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Good morning, everyone. I'm Ron

Wilson. And I'm Frank Coletta.

Welcome to Ten's Early News.

The main news - the World Health

Organisation says the swine-flu

genie is out of the bottle. A

desperate search is on for a group

of Australians who may be infected

and don't yet know it.

Tributes flow after the death of

one of Australia's richest men -

box king Richard Pratt loses his

long fight against prostate cancer.

In sport - rugby league bad boy

Greg Bird faces jail after being

found guilty of glassing his

girlfriend and then lying about it.

And the National Australia Bank

makes a whopping $2.5 billion makes a whopping $2.5 billion

profit for the year, but the CEO

says he's sorry it wasn't more.

First this morning - Australia is

closer to being officially hit by

swine flu. 88 people are now

suspected of having contracted the

disease. Here's how the situation

has developed in the past 24 hours

- urgent tests are being carried

out on 8 people in Western

Australia, and there's 1 suspected

case in the Northern Territory:

Health authorities spent last night

trying to contact 22 Australians

who were on a flight to Auckland

with school students now confirmed

to have been infect would swine flu.

9 are from Queensland, 8 from NSW,

4 from Victoria, and 1 from South

Australia. Public-health units in

these jurisdictions are now seeking

to contact these people to ask if

they've been ill or exhibiting any

flu-like symptoms. If they have,

they'll be asked to submit to

testing and to stay at home in isolation until the test results

are available. It's expected most

will be tracked down today.

Swine flu is also sweeping around

the world. 152 people have now died the world. 152 people have now died

in Mexico. Almost 2,000 more are

suspected of having the virus.

There have been 6 confirmed cases

in Canada. 2 in Britain and Spain.

2 in Israel. And 11 in New Zealand.

The number of confirmed cases in

the US has risen to 68. There are

reports just coming in of 2

possible deaths in California from

the illness. There are also

suspected cases in South Korea,

Latin America and Europe. About two

hours ago, Californian Governor

Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a

state of emergency in California.

Australia has implemented drastic

qairneen measures to keep the flu

at bay. Officials are boarding

Americas. planes arriving from the US and the

Jamie is one of nine Auckland

students and a teacher waiting at

home to find out if they've

contracted swine flu. I've had a

cough, and that's about it. When we

got home, we got a call saying

"Stay at home, because it may be

something quite serious." The

school group arrived back from

Mexico last Saturday. Authorities

now believe all 10 showing symptoms

have contracted swine flu. With

more than 80 suspected cases in

Australia, quarantine is taking no

chances. These two women were

forced to wear face masks as they

were whisked from Brisbane airport

after feeling ill on a Qantas

flight from Los Angeles. They were

told they needed to go home and

isolate themselves so they don't

spread the disease, if they've got

it. At Melbourne and Sydney

airports, passengers on board

flights from the USA and New

Zealand were screened by quarantine

officials. Some dude come on with a

mask around his mouth and nose and

obviously did some sort of check.

The NSW and Queensland premiers

have now activated their pandemic

plans, with swine flu now confirmed

in nearest neighbour New Zealand,

the chances of it spreading to Australia have grown considerably.

In other news this morning, Richard

Pratt, Australia's fourth-richest

man, worth an estimated $5 billion,

has lost his battle with prostate

cancer. He died last night

surrounded by family at his

Melbourne mansion.

As the news of tycoon Richard

Pratt's death spread, high-profile

friends arrived to pay their

respects at the mansion where the

74-year-old saw out his final days

in comfort - his wife and family at

his bedside. Australia's

fourth-richest man was a prominent

sports identity, patron of the arts

and philanthropist. His family fled

Poland before World War II, when

Pratt was just four. He eventually

took over his father's

cardboard-packing business and

turned it into a

multibillion-dollar empire. The

one-time Carlton under-19s best and

fairest rescued the Blues from

financial ruin. I'll be, ah,

putting in a dollar. (LAUGHTER) But

might extend it too. In 2007, the

cardboard king was targeted by the

corporate watchdog and was fined a

record $36 million after he admitted artificially inflating

cardboard prices with rival Amcor.

I sincerely regret what's happened,

and I accept ultimate

responsibility. A disgraced Pratt

handed back his companion and Order

of Australia medals. He died after

criminal charges were dropped. He

and his wife have been significant

philanthropist over a long period

of time. The Pratt Foundation will

continue his work donating around

$10 million a year.

The rescuers became the rescued

after a car smash on the Gold Coast

last night. An elderly couple were

trapped when their car slammed into

a brick wall at Southport. Two

witnesses ran to help, but soon

found themselves in trouble. Two

passer-by there who actually

the wall happened to help out as well when

the wall collapsed, they received

some minor injuries as well.

They've actually been cleared. The

driver of the car and his wife are

both in hospital.

A Sydney restaurant has been

destroyed after a car was driven

through the front window and caught

fire. The Lebanese restaurant in

southern Sydney had just closed at

around 11:00 when a 4-wheel-drive

slammed through the window. The

resulting fire spread quickly

through the building, which was

destroyed. The driver of the car

ran off before police arrived.

