Good morning Bendigo! 08.01.14

Good morning Bendigo! 

TODAY'S WEATHER

Max 30. Sunny.

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TRAINS

Bendigo V/Line trains have been replaced by coaches while works are done on the tracks. 

Click here to view the temporary timetable. 

NEWS OVERNIGHT

Government considers buying lifeboats to ferry asylum seekers back to Indonesia: report

The Federal Government is reportedly set to buy lifeboats which will be used to return asylum seekers to Indonesia if they are intercepted on unseaworthy boats.

Fairfax media and the West Australian newspaper are reporting that the Government is purchasing 16 large, engine-powered lifeboats to ferry asylum seekers back to Indonesia.

- ABC

Liberal MP Warren Entsch attacks Cory Bernardi on 'gay obsession'

Liberal MP Warren Entsch has launched an extraordinary attack on Cory Bernardi, saying he is worried by his colleague's ''obsession'' with gay people.

Mr Entsch, a former parliamentary secretary and chief opposition whip, said he cringed when he heard the South Australian senator's latest comments, in a new book and in a television interview on Monday, in which he accused some women of using abortion as ''an abhorrent form of birth control'' and railed against ''non-traditional'' family arrangements such as step-families, single-parent families and same-sex parent families.

- The Age 

THE HIT LIST

Lyal fire: Pictures show blaze battle

Photographer's Choice: Jim Aldersey

Photographer's choice: Peter Weaving

Reader pictures: Great days of summer

Kangaroo Flat fire: Residents use garden hose to protect home

BIRTHDAYS

If today is your big day, happy birthday. 

You share a birthday with Jose Ferrer, Puerto Rican-born actor-director (1912-1992); Elvis Presley (1935-1977); Shirley Bassey, Welsh-born singer (1937-); Stephen Hawking, English physicist and author (1942); Yvette Mimieux, French actress (1942-); Robby Krieger, The Doors guitarist and songwriter (1946-); David Bowie, English singer-actor (1947-); Paul Hester, Australian musician (1959-2005); Michelle Forbes, US actress (1967-); Gaby Hoffman, US actress (1982-).

THE DAILY QUIZ

1. In sitcom, which vehicle was connected with Sam Butler?

2. Ambergris is obtained from which sea creature?

3. Which country can have the letter NO added to its name to name its currency?

4. Which Spice Girl wrote “Girl Power” by her signature on the cover notes of the album Spice?

5. Which capital is the furthest north - Addis Ababa, Kampala, Khartoum or Nairobi?

DID YOU KNOW?

You have fewer muscles than a caterpillar. 

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

1915 - Heavy fighting breaks out in areas of Assee Canal in Belgium and Soissons, France, in World War I.
1918 - US President Woodrow Wilson outlines his 14 points for peace after World War I.

1923 - France begins military occupation of Ruhr valley in Germany.

1926 - Ibn Saud becomes king of Hejaz on King Hussein's expulsion and changes the name of the kingdom to Saudi Arabia.

1959 - Charles de Gaulle assumes the presidency in France, inaugurating the Fifth Republic.

1964 - US President Lyndon Johnson declares an "unconditional war on poverty in America."

1998 - Ramzi Yousef, an Arab of uncertain nationality, is sentenced to life in prison plus 240 years for masterminding the World Trade Centre Bombing in New York that killed six people in 1993.

1999 - Thousands of rioters protesting against the government rampage through the town of Karawang, Indonesia. Officers fire plastic bullets at the mobs, killing at least one person and injuring nine others.

2001 - Politicians in Manila say they will decide by February 12 whether to impeach Philippines president Joseph Estrada.

2002 - The Vatican releases new rules for dealing with paedophilia accusations against the Roman Catholic Church.

2003 - A US Court of Appeals rules that US citizens detained in combat abroad can be held indefinitely, without access to a lawyer, with only "limited judicial inquiry" into their detention.

2012 - Iran begins uranium enrichment at a new underground site built to withstand possible airstrikes, a leading hard-line newspaper reports, in another show of defiance against Western pressure to rein in Tehran's nuclear program.

2013 - Four are killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan, Pakistan; In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the March 23 Movement announce a unilateral ceasefire ahead of peace talks with the government.

JOKE OF THE DAY

We haven't heard anything from Rick Astley lately.

It's almost like he's given us up, and let us down.

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

Have a great day,

Merran 

Daily quiz answers: 1. Bus  2. Sperm whale  3. Bolivia  4. Geri  5. Khartoum

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