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marine experts to search for

Sydney's abandoned baby humpback after making the difficult

decision to put him down.

Our women's waterpolo team claims

bronze in Beijing, while the Opals

keep their gold medal hopes alive.

Amateur footage captures the chaos

and destruction just moments after

flames in Madrid. a jet plane crashes and bursts into a jet plane crashes and bursts a jet plane crashes and bursts into

And

And in finance, pressure mounts on

the big banks to follow NAB's lead

after it promised to pass on any

official rate cuts.

Briefly checking the weather today,

and just in time for the weekend,

there's rain settling in almost everywhere except Perth. Warm in

Brisbane but in some of the other

capitals, a drop in temperatures

with the showers today. Marine

experts will resume a search for

baby humpback colin today after it was decided that the whale would was decided that the whale would

have to be put to sleep. Some fear

he may not have even survived the

night. National disgrace. National disgrace.

There's anger and frustration as

the official announcement is made

to euthanasiaise the whale.

Wildlife experts say they have no

choice but to end his suffering. He

was listless and was having

trouble breathing and was not really

really staying a float the way a

whale should. It appears Colin has

also suffered wounds from a shark also suffered wounds from a shark

attack. It is primarily an overdose

of anaesthetic, so the animal

simply goes to sleep. It is the

best way to deal with the situation.

Colin has captured hearts across

the country. For five days he's

drifted lost, nudging boats in the

hope of finding his mother. Aboriginal

whale whisperer believes that more

can be done. Colin, as they call can be done. Colin, as they ca

from him, is capable of swimming ul know

from here to Brisbane. He's capable

of going without food for another

week. But experts say they're doing

what's best for the wild calf.

Colin was supposed to be

euthanasia ietzed overnight but

couldn't be found. A search will

continue this morning.

To Beijing now and Australia has

picked up bronze in the women's

waterpolo overnight. The Stingers

pulled off a dramatic win over

Hungary in a penalty shootout. It

was also a good night for the Opals

who advanced to the gold medal

play off beating China by 34 points

in the semis. However, they now

take on the USA. The men's team

however are fairly pleased with

their performance, despite being

knocked out by the dream team. The

NVP or the NBA, you're not playing

against Joe Blogs, you're playing

against a hell of a player. You

live with some shots but you say,

he's the best in the world. And to

get respect is something that you

look for. And the Kookaburras hopes

of defending their Olympic title

have been dashed by Spain. The

Kookaburras lost 3-2 in the semifinal.

More Olympic results and a preview

of today's events later in sport.

New amateur video has revealed the

scene of destruction minutes after

a plane in Madrid crashed and burst

into flames during take-off. Debris

was scattered across the ground, but

there was hardly a trace of the there was hardly a trace of the

plane's fuselage. Three days of

mourning have begun in Spain, and a mourning have begun in Spain, and a

minute's silence held for the 153

dead. Only 19 people survived.

Most with serious burns. The

continues. investigation into the crash

Ford is set to slash up to 350 jobs

across the country after a slump in

car sales. Staff will be cut from

Ford's Geelong and Broadmeadows

plants from mid-November as the car

maker slashes up to 15% of its manufacturing workforce. High

petrol prices and a slowing economy

have hurt sales of Ford's big six

cylinder Falcon and Territory

vehicles. It follows similar job cut backs from Holden and Mitsubishi. Opposition leader Brendan Nelson

nel may well be breathe ago sigh of

relief after Peter Costello

publicly ruled out a challenge for

the top job. There was fresh

speculation that the former

Treasurer might be lured back

after a series of poor opinion polls.

It's estimated Australia's

obeseity crisis is costing us $58

billion a year with one in four

adults now classified obese, Access

Ecomonics says the bill is three

times that calculated just three

years ago. The direct cost sits at

over $8 billion, with a further $50

billion in lost well being and

Tropical storm Fay is premature death.

Tropical storm Fay is continuing

to lash Florida causing mass

flooding. Cars and homes have been

left under water as the storm moves

along the coast.

This is what 25 inches of rain will

do. Disaster area. Disaster area,

yes. Fay has put Melbourne, Florida,

under water. I see a lake that

used to be a street and sidewalks

and lawn. Waters from Fay have flooded several counties.

