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(generated from captions) Still warm enough for a swim tonight
here at Penrith pool and things will stay pretty toasty
tonight across the city but the extreme heat
that has hit the south-east won't arrive in Sydney
until next week.

We saw plenty of sunshine
today acorss Sydney. Today's temps along the coast were moderated by the fresh
north-easterly seabreeze however in the western suburbs, the seabreeze had little effect
with tops in the mid 30s including Penrith recording 36
at around 4pm today. From the satellite the South-East has sweltered thanks to a trough
that is tapping into the heat sitting across the centre with gale force north-west winds
ripping across Tasmania today. Tomorrow,
a similar pattern is expected however the trough will move through
coastal parts of SA, Victoria helping ease the heat. The cooler change
won't have reached Canberra with a very hot 39 forecast. It will also be very hot in Perth
ahead of a late shower or storm. Could get a little bit choppy
out on the water tomorrow.

It will reach the high 30s
in the west as hot northerly winds develop. However we'll also see a fresh
north-easterly sea breeze tomorrow, particularly during the afternoon
along the coast.

Up to 40km/h. It will be a little cooler
on Sunday and Monday. On Tuesday, the trough that has
brought all the heat will hit us with a sweltering day on the way. It will be a day for the pool then. That's Seven News for this Friday. Now here's 'Today Tonight'
with Kylie Gillies.

Tonight - a 3- year journey
around the world. I just can't believe
it's landed on the beach, on our beach. Straight out of the movies - what did the note say to start
a long-distance relationship? Plus, tenants refusing to budge - sending owners financially broke
and emotionally broken. And fitness in a flash - the exercise program
that takes just 2.5 minutes a day.

Good evening. I'm Kylie Gillies. We start tonight with a story
about a message in a bottle, cast into the ocean
on the other side of the world. It has similarities to the
Kevin Costner movie of the same name the message inside has sparked
a long-distance relationship between the senders
and the people who found it. Graeme Butler has more. (THE POLICE'S 'MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE'
PLAYS) The story of a message in a bottle
that made an amazing journey. # I hope that someone gets my... # Honestly,
I just couldn't believe it. Like, 3 years
and it's travelled about 12,000km. # Message in a bottle, yeah. # I just can't believe
it's landed on the beach, on our beach. It's a classic tale
of a message in a bottle - thrown overboard on a distant ocean and being discovered on a beach
a world away. So, you were just walking
along here, walking along the beach? Yeah, just up there. It was just stormy
and, you know, beachcombing. 14-year-old Lilly Hanley was
walking along the beach with her dad near their home south of Perth when something caught her eye. It was a bottle
laying partly buried in seaweed. Yeah, it just looked like one of
those type of bottles in the movie, so I picked it up
and I held it up to the sun. I could slightly see
the American dollar. Got here and thinking, "Now,
I don't want to smash the bottle "so I'm going to keep that." So, we got the corkscrew out
and popped the cork out Inside the bottle
wrapped in a plastic bag were two US dollar notes
and a card from the senders - Joan and Brian Stewart
from Vancouver, Canada. READS: "March 22, 2010.
Please contact when found." It's probably faded. So Lilly's mum, Jen,
decided to try and contact them. So, I basically just wrote,
"Hello, Joan and Brian. "Have found your message
in a bottle." And, "From Jen, Australia.
Please respond." The next day, an email came back and the remarkable story of chance
became more apparent. Lilly, this is the bottle. Do you know how far
it's actually floated to get here? Around about 12,000km.

