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Live. No guarantees - Live. No guarantees - last-minute demands threaten to last-minute demands threaten to

scupper plans for a ceasefire scupper plans for a ceasefire

in Syria. The mother of an in Syria. The mother of an

Australian missing in Sri Lanka Australian missing in Sri Lanka

claims he's been seized by the claims he's been seized by the

secret police. We don't know secret police. We don't know

where he is. I know his life is where he is. I know his life is

wild storms hit the North in danger. Sydney cleans up, in danger. Sydney cleans up, wild storms hit the North

Shore. And a field of hopefuls Shore. And a field of hopefuls

chases Louis Oosthuizen in the chases Louis Oosthuizen in the

Masters final round. Good Masters final round. Good morning, morning,

morning, it's Monday, 9 April, morning, it's Monday, 9 April,

I'm Michael Rowland. And I'm I'm Michael Rowland. And I'm

Karina Carvalho. The top story Karina Carvalho. The top story

- the prospect of a ceasefire - the prospect of a ceasefire

in Syria is looking grim. A in Syria is looking grim. A

UN-backed peace plan is due to UN-backed peace plan is due to

take effect tomorrow but the take effect tomorrow but the

Syrian Government won't Syrian Government won't

guarantee that troops will be guarantee that troops will be

withdrawn from cities and withdrawn from cities and

towns. President Bashar towns. President Bashar

al-Assad now wants Britain al-Assad now wants Britain

guarantees from what he calls guarantees from what he calls

armed terrorist groups. An armed terrorist groups. An

unusual show of air power by unusual show of air power by

the Syrian regime flying the Syrian regime flying

military jets over the north of military jets over the north of

battled on country as troops and tanks country as troops and tanks battled on

battled on the ground below. battled on the ground below. Unlike Libya, Damascus knows Unlike Libya, Damascus knows there's no risk of getting shot there's no risk of getting shot

down by NATO here. Further down by NATO here. Further

south at Homs several districts south at Homs several districts

continue to be pounded by continue to be pounded by

artillery and tanks. The bulk artillery and tanks. The bulk

of the casualties inflicted by of the casualties inflicted by

heavy weapons like these may be heavy weapons like these may be

civilians but as the opposition civilians but as the opposition fighters entrenched here that fighters entrenched here that

the regime is after. Despite the regime is after. Despite

months of battering it hasn't months of battering it hasn't

been able to regain control. been able to regain control.

That's why just 48 hours before it was meant to pull the it was meant to pull the That's why just 48 hours before

military out of towns and military out of towns and

cities the foreign ministry cities the foreign ministry

announced it's insisting on announced it's insisting on

written guarantees that the written guarantees that the

rebels will stop fighting and rebels will stop fighting and

surrender their arms. It also surrender their arms. It also

wants guarantees that countries wants guarantees that countries

backing them, Saudi Arabia, backing them, Saudi Arabia,

Qatar, and Turkey will promise Qatar, and Turkey will promise

to stop. The demands throw the to stop. The demands throw the

whole Annan plan into doubt. whole Annan plan into doubt.

Government troops backed by Government troops backed by

tanks and artillery heavily tanks and artillery heavily

outgun the lightly armed outgun the lightly armed rebels. Activists on the ground rebels. Activists on the ground

were scathing about the demand were scathing about the demand for guarantees. They for guarantees. They

But the Government is taking But the Government is taking

hits. An armoured vehicle and hits. An armoured vehicle and

tank were knocked out by rebels tank were knocked out by rebels

in Homs. Activists believe the in Homs. Activists believe the

regime simply cannot carry out regime simply cannot carry out

any peace plan because if it any peace plan because if it

pulled the troops out the pulled the troops out the

opposition could simply take opposition could simply take

over in many areas. The Pope over in many areas. The Pope

has used his Easter message to has used his Easter message to

call on the Syrian regime to call on the Syrian regime to

end the bloodshed. More than end the bloodshed. More than

100,000 pilgrims heard the 100,000 pilgrims heard the

Pope's tra tishl message of Pope's tra tishl message of

peace. The Pope called for peace. The Pope called for

Christians peace in Mali and Nigeria where peace in Mali and Nigeria where Christians

Christians and Muslims alike Christians and Muslims alike

have been hit by terrorist atax have been hit by terrorist atax

- atax. Here's The mother of an - atax. Here's The mother of an

Australian man missing in Sri Australian man missing in Sri

Lanka claims he has been taken Lanka claims he has been taken

by the secret police. The by the secret police. The

Department of Foreign Affairs Department of Foreign Affairs

says a 42-year-old from NSW says a 42-year-old from NSW went missing last week. VR went missing last week. VR

Gunaratnam says the missing man Gunaratnam says the missing man

is her son and has appealed on is her son and has appealed on

YouTube for help. According to YouTube for help. According to

reports Mr Gunaratnam was about reports Mr Gunaratnam was about to launch a in the opposition to launch a in the opposition

political party. At least 20 people have been killed in a people have been killed in a political party. At least 20

suicide car bomb in northern suicide car bomb in northern

Nigeria. The bomb had debt Nigeria. The bomb had debt

Tated explosives on a busy road Tated explosives on a busy road

after turning away from two after turning away from two

churches believed to be the churches believed to be the

original targets. No-one has claimed responsibility for claimed responsibility for original targets. No-one has

claimed responsibility for the claimed responsibility for the attack although a radical attack although a radical

