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Canberra mornings: March 10, 2015

Today's top stories

Myuran Sukumaran arrives at Cilacap airport. Photo: Supplied

Raji Sukumaran, the mother of Myuran Sukumaran and Michael Chan, the brother of Andrew Chan among the families of both Bali Nine members and Australian consular officials on board a boat headed for to Nusakambangan. Photo: Kate Geraghty

BALI NINE: Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were delighted to see their siblings and parents during an emotional five hour encounter on Monday, the first since the Bali nine duo's transfer from a Bali jail to the place of their planned execution.

The reformed drug smugglers have been treated well by their Indonesian guards on Nusakambangan's Besi prison, Fairfax Media understands, in contrast to the humiliation of their paramilitary transportation to the penal island on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a court decision delaying the round of executions could be made this week. Indonesia is waiting on the outcome of a review of the case of a Filipino migrant on death row, Attorney-General HM Prasetyo has revealed.

But in a potential blow for the Bali nine leaders an Indonesian court has rejected a legal challenge by a Nigerian on death row based on the same reason given for the dismissal of a similar challenge by Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran last month. Lawyers for the two Australians are appealing the ruling on Thursday.

Sport

Just a Blur completes early morning track work at Thouroughbred Park.. Photo: Jay Cronan

Jack Wighton was sent to the sin bin during Sunday night's match against the Sharks . Photo: Renee McKay

Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart believes niggling frustrated Jack Wighton into punching Cronulla's Sosaia Feki on Sunday night, insisting it would have been nipped in the bud before tempers flared if it was Billy Slater or Greg Inglis.

Wighton and Feki were sin binned in the second half of Canberra's 24-20 win after Wighton landed a right-hander on Feki's chin.

The Raiders fullback was charged with grade-one striking, but escaped suspension after taking the early guilty plea and 93 carryover points.

Road closures

9.23am: There has been a crash on Isaacs with the southbound lane on Yamba drive blocked. "Please avoid the intersection of Yamba Drive and Dorsch Street, Isaacs due to a collision at that location," police said.

8.51: The crash on Morshead Drive has now been cleared, police have said.

8.44am: There has been a crash on Morshead Drive in Russell.

If you are stuck in traffic or have any info, let us know: morningblog@canberratimes.com.au or tweet us @canberratimes

What's on today

Early risers can catch a slice of the Canberra Balloon Spectacular, which continues to inflate colour into the capital's sky from 6am.

An almost 300-hectare hazard reduction burn south of the Googong Reservoir today may spread more smoke over the ACT.

Canberra Life

Netti Vonthethoff inside her store April's Caravan. Photo: Jay Cronan

Alisi Ulavalu of Waramanga, Louyna Ulavalu of Waramanga, Mahe Hala, 4, of Queanbeyan and Lucas Ulavalu, 3, of Waramanga. Photo: Melissa Adams

Hordes of families and friends braved the heat to soak up the colour of Canberra Day celebrations in the capital on Monday.

What could have easily been mistaken for a crowd enthralled by headline act SAFIA was in fact hundreds of families with young children gathering at the event's new location on the Patrick White Lawns to catch lively performances by the Octonauts and DJ Felixx. 

Long lines weaved across the grass outside the National Library of Australia as the young and young-at-heart tackled hoops, a tug-of-war, jumping castles, a slippery dip and some dizzying spinning tea-cups.

Meanwhile Canberrans of all ages danced in the dark, glow sticks aplenty, as part of the No Lights No Lycra Rave CBR party, as local bands headlined by SAFIA drew a younger adult crowd outside.

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Pic of the day

A Delta jet which skidded off the runway at Laguardia airport

The Canberra Balloon Spectacular has been a photographer's delight since lifting off on Saturday. Photo: Jay Cronan

 

Weather

Today: A partly cloudy day in Canberra with a forecast minimum 10 degrees and a top of 28 degrees. 

The rest of the week:  Wednesday, partly cloudy - min 13, max 31; Thursday, mostly sunny - min 13, max 29; Friday, cloudy - min 10, max 22; Saturday, partly cloudy - min 8, max 27