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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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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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POLL: Wollongong CBD splattered with white paint

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January 21, 2019 by admin

Wollongong City Council is facing a hefty clean-up bill thanks to a brazen vandal who went on a spree through the CBD early yesterday.
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The attacker splattered paint across pathways, walls and cars, causing extensive damage and a headache for those trying to avoid the mess.

Although the final damage bill is yet to be tallied, it is likely to run into the thousands of dollars.

‘‘It’s a blatant waste of council resources and an act of stupidity,’’ Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said yesterday.

The trail of white shows the route the vandal took.

Yesterday passers-by were forced to navigate their way around the still damp trail, which was concentrated around lower Crown Street, Kembla Street and the city’s arts precinct.

In the car park next to Yours and Owls on Kembla Street the smell of paint filled the air.

Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey, the world’s leading questionnaire tool.Paint was splashed in criss-crosses on a wall, and over a seemingly abandoned car.

A single empty tin of metal primer sat close to the footpath.

The trail crossed Kembla Street, passing the fountain outside the Town Hall and down lower Crown Street.

Here the council’s graffiti removal team used bright orange traffic cones and ‘‘wet paint’’ signs to warn pedestrians.

Walking down lower Crown Street about 11am yesterday, Amy Howes of Mangerton was forced to step over the paint trail.

‘‘It’s just a pain in the neck,’’ she said.

‘‘At least no-one got hurt. But at the same time, it’s stupid.’’

The council has now been left with a potentially hefty clean-up bill, a spokeswoman said.

And some of the affected pavers are likely to need replacing.

Although the council was keen to get rid of the paint straight away, the graffiti team discovered it was oil-based and had to fully dry before they could begin removing it.

“This is a stupid, senseless act and I encourage anyone with information to contact Wollongong police,’’ Cr Bradbery said.

‘‘Council now has to consider the cost of cleaning up this mess and where that money will come from.

‘‘I would rather not have abstract expressionism on the pavement of Wollongong – I’d prefer it on canvas and hanging in our gallery.’’

A council spokeswoman said around $50,000 was spent each year on removing graffiti in Wollongong’s CBD.

Wollongong police Inspector Dan Richardson said the attack appeared deliberate and police were now investigating.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Wollongong police or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

A white thread traces the vandal’s route across the pavers and footpath of the city. Pictures: KIRK GILMOUR

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Learn Forex:Price Action Setups – January 15, 2012

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January 21, 2019 by admin

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Learn Forex: Price Action Setups – January 15, 2012

