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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Good morning. I'm Bill Woods. Welcome to Ten's Early News. And I'm Kathryn Robinson. changing of the guard. Our top stories this Thursday - as he bows out of Downing Street. Tony Blair bound for the Middle East and that is that, the end. I wish everyone, friend or foe well, as the new British Prime Minister Gordon Brown sworn in promising a change in direction.

wild weather heads south Flood alert -

another downpour. with Victorians bracing for to be particularly cautious We would advise residents

in Gippsland. of those rivers and streams

And powder scare - evacuated a Gold Coast shopping centre of a suspicious substance. after the discovery

and a rebound on Wall Street? Time for finance in the tech and energy sectors. US stocks rising thanks to gains Yes there has been Bill.

despite a profit upgrade. Coca Cola fizzles I'll have the details shortly. First this morning has officially been sworn in Gordon Brown as Britain's new Prime Minister. He's promising a change in direction but his critics are concerned of former leader Tony Blair. he lacks the social skills

to put differences aside, It was a day

to say goodbye to Tony Blair. politicians united

it was Mr Blair who had the last say. and that is that, the end. I wish everyone, friend or foe well, both sides of the British Parliament After a standing ovation from

it was on to more formal events. gathered his famliy together Tony Blair

outside 10 Downing Street, for one last picture

their home for the past 10 years,

It was then off to Buckingham Palace, his resignation. to officailly hand in saw an opportunity. Anti-war protestors I'm very glad to see him go.

a change in foreign policy. I'm not sure they'll be much of And then it was over, as a former prime minister. made his way to see Her Majesty Across town, Gordon Brown he emerged as Britain's 56th leader. and after almost an hour

that uses all the talents, I will build a government of goodwill I will invite men and women to contribute their energies to make this nation what it can be. in a new spirit of public service two areas he wants to address. Affordable housing and education

his attention to the Middle East. Tony Blair will now focus as a Member of Parliament He's resigned in British politics and confirmed the worst kept secret to the Middle East. that he will become a peace envoy

in the troubled region. Mr Blair will try and broker a deal and Palestinian leaders His strong relationship with Israeli for the job. making him an approporiate candidate to announce a $1.8 billion package PM John Howard is today expected

for people living with disabilities. Under the five-year plan disabled children under 16 the parents of 130,000

each year. will receive a $1,000 payment someone suffering a disability Carers and families living with

will also be able to access financial assistance so they can modify homes. The elderly will be given priority spending spree. as part of the pre-election children from abuse is under way The PM's plan to protect Aboriginal through the Northern Territory. with advance teams fanning out Rather than running for the hills, to accept a helping hand. it appears the locals are prepared First contact - from the Commonwealth Government an advance party

meets the people of Mutitjulu. time with the community today, We would like to spend quite some

listening to your concerns. discussing things, John Howard's intervention It's part of in the Northern Territory. that they have been well received. My understanding is

mixed with the local people - Federal Police and army units some claimed would occur. hardly the invasion are heading to the Territory - Police from around the country

sexual abuse in Aboriginal society. their job, to combat child

on alcohol and drugs, That means cracking down flowing freely in the Alice the rivers of grog

headquarters for the operation. a short distance from an advance are the priority. The smaller towns however,

to see what's going on, It's important the wider Australia

what they're doing in Mutitjulu. and there's no turning back. The Howard Government is on a crusade I don't really care what

other people say about our motives. Our motives are correct, the protection of children. our motives are about We can't say, no-one sees it, they don't count" - "They're in the middle of Australia, they do count. Murray McCloskey, Ten News. south-east Victoria Residents in flood-affected of heavy rain. are bracing for another day Forecasters predicting across the Gippsland area. another 50mm to 80mm will fall have broken their banks Several rivers across the region. while roads are closed sandbangs this morning 600 SES volunteers will prepare as the deluge continues. is celebrating The New South Wales city of Goulburn a much-needed drenching. after receiving drying up, are now overflowing The dams, that were on the verge of after two weeks of steady rain. The recent dry spell with just one year's water supply had left the city

enough water but the deluge has given the city for the next three years. the soaking. Farmers have also welcomed

to ease today. The wet weather is expected by police A group of people quarantined

