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NKorea to dismantle key nuclear facilities

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have announced a sweeping set of agreements after their second day of talks in Pyongyang that included a promise by Kim to permanently dismantle the North’s main nuclear complex if the United States takes corresponding measures.

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They also agreed to the acceptance of international inspectors to monitor the closing of a key missile test site and launch pad and a vow to work together to host the summer Olympics in 2032.

Declaring they had made a major step toward peace on the Korean Peninsula, the two leaders were side by side as they announced the joint statement to a group of North and South Korean reporters after a closed-door meeting on Wednesday.

“We have agreed to make the Korean Peninsula a land of peace that is free from nuclear weapons and nuclear threat,” Kim said as he stood by Moon’s side at the guesthouse where Moon is staying.

“The road to our future will not always be smooth and we may face challenges and trials we can’t anticipate. But we aren’t afraid of headwinds because our strength will grow as we overcome each trial based on the strength of our nation.”

Kim and Moon earlier smiled as they walked into a meeting room to finalise the joint statement, which also said that the leaders would push for a Korean Peninsula without nuclear weapons and to “eliminate all the danger of war.”

They agreed that Kim would visit the South in the near future.

The statement caps off the third summit between Kim and Moon, who is under increasing pressure from Washington to find a path forward in its efforts to get Kim to completely – and unilaterally – abandon his nuclear arsenal.

But while containing several tantalising offers, it appears to fall short of the major steps many in Washington had been looking for – such as a commitment by Pyongyang to provide a list of the North’s nuclear facilities, a solid step-by-step timeline or an agreement to allow international inspectors in to assess progress or discover violations.

The question is whether it will be enough for President Donald Trump to pick up where Moon has left off.

Trump has maintained that he and Kim have a solid relationship, and both leaders have expressed interest in a follow-up summit to their meeting in June in Singapore. North Korea has been demanding a declaration formally ending the Korean War, which was stopped in 1953 by a cease-fire, but neither leader mentioned it as they read the joint statement.

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Soccer: Jets add depth to striker stocks

KAINE Sheppard played in Finland last season and has impressed for Victorian club Avondale in the FFA Cup.

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JETTING IN: Kaine Sheppard (No.22) celebrates scoring a goal for Avondale. Picture: AAP

Now the 24-year-old striker will get his chance in the A-League after signing a one-year deal with the Jets on Wednesday.

The tall front man spent a week on trial with the Jets earlier this month and scored a goal from a set piece in a 4-1 win over the Australian under-19s.

With Roy O’Donovan suspended, Sheppard, who came through the lower leagues in England, will add depth to the Jets attack.

“We brought him in on trial and he’s done exceptionally well,” Jets coach Ernie Merrick said.“Kaine performed strongly in two FFA Cup appearances this year and has been consistently good all season down in Victoria.He’s a clever player that reads the game well, makes great runs and has a strong physical presence – a really coachable player that I’m looking forward to working with this season.”

The English born striker has scored 20 goals in 26 appearances forAvondale this season.He returned to the club after a short stint in Finland’s top division at SJK where he did not score in seven appearances.

“I’m really happy to be given the chance to test myself again in a professional set-up,” Sheppard said.

“I’ve had some experience in a similar environment in Finland last year, and being able to dedicate myself to football will help me get the best out of myself as a player.

Joining the Jets is something which really excites me and I think I’ll benefit from playing under Ernie and the freedom he allows players in the final third.”

Sheppard played for Avondale against Sydney in the FFA Cup quarter-final on Wednesday night and will join the Jets after the Victorian National Premier League grand final against Heidelberg on Sunday.

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Pathway proposed for Belmont to Blacksmiths as council seeks state funding for Fernleigh Track extension

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12345 – A“missing link”of shared cycling and walking path would be built between Belmont and Blacksmiths if aLake Macquarie council proposal winsstate government funding.

The council unveiled details of the $9.54 million project on Wednesday at the Belmont end of the Fernleigh Track, which would be start of the proposed 3.5km path extension to the south.

TheFernleigh Awabakal Shared Pathway would be a fully accessible elevated boardwalk winding past Belmont Wetlands, before running parallel to the Pacific Highway to join an existing path at Blacksmiths.