It turns out the little bottle
had been on quite a journey. Joan and Brian had been on
the cruise ship 'Norwegian Sun'. They tossed the bottle overboard off the coast of Chile
in South America. It then floated south-east,
circling Antarctica, past South Africa, across the Indian Ocean and chancing a rare northerly
current up the coast towards Perth. It finally washed ashore
at San Remo, near Mandurah. Three years after its journey began,
it was picked up by Lilly. Joan and Brian Stewart
were in for a big surprise. Thanks to the technology of Skype, Joan and Brian have been reunited
with their bottle and met the Aussie family
who found it. The story is all the more remarkable because the Canadian couple met
and fell in love in Sydney back in the 1970s. I'm absolutely amazed
that it didn't - one, the cork didn't come out and it could have just sunk
to the bottom of the ocean or that it landed on a rocky shore or it could have landed anywhere
on the west coast of Australia and nobody would have found it. Joan's and Brian's
message in a bottle has also been making the news
back home. CTV's Kent Morgat has the story
of a message in a bottle that made an amazing journey and sparked
a long-distance friendship. We decided that it would just be
a fun thing to do, and we had a lovely cabin
and balcony, and we just sort of
dropped it over the side. We didn't throw it,
just dropped it over the side. You throw a bottle into the ocean,
and it could end up almost anywhere. Graham Symonds is an oceanographer
with the CSIRO. He says Southern Ocean currents
can move extremely fast. It's probably travelled
about 0.5m per second. The Antarctic Circumpolar
is a pretty strong current, so, once it's got into
the Antarctic Circumpolar current, yeah, it could move at that speed. The Hanleys can't believe how a walk along their local beach
in Australia ended up forging a friendship
with strangers on the other side of the world. Thank you, Lilly. Thank you, sweetie,
for picking up that bottle because it easily
could have gone unnoticed and we would never have had
this connection with you. It just blows you away how... It blew me away, um,
just amazing. I'm just checking every bottle now. And the Hanleys are now making plans to visit Canada
to meet their new mates. They say they'll fly,
not travel by sea. The investment of choice
for many mum-and-dad investors is a rental property and without them, Australia would have
a major accommodation crisis. Yet many of these investors
are being sent to the wall by bad tenants who have odds
stacked in their favour. Damien Hansen reports on one mother about to lose
everything due her tenant.

My whole financial life
is at risk at the moment. Yeah, it's got
nothing to do with me. I better go. Eddie! This is as close as Michelle Riley
can get to her own home. Forget entering her property -
she can't even get within 50m of it. Why is this the closest you can go? This is what the law says. Why? What have you been accused of?
Basically, nothing. The simple fact is she felt -
"felt" - intimidated. Felt. That's it.

Her house is being held hostage and there is very little she can do
to get it back. So would you describe her
as a squatter? Absolutely.
Absolutely, a squatter. As a battling small-business owner, she knows her way
around a balance sheet and her tenant
is well and truly in the red. She currently owes me $4,900. WOMAN ON PHONE: I'll say it again...

The woman I'm talking to is
Kathleen Wilson, Michelle's tenant, who, despite owing
thousands of dollars in rent, is refusing to leave
this duplex unit. She's never called me,
she's never sent me a letter, she's never called me to say,
"I'm having hard times". Kathleen and her part-time live-in
de facto Eddie Boekelman are well-known
on the Australian music scene. Kathleen runs
a stage-rigging company while Eddie is a musician. Apparently,
he played with Stevie Wright, which is an Australian rock icon, and GANGgajang,
a very well-known Australian band. G'day, Eddie.

G'day. Damien Hansen from
Today Tonight. How are you? Yeah, alright. Can we ask you some questions as to why you are not
paying the rent? I don't live here. And what about... What about Kathleen? Yeah, she's not here at the moment. Is there any reason
why Kathleen's not paying the rent? F--k off, mate! Yeah, actually,
it's got nothing to do with me, eh? I'd better go. Eddie!
There's a few answers, mate. Just f--k off!

Sorry, mate? F--k off! You guys are just f-----g losers. What's the problem? Kathleen's reluctance to pay rent
has struck a sour note with Michelle
and her daughter, Sarah, who now stand accused
of calling in death threats over the missing rent. She's has accused me
of going to smash her head in - her son is 24 and 6'2"
and obviously, I'm really tiny - text messages and a phone call... All of which you deny? No, they're not mine -
it's not even my number. Complicating the issue, Michelle has been slapped
with an apprehended violence order, preventing her
from going within 50m of her home.

