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The new threat to property in the north of NSW while crews take advantage of a cool change in the south. Strong winds affecting parts of Tasmania with fire crews weary - wary they could fuel the fire at Forcett. 29 police officers injured in Belfast as protests over flying the British flag show no signs of abating.

Hello welcome to News Now on Sunday 13 January I am Vanessa Trezise. Also this hour, shaken survivors and grieving relatives of the 32 victims of the concordia disaster gather in Italy one year on.In sport, the Aussies lose two wickets early in the second one-dayer against Sri Lanka. Tomorrow's forecast:

NSW rural firefighters are enjoying cooler conditions in the state's south as they work to contain bushfires today. However new fires sparked by lightening strikes have kept crews busy in the state's north, in its latest update a watch and act message has been issued for the grass fire Atkinson una north-west of tam word -- at Attunga north-west of Tamworth. In the northern and central parts of NSW tem tours are climbing up -- temperatures are climbing up past the 40s today. Right now it is 41.1 degrees in Dubbo, and 32.5 in Broken Hill. Tamworth 40.2. Temperatures have taken the heat off fire crews in southern NSW, big bushfires still burn near Cooma and in the Shoalhaven region, the RFS is focused on forging containment lines while it can.We still haven't got those fires contained in the Shoalhaven area and the Cooma area. So there is a lot of work yet to consolidate those fires.The heat though is now on in the north and north-west of NSW.Lightening strikes have sparked a string of new fires, stretching from the Hunter Valley north to the Queensland border.Some of the areas we are finding new fires are in the Armadale area, Kempsey, Musswelbrook, Coonabarabran, the Warru in bungles area Tamworth. The entire north-eastern corner of NSW. We have 134 on our books and 37 are un contained. So we have got quite a number of fires that we don't have containment on. I have to say that figure will still rise this afternoon and tomorrow because there will be more lightening strikes we haven't yet discovered that will turn into fires.At least a thousand NSW firefighters are working on these blazes at any one time, their campaign is a long way from over.Until we get really good rain, we are going to have this challenge for the foreseeable future. A bushfire is currently burning north of Timor Road towards signing spring observatory. Around a dozen isolated properties at mount Waroot including Siding spring observatory may come under threat. Police are currently evacuating the areas. Firefighting and water bombing aircraft are on the scene at the moment.And an emergency alert telephone warning message has been sent to people in the area. So just repeated, that breaking news a bushfire currently burning north of Timor Road towards siding spring observatory, it is an emergency warning. A dozen isolated properties at Mount Waroot including siding springs observatory may come under threat. Let's turn our attention to Queensland now and parts of the state also on alert today with hot and windy weather there creating dangerous conditions.Inland parts of the state saw extraordinary temperatures yesterday with Birdsville reaching 48 degrees. Right now it is closer to 42 at Charleville. Mount Isa 40. Those temperatures along with gusty winds creating dangerous fire conditions. Crews working on around 40 bushfires across the state. The Queensland fire and rescue service says no fires are threatening homes. Most are under control.At the moment we have got the fires incidents of interest, mainly in the north coast and south-west areas.There's three we are watching that's Gregors Creek, Tin Can Bay and Wyatt where two of those are not contained but we are comfortable there is no risk to property or life at this stage. Queensland swelter again today. The south-east should receive cooler weather tomorrow thanks to a southerly wind change. And for more on the weather, Kenny Heatley from the weather channel join s us. We are receiving reports the mercury could hit 50 degrees again in some parts of Queensland, is that still the case?Well it's touch and go at the moment. Because we have gone through the majority of the day and the highest temperatures have exceed ed 48 degrees. Now the hottest temperature in Australia ever recorded was in Oodnadatta at 50.7 so whether we actually get to 50 degrees we will have to watch it over the next couple of hours. But I think for most areas it will probably be unlikely at this stage. It is cooler in the south and winds are expected to ease in Tasmania, in the wake of this front that has moved through and there may even be snow tonight down around 1200m, that's how cool it is in southern parts. Extreme fire dangers in northern parts of NSW today and southern Queensland and yet we have been talking about the southerly change moving through. There is a heat trough that extends up like that, and so this corner of NSW and Queensland may see it first. In fact bird vilgot up to 48.3 degrees now -- Birdsville got up to 48.3 degrees and there is a some indication there is a southerly wind there so we may see that area cool down first but the rest will be coming through tonight and tomorrow which will help to drop it temperatures.