Gold Coast have been released. after a powder scare on the officers were placed in isolation 15 people including three police

believed to be anthrax, after a suspicious white powder, was found in an envelope. was shut down The Surfers Paradise mall and evacuated for 6 hours last night. the powder is not toxic Police have confirmed and are continuing their analysis. in California Strong winds have fanned wildfires mandatory evacuations of residents. with police enforcing have now been destroyed 1,200 hectares across Lake Tahoe to get the blaze under control. as firefighters scramble

over containment lines 65km/h winds have swept embers starting new fires. A disappointing day for Australia's women at Wimbledon. Samantha Stosur and Alicia Molik both bundled out of the tournament. Molik's straight sets defeat not without a fight though. Molik's thunderbolts firing early.

UMPIRE: Game Miss Molik. The former world number eight skipping out to a 4-1 lead. But a determined Williams quickly put the set back on serve before prevailing in a tight tiebreak. COMMENTATOR: Fight back there from Williams. Molik continued to push the former champion in the second. Beauty, got a little applause there from Serena as well. The Aussie claiming another break with some ripping forehands but the crafty American wasn't to be denied. Hawkeye landing the final blow to Molik's all-England campaign. Out by a fraction. some of the best tennis out there She started to produce

and the more I stepped it up I guess the higher her level rose but certainly I was in a position today to win that match. The disappointment continued for the Aussie contingent with Sam Stosur knocked out while veteran Nicole Pratt landed a bitter sweet round one victory over compatriot Casey Dellaqua. Andrew Brown, Ten News. The turmoil continues at the Melbourne Football Club after coach Neale Daniher's Daniher will quit at season end after telling his players in an emotional meeting.

No bitterness whatsoever. I've had a fantastic run at a great club. I'm disappointed that we're arret at the moment, obviously, But, er, I did my best. In the frame to replace him, Garry Lyon, Guy McKenna, Michael Voss, Mark Harvey, sacked Saint Grant Thomas. Even Chris Connolly has been suggested as a direct swap. NSW State of Origin players want former spearhead Andrew Johns to help put an end to their four-match losing streak against Queensland. Johns helped the Australian rugby union team with their kicking skills but the Blues reckon his knowledge could have a major impact on their preparation for next Wednesday's final game of the series. He's probably the best player our game's had and you could see tactically, what he wouldn't be able to help with, I don't know. NSW trails 2-nil in the Series. Time for finance and Rupert Murdoch getting close to claiming his prize? That's right Bill, it looks like it will be full steam ahead for Rupert Murdoch and his US$5 billion bid for Dow Jones. The media mogul says he expects the Bancroft family will sign off on the deal in the next two to three weeks, if they decide to accept the offer. Yesterday reports suggested News Corp and Dow Jones had agreed on terms that would protect the editorial independence of flagship publications like the 'Wall Street Journal'. Mr Murdoch has also ruled out raising his US$60 a share offer

for the company. fizzed yesterday And Coca Cola Amatil shares despite the company upgrading its first half profit forecast. Shares dropped 3% after the distributor said earnings for the first six months of the year would be up 12%. CCA says trading conditions in Australia and New Zealand remain strong while significant improvements are coming out of Asia. But the company says volumes are flat which could explain why shares sold off. Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day.

A Queensland shopping centre evacuated after an anthrax scare. Those details when the Early news returns.

This program is captioned live. Welcome back to Ten's Early News. This morning - wild weather.

Victorians brace themselves for more flooding across the south east.

We would advise residents to be particularly cautious of those rivers and streams in Gippsland. Salvage attempts - crews in Newcastle to begin shifting the stranded 'Pasha Bulker'. Bowing out - Tony Blair officially stands down as British Prime Minister. I wish everyone, friend or foe well, and that is that, the end. And in sport - Anthony 'The Man' Mundine retains his world title on the Gold Coast. Time for finance and how is Wall Street travelling? US stocks rising thanks to gains in the tech and energy sectors.

