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Canberra mornings: March 25, 2015

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JFrench mountain rescue teams and gendarmerie arrive near the site of the Germanwings plane crash near the French Alps. Photo: Getty Images

French mountain rescue teams and gendarmerie arrive near the site of the Germanwings plane crash near the French Alps. Photo: Getty Images

An Airbus operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline crashed in a remote snowy area of the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all 150 on board including 16 schoolchildren and two babies.

Two Australians, a mother and her adult son from Victoria, were on board the flight, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Wednesday morning.

Flight 4U9525 was travelling from Barcelona in Spain to Dusseldorf in Germany with 144 passengers and six crew. The accident happened in a snow-clad alpine area that is hard for rescue services to reach.

The first emergency services workers to arrive found no survivors, and fragments of the plane "the size of a car". Follow the latest news on the crash here.

Sport

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Grant Elliott raises his arms in triumph as Dale Steyn feels the pain of defeat. Photo: AP

South Africa-born Grant Elliott's brilliant 84 not out, capped with a stunning six off the penultimate ball, saw New Zealand to a four-wicket win over the Proteas in a cliffhanger World Cup semi-final at Auckland's Eden Park on Tuesday.

Elliott's winning hit, off injured South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn, took New Zealand into the World Cup final for the first time

Road closures

Fairbairn Avenue will be closed between Northcott Drive and Majura Road, and Morshead Drive will be closed to northbound traffic between Fairbairn Avenue and Pialligo Avenue from 6.30pm to 5am each night this week as work on the Majura Parkway continues.

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

Federal Parliament is sitting this week.

James Turrell is adamant everyone, even the colour-blind, sees exactly the same thing when they slide into the kaleidoscopic centrepiece of his retrospective the perceptual cell. This and other mysteries behind Turrell's exhibition could be revealed tonight when art and science combine for Let's talk about Perception, a panel discussion at the National Gallery of Australia from 6pm. 

The Process mercilessly dissects the immigration policies of two previous Australian governments with hilarious results, simultaneously following the plight of a Tamil refugee, at the Street Theatre from 7pm.

Follow the untold stories of our country's indigenous soldiers with Black Diggers - the opening show begins at 8pm at the Canberra Theatre Centre.

Canberra Life

Nathan Pope has lost 32kgs in the last 12 months and is preparing to run the half marathon as part of the Canberra running festival. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Nathan Pope has lost 32kgs in the last 12 months and is preparing to run the half marathon as part of the Canberra running festival. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Just over a year ago Nathan Pope was struggling to keep up with his young daughters, now 32 kilograms lighter the public servant is set to take on a half-marathon in the Australian Running Festival.

The kilos began creeping on for Mr Pope after the birth of his youngest daughter Violet, now 4, but it wasn't until a family holiday to Hamilton Island last January that he had the "wake-up moment".

"It was a beautiful beach... and I was struggling with getting up and down the hills and the heat," he said.

"We had some photos and I was really disappointed with how I looked and how I felt.

"I couldn't spend as much time with the kids… because I was just unfit and unhealthy.

"I made the decision then to do something about it."

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Pic of the day

Uriarra residents Aaron Agnew, Rod Sloan, Michael Friedrich, Janice Watt with Evie, 8, and Jess Agnew celebrate an announcement that a solar farm will not be build near their town. Photo: Matt Bedford

Uriarra residents Aaron Agnew, Rod Sloan, Michael Friedrich, Janice Watt with Evie, 8, and Jess Agnew celebrate an announcement that a solar farm will not be build near their town. Photo: Matt Bedford

Weather

Today: A partly cloudy day in Canberra on Wednesday with patchy fog in the early morning , a forecast minimum of 7 degrees and a top of 23 degrees. 

The rest of the week: Thursday, sunny - min 7, max 19. Friday, sunny - min 3, max 21. Saturday, partly cloudy - min 3, max 23. Sunday, partly cloudy - min 7, max 26.