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Tegan Osborne: That's it from us this morning Canberra. Thank you for joining us.

Hope you have a lovely weekend - stay warm and dry.

If you're wondering what everyone else has been looking at, here's what's been getting you clicking.

Our top three stories right now are:

Public service unions have lost an appeal against an industrial tribunal decision they say threatens the job security of 25,000 Australian Taxation Office workers nationwide.

The Bullet Train for Australia is doing away with its celebrity free policy and offering Andrew O’Keefe a plum role in the party.

And our breaking news story - that police have closed down a city post office after suspicious powder was discovered.

Professional golfer, Brendan Jones, gets in a bit of practice and some time with his six-year-old son, Kieran, at the Royal Canberra course before heading to Scotland for the British Open.

Professional golfer, Brendan Jones, gets in a bit of practice and some time with his six-year-old son, Kieran, at the Royal Canberra course before heading to Scotland for the British Open. Photo: Graham Tidy

Lee Gaskin: Canberra golfer Brendan Jones will need a strong second round to make the cut at the British Open in Scotland.

Jones is tied for 119th after shooting a seven-over par, 78 in the opening round at Muirfield on Thursday night.

Jones will be in the fourth-last group to tee off late on Friday night Australian time.

American Zach Johnson leads the field at -5, while Adam Scott is the leading Australian at even par.

Stephanie Anderson: Police have closed down a city post office after suspicious powder was discovered.

ACT Policing have shut down Moore and Alinga Streets near the office after the suspicious package was reported at 8.16am.

An ACT Policing spokesman said no staff were being allowed in or out of the building after a "letter was opened and white powder fell out".

It is expected that a HAZMAT unit will be sent to the scene.

We know you Canberrans love your markets... and there's another one to add to your to-do list this weekend. The Mid-Winter Celebration Markets are on at the Belconnen Arts Centre from 1pm to 5pm on Saturday.

All the usual suspects will be there, as well as mulled wine (yes please!) and local musicians for entertainment. Entry is free too!

Bruce Holland

Bruce Holland Photo: Seven Local News

This is terrible...

A 64-year-old man choked during a State of Origin pie-eating contest in North Queensland this week.

A regular at the Bushland Beach Tavern for years, he had taken just a few bits of the chilli pie when he choked and collapsed.

Stephanie Anderson: One person has been taken to hospital following a series of crashes on the Tuggeranong Parkway this morning.

Traffic is still banking up following the initial four car collision near Hindmarsh and Lady Denman Drives, near the Cotter Road overpass, shortly before 8am.

An ESA spokeswoman said ambulance officers treated one woman at the scene before transporting her to the Canberra Hospital with minor injuries.

One of the northbound lanes is still open, but traffic is banking up as a result of the closure.

Drivers are also being delayed following two additional accidents on the Tuggeranong Parkway this morning.

An ACT Policing spokesman said there was another “bumper to bumper” prang near the National Zoo, while a car and a bus had collided close to Lady Denman Drive.

Another person has been transported to the Canberra Hospital with minor injuries following a single vehicle crash on London Circuit near Hobart Place shortly before 8am.

Around the region, here's where the mercury is sitting right now. 

Canberra: 11.9

Braidwood: 11.1

Cooma: 9.6

Goulburn: 12.1

Nowra: 14.8

Perisher Valley: 4.6

Thredbo top station: 2.7

Tuggeranong: 11.5

There's a chance of thunderstorms today in Canberra.

We're in for a top of 14C and winds of 40km per hour in the middle of the day.

Stephanie Anderson: False alarm folks!

The ever alert Defence staffers smelt smoke in their building on Russell Drive this morning, prompting a call to emergency services at 8.30am.

But it turned out the smoky smell was just a hard working contractor working with a grinder on the roof.

Got a news tip? Traffic slow? Shout out to us via emailtweet us or post on our Facebook page.

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Today's front page.

Today's front page.

On the front page of today's newspaper...

The retail business of Canberra's troubled Yarralumla Nursery will be sold to private owners as the ACT government moves to restructure the loss-making enterprise.

The ACT's jail was close to capacity on the night of its first prisoner suicide, government figures show.

They pulled on the retro ''heavy, cotton jerseys of a playing strip revolution'' to relive their championship memories and the last links to the ACT Brumbies' golden era are determined to deliver success to a new generation.

And parents of a primary student have lost their bid to force a private northside school to accept their enrolment.

Stephanie Anderson: Fire fighters are on their way to a reported fire in the Defence offices in Russell.

The alleged fire in a building on Russell Drive was reported at 8.30am, and is believed to be in a building between four and seven storeys tall.

We’re waiting on further confirmation from ESA, we’ll keep you up to date as information comes to hand.

There's stacks of centenary events on this weekend - starting today!

