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Canberra mornings: February 5, 2015

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Tony Abbott at the National Press Club. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen.

Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. Photo: Anta Kesuma

Condemned Bali Nine pair Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan have lost their final legal recourse before being executed.

The Denpasar District Court has announced it will not allow a second judicial review into their case.


Chan and Sukumaran could face the firing squad in a matter of days

Lawyers for the men had asked for their sentences to be commuted to 20 years in prison given their reformation during 10 years at Bali's Kerobokan prison.


Lauren Jackson has suffered another injury blow. Photo: Matt Bedford.

Lauren Jackson has suffered another injury blow. Photo: Matt Bedford

A frustrated Lauren Jackson has declared she wants to "go out on my terms", refusing to let another injury setback prematurely end her career.

Australia's most decorated female basketballer faces up to five months on the sideline.

Jackson has been ruled out of the Canberra Capitals' bid to make the WNBL finals and will have her sixth operation in 12 months to repair damage to her knee.

The damage was so bad it threatened to force her into retirement.

Road closures

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What's on today

7.10am: Firefighters are at the Waldorf Hotel on Akuna Street in Civic. Emergency services said there are no flames and no one has been evacuated, but they are investigating an electrical burning smell in one of the rooms.

Explore the history of sound, music and broadcast in the National Film and Sound Archive's latest screen and sound experience, The Front Room, from today.

The ACT Jewish Centre in Forrest is opening an Anne Frank exhibition developed by the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam from 10am.

Canberra Life

Night Noodle Markets in Sydney.

Caroline Buchanan and tennis star Nick Kyrgios to help promote Westside Acton Park. Photo: Rohan Thomson

New "pop-up" shipping container village Westside Acton Park is set to open on Canberra Day next month

The group of Canberra developers, cafe owners and designers, known as Stomping Ground Collective, have also recruited champion BMX cyclist Caroline Buchanan and tennis star Nick Kyrgios to help promote the lakeside project.

They say the initiative will not only boost the profile of the businesses involved, but contribute to Canberra's tourism campaign and breath life into the area.


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Pic of the day

Peter Batey with some of the Bald Archys entries. Photo: Jay Cronan.

Peter Batey with some of the Bald Archy Prize entries. Photo: Jay Cronan.


Today: It will be another partly cloudy day in Canberra with a forecast minimum of 11 degrees and a top of 24 degrees. Light winds will pick up in the afternoon. 

The rest of the week: Friday, sunny - min 9, max 27; Saturday, mostly sunny - min 10, max 30; Sunday, sunny - min 14, max 34; Monday, mostly sunny - min 16 max 33.