The discount airfare price war heats up. I'll have all the details on the bargains shortly. Residents in Victoria's south-east are preparing for another day of flooding. The rain's unlikely to let up across Gippsland with several rivers close to breaking their banks. The farming district of Gippsland hasn't seen this much rain in years and the big wet is set to continue. The towns of Lakes Entrance and Bairnsdale are expecting another 50mm to 80mm today adding to the 30mm of rain that fell yesterday afternoon. While the rain is welcomed by farmers, it's causing problems for residents. The flash-flooding leaving people stranded in their homes. It's caused a lot of people to stay at home and make sure they don't have any worries with flood damage. The Mitchell River no longer running dry. The banks of Bosses Swamp giving way. Paddocks are flooded. Few of the fences are washed down in the creeks. We're getting a typical East Coast low rainfall for Gippsland which we haven't seen of this magnitude for many many years.

Schools were closed yesterday and many students will get another day off classes today. 600 SES volunteers will help prepare sandbangs to protect low-lying areas this morning. Ben Lewis, Ten News. Officials in Newcastle will today attempt to move the stranded 'Pasha Bulker' off the sand at Nobby's Beach. Salvage crews are confident

it can begin carefully towing the stricken tanker back out to sea tonight when favourable weather conditions are expected. Emergency crews will be on high alert throughout the operation, just in case the carrier breaks open and spills oil into the water.

Police have quaratined 15 people after an anthrax scare on the Gold Coast. The group was released last night after tests revealed the white powder was not toxic.

Cavill Mall is famous for its shopping and restaurants. But yesterday it was the scene of chaos after a woman discovered a suspicious white powder in an envelope. The package was adressed to a local restaurant and picked up from the post office. Emergency crews and scientific experts were quickly called in and evacuated the area. Everybody seems to be in good health

and no-one is showing any ill-effects of the substance.

Nearby roads were closed causing massive traffic dealys and the eastern end of the mall was shut down for 6 hours while stunned locals and tourists looked on with amazement. 15 people, including 3 police officers, were placed in isolation and underwent decontamination. They have now been released by police after initial testing found the substance not to be toxic. Police are continuing their investigations. Anthony Donaghy, Ten News.

after a drug bust in the city's west overnight. Police pulled over this man in Smithfield and seized a large quantity of drugs believed to be cocaine and cash from his car. The man was was taken to Cabramatta police station and is expected to appear in Liverpool Local Court later today. Advance teams from the Federal Government have made contact with Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory. Police and army personnel mixing with the people of Mutitjulu. The officers will help enforce law and order as part of a crackdown on child sexual abuse. Locals appeared to welcome the helping hand. The Prime Minister will meet the Queensland Premier and the Northern Territory Chief Minister today to discuss his intervention plan.

It's official, Gordon Brown is Britain's new Prime Minister. It was a busy day at Buckingham Palace. Tony Blair was the first to visit He was followed by the new Labour Leader Gordon Brown who was officially sworn in by Her Majesty as the country's 56th Prime Minister.

He then headed for number 10 Downing Street and promised a change in direction for his government with a strong focus on education. Tony Blair hasn't just stepped down as British Prime Minister, he's also giving up being an MP. His next role is as a peace envoy for the Middle East.

No-one can accuse Tony Blair of looking for the easy life. his super safe seat in parliament On his way to give up in order to take the violence of the Middle East on his shoulders as the world's peace envoy between Israelis and Palestinians.