The Pope has paid an emotional

visit to the earthquake-ravaged

region of central Italy. He prayed

for the victims and met with

survivors. 300 people died and

65,000 people were left homeless in

the 6.3-magnitude quake earlier

this month. The Pontiff demanded

serious soul-searching from those

responsible for the shoddy

buildings blamed for many of the deaths.

Scientists in South Korea are using

glow-in-the-dark dogs to find a

cure for Parkinson's disease. These

young beagles may look normal, but

under ultra-violent light, they

glow red. In a scientific first,

the dogs have been cloned with a

specific fluorescent trait. Scientists will use the

breakthrough to implant the dogs

with disease-related genes found in

humans, which could help them find new treatments.

Rugby league star Greg Bird could

face jail for glassing his girlfriend. The 24-year-old, who

now plays in France, has been found

guilty of assault and lying to

police. The former Cronulla Sharks

player claimed a friend had thrown

a glass at Katie Milligan. She

received severe facial injuries in

the assault at Bird's apartment in

Cronulla last year. Bird will be

sentenced on June 22.

The National Rugby League says it

won't be taking any action against

two Brisbane players over a boozy

night out in Byron Bay last weekend.

Steve mikeles and Nick Kenny will

be disciplined by their club. The

coach says they've already suffered

enough embarrassment. It's never

nice having your picture and name

plastered in the paper in a

negative light. Their families

suffer through it. The Broncos say

the incident wasn't serious enough

for the players to be stood down.

North Melbourne captain Brent

Harvey has called on the AFL to

investigate the so-called

chicken-wing tackle, which all but

ended his season. Harvey underwent surgery yesterday after

dislocating his elbow in the

controversial tackle at the weekend.

This is the result of a dangerous

new tactic creeping into the game -

Brent Harvey arriving for surgery

on his dislocated elbow. Now he

wants some answers. I think it's

pretty dangerous if you ping one

arm. You'll get concussed or break

an arm. If people are going out to

certainly do that, probably need to

look at it. Before the AFL looks at

it, Andrew Demetriou will need to

learn what exactly it is. I haven't

heard "chicken wing," seriously. I

might have been on a plane last

night when the chickens came in to

roost. The alpha-a fl found Jarrod

Rivers negligent of umpire contact,

fined $2,600. Jeff Kennett may have

to fork out twice that, fined

$5,000 unless he agrees to meet

with the umpires' department to

discuss disparaging comments he

directed at umpires last week. directed at umpires last week.

Time for a look at all the finance

news now with Frank Coletta. One of

the big four banks, which we just

love so much, claims to be

"suffering"? They're doing it

really tough, aren't they, Ron? A

lot of companies would like to be

suffering in a similar way. They

made a whopping-big profit of $2.6

billion for the year, the NAB. Our

banks have had nothing but record

profits year after year, so

anything less, I suppose, is bound

to sound disappointing. NAB's CEO

says he expects a lot of business

bad det this year. It actually had bad det this year. It actually had

$1.8 billion worth of bad debt on

the NAB books last year. He

believes the recession won't be as

bad in Australia as other play

place. He hasn't ruled out not

passing on future interest-rate cuts.

There is an upside to all of the

swine-flu epidemic talk. The petrol

price has been creeping up to $1.18

a litre lately, reacting to the start of the recovery of the

financial crisis. People are now

expected to stay at home to avoid

the flu. And airlines won't need as

much jet fuel. The price is

expected to be dropped by about 5

cents per litre in the next fortnight.

US stocks did advance after IBM

raised its dividend, also lifting

sentiment there early on was data

that showed consumer confidence at

its highest level since November

last year. Wall Street dipped in trade.

The Dow Jones down 8 points. The

Nasdaq quite flat throughout. There

you go...

Checking the newspapers today -

'The Age' says a Melbourne art

dealer moved two Aboriginal artists

from their communities in South

Australia despite health concerns.

'Business Day' claims Fortescue

Metals boss Andrew Forrest used his

connection with former PM John

Howard to help seal a key deal with China. China.

'The Australian' reports key

members of Kevin Rudd's Cabinet are

arguing about the effects of

climate change on sea levels.

And the 'Fin Review' reports State And the 'Fin Review' reports State

Premiers will be urged to support a

scheme which increases incentives to clean power.

After the break - the latest on the

world outbreak of swine flu. And

I'll bet you reckon your daily bowl

of serial is -- cereal is good for of serial is -- cereal is good for

you! 'Choice' says probably not.

Find out why when we come back.

This program is captioned live.

Headlines every 15 minutes on Ten's

Early News - Australian health

authorities are searching for 22

people who were on a plane with

swine flu-infected New Zealanders.

Reports are now coming in of the

first deaths outside of Mexico.

Tributes pour in for one of

Australia's richest men -

billionaire Richard Pratt, who's died in Melbourne of prostate cancer.

