Good morning Bendigo! 23.03.14

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TODAY'S WEATHER

Partly cloudy with a top of 21 degrees.

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TRAINS

The 7.11 Swan Hill to Southern Cross Station service has been replaced with buses due to a fault. 

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NEWS OVERNIGHT

Chinese satellite spots floating debris

A Chinese satellite has identified another object in the Indian Ocean that could be from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The object is about 22.5 metres long and 13 metres wide.

The high-definition earth observation satellite Gaofen-1 spotted the object at around midnight on March 18, according to China’s State Administration of Science Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND).

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Napthine backs cash-for-cans recycling scheme

Premier Denis Napthine is quietly lobbying his NSW counterpart to join forces with Victoria to consider a cash-for-cans scheme across several states.

High-level talks between the Premier's office and the O'Farrell government have taken place in recent weeks in a bid to garner support for a container deposit system, despite ongoing industry resistance. If such a plan were to be implemented, consumers could receive a 10¢ deposit for every can and bottle they returned to a recycling depot, as they do in South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Dr Napthine says he is ''enthusiastically supportive'' of the idea, but believes it would only be cost-effective if at least one other major state signed on.

BIRTHDAYS

If today is your big day, happy birthday! 

You share a birthday with American celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, journalist and author Jayson Blair and Spanish soccer coach Juan Ramón López Caro.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

1708 – James Francis Edward Stuart lands at the Firth of Forth.

1821 – Greek War of Independence: Battle and fall of city of Kalamata.

1919 – In Milan, Italy, Benito Mussolini founds his Fascist political movement.

1965 – NASA launches Gemini 3, the United States' first two-man space flight (crew: Gus Grissom and John Young).

1999 – Gunmen assassinate Paraguay's Vice President Luis María Argaña.

009 – FedEx Express Flight 80: A McDonnell Douglas MD-11 flying from Guangzhou, China crashes at Tokyo's Narita International Airport, killing both the captain and the co-pilot.

JOKE OF THE DAY

Why was the sand wet? 

Because the seaweed. 

Have a great day

Blair

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