Good Morning Bendigo - 21.08.14

Good Morning Bendigo!

Have a cup of tea and smell the roses, it's Thursday!

WEATHER

A top of 16 degrees and mostly sunny. For details click here

TRAINS

No delays.

A reminder that track work starting tomorrow until Sunday will affect evening services:

NEWS OVERNIGHT

Asylum staff hit by mental health crisis

The mental health crisis inside the detention centre on Christmas Island is now taking its toll on those who guard the asylum seekers, with one female employee attempting to take her life and a male considered at serious risk of self-harm.

The two Serco employees, whose distress was prompted by prolonged exposure to depressed and self-harming asylum seekers, have been flown to the mainland.

Illegal cigarettes 'easy' to obtain in Sydney, say teens

Teenagers in NSW are purchasing illegal, original-branded cigarette packets, claiming the original packaging makes them “cooler”.

Fifteen-year-old student Rosie said the original packaging detracted from the effectiveness of plain packaging.

“It just makes people more excited about original packaging,” she said, “It helps that they are cheaper.”

New York Post front page of Foley causes widespread anger - The Age

The New York Post has provoked outrage in the US by publishing a graphic front page image of American journalist James Foley about to be executed. 

The Post, edited by Australian journalist Col Allan, published an image of Foley with a knife held flush against his throat, above the headline 'SAVAGES'. 

Medibank scheme may lead to US-style 'disaster', warns Australian Medical Association

Private health insurance customers are being given preferential treatment at certain GP clinics in a trial that poses a threat to univeral healthcare, a Senate inquiry has heard.

Medibank is piloting a scheme in Queensland that gives its customers same-day appointments, after hours service and free consultations at 26 general practices run by the Independent Practitioner Network, with plans to roll it out nationally by November.

TODAY IN HISTORY

1841 - The Venetian blind is patented by John Hampton of New Orleans.

1842 - Founding of city of Hobart.

1915 - The last major fighting by Australian troops takes place at Gallipoli.

1950 - Recruitment campaign begins for K Force, the last time a volunteer force is raised in 

Australia to serve in a particular conflict; United Nations building opens in New York.

1984 - Australia's federal budget speech is televised live from Canberra for the first time.

1997 - The newly appointed prime minister of Afghanistan, Abdur Rahim Gaffurzai, is killed 

along with 13 others in a plane crash.

2007 - Saddam Hussein's cousin known as "Chemical Ali" and 14 others go on trial on charges 

of crimes against humanity in the brutal suppression of a Shiite uprising that killed tens of 

thousands after the 1991 Gulf War.

2010 - Australian federal election held but fails to return an immediate winner. Labor 

government in caretaker mode while counting continues and both Liberal and Labor prepare for 

talks with Independents in bids to form minority government.

BIRTHDAYS

King William IV, Britain's "Sailor King" (1765-1837)

Don Chipp, Australian politician (1925-2006)

Britain's Princess Margaret (1930-2002)

Kenny Rogers, US country singer (1938-)

Daryl Williams, former Australian Attorney-General (1942-)

Peter Weir, Australian film director (1944-)

Simon Katich, Australian cricketer (1975-)

Usain Bolt, Jamaican sprinter (1986-)

DAILY QUIZ

What type of dough is calzone made from?

What is a bisque?

Jake Gyllenhaal and Jamie Foxx starred in which Gulf War film?

Which star if “Singin’ in the Rain” appeared with Judy Garland in “Me & My Gal”?

Which dog gave it’s name to Darwin’s explorer ship?

Answers: 1. Pizza 2. Soup 3. Jarhead 4. Gene Kelly 5. HMS Beagle

DID YOU KNOW

Oxygen, carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen make up 90% of the human body.

JOKE OF THE DAY

A man arrived on Friday in a small town. He stayed for two days and left on Friday. How is this possible?

His horse's name is Friday!

Have a great day!

Andi

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