Barca expect Pedro to stay, says technical secretary

  • 02/19/2019

The Catalan side want to retain the home-grown talent but he has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United who would have to pay a 30 million euro (21.


12 million pounds) buy-out clause, Fernandez confirmed.

Fernandez, who was appointed last month by president Josep Maria Bartomeu to work between the board and coach Luis Enrique, also said Barca aim to keep Adriano who has attracted interest from Roma.

“I spoke to them both when we were in San Francisco (on the pre-season tour) and while they are different situations I think they will both stay. We are working to achieve that,” Fernandez told reporters in Barcelona.

“Pedro has a 30 million euro buyout clause. He is a player that has done fantastically well for us and both the coach and I want him to stay. We don’t want him to go but we know that there is a risk with the buy-out clause and we will have to see what happens.”

Pedro, a product of the club’s youth system, played an important part when Barca won the treble in 2009 but he has not been able to build on that.

Last season Barca won the treble again but Pedro had his first team chances limited by the attacking trident of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez that hit a Spanish record 122 goals.

“If Pedro goes then we would lose a lot. He is someone that has given a lot to this club in the past decade,” said Fernandez.

“He has always had an impeccable attitude including when he hasn’t been playing. There is the possibility that he goes. The decision is his because he has the buy-out clause.”

(Editing by Pritha Sarkar)

Clarke has no qualms about Test XI

  • 02/19/2019

Michael Clarke has defended national selectors’ decision to dump allrounder Mitch Marsh for the fourth Ashes Test.


Clarke has clashed publicly with selectors in the past year, most notably when he wanted to play for Western Suburbs to prove his fitness last summer.

The skipper adopted a more diplomatic tone when quizzed about Marsh’s omission on Thursday.

It was the first time in almost 18 months that Australia have gone into a Test without an allrounder.

Shaun Marsh was recalled for the clash, with selectors wanting to beef up a batting order that battled at Edgbaston.

Instead Shaun Marsh was out for a duck, while his brother’s overs were dearly missed after Australia were rolled for a woeful 60.

Mitchell Johnson was unsurprisingly less effective and explosive, while Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc struggled for control.

David Warner faced two balls, but bowled 18.

“Their reasons for the eleven players they gave me and that we spoke about were very good,” Clarke said.

“We’ve seen at Edgbaston, Mitch Marsh didn’t bowl too many overs.

“We knew this wicket was going to have enough in it, the plan was to bowl first.

“Knowing that if we didn’t win the toss it was going to be hard to bat, the selectors wanted that extra batting as well to make as many runs as we could.”

Coach Darren Lehmann and chairman of selectors Rod Marsh have not shied away from making the tough calls during the five-Test series.

Shane Watson was dumped after the first Test, potentially ending his 59-Test career.

Peter Nevill was retained for the third Test, with Brad Haddin left on the sidelines after missing the Lord’s clash to spend time in hospital with his daughter.

“The selectors pick the team and I respect what they do. We’ve got some very good selectors,” Clarke said.

“The selectors have been fantastic all series, they’ve been very open and honest with me.

“They’ve kept the faith with certain players.”

Clarke noted the issue in Nottingham was his side’s miserable performance.

“It doesn’t matter what XI you pick, you’ve got to play as well as you possibly can and we didn’t do that today,” he said.

Rivals on similar path to netball WC clash

  • 02/19/2019

Silver Ferns coach Waimarama Taumaunu and her Australian counterpart, Lisa Alexander, want the same thing from their early pool matches in the Netball World Cup.


The Sydney tournament’s top two seeds have drawn the same pool and both need to navigate low-key matches before they meet on Sunday.

New Zealand play world No.9 Barbados at Olympic Park on Friday while the Diamonds have 10th-ranked Trinidad and Tobago lined up on the opening day of the 16-nation tournament.

