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Tonight - beach emergency - one man

drowns, others pulled from wild

surf on the south coast. The new

weapon on Sydney's streets. Robbers

use a stun gun in a crime spree.

Plus - will the elderly be forced

to sell their homes to pay

to sell their homes to pay for aged

care? A Sydney family's backyard

barbecue with Oprah goes global.

And Australia in trouble in the

one-dayer against England.

Good evening. We begin tonight with

an emergency apt spanwell Park,

south of Sydney, -- Stanwell Park,

where swimmers got into trouble in

big seas. One man has

big seas. One man has drowned and

several others have been rescued.

What are the details?

This has all happened just before 4

o'clock this afternoon. It was

terribly hot. The sea was quite

inviting, everything was quite calm,

then suddenly at about 3:30 it

shifted. A sandbar in the water has

moved, pushed by a rip. Now, about

40 people were in the water

40 people were in the water at the

time. Most had managed to get

themselves to shore. But several

people got into trouble. A man in

his 70s has tragically drowned at

the beach. A man in his late 20s

went into cardiac arrest. There's a

breathing difficulties 23-year-old woman, she's suffered

breathing difficulties and a neck

injury, she has been flown to

hospital. A 22-year-old woman was

treated by paramedics, with her dog

by her side, she swallowed a lot of

water and has been taken to

hospital. Two others have been

rushed to hospital. The beach was

chaos. One of those people down

there, we spoke to young Adam, a

lifeguard, just checking the surf

at the time. He suddenly found himself on

himself on the beach, performing

CPR on that teenage man that went

into cardiac arrest for half an

hour. He saved the young man's life.

Started vomitting. And we cleaned

his airway out. So when we seen

that, once the airway was clean, we

could get more breathing into his

lungs better. could get more breathing into his

You saved his life.

Hopefully. Pretty intense. You just

think of him, trying to save him.

Now, the beach is pretty much empty

now, as you can imagine. Stanwell

Park is? Shock this afternoon. All

of these people are in shock. Most

have come of them are from a youth group that

Sydney. have come down from the shire in

Thanks for that. Police fear the

city's violent criminals may have a

new weapon of choice. Two robbers

stun gun. have gone on the rampage with a

11pm at the hotel in Hay morbgt. A

normal night shift turns to terror.

The men get what they want but

still fire the illegal weapon at

this female staff member. This is

the rument. 15 minutes later, up

the road -- this is the result. 15

minutes later, up the road, a man

jumps the counter and shocks this

man with a stun gun. The victim

manages to escape before being punched in the face.

That's the second time to

That's the second time to happen in

this store about...around a month.

Half an hour later, this store on

Oxford Street is targeted. 21-year-

old Ivan is attacked, thrown to the

ground and shocked in the back.

He's then pushed into the toilet,

where he's hit again. Earlier in

the night, four men, armed with

stun guns, stormed the front

counter at Officeworks. This woman

was a customer. She says one of the

missed. offender pulled the trigger but

I didn't want to die, hid in the

room. The lady was hiding under the

table. I didn't know if they had real guns.

Today, a strike force was set up.

There's a possibility they are link

linched. There are similarities in There's a possibility they are link

a number of incidents.

Stun guns are illegal in Australia

but not overseas. Every year, more

than 6,500 shock devices are

intercepted by Customs. But police

say people are now making their own

versions of the dangerous weapons.

And are police any closer to

finding out who these men are?

finding out who these men are?

Well, at this stage, police haven't

made any arrests. They have spent

the day sifting through security

footage. They believe up to four

men could be responsibly. Detectives say they are determined

to catch them. Anybody with

police. information smd come forward to

Thanks. Tony Abbott has attacked

the plans for a one-off tax to pay for

the relief effort in Queensland. A

levy could be necessary to bring

the budget back to surplus.

When I make those decisions, I

expect there will be criticism and

complaint. I am determined we make

the decisions that are right for the nation.

We are totally opposed to the great,

big, new taxes to which this

The government is so sadly addicted.

The Opposition Leader says the

Government should instead sell off

Medibank Private or abandon the

broadband network. Westpac boss

Gail Kelly has ejected suggestions

there isn't enough competition in

the financial sector. She appeared

today at the Senate's banking

inquiry in Sydney.

