Good morning Bendigo! 30/01/2014

Good morning Bendigo! 

TODAY'S WEATHER

Sunny. Max 40 degrees. 

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TRAINS

No reported delays. 

NEWS OVERNIGHT

Triple-0 blackouts put Victorians at risk

A string of triple-0 system blackouts last year risked putting Victorians in danger, an audit has found.

Four computer failures over a nine-week period between May and August 2013 led to significant delays in dispatching ambulances, fire crews and police.

Dispatchers were forced to use radios and call paramedics on their mobile phones.

Aussie dollar falls following Fed taper update

The Australian dollar has fallen back below 88 US cents after the US Federal Reserve announced further tapering of its monthly bond purchases.

At 6.30 am on Thursday, the Australian dollar was trading at 87.48 US cents, down from 88.02 cents on Wednesday.

Deep freeze paralyses Deep South

VIDEO: Rare snowstorm in Atlanta, US leaves thousands stranded, students trapped in schools and commuter mayhem across the state.

THE HIT LIST

GALLERY: Back to school

GALLERY: Kangaroo Flat FC training

GALLERY: Bendigo celebrates Australia Day

Speeding fine dismissed

VIDEO: Bendigo Library opens its doors 

THE DAILY QUIZ

1. Which country’s capital is on the Potomac River?

2. To get past a portcullis, would you go over, through or under it?

3. Mandarin is a form of which world language?

4. The English King Alfred was said to have burnt what?

5. Writer JM Barrie was the central character in which movie?

DID YOU KNOW?

The US shreds 7000 tonnes of worn-out currency each year.

BIRTHDAYS

If it's your birthday today - have a great day! 

You share your special day with movie actor, Christian Bale, TV actor Wilmer Valderrama and former US vice-president Dick Cheney.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

1790 - The first purpose-built lifeboat was launched on the River Tyne. 

1844 - Richard Theodore Greener became the first African American to graduate from Harvard University. 

1847 - The town of Yerba Buena was renamed San Francisco. 

1933 - Adolf Hitler was named the German Chancellor. 

1972 - In Northern Ireland, British soldiers shot and killed thirteen Roman Catholic civil rights marchers. The day is known as "Bloody Sunday." 

2002 - Japan's last coal mine was closed. The closures were due to high production costs and cheap imports. 

JOKE OF THE DAY

Why do you call your dog Metal-worker?

Because every time he hears a knock he makes a bolt for the door


Got a better joke? Any tips on what we should be heading out to today? Email cos@bendigoadvertiser

Have a great day. 

Daily quiz answers: 1. USA  2. Under it  3. Chinese  4. Cakes  5. Finding Neverland

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