It would include eight Aboriginal sculptures placed along the route, featuringstories and themes depicting the Awabakal people and their interaction with the surrounding environment.

The pathway would createa 27km route of continuous cycle track from Murrays Beach to Adamstown.

Fernleigh Track set to be extended from Belmont to Blacksmiths should @lakemac’s proposal for state government funding be successful. The 3.5km “missing link” will include eight Awabakal sculptures. @newcastleheraldpic.twitter杭州龙凤/htUK6sP97l

— Max McKinney (@MaxMckinney) September 19, 2018 PROPOSAL: Lake Macquarie City Council’s plan for a 3.5km shared pathway linking the end of the Fernleigh Track at Belmont to Blacksmiths. The pathway would create a 27km continuous route from Murrays Beach to Adamstown. Picture: Lake Macquarie council

“More than 200,000 people a year use the Fernleigh Track. This pathway is certain to increase that number, contributing to a healthier lifestyle for residents and visitors and enhancing active transport links,” she said.

Newcastle Cycleways Movement committee member Michael Golden said the pathway would be a “priceless asset” for commuters. He cycledfrom his home in Murrays Beach to Hamilton most workdays for six years before retiring two years ago.

“Having a dedicated cycleway all the way into Newcastle is so inviting,” he said. “It really encourages people to get on their bike. Being able to cycle 27km off the road intoa major city in Australia is really unheard of.”

A full business case will be lodged after the government’s initialresponseto the proposal later this year.The council hopesto secure fundingby mid-2019.

Swansea MP Yasmin Catley, Charlestown MP Jodie Harrison, Lake Macquarie MP Greg Piper and Wallsend MP Sonia Hornery are all supportingthe project.

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Give unemployed people a chance: minister

Jobs Minister Kelly O’Dwyer is urging businesses to give unemployed people a chance.Jobs Minister Kelly O’Dwyer has urged businesses to give unemployed people a chance, saying industry must accept more social responsibility for low-skilled and untrained workers.

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In a speech to the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry leaders’ summit in Canberra, Ms O’Dwyer outlined her plan to drive better results for the unemployed.

Long-term unemployed people must take part in work and education programs, which need government support, especially for people at the margins.

“Industry and businesses need to step up and give the unemployed a go,” Ms O’Dwyer told the gathering on Wednesday.

She said industry needed to accept more social responsibility and partner with the community to invest in the low-skilled and untrained people and individuals who haven’t worked in a long time.

“Putting on unemployed people is an investment in the future of your business, and in the nation’s future,” the minister said.

Ms O’Dwyer, who is also industrial relations minister, took aim at a “sweetheart” deal between the Victorian Labor government and unions to boost salaries on major transport projects.

Under soon-to-be finalised agreements, average employees on the Melbourne Metro Tunnel and West Gate are set to take home $150,000 a year.

“But who pays for these wages that push up the prices of these projects which will add hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars to the cost?” Ms O’Dwyer said.

“It is the people in my home state of Victoria who will pay higher toll charges and taxes.”

The construction union has defended the deal, arguing labourers are working minimum 56-hour weeks in dangerous conditions with overtime, long shifts and Sundays.

But Ms O’Dwyer said the wages would mean less money for hospitals and schools.

“That’s why these sweetheart deals are not fair,” she said.

A bill to make it easier to deregister unions, ensure they are run by “fit and proper” people and put a public interest test on mergers is before the Senate.

Ms O’Dwyer said the government was determined to process the legislation, despite the bill not being listed for debate on Wednesday after key crossbencher Tim Storer said he wouldn’t support it.

“The Ensuring Integrity Bill is critical to making sure all Australians are being treated fairly,” she said.

The minister also attacked Labor’s industrial relations policies, flagging further announcements in coming months.

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Whiteley Corporation set to invest up to $4m building the first human therapeutics manufacturing hub in the Hunter

Future build: Greg Whiteley at Whiteley Corporation’s Tomago factory. Picture: Simone de Peak. DISINFECTANT and sterilant manufacturer Whiteley Corporation will invest up to $4 million building the first human therapeutics manufacturing hub in the Hunter.

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The move by the family business, which began as a company that supplied cleaning and hygiene products to the cinema industry, comes as it marks 85 years in business at its Tomago plant.

