Good morning Bendigo! 22.03.14

Good morning Bendigo! The weekend is finally here! Send your news tips to hannah.knight@fairfaxmedia.com.au

TODAY'S WEATHER

Mostly sunny with a top of 23 degrees.

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TRAINS

No reported delays. 

NEWS OVERNIGHT

Missing Malaysia Airline search: 'We've got a lot of hope' says pilot

Favourable conditions were encountered in the area of ocean being searched for debris that might be related to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

But Royal Australian Air Force pilot Russell Adams' squadron could not locate the two objects spotted on satellite images that sparked the ocean search on Thursday.

"We've got a lot of hope and if the conditions stay as they are, hopefully we'll find something soon," Flight Lieutenant Adams said just moments after landing at the RAAF Pearce base on Friday.

Essendon's board delays a decision on James Hird

UPDATE: James Hird's immediate future with Essendon appears safe after a telephone hook-up of club directors early on Friday deferred any public call on the suspended coach until after Friday night's season-opener against North Melbourne.

The club's interim coach Mark Thompson was understood to have remained in constant touch with his players during the day imploring them focus upon Dustin Fletcher's feat of breaking the club's games record, on Paddy Ryder's 150th and Jake Carlisle's 50th.

BIRTHDAYS

If today is your big day, happy birthday! 

You share a birthday with Anthony van Dyck, Dutch artist (1599-1641); Stephen Sondheim, US composer; William Shatner, Canadian-born actor; Roger Whittaker, British singer-songwriter; Fanny Ardant, French actress; Lena Olin, Swedish actress; Matthew Modine, US actor; Reese Witherspoon, US actress.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

1765 - England's Parliament passes unpopular Stamp Act to raise revenue in American colonies.

1848 - After an insurrection, the Venetian Republic declares its independence from Austria.

1897 - Federal convention starts second meeting in Adelaide to begin drawing up a constitution for a Commonwealth of Australia.

1945 - Arab League is formed in Cairo by Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria.

1979 - Sir Richard Sykes, Britain's Ambassador to the Netherlands, is shot dead by Irish terrorists in the Hague.

1993 - Khmer Rouge guerrillas in Cambodia attack an ethnic Vietnamese fishing village, killing 35.

2001 - An 18-year-old student opens fire at Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, California, wounding three classmates and two teachers before he is shot by a police officer. (Jason Hoffman later hangs himself while in jail.)

2010 - Two senior Air North pilots are killed when their plane crashes at Darwin's Winellie RAAF base while performing a training exercise in engine failure.

JOKE OF THE DAY

I gave all my dead batteries away today... Free of charge.

Got a better joke? Any tips on what we should be heading out to today? Email hannah.knight@fairfaxmedia.com.au 

Have a great day,

Hannah

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