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morning. Making headlines today - hostages freed. Japanese whalers hand over two activists held captive.

Investigation continues - police

probe the cause of a blast that

killed an iep conic wine maker.

Crash landing - near disaster at

Heathrow. A plane falls short of

the runway.

And in sport, the wickets fall at

the WACA as the Aussies struggle.

A quick check of the weather.

Good morning everyone. US stocks

have plummeted as the fed reserve

has asked Washington to act fast to head off a recession.

When I come back, a record loss for

lynch lynch.

The two anti-whaling activists

being held on a Japanese have been

released. The men were handed over

to the Australian Government. The

customs ship, 'Oceanic Viking'

ending the stand-off.

Australian Benjamin Potts and

Briton Giles Lane are free after

being held on the 'Nisshin Maru'

for two days. They were transferred

on to the customs ship, 'Oceanic

Viking' early this morning. It is

not known what condition they are

in or how they were treated onboard

the Japanese vessel. The whalers

describing the men as unwanted guests, maintaining that the

exercise was a stunt. You have to

pity the family of the men on the

'Nisshin Maru', when the captain of 'Nisshin Maru', when the captain

the 'Sea Shepherd' vessel is more

interested in chasing the other

Japanese vessels, rather than

securing the release of his

members. The Japanese offered to release

release the hostages earlier, but

on terms that the crew of the

'Steve Irwin' ship would not accept.

TRANSLATION: They are a nuisance, weapon want to return them as soon

as possible, but oddly enough, they

don't. The men will return to the

'Steve Irwin'.

Terrifying scenes at London's

Heathrow Airport after a British

Airways plane crash landed. The

Boeing 777 from Beijing coming down

hard and skidding on grass and

stopping just short of the runway.

The plane's undercarriage tore

apart on impact and both wings were

damaged. Inflatable chutes were

used to evacuate all 136

passengers. Only six were treated

for minor injuries. It's thought

that the jet lost power as it came

in to land, causing it to crash.

Back home fou, and investigations

will continue today into the cause

of a deadly explosion at a Hunter

Valley winery. Respected wine maker Trevor Drayton was killed in

the plast at the poverty the plast at the poverty in

Pokolbin. The body of a second man,

believed to be his cousin was

found. A 27-year-old assistant wine

maker survived the explosion,

bull remains in hospital with burns

to 80% of his body. A burn on his

face and his body, his shirt was in

tatters, he was blown quite a way

through the air. The blast may have

been triggered when welding sparks ignited

ignited ethanol fumes.

Firefighters have closely monitoring

Adelaide foothills. The fire has monitoring a large blaitz in the

been brought under control. Flames

came within metres of homes and

forced dozens of evacuations. More

than 200 firefighters and water

bombing aircraft were brought in to

battle the blaze.

Residents in North Queensland are

sand bagging their homes, as rising

flood waters threat tonne inundate

towns. Major flooding is expected

at Longreach, with local rivers surging and the weather forecast

is not good.

Some 40 Queensland shires are now

either flood-affected or cleaning

up after the worts. The towns are

bracing for surging river levels.

It's coming up 10cm every hour, at

the moment anyway. That's because

falls of 200mm and 300mm in 24

hours are still being registered

across the inland. The Warrego

river now tipped to burst through

the town's unfinished flood levy

bank system, where 18 homes businesses have already been bank system, where 18 homes and

evacuated. We will be in the co-ordinatation process of helping

to resupply with essentials to resupply with essentials like

food and meditation. Forecasters say that the rain depression

causing all of the problems is

weakening, but not before it

delivers more downpours well into

the weekend. It could come into , the weekend. It could come into ,

just very close to the town, but we

don't see a problem at this very moment.

A memorial is being held in Sydney

today to mark the 31st anniversary

of the Granville train disaster. 83

people were killed and more than

200 injured when the Blue Mountains

down express train derailed bringing

down a bridge. Survivors, family

and friends of the victims will

gather at 11:00 this morning for a memorial service. The

The anxious wait is over for

university hopefuls in NSW, the

ACT and WA. First round offers have

been released overnight on the

Internet and in today's newspapers.

These girls among nearly 60,000

school leavers rewarded for their

work. Yeah, definitely relief. It's

been such a long time. This time

last year was when we started, so

definitely, the work has paid off.

Engineering and nursing degrees

have enjoyed a surge in popularity

this year, prompted by the nationwide skills shortage.

A Perth man has reportedly been

arrested for drugs possession in

Bali. It's believed the

39-year-old was caught with

3.5grams of hashish in his 3.5grams of hashish in his trousers.

He failss up to 10 years in jail.

Australian missionarys in Kenya

have fled after their homes were

attacked by rioters. It comes after

another day of clashes between

police and Opposition supporters.

