Glory unveil Popovic as new A-League coach

Perth have made an enormous statement of A-League intent, signing Asian Champions League winner Tony Popovic as coach for three seasons.
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The former Socceroo and Western Sydney foundation coach was considered likely to head to Asia after an ill-fated stint this year in European football.

Instead, he’s headed west and will begin an overhaul of the Glory after four years under previous coach Kenny Lowe.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of tapping into the vast potential that the club has,” Popovic said on Friday.

“I’m also looking forward to continuing to work with the great young talent that exists in WA … it’ll be great to have the opportunity to work with such talented young players.”

Popovic has been out of a job since a 10-week run as boss of Turkish side Karabukspor ended in December.

The 44-year-old quit his post at Western Sydney, who he had coached since their inception, on the eve of last season to take up the opportunity.

Reports suggest Tony Pignata will also join the club, replacing departed chief executive Peter Filopoulos.

Chairman Tony Sage was understandably delighted to announce Popovic as their new coach.

“Tony was our number one target from day one and we beat off some stiff competition in order to bring him here,” he said.

“His resume, reputation and pedigree are hugely impressive, as is his vision for the future of Perth Glory.

“This appointment marks one of the most-exciting moments in Glory’s illustrious history and one that I know will have our supporters counting down the days until the start of the 2018-19 season.”

Popovic’s arrival represents a new era for a club who have underachieved for many years.

The Glory were one of the powerhouse sides of the National Soccer League but haven’t won any silverware since the competition was shuttered in 2004.

They have made just one A-League grand final and, while they reached the finals twice during Lowe’s reign, the West n club has long struggled for consistency.

Popovic’s arrival will change expectations in the west, with the Glory to be considered one of the frontrunners for next year’s championship.

Chief among his immediate tasks will be recruitment, with primary goalscorer Adam Taggart leaving this month for Brisbane and several other players out of contract.

Researchers develop lighter robotic hand

Italian researchers have announced a new simpler, cheaper robotic hand.Italian researchers have unveiled a new robotic hand they say allows users to grip objects more naturally and features a design that will lower the price significantly.
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The Hennes robotic hand has a simpler mechanical design compared with other such myoelectric prosthetics, characterised by sensors that react to electrical signals from the brain to the muscles, said researcher Lorenzo De Michieli, who helped develop the hand.

The Hennes has only one motor that controls all five fingers, making it lighter, cheaper and more able to adapt to the shape of objects.

“This can be considered low-cost because we reduce to the minimum the mechanical complexity to achieve, at the same time, a very effective grasp, and a very effective behaviour of the prosthesis,” De Michieli said.

They plan to bring it to market in Europe next year with a target price of around 10,000 euros ($A15,823), about 30 per cent below current market prices.

Arun Jayaraman, a robotic prosthetic researcher at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago, said the lighter design could help overcome some resistance in users to the myoelectric hands, which to date have been too heavy for some.

Italian researchers say the Hennes weighs about the same as a human hand.

In the US, many amputees prefer the much simpler hook prosthetic, which attaches by a shoulder harness, because it allows them to continue to operate heavy equipment, Jayaraman said.

Cost remains a barrier for advanced prosthetic limbs, as well as the fact that the more complex motorised systems tend to be “heavy and fragile. They also get hard to control,” said Robert Gaunt, an assistant professor of rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh.

Limitations remain such as the inability to control individual fingers for tasks like playing the piano or typing on a computer.

“But the vast majority of what many of us do with our hands every day is simply grasp objects,” Gaunt said.

Telstra unhappy with Optus ’empires’ ad

Telstra and Optus have taken a dispute over mobile phone ads to Victoria’s Supreme Court.Telstra wants Optus to take down ads with the phrase “empires end”, believing it wrongfully implies Optus “undisputedly” operates ‘s best mobile network.
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But Optus says the slogan is a wry reference to history and technological change and has described Telstra’s analysis as an “artful construct” without reason.

Lawyers for the two telecommunication giants appeared before the Victorian Supreme Court on Friday as Telstra applied for an injunction forcing Optus to take down the ads.

Telstra also wants the court to declare the advertising campaign misleading and deceptive and award damages and costs.

