot. As at this point in

time, those storms are way south,

in the Illawarra. We're expecting

they will get across into the

Sydney Basin probably late tonight.

Interestingly, it looks like the

real energy of the next trough

that's moved through Victoria and

southern NSW will hit us tomorrow

between 10:00 and 2:00. Expect

severe thunderstorms from 10:00am

tomorrow through until the early

afternoon. That's the latest from

North Head. We're storm watching,

and we'll do it right throughout the bulletin. Thank you, Tim.

Long delays again on the Sydney

Harbour Bridge because of three

separate incidents. A bus and car

collided just after midday,

prompting the closure of the

southbound lane. Four people were

taken to hospital with minor

injuries. The crash occurred after

traffic was diverted around

ambulances called in for two people

who had fainted on the Harbour

Bridge climb. Paramedics took a 19-

year-old to hospital, and treated a

61-year-old woman at the scene.

Police have defended their actions

following overnight clashes with

Occupy Sydney protesters. Riot-

squad officers stormed a city

building to arrest five people

who'd barricaded themselves inside.

Another violent end to what had

been designed as a peaceful protest.

The clashes erupted last night at

the base of an abandoned office

building in Clarence Street. You

are hired thugs! That's all you

are! Police say five Occupy Sydney

supporters forced entry and locked

themselves in on the sixth floor.

They'd been there for up to a week,

fighting for more affordable

housing. There's 120,000 buildings

empty, yet people can't afford

somewhere to live. At 9:30, police

rescue and riot squad officers

moved in. After soaring their way

through a -- sawing their way

through a number of barricades,

they arrested four men and a woman.

(CHANTING) Each has been charged with trespass.

To basically use 120 very vicious

riot police to arrest five people

was completely and utterly insane.

Police say the number of officers

did not exceed 50, and are

defending their response. The only

force that was used was

commensurate to the resistance that

we found from the protesters One

officer was assaulted. That person

was taken into custody. In Martin

Place today, only a handful

remained. Far from being dissuaded

by heavily armed riot police or the

prospect of criminal charges,

protesters are instead vowing to

occupy this city with renewed

vigour - more CBD buildings will be

barricaded, they say, plus there'll

be large rallies at major corporate

and political events. We're

determined to keep going and their

scare tactics aren't going to work.

Bill payers are rushing to sign up

to a discount electricity scheme

hatched in a northern Sydney

community. Overwhelmed by the

interest, the Terrey Hills Action

Group could take their fight to the

power companies by this Christmas.

Not all neighbourhood doorknocks

seek to raise money. This one aims

to save it. Lloyd Pierce is

collecting signatures to secure a

group discount from the power

companies. 30 days of electricity -

we cook with gas. $1,633 and 20

cents. We met Mr Pierce last month.

He had 200 billpayers onboard. Now

he has twice that. It's expanded

beyond Terrey Hills and a lot of

people in the metropolitan area are

registering. In the past five years,

electricity bills have soared.

We're paying 67% more for power.

That's before the tax on carbon.

Most of us are sort of going, "What

for? What benefit are we going to

get, apart from this incredible

price hike?" Power-saving kits,

available in libraries, have become

a runaway success. We've doubled

the number of home-saver kits

because they are hugely popular.

Cutting use is one thing. Securing

a 15% cut to bills, quite another.

The group is holding another

information meeting tonight, hoping

to move closer to its target of 500

customers. If and when they do, Ten

News understands at least one power

provider is willing to come to the

party. I'm sure that the power

companies will all be interested,

because people are pushing for this sort of thing.

A local council has been forced to

step in and save a vital health

service, because the State

Government is refusing to commit

funding. The Premier is aware of

this crisis, because the Ku-ring-

gai Youth Development Service is in his electorate.

Seven years ago, Evan Roland sat in

this room for the first time. At

that point in my life, I really

didn't know what my future looked

like. With a much brighter outlook,

he returned today to help save the

counselling service that saved him.

KIDS operates in the heart of Barry O'Farrell's electorate. It sees

more than 200 teens a year,

regularly visits local schools, and

has won several awards. 25% of all

teenagers will experience some form

of mental-eth issue. It doesn't

receive regular State Government

support. We've just been meeting

brick walls everywhere we turn. The

situation is so dire, KIDS was due

to close next week. It needs

$150,000 a year. That's not a lot of

of money. It's money that's in the

bottom drawer. It's pocket money. The mental health association says

'Kids' is making a big difference.

Binge drinking in young women -

we're talking about anger issues

and violence in young people. The

Health Department is talking with

KIDS, but it's been left to Ku-

ring-gai Council to act. It's

approved emergency funding of

$45,000. At last night's meeting

here, there was one counseller who

voted against providing the rescue

package. That was because they

didn't believe mental-health

funding should be a council issue.

The funds mean the service can

operate until March. Without KIDS,

I have no idea where I would be.

They definitely saved my life.

A new pill looks set to help

thousands of Australians with a

severe bleeding disorder. Many

currently suffer with ineffective

treatments. But now, a once-a-day

tablet will help them lead normal lives.

