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Unbeaten Grand Tycoon grabs Alfa Bowl

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July 13, 2018 by admin

UNBEATEN youngster Grand Tycoon produced the best performance of his career so far when he overcame a delayed start and then mid-race pressure before winning the $30,000 Shaw Alfa Bowl at Mowbray last night.
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Grand Tycoon took his record to four wins and is now on target for the $100,000 Elwick Stakes on February 3 and possibly the $100,000 Gold Sovereign Stakes at Mowbray on February 27.

“He appears to have the wood on the locals and well look at those races but be mindful that when he’s had enough he will go to the paddock,” trainer Barry Campbell said.

Campbell was impressed with last night’s one length win after Grand Tycoon stood in the barrier stalls for six minutes while one horse was vetted and another was a late scratching after dumping his rider.

Grand Tycoon ($1.40 fav) jumped in front but shortly after the start was pressured by Gee Gees Style and then One More Red before pulling clear in the home straight.

“To win four out of four is a good effort and I would rate him up there with the two-year-olds I’ve trained,” he said.

Campbell prepares the youngster for North-West owners Charlie and Wendy Langmaid.

“It is an honour in itself to win a race named after Alfa,” Langmaid said.

Alfa was also prepared by Campbell during his two-year-old season in 1995 and was unbeaten in six Tasmanian starts.

Race sponsor Alwyn Shaw said it gave him a thrill that Grand Tycoon was foaled at his Aceland Stud at Whitemore before being offered at the 2012 Magic Millions yearling sale.

Memorial to Carr

BRIGHTON apprentice Sigrid Carr added her name to the Craig Hanson Memorial honour roll when she guided Arties Spur home.

It is the 30th anniversary of Hanson’s death in a fall at Mowbray and the race named after him is keenly sought by jockeys.

Carr has only been riding a few months and she took her record of wins to 12 last night.

Arties Spur ($6.20) is trained at Brighton by Stephen Lockhart who said Carr’s 3kg allowance definitely helped.

He trains Arties Spur for Dudley Clark, of Woodrieve Stud, and said the win will be a tonic for him as he is suffering from ill health at the moment.

Snell trains a winner

FORMER jockey Jodi Snell celebrated her first winner as a trainer when favourite Cuprona Road took out the opening race at Mowbray.

Snell, who rode for most of her career under her maiden name Borrett, retired from the saddle four years ago to begin a family and later took out her trainers licence.

“This is a big thrill although I would prefer riding to training,” the 37-year-old said.

Cuprona Road ($3.40 fav) was able to take the lead on the home turn after crossing from a wide barrier and although getting a little tired near the line held on to beat My Grey Horse ($4.00) and She’s A Monet ($3.60) in the Supervobis Maiden Plate (1200m).

Snell said the win carried extra significance as her husband Simon had broken in the gelding and her father Keith shared in the ownership.

Cuprona Road had put the writing on the wall with a first-up second to promising galloper Ollies Gold at Elwick on December 22.

During her riding career Snell was in the top bracket of jockeys in Tasmania and formed a good partnership with John Blacker who is now training in Victoria. Snell retired with 380 wins.

Three on the trot

PROMISING three-year-old Streetwise Savoire made it three wins on the trot and and equalled the 1100m track record to boot when he scored in the Charlie Blyth Memorial Handicap.

After appearing under pressure approaching the home turn Streetwise Savoire ($1.80 fav) moved up a gear in the straight to go on and win by three lengths over early leader Little River Girl ($2.30) and Daunting Dancer ($9).

Savoire Vivre was coming off wins at Elwick on November 25 and Mowbray on December 12 and his time of 1:04.18 matched the record of Galibier set in October last year.

Streetwise Savoire is a stablemate of Galibier and trainer Scott Brunton is predicting a bright future for him.

Brendan McCoull guides unbeaten youngster Grand Tycoon to victory in last night’s $30,000 Shaw Alfa Bowl at Mowbray. Picture: TASRACING

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VTAC offers: round one released

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July 13, 2018 by admin

2013 Tertiary Places Guide — full list of first round offers
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THE wait is over for university hopefuls, who will find out today if they have received a first-round tertiary offer.