The Majura Women's Group has marked Canberra's first century with a year-long project of styling themselves in past fashions, and capturing this in photography. The photos marking each decade will be on show from Friday 19 July, and exhibition entry is free. 

The group is a self-run volunteer organisation providing opportunities for people at home with young children, and has been running for nearly 30 years.

Women: celebrating a century of women is on at the Belconnen Arts Centre foyer, kicking off at 5.30pm tonight.

Andrew O'Keefe

Andrew O'Keefe

Stephanie Anderson: The Bullet Train for Australia is doing away with its celebrity free policy and offering Andrew O’Keefe a plum role in the party.

The party is extending O’Keefe an offer to become the official Bullet Train for Australia national spokesperson and candidate in the lead up to the federal vote, following the Weekend Sunrise host’s recent on air support for the party.

“We’ve tried to contact Andrew, but no response,” president Tim Böhm said.

“We’d love to have him on board and up front helping to steer the Bullet Train campaign to the ballot box.”

The party will also be running Senate candidates in the ACT, as well as House of Representative candidates for the seats of Canberra and Fraser.

Our photographer Graham Tidy went along yesterday as the Brumbies players met fans for a signing session and BBQ.

The meet and greet was ahead of Sunday's final at Canberra Stadium against the Cheetahs. 

Were you there? Did you get snapped? Are you in love with Pat McCabe?

Leave a comment on the blog or tweet us @canberratimes 

Long time club member and attendee of every home match since the club began, Denise Melville from Bywong, receives a sausage sandwich from Ben Alexander. Click for more photos

Brumbies meet fans ahead of Sunday's final

Long time club member and attendee of every home match since the club began, Denise Melville from Bywong, receives a sausage sandwich from Ben Alexander. Photo: Graham Tidy

  • Long time club member and attendee of every home match since the club began, Denise Melville from Bywong, receives a sausage sandwich from Ben Alexander.
  • Brumbies players meet fans for a signing session and BBQ ahead of Sunday's final at Canberra Stadium against the Cheetahs.
  • Pat McCabe with fan Linda Onus from Richardson.
  • Pat McCabe with fan 16 month old Emil Andrew-Gavazov from Weston.
  • Fan Mackai Reedy, 6, from Gungahlin, looks over awed.
  • 9-year-old Alyssa Davidson from Weston Creek, meets Scott Fardy.
  • Visitor from Hampshire in England, 16-year-old Miranda Wheeler, meets players Nic White, Ruan Smith and Jesse Mogg.
  • Brumbies players meet fans for a signing session and BBQ ahead of Sunday's final at Canberra Stadium against the Cheetahs.
  • Visitors file past players for autographs. Stephen Moore at left.
  • Visitors file past players for autographs. Stephen Moore at left.
  • Stephen Moore signs tickets to Sunday's game for Tobe Jordens, 6, of Duffy.

Stephanie Anderson: The Bullet Train for Australia is doing away with its celebrity free policy and offering Andrew O’Keefe a plum role in the party.

The party is extending O’Keefe an offer to become the official Bullet Train for Australia national spokesperson and candidate in the lead up to the federal vote, following the Weekend Sunrise host’s recent on air support for the party.

“We’ve tried to contact Andrew, but no response,” president Tim Böhm said.

“We’d love to have him on board and up front helping to steer the Bullet Train campaign to the ballot box.”

The party will also be running Senate candidates in the ACT, as well as House of Representative candidates for the seats of Canberra and Fraser.

Stephanie Anderson: Traffic is banking up on the Tuggeranong Parkway following a four car collision this morning.

Authorities were called to the scene of the crash near Hindmarsh and Lady Denman Drives, near the Cotter Road overpass, shortly before 8am.

An ACT Policing spokeswoman said one of the northbound lanes was still open, but traffic was banking up as a result of the closure.

There’s no word on potential injuries yet, but we’ll bring you more information as it comes to hand.

Stephanie Anderson: Emergency services are at the scene of a crash in the city this morning.

Crews were called to the single vehicle accident on London Circuit near Hobart Place shortly before 8am.

No information is available on injuries yet, however an ACT Policing spokeswoman said traffic should not be affected.

We’ll bring you further details as they come to hand.

A photo from Perisher's Front Valley snow cam - at 7.52am on Friday July 19.

A photo from Perisher's Front Valley snow cam - at 7.52am on Friday July 19.

Grant Newton: If you are planning a trip down the Monaro Highway tonight for a weekend at the snow, don't forget your thermals ... and beanie ... and every other piece of warm clothing in your cupboard.

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting a TOP temperature of -3C on Saturday and Sunday at Perisher Valley.

Tomorrow, Perisher's ski bunnies will wake to a partly cloudy day, with scattered snow showers and the chance of thunderstorms.

