Good Morning Bendigo - 06.08.2014

Good Morning Bendigo!

We are safe from below zero temperatures this morning!

WEATHER

3 degrees with a top of 13 degrees and mostly sunny. 

TRAINS

No delays.

NEWS OVERNIGHT

Tony Abbott boosts funding by $630m to fight home-grown terrorism 

Australia's spy and counter-terror agencies will receive a $630 million funding boost to fight the threat of home-grown terrorism, which Prime Minister Tony Abbott says ''has not changed'' and is still ''as high as it has ever been''.

Mr Abbott unveiled a suite of counter-terrorism measures on Tuesday that include stronger powers for authorities to detain and question jihadists who have fought alongside terrorists overseas in countries like Syria and Iraq.

Gammy: Who is telling the truth? 

One child, two sharply different versions. A West Australian couple who bought gifts for a baby girl and a baby boy they hoped to take home as their children, but were told by Thai authorities one of the twins would die within a day? Or a heartless couple who rejected the twin with Down syndrome and a life-threatening condition?

Both interpretations of Gammy's story were possible on Tuesday as the first contact from parents David and Wendy Farnell contradicted the version of abandonment presented by the twins' natural mother, Pattharamon Janbua.

Andrew Bolt says dumping of changes to Racial Discrimination Act section 18C is 'dangerous'

Columnist and commentator Andrew Bolt has said Australia is "being asked to assimilate to immigrant values" in response to Tony Abbott's decision to dump changes to the Racial Discrimination Act.

Speaking on his regular 2GB segment with host, Steve Price, Bolt said the Mr Abbott's decision spells a dangerous time for Australia and that Mr Abbott's justification was an "excuse rather than a reason."

City to bring major moment back to life

TODAY Bendigo will relive the moment the city found out Australia was at war. Britain declared war on Germany on August 4, 1914.

It was another two days before news Australia would join The Great War arrived in Bendigo. 

In today's re-enactment of the news breaking on Bendigo's streets, councillor Rod Fyffe will step into the shoes of the then mayor of Bendigo. 

The re-enactment will take place at midday in front of the town hall. All are welcome to attend.

TODAY IN HISTORY

1825 - Bolivia is proclaimed an independent republic after nearly 300 years of Spanish rule.

1876 - Two Australian constables accidentally shoot the Rev William Healy, mistaking him for a 

bushranger.

1888 - The woman thought to have been Jack the Ripper's first victim, 35-year-old prostitute 

Martha Turner, is stabbed to death in Whitechapel in London's East End.

1985 - Myer Emporium combines with the Coles Group in a billion dollar merger, ending its 

reign as one of Australia's great family retailers; Queensland bans school children from a 

national competition to design a new Australian flag.

2003 - Action film star Arnold Schwarzenegger announces that he will run as a Republican 

candidate to replace California Governor Gray Davis in a recall election.

2013 - Australia's official interest rate drops to its lowest level in history at 2.5 per cent; Jaymes 

Diaz, the Liberal Party's federal candidate for western Sydney electorate Greenway, talks of "a 

real army out there planting trees" during a cringeworthy viral TV interview in which he struggles 

to remember his own party's policies.

BIRTHDAYS

Sir Alexander Fleming, British discoverer of penicillin (1881-1955)

Andy Warhol, US artist (1928-1987)

Daryl Somers, Australian TV personality (1951-)

Geri Halliwell, British singer (1972-)

David Campbell, Australian singer (1973-)

Stuart O'Grady, Australian cyclist (1973-)

Shaun Timmins, Australian rugby league player (1976-)

Melissa George, Australian actress (1976-)

DAILY QUIZ

Which was London’s first railway station?

In blackjack the maximum score is equivalent to potting how many blacks at snooker?

Where would you find your ventricle and atrium?

Which creatures live in a formicary?

What does the M stand for in the radio abbreviation FM stand for?

Answers: 1. Euston 2. Three 3. Heart 4. Ants 5. Modulation

DID YOU KNOW

New born babies have 350 bones (by age 5 the amount of bones merges to 206).

JOKE OF THE DAY

What did one elevator say to the other elevator?

I think I'm coming down with something!

Have a great day!

Andi

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