New Colombia president to amend peace deal

Colombia’s youngest elected president, Ivan Duque, has been sworn into office in Bogota.Colombia’s youngest elected president has been sworn in, promising to “make corrections” to a peace deal with leftist rebels that has divided the South American country.

Ivan Duque, the 42-year-old protege of a powerful right-wing former president, faces the task of implementing the historic accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that ended a half century bloody conflict, but which remains on shaky ground.

He will also have to deal with burgeoning coca and cocaine production that has strained relations with key ally Washington and negotiate a peace with a holdout guerilla army.

“The moment has come for all of us to unite to fight against illegal groups,” Duque said in his inauguration speech to more than a dozen heads of state in Bogota.

The new president said he believed in “the demobilisation, disarmament and reinsertion of the guerilla base” into society under the accord with the FARC.

But he added that “we will make corrections to ensure that the victims receive truth, proportional justice, reparations and not a repetition” after a conflict that left at least 260,000 dead, some 60,000 missing and millions displaced.

In another nod to conservatives, Duque said he will push for a constitutional reform that makes it impossible for the government to grant amnesty to individuals who have been involved in drug trafficking and kidnappings.

Duque will have to lead peace negotiations with the National Liberation Army (ELN), a guerilla army of some 2000 fighters that began talks with predecessor, Juan Manuel Santos.

“We have to construct a culture that respects the rule of law,” he said.

Duque’s detractors fear he will be little more than a puppet for Alvaro Uribe, the ex-president who led a referendum defeat of the initial version of a peace accord with the FARC rebels.

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The high cost of headache

Before and after: The myovison scan results show the areas under stress in red and the balance redressed after adjustments.We are a society that exists on routine and when it comes to managing pain, it appears that our approach is much the same.

When we experience pain such as a headache, often the first thing we do is mask it with tablets. If that pain continues the next call is usually a visit to the GP who in many cases will suggest continuing with pain relief, perhaps prescribing stronger medication.

It appears, on face value to be a normal situation but the reality, says Tim Shakespeare of Life Rebel Chiropractic, is far different, with our reliance on pain killers reaching dangerous levels.

“A lot of the people that come to our practice with headaches or neck pain are taking regular medication for something that is actually a structural issue within the spine,” begins Tim.

“So not only are we seeing a high number of people taking medication that does not address the cause of the issue but in some cases they are given prescription drugs that come with a high risk of dependency or side affects.” He adds.

Alarmingly it’s not uncommon for patients to be prescribed drugs typically used for other conditions in attempt to alleviate pain. Epilepsy drugs are frequently prescribed for neuralgic pain among other things.

It’s a process called off-labelling and can come with a high level of risk, with a long list of side effects from nausea and dizziness to swelling, trouble breathing, depression and weight gain to name but a few. And the chances are the medication will do little to provide a solution.

Tim explains in mostcases of head or neck pain, the root of the problem sits within the upper thoracic spine, the top section of the spine from the ribs past the shoulders and up into the neck.

“As long as there are no other symptoms such as severe weight loss that might suggest something more sinister, headaches and neck pain cases are usually spine related.”

By assessing the condition of the spine and the stress on supporting muscles, Life Rebel Chiropractic are able to determine how best to adjust the spine towards correct alignment, enabling the body to then heal itself.

Using a technology called myovision, Tim literally scans the body to measure what bearing any dysfunction of the spine is having on the nervous system and in turn causing tension and pain in the muscles.

This stress test helps to pinpoint the areas of the spine that are not aligned and ensure adjustments are accurate.

“Muscles respond to nerves and the nervous system is housed within the spine, so it’s logical that by fixing the dysfunction in the spine, the nervous system can perform and muscles then relax.”

All initial consultations at Life Rebel Chiropractic includea myovision scan.

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A reformed ‘fat kid’, a dodgy groin and Toohey’s view on the Warriors match

The Newcastle Knights have the best tackle effectiveness of any teamthis year.

Lies, damned lies, we hear you scream.