When interest rates peak,

effectively. Gail Kelly says it's

gonna be longer. effectively. Gail Kelly says it's

There are some unkernts. And what

happens in domestic deposit markets

is one of those unknowns. I think

our best guess would be about 18

months from now, so mid-2012.

So, that's the difference. Nine

months for the Commonwealth Bank,

18more Westpac. But

18more Westpac. But Senator Nick

Xenophon really tackled Gail Kelly

about whether there's true

competition between St George and

Westpac. She says there is, but

admits the two do not poach each

other's customers.

Thanks. It's feared the elderly

will be forced to sell their homes

to pay for aged care as part of an overhaul

overhaul of the system. There will

be three times as many people

relying on care over the next 40

years.

Consider it the bogie for baby

boomers on the golf course today. A

Robin Hood system, where rich

retirees help pay for the poor's

beds. For the first time, your home

would be part of the assessment of

your wealth.

I don't think it's a good idea.

We're well enough off as we at the

moment. But paying more, we would not be.

Pensioner groups are not impressed.

Neither are independent retirees.

Your home is now a valuable asset.

You have to sell it if up want the

next level of accommodation.

some about Some will pay more, some less, and

some about the same.

safe? Surely the family home should be

These are issues we want to hear

the community's response to.

Everyone agrees aged care must

improve. Waiting lists are too long

and the level of services varies.

These are some of the lucky ones

being cared forment

Don't make Everyone is so friendly.

Don't make it dearer.

Police believe they will uncover

even more wine as they investigate

what's now a $10 million scam

across Sydney. Five warehouses have

been found, the latest in

Silverwater, and it's hit small

wineries hard. 400 pallets stacked

with wiernings food and general

household goods -- wine, food and goods. It

goods. It was paid for by no-one.

The suppliers were receiving

cheques from the company. Those

were being presented to banks and

there was no funds to cover those cheques.

First, the head office was raided,

then a factory, then (LAUGHTER)

, Silverwater. This latest find, it

reassembles more of a grocery store.

You have lolly pops, mouth wash,

and toilet spray. The priority for

police is to find out how much

stock is missing and where it was

heading. Jonathan Hambrook is the

owner of Stockman's Ridge Wines.

We did all of our back ground

checks, we credit checked them,

asked for references,

asked for references, we spoke to

other customers they were dealing with.

Police have taken around 60 phone

calls from potential victims. Nine

News was able to confirm for

Jonathan his missing boxes were at Silverwater.

Ily we will be careful when talking

to people, and payment up front.

So far, no-one has been arrested.

We have some breaking news now. And

it's another beach drama. And a

desperate effort is under way to

save a man who neerm drowned at

Bond yip this afternoon. He was --

nearly drowned. At Bondi this

afternoon. He was pulled from the

shore. His age is not known. Police

have been accused of being un-

Australian by banning

Australian by banning any Australia

Day parties being held along

Cronulla beach. A letter was sent

to residents asking them not to

hold beach front celebrations.

A 12-year-old boy is recovering in

hospital after impaling himself on

the handlebars of his bike. He had

been cycling in a park in Melbourne

late last night. I

I fell off it and then the bike

went through my leg.

The youngster is likely to leave

hospital later today, but his mum

says his bike riding days are over.

A family in Sydney's south has

described their shock when talk

show queen Oprah dropped by their

home. The backyard barbecue

home. The backyard barbecue in

Earlwood was watched by around 70

million people last night. It was a

day she will never forget. Now

she's able to relive the moment.

I was shocked. I thought I would go

into labour then and there.

Two years ago, she was an audience

member at one of Oprah's shows when

she invited the star to dinner.

You have to come. Come to my house. I will

I will cook you anything you want.

An offer she thought would never come true.

Never in a million years do you

think she's gonna walk down the

steps and be in your home.

Last month, she got the shock of

her life, when the international

star dropped by. The surprise visit

stunning neighbours, friends and her family.

To have someone like her come to your

your backyard - unbelievable.

She was quick to pull up a seat, before discussing cooking

techniques with her host.

She sat down, she grabbed her plate.

Didn't want anyone to wait on her.

She says it was a moment she will

always treasure.

She's an ordinary person and took

the time to come out and see me. I

the time to come out and see me. I feel prestigioused.

She didn't come empty-handed,

bringing along a bundle of toys as

well as her signature baby wear.

And she says she hasn't ruled out

giving her favourite celebrity a lasting tribute.