Rosemary Davey has suffered more

than 30 years with a condition that

triggers sudden bleeding. It's

completely altered her life. Well,

I decided against having babies, as

it could have been life-threatening

for me and for the baby. She has

ITP - immune thrombosite opeoplia,

where a person's own immune system

displays platelets needed for

normal blood-clotting. When

platelet count is dangerously low,

sufferers are at risk of major

bruising, bleeds under the skin,

chronic gum and nose bleeds, and

worse. Occasionally it can be

serious or even fatal. For example,

bleeding to the brain. Current IV

drugs, emergency transfusions, even

surgery have not worked for many,

leaving them constantly worried.

Bleeding can't be controlled,

especially in a car accident. Or an

internal haemorrhage. Now, for the

first time, there's a pill. Called

Revelade. It's been developed to

stimulate bone marrow. About 80% of

patients - even severe and responsive patients still respond

to this new treatment. And in

Rosemary, it was enough to stop her

bleeding. Until now, doctors have

had to make special submissions for

a special access for this treatment

for their patients, and it was only

granted for the most serious cases.

Now, it's on the PBS - doctors say

it will be life-changing for those

who require it. Rosemary has at

last been able to resume work. Oh,

it's just made such a big

difference knowing that I can do

what I want to do.

Coming up next - local tourism

slumps, as Australians ride that

strong dollar all the way overseas.

Also - we reveal the busy Sydney

beaches where sharks also like to swim.

And Ned Kelly's descendants finally

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The slump in tourism is continuing,

with the biggest fall in visitors

coming to Australia in more than

two years. But the number of

Aussies departing for overseas

holidays has jumped to the second-

highest number on record.

It's the day Australia was named

Best Tourism Destination by British

travellers. Trouble is, no-one's

taking notice. More people are

leaving for overseas than arriving.

That gap is at an all-time high. In

terms of Aussies travelling

overseas or having their holidays

domestically, it's a no-brainer.

The Aussie dollar is through the

roof, and the Aussie dollar

certainly has more purchasing power

overseas rather than here. It seems

Australia just can't compete. The

Dollar is fantastic. Really, for

what I get for over there is just like

like phenomenal - the clothes,

everything. Recent figures show our dollar appreciated against

currencies in some of our favourite travel destinations: And travel websites show foreign

travel spots are working overtime

for our holiday dollar. You can get

to Bali for $350 with flights and a

hotel at the moment. New York - up

to 50% off, which is almost unheard

of. Places like Fiji - 40% off. But that

that exodus has an impact at home -

the fear that thousands of jobs

will be lost if the gap continues

to grow. The reality is, it could

have been much worse. What we've

lost in travellers from the US and

Europe, we've picked up in

travellers from Asia - in

particular, an increase in those from

from China. And that will mean

redirecting tourism campaigns away

from our traditional markets to

Asia, with almost 2.5 billion people.

Now, here's a rather scary

statistic for surf lovers this

summer - the busiest beaches

attract the most sharks. But marine

experts want to prove that they're

not as scary as they seem. And

they're using Ten's Natasha Exelby

as bait.

On any beach in Australia, every

second surfer has a shark tale. I

was at Byron when I was very young,

and a shark just came cruising

across. Didn't do much, but he was

only three or four feet away from

the whole lot of us. I was

petrified. The highest number of

shark spottings this year have been

at Bondi, Wollongong, Hervey Bay

and the Sunshine Coast in

Queensland and Perth. Sharks tend

to interact more with people where

there are more people. Our busiest

beaches tend to have a higher

incidence of interactions with

sharks. But just because they're there

there doesn't mean you're in danger.

Today, marine lovers sent me on a

shark dive just to prove it. I've

just been told these sharks haven't

been fed since Monday. Apparently

they're doing the feed after I go

in and dive with them. And they

looked hungry. This is a grey nurse,

and while they're very intimidating,

they're harmless. But great whites

have killed three people in Perth

in the past month - experts insist

it's an accident, not an attack.

It's generally a case of mistaken

identity when they do attack people.

Three shark attacks in a couple of

months is pretty scary, but figures

on car accidents in that time would

be, you know, four, five, ten times

that amount of deaths.

Tonight on Sydney Soapbox:

We'll hear your views shortly.

Relatives of a policeman shot dead

by Ned Kelly say that holding a

public memorial for the infamous

bushranger would be outrageous. The controversial move is being

considered by the outlaw's family,

who have just now been given his remains.

It was more than a century ago that

Mick Kennedy's great-grandfather

was gunned down by Ned Kelly. His

family's pain and anger now further

inflamed by talk of a public

memorial service for the notorious

criminal. My great-grandmother was

left a widow with six children. She

doesn't get a memorial for that. We

want to forget about the whole

thing. They want to make him this

postcard hero. The thought of

giving this now to Ned Kelly is absolutely offensive, and

particularly hurtful to the police

family. Kelly's relatives have been

granted can USdy of his remains,

following their recent

identification by forensic experts. Whatever

Whatever Ned's rights and wrongs,

there is an enormous amount of

public interest. The Victorian

Government won't block plans for

any memorial. That is appropriate

for any deceased person regardless

of their background. This is where

Ned Kelly took his final breath. On

the gallows of the Melbourne Jail.

