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(generated from captions) for the 2012 Australian Olympic team The flag-bearer is Lauren Jackson. to carry the flag Basketballer Lauren Jackson at the Olympic opening ceremony. greet the torch William, Kate and Harry their own sporting skills. after showing off Also, hundreds more workers let go. to stop the cuts? So what can be done an iceberg tsunami. The Aussie tourist who survived returns to the stage live. The singer dumped from 'The Voice' # I'm never letting go (SONG) # Reach out for the sunrise # Reach out for the sunrise. # this is Sunrise on Seven. Right across Australia, Kochie and Mel. From Brekky Central, Good morning, happy Friday, good to have your company. Olympic team has been a hot topic The role of flag-bearer for our to Lauren Jackson. and overnight the honour was given later in the show. We'll hear from her Isn't that terrific? Really good, practical reasons too. So many athletes, coming in hundreds. She is very tour. You've got to give the flag to the tallest. The tour group. Also overnight, the Opening Ceremony of the Games. we got another look at what'll be in shortly. More on that last-minute rehearsal we're keeping an eye on London Of course, and all the news here at home. Here's Nat. Good morning. has been named basketballer Lauren Jackson As we've just heard,

as Australia's flag-bearer opening ceremony. for tomorrow's Olympic was the hot favourite The 4-time Olympian leading up to the announcement, betting was suspended overnight. so much so, of this honour, I'm so proud. I'm not quite sure I'm worthy I still can't believe it. for one of our athletes overnight. But there was some bad news was forced to withdraw Equestrian hopeful Megan Jones a foot inujury. because her horse suffered has been warmly welcomed And the Olympic torch at Buckingham Palace. by the young royals joined Harry Prince William and wife Kate out the front of the palace London's most famous landmarks. after the torch passed some of in the celebrations. Celebrities also got involved Something overcame me - I realised I was part of something I've ever been part of before. much, much bigger than under sunny London skies Massive crowds turned out through the city. as the torch made its way A gunman has opened fire where two children were sleeping. on a Sydney home into the front door of the house The attacker shot a single bullet in the city's inner-west. at Dulwich Hill, weren't hurt. The children and adults inside the house was targetted. Police don't know why A search is on this morning in rough seas for a man missing south-eastern coast. off South Australia's around 9:00 last night Police say the man went overboard near Southend. managed to get back to shore. for checks. They were taken to hospital were used It's claimed Australian women of thalidomide in world-first trials on animals. before it was even tested more archived documents Fairfax newspapers have published morning sickness drug about the notorious used to distribute thalidomide. this time from a company which the first trials took place The documents show and Royal Prince Alfred hospitals at Sydney's Crown Street Women's The files also reveal thalidomide to GPs the distributor kept promoting it was causing birth defects. despite receiving warnings Michael Jackson The mother of late pop king after disappearing for days. has shown up in the US an Arizona resort with her children Katherine Jackson appeared in to assure everyone she's OK. about me There are rumours going around and held against my will. that I've been kidnapped to let everybody know that I'm fine. I'm here today Because of her disappearance, Katherine Jackson's custody rights a judge temporarily removed three children. over Michael Jackson's over the singer's estate. The family is in a bitter dispute Still ahead - reporter rescue. journalists to help save them. Now asylum seekers are asking But first, here's Kochie. Thank you, Nat. Take a look at this! Start the partying. The Dow Jones and European markets well through the roof overnight. The Dow has closed up 212 points closed up 212 points after the boss the roof overnight. The Dow has of the European central bank, Mario Dragi, pledges to keep the eurozone together ndicating they will buy government bonds to keep interest rate down. As a result, government bonds to keep the Spain's 10-year bond dropped nearly half a per cent to that all-important 7% mark. So good news there and maybe a turning point for Europe. Let's hope so.

region. Resources stock still weak in our for investors Finally, some good news in the US and Europe. with share markets soaring Morning. Savanth Sebastian is at CommSec. and, more importantly, Savanth what is behind the gains How important was that from the boss of the ECB? Look, How important was that announcement big anount nouncement Kochie. It from the boss of the ECB? Look, very alludes to the fact risk is back on. More important lee it sees the trades that were short in the market to scramble to cover the position. It was quite profound, the he said, "We will do whatever it It was quite profound, the statement takes, and believe me, it will be enough." So indicateing the ECB will come back with the bond-buying program, and keep interest rates low for economys like Spain and Italy. We had better news for US jobless claims, highlighting if you see the fall in jobless claims like this, there is serious job creation taking place. A good builder for our market today and it looks like we'll close on a positive footing. Some good news at last. Thank you, now let's head to London and Simon has the latest sport update, how are you, Simon? Good to see you, Kochie, indeed I do. is set to return Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge from a 12-week injury layoff to kick off Round 18 of the AFL. in tonight's clash against Essendon A chronic knee problem has sidelined Hodge since Round 6. His return match is certain to be fiery, after Bombers coach James Hird lifted the lid on the simmering rivalry between the teams. As a kid growing up I hated Hawthorn as much as... more than any team - Dermott Brereton, Dippa - the whole lot. The match is on Seven and 7mate right around the country. Parramatta will unveil Ricky Stuart as its new head coach at a media conference today. Meanwhile, Round 21 of the NRL kicks off tonight with Billy Slater set to return from a knee injury for Melbourne Storm's vital clash with the Dragons in Wollongong. The Storm are desperate to snap a 4-game losing streak - the longest of Craig Bellamy's career. The Roosters host the Titans in tonight's other match. Ian Thorpe believes his record as Australia's most successful Olympian is under serious threat from James Magnussen. The 5-time Olympic champion rates Magnussen the best swimmer he has seen in a decade and he's confident 'The Missile' will open his gold medal account in the 100m freestyle in London. Thorpe expects Magnussen to smash the world record on his way to the gold. And Kochie, and Mel, just in the last few minutes we have heard Basketball Australia has welcomeed the news that Lauren Jackson will carry the flag tomorrow night. We all welcome that news. She is a true champion in every form of the word. It's great for basketball and great for boys and girls playing basketball. Grant is not with us, let's go to Nuala. I was just thinking there would be no missing the flag, because she is so statuesque. Grant is off this morning, good morning from a soggy Melbourne. We are down at the one of my favourite views but it is a soggy view. Not much rain Melbourne. We are down at the Yarra,