Protesters tried blocking roads

with burning barricades. Police

fought back with tear gas and

bullets. More than 70o people have

died in the past month, following

re-election. President Kibaki's disputed

India is in complete control of the

third Test after dominating day two at the WACA. The tourists

posting a competitive score, before

WACA pitch. blasting the Aussies out on a pacey

and a chance to regroup. The Indians all out for 330 told his troops worked wonders. Whatever captain Anil Kumble

strolling onto the WACA, A nervous Chris Rogers

keeping a close eye on proceedings. Matthew Hayden But Rogers's stay was short-lived

caught him in front. when Irfan Pathan Yes, it's 1/12. in unfamiliar territory - The Aussies soon the wickets tumbling. He's gone! Yes, he is! That's 3/14. He's gone for a duck. Is that gone? It is! They were soon under pressure, made it look easy - but Andrew Symonds his half-century off just 44 balls. He was 46 not out, now he's 52. This time straight. his 600th Test wicket. He then handed Anil Kumble There's a chance, there's a chance. I think there's a tickle. Umpire Rauf now raises the finger. The Aussie tail crumbled. India now has a chance to set an impossible run chase on day three. Claire Thomas, Ten News.

Casey Dellaqua is the only Aussie

in action on the singles court at

the Australian Open today. Her

third round opponent, a massive

challenge, 2006 champion Mauresmo.

Overnight, Marcos Baghdatis booked

a third round showdown with Lleyton

Hewitt, but he was made to work Hewitt, but he was made to work for

it, going five sets with Russian

Marat Safin. Marcos Baghdatis

emerging the winner.

Hewitt moved through with a 3 sets

to one win over Uzbekistan's Denis

Istomin. 7-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1.

AFL now and Steven Johnson is in AFL now and Steven Johnson is in

hot water again after being caught

speeding 78km/h over the limit.

Johnson, who collected the Norm

Smith medal in Geelong's historic

Premiership team was caught Premiership team was caught doing

128km/h in a 50km/h zone just after

8:00 last night. He'll lose his

licence for a year and is expected

to face court. The Cats leadership

group will decide on a penalty for his speeding offence over the next week.

Time for a look at finance now, and

reports this morning of another

high profile casualty of the subprime crisis? That's right, and

this time it is Merrill Lynch, the

world's largest brokerage firm

has had a fourth quarter loss of

$11.4 million. Merrill Lynch has

been forced to write down about

$16.5 million worth of investments

stemming from the ongoing crunch.

And another poor run for our market

yesterday, the all orders closing

in the red for the ninth session in

a row. The market turning in a row. The market turning in its

worst performance since the

mid-1990s. Investors still spooked

by Citigroup's write down and

recession fears. The market is now

down 15% from its peak in October.

And UBS admits its lost almost a

quarter of invest's money amid the

Centro meltdown. In a letter to shareholders, they said that they

posted a 22.3% loss after fees for

the six months to December. UBS had invested

invested almost 14% of its assets

into Centro and an offshoot by the

time those shares started to crash.

A look now at the national weather

details for the day ahead.

To the newspaper headlines now - Sydney's Daily Telegraph shows the

tragic moment when the parents of Trevor Drayton, the wine maker

killed in an explosion at the

Hunter Valley arrived at the scene

of the blast.

The financial review says Treasurer Wayne Swan says Australia

is strong enough to with stand the

twin shocks of the global decline

and the credit crisis.

And Noel Pearson wants to lure

teachers to indigenous communities

with $50,000 bonuses.

Still to come on the early news -

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Welcome back. This morning - stand-off ends. Two activists

finally released by Japanese whalers.

Forced to flee - Adelaide homes threatened by bushfire.

Near disaster - a plane lands with

a thud hundreds of metres short of

the runway in London.

Then in sport, the wickets fall at

the WACA as the Aussies struggle.

Now for a check of what's happening

in the markets, here's Jacqui. US

stocks have plummeted as the

Federal Reserve urged Washington

to act fast to head off a recession.

When I come back, we'll cross to

Wall Street for the latest on the

US market. Thank you. Jap

Jap has released the two

activists held captive on its two

whaling ships. The Australian and

Briton were handed over to the

customs ship, the 'Oceanic Viking'

early this morning. It is not known

what condition the two men are in.

They're expected to be returned to

the protest ship, the 'Steve Irwin'.

'Sea Shepherd' activists plan to

keep chasing them out of the

Southern Ocean.

Drama at London's Heathrow Airport,

after a British Airways plane was

forced to make an emergency

landing. The jet skidded across the

grass, ripping apart its underbelly

and damaging both wings.

She is battered, she is bruised. And

so are some of those who travelled

in her. But BA flight 38 made it

home - just. Her passengers and

crew slid to safety down these

evacuation chutes. Every man, woman and child escaped alive. Only a

handful needed treatment for

injuries. A fact that becomes more

remarkable as we get a clearer

picture of what happened. As

emergency crews were still doing

their work, aviation sources their work, aviation sources told

ITV News that just sort of Heathrow Airport, both engines had failed.

