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Getting away from the monster,

North Queensland residents evacuate

in the final hours before

supercyclone Yasi smashs into them

at up to 250kmph. It's 6am February

2nd. Good morning. I'm Ron Wilson.

I'm Frank Colletta. Welcome to

Ten's Early News. Hundreds of

thousands take to the striets of

Egypt as the political crisis

enters the 8th day. Australian also

get their first fliegts out today.

Superfish Ian Thorpe is tet to

shock the swimming world by

competitive racing. announcing a come back to

Then in finance the Reserve Bank

says Queensland floods won't make

it put up rates so it spared us the

pain for at least a month.

Here is a snapshot of the weather.

Cyclone Yasi looks like it will

directly hit Carins this time

tomorrow morning. Evacuations have

been going on in the night. Locals

in the path of the storm told to

get out and head as far south as they

they can. Cairnes hospital is

evacuated, patients air lifted to

hospitals all over the state. It's

giving birth next week. safer to go down to Brisbane. I'm

We trust his wife will. The cyclone

was up dateed in the night to a

category 4 and there are fears it

could reach category 5 which will

make it one of the biggest recorded.

a Our Ten reporter filed this report

a short time ago from Cairnes.

pace Cyclone Yasi continued to gather

pace as it makes its way to the

Cairns coast. Forecasters are

finding it hard to describe the

size and strength and have not

ruled out it reaching a category 5

when it hits Wednesday evening or

early Thursday morning evacuations

have started in Cairns, last night

two hospitals evacuated, close to

200 patients, here is what one had

to say. Worried about me kids and

the people I know. Those patients

made their way to Brisbane. A

Hercules aircraft was flown in to

bring them down, so, too, 16 other

craft, a nursing home was evacuated,

over00 people. But today we're

expecting the winds to reach

130kmph, and we're still probably

close to 10, 12 hours, from when we

really will see the start of what

Cyclone Yasi will bring to Cairns.

It's shaping as a monster. So what

are the weather experts saying, we

are joined by Tom Saunders a

meterologist from the Weather

Channel. They're notoriously

unpredictable, what piece so unpredictable, what piece so

worrying about this? It's becoming

easy to predict. Every computer

model that forecasts the intensity

and the movement of the system has

it barreling straight towards the

Queensland coast today, that's what

it's been doing over 48 hours, it

started off near Fiji and has been

heading in a westerly towards the

coast, around 30 or 40kmph, it's

now around 700 km from the coast,

moving at about 30kmph, so it moving at about 30kmph, so it

should hit the coast somewhere

between Port Douglas around

midnight tomorrow and most likely

the impact will be near Cairns or

Innisfail. We saw the Queensland Government

Government evacuating, is there any

chance that this cyclone won't be

as bad as expected? There are some

tropical cyclones that are hard to

predict and all of a sudden they

turn around and disappear and

dissipate. This one won't do that,

it's in a very favourable

environment to man tain intensity,

low vertical wind shield, warm sea

temperatures and that means it will

remain probably a high category 4.

And of course tomorrow morning when

the cyclone hits we will be there

and give it full coverage.

Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians

have marched on Liberation Square,

demanding the fall of Hosni Mubarak.

It's been the biggest of 8 days of

rallies across Cairo and Alexandra,

protesters including women and

children have set Friday as the

deadline for the President. We are

not going to leave this square,

unless John Barry leaves Egypt. And

the army kept things orderly but

consistently refused to crush the

protests. The mood was happy, but

the death toll is estimated to

climb to 300.

An emergency charter flight will

evacuate 400 Aussies from Cairo, a

second mercy dash announced for

tomorrow. Our correspondent in

Egypt is caught up with some of the

tourists.

The Egyptian evolution.

A little bit frightening. This is

what is going on. A massive riot. A

riot on the doorstep for mates

Ruben and Aaron as tanks set up

outside their inner city hostel.

And they opened fire. No, no! No,

burns. Got a shot of tear gas. It's crazy

burns.

I went down to see what was really

going on. People running everywhere,

people firing into the crowd

indiscriminate, launching gunshots

to people, screaming and wailing,

looters with clubs, barbed wire

wrapped around them. More than

100,000 Australians are waiting for

a seat home. We went to the airport,

impossible to get out, 5 hours

minimum to get in the queue. We

tried catching domestic flights,

we've been cancelled as well. So

it's hell. The crisis now appears a long way from over.

The Prime Minister won government

with the support of Independent

Andrew Wilkie who is anti-poker machines now the government

announced a crack down, with

strigts limits on how much people

can spend.

