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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Good morning. This is Ten's Early News. I'm Bill Woods. Making news this Monday, for three fishermen missing a search resumes of New Zealand's Stewart Island. after their trawler sinks south shuts a major highway - A fatal accident left stranded. hundreds of prime movers

to spend more on diabetes prevention Pleas for the Government after a spike in cases. kill at least 30 And multiple bombings and injure many more across Iraq. Quick check of weather:

it's good morning to Kath Robinson. Time for finance news now and Fasten your seatbelts, for a bumpy ride this week stocks on Wall Street could be in to dictate the market's direction. with inflation data

on the impending Telstra sale. Bill, more soon are among five people feared drowned Two boys and their grandfather off New Zealand's south coast. after a boat capsized Three others survived. about to resume. A massive air and sea search Little hope is held for the missing 24 hours after a weekend fishing trip New Zealand's rugged south coast to a group of islands off

ended disastrously. including the boat's skipper, Three men, managed to swim to a remote island. Their joy at being rescued of watching their shipmates drown. tempered by the horror They were pleased to see us about whole situation. but they were distressed some drownings at that stage. They were aware that there'd been

One of their mates had drowned. unable to save his best mate The skipper to a wool bale in the freezing water. after an exhausting night clinging Two bodies have been recovered. are feared dead, Five members of the same family

and their 78-year-old grandfather. including two boys aged 9 and 10 and a fixed wing aircraft 20 boats, 3 helicopters brought the search to a halt. scoured the area before darkness is now a grim search for bodies. Authorities admit this rescue effort in Washington John Howard has been heckled for the US President's Iraq policy. over his support was holding a news conference The Prime Minister when a lone protester began shouting. Get out of Iraq! So do the Australian people. The war's a mistake and you know it.

a new government of national unity We all agreed that the formation of very important and very positive. in that country would be Mr Howard will hold talks on Iraq at the White House. with President George W. Bush on the NSW mid north coast overnight Hundreds of trucks were left stranded closed a major highway. after a fatal car accident A man in his 30s died hit an oncoming vehicle when the car he was travelling in near Kempsey around 10:00pm. Pacific Highway in both directions The accident closed the for eight hours. remains in a critical condition. The driver of the car was treated for shock at the scene. The semi-trailer driver Tasmania's unsuspecting mining heroes to negotiate media offers have appointed an agent as soon as tomorrow. and could sign a deal But their bank balance may be dented by their employer's refusal of the pair. to release underground footage wasn't enough, As if two weeks underground miners Todd Russell and Brant Webb for potentially lucrative pictures are now fighting taken during their mine rescue. The 'Sydney Morning Herald' reports and hours of video footage the dozens photos below the surface taken almost a kilometre by Beaconsfield mine management have been suppressed it says for legal reasons, in any media deal. a setback that could cost the pair is handling their negotiations. Sean Anderson, of Management 22, Channel Nine made a public play. also eager. Channel Seven and 'New Idea' offer have been denied. although reports of a $2.75 million they deserve more than that. I reckon may also cash in. The rescuers themselves Kim Beazley agrees. Opposition Leader

epitomises Aussie values. He's told the ABC the miraculous tale Vanessa Arthur, Ten News. for Wendell Sailor Things are looking decidedly worse if he's suspended by rugby union. with the NRL ruling out a lifeline has reportedly fled his Sydney home The star winger in north Queensland. to be with his mother turn their backs on the footballer It comes as both codes say they will if his positive drug test is upheld. is being blamed Australia's laid-back lifestyle for results of a new study and obesity are soaring. showing the rates of diabetes The 'Sydney Morning Herald' reports develop diabetes each year 100,000 people move from overweight to obese. and a further 200,000

The results of the AusDiab Study, Health Minister Tony Abbott today, being released by Federal put pressure on the Government on diabetes prevention. to spend more money

of bird flu this morning Fresh concerns over the spread in Indonesia. with another death reported According to hospital officials has died from the disease a fifth person last week. that struck down an entire family are believed to have contracted Four people the deadly H5-N1 strain of the virus.

