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(generated from captions) Will the show go on in Delhi? said to be a target for terrorists. India's Commonwealth Games are now England is first to admit nerves, to our athletes? so what about the threat This morning, we'll rate the risks. the countdown begins. Also coming up - of tonight's big celebrations. We'll take you behind-the-scenes of extreme weather Plus, after a year what do the next 12 months hold? for the nation. We'll get the long range forecast about fashion? And what did the Obamas teach us with highlights and lowlights. We're rounding off the year This is the final Sunrise for 2009. # Reach up for the sunrise... # here's Mel and Beretts. VOICEOVER: Live from Brekky Central, Good morning to the final day of 2009. and welcome The countdown has begun.

How quickly did that come? the first countries to greet 2010 Australia will become one of how we intend to do it. and this morning, we'll show you

There is the clock H17 hours and 59 minutes to go.

almost $700,000 on fireworks. Sydney alone intends to spend preview of that. James has our exclusive team getting that sky show prepped. He's spending the morning with the the prison escapee We'll also tell you about to taunt authorities. using Facebook a song composed in his honour. And now, he's even had And we'll share the remarkable story while giving birth, of the woman who died or so it seemed. to tell us what happened. She's alive of the year, And being the final day highs and lows we'll look back at 2009's in news, entertainment and fashion. with the news of this morning. But let's begin Here's Sarah Cumming. are preparing to see out the decade Millions of Australians across the country. at New Year's Eve celebrations

on its biggest show yet Sydney is spending $5 million Melbourne's fireworks. while bad weather may dampen everywhere to party in moderation. But police are urging revellers but don't make an idiot of yourself. Go and enjoy it in cities around the country. Extra public transport will run the fire-ravaged town of Toodyay Residents evacuated from outside Perth back in today are hoping to be allowed for themselves. to see the devastation is littered with smouldering shells Street after street where homes once stood. there's going to be nothing left. I just know

is what I own. What I'm standing in 37 homes have been destroyed no lives have been lost. but residents say they're grateful a natural disaster zone. The Premier has declared the area of killing his wife A Sydney man suspected in Victoria today. will face an extradition hearing

was arrested by police 29-year-old Chamanjot Singh yesterday afternoon. as he got off a bus in Melbourne at Sydney's Westmead He was last seen leaving his home on Tuesday night. just before police arrived of his 29-year-old wife, They found the body an Indian national, with her throat cut. with murder. Police expect to charge Singh this afternoon A funeral will be held who drowned in a flooded creek. for a 13-year-old Brisbane boy

yesterday Searchers found Salman Arte's body at Wishart. not far from where he disappeared had been sitting in a tree The young Somali refugee when a branch collapsed, Bulimba Creek. sending him into the swollen He'd never learned to swim. since Christmas eve. 10 people have drowned in Australia prime minister Margaret Thatcher It's been revealed former British an Island in 1979 asked Australia to help buy

to resettle Vietnamese refugees. Secret cabinet papers show would riot in the streets Mrs Thatcher feared Britons in the UK. if boat people were granted asylum a rare insight The documents also give into her ruthless leadership style. the most tactful Prime Minister. She was not exactly tactless woman I've ever met. Indeed, she was probably the most by Britain's national archives. The papers have been released the immediate use Dutch authorities have ordered of full body scanners leaving Amsterdam's main airport. on all US-bound flights

failed Christmas Day terror attack It's in direct response to the onboard a Northwest airlines jet. We think there is now a new threat has been claimed by al-Qaeda. because, of course, this attack by Dutch authorities An investigation

had been correctly carried out found all security checks before the flight left Amsterdam. have crippled large parts of Europe And winter snowstorms but not everyone's complaining. relishing Celebrity polar bear Knut was the conditions at Berlin Zoo to see the animals where large crowds have turned out in their winter wonderland. out of place in the frosty landscape The elephants looked a little took it all in their stride. but the goats In finance news: It may not have started out too well for many Australians. but 2009 was a good year by Craig James from CommSec. To tell us more, I'm joined to celebrate this New Year's Eve? Craig, you believe that we have much

We certainly did. While there was a

lot of wailing and nashing of teeth,

here in Australia we didn't

experience a recession. In fact we

haven't had a recession in the order

of 18 years. One of the main reasons

is Sunrise's campaign Reject the

Recession. That kicked things along.

It was a good year for investors.

The best year for share market

returns. We will see a growth of returns. We will see a growth of 32%

32%. It wasn't a bad year for

jobseekers. The unemployment rate

was tipped to go to 8% but it didn't

go past 6%

go past 6%. The petrol price has

been the lowest in four years. We

start 2010 with a degree of

optimism. We can stare down the

global financial crisis and come out

on the other side. On that note, I

like to wish the Sunrise team and

all the viewers a very happy new

year. Happy new year! Financial

guru! And thanks for recognising the

take care reject the recession dancers. You

Up soon - after Australia's test win. we'll hear from Ricky Ponting That's when Simon has today's sport. But first, a quick check of today's weather. Fine for Brisbane. Showers for Sydney. A possible thunderstorm for Canberra and Melbourne. Windy in Hobart. Fine for Adelaide. Perth will be sunny. James has the weather live from fireworks central next. That's right - $30 million. Tomorrow on Sunrise - how Australians saw in the new year. We'll whip around the nation. Plus, cross live to other countries as they prepare to welcome 2010. And don't make any resolutions unless you want to keep them.

Find out the best ways to fight failure. Join us for a packed New Year's morning on Sunrise. Taking a look at Thursday's sport and Ricky Ponting has labelled Mitchell Johnson the premier paceman on the planet following Australia's 170-run win over Pakistan in the first Test at the MCG. Johnson triggered the home side's victory march with 2 wickets in the first over of the day. COMMENTATOR: Got him! He's on a hat-trick! Two very good deliveries to get those wickets early on today. Set the trend for us and, yeah, he's going from strength to strength. Nathan Hauritz finished the job, snaring his first 5-wicket haul in first-class cricket. Selectors have named an unchanged line-up for the second Test starting on Sunday in Sydney. An 18-ball half-century from David Warner has spurred New South Wales to a comfortable 31-run win over Tasmania in the Twenty20 Big Bash. The Blues opener had the Bellerive Oval crowd ducking for cover as he raced past 50 in record time before being run out for 67. Tim Paine replied with a lightning 48 off 18 balls for the Tigers

but 4 wickets from leg spinner Steven Smith ensured the home side didn't get near the 195-run target. Andy Roddick's Australian Open campaign is off to a shaky start.