Andrew Wil kirbgs e wanted gambling

reform in exchange for supporting a

Labour Government. Now he's getting Labour Government. Now he's getting

it. We have an obligation to

address the problems that gambling

imposes on so many individuals and

families in Australia. Gambling is

normally controlled by the state

but new advice says the Federal

Government can implement the

radical reforms. These include a

uniform precommitment scheme.

Mr Wilkie says the Federal

Government needs to implement the

reforms because some states can't

be trusted to do so. My message to

the states now is that the writing

is on the wall. The changes are

likely to be met with resistance,

in the states and territories

gambling is one of the few areas

they can impose taxes and it reaps

them billions in revenue every year.

It's not only the states that

benefit, the ALP receives more than

660,000 in donations from Labor

clubs in Canberra last financial

year.

The NSW government has ruled out

any more moves to privatise the

state's electricity assets. Premier

Leila Mckinnon decided to abandon

the second phase after it failed to

secure a single bid. She also

admitted to Cabinet that public

anger over the badly mishandled 5.

3 billion sell off was a

consideration. The treasurer has

blamed the opposition for scaring

off potential bidders. The Japanese

volcano Shinmoedake has eruplted again, this time sending again, this time sending a huge

plume of gas rocks and ash to the

sky, breaking windows 8km away.

Officials have widened the danger

zone. This latest eruption is the

biggest since the volcano came back

to life last week. Wide areas are

covered with ash, boulders landed

on roads km away, the blast knocked

down trees and broke hundreds of

windows.

Five time Olympic medallist Ian

Thorpe is expected to announce his

return to competitive swimming. The Athens

Athens Olympics in 04 was the last Athens Olympics in 04 was the last

time he competed in an elite event.

Half a decade after retiring, Ian

Thorpe is coming back in time for

London 2012. To have someone like

Ian Thorpe coming back potentially

is a huge boost. Boasting 16 world

records and five medals, he's Australia's most successful

Olympian. His mere presence will

inspire a youthful Australian team.

I know having Ian Thorpe in my team

would fill my lungs up with a lot

of airened I would walk with my

head high around the pool. The 28-

year-old was motivated by the year-old was motivated by the

successful come back of Jeff

Huegill at the Commonwealth Games.

I this I it's grate, my advice

would be to do relays. Those who

know him believe he is ready. He's

been doing training, the head coach

has been writing sessions, so he

needs to get racing. needs to get racing.

It's interesting. You can watch the

media conference live.

St Kilda will officially open the

new administration facility in the

wake of the latest scandal. The

launch will provide a distraction

from the Saints who suspended four

players on Monday for misuse of alcohol and prescription medications.

We've put a line in the sand thrbgs

is risky behaviour we're not

prepared to tolerate. They were prepared to tolerate. They were

banned for six weeks and must

understake additional development

and counselling programmes.

The NSW Blues claimed a berth in

the 2020 big bash after a superb

display against SA. 17-year-old

pace man Cummins took four for 16 pace man Cummins took four for 16

to be the leading wicket player in the competition.

The Blues chased down 105 runs for

victory, Dave Warner leading the

way with an unbeaten 70 off 49

balls. Now the finance with Frank

Colletta w a man with a decent

mortgage like everyone else, I

dodgeed the bullet yesterday. Yes,

the hot weather wasn't the only

reason we were sweating. We can

breathe easier.

Mortgage holders are breathing a

sigh after the Reserve Bank kept

interest rates on hold for a month.

Retailers welcomed the decision,

they have been worried climbing rates were making consumers cut back on spending.

I think once the Reserve Bank left

the decision to leave rates where

they are, some relief to retailers

and consumers. The RBA says the

Queensland flood disaster will have

little impact on future rate

decisions. If you think the Egyptian political crisis has nothing

nothing to do with you, take a

glance at the next petrol station

you go past and you might find it will.

With prices spiking almost

20cepblts in the past week, the oil

price found itself above $100 a

barrel for the first time since

before the global financial crisis.

It's quickly climbing because of

the unrest in the Middle East.

Egypt itself is not a major oil

producer, but two million barrels producer, but two million barrels

passed through the Suez canal every

day to field the world. The last

time oil got this high, we paid

more than $1. 50 a litter.

Investors focussed on signs of

economic strength rather than geo political political concerns.

Here is a look at the weather. Still ahead:

We have information just through,

Cyclone Yasi has just been up

graded to a category 5 storm. We

will have more on that coming up.

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We've got the headlines every 15

minutes on Ten's Early News. We

have bad news through from the

weather bureau just now. Cyclone

Yasi has been up grate graded from

a category 4 to 5. The streets of

North Queens listenland are all but deserted this morning.

