Welcome to the first Tuesday of September

Good morning Bendigo! Welcome to the second day of spring.

WEATHER

It's chilly but sunny out there and will reach a top of 15 today, with possible showers. 

TRAINS

No delays on the Bendigo line.

NEWS OVERNIGHT

Bendigo mosque group has written to VCAT

THE Bendigo mosque committee is seeking to have a number of conditions of its approved planning permit overturned at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

The group submitted its requests about two weeks ago and is awaiting a hearing, expected to take place in December. 

Restrictions on opening hours, limits on political discussion and a cap on the number of worshippers at certain times of the day are just some of the conditions the group is seeking to repeal.

Cat saves owner from burning home

Move over Lassie, the new hero in town is Sally the cat who saved her owner from his burning home.

Thanks to the quick-thinking tabby, 49-year-old Craig Geeves was alerted to the early morning fire in his Melbourne home and managed to escape.

"She jumped on my head and was screaming at me," he said.

Country Fire Authority Captain Paul Spinks said the owner was lucky to be alive.

Australia at war in Iraq edging closer

The prospect of Australian participation in a war against Islamic State fighters in Iraq is edging closer with both Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten in lockstep yesterday branding the militants respectively "a death cult" and "an enemy of humanity".

In powerful statements to Parliament, the two leaders took a common position in declaring that Australia and its allies and partners could not stand by while innocent people were slaughtered.

Building the moral case for intervention, Mr Abbott said that Australians "in good conscience … cannot leave the Iraqi people to face this horror, this pure evil alone, or ask others to do so in the name of human decency what we won't do ourselves".

Mr Shorten went beyond the declarations by both Mr Abbott and US President Barack Obama, designating the atrocities carried out by the Islamic State as "genocide".

Australian man reportedly charged with sexual abuse of twins born to Thai surrogate

An Australian father of twins born to a surrogate mother in Thailand has reportedly been charged with allegedly sexually abusing them, in the latest scandal to hit the controversial industry.

The Sydney man is facing charges in New South Wales of indecent dealings of a sexual nature while the two children were under 10 years old, the ABC reported.

Citing court documents, the ABC reported the man has also been charged with possessing child-abuse material, which was uncovered after a raid on his home.

TODAY IN HISTORY

1666 - Great Fire of London starts and in five days virtually destroys the city, including St Paul's Cathedral.

1752 - Last day of the Julian calendar in Britain and its colonies. It was replaced by the Gregorian calendar and Parliament decided an 11-day discrepancy between the two would be rectified by making the following day September 14.

1792 - The September Massacres, in which about 1,200 people die, begin when an armed band attacks prisoners being transferred between jails in Paris in the belief they are counter-revolutionaries.

1922 - Australian author-poet Henry Lawson dies in poverty; The Smith Family welfare group is established.

1971 - United Arab Republic reverts to its former name, Egypt.

1989 - Riot police arrest more than 400 anti-apartheid protesters in downtown Cape Town, South Africa.

2000 - Robert Montgomery Jr, entertainment lawyer to Andy Warhol and Marilyn Monroe, dies of lung cancer.

2008 - Michael Pate, the Australian actor who played an Aussie country cop, a British spy and a slew of American Indians over a career spanning seven decades, dies aged 88.

BIRTHDAYS

Louis Bonaparte, Napoleon's brother and King of the Netherlands (1778-1842)

Graeme Langlands, Australian rugby league footballer (1941-)

Terry Bradshaw, US football legend (1948-)

Mark Harmon, US actor (1951-)

Keanu Reeves, Canadian actor (1964-)

Salma Hayek, Mexican actress (1966-)

Salma Hayek.

Salma Hayek.

DAILY QUIZ

Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons became which brothers?

In which fictional village was TV drama “Heartbeat” set?

A manifest is a detailed list of a ship’s what?

In which country was the organisation Greenpeace founded?

Whom did Tessa Jowell separate from in 2006?

DID YOU KNOW?

The makers of the board game Monopoly print over 50 billion dollars worth of Monopoly money every year.

Answers: 1. Chemical Brothers 2. Aidensfield 3. Cargo 4. Canada 5. David Mills

JOKE OF THE DAY

Why can't a leopard hide?

Because he's always spotted!

Have a great day!

Hannah

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