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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!

Lee Gaskin sports reporter

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!

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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
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Another good morning for our bus services..

 Police investigate a ...

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.

CANBERRA AFR 060908 PIC BY JESSICA SHAPIRO...  GENERIC Parliament House, ACT, security, camera, watch, government, ...

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 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
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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.

US to send missile defences to Guam

The US announces it will send a missile defense system to Guam to defend the Pacific Ocean island from North Korea.

John-Paul Moloney.
The Wallabies and official apparel partner KooGa have unveiled a new jersey ahead of the highly anticipated British & ...
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

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.

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."

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