And put down that bowl of cereal if

you care about your health!! A new

study shows only 2 brands out of

hundreds are actually good enough

to eat every day!!

Swine flu may have arrived on our

shores, with 88 people here now

suspect offend contracting the

disease. Tests are being carried

out on:

Authorities are desperately searching for 22 Australian whose searching for 22 Australian whose

shared a flight from Mexico to New

Zealand carrying passengers who've

since tested positive to the virus.

Health authorities are taking no

chances - they've implemented

drastic quarantine measures to keep

swine flu at bay. Passengers

arriving from New Zealand and

America are being screened by

quarantine officials. Five people

who arrived in Brisbane from Los

Angeles with flu-like symptoms were

whisked away in face masks and given the drug Tamiflu.

They were told that they need to go

home and try and isolate themselves

so they don't spread the disease if

they've got it. The premiers of NSW

and Queensland have now activated

their pandemic plans. The World

Health Organisation says there's

now no chance of stopping swine flu

sweeping through the world. 152

people have now been killed in

Mexico. 2,000 more are suspected of

having the virus. There have been 6

confirmed cases in Canada. 2 in

Britain and Spain. 2 in Israel and

11 in New Zealand. The number of

confirmed cases in the US has risen

to 68. We are hearing there have

been two deaths in the US which

appear to be related to the

illness. If confirmed, they'll be

the first outside of Mexico. There

are also suspected cases in South

Korea, Latin America and Europe.

The Federal Government is hoping

for the best, but preparing for

the worst as the flu spreads. It

says it's prepared to detain people

and place them in quarantine. Australia's Chief Medical Officer briefed Federal Cabinet on the latest developments in the swine flu crisis. Afterwards the Health Minister announced the activation of strong quarantine laws. What the Government wanted to ensure, acting on the advice from our medical team, is that we can act quickly if the situation does change quickly. Anyone infected with swine flu entering the country, can now be detained and quarantined. This is a serious matter, the Government takes it seriously. All necessary resources will be deployed to meet the threat. Following the earlier outbreaks of SARS and bird flu in the region, the Commonwealth put aside 8.7 million courses of Tamiflu and Relenza.

The Australian Government for some time has been stockpiling anti-viral drugs. We have one of the largest per capita stockpiles of these drugs in the world. Work is now under way on a swine flu vaccine. Well, with the number of travellers arriving in Australia from America, it's inevitable that swine flu will arrive here. Murray McCloskey, Ten News.

In other news this morning, tycoon

Richard Pratt has lost his battle

with prostate cancer. Family,

friends and members of the sporting

and business communities went to

his home last night to pay their

respects to the controversial

businessman, described as larger

than life. Mr Pratt died in his

sleep at his Melbourne mapgz last

night. His wife and family at his

bedside - mansion last night. He

was 74.

Two teenagers are in hospital this

morning after a wild brawl outside

a McDonald's restaurant in Sydney.

Around 15 people are thought to

have been involved inin the fight

at Hurlstone Park. Two people aged

17 and 18 were taken to hospital after being stabbed. Their

attackers had gone by the time

police arrived.

There's been another ATM explosion

in Sydney. Thieves blew up the

Bendigo Bank machine at a shopping

centre in bells are at around 2:30

this morn - Belrose.

Three men charged with helping plan

the 2005 London bombings have been

acquitted. The men had been accused

of helping the bombers select their

targets. Two of the men were found

guilty on a lesser charge of trying

to attend a terror training camp in

Pakistan. It's now unlikely anyone

will ever be brought to justice for

the suicide attacks which killed 52 people.

Bad news if you're sitting down to

a bowl of cereal this morning!

'Choice' magazine has tested 152 of

our most popular serials and found

only 2 suitable to eat every day!!

Weet-Bix and Vita Brits. The rest Weet-Bix and Vita Brits. The r Weet-Bix and Vita Brits. The rest

contained excessive amounts of

either salt or sugar. Some, such as

Nutri-Grain, Coco Pops, Chex and

Crispix Honey had too much of both!

Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett has

been given an ultimatum by the AFL

- make up with the umpires'

department or pay a $5,000 fine.

The AFL determined comments Kennett

made last week contvened league

rules designed to protect umpires.

As a result, the outspoken

president has 14 days to sit down

with the umpires'derment department

before he's forced to pay the fine.

At the tribunal last night,

Melbourne defender Jared Rivers was

found guilty of negligent umpire

contact and fined $2,600.

The NRL has moved quickly to stam

out the so-called crusher tackle by

hitting Gold Coast prop Matthew

White with the toughest

dangerous-contact charge this

season. White's coach says he's been hard done by. Matthew White could be seeing a bit more of the beach

in the months ahead. He is facing suspension of up to four weeks. MAN: How do you feel, a bit unjust, mate? Oh, not really, mate. Just got to deal with it? Yeah, see what happens, I suppose. The prop's tackle leaving Penrith's Lachlan Coote with a back injury

but White's coach says the punishment does not appear to fit the crime. From the incidents I saw over the weekend, I saw some grade ones being charged that looked a lot more severe initially than what that one did. Cartwright says White is not a player who would deliberately set out to hurt another. The Titans will seek legal advice

before deciding whether to fight the charge. There has not been much precedence on that type of tackle so it is going to be a tough one. I feel a bit sorry for him because he has been hung in the media, especially down in Sydney. Two players are already set to front the judiciary tomorrow night.