Among them is former Phoenix College student Michael Cameron, who is hoping to be accepted in Law and Arts at Deakin in Geelong.

Mr Cameron, who received an ATAR of 76, said he was reasonably confident his score was enough to receive a first-round offer into the course.

“The clearly-in score is 83 but I have a friend who does Law and Arts at Deakin and he had four or five friends who got in with a score of 76 so I think I’ll be okay,” the 17-year-old said.

If not offered Law and Arts at Deakin, Mr Cameron said he would also be happy to study his second preference, Law and Commerce.

If not, Mr Cameron’s third and fourth preferences will mean university life will take him to Warrnambool.

“I achieved the clearly-in score for Law and Arts in Warrnambool … I could make a start and transfer later if I had to,” he said.

Former Phoenix College student Michael Cameron is hoping to study law at Deakin in Geelong. KATE HEALY

University first-round offer details for undergraduate coursesare available online todayafter 2pmvia MyInfo on www.vtac.edu.au. Students will need their VTAC ID and PIN to log in.

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Holman Clinic pioneers defy Sydney claim

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July 13, 2018 by admin

LAUNCESTON’S Holman Clinic pioneered brachytherapy for cancer patients in Australia more than a decade ago and is still at the forefront of national service delivery, director Stan Gauden said yesterday.
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Dr Gauden was speaking after claims from a Sydney hospital that it was the first public hospital in the country to use brachytherapy on breast cancer patients.

“We’ve been using brachytherapy here since 1997 for both breast and other kinds of cancer,” Dr Gauden said.

“It’s all a bit old hat for us now.

“It was really the interest of our technicians at the time in wanting to use the technique when invited by the manufacturers that saw us get started.”

Dr Gauden said that the Launceston General Hospital cancer clinic often hosted national and international visitors who wanted to see how the treatment worked.

In the past couple of years the Launceston Holman Clinic had also started using the highly specialised treatment for other cancers, such as skin cancers, Dr Gauden said.

“We had a paper published last October on our reported data – it presented one of the biggest series (numbers of patients healed) in the world,” Dr Gauden said.

The Holman Clinic was also using brachytherapy in gynaecological cancer work and for internal cancers, such as tumours in the bile duct or lungs.

Dr Gauden said he was proud of the results since the treatment started in Tasmania.

“At this stage we’ve had no (patient) returns,” he said.

He stressed that the treatment was not for everyone.

“In breast cancer, it’s usually for older patients over 60 with lower chances of the disease reoccurring,” he said.

“And it’s for those patients where the cancer has not spread to the lymph glands.”

Brachytherapy cuts the radiation treatment time and its effect on the rest of the body by going to the seat of the tumour.

A series of wafer-thin plastic tubes are inserted in and around the tumour, guided by ultrasound and other medical imaging techniques.

The radioactive element iridium is passed through the tubing or tiny catheters directly to the tumour.

Dr Gauden said that patients had two treatments a day over a week, had the catheters removed and went home, instead of the conventional radiation treatment that took at least five weeks.

He said that brachytherapy had been around as a treatment for nearly 100 years.

It had become particularly useful in the past decade through the development of ultrasound equipment that could guide technicians to the tumour.

Holman Clinic radiation therapists Liz Howell and Ian Hodgetts with a breast tissue model and displays of the brachytherapy procedure. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON

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Obama announces sweeping gun control 

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March 22, 2019 by admin

US President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden announce the measures. Picture: REUTERSWASHINGTON: The US President, Barack Obama, has announcedsweeping gun control measures, calling on Congress to act fast to reintroduce a ban on assault rifles and to introduce a ban on high capacity magazines, as well as expand mandatory background checks to all gun sales.
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Should the measures be passed they would be the most significant new laws on gun control created in the US since 1994.

Making his announcement before four children who had written to him asking for action after the Sandy Hook massacre, he then sat before the assembled audience and signed23 executive actions– orders he can issue without Congressional action – he believes will help cut gun violence.

They include instructing the Centres for Disease Control to study gun violence (doctors had been banned from gathering data or discussing guns with patients under regulations backed by the National Rifle Association), increasing funding for security in schools, nominating a new director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, increasing access to mental health treatment and instructing government agencies to share information for the background checks.