overnight, 5mm, it should ease during the day, not as much as Adelaide, they had 40 mLs in Adelaide Hills, Perth, I apologise, Adelaide, they had 40 mLs in the it will be cold into next week because of the stubborn high keeping things cold. I'll look at the London forecast in a tick but first the forecast for the country. Sunrise Weather brought to you by Beacon Lighting's lamp and chandelier sale. With 50% of your second lamp or chandelier. Shop in store or online. Here in Melbourne this early rain should ease. Now, as for London, as we've seen over the last months, they've had some miserable weather. The wettest June on ror. But thankfully, should be 24 -- wettest June on record. Thankfully it should be 24 June on ror. But thankfully, it

on Friday. What are we? Nine hours ahead? But there are the chance of thundery showers that should by the time the Opening Ceremony kicks off. Saturday and thundery showers that should clear

should be nice, just the chance of a few showers. Fingers crossed. I kicks off. Saturday and Sunday

happy to trade, we will take the few showers. Fingers crossed. I am miserable stuff so London can have a good Olympics weather forecast. Thank you, Thank you, Nuala. the fallen star who's re-fashioned her life from the inside, out. But next, Lauren Jackson named flag-bearer for the Australian Olympic team. Her reaction from London is coming up. For a limited time at McCafe,

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the car come and go, it was as close as we got. We saw amazing pictures and we will see much more of them throughout the Games. Can't wait, I am with you. A bit of a fan. We will be buzzing with Olympics fever all

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Challenge what's possible. # Floating in the deep # It's about 9:23 in London, PM. Going to be a beautiful 24 degrees, magic. Almost a heatwave. Lovely. The weather makes such a difference. Determines the mood. It will be lovely. Making news - the asylum seekers who asked a journalist for an Australian rescue. They were contacted by the ABC's Indonesia correspondent, George Roberts. They asked him to send Australian help to their boat which was just a short distance off Bali. But their request backfired when Roberts sent Indonesian authorities instead. The passengers protested, saying they wanted to be rescued only by our people. You can see them there, You can see them there,, " You can see them there,, "No, no, no, no." But they were way closer to Indonesian authorities. Just off Bali. They must have been in real strife, in terrible dairnl to say, " strife, in terrible dairnl to say, "-- in terrible danger to say, " "-- in terrible danger to say, "No, we will wait." we will wait.". I don't think they said they'd wait, they just said they wanted Australians. Also making news - the man who hid $15,000 in his oven only to have the stash go up in smoke. The Sydney bloke sold his car over the weekend and thought the cash would be safe in the oven because he believed his wife didn't use it. She did, and burnt the $15,000. She's distraught and he's too embarrassed to reveal his identity. Has something like his happened to you? That's just so ridiculous he would think of putting it in the oven. You can't begin to process that? Put in the freezer before the oven. can't begin to process that? Put it Yeah, weird. You would think $ Yeah, weird. You would think would be pretty obvious if you did use the oven. But you just turn it Yeah, weird. You would think $15,000

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It's been a booming night on Wall Street. Street. Thanks to the because of the European central bank, Mario Dragy It's been a booming night on Wall

