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Canberra Mornings Live: Thursday January 23

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That's all for today. Thanks for joining us for the blog. 

More tomorrow from 7am.

Here's the top five most viewed stories of the morning.

1. Rabbit in Mandela statue's ear has to go, South African officials say         

2. No full-time jail for 'cheap shot lacking courage'

3. Eateries ignoring hygiene standards Breach notices on the rise

4. PM prods Indonesia over boat turnbacks

5. Roger Federer in double-bounce controversy

 

A new, nine-metre sculpture of Nelson Mandela, with a  barely visible sculpted rabbit tucked inside one of the bronze ears.
A new, nine-metre sculpture of Nelson Mandela, with a barely visible sculpted rabbit tucked inside one of the bronze ears.  Photo: AP
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The St Vincent de Paul store in Greenway was robbed sometime on Tuesday night, stealing gold jewellery and cash among other things.

Police said the offenders broke into the store through the front doors between 6.30pm on Tuesday and 8.30am on Wednesday.

The police were called after an employee discovered the damage and noticed the items were missing.

If anyone saw anything, you can contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 or at www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.

Canberra Times reporter Chris Knaus.

The inquiry into David Harold Eastman's murder conviction for the killing of territory police chief Colin Stanley Winchester continues today,

The inquiry is scheduled to hear evidence from a number of witnesses throughout the day, including Raymond Webb.

Mr Webb gave evidence at the inquest into the death that he saw Eastman at the Queanbeyan home of a man selling guns, including a Ruger rifle which police would later claim was used in the killing.

That's all for today. Thanks for joining us for the blog. 

More tomorrow from 7am.

Here's the top five most viewed stories of the morning.

1. Rabbit in Mandela statue's ear has to go, South African officials say         

2. No full-time jail for 'cheap shot lacking courage'

3. Eateries ignoring hygiene standards Breach notices on the rise

4. PM prods Indonesia over boat turnbacks

5. Roger Federer in double-bounce controversy

A new, nine-metre sculpture of Nelson Mandela, with a  barely visible sculpted rabbit tucked inside one of the bronze ears.
A new, nine-metre sculpture of Nelson Mandela, with a barely visible sculpted rabbit tucked inside one of the bronze ears.  Photo: AP
A Goodfellow's tree kangaroo (file photo).
A Goodfellow's tree kangaroo (file photo). Photo: Colleen Petch

In what could be the most exciting baby news since the birth of Prince George, the National Zoo and Aquarium have acquired a new baby tree kangaroo.

The Goodfellow's tree kangaroo will be unveiled by the zoo later today, we're told.

We'll keep you updated with all the baby news as it develops.

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A 71-year-old man has been found "covered in blood and with numerous injuries" after being assaulted on the lawns of Old Parliament House.

Police were called to the scene at about 10.40am yesterday after they received reports of two men fighting, with one man beating the other with a large stick.

When police arrived they found a man lying on the lawns bloody and injured, and he was taken to Canberra Hospital for treatment.

The elderly man stated he had been assaulted by a man and his dog, which had also mauled him.

A 40-year-old man was arrested by police at about 12.15pm and his dog was seized. He was charged with assault and allowing a dog to attack a person.

He'll face court next month.

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Follow the stock markets today via our Markets Live blog.

Local stocks are set to open lower as disappointing US corporate results test investors’ patience.

Earlier in the blog we posted a Twitter photo from Paul Jurak, our Lake View blogger.

Here are some more snaps, from today's blog post.

See more photos on the Kayak Cameraman's Facebook page.

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An update on that two-car accident in Narrabundah at the intersection of Sturt Avenue and Boolimba Crescent:

The road's are now clear and the area is open to traffic.

We'll let you know if there are any further disruptions to Canberra traffic this morning.

The government has promised to co-operate with an Indonesian police investigation into claims asylum seekers suffered burns during an Australian navy tow-back operation.

Defence chiefs and the government have disputed the allegations after the ABC aired footage of asylum seekers receiving medical treatment for burns they say were inflicted when they were forced to hold on to hot engine pipes while they were taken to Indonesia’s Rote Island. Indonesian police are now investigating the incident.

Australian defence chiefs and the Prime Minister say the claims are baseless.

But Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says Australia will co-operate with the Indonesian inquiry.

‘‘I cannot imagine for a moment that the professional people that we have in our forces would have behaved in that fashion,’’ she told reporters in Washington overnight.

‘‘But of course if there is any cooperation we can extend to ensure that these allegations are scotched then we’d be prepared to do it.’’

 

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Canberra's centenary year may be over, but the rise of the Skywhale continues!

We spied this on Twitter this morning.

Super cute. Where do I get one one of those badges?

Peace talks aimed at helping resolve Syria’s civil conflict have got off to a rocky start as a bitter clash over President Bashar al-Assad’s future threatened to collapse the negotiations.

The US and Syrian opposition opened the conference by saying the Syrian leader lost his legitimacy when he crushed a once-peaceful protest movement.

But Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem countered that terrorists and foreign meddling had ripped his country apart.

US Secretary of State John Kerry meanwhile said the whole point of the peace conference was to create a transitional government without Assad.

It's always nice to hear about our hard-working ACT firies getting recognised.

Yesterday the ACT Rural Fire Service posted a thank-you letter they received from a school in Springwood, NSW.

St Columba's Catholic College was seriously under threat during the October 2013 bushfires in NSW, and ACT RFS personnel worked round the clock to defend them from the blaze.

In the letter the principal writes that she wants to thank the firefighters for their "bravery, skill and generosity."

They also included a poster of the entire school expressing their thanks to ACT crews.

A photo the RFS received from St Columbas High.
A photo the RFS received from St Columbas High. 

The Australian Medical Association is set to call for national action to tackle alcohol misuse.

Australian Medical Association president Dr Steve Hambleton says a review of the harms of alcohol misuse is needed.

He says an inquiry should look at alcohol marketing and its exposure to young people, as well as its impact on the health system.

I tell you what's been missing from the blog of late - sunrise photos. 

Clearly, you need to get up earlier Canberra.

Luckily, the reliable (and talented) Paul Jurak did get up early this morning for a kayak.

In all seriousness though. We do love to share your sunrise snaps in the blog. If you'd like to share, you can send pictures to online@canberratimes.com.au. Or tweet them @canberratimes

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There's been a two-car accident in Narrabundah, at the intersection of Sturt Avenue and Boolimba Crescent.

Police said the incident was reported at 8.25am and ACT fire and ambulance services are attending.

The cars are still in the middle of the road according to police and there is petrol on the road.

A spokesperson for ACT Policing said cars should avoid the area and take an alternate route if possible.

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher is putting on her Minister for Higher Education hat today and will officially open the new Cooper Lodge student accommodation complex at the University of Canberra.

Named after a celebrated ACT teacher, Patricia Cooper, there are 297 self-contained studio and multi-bedroom apartments under the "On-Campus 1" developments.

Mrs Cooper will also be there to see the complex named in her honour.

Patricia Cooper, 85 finished up at North Ainslie Primary school at the end of last year.
Patricia Cooper, 85 finished up at North Ainslie Primary school at the end of last year. Photo: Melissa Adams

Former defence chief Peter Cosgrove is tipped to be named as Australia’s new governor-general on Monday.

Major General Cosgrove has long been the frontrunner to succeed Quentin Bryce in the position.

News Corp Australia says Prime Minister Tony Abbott will appoint Maj Gen Cosgrove on Monday, the day after Australia Day.

Maj Gen Cosgrove led the Australian contingency in the 1999 East Timor peacekeeping mission, subsequently commanding the army and serving as defence force chief from 2002 to 2005.

Former Chief of the Defence Force, General Peter Cosgrove is to be Australia's next governor-general, according to a report.
Former Chief of the Defence Force, General Peter Cosgrove is to be Australia's next governor-general, according to a report. Photo: Tony Walters
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The Australian dollar remains above 88 US cents after inflation figures came in stronger than expected, making another cash rate cut highly unlikely.

Everyone knows our Rural Fire Service firefighters go the whole nine yards to protect us from Australia's deadly bushfires.

But how far would they go to save a baby kangaroo?

Queanbeayn Rural Fire Service firefighters on a fire ground on Tuesday helped rescue a joey who had been trapped for several hours.

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