New study shows a generational shift toward lighter drinking in Australia

Alcohol consumption in Australia has declined steadily during the past decade, with per capita consumption in 2013–14 reaching its lowest level since the early 1960s. A new study published today by the scientific journal Addiction shows that the overall decline in drinking is due mainly to less drinking among people in their teens and early twenties. A … Read more

Howzat! UK cricketing equipment continues to take the wicket Down Under

Australia remains the UK’s largest export market for cricket equipment. Cricket and polo equipment sales to Australia were worth over £1 million in 2014. England and Australia are fierce rivals on the cricket field, but relations are more amicable when it comes to exports of cricketing equipment from the UK to the land Down Under. Trade … Read more

Was Richie Benaud arguably the greatest sports commentator of all time?

The world of cricket, and indeed the wider world of sport, has lost one of its greatest voices following the sad passing of Richie Benaud. Richie Benaud was arguably the iconic voice of cricket over a period spanning 40 years of commentating, in which he lit up the sporting summers of cricket fans in particular, … Read more

Extra humanitarian experts deployed to help Vanuatu

UK funding confirmed for Red Cross Emergency Appeal. Britain will contribute £500,000 to the International Federation of the Red Cross Emergency Appeal to help thousands of people affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam and deploy three additional humanitarian experts to the region, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today. The funding for the Red Cross appeal is the … Read more

Britain sends relief supplies to Vanuatu

A Royal Air Force C-17 transport plane has departed for Vanuatu Britain has sent vital shelter and relief supplies to help people whose lives have been devastated by Cyclone Pam, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced. A Royal Air Force C-17 transport plane departed from RAF Brize Norton early on Monday 16 March and will … Read more