Oh, it does matter. Funnily enough, in this world, it does matter
if you don't pay the rent. The Consumer,
Trader & Tenancy Tribunal is at least sympathetic and has ruled that Kathleen can stay because when Michelle issued her
with breach notices, she didn't use the correct
terminology on the paperwork and now, she can't hand her tenants
the notice in person because she can't go near them. Landlords need some rights as well and at this point,
we have very little rights. It's a problem being felt by
landlords right across the country, according to Property Owners
Association president, Bruce McBryde. Well, this small percentage
of very bad tenants does exploit the loopholes
in the law. Bruce says
until a better balance is struck between the rights of landlords
and tenants, disputes like this will increase. I think the eviction process
takes far too long. I think once the tenant
is in arrears with the rent - and particularly if they're
a long way in arrears, as is the case now, $4,000 - I think the process
should be able to be speeded up so an immediate eviction
can be obtained. While Michelle awaits
her next tribunal hearing, both her rental and family home
remain on the market - forced to sell both because
she can't afford both mortgages - while Kathleen holds out
on the rent. Do you think these people know
what they're putting you through? No, absolutely not.
I don't think they care.

Their next trip
to the Tenancy Tribunal is on Wednesday. We'll let you know
how Michelle gets on. The old saying goes, if you haven't got your health,
you haven't got anything. And health issues are always high
on the agenda here at Today Tonight. Over the past 12 months. we've looked at
the marvellous work being done by doctors and researchers
around the country, along with the terrible mishaps and the mysteries that confounded
the medical profession. Pippa Gardner reports.

Poisoned by something
that was meant to make him better. One of the biggest medical stuff-ups
that Australia has ever seen. From medical blunders
to medical miracles... What are you doing? Oh, it's...unbelievable. ..and life-changing breakthroughs. You can give a woman
a clearer picture of what her risk is for breast cancer. The past year saw some amazing
advances in health and medicine. I've travelled to Dallas, Texas, to be tested with a world-first
breast-screening method to discover what my risks are
of getting this horrible killer that robs 2,600 Australian women
from their families each year. If women could
peer into a crystal ball to learn their risk of developing
a killer disease like breast cancer, not everyone would want to look, but Clare Brady very bravely did. You have a risk of about 13% of developing breast cancer
in your lifetime, and when we look at your genetics, that increases your risk
up to 23.9%. So, am I average, above average? You're above average. If the average woman is gonna be
a little lower that - it's gonna be maybe 10%-12%,
if that. You're about one in four. The BREVAGen test
was developed in Australia, but its initial rollout
was across the US. Doctors like Rick Jacoby believe the gene technology
empowers women like Barbara Cook, who don't necessarily have a history
of breast cancer in their family, to get a step ahead of the disease. I do very much feel like
I am more in control with other people
looking at my situation. It makes me sleep better at night. Australian researchers also heralded
new hope for migraine suffers. Professor Griffiths and her team have discovered
three different classes of genes that cause migraines. This is very, very exciting because this is the first gene
that has definitely been identified in migraine. She hit on how to fix the problem - vitamins, mainly B and folate. We've found people that have
low levels of the enzyme, which is abnormal, if we have more of the vitamins,
we can make the enzyme work better. It dropped the frequency
and the severity and the pain associated
with their migraine. There is no honour
in this health title. Australia is officially
the world's food allergy capital. In the past 10 years, life threatening food allergies
in preschoolers have increased fivefold with 15,000 children
diagnosed annually. Every classroom has at least one
child with a serious food allergy. Associate Professor Katie Allen, of the Murdoch Childrens
Research Institute, believes the allergy epidemic
may be due to our modern lifestyle - an overuse of antibiotics, delaying the introduction
of certain foods and geography. But until there is a cure, children with severe allergies,
like Matthew O'Neil, will rely on modern medicine
to keep them alive. If we'd been in
a Third World country, he probably would have died
before the age of one. Unfortunately,
sometimes medicine does fail us, as Damien Hansen found. There was a threefold risk of patients developing
leukaemia or a lymphoma up to 10 years
after their initial surgery. If you have a metal-on-metal
implant in your body - and it doesn't matter if it was
manufactured by Johnson & Johnson or any other company
that has marketed that technology - it has to come out. Patients with such products
as the Global Icon Hip, the Smith & Nephew hip
and the DePuy Pinnacle hip - and these patients are suffering
the same issues that the DePuy ASR recipients are. The ASR metal-on-metal
hip replacement device was recalled on August 2010. Johnson & Johnson finally issued
a recall on their faulty implants just last month. It comes amidst concerns
over its products stretching back at far as 2006, but what's most concerning
for Australian patients is research that shows
its failure rate is higher here than anywhere else in the world. Health professionals
also don't always agree. Some of Australia's
brightest medical minds are still at loggerheads over whether Lyme disease
exists in Australia. A single bite from such a tiny tick can crumple healthy lives
into decay. Oh, gosh!
Ticks are nature's dirty needles. I wish I'd never had it -
I wish I had never gotten bitten. 17-year-old Hannah Coleman was bitten by a tick
carrying Lyme disease in Sydney three years ago. She has been crippled
by the insidious disease. Despite her mother
sending her blood to America and the results
coming back positive, doctors here still don't recognise
she has it. The opinion is that, um,
that there's no good evidence that Lyme disease is acquired
in Australia at the moment. A dedicated team is now working on
a fresh, independent study to determine whether Lyme disease
is carried by Australian ticks. But the fear is it will be too late for any
who are unlucky enough to be bitten. What are you doing? She was born with 100% potential, and we are just going to
look past that, and she is just going to have
a normal life. Good job. Turn your hand in. Yay! The Van Dyk family discovered sometimes you have to look
far and wide for a medical miracle. It was when she was still a baby
Mila's parent's noticed their youngest daughter
favoured one side of her body. They think that
when I was three months pregnant she had a stroke. The damage done
to the right side of her brain affects Mila's movement
on the left side of her body. Come on, Mila, take it.
Take it, Mila. Doctors warned them
from that day onwards it was unlikely Mila would improve. From that day on, we decided to go and look for
cutting edge science and development and not accept what we had been told
by doctors. They found it in the United States - a unique therapy which literally forces the brain to recognise previously unused
parts of the body.