The camp down has begun. North Queenslanders are facing what could

be a life threatening disaster. The

first winds from the cyclone will

be felt by about 10 o'clock tonight.

Tens of thousands got out while

they could. Airlie Beach is a ghost

town. The two hospitals in Cairns

evacuated. Those who range from

intensive care patients through to

mothers expecting to give birth.

Others desperate to get out had to

pay top dollar.

Trying to get to Sydney. Schools

and businesses are closed. Please

make no mistake, this storm is a

deadly event. Those who are staying

to brave the storm are not feeling so brave.

Very scary. Pretty big, so very

scary stuff. Rezdepbltss in a race

against time to stock up in

supplies and secure their homes.

Torrential rain and a storm surge

is likely to bring flash floods.

I've been here in Cairns for 20

years, first time I've had to

sandbag. The monstrous category 4

cyclone is on target to cross the

coast between Cairns and Innisfail.

It could develop to a category 5

and do more damage than Cyclone Larry.

Yes, as we mentioned the cyclone

has been up graded to a category 5,

that occurred a few minutes ago.

Australians in Cairo are not

waiting for the official evacuation

aircraft due to east, some managed

to get out on a Canadian plane. 27

Australians got to Germany on the

Air Canada flight, however hundreds

more are waiting for the first of

the chartered Aussie aircraft due

in some time today. Most other countries began evacuating their nationals nationals yesterday.

Screaming and wailing and looters

going around with clubs, barbed

wire wrapped around them. 1200

Australians have registered with

the embassy. The government so far organised two evacuation flights

but says more will be organised if

required. Meanwhile hundreds of

thousands of Egyptians flooded to

Cairo's main square to add their

voices to the push to end the

autocratic rule of Hosni Mubarak.

The government has pledged reform

but protesters insist the President

must go by the end of the week.

Mod everyone day - modern day Egypt

has never seen anything like this.

Up to a million citizens protesting

freely., trying to make their

collective sprois more powerful

than the one that's still oppressing them.

And their message to the regime

could hardly be clearer. This

lunchtime they have been

strengthened by the comments of leading dissidents Gareth Ellis.,

who has called for President Hosni

Mubarak to leave the country and go into exile.

The first time the Egyptians have

confidence, they have hope, they

have dignity, and they feel that

they have been reborn from being

slaves to free people. And the

United Nations human rights chief

indicated casualites in the unrest

could be far higher than thought.

Up to 300 dead, up to 2,000 injured.

Crucially now allies in the Arab

world are beginning to turn against

Hosni Mubarak with Turkey's Prime

Minister saying he must listen to

the demands of his people. Change

looks inevitable. Huge numbers

continue to gather in Central Cairo,

30 years of one man's rule may end soon after.

Our Senior Foreign Correspondent is

part of the team in Cairo. He joins

us on the telephone. The protesters

are saying they will stay there in

Liberation Square, until Hosni

Mubarak stands down, are they

holding good to their word this

morning? They certainly are so far.

And remember that it is still the

same day here, so we haven't gone

through the night yet, they are

breaking that curfew that came in

at 3 o'clock this afternoon. It's

now 9pm and there is still

thousands of people out, we can

hear the chanting from just down

the road where we're staying. The

helicopters still buzzing over head,

monitoring the movements of those

crowds. It was a huge turn out,

probably not the million that had

been anticipated. It's difficult to

tell at this point what the numbers

are like and probably it's not all

that important. The protesters

think the momentum is with them and

the pressure is on President Hosni

Mubarak at the end of his 30 year

rule. When we see these pictures of

the crowds, we see the military on

the side lines but the death toll

reached 300 and you had your own

first hand experience with the

heavy hand of security forces in

Cairo? Yes., although the security

played a benign role today there's

been some techy moments, we had our

own experiences, our camera was

seized by some soldiers this

afternoon when we returned from

filming throughout the day.

Obviously you know, difficult for

journalists to operate here, not

everyone wants you to be covering

this story and certainly those

supportive of the government are

wary of the images going out. It's

the second camera we've had taken

from us in two days. So it's not from us in two days. So it's not

making life easy for us at this

pont in time. And we're certainly not

not the only people that have been

facing difficulties. And our

broadcast was effectively sht off

air, they had six journalists

arrested at gun point in their

hotel room, so for them a more

serious experience perhaps but I

guess it is a warning to foreigners

here trying to cover the story it's

not necessarily one that the

Egyptian authorities want getting out. Thank you.

