Ballarat breakfast report | November 22, 2014

It's Ballarat Cup day, and as a reminder @cityofballarat have posted this picture to Instagram using the #ballarat.

It's Ballarat Cup day, and as a reminder @cityofballarat have posted this picture to Instagram using the #ballarat.

WEATHER

Today's Ballarat Cup is set to be rained on, nothing unusual for the day where people get dressed up and leave drenched.

But it will be a warm day with 28 degrees and partly cloudy.

There will be a 40 per cent  chance of showers during this afternoon and evening.

The chance of a thunderstorm late this afternoon and evening.

Winds northerly 20 to 25 km/h tending northwesterly in the early afternoon then becoming light in the evening.

TODAY'S TOP STORY

The Courier front page, November 22, 2014

The Courier front page, November 22, 2014

The Courier's Tim O'Connor caught up with leading Ballarat trainers Darren Weir and Dan O'Sullivan in a video you can view here

FIRE

Fire crews had just one callout overnight to Primrose Street, Wendouree for a smoke alarm that was operating.

V/LINE

All Ballarat services appear to be running on time according to the @vline_ballarat Twitter page.

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Good morning. Need a national news snapshot first thing - well, we have you covered.

►Police and onlookers were baffled yesterday when one of the strangest car crashes ever happened in Port Pirie. Take a look. 

A STATE-sanctioned clean-up of toxic land in north Lake Macquarie has failed, with new tests revealing alarming levels of lead, arsenic and other poisons in homes, playgrounds and parks.

► Musicians will put on a gig in Ballarat aimed at raising money for two Ballarat children who have lost both their mother and father to separate tragic illnesses. Read more here.

► There are moves within the federal government to relocate Sydney's Garden Island naval base to Port Kembla. Read more here.

►Tamworth is hosting the Medical Marajuana Symposium this weekend. For a live stream, click here.

► The historic Eskdale hotel has a buyer - and just in time. Read more here.

Free public wifi getting closer for Bendigo.

It is hot, exotic and requires a passport. Sounds like an exciting destination for "Schoolies" but you won't' find these VCE students lazing about. Boys from De La Salle College in Malvern are "Coolies" and are in India for six weeks to build classrooms for a primary school. Read more here.

Rupert Murdoch comes close to losing grip on power. Read more here.

Julie Bishop has rejected Barack Obama's assertion that the Great Barrier Reef is under threat from climate change in a further sign of the Australian government's displeasure with the US President's speech that overshadowed the G20 in Brisbane. Read more here.

The head of the world's largest international airline has again called for better intelligence sharing to avoid another disaster like the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Read more here.

Ebola: Nine charts show why it matters. Read more here.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has hinted he is considering pardoning Australian journalist Peter Greste and his al-Jazeera colleagues who have been held in prison for nearly 11 months after being convicted of broadcasting false information. Read more here.

Obama sets up showdown with Republicans over immigration. Read more here.

Bulli teen Chloe Carrett is a step closer to pursuing her dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer after scoring a spot at the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School.

The 18-year-old beat out hundreds of other dancers for a place at the world-renowned academy, and is preparing to move to New York to undertake the four-year program. Read more here.