The American tennis ace arrived down under yesterday but his luggage, including racquets, were lost in transit. He'll hit the practice court today, equipment permitting,

ahead of a hot and humid Brisbane International. I grew up in Texas and Florida and those are pretty hot places so the only thing - you just have to be less uncomfortable than the guy you're playing against. Meantime, defending Australian Open champion Rafael Nadal is playing down his chances of back-to-back titles, telling a Spanish newspaper he'll arrive here in slightly worse condition than when he won this year's tournament. The handicap winner of the 2009 Rolex Sydney-Hobart

will be decided at a protest hearing this morning. South Australian entrant 'Two True' is the provisional handicap winner but faces a protest from the crew of 'She's the Culprit' which was badly damaged in an incident just after the start of the race and had to retire. If 'Two True' loses the protest, Victoria's 'Wicked' will be the handicap winner. And David Beckham has begun training with AC Milan and may return to the pitch for the Italian giants

as soon as Wednesday. The club has reportedly beefed up security around the superstar mid-fielder amid fears he could fall prey to kidnappers or violent fans.

Or potentially Italianmamas running

around saying "

around saying "East more pasta.

around saying "East more pasta." I

had little sleep. Now to James with

the weather. I am standing in front

of a huge amount of fireworks. I am

fascinated to learn about fireworks.

I assumed to get down here and one

man with ginormous match sticks and

a box labelled TNT like a Looney

Tunes cartoon. We will learn all

about fireworks where the forecast

is 24 and showers and at the moment

I am holding an umbrella. It looks

to be staying

to be staying true to form. They are

expecting the biggest crowd. 1. expecting the biggest crowd. 1.5

million. More than Berlin and New

York. The theme is Awaken the

Spirit. More on that in a moment. Sunrise weather for Beacon Lighting. Keep cool this summer with a ceiling fan from Beacon. 30% off your second fan sale on now. Around Queensland - storms for Cairns and Townsville.

Showers for Mackay and Rockhampton. Fine for Bundaberg. Across New South Wales - rain for Coffs Harbour and Tamworth. Showers easing in Newcastle. A possible storm for Canberra. Sydney will have showers. Around Victoria - showers for Ballarat and Warrnambool. Rain for Geelong. Across Tasmania - fine for Launceston and Swansea. Showers for Strahan. Hobart will be windy. Around South Australia - fine for Mount Gambier. Sunny in Port Lincoln and Ceduna. Across the Northern Territory -

a very warm day for the Alice. A thundery shower in Katherine. Darwin will have storms. Around WA - sunny in Albany and Bunbury. Fine for Kalgoorlie and Geraldton. Clear skies for Karratha and Broome.

Beretts, throughout the morning I

will talk to the director of the

organisation or the company that put

this massive fireworks show

together. We will find out how many

barges, the best vantage points.

Listen to 2day FM. If you are

anywhere the city of Sydney, bring

an umbrella and get set for an

amazing show. With 17 hours and 43

minutes until the new year. James has just given us the weather for tonight but what about the whole of next year? We're getting a long-range forecast for the nation next hour. But straight ahead - what Madonna and Paris Hilton will look like in 10 years from now. We've got the photos, somehow. And is Charlie Sheen all forgiven? Here comes Nelson Aspen. The E-File on Sunrise with the all-original Nelson Aspen brought to you by 'New Idea', for all the latest celebrity news and more. Hey, Mel, before we go to Nelson, I want to show something that London's 'Daily Mail' has been up to this morning. They've been gazing into their crystal ball, otherwise known as Photoshop, to predict what some of our biggest names will look like in 10 years from now.

For example, this is Victoria Beckham today, renowned for taking care of her appearance. And in 10 years from now. Three teenage sons start to take their toll. What about husband David?

That's how we know him now, signing autographs and looking satisfied. Flash forward 10 years. almost James Bond like. Paris Hilton is well known for loving the camera. That's her now. But will she still love it in 10 years from now as she starts to pay the price for those late nights on the town.

And let's round this off with everyone's favourite material girl. There you have Madonna now. And there you have what the paper calls the 'Material Grandmother'. Madonna in her 60s. Mel, Photoshop isn't always kind.

Wow, imagine what we will al look

Wow, imagine what we will al look in 10 years. She may have called the police on her husband, Charlie Sheen, but Brooke Mueller may want to reconcile with TV's highest-paid star. Showbiz editor, Nelson Aspen, has the details. Nelson, is she in a mood to forgive?

But all those people in 10 years

will look like this. That's what I

was thinking. That's what they will

look like. Brooke and Charlie,

Brooke has prepared herself with

lawyers because she could be charged

with filing a false police report if

she recants the "

she recants the "He has a knife to

my throat" story. But one thing her

lawyer and Charlie's lawyer can

agree on is that neither of

agree on is that neither of them wants to split up. They both issued

statements on how much in love they

are and want to work things out,

which is rather curious. Who knows

after a day or two coming to grips

with this. They say they love each

other very much and they said what

happened on Christmas is one bad

night. One very, very bad night.

Maybe their New Year's resolution

should be to give up the grog.

should be to give up the grog. And Charlie Sheen is getting back to

work? Yes, his

work? Yes, his sitcom 'Two and a Half Men' will resume taping next

week and he is expected to go back

to work and resume duties there. His

contract is up. Sitcoms are and more

and more expensive to produce.

Especially a sitcom that pays out as

much as his does. He has to mind his

Ps and Qs and not go to the big house. Actor Ryan Gosling is having the last laugh after being dumped from the film 'The Lovely Bones'.

I always say living well can be the

best revenge but Peter Jackson fired

Ryan just a few days before shooting

and the movie came out and it was

based on a bestseller and so on but

it is a flop. Ryan has two films

coming out, one with kirs

coming out, one with Kirsten Dunst

and Keira Knightley. Thank you. We

will check with you in half an hour. Coming up - Sunrise viewers speak out. Your horror stories with GPS.