Managing director Greg Whiteley said the company was assessing what products it would be manufacturing and under what conditions at the new plant at Tomago, and he expects a development application to be lodged by mid 2019.

He said the new plant would generate jobs at every skill level:“We regularly train and retrain staff and spend a lot of money on continuing education. If we can find the right people at the right time and need to further develop their skills we’ll be happy to.”

The facility will be used to develop treatments for patients with “biofilm-mediated infections” –or infections they pick up during hospital stays.

“Inmodern microbiology, bacteria forms biofilms which are resistant to modern day antibiotics and disinfectants, and weare working on new technologies to kill and remove those bacteriafrom wounds and hospital surfaces,” he said. “The end benefit is we want to reduce the frequency of health care associated infections.”

Whiteley Corp recently made a$3.5m investment in a manufacturing research partnership with the University of Sydney and the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre.

Dr Whiteley, who holds anadjunct research position in the school of medicine at Western Sydney University,is passionate about researching the potential ofpractical treatments that can make a difference in people’s lives.

“Sometimes it can be hard to prove becausekilling bugs before they infect someoneis a preventativeactivity but some of the new therapeutictreatments will bekilling them on the wound or in a person to remove the biofilm that protects the bugs from the antibiotics,” he said.

The global market for therapeutic treatments is big, however the new plant will focus on domestic supply.

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Give unemployed people a chance: minister

Jobs Minister Kelly O’Dwyer is urging businesses to give unemployed people a chance.Jobs Minister Kelly O’Dwyer has urged businesses to give unemployed people a chance, saying industry must accept more social responsibility for low-skilled and untrained workers.

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In a speech to the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry leaders’ summit in Canberra, Ms O’Dwyer outlined her plan to drive better results for the unemployed.

Long-term unemployed people must take part in work and education programs, which need government support, especially for people at the margins.

“Industry and businesses need to step up and give the unemployed a go,” Ms O’Dwyer told the gathering on Wednesday.

She said industry needed to accept more social responsibility and partner with the community to invest in the low-skilled and untrained people and individuals who haven’t worked in a long time.

“Putting on unemployed people is an investment in the future of your business, and in the nation’s future,” the minister said.

Ms O’Dwyer, who is also industrial relations minister, took aim at a “sweetheart” deal between the Victorian Labor government and unions to boost salaries on major transport projects.

Under soon-to-be finalised agreements, average employees on the Melbourne Metro Tunnel and West Gate are set to take home $150,000 a year.

“But who pays for these wages that push up the prices of these projects which will add hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars to the cost?” Ms O’Dwyer said.

“It is the people in my home state of Victoria who will pay higher toll charges and taxes.”

The construction union has defended the deal, arguing labourers are working minimum 56-hour weeks in dangerous conditions with overtime, long shifts and Sundays.

But Ms O’Dwyer said the wages would mean less money for hospitals and schools.

“That’s why these sweetheart deals are not fair,” she said.

A bill to make it easier to deregister unions, ensure they are run by “fit and proper” people and put a public interest test on mergers is before the Senate.

Ms O’Dwyer said the government was determined to process the legislation, despite the bill not being listed for debate on Wednesday after key crossbencher Tim Storer said he wouldn’t support it.

“The Ensuring Integrity Bill is critical to making sure all Australians are being treated fairly,” she said.

The minister also attacked Labor’s industrial relations policies, flagging further announcements in coming months.

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AFL prelim a test of Treloar list analysis

Adam Treloar was drafted by GWS in 2010 before being traded to Collingwood in October 2015.Adam Treloar had no idea when he uttered the words “I think Collingwood have a better list” that it would become such a major talking point at the time, let alone three years on.

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Treloar, explaining why he wanted to join the Magpies rather than Richmond in his first interview after leaving AFL start-up GWS, didn’t muck around with cliches.

Some pundits regarded it as regrettable contempt; a mistake the young gun would come to regret.

Others thought it was admirable honesty, accusing the media of manufacturing a mountain out of a molehill.

Treloar offered the caveat that “a lot of people might think I’m silly because Richmond have a lot of good players” but the horse had bolted, the headlines were out there and hatred from the Tiger Army was heated.

