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Bob Hawke says Donald Trump not as scary as he sounds I photos

LEADING MEN: Bob Hawke on course with Frank Barrett at the Jack Newton Celebrity Classic in the vineyards on Tuesday. Picture: Michael ParrisBob Hawke came face to face with Donald Trump on Tuesday, but the former prime minister said the US president-elect was not as scary as he appeared.

Mr Hawke, 87, played in the Jack Newton Celebrity Classic golf tournament on Tuesday at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, where he ran into former Knights media manager Frank Barrett dressed as the controversial Republican.

’s longest-serving Labor PM, puffing on a trademark cigar, posed for photos with “Trump” and said the real thing was “potentially dangerous, yes, but I don’t think he’ll be as dangerous as he sounded on the campaign trail”.

Mr Hawke’s government created Medicare and APEC, initiated universal superannuation and floated the n dollar.

When Bob met The Donald I photos Bob Hawke tees off on the first.

Bob Hawke with Frank Barrett.

Batwoman Chloe Thornton on the first.

TweetFacebook Jack Newton Celebrity ClassicMr Trump may be on the other side of the idealogical spectrum, but Mr Hawke said it was still important for to “hold out a hand to him and try and help”.

Mr Hawke, who said he was upset when Mr Trump won,regarded the Republican leader’s attitudes to free trade and China as troubling.

“But he’s won, and that’s over. We should keep a good relationship, and with China. We won’t always agree with him. Sometimes we’ll agree with China rather than him, but we’ll play it as it comes.”

Mr Hawke has been a regular at the Jack Newton Celebrity Classic since 1983, the year he was first elected as prime minister.

The two-day event ends tomorrow.

Ryan Callinan looks to 2017 revival after season-best result at Pipelinevideos

COVER STORY: Newcastle’s Ryan Callinan finds the exit on a barrel during finals day at the Pipe Masters on Tuesday. Picture: © WSL / Kelly CestariFor Merewether’s Ryan Callinan, “it was a pretty good way to go out”.

Going head-to-head with 11-time world champion Kelly Slater in round five at the Pipe Masters, an event the American legend has won on seven occasions at the iconic Hawaiian break, was a memorable finish to a difficult maiden year on the championship tour for the popular 24-year-old.

The first Newcastle surfer on the elite circuit since Luke Egan in 2005, Callinan will not be back on the CT next year after finishing 34thin the standings and 17thon the qualifying series, where top-22 and top-10 finishes respectively guarantee places.Callinan, though, knew his fate before the season-ending event, where he producedeasily his best result of the year.

The goofy-footer had not been past the third round in the 10 CT contests before the Pipe Masters but showed his barrel-riding prowess to eliminate Caio Ibelli and 2014 world champion Gabriel Medina on Monday.On Tuesday, he was second in his non-elimination round-four contest to set up the clash with Slater, who prevailed 14.34 to 10.17.

After a slow start to the 25-minute heat, Callinan rode a 4.5-point barrel with just over 13 minutes left. Slater, though, was into the next barrel and earned a 6.17. He backed it up a minute later with a 4.43 and,with nine minutes to go,came out ofa deep tube ride foran 8.17.Callinan neededa 9.84 and cut the deficit with a5.67to leave him hunting an8.67 in the final seven minutes, but the right wave didn’t come.

Regardless, it was a satisfying finish for Callinan to a challenging year which included the deathof his father, Garry, a beloved member of the Newcastle surfing community, in February.

“Yeah, definitely, for my last heat, I think it was a pretty good way to go out,” Callinan said.“I didn’t really have the opportunities that I would have liked but,I just kind of wanted a few more sets like the heat before, but itwas fun to surf and the conditions cleaned up a lot more which was cool and, yeah, time to relax.”

BARREL OF FUN: Merewether’s Ryan Callinan charging at Backdoor Pipeline on Monday on his way to round four. Picture: © WSL / Cestari SOCIAL

Asked what he had learned on tour, he said:“I think everyone’s just really good, obviously, but a lot better and they surf out of their skin in heats.I just learned that I have to surf my best all the time, not just when I think I do, but actually just step it up every time. I think it’s just adapting to heats and trying to do my best surfing in the heats.”