Peace could hardly seem more remote

with control of Gaza seized by the fighters of Hamas. Confining President Abbas, Mr Blair's Palestinian negotiating partner, to the West Bank. He's regarded as a real heavyweight. One of the world's foremost leaders and a very experienced leader who knows how to negotiate. We are taking it seriously. We hope that Tony Blair will reflect that importance in his mandate the Palestinian authorities. and in dealing with But many ordinary Palestinians are deeply hostile. They accuse Mr Blair of wrecking Iraq, always siding with President Bush and of prolonging Israel's invasion of Lebanon last year. The death toll from wild flooding in England has risen to four. A man drowned after falling into rough waters in Doncaster. In Yorkshire, hundreds of families remain in temporary shelters. Emergency boats trawl through towns, plucking people to safety. And residents are preparing for the worst as more rain is forecast for the region. And to more unusual weather on the other side of the world Johannesburg in South Africa

received its first heavy snowfall since 1981. Temperatures fell to -1 as a blanket coated the city. Families seeing snow for the first time made the most of it throwing snowballs and making snowmen. Anthony Mundine his WBA Super middleweight title has successfully defended outclassing Argentinean Pablo Zamora Nievas. The Man dressed up like 'the king' making a grand entrance to the bout but he managed to back up the hype in the ring. Mundine proving too strong over 12 rounds

retaining his title with a unanimous points decision. And he's hungry for more. I want to fight every 8 to 10 weeks, really stamp my authority to the boxing world and represent. It's believed Mundine may have torn his bicep during the hard-fought encounter. replacement is now on after the Melbourne coach announced he was quitting at season's end. After 10 years in charge, a terrible 2007 has seen him fall on his sword. Things have moved swiftly and it appears without much bloodshed after a review that got under way earlier this week. Daniher jumping before he was pushed. I think this is the right time. It's best for the club, I think it's best for the players, I think it's best for our sponsors, our supporters, I think it's best for me. I think it's the right time. His old coach saddened by the news but at the same time saying he could be his own replacement. He could be. He absolutely could be. That's why I say, he's a very good coach. He'd have to be a very good coach to replace me. Prodigal Demon son Garry Lyon, Guy McKenna, Michael Voss and Mark Harvey are in the frame but sacked Saint Grant Thomas while Demons President Paul Gardiner is there. I think he's got a lot to answer for, from a credibility perspective in relation to what he said - how much can we trust what he says in the future? Even former player Chris Connolly suggested as a direct swap.

Ian Cohen, Ten News. Struggling Swans forward Barry Hall has been stood down for the first time in 5 seasons ahead of Saturday's game against competition leader Geelong. The All-Australian has been diagnosed with a groin injury which has severely hampered his performance this season. Coach Paul Roos admitting if his condition doesn't significantly improve it could be season over. It's a big blow for the Swans who are currently struggling outside the 8. To business and finance now and Qantas posts its fourth profit upgrade this year? Yes Bill, reports this morning profit at the Flying Kangaroo this year could hit $1 billion. The airline yesterday issued its fourth profit upgrade saying it's comfortable full year numbers will be in line with market expectations. Analysts have been increasing their profit expectations for the airline in recent weeks with the latest survey suggested above $1 billion. The earnings upgrade vindicates claims the $11 billion APA takeover undervalued the carrier.

But Qantas shares lost more than 1% to close at $5.52 in a weaker market. And Tiger Airways yesterday unveiled some of its domestic air routes The Singapore-based airline announced plans to fly between Melbourne and Darwin for just $80 each way from December. The flights will allow passengers to connect with Tiger's services from Darwin to Singapore. Jetstar immediately hit back, offering fares on the same sector for $79 each way. Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day.

Tony Blair bows out of British politics. That's next. And the CommSec finance report when the Early News returns.

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Broadband access from just: For eligible customers. For details, call 13POND or visit bigpond.com This program is captioned live. Our top stories this Thursday - changing of the guard. Tony Blair bound for the Middle East as he bows out of Downing Street. I wish everyone, friend or foe well, and that is that, the end. Gordon Brown sworn in as the new British Prime Minister promising a change in direction. Flood alert - wild weather heads south with Victorians bracing for another downpour. We would advise residents to be particularly cautious in Gippsland.