Richmond’s drought-breaking premiership in 2017 suggested Treloar may have erred. However, a flag for Collingwood this month would be vindication of sorts.

The 25-year-old made it clear last week he meant no offence and moved on a long time ago.

But it’s safe to assume Treloar’s list analysis will be raised at the MCG during Friday night’s preliminary final – and not just in the stands and commentary box.

Treloar’s first meeting as a Collingwood player against Richmond was at the same venue early in the 2016 season.

Treloar’s choice of clubs, and ensuing comments that prompted Tigers legend Kevin Bartlett to call him “brainwashed” and “delusional”, had not gone down well with the opposition.

Tigers captain Trent Cotchin was particularly vociferous, castigating the midfielder for speaking too soon.

The Tigers, leading by 17 points late in the final quarter of that contest, snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

Treloar couldn’t resist a chance to return serve after the one-point win, ruffling Cotchin’s hair shortly after the siren while reciting the same piece of unsolicited advice.

“I said, ‘you spoke too soon, mate’ and I gave him a wink,” Treloar said the following week.

Treloar added that “pretty much everyone” in Richmond’s team needled him about the list remark in one way or another.

“But it wasn’t anything serious, it was just all fun,” he said.

Regardless of this week’s result, Treloar is at peace with his decision.

“Hand on heart I wouldn’t change anything … everything happens for a reason,” Treloar told News Corp Australia last week.

“I probably could have worded it better.

“I thought I was better suited to Collingwood because Richmond had players like me.”

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The Lions & the Roses: Souths netball stars help England national team train for Novocastrian fixturephotos

LIONS & ROSES: Narelle Eather, Katelyn Stansfield and Tianna Cummings helped the English Roses prepare for their Quad Series clash against the Diamonds on Wednesday evening.The English national netball team may be hurtling towards a Commonwealth Games rematch against Australia on Wednesday evening, but the Roses have already had their brush with netballing talent in Newcastle.

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A handful of Souths Lions stars, all of whom contested the Greater Open Championship decider less than a month ago, rounded out the Roses’ training roster on Monday and Tuesday as they prepared for the Quad Series clash, an experience Tianna Cummings described as “mind-blowing”.

“We had to submit a request – or kind of a suggestion – to Netball Australia that told them we were happy to train with the Diamonds and the Roses, and they came back to us and said we were up to train for England,” Cummings explained.

“None of us really expected to hear back about it so it was a really surreal experience to suddenly be practicing and playing with these girls that we watch on TV all the time.

“I think we all had so much fun, it was a real eye opener to see what it was like behind the doors of the English training squad, it was really mind-blowing.”

Souths stars help international Roses prepare for Quad Series Katelyn Stansfield, Brooke Fennings and Nakita Jackson with the Roses on the first day of training.

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12345 – Cummings was joined by four of her Souths Lions teammates, Narelle Eather, Katelyn Stansfield, Brooke Fennings and Nakita Jackson, most of whom will also be attending the Quad Series game at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre.

While most were just looking to “enjoy some great netball”, Cummings admits after spending time with the Roses she may have been swayed to back them “just a little”.

“It’s funny, I was going into the game just keen to not have to travel to Sydney and get to see some amazing netty here in Newcastle, but now I’m kind of barracking for England as well,” she admitted.

“Having met them all, and finding out how lovely and welcoming they all are, I want to see them do well in the game for sure.”

Read moreAustralia out for revenge against England in the 2018 Netball Quad SeriesClean slate for Diamonds ahead of rematch with the English teamNewcastle Entertainment Centre playing surface cleared for netball TestThe Souths cohort were mainly used by the Roses as training partners, setting up defensive formations to test the English attack, but Cummings also believes they learned a lot “just hanging around with them all”.

“I think we’ve all come out of it having picked up a few things, just seeing how they work together and move up close was a bit eye opening,” she said.

“I think it was really one of those ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunities that we’re going to relish for a long time, it was just really cool. I’m glad I got to meet them all, and I think we all had a pretty good time.”

Australia prepared for their clash against England at Hunter Sports High School.

A sell-out crowd of 4,500 will attend the first netball Test match staged in Newcastle since the Diamonds beat South Africa 63-31 in October, 2012.

