Sunday Territorian 18 May 2014
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04 NEWS SUNDAY MAY 18 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Suspected teen arsonist spotted by chopper crew A SUSPECTED firebug is on the loose in Darwin. A teenager was caught setting alight bushland behind the Royal Darwin Hospital thanks to the eagle eyes of a CareFlight chopper crew. In a case of good timing, the helicopter was taking off from the hospitals helipad about 1.30pm on Friday after dropping off a critically ill Tiwi Islands man when they spotted theteen. About every 10 paces hed stop and bend down and a fire would break out, Mr Badhamsaid. It was windy and within a couple of minutes the small fire turned to flames and smoke; it took up very quickly. Mr Badham said the medical crew had a better vantage point to spot the suspected arsonist, something RDH staff wouldnt have been able to do from the ground due to smoke. He said hospital security was notified and they apprehended a 17-year-old boy. The Sunday Territorian understands police were contacted but yesterday it appeared they unaware of the incident. Duty Superintendent Greg Pusterla said he could not find the job in the police database, When Duty Superintendent Louise Jorgensen took over in the mid-afternoon yesterday, she said no one was in custody but confirmed the blaze was under investigation. NT firefighters also confirmed they had attended a scrub fire not a controlledburn. Investigations are continuing, The increasingly dry conditions this time of year in the Top End means fires have the potential to quickly fan out ofcontrol. Fisho Stu Macpherson spotted this sea eagle, with an arrow embedded in its torso, along Leaders Creek By TAMARA HOWIE A SEA eagle flying around for two weeks with a steel arrow lodged in its body has shocked and disturbed fishermen and wildlife rangers. Stu Macpherson spotted the white bellied sea eagle with the arrow in its belly when he was out fishing at Leaders Creek with friends on Friday. They reported the birds injury to the Leaders Creek Fishing Base staff who said they had contacted Parks and Wildlife about the same bird two weeks earlier. Despite the steel arrow penetrating the bird, Mr Macpherson said it didnt seem impeded or bothered by it. It seemed to be flying perfectly well, Mr Macpherson said. It was swooping down and picked up a fish out of the water. Rangers at Parks and Wildlife searched for the bird unsuccessfully two weeks ago. Parks and Wildlife Ranger Ray Chatto said in his 35 years experience he had never seen a bird survive for so long with this sort of injury. Penalties of up to five years imprisonment or a $70,500 fine could be given to anyone who killed or harmed a protected species. He urged anyone who had seen anyone with a crossbow or bow and arrow in the area two weeks ago to contact rangers. Rangers will attempt to trap the bird to treat the injury. Wounded sea eagle a disturbing sight Mum stays alert while brain tumour removed A MELBOURNE woman has had a tumour the size of her fist removed from her brain while she was awake. The technique allowed Lisa Knabes surgeon to check that her ability to move and speak remained unimpaired as he carefully removed the cancer. The surgery came just days after husband Ben found the mother of three having a seizure. A tumour had ballooned inside the 38-year-olds brain. St Vincents Private Hospital neurosurgeon Paul Smith told her the best way to remove it was to perform surgery while she was awake. It was a shock, but I just thought, Ive got to get this thing out, Mrs Knabe said. Mr Smith said she was at a very high risk of losing move ment after surgery, as the tumour was close to areas that control the co-ordination of movement, planning, speaking and understanding speech. Keeping Mrs Knabe awake allowed him to identify and avoid vital areas. Pyne anger at students jostling Julie PROTESTING students who jostled and abused Foreign Minister Julie Bishop as she visited Sydney Uni are guilty of assault, Education Minister Christopher Pyne said. Mr Pyne called on Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to join the Government in strongly condemning the incomprehensible behaviour of the students who were protesting against proposed cuts to higher education funding. Ms Bishop was attending the university to announce a further 1000 students would be able to study overseas under new government funding when she was confronted by about 20 students. No cuts, no fees, no corporate universities, they shouted. Everyone is entitled to have a view, Mr Pyne said. But the behaviour of the students was assault. Top End sees tidy surge in graduates HIGHER leveleducationin the Northern Territory has increased across the last 10 years, on par with the rest of the nation. Data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals the two NT regions Darwin and Outback have both seen an increase in the amount of qualified residents aged 20 to 64. Higher level education refers to qualifications higher than Year 12 level, includingcertificate levels III and IV, diplomas and advanced diplomas, and university levelqualifications. The data, taken from 2001 and 2011 census information, says the number of Certificate III attainments and above had gone up by 12,840 in Darwin in 10 years to 37,742. That is 47.4 per cent of the population who completed census forms in 2011, up 8.9 per cent from 38.5 per cent of residents in 2001. The Outback had a similar showing a 7.1 per cent increase to 33.8 per cent of the adult population in 2011. The ABS reported last October that this figure was the lowest rate in Australia, recognising the vast regions rural and remote areas. But in the Outback region, the amount of people attaining education above Certificate III was 495 more than the rise in residents filling out the census. Those in the Outback attaining Certificates I and II also saw a rise, jumping from 789 to 1190 in the decade to 2011. In Darwin, Certificate I and II attainments dropped 1.1 per cent from 1741 to 1269 people. EDEN GARDEN ESTATE OPEN TODAY 12-3PM, THU 5-6.30PM 69 Boulter Road, Berrimah (Off Amy Johnson Ave) Don Parmenter 0414 455 021 email@example.com Kim Farrar 0409 090 591 Residential multi duplex development Mins to Darwin, CBD, Palmerston & Casuarina Spacious 120m2 130m2 living space 3 BED x 2 BATH Ideally priced for 1st home buyers & Investors DISPLAY HOME OPEN TODAY Built by Halikos
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