The pilot had to glide BA38 home.

This plane spotter watched him do it

The approach seemed normal. However,

he did sort of at the last minute

seem to bank quite a lot at that

angle, and at that point, I thought

he might be in trouble, but he did

try to correct him. It sort of

belly flopped on to the ground, but

he probably did a text book crash

landing to make sure that the

aircraft stays in tact, and

obviously a much better chance of

survivors and less serious injuries.

The early stages of an

investigation are already under way,

but it doesn't need experts to say

that Heathrow and British Airways

came perilously close to disaster today.

Returning to news at home now, and

a monsoon low continues to flood

North Queensland. These pictures show

show the Burdekin dam near

Townsville at full capacity after

2.5 years supply of water fell in

the past few weeks. Further west,

and residents in the town of

Charlville are braigsfoirthar worst

flooding in 17 years. Authorities this morning are this morning are evacuating

patients from the town's hospital.

More heavy rain is forecast over

the weekend.

Investigations will continue today

in the cause of a deadly explosion

at a Hunter Valley winery.

Respected wine maker Trevor

Drayton was killed in the blast at

the property in Pokolbin. The body the property in Pokolbin. The body

of a second man, believed to be

his cousin was also found. A

27-year-old assistant wine maker

survived the explosion but remains

in hospital with burns to 80% of

his body. Burns on his face and his

body, by his own admission he was

blown quite a way through the air.

The blast may have been triggered

when welding sparks ignited when welding sparks ignited fumes.

Firefighters in SA are keeping a

close eye on a major bushfire in

the Adelaide foothills.S of

residents were forced to flee

their homes, but for now, the blaze

is under control.

Raging out of control, strong

gusty winds fanning the flames.

More than 250 firefighters and 45

apliances battled the elements as

the fire within metres forcing

residents to flee, but others

stayed to fight. My friend and I

have been out here with hoses

trying to wet the front. We're just watching the flames come up watching the flames come up the hill. We haven't planned anything,

we didn't expect this. We've just

come back from holiday. A caravan

park also evacuated as the blaze

burnt out nearly 30 hectares of

scrub. The fire impossible to

control from the ground because of inaccessible terrain and unpredictable winds.

Water bombers proving invaluable.

Gusty winds keeping firefighters on

high alert. Police are

investigating a cause, but it is

not believed to be arson.

Disgraced former crown prosecutor,

Patrick Power will be released

from jail today. The 55-year-old

has spent six months behind bars

for possessing more than 400 child

pornography images. Power's name

will be added to a register of

child sex open fenders, meaning

he'll be required to inform police

of his whereabouts for the next eight years.

There's been a dramatic boost in

the number of doctors, but they're

working less. The Australian

Institute of Health and Welfare

strail finding that the amount of

doctors rose by 13% between 2001

and 2005. Nurse numbers are also up

by 7%, but the report has also

found that doctors have slashed

their working hours by nearly two

hours a week. That reduces any gain

in the amount of medical

practitioners to around 4%.

Top teachers will be lured to work

in indigenous communities, with

incentive payments of up to $50,000

a year. The recutment program,

Teach for Australia is being launched

launched by Aboriginal leader Noel

Pearson. It will offer experienced

teachers fellowships, with $50,000

a year tax free on top of their

salary. The program aims to install

500 high quality teachers in remote

schools over the next four years.

Sport now, and the pressure is Sport now, and the pressure is on

the Aussie bowlers to make a quick

breakthrough on day three of the

third Test against India at the third Test against India at the

WACA. The visitors will resume

their second innings at 1/52,

holding a 170-run lead after the home

home side crumbled yesterday. Andy

Symonds the best with the bat,

notching up 66 runs, before handing

Indian skipper Anil Kumble his 600th

Test wicket. Only two others have managed to do the same - spinners

Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan.

Lleyton Hewitt will face Marcos

Baghdatis in the third round of the Australian Open. The Cypriot

booking his date with the Aussie

after a hard-fought win over Russian Marat Safin

2006 runner up, Marcos Baghdatis

again winning over the crowd at Rod

Laver arena. His match against

Marat Safin creeping into the early

hours of the morning. The Russian

feeling the pressure in the final feeling the pressure in the final

set. Safin handing over the final

break in the fifth, and then the match.

Hewitt moves through following his

3-1 win over Denis Istomin. I

played a couple of loose points

there, not to finish it off, but

you know to his credit, he stepped

it up as well. He hit two or three winners off my second serve straight

away and put me under pressure.

While Roger Federer easily While Roger Federer easily accounted for Fabris Santoro,

dropping just three games in three sets. The Milwaukee Bucks have

celebrated their return to Wisconsin with a

Wisconsin with a comfortable win

over the Atlanta Hawks. It was a

sweet home coming for the Bucks who

lost three straight on the road. Australian centre Andrew Bogut was again a dominant force. That was a

great read by Bogut.

