FIVEaa News Report 16th November 2009

16/11/2009
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WATER
The state government is expected to make a decision as early as today on changes to water restrictions.
But there's debate on the timing of any announcement with the opposition accusing the government of with-holding its decision for political gain. Premier Mike Rann says the government will discuss this morning on whether water restrictions should be relaxed.
 
WEATHER
Adelaide is getting a brief respite from the heat after our record breaking heatwave. After 8 days of plus 35 degrees, the bureau is forecasting 28 degrees today.


BREAK IN
Police believe two break-ins involving Hungry Jacks outlets overnight are linked. At around 1AM, a window was smashed at the fast food outlet on Belair Road at Hawthorn. Senior constable Rebecca Stokes says the alleged offenders in their twenties and of aboriginal appearance left empty handed during both robbery attempts.
 
NURSES
There's a new push for South Australia to bring in nurses and midwives from overseas to help solve the workforce shortage in hospitals. The Australian Nursing Federation has revealed the state is in desperate need of five hundred nurses and by 2020 an extra five thousand will be needed.


CONJOINED TWINS
A marathon surgical effort will begin shortly in Melbourne, to separate conjoined twins from Bangladesh who are joined at the head. 3 year olds Trishna and Krishna who are orphans, will undergo a lengthy operation performed by a team of up to 16 surgeons, doctors and nurses. Neuro-surgeon Wirginia Maixner says it'll be very delicate surgery as the girls share vital brain tissue and blood vessels.

 
CLIMATE CHANGE

The APEC summit in Singapore has failed to reach any consensus on climate change.Asia Pacific leaders say it's unrealistic to expect any legally binding agreement could be negotiated before next month's Climate Change talks in Copenhagen. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key believes it will take a miracle to strike a deal.
 

PEOPLE SMUGGLING

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has praised Malaysia for taking a tougher stance on people smuggling. Malaysian police will be given power to arrest and charge anyone caught people smuggling in Malaysian waters.Meantime, Indonesian police have denied claims they shot and wounded two Afghan asylum seekers, who refused a demand to pay bribes. The PM, while not commenting on the incident, supports a tough line.
 

NSW MINISTRY
New South Wales Premier Nathan Rees will announce his new cabinet line-up today after sacking two senior ministers. Joe Tripodi and Ian MacDonald have been dumped after the ALP State conference gave the Premier the power to pick his own ministry.Paul Macleay and Peter Primrose come into the Cabinet while Emergency services Minister Steve Whan is tipped to be promoted today.

ROVE
The last episode of ROVE has gone to air.Host Rove McManus announced on channel 10 last night his show was ending after 10 years.
 
PANDAS
Tickets to get a glimpse of WANG WANG and FUNI are already selling fast. The Adelaide Zoo is encourging those who want to see the Pandas from December 14, to book online now.
Zoo CEO Chris West says there'll be planned viewing times to ensure things run smoothly.

 

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