A certain website *cough nrl出售老域名 *cough claims that the Knights hold this title for 2018.

Apparently Newcastle’s88.6 per cent ratiois top of the tree, just ahead of Melbourne’s 88.3 per cent.

The website explains: “Tackle efficiency is calculated by tackles effected divided by tackles attempted; a missed tackle or an ineffective one … lowers a team’s tackle efficiency.”

We are not sure how all that correlates to Newcastle conceding 513 points this season. Theopposition must be scoring a truckloadof penalty goals and intercept tries.

While the maths might not add up, we are happy to hold onto this claim to fame!

In other developments, rugby league trainspotters could soon be searching for anewanswer to the following trivia question: “Who is the most inexperienced coach to take an NRL team into the finals?”

The current record is held by former Knights coach Rick Stone, who replaced Brian Smith five games out from the 2009 play-offs.

Former Newcastle forward Cameron Ciraldo should get there in four games after being appointed caretaker coach at Penrith, replacing the punted Anthony Griffin.

SEEING DOUBLE: Can you see the difference? Picture:AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts

Speaking of what’s in and what’s out, theBulldogs are definitely on the out.

The team copped a $15,000 fine for wearing the wrong jerseys in their recent clash with Parramatta.

Apparently both teams ran out in hooped jumpers, although it didn’t seem to inconvenience the Eels, who won 14-8. Nonetheless, it’s reassuringto see the NRL are cracking down on the really big issues…

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World Cup fever hits the Hunter as Newcastle bids for the 2021 tournament

EXCITED: Young Hunter rugby players Leilani Nathan, Isabella Warry, Jorja Holden, Nicole Nathan, Zoe Holden, and Ashley Allen at Dangar Park on Wednesday. Picture: Max Mason-HubersNICOLE Nathan and twin sister Leilani rate the day they met Australian women’s rugby star Sharni Williams as one of the best in their young lives.

The Francis Xavier College students have been aspiring to follow in the Wallaroos’ footsteps ever since. And news on Wednesday that the Hunter is in line to host the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup has only fueled their motivation.

“To wake up to that news was so good and inspiring for us girls,” said Nicole, who along with her sister played for Hunter at the Country Championships this year and against Fijiat No.2 Sportsground in June.

The Hunter is up against bids fromNew Zealand, France, England and Wales to host the event, which has not been played outside the northern hemisphere since the inaugural tournament in 1991. The winning nationwill be announced on November 14.

If successful, about360 athletes from 11 countries would descend onNewcastle and the Hunterfor the event, which is projected to bring with it a $23 million boost to the NSW economy.

Matches would be played at Maitland Sportsground and Newcastle Sportsground No.2, with the finals to be held atMcDonald Jones Stadium.

Read more: Newcastle and Hunter bid to host 2021 women’s World Cup

The NSW government has pledged $5 million towards staging the12-team tournament, which will bein July and August of 2021.

NewcastleLord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said council staff had worked withthe NSW Government and Rugby Australia on the bid.

“The plan started last year when the Wallabies based their training camp at No 2 Sportsground,” she said.“Both the players and officials from Rugby Australia fell in love with our city and saw its potential to play host to a major sporting event. Earlier this year we almost secured the Rugby World Sevens and today we have been confirmed as host city for Australia’s bid for the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup.”

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Rugby Australia chief Raelene Castle said theHunter region was“the perfect location to deliver a record-breaking tournament in a truly Australian style – fun, vibrant, exciting, inclusive and innovative”.

Hunter players Mollie Gray (Maitland), Katrina Barker (The Waratahs) and Sarah Riordan were members of the Wallaroos side which finished sixth at the 2017 World Cup in Ireland.

The popularity of women’s rugby, particularly sevens, is growing in the Hunter region.

Girls competitionsin under-15s and 17s start later this month and 10-a-side competitions to run alongside the boys are planned for next year.

