Anzac legend continues with strength

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The impact of a war dating back almost a century continues to resonate keenly with Australians.


In Canberra the ever increasing crowds were joined by the nation’s leaders, royalty and Governor-General Peter Cosgrove – himself a former chief of the Defence Force – to pay tribute to the Anzac legend.

The Australian War Memorial estimates 37,000 people turned out for its dawn service on Friday, an increase of some 2000 from 2013.

The events in Gallipoli 99 years ago still cast a shadow, Prime Minister Tony Abbott told a mid-morning service.

“The First World War impacted Australia like nothing before or since.”

As Aussie diggers landed at Anzac Cove on the Turkish coastline in 1915 the sacrifice was “stupendous” the prime minister said.

Wreaths were laid, while all eyes were on Prince William and wife Catherine who added poppies to the wall of remembrance, placed flowers on the tomb of the unknown soldier and planted a tree.

From a population of five million, 417,000 Australians enlisted for World War I service with some 62,000 killed and 152,000 wounded.

During a dawn service address, Victoria Cross recipient Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith spoke of Australia’s longest war, that in Afghanistan, which claimed the lives of 40 soldiers.

These were men who like their forefathers believed our safety, freedom and way of life were more important than their own suffering and loss.

“Proud, willing and capable men who did what needed to be done,” he said.

Corporal Roberts-Smith said Australia’s war in Afghanistan was coming to an end but for those wounded it would never end.

He asked that Australians never forget those who have fought for their country.

“We are Australians, we are born of the Anzacs. We are the custodians and stewards of their spirit now and into the future. We must take good care of them.”

Corporal Roberts-Smith was joined by fellow VC recipients, Warrant Officer Keith Payne, and Corporals Daniel Keighran and Mark Donaldson, to lead the veterans’ march.

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Wives, daughters tell of war trauma

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Gwenda Ick knows the horrors of war don’t end on the battlefield.


Her father served in New Guinea in the World War II, and while she was born after he returned home, she says the man that came back wasn’t the same as the one who left.

Ms Ick, along with her 85-year-old mother Patricia Smith, enjoyed a rare dry spot on the flanks of Sydney’s soggy Anzac Day march near Martin Place.

While her father Raymond Fredrick Smith survived the gunfire, Ms Ick said the man she knew was “always sick”.

“He was traumatised. He used to get angry quite a lot,” she told AAP.

“You were always worried about what you said, because of the anxiety.”

“They all came back with post-traumatic stress syndrome.”

For Ms Ick and her mother, the national day isn’t just about the symbolic sacrifice of the Anzac story, but the real-life consequences war has wrought on their family – and countless others.

“When you look at the generations, there’s grandchildren that didn’t get to meet their grandfathers,” Ms Ick said, a sprig of rosemary pinned to her Akubra.

As military bands marched past, the 62-year-old said attending Anzac Day commemorations always bring on mixed emotions – the celebration of national pride mingling with memories of her traumatised father.

“It’s hard not to get quite emotional,” she told AAP.

“As kids growing up, you see a lot of sickness, which can be really depressing.”

But for her mother Patricia, wrapped up and dry in her plastic poncho, the opportunity to come and honour those who have served their country should be seized.

“My husband passed away, but we still like to come in and watch.”

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Thousands honour veterans in Sydney

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Iraq veteran Benjamin Lesley Gillman knows he was following big footsteps when he marched alongside Sydney’s diggers on Anzac Day.


“What I just did then is one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life,” the 29-year-old told AAP.

“I had a sense of honour.”

The Cronulla local served in Iraq in 2007, in a unit that concentrated on rebuilding the war-torn country.

Now he’s home and marching as one of the young veterans sustaining the Anzac legacy.

But as he strode along Sydney’s Hyde Park, his thoughts were with the 40 fallen Australian soldiers who made “the ultimate sacrifice” in Afghanistan.

The RSL allowed young vets from recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions to take the prime position in the Sydney march behind the NSW Governor-General Marie Bashir and the RSL executive.

Thousands lined the streets in the Sydney city centre to pay respects to the veterans, young and old.

Among them were Rex Bayley and his wife, Fay, who took an early train from Gymea Bay so they could reserve their favourite vantage point along George Street.

Watching on as more than 15,000 NSW RSL serving and former defence force members paraded past, 75-year-old Rex said he wasn’t deterred by the soggy Sydney weather.

