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Canberra Mornings Live: Friday, April 5

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Lucy Rickard: We're about to sign off for the morning, but before we do, here's what our readers are enjoying the most this morning.

  • A 35-storey residential tower has been proposed for Belconnen. The developer believes there will be no objections to the $75million building.
  • A dazzling two-goal performance by Former World Player of the Year, Ronaldinho, was overshadowed by violence after a South American football match ended with riot police wielding pellet-loaded shotguns at players in the middle of the field. 
  • A prisoner in Goulburn jail claimed he had vital information on the hit-run killing of Troy Forsyth, agreeing to meet the victim's family to talk about the cold case. 

That's where we'll leave it this morning. We hope you enjoyed the coverage this morning - feel free to send in some feedback on our morning blog, send in any news tips - and we hope you'll join us next week when we kick off from 6.30am on Monday.

Have a great weekend!

A big celebration may be on the cards in the Croker household this weekend...

Jarrod Croker.

Jarrod Croker. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Us Aussies have always thought of ourselves as a pretty friendly bunch, but apparently we're not.

Not by a long shot.

We're 27th on a list ranking countries' friendliness towards overseas visitors.

John-Paul Moloney: On the CT newslist today, we'll be trying to get more information out of ACTEW about the salary benchmarking that puts the water utility's managing director in the "lower 25 per cent" of equivalent executives' pay. Judging by the comments online today, our readers want more answers.

We'll also bring you news on the progress of the largest controlled burn in the territory in 30 years.  The burn off in Namadgi started on Wednesday. 

And as the US and North Korea move missiles and missle defence systems around during what is becoming a tense military standoff, the Australian War Memorial will be moving some old military hardware around this morning.  A British 9.2-inch howitzer and Japanese Type 95 Ha-Go tank are being shifted to the memorial from its Mitchell warehouse and will be unloaded by a crane this morning. The AWM is holding its annual open day tomorrow, which ends with a Beating Retreat ceremony and concert by the RMC band. 

On a serious note, ACT Medicare Local is encouraging Canberrans to get their blood pressure checked. The message comes in the lead-up to World Health Day on Sunday, April 7.

So go on, get yourselves checked out!

Our first take is up on the superannuation announcement - this story will be updated throughout the day.

 

A poster distributed by the hackers.

A poster distributed by the hackers.

Hackers apparently broke into at least two of North Korea's government-run online sites on Thursday, as tensions rose on the Korean Peninsula.

Instead, a picture posted on Thursday on the North's Flickr site shows Kim's face with a pig-like snout and a drawing of Mickey Mouse on his chest. Underneath, the text reads: "Threatening world peace with ICBMs and Nuclear weapons/Wasting money while his people starve to death.

And from our sports department...

Lucy Rickard: OK, I'm pushing the boundaries of "news" with this one, but something from the celebrity pages. 

Daily Life is reporting that Madonna's daughter Lourdes is dating Homeland 'bad boy' star Timothee Chamalat.

Lourdes and Timothee.

Lourdes and Timothee. Photo: Us Magazine

John-Paul Moloney: Speaking of men's sartorial style...and since Life and Entertainment editor Jenna Clarke isn't in yet, how about the gents' gear shown off at the Canberra Airport launch of Fashfest yesterday?

There was some debate in the newsroom yesterday about how much of Mitchell Thompson's 'Peterpetually 5' look would seep down into mainstream menswear.  The longest odds seemed to be on the shirt buttons that run almost down to the ankles.

At least one style king of the CT newsroom felt the pants were a cheeky nod to the happy pants era of the early 1990s...a suggestion swiftly rebuffed by Jenna, who outlined her style manifesto in this piece yesterday. 

What did you think? 

FASHFEST designer Mitchell Thompson of the lable 'Peterpetually 5' stands with models Tom Arbaut-Zaalen and Julius Yates.

FASHFEST designer Mitchell Thompson of the lable 'Peterpetually 5' stands with models Tom Arbaut-Zaalen and Julius Yates. Photo: Katherine Griffiths

Another good morning for our bus services..

A man has died after being stabbed during a confrontation with another man in the NSW Hunter Valley.