from the same family. The fifth victim is an 8-year-old boy is investigating the deaths. The World Health Organisation

for a bowler hat Prince Harry has swapped his beret in London. during an annual military parade soldiers in memory of fallen cavalry. The 21-year-old joined 2,000 other and donned a bowler hat Marchers carried an umbrella for off-duty soldiers before WWI to reflect the proper dress when the parade was instituted. his military training Now he's completed see some front-line action in Iraq. the Queen's grandson said he wants to to the bottom of the AFL ladder Essendon has sunk to Carlton. after suffering a 33-point defeat further soured The Bombers' sixth straight loss to former captain James Hird. by an injury

to a season It's the Bombers worst start under Kevin Sheedy's 26 year reign. And adding to the pain a month on the sidelines champion James Hird is set to spend with another hamstring injury. after breaking down Led to victory by Brendan Fevola's seven goals, Carlton was just relieved to taste success for the first time in six weeks. There's only one thing that's going to happen if you have talent - you're going to go forward in leaps and bounds. The Western Bulldogs returned to the winner's list in emphatic fashion,

smashing Port Adelaide by a record 76-points at AAMI Stadium.

But it wasn't all good news for the Dogs. Ruckman Peter Street's striking report could see their fragile big man's stocks further depleted. And Adelaide claimed top spot after belting the Kangaroos by 56-points at Telstra Dome. Skipper Mark Ricciuto leading the way with five goals on his return from injury. Rugby league, and State of Origin line-ups for New South Wales and Queensland will be named today. Meanwhile, troubled Bulldogs five eighth Reni Maitua has played a strong role in a four point win over Paramatta. Maitua had been slugged $15,000 by the club on Friday for his Anzac Day drink-driving charge then slugged the Eels with two first half tries. The Bulldogs holding on 22-18. And a late 5-pointer helped the Knights snatch victory from the Tigers,

they remain equal second on the competition table. Fernando Alonso has extended his lead in the F1 world championship after winning this morning's Spanish Grand Prix. McLaren's Juan Pablo Montoya spun out of the race, Aussie Mark Webber lucky to avoid a crash on his way to ninth place.

Alonso became the first Spanaird to win his home race. Seven time world champion Michael Schumacher second, Giancarlo Fisichella third. Alonso's win gives him a 15-point championship lead. Kath's back with finance and the Telstra looks like it will go ahead later this year? The Finance Minister Nick Minchin says the Government is still planning on offloading its final 51.8% stake in Telstra later this year.

Mr Minchin says a retail offering is likely by Christmas and will net the Government around $25 billion which is expected to be pumped into the future fund. Macquarie Bank has emerged as the front runner to lead the Telstra sell-off. National weather for the rest of the day: Let's see what the newspapers are saying. Residents on the Indonesian island of Java prepare for Mount Merapi to blow its top.

The details after this short break on Ten's Early News.

People come into Bunnings and are gobsmacked. They can't believe that our prices are that low. You'll see for yourself once you're in the store. that go out looking at what our competitors are doing.

It's good for everybody. If you happen to find a cheaper price on a stocked item, we'll beat it by 10%. If that's what we say we'll do, of course we'll do it. SONG: # Bunnings Warehouse. #

This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News.

This morning, rescuers step up their search for three people including children missing in icy waters off New Zealand. Wendell Sailor's career likely to come to an end if drug charges are proved against the union player. Indonesia's Mount Merapi continues to spew ash and lava, residents continue to flee. And in sport, a hamstring injury to James Hird the latest setback in Essendon's nightmare start to the season. Finance news and Kath, we long suspected it now it's true we are paying the highest bank fees in the world? According to a Fujitsu report we are. With Australian banks hitting Aussies with some of the highest bank fees in the Western world.

The report found that Australian home loan margins are well above Canada and the UK and double those seen in the United States. It found that the average mortgage would be cut by nearly $2,000 if Australian banks operated on the same margins as their American counterparts. And that's the latest in business and finance, Bill.

Two boys aged 9 and 10 and their grandfather are among five people feared drowned in New Zealand. Two bodies have been recovered after a boat capsized in freezing waters off the rugged south coast. Three men survived but six others are dead or missing after their boat capsized. They were distressed about whole situation. They were aware that there'd been some drownings at that stage. One of their mates had drowned. A massive sea and air search is set to resume soon. John Howard has been heckled in Washington over his support of George Bush's Iraq policy. A fiery confrontation between a protester and a tourist broken up by police. CODEPINK peace activists were staging a protest outside the White House as John Howard returned from lunch with Vice President Cheney. As Mr Howard began his doorstop, one of the well-briefed protesters began shouting,

his voice clearly heard across the street.

