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Good morning, I'm Ron

Good morning, I'm Ron Wilson. And

I'm Frank Colletta. Top story, no

panic yet, but the swine flu has

spread around the word overnight.

More than 80 people are dead. No

cases here yet.

The Federal Government to provide

more financial relief to home

owners struggling to pay mortgages

in the recession.

In sport, Danny Green roars back

from retirement with a brutal

African Anthony Van second round defeat of South

African Anthony Van Niekerk.

And in business, Telstra's weary

shareholders about to face even

more bad news. Big write downs on

the way and plans to break the

company into pieces. company into pieces.

A quick check of the weather now:

A quick check of the weather now:

First up - what started as a small

but deadly flu outbreak in Mexico

City has spread around the world

and there are fears we might face a

pandemic. Yesterday, a group of ten

students in New Zealand tested

positive. Overnight there, were

four more cases in France, three in

Spain, two in Scotland, six in

Canada and 20 in the US. The United

States has declared

States has declared a public

health emergency. Australian health

authorities say they're not worried

at this stage, advising people to

be alert, but not alarmed.

Governments around the world are

preparing for a possible pandemic.

A senior World Today official says

it is quite possible that the virus

will mutate into a more for dangerous strain.

at Security is tight in Mexico where

at least 80 people have died from

the new form of swine flu. Special

powers have been issued to isolate

patients and check travellers. All

the deaths so far have been in

Mexico, but the flu has spread in

America with eight school children

in New York now confirmed to have

the new strain at the test for the

Centre of Disease Control and

Prevention. Today we can tell you

that as we anticipated, the CDC

has confirmed the diagnosis

has confirmed the diagnosis of

swine flu in children whose samples

we sent them. In Britain, a British

Airways British Airways flight

which landed at Heathrow Airport

was boarded by inspectors checking

if any passengers felt unwell. In

Scotland, two people recently

returned from Mexico with flu-like symptoms are being monitored in

hospital. That's how a pandemic

will start A new virus emerging in

humans, spreading easily from

humans, spreading easily from

humans to human and with modern

travel, being able to spread around

the world. Nations of the world are

working together to combat the new

and deadly strain of flu which has

become so easily transmissible

among humans. Now, it's a public

spreading. health energy in America and

The Treasurer says claims it will

take decades to pay off the

Government's deficit are take decades to pay off the

speculation. But Wayne Swan says

that the recession is likely to be

deeper and longer than thought. As

I sat around the table with the

fellow G20 finance ministers, many

felt that the episode had some way

to go. The opposition says the debt

racked up by the Government's

stimulus packages will make

Australia's recession even worse.

Home owners struggling with

relief from mortgages will be granted some

relief from financial collapse

with new legislation to be

announced. The new measure will

allow people with mortgages of up

to $500,000 to ask for changes to

their credit contract terms if they

lose their jobs. Free legal assistance will also be available

to those refused the allowance.

Motorcycle gangs in NSW have

launched a legal challenge to the State's anti-bikie laws.

Representatives from eight of the

Representatives from eight of the

State's largest and most powerful

clubs met at the Rebels

headquarters yesterday. They formed

the United Motorcycle Council. They

say the anti-bikie laws threaten

any club or organisation and are

an attack on civil liberties.

74 Australians are on a cruise ship

which has been attack biddates in

the Indian ocean. The Italian

the Indian ocean. The Italian

cruise liner, 'Melody' was say pg

when the pirates attempted to

hijack it. Six pirates in a speed

boat tried to board. Passengers hid

in their cabins as security guards

fired back and the captain

manoeuvred the ship to escape the pirates. manoeuvred the ship to escape the

A Gold Coast woman is in a critical

condition after being mowed down by

a man driving a stolen taxi. Four people were injured and the

people were injured and the man as

been charged with drink driving.Le

The trail of destruction ended here.

The crumpled taxi mowed down two

pedestrianed and then collided

with another car before finally

stopping outside this Gold Coast

rest aurant. And I heard a bang,

looked up and saw a body fly into

the air. And a car proceeded to

then collided into drive over the top ofal car, that

then collided into oncoming traffic.

traffic. I done know how many cars

are involved. The woman suffered

head injuries and is now in a

serious condition. Three other

people were also taken to hospital.

It could have careered into the

restaurant and killed anybody or

everybody. The man allegedly tried

to flee the scene but was held down

by witnesses until police arrived.

