Good morning Bendigo - 17.02.14

Hope you had a fantastic weekend and are ready to tackle the week ahead. It's a bit cooler this morning - my windscreen was fogging up on the drive to work!

WEATHER

Sunny with a top of 29 degrees. For more weather click here 

OVERNIGHT NEWS

Asylum seekers riot on Manus Island

Asylum seekers at Manus Island's detention centre have reportedly set fire to a compound, torn down fences and destroyed tents after being told they would not be resettled in Papua New Guinea.

A spokeswoman from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection confirmed on Sunday night that she was aware of ''a disturbance'' on the island.

Adelaide man Murtaza Ghulam said that his brother, a Pakistani asylum seeker who was in the first group sent to the island in 2013, had phoned him amid the chaos.

Primary school principals shut down religious education classes

Hundreds of primary school principals have stopped offering weekly religious education in schools, despite a legal obligation to offer the classes.

Current legislation states principals "must" schedule the contentious ''special religious instruction'' (SRI) classes in the school timetable when accredited and approved instructors are available, but Education Department figures suggest the number of Victorian state schools delivering SRI programs declined by almost a third in the past two years.

In 2011, 940 government schools delivered an SRI program, but by 2013 the number plummeted to 666 - a drop of 274. In real terms, 130,100 students received SRI in 2011, with just 92,808 in 2013.

TRAINS

V/Line services appear to be running on time.

BIRTHDAYS

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

You share a birthday Australian poet AJ "Banjo" Paterson, Australian comedian-actor Barry Humphries, US singer Gene Pitney, US socialite Paris Hilton and English singer Ed Sheeran.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

1670 - France signs defensive alliance with Bavaria.

1864 - In the American Civil War, the Confederate hand-propelled submarine Hunley sinks the Union's Housatonic in Charleston Harbour, South Carolina in what's considered the first "successful" attack by a submarine warship.

1897 - Britain rejects Austro-Russian proposal for blockade of Piraeus in Greece.

1945 - A Soviet offensive forces the rocket expert Wernher von Braun and other scientists to evacuate the V2 rocket site at Peenemunde, eastern Germany.

1989 - Muslims demonstrate for the death of Salman Rushdie, author of novel The Satanic Verses, which some consider blasphemous to Islam.

1997 - Frenchman Christophe Auguin breaks the solo round-the-world sailing record, finishing the Vendee Globe race in 105 days, 20 hours and 31 minutes.

2009 - US President Barack Obama signs a $US787 billion package to revive the country's economy.

JOKE OF THE DAY

Why did the bunny go to the hospital? A: For a hoperation.

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

Have a good day,

Hannah

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