As for 2017, he said: “I’m going to try and do a lot of trips and main goal is to requalify for the tour, that’s No.1, but Iwant to get some good waves in and just enjoy myself.”

Michel Bourez beat Kanoa Igarashi in the final.

MONDAY: Merewether’s Ryan Callinan was glad to put on a show for friends, family and some unexpected Newcastle support at Pipeline on Monday as he powered to his best performance on the championship tour.

Callinan defeated Brazilians Caio Ibelli and Gabriel Medina, the 2014 world champion, to move past the third round for the first time on his maiden CT campaign.

The 24-year-old, who has fallen short of qualifying for a second year on the CT,took down Medina 15.34 to11.43 in round three at the season-ending Pipe Mastersin Hawaii after earlier knocking out Ibelli 12.16 to 4.43.

Callinan, who has been beaten twice by Medina this year on the CT, led 9.77 to 4.33 early courtesy of a 6.67-point ride.Medina hit back with abarrel ride just before Callinan pulled off his own with 16 minutes remaining. Medina was given an 8.6 and Callinan an 8.67.

Callinan was wiped out and had his board broken with less than two minutes left, giving Medina, who needed a 6.75, the chance to steal the win. Callinan watched on from the beach as no waves came through and he progressed to a round-four contest, possibly on Tuesday,against countryman Josh Kerr and American Nat Young.

“I guess it’s a good end to the year already,” Callinan said after turning the tables on Medina.“I haven’t made it past the third round, it’s kind of got me, and I think the two guys that I’ve beaten today have kind of got me most of the events, so it’s good to get a bit of payback.

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“I just let Kerrsy [Josh Kerr] goand I think he got a seven, which would have been a good back-up, but I thought‘I haven’t made many heats and I’d like to make another one, so I’ll hold priority while he’s comboed’.

“I don’t know, it’s tricky and I think you’ve just got to hunt around a little bit when there’s no priority, and there’s not that many waves out there but when they come, they are pretty good.

“But I think the last 20 minutes was pretty crucial.”

Narcos and Pablo Escobar – real-life agents tell it how it was

Art meets life: Boyd Holbrook, Steve Murphy, Javier Pena and Pablo Pascal. Photo: Eric Charbonneau/Netflix Javier Pena and Steve Murphy in Colombia in the late 1980s.

Before Javier Pena signed on as a consultant to the hit Netflix TV show Narcos he made one thing very clear to the producers.

Pena, a former DEA agent and veteran of the Colombian drug wars who spent five years hunting Pablo Escobar, could never countenance the drugs kingpin being presented as a champion of the people.

“The condition we had was that they wouldn’t glamorise Escobar,” he says. “We didn’t want people to see him as a Robin Hood hero. He was a deadly mass murderer.

“We told them the real truth about what happened during the search for Escobar and we taught them the history.”

So far, there have been two series of Narcos chronicling the extraordinary rise and ignominious death of the world’s most notorious narcoterrorist.

In the show, Pena is played by Pedro Pascal, while Boyd Holbrook plays Pena’s DEA colleague Steve Murphy.

Initially, Pena had his doubts about the show but it became a breakout hit for Netflix, garnering two Golden Globe nominations.

“We’re happy with the way it came out,” says Pena. “When it first came out I said no one is going to watch this and all of a sudden it was one of the best-watched shows.”

Pena was 32 when he and Murphy were dispatched to Bogota in 1988 to take the lead in bringing down Escobar.

“I didn’t know who Pablo Escobar was but I was a fast learner,” says Pena. “He was at the height of his power. He had all the money he needed – he was responsible for about 80 per cent of the cocaine reaching the United States.”

That money – by some estimates more than $US20 billion a year at its peak – allowed Escobar to buy the loyalty of a small army of sicarios, or assassins.

