Good Morning Bendigo - 05.08.2014

Good Morning Bendigo!

Don't know about you, but with three unbelievably cold mornings in a row, I have now got a routine for how to defrost my car windows: engine on, pour water, windscreen wipers on, keep pouring water. I wonder how long I will have to keep this up...

WEATHER

-3 degrees with a top of 13 degrees. 

TRAINS

No delays.

NEWS OVERNIGHT

Speculation surrounds Jack Lyons' candidacy - Bendigo Advertiser and The Age

The Napthine government has had a second candidate withdraw in less than a week, after the Liberal candidate for Bendigo West stood down following crude comments on social media.

Jack Lyons has withdrawn his candidacy for the marginal seat held by Labor's Maree Edwards over comments on his Facebook page.

Mr Lyons is the son of Bendigo mayor Barry Lyons.

Joe Hockey needs to put his cards somewhere - the table's gone missing

Malevolent? Treasurer Joe Hockey says Fairfax Media's reporting of the budget has been sometimes ''quite malevolent''.

Fairfax has been trying to provide the public with what Hockey has not - a table that has been in each of the past nine budgets and was missing in this one. Introduced by Hockey's mentor Peter Costello in 2005, it was at first called ''benefits of new measures for families'' and later ''detailed family outcomes''.

Unions returning to 'bad old days of lawlessness', says Eric Abetz

The alleged assault of a Fair Work Building and Construction officer at Barangaroo "confirms a return to the bad old days of lawlessness in the building and construction industry", Employment Minister Eric Abetz said on Monday.

Media reports of the alleged assault came on the same day as the royal commission into trade union governance and corruption heard claims of widespread extortion by the CFMEU against companies around the country.

Senator Abetz said reports that Fair Work Building and Construction staff had been physically and verbally assaulted on the Barangaroo site "are a cause of great alarm”.

Gay asylum seeker fearful of going back - The Age

He says they told him to go back to where he came from. They said in this country, where he moved when he was a young boy, being gay was not OK. They looted his shop and bashed him, and on the day that he decided to flee to Australia, they walked past holding what looked like a cup of acid.

"Do it! Do it!" he heard them say. Although they never threw the acid, he says it helped him make the difficult decision to flee.

The man is one of 29 delegates who attended the 20th International Aids Conference in Melbourne last month and who stayed behind, seeking asylum in Australia, claiming they face persecution in their homelands.

TODAY IN HISTORY

1264 - Anti-Jewish riots break out in Arnstadt Germany

1772 - 1st partition of Poland, between Austria, Prussia & Russia

1861 - Enlistment increases from 3 months to 2 years

1882 - Martial law is imposed in Japan.

1926 - Houdini stays in a coffin under water for 1½ hrs before escaping

1936 - At Berlin Olympics, Jesse Owens wins his 3rd Olympic medal

1962 - Nelson Mandela arrested for incitement & illeagally leaving S Africa

1966 - Martin Luther King Jr. stoned during Chicago march

1972 - Uganda president Idi Amin throws out all 80,000 Asians

2013 - 160 people are killed by flash floods across Afghanistan and Pakistan

BIRTHDAYS

1604 - John Eliot, "Apostle to Indians," Bible translator, baptized

1827 - Deodoro da Fonseca, first President of Brazil 

1830 - James A Healy, 1st black bishop in America

1866 - Harry Trott, Australian cricketer

1908 - Harold Holt, PM of Australia (1966-67)

1930 - Neil Armstrong, Wapakoneta Ohio, X-15 pilot, first man on the moon

DAILY QUIZ

What is the minimum number of times the racket must hit the ball in a game of tennis?

Who was responsible for the crime recounted in the film “Rogue Trader”?

What is on the outside of a Battenburg cake?

A taipan is a type of what?

What is the main ingredient in a traditional fondue?

Answers: 1. Four 2. Nick Leeson 3. Marzipan 4. Snake 5. Cheese

JOKE OF THE DAY

A mum calls out to her son "Harry! Wake up! You'll be late for school." The son replies, "Mum 

I don't want to go to school! The teachers and students hate me! Give me one reason I should 

go!" 

The mum says back, "You should go because you're the principal!"

DID YOU KNOW

56% of typing is completed by your left hand.

Enjoy your day,

Andi

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