Good morning Bendigo! 17.08.14

Good Morning Bendigo! 

How are your hangovers this morning? I'm sure more than a few of you are suffering after Bendigo on the Hop, but it was probably worth it!

WEATHER

There will be a top of 15 and getting windy in the afternoon.

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TRAINS

A good service.

NEWS OVERNIGHT

Alpaca show a hit

THE Bendigo showgrounds were abuzz with fuzz on the weekend, as people enjoyed the Colourbration Alpaca Show.

More than 100 breeders attended the show, where they competed for glory and sold their animals to excited buyers.

Organiser Jenny Ford said about 20 people had come from New Zealand for the event, to admire quality Australian alpacas and snap up some beauties.

Threat of jail for leaving children home alone

Despite declining crime rates in most Western societies, parenting experts say anxiety around children's safety has never been higher.

The term “nanny state” is no longer just metaphorical: in Victoria this week, penalties for leaving children under 16 unattended are set to increase, with the government proposing a doubling of the maximum jail sentence, from three to six months. Fines will increase by two-thirds, to $3690.

Push for further crackdown on puppy farms 

Factory-farmed puppies are increasingly being sold through online sites such as Gumtree and Trading Post, allowing dozens of puppy farms to remain hidden and unchecked as profits boom.

Industry figures suggest the internet now accounts for up to 85 per cent of sales for breeders, with many "roadside transactions" taking place every year and consumers largely oblivious to the often cruel conditions in which their pet was born.

Animal welfare groups have renewed calls for a state government crackdown on puppy farms – where dogs are often kept in substandard cages as they produce  litter after litter – while Labor has urged Gumtree and the Trading Post to cease pet sales, a key feature of the supply chain.

TODAY IN HISTORY

1859 - Tightrope walker Blondin crosses Niagara Falls.

1950 - The Republic of Indonesia is restored.

1969 - Dr Philip Blaiberg dies in South Africa, 19 months and 15 days after receiving a heart transplant, a survival record at the time;

1980 - Baby Azaria Chamberlain disappears from Ayers Rock campsite in central Australia.

1982 - The first CDs begin rolling off an assembly line in Hanover, Germany.

1998 - US President Bill Clinton is questioned before an investigating court panel about his relationship with former intern Monica Lewinsky.

2004 - Louis-Jodel Chamblain, a leader of a paramilitary group in Haiti, is acquitted of killing some 3000 people. The 14-hour murder trial angers human rights groups and provokes criticism of the new US-backed government.

2007 - The rescue mission to reach six miners trapped inside a mountain in Utah since August 6 is suspended indefinitely after a cave-in kills three rescuers inside a mountainside mine.

BIRTHDAYS

Shane Porteous, Australian actor (1942-)

Robert De Niro, US actor (1943-)

Belinda Carlisle, US singer (1958-)

Sean Penn, US actor (1960-)

Gilby Clarke, US rock musician-formerly Guns N' Roses (1962-)

Nathan Deakes, Australian race walker (1977-)

DAILY QUIZ

Which Earl gave his name to a jacket?

Andy Warhol thought everyone would be famous for how long?

How is the Jewish Feast Sukkot also known?

The My Lai massacre took place during which war?

What was discovered in Rabbit Creek, Klondike in 1896?

The three most common languages in the world are Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and English

DID YOU KNOW

The three most common languages in the world are Mandarin, Spanish and English.

JOKE OF THE DAY

Music Teacher: What's your favourite musical instrument?

Student: The lunch bell.

QUIZ ANSWERS

1. Cardigan 2. 15 minutes 3. Feast of Tabernacles 4. Vietnam War 5. Gold

Have a fabulous day! 

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