Good morning Bendigo! 16.08.14

Good Morning Bendigo! 

Welcome to the weekend.

WEATHER

There will be a top of 15 with a chance of rain. Keep your brolly close by.

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TRAINS

A good service this morning.

NEWS OVERNIGHT

Mayor confirms reason for mosque politics gag

CITY of Greater Bendigo mayor Barry Lyons has confirmed a planning permit condition to ban political discussion on the mosque site in East Bendigo was added by councillors to appease some members of the community. 

Councillor Lyons said the ban on political discussion was added "to satisfy some of the objectors about political stuff being taught on the premises".

"It was just a general consensus that it might have pacified the objectors to some degree but unfortunately it's not in our local government power to impose a condition like that," Cr Lyons said.

"The people at VCAT have pointed out to us that it's almost against the rules for freedom of speech to put a condition on like that."

Man dies in crash near Maldon

A Campbells Creek man, 57, was killed on Friday morning after his motorcycle collided with a four-wheel drive.

Detective Sergeant Mark Amos said marks on the tarmac indicated the four-wheel drive was on the wrong side of the road.

"The injuries when a motor cyclist is hit by a car are horrific. It is an absolute trauma to see and there is no other way to describe it, it's a nightmare," Detective Sergeant Amos said.

'I'm very sorry': Joe Hockey apologises 

Treasurer Joe Hockey has delivered a grovelling apology for suggesting the “poorest people either don't have cars or actually don't drive very far” and that the government’s proposed fuel excise increase was a progressive tax measure.

Mr Hockey used the words "sorry" and "apologise" eight times in an interview with his close friend and 2GB broadcaster Ben Fordham on Friday.

He said: “I am really genuinely sorry that there is any suggestion, any suggestion at all that I or the government does not care for the most disadvantaged in the community.”

TODAY IN HISTORY

1858 - Telegraphed message from Queen Victoria to US President James Buchanan is transmitted over the recently laid trans-Atlantic cable.

1868 - Tidal wave swamps Port Jackson, Sydney.

1898 - Death of Robert Bunsen, German chemist and inventor of the gas burner which bears his name.

1977 - Death of US rock singer Elvis Presley at Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, aged 42.

1999 - Russia's State Duma approves Vladimir Putin as the country's new prime minister.

2001 - Paul Burrell, butler of Princess Diana for many years, is charged with the theft of hundreds of royal family items.

2006 - Death of Australian playwright Alex Buzo, aged 62.

2012 - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange wins asylum in Ecuador but legal experts say the decision by the South American nation to identify him as a refugee and let him reside in its London embassy does little to help him avoid extradition to Sweden on sexual assault allegations; The UN Security Council orders an end to its observer mission in Syria, which began on April 14.

BIRTHDAYS

Ann Blyth, US actor (1928-)

Bruce Beresford, Australian film director (1940-)

Jeff Thomson, Australian cricketer (1950-)

James Cameron, Canadian movie director (1954-)

Tim Farriss, Australian rock musician - INXS (1957-)

Madonna, US actor-singer (1958-)

Steve Carell, American actor and comedian (1962-)

Stan Lazaridis, Australian soccer player (1972-)

DAILY QUIZ

What type of word reads the same backwards and forwards?

Which American gave her name to an item of underwear?

How many letters in the alphabet can be written with one straight line?

In which decade were satellite pictures first sent across the Atlantic?

Which is the biggest planet in our solar system?

DID YOU KNOW

The first city to reach 1 million was London.

JOKE OF THE DAY

I'm going to stand outside. So if anyone asks, I am outstanding.

QUIZ ANSWERS

1. Palindrome 2. Bloomer 3. One 4. 1960s 5. Jupiter

Have a fabulous day! 

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