Bogut posted another double, double

to continue his recent good form,

finishing with 21 points, four

rebounds and four blocked shots in

the Bucks 7-point win.

Now to a look at US finance news and here's and here's Jacqui.

Time for a weeky check of what's

making news on Wall Street, and

joining us live from New York is

Alexis Christoforous. Firstly, Federal Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernake has been questioned about

the economy. What has he had to

say? Well, he didn't come outright

and say that we are in a recession,

but he did say that the US economy

is definitely slowing, and believes

that it needs some sort of

assistance from the Government in

the form of an economic stimulus

package, to help prevent a

recession. He says, that coupled

with aggressive interest rate cuts

should be enough to keep the

economy afloat. And on top of that,

there's also more bad news from the

housing market and the brokerage

industry. What's going on? The bad

news just keeps piling up. Today

we learned that new home

construction plunged 14% in the

month of December to the slowest

pace in 16 years, and Merrill Lynch

has become the latest brokerage has become the latest brokerage

giant to report a huge loss because

of the mortgage mess. It lost $10

billion in the fourth quarter, that

is double what Wall Street was

expecting. Of course, that comes as

well just days after Citigroup's

record write down. How have the

marks reacted? Not favourably as

you can imagine. This week, we

heard from Citigroup, JP Morgan

Chase and lynch lifrpbl lynch and awful the uncertainty about the

economy. The fact that it is

pointing a recession, not only here,

but globally has the market very

nervous, and right now we have the

Dow Jones Industrial Average down

200o and the NASDAQ and SNP 200o and the NASDAQ and SNP each

down nearly 30 points. So experts

I'm talking to expect more stel selling to come.

OK, Alexis Christoforous, thank you

very much for that.

A look now at the national weather

details for the day ahead.

Prince William has completed his

first solo flight as part of his

airforce training. He's only been

with the RAF for a short time, so

it was very surprising when his

instructor told him to take control

of the aircraft. I thought, you

know, hopefully I'll get a bit of

practice, and the next thing I know

my instructor says get on with it

and I was left looking, what? And and I was left looking, what? And

once we got up in the air, it once we got up in the air, it was fine. The 25-year-old will spend

four months with the RAF.

The wait is over for thousands of

university hopefuls. We'll have

the details next. And we'll the details next. And we'll also

have the Commsec finance report

when the early news returns. Dylan's got a ton of energy so Fisher-Price invented the Smart Cycle. The more he pedals, the more he learns. 13, 14. Numbers, letters, spelling. Lots of cartridges, games and arcade races. That's one smart cycle. Yeah! New from Fisher-Price.

This program is captioned live.

Today - hostages freed. Japanese

whalers hand over two activists held held captive.

Investigation continues - police

probe the cause of a blast that

killed an iconic wine maker.

Crash landsing - near disaster at

Heathrow. A plane falls short of

the runway.

And in sport, the wickets fall at

the WACA as the Aussies struggle. A

A quick check of the weather now.

US stocks have taken a tumble as US stocks have taken a tumble as

the Fed Reserve chairman urged

Washington to act fast and head off a recession.

When I come back, we'll cross to Commsec.

Two anti-whaling activists being

held on a Japanese ship have been

released. The men were handed over

to the Australian Government. The customs ship, 'Oceanic Viking'

ending the stand-off.

Australian Benjamin Potts and

Briton Giles Lane are free after

being held on the 'Nisshin Maru'

for two days. They were transferred

on to the customs ship, 'Oceanic

Viking' early this morning. It's

not known what condition they are

in or how they were treated onboard

the Japanese vessel. The whalers

describing the men as unwanted

guests, maintaining the whole exern

size was a stunt. You have to pity

the family of the men on the

'Nisshin Maru', when the captain of

the 'Sea Shepherd' vessel is more

interested in chasing the other

Japanese vessels, rather than

securing the release of his own

crew members. The Japanese had offered to release the hostages earlier, earlier, but on terms that the earlier, but on terms that the crew

of the 'Steve Irwin' protest ship

would not accept.

TRANSLATION: They are a nuisance,

we want to return them as soon as

possible, but oddly enough, they possible, but oddly enough, they don't.

The men were return to the 'Steve

Irwin' soon which will continue to

chase the whaling vessels in the Southern Ocean.

Drama at London's Heathrow Airport,

after a British Airways plane was

force today make an emergency

landing. The jet skidded across the

grass, ripping apart its underbelly

and damaging both wings.