saying he has pledged to keep eurozone together and it will be enough to do so. He is going to get in and start buying bonds of countries there. That had immediate effect in cutting the bond yields of Spain below that critical 7% level. Also in the last couple of minutes, Facebook has released its first result since floating and it beat the the estimates, which is good news. Although resources rocked, we were up. Let's go back to London for all the latest sport with Simon. Thank you, Kochie, where they are still rehearsing the Opening Ceremony behind us right now. NRL cellar-dwellers Parramatta will unveil Ricky Stuart as its new head coach today. That means the Blues will need a new mentor because Origin officials are against a club coach being in charge. Meanwhile, Melbourne Storm superstar Billy Slater is set to return from a knee injury in tonight's clash against the Dragons in Wollongong. Blokes in and out of sides and changing positions certainly hasn't helped but, you know, hopefully we can get a bit of momentum towards the finals now. The Roosters must topple the in-form Titans in tonight's other match to be any chance of reaching the finals. Hawthorn and Essendon lock horns tonight to kick off Round 18 of the AFL with all the action on Seven and 7mate. Hawks captain Luke Hodge is set to return from a knee injury. And Bombers forward Jason Winderlich has been cleared to play his first match of the year after recovering from a knee reconstruction. As Nat mentioned in the Our equestrian team has suffered another blow on the eve of the London Olympics, with Megan Jones forced to withdraw. Her horse, Allofasudden, was found to be lame in a front hoof. It's upsetting but at the end of the day, I get married six months time, so I've got things to sort of look forward to as well. Jones was a replacement for Beijing silver medallist Shane Rose who was forced out when his mount, Taurus, pulled up lame. Now, let's check out the footy tips for this weekend. There's agreement on all but one game. In the NRL, the boys and girls are both going for the Storm and the Titans tonight. There's a split over one of Sunday's games, Beretts is still in the air, winging his way here, so, Kochie I'm taking it it was a lot of this work there? Yes, I don't know why he puts the 'S' in, he hasn't consulted me in five years. He is getting flogged ask I am the excuse for it. The whipping boy. Exactly. Here is Nuala with the weather. A bit drizzly in Melbourne this morning as you can see. We are down on the Yarra at the Boat Sheds, there are still people crazy enough to be running along it, my goodness. Some places more than 5 to 10 mL but it is wet in Australia. Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills have had between 40 and 60 mL in the last couple of days. This rain should ease though, during the day. For Perth, a string of cold mornings. You had a record cold morning a couple of days ago. It will in the week. As for London, a totally different story, I think couple of days ago. It will continue

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When we come back, sexually transmitted debt. The secret credit cards and purchases that most people are keeping from their partners. Plus, basketballer Lauren Jackson scores the gig as flag-bearer for the Australian Olympic team. And the young royals light up the torch relay in London. WOMAN: Odours love hiding in soft furnishings, but now there's Dettol Glen 20 Fabric Mist. It gets rid of odours by removing 99.9% of the bacteria that cause them on surfaces like sofas, curtains and cushions, keeping your entire home fresher longer. Dettol Glen 20 Fabric Mist: MAN: Woolworths Everyday Rewards are really taking off. That's because our shoppers are saving a whopping 20% or more on the brands they love. The more popular it gets, the more prices come down. (GRUNTS) Get 20% or more off hundreds of great products with Woolworths Everyday Rewards. Customers are surprised at how little things cost and they find that they can actually purchase more. You will get warehouse savings when you shop at Bunnings. Jack hand saw, only $8.94. 4-litre Taubmans Endure

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sad news overnight with another of our eventing team members forced to withdraw? Yes, this is really heart-breaking. Megan Jones, who was only brought into the team a few days ago to replace Shane Rose who had to pull out after his horse went

lame, Megan has announced her horse is injured and she will pull is injured and she will pull out of the Games. She described her horse, Allofasudden as her best mate and looked into his eyes, knew he was hurt and depressed and wouldn't compete. I am sure in the next couple of days I will fall apart. But right now, it is upsetting but at the end of the day, I get married, in six months-time, so I have things to sort of look forward to as well. Pretty positive attitude but you can't help but feel heart broken for her. Tell us about Ian Thorpe talking up James Magnussen before the Games? Yes, Ian Thorpe arriveish in London. It is a bitter-sweet Games for him. He had wanted to qualify for London 2012 but he has talked up James Magnussen's chances. He said he is brilliant. He doesn't normally do this. He knows hot the pressure is like to win gold medals. But he said he thinks James enjoys the pressure and. Here is what he said in I think James will be brilliant here. I cannot wait to watch him swim. The most impressive swimmer I've seen over probably the last decade that's new to the sport. He certainly is. Our fingers are crossed. Hey, final day of the torch relay and the torch had a royal stopover? It was such a terrific day for the torch, Mel. It went past Buckingham Palace and was greeted at the door by Prince William, Kate and also Harry. All dress in their Team GB outfits, ambassadors for the Games. They personally selected the torch-bearers. It torch will continue to the Olympic Park but the team leader is a secret. We love a few secrets. Impressive seeing the torch in front of Buckingham Palace like that. Amazing. Here is Kochie. Mel, if you hide purchases from John and other loved ones you are not alone, not that that is an excuse. A survey out of the UK by Debenhams Personal Finance has found 54% of adults don't tell their partners about the number of items they buy, or the price. The poll also found many people have a secret credit card they use to hide extravagant purchases. Nicole Pedersen-McKinnon is the editor of 'Smart Investor' magazine. Good morning. How common is this in Australia? I think it would be pretty common in Australia. There no specific Australian figures available but certainly, anecdotally it is alive and well. The old, " and well. The old, "These old shoes? You just don't pay attention said deflection and people go so far to scuff the bottom of them. My conversations with women in particular, there is a trend with this secret slush fund, it may not be in shopping but in case they want to escape further down the track. So to hedge their relationship bets, so all sorts of hedging going on. I think people should have their own accounts as long as they fess up and talk about it. Blokes lie about different things than women, don't they? They do, our vices are different. This survey found women spend the most on clothes in secret. We can't resist a bargain. Then the more stereo typical shoes and gifts. For men, it is gadgets. The latest I anything. It comes out typically in surveys in Australia, women spend more on gifts than men but perhaps they admit it. And then perhaps alcohol to forget that looming credit card bill. Speaking of credit cards, for most people this is harmless, isn't it? But the more serious side is the sexually transmitted debt, one partner spends up big and gets the other partner into debt. Yes, it depends on the extent of the spending. At the outset it is important to set out your financial compatibility. People talk about kids and which one they want to live in but also the financial. If you have an Ebenezer Scrouge and a spend thrift, a lot of