Telstra says the Optus ads claim it is “undisputedly operating the best national mobile network” despite a benchmark 2017 study not supporting such a finding.

Matthew Collins QC said the ads do this by stating, “The Optus Mobile Network is now best overall nationally”, followed by, “Ranked by P3 Mobile Benchmark, December 2017”.

The barrister also said the ad implies there has been a significant and permanent change in the relationship between Telstra and Optus by alluding to a “quantum shift from the old Goliath, the legacy carrier, to Optus”.

Telstra holds the largest share of ‘s mobile phone market, followed by Optus.

Dr Collins said the Optus ads ran the risk of convincing ordinary ns to sign up with Optus because Telstra no longer has the best mobile network.

“What is this (ad) saying to somebody who is thinking about getting a mobile telephone contract?” he said

But counsel for Optus described Telstra’s analysis of the ads as “miles away” from what they actually convey.

“The words ’empires end’ conjure up historical references,” Neil Young QC said.

“The ’empires end’ is a reference to the fact that the position – in relation to empires – change. Their degree of dominance change over time.”

Mr Young said the “tongue-in cheek expression” needs to be taken as just that.

“It’s not saying anything about the demise or obsolescence (of Telstra). It’s a historical jest,” he told the court.

“Empires come and go and they may come to an end or a period of dominance may diminish.

“It’s a generalised statement that things change, sooner or later.”

Justice Ross Robson has reserved his judgment, with the parties potentially returning to court for further legal arguments.

Crows star Sloane’s AFL return unknown

Adelaide hierarchy don’t know when premier onballer Rory Sloane will be fit after an injury.Adelaide hierachy don’t know when premier onballer Rory Sloane will be fit for AFL action after suffering another foot injury.
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Sloane had missed the past three games with a sprained right foot and then strained the Lisfranc ligament in the same foot on Wednesday.

“How quickly that settles down, we don’t know,” Crows coach Don Pyke said on Friday.

“We’re thinking a couple of weeks and we will take it from there.”

Sloane, Adelaide’s vice-captain, has been told by specialists to rest his latest injury for a fortnight.

The influential midfielder suffered the strain when changing direction at training while trying to prove his recovery from his initial injury.

“The early indications aren’t that severe and that is why we said we will give him a couple of weeks and see how it settles,” Pyke said.

“Talking to him yesterday and this morning, he has recovered pretty well from a pretty innocuous movement.

“So that is really a strong indicator that he’s not going to go all the way back to what he was, say, four or five weeks ago.”

But Pyke conceded foot injuries were often tricky to treat.

“Certainly that area and the foot, there’s lots of ligaments and tendons and muscles in there,” he said.

“So the mid-foot sprain he had, he has now got a little bit of awareness in the Lisfranc area.

“I wouldn’t say that he’s not without a chance of playing in two weeks … but he is such an important player for us.

“And we had taken the time to get him right – he was jumping out of his skin on Wednesday at training.”

Taylor, Ablett back to strengthen Cats

The Cats will be further strengthened by the return of Gary Ablett.Deciding whether to play swingman Harry Taylor forward or back and figuring out how best to slot Gary Ablett into a stacked midfield – as problems go, they are pretty good ones for Geelong coach Chris Scott.
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The sixth-placed Cats have been strengthened by the return of Taylor from a foot injury and Ablett from a strained hamstring for Sunday’s big AFL clash against Collingwood.

Taylor will play for the first time since round one, although whether that’s as a key forward in place of the suspended Tom Hawkins or in a key defensive role against Magpies’ man mountain Mason Cox is yet to be revealed.

“I don’t want to tell Collingwood what we’re doing,” Scott said on Friday.

(Playing two-time All-n defender Taylor as a pinch-hitting forward) is a live option.

“We played them in round 22 last year and Harry played forward to reasonable effect.”

Geelong’s inexperienced back six have stood up manfully in the absence through injury of Taylor and Lachie Henderson, although Scott admits the presence of the 211cm Cox in the Collingwood attack presents a unique challenge.

Ablett will return for the first time since straining a hamstring in round three, with Sunday’s MCG encounter marking the first time that he, skipper Joel Selwood, Patrick Dangerfield, Mitch Duncan and first-year sensation Tim Kelly will line up together in the Cats’ engine-room.