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He acknowledged the political fight to have the measures passed would be long and difficult, but declared, “This is are first task as a society – keeping our children safe. It is how we will be judged.”

He said the measures he was announcing were not only intended to help prevent future mass shootings, but also the daily toll of gun violence in America. He noted that since 20 children and six adults were shot in Sandy Hook a further 900 people had died “at the end of a gun” in America.

In the audience watching the announcement were Chris and Lynn McDonnell, the parents of seven-year-old Grace who was killed in Sandy Hook. He said for them time since the killings had been measured in seconds and minutes rather than in days.

Also in the audience was Colin Goddard, who was shot four times in the Virginia Tech massacre. He earlier told the Vice President, Joe Biden, that he was in the audience not because of what happened to him, but because “what happened to me keeps happening to other people and we have to do something about it.”

“Colin, I promise you we will,” said Mr Biden, who had put the package of reforms together on behalf of Mr Obama.

Minutes after the President spoke the Texas representative Steve Toth appeared on CNN to say God conferred rights upon the people, not the Congress, and he would introduce legislation that would make it illegal to for federal agents to enforce the laws in Texas. A similar bill has already been introduced in Wyoming while other states and counties are considering following suit.

Constitutional lawyers could argue federal law overrides state law, should the laws be challenged.

The Floridian Republican senator, Marco Rubio, considered a potential future presidential candidate, quickly came out opposing the proposed ban on military-style rifles.

“I think it’s completely misplaced. Because here’s the issue in this public policy debate that’s different from others: There is a constitutional right to bear arms,” he told the Laura Ingram radio show.

“I did not create that and he cannot erase that. It is in the Constitution. If they want to change the Constitution, if they want to believe the Second Amendment should not be in there or if they believe it should be rewritten in the 21st century then let them have the guts to stand up and propose that.”

He also condemned the President for choosing to share the stage with children as he made his announcement.

“I think most of us would have preferred if it just had been a straightforward address to the country because it implies that somehow those of us who do not agree with his public policy prescriptions don’t equally care about children.”

There was also much discussion today of anew advertisement released by the National Rifle Associationwhich calls the President an elitist hypocrite because his children are protected by armed guards, but he does not support the NRA’s proposal to install armed guards in all American schools – rather he wants to make them “gun-free zones”.

Though recent polls have shown a majority of Americans support some increased gun controls – especially with regards to background checks – there is no certainty any of the measures he has proposed will become law.

As he finished speaking the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, said the House would consider any bills when and if they were first passed by the Senate. And even though Democrats control the Senate, many of them are backed by the NRA and are sympathetic to its cause.

Over the weekend even the Democratic Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, called for caution in acting on guns.

In 1994, then-president Bill Clinton championed another ban on assault rifles that expired 10 years later.

That ban is thought to have cost the party its control of the House and is one of the reasons the party has since been so fearful of gun control. Recent analysis shows the coalition of voters that supported the President in the recent election broadly support gun control.

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‘It is how we will be judged’: Obama announces widest gun control measures in 18 years

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March 22, 2019 by admin

Sweeping measures: US President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, announces his proposals to reduce gun violence. President Obama high-fives eight-year-old Hinna Zejah, one of four children who had written to him asking for action after the Sandy Hook massacre.
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Chris, left, and Lynn McDonnell, parents of Sandy Hook Elementary School student victim Grace McDonnell, attended President Obama’s announcement at the White House.

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WASHINGTON: The US President, Barack Obama, has announced sweeping gun control measures, calling on Congress to act fast to reintroduce a ban on assault rifles and to introduce a ban on high capacity magazines, as well as expand mandatory background checks to all gun sales.

Should the measures be passed they would be the most significant new laws on gun control created in the US since 1994.

Making his announcement before four children who had written to him asking for action after the Sandy Hook massacre, he then sat before the assembled audience and signed 23 executive actions – orders he can issue without Congressional action – he believes will help cut gun violence.

They include instructing the Centres for Disease Control to study gun violence (doctors had been banned from gathering data or discussing guns with patients under regulations backed by the National Rifle Association), increasing funding for security in schools, nominating a new director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, increasing access to mental health treatment and instructing government agencies to share information for the background checks.