But straight ahead, Thursday's news. And James blasts off with the weather. (TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWS) ..everything that was meant to get simpler somehow got more complicated? (BELL CHIMES) (SILENCE) How do we know you want simpler banking? This is one happy pig. Racer is enjoying a meal with his friends, the chooks. Daniel from Queensland says he found Racer near a cattle trough, looking very sick. But now as you can see, he's right as rain. For being our Pet of the Day, a $250 Petstock gift voucher is on its way. And to buy your pet something special, just head to our website for more offers from Catalogue Central. We've received plenty of emails about dodgy GPS directions. Wait until you hear some of these stories in just a few minutes. And later, the people behind those amazing sky shows. Find out what's planned for the major fireworks events tonight. But now Sarah's here with a news update. Final preparations are being put to New Year's Eve festivities around the country today. Sydney got a sneak peak of what to expect when organisers tested the spectacular light display on the Harbour Bridge last night. Keen revellers have already secured harbour side vantage point. In Melbourne, Federation Square and Docklands will be the places to party, unless lightning strikes. Two barges of fireworks will light up Brisbane's Southbank. While in Adelaide, all the action's at Elder Park in the city and around Lake Torrens. Perth's celebrations will be more subdued with tough liquor laws shutting down the annual bash at Gloucester Park. Police around the country are urging revellers to party in moderation. A 21-year-old motorcyclist has become the latest road toll victim after his bike slammed into a pole in Melbourne early this morning. His death brings Victoria's holiday toll to 15 and the national toll to 58.

There have been 19 deaths on New South Wales roads after a motorcyclist was killed in Sydney's west last night.

Eight people have died in Western Australian and four in Tasmania. Victoria's duck hunting season will be longer next year and hunters will be allowed to kill more birds. Shooting will run for a little over two months, and the bag limit is set at eight, up from three. The State Government says the changes are due to an increase in bird numbers over the border in South Australia. A British man held hostage in Iraq for 2.5 years

has been freed. 36-year-old computer expert Peter Moore was kidnapped

along with four British bodyguards

by militants disguised as policemen in 2007. He was handed over to Iraqi authorities early this morning. He's going to be reunited with his family as soon as possible back in the UK.

He's obviously, to put it mildly, absolutely delighted at his release. Authorities believe the four bodyguards are dead. A giant portrait of Barack Obama has been cut into a field in Italy. These unusual crop patterns aren't alien made. Artist Dario Gambarin specialises in land art and his work can only be seen from the sky.

The massive works are ploughed into paddocks by tractor but they only last a few days between harvest and planting the next crop. In finance news: Ricky Ponting believes yesterday's 5-wicket haul from Nathan Hauritz against Pakistan could be the catalyst that turns the off-spinner into a genuine match winner. Hauritz spun Australia to a 170-run win at the MCG, finishing with 5/101. What players like him need is that breakout performance.

That is a great thrill for him and great for everyone else. Everyone

rushed to him because we all knew

how much it meant to him. Ponting also praised Mitchell Johnson, labelling him the best paceman in the world. Selectors have named an unchanged line-up for the second Test starting on Sunday in Sydney. A brutal 18-ball half-century from David Warner has propelled New South Wales to a dominant 31-run win over Tasmania in the Twenty20 Big Bash overnight. Warner's whirlwind knock at Bellerive Oval was the fastest 50 in Australian domestic Twenty20 history. Rookie leg spinner Steven Smith tore through the Tigers' lower-order taking 4/13 off 4 overs. World number seven Andy Roddick has arrived Down Under for Australia's summer of tennis but the American suffered an early setback when he found out all his luggage had been lost in transit. If he can get his hands on a racquet, Roddick will hit the practice court today

to prepare for the Brisbane International. Talks for a proposed mega fight between Danny Green and US legend Bernard Hopkins have broken down. The 'Green Machine's American adviser, Gary Shaw, says the fight is off the table after Hopkins demanded 60% of the purse money but Green was adamant the money be split 50/50. Shaw claims Hopkins initially agreed to an even split then changed his mind.

Eastern daylight saving time, it is - there it is up there. Eastern daylight saving time, it is - there it is up there.

Eastern daylight saving time, it is - there it is up there. 17 hours and

25 minutes to the new year. You

don't have to wait quite so long if

you want to see tonight's fireworks display. There is the family

fireworks and then the huge

spectacular at midnight. Behind me

is just one of the barges packed

full. 4,

full. 4,500 kilograms, 11,000

shells, 100,000 effects total. This

is just one of the barges. Four full

barges will be used at the 9:00 and

then seven barges going off at

midnight. Go to Sydneynewyear'seve.com.

Fortunato will be here soon to

explain everything you wanted to

know about pyrotechnics. The good

news, even if there is a little bit

of rain, apparently a little bit of

moisture is perfect for fireworks.

It acts as an amplifier. Even

without clear skies we will get a

good show at 9:00 and better at

midnight. You don't want storms.

This rain might clear up,

particularly at Brekky Central. It

might wash everything down. There is

a silver lining in every cloud.

Perfect fireworks condition. 17

hours and 23 minutes until the start

of the new year. Thought of the Day

is from Bill Vaughn. Very respected

Bill. "

Bill. "Youth is when you are allowed

to stay subpoena late. Middle-aged

is when you are forced to.

is when you are forced to." Three

Irishman Patty, Shaun and Hamish

found themselves on the road and

stumbled upon a graveyard. Come over

here. It is Michael O'Grady's grave.

He lived until the ripe old age 87.

Here is another one. This is Patrick

and he was 95 when he died. And then

Seamus yells out. This one is 145

years old. What was his name, asked

Patty? He stumbles around and

awkwardly lights a match. And

awkwardly lights a match. And he says, miles from Dublin. Irish

pirates. Yes, Welsh/

pirates. Yes, Welsh/Irish. Great accent. Next hour - who defined the fashion trends of 2009? Was it Lady Gaga or the Obamas? But after the break - can you rely on your GPS to keep you out of trouble? Your horror stories are up next.

It is a gorgeous day in Melbourne

with 17 hours and 18 minutes. 50% chance of thunderstorms between 11pm and 1am, says the bureau.