And Friday will mark 131 years

since he was hanged. The bushranger

was buried at the jail before being

moved to Pentridge Prison in 1929

and exhumed two years ago. His

dying wish now set to come true,

likely to be laid to rest with his

clan during a private burial in Victoria's north-east. Our key

thing is to give him a dignified

burial, like any family would like.

You know we're getting closer to

Christmas when cherries come back

in season, and what better place to buy

buy the first box of the year than

at the Sydney Markets' annual

cherry auction? The winning bid was

$65,000 by Norton Street Grocers.

The money will go to Save Our Sons,

a charity dedicated to fundraising

and research on Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi to

quit - that story is next, plus the

CommSec finance report.

From behind bars, Conrad Murray

gets ready to appeal his conviction

over Michael Jackson's death.

And rumble in the jungle - an

African volcano lights up the night sky.

We're at Liverpool at the moment,

getting storm activity and lightning

lightning cells through Camden. It

looks like it's making its way in

closer to Sydney. There's a lot of

it to the south of Sydney at the it to the south of Sydney at the

moment. We'll keep a close on it

for everyone at home, and for our

benefit in the chopper. The M5

heading out through Liverpool has

continued to struggle this

afternoon after an accident. We're

seeing delays for motorists heading

in from arn California. A slow trip

heading through Moorebank and into

heading through Moorebank and into

Liverpool this evening. Vic Lorusso

with the latest update.

Liverpool this evening. Vic Lorusso with the latest update.

Italy's colourful leader, Silvio

Berlusconi, is promising to quit as

Prime Minister. After years of

turmoil, he's finally lost the

support of his party.

He is one of the great survivors of

global politics. Silvio Berlusconi

has faced down more scandals than

most world leaders put together.

But in the end, it seems the pressure

pressure from the financial markets

was too much for other MPs to bear.

They turned on the Prime Minister,

humiliating hemip parliament. More

of them abstaining in a key budget

vote than voting for it.

TRANSLATION: I backed him since '93.

I'm going to tell him to his face

that I'm not a traitor, but I want

to save the country. Even his

closest advisors have realised that

Berlusconi has lost his magic. That

the sort of problems which Italy is

facing are ones which Berlusconi is

both unwilling and incapable of

dealing with. Mr Berlusconi left

parliament to meet the President,

where he agreed to resign after

tough austerity measures are passed.

That process is unlikely to be

quick. We have to wait. We have to

wait. How many days? I think 20

days is the time that we can think

that we need to make this low. Mr

Berlusconi has dominated Italian

politics for the past 17 years.

He's survived more than 50

confidence votes, faced charges of

corruption in court, and

allegations of hiring underage

prostitutes. Despite all that, it

was the eurozone debt crisis that

put a nail in his political coffin.

Global stock markets have risen in

the last day, on a promise from the

Italian Prime Minister, who said he

will stand down soon. Investors

will be waiting with baited breath

for that one. The real problem

remains the fact that Italian

interest rates are at levels that

have seen other countries attract

bailouts, such as Portugal, Ireland and

and Greece. Today's stocks didn't

pay too much attention to that. The

All Ords up by more than 1%, with

most sectors finishing higher. We saw

saw a recovery in housing finance,

up by 2.75% as far as loans to

owner-occupiers are concerned.

There's a bit of a resurgence going

on there. That was encouraging for

the banks, which all finished

higher. Lending to builders of new

homes remains very weak. Mining

stocks did quite well today,

encouraged by lower-than-expected

inflation numbers out of China. The

retailer, Myer, said that their

first-quarter sales numbers fell by

just over 5%, which was actually a

little better than expected. The

company maintained their earnings

guidance. The shares finished up by

more than 6%. The Aussie dollar is

trading at around 103 .2 US cents.

Tom Piotrowski there.

The world's top communications

experts say Australian businesses

stand to make billions when the

nation's high-speed broadband

network is switched on. Researchers

have converged on Sydney to

showcase the benefits of the NBN.

CSIRO scientists say superfast

internet will change the ai way

everyone does business. Pick the

most remote part of Australia. You

could live there. And you could participate

participate in an office working

environment in downtown Sydney.

Don't hold your breath. The fibre

roll-out won't be finished for 10 years.

There are new allegations British

tabloid 'News of the World'

actually spied on Prince William.

The BBC claims a private

investigator working for the Murdoch-owned newspaper conducted

surveillance on the Prince in 2006.

Other targets included Prince

Harry's ex-girlfriend, Chelsy Davy,

the parents of 'Harry Potter' star

Daniel Radcliffe, as well as

politicians and celebrities. The

paper's owners and the Prince's

office have declined to comment.

Michael Jackson's oldest sister has

described her feelings the moment

Dr Conrad Murray was found guilty of

of killing her brother. Reiby

Jackson found no relief from yesterday's

yesterday's verdict. I felt really

numb, and not only that - I started

crying profusely. Do you know why?

Um, I guess because the reality of

what had transpired really hit me

at that point. Dr Murray is now on

suicide watch in jail. His lawyers

say he will appeal the conviction

after a sentencing hearing in three weeks.