He's been charged with drink

driving and will face court today.

driving and will face court today.

Gold Coast police are also

investigating this accident. The

patrol car rolled on its side after

colliding with another car turning

right at an intersection. No-one

was seriously injured, but one

officer was taken to hospital. Boxer

Boxer Danny Green has put Anthony

Mundine on notice after completing

a brutal dem commission of South

African Anthony Van Niekerk. In his

first fight back since retiring 11

months ago, he knocked his opponent

to the canvass midway through the to the canvass midway through the

second round before finishing him

off moments later.

COMMENTATOR: The road to

I think redemention begins for Danny Green.

I think if I fought King Kong today,

I would have been great and the

right-hand was working beautifully. right-hand was working beautifully.

Green improves his record to 26

wins and three losses.

The Adelaide Crows are back in the

AFL's top eight after a hard-fought

win over Melbourne. The Demons

failed to kick a goal in the first

half but fought back to narrow the

final margin to 17 points.

The final match of the Anzac round was far from

was far from inspiring. Just seven

goals to 4 for the entire game, but

a win is a win for the Crows. To a win is a win for the Crows. To

come away with four pretty valuable

points with the way that the season

is unfolding in that sort of game

is important for the playing group. Disappointment for the Demons

strapblded on one victory for the

season, but the coach says they are

anticipate on the right track. To

the guys credit, I thought the boys stuck at it for the

stuck at it for the game. North Melbourne captain Brent Harvey is

facing up to four months on the

sidelines with his dislocated elbow. COMMENTATOR:

COMMENTATOR: That do be a game-changing moment there and

then. The news is worse for

Essendon ruckman Hill, he'll need

season hending knee surgery.''s

massive part of the team. And Geelong's

Geelong's Max Ruck may have some

explaining to do after making

contact with an umpire yesterday.

Rugby league and Wests Tigers half

Benji Marshall has inspired a

remarkable win against Newcastle.

His clever run inspired a flurry

of late points. He was left needing

a sideline conversion to win the match. COMMENTATOR: Oh,

COMMENTATOR: Oh, don't tell me.

From the touchline, it's online.

He's got the goal. The Knight hs a

late chance to steal victory but

they were brought back for a

questionable forward pass.

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has

scored a double to propel his side

to a 2-0 win over Middlesbrough.

The goals were his first in six months and the result is another blow to

blow to Borough's bid to avoid

regulation gaigs. Ds Fabulous, it

surely came over. Elsewhere,

Blackburn defeated wiggen, also 2-0.

Final for a look at finance and

after a smarting of a little of the

Roosters efforts on the weekend,

they didn't even get it on the

board. They were in it for two

minutes. Telstra are in the news again for all the

again for all the wrong reasons?

That's true. News this morning that

Sol Trujillo might be leaving at

just the right time. Telstra is

reportedly about to have a write

down on the value of its assets and there's talk that major

shareholders are pushing for the

company to be broken up and sold

off. Apparently serious flaws in

the company came to light during

the search for a replacement.

Telstra hopes to announce the new CEO by next

CEO by next week.

Earnings reports in the US show

that many companies have weathered

the recession. Wall Street rallying

on the back of the economic data.

The Dow Jones added 119 and the

NASDAQ 42.

Weather check for the day:

Still to come on Ten's Early News,

the Government asks us all to

tighten our belts. Then, polys

quietly give themselves a pay rise.

Find out how they snuck it in after the break.

This program is captioned live.

Headlines every 15 minutes on Ten's Early News. Australian health authorities hold their breath

waiting to see if the deadly Mexican flu

Mexican flu sweeping the world hits

our shores.

We're not out of the woods yet,

financially. The Treasurer admits

the global recession will be worse

than first thought.

And break out the winter woollies.

The cold weather has arrived six

weeks early in the south. Global

warming - what global warming?

What started as a small but deadly

flu outbreak in Mexico has spread

around the world and there are now fears we might

fears we might be facing a

pandemic. The swine flu has already

killed 81 people in Mexico City.

Yesterday a group of ten students

in New Zealand tested positive to

the strain. Overnight there, were

four more cases found in France,

three in Spain, two in Scotland,

six in Canada and to in the United

States. The you US has declared a

public health energy, but

they're not Australian health authorities say

they're not worried at this stage

and advise people to be alert but

not alarmed. Countries are taking

their own measures to fight the

outbreak. China, Russia and Taiwan

began putting anyone with symptoms

under quarantine. Others have banned

pork imports, even though health

officials say that it is safe to eat.

