Perth weather: Sweet relief from humidity forecast

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You know it’s unreasonably humid when your Groodle loses the curl out of his coat. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a dog sweat before.

And it’s not just our furry friends feeling the effects of the sticky weather.  A brisk walk to the bus stop each day leaves me akin to emerging from a Swedish sauna without the benefit of a roll in the snow.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the humid conditions are the result of a low-level trough which has been hanging over Perth for the past two days.

The moisture in the trough condensed, which caused the humidity to rise above 50 per cent and as much as 65 per cent on Rottnest Island.

The BoM has described the current humidity as “quite high”. For the rest of us that means energy-sapping, bad hair days.

Hairdresser Julie Bridle of John Opacak’s Evo Hair in Subiaco said that humidity had a strange effect on hair and that there wasn’t much you could do about it.

“I just keep my hair moist and swept back until the humidity is over,” she said. Ms Bridle said that there were commercially available products that could help.

“Some people really recommend Argan oil,” she said.

Argan is a plant-oil from Morocco said to “help to tame frizzy hair”.

The good news is that the humid conditions are expected to ease later in the week as strong sea breezes push out the trough. That will also lead to lower maximum temperatures.

In the meantime, I’m using electric curlers on the Groodle. And maybe some Argan oil.

Forecast at a glance: Friday – cloud clearing, 27 maxSaturday – sunny, 29 maxSunday – partly cloudy, 31 maxMonday – partly cloudy, 30 maxTuesday – partly cloudy, 31 maxWednesday – sunny, 32 max Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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Immaculate presentation – 6 Martin Laurence Place, Port Fairy

THIS is an ideal family home or holiday house with an immaculate finish and premium fit-out.
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Comprising four bedrooms with built-in wardrobes, the master has a walk-in wardrobe and en suite with a double basin and double shower.

There is a central family bathroom, laundry with great storage, third toilet and an open plan kitchen, living and meals area.

The kitchen is beautifully finished with stone bench tops, a 900mm stainless cooktop, microwave, range hood, dishwasher, walk-in pantry and breakfast bar.

The raked ceilings and vast windows provide plenty of natural light and give the feeling of space and height.

Opening directly from the living and meals through bi-folding doors is the undercover deck creating the perfect indoor/outdoor space for entertaining.

Over three split levels, the home is centrally heated and features timber floors, a second family living room, security intercom, modern appliances, a water tank and multiple outdoor living zones. A double, remote-control-door, garage with internal access completes this impressive property.

Limited maintenance is assured with a smart landscape on approximately 743m2.

The location is perfect in a low traffic area with both the beach and reserves within walking distance.

This is a low-maintenance, premium finished home in a quiet location.

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Hunters unite for the right to kill amid controversy over Glenn McGrath’s African wild game tally

Former cricketer Glenn McGrath should be proud of shooting wild game in Africa, says the head of Victoria’s peak deer hunting organisation.
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Col Brumleyis helping organise a mass exhibition of mounted deer heads next month. He said anyone who eats meat, then calls McGrath cruel, is a hypocrite.

Suburbanites have grown too removed from farms and forests, where animals are routinely killed for food, said Mr Brumley, the Victorian president of the Australian Deer Association, who regularly hunts deer in the state’s north-east and butchers them himself.

McGrath was heavily criticised by animal rights activists and on social media this week after photos of him posing with a shot elephant, buffalo and hyenas in Zimbabwe went viral on the internet.

McGrath apologised on Twitter, saying the 2008 safari was “legal but in hindsight highly inappropriate”.

“It was an extremely difficult time in my life and looking back I deeply regret being involved.”

More photos have emerged McGrath and fellow cricketer Brett Lee posing next to a dead animal, thought to be a deer, at a farm in South Africa.

But Mr Brumley says McGrath has nothing to apologise for. Local abattoir workers producing meat for our supermarkets by herding cattle with electric prods and dispatching them with bolts through the head “certainly isn’t any more humane than anything I do”.

“They don’t go out into a paddock and wave a magic wand and the meat all of a sudden turns into a steak,” he says.

“I shoot an animal that’s, most of the time, unaware of my presence, and it’s dead almost instantly. It’s lived its life in the bush, free, able to eat whatever it wants, move wherever it wants, and I come along and take it for my own consumption.”