The top seeds’ rivals are reversed on Saturday which is the the last opportunity for defending champions Australia and 2011 runners-up New Zealand to tweak their teams ahead of Sunday’s clash.

Taumaunu and Alexander both want to set a benchmark to build on, work on connections and bed in combinations before they meet for the first time since the Glasgow Commonwealth Games gold medal match.

That’s a game Taumaunu would rather forget: the Kiwis lost the title they’d held for eight years by 18 goals as Australia extended their winning streak over the Silver Ferns to nine matches.

Both coaches want to give their entire 12-strong squads playing time, but neither are keen on making changes for change’s sake.

“We’re looking to get all our people out for the first block of three games,” Taumaunu said.

“But there’s a fine line between giving people enough court time, and not overdoing it leading into the Australia game on Sunday.”

She says matches against Australia’s under-21 team earlier in the week were helpful in providing a taste of the close physicality the Diamonds are renowned for.

“They were a really great line-up for us to remind ourselves of what the Australian style is like.

“We were a bit stunned for five minutes with the physical man-on-man stuff, but we came through it.

“Now it’ll be about setting a benchmark and building from there in each game we play thereafter.”

Alexander’s focus in her warm-up games has been on identifying combinations that work, and she expects that to continue ahead of the New Zealand game.

“It’s more about those really subtle connections together as combinations that you’re looking for as a coach, and whether things are just humming,” the Aussie coach said.

“It’s kind of hard to describe it in a particular skill or tactic you’re looking for, but it’s that ability to know what’s working for us.”

Preserving the art of sushi: Australian chefs welcome new scheme

  • 06/19/2019

Yoshii Ryuichi trained for several years as an apprentice sushi chef in Japan before he was allowed anywhere near the chopping board.


 Mostly washing dishes, he says his most used words were, “yes” and “sorry”. 

Mr Ryuichi has since opened his own Sydney restaurant and has even made sushi for the Japanese Emperor.

He says there is a big difference between sushi made in the traditional way, and the kind that may be more familiar to people outside of Japan.

“Takeaway sushi is only food. When customers try our sushi they say – it has life.”

He’s one of several sushi chefs in Australia welcoming news of an accreditation program, and guidelines on food preparation to restaurants outside of Japan.

The program would see chefs travel to Japan to learn the basics of Japanese cuisine including food hygiene and safety.

Unlike regulations placed on the use of ‘champagne’ and Greek regulations on ‘Feta’, this program is voluntary, and won’t stop people from using the ‘sushi’ label.

Traditionally, sushi apprentices in Japan spend several years observing the Itamae (sushi chef), before being promoted to the role of Wakiita, which means ‘near the cutting board’.

“Some chefs, they don’t know anything about the basic techniques. They are born suddenly, like a rock star.” – Hideo Dekura

Hideo Dekura runs a Japanese cooking school in Sydney, and has written 20 books on the subject of Japanese cuisine. He says there has been a surge of interest in it amongst chefs with little to no basic knowledge of the traditions.

“Some chefs, they don’t know anything about the basic techniques. They are born suddenly, like a rock star,” he said.

“All the ingredients are combined together then – ‘hey, this is fusion!’ But for me, the fusion cuisine still (needs) foundation… basic techniques, then cross over.”

Traditional Japanese cuisine or Washoku has previously been recognised for the specialised skills and knowledge it requires. In 2013, Japanese cuisine was added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

“I think understanding the seriousness – how seriously it’s taken, applies to a lot of things in Japan,” says writer Jane Lawson, who runs food tours of Japan.

“That standard of excellence and wanting it to be absolutely perfect and the best experience of your customer. That says a lot about your culture. It’s all about doing your best.”

Mr Dekura fears the art of sushi may be lost as people favour short-courses over spending years training. 

“In less than two years you can become official, professional licenced. But that’s very instant. For me two years we did nothing…  just helping out, washing dishes and all that,” he said

“I don’t agree but I understand the situation. Because now life is very…  speed up…  Internet. Information is so fast.”