Alligators and snakes have been

spotted in the murky waters. Fay

continues to stump forecasters as

it crawls along Florida's

north-east shore. They say it is

supposed to finally kick into gear

and move towards Jacksonville later

later today. But the key words are,

"Supposed to". This is one of the "Supposed to". This is one of the

most unpredictable storms we've

seen. It's sure to put a damper on

the trip. We figured we would be

laying by the beach and catching

some sun. With so many flooded

management homes, the Federal emergency

management agency is gearing up to help. The governor has already

declared a state of emergency, but

for now, everyone is just waiting

for Fay to finally go away.

There's gold on offer for Australia

in wonderful city by the bay today

with Steven Hooker heading into the

pole vault finals. He only just

made it though. Jarred Tallent is

also a strong contender and he

bagged a bronze. Ken Wallace tackles the kayak. tackles

St Kilda forward Steven Milne

concedes he's unlikely to plaip

against Adelaide on Sunday, debate

being named in the Saints side. He

cheekbone yesterday. had surgery on a fractured

from Perth, After a 3-day road and train trip to finally be back in Melbourne. Stephen Milne is relieved It's good to be back.

Long drive, not much to look at, and see how I go. but I'm going to the doc now, The facial injury that prevented the goalsneak from flying home with his team-mates.

to keep him sidelined this weekend. is also expected Yeah, it's not too bad. and looks a lot worse than it feels. It's gone down heaps, So I'm going now, the one week. but hopefully I'll just miss forward Jason Porplyzia - The Crows will again be without delayed another week. his comeback from a brain injury North Melbourne coach Dean Laidley admits

his side faces a battle of biblical proportions against Geelong on Sunday. Let's concentrate on what we're trying to achieve and do it that way, rather than looking at the... ..whatever you want to call them - the behemoth. The all-conquering Cats are only getting stronger - they regain big guns Matthew Scarlett, Darren Milburn and Paul Chapman. Nathan Templeton, Ten News.

Rugby union, and former Wallabies

coach, Eddie Jones predicts that

Sonny Bill Williams will go on to

play for the All Blacks. Jones

coached against the former rugby league player in his first legal

game for Toulons last night. It's a

long way from Bankstown here to

Toulons and he showed tonight he'll

be an exfreemly talented player

with all the skills. Jones says

Williams is a big chance to play

for the All Blacks as early as the

2011 rugby World Cup.

To finance now with Kath, and NAB

breaking ranks?

Yes, and it's put pressure on the

other big banks, after yesterday

announcing it would pass on the announcing it would pass on the Reserve Bank's next official

rediction. The NAB admits it has

the capacity to absorb borrowing

costs and the treasurer Wayne Swan

has called on others to follow the

NAB's lead.

There's finally some good news to

cheer about at Qantas. The airline

posting a 44% jump in net profit to

$970 million, fuelled by radical

cost cutting and the success of

Jetstar. But the record profit came

with a warning that soaring oil

costs and an uncertain global

economy will halve earnings this

year. Qantas also admits that the

airline's reputation has been

seriously damaged after a series

of mishaps.

QBE insurance has ruled out

launching another bid for IAG,

setting its sites on acquisitions.

Yesterday, the insurer announced a

7% dip in half year profits to $859 million.

To other business news now and

Amcor has posted a 51.5% fall in

annual profit to $259 million.

To the market numbers now: Wall

Street stage add late come back

after initial weakness due to

rising oil prices and financial rising oil prices and financial worries.

Now for the national weather this Friday:

a little better tomorrow, but it

depends on whether you need rain in depends on whether you need ra depends on whether you need rain in your area.

Checking this morning's newspaper

front pages, the Australia January'

says business groups are calling

for a rethink of the Rudd

Government's emissions trading scheme. The 'Sydney Morning Herald'

business day reports that Babcock

and Brown will slash a quarter of its

its staff and cut its debt in half

in a bid to make the company more

attractive to investors.

The 'Courier Mail' has more on the

hendra virus which this week killed

a Queensland vet.

Gary Glitter on his way back to

Britain. Details when the news

Britain. Details when the news returns.

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This program is captioned live. This

This is Ten News. This morning's

headlines - authorities to search

for the orphaned baby whale, Colin,

this morning after deciding that

they will have to put him to sleep.

Spain declares three days of

mourning as amateur footage emerges capturing the disaster scene just

moments after the jet crash in Madrid.