I will take those odds, 50/50. Yarra

park and Federation Square are the

best places. 17 hours and 17

minutes. There will be V-shaped

comets shooting from the rooftops. Wow. Yesterday we told you about the American family whose GPS almost cost them their lives. It seems they're not alone. Dozens of you emailed the soapbox with horror GPS stories. Leonie from Queensland wrote to us about a recent trip to Victoria just after the bushfires. Gaye from New South Wales told us, Even our own Sunrise weather wagon ran into trouble using GPS. Can you rely on your GPS? Technology writer Seamus Byrne joins me now. Good morning. How common are these GPS problems?

I think it is uncommon but it more

common than the people who sell us

the GPS stuff want us to think. As

we have been saying that you can't

put all your faith in the GPS and it

is worth doing a little bit of

is worth doing a little bit of extra

planning of having a good idea of

the main routes you should be

sticking to before you head out on

the road. How do they work? Don't

they take a signal from a satellite?

Yes, there are a lot of satellites

up in orbit. One GPS device will

read from seven or ate satellites

and that helps pin paint where you

are. Especially in cities it can get

confused where you are because of

tall buildings. I know if I have

done it close to home and it is

taking me the long way and the back

streets, how does that happen? There

are two ways that the devices can

work out the route, the most common

is it is trying to plot the shortest

path. It might mean there are back

streets involved because it is

shorter but not necessarily faster.

This is where they are getting

smarter, newer devices will will

take you 110km rather than sending

you down a track that is shorter but

not faster. How do you know you are

being taken on a bum steer? It is

the difference between the short

route and the fast route. This is

where they are getting a lot better

at doing it. Some of the things you

can do with a GPS, you jump in the

car where you

car where you want to go and it

tells you. You can plot routes. If

you are going a long way, I know I

should pass through this town.

Roughly guide it to where you want

to go. So you can add some of your

intelligence. And they say

downloading the latest maps? Yes,

all the vendors are offering latest

map guarantee. When you buy your

device it could have been sitting on

the shelf. When you get it home plug

it into your computer and download

the latest updates. Like the old

street directory in your car you

should update it. Tom Tom says that

most road information changes each

year and it is important to update

your maps. Or have the wife in the

passenger seat with the street

directory. Happy new year. Really

appreciate it. Ahead on the show - is a boycott of India's Commonwealth Games likely? And the long-range weather forecast for 2010. But next - catch me if you can. The prison escapee taunting authorities on Facebook. A British radio announcer has discovered you don't mess with royalty. Tom Binns pulled the plug on the Queen's Christmas Day message telling listeners it was boring. His employers weren't overly impressed, telling Tom it's time to find a new job.

Don't mess with the Queen. She has

done a few of those. She sure has.

And they haven't changed a lot Let's stay in Britain for a moment where police are being taunted online by a prison escapee.

Craig Lynch fled jail back in September and since then, has been posting regular updates on Facebook.

In his Christmas message, he boasted he'd never get hold of a turkey like this behind bars. The convicted burglar now has more than 1,000 Facebook followers - no doubt including a few police. In his last status update, Lynch bravely declares that he'll be at a New Year's Eve party tonight in Suffolk. P

So will half the British police.

They must love it when they catch

these sort of crims, the ones that

taunt them. It must make that arrest

that much sweeter. There must be

police surfing Facebook. Normally

you would stuff a turkey but that

turkey will get stuffed if they

catch up with Craig. But in the past few hours, his tale has spread to America where a country singer has composed a ballad. And, of course, that too has been posted online. Take a quick listen.

# It doesn't matter really which

road you took

# Here one villain on Facebook

# Some folks don't like him

# Others think he rules

# The police and the broken system

makes them all look like fools

# Crazy Craig Lazie lynch

# Busted out of prison like it was a cinch

# The English bounty is hot and they

got no trails

# Can they catch him. #

Good lyrics. It will go down in

history. Who made that song? Some

guy in the US. It sounded like Neil Young. Do you wish you could simply erase your worst memory of 2009? People in New York have found a way to do that - almost. They simply use a giant shredder.

It's the crossroads of the world.

People flock here for the shows, and

the shopping and the shredding?

Right smack in the middle of Times

Square they are purging like mad.

This is good riddance day before you

ring in the new you say adios to the

old. Not just saying what we want to

have happen but what we want to get

rid of. Whatever you hated in '09,

flabby thighs, cheap men, rude

people or Sarah Palin, just write it

down and rip it up. The exes are the

most common purges:

most common purges:why do you want

to get rid of your husband? He left

me. What are you getting rid of?

Pounds. Like in l-bs Yes. It's not

all laughs? Hatred and war. I want

everybody to be peaceful. Some shed

memories and he showed up with a

suitcase of everything. Bills and

debt. Have you been collecting this

monstrosity of bills for a whole

year? Yes. If your purges are not on

paper, not to worry. I say go for

the mother load, or in this case,

the mother board. Alright, bye-bye

computer! So far the annual event is

a smashing success S We have been

doing it for only three years but it

is so popular, why not a national

holiday. What would you get rid of?

The unpaid bills. Would that make

you feel better to shred it all? You

get an overdue one. I got a mate who has a friend who angers him, he puts thil name in ice and puts in the freezer. Next up - this morning's news plus the long-range weather forecast. And soon, the people behind those amazing fireworks displays. What do they have planned for midnight tonight? Also ahead, from Lady Gaga to the Obamas - the year that was in fashion. Er... I'd probably sleep in. I'm into hip-hop music, reggae... Well, I really like quilting. (BEATBOXES) That's what I could do when I retire! Yeah, I don't really know much about super, but all I know - it's money you get after you retire. Well, if there's not as much fees coming out, there's more money in the super. The low fees was definitely a big plus. If you compare funds, you'll see how much better off you can be. MAN: It's Australian. WOMAN: And it's super. WOMAN: Compare at australiansuper.com.

The world will be watching that bridge in about 17 hours from now. So, what can we expect from Australia's biggest New Year's Eve party? We'll have the answer to that shortly when we meet the people who make our biggest fireworks show possible. And yes, they have something new planned for tonight. Plus, after a year of extreme weather, what does the next 12 months hold? We'll get the long-range forecast for the nation. And what was the biggest news story of 2009? We'll look back at the headlines you remember and some you've forgotten. Let us know what makes your news list.

Our fashion gurus are also in. Lady Gaga is a certainty to make the list of standouts from 2009.

