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Canberra Mornings Live: Thursday May 23

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Bringing you breaking news from across the capital and beyond, including weather, traffic updates and what the capital is talking about.

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Tegan Osborne: That's all from us today Canberra. We'll be back with another morning news blog tomorrow at 6.30am.

Thanks so much for joining us.

We'll leave you with a wrap of the major headlines.

  • A man believed to be a British soldier has been hacked to death in broad daylight on the streets of London in an apparent terrorist attack.
  • Significant job losses are expected at Telstra after the telco announced sweeping changes to its operational structure as it shifts away from its legacy business.
  • A man has been shot dead in Orlando while being questioned by the FBI in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings.
  • Telecommunications company iiNet has sealed a multimillion dollar agreement to sell of TransACT's fibre-to-the-premises network in the ACT, less than two years after buying the Canberra company.
  • A still taken from ITV news of the suspected attacker speaking on camera.

    A still taken from ITV news of the suspected attacker speaking on camera. Photo: ITV News

    Paul Jurak has come through with the goods again. 

    He's sent through these lovely shots from Lake Burley Griffin this morning.

    See more at his Facebook page and Canberra Times Lake View blog.

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    Reflections on Lake Burley Griffin

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    Stephanie Anderson: The search for missing Canadian bushwalker Prabhdeep Srawn has recommenced within the Kosciuszko National Park, but poor weather has restricted forces to the ground.

    A spokesman for NSW Police said searchers would continue focussing on Lady Northcote Canyon, the Opera House Hut area and the western face of Mount Kosciuszko after voices were heard in the area yesterday.

    Overcast skies and rain have kept helicopters grounded, but the weather situation will be reassessed later this morning as the search for the 25 year old continues.

    Prabhdeep Srawn - the Canadian bushwalker missing in the Kosciuskzo National Park.

    Prabhdeep Srawn - the Canadian bushwalker missing in the Kosciuskzo National Park. Photo: Supplied

    Stephanie Anderson: Drivers are being urged to avoid an Evatt intersection due to a burst water main this morning.

    Territory and Municipal Services said the southbound lane of Copland Drive 50 metres south of the Clancy Street intersection will be closed until further notice due to a burst water main, and traffic controllers will be on site to control traffic.

    We'll bring you more information as it comes to hand.

    There are signs of retaliation in London after the shocking machete attack on a soldier. People have been arrested at two mosques and members of the English Defence League are gathering.

    Members of the English Defence League (EDL) wear balaclavas as they gather outside a pub in Woolwich in London.

    Members of the English Defence League (EDL) wear balaclavas as they gather outside a pub in Woolwich in London. Photo: JUSTIN TALLIS

    Breaking news this morning that Ford is expected to announce the closure of its Broadmeadows production line.

    An announcement is due at 9.15 am, and a press conference at 10.45am.

    So keen to see Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby.

    Jenna Clarke brought us the news earlier that we'll get a sneak peek at the flick in Canberra next week.

    Here's some footage from the premiere in Sydney last night as part of a report from Donna Demaio.

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 22:  (L-R) Joel Edgerton, Baz Luhrmann, Elizabeth Debicki, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Catherine Martin attend the 'Great Gatsby' Australian premiere at Moore Park on May 22, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images) Click to play video

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    Finally, The Great Gatsby party

    Stars turned out for the Sydney premiere of Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby. Can they still party like it's 1920?

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    From ACTION Buses this morning...

    Stephanie Anderson: Ambulance officers are assessing one person after a crash in Flynn earlier this morning.

    Emergency crews were called to the scene of the two car collision at the intersection of Kingsford Smith Drive and Spalding Street around 8.15am.

    An ESA spokesman said intensive care paramedics were assessing one patient suffering neck pain, but it is not clear whether they will need to be transported to hospital.

    ACT Policing said there were no road closures in place as a result of the crash.

    Sunrise after the rain. What a shot from @handmadecanberra on Twitter. You can share photos with us too by tweeting @canberratimes or emailing online@canberratimes.com.au.

    Bob Knight.

    Bob Knight. Photo: Melissa Adams

    Stephanie Anderson: The children of Canberra truck driver Bob Knight have thrown their support behind a police campaign to track down illegal guns, four years after their father was killed by a stray bullet from a Sydney shootout.

    A bullet from a shootout between two gangs fatally wounded the 66-year-old as he sat in the cabin of his truck on a nearby road at Milperra in Sydney’s south-west in 2009.

    His son David Knight helped launch the nationwide police initiative on Thursday, stating that his father’s death wasn’t a case of being in the wrong time at the wrong place.

    “Dad was where he was supposed to be and had been for the past 15 years,” he said.

    “He didn’t even wear a watch. The guns shouldn’t have been there.”

    Joining Mr Knight on Channel Seven’s Sunrise program, Detective Chief Superintendent Mal Lanyon said the two week operation would commence tomorrow.

    Jenna Clarke: Sydney may have partied like it was 1922 at the Australian premiere of The Great Gatsby on Wednesday night however Canberra will get a sneak peek of Baz Luhrmann's highly anticipated flick early next week.

