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Canberra mornings: March 4, 2015

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Tara Costigan. Photo: Supplied

Bali nine duo Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. Photo: AFP

Bali nine leaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran will be transferred to the execution island of Nusakambangan around noon today.

Momock Bambang Samiarso, Bali's chief prosecutor and the man in charge of the transfer, made the announcement after meeting with police, military and other officials.

The Australian reformed drug smugglers are aware they will be moved, said Kerobokan prison governor Sudjonggo. 

The duo will be allowed to bring personal belongings with them, but their families will not be able to visit them.

Sport

AB de Villiers of South Africa is in brilliant form. Photo: Getty Images

Canberra Raiders' Mitch Cornish. Photo: Rohan Thomson

Canberra Raiders' youngster Mitch Cornish has beaten Sam Williams for the No.7 jersey in Sunday night's season-opener at Cronulla and lock Shaun Fensom has passed a fitness test on his injured hamstring. 

Jordan Rapana's strong trial form ensured he leapfrogged Jeremy Hawkins for the right wing spot, while Englishman Josh Hodgson will start at hooker as one of five recruits named to make their Raiders debut.

Read all the key selections here.

Road closures

9.10am: There has been a crash on Hindmarsh Drive in Phillip near Butters Street. One westbound lane is closed, police said.

Lanes on William Hovel drive are also now reopened. 

8.35am: There has been a three vehicle crash in Hawker near the William Hovel drive and the Drake Brockman drive intersection.. One lane southbound has been closed on William Hovel drive.

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

Irish accordionist Sharon Shannon is renowned for her collaborations through musical genres, from hip-hop to classical. She will perform at The Abbey from 6.30pm.

Today is the last day to catch The 26-Storey Treehouse at the Canberra Theatre Centre at 10am and 1pm.

Canberra Life

Schiller Australia CEO Harry Packer and 27-year old Callan Fox of Fisher. Photo: Jamila Toderas

Schiller Australia CEO Harry Packer and 27-year old Callan Fox of Fisher. Photo: Jamila Toderas

A Canberra man who suffered a cardiac arrest while competing in a triathlon has met the chief executive of a company that produced the defibrillator which saved his life.

Callan Fox, a 29-year-old man in healthy condition, collapsed at the corner of Anzac Parade and Parkes Way in January and required emergency medical attention from a paramedic. 

"If that paramedic – who was still a student – didn't have a defibrillator with him then I wouldn't be here today," he said. 

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Pic of the day

Nick Kyrgios, centre, helps launch Westside at Acton Park with a friendly game of basketball. Photo Graham Tidy

Nick Kyrgios, centre, helps launch Westside at Acton Park with a friendly game of basketball. Photo Graham Tidy

Canberra's new shipping container village, Westside at Acton Park, opens this weekend on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin, ahead of a local art festival on March 14.

 

Weather

Today: A partly cloudy day in Canberra with a slight chance of rain, a forecast minimum 14 degrees and a top of 30 degrees. 

The rest of the week: Thursday, mostly sunny - min, 12, max 25; Friday, mostly sunny - min 8, max 25; Saturday, sunny - min 9, max 28; Sunday, mostly sunny - min 10, max 29.