A middle name of Oprah, if it's a

girl, is definitely in the picture.

The giraffes at Taronga Zoo

The giraffes at Taronga Zoo were

given a little treat today - some

tunes from jazz musician James

Morrison. The giraffes were more

interested in the cameras and the

music.

Well, in the news ahead - the first

interview with Ricky Gervais after

hips controversial Golden Globes performance.

What did I say that was so bad?

Plus - the young woman who solved

her own kidnap mystery. And why you

shouldn't walk and text.

That' s where we leave the That' s where we leave the National

News. Win local news is next, then

it' s back to the cricket at

Bellerive Oval for the England Bellerive Oval for the England run chase.

Chicken and avocado sub - love it.

'Cause I bought a coke with it, this could be my ticket to another sub in a Subway restaurant anywhere around the world. It's gonna be epic.

Have a good evening. Tonight ... UC

- turns to bubblers - becoming the first university to ban bottled

water. A large scale solar farm at

Bungendore - gets the green light.

And: the students with a SMART idea to

to push people onto ACTION buses.

Good evening, The University of

Canberra - will ban the sale of

bottled water by mid-March, in a bottled water by mid-March, in a bi

to reduce its carbon footprint. to reduce its carbon footprint. It

s the first uni in Australia to implement the initiative - and one

of the first in the world. It' s

the start of a new era. The

University of Canberra will phase

out the sale of bottled water on

campus - starting on Monday. "It'

s a huge step forward, I mean, take

a look around you, we' re in a look around you, we' re in amongs

the trees, the wildlife, the bush,

and to give something back to the environment is huge for the

university." Two years ago, the New South Wales town of Bundanoon,

with a population of 2,000, banned

bottled water. The campus bottled water. The campus populatio

at UC is more than six times that at UC is more than six times that

around 13,000 staff and students.

around 13,000 staff and students.

"We use about 140,000 bottles of

water every year and that has a

significant impact on the

environment and we' ll be stopping

that impact on the environment."

The University of Canberra has

installed nine water bottle re-fill

stations across the campus, three

new water bubblers on top of the

dozens already in place, and Australia' s first WaterVend

machine, offering an alternative to bottled water."

bottled water." "You' ve got a

choice of a number of different

drinks normal still water, you can

have a number of flavoured waters,

you can even have sparkling you can even have sparkling water.:

+y Food outlets at UC are

supportive of the move, and will

recoup much of their lost revenue

through the sale of re-fillable

containers. "With these, the

retailers will continue to make

money, through this, instead of

selling bottled water, and the students will

students will be getting the water

lot cheaper than what they' re

getting it." The campus plans to

be completely bottled water free by

World Water Day on March 22.

The New South Wales Government has

given the green light for a solar

farm to be built north of

Bungendore. The plant will generate

enough power for thousand of local

homes. Bungendore is already home homes. Bungendore is already home t

a multi-million dollar wind farm,

a multi-million dollar wind farm,

soon there' ll be a solar plant

alongside it. What we' re seeing

here is the development of our

region as a renewable energy

precinct, and it' s showing a lot

precinct, and it' s showing a lot o

leadership, it' s something that I

think the community is behind, and

we' ll be very pleased to see our

region taking that lead. Infigen

Energy has received state Energy has received state governmen

approval for the one hundred and

fifty million dollar project.

Capital Solar Farm will have a

capacity of fifty megawatts,

capacity of fifty megawatts, making

it the largest in the state. The

reduction in greenhouse gas

emissions will be the equivalent of

taking fifteen thousand cars off taking fifteen thousand cars off th

road. The solar farm will be

spread over one hundred hectares,

and will generate enough renewable

energy to power up to thirty

thousand homes. The project is

expected to create dozens of local

jobs. There' s anything up to

fifty jobs during construction,

fifty jobs during construction, and around five jobs in the long term.

Infigen Energy isn' t expecting Infigen Energy isn' t expecting an

opposition to the proposal. The

wind farm and Bungendore are

intricately linked now, and intricately linked now, and there'

a clear and very positive impact a clear and very positive impact o

the local economy in terms of the

services we need to source from the

local community as well, and this

solar farm will only add to that.

The farm is part of a New South Wales

Wales state plan of sourcing twenty

per cent of electricity from renewable sources by 2020.

