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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. pigeons are found in Melbourne. Bird flu fears as contaminated

than they bargained for - The fishing crew that got more really is. just how big this great white on the Gold Coast. And the Champ Cars roar into action Ten News with Natarsha Belling. Good morning. First today - in Melbourne. there's been a bird-flu scare Three pigeons imported from Canada to the potentially deadly disease. found to have been exposed is following the story. Ten's Paul Kennedy have now been destroyed, Paul, the birds to human safety? but is there any risk

No, there is no threat to human

safety at this point. The birds No, there is no threat to human

were locked up in a quarantine safety at this point. The birds

centre behind me last month when

they were brought to Australia.

They tested positive to anti-bodies, they were brought to Australia.

not in fact the bird flu. The three They tested positive to anti-bodies,

birds were put down and another 95

birds have been sent back to Canada.

The Australian Government for its

part is happy that quarantine

officials handled this the way

they have and here's what the Prime officials handled this the way

Minister said this morning about

how they're staying on top of the

bird flu threat. It's a question of

it being proportionate and

sensible and balanced. We can't it being proportionate and

panic with these things. And the

essence of this country's capacity

to handle the big public health

challenge is not to panic.

Australia has now band the

importation of birds from Canada,

but will it be excluded to other importation of birds from Canada,

countries? Not that this age. The

agricultural minister say it is is

just with can dafplt the two

countries will have to talk about just with can dafplt the two

the future importation and

exportation of birds. At the moment,

the ban is just with Canada. There

are no other countries talked about the ban is just with Canada. There

at this stage so at the moment, I are no other countries talked about

guess this case is just a good

warning to quarantine officials to guess this case is just a good

keep up the good work and stay on

Paul Kennedy in Melbourne. top of things. Thank you. keep up the good work and stay on

of bird flu in Thailand Meanwhile, a 13th person has died for flu-like symptoms. and his son is being treated Thai bird flu death in a year. It is thought to be the first and cooked a neighbour's chickens. The victim had slaughtered The Prime Minister says to contain the virus. everything is being done incidence of the lethal virus Taiwan has reported its first more than 91,000 birds and China has destroyed to stop a bird flu outbreak. in the industrial relations war, Qantas has raised the stakes its maintenance workforce offshore, with reports it could move half of

to cuts in pay and conditions. unless they agree and maintainers Just over 3,000 engineers next year, may find themselves out of work

to meet cost cutting targets. as the airline struggles should consider all the alternatives The Prime Minister says Qantas before cutting staff. decisions Well, I hope they don't take Australian jobs. which transfer needlessly for the Government's IR changes, Qantas has previously voiced support of flexibility in its workforce. claiming it's inhibited by a lack has finished giving evidence British woman Joanne Lees of her boyfriend, Peter Falconio. in the trial of the alleged murder joins us from Darwin. Ten reporter Amber Muir four days in the witness stand? And Amber - how has Joanne coped with she turned up at court today She's shown a lot of relief, at this outback murder trial for the first time as an observer instead of the star witness. by her relief And it's also been shown which she's taken, and her social outing last night she touched down in Darwin. the first one since through the Mindil Beach market, She took a stroll to get dinner and the sunset a twice-weekly event where people go through the market stalls. and stroll minders as she made the trip And she was escorted by several as she was spotted by media. but left as soon most dramatic day of evidence Yesterday was Joanne's as she demonstrated to get out of the handcuffs. how easily she was able that that was impossible, The defence tried to suggest around to her front. moving them from behind her two seconds to prove them wrong. But it took Joanne less than for half a day, Today, court will only be sitting but in that time, witnesses from Barrow Creek we expect to see some of the other who helped to rescue Joanne Lees including a truck driver from the outback highway. Rodney Adams has just began to talk from Joanne's neck and ankle about how he cut tape

about his account at 5:00. and we'll bring you more details of the infamous Bali Nine The lone female member will reappear in Denpasar Court today where lawyers will attempt against her dismissed. to have the drug-smuggling charges

is covering the case. Ten's Leonie Mellor Leonie, what are the chances will be successful? Renae Lawrence's lawyers certainly won't be happening today. Well, if it does happen, it Lawrence's lawyers will however against the prosecution be making the argument done this week, as virtually all the lawyers have and contains certain flaws saying that the case is incomplete and therefore should be thrown out. the prosecution returns Then what happens is next week, before the judge makes a decision. and answers these claims a couple weeks off still. So any call on that is certainly When we saw Lawrence last week, by the situation, she appeared quite overwhelmed and uncomfortable. she seemed nervous with a tooth ache We know she had been ill at the time she is today. so it will be interesting to see how

