Good Morning Bendigo 16-06-14

Good morning Bendigo and happy Monday. Hope you all had a lovely weekend.

WEATHER

Rainy in the morning, clearing in the afternoon. Top of 14.

TRAINS

No problems reported on V/Line. Happy travelling. 

NEWS

Man dead after explosion at hotel

Victoria Police has issued a statement confirming that a 34-year-old man has died following an explosion at the Hotel Rochester this afternoon.

Police have been told two men were in the cellar of the hotel in Moore Street when the explosion occurred just after 1.30pm. 

The men, both from Rochester, suffered extensive burns and were airlifted to The Alfred hospital. 

A 52-year-old man remains in hospital. 

Oxfam survey finds widening gap between Australia's rich and poor

The gap between the rich and poor in Australia is growing and the most affluent are not paying enough tax, according to a survey by the Oxfam charity.

Concern about the burgeoning inequality in society has also resulted in the wealthiest Australians having too much influence, according to the report Still the Lucky Country?

The report cites a Forbes and Credit Suisse Global Wealth Databook study that found the wealthiest 1 per cent of Australians have more money than 60 per cent of the population.It found the nine richest people in Australia have a fortune that equates to the bottom 20 per cent of the country.

Of 1016 people surveyed, 79 per cent said the gap between the rich and poor had widened over the past 10 years; 76 per cent said the most affluent Australians don't pay enough tax; while 64 per cent said inequality was making Australia a worse place to live.

TIME TO TEST THE BRAIN - DAILY QUIZ

In which series did Kirstie Alley play Rebecca Howe?

What was founded by Jebediah Springfield in “The Simpsons”?

Which European capital begins and ends with the letter O?

Which singer Celine recorded the album “A New Day Has Come”

What completes the Norah Jones album title “Come Away with __”?

(See answers at bottom)

TIME TO EXPAND THE BRAIN - DID YOU KNOW?

Karaoke means "empty orchestra" in Japanese. In English, it means "my ears hurt".

TODAY IN HISTORY

What were the notable events of today in history?

1784 - Holland forbids orange clothes

1858 - Abraham Lincoln says "A house divided against itself cannot stand"accepting Illinois Republican Party's nomination for the Senate

1880 - Salvation Army forms in London

1884 - 1st roller coaster used (Coney Island NY)

1903 - Pepsi Cola company forms

1944 - Iceland adopts constitution

1992 - Great Brit postage stamp 350 year battle near Edgehill

BIRTHDAYS

If it's your birthday today... congratulations and many happy returns! You share your big day with:

1644 - Henrietta Anne Stuart, Princess of Scotland, England and Ireland and Duchess of Orléans (d. 1670)

1792 - Sir Thomas Mitchell, Australian explorer (d. 1855)

1896 - Jean Peugeot, Frans auto manufacturer (Peugeot)

1941 - Aldrich Ames, CIA officer and spy for the Soviet Union

1949 - Peppy Castro, [Emil Thielhelm], NYC, rock vocalist (Balance)

1971 - Tupac Shakur, East Harlem New York, American rap star/actor (Juice, Bullet) (killed in 1996)

1988 - Keshia Chante, Canadian singer

JOKE OF THE DAY

Why is Cinderella no good at sports?

Because her coach is a pumpkin, and she is always running away from the ball!

QUIZ ANSWERS

1. Cheers 2. Springfield 3. Oslo 4. Celine Dion 5. Me

FINALLY...

Have a great day!

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