Africa's most active volcano has

put on a spectacular display. The

volcano sent smoke and ash high

into the night sky above the Congo.

It has erupted more than 40 times

in the past century. Officials say

the volcano doesn't pose any threat

to life, because the lava is

flowing away from built-up areas.

Sydney's Soapbox is after the break.

Tonight, we're asking, "Do you

worry about sharks at our beachs?"

Also tonight - a home-grown field

of poppies blooms in memory of our fallen soldiers.

And the big hair might be gone, but

the big voice is still there. We'll

chat with Michael Bolton ahead of his Australian tour.

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Our top stories on Ten - a memorial

service has been held for 22-year-

old fallen digger Ashley Birt. It

comes as another rogue Afghan

soldier opened fire on Australian

troops, seriously wounding three.

Fortescue Metals immediately drew fire fire today. 'Twiggy'

'Twiggy' Forrest told shareholders

today there's no end in sight for

the mining boom. This year, fort

kewskew metals has posted a record

US$1 billion profit. Don't ask him

to ask a superprofits tax without a

fight. Fortescue wouldn't exist under

under the mineral torse resources

tax. He told a Canberra inquiry the Treasury's

Treasury's got it wrong and the big

miners have got off lightly. When

it comes to the agreement, the Government

Government have been sold a pap.

Sounds like a change of tune. This

tax was going to kill the industry,

that it was economic vandalism, and

that it would be destroyed. Now,

apparently, it's not going to have any

any impact at all! And the Forrest

company has benefited from generous

tax write-offs, paying no corporate

tax at all over the past seven

years. It wouldn't be correct to

describe Fortescue Metals Group as

a taxpayer? We have not cut a corporate

corporate tax cheque to date, no. They

They want to resist having to pay

the mining resource rent tack.

While other industry executive

supports the mining tax, Mitch Hook

argues against the reason for it.

If I had my druthers, um, I would

be arguing that it wasn't necessary

for Australians to be sharing in the

the benefits of the mining boom.

Record mining company profits

probably make the Government's

selling job for the mining tax that

much easier - it's a different

story for the carbon price. The

Opposition today getting in a pre-

emptive strike against any taxpayer

advertising. This is a naked, partisan, political advertising.

Tonight on Sydney Soapbox - we're asking the question:

The view from Bondi: I'm afraid

that they could eat a leg or an arm.

You never know. I feel very safe,

actually. I am afraid of sharks,

but I don't really worry about it. Not

Not really, no. It's basically

common sense - you don't go in the

water too early or too late. Yeah,

I would be scared going further out,

just because of the things I hear

back in the UK. Not at all, not at

all. I don't worry about too many

sharks out there. No, not really.

But that's really because I've

never seen a shark before in the

water. If I had, I think I'd probably

probably change my mind. No.

Because I know sometimes they put

nets out there, and they protect

the swimmers. I was in the boy scouts

scouts when I was young, so you

could just poke them in the eye.

So, let's talk to Bruce Hopkins

about this. Bruce, should we be

worried about sharks at our beaches

this summer? No, I don't think you

should be worried at all. It's

pretty safe down here. We haven't

had a shark attack - one in the last

last 60 years. It's relatively safe.

And of course, I think it's widely

established now that you have to be terribly

terribly unlucky to be attacked by a

a shark, but obviously there are

certain things that we can do to

minimise the risk. What are they?

Yeah, to minimise the risk, don't

swim at dusk. That's usually when

the sharks come in and feed. If

there's a lot of bait fish around,

make sure you're not out and around

when the bait fish is there. Also,

early mornings - sharks tend to be around

around feeding. If you stay away

from those times, you should be

safe as. I know we in the media are

as much to blame as anyone else,

Bruce, for of course publicising

these things when they happen. The

reason for that is because they are

so very rare. Do you think the

danger, the worry about shark

attack in Australia or anywhere

else is probably way beyond what it

needs to be? Oh, I think it is. I

think people should worry as much

about shark attacks - you get a few

here and there around Australia,

but really, on average, it's pretty

safe. The amount of people that go

in the water every day to the

amount of attacks - you're pretty

safe when you go swimming. Thank

you and have a very quiet summer.

Bruce Hopkins in Bondi. Thanks for that.

On Friday, the nation will pause to

remember, with public and private

ceremonies to honour the fallen.

But just -- in Queensland, the

legacy lives on in a different way.

The flaming symbol of remembrance -

the poppy, the weed of the wheat

fields, the battlefields of Europe,

row upon row in a Queensland

country garden. It's of great

significance to younger people now

to go to such places as Anzac Cove.

But here in Australia, we can have

our own tribute to those soldiers

who fell in the First World War.

Every November for 15 years, the --

they have opened their gates to

strangers - a place to pause and

reflect. It's labour-intensive -

cultivation starts in July, then

there's the backbreaking nurturing

and, on cue, at the end of October,

Faye watches with wonder as they

bloom. Any garden is like a child -

it's something you nurture. Family,

friends, backpackers help now - the

visitors pay their respects. And by

the end of November, the petals

have gone. Faye plans to maintain

the field until 2018 - the 100th

anniversary of the end of the World

War I. But every year, she hands

out poppy seeds to locals in the

hope the tribute will live on. A

living legacy for the fallen.