The 21-year-old collapsed at an intersection in Cessnock, after attempting to walk to a police station about 3am today. Paramedics rushed him to Cessnock Hospital but he could not be revived.

The federal government is due to make an announcement on superannuation policy at 9am this morning. We'll post updates as they come in.



Some pretty dramatic scenes on the field of an Argentinian soccer match, with riot police wielding shotguns pointed at players.

The brawl between heavily armed Brazilian police and players of Argentinian club Arsenal de Sarandi overshadowed a dazzling performance by former World Player of the Year Ronaldinho.

John-Paul Moloney: We think those stern looks on the Wallabies modelling their jerseys are fashion-forward neutral. They say "we're good, respectable gents, buy a match ticket for your mum'' but also "don't mess with us Argentina".  

But the blue steel pouts of Berrick and co do remind us though of a jersey launch a long time ago...so long ago that ARU boss Bill Pulver must have forgot when he said in a press release today "since 1961 the Wallabies have worn an all Gold jersey''.

It was 1997 and professionalism had just taken off and so corporate interests were just starting to have their way with the code. Reebok was the new jersey sponsor and they unveiled this triumph of geometry over taste.  Tim Gavin and Phil Kearns' expressions said it all. 

Tim Gavin and Phil Kearns look thrilled at the unveiling of the 1997 Wallabies jersey.

Tim Gavin and Phil Kearns look thrilled at the unveiling of the 1997 Wallabies jersey. Photo: Craig Golding

This just on Twitter - we'll have more on this later this morning.

Troy Hearfield of the Mariners.

Troy Hearfield of the Mariners. Photo: Cameron Spencer

The US has announced it will send a missile defence system to Guam to defend the Pacific Ocean island from North Korea.

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The Wallabies and official apparel partner KooGa have unveiled a new jersey ahead of the highly anticipated British & Irish Lions Tour to
 Australia.

The Wallabies and official apparel partner KooGa have unveiled a new jersey ahead of the highly anticipated British & Irish Lions Tour to Australia. Photo: Supplied

John-Paul Moloney: It's that time of year when the clocks get wound forward and the Wallabies tinker with their jersey design.   This morning a new-look (same, same but different) version of the Wallabies strip is being shown off by four hipster models.  The one with the moustache is a Sydney-based model named Berrick, the little guy 'Will' at the front works for a Brisbane agency, and the big guy with the beard...we're not sure.  

What we do know is the jerseys have "moisture wicking properties...a new silicone gel logo application and the inclusion of four different fabrics in its body mapped panelling design.'' They also utilise "exo-max performance mesh which features a more open weave for breathability.”

 

Gina Riley

Gina Riley Photo: Supplied

Kath and Kim star Gina Riley's breast cancer diagnosis has inspired a huge increase in women booking mammograms, BreastScreen services has revealed.

Hamish Boland-Rudder: MasterChef fans and cooking enthusiasts are invited to join Australia's original MasterChef, Julie Goodwin, at Woden Library on Monday at 6pm.

"Chat to Julie about her MasterChef journey, the cookbook writing process and the delicious and simple recipes in gather," said Vanessa Little, Director, Libraries ACT.

"There will also be time to ask Julie any cooking questions you may have."

To recap the weather for you, it's about 13 degrees at the moment, and we're headed for a top today of 21. We’re in for a mostly cloudy day with light winds from the south/south-east.

There’s a 20 per cent chance of rain, according to the Bureau.

Looking ahead, tomorrow will be partly cloudy with isolated showers and a top of 22. Sunday is much the same with a top of 23.

Hamish Boland-Rudder: A teenager has been charged over an armed robbery at a Southern Highlands bottle shop on Wednesday night.

It will be alleged the 15-year-old threatened an employee at the store with a knife, demanding she open the cash register before grabbing money and fleeing on foot.

He was arrested by police in Mittagong on Thursday and is due in court today on a string of charges including robbery, break and enter and stealing.

Siliva Siliva during the Brumbies recovery session at Canberra Olympic Pool

Siliva Siliva during the Brumbies recovery session at Canberra Olympic Pool Photo: Jay Cronan

Chris Dutton: The Brumbies play the Southern Kings at Canberra stadium tonight. Captain Ben Mowen told The Canberra Times that his team was lazy at times last week and that needed to be rectified if they want to stay at the top of the ladder. Plenty of changes in the line up.