And powder scare - evacuated a Gold Coast shopping centre of a suspicious substance. after the discovery how did US stocks close? Time for finance -

US stocks were helped late afternoon in the tech sector, after a rally erasing earlier loses sectors and higher oil prices. thanks to concerns over manufacturing

I'll have more finance news shortly. is Britain's new Prime Minister. Gordon Brown

at Buckingham Palace - It was a busy day

Tony Blair was the first to visit, to the Queen. handing in his resignation

He was followed by the new Labour leader Gordon Brown

children from abuse is under way The PM's plan to protect Aboriginal spending spree. as part of the pre-election The elderly will be given priority who was officially sworn in by Her Majesty as the country's 56th Prime Minister. He then headed for Number 10 Downing Street and promised a change in direction for his government with a strong focus on education. PM John Howard is today expected to announce a $1.8 billion package for people living with disabilities. Under the five-year plan the parents of 130,000 disabled children under 16 will receive a $1,000 payment each year. Carers and families living with someone suffering a disability will also be able to access financial assistance so they can modify homes.

through the Northern Territory. with advance teams fanning out

Rather than running for the hills, to accept a helping hand. it appears the locals are prepared

from the Commonwealth Government an advance party First contact -

meets the people of Mutitjulu. time with the community today, We would like to spend quite some

listening to your concerns. discussing things, John Howard's intervention It's part of in the Northern Territory. that they have been well received. My understanding is Federal Police and army units mixed with the local people - hardly the invasion some claimed would occur. Police from around the country are heading to the Territory - their job, to combat child sexual abuse in Aboriginal society. That means cracking down on alcohol and drugs, the rivers of grog flowing freely in the Alice a short distance from an advance headquarters for the operation.

The smaller towns however, are the priority. It's important the wider Australia to see what's going on, what they're doing in Mutitjulu.

The Howard Government is on a crusade and there's no turning back. other people say about our motives. I don't really care what Our motives are correct, the protection of children. our motives are about We can't say, no-one sees it, they don't count" - "They're in the middle of Australia, they do count. Murray McCloskey, Ten News. Two men have been charged of a man in Melbourne. with the stabbing murder were taken into custody A 23-year-old and 25-year-old yesterday afternoon. a 36-year-old man of a female friend's house. on the front lawn

the two charged men knew each other. Police believe the victim, woman and

They will face court this morning. Residents in flood-affected south-east Victoria of heavy rain. are bracing for another day Forecasters predicting

across the Gippsland area. another 50mm to 80mm will fall have broken their banks Several rivers

across the region. while roads are closed sandbangs this morning 600 SES volunteers will prepare

as the deluge continues. Authorities in Sydney say to the city's drinking water. recent heavy rainfalls pose no threat

supplies But they will keep closely monitoring water was discovered after a large plume of murky brown in the Warragamba Dam yesterday. A similar plume occurred in 1998, causing an outbreak of the potentially fatal cryptosporidium

and giardia bacterias. quarantined by police A group of people Gold Coast have been released. after a powder scare on the

officers were placed in isolation 15 people including three police believed to be anthrax, was found in an envelope. was shut down The Surfers Paradise mall and evacuated for 6 hours last night. the powder is not toxic Police have confirmed

and are continuing their analysis. for Australia's women at Wimbledon. A disappointing day both bundled out of the tournament. Samantha Stosur and Alicia Molik

not without a fight though. Molik's straight sets defeat Molik's thunderbolts firing early.

UMPIRE: Game Miss Molik. The former world number eight skipping out to a 4-1 lead. But a determined Williams quickly put the set back on serve before prevailing in a tight tiebreak.

COMMENTATOR: Fight back there from Williams. Molik continued to push the former champion in the second. Beauty, got a little applause there from Serena as well. The Aussie claiming another break with some ripping forehands but the crafty American wasn't to be denied. to Molik's all-England campaign. Hawkeye landing the final blow Out by a fraction. some of the best tennis out there She started to produce the higher her level rose and the more I stepped it up I guess today to win that match. but certainly I was in a position

for the Aussie contingent The disappointment continued with Sam Stosur knocked out a bitter sweet round one victory while veteran Nicole Pratt landed over compatriot Casey Dellaqua. Andrew Brown, Ten News. at the Melbourne Football Club The turmoil continues resignation yesterday. after coach Neale Daniher's Daniher will quit at season end in an emotional meeting. after telling his players

No bitterness whatsoever. I've had a fantastic run at a great club.