History. Their sacrifice should be remembered.

Michael Bolton has been making

music for almost 40 years now, and

he's not about to stop any time

soon, apparently. He's heading Down

Under as part of a world tour, and

he's bringing some home-grown superstars.

# How am I supposed to live without you?

Don't worry, you don't have to.

Michael Bolton's heading our way.

He describes his upcoming world

tour, which will feature all his

greatest hits, as a soundtrack to

people's lives. Their best times in

their lives, and some of those

powerful moments of their lives,

and they go through their toughest

times with your music being the

backdrop. He'll tour 115 cities

with a symphony orchestra and some

home-grown talent.

# 'Cause I know I'm never... Aussie

songbird Delta Goodrem and Michael Jackson's former guitarist are

tipped to join him on stplg. You've

been in the business for a long

time. How do you keep inspired?

Inspiration is like wind, and as a

writer, your sails have to be up so

you don't waste those moments.

Those become entire songs.

# How can we be lovers if we can't be friends?

The Australian leg of Michael

Bolton's world tour starts on the Gold Coast in April.

To some breaking news now - there

has been another chemical leak at

the Orica plant at Newcastle - an

ammonia spill was reported at

around 2:00 this afternoon, and it

comes on the same day that the

Environmental Protection Authority

began prosecuting Orica over the

leak at that plant in August.

Breaking news there.

Sport now with Adam Hawse. Who

would have thought that the

premiers look set to dump their

coach just a few months after they

won the championship? As a Bulldogs

fan, I actually feel sorry for

Manly. No-one'll believe me, though.

No-one feels sorry for Manly! It is

pure chaos at Brookvale. The Manly

board are meeting now to decide on

the future of their coach, Des Hasler. All the latest, next.

Plus - Tiger Woods gets his first real

real taste of the testing Lakes

layout ahead of tomorrow's Australian Open.

And across town, there was another American sporting star commanding a

huge roll-up with long queues -

just who it was, shortly. Who makes all the little things? The bracelets and the lights? Who makes rain disappear and budgie smugglers? The cups that make lattes? Who makes decisions, puts sparkles on dresses and turns us orange? Who makes play things, spray things and snow? Who makes snow? And who really cares who makes all of this? We do. Because we see Australian business.

Welcome to Ten News' Sports Tonight.

US President's Cup captain Fred Couples

Couples believes the racism blow-up

between Tiger Woods and his former

caddy might actually be a blessing

in disguise. He says it's already

brought the former friends together

to sort out their differences.

Adam Scott's caddy has been doing

his best to stay out of the picture,

but Steve Williams's off-colour

comments about Tiger Woods are

still the talk of the course. I

consider Tiger Woods to be the

greatest player of my time, after

Jack Nicklaus. So it offended me a

little bit. Couples withdrew his

earlier call for Scott to sack his

bagman. He believes the matter

should now rest with the public

statements of regret from both

Williams and Scott. If my caddy was

to speak about Arnold Palmer or

Jack Nicklaus when I was in my

prime playing golf, I would have been

been embarrassed. I think it's a

very unfortunate circumstance. We don't

don't need that in the game, and I

wanted to put an end to it. I feel

like I have. Controversy aside,

Adam Scott says the time is right

for him to make a move on the

world's number one spot. It's about

taking advantage of Tiger Woods's

plunge to number 58. The first time

in my career as a professional that

it's been realistic for me. But

someone else may have something to say

say about that. Tiger Woods drawing

the biggest gallery of the pro-am.

And despite going two years without

a tournament win, no-one's prepared

to write off his chances this week.

I think, in my mind, I think he's

always got a chance. You can lose

the form a little bit, but you'd

never lose that talent. The

Australian Open tees off tomorrow.

North Queensland has signed half-

back Robert Lui to a 2-year deal

after he was today released by the Wests

Wests Tigers. And a month after

Manly's grand-final win, coach Des

Hasler is set to be shown the door

by Sea Eagles management. Belmore-

bound Hasler was saying little at

club headquarters today. The board

is currently locked in a meeting to

finalise a payout figure for the

final year of his contract. 2013

coach Alan Toovey will take the reins

reins if -- Geoff Toovey will take

the raipz if Hasler goes early.

Australian cricket captain Michael

Clarke won't name his team until

the coin toss tonight in Cape Town.

A damp pitch and slow conditions

expected to bring Trent Copeland

into contention to join Ryan Harris

and Mitchell Johnson in the bowling

attack, no matter who plays, though,

Clarke says the Aussies are prime

for a strong performance. I can

give you my word that we are 100%

ready. Our preparation has been

outstanding. The practice game was

really good for us. Teenager Pat

Cummins and Peter Siddle are also

vying for a bowling spot in the XI.

Comeback king Geoff Huegill has

urged critics to back off Ian

Thorpe after the multiple Olympic

gold medallist's sluggish return to

competition. As Australian team-

mates continue to bag gold at the

Beijing World Cup meet, Thorpe

missed yet another final in the

100m butterfly. Huegill, though,

believes the Thorpedo is far from

washed up. Way too early to write

him off. You know, my advice would

be wait 20 weeks before we start

writing him off! Thorpe heads to

Tokyo to contest the same events. Australia's Olympic boss has

sounded a warning in the lead-up to

London - don't expect as many

medals as Games of the past.