    Palace Electric Movie Club Members will be in a flap of excitement as the New Acton cinema will be screening a special preview on Tuesday, May 28 - two days before it opens around the country.

    Tickets are still available, unfortunately Leo won't be attending.

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    Baz Luhrmann arrives at the Great Gatsby Premiere Photo: Danielle Smith

    There's been a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Kingsford Smith Drive and Spalding St in the suburb of Flynn in Canberra's north this morning.

    Police are on their way to the scene. Avoid the area if possible.

    If you're just tuning in here's a weather recap for you.

    We're in for a top of 13 degrees today and there's a 70 per cent chance of rain, with morning showers forecast.

    Right now it's 9.1 degrees. 

    It will be an otherwise cloudy day, with southeasterly winds of between 15 to 25 km per hour.

    Planning on having a child or two? Apparently the cost of raising two rugrats has hit the $812,000 mark.

    Far out.

    This figure is up significantly on 2007, when it was estimated at $537,00. 

    And that's for a typical middle-income family - this amount increases at every income level.

    If you're wondering where your cash is going, apparently 18 per cent of your household budget goes on food, and 20 per cent is on transport.

    See how you measure in our report up today.

    Around the world in 80 words or so, recapping the major international headlines for you...

    A man believed to be a British soldier has been hacked to death in broad daylight on the streets of London in an apparent terrorist attack.

    In Orlando, Florida - a man has been fatally shot while he was being questioned in the Boston Marathon bombing case, after lunging at an FBI agent with a knife.

    And a 33-year-old Polish man has received a face transplant just three weeks after being disfigured in a workplace accident.

    A still taken from ITV news of the suspected attacker speaking on camera.

    A still taken from ITV news of the suspected attacker speaking on camera. Photo: ITV News

    Meantime, the Aussie dollar fell to an overnight low of 0.967 US dollars.

    The Australian dollar was recently buying 0.9702 US dollars, 0.755 Euro, 0.645 pounds and 100.070 yen.

    Follow the Markets Live blog from 9.30am.

    In markets news, Australian shares are set for early losses after Wall Street fell, reversing an early rally, as concern grew that the Federal Reserve will scale back its stimulus efforts if the labor market continued to improve. European stocks were higher.

    Today's cartoon by David Pope.

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    David Pope

    Editorial cartoon, 27 August. Photo: David Pope

    More than two dozens residents of Kangara Waters will be given their Canberra Gold Chief Minister's Awards today, after they were unable to attend the official presentation in March.

    Chief Minister Katy Gallagher will be there this morning to give the 29 residents their Gold Awards - and some will be joined by their children who will be receiving an award of their own.

    Stephanie Anderson: Telecommunications company iiNet has sealed a multimillion dollar agreement to sell off TransACT’s fibre-to-the-premises network in the ACT, less than two years after initially purchasing the Canberra company.

    iiNet announced the agreement with NBN Co yesterday, stating that the company would receive $9 million for the existing locations passed by the network, which covers approximately 8500 premises.

    iiNet bought TransACT for $60 million in November 2011.

    The full story will be online soon.

    Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, will announce the winners of ACTION’s Imagine the Future drawing competition which asked local schoolchildren to look ahead 100 years to design buses of the future.

    Over 400 entries were received and the winning entries will be displayed on board an ACTION bus for the next 12 months.

    The ceremony will unveil the winning design on the back of an ACTION bus.

    That's happening this afternoon - we'll pop up some photos later today.

    Joan Canino Ryther

    Joan Canino Ryther Photo: Facebook

    Brisbane has been gripped by the suspected murder of McDonald's worker Joan Canino Ryther who was found dead in the front yard of a Logan Central home just metres from the fast-food outlet where she was due to start working a 9pm shift on Tuesday.

    The Rubens rocked a crowd of about 350 people at ANU yesterday in a surprise pop-up gig - were you spotted in the crowd?

    Sophie Herring has her photo taken with The Ruben band members Elliott and Zaac Margin. Click for more photos

    The Rubens at ANU

    Sophie Herring has her photo taken with The Ruben band members Elliott and Zaac Margin. Photo: Jay Cronan

    • Sophie Herring has her photo taken with The Ruben band members Elliott and Zaac Margin.
    • The Rubens perform as part of a V Channel Gorilla Gig at ANU.
    • Crowds gather to see The Rubens perform.
    • The Rubens at ANU.
    • Crowds behind The Rubens.
    • Sam Margin from The Rubens.
    • Sam Margin from The Rubens.
    • Sam Margin from The Rubens.

    The lawns of Parliament House will play host to a guest of a different kind today - a bright red Ferris ride-on lawnmower. It's all part of Megan Healey's Great MS Mowdown - she's been on an epic journey from Melbourne for more than a week now.

    She'll be leading a ride around Parliament House before lunch with Senator Kate Lundy.

    Megan, who has had MS for more than 15 years, said she has been particularly looking forward to riding the lawnmowers around Parly.

    "Not many people get to say that they rode a lawn mower around Parliament House!" Megan said.  