Scorching winds in Victoria's east

have sparked the first fire emergency

emergency there of the season. Two

homes have been destroyed by the

bushfire that threatened a number bushfire that threatened a number

of small communities in East

Gipps,land, cooler conditions

allowed authorities to down grade

the fire by a number of towns.

A fire in Lane Kove national park

is threatening homes. Fire crews

worked through the night to contain

the spot fire but more trucks were

sent in to battle the blaze again,

a total fire ban is in place in

many parts of NSW including Sydney,

the Hunter, Illawarra and the Blue Mountains.

Almost five years after retiring, Almost five years after retiring,

Ian Thorpe is said to shock the

swimming world by anoupbtsing his

comeback to racing. And the

prospect of the five time Olympic

medallist returning to the pool has

the current team excited about the the current team excited about the

lead up to London.

To have a champion like that in

your team can do nothing but give

you more confidence every time

you're around the pool deck. Ian

Thorpe will front the media at

about midday today.

Australians selectors have been

forced to audition another batsman

ahead of this month's Cricket World

Cup. John Ferguson will replace the

injured Shaun Marsh who will miss

the remaining two matches of the one day series.

A massive boost for Australia's bid

to win a fourth consecutive World

Cup with captain Ricky Ponting

hitting the nets. Weeks ago the 36- year-old's finger was bloodied and

bruised following a misjudged catch bruised following a misjudged catch

attempt. Now he's looking good to

board the plane to India. Let's

hope that his finger improves

quickly and everything goes all

right when he gets around. And

Gareth Ferguson hopes he will be at

an international terminal in a few

weeks. He is holding hope of a

World Cup call up. I'm thrilled to

get another opportunity to be

around the squad and look if I get

a chance to play, that would be

fantastic and a huge thrill. I'm

hoping that I will be able to help

the team get a win. And with Shaun

Marsh ruled out for the rest of the

series with a hamstring injury and

Mike Hussey battling to even walk

t26 year man is a big chance of going to the subcontinent.

Stocks have been higher on Wall

Street as investors digested the

latest batch of corporate earnings.

Here is Richard English from

Macquarie Private Wealth.

Everyone keeping a weery eye on

Egypt? Yes, but the US is where the action Egypt? Yes, but the US is where the

action is, we had strong

manufacturing data released, that

on the back of a strong finish to

the year by US consumers. All

pretty good newsor US corporates.

Over night it was UPS that added

their name to the list that have

beaten expectations, well over 70 %

reported so far have done just that.

So the result, US markets continue

to push higher. Good to see you're

not wearing a hat today TRBA

sitting pat as you thought. Looking

ahead, what are we thinking? Well,

no surprise that it was the RBA

keeping rates on hold, given leads

from offshore markets we will open

higher, given commodity prices no

surprise it's the big miners that

propell us forward. Thank you.

One of the world's biggest oil

companies BP has posted a loss of

$5 billion, the group's first dip

in 20 years, being in oil is

usually a licence to print money

but BP has been hit hard by the

Gulf of Mexico oil spill which

killed 11 workers. It says the

spill will eventually cost it a

staggering $41 billion. The loss

compares with BP's profit last year compares with BP's profit last year

of $14 billion. Despite the loss BP

is resume to give its battered shareholders a dividend again.

Still ahead: more on preparations

in North Queensland for Cyclone in North Queensland for Cyclone Yasi's arrival over night.

How much does it cost to bring a

Prime Minister down, we will tell you after the break.

You're watching Ten's Early News. You're watching Ten's Early News.

The main stories: in the past few

minutes Super Cyclone Yasi has been

up gradeed from a category 4 to category

category 5 storm. North Queensland

residents are getting out, before

it smashs in at 250kmph.

Hundreds of thousands take to the

streets of Egypt as the political

crisis enters its 8th day,

Australians will get their first flight out today.

Superfish Ian Thorpe is set to

shock the swimming world by

announceing a come back to competitive racing.

And in the business world the

Reserve Bank says Queensland floods

won't make it put up rates, spared us

us the pain for at least a month.

Cyclone Yasi which as we've just

reported has been up gradeed to a

category 5 storm looks like it will

directly hit Cairns tomorrow.

Evacuations have been going on most

of the night. Locals in the path of the

the storm told to get out and head

as far south as they can. Cairns

hospital has been evacuated,

patients air lifted to hospitals all over the state.

Our reporter is in the storm zone

in Cairns. He filed this a short time ago.

Ve Cyclone Yasi continues to gather

pace. Forecasters are finding it

hard to describe the size and

strength and have not ruled out it

reaching a category 5 when it hits

Wednesday evening or Thursday morning

morning but the evacuations have

started here in Cairns. Last night

two of the hospitals there

evacuated close to 200 patients and

here is what one of them had to say.