Burke in northern NSW will be below 40 degrees tomorrow and that will stay below 40 degrees for the next 7 days or so as the extreme heat contracts further north. These are the temperatures we are expecting with that southerly wind. Central west parts of Queensland, still extremely hot there. There will be thunderstorms about through southern parts of Queensland but Burke 35 degrees so getting some relief through far southern Queensland, northern NSW, as the heat contracts a little bit further north. There is some indication though that we may see the heat get bulled down into NSW and Victoria -- pulled down into NSW and Victoria once again into Thursday next week with increasing fire dangers but Thursday and Friday next week we may see the heatwave in general start to wane across the country because the monsoon trough is becoming more active and we are seeing more cloud and rain, humidity is riseing as well.

Cyclone Narelle continues to weaken?That's right. It is heading south. The strongest winds and rain are off the coast as you can see here. It is heading south to south-west of 15 km/h, and as it does it is moving over cooler waters. You really need these really warm waters to get it going. It was a very significant storm and got up to category five and could be throwing in some severe thunders as well into this part of the coastline. So it is now category three and weakening off as it head s further south. Category three is still severe and we could see gales to 100 km/h along this part of the coast. Exmouth down to Denham. Still the potential a very abnormally high tides flooding of low lying coastal areas but we are expecting to to head further south. Weaken as it does so and by the time it reaches the south-west corner of WA mid week it is not going to be a cyclone but it may spread in some showers and also some stronger winds. We will keep you posted.

