The Northern Territory news Fri 15 Jul 2016
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FRIDAY JULY 15 2016 NEWS 09 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA RSPCA Darwin is suffering from moggy-overload and has reduced adoption fees to make it easier for their shelter cats to find forever homes. RSPCA Darwin general manager Kerri Ann Laurence said they had 41 cats at the Berrimah shelter and 50 in foster care. In our cattery, most cats are averaging more than 90 [days] at the shelter, which is just too long, she said. The cats here are in a noisy cage and competing attention theyre obviously better off on someones couch. Ms Laurence said RSPCA had reduced the adoption fee for cats over six months old down to $49 until next Thursday to help the homeless kitties find their purrfect match. And while weve lowered the adoption fee, we will still put the same time and effort into matching the right cat with the right family, she said. Ms Laurence encouraged anyone who had considered adopting a cat to take advantage of the deal. If you adopt a shelter cat, you are saving a life, she said. A PETROL sniffer destroyed his mothers house by setting fire to a pile of his own clothes because his family tried to enter him into rehab, a court has heard. Kevin King, 24, was sentenced to four and a half years imprisonment in the Northern Territory Supreme Court for causing damage to a building using fire and going armed in Petrol sniffer cops jail for destroying house public in Alpurrurulam on January 19 this year. The court heard that police served King an order requiring him to participate in a program for 16 weeks at Drug and Alcohol Services Association in Alice Springs. He then threatened to stab four family members with a knife, before he went to his room, put his clothes in a pile and set them ablaze using a cigarette lighter. King believed his family had dobbed him into police, the court was told. He let the dogs out as he left through the back door. The dwelling was destroyed and is estimated to cost $500,000 to replace. Justice Brian Martin said Kings family were trying to intervene because his behaviour was not as it should be. You were a petrol sniffer and you believed, quite wrong ly, that you were able to manage your petrol sniffing and continue to work and lead a normal life. It is a loss of severe consequences for your mother and in a more general way, a loss for the community, he said. When you were asked your reason for lighting the fire, you said that you did not know and that you were, just real angry, thats all. The court heard that on October 16, 2013, King held police officers at bay while brandishing a knife inside a compound. Unfortunately, you were introduced to petrol sniffing by older members of the community at the age of 14 and petrol-sniffing became a major problem because you were addicted, Justice Martin said. The sentence will be suspended after he has served two years and three months. TOM VOLLING Science students in the field ENVIRONMENTAL science students from across Australia and overseas travelled 450km along the Top Ends rainfall gradient to boost their field skills. Nine Charles Darwin University students made scientific observations at sites along the subcontinental rainfall gradient during the 10-day field intensive between Darwin and Mataranka. Professor of Environmental Science Lindsay Hutley said the students explored the impact of fire on vegetation structure and function at the sites, which shared the same rainfall patterns. The field intensive has provided students with the opportunity to develop essential field study skills, he said. Students travelled by fourwheel drive and bus along the gradient to the Douglas Daly and Adelaide River regions, Batchelor, Litchfield National Park and other areas. Rare virus detected in human A STRAIN of the dengue virus previously thought to only be transmitted between mosquitoes and monkeys has been detected in a human. Researchers at Queensland Healths Forensic and Scientific Services recently made the discovery, describing the strain as a rare and distant relative of the more common dengue type 1 virus. The new strain is very different to more common dengue viruses, which are usually transferred between mosquitoes and humans, Dr Alyssa Pyke from the FSS Public Health Virology laboratory said. The discovery was made during routine testing of a Queensland patient who had returned from Brunei and was showing signs of dengue fever. Further testing showed they had contracted a strain of dengue type 1 that we normally dont see in human patients. The RPSCA has too many cats so they have reduced adoption fees for cats over six months old. 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