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Canberra mornings: February 27, 2015

Today's top stories

Peta Credlin. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Canberra resident Ashley Kent Johnston. 

An Australian killed fighting for the Kurds against Islamic State in northern Syria - and thought to be the first Westerner to die in battle against IS – has been identified as 28 year-old Canberran Ashley Kent Johnston.

Mr Johnston was born in Queensland and is believed to have been a resident of the ACT before joining the fight against IS in Syria and Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Australian Kurdish Association president Gulfer Olan confirmed Mr Johnston had died in the fighting and said she was trying to contact Mr Johnston's family to pass on the Kurdish community's condolences.

Sport

World champion cyclist Rebecca Wiasak. Photo: Graham Tidy.

World champion cyclist Rebecca Wiasak. Photo: Graham Tidy

New individual pursuit world champion Rebecca Wiasak will devote the next 18 months to her Olympic Games dream despite knowing "there's a very real chance I won't achieve it", admitting she thought a decade of training would amount to nothing.

But after a career of setbacks and knock downs in long-distance running, triathlon and road cycling which almost forced her to quit her elite ambitions, Canberra's newest world champion is refusing to give up on her track cycling niche.

Road closures

9.57am: The Hume Highway has reportedly been reopened after the motorcycle crash.

9.07am: There has been yet another crash on Canberra Avenue in Forrest. Two cars are partially blocking one lane heading towards Parliament House just before the National Circuit intersection.

8.33am: A motorbike accident on the Hume Highway south of Goulburn is slowing traffic. Northbound lanes will close to allow a helicopter to land.

8.24am: Cotter Road is now blocked everyone:

8.12am: Avoid the Flemington road exit onto the Federal Highway outside EPIC, traffic is very slow, according to police. 

8.05am: There has been a six car pile up on the Cotter Road between the Tuggeranong Parkway and the McCulloch Street intersection.

8am: There has been a two car crash near the Flemington road exit onto the Federal Highway outside EPIC. 

Tonight, construction of the Majura Parkway will close Fairbairn Avenue between the Northcott Drive roundabout and Majura Road, and Morshead Drive from Pialligo Avenue intersection (northbound traffic only). That's from 6.30pm to 5am on Saturday.

If you are stuck in traffic or have any info, let us know: morningblog@canberratimes.com.au or tweet us @canberratimes

What's on today

Enlighten and the first Enlighten Night Noodle Markets illuminate the parliamentary triangle from tonight. Check out vivid projections on the capital's most recognisable buildings, enjoy roving entertainment and late-night openings and fill up on noodles. Most of the action is around Commonwealth Place

The Royal Canberra Show also brings colour to the capital at Exhibition Park in Canberra from this morning.

It's your last chance to enter our summer photo comp! You can win a share of $1000 if you get your pics in to us by tomorrowMore info here.

Canberra Life

Two Before Ten owner Chris Dennis in the library that will be part of the Bolt Bar and Two Before Ten at Aranda shops.

Rowan Bates, owner of Lets Do Yum Cha, and Kimberley Chiam and Jes Lau, both from N2 extreme gelato, prepare for the Night Noodles Markets. Photo: Melissa Adams

A canopy of glowing lanterns have been strung up, Lucky Cat presides over the gate, and 15 stalls are preparing to dish out Asian street food. The Enlighten Night Noodle Markets are ready to open in Canberra for the first time.

The gates will be thrown open at 5pm on Friday at Reconciliation Place and the markets will run for two weeks alongside the Enlighten festival in the parliamentary triangle, until March 8.

The noodle markets feature half a dozen different types of noodles alongside gyoza, yum cha dumplings and desserts.

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Pic of the day

;Indigenous Advisory Committee chair, Peter Yu, with the Yumari canvas. Photo: Jamila Toderas

 Indigenous Advisory Committee chair, Peter Yu, with the Yumari canvas. Photo: Jamila Toderas

We are also looking for entries to our summer photo comp! You can win a share of $1000 if you get your pics in to us by tomorrowMore info here.

Weather

Today: A partly cloudy day in Canberra with a possible shower this morning, a forecast minimum 13 degrees and a top of 29 degrees. 

The rest of the week: Saturday, partly cloudy - min 14, max 32; Sunday, shower or two - min 17, max 30; Monday, partly cloudy - min 10, max 25; Tuesday, shower or two - min 12, max 26.