relationships break down because of money. Squirrelling money away is one of the most rewarding bonding things you can do financially in a relationship. Thank you, good advice. News is coming up. Then, the Aussie who survived an iceberg tsunami. Her terrifying adventure - live. And, breaking her silence. Katherine Jackson speaks out about losing custody of Michael's kids. VOICEOVER: Ordinary tissues are fine, until you have to use them again and again. Kleenex Aloe Vera tissues are the most comforting tissues to soothe a sore, red nose. Kleenex Aloe Vera. # Come on, take the money and run. # It's your final chance to enter. Just ring 1902 557 707 and register or send a text to 19 777 077 with your name and address. Lines will be open until 4:30pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. If we dial your number on Monday, you'll need to pick up within five rings and give us the correct code word. That's coming up after 8:00am. Plus, this morning the cash has jackpotted. So, in the next 30 minutes we'll be calling our lucky winner with $30,000 up for grabs. The Sunrise Entertainment Report brought to you by 'A Chorus Line', coming to Sydney, Perth and Brisbane. Tickets on sale now. Let's get a hit of showbiz from Nelson Aspen in New York. Morning. And Katherine Jackson has returned to LA and spoken out for the first time since she was reported missing. What's she said? This story is intriguing This story is intriguing. Well the octogenarian matriarch of the Jackson family spoke to the media surrounded by family members at the Arizona spa where she was supposedly there to rest. Here is what she said in her defence. in her defence. There are rumours going around me that I am kidnapped there to rest. Here is what she said

and held against my kill. I am and held against my kill. I am here to let everybody know I am fine and my children would never do

like that to hold me against my will. That's stupid. I am devastated my children would never do anything

that while I'm away, I my grandchildren have been taken away from me. I spoke to TJ I spoke to Prince and Paris today and told them I am home today and they are waiting for me to come. I am home today and they are waiting for me to come. for me to come. Expect this to get I am home today and they are waiting more dramatic as time goes by and in other news, his oldest son, Prince, took to Twitter and accused his aunts and uncles of aabusing his grandmother. He said: So that sort of feeds into the whole conspiracy theory that Katherine was being held against her will. Prince is very frustrated. You can imagine, he is a young guy and shouldn't be worried about his grandmother's safety at his age. Since then, he has deleted the Tweet and the screen grab of that text. Weirder, and weirder. Juicy. Speaking of juicy. And you've been keeping on track of Kristen Stewart's cheating scandal. And new vision has surfaced of Kristen having dinner with the director she cheated with. How has Rob reacted? Well, everybody's talking about it. Even though they swear it was just an indiscretion, not a full-fledged affair, Rob is said to be devastated and moved otof the Los Angeles home they share. But Australians can have a bit of solace, he is heading South Australia for an Australian film. She is smiling there, you a bit of solace, he is heading to

don't see that often. And Australian desert is the place to go to phepd a broken heart -- to mend a don't see that often. And the South

broken heart. The flag-bearer for the 2012 Australian Olympic team is Lauren Jackson. Basketballer Lauren Jackson to carry the flag at the Olympic Opening Ceremony. William, Kate and Harry greet the torch after showing off their own sporting skills. Also, hundreds more workers let go. So what can be done to stop the cuts? The Aussie tourist who survived an iceberg tsunami. The singer dumped from 'The Voice' returns to the stage live. # I'm never letting go # 'Cause baby, we got gold. # (SONG) # Reach out for the sunrise # Reach out for the sunrise. # Right across Australia, this is Sunrise on Seven. From Brekky Central, Kochie and Mel. If you've just tuned in, a big congratulations to Lauren Jackson who's been given the honour of carrying the Australian flag in London. Albury will be celebrating. The favourite daughter of Albury. A lot of people say she is the greatest basketballer, male or female the country has produced. She made the under 20 side when she was 14, she made the Opals when she was 16. is a super star and a genuinely gorgeous lady as well. made the Opals when she was 16. She