Islamic sect known as Islamic sect known as Haram has claimed similar Haram has claimed similar

attacks in the past. North attacks in the past. North

Korea has moved its long-range Korea has moved its long-range

rocket into position for a rocket into position for a controversial launch later this controversial launch later this

week. The State has been warned week. The State has been warned

the launch will violate a ban the launch will violate a ban

on missile activity. The on missile activity. The

country showed off the space centre to international centre to international country showed off the space

journalists to try to show the journalists to try to show the

rocket is not a disguised rocket is not a disguised

ballistic missile. They say the ballistic missile. They say the

rocket will put a satellite rocket will put a satellite

into orbit. Pakistan's into orbit. Pakistan's President President

President has visited a Muslim President has visited a Muslim

shrine near New Delhi on the shrine near New Delhi on the

final stage of a rare visit to final stage of a rare visit to

India. Earlier he met Indian India. Earlier he met Indian

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The two leaders say there's The two leaders say there's

been steady progress in talks been steady progress in talks

which were restarted last year. which were restarted last year. The Indian Prime Minister The Indian Prime Minister

accepted an invitation to visit accepted an invitation to visit Pakistan. Emergency crews in Pakistan. Emergency crews in

Sydney have restored power to Sydney have restored power to

about 5,000 homes after severe about 5,000 homes after severe

storms. The main areas affected storms. The main areas affected

include parts of Ryde, include parts of Ryde,

Linfield, Killara, St Ives, Linfield, Killara, St Ives, Frenches Forrest and Frenches Forrest and Turramurra. In North Turramurra Turramurra. In North Turramurra

there have been reports of there have been reports of

serious damage to a retirement serious damage to a retirement

village. A fire has purnt out village. A fire has purnt out

nearly a dozen sea containers nearly a dozen sea containers

in Port Fremantle. 11 in Port Fremantle. 11 containers were either destroyed or damaged. Fire crews had limited access to the containers which hampered efrts - efforts to control the blaze. The cause of the fire is being investigated. Let's return to the news about the Australian citizen who appears to have been abducted until Sri Lanka. His mother believes the secret police have taken him and she's appealed to the son, the only son I have. So I ask the public to help. VR goon rat Nam there with an emotional appeal from YouTube. Nick Dole joins us from Canberra. What's the Ange - Australian Government got to say about this? The Department of Foreign Affairs is investigating reports the 42-year-old man from NSW has been abducted from NSW has been abducted in Sri Lanka. It says senior officials, the High Commissioner in Colombo is talking to senior officials from Sri Lanka to advise them of Australia's concerns for his welfare and to ask for their assistance in trying to track him down. At this stage no more details are available but it says the consular officials in Australia are helping the man's family and they've also got assistance on the ground in Colombo. Now in domestic political news the Minister for Aged Care, Mark Butler, has release add disturbing report today on the state of Alzheimer's care in Australia? Yes, it makes for Australia? Yes, it makes for Alzheimer's care in today on the state of release add disturbing report Aged Care, Mark Butler, has political news the Minister for Colombo. Now in domestic assistance on the ground in family and they've also got Australia are helping the man's says the consular officials in details are available but it him down. At this stage no more assistance in trying to track welfare and to ask for their of Australia's concerns for his from Sri Lanka to advise them talking to senior officials Commissioner in Colombo is officials, the High Sri Lanka. It says senior from NSW has been abducted in from NSW has been abducted reports the 42-year-old man Affairs is investigating this? The Department of Foreign Government got to say about the Ange - Australian joins us from Canberra. What's appeal from YouTube. Nick Dole rat Nam there with an emotional ask the public to help. VR goon son, the only son I have. So I appealed to the police have taken him and she's His mother believes the secret been abducted until Sri Lanka. citizen who appears to have the news about the Australian investigated. Let's return to The cause of the fire is being - efforts to control the blaze. containers which hampered efrts crews had limited access to the destroyed or damaged. Fire containers were either

quite harrowing reading really. quite harrowing reading really. Basically Alzheimer's Australia Basically Alzheimer's Australia

was commissioned by the was commissioned by the

Department of Health and Ageing Department of Health and Ageing

to basically gauge people's to basically gauge people's

opinions of the services that opinions of the services that

are being offered not only to are being offered not only to dementia patients but to their dementia patients but to their

families and to their carers families and to their carers

and they held 16 consultations and they held 16 consultations

right around Australia and right around Australia and

overwhelmingly the response was overwhelmingly the response was

huge range very negative. It identified a very negative. It identified a huge range

huge range of options and huge range of options and

basically found that there were basically found that there were

problems at every single stage problems at every single stage

of dementia care. One of the of dementia care. One of the

things that really talks about things that really talks about

is the need for early is the need for early

diagnosis. A lot of people are diagnosis. A lot of people are

waiting for months to get a waiting for months to get a

diagnosis - sorry, for years to diagnosis - sorry, for years to

get a diagnosis and then get a diagnosis and then actually getting into any actually getting into any

specialised care takes many specialised care takes many

years beyond that. It calls for years beyond that. It calls for

a need for better community a need for better community

care so that people can stay in care so that people can stay in their homes their homes their homes for longer without their homes for longer without

having to go into some sort of having to go into some sort of

institution. It also identified institution. It also identified

a great deal of issues with a great deal of issues with quality. People said that they quality. People said that they

were very concerned about were very concerned about exactly how good the care their exactly how good the care their relatives and loved ones were relatives and loved ones were

getting and they reflected on getting and they reflected on

the fact that they thought the fact that they thought

probably many aged care workers probably many aged care workers

were poorly trained and were poorly trained and

certainly many of them were certainly many of them were

underpaid and weren't underpaid and weren't underpaid and weren't getting underpaid and weren't getting

enough reimbursement. It also enough reimbursement. It also talked about the need for talked about the need for

respite for carers. There is respite for carers. There is

limited respite for carers so limited respite for carers so

that, you know, for a few hours that, you know, for a few hours

or at least a day, maybe a or at least a day, maybe a

week, those who deal with week, those who deal with

people with dementia can have people with dementia can have

some time off but that's no some time off but that's no

where near enough time and it where near enough time and it doesn't really give them enough doesn't really give them enough

time to do anything else or get time to do anything else or get

a job and another issue that a job and another issue that

it really identified was the it really identified was the it really identified was the it really identified was the

need for care for people with need for care for people with

early on set dementia. Some early on set dementia. Some

people with are people with are people with are being people with are being diagnosed with dementia in diagnosed with dementia in

