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Brekkie Blog: Saturday, September 10, 2016

North-West weather

A trough is slowly moving across Tasmania this morning, while an associated low moves through eastern Bass Strait. The low will move away to the east tonight, as a narrow ridge of high pressure extends over Tasmania. A front is expected to cross the state on Sunday bringing a cold southwesterly airstream, which will tend southerly during Monday as a ridge of high pressure extends to the south of Tasmania. A low is then expected to develop along the southern New South Wales coast during Tuesday.

North-West news

►RAINor shine thousands of people are set toflock to Latrobe for the NWFL grand final on Saturday.Latrobe Football Club general manager, Kandice Blake, said a crowd of 4000 would be wonderful. Read more.

► THEthreatenedDevonport Show will be held again in Novemberbutorganisershavecalled for morevolunteers to come forward.The future of the 108-year-old Devonport Show wasassured forthis year saidAgricultural and Pastoral Society presidentLesley Young. Read more.

►DESPITE the wet weather, students were happy to get their hands dirty for the Latrobe BioBlitz.The aim forBioBlitz is to discover and record as many species as you can within 30 hours, and involves students working closely with naturalists, volunteers and scientists within the community. Read more.

State of the nation

Need anational newssnapshot first thing – well, we have you covered.

► ILLAWARRA:Father’s Day started like a normal Sunday for Joseph Meli.That was until he was out walking through Crown Street Mall around Midday and noticed models on the catwalk during Heat 2 ofIllawarra’s Top Model.

Joseph has suffered from mental health personally and thought to himself“what a great thing they are doing”.

But it also got him thinking about what he could do to raise some more awareness and turn the depressing feeling that comesfrom the impact of a mental illness episode on itshead.

Lingerie Lad: Joseph Meli in the mall reflecting on all the interest he generated with his 20 second appearance on the Illawarra’s Top Model catwalk. Picture: Greg Ellis

► NEWCASTLE:Corrective Services NSW has unveiled its world-class training centre for new recruits in the former Tomago Detention Centre.

Corrective Services revealed it has started the recruitment process for150 officers who will be based at Cessnock CorrectionalCentre and undergo training at the new Tomago facility.

In a major milestone, the first recruits have become the first to graduate underCorrective Services’biggest recruitment drive in its history.

► TAS:Creating intrinsic sculptures is something that brings a great deal of enjoyment to artist Paul Brunyee.

As you drive up to his luscious green property you are greeted by some of his sublime sculptures.

“I’ve always been creative, in 1990 I had a small introduction into art cutting glass for a Dutchman,” Brunyee said.

“He was able to show me the benefits of cutting glass then I ended up for many many years with a leading glass designer namedJeffrey Hamiltonin Sydney.”

CREATIVE CIRCLE: Artist Paul Brunyee is a finalist in the Artentwine West Tamar Council Acquisitive Outdoor Sculpture Prize.

► BENDIGO: A formerBendigo Healthconstruction manager will next month plead to corruption and deception charges relating to goods and services said to be part of works clearing the way for the city’s new hospital.

It’s alleged Adam DavidHardinge, 39, stolemore than $30,000 in tools and equipment belonging to Bendigo Health, and allegedly gained more than $15,000 throughdeception.

Hardinge appeared in the Bendigo Magistrates’ Court on Friday where his matter was adjourned to a plea hearing on October 19.

► VIC:Among the many images gleaned from the Tromp family’s ill-fated car journey from outer Melbourne into the wilds of NSW – a long, 1500-kilometre road to nowhere – one remains more frightening than the rest.

The finer details of it are thin because the man who found Riana Tromp, 29, the eldest child of the successful berry farming family from Silvan, has opted not to elaborate beyond the basics. But what we know isKeith Whittaker, of Goulburn, got in his uteto drive to Canberra last week and felt a kicking on the back of his seat.

► PORT MACQUARIE:It might say spring on the calendar, but lifeguards operating in the Port Macquarie-Hastings region will get their first taste of summer this weekend when they are put through their paces at their annual proficiency and induction day.