Down the track, evidence against her co-accused. we've heard how she will be giving

member of the Bali Nine, While Lawrence is the only female facing drug charges here. she's not the only female Australian has finally had her court date set. The other, model Michelle Leslie, of the fashion world to this. It's a far cry from the catwalks Kerobokan's maximum security prison. Just another inmate inside for next Friday A court date has now been set as Michelle Leslie fights for her freedom. She's feeling very well and we're feeling confident with the evidence that we're in the process of mustering. Documents obtained by Ten News details police witness statements of the night Miss Leslie was allegedly caught with two ecstasy tablets in her bag at a rave party. She claims her friend, Mia, who police are still looking for placed them there wrapped inside a tissue. Modelling friend, Nicole Lindabl, and her boyfriend, Alan Robroth, telling police they saw Mia put the tissue into Leslie's bag. Miss Leslie could face up to 15 years in jail.

But her lawyers hope to secure a lesser charge with a 3-month jail term. I said, you can make no mistake about it. That the prosecutor will seek a conviction under 59E. Mr Hill wouldn't comment on why Miss Leslie changed her statement from being addicted to ecstasy to being addict today Ritalin. A Sydney doctor has stated how Miss Leslie told him in March she was addicted to the Ritalin he had prescribed for her attention deficit disorder. Local papers are speculating vast sums of money have been paid to win the model's release.

That's just absolute rubbish. Never heard of it before. I did hear something about that figure, but no-one takes that serious. In Bali, Leonne Mellor, Ten News. Hurricane Wilma is now taking aim at three countries. Cuba, Mexico and America are ordering mass evacuations as the storm closes in. It's yet another race to outrun a monster storm. As Hurricane Wilma closes in on the Mexican Caribbean coastline, thousands of tourists are being evacuated.

Most being bussed to already overcrowded airports. I'm just trying to get out a little early and just get back home. Others, determined to stay, are being taken to emergency shelters. Wilma isn't expected to hit for another few days but in Florida, the mass exodus has already begun. The line for petrol stretching for kilometres in some towns. Authorities promising this time they have contingency plans in place. We have pre-staged ice and water and trucks that we control. Wilma has weakened slightly to a Category 4 but is still packing winds of more than 220km/h. Forecasters predicting she will strengthen again by the weekend. Believe me, this is still a very, very powerful hurricane. Don't minimise it just because it's no longer a Category 5. Half a million people in Cuba have been told to get to higher ground any way they can. With timber and nails in short supply, only government buildings and a few hotels are being boarded up. Thousands of homes are expected to be lost. But their greatest worry is protecting the tobacco crops used to make their world-famous cigars. With Wilma storming towards land, economies in Cuba, Mexico and the US are under threat. In the US, Leisa Goddard-Roles, Ten News. The Pakistan earthquake now considered even more disastrous than the Asian tsunami - That story when Ten's morning news returns. And the discovery of a missing soldier, frozen for more than 60 years. How he was eventually found under the layers of ice.

This program is captioned live. The United Nations says the need for resources in earthquake-devastated Pakistan is greater than that following Asia's Boxing Day tsunami.

It comes amid warnings more survivors will die unless help arrives soon. Moving into a higher gear, the UN has teamed up with NATO

to bring in hundreds of tonnes of aid. Pakistan is now seeing the biggest international relief effort since disaster struck. The UN has appealed for more to come in, but the bigger problem is getting it out to remote areas. This is going on the top. This is certainly a more complex emergency because of the nature of the terrain and the fact that there is a large number of people who are homeless. The real problem, I have to say, uis turning commitments of money into capacity and perhaps what will help on the ground.

