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The Northern Territory news Thu 22 May 2014



The Northern Territory news Thu 22 May 2014

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04 NEWS THURSDAY MAY 22 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Firebug gone in puff of smoke THE mystery of the missing Top End firebug continues. Five days since the story of the alleged teenage arsonist was reported in the Sunday Territorian no one has been held accountable. The suspect was allegedly spotted lighting fires in bushland near Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) last Friday by staff in a CareFlight helicopter. The helicopter was hovering above the bushland after dropping off an ill patient. RDH spokeswoman Golden Noble-Harris confirmed the incident yesterday. At approximately 13:45 hours on Friday, May 16, a fire was observed in the bush area behind the helipad, Ms Noble-Harris said. Security officers detained the suspect at RDH until he was taken into custody by two NT Police officers and placed in the cage of the police vehicle. But what happened next is still unclear, as NT police have been unable to provide any further detail on the incident such the suspects name, age or gender. The alleged arsonist was first reported as being a 17year-old male. There is currently no one in custody and no charges have been laid, but the investigation remains ongoing, NT police media manager Sarah Gotch said, in response to questions by NT News. Whether the suspect escaped or was allowed to go free is unknown. The Top End is more susceptible to fire at this time of year, with the dry season conditions making it easier for scrub to catch alight. Anyone with any information about the matter can call police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Man on stomping charge CHARGES have been laid against a 21-year-old man who allegedly stomped on another mans head on Katherines main street in daylight. The 43-year-old alleged victim from Beswick, about 100km east of Katherine, was left unconscious as the other man allegedly fled after the incident at the corner of Lindsay and Katherine terraces about 6.50pm on Monday. The injured man was flown by CareFlight to Royal Darwin Hospital after initial treatment in Katherine Hospital. The alleged offender was arrested yesterday, remanded in custody, and will face charges of aggravated assault at Katherine Magistrates Court today. CDUs digital evolution A HIGH number of students completing university courses online is a key factor behind the launching of a digital media centre at Charles Darwin University. Innovative Media Production Studio (IMPS) team leader Alison Lockley said about 75 per cent of CDU students studied partially or fully online. The online space is becoming more and more important and CDU wants to tread firmly in that area, she said. Its only going to grow. The IMPS will use the latest in interactive digital technology to enhance online learning experiences for the CDU students. It aims to make online learning engaging and interactive by creating learning aids, such as games and web apps. The IMPS fitout has already been nominated for an award in the 2014 NT Architecture Awards for its creative space. Mystery surrounds what happened to arson suspect No butts about it, Darwin jeans police concept is a crack up Bit of craic ... Jai Lee King, of Woodroffe, Michael Teddie-Whitmore, of Karama, and Alex Harrison, of Jingili Picture: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD DARWIN is the most unlikely city in Australia to start fining people for letting their pants hang too low below the waist, an online bookmaker says. The City Council of Pikeville, Tennessee, has declared that trousers worn three inches from the hip are unacceptable and offenders will be fined $US25. Online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au has opened betting on what Aussie city will follow suit. Darwin is the roughie at $11 because bookies say the Top End capital is too hot to swag the heat. Sportsbet.com.au spokesman Shaun Anderson said: We think the Darwinites would be more likely to wear shorts than jeans anyway. Melbourne is the favourite at $3 ahead of Sydney at $4. Darwin man Michael Teddie-Whitmore, 20, said he preferred to wear his jeans a bit higher than the butt crack, rather than the traditional low riding bum. Michael and mates Alex Harrison, 18, and Jai Lee King, 17, said it was mostly gangsters sporting the fashion faux pas. They agreed jeans shouldnt go lower than the elastic band. Sportsbet.com.aus Will Byrne agreed: Cracks are wack. Unless youre on a work site we shouldnt be seeing them. They should be banned before we become the butt of everyones joke. Mundine comments criticised SHADOW Minister for Indigenous Policy Ken Vowles has slammed Warren Mundine for sending the message that Aboriginal people must turn their backs on culture to achieve prosperity. Mr Mundine had spoken at a conference in Darwin on Tuesday about modern Aboriginal people misusing their perceptions of traditional culture to not fulfil their obligations, like work or schooling. Mr Vowles said Mr Mundine should engage with indigenous Territorians to experience the cultural practices he had questioned and understand the living conditions set to get worse from the severe cuts to Indigenous Affairs in the Federal Budget. Over half of all Aboriginal Territorians live in remote communities that suffer from lack of infrastructure, services and opportunities, he said. Mr Vowles believes land rights are also being threatened by the Liberal agenda. The land rights of indigenous Territorians are being attacked by the CLP and Liberal agenda, Mr Vowles said. Indigenous-owned land is highly valuable. Traditional owners are being pressured to release this land in exchange for basic amenities and services. Mr Vowles said the lives of indigenous Territorians facing extreme disadvantage in communities throughout the NT would not be improved by such a self-serving and headlinegrabbing lecture as given by Mr Mundine. All the latest on aviation safety THE latest information on aviation safety and regulatory reform will be delivered by experts at seminars in Darwin. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) advisers will talk about the latest safety trends, operations at non-controlled aerodromes, infringements, and education at the seminar at Rydges Darwin Airport Resort on June 24. Aero clubs and other aviation organisations can run the AvSafety seminars, but CASA cannot pay overheads beyond reasonable operating costs. See casa.gov.au/avsafety for details and registration for the free seminars. Help your child to be a safe pedestrian by: ensuring they take the safest route to school; only walking on the footpath; and always using a school or pedestrian crossing to cross a road. For more information contact Road Safety on 1800 720 144. www.roadsafety.nt.gov.au National Walk Safely to School Day Friday 23 May 2014

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