“Two or three generations ago it was a part of normal life, to go hunting.

“Now people like Glenn McGrath get judged as being bad for doing something that’s happened for thousands of generations. It’s just kind of ridiculous.”

He said animals in African game farms are bred for hunting, “and how is that different to a cow”? Food and proceeds from safaris would benefit locals, and he assumed “it was done in a way that was sustainable”.

Mr Brumley is an organiser of the inaugural Australian Game Exhibition, on next month in Warragul, touted as “a celebration of Australia’s unique hunting culture”.

Attendees will will bring deer heads from their trophy rooms across the country, to form a grand display of about 200 heads at Lardner Park function centre on March 14 and 15.

Mr Brumley will bring specimens from his own eastern suburbs home, including a red deer he shot at a farm in New Zealand’s South Island in 2006, and a sambar deer he killed in forest at Eildon, in 2007.

About five taxidermists will give demonstrations at the exhibition and the $20 entry also includes antler measuring, hunting, butchering and cooking advice, a live horses and hounds demonstration (without the fox hunting) and archery.

A $70 Saturday night dinner features a presentation by Rob Fickling, producer of TV hunting show Beyond the Divide.

Mr Brumley said if the event cops any flack in the wake of the McGrath controversy, “it’ll be hypocrisy on the part of the society we live in”.

“If you were to say that it’s bad to go hunting, then you would need to be a vegetarian.”

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Remains of 12-year-old girl found at the former home of Australian Peter Gerard Scully accused of molesting Philippines children

Australian Peter Gerard Scully after his arrest. Photo: Bobby Lagsa/Inquirer MindanaoBangkok: Philippines police have found the remains of a 12-year-old girl in a house once rented by an Australian man accused of sexually assaulting children and producing child pornography to sell on the internet.
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Police allege Peter Gerard Scully, 51, sexually abused children as young as one, sometimes injuring them, before uploading videos of sexual acts online.

The allegations have shocked investigators in the country that has emerged as the key hub in a billion-dollar cybersex industry where most of the victims are under 18 years old.

Police found the remains of the girl under the floorboards of a house in Surigao City in the country’s north after Scully was arrested last week following after a three-week police stakeout. He is being held in northern Mindanao jail pending arraignment on numerous charges including rape, illegal detention and cyber crime laws.

Police said Scully’s former partner told them the Australian accidentally killed one of his victims in 2013 and buried her under the house.

The partner, who was once allegedly a victim of Scully’s sexual assaults, reportedly told police the girl was lured from her family’s home in a village 30 kilometres from the house.

“Scully performed sexual acts according to his client’s instructions and fantasy,” said Angelito Magno, a regional director of the police’s National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

Czar Eric Nuqui, chief of the NBI’s anti-human trafficking division, said Scully “lured young girls into his house and gained their trust, including making false promises of sending them to school and feeding them”.

“Scully found out that what he was doing was a lucrative business and had clients all over Europe,” Mr Nuqui said.

Australian Federal Police and Dutch police assisted Philippines police investigating Scully after investigators in the Netherlands uncovered videos on the internet.

Police said they will track down Scully’s alleged international clients and press for prosecutions against them. They said they would also investigate whether any parents of allegedly abused children colluded with or were paid by Scully.

“We want to make sure whoever was helping Scully is arrested,” an investigator told Philippines journalists.

Scully has been living in the Philippines since 2011 and frequently changed his address, police said. A Philippine National Police report last year warned the country had become a cybersex hotspot with criminals, producing child pornography to send via the internet to countries like the United States, Britain and Australia.

Victorian man Patrick Ronald Goggins, a 68-year-old Vietnam war veteran, was last year jailed for more than 11 years in a Melbourne court for paying four sisters aged between five and 15 from the Philippines island of Cebu to perform a range of sickening sex acts on a webcam. When questioned by police, Goggins said his victims would be “out on the scrapheap, living on rubbish” if he did not pay them to perform.

Two other Australians, Hilton Reece Munro, a private school teacher and Peter James Robinson, an engineer, are facing child sex charges in Cebu in unrelated cases. The men deny any wrongdoing.

Philippines police, welfare groups and legislators have been shocked by revelations that poor Filipino parents have forced their children to perform in front of webcams in return for money that is transferred to middle men from paedophiles in 14 countries.