Speaking at a national elite sports

council forum in Canberra, John

Coates said a top-five ranking at

next year's Olympics was highly

unlikely. The benchmark looks

around six, seven or eight. More

likely seven or eight. He says a

decline in Olympic funding is to blame.

He's only here as a last-minute

replacement for the legendary

Michael Jordan, but Dwyane Wade

today proved he has his own star

power. The Miami Heat guard giving

Aussie NBA fans a rare chance to

mingle with one of basketball's all-time greats.

It was bordering on chaotic -

thousands turning out to see D-Wade.

(CHEERING)

What do you make of the sort spore

here? It's amazing. Star power into

overdrive - some even flying in from

from interstate. Cause cot the

first flight this morning, 7:30.

The greatest player in the world!

It means the world, man! He's my

inspiration. Wade in town

fulfilling sponsorship commitments,

and with massive raps on Australia.

I would say this is probably, so

far, my favourite place I've

visited. Any chance you'll buy

property down here one day? I would

love it! I do like it. Me and my

girlfriend - we've had a great time down

down here. An all-star game of a

different kind for the Miami

shooting guard. (APPLAUSE)

Leaving some of our finest athletes

a little red-faced. Pffff. Rubbish.

As a basketballer, I make an

awesome swimmer. You hit your first

shot. Flicked, it yeah. Wade

himself went through the motions.

But made up for it shortly after,

with a footy. Whether asked about

the current NBA lockout, Wade

deputy skirt around the issue,

saying that the NBA is losing fans,

and people are losing jobs. To know

now that a lot have been fire or

laid off and there might be more if

the season doesn't go on - it hurts.

The lockout today got no closer to

ending, with games soon to be cancelled through to Christmas.

Don't forget Ten's live and exclusive coverage of the

Australian golf Open starting at

midday tomorrow. That's just about

whether Tiger Woods hits the first tee.

Looking forward to it! That's a

very interesting tournament. Very

interesting line-up. Paired up with

Jason Day, Robert Allenby. Big

group. Great players. Good

Australians. Looking forward to

that. Adam will be back. And Tim

Bailey is next with the weather. So

we're in it right now - the storm

window for the past 48 hours. It's

been torrential rain and electrical

strikes. When will the weather take

its next big swing at Sydney? We'll

find out after the commercial break. What's power to me? Keeping my team tight. It's not easy, though.

I captain a cricket team in India, but we only play 2 months of the year. Rest of the time, we're scattered all over the world. Vodafone helps me keep the team together - texts, emails, even the odd phone call. But, seriously, these blokes have got no idea about time zones. That phone's going off at ridiculous hours! We're investing a billion dollars in our new network to bring Canberra better coverage, faster data speeds and stronger signals than we've ever had before. Power to you. Vodafone.

Up next - the battle to treat

ovarian cancer. And what in the

world will we do without Silvio

Berlusconi? We'll see you after the news.

Big question tonight - will they or

won't they strike the heart of

Sydney? Tim Bailey is with us.

Those storms are threatening, but

they may not actually get to the

dead centre of the city? No, that's

right, Sandra. One thing is for

sure - there is a severe

thunderstorm warning in place for

the Illawarra at the moment. That's

where the action is right now. A

band of cells moving right through

that area, and the warning

extending to the south coast and also southern and central

tablelands. As far as Sydney is

concerned, this has been the time,

hasn't it, folks? Between around

5:30 and 6:30 for the past 48 hours,

we've had torrential rain and

electrical offensives against this

city. Is it going to happen

tonight? Look, it's moody out here

at the moment. It's hot. It's

oppressive, but it looks unlikely

that the storms will push or have

the energy to push into the Sydney basin.

basin. What that means, though, is

there is a follow-up trough. It's

moving up through Victoria and

southern NSW. It's done all the

damage through Melbourne and the

south coast of NSW. It will arrive

in Sydney about 10:00am tomorrow,

and extend the chance of thunderstorms

thunderstorms - some of them severe

- right through until 2:00pm

tomorrow. Any storms we get tonight

are unlikely to have an impact on

the city that we saw yesterday.

Let's look at what is going to

happen - today, I can tell you, 34

degrees. Penrith - another hot one,

seven above average, 29. Five above in

in the city. The view from the

satellite - cloud from the north- satellite - cloud from the north-

west tropics to south-eastern

Australia, along a broad trough is

generating showers and

thunderstorms. A trough will move

north-east tomorrow and take warm and thundery weather across and thundery weather across

northern NSW and into western Queensland and the Northern

Territory. Rainfall map - business

of the brolly - showers and storms contracting to north-east NSW. contracting to north-east NSW.

Showers and storms across the Kimberley, Northern Territory and

through to southern Queensland.

Isolated showers over south-west WA.

Let's have a look at the big cities:

Here we are perched high at North

Head. Just a tremendous spot to watch watch for any development of watch for any development of storms.