Salford continue Super League progress

  • 06/19/2019

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, Feb 21 Salford underlined their ambitious Super League credentials with a hard-fought 28-20 win over top-of-the-table Widnes at the AJ Bell Stadium.


Tim Sheens’ side made it two wins from three with a very efficient 80 minutes against the high-flying Vikings who had their perfect start to their 2016 campaign shattered.

A sensational first-half effort from the home side was the foundation for this victory. They led 22-0 after half-an-hour before letting Widnes back into it just before the break to make a game of it.

The Red Devils should have had things sewn up by the break after tries from Justin Carney, Mark Flanagan, Greg Johnson and Josh Griffin had put them in charge.

Widnes fought back to give them a shot at it in the second period as the impressive Rhys Hanbury and Chris Houston pulled two scores back.

Stef Marsh and Corey Thompson put them to within two points with 10 minutes to go with opportunist tries, but Salford held on with Flanagan having the final say four minutes from time.

Salford got off to a dream start with two tries in the space of six minutes as Widnes got caught cold right from the off.

Carney plundered the first points of the day after four minutes as Salford fizzed the ball from right to left with Michael Dobson sending over Carney after Marsh stepped out of the line for Widnes.

Dobson added the extras and was called into again as the Red Devils split the Widnes defence in two after a weaving run from Robert Lui.

It was his pass that sent Jones clear and right over the top of Charly Runciman and on his way to a solo score under the posts.

The Red Devils were not done and they registered their fourth try of the afternoon as Griffin rampaged over the top of his opposite number Chris Bridge to make it 22-0.

After a half-time ear bashing from Widnes boss Denis Betts, the visitors came out fighting and they put themselves well and truly back in it as mini atom, Hanbury, sprinted clear to deliver a delightful offload to Marsh who scooted in for his 50th career try.

The Red Devils hit back with some classy footwork and skill from Johnson who would have scored were it not for Hanbury’s excellent try-saving tackle a yard from the line.

Thompson got another back for the Vikings to make it interesting, but Salford had enough in the tank to see it out, with Flanagan crashing over at the death.

Wakefield ensured history did not repeat itself as they claimed their first win of the season with a 14-12 victory at Hull KR.

The Wildcats were the opponents when Rovers made a winning start to Super League in 2007 courtesy of a 14-9 success.

Rovers marked their 10th season in the top flight by reducing ticket prices to create an atmosphere similar to that night, but it was another day to forget for the Robins.

With both sides looking for their first win of 2016, it was the Wildcats who claimed the two points in a very scrappy affair.

Merrin turns nose at NRL shot clock

  • 06/19/2019

Star Penrith signing Trent Merrin has turned his nose at the NRL’s new shot clock rules, labelling the changes as the latest gimmick to come out of league central that you “can’t really buy” into.


The Penrith-Parramatta trial was the only game of the weekend to involve the countdown for both scrums and line dropouts, as well as the highly-anticipated referee bunker.

And while both Panthers coach Anthony Griffin and Eels counterpart Brad Arthur were happy with the initial results, an honest Merrin took aim at the NRL for continuing to tinker with the rules.

“They keep changing rules every year so you can’t really get used to something,” he said.

“It’s been efficient for us because you’re getting more time (to rest), I think. But they’re going to play around with the rules every year.

“Things are going to come in, and things are going to come out. You can’t really buy into it.”

In a bid to reduce time wasting and to increase fatigue, the NRL has introduced a raft of changes for the 2016 season, including the reduction of interchanges from 10 to eight.

A 35-second shot clock on scrums has also been brought in, designed to lower the previous average of 40 seconds per scrum.

The early feedback from players and coaches throughout the trials is that teams are tracking to scrums quicker but are then found standing around waiting for time to expire.