A little further down the street, Dellane and Rodrick Stewart seized the opportunity to teach their nine-year-old grandson Mackenzie some family, as well as national, history.

Mr Stewart, 78, followed his own father into the armed services, with stints in Borneo, Malaysia, New Guinea and Vietnam during a 19-year career.

With his great-grandfather’s medals pinned to his chest, young Mackenzie is just starting to grasp what that means.

It’s a feeling Gwenda Ick, 62, knows well.

Her father served in New Guinea in World War II, and while she was born after he came home, his trauma meant as a young girl she felt her dad was “always sick”.

“He used to get angry quite a lot,” she said.

But kept dry in the Legacy Widows stalls and wrapped up in a plastic poncho, her mother, Patricia Smith, said despite the horrors war had wrought on so many families, the Anzac Day march was still a special occasion.

“My husband passed away, but we still like to come in and watch,” she said.

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Explainer: What is malaria?

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Malaria is caused by a parasite called Plasmodium, which is transmitted via infected mosquitoes.


 The parasites multiply in liver, before entering the bloodstream and infecting red blood cells. 

Although malaria is preventable and treatable, the World Health Organisation estimates that in sub-Saharan Africa, one child dies every minute from the disease. 

How is it transmitted?

Only female Anopheles mosquitoes are able to transmit the disease. These types of mosquitoes pick up the parasite Plasmodium by biting infected humans. The parasite multiplies in the mosquito (also known as “malaria vectors”). When the mosquitoes bite again, the parasites enter the person’s blood stream.  

Transmission is more frequent in places where the lifespan of the mosquito is longer, as this gives the parasite time to multiply in the mosquito.

Through repeated exposure, humans in endemic areas can build partial immunity to malaria. It doesn’t completely protect them from the disease, but it can reduce its severity.

What are the symptoms?

Within the first week of infection, the patient will have a fever, headaches, chills and vomiting – which makes malaria difficult to recognise initially.

If malaria isn’t treated within 24 hours, it could result in severe illness and even death. 

Who is at risk?

People who are most at risk include:

Young children living in transmission areas who haven’t developed immunity against malariaPregnant women who aren’t immune or semi-immune.People with HIV/AIDSPeople travelling to endemic areas who aren’t immune to malaria

What is the global prevalence of malaria?

The WHO estimates that around 3.4 billion people – or half of the world’s population – are at risk of malaria.

In 2013, 97 countries have ongoing malaria transmission. In 2012, there were 207 million malaria cases and 627,000 people who died from the illnessAround 90 per cent of all malaria death happen in sub-Saharan Africa, but places like Latin America and Asia are also affected.Around 40 per cent of malaria deaths occur in just two countries: Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.86 per cent of malaria deaths are of children under the age of five. In sub-Saharan Africa, a child dies every minute from malaria. 

Is it preventable?

The best way to control malaria transmission is via prevention. Wearing protective clothing, using insecticide-treated mosquito nets, and spraying houses with insecticides are effective ways to reduce malaria transmission.

Antimalarial drugs can also be used to prevent the disease, particularly when travelling to endemic countries.  

How is malaria treated?

People suspected of contracting malaria need to be diagnosed before they can receive antimalarial treatment. If diagnostic tests are found to be positive, patients must be treated within 24 hours.

Treatment depends on the severity of the malaria. For uncomplicated malaria, the WHO recommends artemisinin-based combination therapies.

Unfortunately, resistance to antimalarial drugs is a recurring problem. However, researchers are currently developing a malaria vaccine that could help protect infants and children from the disease. 


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Brazil is the most dangerous place in the world to be a tree-hugger

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In the days before he was gunned down in the doorway of his home in the Brazilian Amazon, environmental activist and union leader Chico Mendes knew he was a marked man.


He had heard that a meeting of ranchers had been called to plan his death; he had seen, in his truck’s rearview mirror, the pistoleiros who followed him. Mendes told friends in December 1988 that he wouldn’t live until Christmas. He was shot dead a few days later.

In the 25 years since Mendes’ death, he has become an environmental icon, heralded as the “Patron of the Brazilian Environment.” “In leading this struggle to preserve the Amazon, Chico Mendes had made a lot of trouble for a lot of powerful people,” Andrew Revkin wrote in “The Burning Season,” his book about Mendes. ”He was to the ranchers of the Amazon what César Chavez was to the citrus kings of California.”