Worried about my kid ts and all the people I know.

Those patients made their way down

to Brisbane and a Hercules aircraft

by the army was flown in to bring

them down, so, too, 16 other craft

were used and a nursing home was

evacuated over 200 people from

there. But today we're expecting

the winds to reach 130kmph and

we're still probably close to 10,

12 hours from when we really will

see the start of what Cyclone Yasi

will bring to Cairns.

Certainly spaip shaping up as a monster.

So, what are the weather experts

saying? We are joined by Tom

Saunders a meterologist from the

Weather Channel. They're

notoriously unpredictable, what got

you so worried about this one? Yes,

this one is becoming quite easy to

predict. Every single computer

model that forecasts the intensity

and movement of this system has it

barreling straight to the

Queensland coast, that's what it

has been doing over the past 48

hours, so it started near fi vie

and has been heading towards the

coast at 40kmph. It's around 700 km

from the coast, still moving at

about 30kmph. So it should hit the

coast somewhere between the Port

Douglas area, and around midnight,

most likely the impact location

will be near Cairns or Innisfail.

We saw the Queensland government evacuating

evacuating hospitals, and is there

a chance this cyclone won't be as

bad as expected? There are some

tropical cyclones that are hard to

predict, all of a sudden they turn

around and dissipate. This one

won't do that. It's in a very

favourable environment to maintain

its intensity, it has low vertical

wind shield, and has excellent

outflow, it will probably remain a

high category 4 until impact with the coast.

Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians

have marched on Tahir Square

demanding the fall of Hosni Mubarak.

The gathering has been the biggest

in 8 days of anti-government

rallies across Cairo and Alexandra.

Protesters including women and

children have set Friday as a

deadline for the President. We

won't leave this square, until

Hosni Mubarak leaves Egypt as soon

as possible. The army watched

things on and kept things orderly

but consistently refused to crush the

the protests. The mood was happy

but the death toll is estimated to have climbed to 300.

For more on the two emergency

flights out of Cairo we're joined

by our reporter Amanda Hart live

from Canberra. There would

originally be one flight but one

more and possibly more? The

government did say if there was the

demand for more flights that would

be accommodated and given the

current situation in Egypt, there definitely

definitely has been that demand. So

about 600 or so Australians have

registered to be evacuated. The

first flight will leave Cairo for

Frankfurt, that can only hold 400

people, so a sekopbld flight has

been organised for tomorrow, again,

leaving Cairo for Frankfurt. The

government is still coming under

fire from Australians over there,

saying it's not doing enough.

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said

the government is doing everything

it can, more consular staff are

being sent over there to help

Australians with travel arrangement

and do basic things, such as hand

out food and water at the airport.

How do Australians in the danger

zone put their hands up to be part

of the flights? They can definitely

still get on board a flight as the

government has said if there is

demand, they will be accommodated

for as best as possible t best way

to go about it is contact DSAT,

over there or getting friends and

family back here in Australia to

contact DSAT here in Canberra. Thank you.

The Japanese volcano Shinmoedake

has erupted again, this time

sending a huge plume of gas rocks

and ash into the sky and breaking

windows up to 8km away. Officials

have again widened the danger zone

to keep residents away. This latest

eruption is the biggest the volcano

came back to life last week.

Boulders landed on roads kilometres

away. And the blast broke hundreds of windows.

Five time Olympic gold medallist

Ian Thorpe is expected to today

announce his return to competitive

swimming. The Athens Olympics in

2004 is the last time he completed at an elite event.

Half a decade after retiring, Ian

Thorpe is set to take the plunge

back to professional swimming in

time for London 201. - 2012. To

have someone like Ian Thorpe coming

back potentially is a huge boost.

Boasting 16 world records in five

Olympic golds, Ian Thorpe is Australia's most successful Olympian.

His mere presence will inspire a youthful

youthful Australian team. I know

having Ian Thorpe in my team would

fill my lungs up with air and I

would walk with my head high around

the pool. The 28-year-old was

motivated by the successful come

back of Jeff Huegill. I think it's

great. If you want to get into it,

my advice would be to do relays.

Those who know him best believe he

is ready. He has been doing some

training t head coach has been

writing sessions for him, so he

just needs to get racing.

And you can watch Ian Thorpe's

media conference live today.

The NSW Blues claimed a berth in

the 2020 Big Bash foopbl after a

superb display against Tasmania.

17-year-old Pat Cummins took four

for 16 to be the leading wicket

taker in the competition.

What a night for Patrick Cummins.