One mercy flight after another. But there simply aren't enough. Still, warnings that tens of thousands could die. We've never had this kind of a logistic nightmare, ever. We thought that the tsunami was as worse as it could get. This is worse. And here, the nightmare is a line without end. Thousands turned up at this army camp in this devastated valley, clutching papers that promised aid. The soldiers gave out what they had, but it wasn't long before they ran out. The real challenge is up in the mountains. Large areas that haven't been reached. No helicopter can land here. So the army creeps forward, bringing basic food and medicines to those cut off by blocked roads,

stranded in the ruins of their homes. A mother has drowned her three young children by throwing them off a pier. Police found the woman's abandoned pram after a passer-by saw her do the unthinkable. He had observed a woman putting two children into the water. Search crews found the body of her 6-year-old son, but

her 2-year-old and 16-month-old are still missing.

A commercial fishing crew has caught more than they bargained for in New Zealand. They normally catch metre-long dog sharks, not a 4.6m great white. The young female shark was trapped in the boat's gill net 7km off Raglan, on the North Island.

Better it's dead than it's alive, being an ex-surfer. Coincidentally, some of the world's top surfers are in town for a professional competition. The crew hopes to sell the jaws for $20,000. A bizarre discovery in the mountains of California - a body frozen in ice for decades. Now work is under way to identify the remains. The mystery in the mountains. Rangers chipped away to remove a frozen body, a man who may have been missing for more than 60 years in California's Sierra Nevada mountains. But who is he and how did he get here? Good mysteries, we don't solve them overnight like we do on TV. Two ice climbers made the discovery over the weekend at the foot of a glacier. Rangers say it takes days to reach the spot by foot. The man's skin, blonde hair and teeth are all preserved and it will help determine who he is. In the ice and snow, biological processes move really slow and it is not unlike putting something in the refrigerator freezer to preserve something. There are more clues. He's wearing army clothes and the numbers 1984 are visible on his parachute. Rangers believe he's a WWII soldier whose navigational training plane crashed in November 1942. The wreckage was discovered five years later and so were the bodies of four passengers. But there may have been more. I think it is more the mystery that everyone is intrigued by, that here's the fact that the plane crashed 63 years ago and there's still someone up there. But he's not up there any more. Last night, the man's body, still encased in ice

was flown to Fresno and turned over to the county coroner's office where officials hope the mystery will be solved. Only time and good science will be able to find the links to this. Helped by clues preserved and frozen in time. A rare moment of joy for one of the most famous survivors of the Boxing Day tsunami. The little boy known to millions as 'baby 81' has had his first birthday. He was at the centre of an extraordinary custody battle after being pulled from his mother's arms during the freak wave. The 81st patient to present at hospital, he was found amid mud, debris and corpses. Nine couples came forward to claim him, including his parents, who couldn't provide proof because all their records had been swept away. The little boy, named Abilass, was given back to his parents after DNA tests in February. Brian Lara vows the West Indies will be a bigger test for Australia than the World XI.

That's when Ten's morning news returns.

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oil is down 2%. When will this change our pump prices?

Really, oil is down about $3 so far

Really, oil is down about $3 so far this week. But unfortunately, it

this week. But unfortunately, it takes seven to ten days to filter

takes seven to ten days to filter through to the pump. Fingers

crossed we won't see disaster

coming through from Hurricane Wilma

coming through from Hurricane Wilma and disrupting the oil supply at

the weekend. And we might see a

the weekend. And we might see a decrease of 1 cent to 2 cents by

decrease of 1 cent to 2 cents by decrease of 1 cent to 2 cents by decrease of 1 cent to 2 cents by the end of the week. And what is

behind the swings in the market? At

behind the swings in the market? At the moment, everyone is concerned

about the US economy. We have oil

price movements and inflation fear

and we've seen big movements in the

oil and gold secondors in our

oil and gold secondors in our market. Unfortunately, we are a

commodity-based economy and every

time we see swings, our market

time we see swings, our market

time we see swings, our market swings with it. And unfortunately,

swings with it. And unfortunately, our market is heading lower auto

and so are commodity prices. The Gold Coast is buzzing with excitement ahead of this weekend's Lexmark Indy 300. Ten's Summer Burke is in pit lane. Summer, what's happening today?