“That’s an opportunity but it’s also a challenge in terms of building that cohesion,” said Scott.

“I suspect there will be some teething problems with that.

“But for a long time we’ve been searching for a deep midfield so you won’t hear me complain too strongly that we’ve got too many players and not enough positions.”

Scott admitted the two-time Brownlow medallist could almost certainly have returned for last week’s big win over GWS.

I suspect we’ve made a bit of an error in that he could have played a little bit earlier but we were always comfortable that if we erred it would be better than the other way,” he said.

Geelong announced on Friday that versatile tall Mark Blicavs had signed a five-year contract extension, taking him through until the end of the 2023 season.

It’s a huge show of faith in a player who spent his teenage years as a distance runner with Olympic ambitions, before being rookie-listed by the Cats in 2012.

“He’s very keen to be a one-club player and we are very keen for him to be that as well,” said Scott.

“It’s acknowledgment on his part that our club has really supported his development.

“But even more importantly, it’s acknowledgment of how important he has become to us.”

Ex-Marist Brothers headmaster loses appeal

An elderly former Marist Brothers headmaster is behind bars after losing an appeal against his convictions for sexually abusing two ill boys almost four decades ago.
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William Wade, known as Brother Christopher, also lost his appeal against a jail term of 18 months, with a non-parole period of nine months, imposed by Judge David Arnott in November 2017.

The NSW District Court judge had found Wade guilty of one count of indecently assaulting a boy, aged 13 or 14, at Hamilton Marist school in 1976, and two counts of indecently assaulting a 13-year-old boy at Kogarah Marists in 1980.

The now 82-year-old was granted bail pending the outcome of his challenges which were dismissed by the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal on Friday.

Justices Robert Allan Hulme, Monika Schmidt and Peter Hamill rejected submissions Wade had suffered a miscarriage of justice and that the judge’s verdicts were unreasonable.

Both complainants, who did not know each other, testified to being molested after they went to the then principal’s office after falling ill.

But Wade gave evidence denying their claims and said he had no sexual interest in the boys.

“Having concluded that the complainants were assaulted in the manner they described, it was well-open to the judge to be satisfied that it was the appellant who perpetrated the assaults,” Justice Hulme said.

“As the principal, the appellant was a significant person at each of the schools.

“Each of the complainants recalled going to his office because they were suffering from an incident of ill-health.”

The possibility details they gave were merged with a memory of an assault by someone else at the school was “most unlikely”, Justice Hulme said.

The judges also rejected a claim the sentence was manifestly excessive.

While the offending had been opportunistic the “abuse of trust and authority” which Wade then held as head of a religious school in whose care the victims had been entrusted was substantial.

The sentences were severe given Wade’s age, extensive delay and substantial increases in maximum penalties and sentencing patterns in the ensuing 40 years, Justice Hamill said.

“However, this was a case involving an egregious breach of trust by a headmaster charged with the responsibility for the pastoral care of the vulnerable young victims.”

Mother’s Day presents are a test of a mum’s love

The memory is crystal clear. Yet it wasn’t crystal, it was glass.
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There, sitting on the mother’s day stall at the Penguin Primary School in Tassie, was an ornate,glorious-looking salad bowl. Or it could have been a fruit bowl. No matter, it was a bowl. There it was sitting among all of the other gifts you’d find at a primary school mother’s day stall in the early ‘80s.

It shone out like a beacon among the soaps wrapped in a face washer, crocheted coat hangers, bath salts, scented drawlinersand barbie dolls bizarrely sown in half, redressed in a crocheted frock and nestled neatly ontoilet rolls.

The bowl even had gold leaf on its edges ….. though time and truth would reveal it to be gold paint.This bowl was a mother’s day gift too good to resist. And so, it was purchased. Given that in later years I discovered that back then all of the items on sale at that stall were donated by other mums, there was another mother pleased to know it was going to a good home. Or simply, going.

The look on my mum’s face on mother’s day morning was one of shock and surprise. Her son, staring at her expectantly, assumed it was “good” shock, but looking back it was probably more along the lines of “what the bloody hell am I going to do with this salad/fruit bowl thing” type ofshock.