Strong north-westerly winds (up to 50km/h) in the morning will turn westerly and become light during the evening. On Sunday, after an overnight low of -5C, the valley will warm to -3C with more scattered snow showers and westerly winds.

The ACT Brumbies will make their first finals appearance in nine years when they host the Free State Cheetahs at Canberra Stadium on Sunday.

A crowd of close to 20,000 is tipped to be on hand to see the Brumbies back in the finals for the first time since winning the championship in 2004.

The knock-out qualifying final could also be the final Super Rugby game in the illustrious career of champion flanker George Smith.

Fan favourite Clyde Rathbone has also been recalled to the team, and his experience will be vital in the sudden death encounter

Clyde Rathbone during training

Clyde Rathbone during training Photo: Melissa Adams

From ACTION.

The Canberra Raiders have the chance to move into the top eight when they take on the Parramatta Eels at Canberra Stadium on Saturday night at 5.30pm.

Sitting in 10th position the Raiders are in a tightly contested fight with six other teams, as only four points separate the fifth and eleventh placed teams.

The Raiders are firm favourites against the last-placed Eels, with the Raiders being placed at their shortest odds in 14 years at $1.08. 

They will also welcome back Queensland State of Origin star Josh Papalii, who will take on the Eels for the first time since controversially changing his mind and re-signing with the Raiders.

Raiders player Sami Sauiluma celebrates with Josh Papalii after scoring his first try.

Raiders player Sami Sauiluma celebrates with Josh Papalii after scoring his first try. Photo: Melissa Adams

Grant Newton: And here's the second photo of the injured roo, pictured with National Parks and Wildlife staff.

The Nature Parks and Wildlife Service staff with the injured kangaroo.

The Nature Parks and Wildlife Service staff with the injured kangaroo.

Grant Newton: A kangaroo shot with a crossbow on a south coast golf course this week is likely to survive thanks to the swift actions of wildlife carers and a local vet.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service received a call earlier this week from Wildlife Rescue about a kangaroo that had been shot through the jaw with a metal crossbow bolt.

Nowra vet Justin Clarke was able to sedate the roo and remove the bolt.

NPWS Regional Manager Diane Garrood said she was dismayed by such an irresponsible and cruel action.

"Our native fauna deserve protection, not senseless, inhumane actions like this," Ms Garrood said.

Kangaroos are protected fauna under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 and harming them carries a maximum penalty of $11,000 and six months imprisonment

 

The injured kangaroo.

The injured kangaroo.

Stephanie Anderson: Our politicians will soon have another fact checking outlet to contend with as the Climate Institute prepares to launch its “Pollute-o-Meter”.

The Pollute-o-Meter aims to assess of the climate change policies of the main political parties and will be launched at Parliament House later this morning.

Let’s see what it makes of the carbon tax debate!

Stephanie Anderson: It may not seem like it to Canberrans waking up to the rain, but the city just slept through what could be the warmest July night on record.

Duty meteorologist Julie Evans said the current record, set at 10.5 degrees in 1975, was on its way to being broken.

“We can’t officially break any records until 9am, when the 24 hour period is marked,” she said.

“The Canberra minimum is sitting on 10.6 degrees.”

Ms Evans said the capital could also expect snow over the weekend, with the snow line predicted to drop to 700 metres.

As part of the centenary celebrations, Rock for Reconciliation is being held in Canberra on Saturday night.

It will recognise the world's oldest continuing living culture in a modern society, and will feature Tjintu Desert Band from Central Australia, supported by local band Hung Parliament.

It's on at The Street Theatre - bookings through www.thestreet.org.au

Claire Danes, in Homeland.

Claire Danes, in Homeland.

Stephanie Anderson: Claire Danes is in the running for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series after scoring herself an Emmy nomination overnight.

The actress was one of the lucky ones, unlike Australians David Wenham and Thomas M. Wright, who were snubbed for their roles in Jane Campion’s TV mini-series Top of the Lake.

Our entertainment team will bring you all the nomination news throughout the day.

Staying with sport for a moment, and the 18th stage of the Tour de France in the Alps could not have turned out much better for race leader Chris Froome of Great Britain.

After the 172.5km 18th stage from Gap to l'Alpe d'Huez, the 28 year-old Sky rider had extended his overall lead even further, but it was not a simple task.

Froome suffered a hunger flat with about five kilometres to go and Australian teammate Richie Porte saved him by fetching several energy boosting 'gel' from the team car.

Go you Aussie.

Job done: Froome with teammate Richie Porte at the finish line.

Job done: Froome with teammate Richie Porte at the finish line. Photo: Getty Images

Lee Gaskin: The Canberra Raiders will make a major sponsorship announcement at 10am this morning before the team's final training run at Canberra Stadium.

Second-rower Josh Papalii has emerged unscathed from Queensland's State of Origin victory on Wednesday night, allowing him to back up against Parramatta tomorrow night.