Security is tight in Mexico where

at least 80 people have died from

the new form of swine flu. Special

powers have been

powers have been issued to isolate

patients and check trasmers. All

the deaths so far have been in

Mexico, but the flu has spread in

America with eight school children

in New York now confirm today have

the new strain after tests at the Centre of Disease Control and Prevention. Today, we can tell you

that as we anticipated, the CDC

has confirmed the diagnosis of

swine flu in children whose samples

we sent them. In Britain, a British Airways flight from

Airways flight from Mexico City

which land at Heathrow Airport was

boarded by inspectors, checking if

any passengers felt unwell. In

Scotland, two people recently

returned from Mexico with flu-like

symptoms are being monitored in

hospital. That's a how a pandemic

will start. A new virus emerge not

guilty humans, spreading easily

from humans to humans and with

modern travel, being able to spread

around the world really very quickly. Nations of the

quickly. Nations of the world are

working together to combat this new

and deadly strain of flu which has

become so easily transmissible

among humans. Now, mutated swine

flu is a public health emergency in

America and spreading.

Joining me now on the telephone for

the latest on the outbreak is Dave

Daigle from the Centre of Disease

Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. Your organisation has

already said that there may have

been deaths in America.

been deaths in America. How bad

could this outbreak get? Well, I

can tell you that we're very

concerned and we're leaning forward

and approaching this aggressively.

We have not seen - we have no death

that is we can report right now. We

would not find deaths unexpected

fblg we've had one hospitalisation

and 20 confirmed cases. Two points

should we - how afraid should we be and what

should we look out for in this

disease? We' concerned but we're telling the general public that

this is not something that you have

to stockpile anti-virals. We're

asking people if you have the flu

and you're concerned, you should

certainly see your physician. We're

asking people who are sick to stay

home and not infect other folks and

there are things that you can do

generally. Not only for a pandemic,

things like making sure that

things like making sure that you

have enough water or food and we're

telling people to make sure that if

you have to make plans, there

should be a plan for that.

Thank you very much for talking to

us from the Centre of Disease

Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

An Ipswich man will face court

today charged with the rape and

attempted murder of a 2-year-old

boy. The 35-year-old was questioned

by detectives yesterday afternoon

and then charged last

and then charged last night. The

toddler is in critical condition in

hospital with serious head injuries.

Witnesses say he was struggling to

breathe when paramedics ariefbd.

Treasurer Wayne Swan believes the

global recession will be much

worse than first thought, but his

admission has been overshadowed

between a public spat between a

Opposition. minister and the leader of the

Much to Anthony Albanese's delight,

his invitation Malcolm Turnbull accepted the Government's stimulus package - to attend the latest sales pitch for $2 million for a sporting pavilion own electorate in the Opposition Leader's the sweetener. If you're prepared to be bold enough a project which you voted against, to front up to the launch of I'm very wounded. then good luck to you.

from this terrible attack. I'm just getting over the hurt Can I just say, I'm delighted on the pavilion here. the Government's spending this money

argument the stimulus was too big. That's despite the Coalition's the infrastructure program The Opposition says instead of cash handouts - should have been brought forward and now warns it could take to return the budget to the black. up to 30 years of decades of deficit The Treasurer dismisses claims as wild speculation, but admits the global recession than first thought. is likely to be worse my fellow G20 finance ministers, As I sat around the table with

had some way to go. many felt that this episode Brad Hodson, Ten News.

And at the same time the Government

has been warning of a catastrophic

recession and tight Budget, it

still managed to squeeze in a pay

rise for MPs. Federal MPs have been awarded an

awarded an increase of glr 4,700 in

the electoral allowances. The

increase equauts to $90 a week,

which is three times the amount

pensioners are fighting for in the Mujahedeen.

The largest and most powerful

bikie gangs in NSW have joinled

forces in a bid to overturn the

State's new anti-bikie laws.

Senior members of the

Senior members of the Hells Angels,

Bandidos, Rebels and God Squad

arrive Ted Rebels clubhouse to

discuss what they say are attacks

on the civil liberties. Calling

themselves the United Motorcycle

Council, they've inlisted the help

of QC Jeffrey Nicholson. Basic

civil liberties have been of QC Jeffrey Nicholson. Basic

civil liberties have been violated

by the ledge shrature. That has

created an enormous level of

concern in the community. Bikies

also moved to reassure members of

the public there was no threat to

their safety, despite a recent

spate of shootings and violence. We

need to unite as one voice, to

reinsure the public that there's no

Just hours ongoing disputes between the clubs.