He acknowledged the political fight to have the measures passed would be long and difficult, but declared, “This is are first task as a society – keeping our children safe. It is how we will be judged.”

He said the measures he was announcing were not only intended to help prevent future mass shootings, but also the daily toll of gun violence in America. He noted that since 20 children and six adults were shot in Sandy Hook a further 900 people had died “at the end of a gun” in America.

In the audience watching the announcement were Chris and Lynn McDonnell, the parents of seven-year-old Grace who was killed in Sandy Hook. He said for them time since the killings had been measured in seconds and minutes rather than in days.

Also in the audience was Colin Goddard, who was shot four times in the Virginia Tech massacre. He earlier told the Vice President, Joe Biden, that he was in the audience not because of what happened to him, but because “what happened to me keeps happening to other people and we have to do something about it.”

“Colin, I promise you we will,” said Mr Biden, who had put the package of reforms together on behalf of Mr Obama.

Minutes after the President spoke the Texas representative Steve Toth appeared on CNN to say God conferred rights upon the people, not the Congress, and he would introduce legislation that would make it illegal to for federal agents to enforce the laws in Texas. A similar bill has already been introduced in Wyoming while other states and counties are considering following suit.

Constitutional lawyers could argue federal law overrides state law, should the laws be challenged.

The Floridian Republican senator, Marco Rubio, considered a potential future presidential candidate, quickly came out opposing the proposed ban on military-style rifles.

“I think it’s completely misplaced. Because here’s the issue in this public policy debate that’s different from others: There is a constitutional right to bear arms,” he told the Laura Ingram radio show.

“I did not create that and he cannot erase that. It is in the Constitution. If they want to change the Constitution, if they want to believe the Second Amendment should not be in there or if they believe it should be rewritten in the 21st century then let them have the guts to stand up and propose that.”

He also condemned the President for choosing to share the stage with children as he made his announcement.

“I think most of us would have preferred if it just had been a straightforward address to the country because it implies that somehow those of us who do not agree with his public policy prescriptions don’t equally care about children.”

There was also much discussion today of a new advertisement released by the National Rifle Association which calls the President an elitist hypocrite because his children are protected by armed guards, but he does not support the NRA’s proposal to install armed guards in all American schools – rather he wants to make them “gun-free zones”.

Though recent polls have shown a majority of Americans support some increased gun controls – especially with regards to background checks – there is no certainty any of the measures he has proposed will become law.

As he finished speaking the Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, said the House would consider any bills when and if they were first passed by the Senate. And even though Democrats control the Senate, many of them are backed by the NRA and are sympathetic to its cause.

Over the weekend even the Democratic Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, called for caution in acting on guns.

In 1994, then-president Bill Clinton championed another ban on assault rifles that expired 10 years later.

That ban is thought to have cost the party its control of the House and is one of the reasons the party has since been so fearful of gun control. Recent analysis shows the coalition of voters that supported the President in the recent election broadly support gun control.

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Cycling etiquette and walking zones: council reveals active transport strategy

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March 22, 2019 by admin

Brisbane City Council wants to make the CityCycle scheme more attractive to potential users.A campaign to promote better cycling etiquette, a trial of bicycle pump and maintenance facilities along major bike routes, and “finding ways to make CityCycle more attractive” are key themes of a new active transport strategy for Brisbane.
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Thefive-point plan outlined by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk on Wednesday comes on top of the $120 million Better Bikeways 4 Brisbane program announced late last year.

In unveiling the Brisbane Active Transport Strategy 2012 – 2026, Cr Quirk said he hoped the next decade would see one walking or cycling trip made in Brisbane for every five powered journeys.

It’s a big ask considering the latest census data shows only 1.2 per cent of all trips to work are made on bicycles and 3.7 per cent are on foot.

“This strategy is about making walking and cycling an easy choice for Brisbane people,” Cr Quirk said.

“After all, active travel has health, congestion reduction, environmental and money-saving benefits for the individual and the city, so there are plenty of reasons to get active.”

Each priority outlined in the strategy comprises a range of actions which were determined through a community consultation process last year.

