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Canberra Mornings Live: Monday, April 29

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Hamish Boland-Rudder.

That's where we'll leave it this morning folks. Thanks for joining us. You can still check in on the homepage during the day for all the latest news. 

We're still looking into the reported "electrical" threat at Calwell. We'll have an update on the homepage shortly.

We'll leave you with a snapshot of what's catching your attention this morning. Here are our most-clicked stories:

A man has been killed and another seriously injured in a glider accident 20 kilometres north of Goulburn.
A man has been killed and another seriously injured in a glider accident 20 kilometres north of Goulburn. Photo: Louise Thrower
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Emergency services are on their way to Calwell after receiving reports of what's been described as an "electrical threat".

Reports of an electrical threat or fallen powerlines on Outtrim Avenue was received at 9.17am.

Authorities are unable to explain exactly what the problem is just yet. We're looking into it and will bring you more.


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We've hit 9am without any major traffic incidents reported.

For our bus commuters, ACTION had a pretty smooth morning:



If you've got a traffic update for us, don't forget to get in touch via email to

The hacker's largest assault clocked in at 300 billion bits per second.
The hacker's largest assault clocked in at 300 billion bits per second. Photo: Rodger Cummins RCZ

Taking a look at world news... A Dutch citizen has been arrested in Spain on suspicion of launching what is described as the biggest cyber attack in internet history - from a bunker and had a van capable of hacking into networks anywhere in the country.

Our blogger Paul Jurak has been out and about on his usual paddle of Lake Burley Griffin.

See more shots at Paul's Facebook Page and his Lake View blog.

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Tom Waterhouse is coming out strong regarding claims by former BFF John Singleton that Waterhouse knew Singleton's horse More Joyous had problems going into Saturday's All Ages Stakes but didn't say so. And then all hell broke lose.




There's been a bus breakdown, affecting passengers on route number 4.



Where are the pollies today?

Prime Minister Julia Gillard will give a speech at the Per Capita think tank on the reform agenda in Canberra at 1pm today. She will talk about the massive and unexpected $12 billion budget black hole.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott will continue his pollie pedal through South Australia.

If you find yourself cruising through a school zone while you're out and about today, remember to slow down.

With the school holidays over, 40 km/h speed limits are back in force at all schools around Canberra between 8am and 4pm, and police are warning they will be enforcing them.

“ACT Policing targets every single school zone during each term. Motorists speeding in school zones risk receiving fines and losing demerit points,” Traffic Operations Station Sergeant Rod Anderson said.

During the first school term this year, policed issued 350 motorists with fines, and a further 169 with warnings. The worst example was a 21-year-old allegedly caught at 82 km/h in a school zone in Bruce. Despite the number of fines, no children were hurt in school zones as a result of traffic.

Police will be enforcing school zone speed limits from today.
Police will be enforcing school zone speed limits from today. Photo: Supplied / ACT Policing

Lovely sunrise shot from @handmademarket on Twitter. Thanks guys!

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Any Living Social users out there?

New just out is that the daily deal company has been hit by a cyber attack, that may have affected more than 50 million customers.

The company says customer data, including names, email addresses, date of birth for some users and "encrypted" passwords has been accessed.

Part of the warning message LivingSocial sent to subscribers.
Part of the warning message LivingSocial sent to subscribers. 
Wind/storm warning.

To save you sticking your head out the window unnecessarily, here’s the latest on the weather

Since our last update, Tuggeranong got a little colder – slipping to a low of 2.9 degrees just after 6.30am – before jumping up to 7.6 degrees just before 8am. At Canberra Airport the mercury hit 8.8 degrees at 7.55am.

By about 10am the temperature will be about 14 degrees, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, before hitting the forecast top of 22 degrees by lunchtime.

Rain could creep up from the south, with the chance of showers increasing through the day until mid-afternoon.


Federal Finance Minister Penny Wong.
Federal Finance Minister Penny Wong. Photo: Supplied

Finance Minister Penny Wong has spoken on ABC Radio this morning about the $12 billion budget black hole that has suddenly appeared due to lower-than-anticipated company tax revenue.

"There's certainly a new economic reality that the nation has to face. In terms of spending, our spending in the year to date is slightly under what we anticipated [even despite a big influx in asylum seekers]."

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Vailma Orthelia Williams.
Vailma Orthelia Williams. 

Police are still seeking help in finding an 88-year-old South Coast woman, who has been missing for a week.

Staff at a Batemans Bay dental surgery on the Old Princes Highway were the last to see Vailma Orthelia Williams, prior to her appointment on Monday, April 22.

Police were told that Mrs Williams rescheduled the appointment, telling surgery staff she was going to do some shopping and head home.

Before she left the surgery, she asked for directions to Beach Road.

Neither Mrs Williams nor her car, a red/maroon Toyota Corolla with NSW registration plates ZDF 155, have been seen since that time.

President Barack Obama got his funny on overnight in the US. Addressing an audience of Washington journalists and Hollywood celebrities at a ritual annual dinner, the US leader spared no jokes about himself.

"These days, I look in the mirror and I have to admit, I'm not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be," the president said at the black-tie dinner of the White House Correspondents' Association. "Time passes. You get a little gray."

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Rural Fire Service volunteers are working on extinguishing a number of small bushfires across the border this morning.

Volunteers have a five hectare blaze under control at Spring Creek Road near Bungendore, and an additional two hectare burn near the Kings Highway is also under control.

South towards Cooma-Monaro, firefighters have brought a five hectare blaze in the Tinderry National Park under control.

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An eastern pygmy possum.
An eastern pygmy possum. 

Regeneration works in the capital’s nature reserves appear to be working after staff found a rarely seen eastern pygmy possum while working on a dead tree recently.

The possum, listed as vulnerable under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995, was found by ACT Parks and Conservation staff at Blue Range Hut campground off Brindabella Road, spokesman Brett McNamara said.

“It is very rare for our staff to see this majestic little creature,” he said.

“Indeed in nearby Namadgi National Park there have only been seven confirmed sightings of the animal. Finding this eastern pygmy possum in a popular recreation area suggests that population numbers may remain viable and healthy within the ACT.”

Mr McNamara said the sighting showed that regeneration efforts following the 2003 fires were working, after more than 80 per cent of the capital’s nature reserve areas were affected.

A little more sport, for the footy fans... 

It wasn't an outstanding weekend for Canberra. Here's what went down over the weekend.

On Saturday in the NRL, the North Queensland Cowboys smashed the Canberra Raiders 30 to 12.

In the AFL, the Gold Coast Suns beat Greater Western Sydney 21.22 (148) to 16.8 (104) 

But on a brighter note in the Super Rugby, the Brumbies demolished the Western Force 41 to 7 at Canberra Stadium.

<i>Style</i> Autumn/Winter edition is out today.
Style Autumn/Winter edition is out today. 

Pick up the Canberra Times today for your copy of Style, a 52-page glossy magazine featuring the capital's best fashion.

The latest edition features the capital's creative collective in Fashfest, as well as a sneak peek inside the wardrobe of stylish local Richard Luton.

The magazine also includes tips from Canberra's professional stylists on finding your own style, and a look inside the capital's newest big-name fashion store Zara.

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Those traffic lights in Bindubi are apparently up and running again.

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