Just hours before the meeting,

police raided a house in Sydney's

north-west which allegedly

contained an amphetamines factory

which police say is linked to

outlaw motorcycle gangs.

Winter is still five weeks away,

but a weekend cold snap brought an

early start. Temperatures plunged

with ski field recording their earliest falls in

earliest falls in a decade. It was

a welcome surprise. Many towns blackened by the Black Saturday

fires now blanketed in snow.

Blowing a gale last night and no

power, and suddenly we wake toup

two or three inches of snow. Great.

It's the earliest snow fall in more

than a decade. An icy blast with up

to 20cm in false creek and mount

hoth am. In NSW, they recorded

hoth am. In NSW, they recorded 5cm.

Hard for April? Yeah, I reckon.

Forecasters predict that falls will

continue, enticing many to the

slopes. Last year, we had similar

slopes. Last year, we had similar

snow falls at this time of year and

we had some of the best snow for

decades. Wild weather hit parts of

Victoria with winds of up to

120km/h. SES calls attended 200

calls for help.

calls for help. But the gold front

also brought plenty of rain to the

drought-ravaged State with some

regions recording up to 140mm.

The Adelaide Crows are back in the

top eight after a hard-fought win

over Melbourne. The Demons failed

to kick a goal in the first half,

eventually going down by 17 points. The final match

The final match of the Anzac round

was far from inspiring, but a win

is a win for the grow Crows. Four

valuable points in the way the

season is unfolding in that sort of

game is important for our playing

group to go through. Clin Bartram

played following the death of his

father on the morning of the game

following a long illness.

NRL coach Brian Smith has

NRL coach Brian Smith has slammed

his team after the Wests Tigers

snatched a win. Benji Marshall

starred for the Tigers.

starred for the Tigers.

It was the remarkable second half

effort that turned the game in the

Tigers favour. Leading seven

would-be tacklers to send Beau

Ryan in the corner. Very, very few

players in the competition who can

players in the competition who can

produce something like this. And

after playing a hand in the try to

tie it up, he was left with this to

win the match. It's on the line.

It's on line. He's got the goal. It

scored and I went up to him and

said - you better knock this over

and I knew the stage was set for

him. Newcastle had worked its way

to a 14-point lead and looked to

have made a break for the match-winning try in

match-winning try in the closing

seconds. But this pass was ruled

forward, condemning the Knights to

the first defeat in four games. It

looked all right from where I was

sitting. But I don't know, they make

the calls. Don't start me. Oh yeah, it was

flawed. What would you expect me to

say. The Bulldogs have jump

say. The Bulldogs have jump today

their second straight win .

And Frank Colletta's Roosters are

taking on the Bondi under 12

netball team next week! British

driver Jenson Button had a victory

at the Bahrain Grand Prix. He rored

his third victory in four races this season.

this season. When I came came out

of the last corner in third and

from then on, it was a tough race

but very enjoyable. Australia's

Mark Webber finished back in 11th.

You'll notice wrim doesn't put his

hand up for his rugby league team.

The Wall Street rally hit a couple

of pot holes

of pot holes and could face even

bigger in the week ahead. Here's

Juliette Saly from Commsec. Big

news due out of the US this week.

We have about 30% of the broader

share market reporting this week

including names like exexexand including names like exexexand

Pfizer. There's wall to wall

economic data being released and

the focus on consumer confidence the focus on consumer confidence

and spending and the maemp quarter

GDP figures which are likely to show that the

show that the US economy has once

again contracted, though at a

slower pace. Now the Fed also meets

to discuss interest rates. No

to discuss interest rates. No

change expected there. We're

change expected there. We're

expected to see the 0% to 0.25%.

And Chrysler has until Thursday to

nut out a solution with its lenders.

And if it does file for bank rupcy,

that's going to have major

ramifications for Wall Street. Now, how

how is our market shaping up

today? It is looking like a

positive start to the trading week.

We had a good lead from Wall Street

with the DOW up 119 points or 1.5%.

Oil has hit a two-week high and

good momentum through on the London

Exchanges. So all of that pointing

to a great start and a gain of 40

points or 1% this morning. Good points or 1% this morning. Good

start, thank you very much.