But Mendes wanted something else. A month before his death he wrote, “I’d at least like my murder to serve to put an end to the impunity of the gunmen who have already killed people like me.”

That hasn’t happened. It is still incredibly dangerous to be an environmental activist in Brazil. And new research shows that violence against environmentalists has now escalated to an all-time high — not just in Brazil, but globally.

Between 2002 and 2013, at least 908 people were killed because of their environmental advocacy, according to “Deadly Environment,” a new report from the investigative nonprofit Global Witness.

That’s an average of at least one environmentalist murdered every week, and in the last four years, the rate of the murders has doubled.

In 2012, the deadliest year on record, 147 deaths were recorded, three times more than a decade earlier. “There were almost certainly more cases,” the report says, “but the nature of the problem makes information hard to find, and even harder to verify.”

In places like Myanmar, China and parts of Central Asia, human rights monitoring is simply prohibited. In African countries like Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zimbabwe, where clashes over resources have escalated, researchers say it is impossible to track the violence without in-depth field investigations, because governments haven’t documented the killings. The most vulnerable activists are those in indigenous communities in remote, rural areas who are facing off against much more powerful business interests in industries like mining and logging. Much of the world never hears about their struggles, or their deaths. In other words, where environmental advocates are most at risk they are least visible.

Despite these difficulties in collecting data, some patterns are clear. More than two-thirds of environmental murders globally were related to land conflicts. The most dangerous of these conflicts involve logging in the Amazon. But even after forested areas are harvested, the danger persists — the land is opened up to other industries like cattle ranching, and violence continues. Local communities that are not consulted about these business deals often don’t know what’s happening until they see the bulldozers. The law doesn’t recognize the land rights of indigenous people, and even if it did, these people do not have the legal resources to assert their rights. Those who remain and fight are threatened, not only by corporate thugs but by state security forces collaborating with industry.

Brazil, where land ownership is among the most concentrated and unequal in the world, accounts for about half of all recorded killings of environmental advocates, according to Global Witness.

Although increased monitoring and reporting of violence might partially explain these high numbers, Brazil remains overwhelmingly more dangerous for environmentalists than other countries. Only partial data is available for 2013, but it shows that twice as many environmentalists were killed in Brazil than in any other country. As Brazilian political ecologist Felipe Milanez has says, “Violence is the instrument of local capitalism.”

In one high-profile case, Jose Claudio Ribeiro da Silva and his wife, Maria do Espirito Santo, were shot in a forest reserve by gunmen on a motorbike. The couple had worked producing nuts and oils for 24 years in the area, and when they became outspoken against illegal logging, they began receiving death threats. Both were members of the NGO founded by Mendes to preserve Amazon forests. And, like Mendes, da Silva predicted his own death.

The two men who pulled the trigger were convicted in 2013 — a rare victory in these kinds of cases — but the landowner accused of hiring the assassins walked free. This is typical: Only 34 people worldwide are currently facing charges for violence against environmentalists, and only 10 killers were convicted between 2002 and 2013.

The architects of environmentalists’ murders often have connections to powerful industries and politicians. “A fundamental challenge is confronting the widespread impunity enjoyed by political and economic elites who benefit directly from silencing environmental defenders,” said Andrew Miller, advocacy director of Amazon Watch, said in an email. “The material authors of killing — the actual gunmen — are rarely caught and sanctioned, while the intellectual authors virtually never are.”

In the Philippines, which ranks third after Brazil and Honduras in terms of danger to environmentalists, there has been evidence of direct connections among industry, politicians and gunmen. In 52 killings around the world, the culprits have been recognized as military or law enforcement personnel, though their identities remain unknown.

The lack of prosecutions has sent a clear message that environmentalists can be killed with impunity, according to Paulo Adario, a Greenpeace activist who campaigned against Brazil’s illegal mahogany trade. Brazil’s former president, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, gave him full-time bodyguard protection after he began receiving death threats in the early 2000s. “If you don’t punish crimes, you give a good signal for the future crimes,” Adario told Global Witness investigators. “If nobody was punished, and the last government gave in to pressure for an amnesty for everybody, why are they not going to do the same thing in five years from now?”

The threat facing environmentalists is direr, however, than even “Deadly Environment” outlines. The research is confined to 74 countries in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America, and it only includes murders.

Nonlethal violence and intimidation, which is much more pervasive, are left out.

