Good Morning Bendigo! 19.12.13

Good morning Bendigo!

Today has been declared a day of total fire ban in the Northern Country and Mallee regions.

Remember: All fires in the open air for burning off grass, scrub, stubble or rubbish are banned during Total Fire Ban Days. Any permits issued by Municipal Fire Prevention Officers are suspended for the duration of any Total Fire Ban Days. The CFA advises people should consider delaying use of chainsaws, mowers, brush cutters or any machinery propelled by a heat engine within nine metres of vegetation as risk of fire is extremely high.

TRAINS

Due to today's hot weather, V/Line have cancelled some train services and replaced them with coaches. 

To view all the changes go to http://www.vline.com.au/pdf/timetables/heat/Bendigo.pdf

TODAY'S WEATHER

Max 40. Chance of a late storm.

TODAY'S FIRE DANGER RATINGS

Northern Country - total fire ban.

Mallee - total fire ban. 

NEWS OVERNIGHT

Body of Hawthorn father found in central Victoria

The body of a Hawthorn father who was murdered last week has been found near the summit of a mountain in central Victoria.

Police have confirmed the body of Wayne Amey was found on Wednesday afternoon near the top of Mount Korong.

Earlier on Wednesday, an ex-girlfriend of Mr Amey appeared in court after it was alleged she helped dispose of his body.

- The Age 

ACCC warns consumers of parcel scams and fake online shopping sites

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is warning people not to fall victim to a parcel delivery scam this Christmas.

Scammers contact victims pretending to work for legitimate parcel delivery services such as Australia Post and Fed Ex, and tell the victim the company has made an unsuccessful attempt to deliver a parcel to them.

They tell the victim that to have the parcel delivered they must pay a fee.

- ABC

Why our rails can't cope with the heat

Metro's decision to cancel almost 50 train services before the first forecast hot day of summer on Thursday is a sign Melbourne's rail network is still hampered by decades of neglect, public transport experts say.

Melbourne's rail operator announced on Monday that Thursday's forecast 40 degree maximum had "forced" it to cancel 48 services on Thursday and Friday, due to heat-related speed restrictions that take effect at 38 degrees.

- The Age 

WHAT WE'RE CHASING TODAY

Some of the events you'll see Addy journalists and photographers at today are: 

Disability workers are protesting against the uncertainty of Sandhurst Centre's future at Rosalind Park. 

Musicians are putting on a gig this afternoon at Musicman Megastore.

THE HIT LIST

GALLERY: Carols at Kennington

NEW ADDRESSES: Bendigo Advertiser Christmas lights competition 2013

Body of Hawthorn father found in central Victoria

Update: Police searching bushland for suspected murder victim

Two car crash at major Bendigo intersection

THE DAILY QUIZ

1. Is a sorbet served hot, iced or warm?

2. What was the first leap year beginning with the numbers 20?

3. What colour blood are you said to have if you have a noble family?

4. Which part of Earth was Jacques Cousteau famous for exploring?

5. What can be either a piece of string or a long story?

DID YOU KNOW?

Lemons contain more sugar than strawberries. 

BIRTHDAYS

If today is your big day, happy birthday!

You share a birthday with Australian cricketer Ricky Ponting, US actress Jennifer Beals and Australian climber Lincoln Hall. 

TODAY IS FAMOUS FOR

1154 - Henry II crowned as King of England.

1776 - Thomas Paine publishes his first American Crisis essay, writing: "These are the times that try men's souls."

1865 - Chinese bushranger Sam Poo is hanged in NSW.

1941 - German dictator Adolf Hitler dismisses his chief of staff and takes personal command of German army after military setbacks.

1991 - Paul Keating defeats Bob Hawke in ALP leadership ballot and becomes Australia's prime minister.

1998 - As US forces bomb Iraq, the US House of Representatives impeaches President Bill Clinton for obstructing justice and lying under oath about his sexual affair with Monica Lewinsky.

2003 - Libya agrees to abandon its programs pursuing internationally banned weapons, including chemical, biological and nuclear weapons as well as long-range missiles. It agrees to respect the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

2004 - Car bombs rock Iraq's two holiest Shi'ite cities, killing at least 62 people and wounding more than 120, while in Baghdad of gunmen execute three election officials in the middle of morning traffic.

2011 - North Koreans march by the thousands to their capital's landmarks to mourn Kim Jong Il, many crying uncontrollably and flailing their arms in grief over the death of their "Dear Leader".

2012 - Australian prime minister Julia Gillard says she will formally apologise in March 2013 to victims of past forced adoption practices. A Senate inquiry had recommended the apology after about 150,000 unwed mothers had their babies taken against their will between the 1950s and 1970s; French President Francois Hollande announces a new era with Algeria - a strategic partnership among equals - during a visit to the former French colony.

JOKE OF THE DAY

If you say the word chook, is it considered fowl language?

Got a better joke? Any tips on what we should be heading out to today? Email merran.reed@fairfaxmedia.com.au

Daily quiz answers: 1. Iced  2. 2000  3. Blue  4. Under the sea  5. Yarn

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