Check your screens there for a

snapshot of the weather today:

After the break, more of the story

of a looming threat of a swine flu

outbreak. And Aussie tourist caught

up in the latest pirate attack.

up in the latest pirate attack.

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This program is captioned live. Headlines every 15 minutes

Headlines every 15 minutes on Ten's

Early News. The swine flu is

spreading around the world. 86

people now dead and more cases have

sprung up overnight. Not yet in

Australia. The US though declare as

public health emergency.

Federal Government introduces new

plans to help home owners

struggling to pay mortgages in the recession.

In sport - Danny Green roars back

from retirement with a brutal

African second round defeat of South

African Anthony Van Niekerk. And in

bills news, Telstra's weary

shareholders face more bad news

with calls for the company to be

brought up:

Weather check now today:

What started at a small, but deadly flu outbreak in Mexico has

flu outbreak in Mexico has spread

around the world and there are now

fears that we might face a pandemic.

The flu has killed 86 people.

Yesterday, a group of ten students

in New Zealand tested positive to

the strain. Overnight there, were

four more cases uncovered in France,

three in Spain, two in Scotland,

six in Canada and 20 in the US. The

United States has declared a

public health emergency. Australian

health authorities say they're not

worried at this stage, advising

people to be alert, but not alarmed.

Governments around the world are

preparing for a possible pandemic.

A senior World Today official says

it's quite possible the virus will

mutate into a more dangerous strain.

Security is tight in Mexico, where

at least 80 people have died from

the new form of swine flu. Special

powers have been issued to isolate

the deaths patients and check travellers. All

the deaths so far have been in

Mexico, but the flu has spread in

America with eight school children

in New York now confirm today have

the new strain after tests at the

Centre of Disease Control and

Prevention. Today we can tell you

that as we anticipated, the CDC

has confirmed the diagnosis of

swine flu in children whose samples

we sent them. In Britain, a British

Airways flight from Mexico City

which landed at Luton Airport was

boarded by inspectors checking if

any passengers felt unwell. In

Scotland, two people returned from

Mexico with flu-like symptoms are

being monitored in hospital. That's

how a pandemic will start. A new

virus emerging in humans and

spreading easily from humans to

humans and with modern travel,

being able to spread around the

world very quickly. Nations of the

world are working together to

combat this new, and deadly strain

of flu that has become so easily

transmissible among humans. Now,

mutated swine flu is a public health emergency in America and spreading.

An Ipswich man will face court

today charged with the rape and

attempted murder of a 2-year-old

boy. The 35-year-old was questioned

by detectives yesterday afternoon

and charged last night. The

toddler is in critical condition in

hospital with serious head injuries.

The Treasurer says claims it will

take decades to pay off the

Government's deficit are wild

speculation. But swan want swan

admits the global recession is

likely to be deeper than first

thought. As I sat around the table

with my fellow G20 finance minister,

I many felt that this accept sod

this h some way to go. The

Opposition said that the debt would make Australia's recession even worse.

Home owners struggling with

mortgages will be grapblted some

ref leaf from finance -- granted

some relief from financial

collapse. The new legislation will

ask people with mortgages of up to

$500,000 to ask for changes for

their credit contract terms if they

lose their jobs. Free legal

assistance will also be given to

those refused the allowance.

Motorcycle gangs in NSW have

launched a legal challenge to the

bikie's laws. Representatives met

at the Rebels headquarters

yesterday. They formed the United

Motorcycle Council. They say the

anti-bikie laws threaten any club

or organisation and are an attack

on civil liberties.

74 Australians were on a cruise

ship that's been attacked by

pirates. The Italian cruise liner

'Melody' was sailing from Durban to

Genoa when pirates attempted to

hijack it 320km off Somalia. Six

pirates tried to board. Passengers

hid in their cab anti-s as security

guards fired back and the captain

manoeuvred the ship to escape.

A Gold Coast woman is in a critical

condition after being mowed down by

a man driving a stolen taxi.

The trail of destruction ended here.

The crumpled taxi mowed down two

pedestrians and then collided with

another car before finally stopping

outside this Gold Coast restaurant.

And I heard a bang. Looked up and

saw a body fly into the air. And a

car proceeded to drive over the top

of a car, that then collided into

oncoming traffic. I don't know how

many cars were involved. The woman

suffered head injuries and is now

in a serious condition. Three other

people were also taken to hospital.

It could have careered into this

restaurant and killed everybody, or

anybody. The man allegedly tried to

flee the scene but was held down by

witnesses until police arrived.

