The long-lasting impact of a powerful photo

I recentlyvisited Aarhus inDenmark. As I entered the botanic gardens, I saw a big poster on a kiosk.

The poster has on it the famous photo of a South Vietnamese general shooting a prisoner in the head. I don’t read Danish, so I could not determinewhy the poster had that image. It is a hard one to forget.

That photo was one of two photosthat helped end the Vietnam War. The other was of a Vietnamese girl running naked after a napalm attack.

Despite being seriously burned by the firebomb, the girl survived. She later moved to Canada and became a motivational speaker. She still has extensive burn scars.

More recent photographs have also had great impact.

Did you see the 1993 photo of the starving African child with a vulture waiting a few steps away? I donate money to starving children in part because of that image.

Remember the image of the dead refugeeboy who washed up on the south of Europe a few years ago?

After the publication of that photo, European countries opened their borders to refugees, at least for a while.

Not all powerful photos show tragedies, though.

Think of the famous still image, from video, of a man standing on the moon.

That image shows the intellectual and technological potential of humans.

The image and what it represents helped prompt a number of young people to become scientists.

I have never taken an iconic photograph, but I did once get a photograph published.

An article I wrote was accepted for publication by a scientific journal. That happy event has happened to me many times.

This was the only time thoughthat I was asked to provide the journal with a photo related to the study.

In this case the study showed the risk of a halo effect when instructors mark the work of a student they know.

My photoidea was for an image of a student in class looking as if he orshe adored the instructor.

Because none of my students ever look adoringly at me, I staged the scene with a research assistant.

I then had my daughter adda halo to the photo of the “student.”The result was outstanding, if I do say so myself.

What is the best photograph you have ever taken? Whatstory does it tell? When was the last time you showed it to someone?

John Malouff is an Associate Professor at the School of Behavioural, Cognitive and Social Sciences, University of New England.

Acquitted doctor Jeremy Coleman wants costs, remaining charges dropped

ACQUITTED: Dr Jeremy Coleman during his year-long Newcastle District Court trial. He was ultimately acquitted of 50 counts of sexual and indecent assault. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers LAWYERS for a doctor acquitted of 50 counts of sexual and indecent assault after the longest criminal trial in Newcastle’s history have applied to have the remaining charges against him dropped and are seeking the prosecution pay costs that will run into the millions of dollars.

Newcastle general physician Dr Jeremy Coleman, a well-known allergy and immunology specialist, was last month found not guilty of 50 counts of sexual and indecent assault against patients at his Watt Street practice after a year-long trial in Newcastle District Court.

But after deliberating for 36 days, the jurywere deadlocked on the remaining 16 counts.

Judge Penny Hock brought the trial to an end on September 3, discharging the jury, and adjourned the remaining charges to the Newcastle District Court list to get a new trial date.

But on Thursday, DPP solicitor Hamish Fitzhardinge told Judge Roy Ellis that lawyers for Dr Coleman had filed submissions calling for no further proceedings on the outstanding counts.

No determination had been made by the DPP whether or not they would press on with another trial after the 50 acquittals.He also said Dr Coleman’s defence, Sydney-based Laxon Lex Lawyers and barrister Pauline David, would be making an application for costs.A conservative estimate of Dr Coleman’s defence runs into the millions of dollars.

The costs application will have to be heard by Judge Hock, likely in Sydney where she sits most of the year.

The matter was adjourned until December 13 for both parties to file cost application submissions and to determine the DPP’s attitude to the no further proceedings application.

The issue in Dr Coleman’s marathon trial waswhether or not he had a proper medical purpose to conduct the internal and external examinations that his patients complained about.

And, through their verdicts, the jury must have believed Dr Coleman’s defence when they repeatedly said his only purpose fortouching or examining those patients was not a sexual one, but a medical one.

Asked at the conclusion of the trial last month if the 50 not guilty verdicts were a win for him personally, Dr Coleman replied: “It’s a win for medicine”.

Dr Coleman did not have to appear in court on Thursday.

He remains on conditional bail, his life still on hold and the status of his medical license –suspended by the Medical Council of NSW n 2016 – awaiting the outcome of the criminal proceedings.

A-League: Dimi Petratos backs travelling Newcastle Jets to buck trend in Adelaidephotos

A-League: Dimi Petratos backs travelling Jets in Adelaide ATTACKING WEAPON: Jets player Dimi Petratos after scoring against Adelaide at home last season. Newcastle, coming off a 2-1 loss to the Phoenix in Wellington on the weekend, travel to meet United in round two of the A-League on Friday night. Petratos opened his goal account in the season opener. Picture: AAP

TweetFacebook Dimi Petratos Only once did the Newcastle Jets lose consecutive games last season and thatrun of three was started with a 5-2 thumping in Adelaide.

The 2017-18 A-League grand finalists now return to Coopers Stadium thisFriday night on the back of a first-up 2-1defeatto the Phoenixin Wellington.

ROUND ONE:Jets are VAR from happy with bunker call

But despitealmost 6000-kilometres worth of travelling inside the space of a week,Jets star Dimi Petratos remains confident Newcastle can not only turnaround thislatest result but buck the recent trend in South .

