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The Northern Territory news Mon 15 Feb 2016



The Northern Territory news Mon 15 Feb 2016

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16 NATION MONDAY FEBRUARY 15 2016 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 been all over. As it was I lost about as much blood as you can without dying about 60 per cent. Ms Mondy required 16 hours of surgery and 226 stitches to close the wounds on her arm, neck and face. Returning to the water presented an enormous mental challenge, and fittingly she was aboard fellow shark attack victim Rodney Foxs dive expedition boat. Ms Mondy described the nerves she felt as she geared up for the dive, with a large great white circling close by. The shark was big about the size of the one that had me in its jaws, she said. Ms Mondy feels no ill will towards sharks despite her ordeal and is a vocal campaigner for their conservation. Sharks deserve our respect and are a vital part of the oceans ecosystem, she said. The launch of the Nature Films Network doco is yet to be confirmed. NEIL KEENE LISA Mondy almost died the first time she came face to face with a great white shark. Her second encounter wasnt quite so traumatic, but incredible nonetheless. The 29-year-old this week overcame fears few could conquer to return to the water for a closer look at the kind of predator that mauled her savagely in Port Stephens in 2011. As part of a wildlife documentary, Ms Mondy who now actively campaigns for shark welfare dived with a large female great white off the coast of South Australia. There was a moment when she cruised alongside the cage like a jumbo jet, she said. I was right against the edge to see her as close as I Shark attack survivor Lisa Mondy is now swimming with great whites, and (centre inset) her horrific injuries. Main picture: Peter Lorimer NO HARD FEELINGS Shark victim back in water with a killer could and really felt dwarfed by her sheer size. Thoughts of being injured in the water did flick through my head. I was almost frozen in awe of her, and of my survival. Ms Mondy was wakeboarding with friends when a 4m white pointer attacked, grabbing her upper arm and head in its mouth. I was pretty much looking down its throat, she said, recalling the terrifying incident. It took my brachial artery out of my arm, along with a lot of muscle and veins, and severed three of the four major nerves in my arm. It was extremely close to the artery in my neck, too. They said if that was even just nicked it would have Plans for tying knot shattered in tragedy A MELBOURNE man was weeks away from proposing to the love of his life when she was struck by a car and killed outside the wedding reception of her close friend. Scott Riley was up late on Saturday night planning a surprise Valentines Day helicopter ride over the Great Ocean Rd for his girlfriend DarcyJaine Hopwood, when he received a phone call delivering him the most tragic news of his life. The nurse and first-aid teacher, 22, died on Saturday night after being hit by a car walking out of her friends wedding reception on Browns Rd in Boneo. The couple were about to embark on a trip of a lifetime, heading to Europe and talking about getting married. She had always asked me to go up the Great Ocean Rd, Mr Riley said. I told her we were doing something else, but really we were going to stay in Lorne and hop on a motorbike up the Great Ocean Rd and do a helicopter ride. Mr Riley said they had only been in a relationship for seven months but he knew she was the one. She was absolutely beautiful, she was so kind and intelligent and always there for you, he said. She meant everything to me, and now I dont have anything left and even if I did, it wouldnt seem real without her. We were booked to go to Europe on the 25th of February. We had one-way tickets and were just going to see how it was going to go. The driver of the car, a 61year-old man, stopped and is assisting police with their inquiries. Police are investigating and will prepare a report for the coroner. Riley and Hopwood Aussie scam artist on run after sheikh-down AN AUSSIE conman has been placed on Interpols wanted list after he duped an Arab sheikh out of $US500,000. Flamboyant cigar smoking fraudster John Varoujan is already on the run from Australia after he duped investors out of $40 million. Now the NT News can reveal that the conman was placed behind bars by police in the United Arab Emirates but after four days Australian diplomats secured his release. George Thomas, vice president of the Al-Bassam Group in Dubai, said: This man pre sented a very convincing prospectus for his Gold Hedge Royalty company to our principal on his yacht and he invested $US500,000. But shortly after receiving the money Varoujan, whose real name is Varoujan Yaghldjian, fled the country. After we had discovered he was a scam artist we found out that he was back in Abu Dhabi on a visit, said Mr Thomas, who arranged a sting to try to catch him. A meeting was set up with Varoujan but he did not show, possibly after getting a tip-off. Swede relief is at hand for our broken hearts BRISBANE: Mending a broken heart is no easy task but Australian scientists are hopeful theyre on track to find a solution. Researchers have used Valentines Day, when matters of the heart are at the forefront of peoples minds, to outline new research that could lead to more donor hearts being successfully transplanted. Last year 381 of the organs were available for transplant, but due to a range of issues, such as damage during transportation, just 81 could be used. Professor John Fraser, from Brisbanes Prince Charles Hospital Critical Care research group, says donor hearts are stored and transported on ice, but they do not receive a constant oxygen supply. But hes hopeful thats about to change through the help of an experimental Swedish machine donated to the hospital. The equipment supplies the donor heart with oxygen during storage and transport, while keeping it cold which helps reduce damage to the organ. In a country as vast as Australia, time is of the essence, he said. PMs new L-platers are going nowhere: Shorten CANBERRA: Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says the Prime Ministers reshuffle cant disguise the fact there are a whole lot of L-plate ministers running around trying to make informed decisions just months out from the budget. The Turnbull Government is in a bit of chaos, Mr Shorten told reporters in Melbourne yesterday, the day after Malcolm Turnbull delivered his new-look ministerial team. The reshuffle brought more women and younger talent to the front bench after the retirement announcements of Na tionals leader Warren Truss and Trade Minister Andrew Robb, and the dumping of three ministers. Liberal frontbencher Simon Birmingham said Mr Turnbull had seized the opportunity to regenerate the team ahead of this years election. The new ministers including Queensland Liberal Steve Ciobo, 41, who takes over from Mr Robb, and Victorian Nationals Darren Chester, 48, who assumes the infrastructure and transport portfolios from Mr Truss will be sworn in on Thursday.

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