their 40s and they're living their 40s and they're living

for many years and their loved for many years and their loved ones are being left to deal ones are being left to deal

with the rest of the family and with the rest of the family and while they're put into while they're put into while they're put into a nursing home with people in the while they're put into a nursing home with people in the

very later stages of very later stages of

life. We'll be speaking to Mark life. We'll be speaking to Mark

Butler himself about Butler himself about this Butler himself about Butler himself about this later. Thank you for wrapping later. Thank you for wrapping

it up for us this it up for us this morning. Thanks, Michael. The morning. Thanks, Michael. The

first editor-in-chief of Vogue first editor-in-chief of Vogue

Australia Sheila Scotter has Australia Sheila Scotter has

died in Melbourne aged 91. She died in Melbourne aged 91. She

played an influential role in played an influential role in

the Australian fashion scene in the Australian fashion scene in

the 1960s. Sheila Scotter made the 1960s. Sheila Scotter made

her mark on Australia's fashion her mark on Australia's fashion world with style. world with style. world with style. Never world with style. Never dressing in anything other than dressing in anything other than

black and white, she became a black and white, she became a key social key social key social figure and fund key social figure and fund

raiser. There is something raiser. There is something

about style and I've definitely about style and I've definitely

got it. The silver duchess, as got it. The silver duchess, as

she came to be known, was born she came to be known, was born

in India, grew up in England in India, grew up in England

and came to Australia in 1949. and came to Australia in 1949.

After an early career as a high After an early career as a high fashion buyer she became the fashion buyer she became the first editor-in-chief of Vogue first editor-in-chief of Vogue

Australia in the 1960s and the Australia in the 1960s and the

founding editor of Vogue founding editor of Vogue founding editor of Vogue founding editor of Vogue

Living. I'm not a women Living. I'm not a women

suffragette, I've always held a suffragette, I've always held a

top job and not worried if I'm top job and not worried if I'm

a man or a a man or a

a man or a woman. Always a man or a woman. Always

elegant she was known for her elegant she was known for her

commanding demeanour and taste commanding demeanour and taste

for so fist Kated fashion. When for so fist Kated fashion. When people ask me what is fashion I people ask me what is fashion I

try to sum it up in one try to sum it up in one

sentence, it's an expression of sentence, it's an expression of contemporary form and taste in contemporary form and taste in the form of women's the form of women's clothes. Married twice but single since clothes. Married twice but single since

single since her 30s, she said single since her 30s, she said

she didn't want to lead the she didn't want to lead the

life of a nun. In her life of a nun. In her

autobiography she caused a stir autobiography she caused a stir

by paying special tribute to by paying special tribute to

some of the gentlemen she had some of the gentlemen she had

enjoyed breakfast with. Among enjoyed breakfast with. Among

them Harold Holt, Sir Ian Potter and Sir Frank Packer. I them Harold Holt, Sir Ian Potter and Sir Frank Packer. I

like platonic friendships that like platonic friendships that aren't, if you know what I aren't, if you know what I

mean, I have a few of those. mean, I have a few of those.

But friendship, I suppose, is But friendship, I suppose, is

the most valuable thing in the the most valuable thing in the

whole world. She was a strong whole world. She was a strong supporter of opera and was supporter of opera and was

appointed to the order of appointed to the order of

British Empire and the order of British Empire and the order of Australia for her work in Australia for her work in journalist - journalism and the journalist - journalism and the

arts. An interestingly I was arts. An interestingly I was reading this morning that at reading this morning that at

her 70th birthday party, because she famously always her 70th birthday party, because she famously always

wore black and white. At her wore black and white. At her

70th birthday party all her 70th birthday party all her

guests came in black and guests came in black and guests came in black and white guests came in black and white

and she turned up in red. Of and she turned up in red. Of

course, but always very stylish course, but always very stylish

in red or black and white and in red or black and white and

she said in "I have style' and she said in "I have style' and

it takes a lot of it takes a lot of

self-confidence to declare that self-confidence to declare that

on national TV, doesn't on national TV, doesn't

it? Absolutely. Do you want to it? Absolutely. Do you want to

make any - The thing is I don't make any - The thing is I don't

have to say it. Everyone just have to say it. Everyone just

knows it, of course. And that's knows it, of course. And that's

the whole point. Understated the whole point. Understated

style is what I've got, most style is what I've got, most days. Veteran American TV days. Veteran American TV

journalist Mike Wallace has journalist Mike Wallace has

died at a nursing home died at a nursing home died at a nursing home in Connecticut, he was died at a nursing home in Connecticut, he was Connecticut, he was 93 years Connecticut, he was 93 years old. He was famous for his old. He was famous for his

tough intervus on '60 Minutes' tough intervus on '60 Minutes'

over 4 decades. He worked on over 4 decades. He worked on

over 800 investigative reports over 800 investigative reports

and interviewed leaders such as and interviewed leaders such as

mar thur Luther mar thur Luther

mar thur Luther King, John F mar thur Luther King, John F

Cann Kennedy and yasar Arafat Cann Kennedy and yasar Arafat

before retiring at 87. Let's before retiring at 87. Let's go to the newspapers. The go to the newspapers. The

'Australian' says a Greens led 'Australian' says a Greens led

pushed to slash the diesel pushed to slash the diesel

rebate for miners has been rebate for miners has been

dealt a blow. The report in dealt a blow. The report in

'The Age' says the Government 'The Age' says the Government

spends more on high-speed spends more on high-speed

shredders than it does on shredders than it does on

public servants who handle public servants who handle freedom of information freedom of information requests. The 'Northern requests. The 'Northern requests. The 'Northern requests. The 'Northern

Territory News' reports in a Territory News' reports in a

police chase that left 2 people police chase that left 2 people

dead. The 'Courier Mail' says dead. The 'Courier Mail' says

the Government is considering a the Government is considering a

wider roll out of tougher truancy measures. The 'Canberra wider roll out of tougher truancy measures. The 'Canberra

