Melbourne Express: February 26, 2014
Advertisement

Melbourne Express: February 26, 2014

Melbourne Express is a live daily blog bringing you what you need to hit the day running - news, weather and transport updates, and compelling content from The Age and beyond.

And we're done for another day. See you back here tomorrow at 6am, and feel free to post thoughts, comments and corrections on Twitter using #MelbourneExpress or email me at aholland@theage.com.au. Bye for now.

The EPA has just issued a "high level smoke alert" for the LaTrobe Valley as a result of the fire at the Hazlewood open cut mine. There will be high particle concentrations in the air and poor visibility and may cause irritated eyes, coughing or wheezing. Victorian chief health officer Rosemary Lester warns everyone in the region should "avoid prolonged or heavy physical activity". MORE INFORMATION

And just when you thought the traffic couldn't get any worse, there's ANOTHER broken down truck, this time on Citylink INBOUND near Glenferrie Road. Delays expected.

Around the world, the UK Guardian reports Ukraine has voted to send its fugitive president to the Hague to face trial; the New York Times leads with a surprise 43 per cent drop in childhood obesity; the Daily Mail has another convoluted story about George Clooney's new date, who happens to be Julian Assange's "stunning British lawyer"; the Spiegel reports on the power of Ukraine's billionaires; and the Japan Times raises fears of cancer in children resulting from the Fukushima disaster.

Advertisement

Here's something to fantasise about for a few minutes while hanging on a tram or train strap - a round-up of the world's best holiday islands FULL STORY

Loading

From March 1 all areas of railway stations and raised platform tram stops will be SMOKE FREE, the transport minister has just announced: DETAILS

Somebody has rammed a police car at Hoppers Crossing, 3AW is reporting. And there are still delays on the Monash inbound at the Eastlink merge following the truck fire this morning.

Why the “Piccolo” is one of the best coffees to order (despite the silly name) and why you need to to be “kinda tough” or “an unspeakable coffee snob” to order a long macchiato. A blog post for coffee enthusiasts by Dom Knight: FULL STORY

$4 for a latte?

$4 for a latte?

Advertisement

If you're travelling on the Belgrave or Lilydale lines expect delays of up to 10 minutes due a faulty train at Ringwood... which means you've got time to grab a quick coffee ;)

From March 1 all areas of railway stations and raised platform tram stops will be SMOKE FREE, the transport minister has just announced: DETAILS