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No phone zone causes alarm

COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN: Ernie Dumpleton and Ken Stewart have been left without a working home phone service despite being Telstra medical priority customers.BUDGONG residents are fed up with being left without telephone service, particularly those on Telstra medical priority agreements.
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One resident has resorted to making a large HELP sign he plans to hang in a window should he require help next time his phone is not working.

Ernie Dumpleton, who lives on Mount Scanzi Road, wears a VitalCall bracelet because he is disabled.

“If I fall over, I’m in trouble, that’s why I have VitalCall,” he said.

“But it only works if the phone lines are working and that is very sporadic.

“From January 14 we didn’t have phones out here for nine days, and the mobile phones are useless here.

“If I had fallen over in that time and been hurt, it’s stiff cheddar.

“So I’ve made a big help sign but that’s only going to help me if someone driving past looks up at my house,” he said.

Fellow resident Ken Stewart keeps an eye on Mr Dumpleton’s welfare and is also a medical priority Telstra customer.

Mr Stewart suffers from mini-strokes. He recently collapsed after suffering a mini-stroke. His phone was not working, Telstra had not provided a priority assistance phone and his wife had no way to contact an ambulance.

She rushed him to hospital where he spent two days recovering.

“My wife and I are both on medical priority with Telstra.

“According to Telstra’s charter it is supposed to provide us with a working phone service within 24 hours of our home phone breaking down.

“Our home phone line has stopped working between five and 10 times and we have never received a working phone during those times.”

A Telstra spokesperson said the company was looking into the cases for both customers and apologised for any inconvenience.

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Dack shoots the hot hoops to NT netball glory

HOT SHOT: 18-year-old Katherine resident Tasha Dack has been named in the prestigious under-19 Northern Territory netball team.TASHA Dack is Katherine’s best netballer – and she’s got the skills toprove it.
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The 18-year-old Katherine local has been selected for the under-19 Northern Territory national netball team and will compete in Sydney from April 11-20 against the top-shelf players from across the country.

It is no mean feat to be selected, with Dack successfully gaining a coveted spot on the team after enduring a three-stage selection process.

“It was a pretty good feeling to be selected,” the talented goal attack and goal shooter said.

“No one has been selected from Katherine for awhile, so it’s really exciting.”

Now that she has been named in the NT line-up, Dack spends each weekend in Darwin training with her teammates, as well as two days per week locally with Katherine Netball Association president EmmaFerguson.

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Committee takes a walk to check on CBD health

ON TOUR: Members of the Nowra CBD Revitalisation Strategy Committee walk around the town on Wednesday to see what is working and what is not.A CAN-DO, positive approach to brightening up the CBD was the attitude of Wednesday’s walk-around.
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Members of the Nowra CBD Revitalisation Strategy Committee made their way around the CBD for an on-the-ground assessment of what looks good and what needs changing.

Chaired by Lynn Locke, the committee is made up of local business people and council staff.

“It was very enlightening,” Mrs Locke said after the walk around.

“A lot of new ideas are going to come out of this.

“The whole walk was positive.

“The committee has a very positive outlook and is keen to make sure the CBD is revitalised,” she said.

Mrs Locke said the committee would meet next week and prioritise which projects they will tackle.

“We will probably start with a few smaller things first,” she said.

“The street art and the historic photos on the lane are good examples and have been tremendously received by the community.

“I’m impressed with how much the community and businesses have embraced what has been done so far.”

“It’s paramount to get the community on board and supporting these ideas.”

She said the Shoalhaven River Festival was a good example of an event that can bring the town together.

“There is a great sense of ownership and pride in this town with the river festival and so they should feel pride, they are the ones that made it successful,” she said.

“I think people underestimate the community and what they can do.

“This committee has been elected for three years and if we can work together with the businesses we can revitalise this CBD,” she said.

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Riley a star on the rise

Riley Byrne has just returned from representative duties with NSW Country Cockatoos Colts. He is pictured receiving the Parkes Boars Colts Best and Fairest last year. subOne of Parkes Boars rising rugby stars Riley Byrne returned from representing the NSW Country Cockatoos Colts in South Australia as part of the Southern States Under 20 Championships.
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One of the quiet achievers in Parkes rugby circles, Riley has been making a name for himself on the field and was named vice-captain of the Cockatoos.