I'm disappointed that we're arret at the moment, obviously, But, er, I did my best. In the frame to replace him, Garry Lyon, Guy McKenna, Michael Voss, Mark Harvey, sacked Saint Grant Thomas. Even Chris Connolly has been suggested as a direct swap.

NSW State of Origin players want former spearhead Andrew Johns to help put an end to their four-match losing streak against Queensland. Johns helped the Australian rugby union team with their kicking skills earlier this week, but the Blues reckon his knowledge on their preparation could have a major impact of the series. for next Wednesday's final game our game's had He's probably the best player and you could see tactically, to help with, I don't know. what he wouldn't be able NSW trails 2-nil in the Series. finance report with Craig James. Time now for the CommSec were out yesterday Craig, the Census details

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should be a good day all round. Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day. And now for a look at today's Flood warnings newspaper headlines:

for south-east Victoria - when we return. those details

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UNDER THE TERRITORIES OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY ACT.. TO GET SAFER FOR FAMILIES. A NEW AD WILL CHALLENGE THE BELIEF THAT IT'S OK TO DRINK AND DRIVE IN COUNTRY TOWNS. CAMPAIGN REMINDS DRINKERS THE 2.4 MILLION DOLLAR MOBILE BREATH TESTING UNIT. THAT EVERY POLICE CAR IS A DEATHS HAPPEN ON COUNTRY 81 PERCENT OF DRINK DRIVING ROADS. TO SPORT, WILL BE OUT TO CONSOLIDATE AND THE BELCONNEN MAGPIES A-F-L, WHEN THEY TAKE ON SECOND PLACE IN A-C-T SATURDAY. EASTLAKE AT MANUKA OVAL ON BE TRYING TO AVENGE THEIR EASTLAKE, MEANWHILE, WILL MAGPIES WHEN THEY LAST MET FIFTEEN POINT LOSS TO THE

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will today attempt to move the stranded 'Pasha Bulker' off the sand at Nobby's Beach. Salvage crews are confident it can begin carefully towing the stricken tanker back out to sea tonight when favourable weather conditions are expected. Emergency crews will be on high alert throughout the operation, just in case the carrier breaks open and spills oil into the water. Police are hunting a brazen bandit who held up two video stores in Perth armed with a samurai sword. In the latest attack, a 3-year-old boy was just metres away from the offender. The terrified video store worker handed over cash before the thief made off. Security cameras captured this shot of the man just prior to the attacks. Police want anyone who recognises the man to contact them. Advance teams from the Federal Government have made contact with Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory.

Police and army personnel mixing with the people of Mutitjulu. The officers will help enforce law and order as part of a crackdown on child sexual abuse. Locals appeared to welcome the helping hand. The Prime Minister will meet the Queensland Premier Minister today and the Northern Territory Chief to discuss his intervention plan. First this morning Gordon Brown has officially been sworn in as Britain's new Prime Minister. but his critics are concerned he lacks the social skills of former leader Tony Blair. It was a day to put differences aside, politicians united to say goodbye to Tony Blair. And after 10 years, it was Mr Blair who had the last say. I wish everyone, friend or foe well, and that is that, the end. After a standing ovation from both sides of the British Parliament it was on to more formal events. Tony Blair gathered his famliy together for one last picture outside 10 Downing Street, their home for the past 10 years, It was then off to Buckingham Palace, to officailly hand in his resignation. Anti-war protestors saw an opportunity. I'm very glad to see him go. I'm not sure they'll be much of a change in foreign policy. And then it was over, Mr Blair leaving the Queen as a former prime minister. Across town, Gordon Brown made his way to see Her Majesty and after almost an hour he emerged as Britain's 56th leader. I will build a government that uses all the talents,

I will invite men and women of goodwill to contribute their energies in a new spirit of public service to make this nation what it can be. Affordable housing and education two areas he wants to address. Gemma Riordan, Ten News. Tony Blair will now focus his attention to the Middle East.