But who else? The answer, soon. And we'll meet the new Mum who doctors say died while giving birth. She's well and truly alive to tell the story. Right now it's time for this morning's news. Here's Sarah. Good morning. Millions of Australians are gearing up to see out the decade at New Years Eve celebrations across the country. Sydney is spending $5 million on its biggest show yet while bad weather may dampen Melbourne's fireworks. Police are urging revellers to party in moderation. A party like tonight comes once in a blue moon.

1.5 million people are expected to crowd around Sydney Harbour to watch the 9pm and midnight fireworks and many have already claimed front row seats. We look at it as a holiday as well. The Foti family has been sending the city up in smoke for years. I think last year, from all reports, was the best so far, and hopefully this year will be better. In Melbourne, Federation Square and Docklands will be the places to party unless lightning strikes.

Storms are forecast. We'll be ensuring that we're monitoring all the weather, all the firing locations. There will be fireworks inside Etihad Stadium

for thousands of ravers at this dance party while celebrations have already started at coastal music festivals. They seem pretty excited for New Year's Eve and so am I. Queensland's tallest building on the Gold Coast will send off the noughties with a bang and two barges of fireworks will light up Brisbane's Southbank. They're aquatic fireworks. They're designed to project from the barge, land in the water and then burst from the water. In Adelaide, all the action's at Elder Park in the city and around Lake Torrens. Perth's celebrations will be more subdued, with tough liquor laws shutting down the annual bash at Gloucester Park. Extra public transport services will run across the country and mini-ambulances will be on hand to help get through Sydney's crowds.

Just don't have too much fun. Go and enjoy it, but don't make an idiot of yourself. Sound advice to end the decade. A Sydney taxidriver has been interviewed by police A Sydney man wanted over the killing of his wife has been arrested in Melbourne. 29-year-old Chamanjot Singh was apprehended by police as he got off a bus. He was last seen leaving his home at Sydney's Westmead

just before police arrived on Tuesday night. They found the body of his 29-year-old wife, an Indian national, with her throat cut. Police expect to charge Singh with murder. They'll apply for his extradition to Sydney today. A Sydney man's been charged with the murders of a 12-year-old girl and 77-year-old man. The man, who can't be identified, was charged with two counts of murder

at a bedside court hearing yesterday. He's also been charged with the attempted murder of a 77-year-old woman. The man was arrested outside a Sydney hospital on December 20. The fire zone at Toodyay, where almost 40 homes were destroyed by a Catastrophic bushfire, has been declared a natural disaster area. Residents are today counting their blessings, thankful that no lives were lost in the firestorm.

As the sun rises over the Wheatbelt town of Toodyay, so do hopes that residents will be allowed back in today to see the devastation for themselves. I just know there's going to be nothing left. A home burns on Tuesday. Now, this is all that remains. What I'm standing in is what I own. In the daylight, the fire's cruelty is clear - one home completely gone, a pile of corrugated metal.

Their neighbour's house spared.

Drawing strength from each other, residents knew it was bad, but not as bad as this. Unfortunately at this stage, we have 37 homes lost. Because of the scale of the damage, I've declared the area to be a state natural disaster. The Government has offered a $3,000 emergency payment

to help those who've lost everything. And the Salvation Army and Bendigo Bank have launched an appeal to pay for counselling. Hundreds of hectares of farmland has been burnt. Investigators say falling power lines are to blame. The bushfire is now contained but not under control, with small sections still burning. But the State's fire threat isn't over. A high fire danger remains in place for parts of the State's goldfield region. The Dutch Government has released an interim report into the failed Christmas Day terror attack onboard a Northwest Airlines jet. It found all security checks had been correctly carried out before the flight left Amsterdam's Schiphol airport.

The suspect had a valid visa for the United States. The passenger list presented prior to the flight did not give the US a reason to ask for additional security measures.

The Dutch government has ordered full-body scanners be used for all US-bound flights. It's been revealed former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher asked Australia to help buy an island in 1979

to resettle Vietnamese refugees. Secret cabinet papers show Mrs Thatcher feared Britons would riot in the streets if boat people were granted asylum in the UK. The documents also give a rare insight into her ruthless leadership style. She was not exactly the most tactful prime minister. Indeed, she was probably the most tactless woman I've ever met.

The papers have been released by Britain's national archives. Doctors in America say they can't explain how a woman and her baby, who died during childbirth, are both alive today. Tracy Hermanstorfer went into cardiac arrest during labour on Christmas Eve and her lifeless baby was delivered by caesarean section. Half of my family was lying right there in front of me in my hands.

There's no other way of saying it but dead. When Doctors revived the baby, his mother inexplicably started breathing again. They're calling it a miracle. In finance news:

Ricky Ponting has labelled Mitchell Johnson the premier paceman on the planet following Australia's 170-run win over Pakistan in the first Test at the MCG. Johnson triggered the home side's victory march with 2 wickets in the first over of the day. COMMENTATOR: Got him! He's on a hat-trick! Two very good deliveries to get those wickets early on today. Set the trend for us and, yeah, he's going from strength to strength. Nathan Hauritz finished the job, snaring his first 5-wicket haul in first-class cricket. Selectors have named an unchanged line-up for the second Test starting on Sunday in Sydney. A turbo-charged half-century from David Warner has spurred New South Wales to a 31-run win over Tasmania in the Twenty20 Big Bash at Bellerive Oval. Warner's 18-ball half-century was the fastest 50 in local domestic Twenty20 history. 4 wickets from leg spinner Steven Smith ensured the home side didn't get close to the target. Meanwhile, Western Australia's star import Chris Gayle has been cleared of serious injury after suffering a side stain in his Warriors debut. Andy Roddick's Australian Open campaign is off to a shaky start after all his luggage was lost on the way to Brisbane airport. He'll hit the practice court today if he can find a racquet to prepare for the Brisbane International. Meanwhile, defending Australian Open champion Rafael Nadal is playing down his chances going back-to-back, telling a Spanish newspaper he's in slightly worse condition than when he won this year's Open. South Australian entrant 'Two True' is the provisional handicap winner of the Rolex Sydney-Hobart,

but faces a protest from the crew of 'She's the Culprit' which had to retire after an incident near the start of the race. If the protest hearing doesn't go 'Two True's way, Victoria's 'Wicked' will be the winner.