You can also, if you get up on your

tippy-toes, see the weekend. I know

you're interested in that. Cooler

conditions - 24 with a possible

shower coastal, Saturday and Sunday.

26 to 28 in the south-west, with

that possible shower hanging around. Let's go:

That's the latest weather to this

minute. Now, here's the News at 6:00.

Thank you, Tim Bailey. Making

headlines tonight - a casualty of

war honoured, as another rogue

Afghan soldier opens fire on our

troops. Three of them seriously wounded.

Police defend their actions after

storming a city office building to

remove Occupy Sydney protesters.

And a local council comes to the

rescue of a vital youth counselling

service, which is in the Premier's electorate.

Orica has confirmed there has been

another chemical spill at its

Newcastle plant. Officials say

ammonia leaked from the site at

around 2:00pm this afternoon. Orica

says emergency services and the

Environmental Protection Agency were called immediately.

Coincidently, the EPA today began prosecuting Orica for a chemical

spill in August. The company has

been ordered to appear in the Land

and Environment Court in February.

A rogue Afghan soldier is on the

run after opening fire on

Australian troops and seriously

wounding three of them. It comes on

the same day as a ceremony in

Brisbane to honour Corporal Ashley

Birt, one of three diggers murdered

by another Afghan soldier.

At age 22, Corporal Ashley Birt had achieved

achieved much in life in and out of

uniform. Lord, the nature of his

death arouses within us a range of

emotions. Grief, sadness, anger,

loss. A son, brother and mate with

so much living still to do. Ash,

mate, you are not gone. You are just

just living the high life somewhere

else. Today, the army family closed

arms around the Birt family. His

brother Dale, also a corporal in

the army, read the Soldier's Prayer.

Let our uniform remind us daily of

the traditions we serve. When we

are inclined to doubt, strengthen our our faith.

('LAST POST' PLAYS)

Ashley Birt will be buried in his

home town of Gympie next Monday.

Meanwhile, the chief of army says

another attack by an Afghan soldier

which left three more of our troops

wounded probably won't be the last.

These things will continue. So, do

they understand there's a risk at

play here? Yes, they do. The

wounded were stationed in a base in

Oruzgan province - all enlisted in

-- are listed in serious but stable

condition. I stress that there is

no simple one-line explanation to this

this incident or the previous

incident. All Afghan soldiers at

the beSia based have since been disarmed

disarmed as the hunt continues for

the wanted gunman.

There's been a lot of concern in

Sydney today about the storms that

were expected. Some said they would

be at least as bad as the ones we

experienced yesterday. Not so, yet.

Let's cross with Tim Bailey now and

find out what's going on. Tim? Hi,

Bill. Good evening, everybody.

There is good news. The storms

don't look like they're going to

show up. They're certainly not on

the radar at the moment. Look, it is is unsettled. There's no doubt

about it. It's very humid and hot

out here. Still 28 degrees. A

severe thunderstorm warning in

place for the south coast, the

Illawarra, southern tablelands, the

Riverina, the upper and lower

western. For the first time in the

past 48 hours, the Sydney

metropolitan area is not on that

list. It looks unlikely we'll see

severe storm activity. There might

be some pockets of energy just

sneaking into the basin later on

tonight. The real worry is tomorrow

morning, between 10:00am and 2:00pm

as a trough moves into the Sydney

area, and more severe thunderstorms

expected. At the moment, the real

action area - Wollongong. I'll see

you later in the bulletin. Thank

you, Tim. Not so good news in the

traffic department. A major house

fire is at West Pennant Hills. Vic

Lorusso? We're hovering over West

pennant Hills at the moment for a

motorist in the area - there's a

house completely engulfed in flames,

as you can see with our pictures at

the moment. We've got motorists

avoiding the run. You can see the

flames heading through the top

section of the home. Now, we've got

breathing apparatuses with search-

rescue crews inside the home. It is

not known if there are any occupants

occupants inside the home at the

moment. Obviously full precautions

are being taken at the moment. The

home is literally destroyed due to

this house fire here at West

pennant Hills. Local roads have

also been affected, but it's not

known if there are any occupants in

the home. There are search and

rescue units on scene at the moment.

Vic Lorusso from the chopper.

There have been long delays on the

Harbour Bridge today because of

three separate incidents - a bus

and a car collided just after

midday, prompting the closure of a

southbound lane. Four people were

taken to hospital with minor

injuries. The crash occurred after

traffic was diverted around

ambulances that were called in for

two people who had fainted on the

Harbour Bridge climb. Paramedics

took a 19-year-old man to hospital

and treated a someone-year-old woman at the scene.

Police have defended their actions

during overnight clashes with

Occupy Sydney protesters. Riot

Squad officers stormed a city

building to arrest five people who'd barricaded themselves inside.

Another violent end to what had

been designed as a peaceful protest.

The clashes erupted last night at

the base of an abandoned office

building in Clarence Street. Police

say five Occupy Sydney supporters

forced entry and locked themselves

in on the sixth floor. They'd been

there for up to a week, fighting

for more affordable housing. At

9:30, police rescue and riot squad

officers moved in, after sawing

their way through a number of

barricades, they arrested four men

and a woman - each has been charged with trespass. (CHANTING)

To basically use 120 very vicious

riot police to arrest five people

was completely and utterly insane.