Jenny Weber is a longtime activist in Tasmania, where loggers have shot at and beaten environmentalists, blown up cars and threatened lives. When two activists locked themselves in a car to blockade a logging road during a 2008 protest, a logger smashed out the car windows, dragged them out, and kicked them on the ground. The loggers were convicted of assault and sentenced only to community service.

“We have had firebombs thrown at blockade camps and vandalism of property,” Weber said in an email. “Though in comparison to fellow earth advocates across the globe I find that my experiences of violence over the past 15 years is not comparable.” Indigenous communities are facing such extreme violence, Weber said, that she is reluctant to draw attention away from them.

There is also a well-documented history of violence against environmentalists in Western countries, which isn’t included in the Global Witness report. In the United States, for example, a young environmentalist named David “Gypsy” Chain was killed in 1998 when a logger felled an old-growth tree in his direction. Moments before, the logger was recorded on video saying that if protesters didn’t move, he would “make sure I got a tree coming this way.” Chain was crushed and killed, and the local district attorney refused to press charges against the logger.

In England in 1995, Jill Phipps was protesting the export of live calves through Coventry Airport. She and about 30 other protesters were trying to stop the trucks by sitting in the road and chaining themselves together. Phipps was crushed beneath a truck and died.

Today in the United States and England, the mercenaries often hired to silence environmental activists are not assassins — they’re lawyers and lobbyists. Companies like TransCanada are briefing police on how to prosecute nonviolent pipeline protesters as terrorists. In Oklahoma, environmental activists are facing 10 years in prison because they unfurled a banner in a corporate headquarters and some glitter fell off the banner to the floor; police say they had no idea the glitter wasn’t a chemical weapon, so that amounted to a “terrorism hoax.” And now, multiple states are passing laws that make it illegal for environmentalists and animal welfare activists to videotape factory farms.

These legal and legislative tactics have been spreading. Could the violence that countries like Brazil have witnessed for years spread too? Perhaps the most troubling conclusion reached by researchers is that this is not only possible, but imminent. Since 2008, there have been a series of global food crises, and in that same period, murders of environmentalists have doubled. And signs for the future are bleak: A study by 22 prominent ecologists published in Nature in 2012 forewarns that the planet is nearing a point of dangerous, sweeping environmental changes — alongside massive population growth.

“These killings are increasing because competition for resources is intensifying in a global economy built around soaring consumption and growth,” the “Deadly Environment” report notes, “even as hundreds of millions go without enough.”

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Lowndes extends V8 lead, Whincup struggles

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V8 Supercars series leader Craig Lowndes says there’s no doubt defending champion Jamie Whincup will bounce back from his early-season woes but, right now, he’s relishing the edge he holds over his once-dominant teammate.


Lowndes extended his championship lead over Ford’s Mark Winterbottom to 49 points on Friday with a third-place finish in the opening race of this weekend’s round at Auckland’s Pukekohe circuit.

Holden veteran Jason Bright won the Anzac Day race – his first of 2014 – ahead of local hero Shane van Gisbergen in second.

But it was a horror afternoon for Whincup.

The 31-year-old started from second and had the jump on polesitter Bright to take an immediate lead in the 100km race, but was unexpectedly forced out midway through with power steering issues.

Whincup had been eager to turn things around across the ditch after a poor showing at the last round in Winton sent him from second to fifth on the drivers’ standings.

“We were really disappointed with today,” he said.

“Unfortunately, another 50 points missed is costly at this early stage in the championship but I guess it’s just the way it goes.

“We’ve still got another three races to go, so we’re optimistic – onwards and upwards.”

Lowndes was at a loss to explain why Triple Eight weren’t as dominant as they’d been in seasons past, but insisted it wasn’t the end of their title-winning ways.

“At the moment, we’ve been lucky to be on the podium, but our cars are still not fast enough,” he said.

“We need to lift our act on that a little bit.

“But to have a bad run and still be able to extend your lead, I think it’s been a great day.

“We’ve still got to lift our game tomorrow and Sunday – that’s for sure.

“If I can go away from this weekend leading a championship, I’m really confident we can have a strong second half of the season – which we normally have had.”

Whincup – who also crashed out during practice – has a new engineer this season in David Cauchi, after the man who helped guide him to his previous five crowns, Mark Dutton, was promoted to team manager.

But with 10 rounds still remaining, Lowndes, runner-up to Whincup the past three years, is tipping a recovery.

“Whether he’s too far gone now to bounce back to win a championship, who knows? But he’ll bounce back,” he said.