Times' reports a new analysis Times' reports a new analysis

says the universities are going says the universities are going

to struggle with the cost of teaching health courses. The to struggle with the cost of teaching health courses. The

'Herald Sun' covers complaints 'Herald Sun' covers complaints of prisoners. The 'Daily of prisoners. The 'Daily of prisoners. The 'Daily of prisoners. The 'Daily

Telegraph' reports on the Telegraph' reports on the

growing discontent over the NSW growing discontent over the NSW

Premier's dismissal of a second Premier's dismissal of a second

airport in Sydney. The airport in Sydney. The

'Advertiser' says 1 in 5 truck 'Advertiser' says 1 in 5 truck

drivers are ignoring new speed drivers are ignoring new speed restrictions on one of restrictions on one of

Adelaide's busiest Adelaide's busiest freeways. The 'West Australian' freeways. The 'West Australian' says a new report has says a new report has

identified a link between identified a link between

Perth's urban sprawl and Perth's urban sprawl and obesity. And the front page of obesity. And the front page of

the 'Mercury' covers North the 'Mercury' covers North

Melbourne's successful home Melbourne's successful home

game in Hobart. It was game in Hobart. It was

successful. 130-odd point successful. 130-odd point

thumping of Greater Western thumping of Greater Western

Sydney. Would have been the Sydney. Would have been the

Tasmanians proud. I remember Tasmanians proud. I remember

listening to it and was it listening to it and was it

partway through the second partway through the second

water and GWS still hadn't water and GWS still hadn't

scored a goal? Something like scored a goal? Something like that. It's a new club and that. It's a new club and

they're not expected to win they're not expected to win many matches but many matches but many matches but North many matches but North

Melbourne will take the points Melbourne will take the points

when they can get them. Good when they can get them. Good

morning to you, it is Easter morning to you, it is Easter morning to you, it is Easter Monday. If you're still in bed, morning to you, it is Easter Monday. If you're still in bed,

stay there for as long as you stay there for as long as you can if you don't have to go to can if you don't have to go to

work. Enjoy the sleep in as work. Enjoy the sleep in as

long as you can. Lots coming up long as you can. Lots coming up

on the show today. You heard on the show today. You heard

Nick Dole talk earlier Nick Dole talk earlier Nick Dole talk earlier about Nick Dole talk earlier about

the release of that disturbing the release of that disturbing

Alzheimer's report that shows Alzheimer's report that shows

very serious concerns amongst very serious concerns amongst

those surveyed about what they those surveyed about what they see as the dismal state of care see as the dismal state of care

both in aged care facilities both in aged care facilities

and in community care for and in community care for

Alzheimer's. We'd like to hear Alzheimer's. We'd like to hear

from you. Do you have a from you. Do you have a

relative or a loved one who has relative or a loved one who has

been struggling with dementia been struggling with dementia

and has been running into and has been running into

various road blocks regarding various road blocks regarding

Alzheimer's care? We'd like to Alzheimer's care? We'd like to

hear from you. We could put hear from you. We could put

some of your concerns to the some of your concerns to the

minister Mark Butler when he minister Mark Butler when he

joins us later on. Lots of joins us later on. Lots of

other issues to discuss. You can send emails to: other issues to discuss. You can send emails to:

Now let's take a quick look Now let's take a quick look

at the weather around the at the weather around the

country: country:

The top stories on ABC News The top stories on ABC News Breakfast - a planned ceasefire Breakfast - a planned ceasefire

in Syria starting tomorrow now looks like it won't happen. in Syria starting tomorrow now looks like it won't happen.

President Bashar al-Assad has President Bashar al-Assad has

suddenly demanded written suddenly demanded written

guarantees from opposition guarantees from opposition

groups that they lay down their groups that they lay down their

arms before he starts arms before he starts

withdrawing his forces from withdrawing his forces from

urban areas. The Foreign urban areas. The Foreign Affairs Department has Affairs Department has confirmed an Australian man is confirmed an Australian man is

missing in Sri Lanka. A missing in Sri Lanka. A

spokeswoman says a 42-year-old spokeswoman says a 42-year-old

man from NSW went missing last man from NSW went missing last

week. His mother says he's been week. His mother says he's been

taken by what she calls the taken by what she calls the secret police. An emergency secret police. An emergency

crews in Sydney have restored crews in Sydney have restored

power to about 5,000 homes power to about 5,000 homes

after severe storms. The main after severe storms. The main

areas affected include parts of areas affected include parts of

Ryde, Linfield, Killara, St Ryde, Linfield, Killara, St

Ives, Frenches Forrest and Ives, Frenches Forrest and

Turramurra. In North Turramurra Turramurra. In North Turramurra

there were reports of serious there were reports of serious

damage to a retirement village damage to a retirement village

with about 200 units. The US with about 200 units. The US

Government has signed a new Government has signed a new

deal with Afghanistan on night deal with Afghanistan on night

time raids. The agreement gives time raids. The agreement gives

the Afghans authority over the the Afghans authority over the raids stating that all raids stating that all

so-called special operations so-called special operations

will have to be reviewed and will have to be reviewed and

approved by a panel of Afghan approved by a panel of Afghan

military tious government and military tious government and intelligence services. US-led intelligence services. US-led

night time raids conducted night time raids conducted

without warning have been without warning have been widely recented in the widely recented in the

community. The commander of US community. The commander of US

forces in Afghanistan General forces in Afghanistan General

John Allan says the move is an John Allan says the move is an

important step in the important step in the

US/Afghanistan US/Afghanistan

relationship. The US is fully relationship. The US is fully

committed to an enduring, committed to an enduring,

strategic partnership with Afghanistan and now that we strategic partnership with Afghanistan and now that we

have concluded these two have concluded these two

critically important mem ran da critically important mem ran da

of understanding, one on of understanding, one on detetions and one on special detetions and one on special

operations, we are now ready to operations, we are now ready to look forward to a successful look forward to a successful