Top priorities include making information available in various languages, improving safety by launching a shared pathway “rules and etiquette” campaign, extending the Active School Travel program to high schools and continuing to support events such as Bicycle Queensland’s Bike Week.

Secondary priorities include Brisbane City Council looking for suburbs to become “model active communities”, reducing short car trips by creating “walking and cycling zones” around public transport stations, and making sure the city’s transport modes comply with the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 by 2022.

Creating a network of pathways along roads and rail lines are two of the six actions categorised as Priority Three, along with the completion of the Brisbane Bicycle Infrastructure Plan which will outline Brisbane’s primary cycle infrastructure requirements.

The council will also install better signage, trial mid-commute facilities such as bicycle pump and maintenance stands, and find ways to make CityCycle “more attractive to community, business and visitors.”

Meanwhile, Priority Four contains seven actions focusing primarily on safety, with council looking to separate pedestrians from cyclists on the city’s busiest shared paths and improving flows at notorious “black-spot intersections”.

Priority Five is all about information, with plans to make trip information accessible on smartphones and roll out more electric counters to capture user data.

Cr Quirk said multiple projects outlined in the strategy were already underway.

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CSG project triggers community hostility

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March 22, 2019 by admin

The NSW Planning Assessment Commission will hold a public meeting in Helensburgh next month to hear community feedback on an application to extend drilling approval for 16 coal seam gas exploration wells on water catchment land in the area.
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Apex Energy received planning permission to drill the holes around Darkes Forest and Maddens Plains in September 2009. However, the consent carried a three-year time-limit.

Apex lodged a request with NSW Planning for a three-year extension of the expiry date in August last year, a month before the original approval period ended.

The application triggered 237 public submissions, the majority of which objected to the proposal. Many residents expressed concerns that gas mining in sensitive water catchment areas could affect the region’s drinking water.

NSW Planning has recommended the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) approve the extension despite the community objections.

A notice posted on the commission’s website this week confirmed a public meeting would be held in Helensburgh on Wednesday, February 13, ‘‘due to the level of public interest’’ in the application.

Wollongong councillor Greg Petty told the Mercury he planned to lodge a notice of motion at the first council meeting of the year to have council staff address the two-man assessment panel on behalf of ratepayers.

He said the council had previously voted to oppose any CSG exploration or mining in water catchment areas.

‘‘Making a public statement to this meeting will reinforce the council’s previous stand against mining in water catchment areas,’’ he said.

‘‘The community has been vocal and proactive in showing its opposition to CSG mining, through the Sea Cliff Bridge walk and the human sign on Austinmer Beach.

‘‘[The] council needs to show it supports the community’s stance, and will stand up and speak out on behalf of ratepayers.’’

Cr Petty said he hoped neighbouring councils would also have speakers.

The meeting is at Helensburgh Workers Club at 2pm. To register to speak, visit www.pac.nsw.gov.au.

Thousands took part in a protest against CSG mining on Sea Cliff Bridge in 2011. Picture: ROBERT PEET

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Novices hit right note in festival workshop

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March 22, 2019 by admin

In the wrong hands the Irish tin whistle can be a weapon of mass disruption.
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But these aspiring players have started on the right foot, learning the basics yesterday from skilled player Johnnie Spillane at the Illawarra Folk Festival Summer School.

Under Spillane’s guidance, the workshop class of 13 novices was soon hitting all the right notes – and in unison.

Ken Bates of St Georges Basin is already a master of the harmonica and the ukulele, but yesterday took a walk on the Celtic side.

Mr Bates said the tin whistle had proved a challenge as it involved a completely different skill set to his usual instruments of choice.

‘‘I find it a very difficult instrument to play. I’ve tried many times to learn to play it,’’ he said.

‘‘You don’t have to blow as hard with the tin whistle as with the harmonica.’’

Isabella Thomas, 13, of Wollongong, was passing by the Northern Illawarra Uniting Church at Bulli when a sign for the festival workshops caught her eye.

She admired Celtic music and gravitated towards modern musicians with a folk style.

The Illawarra Folk Festival officially kicks off today, starting with a Mediterranean Lunch Concert.

A nine-act charity concert starts at 3.30pm.

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FOLK FEST HIGHLIGHTS

Today

Australian folk music legend Mike McClellan.