She is battered, she is bruised, and so are some of those who travelled in her. But BA flight 38 made it home - Heathrow Airport, both engines had failed. The pilot had to glide BA38 home. This plane spotter watched him

do it. The approach seemed normal. However, he did at the last minute seem seem to bank quite a lot at that angle, and at that point, I thought he might be in trouble. But he did try to correct himself. He sort of belly flopped on to the ground,

which he's probably done a text

book crash landing to make sure

that the aircraft stays intact and

there's obviously much better

chance of survivors and less

serious injuries. The early stages of an investigation are already

under way. But it doesn't need

experts to say that Heathrow and

British Airways came perilously close

close to disaster today.

The anxious wait is over for

university hopefuls in NSW, the

university hopefuls in NSW, the

ACT and WA. First round offers have

been released overnight on the

Internet and in today's newspapers.

These girls among nearly 60,000

school leavers rewarded for their

work. Definitely a relief. Such a

long time, this time last year was

when we started so definitely, the

work has paid off. Engineering and

nursing degrees have enjoyed a surge in popularity

surge in popularity this year,

prompted by the nation's skills shortage.

shortage.

There's been a dramatic boost in

the number of doctors, but they're working less. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

finding the amount of doctors rose

by 13% between 2001 and 2005. Nurse

numbers are also up by around 7%.

But, the reports also found that

doctors have slashed their working

doctors have slashed their working

hours by nearly two hours a week.

That reduces any gain in the amount of medical practitioners to around 4%.

Firefighters are closely monitoring

a large blaze in the Adelaide

foothills. The fire has been

brought under control, however.

Flames came within metres of homes

and forced dozens of evacuations.

More than 200 firefighters and

water bombing aircraft were brought in to

in to battle the blaze. Fire authorities will today continue their investigations into

the cause of a devastating

explosion at a winery in the NSW

Hunter Valley. The industry is in

shock over the death of respected

wine maker Trevor Drayton.

The force of the explosion ripped

the roof off the Hunter Valley

winery and could be heard

kilometres away, erupting kilometres away, erupting into

flames up to 80 metres high. It was

a significant explosion. Its impacted greatly upon the impacted greatly upon the building

and the building has sustained

significant damage. Three men were

inside at the time of the blast,

including wine maker Trevor

Drayton. The 52-year-old and

another man, reported to be his cousin were found dead at the scene. A

A third man, assistant wine A third man, assistant wine maker

ran from the building on fire ran from the building on fire and

jumped into a nearby lake. I really hope he's all

hope he's all right. He had a lot

of skin burn on his face and on his

body, his shirt was in tatters. By

his own admission, he was blown

quite a way through the ware. The

27-year-old suffered burns to 80%

of his body. Its believed that the

explosion was caused by welding

sparks. The Drayton family has

owned the winery since the 1850s

and locals are shocked at the loss

of the popular wine maker. Trevor was one of

was one of the highly respected members of his local members of his local community.

It's the second recent tragedy to

strike the family. Reg and

were killed in the Sea View air

disaster in 1994.

Australian missionarys have fled Kenya after their homes from

attacked by rioters. It comes after

another day of clashes another day of clashes between

police and Opposition supporters.

police and Opposition supporters.

Protesters tried blocking roads

with burning barricades. Police

fought back with tear gas and

bullets. Nor than 700 people have

died over the past month following President Kibaki's

President Kibaki's disputed re-election.

India is in complete control of the

third Test after dominating day

two at the WACA. The tourists posting a competitive score,

posting a competitive score, before

blasting the Aussies out on a

pailsy WACA pitch. The Indians all out for 330 and a chance to regroup. Whatever captain Anil Kumble told his troops worked wonders. A nervous Chris Rogers strolling onto the WACA,

Matthew Hayden keeping a close eye on proceedings. But Rogers's stay was short-lived when Irfan Pathan caught him in front. A big shout and he's given him! Yes, it's 1/12. The Aussies soon in unfamiliar territory -

the wickets tumbling. He's gone! Yes, he is! That's 3/14. He's gone for a duck. Is that gone? It is! They were soon under pressure, but Andrew Symonds made it look easy - his half-century off just 44 balls. This time straight. He was 46 not out, now he's 52. He then handed Anil Kumble his 600th Test wicket.

There's a chance, there's a chance. I think there's a tickle. Umpire Rauf now raises the finger. India now has a chance to set an impossible run chase on day three. Claire Thomas, Ten News.

Tennis now, and Casey Dellaqua is

the only Aussie in action on the

singles court at the Australian

Open today. Her third round opponent, a massive

opponent, a massive challenge, 2006 champion

champion Mauresmo. Overnight, Marcos Baghdatis booked a third

round showdown with Lleyton Hewitt,

but he was made to work for it,

going five sets with Russian Marat

Safin. Marcos Baghdatis

emedium-termed the winner. -- emerged the emerged the winner.

Hewitt moved through with a 3 sets to one

to one win over Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin.