summit in Chicago in the wake summit in Chicago in the wake

of the signing of the strategic of the signing of the strategic

partnership. US commander John partnership. US commander John

Allan there. The BBC has been Allan there. The BBC has been

given rare access to North given rare access to North

Korea as it prepares to launch Korea as it prepares to launch

a long-range rocket that some a long-range rocket that some

many the West fear is a test many the West fear is a test for a ballistic missile. The for a ballistic missile. The

international community is international community is

warning of sanctions if the warning of sanctions if the launch goes ahead as planned launch goes ahead as planned

within days. The BBC's Damian within days. The BBC's Damian

Grammaticas was ib - invited Grammaticas was ib - invited Grammaticas was ib - invited to Grammaticas was ib - invited to witness preparations. Hidden in witness preparations. Hidden in

the hills a birthday gift for a the hills a birthday gift for a

long dead dictator. Kim ill long dead dictator. Kim ill

song died years ago. To song died years ago. To

celebrate the centenary of his celebrate the centenary of his

birth this week the country is birth this week the country is

preparing to put a satellite in preparing to put a satellite in

space. America and other space. America and other

nations are outraged. What nations are outraged. What

worries many is not what the worries many is not what the

rocket is carrying but what's underneath it. They say this rocket is carrying but what's underneath it. They say this

will be an intercontinent al will be an intercontinent al

ballistic missile test. North ballistic missile test. North

Korea has nuclear bombs and is Korea has nuclear bombs and is

developing its ballistic developing its ballistic

missile technology too. Our missile technology too. Our journey to the launch site took journey to the launch site took

5 hours by train. The satellite 5 hours by train. The satellite

is meant to show the world the is meant to show the world the

North is now a strong and North is now a strong and

prosperous nation but we saw prosperous nation but we saw

little that looked strong or little that looked strong or

prosperous. The country prosperous. The country prosperous. The country now prosperous. The country now ruled by Kim Il-sung's grandson ruled by Kim Il-sung's grandson

remains isolated, socialist and remains isolated, socialist and unable unable

unable to feed all its people. unable to feed all its people.

And suspicious too. Three times And suspicious too. Three times

we were searched by security. we were searched by security. North Korea insists launching North Korea insists launching

a satellite is its sovereign a satellite is its sovereign

right. This has been planned right. This has been planned

long ago. This launch is done long ago. This launch is done

on the occasion of the 100th on the occasion of the 100th

birthday of our President Kim birthday of our President Kim Il-sung. We're not doing it for Il-sung. We're not doing it for

provocative purpose. It will provocative purpose. It will

broadcast songs glorifying the broadcast songs glorifying the

dead president. North Korea dead president. North Korea

wants us here so it can say it wants us here so it can say it

has nothing to hide. Its has nothing to hide. Its

intentions are peaceful. The UN intentions are peaceful. The UN

Security Council has banned it Security Council has banned it

from missile launches. In the from missile launches. In the control room they say control room they say

everything is ready for lift everything is ready for lift

off this week. North Korea has off this week. North Korea has

problems feeding its own problems feeding its own people, does he think it's people, does he think it's

right to spend this much money right to spend this much money

and effort on this and effort on this

program? "If we don't develop program? "If we don't develop

our own technology we will our own technology we will

become slaves. We need our own become slaves. We need our own technology to be an advanced technology to be an advanced

country, to be a powerful space country, to be a powerful space

nation." But the launch could nation." But the launch could

trigger a dangerous sequence of trigger a dangerous sequence of

events. South Korea and Japan events. South Korea and Japan

say they will shoot down the say they will shoot down the

rocket if it falls on their rocket if it falls on their

territory. America may seek new territory. America may seek new

sanctions and the North says sanctions and the North says

any of those will be seen as any of those will be seen as

hostile acts. Now let's switch hostile acts. Now let's switch

gears and bring you back home gears and bring you back home

and for many people Easter is and for many people Easter is

of course about chocolate and of course about chocolate and

lots of it. But until this year lots of it. But until this year

chocoholics have had to look chocoholics have had to look

beyond Australian shores for beyond Australian shores for

their Easter fix. The first their Easter fix. The first chocolate made entirely from chocolate made entirely from Australian ingredients with Australian ingredients with cocoa and sugar grown in Far cocoa and sugar grown in Far North Queensland was launched North Queensland was launched

in November and its producers in November and its producers

are amazed by the appetite for are amazed by the appetite for

the locally made product. It's the locally made product. It's

like selling ice to Eskimos. like selling ice to Eskimos. Australians selling chocolate Australians selling chocolate

to Belgian connoisseurs. It's to Belgian connoisseurs. It's

their turf, it's what they're their turf, it's what they're

renowned for their chocolatiers renowned for their chocolatiers

so it's good to see there's a so it's good to see there's a

chocolatier over there using chocolatier over there using

our product and they're liking our product and they're liking

it. The small community of it. The small community of

Mossman wraps around the local Mossman wraps around the local

sugar mill and almost a decade sugar mill and almost a decade

ago a few of the town's cane ago a few of the town's cane farmers including the Puglisi farmers including the Puglisi

family found their sweet family found their sweet heart. Picking cocoa down the heart. Picking cocoa down the

plot, big bonding session with plot, big bonding session with

the family you could say. And the family you could say. And

to see the product. In November to see the product. In November last year the first last year the first

commercially grown chocolate commercially grown chocolate

lunched on - launched on to the lunched on - launched on to the

market. Growing cocoa isn't as market. Growing cocoa isn't as

easy as eating the finished easy as eating the finished

product with pods having to be product with pods having to be picked individually by picked individually by

hand. It's a lot of hard work hand. It's a lot of hard work

but it's very rewarding at the but it's very rewarding at the

end of the day to see your end of the day to see your

product you know that there's a product you know that there's a

fair chunk of your blood, sweat fair chunk of your blood, sweat

and tears in every block that's and tears in every block that's

on the shelves. Local chefs say on the shelves. Local chefs say

it's worth the effort. Slightly it's worth the effort. Slightly

more bitter than the normal more bitter than the normal

chocolate I'm used to using but chocolate I'm used to using but

very good quality. And while it very good quality. And while it

can be more expensive than the can be more expensive than the

imported product, foodies have imported product, foodies have

waited a long time for a more waited a long time for a more

ethical option. The chocolate ethical option. The chocolate

is produced in Africa it's produced is produced in Africa it's produced produced using child slave produced using child slave

labour. And people don't have labour. And people don't have

to feel as guilty about eating to feel as guilty about eating

it. At the moment the cocoa is it. At the moment the cocoa is

sent south to be processed in sent south to be processed in

Melbourne but growers hope that Melbourne but growers hope that

some day there will be a some day there will be a

factory here in Far North factory here in Far North

Queensland. To complete the Queensland. To complete the

journey from pod to product. journey from pod to product.