“He would recruit these young kids – 14 and 15-year-olds,” says Pena. “They worshipped Escobar. He gave them money and that made them loyal to him. They would kill anybody at his orders.”

More than one thousand police fell victim to Escobar’s hired killers.

Pena and Murphy were under constant threat throughout their five years in Colombia.

“My biggest fear was car bombs – being in the wrong place at the wrong time,” says Pena. “He planted a lot of bombs outside the old police base where we lived.

“I remember when I first landed in Medellin the cops there said, Javier, have you got a gun? I said yes. They said pull it out. We used to drive around with our guns by our seats.”

Escobar was finally killed on a Bogota rooftop in December 1993. Who fired the fatal shot is unclear, but there is a now notorious photograph of a grinning agent Murphy crouching behind Escobar’s bloodied corpse.

Pena was chasing up other leads during the dramatic rooftop chase, which he regrets.

“I wish I had been there,” he says. “It’s a great photo. We are happy that the guy responsible for killing thousands and thousands of people is finally dead.

“If you look at that picture of Escobar on the roof you have to remember this guy used to be a billionaire with hundreds of bodyguards. Towards the end he had one bodyguard, he was out of money. In the picture he is unkempt, he’s barefoot he has a beard and his hair is all over the place.”

In a curious case of life meeting art, Pena and Murphy will come to next year for a short speaking tour called Capturing Pablo.

Pena says they tell true story behind the hunt for Escobar, shorn of the dramatic liberties of the Netflix series.

“Obviously they took artistic licence to make it interesting,” he says.

And there is one particular detail Pena takes exception to.

“Pedro’s a great guy,” he says, “but I think I was a little bit more handsome than him.”

Capturing Pablo, An Evening With Javier Pena and Steve Murphy, Sydney Opera House July 11 and Hamer Hall, Melbourne July 13

The 10 best places for food in Asia

Yaowarat Road is a street food haven by night. Photo: iStock Cooking Pad Thai in Yaowarat Road in Bangkok. Photo: iStock


Can food become art? In the case of Kyoto’s kaiseki cuisine, you’ll never have cause to doubt it. This is fine-dining finessed to its most delicate degree, the food of emperors tempered for modern palettes. A Kyoto kaiseki meal is a multi-course extravaganza of meticulously prepared and beautifully presented cuisine.

Eat it: Ishibekoji Kamikura, Kyoto  BANGKOK STREET FOOD

Every Asian city has its street food specialties – from spiced potato cakes in Mumbai to fried octopus balls in Osaka – but the hub with the widest range of roadside delights is Bangkok. Yaowarat Road in the Chinatown district offers a range of cuisine so mouth-watering, you’ll never visit a proper restaurant again.

Eat it: Yaowarat Road, Bangkok SOUTH INDIAN SMORGASBORD

One of Asia’s truly great meals is served not on a plate, but a banana leaf. In southern India, a thali – a traditional meal of various curries, rice, bread and sweets – is often served on nature’s plate, a vegetarian feast of local specialties that’s expected to be eaten by hand.

Eat it: Ananda, Hyderabad PHO, GLORIOUS PHO

There are few things better than a bowl of steaming, fragrant pho, and there are few better places to eat it than Ho Chi Minh City, perched on a plastic chair, slurping hot broth and noodles, taking in the sweaty, honking bustle of one of south-east Asia’s most vibrant cities.

Eat it: Pho Bo Vien Thap Cam, Ho Chi Minh City DINNER AND A SHOW

Some restaurants, you go for the food. Others, it’s the atmosphere. In the case of a small Tokyo eatery called Kagaya, you’re there for the pure insanity that unfolds over a few hours of drinking and dining. This is part restaurant, part performance art, and you will probably finish the night dressed as a giant green frog.

Eat it: Kagaya, Tokyo DIM SUM RIOT

You want dumplings at Lin Heung? Then go and get them. Diners at this no-frills Hong Kong dim sum joint stalk the kitchen staff, chasing down food carts and waiving stamp cards in the air to ensure they get the best dishes. It makes for a riotous and delicious dining affair.