Appreciate that. Thank you.Let's look at the fire situation in Tasmania now. And crew s there are continuing to battle a massive bushfire. One which has caused all the destruction in the state. The fire is between Forcett and the Tasman Peninsula in the state's south-west.Let's bring in Paul Simington from the Tasmania fire service. What is the latest on that fire around Forcett?The fire at the moment is the major concern for us. It's burnt approximately 24,000 hectare s this was the fire that started back on 3 January. And is reportedly up to about 200 properties have been damaged or destroyed by this fire.At the moment we have got crews in there patrol ing the cara and trying to deepen and -- the area and trying to deepen and strengthen the containment lines because we do have expected stronger winds coming through this afternoon.When are the winds predicted to come in and how many homes are at risk?This afternoon, it was pretty much from any time from here on through until this evening, that those wind also come through and they may gust up to around about 45 km/h, at the moment we will have crews down there patrolling through the night, and as I mentioned before the idea of deepening those containment lines is any embers and so forth that still may be burning up in the tree-tops if they were to blow down they will hopefully fall down into those burnt areas.This fire was upgraded, I think roughly around four hours ago now, to my memory to a watch and act, what is the current advice for residents?The residents we ask that they listen to the local radio station, and also monitor the TFS website because that is the best way to keep up to date. Even though the weather conditions at the moment are a little bit cooler, there is no room for complacency, people still need to be aware because this fire still has the potential to take runs. The Arthur highway was due to reopen to traffic tonight, does this flare-up endanger that?It doesn't so much endanger it, I believe the police will be opening the highway approximately 6 o'clock tonight but we do ask anyone who is driving down that way to stick to the current speed limits which are been changed as a result of the fire. And also trying to pay attention to the road rather than looking around and seeing what's happened because there's still fire appliances, police and other essential service s down in that area so people just need to be aware of that.This particular bushfire as you all know has been burning for 10 days now, so many stranded residents I guess will be looking forward to trying to get back home to their devastated communities. So you really feel for them this afternoon too as wondering when they will be able to do that.It must be hard for them. Some have been away as we said haven't even been back yet. Can you imagine what's going through their mind when is they do go back there. But on one side of it to date there's been no report of any fatalities, that is one good thing.Signs also that life is getting back to somewhat normal, a bus load of tourists allowed through to the Port Arthur historic site?Yes, there is.I have heard that and also we have a few cruise ships at the moment so a lot of tourists will still be able to get down there and keep the local community up and running.So quickly, an overview of the state, how many fires burning this afternoon and how many un contained?Of the fires in the state at the moment we have 21 bushfires or vegetation fires burning. The majority of those are in the south. The one fire which is at Forcett is a watch and act, and we do have six other fires which is in a advice message. So there is still a lot of work to be done and we believe there may be warmer conditions coming around Thursday. So a lot of work to be done between now and then.The last thing you need the crews must be utterly exhausted by now. Thank you for the update our thought s are with you.Thank you.We have continuing coverage of the bushfires and heatwave. If you press red on your remote we have set up a dedicated channel as can you see there. It's called heat wave as part of the multi-view service. Moving to other news and it's been one year since the cruise ship the Costa Concordia hit rocks off the coast of Italy and keeled over. There were more than 4,000 passengers and crew on board, 32 people were killed in the disaster.The budget for the salvage operation has blown out but officials have announced it should be completed by September. Sky News reporter Robert Nisbitt has more.This is an immense operation, the biggest of its kind ever attempted. So it is not perhaps unsurprising that it is running over schedule and over budget. You were talking about the costs there, $400 million to right this ship and you could say why are they breaking it up where it sits and it's because it is an environmentally sensitive area so they are attaching the giant metal floats to either side of the boat, some of them 11 storeys high and then they will use winch and pulley systems to right it. And they were hoping to do it this spring, obviously things have slipped. The boat isn't exactly in the right position, so it's going to take them a little bit longer to sort this out.But also, the cost as well as the budget, 430 engineers have been working from it from around the world. The boat will be towed to a port perhaps in Sicily where it will take two year s to dismantle and sell off for scrap.The White House is getting closer to reveal its plans on gun control with an announcement expected as early as Tuesday. In the meantime gun enthusiast s are stocking up before any change to the law. Some Americans can't buy guns fast enough. This is Manchester New Hampshire today. A line around the block at a gun show. As ABC News first reported a record 2.7 million background checks in December, nearly a million more than a year ago. The national rifle association boast ing 100,000 new members in 18 days all in anticipation of new gun laws.Last chance fancy pants. Questions have also been raised about violent movies and video games. The makers of video game s cite research which finds no evidence that exposure to violent video games is connected to violent crime.These were the last executives to meet with Biden who did ask for their help.You manage the possibility of even save one kid's life, as a consequence.Biden is expected to recommend re instituting the assault rife ban, one was passed in 1994 as part of a crime bill and expired 10 years later. It's effectiveness still being debated.Universal background checks. Right now checks are only conducted when a gun is purchased at a retailer. This would close the so called gun show loophole and go further, requiring a check for any private sale of a gun.And limiting magazine clips. Sol call a war on ammo banning high capacity clips limiting them to possibly 10 rounds.The NRA is having none of it.I think that's a real threat to their second amendment rights and we intent to do all we can to protect them -- Much of the country may be outraged but an expert on gun laws wondering if that's enough.I think the likelihood that Congress will enact a sweeping set of proposals relating to gun control now is unlikely, but I think it's possible. You are with News Now top stories coming up and we will also have the latest sport with Sam as Lleyton Hewitt says he's feeling fitter and fresher than ever.