Get out of Iraq! The war's a mistake and you know it. So do the Australian people. Mr Howard resolutely ignored the barbs as police and security moved the demonstrator from the vicinity. Tourists were also cleared. Why don't you just shut up!?! Alright guys, let's take it across the street, OK.

On Tuesday, the PM will discuss developments in Iraq here at the White House with the President. But with increased instability in our own region,

the prospect of boosting our troop numbers in the Middle East is remote. But there is definitely no talk of pulling out. We all agree that the formation of a new government of national unity in that country would be very important and very positive. In Washington, Paul Bongiorno, Ten News. And the Howard Government is back-peddling on controversial childcare comments made by one of its own. Outspoken Liberal backbencher Jackie Kelly says Labor takes childcare more seriously than her own party. She's demanding a meeting with John Howard to discuss so-called budgetary oversights. Meantime, a leading privacy advocate has questioned the Government's new smartcard scheme. Paul Chadwick believes details on security are lacking. An entire fleet of navy helicopters has been banned from flying. The 'Australian' newspaper reports Defence Minister Brendan Nelson has ordered an operational review of the trouble-plagued Super Seasprite helicopters. He's reportedly said it's impossible to have 100% confidence in the software program that supports the pilot flying the helicopter.

The Government could scrap the $1 billion Seasprite program. Things are looking decidedly worse for Wendell Sailor. While his rugby union career is in tatters, the NRL has now confirmed it will also turn its back on him if his positive drug test is upheld.

Wendell Sailor has been lying low since the news broke on Saturday. The star winger reportedly fleeing his home in Sydney

to spend Mother's Day in north Queensland. Wendell's got an issue that he's got to sort out. Sailor's footballing career is finished if he's found guilty of a positive drug test. A two year ban by Australian rugby union would snowball into a blanket ban from league competitions, not only in this country but overseas as well. Both codes are bound by world anti-doping agency requirements.

He's certainly sorry there's no question about that.

He's certainly expressed that. Sailor's team-mates shattered by the news. Hopefully he's gonna come out of this all right. His case will be the first drugs hearing before the newly formed Australian sports anti-doping authority. Sailor has a week to request a second sample be tested.

At least 30 people have died and scores more injured

in a series of blasts to rock the Iraqi capital. 14 people died after a double suicide bombing at Baghdad airport. Two cars laden with explosives were detonated near a parking lot. Five civilians were killed when a bomb went off targeting a police patrol in central Baghdad. And six blasts caused extensive damage to two shrines in the holy city of Baquoba. Residents on the Indonesian island of Java are being urged to evacuate as Mount Merapi continues to spew ash and molten rock. Over the weekend officials upgraded their alert level to the highest reading as lava flows reached 1.5km down the crater. Women, children and the elderly have been bused to emergency shelters but some men around the base of the mountain are still refusing to leave. A hamstring injury to James Hird has compounded Essedon's worst ever start to a season under coach Kevin Sheedy. Hird is expected to be sidelined for a month, playing little part in the Bombers 33-point loss to Carlton, that's left them on the bottom of the ladder.

We had 22 out there and we had the ball inside our 50 more than they did and we didn't make use of it so we're annoyed with that part of the game in particular. Adelaide is at the opposite end of the table after thrashing the Kangaroos

but cross-town rivals Port Adelaide suffered a record 76-point defeat to the Bulldogs. Rugby league, New South Wales and Queensland name their State of Origin teams today. Meanwhile, only six points separate the top 12 teams on the NRL ladder but last year's minor premiers, Parramatta, are fast losing ground. The Eels once again just short of victory. Two first-half tries from Reni Maitua and the boot of Hasim el Masri sealing it for the 'Dogs. Brian Smith not giving up hope even with his skipper under an injury cloud. Thankfully the music stops at the end of 26 rounds. This great pass from Benji Marshall had the Tigers faithful believing

they'd scored a dogged win over Andrew Johns' Newcastle Knights.

That victory snatched from them with just three minutes left on the clock. The Raiders brought down to size by the surging Sharks, even with some of Cronulla's bigger names out of action. We can take anyone from 1 to 17 out of the team and the guy who replaces them

will know how to fill that role for that week. And the season of woe continues for the Bunnies, the Panthers 12 points better, even with seven players backing up from Friday's city-country clash. Rafael Nadal has continued his amazing domination of clay court tennis, beating Roger Federer for his 53rd straight win on the surface.