In the Olympic games, our women's

waterpolo team adds a bronze to the

medal haul, while the Opals keep

their campaign for gold right on target.

And in finance, pressure mounts on

the big banks to follow NAB's lead

after it promised to pass on any

official rate cuts.

But first, the search will resume

in Sydney this morning for baby

humpback whale, Colin, after

authorities decided he will have

to be put down. The starving four

and a half metre whale calf

couldn't be found last night. He couldn't be found last night. He was examined earlier by marine

expers who say they have no choice

but to end his suffering. He was

listless, he was having trouble breathing and was not really

staying afloat the way a whale

should. It is primarily an overdols

of anaesthetic so the animal simply

goes to sleep. It is the best way

to deal with the situation. The

experts say that Colin's health is

rapidly deter toreating and he may

not have even survived the night.

Spain has declared three days of

national mourning for the 153

people killed in the Madrid plane

crash. Air safety investigators

still don't know why the plane

dived and burst into flames during

take off.

For the first time, we can glimpse

the full horrors of yesterday's air

tragedy. This newly released

amateur video reveals how the

inferno of the Spanair flight set

alight nearby fields. Barely a sign

that in the midst of this was an

aircraft. Now, shattered beyond

recognition. With 172 people

onboard, how did anybody emerge

alive? The emergency services

reached the scene quickly, for the

plane was still inside the airport

perimeter. But the rescuers

described harrowing scenes of

bodies on fire, and others scorched

beyond recognition. At the

convention centre, that's now

become a giant morgue, family

members arrive to try to identify

bodies. The Spanish Royal Family

have been consoling the bereaved

and leading the prayers for the

survivors, many of whom remain

tonight in critical condition. The

tonight in critical condition. The

bereaved are now clinging to each

other for support here, while the

investigators a few miles away

start their work. But as we

witnessed today, it may not be long

before the grief turns to anger.

To Beijing, and our women's

waterpolo team added a bronze to Australia's medal haul. The

Stingers had a penalty shootout win

over Hungary in the semifinals. They

They weren't the only Aussies

celebrating. The Opals advanced

to the gold medal play off after a

90-56 win over China. They'll take

on the USA in the final. It's not

quite the dream team but it will be

tough. The Aussie men's basketball

team trying to be positive. I do

think that we lost to the best team

in the world, and I do think, I

really believe that you know, four

years ago in Greece, we had a lot

of 30-year-old players who had

never played in Olympics and world

games and I think that we've got a

bright, bright future. The

kookaburras bid to defend the

Olympic hockey title has been ended

by Spain which won 3-2 in the semis.

There have been celebrations in

country Victoria after Glenn Ashby

and Darren Bundock won silver for

Australia in sailing. Ashby

anticipates parents and sister

watched from their home town in

Bendigo. Couldn't be happier if we

tried, and I know that the boys

have done just absolutely their

total Aussie best. Ashby learned total Aussie best. Ashby learned to

sail on Lake Eppalock which has sail on Lake Eppalock which has

been left just about dry by the drought.

We'll have a little more on the We'll have a little more on the

Olympic games, the medal tally and

a preview of today's events later in sport.

It's feared the deadly hendra virus

could be mutating following the

death of a Queensland vet. Ben

Cuneen caught the disease. Blood

tests show another 50 workers were

not infected. Five horses have been put down.

There's been a dramatic increase in

cancer survival rates according to

a new report. The number of people

still alive five years after being

diagnosed has risen by 30% since

1986. Testicular and thyroid

cancers have the highest survival

rates follow by melanoma, breast

and prostate cancer. But there's

been no change in survival rates

for cancer of the brain or the bladder.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and other

Pacific leaders have issued an

ultimatum to Fiji's military ruler.

For the first time, they've

threatened suspension, unless the

interim Government holds free and

fair elections.

United in fashion and on a

hardline stance against continued

stalling by Fiji's self-imposed military leader on democratic

elections. One of the measures

we're considering or will be

considering is suspension. It's the

first time the Pacific Islands Forum

Forum has used such strong language,

but broken promises by Frank

Bainimarama to attend the

conference and hold free and fair

elections by March have tipped the

scale. Had it right up to here.