The top stories - an emergency warning is now in place for a bushfire in NSW burning out of control in the Warrumbungles National Park to the west of Coonabarabran. Meanwhile crews in the south are using a cool change to gain the upper hand on blazes burning there. Winds up to 60 km/h are set to hit parts of Tasmania shortly with a watch and act alert still in place for a large bushfire at Forcett in the state's south-west. And 29 police officers have been injured in the latest sectarian violence in Belfast. The weather: --

Just to recap you on some breaking news this hour, and an emergency warning has been issued for a bushfire burning un controlled in the Warrumbungles National Park. That's to the west of coon abar rabran in NSW. The RFS has just tweeted the fire is burning north of Timor Road towards Siding Spring Observatory around a dozen isolated properties at Mount Waroot including the Siding Spring observatory may come under threat. Police are at the moment evacuating the area, firefighters and water bombing aircraft are on the scene. Bring you more on that fire as the information comes to hand. In the meantime let's get a sports hit with Sam. Things aren't going the Aussies' way in the Cricket.It hasn't been very pretty at all. Australia has made a horror start in today's sect one-dayer against Sri Lanka at Adelaide over. Sent into the bat the Aussies have lost four wickets with Steve Smith, the latest man to go. More chopping and changing to Australia's one-day squad.Ben Cutting and Kane Richardson on debut in Adelaide. Mitchell Johnson rested, so too Usman Kwaja. Making way for Steve Smith. The Aussies sent in after a 30 minute rain delay, openers Finch and Hughes lasting a few overs.That's worth a shout. Bailey momentarily stopped the flow of wickets. Hey get it. Get it. He has.But the skipper too fell cheaply caught out for 26.

Lleyton Hewitt says he's feeling the freshest in years heading into a 17th straight Australian Open. The 31-year-old will take on Janko Tipsarevic in the first round tomorrow, fresh off a confidence-boosting win at the Kooyong Classic.I feel confident with where my game's at at the moment. There is still a couple of things I have to try to take care of when I'm on the match court but all in-all when my moving comes together and I'm serving well and my returns and obviously passing shots and counter punching has been pretty good jeans way, I have been practising well on -- anyway I have been practising well on the off days.Samantha Stosur is also in action tomorrow against Chang. Bernard Tomic says he will win more titles if he keeps his current attitude up. The 20-year-old Aussie kept his unbeaten start to the year intact, after downing South Africa's Kevin Anderson in the final of the Sydney International.The moment of truth in Sydney. His opponent from Australia, Bernard Tomic.Bernard Tomic lining up in his first ATP final against Ken Anderson. No sign of nerves for the Aussie on Rod Laver Arena. -- on Ken Rosewall arena. He has an early break.Tomic steam rolling through the opening set.Secured the break early and he's health on to take the opening set -- held on to take the opening said. I'm the second much tougher as Anderson found his touch. Well played.Tomic forced a tie-breaker but South African had it all square. So Anderson dominates the tie-break.The match going all the way to a third and final set. Very well played point.The crowd on edge and it all got too much for Anderson.He gets the double.Wow.Tomic converting to finally break through for that elusive title. He's got him.

It's an amazing feeling to do this and especially to do it here in Australia. And knowing now you can and you have done the right things to do it and you know it's my first title and, you know, I know I will win a lot more if I keep this attitude up and eem happy for this year now. -- I'm happy for this year now. I'm so excited and looking forward to Melbourne. The Wanderers are on the verge of victory in this afternoon's A-League clash with the Phoenix.Delivered across. Paston can't save. Topor-Stanley gets the opening goal.The blunder from the Phoenix allow ed Western Sydney to double their lead.That's a second goal and sums up the second halfest of the Wellington Phoenix.Haliti has a goal to celebrate 100 in the Hyundai A-League. Yesterday's matches, the Jets returned to the top six with victory over the Roar. There were two penalties in a controversial contest in Lawson. Graham Arnold was marched from the sidelines after criticising match officials.You are unbelievable.I apologise, probably to the referee I said something that I shouldn't have said.Flores had put the Victory ahead in the first half before a late penalty secured a point for the Mariners and a Ryan Griffiths goal was all that separated Newcastle and Brisbane at Hunter Stadium.Adelaide 36ers player Luke Schenscher has been taken to hospital after a heavy fall in this afternoon's NBL match with the Sydney Kings. The 30-year-old required several minutes of treatment on court after a fall in the second quarter.Luke Schenscher hits the deck hard. That's a hard hit. The big fella jumping up for the block.The doctor has to get out there right away. Look at this. He lands on his head.What did he do wrong? His his snapped.Reports say Schenscher was coughing up blood but he's since been declare the fine. It was good news for the 36ers too as they demolished the Kings 82-64. That's some fall the courts are quite hard. Thank goodness it looks as though he will be fine. Lucky.Yeah. Thanks. Not break. Thanks. Bad choice of words.That's OK.We will see you soon with more sport.The weather: You are with News Now we will update you on the fire situation in just a moment. Including that emergency warning issued for an out of control bushfire in north-west NSW.