It will be the first time Papalii has faced the Eels since re-neging on a three-year deal to remain with the Raiders earlier this year.

Prop Brett White is an outside chance of making his return from a fractured eye socket, while winger Bill Tupou could also be a late inclusion.

It would be Tupou's debut for the Raiders after switching over from the New Zealand Warriors mid-season.

As our blog reader Adzz has pointed out (thanks!), it's a very rainy one out there today Canberra... We'll be keeping an eye on the roads for you. 

According to the weather people there's a chance of thunderstorms.

We're in for a top of 14C and winds of 40km per hour in the middle of the day.

What about the weekend? 

It's going to be cold - potentially the coldest weekend of the year.

Saturday - 7C, partly cloudy, isolated showers.

Sunday - 6C, partly cloudy, isolated showers.

Monday - 11C, partly cloudy, isolated showers.

Is this the dream for avocado lovers? Bruise-free fruit.

Researchers at the University of Queensland reckon they’re close to figuring out how avocadoes get so bruised – and why we can never tell a good one from a bad one at the supermarket.

Apparently one in three avos are a disappointment, and we would be eating more of them if they weren’t so bruised all the time.

And a firmness testing device may be the answer. Watch their video here for more details.

Stephanie Anderson: The number of political parties registered for this year’s election just keeps on climbing, with three more gaining approval this week.

The Australian Electoral Commission approved applications from the Australian Independents, Smokers Rights Party and Coke in the Bubblers Party this week. The decision brings the total number of registered parties to 53.

Time will tell what this means for the major parties, but until then, I’m keen to learn some more about the Coke in the Bubblers Party’s policies.

Yesterday, we brought you the story of 22 Indian schoolchildren, who died after eating a government-provided midday meal.

It's now been alleged they may have been deliberately poisoned in a political conspiracy.

 

Women mourn the death of their children who died after consuming contaminated meals given to children at a school on Tuesday.

Women mourn the death of their children who died after consuming contaminated meals given to children at a school on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

Today's cartoon by David Pope.

Editorial Cartoon 31.10.14 Click for more photos

David Pope

Editorial Cartoon 31.10.14 Photo: David Pope

England teased Steve Smith during the last Ashes series about being in the Australian team for his jokes. But the home team wasn't laughing after Smith's raw leg spin caused a late flurry of wickets on the opening day at Lord's.

Smith succeeded where the regular bowlers failed, capturing three English scalps including that of Australia's nemesis, Ian Bell, as England collapsed from 4-271 to 7-289 at stumps.

Phil Hughes of Australia slides to save a boundary. Click for more photos

The Ashes: Australia v England

Phil Hughes of Australia slides to save a boundary. Photo: Getty Images

Canberra Raiders captain Terry Campese takes a bath in Raiders Lime during the members day at Canberra Stadium back in March.

Canberra Raiders captain Terry Campese takes a bath in Raiders Lime during the members day at Canberra Stadium back in March. Photo: Jeffrey Chan

Three Canberra Raiders will be appearing at Questacon today – and they’re bringing some Raiders Lime Milk with them!

They won’t be laying a bathtub full of the stuff again (unfortunately) but they will be helping out with a milk-related experiment.

Tom Lahrs, Edrick Lee and Haydon Hodge will be headed down there today from 11am to 1pm –take the kids along to the Q Lab to meet the Raiders players and learn a little something too.

Tegan Osborne: Good morning Canberra! Welcome to our Friday live news blog.

The end of the week is here, and we've got a cold weekend ahead - the coldest of the year in fact!

If you haven't got yourself some movies to watch, board games to play or stocked up some red wine yet.. well, there's not long to go now. The top temperatures for Saturday and Sunday is 7 and 6 degrees respectively. Brr!

We'd love to hear from you this morning if you've got an idea or tip on how to keep warm this weekend - at home and outdoors. Send us an email, tweet us or hit us up on Facebook.

We've got all the news headlines to bring you over the next three hours, so let's get into it!

 

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  • Clare Danes Austalian? I know we constantly claim New Zealanders but this is getting ridiculous? We are now claiming anyone who dated an Australian?

    Hi Tzz. We didn't say she was Australian. We said David Wenham and Thomas M. Wright were. - CT Homepage producer.

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    July 19, 2013, 7:23AM
    • The photo caption says she is Australian

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      July 19, 2013, 7:46AM
    • "Australian Clare Danes, in Homeland" is the photo caption.

      So it does. Apologies Tzz. We've fixed it. Thanks for it pointing out. - CT Homepage producer

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      July 19, 2013, 7:54AM
  • Very wet on the roads this morning, take care all and please drive slowly!! Chance of an early morning thunderstorm too.

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    July 19, 2013, 6:54AM

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