Inmean, this guy has been given 18

months to now to honour a

commitment. It's a very strong

message and the ball is now really

in his court as to how he reacts. Both Australia and New Zealand

already have sanctions in place

against Fiji. China has stepped in

to fill the aid gap. China is also

playing more of a role in terms of

military co-operation between the

Chinese military and the Fijian

military which is something for

Australia to watch. The interim

Fiji Government has been angered by

the threat, but Pacific leaders say

it is a message of support to the

Fiji people. They'll decide whether

to follow through later this year

in Papua New Guinea.

A teenage boy has been shot dead at

a school in the United States. The

16-year-old was gunned down in the

cafeteria by a fellow stud student cafeteria by a fellow stud student in Knoxville, Tennessee. More than

440 people have been killed at US

primary and high schools in the past 16 years.

Convicted paedophile Gary Glitter

is finally on his way back to

Britain. The former pop star had

been refused entry to Hong Kong

and sent back to Thailand.

Authorities there have now expelled

him. Glitter has been trying to

avoid returning to the UK after he

was released from a Vietnamese

jail for sexually abusing two jail for sexually abusing two

young girls. British police will be waiting young girls. British police will be waiting for him when he arrives later today.

Tough ask for Australia lining up

in today's 4 X100 heats. Usain Bolt

gunning for a third gold medal.

He'll lead the Jamaicans. In

today's other events, Aussie Steven

Hooker is a favourite. Jarred

Tallent also a strong contender in

the 50km walk after already bagging

bronze in the 20km event. And Ken

Wallace looks good for a kayak

medal, and weather permitting, the

BMX band its will get the chance to compete. To the medal tally:

St Kilda forward Steven Milne

admits he's unlikely to play

against Adelaide on Sunday, despite against Adelaide on Sunday, despite

being named in the Saints side. He

was unable to fly home after

suffering a fractured cheekbone suffering a fractured cheekbon

against Fremantle. Ep endured a

3-day road and train trip before 3-day road and train trip before having facial surgery yesterday.

Yes, it's not too bad and looks a

lot worse than it feels. I'm going

now and hopefully will miss just

the one week. Jason Porplyzia's

come back from brain bruising has

been delayed by another week.

A super snow season in NSW has made

for ideal conditions for the Rip

Curl free ride event in Thredbo. Curl free ride event in Thredbo.

The skiers and borders were

staking their claim for $20,000 in

prize money. But the event wasn't

without its share of wipouts,

leaving plenty of competitors

nursing bumps and bruises. The

throwdown challenge was declared a

success. The participants judged

each other's tricks, and this time,

Tom McGrath of the ACT was the pick

of the bunch.

Finance now with Kath. What's Finance now with Kath. What's happening?

Well, we might cross to our weekly report on Wall Street now and report on Wall Street now and

joining us live from New York is

Alexis Christoforous. And concerns

about writedowns have sent stocks

plummeting? Yeah, it continues to

be a big headache here in the

States. Wall Street is betting that States. Wall Street is betting that credit losses at the financial

firms will just increase. Saxon,

Morgan Stanley and Lehmo Morgan Stanley and Lehmo Brothers

led the stocks lower after analyst

cut the profit, and shares of

Fannie May and Freddie Mac.

Investors think that the Government

will have to bail them out. OK, oil

has also weighed on the market

tonight. What's behind the latest

price jump? That's right. Oil

surged $6, briefly topping $122 a

barrel. A few things at play here.

Traders are tracking tropical

storm Fay here on the east coast to

make sure that it doesn't hit oil

facilities here in the gulf of

Mexico. We also have a weak dollar.

All of these things driving oil

prices higher. Many people don't

realise, Russia is the world's

number two oil producer. And there

are predictions that the US

slowdown could get worse? Yes, we

received word today from the

conference board with the leading

economic indicators which showed

that the US slowdown will deepen in

the second half of the year because

of the housing slump. This index

is a pressure designed to predict

the economy's direction. Also,

separate reports today show the

number of Americans collecting

unemployment insurance remain near

a 5-year high, and manufacturing

in some major cities sh rank last month.

National Australia Bank has promise

today pass on the next official

reduction in interest rates, putting

pressure on the other banks to do

the same. The company admits it has the capacity to absorb borrowing

costs and Treasurer Wayne Swan has

called on the other big banks to

follow the NAB's lead.

Babcock and Brown will axe a

quarter of its staff, stop its

dividends and half its $1 billion

debt in a bid to restore investor

confidence. They unveiled the

radical survival plan yesterday radical survival plan yesterday as

it posted a 30% drop in half year

profits to $175 million.