Approximately 30 lifeguards will be at Flynns Beach on Saturday, September 10 for the formal induction process and testing of their skills and fitness.

The aim is for the recruits to be in peak condition and able to respond to any coastal emergency during the 2016/17 season.

► BATHURST:A crisiscan occur at any momentand having people reading and willing to help can make all the difference.

To markR U OK? day and World Suicide Prevention Day, which both occur this week,Lifeline Central West’s volunteer crisis supporters have stepped up to the mark.

The Bathurstcall centre, which takes crisis calls from across Australia usually operates from 6am-10pm, but from Thursday until Saturday this week volunteers will man the phones 24-hours-a-day.

HERE TO LISTEN: Lifeline Central West crisis supporters Astrid Taylor, Stephanie Robinson and (back) Vicki Byrnes are part of a marathon effort to answer as many calls for help as possible. Photo: NADINE MORTON

► WARRNAMBOOL:Elderly people who are being abused by family membersare encouraged to speak out.

Warrnambool police Acting Sergeant Shannon Kavenaghsaid elder abusewas a complex and hidden problem that occurred in thecommunity.

She said oftenfamily member or friend abusedthe older person, who did not report it for fear,shame or because they loved the perpetrator.

► WAGGA: MarcusStanford, the twin brother of the man who murdered schoolteacher Stephanie Scott, has been freed from the Junee jail.

Stanford hid in the back of a silver four-wheel-drive believed to be driven by his mother, going past waiting media camped at the gates of the Junee Correctional Centre this morning.

Stanford, who pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact of Ms Scott’s murder, was released after serving a 15-month fixed term jail sentence handed down on August 24 but backdated to June 15 last year when he went into custody.

National news►It has been just over10 years since John Bradley’s daughter,Heather–a budding actor – took her own life.YetMr Bradley, who has two other children, says grief still manages to “ambush” him.

“Last Sunday was Father’s Day,” he says. “I had some contact with my surviving children, but obviously notwith Heather. Those days, I feel, you get ambushed in your grief.

“I can hear just a bit ofmusic, see something –a photograph–orbump into someone.

►The education company at the centre of the donations furore that halted the front bench career of Labor senator Sam Dastyari is one of the greatest beneficiaries of the government’s new streamlined visa program, new data from the federal Department of Education reveals.

John Bradley says grief still manages to “ambush” him. Photo: Penny Stephens

Data released this week shows that 98.5 per cent of Top Education students are international, more than double the Australian private higher education institution average of 42 per cent. It has one of the highest proportions of international students of any private higher education institution in NSW.

Of the 13 local students the institution has enrolled, only 46 per cent successfully completed their first year.

National weather radar Top Education chief executive officer Minshen Zhu with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Photo: Top Education

International news►London:A furious Norwegian newspaper has taken Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to task for “abusing his power” as the world’s most powerful editor, after the social media company demanded censorship of the famous Vietnam war ‘napalm girl’ photograph.

Espen Egil Hansen, editor-in-chief of theAftenposten, the country’s biggest newspaper,has published a long tiradeagainst Mr Zuckerberg after receiving an email from Facebook saying the image contravened the site’s rules on nudity.

On this day Aftenposten’s editor-in-chief, Espen Egil Hansen. Photo: Aftenposten

The faces of Australia: Harris ‘Chip’ RedheadFor decades Harris ‘Chip’ Redhead has been seeing to the health of Blayney Shire residents as one of its longest serving GP’s, but if fate had turned a different corner, Dr Redhead could well have become an architect.

Chipping away: Harris ‘Chip’ Redhead will have a selection of drawings at the Barry Art Exhibition on September 17 and 18. Photo: Mark Logan

“I’ve always been interested in drawing, always, and before television of course I used to have a box of watercolours and I would copy the paintings on the wall,” he said. “I still have the original box of watercolour paint.”

That was in 1938 as an artistic 10 year old but it wasn’t until just after the Second World War had ended that Dr Redhead had his first lesson. Read more here.

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