The world's biggest brokerage firm,

Merrill Lynch has posted a fourth

quarter loss of $11 billion. With

more, I'm joined by Savanth

Sebastian from Commsec. Good

Sebastian from Commsec. Good morning, is the Merrill Lynch

result likely to spark further

falls on our market, particularly

considering how poorly it is

already performing? It certainly

looks to be the case. We have looks to be the case. We have the

SPI Futures down 150 points. In

particular, more than the Merrill

Lynch result, US economic data

continues to point to a recession overnight. We had weakness in

housing numbers and also building

permits, as well as manufacturing

permits, as well as manufacturing

numbers there. So the resources

sector looks like taking the

biggest hit, with the oil price and the gold price continuing the gold price continuing to

tumble overnight. OK, but there is

some good news. It looks like the job market is healthier than ever?

That's right. We had data released yesterday which showed that we're having the best run of job gains

in 27 years. We saw employment rise

for the 14th consecondtively month

in December, and we saw some States posting virtually

posting virtually full employment,

such as the ACT which was down to

2.4 pearls.

And finally, experts are predicting

a jump in the cost of basic foods.

What's going on? Ad flaigs is one

of the biggest concerns that the

reserve bank will face and we're

seeing continued rising prices

for agriculture commodities, in

particular grain and oil seed. With the rising

the rising cost of transportation

as well, that will certainly be a

cause for concern.

OK, thank you for the update.

Woodside petroleum has unveiled

record revenue and output for 2007. The

The oil and gas producer crediting

the higher prices and greater

production for the result. Revenue

for the December quarter was 21%

higher than in the higher than in the September

quarter, at nearly $1.2 billion.

A look now at the national weather

details for the day ahead.

Now for a look at what's making

headlines in the newspapers.

Adelaide's 'Advertiser' covers the

threatening SA bushfires. The main

blaze is uncontrol, but came within

metres of homes. 'Sydney Morning Herald''s business section sharts

the 22% loss amid the $4 billion

meltdown of the Centro properties

group. And in the 'Courier Mail'

a3-year-old boy dies in a farm dam

in rural Queensland.

Cash bonuses to lure teachers to

the bush, the details when the early news returns. GOOD MORNING CALLS FOR GOULBURN TO BE INCLUDED IN AN ENQUIRY INTO CHILD PROTECTION - THAT STORY SOON THERE ARE CONCERNS A LIQUOR ACCORD MAY NOT BE THE ANSWER TO KERBING ALCOHOL FUELLED VIOLENCE IN CIVIC. THE OPPOSITION SUGGESTED REPS FROM CIVIC'S BARS WORK AS A TEAM WITH TAXI DRIVERS, POLICE AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS TO INTRODUCE NEW SAFETY MEASURES. BUT THE A-C-T HOTEL ASSOCIATION SAYS IT WOULD BE HARD TO UPHOLD.. THE ASSOCIATION SAY IT DOESN'T MAKE SENCE TO HAVE BARS IN CIVIC FACING DIFFERENT RULES TO THOSE A FEW BLOACKS AWAY IN BRADDON AND DICKSON POLICE ARE URGING US TO BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR FAKE FIFTY DOLLAR NOTES. SIX CASES HAVE BEEN REPORTED SO FAR THIS YEAR, DESPITE POLICE SAYING THE NOTES ARE OF POOR QUALITY. THE PHONEY CASH IS SAID TO BE SMALLER THAN REAL FIFTY DOLLAR NOTES, AND CONTAIN POORLY MADE STARS ON THEIR CLEAR PLASTIC WINDOW. ANYONE WHO RECEIVES ONE OF THE NOTES IS URGED TO CALL 1-3-1 TRIPLE FOUR THE A-C-T'S JOBLESS RATE HAS DROPPED AGAIN. FIGURES FOR DECEMBER SHOW UNEMPLOYMENT FELL BY POINT ONE OF A PER CENT, TO JUST TWO POINT FOUR. ..THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ACTIVELY LOOKING FOR WORK HAS ALSO FALLEN THIUGH. THE NATIONAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE STANDS AT FOUR POINT THREE PER CENT THE STATE OPPOSITION'S CALLING FOR GOULBURN TO BE INCLUDED, IN A LIST OF PUBLIC FORUMS DISCUSSING CHILD PROTECTION ISSUES. A NUMBER OF MEETINGS ARE BEING PLANNED LATER THIS YEAR, AS PART OF A SPECIAL INQUIRY INTO CHILD PROTECTION AND THE DEPARRTMENT OF COMMUNITY SERVICES.

THE OPPOSITION CLAIMS THERE HAVE BEEN INCIDENTS OF CHILD NEGLECT IN THE AREA THAT SHOULD BE HEARD BY THE INQUIRY. AND IN SPORT CANBERRA'S ALUN JONES HAS LOST HIS SECOND ROUND MATCH AT THE AUSTRALIAN TENNIS OPEN AT MELBOURNE. DESPITE HAVING PLENTY OF CHANCES TO BREAK SERVE, JONES LOST IN STRAIGHT SETS TO SPANIARD WAHN CARLOS FERRERRO.. AND THREE A-C-T CRICKETERS HAVE BEEN HONOURED FOR THEIR EFFORTS IN THE NATIONAL UNDER SEVENTEEN CHAMPIONSHIPS.

