Good Morning Bendigo 11.1.14

UNACCUSTOMED as I am to having both eyes open before 10am, I shall make an attempt at lucidity.

G'day. It was looking a bit grey in the streets of Bendigo this morning but the lycra-clad cyclists are adding a welcome blur of colour.  

As is the extra large, extra strong bright red cup of coffee on my desk.

TODAY’s WEATHER

Mostly sunny, heading for a top of 36.

Light winds becoming west to southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the early afternoon then tending southeast to southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h in the evening.

Fire danger is Very High and UV index is Extreme between 9.15am and 5.50pm.

TRAINS

Buses replace V/Line trains on the Bendigo line for Regional Rail Link works until January 19. Passengers are asked to allow extra travel time.

NEWS OVERNIGHT

Bendigo Police are still searching Lake Eppalock for a boat involved in a hit-run crash that has left a 12-year-old girl in a serious condition.

The Police Air Wing, Water Police and Bendigo police officers were on scene Friday night  searching for  a 6m ski vessel.

A police spokeswoman said the boat fled the scene after it collided with another boat just before 7.50pm.

http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/2016310/gallery-police-investigate-lake-eppalock-hit-run/?cs=3372

In Melbourne, The Age reports that the Napthine government has pressed Frankston City Council  to back the sale of premium waterfront Crown land to a Liberal Party activist and key supporter of maverick MP Geoff Shaw.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/environment-minister-ryan-smith-pushes-liberal-activist-land-deal-in-frankston-20140110-30mq0.html#ixzz2q2BYaxcD

In the Pacific, disaster agencies are on standby as one of the most power cyclones to hit Tonga in the past 50 years lashes Tonga’s northern islands.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Ian, which has been bearing down on the northern island groups of Vava'u and Ha'apai, made landfall around 7:00am (AEDT).

A state of emergency has been declared for the northern islands, with reports of damage to homes on Hunga.

More at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-01-11/severe-tropical-cyclone-ian-now-category-4-approaching-tonga/5195330

WHAT WE’RE CHASING TODAY

Our photographers will be catching all the action of day eight of the Oceania Masters track and field championships.

We’ll also be covering the cricket at JG Edwards Oval and the Bendigo Pacing Cup at Lord’s Raceway.

THE HIT LIST

The Bendigo Advertiser’s top five stories yesterday were:

VIDEO/GALLERY: Bus driver trapped by live power lines after incident

GALLERY: Reece Mastin: Bendigo gets a little Restless!

Three injured at Lake Eppalock boat crash

Photographer's Choice: Jodie Donnellan

Fabulous Flashbacks: Looking back on this week in January 2006

BIRTHDAYS

1949 - Daryl Braithwaite, Australian rock singer

1942 - Clarence Clemons, rock saxophonist (Bruce Springsteen's E St Band)

THIS DAY IS FAMOUS FOR:


1770 - The first shipment of rhubarb was sent to the United States from London.

1920 - League of Nations established

1939 - Bradman hits 186 SA v Qld before Christ catches him at short-leg

1958 - Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" reaches #1 on the UK pop charts

JOKE OF THE DAY

Silver and Mercury are drinking in a bar, when Gold walks in.

Silver and Mercury said: "AU - get out of here."

Got another joke?

Any tips on what we should be heading out to today? Send it in to cos@fairfaxmedia.com.au

Have good day - stay cool.

Dorothy Cook

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