The biggest one is Pat McCabe making his comeback from a broken neck. He hasn't played since fracturing the C1 vertebra in his neck last November and some feared he'd never play again. Kick off is at 7.40pm.

Hamish Boland-Rudder: Work to complete the second phase of lighting upgrades in Acton tunnel will begin this weekend. There will be temporary lane closures on Saturday and Sunday from 6am and 7pm, as well as on the weekend of April 20 and 21.

The work also means the tunnel will be closed to cyclists, who will be detoured along the cycle path parallel to Parkes Way.

And just what will be going on? They'll be changing 1148 light globes in the tunnel.

All quiet on our roads this so far this morning. Let us know if you spot any trouble and we’ll pass it on.

 

Grant Newton: A new toy for the Canberra golfer who has everything … the first ever hover-cart. Watch Bubba Watson take it for a spin.

 

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It glides over fairways, water hazards and bunkers - and as US pro Bubba Watson says: "Who doesn't want to do that?"

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It’s Friday, which means it’s time to start planning something to do over the next 48 hours.

There’s plenty happening in and around the capital this weekend. If you know of anything, let us know. We’ll be putting snippets of activities throughout the blog this morning – here’s a couple to get you thinking about the weekend ahead.

If you are waiting for the Rte 200 from the city ...

This weekend is the second Sunday in April which can mean only one thing... daylight saving is over for the year!

Yep, this weekend, don't forget to turn your clocks back an hour on Sunday - you don't want to be late to work on Monday morning...

Grant Newton: News in this morning that the ACT Government is about to embark on a large-scale rabbit control program. The bunny cull will run through early winter across Canberra.  Sings will be erected in the control areas and on baiting cages and people are asked not to touch or interfere with poisoned carrots, oats or caged bait stations. Domestic animals should be kept away from the control areas.

 

Ranger Luke McElhinney sets a rabbit trap at Mt Majura reserve last year.

Ranger Luke McElhinney sets a rabbit trap at Mt Majura reserve last year. Photo: Rohan Thomson

From the US overnight... an aspiring Australian model has been busted for a $300k bank theft because he wanted braces.

"I wanted to get braces. I’ve got a nice smile, but I wanted a million-dollar smile," said the 19-year-old.

Arrested: Azeem Ali-Shabazz.

Arrested: Azeem Ali-Shabazz. Photo: Facebook

A developer wants to build the capital's tallest residential building in Belconnen. And he thinks there will be no objections from adjoining tenants to the 112-metre tower.

Take a look at Matthew Raggatt's story this morning and let us know if you think it should get the green light.

An artist's impression of the $75 million Belconnen apartment towers.

An artist's impression of the $75 million Belconnen apartment towers. Photo: Supplied

Famed movie critic Roger Ebert has died, aged 70.

Remembered as the most famous and most popular film reviewer of his time who become the first journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize for movie criticism and, on his long-running TV program, wielded America's most influential thumb.

Film critic Roger Ebert: won a Pulitzer Prize.

Film critic Roger Ebert: won a Pulitzer Prize. Photo: Reuters

Lucy Rickard: Another day, another series of massive traffic or transport problems for Sydneysiders. Today  it's trains - the Northern line and the Newcastle and Central Coast lines have been hit by delays and cancellations.

That small build-up of cars on Commonwealth Ave isn't looking so bad now...

Martin Tann's belongings were found on the beach.

Martin Tann's belongings were found on the beach.

In Western Australia, police are baffled at the disappearance of a young man from a Perth beach on Tuesday.

A large-scale search for the 24-year-old has included land and sea searches - police have not ruled out that he may have been taken by a shark, but still cannot say whether the man left the water after a swim, or if he did in fact go for a swim.

Pope Francis's twitter flock has doubled to 5 million.

Pope Francis's twitter flock has doubled to 5 million.

Grant Newton: From the Vatican City overnight comes news that Pope Francis’s online flock has doubled to five million Twitter followers in just seven weeks - half the time it took his predecessor, Benedict XVI, to build up his following. The account pontifex - has tweets in nine languages. The number on all nine accounts put together exceeded five million for the first time overnight. 

