Good morning Bendigo – 09.05.14

Happy FRIDAY Bendigo! Did anyone see the sunrise this morning? The sky was splashed pink, purple and yellow. Here are a couple of shots of Bendigo this morning. If you have take any, send them through! 

Picture: PETER WEAVING

Picture: PETER WEAVING

Myrtle Street. Picture: GEORGINA HOWDEN-CHITTY

Myrtle Street. Picture: GEORGINA HOWDEN-CHITTY

WEATHER

A dry day but expect showers tonight. Top of 16.

Full weather report here

TRAINS

"Good service" on the Bendigo line this morning.

NEWS OVERNIGHT

St Luke's staff uncertain as mental health reforms impact service

ST Luke’s will no longer deliver mental health services in the Loddon Mallee southern catchment. 

The state government today announced major changes to the way community-based mental health support was delivered across the state. 

The changes are part of the recommissioning of $74 million per year in Mental Health Community Support Services.

The reform consolidates funding from 11 different funded programs into four.

Budget's petrol shock will leave voters fuming

Motorists will pay more for fuel in future and it looks set to keep rising as Prime Minister Tony Abbott prepares to break his no "new taxes" promise for a second time – this time by taxing petrol at a higher rate.

The plan, which the government refused to officially confirm, compounds another tax increase to be announced in the budget – a special deficit levy on higher income earners designed to raise about $2.5 billion a year for its duration.

Balcony death still raw for family

A MAN whose son died after falling from a balcony says he does not accept the Deputy State Coroner’s finding into the death. 

Gregory John Caulfield died in November 2011 after falling from a housing commission balcony. 

His father, John, is looking to appeal. 

“It’s a disgrace,” he said.

“All we got was a written copy. We went through the findings with the solicitors today. I wasn’t happy with them at all.”

BIRTHDAYS

If today is your day, happy birthday!! 

You share a birthday with actress Candice Bergen (1946), singer Billy Joel (1949) and baseball player Prince Fielder (1984).

You are a dependable, persistent, loyal, patient and generous Taurus.

THE DAILY QUIZ

1. In which decade did Einstein die?

2. Approximately how many feet are there in a fathom?

3. Who said, “Honey I forgot to duck" after an assassination attempt?

4. What sort of bell is a campanula?

5. Muscari are what type of hyacinth?

TODAY IN HISTORY

1457 BC - Battle of Megiddo (15th century BC) between Thutmose III and a large Canaanite coalition under the King of Kadesh. It is the first battle to have been recorded in what is accepted as relatively reliable detail.

328 - Athanasius is elected Patriarch bishop of Alexandria.

1092 - Lincoln Cathedral consecrated

1502 - Columbus left Spain on his 4th & final trip to New World

1519 - Austrian adel/burgerij in uprising against central government

1573 - Polish Parliament selects Duke of Anjou as king

1960 - US send U-2 over USSR

1961 - Balt Oriole Jim Gentile hits 2 grand slams (9 RBIs) vs Minnesota Twins

1961 - FCC Chairman Newton N Minow criticizes TV as a "vast wasteland"

2006 - Estonia ratifies the European Constitution

2006 - George Preca is canonised as the first Maltese saint in history.

2012 - Mark Rothko's "Orange, Red, Yellow" becomes the most expensive contemporary art piece to be sold at auction for $86.9 million dollars

2012 - A Russian passenger jet disappears with 45 people on board

2012 - United States President Barack Obama officially states his support for same sex marriage

2013 - Everton Manager David Moyes is announced to become Sir Alex Ferguson's successor at Manchester United (he only lasted 10 months)

JOKE OF THE DAY

Q: What do you call an alligator in a vest?

A: An Investigator 

DID YOU KNOW?

The Hawaiian alphabet has only 13 letters.

QUIZ ANSWERS

1. 1950’s 2. Six 3. Ronald Reagan 4. Canterbury Bell 5. Grape

Have a great day, Bendigo. 

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