“What do they do – make it 25 or 20?” Griffin said. “I didn’t notice it at all, so I ain’t got an issue there. If one teams wants to get in there and pack it quick – they’ve got to pack it, don’t they?

“On a whole, I didn’t notice it much.”

Arthur was a fan of the changes.

“I didn’t notice (the bunker) as disruptive as I had my head in the game,” he said.

“We had the shot clock for Canberra in round 26 last year, and we’ve done a fair bit of training for it in the pre-season. I think the shot clock for the scrums and dropouts are good. I like that.”

Djokovic focused on extending unbeaten run

  • 06/19/2019

Novak Djokovic has vowed not to become over-confident as he seeks to extend a 15-match winning streak when he returns to action in Dubai, his first tournament since winning a sixth Australian Open title last month.


The Melbourne Park victory earned the Serb an 11th grand slam trophy, bringing him level with Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver, and the 28-year-old admitted such milestones are important to him after winning four of the past five majors.

“People start talking about the all-time greats and me coming closer to them, but I still would like to follow the same approach and philosophy of focusing only on the next tournament,” Djokovic told reporters in Dubai.

“I try not to be over-confident because I have lots of respect for other players but being at the peak of my career I’m trying to use this momentum and take everything out of myself and achieve more.”

After winning 34 of his last 35 grand slam matches, it is not inconceivable that Djokovic could end up eclipsing Roger Federer’s record of 17 majors before too long.

But for all his success, Djokovic has yet to crack the French Open, finishing runner-up on three occasions.

But with rivals such as Federer, Andy Murray and Rafa Nadal unable to keep pace with him in the best-of-five set contests, the Serb is hoping to end his Roland Garros jinx in 2016 and perhaps even become the first man to achieve the calendar year Grand Slam since Rod Laver in 1969.

“I try to approach each tournament optimistically and I believe that I can win every match that I play against anybody on any surface,” said Djokovic, who is 12-0 this year.

Anything other than victory in Dubai, where Djokovic will potentially only face two other top-10 players, would be a huge shock especially after Federer withdrew with injury. The duo have won the last seven Dubai titles between them.

Djokovic’s most likely challenger in Dubai will be world number four Stan Wawrinka, who beat him in last year’s Roland Garros final.

“He has been playing at a different level from the rest of the players. He’s number one by far. It’s going to be tough to beat him this year,” Wawrinka told reporters.

Cyclone Winston: Curfew lifted for devastated Fijians

  • 06/19/2019

Some flights resumeStorm among the most powerful recorded in southern hemisphereSix killed, casualties could rise as remote areas report damageAid agencies warn of potential major health crisis

Relief efforts will continue on Monday after unrelenting rain and downed powerlines hampered officials trying to assess the damage caused by one of the southern hemisphere’s most powerful cyclones on record.


A curfew will be lifted on Monday morning after officials worked to clear vital roads and the main airport overnight.

Virgin Australia has announced it will resume flights in and out of Nadi on Monday, while Jetstar and Fiji Airways have cancelled their scheduled flights.

#TCWinston: It’s likely smaller villages in #Fiji have suffered most, losing homes and crops – @UNICEFPacific pic.twitter杭州桑拿会所,/md4FJmn9vS

— UNICEF (@UNICEF) February 20, 2016

Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has confirmed at least six people died after category-5 Cyclone Winston swept through the tiny island nation on Saturday night, flattening homes and downing trees.

“Many people have been left stunned and confused about what to do,” he said.

“This is a time of sorrow but it will also be a time of action … we will reclaim what we have lost.

“There’s still much work to be done.”

Mr Bainimarama declared a 30-day state of emergency, with schools ordered to shut and a nationwide curfew extended until Monday morning.

“When we are able we will provide timelines for the return of water and power,” he said, adding that electricity supply to some areas had been deliberately cut to avert further damage.

The archipelago of about 300 islands hit late on Saturday by tropical cyclone Winston, which packed winds of 230 kph (143 mph) that gusted up to 325 kph (202 mph).

