About 100 individuals and family members affected by albinism will gather in Adelaide this weekend for a national conference about the causes, challenges and achievements of this often-misunderstood genetic condition.
International and Australian speakers at the eighth national Albinism Conference will dispel common misconceptions about albinism which range from “all albinos have pink eyes” to the unlikelihood of an albino assassin as portrayed in The Da Vinci Code.
Albinism, a genetic condition caused by a lack of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes, is linked to pale skin, white hair and poor eyesight, often in the range of legal blindness. With an occurrence of one in 17,000, Australia has an estimated 1500 persons with albinism.
Albinism Fellowship of Australia President Elizabeth Beales said the truth about people with albinism was actually much more interesting than the ridiculous myths that abound. “Dan Brown’s novel, The Da Vinci Code, was just plain stupid – most people with albinism have very poor eyesight, which really limits your ability to succeed as an assassin,” she said.
High-speed gigabit internet will be available in South Australia's two largest regional cities, Whyalla and Mount Gambier, by the end of the year. Eligible businesses in Whyalla and Mount Gambier will be connected to the GigCity network by Adelaide company MIMP Connecting Solutions, through a $1 million State Government-funded project.
“Building the GigCity network to additional precincts is a key action item within the state’s strategic action plan for future industries and entrepreneurship or the FIXE strategy,” South Australia’s Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said.
It is expected more than 220 businesses in Mount Gambier and around 70 in Whyalla will take up the service, at prices comparable to those available in metropolitan Adelaide GigCity precincts – ranging from $49.90 to $179.90 per month (ex GST), depending on the size of the business and the chosen plan.
“MIMP Connecting Solutions has begun preliminary works to build a new wireless broadband network and eligible businesses in both cities will be invited to register their interest to connect soon,” Minister Pisoni said.