Good morning Bendigo! 31.12.13

Good morning Bendigo! Happy New Year's Eve!

TODAY'S WEATHER

Max 31. Mostly sunny.

TRAINS

No reported delays. 

NEWS OVERNIGHT

Rosalind Park fatality: Girl dies, mother seriously injured in tree tragedy

A witness described how he heard 'crack, crash' before a tree limb weighing up to four tonne fell and killed a four-year-old girl and seriously injured her mother in Rosalind Park.

The grandfather was in the park with his wife and grandchildren.

He said no one would have had time to react as the tree branch fell.

''It went crack, crash - it wasn't a crack and then a crash. It was very close together,'' he said.

''It was just so quick, there was no time.''

Bendigo Health spokesman Shaun Makepeace said the mother was taken by air ambulance last night to a Melbourne hospital for treatment.

He said she was in a serious but stable condition with spinal injuries but could not confirm other injuries.

Michael Schumacher fighting for his life

Doctors treating Michael Schumacher refused on Monday to predict the outcome for the former Formula One driver, saying they were taking his very critical head injury "hour by hour" following a skiing accident.

Chief anesthesiologist Jean-Francois Payen told reporters the seven-time racing champion is still in a medically induced coma.

He said the medical team was focusing only on his current condition.

THE HIT LIST

Rosalind Park fatality: Girl dies, mother seriously injured in tree tragedy

Sedgwick fire: Crews endure 'filthy country'

VIDEO/GALLERY: Power restored after Sedgwick fire

GALLERY: Kev's Hot Rod Breakfast

Fun in the sunshine

THE DAILY QUIZ

1. The English king Alfred was said to have burnt what?

2. What is the most eaten food in Asia?

3. How many years are involved if a silver celebration is two years away?

4. Which part of his own body did painter Van Gogh cut off?

5. Who wrote the children’s story “Matilda”?

DID YOU KNOW?

The tentacles of the giant arctic jellyfish can reach 36.6 meters (120 feet). 

BIRTHDAYS

If today is your big day, happy birthday!

You share a birthday with Jacques Cartier, French explorer (1491-1557); Gottfried August Burger, German poet (1748-1794); Henri Matisse, French artist-sculptor (1869-1954); Nathan Milstein, Russian-born violinist (1903-1992); Anthony Hopkins, English actor (1937-); Sarah Miles, British actress (1941-); Ben Kingsley, British actor (1943-); Donna Summer, US singer (1948-2012); Craig Reucassel, Australian comedian.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

1494 - Forces of France's King Charles VIII enter Rome.

1526 - Croat nobility chooses Habsburg rule and Croatia becomes part of the Habsburg monarchy.

1775 - The British repel an attack by Continental Army generals Richard Montgomery and Benedict Arnold at Quebec. Montgomery is killed.

1857 - Britain's Queen Victoria decides to make Ottawa the capital of Canada.

1879 - US inventor Thomas Edison gives first demonstration of his electric incandescent light at Menlo Park, New Jersey.

1987 - Violent protests erupt in Jerusalem's West Bank as Palestinians prepare to observe the January 1 anniversary of the PLO's main guerrilla group.

1988 - India and Pakistan agree not to attack each others' nuclear facilities.

1996 - For the first time in Peru's two-week hostage crisis, Tupac Amaru guerrillas allow journalists inside the Japanese ambassador's residence.

1997 - Hong Kong authorities finish up the slaughter of 1.3 million chickens and other fowl to prevent an outbreak of a deadly strain of bird flu in humans.

2008 - The alleged ringleaders of a Chinese counterfeiting gang that sold at least $US2 billion worth of bogus Microsoft software are sentenced to prison terms of up to six and a half years, in what is believed to be the harshest penalties yet under China's tightened piracy laws.

2009 - A US judge dismisses all charges against five Blackwater Worldwide security guards accused of killing unarmed Iraqi civilians in a crowded Baghdad intersection in 2007.

2010 - A top ally of Ivory Coast's internationally recognised leader says that the country is already in a "civil war situation," while the incumbent leader who refuses to step down after the disputed election accuses world leaders of launching a coup to oust him.

2011 - Yemen's outgoing president decides to stay in the country, reversing plans to leave in an apparent attempt to salvage his control over the regime, which has appeared to unravel in the face of internal revolts and relentless street protests.

2012 - Pakistan releases eight members of the Afghan Taliban from prison, including the former justice minister under the Taliban, in a bid to boost the peace process in neighbouring Afghanistan.

JOKE OF THE DAY

When I got up this morning I found a letter lying on my doormat. On the envelope it says "DO NOT BEND ". I spent the next 2 hours trying to figure out how to pick it up.

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

Daily quiz answers: 1. Cakes, 2. Rice, 3. 23 4. Ear, 5. Ronald Dahl

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