Tomorrow

■ The Woohoo Revue, influenced by the likes of Balkan folk music, gypsy, jazz and swing.

■ Acclaimed Australian blues guitarist Fiona Boyes.

Saturday

■ ARIA-winning bluesman Jeff Lang.

■ Shameless Seamus and the Tullamore Dews, headed by Midnight Oil guitarist and songwriter Jim Moginie, with friends.

Sunday

■ Award-winning indigenous singer Christine Anu performing in the build-up to the festival finale at 5.45pm.

■ Celebrated English one-man band Rory McLeod.

Isabella Thomas, 13, of Wollongong, and Ken Bates, of St Georges Basin, learn the art of tin whistling. Picture: KEN ROBERTSON

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Musician uses web to stand out from crowd

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February 21, 2019 by admin

Melbourne musician Dan Webb.DAN WEBB
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Friday, January 18

Yours & Owls

Tickets: $10 at the door

In a changing and saturated industry, musicians need to do something a little different to get themselves noticed.

Enter Melbourne keyboardist Dan Webb.

Instead of producing a new album this year, he has decided to release a free download of a new song on his website on the first day of every month of 2013.

By releasing the songs in this way, some of which he has been working on since his 2010 EP Hyperspace Clearance, Webb hopes fans will give him feedback before he hits the studio to create a full-length album.

‘‘Not only is it a way of pitching the songs to a producer, but a way of also getting some feedback on the songs and showing people where I’m at with my ideas,’’ he says.

‘‘Since I’m going to be re-recording some of them for an album, these aren’t the finished product, just pointing people in the direction that I’m headed, giving them a taste of some ideas I’m playing around with.’’

As for making them free, Webb figures if people like the song, they will find a way to download the tracks without paying for them anyway.

‘‘I’m really happy with how they turned out, but I still consider some of the songs as demos, and I don’t want to be asking people to pay for demos.’’

So far only his track Departure has been released, featuring the vocals of The Bamboos frontwoman Kylie Auldist, but the response has already been positive.

‘‘I was checking the stats on the website and people are coming in from all over the place, New Zealand, Germany, America, Hungary. It’s a bit overwhelming, the response, really,’’ Webb says.

The musician has been playing the piano and keyboard since he was four years old.

When Webb, 23, first started playing professionally fresh out of high school, he felt he had to prove that a musician and a band could get by without a guitar and made his music loud and crazy as a result.

‘‘Originally it was quite heavy music, it’s just evolved over time,’’ he says.

‘‘It’s a bit more mellow now.’’

But that doesn’t mean all his songs sound similar. Webb listens to a wide range of music, from Radiohead to Stevie Wonder, and says this, combined with constant experimenting, means no track turns out the same.

‘‘This month’s track is a funk/soul sort of thing, the next one is a rocky sort of track, going back to The Beatles sort of vibe, and the following month is going to have a reggae vibe.’’

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Hawks star to dash home if wife enters labour

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February 21, 2019 by admin

Hard-nosed Hawks forward Dave Gruber knows how threadbare the Wollongong Hawks’ stocks are – which is why he’s dreading the possibility of a trans-Tasman mercy dash to see the birth of his first child.
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An injury-cursed Hawks, clinging to their spot on the cusp of the NBL top four, will limp into Auckland’s North Shore Events Centre to take on the near-unstoppable Breakers tonight.

Gordie McLeod’s men need all the fit bodies in their fast-diminishing roster on deck, but it won’t sway Gruber if he gets the phone call from back home.

His wife Kara is due with their first child within the fortnight.

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‘‘It’s due on the 29th of January so it’s a little interesting this weekend going to New Zealand and then Townsville,’’ he said. ‘‘The Hawks are a big priority of mine, but family’s first. That’s been that way with everybody. If I get the call over there I’m straight on a plane and straight back. That’s just how it is,’’ he added.

‘‘Fingers crossed nothing happens when I’m gone,’’ he said.

There’s also fingers crossed the star-studded Breakers have an off night against a side that has traditionally troubled them.

While Gruber has pledged to be by his wife’s side when she goes into labour, he has also thrown down the gauntlet to New Zealand’s tall timber on the court.