The Blues chased down the victory,

and Warner led the way with an

unbeaten 70 off 49 balls. Frank

Colletta I guess in every interest rate

rate rise, ups and downs but for

mortgage holders ups yesterday? Yes,

mortgage holders are breathing a

sigh of relief after interest rates

were kept on hold for at least a

month. And retailer were worried

that consumers were cutting back on

spending due to climbing rates. The

Reserve Bank has made a decision to

leave rate wrs they are, some

relief to retailers and consumers.

The RBA says the Queensland

disaster will have little impact on

future rate decisions.

How much does it cost to bring down

a Prime Minister? I'm glad you

asked, I can tell you it was about

$20 million, that's how much

Australian mining billion airs

spent in their campaign against the

mining tax which was one of the major

major issues that led to the

downfall of Kevin Rudd. Figures

released by the commission, showed

that Rio Tinto up ward of half a

million. The government wanted to

impose a 40% tax on miners' profits.

Julia Gillard got them to pay 30%

but some companyings object to that amount.

The American market is in positive

ground, investors focussed on signs

of strength.

The latest on preparations in

Queensland for Cyclone Yasi's

arrival tonight. And a look ahead

to the day on our markets when we return. FIRST UP, NEW TRADE FIGURES SHOW, THE NUMBER OF A-C-T'S EXPORTS, ROSE BY FIVE - POINT - NINE PER CENT IN TWO THOUSAND AND NINE - 10. WHILE THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS BROUGHT AUSTRALIA'S EXPORT VALUES DOWN... THE AUSTRALIA'S TRADE BY STATE AND TERRITORY REPORT, SHOWS THE COUNTRY'S EXPORT LEVELS WEREN'T NEGATIVELY AFFECTED. INCREASES IN EDUCATION RELATED TRAVEL IN THE A-C-T, CONTRIBUTED TO AN EIGHT PER CENT RISE IN EXPORTS TO ONE - POINT - ONE BILLION DOLLARS. THE A-C-T GOVERNMENT IS LOOKING AT WAYS TO REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF WASTE REACHING LANDFILL. A THREE MONTH TRIAL AT THE MITCHELL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT CENTRE, WILL BE TRIALLING SELF SORT RECYCLING, WITH EMPLOYEES AT THE SITE, HELPING LOCALS TO SORT THE ITEMS THEY ARE DUMPING. 72 PER CENT OF WASTE IS BEING RECYCLED IN THE A-C-T, BUT WITH WASTE OUTGROWING THE CITY'S POPULATION, THE GOVERNMENT IS LOOKING FOR NEW WAYS TO COPE WITH THE AMOUNT OF RUBBISH AND UN - WANTED ITEMS BEING DUMPED. AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE A-C-T'S JUVENILE DETENTION CENTRE IS UNDERWAY, TO ENSURE HUMAN RIGHTS ARE NOT COMPROMISED. THE AUDIT, INTO THE BIMBERI YOUTH JUSTICE CENTRE, HAS BEEN LAUNCHED, AFTER ATTORNEY - GENERAL, SIMON CORBELL, WROTE TO THE HUMAN RIGHTS WATCHDOG, ASKING FOR AN INVESTIGATION. THE AUDIT COMES, AFTER CONCERNS WERE RAISED ABOUT THE CENTRE IN THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY LAST YEAR. THE GOLD COAST COULD SOON BE HOME TO JAKE AND MICHKA, TWO WHITE LIONS CURRENTLY LIVING HERE IN THE CAPITAL. IT'S BEEN REPORTED, THAT THE RARE LIONS WILL STAY AT DREAMWORLD, WHILE THEIR HOME AT THE NATIONAL ZOO IN CANBERRA, IS RENOVATED. IT IS EXPECTED THE MOVE UP NORTH WILL BE COMPLETED BY

THE MIDDLE TO END OF THE MONTH. TO SPORT, AND THE BRUMBIES ARE SET FOR THIS FRIDAY'S MATCH AGAINST THE QUEENSLAND REDS, WITH MARK CHISHOLM NAMED AS CAPTAIN. THEY'LL BE PLAYING IN DARWIN, WITH CHISHOLM SET TO LEAD THE TEAM FOR THE FIRST TIME. CHISHOLM'S BEEN A BRUMBY SINCE TWO THOUSAND AND THREE, AND HAS PLAYED IN 88 SUPER RUGBY MATCHES. FANS WILL SEE A FEW NEW FACES IN THE TEAM, WITH A FEW ROOKIES MAKING THEIR FIRST A-C-T STATE CAPS. NOW HAVING A LOOK AT TODAY'S WEATHER DETAILS... STARTING WITH THE SATELLITE ANIMATION - A COLD FRONT IS EXPECTED TO MOVE OVER THE SOUTHWESTERN TASMAN SEA TODAY. LOOKING ACROSS THE NATION - A FEW SHOWERS FOR CANBERRA - THE CHANCE OF STORMS FOR SYDNEY - AND A SHOWER OR