The top stories - an emergency warning in place for a bushfire in NSW burning out of control in the Warrumbungles National Park to the west of Coonabarabran. Strong winds effects part of Tasmania, fire crews wary they could fuel the fire further at Forcett. Sectarian violence in Belfast has left 29 police officers injured in just the last night alone. The riot started weeks ago over the decision not to fly the Union Jack at City Hall every day. The whether weather: -- the weather:

To breaking news this hour. An emergency warning has been issued for a bushfire burning un controlled in the Warrumbungles National Park that's to the west of Coonabarabran in NSW. The fire is currently burning north of Timor Road towards Siding Springs Observe observatory. RFS media Tweeted this photo of the blaze from one much its aircraft. Around a dozen isolated property the at Mount Waroot including Siding Spring Observatory may come under threat. Police are evacuating that area. Firefighters are water bombing aircraft are on the screen at the moment. The advice for residents if you are in the area around the Siding Spring Observatory leave immediately if the path is clear along Timor Road in an easterly direction towards Coonabarabran. So that bushfire currently burning north of Timor Road towards the observatory. An emergency warning in place for this large fire burning un controlled in the Warrumbungles National Park. That's to the west of coon abar abran. A dozen properties, including the observatory coming under threat. That's the latest picture that's just been put up from an aircraft in that area. Of the Warrumbungles National Park. To the west of coon a bar abran. I will take a look at some of the current temperatures in the northern and central parts of NSW. Dubbo 41.1 degrees at the moment. Tamworth, 40 degrees. So temperatures right up there. High temperatures also in Queensland which is on alert amid today's hot and windy weather. Inland parts of the state saw extraordinary temperatures yesterday. Birdsville reaching 48 degrees at the moment it's not as high as that. 41.8 in Charleville. Alice Springs, mount Isa 40 degrees. Some had been saying temperatures could get as high as 50 degree s today but that hasn't, thankfully, eventuated and the temperatures along with gusty winds creating dangerous fire conditions. Crews working on 40 bushfires across the state in Queensland. The Queensland fire and rescue service says no fires are threatening homes and most are under control. sh

