Good Morning Bendigo - 23.08.14

I hope you're enjoying a nice cuppa on this pleasant Saturday morning.

Or perhaps you're at the beach with a strangely determined look on your face like this baby...

WEATHER

A top of 18 degrees, with a late shower or two. 

It's obviously not that cold anymore because some mischievous people got up early and did this to a car in Carpenter Street this morning. The car is wrapped but the owner certainly won't be. 

TRAINS

No delays so far today, but coach services are running this weekend.

NEWS OVERNIGHT

Jihadist was a 'muscle for hire'

An underworld clash between Khaled Sharrouf and other crime figures over attempts to collect a disputed $9 million debt precipitated Sharrouf's departure to the Middle East to join murderous extremist group, the Islamic State.

Sharrouf, who recently gained global infamy after pictures were posted on social media of his young son holding a severed head, was attempting to recover the debt in the months before his departure for Iraq.

Sharrouf was muscle for hire in the Sydney underbelly, working closely with bikies, drug dealers and underworld identities before leaving Australia on his brother's passport.

IVF pioneer Alan Trounson slams high cost of procedure in Australian clinics - The Age

IVF could be done for hundreds of dollars in Australia instead of about $8500 if clinics stopped charging what "the market will handle", a pioneer of the technology says. 

Professor Alan Trounson, the scientist who led the team responsible for Australia's first IVF birth in 1980, is challenging fertility specialists to put people ahead of profits in a provocative speech to a conference in Melbourne this weekend. 

Melbourne Response reveals considerations when weighing up abuse payouts

The way the Catholic Church awards money to victims of clerical abuse has been questioned at the royal commission.

In the final hearing of the week, David Curtain, QC, the chairman of the Melbourne Response's compensation panel, outlined the calculations used to determine compensation for victims.

Gold beaten in VFL finale

The city’s 17-year VFL era ended on Friday night with Collingwood defeating the Bendigo Gold by 46 points.

In front of a large VFL finale crowd at the Queen Elizabeth Oval, the Magpies spoiled the Gold’s hopes of a fairytale finish with a dominant second half.

Click here to watch our video for exclusive access to Bendigo Gold's inner sanctum.

TODAY IN HISTORY

1870 - Last British troops leave Australia.

1913 - Copenhagen's famous landmark, The Little Mermaid, is unveiled at the entrance of the 

harbour.

1939 - Axe murderer John Trevor Kelly becomes the last man hanged in NSW.

1948 - The World Council of Churches is founded.

1964 - Footbridge collapses over river gorge in Venezuela, and 29 people fall to their deaths in 

rapids below.

1992 - More than 500 survivors return to Singapore from the cruise ship Royal Pacific, which 

sank after a collision with a fishing boat.

2007 - A horse brought in from the northern hemisphere shows clinical signs of equine influenza 

at Sydney's Eastern Creek quarantine centre, sparking a widespread outbreak of EI that stops 

racing and equestrian events in NSW and Queensland.

2008 - Brisbane-based freelance photographer Nigel Brennan, 35, is abducted in Somalia, 

along with Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout.

2011 - The cost to the Queensland government of implementing the flood inquiry 

recommendations is put at $76 million.

2012 - Julia Gillard defends herself in an hour-long press conference against "false and highly 

defamatory" claims dating back 17 years, when as a lawyer at Slater & Gordon she set up a 

union fund for free for her then partner Bruce Wilson, who was later accused of corruption.

BIRTHDAYS

Peter Thomson, Australian golf champion (1929-)

Rick Springfield, Australian-born pop singer (1949-)

Shelley Long, US actress (1949-)

River Phoenix, American actor (1970-1993)

Kobe Bryant, US basketball player (1978-)

Brett Morris, Australian NRL footballer (1986-)

DAILY QUZ

What improvement did Edison make to Bell’s telephone?

What did Geiger’s counter measure?

How many times in the 20th century did Sean Connery play James Bond?

Who played Fletcher Reede in “Liar Liar”?

What is a chanterelle?

Answers: 1. Better microphone 2. Radioactivity 3. Seven 4. Jim Carrey 5. Mushroom

DID YOU KNOW

Laughing lowers levels of stress and strengthens your immune system.

JOKE OF THE DAY

Why did the boy eat his homework?

His teacher said it was a piece of cake.

Have a lovely day!

Andi

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