Bulldogs hooker Michael Ennis to fight a chicken wing tackle charge and Cronulla captain Paul Gallen pleading not guilty to a high tackle. Leanne West, Ten News.

Shane Warne has had a mixed day in

the Indian Premier League as his

Rajasthan Royals defeated Glenn

McGrath's Deli Daredevils by five

wickets. Warne struggled with a bat,

out for a duck. But he turned the

game around with two big wickets.

Warne finished with 2/32. Pathan

top-scored for the Royals with 62 not out.

Wall Street struggled again Wall Street struggled again

overnight as investors grew more

worried bow but impact of the

swine-flu epidemic. Here with the details is Juliana Roadley from

CommSec. A lot of investors still

trying to predict just what the flu

will mean to thing like airlines, I

suppose, and also drug companies.

Yes, affecting right around the

globe. But in the US, you've got a

$770 billion travel industry.

They're not only worried about overseas travel - because they're

so close to the epicentre, they're

worried about local travel and

business travel. They feel many of

these industries could go to the

wall in this environment. Overnight,

it wasn't only about what's going

on because of the flu epidemic -

they've also seen some big worries

coming back again in the banks, with the treasuryerary Department

saying that Bank of America and

Citigroup should have more cash on

hand to keep their businesses afloat. Unfortunately, the Dow was afloat. Unfortunately, the Dow was

down by 8 at the close. And the

Nasdaq down by 5. How is our market

shaping today? We look a bit rosier. shaping today? We look a bit rosier.

Set to open up around 29 points

higher. The oil price, the gold

price, off another $15 now at $893

an ounce. Base metals all lower

again overnight - it won't help our

miners. Big day for ANZ, with their

half-year numbers. Looking for

housing data that will come out for housing data that will come out for

the month of March. the month of March.

Juliana Roadley from CommSecx thank

you. Thank you.

They take the mickey out of me when They take the mickey out of me when

I tell them to look that screen.

After this break on the Morning

News - more on the swine-flu

outbreak. Looking for a new car?

Got a lazy $10 million to spare,

Frank? We may have found you a

runabout - second-hand, though.

Details next.

This program is captioned live.

Headlines every quarter-hour on

Ten's Early News - the world health

authority admits the swine-flu

genie is out of the bottle - a genie is out of the bottle - a

desperate search is on for a group

of Australians who may be infected

and don't yet know it.

Tributes flow after the death of

one of Australia's richest men -

box king Richard Pratt loses his

long fight against prostate cancer. long fight against prostate cancer.

In sport - rugby league bad boy

Greg Bird facing jail after being

found guilty of glassing his

girlfriend, and then lying about it.

And in business - how much is

enough? National Australia Bank

makes $2.5 billion for the year,

and the CEO says he might not be and the CEO says he might not be

able to pass on further interest-rate cuts.

Swine flu might have arrived in

Australia, with 88 people now

suspected of contracting the

disease. This is how the situation

has developed here in the past 24 hours:

Health authorities spent last night Health authorities spent last night

trying to contact 22 Australian

whose were on a flight to Auckland with school students now confirmed

to have been infected with swine

flu. 9 are from Queensland, 8 from

NSW, 4 from Victoria, and 1 is from South Australia. Public-health units in these

jurisdictions are now seeking to

contact these people, to ask if

they've been ill or exhibiting any

flu-like symptoms. If they have,

they'll be asked to submit to

testing and to stay at home in

isolation until the test results

are available. It's expected most

will be tracked down today.

The death toll in Mexico has risen

- 152 people are now believed to

have died, and almost 2,000 more

are suspected of having the virus

there. Health authorities in the US

are investigating the deaths of two

people that may be flu-related.

Ten's US bureau chief Nicole

Strahan joins us live now from

there. Nicole, what's the latest

you have on this? Good morning, Ron.

Well, as we understand it, a

33-year-old man and a 45-year-old

man have died and health

authorities here in Los Angeles are

investigating whether or not their

deaths were caused by the swine flu. deaths were caused by the swine flu.

And I must point out that, at this

stage, those deaths have not been stage, those deaths have not been

confirmed as being as a result of confirmed as being as a result of

swine flu. If it does in fact turn

out that swine flu is to blame for

those fatalities, it would be a

significant and worrying

development in the spread of this

disease, because until now, all of

the deaths in this particular

outbreak have been restricted to

Mexico. This sounds very dramatic - Mexico. This sounds very dramatic -

a state of emergency has been

declared in California. Why is declared in California. Why is

that? Earlier today, the Governor,

Arnold Schwarzenegger, did declare

a state of emergency here in California. It really is

recognition that the spread of this

disease kb cannot be contained.