At the moment we have got five incidents of interest, mainly in the north coast and south-west areas.There's three that we are watching that's Gregors Creek at Tin Can Bay and Wyatt where two of those are not contained but we are comfortable there is no risk to property or life at this stage. Queensland sweltering again today. The south-east should receive cooler weather tomorrow. That's thanks to a southerly wind change. Tasmanian fire crews continuing to battle a massive bushfire which has caused all the destruction in the state. That fire is between Forcett and the Tasman Peninsula in the state's south-west.Earlier I spoke with Paul Simmington from the Tasmaniaa fire service from the latest on the conditions.The fire at the moment is the major concern for us. It's burnt approximately 24,000 hectares and this was the fire that started back on 3 January and is reportedly up to about 200 properties have been damaged or destroyed by this fire. At the moment we have got crews in there patrolling the the area and trying to deepen and strengthen the containment lines. Because we do have some expected stronger winds coming through this afternoon. They may gust up to around about 45 km/h.At the moment we will have crews down there patrolling through the night, and as I mentioned before the idea of deepening those containment lines is any embers and so forth that still may be burning up in the tree tops if they were to blow down they will hopefully fall down into those burnt areas.The residents we ask that they listen to the local radio stations and also monitor the TFS website because that is the best bestway to keep up to date.Even though the weather conditions at the moment are a little bit cooler, there is no rule for complacency. People -- resume for complainsy. People still need to be aware -- complacency. This fire still has the potential to take run Ps snoop we are join ed by Kenny Heatley from the Weather Channel. During that interview Paul said the seeuve winds in Tasmania are expected -- severe wind s in Tasmania are expected any time now in the next few hours. Does that correlate what you are seeing.We do have strong winds in Tasmania at the moment. There are coastal wind warning and wind gusts over 60 km/h through some exposed mountains but this fire did pass through in the early hours and we did see winds in Mount Heart over 100 km/h but they are expected to ease in the next this hour -- next 24 hours, very have the heat trough moving through and the southerly wind moving north and that may be winning up a little bit of dust as well and now amongst everything else there is severe thunders which may com plicated situation. -- complicate the situation. Extreme fire dangers today through the areas and in the upper west and we have fire dangers, Burke seeing temperatures over 47 degrees today and looking at the ratar right now there is severe thunderstorm s moving into the area that we have been battling bushfires today in north-east NSW around Coonambul, coon abar aran and the Tamworth area. Lightening strikes an issue. Last night they did start fires in north-east NSW as we have been hearing which may complicate the situation.Hopefully bring rain. Extreme fire dangers in southern inland parts of Queensland. Birdsville have reached a top temperature of 48 degree s. It has since come down to 47. The hottest has been around Thargaminda. We have seen winds to 46 km/h to 61 km/h at the moment so that's creating these dangerous conditions but that southerly wind will be providing some relief for far southern Queensland and northern parts of NSW over the next couple of days.We should just update our viewers on Cyclone Narelle, now it's not likely to make landfall?No. It is not. And as a result we will see it remain mostly offshore. I wanted to get through these graphics here. We are expecting the rain to continue further north too but you will notice that on the satellite picture it is offshore, and so the strongest winds and heavy est rain are remaining there. We have cloud and rain spilling into central and southern parts of WAed and could be seeing severe thunderstorms through this region. Damaging winds flash flooding and hailstones. It was a category three, it has weakened off. It is heading south to south westerly at 15 km/h and expected to be a category one by tomorrow night but we have a warning in place from Exmouth down to Denom so the areas still need to be prepared for a possible impact by a cyclone. Tlooding in low line ing coast -- flooding is potential. It it may spread in winds and showers so we are keeping a close eye on this one.Appreciate the update. For continuing coverage of the bushfires and the heatwave, press red on your remote. We have set up a dedicated channel as part of the multi-view service. Moving on to other news and 2 # police officers have been -- 29 police officers have been injured in Ireland following further protests over the decision to stop flying the union flag every day over City Hall. Police used plastic bullets and water cannons to control the clashes between nationalists and loyalists.A car burns on the street in east Belfast. It was set on fire during yet more violence following a loyalist flag protest. The police were attacked as loyalists and nationalists clashed at a flash point. After six weeks and hundreds of protests, the strength of feeling about the flying of the Union flag is not diminishing.Clearly want to have the protests move on, but until people get an alternative that's not going to happen and what has happened here this is a peoplose protest. I have said this before -- people's protest. I have said this before Christmas and I will say it again. This is revolution of the people with a small R. Unfortunately that's where we are at.The protests though are having a major impact on Northern Ireland.This is the sixth Saturday in a row now that loyalist protesters have demonstrated outside Belfast city hall against the council's decision not to fly the Union flag every day of the year.It say city of two halves. Those who are protesting and those who are trying to get on with their every day lives.Carrying out their normal weekend shopping, but it is certainly much quieter than it should be. Northern Ireland image has been dented by pictures of rioting and violence.Tourists are still coming, but are wary.Actually when we were on the plane here there was no-one on the plane. So I think that the news has affected people's opinions of the city Theests to help the businesses being hurt by the -- the efforts to help businesses being hurt by protests is welcomed by traders but the quite est streets illustrate the fight ahead. Residents in Beijing are being told to stay indoors after air pollution in China's capital reached dangerous levels.Authorities have warned that the pollution is likely to remain dangerous until at least Monday.Dense smog often covers the city, and many locals wear face masks to help protect them from the pollution.Sky's Mark Stone is in Beijing and has the details.728 is the current measurement for the air quality index in Beijing and that is quite literally way off the scale. That measurement is coming from a machine that the Americans have put on the roof of their embassy, it measures the air quality on an hourly basis. And they have a graph which they publish on a website, and at the moment it is literally off that scale. The Chinese also measure the same air, at the same time. Their figure stands at 500 which in itself is huge, but most people consider the American figure to be the most accurate. So 728 in the time that I have been out here I have never seen it above about 300.So incredibly worrying for Beijing as they have been told to stay indoors.I have to say judging by the amount of traffic on the secretes at the moment they are not abiding by -- on the streets at the moment they are not abiding by the rule but they are used to it. Air here is never good. There are a number of reasons for it. The traffic on the streets, this street is moving very freely. At the moment most of the time this street and other streets are clogged and hundreds and hundreds of cars are added to the streets every single day. The main problem is factories. Beijing is lying in a bowel surrounded by mountains on both sides -- a bowl surrounded by mountains both sides. Factories are churning out all sorts of pollutants and they just hangs and some days it
is a lot worse than others. Today though is incredibly bad. As I say, is off the scale. Top stories just ahead plus the latest sport with Sam. And it's been an embarrassing day out for the Phoenix in the A-League And the heavy fall that brought an NBL game to a halt. The top stories - an emergency warning in place for a bushfire in NSW burning out of control in the Warrumbungles National Park to the west of Coonabarabran. In the meantime crews in the south are using a cool change to gain the upper hand on blazes burning there. Winds up to 60 km/h are set to hit some parts of Tasmania with a watch and act alert still in place for a large bushfire at Forcett in the state's south-west. And 29 police officers have been injured in the latest sectarian violence in Belfast. Tomorrow's weather:

This year will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F Kennedy. Half a century later a well-known Kennedy has visited Dallas, and offered some very rare thoughts on that fateful day. In the wake of President John F Kennedy's death his brother Robert was reeling. Struggling to understand how it could happen.There is a weapon that was used to kill the President.And privately rejecting the loan gunman theory of the Warren commission which he reportedly called a shoddy piece of craftsmanship.This according to Robert Kennedy Junior, who surprised a Dallas audience last night at an event ahead of the 50th anniversary of his uncle's assassination there. The evidence at this point is very, very convincing. He said it was not a loan gunman. He didn't say who else his father thought was involved just he was "Fairly come Vinced --"This The 1991 hit film, 'JFK "explored and fuelled conspiracy theories around the assassination but without evidence historian also doubt RFK Junior's stunning claims.I don't find them credible. It's been investigated, reinvestigated, investigated again and again and again, and no-one's ever come up with entirely credible evidence. Time for sport with Sam and the Aussies in trouble in the cricket.It isn't pretty at all. 6 for 84 at the moment and Australia is in massive trouble in today's second one-dayer against Sri Lanka at Adelaide Oval.Sent into bat the Aussies have crashed to be 6 wickets down, all-round er Glenn Maxwell the latest to fall for 8.More chopping and changes to Australia's one-day squad. Ben Cutting and Kane Richardson on debut in Adelaide.Mitchell Johnson rested, so too Usman Kwaja. Making way for Steve Smith.The Aussies sent in after a 30 minute rain delay, openers Finch and Hughes lasting just a few overs. That's worth a shout.He says it is well worth it.Australia slumping to be 4 for 60 with skipper George Bailey and East Asia Summit both failing -- and Smith both failing as well.