Learn Forex: Price Action Setups – January 15, 2012

Price Action is a fascinating study of technical analysis using the most pure indicator available: Price itself. This article will walk through some current trade setups based around Price Action. Article Summary: This article will walk through 2 trade setups, presented via Price Action as outlined in our guide on the subject, The Forex Trader’s Guide to Price Action . Following the two current trade setups, an analysis of last week’s position(s) will follow with a description of how previously identified Price Action Setups have fared. The New Year has started in ceremonious fashion for traders in the FX market, as volatility has permeated into many charts of traders’ favorite pairings. Traders are always attempting to stay in front of the news: As in, if a positive news announcement is expected – markets will often begin pricing that information in before the actual announcement takes place. This is nothing new, as it has been coined ‘buy the rumor, sell the news.’ And given the current circumstances, in which Central Banks have telegraphed and followed-through with expected intervention announcements in recent past, many markets find themselves in the precarious position of being in an awkward position for a reversal. Buying into such trends can prove daunting: Sure, the trend has been strong, but for how much longer can they continue? This is where price action, and risk management can be a huge benefit to traders, and these are central to the two setups below. EURUSD has put in a magnanimous run since Mario Draghi pledged ECB Support to the Euro-Zone Created with Marketscope/Trading Station IIIt might seem hard to remember, but for much of the first portion of 2012 it was increasingly difficult to make a case for going long EURUSD. That all changed on July 24th, when Mario Draghi pledged European Central Bank support for future problems that may arise from the European Debt Crisis. And while these pledges left much to be desired from analysts and economists alike, they have provided satiety to the massive down-trends put in the pair for the first half of 2012. A litany of factors on top of the Draghi announcement helped provide support to the pair. In September, Ben Bernanke pledged Central Bank support in The United States with QE3. Later in December, Bernanke extended the Operation Twist intevention program as well: In total, providing $85 billion per month to financial markets. When markets began the year, they had a nice surprise announcement to work with: Congress in the United States agreed to a deal to extend the Bush-era tax cuts, which was a major part of contention around the ‘Fiscal Cliff.’ And from the chart above, its apparent – quite a bit of good news is currently priced into EURUSD. But its not all roses and sunshine for the EURUSD: Despite coming to terms on a deal to extend tax cuts, The United States has a potentially larger political quandry on its hands in the coming months that is starting to bring more of an impact to markets. The United States is nearing its debt limit, and there is a contentious debate raging in Congress over planned upcoming spending cuts. Last night, Germany started to show signs of stress as 4th quarter GDP showed a contraction of .5% (Annualized at 2%). This is extremely worrisome, as Germany avoided recession for most of the European Debt Crisis, and functioned as somewhat of a stallwart for the European economy as a whole. Suffice it to say – we’re not out of the woods yet. But by judging from the EURUSD chart, one might not know that; and it’s disconnects like this that can lead to promising trade opportunities. After moving all the way up to the 1.3400 Psychological level, EURUSD has faced selling pressure coming into the market, and given the circumstances of the global economy – this makes sense. But what makes this trade attractive is the possible Risk-Reward ratio, in which traders could potentially caputre a very large move with a very small amount of risk allocated towards the trade. Created with Marketscope/Trading Station II Short EURUSD at Market; Stop at 1.3410, Limits at 1.3150 (1-to-2.25 Risk-to-Reward ratio), and 1.3000 (1-to-4.125 Risk-to-Reward ratio)On the other side of the world, Chinese data has come in the spotlight again – and the implications for Australia can be huge. The Australian Dollar was previously one of the strongest currencies when the carry trade was in order through 2010 and the first portion of 2011. Last year, 2012, was far different for the Aussie. After falling below 1.0600 in March of 2012, the pair was unable to put in a daily close above the 1.0600 threshold. AUDUSD was unable to put in a daily close above 1.0600 after March 20, 2012 Created with Marketscope/Trading Station IIInterestingly enough, the pair made an approach towards this 1.0600 marker shortly after the open of the new year, and was, once again – unable to break and stay above. This presents potential opportunity; especially considering that a large piece of news is expected out of China, and the strong trading relationship between China and Australia can see a signficant portion of that optimism filter into the Aussie. This is a slightly different trade though, as this is a conditional order that is only set to trigger provided we get price moving above 1.0600. The full setup is below: Created with Marketscope/Trading Station IIIf Chinese GDP comes out better than expected, and further– if the global economy looks poised to grow and continue with optimism that’s been seen to open up 2013, AUDUSD may reflect that in breaking above this long-held resistance, and if that takes place – the breakout order can come into effect. The breakout entry is set just slightly outside of the high that was hit since March 20. Long AUDUSD Breakout Entry at 1.0625; Stop at 1.0550, Limits at 1.0750 (1-to-1.66 Risk-to-Reward ratio) and 1.0850 (1-to-3 Risk-to-Reward ratio). Update from last week’s article: In last week’s Price Action Setups, we took one position in EURJPY, and the pair made a strong ascent directly to the second profit target of 117.50. The continued optimism in Japan and Europe contributed to some very strong movement in the pair last week, and that can certainly continue for the week ahead. — Written by James StanleyTo contact James Stanley, please email [email protected]南京夜网. You can follow James on Twitter @JStanleyFX.To be added to James’ distribution list, please send an email with the subject line “Notification,” to [email protected]南京夜网.Would you like a customized curriculum to walk you through Trading Education? Take our Trader IQ quiz and receive a full lesson plan with numerous free resources to expand your information arsenal. Take the Trader IQ Quiz Now!

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Aussie aspirations: why we want to play the fame game

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January 21, 2019 by admin

Of 500 people surveyed, one-in-three reported a moderate or high desire for fame and getting on Big Brother was the most desirable way to achieve it.Move over subliminal messaging and slick product taglines, marketers have a new arrow for their advertising bows.
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A Perth researcher has developed a scale that measures just how obsessed people are with celebrities and believes it will help tap into people’s desire for fame.

“We had to go down the road of developing a scale that questions what people are looking for when they put themselves in The Biggest Loser or on YouTube,” Dr John Gountas, associate professor of marketing at Murdoch Business School said.

“What it is that people perceive as fame; how they do it and why they do it.”

The research noted that the advent of reality TV shows featuring “everyday people” who then become famous with little perceived effort had made fame seem more attainable.

The Murdoch University researcher found that people desired fame because they saw it as a vehicle to satisfy personal goals like material success, a better lifestyle and increased social standing.

“If somebody is interested in fame, what they basically want is some kind of social feedback that says they’re somebody recognised,” Dr Gountas said.

“It gives them a sense of importance and public approval.”

The “fame scale” Dr Gountas developed features six statements with which participants can agree or disagree, including “If I were famous I would be happier” and “I would like to be famous because other people would perceive me as having more power and influence”.

Dr Gountas said that a strong desire for fame often reflected emotional insecurity.

“Some are pretty weak psychologically,” Dr Gountas said.

“They perceive that fame will deliver them to achieve materially successful life and social kudos. Some of them are deluded in thinking it will cause them to be liked and loved and accepted.”

Of 500 people surveyed, with a lengthy 79-question survey, one-in-three reported a moderate or high desire for fame and getting on Big Brother was the most desirable way to achieve it.

A general admiration for Big Brother contestants who had gone on to become famous appeared in the results and it was noted this could be due to people hoping to reconstruct a new identity for themselves.

Males proved more fame-hungry than females and 18 to 25’s desire social recognition and fame more strongly than a second 26 to 35-year-old group.

“For those with a desire for fame, the quick rise to celebrity through participation in reality TV shows seems to be particularly appealing for young males,” the research notes.