To other news briefly and

Wesfarmers has posted a 34% rise in

profits, but concerns about Coles

weighed on the share price. Skhraer

Here's the deal for today:

The bulgeing cost of obesity.

Details on that story when the

early news returns.

This program is captioned live.

This is Ten News. Today - marine

experts to search for Sydney's abandoned baby humpback after

making the difficult decision to

put him down. Nour our women's

waterpolo team bronze in Beijing

while the Opals keep their gold

medal hopes alive.

Amateur footage captures the chaos

and destruckion just moments after

a jet plane crashes and bursts into

flames in Madrid.

And in finance, pressure mounts on And in finance, pressure mounts on

the big banks to follow NAB's lead

after it promised to pass on any

official rate cuts.

A quick check of the weather as

many of us have one eye on the

weekend and justice in time as rain

is settling in almost everywhere

except Perth. Warm in Brisbane, but in

in other capitals, there will be a

drop in temperature.

Marine experts will resume a search

for baby humpback whale, Colin this

morning. It was decided that the

whale would have to be put to sleep.

Some fear he may not have survived the night.

National disgrace. National

disgrace. There's anger and

frustration as the official

announcement is made to euthanise the

the orphaned whale. Wildlife expers

say they have no choice but to end

his suffering. He was listless. Was

having trouble breathing and was

not really staying afloat the way a not really staying afloat the way a

also whale should. It appears Colin has

also suffered wounds from a shark

attack. It's primarily an overdols

of anaesthetic so the animal simply

goes to sleep. It is the best way

to deal with this situation. Colin

has captured hearts across the

country. For five days, he's

drifted lost, nudging boats in the

hope of finding his mother.

Aboriginal whale whisper believes

more can be done. Colin as they

call him, is capable of swimming

from here to Brisbane. He's capable

of going without food for another

week. But experts say they're doing

what's best for the whale calf.

Colin was supposed to be euthanaised overnight but couldn't euthanaised overnight but couldn't

be found. A search will continue

this morning.

To Beijing, and Australia has

picked up bronze in the women's

waterpolo overnight. The Stingers

pulled off a dramatic win over

Hungary in a dramatic penalty

shootout. And the Opals are through

to the gold medal play off in

basketball. They now take on the US

on that subject, the men's team are fairly pleased with their

performance, doe spite being

knocked out by the dream team. The

MVP or the NBA, you're not playing

against Joe Blogs, you're playing

against a hell of a player and you

live with some shots and say, he's

the best in the word. And to get

respect from him is something as a

player that you look for. And the

Kookaburras hopes of defending

their Olympic title is dashed by

Spain. Spain won 3-2 in the semifinal.

A few more Olympic result and a

look at today's events a little look at today's events a little

later in sport.

New amateur video has revealed the

scene of destruction just minutes

after a plane crashed in Madrid and

burst into flames during take-off.

Debris was scattered throughout the

trace ground, but there was hardly a

trace of the plane's fuselage.

Three days of mourning have begun

in Spain, and a minute's silence

held for the 153 dead. Only 19

people survived with serious burns.

Most of them. The investigation continues.

A 34-year-old woman is in a serious

condition after a hit and run in

Queensland's Gold Coast. The victim

was struck at South Port last night.

The woman was dragged along a

footpath and left lying in a gutter footpath and left lying in a g footpath and left lying in a gutter

suffering serious head injuries.

The police are suffering for a

light coloured Ford sedan with

damage to the front.

The Fiji military Government has

been put on notice by Pacific

Island leaders after meeting in

Niue this week. They warned Frank Bainimarama that without democratic

elections, his country will be

suspended from the Pacific Islands

forum. They've had it up to here

with this guy, had it right up to

here. Inmean, this guy has been

given 18 months to now to honour a

commitment. The leaders will peat

in Papua New Guinea later this

year to decide whether to carry out

that threat.

It's estimated Australia's obesity

crisis is costing us $58 billion a

year. One in four adults is now

classified as obese. Access

Ecomonics says the bill is three

times what was calculated just

three years ago. The direct cost

sits at more than $8 billion. The

further $50 billion is lost in well

being and premature death. Convicted paedophile Gary Glitter

is finally on his way back to

Britain. The former pop star had Britain. The former pop star had

been refused entry to Hong Kong

and sent back to Thailand.