He's been charged with drink

driving and will face court today.

Gold Coast police are also

investigating this accident. The

patrol car rolled on its side after

colliding with another car turning

right at an intersection. No-one

was seriously injured, but one

officer was taken to hospital.

A cold snap has brought some early

snow to parts of NSW and Victoria.

The snowy mountains received the

earliest snow fall since 1996 with

5cm falling at Perisher and 20 at

Charlotte Pass. Victoria receive

add healthy dumping with up to 20cm

falling on Mount Hotham and false creek.

-- and false creek.

Boxer Danny Green has put money

Mundine on notice after completing

a brutal deligs of South African

Anthony Van Niekerk. In his first

fight back since retiring 11

months ago, he knocked his opponent

to the ground before finishing him

off moments later. Stkpwhrfrplgts

the road to redemention, it begins

for -- The road to redemention

begins for Danny Green. The

right-hand was working beautifully

and I picked my shots. Green

improves his record to 26 wins and

three losses.

The Adelaide Crows are back in the

AFL's top eight after a hard-fought

win over Melbourne. The Demons

failed to kick a goal in the first

half but fought back to narrow the

margin to 17 points.

The final match of the Anzac round

was far from inspiring. Just seven

goals to four for the entire game,

but a win is a win for the Crows.

To come away with four pretty valuable points with the way the

season is unfolding in that sort of

game is important for our playing

group to go through. Disappointment

for the Demons stranded on just one

victory for the season, but the

coach says they're on the right

track. To the guys' credit, I

thought the boys stuck at it. There

was momentum and a couple of

opportunities to kick goals. Brent

Harvey is facing up to four months

on the sidelines with his

dislocated elbow. That could be a

game-changing moment there. The

news is even worse for Essendon

ruckman David Hill. Scans confirming yesterday that he'll

need season-ending knee surgery.

David is a massive apparent of the

team and going forward, the sooner

we get him back the better. And

Geelong's Max Ruck may have some

explaining to do after making

contact with an umpire.

Rugby league and Wests Tigers Benji

Marshall has inspired a remarkable

win against Newcastle. He inspired

a flurry of late points and was

left need ago sideline conversion

to win the match.

I was there. The Knights had a late

chance to steal victory but they

were brought back for a

questionable forward pass.

More on finance now with Frank

Colletta and Telstra again in the

news this morning and it's not all

good news.

You're right. News this morning

that Sol Trujillo might be leaving

at the right time. Telstra is

reportedly about to have a big

write down of the value of the

assets and talks that major

shareholders are pushing for the

company to be broken up and sold

company to be broken up and sold

off. Apparently, serious flaws in

the company came to light during

the search for a replacement.

Telstra hopes to announce the new

CEO by next week.

The recession is set to delay

planned major renovations at Sydney

Airport. It's to be put on hold as

the debt-laden airport struggles to

stay in the black in the face of

falling revenue. On the chopping

block isal new baggage handling system for the international

terminal, and also more parking spaces.

Earnings reports out last week show

many companies have weathered the

recession. Wall Street rallying on

the back of the economic data. The

NASDAQ was up 42. Green across the boards Europe too:

The weather in your part of the country today:

More on the outbreak of the deadly

flu virus after the break, and flu virus after the break, and

woman who has shown Australia she

can dance. Details next.

This program is captioned live.

World health authorities hold their

breath waiting to see if a deadly

Mexican flu sweeping around the

world will become a major pandemic.

We're not out of the woods,

financially yet. The Treasurer add

milts the global recession will be

worse than thought.

And the dark horse has proved to

the country she can dance.

What started as a small, but deadly

flu outbreak in Mexico has spread

around the world, and there are

fears we could be face ago pandemic.

There are 20 reported cases in the

US which has reported a public

health emergency. Yesterday, a

group of ten students in New

Zealand reported positive. There

have been six reported cases in

Canada, four in France, three in

Spain and two in Scotland. 86

people have now died from the swine

flu in Mexico City. Australian

health authorities say they're not

worried at this idge stage and

advise people to be alert but not advise people to be alert but not alarmed.