And we're getting another look this morning at the Opening Ceremony, where Lauren will star. More on that last-minute rehearsal later. Basketballer Lauren Jackson says she's incredibly proud to be picked as Australia's flag-bearer for tomorrow's Olympic Opening Ceremony. The 4-time Olympian was the hot favourite leading up to the announcement. So much so, betting was suspended overnight. I'm not quite sure I'm worthy of this honour, I'm so proud. I still can't believe it. But there was some bad news for one of our athletes overnight. Equestrian hopeful Megan Jones was forced to withdraw because her horse has suffered an injury. And the Olympic torch has been warmly welcomed by the young royals at Buckingham Palace. Prince William and wife Kate joined Harry out the front of the palace after the torch passed some of London's most famous landmarks. Celebrities also got involved in the celebrations. Something overcame me. I realised I was part of something much, much bigger than I've ever been part of before. Massive crowds turned out under sunny London skies as the torch made its way through the city. Back home, a massive fire has ripped through a factory in Sydney's west. A security guard dialled 000 early this morning after noticing a small fire in a rubbish pile at Wetherill Park. to the DuraSoft tissues factory, quickly engulfing the building. 20 crews remain on the scene protecting nearby businesses. One firefighter was taken to hospital with chest pain. Another drive-by shooting in Sydney overnight has targeted an inner-west home where two young children were sleeping. Seven News reporter Sally Bowrey is outside the Dulwich Hill property. Sally, do police have any idea why this home was targeted? No, Nat, police don't know what the motive was behind this latest shooting. Now, or why the house on Union Street was targeted. Inside asleep was a father and his two young children and their grandparents. A single shot hit the front door. It happened just before 1:00 this morning and car was heard speeding off after the shot rang out. Forensics and ballistics are on the scene trying to figure out what happened while police doorknock the area asking witnesses if they know anything but they are asking anyone who does know anything to who does know anything to contact Crime Stoppers. A search is on this morning for a man missing in rough seas off South Australia's south-eastern coast. Police say the man went overboard around 9:00 last night near Southend. A woman and child, also on board the boat, managed to get back to shore. They were taken to hospital for checks. The future of nearly 700 workers is under a cloud after the company committed to shutting down its Sydney plant. Sunrise correspondent Michelle Tapper joins me with the details. Good morning, Michelle. What are the plans there? Good morning, Nat. Well Caltex's CEO Julian Segal said there are no short-term plans for job cuts at Brisbane's Lytton refinery but is not guaranteeing it in the future only saying the plant will millions of dollars to improve its only saying the plant will spend competitiveness. Some believe Caltex has already decided to close the two refineries after the asset value was reduced to $ reduced to $340 million. Some say is staggering that it would be cost effective. It is not cheap to close reduced to $340 million. Some say it

with the costs of there are 680 million, with redundancies, environmental clean-up and removing equipment. Thank you. Big night Wall Street, Kochie? Yep, welcome return to form, Nat all because of equipment. Thank you. Big night on

the boss of the European central bank, Mario Dragy saying he will pledge to keep the eurozone together and what he does will be enough to fulfil that pledge. So, as a result ignited markets throughout the region. But this is where it really counts. This is the ten-year bond yields. This is how much European governments have got to pay to raise money. The concern has been over Spain. Because Spain. Because they were paying well over 7% for the last week or two. money. The concern has been over

a result of the announcement overnight, it has dropped below that over 7% for the last week or two. As

incredibly important 7% mark. Also, you can see Italian yields are as well, French yields. So cheaper you can see Italian yields are down money to try to get these European countries out of their debt problems. problems. To our region yesterday, countries out of their debt even though resources stocks are a bit flat, we ated. -- we added. Let's head back to London with Simon and a sports hit. Thank you very much indeed, Kochie. Ian Thorpe believes his record as Australia's most successful Olympian is under serious threat from James Magnussen. The 5-time Olympic champion rates Magnussen the best swimmer he has seen in a decade and he's confident 'The Missile' will open his gold medal account in the 100m freestyle in London. Thorpe expects Magnussen to smash the world record on his way to the gold. Japan has delivered the first major shock of the Games downing Spain 1-0 in the men's soccer. The star-studded Spaniards were lucky not to lose by an even greater margin. Hosts Great Britain started their campaign strongly, going a goal up against Senegal. But the African nation hit back late in the second half to salvage a 1-1 draw. Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge is set to return from a 12-week injury layoff in tonight's clash against Essendon to kick off Round 18 of the AFL. A chronic knee problem has sidelined Hodge since Round 6. His return match is certain to be fiery, after Bombers coach James Hird lifted the lid on the simmering rivalry between the teams. As a kid growing up I hated Hawthorn as much as... more than any team - Dermott Brereton, Dippa - the whole lot. The match is on Seven and 7mate right around the country. Parramatta will unveil Ricky Stuart as its new head coach at a media conference today. Meanwhile, Round 21 of the NRL kicks off tonight with Billy Slater set to return from a knee injury for Melbourne Storm's vital clash with the Dragons in Wollongong. The Storm are desperate to snap a 4-game losing streak - the longest of Craig Bellamy's career. The Roosters host the Titans in tonight's other match. Kochie and Mel, I have got a tingle up my spine right now. The song that has just come out of this rehearsal behind me is a song I hoped would in the Opening Ceremony. I can't say anymore, I would love to tell you, behind me is a song I hoped would be

but I was sitting here, just listening to it. Stop singing along. It has just finished now but really, I am so I am so glad it has made it to the music Opening Ceremony. A giant of the industry? McCartney? Can't say anymore. We are in suspense. Thank you. Now, Nuala has all your weather for this Friday. for this Friday. That is such a tease, I am dying to know. My money is on McCartney. Grant is off today so we have come to the banks of the Yarra, still looking notoriously murky. I love the way the lights reflect off, the rowers are just going past. The first time I have been able to put the brolly away. Falls between 5 and 10mm. In Adelaide and the Adelaide Hills falls up to 60 mLs. I am not letting the brolly go too far away, there the brolly go too far away, there is another patch working its way over the bay from the radar. How about we look at what is happening for the rest of the country? Sunrise Weather brought to you by Beacon Lighting's lamp and chandelier sale. With 50% of your second lamp or chandelier. Shop in store or online. Here in Melbourne, as I said, the early rain should ease. As for London, all-important Opening Ceremony weather forecast, ta, da, da! BBC forecasters are saying 24, so a warm day rb but there might just be some heavy, possibly thundery showers, hopefully they will clear for the Opening Ceremony when we find out Simon's big tease, pawl McCartney, he wanted to tell us. As long as they have ponchos in their back packs they will be And, after much speculation, basketball captain Lauren Jackson has been given the honour of carrying the Australia flag into the stadium. I said to Nick when he told me that, I said, "Why?". That was my initial question. I'm not sure I'm worthy of the honour. Jackson has been a member of the women's basketball team which has won silver at the past three Olympics. Sunrise correspondent Edwina Bartholomew is in London. Eddy, what's been the reaction there to the announcement? I could hear the cheer go up when Lauren's name was announced. She is obviously a popular choice? Absolutely, Mel, it gets the party started. You can hear a boat go past on the taimz. Johnny Farnham has been performing for the team. Lauren Jackson is the first female Olympian since 1992 to carry the flag. She was a bit overwhelmed. Her answer Nick Green when she was asked, " Nick Green when she was asked, "Is why me?". But she is deserving. A was a bit overwhelmed. Her answer to