Also recognition, of course, that

California is at greater risk,

perhaps, than several other states perhaps, than several other states

with in the United States, because

it shares a border with Mexico, and thousands and thousands of people

cross back and forth between that

border every day. And that border

has not been closed, Ron. What it

does practically is it cuts through

the red tape so that health

authorities and other authorities

that need to be mobilised here in

California can be - that can be

done far quicker than perhaps

otherwise before the state of

emergency has been declared. Now,

so far in the United States, there

have been 67 confirmed cases of

swine flu - 13 of them here in

California. Nicole, what's the general reaction you're seeing from

Americans on the street to the

outbreaks? Well, generally on the

street, you don't see a great deal

of panic. I hasten to add, it's not

the scenes, of course, that we're

seeing out of Mexico City where

people are wearing masks. Around

the airports, though, there is a the airports, though, there is a

great deal more concern, because those people are perhaps more

likely to be directly impacted or

come in direct contact with those

people that may be infected and. We

see people wearing masks. There's

obviously a lot being done at

airports to try and minimise the

risk to passengers or people in the

airports. I know, for example, at

Los Angeles Airport, not far from

here, they're doing a great deal

more cleaning - they obviously

clean the toilets and so forth

regularly, but they've increased

that cleaning regime to every

half-hour, and cleaning down all

surfaces that people come in

contact with. And on a daily basis,

people are being urged here to

basically keep great personal

hygiene. And if there's any signs

that they or their loved ones or

sick, that they really should stay

at home from work, from school, and

many schools across the United

States and states that have got

confirmed cases of swine flu, do

remain closed, Ron. Nicole, thank remain closed, Ron. Nicole, thank

you. Ten's US bureau chief Nicole Strahan.

Australia has implemented drastic

quarantine measures to keep the flu

at bay. Officials are boarding

planes arriving from the US and

from the Americas.

Jamie is one of nine Auckland

high-school students and a teacher

stuck at home waiting to find out

if they've contracted swine flu.

I've had a cough and that's about

it. When we got home, we got a call

saying "State at home, because it

may be something quite serious."

The school group arrived back from Mexico last Saturday. Authorities

now believe all 10 showing symptoms

have contracted swine flu. With

more than 80 suspected cases in

Australia, quarantine is taking no

chances. These two women were

forced to wear face masks as they

were whisked from Brisbane Airport

after feeling ill on a Qantas

flight from Los Angeles. They were

told that they need to go home and

try and isolate themselves so they

don't ved the disease, if they've

got it. At Melbourne and sid Sydney

airports, passengers on board

flights from the USA and New flights from the USA and New

Zealand were screened by quarantine officials. Smfrplgts dude come on

with a mask around his mouth and with a mask around his mouth and

nose and obviously did some sort of

check. The NSW and Queensland

premiers inhaves have now

activated their pandemic plans.

With swine flu now confirmed in our

nearest neighbour, New Zealand, the

chances of it spreading to

Australia have grown significantly.

Richard Pratt, Australia's

fourth-richest man, worth an

estimated $5 billionering has lost

his battle with prostate cancer. He

died last night surrounded by

family at his Melbourne home.

As the news of tycoon Richard

Pratt's death spread, high-profile

friends paid their respects at the

mansion where the 74-year-old saw

his final days in comfort, his wife

and family at his bedside.

Australia's fourth-richest man was

a prominent sports identity, patron

of the arts and philanthropist. His

family fled pole pd before World

War II, when Pratt was just four. He eventually took over his

father's cardboard-packing business

and turned it into a

multibillion-dollar empire. The

one-time Carlton under-19s best and

fairest rescued the Blues from

financial ruin. I'll be putting in

a dollar. (LAUGHTER) Might extend

to two. In 2007, the cardboard king

was targeted by the corporate

watchdog, and was fined a record

$36 billion after he admitted

artificially inflating cardboard

prices with rival Amcor. I

sincerely regret what's happened,

and I accept ultimate

responsibility. At disgraced Pratt

handed back his companion and Order

of Australia medals. He died after

criminal charges were dropped. He

and his wife have been significant

philanthropists over a long period

of time. The Pratt Foundation will

continue his work donating around

$10 million a year.

The Prime Minister is expected to

announce that at least an extra 200

Australian soldiers are to be sent

to Afghanistan. The troops will be

used to help train Afghan forces. The Government's announcement of

the increase was delayed due to the

swine-flu outbreak.