“This may reflect a need for social attention and acceptance, which is the promise of many marketing campaigns.”

So what can marketers do with this?

“If someone has a strong need for public recognition, advertisers can find creative ways to give them that,” Dr Gountas said.

“Social approval and recognition are far stronger persuaders that messages about prices, model features, alloyed wheels, petrol consumption and speed acceleration per second, etc.

“Most people seem to care more about themselves and their own personal identity and reputation, than external product features and tangible product benefits.” Follow WAtoday on Twitter

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Double trouble as twins tackle health research

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January 21, 2019 by admin

Lachlan and Ewan Lewis (left), Emma and Lucy Howard and Luke and Rohan Whitby.ANGELA King is counting down the days until her identical twin sister Elena Gatt has a knee operation because she knows it will mean an end to the constant pain she feels in her knee.
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At the exact moment Elena hurt her knee while on holidays in London last April, Angela experienced excruciating pain and was stopped in her tracks as she and her husband walked along a Melbourne street.

”I knew to contact my sister because it could have been the only explanation,” Angela said.

”Now I can’t wait for her to have the surgery because I know that my pain will not go away until that happens.”

But the 57-year-old Melburnians are used to experiencing the other’s pain and suffering.

When Elena was pregnant, for instance, it was her twin sister – who was not pregnant – who experienced shocking morning sickness.

And when Angela had her tonsils out when they were young, Elena screamed at the exact moment they were removed. While Angela recovered from the operation immediately, Elena took days to get over a sore throat – despite being almost 300 kilometres away and not being told that her sister had just had a throat operation.

The sisters are among about 40,000 voluntarily registered twins with the Australian Twins Registry – the largest of its kind in the world – who are helping medical researchers better understand the impact of nature and nurture.

Statistics show about 2 per cent of the Australian population are twins, around one-third of whom are identical and the other two-thirds non-identical, or fraternal.

Dr Jeff Craig, who leads the Early Life Epigenetics Group at Melbourne University’s paediatrics department, said studies of twins enabled researchers to determine to what extent medical conditions such as cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and epilepsy were influenced by genetics or environmental factors. ”I believe that studies of human health should always start with twins before we then work out what applies to the rest of the population,” he said.

Registry participants have taken part in more than 450 research studies into a wide range of medical conditions, including foot bunions, which have long been thought to have been genetic. But Elena and Angela are proof that this might not be the case, as only one of them has bunions.

On Wednesday, Crown Princess Mary of Denmark – mother of two-year-old twins Vincent and Josephine – became joint patron of the Australian and Danish twins registries.

Among the many twins at the announcement were identical twins Grace and Amber Harli, 18, from Belgrave, who said they were often asked what it was like being a twin.

”It’s good in some respects, such as the wardrobe sharing and the fact you always have a wing-man, but bad in others because we’re constantly compared to one another in terms of who’s taller, who’s better at sport, who’s smarter and things like that,” Grace said.

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Missing sailor met with misadventure, judge rules

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January 21, 2019 by admin

Lost at sea: Neil Qualtrough.RETIRED engineer Neil Qualtrough’s dream was to buy a yacht and go sailing.
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His dream cost him his life.

A coroner on Wednesday found the inexperienced sailor died from misadventure at sea after setting off alone from Hawaii to sail to Australia.

Judge Jennifer Coate said Mr Qualtrough’s daughter, Sarah, had revealed her father had virtually no sailing experience other than maybe spending an afternoon on a friend’s yacht about once a year. In late 2006 he decided to buy a yacht in America where they were cheaper and sail it home.

”Sarah expressed considerable concern to him about this plan but stated that her father seemed ‘nonchalant’ about the trip,” Judge Coate said in her findings.

Mr Qualtrough, a widower from Box Hill, bought a 16-metre, three-mast yacht with a wooden hull and a five-person life raft and spent six months repairing it before becoming homesick and deciding to set off alone.

His daughter ”tried to talk him out of sailing alone but apparently to no avail. He reassured her that he had up-to-date navigation equipment, a ham radio and a distress beacon,” the coroner said.

Marine engineer David Pawley said he was working on a yacht at Waikiki when an American who had been sailing with Mr Qualtrough, 64, told him the Australian could not properly steer his yacht.

Mr Pawley went to see Mr Qualtrough who told him: ”I know why you are here and I don’t need your help.”

Sarah last spoke to her father on June 5, 2007, the day before he set off, when he told her he planned to sail via Tahiti, Fiji or Samoa and home to Victoria.

After four weeks without contact, she called the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

No physical search was conducted as Mr Qualtrough’s proposed route was not specific enough. Interpol also found no trace of him.

One of several theories about Mr Qualtrough’s fate is that pirates boarded his yacht somewhere in the Pacific.

But investigating officer Senior Constable Scott Stephens told Fairfax Media in 2008 that while he could not rule out a pirate attack, the most likely scenario was that Mr Qualtrough had either accidentally fallen overboard, been knocked over by the boom, or his yacht had sunk in heavy seas.

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