Eat it: Lin Heung, Hong Kong KOREA’S ‘LIVE’ OCTOPUS

Sannakji is a traditional Korean dish of raw octopus tentacles that are so fresh, they’re still moving. That’s right: diners are presented with a plate of writhing, wriggling legs that have to be chewed quickly lest they attach themselves to the inside of your mouth. It’s … challenging.

Eat it: Norjangin Fish Market, Seoul SINGAPOREAN FEAST

There are plenty of amazing high-end restaurants in Singapore, but still, the best food is at the hawker centres. Each of these food court-style eateries plays host to old-school vendors dishing up Malay, Chinese, Indian and Singaporean cuisine that has been perfected over generations.

Eat it: Tiong Bahru Food Centre, Singapore HOT UNDER THE COLLAR

There’s competition in both Thailand and India, but Asia’s spiciest food is probably Chongqing hot pot, a beloved staple for residents of this Chinese metropolis, and a serious challenge for everyone else. These bubbling vats of soup are loaded with Sichuan peppers and chillis, resulting in tongue-singeing deliciousness.

Eat it: Cygnet Hot-Pot Palace, Chongqing ON THE NOSE

Most people have a love-hate relationship with durian: love the taste, hate the smell. These spiky, football-sized fruits give off a seriously rank pong – to the point where commuters are banned from eating them on public transport – that is still worth powering through to taste its sweet flesh.

Eat it: Durian King, Kuala Lumpur; durianking成都夜总会招聘.my

Sick of politics: Ten charts that show why Donald Trump and Brexit could happen in China

shortenns’ satisfaction with democracy has collapsed to its lowest level since the Whitlam dismissal, according to a major study that shows the country in an increasingly dark and distrustful mood about politics and the economy.

The survey, conducted by the n National University, portrays a populace that is increasingly disdainful of government, lacks allegiance to the major political parties and has little trust in politicians’ abilities to improve the country’s economic performance.

The researchers who conducted the 12th n Election Study said the findings were a “wake-up call” that the conditions that led to recent political upheavals seen in Britain and the United States also exist here.

“Public satisfaction with our democratic processes and public trust in the politicians we elect are at some of the lowest levels ever recorded,” lead researcher Ian McAllister said.

“You are seeing the stirrings among the public of what has has happened in the United States with the election of [Donald] Trump, Brexit in Britain and in Italy.

“This is the start of something that has happened overseas and it’s coming here.”

The study, based on interviews with 2818 people in the three months following the July poll, has been conducted after each election since 1987, with some issues tracked since 1969.

These 10 charts demonstrate the size of the problem: 1) Satisfaction with democracy

n politicians are increasingly viewed as out of touch with the concerns of voters. Fifty-two per cent of respondents said politicians don’t know what ordinary people think, the highest result since this question was first asked in 2001. 3) Trust in government

Just 12 per cent of ns believe government is run for all the people, the equal-lowest on record. A striking 56 per cent of people think government is run for a few big interests, a dramatic increase on 38 per cent in 2007. 5) Interest in the election

Lack of interest in the election led ns to turn off their TV screens during the campaign. Twenty-one per cent of respondents said they watched the leaders’ debates – the lowest on record. This is significantly down on 32 per cent in 2013 and 47 per cent in 2010. 7) Voting volatility

ns voters have never shown such dislike of the major political parties. On a scale of zero to 10 (zero being high dislike and 10 highly liked) respondents scored Labor a 4.9, the Liberal Party 4.8 and the Nationals 4.4. 9) Government’s effect on economy

Although asylum seeker boats have stopped arriving in , the issue has spiked to its highest level of importance to voters since the Tampa election of 2001. But other evidence shows n attitudes to migrants are softening. Forty per cent believe the number of migrants in has gone too far, down from 52 per cent in 2010. More ns support boat turnbacks than not, but support is at its lowest level on record.

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