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Just hours before Nepal was hit by a massive earthquake killing more than 1800 people, Matthew Graves posted photographs of the country’s intact, picturesque buildings.


“The Nepali Lifestyle”, the Sydney man captioned his Facebook photo album from Pokhara on Saturday.

A day later, his worried family are anxiously waiting for news the 24-year-old is safe following the devastating quake.

The director of web and marketing company Perspective Promotions was due to return to Australia in May after more than two months of travelling through India and Nepal.

Images captured his journey through Nepal’s mountains and historic temples, many of which now lay in ruins after Saturday’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake.

His brother, Mitch Graves, is at home in Sydney waiting for news while their parents are overseas in America.

“They (parents) are coping as well as they can,” Mitch told AAP.

“They are doing what they can with the resources they have to find him.

“It’s a bit of a struggle trying to communicate to everyone. It is a waiting game at the moment.”

Mitch said his brother was on a trip for both work and leisure.

“He was meant to be in Nepal for another five days and then go over to India,” Mitch said.

“He is by himself so there isn’t anyone we can speak to.”

The family have listed Mr Graves as missing on The Red Cross’s Family Links website.

There are dozens of Australians reported missing on the list, but the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is yet to release a statement about any nationals who may have been caught up in the disaster.

Initially measured at 7.5 magnitude, the quake was later adjusted to 7.8, with a depth of 15km, the USGS said.

It hit 73km east of the tourist town of Pokhara.

“It’s crazy how Chelsea is not winning more than one trophy this season,” he told Singapore’s Straits Times on Sunday.


“Any coach in the world would be happy to have the 22 players at Chelsea. There’s experience and quality in every position — even the substitutes are outstanding.”

Chelsea sit nine points clear at the top of the standings and need just six points from their remaining six games — starting with a trip to London rivals Arsenal later on Sunday — to clinch a first league title since 2010.

Jose Mourinho’s side were imperious at the start of the year with new signings Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas impressing alongside Eden Hazard amid talk of a quadruple of titles.

But the Blues were stunned 4-2 at home by third tier Bradford City in the FA Cup and were dumped out by Paris St Germain in the Champions League last 16.

Frenchman Leboeuf, who won two FA Cups, the now defunct UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and the League Cup during his five-year spell at the club from 1996, overlooked Chelsea’s 2-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur in the final of the League Cup in March.

Whether it was forgetfulness or merely a low opinion of the least regarded of the four titles on offer, the World Cup-winner told owner Roman Abramovich to sign his compatriot Raphael Varane to avoid another early European exit.

“To Abramovich, please go and buy Raphael Varane,” said Leboeuf, who also won Euro 2000 with France.

“He’s just 21 and not getting regular football at Real Madrid. The kid is just what they need to add steel to the defence so the mistakes we saw against PSG won’t be repeated.”

(This version of the story fixes spelling of Leboeuf throughout)

(Writing by Patrick Johnston. Editing by Ian Ransom)

Magpies old and new played their part in Collingwood’s Anzac Day triumph, much to the delight of coach Nathan Buckley.


Fourth-year player Paul Seedsman rightfully took home the medal for best afield, but Buckley had plenty of praise for both the oldest Magpie on the MCG and one of his newest recruits.

In just his fourth game for Collingwood, Jack Crisp blanketed Bombers captain Jobe Watson and gave Essendon plenty of headaches.

And while Dane Swan produced far than he is capable of – 21 touches and a goal – Buckley said Anzac Day was his perfect stage.

Buckley said despite the relentless focus on Swan, he played a key part in a memorable Magpies triumph.

“Talking about larrikins … the connection to Swanny is spot on,” he said.

“They’re straight talking and they’ve got a kind heart and they give to people.

“He’s unusual, he’s not the prototype person, let alone the prototype footballer.

“He does it his own way but he does it with a real connection to his team-mates and his footy club.”

In contrast to the 241-gamer Swan, Crisp is just beginning to forge his Collingwood career.

But he was bright and busy all day, quelling Watson’s influence then moving to Dyson Heppell in the last quarter.

Buckley said Crisp’s enthusiasm for the big roles after just four games for the Magpies helped them enormously.

“To have the confidence in a bloke like Jack to do that is a big part of our arsenal,” he said.

“Crispy just keeps backing up … he’s just a young bloke having a crack.”

After the 20-point win in trying circumstances, Buckley couldn’t help but be chuffed with the overall performance.

“We thought that really to a man, we played for the most part who we wanted to play,” he said.

“We’ve still got a lot of growth in areas, in the finish department.

“I’d be missing the point if I focussed on that, the effort was excellent.”

Paracetamol, antacids, aspirin and other basic medicines could soon be removed from the list of subsidised medicines.


But the budget measure to strip some over-the-counter drugs from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme will mean a better deal for consumers, the federal government says.

Health Minister Sussan Ley said the government was paying too much for people to access basic drugs on script at their chemist.

The government wanted to make way for expensive, new-generation cancer and other life-saving drugs on the scheme.

“We have to look at over-the-counter medications such as paracetamol that are being accessed on script at high cost to government,” Ms Ley said on Sunday.

For example, removing aspirin from the scheme would cover the cost of listing anti-cancer drug crizotinib.

The minister also hinted all scripts could be slashed by up to $1 as part of a package of measures being negotiated with the Pharmacy Guild and due to start on July 1.

Doctors wanted to see more details about the proposed changes, concerned concession card holders could be affected.

The Australian Medical Association also warned if the primary goal was to simply cut dollars, it could result in adverse clinical outcomes.

“We want to make sure that the most vulnerable groups are protected,” AMA vice president Stephen Parnis told reporters in Melbourne.

Labor said it was “sensible” to the review of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.


* Paracetamol – 6.7 million scripts, $73 million

* Aspirin – 1.1 million scripts, $4 million

* Antacids – 219,000 scripts, $2.6 million


* Scrapping paracetamol, at a cost of $73 million, could make way for he life-saving drug ipilimumab for late stage melanoma, at a cost of $65 million.