Playing at outside centre, Riley saw a lot of the ball and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

“It was great,” Riley said.

“The overall experience was fantastic.

“To be part of such a close knit team who bonded well together was excellent.

“Being vice-captain of such a prestigious team as NSW Country is something I will always remember,” he said.

The week long tournament kicked off last Saturday in Adelaide with teams from the Australian Capital Territory, NSW Country, Queensland Country, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia vying for the championship trophy.

The Cockatoos Colts squad of twenty five players has been in training since October in preparation for the tournament which is a selection stepping stone for the National Under 20 team.

Cockatoos Colts coach Matt Thomas said while it was difficult to get the group together, it was nothing new.

“The logistics associated with identifying, selecting, assembling and preparing the squad which hails from all parts of the state was a challenge, but it was something which was not new to Country Rugby,” Thomas said.

“This year’s squad was stronger, fitter and better prepared than previous years, as the standard at the Southern States was a step up from anything the Country players have experienced in the past.”

The Cockatoos Colts opened their campaign last Saturday against Western Australia Force Colts.

Unfortunately for the Blues, the met the Force in red hot form which resulted in a loss.

They bounced back with a comprehensive win against South Australia on Monday.

They put on a classy display of running rugby in the Round 2 match to win 41 – 0.

The Cockatoo Colts dominated the match from the outset, crossing the line for a try in the 12th minute and never looking back.

Riley kicked two conversions in the match.

Players and supporters alike are hoping Riley can continue the form which saw him selected for the Cockatoos Colts for the Parkes Boars this season.

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Joe Hockey under fire for taxpayer-funded PR campaign on tax reform

Treasurer Joe Hockey. Photo: Daniel Munoz Treasurer Joe Hockey. Photo: Daniel Munoz
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Treasurer Joe Hockey. Photo: Daniel Munoz

Treasurer Joe Hockey. Photo: Daniel Munoz

Treasurer Joe Hockey is under fire for launching a taxpayer-funded public relations push to sell the need for tax reform.

Treasury bureaucrats have revealed Mr Hockey personally directed that a strategy be devised to accompany the imminent launch of the Coalition’s tax white paper process.

So far, $650,000 has been allocated for focus groups and a slick communications strategy to “convince people of the need for reform”, a Treasury official told a Senate estimates committee on Thursday.

The Australian Financial Review revealed on Friday that a public information campaign, including TV commercials, will accompany  the intergenerational report and the government recently came under fire for spending $8 million on an advertising blitz to promote its proposed higher education reforms.

Public affairs firm GRACosway, co-chaired by former Liberal minister Helen Coonan and Keating-era Labor treasurer John Dawkins, has been paid $360,000 to prepare the communications effort on tax reform.

The project is being led by GRACosway executive Richard King, a former Coalition ministerial staffer. Mr King was a senior political adviser within former Treasurer Peter Costello’s Tax Reform Unit.

Treasury deputy secretary Rob Heferen said past governments have relied on the release of discussion papers but said Mr Hockey was keen to “get people engaged in the process”.

“The Treasurer this time around was very concerned that the old way of doing things was simply not going to cut the mustard,” he said.

Mr Hockey has been widely criticised from inside and outside the government for failing to convince the electorate of the need for budget repair. The Treasurer said in December the government had “made a mistake” in communicating about tough budget measures with voters and “neglected the conversation”.

Labor senator Sam Dastyari, who grilled the Treasury officials, said after the hearing that Mr Hockey was using public funds to sell his message.

“Joe Hockey is bribing the Australian people with half a million bucks of their own money. It looks like the Mad Men of the Abbott government have asked the Mad Men of the Australian advertising industry to pitch their tax ideas,” he said.

GRACosway has been paid $70,000 develop a PR strategy and $180,000 to advise on implementing the strategy. They stand to make another $110,000 under the contract.

Market research firm TNS was paid $80,000 to poll 1200 people and run focus groups.

Assistant Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham told the Economics Legislation committee that the plan, which will include a dedicated tax white paper website, was “more an engagement strategy than an advertising campaign”.

Senator Birmingham said the initial discussion paper on tax reform would be released “relatively soon”, followed by a green paper later in the year and the white paper before the next election.

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