While many university students

across the ACT were enjoying their

summer break -- a group of four IT

students were busy working away.

They' ve created a new application

to help Canberrans catch the bus on

time -- but are missing some very important information.

important information. It looks just like any other smart phone

application.These four ANU students

have created MY BUS, 2 POINT 0 and

are hoping it will help Canberrans

catch public transport on time. catch public transport on time. T

be able to tell them is the bus

they are trying to catch is late, they are trying to catch is late, o they' ve missed it or the bus isn'

t currently operating. But they'

ve hit a hurdle with the ACT

Government - it won' t give up the information the group needs.

information the group needs. They

didn' t understand that our

application is more to compliment

the services that are currently available, not replace any other

ones. It' s data which is about

location. It' s data about where

buses go, why cant they actually provide this information to them

instead of us having to be forced

into a situation where we' into a situation where we' ve got into a situation where we' ve got t

go through the process of Freedom of Information to get it. of Information to get it.

Transport planning officials say Transport planning officials say th

data simply isn' t available. data simply isn' t available. It

s important for us that the underlying information

underlying information that the

systems are based on is actually

correct so we need to make sure correct so we need to make sure tha

any information that' s out there

is correct. The Government is

working on its own applications. working on its own applications.

At the moment we' re looking to At the moment we' re looking to hav

the journey planner up on the web,

sort of mid this year. So that sort of mid this year. So that mean

that our data will be correct and

we' ll be satisfied that its

reliable. That means the students

- and commuters - could be waiting

- and commuters - could be waiting

several months, before they' re several months, before they' re abl to access the information they

need. We' d like ACTION to make

the data publicly available, open

source available so that everyone

can use it. Action can create their

own application as well as ours. +y

WorkSafe ACT has today launched WorkSafe ACT has today launched tw

new campaigns, to help make

worksites across the Territory

safer.The initiative hopes to re- enforce vital practices, and

enforce vital practices, and ensure

teams comply with the rules. That

will be targeting five issues, five

key issues that we want to focus on

in coming months to ensure, there

in coming months to ensure, there i

better safety in that sector. The

primary one will be working primary one will be working heights

it' ll include access to it' ll include access to amenities

fencing, construction and duction

cards, and general site

cards, and general site maintenance

It follows a series of incidents

on sites across Canberra in recent

months. Incidents on construction

sites contribute to 20 per cent of

all workers compensation incidents,

but over a quarter of all workers

compensation costs. A cost of over

16 million dollars for the

construction centre in this town.

The ACT Government is targeting

several new European countries to

promote the Capital as part of its Live In Canberra campaign. Liveability, employment and the

economy will be the selling point

during an overseas tour in coming

weeks. Live in Canberra is

visiting all the Capital cities in

Australia over the next 6 months - but we' re starting off the year

with a very big program with visits

to the Netherlands, United Kingdom

and South Africa. The government wants

wants to entice workers, with

specific skills in areas like IT

medicine and trades. Meanwhile - medicine and trades. Meanwhile - th

Chief Minister has welcomed news

American wholesale company - Costco

will be building a store in the

Capital. It will the third to be

constructed in Australia - four

times the size of the normal

supermarket. Coming up next on WIN

News ... All the day' s sport - News ... All the day' s sport - And

... Tons of toys - the collection fo

for kids in Queensland.

for kids in Queensland. A for kids in Queensland. A toy can

for kids in Queensland. A toy can

instantly put a smile on a child' s

face. So to help the healing face. So to help the healing proces

for children affected by the Queensland floods ... ... the

Canberra Cares: Lost Toy Appeal was launched today. The money that

people are donating is fantastic

people are donating is fantastic an

that' s going to go along way

rebuilding houses, carpet and

clothes and all of those sorts of

things. But we don' t think there' ll be enough money for everything ll be enough money for everything s that' s why we thought we' d do a

little bit to help. We just little bit to help. We just wan

to bring a little bit of joy. This

is what this is about. +y A boot

load has been collected from the

Legislative Assembly. While people

have come far and wide with bag

loads. What we' re aiming to do loads. What we' re aiming to do i

get as many people as possible who

have trucks and trailers and semis and anything that we can get to and anything that we can get to tak