As the countdown clock reaches 16

hours and 52 minutes, James is at

ground zero for the Sydney fireworks

this morning. I don't know about you

but as the day gets under way you

start to realise the enormity. Not

only are we saying goodbye to 2009

but the entire noughties. 135 points

are going to fire off Sydney Harbour

Bridge. It will be spectacular. I

read a quote from Wendy Harmer

saying during the start of the

fireworks she is laughing and

smiling and by the end she is

crying, remembering the year and

reflecting on things. Iz think a lot

of people will be like that because

there is a ter

there is a terrific soundtrack

there is a terrific soundtrack on 2Day FM. Sydney is looking like it

will clear. Fingers crossed. That is

my prediction. Sunrise weather for Beacon Lighting. Keep cool this summer with a ceiling fan from Beacon. 30% off your second fan sale on now. Around Queensland - storms for Cairns and Townsville. Showers for Mackay and Rockhampton. Fine for Bundaberg. Across New South Wales - rain for Coffs Harbour and Tamworth. Showers easing in Newcastle. A possible storm for Canberra. Sydney will have showers. Around Victoria - showers for Ballarat and Warrnambool. Rain for Geelong. Across Tasmania - fine for Launceston and Swansea. Showers for Strahan. Hobart will be windy. Around South Australia - fine for Mount Gambier. Sunny in Port Lincoln and Ceduna.

Across the Northern Territory - a very warm day for the Alice. A thundery shower in Katherine. Darwin will have storms. Around WA - sunny in Albany and Bunbury. Fine for Kalgoorlie and Geraldton. Clear skies for Karratha and Broome.

I have been so inspired by Beretts's

tours, Brekky Central, Channel 7, in

half an hour I will give you a tour.

So when you are watching the

fireworks display you can say" know that one

that one it was this one. I know

that one. It is this that one. that one. It is this that one."

Thanks James. Talk to you soon. Despite talk of England pulling out of next year's Commonwealth Games, Australian officials say the show will go on. It has been reported that England is worried about the potential for terror attacks during the Games in Delhi in October. That raises serious questions about the safety of our athletes and spectators.

Clive Williams is a terrorism expert. Good morning. Do officials in England have a point? Is there the potential for terror attacks in Delhi?

Are they likely? Well, I think India

is generally is a dangerous security

environment. Last year more than

1,000 people died there and 1,000 people died there and the

national security advisor says there

is more than 180 active cells.

Mumbai has been the main problem

area as far as westerners go but

Delhi as a potentially dangerous

area and there was an attack on the

area and there was an attack on the Indian Parliament and the parl men

tear yabs were not killed but the

security people were killed. In 2005

there were three bombings which

killed 60 people. The problem in

Delhi is extremists and they can

still operate within that area even

given the current levels of

security. Do

security. Do you think there are

particular countries that they will

target more than others? The first

target is the Indian Government and

then the attend ees at the Games the

countries most at risk are England,

Canada and Australia

Canada and Australia because of our

troops in Afghanistan. An attack in

the wlaod-up to the Games because

some of the teams would pull out

because it would undermine India. If

the Games go ahead and they decide

the Afghanistan angle is more

important, then they would go after

one of those. If they one of those. If they did withdraw

we would see the Scottish, Welsh

we would see the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland teams withdraw.

Australia says it is on the go and

everything is planned and we are

also hearing that is under review. I

will put this question to you, if

you had a free ticket to go to the

Commonwealth Games, o you - would you

you go? Yes, I would go but the main

target is not me. It would be

athletes and officials. Would you

avoid areas? Would you avoid the

opening ceremony? The kind of attack

you would expect to occur like the

Pakistani attack on the cricket

team. The other is

team. The other is a bombing or a

series of bombing but the chance of

spectators being involved in that is

relatively small. Thank you for

joining us this morning. Whether you're in a country town or a major city, millions around the country will welcome the new year with a bang. To find out what's in store for the country's biggest fireworks displays,

we've got the chief pyrotechnicians. Fortunato Foti will be lighting up the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Andrew Howard will set off Melbourne's Yarra River Max Bruener is behind the display at Brisbane's Southbank. Good morning. Fortunato, Sydney's fireworks are at 9pm for the early show then the big one at midnight.

Is there something in particular you

are looking forward to to say to

people at home make sure you watch

this bit? The music plays a big part

and with the creative design I'm

sure people will think this the best

one we have done so far.

sure people will think this the best one we have done so far. There are

four barges for the 9pm one so we

hope everyone will enjoy it. Andrew, Melbourne's fireworks are at 9:15pm and, of course, at midnight too. Your show is promising a special countdown.

This year we are counting down to

the moment of midnight so it doesn't

matter where you are in the city

counting down from 10 to midnight

which all the firing points and we

want the whole city to countdown together. Max, Brisbane's early fireworks show is at 8:30pm, then midnight. This year you've also got a laser show. How will that work together with the fireworks?

The lasers are time code driven.

They are in sync and choreograph

with the music score and put it together. Fortunato,

We hear there is a 50/50 chance of

bad weather. What happens for you if

there is bad weather? Let's stay

positive. Hope for a gentle breeze

blowing the smoke away. If there is

shower, that is not a problem, apart

from making it comfortable for

everybody. Obviously safety is the

number one concern. From the

previous 10 years, 11 years, it

always comes good and I am sure

tonight will be no different. Good

luck with tonight. You have 16 hours

and 43 minutes to be ready. We will

let you go back to work. Thank you. 2009 proves that a year can be filled with some extreme weather conditions. We started off with the catastrophic bushfires in Victoria. At the same time, severe floods struck Queensland and northern New South Wales.

There were unseasonal heatwaves, incredible dust storms and an out-of-character cold Christmas in places. Now as we round off the year, bushfires in South Australia and Western Australia and flooding in other parts of the country. So, what's in store for 2010? Ken Ring is a long-range weather forecaster and he predicted some of those weather patterns. He joins me now from Auckland. Good morning. Let's go State by State. Queensland has experienced its fair share of floods and heavy rains over the past 12 months. Is the rain going to continue?

Good morning. They will get

Good morning. They will get a wetter than average summer with flooding.

There will be cyclone activity from

jab to April. Cairns may possibly be

wetter than average for

wetter than average for every month

except for June, October and

November. The cyclones won't come until 2011. Onto New South Wales, we've seen some good rain in the central part of the State over Christmas but this year started off with a heatwave and then, of course, we had that amazing dust storm. What's your prediction for 2010?