Yet, to my mum’s credit, she wrapped her arms around her son, said “thank you” and put it away in the cupboard with her 20 other salad fruit bowls.

Such was the beauty of this salad bowl, I never saw mum once use it. It was clearly too valuable. That must have been the reason.Yet that blasted bowlcame with us on three separate house moves and each time it was neatly tucked up the back of a cupboard, clearly too important to be on display.

Such is the love of a mum.We miss you every day mum. Happy Mother’s Day.

Julian O’Brien, Fairfax Media.

Newcastle Beachwatch with Dave Anderson: Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Newcastle Beachwatch: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 SUNRISE: Condition at Newcastle on Monday, July 30, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson
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VIEWS: Conditions in Newcastle on Friday, July 27, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson

PEAK: Conditions in Newcastle on Thursday, July 26, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson

FIRST LIGHT: Condition at Newcastle on Wednesday, July 26, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson

SUNRISE: The sun rises over the ocean. Picture: Dave Anderson

WAVES: A surfer in Newcastle on Monday, July 23, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Conditions in Newcastle on Sunday, July 22, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson

SCENES: Conditions at Merewether on Tuesday, July 18, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Conditions at Newcastle on Thursday, July 12, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson

SUNRISE: Conditions at Newcastle on Friday, June 15, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

LINES: A surfer in Newcastle on Thursday, June 14, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson

CONDITIONS: A surfer at Dixon Park beach on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

FREE: A pair of dolphins jump out of the water at Newcastle on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson

CONDITIONS: Storm water runoff hits the beach in Newcastle on Monday, June 11, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

A surfer in Newcastle on Thursday, June 7, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson

PUMPING: Surf conditions in Newcastle on Monday, June 4, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson

TWO TONE: Conditions on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson

SUBLIME: Rolling waves at Newcastle on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SURF: Big waves in Newcastle on Friday, May 25, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

RISE AND SHINE: Morning surfing at Merewether on Thursday, May 24, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SCENES: Surfing at Merewether beach on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

BRIGHT: Morning swell at Bar Beach on Friday, May 18, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

LINES: A surfer draws across the face of a wave at Merewether on Thursday, May 17, 2018.

WAVES: Surfing at Merewether on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson

BIG SWELL: Surfing in Newcastle on Tuesday.

GRIM: Conditions in Newcastle on Monday, May 14, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

BIG SURF: The sea at south bar beach on Friday, May 11, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

STYLE: A surfer grabs a neat wave on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

BUILDING: The swell at Bar Beach on Thursday, May 10, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

CARVING: A /Newcastle surfer on Monday, May 7, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

MORNING DIP: Conditions at Newcastle city beach on Friday, May 4, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SCENES: A surfer cuts across a wave on Thursday, March 3, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SUNRISE: The morning sky on Wednesday, May 2, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

FIRST LIGHT: The scene before dawn on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at Newcastle beach. Picture: Dave Anderson.

CALM: Conditions at Nobby’s beach on Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

CARVING: Newcastle surfer Mark Richards at Ladies Lefts on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

WAVES: Surfers in the water at Dixon Park on Monday, April 16, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

Conditions on Sunday, April 15, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SWELL: Conditions in Newcastle on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SUNRISE: A surfer out for a morning paddle at Merewether on Monday, April 9, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

CARVING: A young surfer on a wave at Merewether on Thursday, April 5, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

STORMS: Merewether Baths on Wednesday, March 4, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SURFING: The beautiful autumn weather in Newcastle on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

DAWN: Sunrise at Merewether on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

CLEAN: Shore rides at Dixon Park on Monday, March 26, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

WAVES: A surfer catches the big swell at Newcastle point on Friday, March 23, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SURF: A surfer at Nobbys bank on Thursday, March 22, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SWELL: The view of Nobbys breakwall on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

VIEWS: Sailor’s Rock at Merewether on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

GROMS: Merewether surfers on Monday, March 19, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SHINING THROUGH: Sunrise at Merewether on Friday, March 16, 2018, Picture: Dave Anderson.