For the first time in her life,
Mila lifts her left arm. There you go, good girl. When you watched that?

It was unbelievable. Even though we used
every single saving we had, we're just so lucky
to be able to do it. Like any parent, their dream is
to give their little girl every chance there is
to be their best. And thanks to the magic
of modern medicine, they can.

We are lucky, indeed. And as if we needed proof, an international think tank
has ranked 80 countries, naming us the second best
place on earth to be born. Where-to-be-born index
ranks nations on national wealth,
life expectancy, crime levels, weather and political freedom. We left some global powerhouses
eating our dust. and there's no country comes close
to Australia. I feel lucky to be here,
that's all I can say. Good food, good water,
good weather - you know, it's pretty sweet here. One bloke who's seen a fair bit
of the rest of the world reckons we've been dudded.

You wouldn't be anywhere else? Nah, of course not. This is the greatest country
in the world. New Zealand was number 7,
the USA number 16 Britain languished
in 27th spot, while the worst country
to be born in is Nigeria. So, what nation beat us? I don't know. What was it? I'd say, ah, Switzerland
or somewhere like that. And he's right,
Switzerland did get the nod. The full list is on our website. We'll leave you
feeling good about ourselves. When we come back,
a chance to feel even better with a New Year's exercise program
that gets results and fast. I think the concept is fantastic, being able to exercise
for 2.5 minutes. So quick, you can do your exercise
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Welcome back. You'd have to think a new year's resolution
to get fit and lose weight would be a whole lot easier to keep
if it didn't mean hours in the gym, right? Damien Hansen reports
on a new approach developed in universities
and scientifically proven, where you have to work hard
but for only 2.5 minutes at a time.

5, 4, 3, 2, 1, and we're away.

Good work! That's good, Chris. Keep it going. Well done.

At the moment,
it's a very hot research topic. A number of research groups
around the world are looking into it. It's the ultimate go hard
then go home approach to exercise that's been scientifically proven
to work. I think the concept's fantastic - being able to exercise
for 2.5 minutes. Called HIIT
it's training for the time poor and is based on five
30-second intense workouts. HIIT is a short term for high intensity, intermittent,
interval training. 30 seconds to go. All up, it's a cycle of
30-second bursts followed by rest then repeated four more times. It works out to be
2.5 minutes of training which researchers, like Dr Nigel Stepto
from Victoria University, believe is equivalent
to a 90-minute run. Basically, most people can only manage five of those
30 seconds, all-out efforts, so to push it any further than that would require obviously
to do a few more sessions but that's a good starting point.