But the 19-year-old Spanaird ran into more trouble than usual

in the Rome Masters final. Federer won the opening set. Nadal responded by taking the second and third sets before winning an exciting five set match. Nadal's clay streak equals the record set by Guillermo Vilas.

It was also five wins from six matches against Federer.

Finance news now and West Australians getting richer? I think we're living in the wrong State Bill with reports that Perth residents are riding West Australia's mining boom and they have the pay packets to show it. Perth is hot on the heels of becoming the city with the biggest number of people paying the highest rate of tax. The western capital will soon outstrip Sydney

with the most people earning above $150,000 a year. Meantime, unions in five states will today push for a 4% pay rise for the country's lowest paid workers.

The rise is aimed at offsetting the record high price of petrol and the recent interest rate hike. The pay rise will take the weekly minimum to wage to $503.80 up from $484.

Now for a look at the national weather:

The latest on a search for missing fisherman off New Zealand. That's when Ten's Early News returns.

This program is captioned live. Making news this Monday,

a search resumes for three fishermen missing after their trawler sinks south of New Zealand's Stewart Island.

A fatal accident shuts a major highway - hundreds of prime movers left stranded.

Pleas for the Government to spend more on diabetes prevention after a spike in cases. And multiple bombings kill at least 30 and injure many more across Iraq. Quick check of weather: Finance, Wall Street down.

It was indeed. Investors could be in for a bumpy ride.

Two boys and their grandfather are among five people feared drowned

after a boat capsized off New Zealand's south coast. Little hope is held for the missing 24 hours after a weekend fishing trip to a group of islands off New Zealand's rugged south coast

ended disastrously. Three men, including the boat's skipper, managed to swim to a remote island. Their joy at being rescued tempered by the horror of watching their shipmates drown. They were distressed about whole situation. They were aware that there'd been some drownings at that stage. One of their mates had drowned. The skipper unable to save his best mate after an exhausting night clinging to a wool bale in the freezing water. Two bodies have been recovered. Five members of the same family are feared dead, including two boys aged 9 and 10 and their 78-year-old grandfather. 20 boats, 3 helicopters and a fixed-wing aircraft scoured the area before darkness brought the search to a halt. Authorities admit this rescue effort is now a grim search for bodies.

John Howard has been heckled in Washington over his support for the US President's Iraq policy. The Prime Minister was holding a news conference when a lone protester began shouting. Mr Howard will hold talks on Iraq with President George W. Bush at the White House.

Hundreds of trucks were left stranded on the NSW mid-north coast overnight after a fatal car accident closed a major highway. A man in his 30s died when the car he was travelling in hit an oncoming vehicle near Kempsey around 10:00pm. The accident closed the Pacific Highway in both directions for eight hours. The driver of the car remains in a critical condition. The semi-trailer driver was treated for shock at the scene. Things are looking decidedly worse for Wendell Sailor. While his rugby union career is in tatters, the NRL has now confirmed it will also turn its back on him if his positive drug test is upheld.

Wendell Sailor has been lying low since the news broke on Saturday. The star winger reportedly fleeing his home in Sydney

to spend Mother's Day in north Queensland. Wendell's got an issue that he's got to sort out. Sailor's footballing career is finished if he's found guilty of a positive drug test. A two year ban by Australian rugby union would snowball into a blanket ban from league competitions, not only in this country but overseas as well. Both codes are bound by world anti-doping agency requirements. He's certainly sorry there's no question about that. He's certainly expressed that. Sailor's team-mates shattered by the news. Hopefully he's gonna come out of this all right. His case will be the first drugs hearing before the newly formed Australian sports anti-doping authority. Sailor has a week to request a second sample be tested. Tasmania's unsuspecting mining heroes have appointed an agent to negotiate media offers and could sign a deal as soon as tomorrow. Channel Nine made a public play. Channel Seven and 'New Idea' also eager. although reports of a $2.75 million offer have been denied. Australia's laid-back lifestyle is being blamed

for results of a new study showing the rates of diabetes and obesity are soaring. The 'Sydney Morning Herald' reports 100,000 people develop diabetes each year and a further 200,000 move from overweight to obese. The results of the AusDiab Study, being released by Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott today, put pressure on the Government Health Minister Tony Abbott today, At least 30 people have been killed and scores more injured

after several attacks across Iraq. On patrol in Basra British troops still maintaining a low-key approach.

But these days they know the risk of attack is much higher and from an enemy that's using more sophisticated tactics than the IRA according to British commanders.