He's resigned as a Member of Parliament

and confirmed the worst kept secret in British politics Mr Blair will try and broker a deal in the troubled region. His strong relationship with Israeli and Palestinian leaders making him an approporiate candidate for the job. And storms are lashing parts of the United States. Non-stop rain for 15 days has drenched parts of Texas. Residents were forced to evacuate after the water level was chest deep in some parts of Fort Worth. The downpour has already killed a 13-year-old boy near Dallas after he drowned in a swollen creek. The same storm is causing chaos in Oklahoma where twin girls were rescued from their car. Anthony Mundine has successfully defended his WBA Super middleweight title outclassing Argentinean Pablo Zamora Nievas. The Man dressed up like 'the king' making a grand entrance to the bout but he managed to back up the hype in the ring. Mundine proving too strong over 12 rounds retaining his title with a unanimous points decision. And he's hungry for more. I want to fight every 8 to 10 weeks,

really stamp my authority to the boxing world and represent. It's believed Mundine may have torn his bicep during the hard-fought encounter. A tug of war for the services of rugby league great Andrew Johns. The Australian Rugby Union team wants to use him as a kicking coach while the NSW State of Origin team needs his help to beat Queensland. Andrew Johns made a big impression on the Wallabies this week. Facing a 3-0 Origin series humiliation, the NSW Blues want him as well. I'd love to have him in here. I'd love it,

Just his experience, knowledge of the game is enormous. I thought they would have brought him in this time, but maybe the Wallabies have a bigger chequebook than us.

From the Queensland camp, the best indication yet that Petero Civoneciva won't be joining the player exodus to England despite the stalemate in his contract talks with Brisbane.

There's been a bit of talk about how this could be my last Origin match. I wanna go on with this and I know I've still got a lot to offer the Queensland side. Maroons medical staff will seek a surgeon's opinion on Jacob Lillyman's fractured eye socket, but it seems unlikely he'll play next Wednesday night. It's a bit touch and go, so we'll see what happens.

Injury worries too for Justin Hodges and Dallas Johnson but they say they'll be right to play. Leanne West, Ten News. Struggling Swans forward Barry Hall has been stood down for the first time in 5 seasons ahead of Saturday's game against competition leader Geelong. The All-Australian has been diagnosed with a groin injury

which has severely hampered his performance this season. Coach Paul Roos admitting if his condition doesn't significantly improve it could be season over. It's a big blow for the Swans who are currently struggling outside the 8. On all things weather related - let's cross to Thredbo to check on conditions on the ski fields. This morning we're joined by Simone Smith. Simone, how are conditions?

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It looks like more slower is on his way before Saturday. Our final finance check and Coles on the slide. Coles shares dropped to their lowest point in three months yesterday

as the deadline for the $20 billion auction approaches. Overnight - executives from buyout firm Texas Pacific Group met in Aspen to discuss whether or not it would proceed with with the deal. Some analysts say no news is good news but others fear the American consortium is close to walking away thanks to this weeks rally in bond yields leaving many private equity groups exposed to lower returns. making any higher offer for Coles. And more jobs in the finance sector are set to move offshore. The National Australia Bank has confirmed at least 41 full-time positions will be sent to India by the end of the year. But unions claim changes to the bank's back office mean the figure is more likely to be closer to 100. The National says the changes are part of a 2-year review of its back office. And that's it. Now for a look at the national weather and for the rest of the day. A quick recap of the morning's top stories - changing of the guard. Tony Blair bound for the Middle East as he bows out of Downing Street after 10 years. Flood alert -

wild weather heads south with Victorians in Gippsland brace for another downpour. And powder scare - a Gold Coast shopping centre evacuated after the discovery of a suspicious substance. That's it for Ten Early News. and we'll wrap up the day in the Ten News at 5:00. I'm Bill Woods, 'bye for now. And I'm Kathryn Robinson. Good morning. Supertext captions by the Australian Caption Centre. www.auscap.com.au