Some places are going to get rain that haven't had much for a while,

like broken hill, Riverina. A

like broken hill, Riverina. A lot of

rain in April, a possible rain in April, a possible cyclone in

March. Average to dry winter and

then good rain in November. Good to

hear the word rain. And Victoria?

Good rain in Gippsland and Melbourne

with some flooding in January. Dry

for the whole State for February and

April. Rain and flooding in the

northern areas. Over all a wetter than

than average year mainly because of

above-average rain for the second

half of the year. Tasmania, you say

windy? Yes, from January to March,

no, not a dry year. Just wet and windy. South Australia seems to have been having very hot weather this year and, of course, the bushfires only a week back. Is it going to cool down over there?

Above-average rain and wetter than average after April and then lots of

rain from August to December. Quite

a few gales from June to November rain from August to December. Quite a few gales from June to November rain from August to December. Quite a few gales from June to November

And then Northern Territory a dry summer. West Australia is in the midst of its own bushfires - some very high temperatures there, plus a cyclone recently. What's the year ahead looking like?

Look, after next week, because there is rain next week, I got six hot and

dry weeks so there is a continuing

fire threat. There will be a rain

fall through the south coast. Potential cyclone around

mid-February. You use

mid-February. You used the wort rain

a lot. Ken, last year you predicted a cooler Christmas for parts of Australia. Can you predict what Christmas 2010 will be like this far out?

Sure, look, from December 24

onwards, it will be pretty

unsettled. The only place that will

be settled is Darwin and be settled is Darwin and Perth. All

the capitals will have showers and

cloudy and unsettled. It is amaze

ago that you can look that far ahead

and know. Thank you for your time. Ken has more weather info in his almanac 'Predict Weather'.

Head to our website for details on where to get it, plus the details on those weather predictions. This next story started as a tragedy. It ended as a miracle. An American woman went into labour on Christmas Eve when her heart suddenly stopped. Lester Holt reveals what happened next. She was

She was dead. She was dead. She had

no heartbeat, no breathing, she was as grey as her

as grey as her sweat suit. Tracy

Hermanstorfer was in labor with her

husband Mike at her side when her

delivery took a turn for the worse.

I got really tired and decided to

close my eyes and I don't remember

anything else. Tracy went into

cardiac arrest, no breathing, no

heartbeat, no signs of life. Doctors

had to act quickly because had to act quickly because they had

not just one life to save,

not just one life to save, but two.

Cardiac arrest it is catastrophic

and life al terring. As nurses

performed CPR while doctors tried to

save the baby boy. While she lay

lifeless Coltyn's delivery was under

lifeless Coltyn's delivery was under way. He was completely limp and

unresponsive. Immediately after

delivering him her pulse came back.

Tracy came back to life but doctors

needed to save the baby. The first

time I held Coltyn, he wasn't

breathing. They started him in his

hands. I didn't get to cut his cord but I was but I was there for the start of

life. A Christmas miracle. There is

only one explanation to have both t-

them here. It is an absolute miracle. Lester Holt reporting. Doctors still don't know why the mum's heart stopped but both her and bub are now doing well. Mel, a remarkable story. Coming up - James at fireworks central. And we'll go backstage with Pink.

Plus soon, the people who set the fashion trends this year. They didn't always set out to be style leaders. And later, he'll help us say farewell to 2009. A special performance from John Mayer.

where we've got the biggest range and the best prices. Treated pine sleepers - $11.90 each. Roof ventilator - $54. Wall plasterboard - just $9.97 per sheet. SONG: # Bunnings Warehouse! # Lowest prices are just the beginning.

(ORCHESTRA IMITATES WHALE SONG) (WHALE SONG)

Well, two-timing Tiger is paying the price for his indiscretions in more ways than one. We now learn the sports star needed his face rebuilt after his fuming wife Elin battered him with a golf club. The nine iron smashed his cheek bone

almost knocking out his two front teeth. Oh, and if you're wondering how Elin discovered the truth, respected sports journalist Furman Bisher is reporting that Tiger left his mobile phone at home after going out to play poker. Elin picked it up when she heard a text message beep and the rest is history.

Went straight to the golf bag. Wow.

Yesterday the rumour was that he

moved in with one of his mistresses

and the other one that is he and the other one that is he having

rehab and the other one that he is

having surgery fixing his face. It

is funny that there aren't any

photos. Especially in this era .

Maybe he is in plaster somewhere. Just ahead - how 2009 will be remembered fashion wise, probably mostly for Lady Gaga. U Big

Big impact, not just on music but

fashion. Big splash in that red

number. I didn't know you knew that.

I just saw it before. And later, the extraordinary moments that made news this year. We'll recap the big stories you remember and some you've forgotten about. But now, the news of this Thursday morning with Sarah. Two motorcycle riders have been killed in separate accidents overnight,

taking the national holiday road toll to 58. A 21-year-old motorcyclist died when his bike slammed into a traffic light in Melbourne early this morning. Consider your loved ones and friends, it's not just you.

If you are in an accident, it is not just you. So I urge everyone to take on the roads - please don't become another statistic. A 24-year-old rider died after hitting a pole in Sydney's south-west. There've been 19 deaths on New South Wales roads, eight in Western Australian and four in Tasmania. Residents evacuated from the fire-ravaged town of Toodyay

outside Perth are hoping to be allowed back in today to see the devastation for themselves.

Street after street is littered with smouldering shells

where homes once stood. I just know there's going to be nothing left. What I'm standing in is what I own. 37 homes have been destroyed but residents say they're grateful no lives have been lost. The Premier has declared the area a natural disaster zone. The final preparations are under way ahead of spectacular New Year's Eve fireworks displays across the country. Sydney got a sneak-peak at the blue moon design on the Harbour Bridge. This year's theme is 'Awaken the Spirit'. More than 4,500kg of fireworks will be detonated

over the Harbour City. With the creative design and different effects that we've done, I'm sure that people will realise

that this one will be the best one so far. Melbourne will be watching the weather closely with thunderstorms threatening to spoil the party. A man has a suspected spinal injury after jumping off a pier at a Melbourne beach last night. Witnesses say the man jumped off the pier into about 6ft of water. There were three or four people holding him but they couldn't get him out of the water. He was obviously in pain 'cause you could hear him screeching. We were just supporting his back. On the phone, they were telling him to keep calm.