Countries are taking their own

measures to fight the outbreak. China, Russia and Taiwan began

putting people with symptoms under putting people with symptoms under

quarantine. Others have banned pork

imports from the Americas, even

though officials say it is safe to though officials say it is safe to

eat. In Mexico, soldiers and health eat. In Mexico, soldiers and health

workers are handing out masks to

minimise the spread. Schools,

library and theatres have been library and theatres have been

closed with church services

cancelled. The World Today admits

it is still learning about the it is still learning about the

disease. I think that right now, we

don't have enough information to

talk about the specific incubbation

period of this virus, nor the

transmissibility of this virus.

Airports around the world are

screening travellers.

Joining me now on the telephone for

the latest on the outbreak is Dave

Daigle from the Centre of Disease

Control and Prevention in Atlanta,

Georgia. Dave, your organisation

has already said there may have

been deaths in America. How bad

could this outbreak get? Well, I

can tell thaw we're very concerned,

and we are anticipate leaning

forward and approaching this

aggressively. We have not seen - we

have no deaths that we can report

right now though. We would not find

deaths unexpected. We've had one deaths unexpected. We've had one hospitalisation and 20 confirmed

cases. Now, two points - how afraid

should we be? And what should we be

looking out for in this disease?

Well, we're very concerned, but

we're telling the general public

that this is not something that you

need to stockpile anti-virals en

masse. We're asking people if you

have the flu and are concerned, you

should certainly see your physician.

We're asking people who are sick to

stay home and not infect other folk

and there are things that you can

do generally. Not only just for a

pandemic, but making sure that you

have enough water or food. And have enough water or food. And

we're telling people to make sure

that you make plans if you do have

it stay home with the children,

there should be a plan for that as well.

Thank you very much for joining us from the Centre of Disease Control

and Prevention in Atlanta.

The cases reported in New Zealand

appear not to be serious at this

stage. Students and teachers from

the country's largest high school

were garn teened and tested for the

virus after returning from Mexico.

One student was taken to hospital.

The Health Minister says the others seem to be

seem to be recovering. Ten of the

13 students who have been tested

have in fact tested positive for

influenza as a result of having

been in Mexico. New Zealand health

officials say there's no guarantee

they have the swine flu, but it is

highly likely that they do.

Treasurer Wayne Swan bleefpbs the

global recession will be much

worse than thought, but the

admission has been overshadowed by

a public spat between the minister

and the leader of the Opposition.

Much to Anthony Albanese's delight, Malcolm Turnbull accepted his invitation to attend the latest sales pitch for the Government's stimulus package - $2 million for a sporting pavilion in the Opposition Leader's own electorate the sweetener. If you're prepared to be bold enough to front up to the launch of a project which you voted against, then good luck to you. I'm very wounded. I'm just getting over the hurt from this terrible attack. Can I just say, I'm delighted the Government's spending this money on the pavilion here. That's despite the Coalition's argument the stimulus was too big. The Opposition says the infrastructure program should have been brought forward instead of cash handouts - and now warns it could take up to 30 years to return the budget to the black. The Treasurer dismisses claims of decades of deficit

as wild speculation, but admits the global recession is likely to be worse than first thought. As I sat around the table with my fellow G20 finance ministers, many felt that this episode had some way to go.

Brad Hodson, Ten News.

At the same time, the Government

has been warning of a severe reseg

and tight Budget, it's still

managed to squeeze in a pay rise

for MPs. Federal politicians have

been awarded an increase of $4,700 been awarded an increase of $4,700

in the electorate allowances,

bringing the total to $43,000 a

year. The increase equauts to $90 a

week. Three times the pensioners

are fighting for in the Budget.

The largest and most powerful

bikie gangs in NSW have joined

forces in a bid to overturn the

staipt's new anti-bikie laws -- the

State's new anti-bikie laws.

The bikie groups arrived at the The bikie groups arrived at the Rebels clubhouse to discuss the

laws they say are an attack on

their civil liberties, kauing themselves the United Motorcycle

Council, the group has enlisted the

help of a leading QC. Basic civil

liberties have been sack ri filesed

in a vocal way by the State ledge

shrature. That has created an

enormous level of concern in the

community. Bikies reassured

members of the public that there

was no threat to their safety.

We're here to unite as one voice. To

To re-assure the public that

there's no ongoing disputes between

the clubs. Just hours before the

meeting, police raided a house

Sydney's north-west which allegedly

contained an amphetamines factory

which police say is link today

outlaw motorcycle gangs.

Wipter is still six weeks away, but

Wipter is still six weeks away, but

an early cold snap brought snow

with ski fields recording the

earliest falls.

It was a welcome surprise for the

residents of Victoria's snow fields.