“He’s a strong character. I think he’s enjoying it at the moment. He’s had such a great run of championships and races. He’s still dedicated; he’s still focused.

“I don’t think his process has changed. I think he’s had a little bit of bad luck.”

Two more 100km races will be run on Saturday, before a mini-marathon 200km battle on Sunday.

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Malaysia vows transparency on MH370

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Malaysia’s premier has pledged to release a report on flight MH370’s disappearance as passengers’ families protested outside the country’s embassy in Beijing, venting anger at the agonising information vacuum surrounding the plane.


Prime Minister Najib Razak, whose government has faced wide questioning over its transparency on MH370, promised that a preliminary report submitted to the UN’s aviation body would be released publicly.

“In the name of transparency, we will release the report next week,” he told CNN in an interview aired late on Thursday.

That wasn’t soon enough for dozens of Chinese relatives who held an overnight protest outside the Malaysian embassy in Beijing, according to a spokesman for relatives.

Many family members, especially those in China – two-thirds of the 239 people aboard the Malaysia Airlines plane were Chinese – have for weeks bitterly accused Malaysia of a secretive and incompetent MH370 response.

Tensions boiled over at a briefing on Thursday at a hotel where relatives are staying, after airline representatives said a Malaysian embassy official would not arrive to answer their often extremely combative questions.

“We want somebody from the embassy to come out and tell us why they didn’t come,” said relative Steven Wang.

He said about 100 people had waited outside the mission overnight.

Police fanned out around the embassy Friday morning.

Dozens of relatives had staged a noisy protest last month at the embassy – apparently sanctioned by Chinese authorities, who cleared streets for their approach – decrying Malaysian authorities and the national airline as “murderers”.

The Boeing 777 vanished on March 8 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and is now believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, where an Australian-led search is under way.

But a difficult underwater search of the suspected crash site, using an unmanned mini-submarine equipped with a sonar device, was nearing completion with no trace of the plane.

“Bluefin-21 has now completed approximately 95 per cent of the focused underwater search area. No contacts of interest have been found to date,” the Joint Agency Coordination Centre, based in Perth, said in a statement.

The UN’s International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) requires countries to submit within 30 days a factual account of what is known so far in any air crash.

A Malaysian official had said Wednesday it was uncertain whether the government would release the report.

But Mr Najib confirmed Malaysia would release it publicly after an “internal investigation team” examined it.

Asked on CNN whether that indicated it contained embarrassing revelations, Mr Najib replied, “No, I don’t think so.”

Anthony Brickhouse, a member of the International Society of Air Safety Investigators, said the report was unlikely to contain anything startling.

“This preliminary report is really just a run-down of what you know so far. And in this case, not much is known anyway,” he said.

Malaysia has pledged that any data eventually recovered from the plane’s “black box” will be publicly released.

It has said it is assembling what officials insist will be an independent international team operating under ICAO guidelines to conduct a comprehensive probe.

Australian and Malaysia authorities are mulling what to do next in the ocean search if the Bluefin-21 fails to find wreckage.

But they insist the search – estimated to have cost at least $100 million and counting – will go on, possibly using other assets including more powerful sonar devices.

Mr Najib stressed that his government was not yet prepared to declare MH370’s passengers dead, while saying, “it is hard to imagine otherwise”.

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Reds target Barrett to end Super curse

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The Queensland Reds have put Super Rugby’s form playmaker, Beauden Barrett, in the cross-hairs as they aim to end a 16-year curse against the Hurricanes.


The Reds have never won at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium and know they must heavily pressure Barrett to celebrate skipper James Horwill’s 100th match in style and breathe life into their play-off hopes.

All Blacks winger Julian Savea and fellow wrecking ball Alapati Leuia have attracted most attention for the in-form Hurricanes but it’s the slender five-eighth who has expertly pulled their strings.

Barrett, 22, is poised to start in the New Zealand No.10 jersey in their June Test series with Dan Carter unavailable and Aaron Cruden (broken thumb) injured, but will be targeted by the Reds.

Queensland were guilty of being passive in defence against the Brumbies but will employ fast-rushing tactics to swamp Barrett and deny inside centre Leiua room to move.

If they don’t the competition’s best attacking team, boasting 29 points per game, can rip them apart.

“Barrett’s come into his own and they rely on him a lot,” Reds centre Mike Harris told AAP.

“He probably passes the most, runs the most and kicks the most in their whole team.