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“By 2021 we will hopefully have establish competitions in 10-a-side for 13s, 15s and 17s,” Junior commitmee member and Hunter Women’s representative coach Gerry Mason said.“Hopefully we van build up numbers to feed into a senior women’s competition.Having a world cup in any sport in your home town would help. You would like to think that the ARU would promotewomen’s rugby leading up to it. By the time it happens, girls and women’s rugby will be a much bigger thing than it is now.”

In the meantime, the Nathan sisters andthe other aspiring players will be following the advice of their hero, Williams.

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“Sharnitold us to play as many tournament as we could and get as much experience as possible,” Nathan said.“We will train as hard as we can and try and be up there with the best girls.”

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Roos star set for AFL return after surgery

Kangaroos star Shaun Higgins is confident he will be fit back to face the Western Bulldogs.North Melbourne’s push toward the AFL finals is set to receive a boost with star veteran Shaun Higgins set to return from knee surgery against the Western Bulldogs.

The 30-year-old pulled up sore after the Roos’ round 19 win over West Coast in Hobart and had a minor arthroscopic procedure on his right knee the day after arriving back in Melbourne.

He will need to pass a fitness test at Thursday’s main training session but is confident he will line up against his former side at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

“It looks likely at this stage … I’m really optimistic,” Higgins told reporters on Wednesday.

“… My knee locked up at the airport, I had a scan Monday morning and it required surgery.

“I had some cartilage that was locking the knee joint so I had some cartilage removed and some bone taken out as well.

“All the feedback was really positive post surgery. I’ve done everything to the letter so far and hopefully that continues.”

Higgins, who is enjoying an outstanding season, was able to train on a stationary bike two days after surgery and resumed running this week.

His inclusion is a huge plus for Brad Scott’s side that sits 10th on the ladder with an 11-8 record.

The Kangaroos, who will likely need to win their remaining three home-and-away season games to snare a finals berth, face a Bulldogs side that has found some winning form after a wretched run.

Respected Bulldogs veteran Dale Morris will play his 250th AFL game.

“He’s been a fantastic servant to that footy club,” Higgins, who played 129 games for the Dogs before switching to North, said of Morris.

“Just the way that he goes about his football, I’m sure the rest of the boys will want to do their best to repay him and get a win.

“But it’s a really important game for us as well.

“We’ll focus on what we need to do.”

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Gus doubts Ivan will leave

Phil Gould doesn’t expect Ivan Cleary to reunite with son Nathan at the Panthers next year, insisting he can’t see the in-demand Wests Tigers coach asking the joint venture for a release anyway.

In a candid interview, the Panthers football supremo has thrown doubt on Penrith’s plot to bring Cleary back to the foot of the mountains as early as 2019, despite the Tigers board calling a phone hook-up of directors on Wednesday night to discuss their coach’s future.

FAMILY AFFAIR: Penrith want to unite Ivan Cleary and his son Nathan, but the coach is under contract at Wests Tigers. Picture: NRL Photos

Cleary, meanwhile, fronted the Tigers players at Concord Oval yesterday. He is understood to have told them Penrith had made him an offer and that he was tempted by the opportunity to link up with Nathan. However, Fairfax Media understands Cleary also said he would not walk away from his contract.

Gould absolved himself from any part in the pitch to lure Cleary back to Penrith and rubbished accusations the attempt was being made to only keep Cleary’s son, Nathan, the NSW halfback, at the club during a revealing podcast on Wednesday.

He also said he was responsible for delaying the sacking of Anthony Griffin, suggesting he had long tried to convince the old-school mentor “he was on his side”.

Gould added that the Panthers “didn’t plan” to sack Griffin but with Cleary, one of the game’s shrewdest tacticians, hurtling towards talks over his long-term future with the Tigers, their hand was forced after Penrith’s chairman David O’Neill had innocently raised the idea of their former coach returning to the club down the track. Gould stressed the Panthers had no replacement in the works for Griffin and said he doubted Cleary would be at the club as soon as next year.

Asked if he thought Cleary would be at Penrith in 2019 on theSix Tackles With Guspodcast, Gould said: “No. The original conversation was not about next year, it was about the future.

