The Northern Territory news Mon 17 Nov 2014
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MONDAY NOVEMBER 17 2014 NEWS 05 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Youll live longer in Liberia than NT bush PEOPLE living in remote areas of the Northern Territory have a shorter life expectancy than those living in Liberia the West African country currently in the throes of the Ebola crisis. Latest ABS data shows the Northern Territory has the lowest life expectancies across the board. The statistics revealed that people living in very remote parts of the Territory are only expected to live until 52.2 years of age, while people living in remote areas have slightly better odds at 62.6 years of age. People living in areas classified as outer regional (Darwin) have a life expectancy of 68. According to the World Health Organisation the life expectancy in Liberia for men is 60 and 63 for women. The life expectancy for very remote Territorians is more than 10 years behind the Australian average of 63.9. The Australian life expectancy for people living in remote areas and outer regional areas is 73.5 and 79.2 respectively. Eighty per cent of the NTs life expectancy gap can be put down to the high rates of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease and cancer in indigenous Territorians. Heart disease is the Territorys biggest killer and the rates of diabetes are three to four times higher among Aboriginal people than non-Aboriginal people. Dr Christine Connors has worked in the Northern Territory for 25 years; she was involved in developing the NT Preventable Chronic Disease Strategy and is program director of the NT Preventable Chronic Disease Program. No matter what the chronic disease is Dr Connors said the major cause of it was poverty. Of the Aboriginal population in the Territory nearly 60 per cent were in the most disadvantaged group in society while 30 per cent of Territorians are in the most advantaged group, she said. Dr Connors said the key to breaking generational poverty was supporting more Aboriginal kids to graduate Year 12. By JILL POULSEN Cheeky Larissas booty a beauty A BRAZILIAN ring-in has taken the inaugural title of Darwins best booty at Nightcliffs Beachfront Hotel on Saturday night. Larissa Torres, 31, did her country proud, taking the title from a well-rounded field of locals. Ms Torres, who moved to Darwin four months ago, said that keeping fit was the secret behind having a superior posterior. I do a lot running and yoga, she said. Its the first time Ive done anything like this, but people have been telling me for years that I give a competition like this a go. Beachfront Hotel marketing manager Amanda Pernechele said the contest was part of the hotels ongoing efforts to raise money towards for the Leukaemia Foundation. It was a massive night, she said. In the past two months weve raised over $17,000 for them. Ms Pernechele said the hotel had seen the success of Humpty Doo Taverns long-running competition for best booty in the rural area, and decided the city was in need of an equivalent contest. Ms Pernechele said the competition was so successful that it would now become an annual event. Ms Torres booty will be up against a trio of Humpty Bumptys when the citys three most delectable derrires face off against the rural areas three best bums. The city versus country showdown is on November 29 at the Beachfront and will also aid the Leukaemia Foundation. Itll be a battle of beach versus bush, said Ms Pernechele.Darwins best booty competition winner Larissa Torres shows of her winning assets Picture: HELEN ORR Melbourne farewell for Hardy THE family and friends of Joshua Hardy gathered yesterday for a memorial service at The University of Melbournes Trinity College. Mr Hardy, who was from Darwin, was studying in Melbourne and was killed last month in a late night attack at a fast food restaurant. His funeral, attended by hundreds of mourners, was held in Darwin on October 31. Mr Hardys family and friends remembered him as a gentle, generous individual who was proud of his indigenous heritage and was full of potential. His father, David, expressed pity for his sons killer. Every morning hes going to have to look at himself in the mirror, he said. Ultrasound eases pain for hospital THE Royal Darwin Hospital has purchased a state-of-theart portable ultrasound for its Paediatrics Ward that will mean blood can be taken without even touching the patient. The Breezes Muirhead community raised $9000 for the hospital to buy the machine. The ultrasound, known as Accuvein, helps medical staff to accurately find a suitable vein for a cannula or to collect a blood sample, without touching the patient. RDH boss Christine Dennis said: The Accuvein will undoubtedly reduce the stress and pain of multiple attempts at cannulation for many of our young patients. She said it would make a positive difference, especially for children. Breezes Muirhead is a new residential development 14 kilometres north of Darwins CBD. Fears for man on highway THE merciless and scorching roadside of the Lasseters Highway was the last place 45-yearold Sergey Bezsmertny was seen three weeks ago. Police hold grave concerns for the missing Victorian man who had a white shirt wrapped around his head as a makeshift hat and only 1.5L of water. A witness provided this new information to police on Wednesday, placing Mr Bezsmertny on the Highway just 20km east of Yulara at about 2pm on October 24. Senior Sergeant Michael Potts, from the Central Desert Division, said Mr Bezsmertnys backpack was found on the salt lake behind the Mt Conner lookout on the Lasseters Highway about 11am the next day. Witnesses are urged to contact Police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. By CRAIG DUNLOP
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