Good morning Bendigo- 17.07.14

Good morning Bendigo!

WEATHER

Shower or two with a top of 10 degrees. For more weather click here

TRAINS

No reported delays.

Bendigo customers for City Loop trains please change at Southern Cross. For Nth Melb & 401 bus please change to Metro at Footscray #vline

NEWS OVERNIGHT

HIV diagnoses hit 20-year high

HIV diagnoses have reached a 20-year high in Australia and there are fears one in seven people with the virus do not know they have it, putting more people at risk. 

Public health experts are calling for a renewed focus on HIV testing and treatment after new data showed 1235 people were diagnosed with the blood-borne virus in Australia last year - a 70 per cent increase on the number documented in 1999 when diagnoses were at their lowest.

The Annual HIV Surveillance report produced by the University of NSW’s Kirby Institute said unprotected sex between men continued to be the main driver, causing about 70 per cent of new diagnoses between 2009 and 2013. About 25 per cent of transmissions were through heterosexual sex and 2 per cent were through injecting drug use.

Harley Hicks applies to appeal sentence

BABY murderer Harley Hicks has lodged an application for leave to appeal his sentence.

Hicks was last month sentenced to life in prison with a non-parole period of 32 years for the brutal murder of Bendigo baby Zayden Veal-Whitting.

Hicks bludgeoned the 10-month-old to death with a home-made baton whilst out committing a series of burglaries in the Long Gully area overnight on June 14/15, 2012.

In sentencing, Justice Stephen Kaye said what Hicks did was "totally and utterly evil'' and his offending put his case "in the worst category of offences of murder which come before the courts''. ​

TODAY IN HISTORY

180 - 6 inhabitants of Scillium in North Africa are executed for being Christians. Earliest record of Christianity in that part of the world.

1453 - 1st battle at Castillon: French beat English troops

1775 - 1st military hospital approved

1862 - US army authorized to accept blacks as laborers

1867 - 1st US dental school, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, established

1917 - British Royal family changes its name from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to Windsor

1954 - Construction begins on Disneyland. . .

1959 - Dr Leakey discovers oldest human skull (600,000 years old)

1962 - Senate rejects medicare for aged

BIRTHDAYS

MORNING: Bendigo Advertiser news director Ashley Fritsch snapped this gorgeous pic on her way to work this morning.

MORNING: Bendigo Advertiser news director Ashley Fritsch snapped this gorgeous pic on her way to work this morning.

1902 - Christina Stead, Australia, novelist (Man Who Loved Children)

1923 - John Cooper, English race car designer (d. 2000)

1941 - Bob Taylor, cricketer wicket-keeper (too often in Knotty's shadow)

1947 - Camilla Parker Bowles (Duchess of Cornwall), London England, wife of Prince Charles

1952 - David Hasselhoff, Balt Md, actor (Night Rider, Mitch-Baywatch)

1976 - Matthew Holmes, Australian actor

1983 - Ryan Guettler, professional Australian BMX rider

1987 - Darius Boyd, Australian rugby player

If it's your big day, happy birthday!

QUIZ

At the time she was born, what were the titles of the parents of Queen Elizabeth II?

Which river runs through the city of Melbourne?

How many goals did Australia score in total during its 2014 World Cup campaign in Brazil?

Where would you find the province of Zealand?

In which year was Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation service held?

DID YOU KNOW

When recognising a persons face you use the right side of your brain.

JOKE OF THE DAY

Q: What did the fly say when it flew into a window?

A: If I had more guts I'd do that again.

Quiz answers: 1. Duke and Duchess of York 2. Yarra 3. Three 4.  Netherlands 5. 1953

Have a sensational day,

Hannah

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