Authorities there have now expelled

him. Glitter has been trying to

avoid returning to the UK after he

was released from a Vietnamese

jail after sexually abusing two

young girls. British police will be

waiting for him when he arrives later today.

There's gold on offer for Australia

in Beijing today. Steven Hooker

heading into the pole vault is one heading into the pole vault is one

of the favourites and Jarred

Tallent is a strong contender in

the 50km walk. He's already bagged

bronze in the 20km event. Heading

into day 14:

St Kilda forward Steven Milne

concedes he's not likely to play against Adelaide on Sunday,

although he was named in the side.

He had surgery on a fractured

cheekbone only yesterday.

After a 3-day road and train trip

from Perth, Steven Milne is

relieved to finally be back in

Melbourne. It's good to be back, a

The facial injury that prevented long drive with not much to look at.

from flying home with his team-mates. the goalsneak is also expected to keep him sidelined this weekend. Yeah, it's not too bad. It's gone down heaps, and looks a lot worse than it feels. So I'm going now, but hopefully I'll just miss the one week.

The Crows will again be without forward Jason Porplyzia - his comeback from a brain injury delayed another week. North Melbourne coach Dean Laidley admits his side faces a battle of biblical proportions against Geelong on Sunday. on what we're trying to achieve Let's concentrate rather than looking at the... and do it that way, the behemoth. ..whatever you want to call them - only getting stronger - The all-conquering Cats are Matthew Scarlett, Darren Milburn they regain big guns and Paul Chapman. Nathan Templeton, Ten News.

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans admits

it will be tough against South

Africa on Saturday when the line-up

in their Tri-Nations match against

the box. His side has been boosted

by the return of Rocky Elson.

League convert Tamana Tahu gets his

shot at a second cap. He's coming

off the bench. This is the place off the bench. This is the place

you come to test yourself, and we

know that we'll be tested.

Seriously tested on the weekend.

But, we hope to do some testing of

our own. The Aussies must nail at our own. The Aussies must nail at

least one win out of their two

games against the Boks to ensure a

showdown with the Kiwis next month.

But let's talk about finance for a

moment and the NAB is breaking ranks?

It has indeed and put pressure on

the other big banks after yesterday the other big banks after yesterday

announcing it would pass on the

reduction Reserve Bank's next official

reduction in interest rates. The

NAB admits it has the capacity to

absorb costs. The treasurer Wayne

Swan has called on the others to

follow the NAB's lead.

Quaun that is has popsed a 44% jump Quaun that is has popsed a 44%

in net profit to $970 million,

fuelled by radical cost cutting and

the success of Jetstar. But th the success of Jetstar. But the

record profit came with a warning

that soaring oil costs and an uncertain global economy will

halve earnings this year. Qantas

also admits that the airline's reputation has been seriously

damaged after a series of

mishappens. Noi QBE insurance has mishappens. Noi QBE insurance has

ruled out launching another bid

for IAG, instead setting its sights

on acquisitions in Europe and the

United States. Yesterday, the

insurer anounsed an expected 7% dip insurer anounsed an expected 7% dip

in half year profits to $859 million.

To other business news briefly and

Amcor has posted a 52% fall in

annual profit to $259 million.

To the market numbers now, and Wall

Street staged a late come back

after initial weakness due to

rising oil prices and financial rising oil prices and financial worries.

The national weather this Friday:

Brisbane up to 23 degrees but there Brisbane up to 23 degrees but there

will be showers. Showers also for

Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and

Adelaide. And low temperatures to

boot. Hobart, well, even colder.

Perth is the only capital that will

be sunny today and you can throw in

a healthy 19 degrees as well.

Another look at this morning's

newspaper headlines - the 'Age'

reports petrol prices and slowing

sales of big cars are behind Ford's

decision to cut 350 manufacturing

Babcock jobs. The 'Financial Review' says

Babcock and Brown will move to ases

its sliding share price by stopping

dividends and slashing 400 jobs.

The 'Sydney Morning Herald' reports

NSW teachers can now sign up to new

professional standards that would

give them greater leverage on demanding

demanding better pay. demanding better pay.

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This program is captioned live. This

This is Ten News. The headlines

this morning - authorities to

search for orphaned baby whale

Colin after deciding overnight to

put him to sleep.