“I don’t know at what point it became about 2019 and I don’t know if it has become about 2019. I don’t expect Ivan at the Panthers in 2019 because he has a contract at the Wests Tigers.

“The Wests Tigers are quite right to say, ‘No, he’s got a contract’. And Ivan’s not the sort of person that will push the issue if that’s what the Wests Tigers say. This is being brutally honest, I don’t even know if Ivan is pushing to come in 2019. I could never see the Wests Tigers releasing him from that deal and to be honest … I don’t think Ivan will pursue it.”

Cleary is contracted until the end of 2020, but has made no secret of his desire to one day work with Nathan, whose deal with the Panthers has a year remaining.

Gould distanced himself from the approach to Cleary, saying he had yet to speak to the man he axed from Penrith at the end of 2015.

The approach was instead instigated by O’Neill, a long-time friend of Cleary’s who had asked to meet him about an unrelated matter.

Cleary’s willingness to ponder a return to Penrith ultimately forced Griffin out the door, even though he was on the verge of taking Penrith to the finals for the third year in as many seasons at the club.

“I’ve had absolutely no discussion with Ivan Cleary,” Gould said. “Any suggestions that I have been a part of this Ivan Cleary approach or I’ve offered Ivan Cleary a contract or that I’ve asked Ivan Cleary to break a contract or I organised our chairman to meet Ivan Cleary are scurrilous in the extreme. They are just not true.

“My only involvement in all of this was to tell our executive if Ivan was going to have that discussion with the Wests Tigers on Monday, then we owed it to our coach to inform it exactly what was happening because it would create a media storm and make his position difficult here.

“The Cleary conversation brought it forward. Can you imagine Anthony Griffin trying to prepare the team this week with that noise going on in the background?

“I would not normally end a coach’s services unless I’ve got a plan in place. I’ve got no plan in place at the moment to replace Anthony Griffin. Even though I’ve contemplated it over the last 12 months, I didn’t really have a viable option available to us.

“I’ve been trying to convince Anthony for a long time that I was on his side. Had the executive had their way, this probably would have ended a lot sooner.”

Griffin’s former assistant Cameron Ciraldo will take charge of Penrith on a caretaker basis until the end of the season.

Gould said his “conscience was a million per cent clear” over his handling of the Griffin axing, which he said was exacerbated by the coach’s reluctance to take help from support staff around him.

On the allegation Cleary’s return to the Panthers was primarily being used to ensure Nathan remained at the club, Gould said: “It’s got nothing to do with it. The whole Nathan thing is unfortunate.

“It was Ivan that talked Nathan into staying at the Panthers in the first place even though Ivan had been terminated. Never have we thought getting Ivan back to the club would solve the Nathan situation.

“Ivan’s a great coach in his own right. Nathan’s a great player. They’ll both survive whether they’re together or not.”

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Mariners give Bolt a chance

Usain Bolt will be working off a clean slate when he begins his Central Coast Mariners trial with coach Mike Mulvey admitting he hasn’t reviewed any footage of his failed stints with clubs around the world.

Bolt’s long-held dream of becoming a professional footballer will live or die by the opinion of Mulvey, who has the first and final say as to whether he will be offered an A-League contract.

Mulvey will reserve judgment until the 31-year-old arrives later this month in Gosford, where he has agreed to live for the duration of his “indefinite” trial period.

“I’ve had three dozen guys coming in for trials, I haven’t had time to go and watch every player that’s come in for training,” Mulvey said.

“We’ve taken some advice from people who have seen players and that’s how we’ve gone about our business, using our networks.

“I’m sure when he arrives he’ll give a good account for himself and we’ll see what happens from there.

“If it works, he will be offered a contract.”

Bolt has trained in the past with Germany’s Borussia Dortmund, South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns and Norway’s Stromsgodset.

None have offered him a full-time deal but Mariners CEO Shaun Mielekamp says he has been in touch with those clubs and received positive feedback about Bolt’s football ability.

“We’ve heard that every time he’s been training with them he’s made dramatic improvements whilst he was there,” Mielekamp told reporters on Wednesday.