How about this for a snazzy set of

wheels? A vintage racing car that

once broke speed records. The

Shelby Cobra is up for auction, but

it will set you back a cool $14

million. It was the first American

car to beat Ferrari when it won the

1965 World Championships in France.

made. The coupe is one of only six ever

Rugby league star Greg Bird could

face jail for glassing his

girlfriend. The 24-year-old, who

now plays in France, has been found

guilty of assault and lying to

police. The former Cronulla player

claimed a friend had thrown a glass

at Katie Milligan. She received

severe facial injuries in the

assault at Bird's apartment in

Cronulla last year. Bird will be

sentenced on June 22. North Melbourne captain Brent

Harvey has called on the AFL to

investigate the so-called

chicken-wing tackle, which all but

ended his season. Harvey underwent surgery yesterday after

dislocating his elbow in the

controversial tackle at the weekend. new tactic creeping into the game. This is the result of a dangerous on his dislocated elbow. Brent Harvey arriving for surgery Now he wants some answers.

if you ping one arm - I think it's pretty dangerous

and get concussed or break an arm. you're gonna hit your head are going out to do that, So if people then probably need to look at it. But before the AFL looks at it, Andrew Demetrious will need to learn exactly what it is.

I haven't heard of the chicken wing, seriously. I might have been on a plane last night when the chickens came to roost. It's pretty hard to tell players not to tackle in a particular way. The AFL last night found Melbourne defender Jared Rivers guilty of negligent umpire contact. He's been fined $2,600. Jeff Kennett may have to fork out almost twice that. The Hawks president will be fined $5,000 unless he agrees to meet with the umpires department to discuss disparaging comments he directed at umpires last week. Luke Schneider, Ten News.

A freak accident has marred the

lead-up to Saturday's prestigious

Kentucky derby horserace meeting in

the United States. An unraced colt

got loose and crashed into

2-year-old filly Raspberry Miss at

trackwork. Raspberry Miss's jockey

was able to crawl away unharmed.

The filly died on the way to hospital. The horse responsible for

the incident survived with only

minor injuries.

More on finance now with Frank. One

of our big bank, the NAB, crying

poor. Yeah, crocodile tears for

them this morning, Ron. A lot of

companies would like to be

suffering in a similar way. The

bank made a whopping-big profit of

$2.6 billion for the year. Our

banks have had nothing but record

profits year after year, so

anything less is bound to sound

disappointing! NAB's CEO Cameron

Clyne says he expects a lot of

business debt this year. The bank

actually had $1.8 billion worth of

bad debts on its books last year.

Mr Clyne believes the recession

won't be as bad in Australia as

other places, yet at the same time

won't guarantee that the NAB will

pass on future interest-rate cuts.

In other business news:

US stocks did advance after IBM

raised its dividend. Also lifting

sentiment early was data that

showed consumer confidence at its

highest level since November of

last year. Wall Street did dip late in trade.

It's so easy, really.

Still to come - suspected cases of

the swine flu on the loose in Australia.

And 101 uses for a glow-in-the-dark

pet dog. We've got that, next. GOOD MORNING, I'M FIONA NELSON...

FIRST UP, THE WIFE OF THE CANBERRA FIREFIGHTER, KILLED IN VICTORIA EARLIER THIS YEAR, WILL START HER RUN FROM MELBOURNE TO CANBERRA TODAY. CELIA BALFOUR SAYS, THE JOURNEY, WITH A GROUP OF FIREFIGHTERS, HAS BEEN ORGANISED, TO SUPPORT THE FIRIES, WHO HELPED HER AFTER THE DEATH OF HER

HUSBAND DAVID. THE GROUP'S EXPECTED TO ARRIVE AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE ON SATURDAY. CANBERRA POLICE, ARE LOOKING FOR WITNESSES TO TWO ROBBERIES. THE FIRST, WAS AT A THE SPOT TOBACCONIST, IN BUNDA STREET, OVER THE WEEKEND... 30 THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH,

OF PRODUCTS WERE STOLEN. THE SECOND, HAPPENED ON MONDAY NIGHT IN MAWSON... AN 18 YEAR OLD MAN WAS ROBBED, AND BASHED, WHILE WALKING ON YAMBA DRIVE, AT AROUND 10-30. FORMER QUEENSLAND CRICKETER, IAN HAROLD KING, IS EXPECTED TO FACE TRIAL THIS WEEK, AFTER PLEADING NOT GUILTY, TO SEXUALLY ASSAULTING TEN BOYS, HE COACHED IN THE A-C-T. THE 65 YEAR OLD, FORMER PRIVATE CRICKET COACH, IS FACING 40 CHARGES. THE OFFENCES ALLEGEDLY TOOK PLACE BETWEEN 19-89 TO 19-98. THE TRIAL IS DUE TO START IN THE SUPREME COURT THIS WEEK. AND RAIDERS CAPTAIN, ALAN TONGUE, WILL HEAD TO THE STATE OF ORIGIN, INDUCTION CAMP TODAY. TONGUE, TERRY CAMPESE, AND JOEL MONAGHAN, ARE ALL HEADED TO THE CAMP IN SYDNEY, AFTER THEY WERE AFTER THEY WERE NAMED ON THE 40 MAN ORIGIN SQUAD YESTERDAY.

