Good morning Bendigo! 21.03.14

Good morning Bendigo! It's Friday at last! What's on for your weekend? Any events we should be covering? Send your news tips to hannah.knight@fairfaxmedia.com.au

TODAY'S WEATHER

An afternoon shower or two with a top of 25 degrees.

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TRAINS

No reported delays but changes for Swan Hill passengers.

V/Line Bendigo Line ‏@vline_bendigo tweeted: 07:11 Swan Hill - SCS service is cancelled and replaced by coaches, due to a train fault. #vline

NEWS OVERNIGHT

Missing Malaysia Airlines plane: US satellite the unspoken source that sparked search for MH370

When the Australian official took the podium to explain to reporters the discovery of satellite images that might show pieces of MH370, he carefully omitted to tell them the source.

The images were from a US satellite. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority's John Young didn't mention this to the media. Nor was he asked. But he wouldn't have disclosed it in any case.

As ever, Australian officialdom is hyper protective of US intelligence and its sources - even more protective than the Americans themselves.

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The US decision to share its satellite imagery was just one part of the international co-operation involved in the 26-country search and rescue effort.

The satellite imagery of many nations has been carefully "scrubbed" by analysts in the search for the Malaysia Airlines jet, a painstaking task. "This is human eyeballs working through a vast number of images," said an official involved in the effort.

Health call for harder stand on pubs, clubs

Victoria should follow NSW's lead by introducing 3am last drinks in pubs and clubs and a statewide ban on the sale of takeaway alcohol after 10pm, health groups say.

A coalition of health groups, including state branches of the Australian Medical Association, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Cancer Council of Australia, say the reforms are needed to reduce growing harm from alcohol abuse, including assaults.

Cancer Council Victoria chief executive Todd Harper said excessive alcohol consumption was also causing longer-term harm, with about 5000 cases of cancer in Australia each year attributed to long-term chronic use of alcohol.

DID YOU KNOW?

Ostriches have a 14-metre-long small intestine.

BIRTHDAYS

If today is your big day, happy birthday! 

You share a birthday with Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer (1685-1750); King Ghazi of Iraq (1912-1939); Keith Potger, founder-member of Australian group The Seekers; Gary Oldman, British actor; Rosie O'Donnell, US actress and talkshow host; Kevin Federline, US dancer and former husband of Britney Spears.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

1556 - Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer is burned at the stake as a heretic.

1834 - Mrs Hordern, of the Anthony Hordern family, runs Australia's first illustrated shop advertisement in the Sydney Monitor, featuring a lady's bonnet.

1919 - Soviet Republic is proclaimed; A pro-Soviet coup headed by Bela Kun overthrows the government of Hungary.

1960 - Almost 70 people are killed and more than 180 wounded when South African police fire on a peaceful black demonstration against pass laws at Sharpeville in the Transvaal.

1985 - Death of British actor Sir Michael Redgrave; Police in Langa, South Africa, fire on blacks marching to mark the 25th anniversary of the Sharpeville shootings, killing at least 21.

1996 - Russian forces launch air and artillery attacks on villages in western Chechnya.

2001 - Space shuttle Discovery glides to a predawn touchdown, bringing home the first residents of the international space station; The US orders 51 Russian diplomats to leave, in retaliation for Russia's use of an FBI spy, Robert Hanssen.

2005 - Secretary-General Kofi Annan unveils a plan to overhaul the United Nations and immediately begins the task of selling his vision to all 191 UN member states, urging them to make the proposals a reality when they meet again in six months.

2011 - Syrians chanting "No more fear!" hold a defiant march after a deadly government crackdown failed to quash three days of mass protests in the southern city of Deraa - an extraordinary outpouring in a country that is known for brutally suppressing dissent.

JOKE OF THE DAY

What did the mountain climber name his son? Cliff.

Have a fantastic Friday,

Hannah 

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