the toys up there. +y The appeal

ends on March nineteen . Items can

be donated at Toytopia - which is be donated at Toytopia - which is i

Hume.. A ground-breaking education

program is closer to being rolled

out nation wide. The initiative out nation wide. The initiative aim

to create a new breed of teachers to create a new breed of teachers

while helping staff disadvantaged

schools. After a six-week

intensive training programme at the University of Melbourne, Imogen

Byrne is now ready to face the

classroom. She' s one of more than

forty new recruits selected as part

of the Teach for Australia scheme, which is funded

which is funded by the which is funded by the Commonwealth

I' ve never been so inspired I' ve never been so inspired tha

when I was at the intensive

training. There was forty-one other

people who were committed to

people who were committed to helpin

people. Teach for Australia is modelled on similar initiatives

overseas. How it works - top

university graduates from any

subject, are allowed to give subject, are allowed to give lesson whilst studying for their teaching

diploma. They must however, work in

disadvantaged schools - for two years.

years. The program began in years. The program began in Victori

a year ago. This year - expanding

to the ACT and Catholic schools. It

won' t be long before it' s rolled

out nation-wide. It allows for

different ways to enter the

profession while maintaining high

standards which everyone is keen to

do. The scheme has had its

critics. The education union is

concerned about the skill level of

concerned about the skill level of

associates. But there' s been a associates. But there' s been a hig

retention rate for the course - attributed to the fact it' s

tailored, on-the-ground learning.

They' re learning how to structure

lessons, how to structure units, lessons, how to structure units, ho

to engage students from a variety

of different backgrounds to engage

in a variety of different learning styles.

Taking a look at sport now.

Taking a look at sport now. And

speculation is mounting that

Brumbies star Matt Giteau is poised

to sign with French Rugby The 29

year old is weighing up his year old is weighing up his options

with a possible move to France

after this years World Cup. Giteau'

s contract with Australian Rugby

expires after the tournament in New

Zealand, while his deal with the

Brumbies is up, after this season.

The Wallaby' s star wants to sort out j?

out his future, BEFORE round one of

the super-rugby competition, so it'

s not a distraction for his team

mates. Raiders star Daniel Vidot is

heading north-of-the-border to try

and push his case for a spot in the

Queensland origin side. He' s part

of the Maroons training camp, of the Maroons training camp, givin

potential rep-players the chance potential rep-players the chance t get a feel of State of Origin.

Vidot is the only Raider taking

part.While a number of his team

mates including Joel Thompson and

Jarrod Croker will head to the

Jarrod Croker will head to the Blue

camp, which has been introduced camp, which has been introduced fo

the first time, by new coach Ricky

Stuart. The Canberra Cavarly have

taken an early lead in their four

game series with Sydney at

Narrabundah Ballpark. The boys

winning, 5-1, last night. The

Orange Brigade were talking up Orange Brigade were talking up thei

chances of defeating the Sydney

Blue Sox all week and they

delivered. A big crowd of more than

11 hundred fans packed Fort

Narrabundah, and weren' t let down.

The boys will be out to continue their

their winning ways, when the two

teams face off from 7o' clock

tonight. And again tomorrow from tonight. And again tomorrow from 4p

and 7pm. Canberra United star

Ashleigh Sykes is determined to

impress coaching staff and her team

mates against Sydney tomorrow. . mates against Sydney tomorrow. . It

s the young-gun' s second game,

after returning from a lengthy after returning from a lengthy spel

on the sideline, due to injury.

She' ll start in tomorrow' s match

from the bench. Canberra Cyclist

Michael Matthews has taken out his

first WorldTour stage victory as a

professional rider.The 20 year old

taking out Stage three of the Tour

Down Under, in South Australia

yesterday. The local sporting

spotlight shines on the Canberra

Capitals tonight, who are playing

the West Coast Waves, here at the

AIS arena, the girls are coming off

a four point loss to Dandenong and are keen to return to the winners list, they shouldn' t

list, they shouldn' t have any

problems if Alison Lacey gets the

ball in her hands, she scored a ball in her hands, she scored a gam

high 16 points last week, while high 16 points last week, while al

eyes will be on Capitals Captain

Jess Bibby, she played 15mins in Jess Bibby, she played 15mins in th

past two games and is itching for

more court time and looking to put

on a show for her home fans, tip

on a show for her home fans, tip of

for the clash from 7pm +y To the

late mail, and we head to Rosehill

for tomorrow' s meet. Race 1, for tomorrow' s meet. Race 1, Numbe