IT'S THE FIRST TIME TONGUE AND CAMPESE HAVE BEEN SELECTED... WHILE MONAGHAN MADE HIS ORIGIN DEBUT LAST YEAR. NOW HAVING A LOOK AT TODAY'S WEATHER... A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE IS BECOMING ESTABLISHED OVER THE REGION AND WILL BRING FINE CONDITIONS WITH FROSTY MORNINGS OVER THE COMING WEEK. LOOKING ACROSS THE NATION - MORNING FROST THEN FINE FOR

CANBERRA - PARTLY CLOUDY FOR SYDNEY - AND A FEW SHOWERS DEVELOPING FOR MELBOURNE CHECKING WHAT TO EXPECT ACROSS SOUTHERN NEW SOUTH WALES - A POSSIBLE SHOWER FOR THE GONG 17 THE TOP- FROST THEN A SUNNY DAY FOR ORANGE 15 THE EXPECTED TOP FOR BATHURST - BATEMANS BAY COULD GET A SHOWER WITH 17 DEGREES FROST THEN A SUNNY DAY FOR MUDGEE WITH A TOP OF 17 - MOSTLY SUNNY FOR PARKES ALSO 17

LOOKING AHEAD - THE NEXT FEW DAYS SHOULD BE FINE AND SUNNY TOMORROW - WE'RE HEADING FOR A TOP OF 15, AFTER DROPPING TO ZERO 16 DEGREES EXPECTED FOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY This program is captioned live.

Headlines on the quarter-hour on

Ten's Early News - Australian

health authorities searching for 22

people who may have contracted

swine flu on a plane with infected

New Zealanders. The worldwide death

toll now stands at 152.

The end of the road for Melbourne billionaire Richard Pratt, who's

died after a long battle with

prostate cancer.

And what every household needs if

the power goes off - Korean

scientists clone a glow-in-the-dark dog.

Heading today's news - swine flu is

getting closer to Australia, with

88 people here now suspected of

contracting the disease. Urgent

tests are being carried out on:

The Federal Government is hoping

for the best, but preparing for

the worst, as the flu spreads. It

says it's prepared to detain people

and place them in quarantine. Australia's Chief Medical Officer briefed Federal Cabinet on the latest developments in the swine flu crisis. Afterwards the Health Minister announced the activation of strong quarantine laws. What the Government wanted to ensure, acting on the advice from our medical team, is that we can act quickly if the situation does change quickly. Anyone infected with swine flu entering the country, can now be detained and quarantined. This is a serious matter, the Government takes it seriously. All necessary resources will be deployed to meet the threat. Following the earlier outbreaks of SARS and bird flu in the region, the Commonwealth put aside 8.7 million courses of Tamiflu and Relenza. The Australian Government for some time has been stockpiling anti-viral drugs. We have one of the largest per capita stockpiles of these drugs

in the world. Work is now under way on a swine flu vaccine. Well, with the number of travellers arriving in Australia from America, it's inevitable that swine flu will arrive here. Murray McCloskey, Ten News.

The death toll in Mexico has risen

- 152 people now believed to have

died. And almost 2,000 more are

suspected of having the virus. suspected of having the virus.

Health authorities in the US are

investigating the deaths of two

people that may be flu-related.

Ten's US bureau chief Nicole

Strahan joins us again now from Los

Angeles live. Nicole br, ing us up

to date. -- Good morning again, Ron.

A 33-year-old and a 45-year-old,

both men, their deaths are being

investigated. Tests are now being

carried out to determine if, in

fact, they contracted and died from fact, they contracted and died from

swine flu. It could would prove

significant if those tests came

back positive because, until now,

all of the deaths - as you

mentioned, 152 so far - have been

restricted to Mexico. This is a

very dramatic move - why has a

state of emergency been declared in

California? Arnold Schwarzenegger,

the Governor of California, earlier

today declared a state of

emergency in this state. It's

recognition that the spread of this

disease cannot be contained,

especially in California, because

of course it borders Mexico, and

there are thousands of people that

travel back and forth over that

border every day. It has not been

closed at this stage. Practically,

what the state of emergency mean -

it really does kout cut through the

red tape that can bog down the

response in these kind of

circumstances. Health authorities

circumstances. Health authorities

can act far quicker, it mean that

they can order people to cooperate

with one another through those

various agencies, and it will also

free up resources to respond to any

areas of outbreak in this

particular state. Now, so far in

the United States, there have been

67 confirmed cases of swine flu -

13 of them here in California, Ron.

Nicole, thank you. Our US bureau

chief Nicole Strahan.

Tycoon Richard Pratt has lost his

battle with prostate cancer. Family,

friends and members of the sporting

and business communities went to

his home last night to pay their toorpts the controversial

businessman described as larger

than life. Mr Pratt died hin

izsleep at his Melbourne mansion,

his wife and family at his bedside.

He was aged 74.

Two teenagers were in hospital --

are in hospital this morning after

a wild brawl outside a McDonald's

restaurant in Sydney. Around 15

people are thought to have been

involved in the fight at Hurlstone

Park. Two people, aged 17 and 18,

were taken to hospital after being

stabbed. Their attackers had gone

by the time police arrived.