People usually get through
three or four intervals but they adapt to it very quickly and we typically see
by weeks five to six, they're doing six repetitions
in a row and they're really surprised
at quickly they can adapt and how well they can actually do. Dr Chris Shaw is a research fellow at the Institute of Sport,
Exercise and Active Living at Victoria University. He's now analysing the benefits
of tweaking the routine to determine what specific exercises
are most beneficial. So this is
the alternative HIIT protocol that we're actually looking at now, so this involves
a short warm-up again, and then 1-minute bouts at 100%
of their aerobic capacity and dispersed with 1-minute rests. Definitely getting harder. The point
when you start really feeling it comes sooner. It's a really adaptable
type of training and it's a great,
high quality workout that if you're running out of time,
you could certainly use. In fact, in the time it takes
to watch this story, you could've completed
five 30-second sessions that will all add up
to a fitter, healthier you. Exercise IS medicine. It's one of the few things that
doesn't have major side effects. and more research
and research funding for it. Spin your legs out, mate. Oh! That's gonna hurt later! It sounds good. More information can be found
on our website. After the break - a successful family business Come on. Don't... Don't. Now, take it away.
Take it easy, mate! Take it away. Take it away. You've promised to pay her.
Where's her money? What are you trying to do? Let him go.

You don't use your car much.

You use it on the weekend.

You only use your car
when you get back.

You don't use it much
at the moment.

And you use it a lot less nowadays
than you used to. There's no-one youer than you.
That's why there's Youi.

Call 13youi or go to

Next week, a family we're familiar with because they keep doing bad things
in business - they get caught out, they get jailed
but they never learn.

Leave... Leave.. Leave me alone! Let him go. Deceit and dishonesty
runs in your family, doesn't it? Where's her money? Come on. Now, don't... Don't. Now, take it away.
Take it easy, mate. Take it away. Take it away. That business should close down. You promised to pay her money, your father promised her
it was deposited in the bank. Where is it?

What are you trying to do? That story next week.
Thanks for your company. Monique Wright will be with you
next week. I'm Kylie Gillies.
Enjoy your weekend. Supertext captions
by Red Bee Media -

NARRATOR: Saving and caring for
our animals around New Zealand... the wild and in zoos... the work of our wild vets.

This week on Wild Vets, Lisa tries to solve Cara's
ear problem once and for all.

Brett tries to find a mother
for a takahe chick. It wasn't the warm, motherly embrace
I was hoping for but she hasn't killed him either,
so... And Dave checks up on
some not-so-cuddly lion cubs. Got a nice smile,
haven't you, boy, eh?

One of Wellington Zoo's
chimpanzees, Cara, has an ear problem
that began a few years ago.

It was noted because
she was jamming sticks in her ear and, basically,
we're not too sure, I think, if that is what caused the problem or if there was
another infection in there and she was just sticking a stick
down her ear to cause some relief. But she actually ended up
perforating her eardrum by jamming sticks into her ear.

Cara's ear problem kept recurring and a CT scan revealed
serious damage.

And with the infection threatening
to spread into Cara's brain, Lisa has brought in specialist help. We got a human
ear, nose, throat surgeon involved just because of the
chimpanzee anatomy being about 98% - well, they're, you know, 98%
closely related to us as humans, so we figured, you know,
get a human specialist involved. Ear surgery specialist
Rebecca Garland has agreed to perform an operation
that has never been attempted on a chimpanzee
anywhere in the world.

This is a very challenging surgery. This would be challenging
in a human. Ah...and it has the added complexity
of being in a different species, which is similar
but not exactly the same. So there's only
a couple of millimetres here between the brain and the ear and the infection can spread
through these tiny little holes and go to the linings of the brain
and cause meningitis or an abscess. And that happens in humans
as well as animals.

With everything set
for the operation, it's time for Cara
to be put to sleep. It should just take one jab.
It's a bit awkward. There's only little bars
that we can push it through. So it's live at the moment...
and dangerous.

Armed and dangerous. (CHIMPANZEE SHRIEKS)

The operation will be held
in full public view in the nest - Wellington Zoo's
purpose-built operating theatre - and the crowds are already gathering
before Cara arrives.

Rebecca can now get a close look
at Cara's ear