Businessman Jay Dayal, who lives near Rakiraki, on the north coast of Fiji’s main island where the cyclone hit land, said the storm damage was extensive.

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— Rachna Nath (@RachnaFijiTV) February 21, 2016

“I wouldn’t be surprised if people are now starting to go without food,” Dayal told Reuters. “It looks like a different country, it doesn’t look like Fiji.”

Humanitarian agencies warned Fiji may be facing a potential health crisis, mainly due to the lack of electricity. Low-lying river areas where hundreds of people live in tin sheds are also particularly vulnerable, aid workers said.

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“We need electricity to ensure pumps are working and for sterilization,” Raijeli Nicole, an official of aid agency Oxfam, told Reuters by telephone that flights have been scheduled on Sunday to assess damage in remote areas.

Extensive damage

An elderly man died on Koro Island when a roof fell on him, authorities said. In a nearby village, 50 homes were reported to have been destroyed.

“Some villages have reported that all homes have been destroyed,” Jone Tuiipelehaki of the United Nations Development Program tweeted late on Saturday.

Govt of #Fiji declared a state of natural disaster & a nationwide curfew is still in place following #CycloneWinston pic.twitter杭州桑拿会所,/PH1Fet9kg7

— Oxfam Australia (@OxfamAustralia) February 20, 2016

People flocked to 758 evacuation centres on Saturday, while tourists hunkered down in hotel ballrooms and conference rooms in coastal areas.

“The images that we’re starting to see roll in are terrifying,” Alice Clements, a UNICEF official based in Suva said by telephone, describing visuals of a car on a building roof and a small plane nose down in debris.

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Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who offered to send a P-3 Orion aircraft to help in the relief effort, said about 1200 Australians were registered as being in Fiji, although there could be many more.

Australians are frequent travellers to the archipelago, which gets around 340,000 tourists each year. Airlines Virgin and Jetstar on Saturday suspended flights to Fiji, and the national carrier suspended all flights.

Finance News Update, what you need to know

  • 05/19/2019


The Australian dollar is stronger against the greenback, which traded poorly despite better-than-expected economic data.


At 0630 AEDT on Monday, the local unit was trading at 71.47 US cents, up from 71.12 cents on Friday.

And the Australian share market looks set to open flat after Wall Street closed hardly changed after a lift in tech stocks offset a renewed drop in oil prices.

At 0645 AEDT on Monday, the share price futures index was down one point at 4,919.


LONDON – Prime Minister David Cameron has met senior ministers to win endorsement of an EU deal he hopes will persuade voters to ratify Britain’s membership of the world’s largest trading bloc.

SHANGHAI – China has removed the head of its securities regulator following a turbulent period in the country’s stock markets, appointing a top state banking executive as his replacement, as leaders move to restore confidence in the economy.

SAO PAULO – The Brazilian government has announced more than $A8 billion in spending cuts in its 2016 budget amid the country’s worst recession in decades.

LA PAZ – Repsol SA has discovered 4 trillion cubic feet of possible natural gas reserves in Bolivia that it will start tapping in 2019, the government and company say – a finding that could boost the Andean country’s reserves by 40 per cent.

BOGOTA – Citibank is planning to sell the consumer banking operations it has run for a century in Argentina, Brazil and Colombia as South America’s three biggest economies suffer a major downturn.

SAN FRANCISCO – Yahoo’s board has hired three investment banking firms to evaluate potential bids for its internet operations in the clearest sign yet that CEO Marissa Mayer may not have much more time to turn around the struggling company.

FRANKFURT – US authorities have asked the German carmaker Volkswagen to produce electric vehicles in the United States as a way of making up for its rigging of emission tests.

COPENHAGEN – Sweden’s Volvo Cars says it is recalling 59,000 cars in 40 markets because of faulty software that can briefly shut down the engine and electric system while driving.