SPRAY: Dawn surfing at Pogo’s on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

BARREL TIME: A surfer finds the right wave on Monday, March 12, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

OVERCAST: Rough conditions at Newcastle City Beach on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

KEEN: A young surfer at Merewether on Monday, March 5, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

MORNING: Surfers at Dixon Park. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: A surfer cuts loose at Merewether on Friday, March 2, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SURF: Taken on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Photo: Dave Anderson.

Photo taken at Newcastle Beach on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SURF: Taken on Friday, February, 23, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

Photo taken on Monday, February 19. Picture: Dave Anderson.

GIRLS RIP: Photo taken at Merewether on Thursday, February 15. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SURF: Jesse Adam four times winner Open Mens Division Merewether Surfboard Club 2017. Piucture: Davbe Anderson

BEACH: Ollie and Felix with dolphins at Merewether. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: The view at Merewether Beach on November 9. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: The view at Merewether Beach on November 8. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: The view at Newcastle Beach … Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Beautiful morning. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Chris Davis at Merewether on October 25. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Nick at Merewether on October 24. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Todd at Merewether on October 24. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Dawn at Merewether on October 23, 2017. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Erosion at Cliff. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Axel-Rose Curotta at the Mattara Classic. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Amelia Bourke at Merewether on October 20. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Amelia Bourke at Merewether on October 20. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Kite-surfers at Nobby’s. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Sunday arvo at Newcastle. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Merewether morning on September 21. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Dixon Park. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Nobbys Spit on September 20. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Stockton on September 20. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Gleaming grom at Merewether on September 19. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Hollow shorey at Pogos on September 19. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Heavy shorebreaker at Nobbys on September 18. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Backpacker surfer at Nobbys. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: The spit at Nobbys on September 18. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Morning SUP at Pogos. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Ski Paddle at Dixon. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Nobbys. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Cleaning at Merewether beach. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Ollie at Merewether. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Ollie Ryssenbeek navigates The Ladies on September 12. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Dixon Park on September 12. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Morgan Cibilic at Merewether training for the Junior Worlds on September 11. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Morgan Cibilic at Merewether training for the Junior Worlds on September 11. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Off-reef at Nobbys on September 11. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Paul Snow at Merewether. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Backside glide Merewether. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Dawn sets at Merewether on September 7. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Gulls at Nobbys on September 7. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Twin Peaks at Merewether on September 6. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Nobbys spit on September 5. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Sanding-up at Merwether on September 4. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Super Grom at Merewether on September 3. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF: Father’s Day at the beach. Picture: Dave Anderson

SURF:Photo taken on Thursday, March 1, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

SUNNY: Sunrise at Dixon Park beach on Thursday, March 13, 2018. Picture: Dave Anderson.

TweetFacebookBEACHWATCHWind to start offshore and will gradually work it’s way around to the south by late afternoon.

Conditions best on the lower tides as the high is still filling most beaches.

Swell from the South at around 1m. Winds moderate N/W to West turning S/W to South.

First up the tide is low and suiting the bank at Divider, South Bar and Merewether. Bar Reef and Flatrock on high. Burwood, Dudley and Fraser to the south. Samurai and One Mile up at Port Stephens.

Swimming conditions remain calm and fresh in with shorebreaks sanded up.

Only swim in the flagged areas of the patrolled beaches. Water temp 16C.

– Dave Anderson

HUNTER BOATINGWinds: Westerly 15 to 20 knots shifting south to southeasterly below 10 knots in the evening.Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre by early evening.Swell: Southerly around 1 metre.Weather: Mostly sunny.NEWCASTLE SHIPPINGARRIVALSYesterday:Wincanton, 8.36am; Marianne Stoeger, 12.46pm; Prt Kaho, 5.45pm.

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WA tragedy: Three adults, four children found dead near Margaret River

Police Commissioner Chris Dawson speaks about the tragedy from Perth. Photo: AAP Image/Rebecca Le MayPolice have confirmed homicide detectives areinvestigating the deaths of seven people –three adults and four children –after being called to a residence in Osmington at 5.15am Friday.
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Specialist units from Perth, including the Homicide Squad and Forensic Crime Scene Unit,have deployed to the scene. Police are expected to remain at the residence for an extendedperiod of time.