TWO DEVELOPING FOR MELBOURNE

CHECKING ACROSS SOUTHERN NEW SOUTH WALES - A FEW SHOWERS FOR DUBBO WITH A TOP OF 37 DEGREES - THE

CHANCE OF STORMS FOR WOLLONGONG A SHOWER OR TWO FOR BOWRAL WITH A TOP OF 32 DEGREES - A FEW SHOWERS FOR PERISHER AND 23 THE CHANCE OF STORMS FOR MUDGEE 35 - 33 THE TOP FOR COOMA AND NOWRA - 20 FOR AND NOWRA - 20 FOR THREDBO LOOKING AHEAD - TOMORROW - THUNDERSTORMS - 22 30 FRIDAY - SHOWERS - 20 31

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Ten's early news. The news we've Ten's early news. The news we've

all been fear pring the weather

bureau, Cyclone Yasi a short time

ago was up gradeed from a category

4 to 5. The streets of north

Queensland are all but deserted

this morning and the region this morning and the region

prepares for the onslaught. The

The camp down has begun. North

Queenslanders are facing what could

be a life threatening disaster. The

first wind from the cyclone will be

felt by about 0 o'clock tomorrow. - 10 o'clock tonight.

Tens of thousands got out while

they could. A, irlie beach a ghost

town. Two hospitals in Cairns have

been evacuated. From intensive care

patients through to mothers

expecting to give birth. Others

desperate to get out of Cairns had

to pay top dollar. Trying to get to

Sydney. Schools and businesss are

closed. Please make no mistake,

this storm is a deadly event. Those

who are staying to brave the storm

are not feeling so brave. Very

Very scary. Pretty big, so very

very scary stuff. Rezdepbtss in a

race against time to stock up on

supplies and secure their homes.

Torrential rain and a storm surge

is likely to bring flash floods.

I've been in Cairns for 20 years,

first time I had to sandbag. The

monstrous category 4 cyclone is on

target to cross the coast between

Cairns and Innisfail. It could

develop into a category 5 and do

more damage than Cyclone Larry.

And as we mentioned the cyclone has

now been up gradeed to a category 5.

Australians in Cairo have not been

waiting for the official evacuation

aircraft due today, some have

managed to get out on a Canadian

plane. 27 Australians managed to

get to Germany on the Air Canada

flight. Hundreds more with still

waiting for the first of the

chartered Aussie aircraft due in

some time today. Most other countries began evacuating their

nationals yesterday.

People were screaming and wailing

and looters going around with clubs,

barbed wire around them. 1200

Australians have registered with the

the embassy, two evacuation flights

are arranged but the government

says more will be organised if

required. Meanwhile hundreds of

thousands of Egyptians flooded to

Cairo's main square to add their

voices to the push to end the

autocratic rule of President Hosni

Mubarak. 2 government pledged

reform but protesters insist the

President must go by the end of the week.

Modern day Egypt has never seen

Modern day Egypt has never seen anything like this.

Up to a million citizens protesting

freely. They're trying to make freely. They're trying to make

their collective voice more

powerful than the one that still

oppresss them.

Their message to the regime could

hardly be clearer. This lunchtime

they have been strengthened by the

comments of leading dissidents

Gareth Ellis, who has called for

President Hosni Mubarak to leave

the country and go into exile.

The first time they have confidence,

they have hope, they have dignity,

they have hope, they have dignity,

they feel that they have been

reborn from being slaves.

But the United Nations human rights

chief indicated casualites in the

unrest could be far higher than

thought. Up to 300 dead, up to

3,000 injured.

Crucially now, allies in the Arab

world are beginning to turn against

Hosni Mubarak, with Turkey's Prime

Minister saying he must listen to

the demands of his people.

Change looks inevitable.

Huge numbers continue to gather in

central Cairo. 30 years of one

man's rule may end soon after.

And as widely feared the political

unrestry began if Tunisia is

spreading. Jordan has become the

latest country to feel the winds of

change, King Abdullah has fired his

government, following big street

protests and he's asked the former

Prime Minister to form a new

Cabinet and orded him to launch

immediate political reforms. The

unrest in Jordan as in many places

has been made worse by rising fuel and food prices.

and food prices.