three time Olympian, winning silver medals and going on for gold here. Her parents play basketball at a national level. She started playing at the age of 16. So really well deserved. The odds really shortened. $ deserved. The odds really shortened. $31 the odds were a few days ago, it shortened to $ shortened to $4. shortened to $4.50 yesterday and closed further before she was picked. We have been given another glimpse of what we can expect for the Opening Ceremony. the Opening Ceremony without telling us? I do have some secrets, do you want me to? Keep the big one. Well, a big one. Well, we have seen for the first time inside the stadium, some rather bizarre pictures of hospital beds being pushed around the stadium. It is a tribute to the nurses. We do know lots of fictional characters involved in the Opening Ceremony, Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins, hundreds of Mary Poppinses, if that is the pleural, flying around the stadium. Last night when we went off air, there were fireworks, we did hear U2 and Paul McCartney, do you want to know fireworks, we did hear U2 and Sir what song? No. I didn't think so. We will set the alarms, bought chocolates to sit up and watch it. Tell us about the royals? They have been out and about launching a sports pram? Terrific day for the royals. They must hang out a lot, Wills, Kate and marry. They went to a -- and Harry. They are are trying to help the kids become supercoaches. The royals played long. Kate kicked off her wedges and joined in a game of judo. They joined in a game of table tennis, not very successful and Harry had a game of basketball. It shows how down to earth they are. They spent two hours there before heading back to Buckingham Palace to greet the flame running past. chose the three torch-bearers. They greet the flame running past. They greeted the flame at the front door in their Team GB outfits. There were amazing scenes as it continued to Hyde Park. Thousands of people greeted it there and that is where it will remain this evening before it continues on tomorrow in a secret route to the Olympics Stadium. Thank you, lots of secrets. Lots of secrets. I am finding it very hard keeping them. You are doing well, we appreciate you keeping them. Another week and another round of heavy job cuts. As many as 800 Sydney workers will lose their jobs over the next two years after oil giant Caltex announced it would close its Kurnell refinery. For the working people who are getting this news that over the next few years, as the refinery moves to shutdown, that there won't be a job for them. This is a tough day, indeed. Qantas has also announced it's axing more positions with 164 staff likely to go by September. And earlier this week, Victorian car parts manufacturer CMI announced it was closing, resulting in the loss of nearly 120 jobs. Let's get some reaction now from our Big Guns of politics - Environment Minister Tony Burke and Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey. Good morning to you both. Tony, the Government says it's going to work with Caltex What exactly are you going to do? The first thing is to make sure that everybody gets their ments and the company have been guaranteeing that, which is important. You then have your Job Services which try and find and connect people to their next job. The fact that there is a good employment market at the moment is really important with that. But you also want to make sure you match people as closely as possible to the skills and experience they've got. That often, for some people, involves levels of retraining as well. They are the forms of engagement. Obviously for both Qantas and cur knell, because of my electorate, my part of Sydney, there are a lot of families affected by this and it is a difficult time for people. When you are dealing with these challenges you would rather deal with it at a time when you have got a strong employment market. There are lots of countries in the world that have the same stories without the jobs to go to so you try to make the connections where you go. But Jo, it is a strong employment market in the west, which is skewing the averages, not so much on the east coast though? That is right, Kochie, there is structural change in the Australian economy at the moment. I am not going to pretend otherwise. It is also the case things are getting a little tougher with the carbon tax and a few other things in place that are unnecessary at this time. I'm over here in Perth and when I got off the plane and went to collect my baggage, there is a big sign there, if you want a job, call this number and come and work at the Winstone project. I know it is no comfort to people, but if you want jobs, go west, go west, young people because if you want jobs, they are all in the west. Tony, that will be the if you want jobs, they are all here next stage and we have got to do whatever we can to make sure people have the information but in the meantime, gee, help with incompanies that are suffering. And Seven News has revealed a secret plot to reinstate Kevin Rudd as leader if Labour's fortunes don't turn around Labour's fortunes don't turn in the next couple of months, Tony Labour's fortunes don't turn around have been involved in discussions about a reshuffle? Absolutely not. You understand my frustration with it all. I have been giving the same answer all term. It has been my view at the next election it will be between Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott. That has Abbott. That has always been my view. It is still my view. A really simple example, we talked ago about jobs in Sydney. I made an announcement at the University of simple example, we talked a moment