Two firearms have been located at the scene. At this point in time there are no concernsabout wider public safety.

Police at the property on Friday morning. Photo: Nicolette Lefebvre.

WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said officers responded to a “horrific incident” at a rural property in Osmington, about 20km north-east of Margaret River.

“Upon arrival, police located seven people deceased…I can only describe it as a horrific situation,” he said in a press conference on Friday morning.

“This devastating tragedy will nodoubt have a lasting impact on thefamilies concerned, the wholecommunity, and in particular thelocal communities in our southwest.”

He said the bodies of two adults were found outside a building, while five were discovered inside.

Two firearms were located at the scene, and victims suffered gunshot wounds.

“We are trying to locate other members of the family and friends,” Mr Dawson said.

“I’m not in a position to release any further details of the identity of the deceased.”

Perth homicide detectives are helping local police in the investigation and are expected to remain at the property for several days.

A police chaplain is there to support officers.

Devastating tragedyReverend Sarah MacPherson of the Anglican Augusta-Margaret River parish says St John the Evangelist church on Osmington Road is open for anyone who would like to come for prayer.

Alex, a local businessman, told AAP the tragedy was “pretty rough”.

Mr Dawson said the small Osmington community would be reeling but was confident it would rally together.

“This devastating tragedy will no doubt have a lasting impact on the families concerned, the whole community, and in particular, the local communities in our South West,” he said.

“Naturally, we will be asking for anyone who does know anything about this matter to contact police.”

Osmington only consists of a handful of roads, farms, vineyards, holiday chalets and horse studs.

Being near the tourism hotspot of Margaret River, it also has luxury accommodation and boutique dining.

Premier Mark McGowan said the incident was shocking.

“My thoughts are with the family and friends of the victims, and also with the first responders and investigators as they piece together this tragic set of circumstances,” he said.

Local MP Libby Mettam said her heart went out to everyone affected by the tragedy.

If you or somebodyyou know needs crisis support,call: Lifeline on 13 11 14beyondblue on 1300 224 636. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.with AAP

Jessica Mauboy represents China at Eurovision 2018 grand final in Portugal

All the excitement at Eurovision 2018 Jessica Mauboy performs the song ‘We Got Love’ in Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: AP Photo/Armando Franca
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Jessica Mauboy performs the song ‘We Got Love’ in Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: AP Photo/Armando Franca

Jessica Mauboy performs the song ‘We Got Love’ in Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: AP Photo/Armando Franca

Jessica Mauboy performs the song ‘We Got Love’ in Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: AP Photo/Armando Franca

Jessica Mauboy. Photo: Andres Putting

Jessica Mauboy. Photo: Andres Putting

Jessica Mauboy. Photo: Andres Putting

Jessica Mauboy from celebrates after making it to the finals in Lisbon, Portugal. Photo:AP Photo/Armando Franca

Jessica Mauboy from poses for a selfie in Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: AP Photo/Armando Franca

Jessica Mauboy waits for results in Lisbon, Portugal, during the second semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest. AP Photo/Armando Franca

Jessica Mauboy waits for results in Lisbon, Portugal, during the second semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest. AP Photo/Armando Franca

Benjamin Ingrosso from Sweden celebrates after making it to the finals in Lisbon, Portugal. AP Photo/Armando Franca

DoReDos from Moldova celebrates after making it to the finals in Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: AP Photo/Armando Franca

Lea Sirk from Slovenia performs the song ‘Hvala, ne!’ in Lisbon, Portugal.

Benjamin Ingrosso from Sweden performs the song ‘Dance You Off’ in Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: AP Photo/Armando Franca

Melovin from Ukraine performs the song ‘Under The Ladder’ in Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: AP Photo/Armando Franca

AWS from Hungary performs the song ‘Viszlat Nyar’ in Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: AP Photo/Armando Franca

AWS from Hungary performs the song ‘Viszlat Nyar’ in Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: AP Photo/Armando Franca

Gromee featuring Lukas Meijer from Poland performs the song ‘Light Me Up’ in Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: AP Photo/Armando Franca

Jessika featuring Jenifer Brening from San Marino performs the song ‘Who We Are’ in Lisbon, Portugal. Photo: AP Photo/Armando Franca

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