The weather isn't doing anything to

dampen the Indy spirit here.

dampen the Indy spirit here. Yesterday, a record crowd of over

Yesterday, a record crowd of over 56,000 people attended and that was

only day one. So then organisers

are expecting that the crowds today

are going to be huge. That's mainly

because the V8 supercars and the

Indy champ cars have finally hit

Indy champ cars have finally hit the track. The V8 cars were first

the track. The V8 cars were first to do practice rounds this morning

to do practice rounds this morning and even though the track was wet,

and even though the track was wet, they certainly ripped it up hard and

they certainly ripped it up hard and fast. The champ cars are next to

get on the track. The drivers

get on the track. The drivers getting a feel for the circuit

getting a feel for the circuit getting a feel for the circuit which most agree is one of the most

which most agree is one of the most gruelling in the series. And fans

who were here early certainly got a

who were here early certainly got a taste of all the action to come

this weekend. Thank you. Star batsman West Indian Brian Lara has promised a better performance from his country than that of the World XI.

The Windies have arrived in Brisbane ahead of the first of a 3-Test series against Australia. While his team-mates were arriving in Brisbane, Brian Lara was joining forces with some of world cricket's biggest names in Sydney to support the Children's Cancer Institute of Australia. The star batsman accepting the criticism handed out to the World XI and suggesting a way of finding improvement. I thought one of the other mistakes was maybe having two captains for a 3-week period. I think they could have done that better, maybe naming one and trying to gel the team as much as possible. Our problem was not going to be our talent, it was ability to gel and play cricket as a team. Lara also indicating Australian fans can expect a better performance from the Windies. I suppose the West Indies is different. I think I can say one thing for sure that the West Indies will perform better than the World XI. Opinions remaining divided on the use of the third umpire

for LBW and catching decisions. I don't know if I can be opinionated about it. But I still feel that the game still should hold some sort of its human element and maybe the umpires are the ones to do it. I think this was a great idea. It makes the umpires' life easier.

Neil Cordy, Ten News. In a bid to turn around two horror AFL seasons,

Collingwood is heading to the US to start its pre-season. The Magpies are winging their way to Arizona for a 2-two week training camp at high altitude. The club is determined to turn around two years of disappointment and is sparing no cost to prepare for the season ahead. Captain Nathan Buckley says there are no excuses for the team's lack of success. When you finish 15th in the season, you've got to look at every single thing and leave no stone unturned to make sure you give yourself the best chance to turn that around. In rugby league, the Kangaroos concede wet weather in Auckland will dramatically affect their game plan against New Zealand tonight. The Kangaroos are under pressure after losing the opening Tri-Nations match last week. But Australian coach Wayne Bennett says the loss is good for the survival of international rugby league. Last week I was defending playing Test matches and this week I'm defending the way we played

and how well New Zealand played. There's a great amount of interest here. Australia has made no unforced changes to the starting side. Next in Ten News, a look at the weather around the nation. Renewable energy is vital for our future. We have a proud history at ActewAGL. But our focus is firmly on the future. We are always looking ahead, finding better ways to serve local communities and industry. ActewAGL leads the way with product innovation,

energy, water and communications industries. Going forward with confidence is essential for any community. And at ActewAGL, we will continue to invest in the future. VOICEOVER: ActewAGL has always been here and always will be. Oh! Hi. MELLOW, QUIRKY MUSIC

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This program is captioned live. Now for a look at the national weather. Hollywood has turned out to honour some small stars of a movie classic. A special screening of 'The Wizard of Oz' has recognised the work of the munchkins.

Follow the yellow brick road. (All sing) # Follow the yellow brick road... # Of the 124 munchkins, only 9 are still alive, a few of them gathering in Hollywood to remember their glory days.

Follow the yellow brick road. The munchkins will also auction ruby-red slippers to help raise money for charity. That brings you up to date with all the news. Stay with Ten for updates throughout the day and the full details in Ten's news hour tonight. I'm Natarsha Belling. Good afternoon. Supertext Captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au