Sydney, 350 new jobs, good announcement, but every question I was asked was about the question you just raised, one job. Hang on, you have got all the back benchers staring down the face of being out of job, including you if you Julia Gillard in the leadership position? Well, my view with of of of job, including you if you keep

this Kochie has been, the best way to get yourself re-elected is to recollect the best possible government and I have just given youp an example, on the jobs front. I am being given a chance to let people know about that. You people know about that. You wouldn't see it on the news. The only job I was about was one person's job. Joe, the Prime Minister's numbers are way down as are the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott's. I know there is a grassroots campaign to unseat him and prevent him from being the Prime Minister. A few names have and prevent him from being the next been bandied around. One is yours. Have you been approached No, no, Tony Abbott will be the leader of Have you been approached No, no, and the Liberal party and be the Prime Minister, I hope. He has my unqualified support. I just say to the Liberal party and be the next

you, it you, it is not engeneral public and journalists speculating about the Labor leadbship, it is people like Joel Fitzgibbon and people in their own ranks trying to under mine. I know Tony Bourke is a big fan Julia Gillard, he is her number one know Tony Bourke is a big fan of card carrier. And that is the you pay going with someone card carrier. And that is the price desperately unpopular in the electorate. It is fair to say you both have every confidence in your captains and coaches. Yes. Thank you, gentlemen, have a great weekend. Morning. Well, we will see. after fleeing a freak iceberg wave in Greenland. Tourist Sarah Williams was onboard a fisherman's boat when a wall of ice suddenly crashed down and it was all caught on video. Wow! to dying, I've never been this close to dying before. The three people onboard all escaped unhurt and with an incredible tale to tell. Sarah Williams is now in Singapore and she joins us live from there this morning. Sarah, just how frightening was it? What an escape. It was a terrifying experience. I thought it was the end. , Yeah, because you are going along the face of a glacier, it is so serene, it is so spectacular. Then you hear this almighty crack. Is that when you thought something was wrong? Look, I was a bit tense beforehand because we could hear the cracking. And it sounded like gunshots going off. And the ice was carving, so smaller bits were dropping down. I could sense the tension. But I don't think any of us expected such a massive chunk to come down. So what happened to the boat? Just talk us through. boat? Just talk us through.. When that wave hit, what happened? The boat was a write boat was a write write off. The boat picked up a lot of ice. Ice was pelting down. I ran away. I ran inside the boat. A lot of water came in. We were talking on a lot of water because we were driving away quickly. The boat was hitting ice we were driving away. It was shaking quickly. The boat was hitting ice as round, so knives were flying across the boat because the cutlery drawers had come out. It was quite dramatic. You had missed the tourist boat so you hired a local fishing vessel. What did the local captain say it was all over? (laughs) it was all over? (laughs), well, I was determined to get to this What did the local captain say after