“We will be looking for dramatic improvements.

“It’s hard to tell a lot of the time through the lens of a camera, both good and bad, so getting him on the ground and getting him with the boots on will be the most telling part.”

Mielekamp didn’t rule out the possibility of Central Coast fielding Bolt in a pre-season friendly if he is deemed fit enough to play.

Mulvey insisted the eight-time Olympic gold medallist would be treated as if he was any other player, saying it was nothing out of the ordinary for potential signings to be asked to train with the club for several weeks before being offered a deal.

“It just happens to be that this is Usain Bolt,” he said.

“I’ve spoken to him once. His attitude towards this was deadly serious.

“If it was up to him he’d be coming in without any hoopla but that’s impossible for a person of his stature.

“I’m really happy and really looking forward to having him train with the clu

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Tourists urged to visit quake-hit Lombok

Lombok’s residents are hoping visitors to the island return as soon as possible.Tourism operators sleeping in the gardens of the hotels they run on the Indonesian island of Lombok are urging travellers not to be scared off by Sunday’s deadly earthquake.

Thousands of people have been displaced after homes were flattened and more than 100 are confirmed dead.

The Australian manager of one of the hotels affected, Evan Burns, says the small island’s tourism industry is a lifeline for many locals and hotels hit by the magnitude-7 quake have no choice but to get back to business.

“They rely so much on the hotels and tourism operating,” Mr Burns told AAP on Wednesday.

“The impact is so much greater than the loss of house and things that they’re going through at the moment, to lose an income as well because we’ve got no tourists is very bad for the island.”

Mr Burns has been sleeping alongside staff in the garden of the hotel he manages in Senggigi after the home he rents with his wife and young son was destroyed.

Many of his staff are unaccounted for.

Mr Burns is urging tourists to return once hotels and businesses are back in full swing.

“The best thing people can do to give back is spending money in the economy and coming back, it essentially keeps people in jobs,” he said.

The island has been rattled by earthquakes over the past week and only a handful of guests stayed behind.

Those who did have stepped in to help clear debris and get back on track.

“This morning I saw guests that were sitting around folding all the blankets that the staff used last night in the sleeping area, I saw guests sweeping up things and helping us clean up” Mr Burns added.

Entire villages have been flattened and roads cut off, hampering search and rescue crews picking through the rubble for survivors.

Widespread damage has made it difficult for government officials and aid workers to reach some areas, with those further from the epicentre still waiting for help.

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Hunter children praised as ‘triple zero heroes’ for quick thinking

Reunion: Elley Maxwell, 7, and Chet Sutherland, 10, with paramedics Lisa Burton and Luke Wiseman, who responded to their emergencies last month. Picture: Jonathan CarrollWhen Elley Maxwell’s dad, Greg, began having a seizure at home on July 28, the seven-year-old knewwhat to do.

She grabbed the phone, dialled triple zero andwith the help of her mum–whoshe called on another phone–described the scene to the operator.

Before long, paramedics arrived at the Barnsley home, treated Mr Maxwell and took himto hospital.

Little more than a week earlierat Belmont,10-year-old Chet Sutherland acted quickly to get help for his grandfather after he collapsed.

Chet called triple zero and, while he waited for paramedics to arrive, got the attention of a neighbour who tended to his grandfather.

The two young Lake Macquarie residents were recognised for their actionson Wednesday, when they got the chance to meet frontline staff at the NSW Ambulance control centre at Charlestown, one of five centres across NSW that fields triple zero calls.

Tim Collins,deputy director of control at thecentre,said Elley and Chet were“triple zero heroes”.

“They displayed exceptional maturity beyond their years by taking the initiative to ring triple zero,” he said.

“It can be quite a nerve racking experience. The information they provided and the maturity they showed allowed the attending paramedics to get to the scenes in as timely manner as possible and initiate treatment.

“They both remained calm and listened to the instructions from our triple zero communications assistants and they were able to provide the details of the address, confirm phone numbers and provide key critical information.”