Adding to the occasion, it will be the first time Australia and England have met since the Roses scored a memorable 52-51 boilover to claim the gold medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, in April.

Australia opened their Quad Series campaign with a 61-44 win against South Africa in Auckland on the weekend, in which goal shooter Caitlin Bassett found the net 31 times from 34 attempts.

The match starts at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre at 7.50pm.

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State, club rivals unite for Tonga RL Test

Greg Inglis and Boyd Cordner put their inter-state rivalry aside to make the Tonga Test a reality.They faced off for state pride and are about to battle for their clubs, but rival NRL captains Boyd Cordner and Greg Inglis have already united their country.

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Two months after a memorable State of Origin series, a grand final will be at stake when Cordner’s Sydney Roosters meet Inglis’ South Sydney in Saturday’s NRL preliminary final.

But the pair have been credited for putting aside their rivalry and leading the negotiations in getting next month’s historic Test between Australia and Tonga over the line.

The Rugby League Players’ Association first approached the star duo a few months ago when it was initially floated the contest would be played in the United States.

At the time, it was believed financial support from outside promoters would have ensured Kangaroos players would have earned close to their regular $20,000 Test match fee.

However when discussions fell apart, the game appeared doomed.

That was until the NRL looked at the possibility of staging the game in New Zealand – the week after the Kangaroos’ Test with the Kiwis – but with one important caveat.

“They said, ‘Righto it’s going to be in Auckland, the only thing is you won’t get your usual money. And what do you think?” Cordner tells AAP.

For the NSW skipper, it was a no-brainer.

“It’s a chance to represent your country, pull on the green-and-gold, and play against Tonga, who’ve shot out of the ground and created all this attention around rugby league,” he said.

Inglis also had no hesitation in agreeing to terms.

While Tonga star Andrew Fifita has been outspoken in his desire to play for free for a shot at the world champions, Cordner and Inglis are just as passionate about international football.

“I think it’s the perfect showcase for the international game. For us as an Australian playing group, and for myself talking personally, I think it’s a great idea for the game,” Cordner said.

“GI was the same. I agreed, he agreed, and all the other players that were spoken to agreed to take the pay cut.

“I would play for free. That’s how much Australia means to me, and that jersey means to me.

“The money is a bonus. We put our bodies on the line, so we get looked after.

“But for a one-off game and an opportunity to grow the international brand – which we need in rugby league, we want it to grow and be massive – we have to play this game.”

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Munster maturity key to Storm NRL success

Cameron Munster has been given greater playmaking responsibilities in Melbourne’s attack in 2018.Cameron Munster’s ability to deliver for Melbourne under pressure is a reflection of his personal growth, according to his long-time teammate Christian Welch.

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Before Friday night’s NRL preliminary final against Cronulla, Munster has emerged as a genuine match winner, nailing the field goal that piloted the Storm into the final four.

His playmaking talent was never in question but whether the 24-year-old could replace the club’s long-time go-to man Cooper Cronk was.

Less than 12 months ago Munster was on the outer at the Storm, hauled out of Kangaroos camp to be told by Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy that binge-drinking was threatening his career.

Admitting he had a problem, Munster put himself on a booze ban and into the hands of a psychologist.

Kicking the Storm to within a game of the NRL grand final and now the most sought-after signature in the competition as the game’s premier five-eighth, the results are there to see.

Welch, who has played with Munster since the Storm under-20s and lived with him for the past three years, said he’d seen the Queensland five-eighth grow up this season.

“I’ve seen him mature a lot,” said Welch, who has been named on the bench for the clash with the Sharks.

“I think he’s really motivated and developed as a person and certainly the way he’s playing his footy – with Cooper departing and the way he’s being a senior player and driving the team – I think it’s a reflection of how far he’s come as a person.”

Welch said that didn’t mean Munster had lost his trademark larrikinism but he was channelling his energy into positive projects, like a sports program that he runs weekly at schools and investing in property.

“Playing in the NRL is a tough job but you do get a lot of spare time,” Welch said.

“In previous years he’s struggled to have some stuff that keeps him busy but this year he’s doing a really good job.

“He’s a great bloke to live with and keeps the light side and is always up for doing something whether it’s going out for tea or playing golf – you never have a bad time with Munster.”

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