Police say the number of officers

did not exceed 50, and are

defending their response. The only

force that was used was

commensurate to the resistance that

we found from the protesters. One

officer was assaulted, and that

person was taken into custody. Far

from being dissuaded by heavily

armed riot police or the prospect

of criminal charges, protesters are

instead vowing to occupy this city

with renewed vigour. We're

determined to keep going, and their

scare tactics aren't going to work.

Bill payers are rushing to sign up

to a discount electricity scheme

that's been hatched in a northern Sydney

Sydney community. They'd been

overwhelmed by interest. The Terrey

Hills Action Group could take their

fight to the power companies, they

say, by Christmas.

Not all neighbourhood doorknocks

seek to raise money - this one aims

to save it. Lloyd Pearce is

collecting signatures to secure a group

group dicount from the power

companies. 32 days of electricity.

We cook with gas. $1,633 .20. Oh my

goodness... We met Mr Pearce last

month - he had 200 bill-payers

onboard. Now, he has twice that.

It's expanded beyond Terrey Hills

and a lot of the people in the

metropolitan area are registering.

In the pafs five years, lectrisy

bills have soared. We're paying 67%

more for power - that's before the

tax on carbon. Most of us are going,

"What for? What benefit are we

growing to get apart from

incredible price hikes?" Power-

saving kits available in libraries

have become a runaway success. They

are hugely popular. Cutting use is

one thing - securing a 15% cut to

bills quite another. The group is

holding another information meeting

tonight, hoping to move closer to

its target of 500 customers. If and

when they do, Ten News understands

at least one power provider is

willing to come to the party. I

sure that the power companies will

all be interested, because people

are pushing for this sort of thing.

A local council has been forced to

step in and save a vital health

service because the State

Government is refusing to commit

funding. The Premier is aware of

this crisis, because the Ku-ring-

gai Youth Development Service is in his his electorate. Seven

Seven yeefrz ago, Evan Rolland sat

in this room for the first time. At

that moment in my life, I didn't

know what my future looked like.

With a much brighter outlook, he

returned today to help save the

counselling service that saved him.

KIDS operates in the heart of Barry O'Farrell's electorate, and sees

more than 200 teens a year, and has

won several awards. We know that

25% of all teenagers will

experience some form of mental-

health issue. But it doesn't

receive regular State Government

support. We've just been meeting

brick walls everywhere we turn. The

situation is so dire, KYDS was due

to close next week. It needs

$150,000 a year. That's not a lot

of money. It's monmoney in the

bottom draw, pocket money. The

mental health association says KYDS

is making a big difference. Binge

drinking in young women - we're

talking about anger issues and

violence in young people. The

Health Department is talking with

KYDS, but it's been left to Ku-

ring-gai Council to act. It's

approved emergency funding of $45,000.

$45,000. At last night's meeting here,

here, there was one councillor who voted against providing the rescue

package. And that was because they

didn't believe mental health

funding should be a council issue.

The funds mean the service can

operate until March. Without KYDS,

I have no idea where I'd be. They

definitely saved my life.

A new pill looks set to help

thousands of Australians with a

severe bleeding disorder. Many

currently suffer with ineffective

treatments. But now, once a day, a tablet

tablet will help them lead normal lives. Rosemary

Rosemary Davey has suffered more

than 30 years with a condition that

triggers sudden bleeding. It's

completely altered her life. Well,

I decided against having babies, as it

it could have been life-threatening

for me, and for the baby. She has

ITP - immune thrombosito peoplia,

where a person's own immune system

destroys platelets needed for

normal blood clotting. Sufferers

can be at risk of major bruising

and worse. Occasionally it can be

serious or even fatal - for example,

bleeding to the brain. Current IV

drugs, emergency transfusions, even

surgery have not worked for many,

leaving them constantly worried.

Now, for the first time, there's a

pill called Revelade. It's been

developed to stimulate bone marrow

to stimulate more platelets. About

80% of patients - even severe and responsive patients - still respond

to this new treatment. Until now,

doctors have had to make special submissions for a special access

for this treatment for their

patients. It was only granted for

the most serious cases. Now, it's

on the PBS - doctors say it will be life-changing

life-changing for those who require

it. It's just made such a big

difference, knowing that I can do

what I want to do.

Next up in Ten News - Italy's flamboyant pm, Silvio Berlusconi,

set to bow out.

Ned Kelly's descendant prepare to

bury the notorious bushranger.

Plus, Tiger Woods gets his first

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Italian Prime Minister Silvio

Berlosconi is set to quit after a

long and colourful career. The 75-

year-old lost the support of his

own party and the confidence of the

country's financial markets. He

agreed to step down as soon as

budget reforms have gone through

parliament. Exactly when that is

isn't clear. Mr Berlusconi demanded

a general election be held after

his departure, sending the country

into further chaos.

The slump in tourism is continuing,

with the biggest fall in visitors

coming to Australia in more than

two years. But the number of

Aussies departing for overseas

holidays has jumped to the second- highest number on record.

It's the day Australia was named

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