In news today:

Drought declared across 100 per cent of NSWSecond alleged Rebels member charged with affrayAccused toddler murderer threatens to sue for being put in jailRugby coup: Hunter in line to host women’s world cup

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New mulloway rules

FISH OF THE WEEK: Lewis Faulkner wins the Jarvis Walker tacklebox and Tsunami lure pack for this snapper-morwong double hooked at Port Stephens.

The NSW government has moved to protect mulloway stocks with a range of new laws announced this week applying as of September 1.

Following a recent scientific review of the Mulloway Recovery Plan, the following actions to halt the decline of the species and help the stock recover will come ino force:

The removal of the possession limit of 10 mulloway between 45 and 70 cm that currently applies to estuary general meshing net fishers. This will mean that a 70cm mulloway minimum size limit will apply to all fishers.A reduction in the recreational bag limit from two to one.“I know this has been a tough call but it’s needed to ensure mulloway stocks grow,” Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair, said

“The reduction in the recreational bag limit from two to one still provides opportunities for fishers to catch these magnificent fish and if they wish, keep a fish for the table.

“It will also ensure that consumers can still access wild caught mulloway now and into the future.”

Reaction to the call has generally been positive from recreational anglers. The overall sticking point remains why allow any netting, given the bycatch issues?

Shannon Malone, from Fisherman’s Warehouse at Marks Point, knows a bit about mulloway fishing, having been a designated tagger with the ANSA mulloway program for the last couple of years, during which he supplied three diaries worth of mulloway tagging and fishing information, with each diary noting over 200 sessions each.

“And they were just the ones I recorded,” Shannon quipped.

The information he and others like him gathered was used to chart behavioural patterns and growth rates.

“I think this move by DPI is a step in the right direction,” he said.

“You only have to see from my diary activity, and times that by however many recreational fishos across NSW now target mulloway, to get an insight into the impact recreational fishing has on mulloway stocks.

“It’s not just the netters.

“Recreational impact is not insignificant. In days gone by, fewer people fished for jew, and catches of fish 20kg and above was commonplace. These day’s they’re usually school size fish.

“Part of the reason for that is that more people are fishing for jew than back in the old days.

“Social media is putting them on the fish quicker and more accurately.

“The netters area a problem because they round up a lot of small breeding fish and that hurts stocks too.

“Removal of the possession limit of the 45-70cm is critical because it’s those size fish that are coming into the breeding zone.

“Take fish out of that mid-range and it’s going to effect.

“When they took the netting out of Lake Macquarie, the fishery surged in terms of bait and species.You only have to look at the number of snapper back in the lake for a measure of the impact.

“Over time, let’s hope the size of mulloway increases too as stock recover as a result of these new laws.”

Shannon has no problems with taking bag limits, but he believes it’s worthwhile revisiting those limits from time to time.

“When three or four mates go out and they all take two jew home for instance –there is a lot of fish on a jew, at 90cm long.

“Do that week in week out andmultiply the weeks and the number of anglers –it doesn’t add up for sustainability and really, how much fish can you store in your freezer? Reducing it from two to one jew over 70cm makes sense to me. Same with bag limits for other species. Do you really need to take 10 bream home?

“The question as always isare we just going to wait until stock are depleted and say we have a problem, or police it now so there are stocks for the future.

“Any fair dinkum fisho will be more than happy with this new regulation. Some people will disagree, but everyone’s got an opinion, and for me, opinions are like those things that pad our your jeans –everyone’s got one.”

DPI will continue to look at other measures, including investigating options where commercially-caught mulloway can be differentiated to reduce black market opportunities, further monitoring to ensure the effectiveness of these actions, as well as more research on fishing gear technologies to reduce bycatch of mulloway.

Sunny skiesMeanwhile, this weekend is looking pretty fishable with generally clear skies and a bit of wind about.

Local estuaries are holding bream, flathead, tailor and some nice sized winter whiting.

Saturday is looking the better if you want to head outside, with reports of kings, snapper, bonito and long-fin perch coming back from places like The Farm and Texas reef. ​

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