Scorching winds in Victoria's east

sparked the first fire emergency at

the season. Two homes have been

destroyed by the fire which

threatened a number of small

communities in East Gippsland.

Cooler conditions over night mepblt

the warnings were down graded for a

number of towns. Fire crews hope to

have it under control this morning.

And a fire in the Lane Cove

national park in Sydney jumped north

north of the river and is

threatening homes. Fire crews

worked through the night to contain the

the spot fire but more trucks were

sent in an hour-and-a-half ago to

contain the blaze again. A total

fire ban remains in place for many

parts of NSW, including Sydney, the

Hunter, the Illawarr and the Blue Mountains.

Another blast of summer heat will

hit NSW today, while not as bad as

yesterday. It's proving a tough test for Sydney siders.

It's shaping to be another day to

stay indoors, if you have to venture

venture out, the pool or the beach

should be the top of your list, but

don't forget to be sun smart. The

perfect day to spend a hot day at

the pool. The only place to go.

Frequently you go in if water to

stay school cool. Every 10, 15

minutes. Temperatures soared in

Sydney's west, everyone roasted.

The Mercury is expected to hover

around the late 0s and early 40s

across most of NSW. Out door activities which don't involve

water should be kept to a minimum.

Ambulance officers have already had

to respond to many heat related

calls. The longer you go with

prolonged heat without much relief,

the more problematic for people the more problematic for people

susceptible to heat. Animals at sud susceptible to heat. Animals at sud

any's Taronga Zoo have the right

idea. Frozen treats have made the heat somewhat bearable.

Looks good. The wild weather isn't

limited to Australia. Parts of the

United States are preparing for

what they're calling their worst

snowstorm in decades. Bitter cold,

snow and ice are expected to

blanket a third of the country,

from New Mexico to New England,

snow is whipping through the

normally warm state of Texas.

Chicago residents are stocking up

on supplys with the city preparing

for more than half a metre of snow.

At least 7,000 flights have been cancelled.

Almost pieve years after retiring,

Ian Thorpe is set to shock the

swimming world by announcing his

come back. The prospect in the five

time Olympic medallist returning to

the pool has the current team

excited. In the lead up to next

year's London Olympic Games they're excited.

To have To have a champion like

that can to nothing but give you

more confidence every time you are

around the pool deck. Ian Thorpe

will front the media at about

midday eastern time today.

The count down continues to

American sport biggest event, the

Super Cyclone Yasi t Pittsburgh

Steelers arrived in Dallas

yesterday with bells and whistles,

a water cannon salute welcomed

their private jet. The police

motorcade led the team's four -

interRaj to the hotel. They They fancy their chances.

Not a week goes through in a Super

Cyclone Yasi, you know, depends on

how each person take it, some can

get overwhelmed, some people are

comfortable. Those Steelers like a

big belt by the looks. Monday's

decider between the Steelers and

the Green Bay Packers will be the

first Super Cyclone Yasi played at the

the new 100,000 seat Cowboy Stadium.

Staying in the US, stocks are

higher on Wall Street. Investors

digested the latest batch of kofrp

rate earnings. Here is Richard

English from Macquarie Private

Wealth. Everyone is keeping a close

eye on Egypt? Morning. And

absolutely so, but the economic

action is in the US. Over night we had

had strong manufacturing data, on

the back of a strong finish to the

year by US consumers and a general

pick up in global growth, good

newsor corporates. Over night it

was the UPS that added their names

to the long list of companies that

beat analyst profit expeck taiss,

currently over 70% have done that,

good news for US markets that continue

continue to push higher. No hat to

look forward to this morning, what

else can we expect? I know that's a

disappointment to some and most

marly my colleague James Cosenberg

that I won't be embarking on the

clothing equivalent of a full

English breakfast, but there was no

surprise the RBA put rates on hold.

Commodity prices over night, the

big miners could again propell us

forward. Thank you. Now, before we

go Ron, you can almost hear the

cheering. Doctors revealed that Australian

Australian banks could be flooded

by options which could be examined

from central Treasury, sounds like a a superprofits tax perhaps.

These were our main storys this

morning: the count down has begun,

North Queensland residents getting

out of the way of Category 5

Cyclone Yasi hurtling towards them

bearing down at 250kmph.

Mother Nature is at her moody worst

with natural disasters where you

look. A volcanic eruption in Japan

and the biggest snow storm in

decades bearing down on the US.

Hundreds of thousands have take on

the the streets of Egypt again as

the political crisis enters its 8th

day. Aussies will get their first

evacuation flights out today. That's

That's it for our Early News. The

first 15 minutes of this bulletin are on the website.

Have a great day.