The man was taken to hospital in a serious condition last night. A funeral will be held this afternoon for a 13-year-old Brisbane boy who drowned after falling into a flooded creek. Searchers found Salman Arte's body yesterday not far from where he disappeared at Wishart. 10 people have drowned in Australia since Christmas Eve. A giant portrait of Barack Obama has been cut into a field in Italy. These unusual crop patterns aren't alien made - Artist Dario Gambarin specialises in land-art

and his work can only be seen from the sky. The massive works are ploughed into paddocks by tractor but they only last a few days between harvest and planting the next crop.

In finance news: Ricky Ponting believes yesterday's 5-wicket haul from Nathan Hauritz against Pakistan, could be the catalyst that turns the off-spinner into a genuine match winner.

Hauritz spun Australia to a 170-run win at the MCG, finishing with 5/101.

What players like him need is just that breakout performance. That's a great thrill for him. It's great thrill for all of us as well. If you saw everyone when he took that last wicket, everyone rushed to him because we all know how much it meant to him. Ponting also praised Mitchell Johnson, labelling him the best paceman in the world. Selectors have named an unchanged line-up for the second Test starting on Sunday in Sydney. A record-breaking 18-ball half-century from David Warner has propelled New South Wales to a dominant win over Tasmania in the Twenty20 Big Bash at Bellerive Oval. Leg spinner Steven Smith tore through the Tigers lower-order, taking 4 wickets, as the Blues ran out 31-run winners. American tennis star Andy Roddick has arrived Down Under determined to end his decade-long title drought in Australia. The world number seven will hit the practice court today in preparation for next week's Brisbane International. Talks for a mega fight

between Danny Green and Bernard Hopkins have broken down after the American legend back-tracked on an agreement to split the purse money evenly. 'The Executioner' now wants 60% of the purse.

He's going to get Saab laoutly nothing. He's going to get Saab laoutly nothing.

nothing. . Fo

He's going to get Saab laoutly nothing. . Fortunato is the great

name for a fireworks pyro tech. He

the director of international

fireworks. They are in charge of

lighting up Sydney at 9:00 and again

at midnight. Sydney does claim the

best fireworks display in the world. 1. best fireworks display in the world.

1.5 million are expected to come

down for a look. I will give you a tour.

If you are wondering how it works,

someone sitting in the master

control in Circular Quay hits a

button and the time code goes to

this container. Inside there are

people sitting in there. They are

smart. You got explosives sitting in

a bit containerer and the time code

goes to these shells and then they

will go off. You will see legal on

shell, here we got midnight snow

with blue pistol and then midnight

snow with red pistol and the bigger

the shell the bigger the bang. Have

a look at these. The are

a look at these. The are ginormous.

This is shock twilight. If you are

watching tonight and you are in

Sydney and you see the fireworks

going off at Cockatoo Island, you

will know exactly where they came

from. They are using microchip

technology. They are very precise,

extremely accurate. Think last year

times more. It is beyond the Kai coat times more. It is beyond the Kai

Coty strapping it on the back of

roadrunner. Yes, it is more advanced. And it is $

advanced. And it is $700,000. 4, advanced. And it is $700,000.

4,500kg of fireworks. It will be a

display like you never have seen

before. 16 hours and 21 minutes to

go. Talk to you in half an hour. Coming up - your backstage pass to Pink.

But straight ahead, how fashions changed in 2009.

We've got it covered from Gaga to Obama. Later this morning we'll be looking back at the news and entertainment headlines from 2009 but we can't ignore the fashions that we saw for the first time this year. Some of it was good, some of was bad but it was never dull. Joining me are fashionistas Melissa Hoyer and Kai Aiyub. Good morning. Melissa, what's your take on fashion in 2009?

What jumped out for you? Colour,

sequins, big shoulders. It was about

individual style, not really

preconceived style. People were

shopping high, low. They were happy

to go to Big W and Katie's and

Target. There was not that fear " Target. There was not that fear "I

can't wear my cheapie with the more expensive. can't wear my cheapie with the more

expensive." That was something that

came out of the GFC. We needed to

work high fashion with low fashion.

Which is a good thing. The most

average person does it. And the

fashionistas caught on to. I think

it was more shoes. People were

it was more shoes. People were spending lesson clothes but on

handbags. You want to wear a great

pair of heels but tone it down with

a nice suit or handbag. Accessories

this year were amazing. Christian

Louboutin did all these stuning

shoes and the cage heel was a

phenomenon and the wedge boots were

massive and the Stella McCartney

were massive. The focus was lesson

clothes and more on accessories.

People were shopping within their

own existing wardrobe and get a new

bag or shoe. They were paying more

attention to the details. And a pair

of shoes is more affordable than a

whole new outfit. Melissa, someone who was a bit more subtle than Rihanna and Lady Gaga

And Lady Gaga is theatrical. We

looked at this woman, this woman looked at this woman, this woman -

and we thought, wow, if you could

actually put that much time and

effort into your outfit every

morning, you need 10 points, even to

meet the Queen looking like that.

Good on her for doing it. It is not

everyday fashion. It is pure

theatrics. So more every day. What

about Michelle Obama. She was less

is more. US brands like JC Penney

and she brought them to the fore front. "

front. "Just because I am in

front. "Just because I am in the White House, I am not going to wear

designer brands. I will wear

everyday brands.

everyday brands." Less is more with

her. She looks great. Anything you

put on her, she looks absolutely

wonderful. Imt and she showed her

arms. Carla Bruni, who is the wife

of the French president, ex

supermodel, but looks stunning but

been ought slee chic. That is a not

little play for Michelle Obama and

political women. Taylor Swift and

she was age appropriate. Yes,

she was age appropriate. Yes, I guess Miley Cyrus sometimes. On

occasion. Next year what will we see?

see? The at ri kal and more colour

and more individual style. Kai?

Sassness is the new sexy. Less sex

and more sass. A bit like you, Mel.

Yes, my middle name. Happy new year

and lovely to see you. Who is sass,

Mark Beretta. Yes, right on the edge

of fashion. Something that is

interesting happening around town

people are coming to stake out their

spots with their food and drink,

just to stake out their spot

just to stake out their spot for New Year's Eve. A little later -

we'll review the year in news and entertainment. Which st