This year's harvest starts this This year's harvest starts this

weekend. Don't know if I want weekend. Don't know if I want

to see more shots of chocolate to see more shots of chocolate

after the weekend. I haven't after the weekend. I haven't

eaten one piece of chocolate eaten one piece of chocolate

the whole weekend, not one. Not the whole weekend, not one. Not

one? Not one. On national TV one? Not one. On national TV now, you can't lie. I promise now, you can't lie. I promise

you. Really? Not one piece of you. Really? Not one piece of

chocolate. Why? I don't know. I chocolate. Why? I don't know. I

just didn't get around to it. I just didn't get around to it. I didn't feel like eating it. OK, didn't feel like eating it. OK, Easter is still technically Easter is still technically

happening so we're going to happening so we're going to

arrange to bring in some Easter arrange to bring in some Easter

eggs to the studio for you to eggs to the studio for you to

eat on camera before 9 clpt - eat on camera before 9 clpt -

9:30. No-one wants to see that. 9:30. No-one wants to see that.

I I think I ate your share over I I think I ate your share over

the weekend. Let's go to the the weekend. Let's go to the

sport, it's good morning to sport, it's good morning to

Paul Kennedy and lots going on Paul Kennedy and lots going on

in the US Masters? Yes, we're going to follow that throughout in the US Masters? Yes, we're going to follow that throughout

the morning. We're going to the morning. We're going to

show you one shot now from show you one shot now from

Louis Oosthuizen and he is in Louis Oosthuizen and he is in

front at the moment. He's at front at the moment. He's at 9-under. Matt Kutcher is 9-under. Matt Kutcher is 7-under, Bubba Watson 7-under, 7-under, Bubba Watson 7-under,

and Peter Hanson 7-under. Let's and Peter Hanson 7-under. Let's

take a look at some of the play take a look at some of the play

now. Ate is the first time that now. Ate is the first time that an eagle has been struck on an eagle has been struck on

that hole in Masters history. that hole in Masters history.

Just watch it roll all the way Just watch it roll all the way

into the hole. into the hole.

And up goes the crowd for And up goes the crowd for

that one. A wonderful shot that one. A wonderful shot

that's got in him charge of the that's got in him charge of the

Masters right at the end. Phil Masters right at the end. Phil Mickelson is the other big Mickelson is the other big

story of the round and he came story of the round and he came

in with a real shot of winning in with a real shot of winning

his 4th Masters. I can tell you his 4th Masters. I can tell you

that on the 4th hole he's had a that on the 4th hole he's had a

minor disaster. It's gone in, he's played two shots as a minor disaster. It's gone in, he's played two shots as a

right-hander there just to get right-hander there just to get

the ball out. He's a par 3 and the ball out. He's a par 3 and

he shot a 6 on that hole. So he he shot a 6 on that hole. So he slipped back to 5-under. This slipped back to 5-under. This

is Adam Scott with no chance of winning is Adam Scott with no chance of winning

winning but the Australian's winning but the Australian's

played a terrific final round played a terrific final round including this hole including this hole including this hole in one, no including this hole in one, no

less, on the 16th hole. less, on the 16th hole. less, on the 16th hole. The less, on the 16th hole. The young Queenslander got young Queenslander got

something to celebrate there. something to celebrate there.

He shot 66 in the final round. He shot 66 in the final round.

He finished at 4-under and that He finished at 4-under and that

was him chipping in on the was him chipping in on the 17th. So some joy there to 17th. So some joy there to

round out his tournament. He round out his tournament. He will probably finish somewhere will probably finish somewhere

up near the top 10, top 15. But up near the top 10, top 15. But

no chance of winning there, of no chance of winning there, of

course. We'll follow that one through. course. We'll follow that one through. through. Now the cricket is on through. Now the cricket is on

at the moment as well and at the moment as well and

Australia is not doing very Australia is not doing very

well at all in this first well at all in this first

innings. The west Indies have innings. The west Indies have

batted and batted and batted so batted and batted and batted so

far. They're 9/439 and as has far. They're 9/439 and as has

been the case over many years, been the case over many years,

more than a decade, probably more than a decade, probably

closer to two decades, closer to two decades,

Shivnarine Chanderpaul is Shivnarine Chanderpaul is

frustrating them. He's made a frustrating them. He's made a

century not out. David Warner century not out. David Warner

has taken another wicket. It's has taken another wicket. It's

a worry to Australia that David a worry to Australia that David

Warner has taken more wickets Warner has taken more wickets

than Nathan Lyon on that slow, than Nathan Lyon on that slow,

flattish pitch. Anna Meares has flattish pitch. Anna Meares has

smashed the world record to win smashed the world record to win

her 4th time trial crown. It's her 4th time trial crown. It's

her 10th career world title for her 10th career world title for

the 28-year-old who won the 28-year-old who won the 28-year-old who won her the 28-year-old who won her first senior gold medal on the first senior gold medal on the

same track and the same event same track and the same event

in the 2004 world titles. There in the 2004 world titles. There

she is celebrating there. she is celebrating there.