Brisbane will meet the Melbourne Renegades in next week's Big Bash semifinals. They beat Hobart by 8 wickets last night to scrape into the top four. Just ahead of the Strikers on net run rate. Batting first the Hurricanes managed just 150 from the 20 overs with this catch from Joe Burns the highlight for Brisbane.Is that taken? That's brilliant.That's an absolute classic catch. One of the best of the season, if not the best. Look at that. I reckon he's about to palm it off to McDermott there.No worriers for the Heat into their run chase for Luke Pomersbach belting the fast est 50 of the competition to guide his side home. The Big Bash are semifinals are now set and this is how the games look:

Lleyton Hewitt has declared his Kooyong Classic win has givenheim the ideal preparation -- given him the ideal preparation heading into the 17th straight Australian Open. He begins his came pain tomorrow against tap at Rod Laver Arena with the Aussie full of confidence after winning his second Kooyong title.Knock him off and try to take his spot in the draw.So pleasing thing for me I feel like I got better with ever match and my sharpness and cleanness and even my moving.So I was a lot of positives to take out of it.Nine Aussies are in action on day one with Samantha Stosur and Ash Barty the main acts. Bernard Tomic says he will win more titles if he keeps his current attitude up. The 20-year-old Aussie kept his unbeaten start to the year intact after downing South Africa's Kevin Anderson in the final of the Sydney International.The moment of truth in Sydney. COMMENTATOR: His opponent from Australia Bernard Tomic. Bernard Tomic lining up in his first ATP final against Kevin Anderson. No sign of nerves for the Aussie on Ken Rosewall Arena.Got him. He's got an early break.Tomic steam rolling through the opening set. Tomic secured the break early and held on to take the opening set. 6-3. The second much tougher as Anderson found his touch. Well played. Tomic forced a tie-breaker but the South African had it all square. Game second set.So Anderson dominates the tie-break.The match going all the way to a third and final set.Very well played point.The crowd on edge and it all got too much for Anderson.He gets the double.Wow. Tomic converting to finally break through for that elusive title.He's got him.

Western Sydney has cement ed its spot in the A-League's top four with a 2-nil win over Wellington. Two second half strikes did the damage for the Wanderers while the finix could find themselves on the bottom of the ladder if Sydney FC could beat the Heart.They looked lively against the Wanderers did 9 Phoenix. Covic kept on his toes throughout the half but Western Sydney appeared more lively after the break. And got their reward in the 71st minute.Deliver ed across. Paston can't save.A defensive blunder securing a 2-nil win for the Wanderers.Confusion here and a second goal.And that sums up the second half effort of the Wellington Phoenix. Haliti. Manchester United tackles Liverpool in the EPL tonight in what should be the match of the round. In results overnight QPR and to thenham, Everton and Swansea, Norwich and swau sea all drew. Aston Villa dropped into a rel zbation zone. Reading scored three late goals. Chelsea is up to third on the ladder after their win. Midfielder Eden Hazard scored the pick of the lot.Hazard.Magical.A picture bool goal from Eden Hazard.A day to dpoer of forget from Jon Walters who scored two own goals and missed a penalty in what happened to be his 100th game. Luke Derbridge has cleaned up at the Australian road cycling championships he became the first man to win both the time trial and road race after taking out today's 195km race near ball a rat.He won the time trial and elite road race he shakes his head in disbelief and now give him his moment as Luke Derbridge wins the elite championship of Australia.Points to the jersey because the team have done so much work as well riding defensively.HeHe doesn't want to go across just yesterday.Why should he be in any hurry at all. Michael Matthews made it a GreenEdge 1-2 after leading home the peleton in a sprint finish.Luke Schenscher has escaped with bruising after a nasty incident in this afternoon's NBL clash. He suffered a heavy fall during the second quarter against the Sydney Kings and was motionless for several minutes before being taken to hospital. His Adelaide teammates rallied in his absence as they picked up a much-needed 22 point victory.-- That's all from me in for the. With back with nor update s with the cricket. 6 for 90 at the moment.Let's take a look at the all important weather forecast. A cloud band crossing the south of 9 country in a jet stream is causing rain in WA. South Australia, Victoria and southern NSW. Heaviest in WA. Cloud over the Top End and the northern WA and a trough causing heavy storms. Cloud off the north west coast of WA forming around tropical Cyclone Narelle. The forecast:

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