    "I'm pretty sure this is going to be something I will remember for the rest of my life."

    NSW MS sufferer Megan Healey is riding a mower from Melbourne to Sydney to raise awareness and money.

    NSW MS sufferer Megan Healey is riding a mower from Melbourne to Sydney to raise awareness and money. Photo: Supplied

    Back to world news for a moment, this time in the US, where a man has been shot dead in Orlando, Florida, while being questioned by the FBI in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings.

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    A man was fatally shot while he was being questioned in the Boston Marathon bombing case after he lunged at an FBI agent with a knife.

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    One in five residents of Canberra’s nursing homes is malnourished, new research has found.

    Telstra is poised to make deep cuts to its 30,000-strong Australian workforce, amid a slump in consumer confidence and falling mining investment.

    Devotees of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra may have noticed the distinctive and ever-present figure of former Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston mingling in the audience over the years. The former chief of the Defence Force has barely missed a performance during his time in Canberra, and has this week taken his devotion to a new level, having been appointed chairman of the orchestra's board.

    Prosecutors say a tiny Canberra man allegedly left gurgling in his own blood after a fatal bashing “must have seemed like a rag doll” to the 110-kilogram, 189-centimetre tall man accused of his murder.

    A land and air search for missing Canadian bushwalker Prabhdeep Srawn will begin again on Thursday, a day after reports of voices or a dog’s bark within the Kosciuszko National Park.

    Stephanie Anderson: One lucky designer will be $80,000 richer this morning after the announcement of the winning entry in the Lodge on the Lake Design Ideas Competition.

    The competition to design a new residence for the Prime Minister, coordinated by the University of Canberra and Gallery of Australian Design, received more than 240 entries since its launch.

    The announcement of the winner – as well as the second and third prizes of $20,000 and $10,000 – will be announced at the Gallery of Australian Design at 10am.

    We’ll bring you the detailed results later this morning.

    I don't think a bargain like this comes around too often...

    To celebrate the Canberra Centenary, the Raiders are selling children's tickets for just 100 cents.

    The tickets are for the Raiders v Brisbane Broncos match at Canberra Stadium on June 10 - head on over to Ticketek for all the info.

    The last time the Raiders and the Broncos met....

    The last time the Raiders and the Broncos met.... Photo: Mark Nolan

    Do you know which iconic Canberra building is so unusually designed that many didn't think it was possible; engineers had to build a 1/40th scale model to prove it could be done? Do you know of a Canberra factory where you can visit robots and driverless vehicles?

    Some of the biggest, and most interesting questions about Canberra engineering will be answered in a publication to be released this morning.

    Titled A Century of Canberra Engineering, Professor Brian Schmidt will be officially launching the book this morning at Mount Stromlo.

    Check back in on the site later today for the full scoop.

    We'll bring you more news out of London shortly.

    Let's take a look at the weather for a moment.

    We're looking like having a few showers today and tomorrow - which means the overnight minimums are quite nice.

    It dropped to 7.1 degrees overnight, and we're expecting a maximum of 13 today.

    Friday will be partly cloudy, with a low of 4, and a top of 16.

    Saturday through to Monday are all pretty similar, with cooler mornings under zero degrees, with sunny days hovering between 16 and 18 degrees.

    And as always, if you have snapped a nice photo of the sunrise this morning, or spotted something of interest, please send it on in! You can email us, tweet us or post it on our Facebook page.

    Incredibly, one of the attackers in the London machete death then calmly spoke on camera to bystanders while holding a bloody cleaver and knife metres away from the body of the victim.

    You can watch the footage here although there is a strong warning that it is graphic.

    He says: "We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you. The only reason we have done this is because Muslims are dying every day. This British soldier is an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth."

    "We must fight them. I apologise that women had to witness this today.

    "But in our land our women have to see the same. You people will never be safe. Remove your government, they don't care about you."

    A still taken from ITV news of the suspected attacker speaking on camera.

    A still taken from ITV news of the suspected attacker speaking on camera. Photo: ITV News

    Turning straight to world news from overnight, there's been horrific breaking news coming out of London.

    Two men have hacked a serving British soldier to death in broad daylight in what has been described by Prime Minister David Cameron as a terrorist attack.

    One attacker waited around on the street for police for 20 minutes, making jihadist comments to stunned onlookers, urging them to take photos and waving a bloody cleaver and knife around.

    A police forensics officer investigates a crime scene where one man was killed in Woolwich, southeast London.

    A police forensics officer investigates a crime scene where one man was killed in Woolwich, southeast London. Photo: STEFAN WERMUTH

    Tegan Osborne: Good morning Canberra, welcome to Thursday's live news blog.

    It's not too chilly out there this morning - it's currently 7.8 degrees in Canberra, and 8.8 in Tuggeranong.

    We'll have a full weather wrap for you shortly, as well as the latest out of London where two men have hacked a serving British soldier to death in broad daylight.

    In the meantime, if you want to get in touch with us, you can shoot us an email, head to Facebook or tweet us.

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