The Breakers boast a distinct height advantage inside with Alex Pledger (215 centimetres) and Will Hudson (206 centimetres), but Gruber said the wounded Hawks won’t shy away from confrontation under the rim.

‘‘We’re going to go in there and throw some punches and see what happens,’’ Gruber said. ‘‘They’re the league leaders, they’ve got weapons all over the court from inside and outside and we’re a little wounded at the moment.

‘‘That’s something we were working on [on Tuesday] – just getting the bigs some more touches and utilising our strengths inside.

‘‘If we can get going that will help take the load off the guards. It’s about everybody contributing in their own special way, playing to our strengths. If we do that, we can beat anybody,’’ he added.

The Hawks may have had limited time to prepare for their season-defining road double after last Friday’s dramatic overtime loss to Cairns, but Gruber is well and truly ready for the impending challenges off the court.

‘‘We’ve obviously had a little bit of time to prepare the last nine months and it gets exciting down the stretch,’’ he said.

‘‘We don’t know what we’re having yet so we’re kind of running the gauntlet there. It’s exciting times.”

Dave Gruber will rush home from New Zealand if his wife goes into labour. Picture: ORLANDO CHIODO

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Barman threatened in pub robbery: court

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February 21, 2019 by admin

A Koonawarra man attempted to rob a Berkeley pub last week, threatening the barman at knifepoint and demanding cash, Wollongong Local Court has heard.
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Aaron Frederick Dunwell is accused of holding up the Berkeley Hotel early on Friday morning, wielding a knife at a staff member before fleeing in a stolen car.

Police claim the 26-year-old entered the Devon Street hotel with an unknown man, who was armed with a metal pole, about 2.30am.

It is alleged the pair immediately ran towards the barman, catching the attention of another staff member who saw them on the hotel’s CCTV camera and quickly dialled triple-0. Dunwell then allegedly ordered the barman to ‘‘take them to the money’’ and pushed the man towards a cash register.

The staff member opened the machine and showed the pair it was empty before he tried to open a second register.

As he struggled to unlock it, Dunwell allegedly started yelling, ‘‘It’s taking too long’’, and held the knife close to the man’s body.

Dunwell’s associate then ordered the barman to hurry up and open the other registers, the court heard.

When the pair discovered all the tills were empty, they allegedly fled the hotel and jumped into a waiting car.

About 10 minutes later, police saw the car travelling north along Springhill Road in Wollongong.

Officers pursued the vehicle, as it allegedly sped through a red light.

They later found the car abandoned in Coniston, just minutes before they discovered Dunwell nearby.

Dunwell was arrested but denied any involvement in the robbery.

He allegedly told police he had been visiting a friend in Coniston but couldn’t provide any details.

Police searched the car and recovered a metal pole and a knife, the court heard.

Dunwell was charged with armed robbery and being carried in a stolen vehicle.

Opposing Dunwell’s bid for bail yesterday, Crown solicitor Kristy Spiers said there were real concerns for community safety.

She claimed the case against Dunwell was strong as he had been located shortly after the incident and had been wearing similar clothing as the man captured on the hotel’s CCTV footage.

Barrister Jane Healey, acting for Dunwell, said her client suffered from depression and anxiety and had been receiving treatment.

She argued the case against Dunwell was weak, noting it was entirely circumstantial.

The court heard Dunwell could live with his parents, provide a surety and would abide by a curfew. Magistrate Geraldine Beattie refused Dunwell bail and adjourned the matter to March 6.

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Third man charged over alleged Janceski shooting

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February 21, 2019 by admin

A third man has been charged over the alleged retaliation killing of Berkeley man Darko Janceski.
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Police swooped on a Horsley home early yesterday morning and arrested a 25-year-old man in connection with Mr Janceski’s alleged murder.

Detectives revealed for the first time on Tuesday that they would allege Mr Janceski’s shooting death was payback for the suspected murder of Unanderra man Goran Nikolovski.

Mr Janceski, 32, was gunned down outside his parents’ Gannet Avenue home on April 14 last year, five months after Mr Nikolovski’s sudden disappearance.

Detectives claim the man arrested yesterday was involved in the lead-up to Mr Janceski’s death.