Spain declares three days of mourning

mourning as amateur footage

captures the disaster scene moments

after the deadly jet crash.

Australia's women's waterpolo team

claims bronze in Beijing, while the

Opals keep their goltd medal hopes alive.

And in finance, pressure mounts on And in finance, pressure mounts on

the big banks to follow NAB's lead

after it promise today pass on any official rate cuts.

But first, the search will re sume

in Sydney this morning for baby humpback whale Colin after the

authorities decided he will have

to be put down. The starving 4.5

metre whale calf could not be found

last night. He was examined

earlier in the evening by marine

experts who said they had no choice

but to end his suffering. Listless, but to end his suffering. Listless, was having trouble breathing. And

was not really staying afloat the

way a whale should. It is primarily

an overdose of anaesthetic so the

animal simply goes to sleep. It is

the best way to deal with the the best way to deal with the

situation. The experts say Colin's

health is rapidly detoreiorating. He

He may not have survived the night.

Spain has declared three days of

national mourning for the 153

victims of the Madrid plane crash.

Air safety investigators still

don't know why the plane diefbled

and burst into flames during take off.

For the first time, we can glimpse

the full horrors of yesterday's air

tragedy. This newly released

amateur video reveals how the

inferno of the Spanair flight set

alight nearby fields. Barely a sign

that in the midst of this was an

aircraft. Now, shattered beyond

recognition. With 172 people

onboard, how did anybody emerge

alive? The emergency services

reached the scene quickly for the

plane was still inside the airport

perimeter. But the rescuers

described harrowing scenes of

bodies on fire, and others scorched

beyond recognition. At the

Convention Centre that's now become

a giant morgue, family members

arrived to try to identify bodies.

The Spanish Royal Family have been consoling the bereaved and

leading the prayers for the

survivors. Many of whom remain

tonight in critical condition. The

bereaved are now clinging to each

other for support here, while the

investigators a few miles away

start their work. But as we

witnessed today, it may not be long

before the grief turns to anger.

To Beijing, and our women's

waterpolo team has added a bronze

waterpolo team has added a bro

to Australia's medal stally. The

Stingers in a thrilling penalty

shootout defeated Hungary in the

semifinals. They weren't the only

Aussies celebrating. The Opals

advanced to the gold medal play

off. They beat China 90-56 and they

take on the USA in the final. Not

as tough as it was for the Aussie

men's team. They're trying to be

positive about their loss to the

dream team. I think we lost to the

best team in the world and I do best team in the world and I d

best team in the world and I do think, I really believe that four

years ago in Greece, we had a lot

of 30-year-old players who had

never played in an Olympics or never played in an Olympics or

world games, and I think that we've

got a bright, bright future. The

Kookaburras bid to defend their

Olympic hockey title has been ended

by Spain which won 3-2 in the semifinal. Celebrations

Celebrations in country Victoria

after Glenn Ashby and Darren after Glenn Ashby and Darren

Bundock won silver for Australia in

the sailing. Ashby's parents and

sister watched from their home town

in Bendigo. Couldn't be happier if

we tried, and I know that the boys

have done just absolutely their

total Aussie best. Ashby learned to

sail on Lake Eppalock which has

been left virtually dry by the drought.

More medal tally news and a preview More medal tally news and a preview

of today's events coming up in sport.

Ford is set to slash up to 350 jobs

across the nation after a slump in

car sales. Staff will be cut from

the Geelong and Broadmeadows plants

from mid-November as the car maker

slashes up to 15 from its

manufacturing workforce. High

petrol prices and a slowing economy

have hurt sales of Ford's big six

cylinder Falcon and Territory cars.

This follows cut backs from Holden

and Mitsubishi.

It's feared the deadly hendra virus

could be mutating following the

death of a Queensland vet. The vet

caught the disease during an

outbreak at a Brisbane clinic.

Blood tests show another 50 workers Blood tests show another 50 workers

were not infected. Five horses have

been put down.

There's been a dramatic increase in

cancer survival rates. The number

of people still alive five years of people still alive five years

after being diagnosed has risen by

30% since 1986. Testicular and

thyroid cancers have the highest

survival rates followed by melanoma,

melanoma, breast and prostate cancer.

At least 60 people have been killed At least 60 people have been killed

and dozens injured in twin suicide

bombings at a weapons factory in

Pakistan. The two men blew

themselves up at the gates of the building

building as workers were leaving.