 

Canberra Times cartoonist David Pope has delivered us another cracker this morning.

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Editorial Cartoon 13.4.14 Photo: David Pope

Grant Newton: A quick hit of morning sport …

  • John Sutton has signed a new four-year deal with South Sydney that will keep him at the NRL club until the end of the 2017 season.
  • In the NRL, Canterbury take on Manly tonight at ANZ Stadium while the Broncos host the in-form Gold Coast.
  • In cricket, James Pattinson will have abdominal surgery tomorrow - but the setback is not expected to sideline him from the Ashes.
  • Disgraced US cyclist Lance Armstrong has scrapped plans to enter a swim race in Texas following objections from the sport’s global governing body.

 

John Sutton, who has signed a four-year-deal with the Rabbitohs, in action against the Bulldogs.

John Sutton, who has signed a four-year-deal with the Rabbitohs, in action against the Bulldogs. Photo: Getty Images

Musician and composer Tommy Tycho, who has died aged 84.

Musician and composer Tommy Tycho, who has died aged 84.

Grant Newton: Making headlines around the nation today …

  • Australia’s leaders are expected to urge China to persuade North Korea to rachet down its behaviour on their visit to the regional powerhouse. Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Foreign Minister Bob Carr will be among the first foreign leaders to meet the new China leadership. The PM’s six-day visit includes participation in the Boao Forum for Asia, on Hainan Island, and a meeting with new president Xi Jinping.
  • Australian composer and musician Tommy Tycho has died at the age of 84. Tycho was an institution in the early days of Australian television and recorded the version of the national anthem, Advance Australia Fair, used often at sporting events in Australia.
  • The man accused of raping and murdering Melbourne woman Jill Meagher is due to appear in court today. 41-year-old Adrian Ernest Bayley is alleged to have dragged the 29-year-old into a Brunswick laneway, and raping and strangling her in the early hours of September 22 last year.

 

Actor Kenneth Branagh presents Queen Elizabeth with a British Academy of Film and Television Arts award during a reception for the British Film Industry held at Windsor Castle overnight.

Actor Kenneth Branagh presents Queen Elizabeth with a British Academy of Film and Television Arts award during a reception for the British Film Industry held at Windsor Castle overnight. Photo: Reuters

Grant Newton: Around the world in 80 words …

The Queen has received an honorary BAFTA in recognition of a lifetime’s support of British film and television. The UN is raising its estimates of people trapped in Syria after fleeing their homes, saying some four million are now displaced inside the country and in dire need of international help. Lawyers in Pakistan say a Lahore court has acquitted a Christian man who was sentenced to death for blasphemy six years ago. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has told North Korea to rein in its nuclear threats, warning any miscalculation could lead to an extremely grave outcome.

 

Canberra Times front page April 5 2013

Canberra Times front page April 5 2013

Lucy Rickard: Let's take a look at the stories that made the front page of The Canberra Times today.

The Korean missile crisis has escalated, and the Australian government has warned that North Korea and South Korea cannot continue to ignore threats to its security as the communist state's deadly game of brinkmanship edged closer to armed conflict.

A Canberra events and marketing company run by the wife of former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns has gone into liquidation - sunk by an ambitious regatta.

Research has shown that ACT five-year-olds are slightly less vulnerable to developmental delays - and those in Tuggeranong are faring the worse.

And finally the story that hit our site yesterday afternoon - the salary of ACTEW managing director came into the spotlight, with a Legislative Assembly committee hearing yesterday being told that his $855,000 pay packet puts him in the bottom 25 per cent of executives doing similar work.

Grant Newton: It’s currently 13 degrees in the capital heading for a top today of 21. We’re in for a mostly cloudy day with light winds from the south/south-east.

There’s a 20 per cent chance of rain, according to the Bureau.

Looking ahead, tomorrow will be partly cloudy with isolated showers and a top of 22. Sunday is much the same with a top of 23.

 

Grant Newton: Good morning Canberra and welcome to our live news blog on this final day of the working week.

It’s a mild 13 degrees right now heading for a top today of 21. We’ll bring you a full weather update and outlook shortly.

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