CAPTAIN RYAN CARTERS, JASON FLOROS AND MICHAEL SPASESKI, WERE NAMED IN CRICKET AUSTRALIA'S UNDER SEVENTEEN HONOURS SQUAD FOR THE TOURNAMENT'S BEST PERFORMERS. THE A-C-T TEAM FINISHING IN FOURTH PLACE. NOW TO THE WEATHER... SHOWER'S ARE LIKELY TO INCREASE ABOUT THE REGION TONIGHT AND WILL CONTINUE INTO THE WEEKEND AS A LOW WEEKEND AS A LOW OVER QUEENSLAND EXTENDS SOUTH. SO SHOWERS AND 23 IN CANBERRA TODAY .. RAIN IN

TODAY .. RAIN IN SYDNEY .. THUNDERY SHOWERS IN

ADELAIDE .. FINE IN MELBOURNE AND HOBART TO OUR REGION, RAIN AND 21 IN WOLLONGONG .. SHOWERS DEVELOPING IN WAGGA .. A COOL 24 IN DUBBO TODAY .. IN DUBBO TODAY .. 19 IN ORANGE MORE SHOWERS FOR BATHURST AND 21 .. RAIN IN BATEMANS

FOR BATHURST AND 21 .. RAIN IN BATEMANS BAY .. SHOWERS INCREASING IN GOULBURN WET RIGHT ACROSS COOMA MUDGEE NOWRA AND THE ALPS .. STAYING WARM IN PARKES HOW THE WEEKEND'S SHAPING UP .. AND SHOWERS CONTINUING .. A TOP OF 23 IN THE CAPITAL TOMORROW AND SUNDAY .. // THEY'LL CONTINUE EARLY INTO NEXT WEEK, GETTING WARMER MONDAY A TOP OF 25 GETTING WARMER MONDAY A TOP OF 25 (NO SCRIPT NEEDED HERE)

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Today, hostages freed - Japanese

whalers hand over two activists held captive. Investigation continues - police

probe the cause of a blast probe the cause of a blast that

killed an iconic wine maker.

Crash landing - near disaster Crash landing - near disaster at

Heathrow. A plane falls short of the runway.

And in sport, the wickets fall at

the WACA as the Aussies struggle.

A final look at the markets A final look at the markets now.

Good morning everyone. US stocks

have plummeted as the Federal

Reserve urged Washington to act

fast to head off a recession.

When I come back, crazy Johns

When I come back, crazy Johns taken to court.

Japan has released the two

activists being captive on one of

its whaling ships. The its whaling ships. The Australian

and Briton were handed over to

Australian Government customs ship,

the 'Oceanic Viking' early this

morning. It's not known what

condition the two men are in.

They're expected to be returned to

protest ship the 'Steve Irwin'. protest ship the 'Steve Irwin'.

'Sea Shepherd' activists plan to keep chasing the

keep chasing the whaling fleet out

out of the Southern Ocean. Certificateifying scenes Certificateifying scenes at

London's Heathrow Airport after a

British Airways plane crash British Airways plane crash landed.

The Boeing 777 from Beijing coming

down hard and skidding on grass and

stopping just short of the runway.

The plane anticipates undercarriage

tore apart on impact and both wings

were damaged. Inflatable chuets were used to

were used to evacuate all 136

passengers. Only six were treated

for minor injuries. It's thought

that the jet lost power as it came

in to land causing the crash. Back home now, and Back home now, and investigations will continue today into the will continue today into the cause

of a deadly explosion at a Hunter

Valley winery. Respected wine

maker Trevor Drayton was killed in

the blast at the property in

Pokolbin. The body of a 2nd man,

bleefbled to be Mr Drayton's

bleefbled to be Mr Drayton's cousin

was also found. A 27-year-old wine

maker survived but remains in

hospital with burns. He had a lot

of skin burn on his fails and body,

his shirt was in tatters. By his

own admission, he was blown quite

way through the air. The blast may

have been triggered when welding

sparks ignited fumes.

Top teachers will be lured to work in indigenous communities

in indigenous communities with

incentive payments of up to $50,000

a year. The recruitment program,

Teach for Australia is being

launched by aboripbl national leader

leader Noel Pearson. It will offer

teachers $50,000 tax free and it

aims to install 500 high quality aims to install 500 high quality teachers

teachers in indigenous schools over

the next five years.

A monsoon low is flooding North Queensland. These pictures show the

Burdekin dam at full capacity,

after 2 opinion a years full of

water fell in the past would twox.