“He’s definitely a key man for them. We have a couple of things that we are going to try and do to minimise him.”

Harris has the big job to lead the defensive line up from the midfield after coach Richard Graham had no hesitation in returning him from an Achilles problem, replacing Anthony Fainga’a.

Tough tackling Fainga’a has traditionally been the Reds defensive linchpin but Kiwi-born Harris has filled the role and can provide extra ball-playing skill.

Without a win in Wellington since a memorable Athletic Park comeback in 1998, Graham is desperate for a better start after bumbling to 12-0 and 20-3 deficits against the Force and Brumbies, respectively.

To that end, he’s rushed aggressive prop Ben Daley back from injury to add physicality against a hard-working Hurricanes pack that fails to get the wraps of their backline.

As well as inspirational second-rower Horwill’s 100th cap, the Reds need a big game from another milestone man with 50-game centre Ben Tapuai opposing Conrad Smith.

Graham revealed Tapuai had returned to the form that made him a 2012 Wallaby after improving his training ethic but still wanted him to be more assertive in attack.

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Force expect Sth African rugby onslaught

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The Western Force are aiming to snap out of their recent funk against South African teams in their bid to land a dream Super Rugby finals berth this season.


The Force are sitting pretty in fifth spot following five wins from their opening eight games, but the Perth-based franchise are yet to be tested by any South African opposition.

That will change over the next month when the Force take on the Bulls (Perth), Cheetahs (Bloemfontein), Stormers (Cape Town) and Lions (Perth) in what shapes as a season-defining period.

The Force have lost seven of their past eight games against South African opposition, and coach Michael Foley knows his charges will need to turn that record around if they are to stay in the hunt for a top-six berth.

South African sides are renowned for their strong scrummaging work – an area the Force were badly exposed in during last week’s 22-16 loss to the Melbourne Rebels.

Foley said his team also needed to improve their lineout if they were to come away with a positive record over the next four games.

“For us, having the four South African sides means we have to meet some of those challenges over the next four weeks if we’re to have a successful year,” Foley said ahead of Saturday night’s clash with the Bulls at nib Stadium.

“Every season you go into, you think about the ultimate goal, which would be to win (the title) or make the finals.

“But there’s a lot of things we’ve got to achieve before we get to that point.”

The ninth-placed Bulls appear ripe for the picking following three straight defeats on their Australasian tour and the loss of a host of key players.

But Foley remained wary of a side captained by legendary Springbok Victor Matfield.

The Force welcome back fullback Jayden Hayward and lock Sam Wykes, but winger Luke Morahan (hamstring) and scrumhalf Alby Mathewson (ankle) remain grounded by injury.

Although the Bulls love to scrum and maul, Foley has also warned his team to expect lots of high balls.

“Bjorn Basson as a winger sets the benchmark for the tournament in terms of coming through and contesting that ball,” Foley said.

“It’s ok to say ‘we’ve got to catch them’.

“But there needs to be a response from the whole team to get behind that ball and then play out of that situation.”

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Record Store Day responds to Weller

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Paul Weller announced this week that he would no longer be releasing products for Record Store Day.


Weller argued that due to the low number of copies being produced by record companies and the fact that “scalpers” are buying them up and selling the records at inflated prices he would no longer take part in the annual event.

Weller released a limited number of copies of his new single Brand New Toy on Record Store Day.

The organisers of the annual celebration of independent record stores have responded on their website, sympathising with Weller’s position and reassuring him and other artists that there are firm rules in place to try and prevent the resale problem.

“We share Paul Weller’s frustration at evidence that ‘Brand New Toy’ has been offered for sale on eBay, and we are disappointed that despite our best efforts to drive out the touts, once again some people are seeking to exploit the goodwill of artists and labels by selling RSD exclusives at vastly-inflated prices on eBay,” the event organisers posted.

“At just 500 copies Paul Weller’s ‘Brand New Toy’ was one of the most limited editions available on RSD and so some re-selling was expected. However, thanks to the measures we have taken on re-sales, overall the number of complaints about unauthorised sales this year is well down on previous years, though we continue to monitor eBay on an hour-by-hour basis.”

The organisers also said while they could not control the activities of members of the public, their code of conduct makes it clear that any store found to be complicit in unauthorised sales on eBay faces being banned from future events.

“Record Store Day would not exist without the support and commitment of artists and labels and we take our responsibility to them very seriously,” the organisers said.

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