glacier. I had come all the way from Australia, so I wasn't about to miss it. So yeah, I think, you know, the captain was a little bit shaken. Like, these wild Aussies, coming up. Yes, I bet! Yes, I bet!Ern But I think we are all lucky to be alive. I think this experience really bonded us together, as well. OK, Sarah, well, glad you you're all safe and sound in Singapore, thanks for joining us. Thank you. We are about to change someone's life. There is $30,000 up for grabs - next. So whatever you do, don't go away. We could be calling you. And Lauren Jackson to carry our flag in the Opening Ceremony. She's going to join us from London in just a moment. And the return of Carmine Smith. 'The Voice' star who missed her chance at fame after one of the show's biggest controversies. Struggling with multiple cold and flu symptoms? You could take all of these. Or take a more complete cold and flu medicine. Lemsip Multi-Relief Capsules. 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That's exciting. What is your background? Pardon? Where are you from? Sri Lanka. Fabulous, I have got a got a son-in-law from Sri Lanka, we are probably related. Thank you very much. Family get together. I have a rich relative. You have got one last chance to win. To enter, just ring 1902 557 707 and register or send a text to 19 777 077 with your name and address. Lines will be open until 4:30pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. If we dial your number on Monday you'll need to pick up within five rings and give us the correct code word. We'll reveal the final one after 8:00. Isn't that great? 30 grand gone off. Shortly, Lauren Jackson live from London. News headlines now, with Nat. Basketballer Lauren Jackson says being named as Australia's Olympic flag-bearer is the proudest moment of her life. The 4-time Olympian will lead our team into the stadium tomorrow morning. Jackson admits she thought she was in trouble when team boss Nick Green called her into his office. I said to Nick, when he told me that, I said, "Why?" That was my initial question. I'm not sure I'm worthy of the honour. I feel so proud. I still can't believe it. Our other athletes say they're incredibly happy for Lauren. And it's been a star-studded route for the Olympic torch through London. Young royals Prince William, Catherine and Prince Harry also greeted the runners at Buckingham Palace. Then 60,000 people cheered as the torch lit an enormous cauldron in Hyde Park. In other news - crews are now putting out the last of a fire which tore through a western Sydney factory this morning. The blaze at Wetherill Park quickly took off as it spread into a tissue factory. A total of 20 fire crews have been at the scene ensuring it doesn't spread further into neighbouring businesses. Wet and wild weather in and around Adelaide during the night has caused flooding in several suburbs. SES crews were called to a number of homes, including this one in Happy Valley, which were inundated by the sudden downpours. And a police officer has rescued a woman from her burning home in the Adelaide suburb of Plympton. She's now in hospital being treated for burns. The Government says it's committed to helping retrain hundreds of Caltex workers to help them get a new job. As many as 800 Sydney employees will lose their jobs over the next two years after the oil giant announced the closure of its Kurnell refinery. Now the company won't guarantee the future of its Brisbane plant. There's a lot of families affected by this and it's a difficult time for people, so, when you're dealing with these challenges you'd rather be dealing with it at a time when you've got a strong employment market. Many of the Caltex workers say they don't know what they'll do. Let's go live to lineup now for a sports update from -- live to London now for a sports update from Simon Our equestrian team has suffered another blow on the eve of the London Olympics with Megan Jones forced to withdraw. Her horse, Allofasudden, was found to be lame in a front hoof. It's upsetting but at the end of the day, I get...married in six months time so I have other things to look forward to as well. Jones was a replacement for Beijing silver medallist Shane Rose who was forced out when his mount, Taurus, pulled up lame. NRL cellar-dwellers Parramatta will unveil Ricky Stuart as its new head coach today. That means the Blues will need a new mentor because Origin officials are against a club coach being in charge. Meanwhile, Melbourne Storm superstar Billy Slater is set to return from a knee injury in tonight's clash against the Dragons in Wollongong. Blokes in and out of sides and changing positions certainly hasn't helped. But, you know, hopefully we can get a bit of momentum towards the finals now. The Roosters must topple the in-form Titans in tonight's other match to be any chance of reaching the finals. Hawthorn and Essendon lock horns tonight to kick off Round 18 of the AFL with all the action on Seven and 7mate. Hawks captain Luke Hodge is set to return from a knee injury. And Bombers forward Jason Winderlich has been cleared to play his first match of the year after recovering from a knee reconstruction. Meanwhile, North Melbourne captain Andrew Swallow has extended his contract until the end of 2015. Kochie, Mel, I'm going to jump out of here because I know you'll be keen to talk to our next guest. Quick, get out of the way. Quick as that. Quick, Nuala! I can't wait to listen to her as well. Melbourne, much better, the rain has eased. Still much better, the rain has eased. Still murky. Let's look at what is happening around the rest of the country as he gets it out. Sunrise Weather brought to you by Beacon Lighting's lamp and chandelier sale. With 50% of your second lamp or chandelier. Shop in store or online. A low-pressure trough over eastern Queensland and New South Wales is generating showers and storms. A low and front are triggering showers across Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia, falling as snow in the Alps. Is that the quickest weather ever? I'm out of here, back in half an hour. Let's have the interview. Goodbye! Basketballer Lauren Jackson has been announced flag-bearer for the Australian Olympic team. She joins us now. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) We are so excited for you. We cannot think of anyone more deserving. Has it sunk in? I know your first reaction was why? No, it hasn't sunk in yet. I don't know how long it will take to actually sink in. I think even tomorrow night, it will be completely euphoric. But yes, wow! I can't believe it. How far ahead of the official announcement did Nick Green tell you? And was it hard to keep the secret? Yes, he told me on Monday. It was really hard to keep the secret. Monday! That's a few days away. Yes, I had to come back. The team was in France and I had to come back to the village just to get some things sorted out here. I got a text message from Nick saying, " text message from Nick saying, "Come down to my office, I need to speak to you. to you.." I thought, to you.." I thought,, " to you.." I thought,, "God, have I done already." have I done already.". He wanted me to keep a secret and the secret was to you.." I thought,, "God, what

he wanted me to be a flag-bearer. I put my head down and thought, " put my head down and thought, "Why me?". There are so many great athletes here, I couldn't fathom. It is something in my life I never imagined I would be able to do. Well you can't say it, we can. You are a wonderful athlete. We are so proud of you. Your family must be so proud. Have you told them no, my family are flying over here. Qant, they told me after the announcement they are going to tell them on the flight and take care of them tomorrow and host them for Opening Ceremony tomorrow night. I tomorrow and host them for the can't thank them enough for that. Mum and Dad aren't going to be very happy. Imagine when the tray comes. happy. Imagine when the tray happy. Imagine when the tray comes., happy. Imagine when the tray comes., "Here is your meal and we have got something to tell you." Maybe you want a glass of champagne too. Lauren, you are arguably the best basketballer the country has produced, male or female, you made the national side at 14, the opals at 16, leaving all of the Olympians out, how important is it to you? And how important to basketball do you think it will be? think it will be?? think it will be? For me, it will be the most important thing in my career. I will be able to look back and say, this has been the best thing that has ever happened to me, the most honouring. Like I said, I could never dream of something like this happening for me. To be honest, the way I have seen it, is huge. For basketball I think it is great. To have two basketball players as flag-bearers for Olympics is pretty good. I know you are not one to evweigh in on a controversy but have been talking a lot about it this week. Was it important to you evweigh in on a controversy but we

that a woman was chosen or did it not really come in on your radar? It didn't really come in on my radar so much. I am definitely about women's rights and things like that. But I think with the AOC, there has never been gender inequality. That's from my experience, I have never seen it, I have never witnessed it. I know they pick the right person for the job at the time. That's already been my experience. I mean, I would say so if I felt differently, for sure. But that's just how I feel. I mean, Nick will probably be able to elaborate more on why he selected me. But that was something me. But that was something that never crossed my mind and I know people were talking about that. Alright, let's talk