He was charged yesterday afternoon with being an accessory to murder and participating in a criminal group and is set to appear in Wollongong Local Court today. Yesterday’s arrest came just hours before the two other men accused of Mr Janceski’s murder fronted court.

Blackbutt man Matthew Paul Wiggins, dressed in a printed white T-shirt and tracksuit pants, appeared first, entering the packed courtroom around 10.30am.

He has been charged with murdering Mr Janceski and inflicting grievous bodily harm on Mr Janceski’s father. The 24-year-old was flanked by three corrective services officers while his matter was briefly mentioned.

Solicitor Bill Zahr, acting for Wiggins, requested a one-week adjournment so he could seek advice from his client.

Mr Zahr told the court he had only just come into the matter and needed time to get instructions.

Magistrate Geraldine Beattie formally refused Wiggins bail and adjourned the matter to January 23.

Cordeaux Heights man Robert Nikolovski, who has been charged with soliciting Mr Janceski’s murder, chose not to appear in court yesterday.

Solicitor James Howell, representing the 38-year-old, told the court Nikolovski did not wish to be brought up from the cells.

He foreshadowed a bid for bail on his client’s behalf but said he needed extra time to prepare the application.

Nikolovski is expected to apply for bail in Wollongong Local Court today. He remained behind bars last night, pending today’s application.

Mr Janceski’s death, along with the shooting of Lake Heights man Saso Ristevski and Mr Nikolovski’s disappearance, have been under investigation by Strike Force Calligan, led by detectives from the homicide squad with assistance from Lake Illawarra and Wollongong police.

Lead investigator Detective Inspector David Laidlaw told the Mercury on Tuesday police would allege Mr Janceski’s killers believed he was linked to the murder of 35-year-old Mr Nikolovski.

Detectives were also confident of making future arrests over the murders of Mr Nikolovski and Saso Ristevski.

Mr Ristevski was fatally shot at his parents’ Lake Heights home on September 28, 2011. Further arrests are also expected this week.

Darko Janceski. Picture: FACEBOOK

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Uni offer tinged with sadness for Kaitlin

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February 21, 2019 by admin

As thousands of Illawarra students celebrate their university offers today, the good news is bitter-sweet for Figtree’s Kaitlin Christlo.
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Just a week after losing her father Mark to cancer, the 18-year-old was accepted into a commerce and engineering degree at the University of Wollongong and achieved a goal the pair mapped out together.

Kaitlin credits her dad, an electrician, for passing on his love of maths and problem-solving and for inspiring her to study engineering.

‘‘Even though Dad was so sick he still supported me so much during the HSC,’’ the former Figtree High School student said.

‘‘I’m a bit lost now, but I know he’d be proud I got into uni to the course we had planned.’’

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Mr Christlo first became sick about 18 months ago, surviving a ruptured bowel only to be diagnosed with liver cancer three months later.

His condition worsened and months of treatment blurred together as Kaitlin juggled the stress of her final years at school, completing most of her assessment tasks and exams between hospital visits.

‘‘Dad had three-quarters of his liver removed just before my trials and then he got sick again just before the HSC and had to spend a lot of time in hospital,’’ she said.

‘‘He was into St George Hospital for a while, so it was hard going up there each day and then coming back to school for a little bit.

‘‘There was a fair bit of disruption to school, but it was more important to be with family.’’

Her dedication to her studies and her family was rewarded with an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 91.55 when HSC results were released, leaving her dad bursting with pride.

‘‘I was really close with him and he was really proud when I got my ATAR. That’s all that I really wanted – to make him proud.’’

She said she couldn’t have survived the year without the love and support of her mother Kim and older sister Ainsleigh, along with countless family friends, teachers and classmates.

‘‘It was really hard but I had a lot of support and I’m really appreciative of everyone who helped me.’’

Kaitlin, who also received a Faculty of Engineering scholarship for her outstanding academic performance, was among 3024 students who received an offer from the University of Wollongong.

Students received offers online via the University Admissions Centre at 9pm yesterday.

UOW made offers in 148 different programs – the largest intakes being in commerce, engineering, nursing, primary education and law.

Kaitlin Christlo, of Figtree, carries a picture of her late father. Picture: DAVE TEASE

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