Trump denies hand in Bush’s exit

  • 05/19/2019

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has for months rained withering ridicule on onetime party favourite Jeb Bush, is refusing to take responsibility for the former Florida governor’s exit from the 2016 White House race.


“I just don’t know what did him in,” Trump, who won South Carolina’s Republican primary election handily on Saturday, said in an interview on CNN on Sunday.

Trump had repeatedly made Bush the target of pointed attacks throughout his campaign for the Republican nomination to run in the November 8 general election, labelling him “weak,” “low-energy” and “an embarrassment” to the Bush political dynasty.

On Sunday, Trump denied any role he may have played in taking down Bush, who ended his campaign on Saturday night after a fourth-place finish in South Carolina.

“Jeb fought very hard,” the billionaire businessman said.

“It wasn’t his time. That’s all.”

Bush, the brother of one president and the son of another, had prided himself as the only candidate to attack Trump head-on throughout the campaign and frequently accused him of lacking ideas.

He appeared to take one last jab at Trump in his concession speech on Saturday, saying “Despite what you may have heard, ideas matter. Policy matters.”

Sounding less like his normally combative self, Trump on Sunday credited Bush in a pair of interviews with having fought hard in the campaign and called him “very capable.”

“Those last couple of weeks he was on television so much, I was looking, I’d say, ‘Man, I’ve never seen anything like this,'” Trump said on CNN.

He did, however, chide Bush for having run “brutal” negative ads against him, saying he was “a little bit offended.”

“So, you know, this is a tough business, I will tell you,” the billionaire real-estate mogul said of presidential politics.

“I think real estate in Manhattan is a lot easier.”

Kerry, Lavrov reach Syria ‘deal’

  • 05/19/2019

US Secretary of State John Kerry says he and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov have reached a provisional agreement on terms of a cessation of hostilities in Syria, with the sides closer to a ceasefire than ever before.


But he indicated on Sunday there were still issues to be resolved and he did not expect any immediate change on the ground.

It comes as twin car bombs claimed by Islamic State killed at least 57 people in Homs on Sunday, and bombings killed at least 30 in a suburb of Damascus.

Russian air strikes launched in September against rebels fighting President Bashar al-Assad have exacerbated suffering and destruction in Syria, where a five-year-old civil war has killed more than a quarter of a million people.

Assad said on Saturday he was ready for a ceasefire on condition “terrorists” did not use a lull in fighting to their advantage and that countries backing insurgents stopped supporting them.

The Syrian opposition had earlier said it had agreed to the “possibility” of a temporary truce, provided there were guarantees Damascus’s allies including Russia would cease fire, sieges were lifted and aid deliveries were allowed country-wide.

“We have reached a provisional agreement in principle on the terms of a cessation of hostilities that could begin in the coming days,” Kerry told a news conference in Amman with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh on Sunday.

“The modalities for a cessation of hostilities are now being completed. In fact, we are closer to a ceasefire today than we have been,” said Kerry, who was also to meet King Abdullah.

But he repeated the US position that Assad had to step down.

Assad’s fate has been one of the main points of difference between Washington and Russia, the Syrian leader’s main international backer. Russia recently has begun to say Syrians should decide on whether Assad should stay or not, but it continues to support Damascus with air strikes.

Kerry said he had spoken to Lavrov on several occasions, including earlier on Sunday, and that he anticipated US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin would talk in the coming days to complete the provisional agreement in principle.

Australian historian transforms living room into war museum

  • 05/19/2019


First soldiers killed in WWI remembered 100 years on

Brad Manera is a historian for the Anzac Memorial in Sydney’s Hyde Park.


But he has also set up a museum of his own – in his living room.


Life-like models of soldiers crouch behind the couch, and shelves full of hats, clothing, medals and black-and-white photographs overflow into the spare rooms of his townhouse in the inner west Sydney suburb of Newtown.