Many towns blackened by the Black

Saturday fires, now covered in snow.

Suddenly we woke up to two or three

inches of snow. Great. It's the

earliest snow fall in a decade. An

icy blast dumping 20cm at falls

creek. Hard work for April? Yeah, I

reckon. It's good though.

Forecasters predict falls will

continue, enticing many to the

slopes. Last year we had similar

snow falls at this time of year and

we had some of the best snow we've

seen for decades. Wild weather hit

all parts of Victoria with winds up

to 120km/h causing havoc. SES

crews attended 200 calls for help.

But the cold front also brought

plenty of rain to the State with

some regions recording up to 140mm. An 18-year-old ballerina from

Brizzie has taken out the second

series of 'So You Think You Can

Dance'. Talia Fowler beat Charlie

Bartley from Dubai. The winner of

'So You Think You Can Dance' 2009,

Talia, it's you. She walks away

with $200,000 in cash and will

perform at the finale of the

American version of the show later this year.

The Adelaide Crows are back in the

top eight after a hard-fought win

over Melbourne last night. The

Demons failed to kick a goal in the

first half, eventually going down

by 17 points. The final match of

the Anzac round was far from

inspiring, but a win is a win for

the Crows. To go away with four

pretty valuable points with the way

the season is unfolding in that

sort of game is important for the

playing group to go through.

Melbourne's Clint Bartram played

despite the death of his mother on

the morning of the illness.

Newcastle coach Brian Smith has

slammed the performance of his team

after the Wests Tigers came from

behind. Benji Marshall starred for

the Tigers.

It was Marshall's remarkable second

half effort that turned the game in

the Tigers favour, leaving seven

would-be tacklers.

COMMENTATOR: Very, very few players

in the competition who can produce

something like this. And after

playing a hand in the try to tie it

up, Marshall was left with this to

win the match. It's online, it's

online. He's got the goal. Yeah, he

scored and I went up to him and

said, you better knock this over.

And I knew that the stage was set

for him to knock it over. Newcastle

will work its way to a 14-point

lead and look to have made a break

for the match-winning try in the

closing seconds. But this pass was

ruled forward, condemning the

Knights to the first defeat in four

games. It looked all right from

where I was sitting, but I don't

know. They make the calls. Don't

start me today. Oh yeah, it was

forward! What would you expect me

to say. The Bulldogs have jumped to

second on the ladder with their

straight win. Although hooker

Michael Innes may find himself in

trouble for a chicken wing tackle.

British driver Jenson Button has

consolidated his lead with victory

at the Bahrain Grand Prix. The

21-year-old Brawn driver recorded

his third victory in four races

this season. And I came out of the

last corner in third on the first

lap and from then on, it was a

tough rails but very enjoyable.

Australia's Mark Webber finished

back in 11th.

The Wall Street rally hit one or

two pot holes last week and is

likely to face a few road blooks in

the week ahead. Here with the

details is Salopek from Commsec.

Big business news due out from the

US this week? Absolutely, one focus

is finding out more of the stress

tests of the 19 biggest US banks.

And also quite a lot of people

reporting including Exxon and

Pfizer. Now, wall to wall economic

data being released and the focus

will be the March GDP numbers. We

also have the Fed meeting to

discuss interest rates, but no

change expected there. And Chrysler

has until Thursday to nut out a

solution with its lender and there

is speculation that the car maker

may be forced to file for

bankruptcy. How are we set to kick

off the week? It might be quiet on

the banking. The NAB and ANZ is

coming out with results and

elsewhere, great for the energy and

mining stocks. Oil hit a two-week

high on Friday, now back $51 a

barrel. And copper was up on the

metals exchange. So suggesting good

starts for BHP Billiton and looking

for a positive lead today thanks to

the lead from Wall Street for the

Futures. Looking for a gain of 1%.

That is the day in finance and it

sounds like a good one.

It does indeed A last look at the

weather before we go:

Recapping our top stories this morni

- the swine flu is spreading around

the world. The official toll is now

86 dead so far. The US has

declared a public health emergency,

but there are no cases reported here.

We're not out of the financial

woods yet. The Treasurer admits

that the recession will be worse

than first thought. And the Federal

Government to provide more relief

to struggling mortgage holders in the recession.

We'll see you again at 6:00

tomorrow morning. I'm Frank

Colletta. Have a great day. Supertext Captions by Red Bee Media Australia www.redbeemedia.com.au