The Taliban has claimed

responsibility for the attack which

is the deadliest on a military site

in Pakistan's history.

A teenage boy has been shot dead at

a school in the United States. The 16-year-old was gunned down in the

cafeteria by a fellow student in

Knoxville, Tennessee. Police

arrested the student nearby a short

time later. More than 440 people

have been killed at US primary and

high schools in the past 16 years.

It will be tough for Australia

lining up in today's women's 4x100m

relay heats. The Jamaican women

finished top three in the

individual race. Tonight, another

Jamaican, Usain Bolt, is gunning for

a third gold medal in the men's

relay. In today's other events:

St Kilda forward Steven Milne

admits he's unlikely to plaip

against Adelaide on Sunday. He was

named in the Saints side, but

unable to fly home after suffering

a fractured cheekbone against

Fremantle, he endured a 3-day road

and train trip and then had facial

surgery just yesterday. Yeah, it's

not too bad and it looks a lot not too bad and it looks a lot

worse than it feels, so I'm going now

now to hopefully miss just the one

week. Adelaide Crow Jason

Porplyzia's come back from brain

bruising has been delayed for another week.

A super snow season in NSW that is

made for good conditions for the

Rip Curl free ride event in Thredbo.

They were riding for a share of They were riding for a share of

$20,000, but it wasn't without a

few wipouts, leaving a few

competitors with bumps and bruises.

The so-called throwdown challenge The so-called throwdown challe

was declared a success. The

participants judged each other's

tricks, and this time, Tom McGrath tricks, and this time, Tom McGrath

of the ACT was named pick of the bunch.

New car sales have slumped 3.4% in

July, their biggest fall in nearly

three years. For more, I'm joined

live by Juliette Saly from Commsec,

and credit card debt also

declined? That's right, credit card

debt is growing at its slowest pace

on record. The average Aussie has

just over $3,100 on tkhair credit

card, a growth of 4.7% over the

year, the slowest growth since

records began 14 years ago. So the

fact that we're going away from

showrooms and putting less money on

the credit cards is another

indication that the economy is

cooling. And how is the market

expected to fare today? It is

looking quite positive. We had

moderate gains from Wall Street,

but a big jump in commoditys which but a big jump in commoditys which

will help the resource. The

commodities index posted its biggest

weekly gain in 33 years thanks to a

weaker green back. We saw crude oil,

gold and base metals rise. It's gold and base metals rise. It's

looking like a positive start. OK,

thank you and have a good weekend. thank you and have a good week thank you and have a good weekend.

The national Australia Bank has

promise today pass on the next

official reduction in interest

rates putting pressure on the other

banks to do the same. The company

admits it has the capacity to

absorb borrowing costs and

Treasurer Wayne Swan has called on

the others to follow NAB's lead.

Babcock and Brown will axe a

quarter of its staff, stop its

dividends and halve its billion

dollar debt in a desperate bid to

restore investor confidence. The

investment bank unveiled the

radical survival plan yesterday as

it posted a 30% drop in half year

profits to $175 million. profits to $175 million.

To other company news now and

Wesfarmers posted a 34% rise in net

profit, but concerns about Coles

weighed on its share price. Qantas

has announced a record profit of

nearly $1 billion, but expects

earnings to halve this year due to

fuel costs. QBE says it is

targeting acquisitions as it said

there was a 7% dip.

Bill, that's it for the morning in finance.

Thank you, Kath. We hope Delta

Goodrecommend is making a few

bucks, drawing a good audience in Sydney. #

# I'll still be loving you #

# Cause I can't make it to my heart.

The song's release marks a year

since Delta's return to Australia.

Her latest album has gone triple platinum.

Now, here's the weather deal for Now, here's the weather deal for

today, cold and wet in almost all

the capitals. Melbourne, Canberra,

Adelaide and Sydney and Hobart.

Brisbane 23 but also in for some

showers. Perth is the exception

with a sunny 19. Tomorrow it will

be a lot drier. Showers easing in

Sydney and lurking around Melbourne,

Hobart and Adelaide. Brisbane a

sunny 20. Perth even warmer than today.

And that's it for Ten News. I'm

Bill Woods, hopefully I'll catch up

with you on the weekend. Have a great day. Supertext Captions by Red Bee Media Australia www.redbeemedia.com.au