Mr Manera says he started collecting relics from the wars as a way of honouring family members who served in the war.


“I can explore their lives through the documents that are left behind,” he said.

Mr Manera grew up in Australia in the 1960s, when many of the veterans from the first and second World Wars were still alive.


“These people had stories and experiences of a world beyond Australia,” he said.


“The houses were full of stuff: old photographs that reminded them of their parents or where they had been in their lives.

“So it gave me an appreciation for objects. I just really enjoyed having things around.”

Mr Manero hosts groups of students on trips to battlefields overseas. He says the experience can be eye-opening.

One student paid a visit to her great-grandfather’s grave in the Somme Valley in France.

The teenager had grown up with stories about her great-grandfather told by her elderly grandmother.


“And I guess that coloured her impressions because when she was finally standing there at the headstone, and the man’s age is 27, suddenly she realised [that] war isn’t about old men on Anzac Day.

“…They represent the loss of the youth of our nation.”


In 1914, Australia was a young nation, having federated just over a decade earlier in 1901. However, loyalty to the mother-country remained strong.


When Britain declared war on Germany on 4 August 1914, Australia was quick to pledge support.


Shortly before he was elected prime minister, Andrew Fisher vowed to “defend (Britain) to the last man and the last shilling.”


By the end of 1918, some 60,000 Australians had been killed.


“The war reached into every home in Australia during the great war. And for a generation afterwards there were people dying of war-caused injuries.

“People [were] living with the traumas of what they have lived through on the on the Western front,” he said.


Mr Manero says it is also important to acknowledge that some stories have gone untold, and that Australian history needs to be constantly revised.


“We grow up with this notion that Australian soldiers all had surnames like Smith or Jones (and) that they were all about 6 foot tall with blonde hair and blue eyes, but it wasn’t like that.


“We are discovering more and more [about the] Aboriginal Australians who served and, indeed, were decorated for their service and tragically gave their lives as members of the Australian Imperial Force.”

Brad Manera speaks to Brianna Roberts about the multicultural history of Australia’s Defence Force


Mr Manera says interest in the Anzac legend remains strong. Demand to visit Gallipoli for the 2015 commemoration of the Anzac landings was so high, a ballot was held in Australia and New Zealand for tickets.


“Australians are flocking to Gallipoli, to France and Belgium. The groups are getting younger and younger, and they want to visit cemeteries, they want to visit battlefields.

“They want to get closer and to investigate that part of Australian history that really formed the way we see ourselves.”

LG to unveil smartphone with dual camera

  • 05/19/2019

LG is unveiling a smartphone with two lenses and jumping into the nascent world of virtual reality.


The main camera on LG’s upcoming G5 smartphone will have both a regular lens for standard shots and a wider-angle lens so you can capture more of what’s in front of you without having to step back.

It will also adopt a modular approach to design, so users will be able to pop out the phone’s bottom and swap in new hardware features. Early options include a camera grip with physical buttons to take shots and control video recording.

Sunday’s announcements at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, come as worldwide smartphone growth has slowed.

Frank Lee, a spokesman with LG’s US mobile business, said phone launches no longer generate the excitement they used to, so “it’s our responsibility to bring some energy.”

Beyond improving just the phone, LG is turning to a whole collection of products that work with it.

LG will have its own VR headset – a lighter version of Samsung’s Gear VR, which came out last year.

LG designed the LG 360 VR headset to work with an LG smartphone that’s attached by a cable. With Samsung’s VR device, the smartphone is inserted at eye level and becomes the headset’s display, increasing the weight on the head. LG’s version still uses the smartphone to process the images, but instead of displaying them on the phone screen, images get sent to separate, lighter displays in the headset’s eyepieces.

LG is also making a 360-degree camera and a spherical robot camera that resembles the BB-8 droid in the new “Star Wars” movie.

Prices and release dates have yet to be announced, though the LG phone is expected in the US in April.