There's been another ATM explosion

in Sydney this morning. Thieves

blew up the Bendigo Bank machine at

a shopping centre at Belrose at

around 2:30. The explosion

shattered windows and showered

glass and debris across the centre's carpark.

Bad news if you're sitting down to Bad news if you're sitting down to

a bowl of cereal this morning!

'Choice' magazine has tested 152 of

our most popular serials, and found

only 2 are suitable to eat every

day - Weet-Bix and Vita Brits. The

rest contained excessive amounts of

either salt or sugar. Some, such as

nug Nutri-Grain, Coco Pops, Chex

and Crispix Honey had too much of

both. Scientists in South Korea

using glow-in-the-dark dogs to help

find a cure for Parkinson's disease.

These young beagles may look normal

but, under ultra-violet light, they

glow red. In a scientific first,

the dogs have been cloned with a

specific fluorescent trait. Scientists will use the

breakthrough to implant the dogs

with disease-related genes found in with disease-related genes found in

humans, which could help them find new treatments.

Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett has

been given an ultimatum by the AFL

- make up with the umpires'

department, or pay a $5,000 fine. department, or pay a $5,000 fine. The AFL determined comments Kennett

made last week coptvened league

rules designed to -- contvened

league rules designed to protect

umpires. He has 14 days to sit down

with the umpires' department before

he's forced to pay up. At the

tribunal last night, Melbourne

defender Jared Rivers was found

guilty of negligent umpire contact

and fined $2,600.

The NRL has moved quick 3 stamp out

the so-called crusher tackle by

hitting Gold Coast prop Matthew

White with the toughest

dangerous-contact charge this

season. But White's coach says he's been hard done by. Matthew White could be seeing a bit more of the beach in the months ahead. He is facing suspension of up to four weeks. MAN: How do you feel, a bit unjust, mate?

Oh, not really, mate.

Just got to deal with it? Yeah, see what happens, I suppose. The prop's tackle leaving Penrith's Lachlan Coote with a back injury but White's coach says the punishment does not appear to fit the crime.

From the incidents I saw over the weekend, I saw some grade ones being charged that looked a lot more severe initially than what that one did. Cartwright says White is not a player who would deliberately set out to hurt another. The Titans will seek legal advice before deciding whether to fight the charge. There has not been much precedence on that type of tackle so it is going to be a tough one. I feel a bit sorry for him because he has been hung in the media, especially down in Sydney. Two players are already set to front the judiciary tonight. Bulldogs hooker Michael Ennis to fight a chicken wing tackle charge and Cronulla captain Paul Gallen pleading not guilty to a high tackle. Leanne West, Ten News.

Shane Warne has had a mixed day at

the Indian Premier League as his

Rajasthan Royals defeated Glenn

McGrath's Deli Dare DVD lsz by five

wickets. Warne struggled with the

bat, out with a duck, but turned

the game around with two big

wickets. TRANSLATION: You little beauty! -- COMMENTATOR: Don't ever

discount him. InWarne finished with

2/32. Pathan top-scored for the

Royals with 62 not out.

Wall Street struggled again

overnight as investors grew more

worried about the impact of the

swine-flu epidemic. Juliana Roadley

from CommSec with the details. A from CommSec with the details. A

lot of investors trying to predict

what the flu will mean to thing like airlines and also drug companies. They're worried about

there $770 billion tourism industry

in the US. Being so close to the

epicentre, they're not only worried

about overseas travel, but domestic

travel and business areas of the

market. The airline industry off by

2.5% overnight. Looking at what

occurred in SARS - south-east Asian

revenue for travels fell by $18

billion. They are in need of what

will occur. The banks - the

Treasury saying that Bank of

America and Citigroup need to hold

more cash on their books. The Dow

off by 8 points and the Nasdaq off

by 5. How's our market looking to

shape up? Up around 31 points now.

The oil price, gold price and base

metals all lower. The big focus

today will be the banks, if they

can hold onto the gains from

yesterday. We've got ANZ, the

half-year result coming out today.

And also one to watch - the

new-home sales for the month of

March with an increase in the new

home buyers' grant, we're looking

for a good number today. Juliana

Roadley from CommSec, thank you

very much. Thanks. That's it for

finance today - $18 billion was the

finance today - $18 billion was the

effect of SARS. So swine flu could be very pricey.

Recapping the main stories this

morning - the world health

authority admits the swine-flu

genie is out of the bottle. A

desperate search is on for a group desperate search is on for a group

of Australians who may be infected

and don't yet know it.

Tribute flow after the death of one

of Australia's richest men - box

king Richard Pratt loses his long

fight against prostate cancer.

And put down that bowl of cereal if

you care about your health. A new

study shows only two brands out of

hundreds are actually good enough

to eat every day.

That's Ten's Early News for now.

We're going to leave you with some

pictures of fashion week. Stay with

us for that. I'm Ron Wilson. See

you again at 6:00 tomorrow morning.

I lt Frank Coletta. Enjoy the

images! And enjoy your day.

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