Staying with cycling we were Staying with cycling we were

always going to pay close always going to pay close

attention to the Paris Roubaix attention to the Paris Roubaix

race overnight. They hit the race overnight. They hit the

cobblestones and is the case cobblestones and is the case

often some cyclists hit the often some cyclists hit the

cobblestones in more ways than cobblestones in more ways than

one and there are a couple of one and there are a couple of

crashes there. Tom Boonan crashes there. Tom Boonan

became the second rider to win became the second rider to win

the Paris-Roubaix classic for the Paris-Roubaix classic for

the 4th time. He broke with the 4th time. He broke with

about 50 kilometres to go and about 50 kilometres to go and

he finished 1 minute 39 seconds he finished 1 minute 39 seconds

ahead of his competors. There ahead of his competors. There

he is sticking the 4 fingers in he is sticking the 4 fingers in the air. Terrific result for the air. Terrific result for

him. Just to recap on what him. Just to recap on what

happened in the A-League happened in the A-League yesterday, the Brisbane Roar yesterday, the Brisbane Roar

was able to win 3-2 over was able to win 3-2 over

Central Coast. So Brisbane, Central Coast. So Brisbane,

it's had an up and down season, it's had an up and down season,

a little bit of a dip through a little bit of a dip through

the middle but Ange Postecoglou the middle but Ange Postecoglou

has got his team going well. has got his team going well.

They were lead #2g-0 yesterday. They were lead #2g-0 yesterday.

Central Coast got back to 2-2 Central Coast got back to 2-2 but Brisbane was able to win but Brisbane was able to win

3-2. They will host the grand 3-2. They will host the grand

final and Perth Glory will play final and Perth Glory will play

Central Coast next week to see Central Coast next week to see

who plays off against the Roar. who plays off against the Roar.

And Casey Stoner has lost the And Casey Stoner has lost the And Casey Stoner has lost the And Casey Stoner has lost the

first race of the Moto GP first race of the Moto GP

season. The world champion was season. The world champion was

beatenby Jorge Lorenzo and beatenby Jorge Lorenzo and

Danii Pedrosa. Stoner was Danii Pedrosa. Stoner was

leading for much of that after leading for much of that after

starting on pole but Pedrosa starting on pole but Pedrosa

and Lorenzo went past him with and Lorenzo went past him with

about 5 laps to go, Stoner had about 5 laps to go, Stoner had

some tyre problems. Lots of some tyre problems. Lots of

sport around and we'll keep you sport around and we'll keep you

updated with those developing updated with those developing sport stories overseas and we sport stories overseas and we didn't even get to didn't even get to didn't even get to the didn't even get to the

football. We didn't even get to football. We didn't even get to

the football. Different codes and the football. Different codes and

and the netball was on as and the netball was on as

well. We were discussing well. We were discussing

earlier the thumping handed out earlier the thumping handed out

to GWS by North Melbourne in to GWS by North Melbourne in

one of their exhibition matches one of their exhibition matches

in Tasmania, confirms it's in Tasmania, confirms it's

going to be a very hard road going to be a very hard road

for the new team this year. Get for the new team this year. Get

used to it and I heard there used to it and I heard there

was only 11,000 people turned was only 11,000 people turned

up in Hobart and why would they up in Hobart and why would they

turn up to watch a turn up to watch a turn up to watch a match when turn up to watch a match when

Tasmania has basically been Tasmania has basically been

patted on the head and said patted on the head and said

wait your turn to come into the wait your turn to come into the

league. That's an interesting league. That's an interesting

one. St Kilda back on the one. St Kilda back on the

winning list albeit against the Gold Coast. So I think there's winning list albeit against the Gold Coast. So I think there's

going to be a lot of smashings going to be a lot of smashings

this year in the AFL. And a this year in the AFL. And a

pretty good one coming up pretty good one coming up today, Geelong and today, Geelong and Hawthorn. You've got to wait Hawthorn. You've got to wait

for the ones where the top for the ones where the top

teams play each other. We'll teams play each other. We'll

keep you up to date with all keep you up to date with all keep you up to date with all keep you up to date with all

the league news and Adam Freier the league news and Adam Freier

will be in to talk about the will be in to talk about the

rugby as well. We'll give rugby as well. We'll give everyone a broad stroke. Broad everyone a broad stroke. Broad

stroke, I like that. Thank you, stroke, I like that. Thank you,

Paul. Now ABC News breakfast Paul. Now ABC News breakfast

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which is streamed live every which is streamed live every

day. Let's check the weather. day. Let's check the weather.

Vanessa O'Hanlon is here with Vanessa O'Hanlon is here with more details on those more details on those

more details on those fierce more details on those fierce

storms in Sydney. Now let's storms in Sydney. Now let's

start off with a photo. This start off with a photo. This

one has been tweeted in by Liz. one has been tweeted in by Liz.

It's lightning near Sydney Harbour. You It's lightning near Sydney Harbour. You

Harbour. You can see that Harbour. You can see that

striking there as the storms striking there as the storms

roll through last night. In roll through last night. In

just over an hour Sydney just over an hour Sydney

Olympic Park recorded 70 mm. If Olympic Park recorded 70 mm. If

you have any photos tweet them you have any photos tweet them

in. Taking a look at the in. Taking a look at the

satellite image and a low satellite image and a low

pressure trough behind this storm will pressure trough behind this storm will

storm will approach southern Queensland today. Now last week storm will approach southern Queensland today. Now last week

we wrapped up with very warm we wrapped up with very warm weather in the south but today weather in the south but today

we have cloud that's crossing we have cloud that's crossing

over Tasmania and southern over Tasmania and southern

Victoria. This cloud is Victoria. This cloud is

associated with a strong cold associated with a strong cold

front so expect colder weather front so expect colder weather

along with strong along with strong

south-westerly winds, showers, south-westerly winds, showers,

small hail and even snow. A small hail and even snow. A

high is right behind the front high is right behind the front

in the Bight and south-easterly in the Bight and south-easterly

winds will cause showers along winds will cause showers along

Queensland's tropical coast. Queensland's tropical coast.

