Good morning Bendigo - 13.02.14

Good morning Bendigo February 13. All your news for Thursday morning.

WEATHER

Partly cloudy. Areas of smoke haze. A shower or two from the late morning. Winds south to southeasterly and light tending east to southeasterly 15 to 20 km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the late afternoon.

A top of 29 degrees.

OVERNIGHT NEWS

Fire update

Fires are still burning across the state but all have downgraded to ‘watch and act’ and ‘advice’. Hopefully today's rain will help the situation.

Qantas

Qantas boss Alan Joyce last night said government policy will "have to change" to guarantee the airline's role as Australia's national carrier.

In a speech to the Tourism and Transport Forum on Wednesday night in Canberra, Joyce said: "The Qantas Sale Act limits our financial options, it adds cost to our business, and it influences our actions as a publicly listed company."

There are reports Qantas is lobbying the Government to offer a public guarantee of its debt to secure its credit rating.

Sochi Games

Torah Bright has won Australia's first medal of the Sochi Games, picking up silver in the ladies' halfpipe final on Thursday morning (AEDT).

"I feel great. I feel like I won!," she told Channel Ten.

"Tonight was really difficult. Perhaps like one of the hardest contests I have done in a while.

"So I'm so happy it is over and I am so happy I put a run down. I am grateful to be here."

Congratulations, Torah.

TRAINS

The Bendigo to Southern Cross train service is running once more, after the past few days have seen the service operating as a coach.

But the line is experiencing slight delays, due to a track fault at Sunshine. A V/Line spokesman said trains were now about 10 minutes late but would catch up throughout the day.

Check the V/Line website for more information.

HIT LIST

Man charged with rape

GALLERY: Smoke over Bendigo

GALLERY: Marong Cup 

GALLERY/VIDEO: Bridgewater Bakehouse employee 'fine' 

All about the G 

BIRTHDAYS

If it is your birthday today have a great day. I hope you get lots of pressies. 

You share a birthday with Robbie Williams, who reached prominence as the star of the boy band, Take That, which broke world records when it sold 1.6 mission concert tickets in one day.

In 1999, he released the hit single "Millennium," and has sold more than 70 million records worldwide.

 You also share a birthday with outlandish TV host Jerry Springer, whose daytime TV show is famous for its on-set brawls and guests' wild confessions.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

1689 - British Parliament adopts Bill of Rights

1959 - Barbie doll goes on sale

1961 - Soviet Union fires a rocket from Sputnik V to Venus

JOKE OF THE DAY

Q: What do you call sad coffee?

A: Despresso. 

Got another joke? Any tips on what we should be heading out to today? Send it in to hannah.carrodus@fairfaxmedia.com.au.

Have a good day! 

​Hannah

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