Further west, and the residents in

the town of Charlville are bracing

for their worst floods in 17 years.

Firefighters for their worst floods in 17 years.

Firefighters in SA are keeping a

close eye on a major bushfire in close eye on a major bushfire in

the Adelaide foot hills. Dozens of

residents were forced to flee

their homes, but for now, the blaze is under control.

Raging out of control, the Raging out of control, the blaze

ravaging bush land in the Adelaide

foothills. Strong, gusty winds fanning the flames.

fanning the flames. More than 250

firefighters and 45 apliances

battled the elements, as the

battle came within metres of hows.

My friend and I have been out here

with hoses try og to wet all of the

front, and we're just watching the

flames coming up the hill. It is

just devastating. We didn't plan

anything, we didn't expect this. anything, we didn't expect this. We've just come back from We've just come back from holiday.

A caravan park also evacuated, as

the blaze burnt out nearly 30

hectares of scrub. The flames

uncontrollable from the ground

because of inaccessible scrub and

unprey dictable winds. Water

bombers proving invaluable. Gusty

winds keeping firefighters on high winds keeping firefighters on high alert. Police are investigating a

cause, but it is not believed to be arson.

be arson.

Disgraced former crown prosecutor Patrick Pawer will be released from jail today. The 55-year-old

has spent six months behind bars

for possessing more than 500

pornography images. Power's name

will be added to a register of

child sex offenders, meaning he'll

be required to inform police of

his whereabouts for the next eight years.

A Perth man has reportedly been arrested for drugs possession in

Bali. It's believed the

39-year-old was caught with

39-year-old was caught with

3.5grams of hashish in his trousers.

He faces up to 10 years in jail and

a $60,000 fine. Pressure is on the Aussie bowlers

to make a quick breakthrough on day

three of the third Test against

India at the WACA. The visitors

will resume their second innings at

1/52, holding a 170-run lead, after

the home side crumbled yesterday.

Andy Symonds, the best with the bat

notching up 66 runs, before handing

Indian skipper Anil Kumble his Indian skipper Anil Kumble his 600th

Test wicket. Only two others have

managed such a feat. Spinners Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan.

Lleyton Hewitt will face Marcos

Baghdatis in the third round of Baghdatis in the third round of the

Australian Open. He booked his date

with the Aussie after a with the Aussie after a hard-fought

win over Russian Marat Safin.

2006 runner up Marcos Baghdatis

again winning over the crowd at Rod

Laver arena. The match against

Marat Safin creeping into the early

hours of the morning. The Russian

feeling the pressure in the final

set. Safin handing over the early

break in the fifth, and then the match. Hewitt moves through

following his 3-1 win over Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin. I

played a couple of loose points

there. Not to finish it off, but

you know, to his credit, he stepped

it up as well. He hit two or three

winners off my second serve straight

away and put me under pressure. While Roger Federer easily

accounted for Fabris Santoro.

A The Milwaukee Bucks have

celebrated their return to

Wisconsin with a comfort win over

the Atlanta Hawks. It was a sweet the Atlanta Hawks. It was a sweet

home coming for the Bucks who lost

three straight on the road.

Centralian centre Andrew Bogut was

again a dominant force. That was a

great read by Bogut.

Andrew Bogut posted another double, double

double to continue his recent good

form, finishing with 21 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots in

the Bucks 7-point win.

Finance now, and Crazy Johns taken

to court. That's right, the mobile phone retailer has phone retailer has been accused of misleading

misleading its customers, over ads

claiming that hand sets are free

under certain plans. The ACCC has

begun legal action against Crazy

Johns over the promotion which ran

on TV and in newspapers last year.

It says that the ads are deceptive,

because clients on those deals are

paying higher rates than those on

similar plans without phones. similar plans without phones.

Jet Star is eyeing Singapore's Changi airport. It comes Changi airport. It comes amid

growing speculation that the

budget airliner will team up with

Jet Star Asia to offer joint

flights to Europe. They say that

Jet Star will push ahead with the

plans, despite a hold up in the new

Dreamliner Boeing 787. Qantas is

set to discuss damages with Boeing over the over the delay.

And radio rentals says it is still

on track to post an after-tax

profit of $10 million. The

financier forced to reassure vestors, after its shares dropped

below 77 cents. The stock has been

declining since November.

And it looks like we're in for a

bumpy ride on the loyal market

today, but that's it for finance

this morning. this morning.

OK, this next story is for OK, this next story is for you.

Prince William has completed his Prince William has completed his

first solo flight as part of his

airforce training. He's only been

with the RAF for a short time, so

was very surprised when his instructor told him to take control

of the aircraft. I thought, you

know hopefully I'll get a bit of

practice, and the next thing I know,

my instructor jumps out and goes,

get on with it. And I get on with it. And I was looking

going, what. And once you get up in

the air, it was fine. The

25-year-old will spend four months

with the RAF.

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