Queensland's tropical coast. Further to Queensland: Queensland's tropical coast. Further to Queensland:

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we'll be speaking to Jodie we'll be speaking to Jodie

Ryder from the Ryder from the Ryder from the group I'm Not Ryder from the group I'm Not

Kidding. They started out as a Kidding. They started out as a

group of childless women who group of childless women who got tired of feeling like the got tired of feeling like the

odd ones out at family odd ones out at family gatherings. And we'll have a gatherings. And we'll have a

look at newspapers with Tim look at newspapers with Tim

Wilson from the Institute of Wilson from the Institute of Public Affairs. First here's Public Affairs. First here's the news with Michael the news with Michael Rowland. Leading the news this Rowland. Leading the news this

morning - doubts are growing about the peace plan morning - doubts are growing about the peace plan about the peace plan for Syria about the peace plan for Syria

after the Government demanded after the Government demanded

written guarantees from the written guarantees from the

Opposition. As fighting Opposition. As fighting

continues around the country continues around the country

Damascus now says the rebels Damascus now says the rebels

must agree in writing to end must agree in writing to end

attacks. The rebels say they've attacks. The rebels say they've

already given their word to already given their word to stop fighting if Government stop fighting if Government

forces did so too. At least 20 forces did so too. At least 20

people have been killed in a people have been killed in a

suicide car bombing in northern suicide car bombing in northern

Nigeria. The bomber detonate ed Nigeria. The bomber detonate ed

his explosives on a busy road his explosives on a busy road

after turning away from two after turning away from two

churches believed to be the churches believed to be the

original targets. No-one is original targets. No-one is

claiming responsibility for the claiming responsibility for the

attack. The mother of an attack. The mother of an

Australian missing in Sri Lanka Australian missing in Sri Lanka

claims he's been take been by claims he's been take been by

the secret police. The Foreign the secret police. The Foreign

Affairs Department says a Affairs Department says a

42-year-old man from NSW went 42-year-old man from NSW went

missing last week. VR missing last week. VR

Gunaratnam says the missing man Gunaratnam says the missing man

is her son Kumar. According to is her son Kumar. According to

reports in Sri Lanka Mr reports in Sri Lanka Mr

Gunaratnam was about to launch Gunaratnam was about to launch

a new opposition political a new opposition political party. Emergency crews in party. Emergency crews in

Sydney have managed to restore Sydney have managed to restore

power to around 5,000 homes power to around 5,000 homes

after severe storms. The main after severe storms. The main

areas affected include parts of areas affected include parts of

Ryde, Linfield, Killara, St Ryde, Linfield, Killara, St

Ives, Frenches Forrest and Ives, Frenches Forrest and

Turramurra. In North Turramurra Turramurra. In North Turramurra

there have been reports of there have been reports of

serious damage to a retirement serious damage to a retirement

village of about 200 units. 5 village of about 200 units. 5 teenagers will face court today teenagers will face court today over a shooting in Sydney's over a shooting in Sydney's

west. Police say they were west. Police say they were

involved in a dispute that saw involved in a dispute that saw

a man shot in a leg at a house a man shot in a leg at a house

party in Pendle Hill yesterday. party in Pendle Hill yesterday.

A 19-year-old man is accused of A 19-year-old man is accused of

firing the gun. More now on the firing the gun. More now on the

top story and the prospects of top story and the prospects of

a ceasefire in Syria to meet a ceasefire in Syria to meet

the Tuesday deadline backed by the Tuesday deadline backed by the United Nations suffered a setback today. The Syrian the United Nations suffered a setback today. The Syrian

Government says it now wants Government says it now wants

written guarantees from the written guarantees from the opposition before it withdraws opposition before it withdraws

troops and artillery. An troops and artillery. An

unusual show of air power by unusual show of air power by

the Syrian regime flying military jets over the north of the Syrian regime flying military jets over the north of

the country as troops and tanks the country as troops and tanks

battled on the ground below. battled on the ground below.

Unlike Libya, Damascus knows Unlike Libya, Damascus knows

there's no risk of getting shot there's no risk of getting shot

down by NATO here. Further down by NATO here. Further

south at Homs several districts south at Homs several districts

continued to be pounded by continued to be pounded by

artillery and tanks. The bulk artillery and tanks. The bulk

of the casualties inflicted by of the casualties inflicted by

heavy weapons like these may heavy weapons like these may heavy weapons like these may be heavy weapons like these may be civilians but it's the civilians but it's the

opposition fighters entrenched opposition fighters entrenched

here the regime is after. here the regime is after.

Despite months of battering it Despite months of battering it

hasn't been able to regain hasn't been able to regain

control. That's why just 48 control. That's why just 48

hours before it was meant to hours before it was meant to

pull the military out of towns pull the military out of towns

and cities the foreign ministry and cities the foreign ministry

announced it's insisting on announced it's insisting on

written guarantees that the written guarantees that the

rebels will stop fighting and rebels will stop fighting and

surrender their arms. It also surrender their arms. It also

wants guarantees that countries wants guarantees that countries backing them, Saudi Arabia, backing them, Saudi Arabia,

Qatar, and Turkey will promise Qatar, and Turkey will promise

to stop. The demands throw the to stop. The demands throw the

whole Annan plan into doubt. whole Annan plan into doubt.

Government troops backed by Government troops backed by

tanks and artillery heavily tanks and artillery heavily

outgun the lightly armed outgun the lightly armed

rebels. Activist on the ground rebels. Activist on the ground

were scathing about the demand were scathing about the demand for guarantees. for guarantees.

But the Government is taking But the Government is taking

hits. An armoured vehicle and a hits. An armoured vehicle and a

tank were knocked out by rebels tank were knocked out by rebels

in Homs. Activists believe the in Homs. Activists believe the

regime simply cannot carry out regime simply cannot carry out

any peace plan because if it any peace plan because if it

pulled the troops out the pulled the troops out the

opposition would simply take opposition would