The two soldiers who dies last night were in armoured Land Rovers when the road-side bomb exploded.

when their helicopter crashed in Basra. It's feared it was shot down. Violent street clashes erupted afterwards in which five Iraqis died. But the local governor has now started to crack down. This weekend he sacked his police chief accusing him of ties to extremist groups

blamed for much of the bloodshed. But as so often the deadliest attacks have been in Baghdad. At least 14 people have died here in a double suicide attack outside Baghdad's airport. While Iraq's politicians are still arguing over forming a new government five months since the elections.

Essendon has sunk to the bottom of the AFL ladder after suffering a 33-point defeat to Carlton. The Bombers' sixth straight loss further soured by an injury to former captain James Hird. It's the Bombers worst start to a season

under Kevin Sheedy's 26 year reign. And adding to the pain champion James Hird is set to spend a month on the sidelines after breaking down with another hamstring injury. Led to victory by Brendan Fevola's seven goals, Carlton was just relieved to taste success for the first time in six weeks. There's only one thing that's going to happen if you have talent - you're going to go forward in leaps and bounds. The Western Bulldogs returned to the winner's list in emphatic fashion, smashing Port Adelaide by a record 76-points at AAMI Stadium.

But it wasn't all good news for the Dogs. Ruckman Peter Street's striking report could see their fragile big man's stocks further depleted. And Adelaide claimed top spot after belting the Kangaroos by 56-points at Telstra Dome. Skipper Mark Ricciuto leading the way with five goals on his return from injury. Rugby league, and State of Origin line-ups for New South Wales and Queensland will be named today. Meanwhile, troubled Bulldogs five-eighth Reni Maitua has played a strong role in a four point win over Paramatta. Maitua had been slugged $15,000 by the club on Friday for his Anzac Day drink-driving charge then slugged the Eels with two first-half tries. The Bulldogs holding on 22-18. And a late 5-pointer helped the Knights snatch victory from the Tigers,

they remain equal second on the competition table. Fernando Alonso has extended his lead in the F1 world championship after winning this morning's Spanish Grand Prix. McLaren's Juan Pablo Montoya spun out of the race, Aussie Mark Webber lucky to avoid a crash on his way to ninth place. Alonso became the first Spanaird to win his home race.

Seven time world champion Michael Schumacher second. Giancarlo Fisichella third. Alonso's win gives him a 15-point championship lead.

Finance, the Finance Minister says the Budget won't put pressure on rates. That's what he says Bill, but those comments are at odds with some of the nation's leading economists. They say the round of tax cuts will spur consumer spending and inflation which may force the Reserve Bank to again increase rates by another quarter of a per cent. Nick Minchin says nothing could be further from the truth.

The Government's tax cuts will add about $10 a week to the average income.

National weather for the rest of the day:

Let's see what the newspapers are saying.

This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News.

This morning, rescuers step up their search for three people including children missing in icy waters off New Zealand. Wendell Sailor's career likely to come to an end if drug charges are proved against the union player. Indonesia's Mount Merapi continues to spew ash and lava, residents continue to flee. And in sport, a hamstring injury to James Hird the latest setback in Essendon's nightmare start to the season. Two boys aged 9 and 10 and their grandfather are among five people feared drowned in New Zealand.

Two bodies have been recovered after a boat capsized in freezing waters off the rugged south coast. Three men survived but six others are dead or missing after their boat capsized. They were distressed about whole situation. They were aware that there'd been some drownings at that stage. One of their mates had drowned. A massive sea and air search is set to resume soon.

John Howard has been heckled in Washington over his support of George Bush's Iraq policy. CODEPINK peace activists were staging a protest outside the White House as John Howard returned from lunch with Vice President Cheney.

As Mr Howard began his doorstop, one of the well-briefed protesters began shouting, his voice clearly heard across the street. Get out of Iraq!

The war's a mistake and you know it. So do the Australian people. Mr Howard resolutely ignored the barbs as police and security moved the demonstrator from the vicinity. Tourists were also cleared.

On Tuesday, the PM will discuss developments in Iraq here at the White House with the President.

But with increased instability in our own region, the prospect of boosting our troop numbers in the Middle East is remote. But there is definitely no talk of pulling out. We all agree that the formation of a new government

of national unity in that country would be very important and very positive.