The Jets have only won four matches in Adelaide since 2005 and scored justfour goals in their last seven visits to United’s home ground.

“I don’t think it’s in theboys minds, no one has brought anything like that up,” Petratos said after training at Ray Watt Oval on Thursday morning.

“We’ve had a very positive two sessions this week plus the recovery. It’s timeto changethings Iguess and get a win over there.”

Petratos, who scored a match-winning penalty against Adelaide in the 89thminute at home on December 16, opened his 2018-19 account on Sunday with a late consolation goal in New Zealand.

After hammering home the injury-time chance with his right foot the 25-year-old Socceroos representative subtly pointed to his neck as a shout out to Jets teammate JohnnyKoutroumbis, who is sidelined with stage one Thyroid cancer.

“Whoever scored was going to do it and Ihappened to score,” Petratos said.

“I just did it for Johnny. It [the cancer diagnosis]happened out of nowhere for most of the boys here [at the Jets]. So it was just a little somethingto him.

“Aspeedy recovery to him and we wish him all the best.”

Petratos, who earlier this month re-signed with the Jets until the end of 2021-22,found the back of the net for the 30thtime in his 152-game A-League career.

All-up in round one the attacking weaponhad fiveshots andmade 11 crosses, both ranked third in the league.

This helped indicate the style of play Newcastle want to continue after a much-improved campaign under coach Ernie Merrick, who is now undergoing his second season at the helm.

“We are going to continue to play the same way as we did last year,” Petratos said.

“I think we had some good passages ofplay in Wellington. We’vejust got to build on that.

“It was the first game of the season and itwould have been good to get the win, but now we move on from that and focus on the next game and the games after that.”

Petratos has welcomed the return of injured midfielder Ben Kantarovski, who has been nursing hamstring and calfniggles during the pre-season, to the Jets squad.

“He [Kantarovski] is a very physical player and he’sgot a lotof experience so it’sgood have him backfrom injury,” Petratos said.

Newcastle, who travelled to Adelaide from Sydney on Thursday afternoon, are otherwise unchanged.

Titanic start to NRL’s first Magic Round

Gold Coast and Cronulla take centre stage in a re-jigged Magic Round that the NRL hopes will transform Brisbane into a rugby league fan’s fairytale next season.

In an NRL-first all 16 clubs will feature at Suncorp Stadium over four days in round nine from May 9-12.

Two games will be played on Friday night, with three on Sunday and another two on Sunday all expected to attract sell-out crowds at Suncorp Stadium.

However, they might struggle to attract those numbers when the Titans and Sharks kick off proceedings in a stand-alone fixture on Thursday night.

That fixture represents a change from the initial three-day proposal, but one that NRL boss Todd Greenberg said was necessary to replicate the usual broadcast schedule.

“Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday … it’s the standard weekend of where we split our footy and we think we can make that work as a festival over those four days,” Greenberg said.

“There’s a huge amount of work going on as to how we turn Brisbane into a rugby league city for those four days and how we have great opportunity for fans to engage.

“What we can do uniquely with 16 coaches in one location … there’s a number of innovative things we’ll look at.”

Eight games across four days will put Suncorp Stadium’s surface under considerable pressure.

But organisers are confident it will hold up, given it managed to withstand the Global Rugby Tens – the equivalent of 10 rugby union fixtures over just two days – in recent years.



7.50pm – Titans v Sharks


6pm Tigers v Panthers

7.55pm Sea Eagles v Broncos


3pm Bulldogs v Knights

5.30pm Warriors v Dragons

7.35pm Storm v Eels


2pm Roosters v Raiders

4.05pm Rabbitohs v Cowboys

Mariners’ McCormack ready for former club

Central Coast marquee Ross McCormack has identified Melbourne City’s fullback pairing as the danger in Saturday’s clash against his former A-League club.

McCormack meets City for the first time since his fruitful stint on loan there last season, when he scored 14 goals in 17 matches.

City scored a controversial derby win over Melbourne Victory in their season-opener, but McCormack believes the heavyweights are still “gettable.”

“Melbourne City are a good team, but they’re definitely beatable and we’ll be looking to try and do that,” McCormack told reporters on Thursday.

“There’s a lot of new players there, but they’re still playing the same sort of way as last season. We’re under no illusion, we know they’ll be difficult to beat.”

And it starts with preventing the forward runs from the likes of City signing Ritchie De Laet, who goaled on debut against the Victory last week.

“The two fullbacks are pretty attack-minded, De Laet and (Scott) Jamieson. So we need to be mindful of that,” McCormack said.

“Luke Brattan in the middle of the park is a good player, (and they’re) strong defensively, they’re just an all-round good team.

“But Melbourne Victory showed on the weekend as well that you can get at them.”

The match also marks McCormack’s first home game for the Mariners, who clawed a point from their round-one draw in Brisbane.

Gosford holds special memories for the former Premier League striker.

“I had a good experience there last year. The goal that I scored broke an A-League record for the quickest guy to get to 13 goals,” he said.

“That was a good day, personally. I’m looking forward to it being in front of the home fans, should be a good atmosphere.”