In Washington, Paul Bongiorno, Ten News. Things are looking decidedly worse for Wendell Sailor with the NRL ruling out a lifeline if he's suspended by rugby union. The star winger has reportedly fled his Sydney home to be with his mother in north Queensland. It comes as both codes say they will turn their backs on the footballer if his positive drug test is upheld. Queensland Senator Barnaby Joyce has a new argument looming with the Government. The 'Financial Review' reports he's planning to block any overhaul of the petrol retail industry. He's lodged a notice of a motion saying the regulations would hurt small and independent retailers. Acting Prime Minister Mark Vaile has meantime called on Australians to embrace biofuels as a greener and cheaper alternative to petrol. Ethanol fuel sells for between 70 and 80 cents a litre. An entire fleet of navy helicopters has been banned from flying. The 'Australian' newspaper reports Defence Minister Brendan Nelson has ordered an operational review of the trouble-plagued Super Seasprite helicopters. He's reportedly said it's impossible to have 100% confidence in the software program that supports the pilot flying the helicopter. The Government could scrap the $1 billion Seasprite program.

Prince Harry has swapped his beret for a bowler hat during an annual military parade in London. The 21-year-old joined 2,000 other soldiers in memory of fallen cavalry. Marchers carried an umbrella and donned a bowler hat to reflect the proper dress for off-duty soldiers before WWI when the parade was instituted.

Now he's completed his military training the Queen's grandson said he wants to see some front-line action in Iraq.

Residents on the Indonesian island of Java are being urged to evacuate as Mount Merapi

continues to spew ash and molten rock. Over the weekend officials upgraded their alert level to the highest reading as lava flows reached 1.5km down the crater. Women, children and the elderly have been bused to emergency shelters but some men around the base of the mountain are still refusing to leave. A hamstring injury to James Hird has compounded Essedon's worst ever start to a season under coach Kevin Sheedy. Hird is expected to be sidelined for a month, playing little part in the Bombers 33-point loss to Carlton, that's left them on the bottom of the ladder. We had 22 out there and we had the ball inside our 50 more than they did

and we didn't make use of it so we're annoyed with that part of the game in particular. Adelaide is at the opposite end of the table after thrashing the Kangaroos but cross-town rivals Port Adelaide suffered a record 76-point defeat to the Bulldogs. Rugby league, New South Wales and Queensland name their State of Origin teams today. Meanwhile, only 6 points separate the top 12 teams on the NRL ladder but last year's minor premiers, Parramatta, are fast losing ground. The Eels once again just short of victory. Two first-half tries from Reni Maitua and the boot of Hasim el Masri sealing it for the 'Dogs. Brian Smith not giving up hope even with his skipper under an injury cloud.

Thankfully the music stops at the end of 26 rounds. This great pass from Benji Marshall had the Tigers' faithful believing they'd scored a dogged win over Andrew Johns' Newcastle Knights. That victory snatched from them with just three minutes left on the clock. The Raiders brought down to size by the surging Sharks, even with some of Cronulla's bigger names out of action. We can take anyone from 1 to 17 out of the team and the guy who replaces them will know how to fill that role for that week. And the season of woe continues for the Bunnies, the Panthers 12 points better, even with seven players backing up from Friday's city-country clash. Rafael Nadal has continued his amazing domination

of clay court tennis, beating Roger Federer for his 53rd straight win on the surface. But the 19-year-old Spanaird ran into more trouble than usual

in the Rome Masters final. Federer won the opening set. Nadal responded by taking the second and third sets before winning an exciting five set match.

Nadal's clay streak equals the record set by Guillermo Vilas. It was also five wins from six matches against Federer.

Finance, flowers still number one for Mother's Day. Who would have thought Bill but flowers are still the most popular gift on Mother's Day. Aussie kids are tipped to have dished out between $130-$150 million on flowers for mum this year, that's up 8% on last year's figures. Florists generate around 30% of their annual sales revenue on Mother's Day alone, followed by Valentines Day. Chocolates were also a popular choice

Now for a look at the national weather:

A quick recap of the morning's top stories. And a frantic search has resumed south of New Zealand for three missing trawlermen. Sailor sunk - the Wallaby star told he can not return to rugby if he's found guilty of using a banned drug. And at least 30 people killed in multiple bomb blasts in Iraq. And that's it for this edition of Ten's Early News. Remember the morning news is at 11:00 and we'll wrap up the day's top stories in our news hour at 5:00..

I'm Bill Woods, thanks for your company. And I'm Kath Robinson, have a great day. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au