The Northern Territory news Thu 10 Apr 2014
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THURSDAY APRIL 10 2014 NEWS 03 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Thanks to you, we hit 100,000 Facebook likes THANKS to you, the NT News has just clocked up 100,000 Facebook likes. Our unique mix of news, entertainment, important updates, community notices and silliness from the NT and beyond (oh, and croc yarns!) has proved so popular it is by far the most Liked media page in the NT and one of the mostliked per capita pages in Australia. We love receiving your videos, photos, tips and feedback and do our best to stir it up into a mongrel mix of top Territory tales you can share with your friends. Despite covering a sparsely populated area thats home to just 210,000 people, we have managed more than 100,000 likes on Facebook, just behind The Daily Telegraph (142k Likes with Sydney population 4.2 million) and The CourierMail (116k, Brisbane 2 million). Copied, but never bettered, our page is where we bring you news, information, weather updates and the weird and wonderful from the NT and beyond. And yes, the occasional croc story! The page forms part of our extensive coverage of issues across the Territory, which includes our papers the NT News, Centralian Advocate, Darwin and Palmerston Sun, the Litchfield Sun, our mobile friendly site, plus our digital edition of the NT News and our popular Twitter feed. Thanks for making us number one by a country mile share our page with your friends and family. Check us out: www.face book.com/TheNTNews Stick it in your coin slot thanks SURFERS Paradise Metermaids have written to the NT Government warning them off using their trademark to top up expired tickets at Royal Darwin Hospital. Metermaids owner-director Roberta Aitchison in a letter to Health Minister Robyn Lambley explained her group had operated and registered the unique service since 1965, and was synonymous with Surfers Paradise. The goodwill and notoriety established by our brand, that being the friendly and positive inference of being a meter maid, is something of which we unreservedly guard as being identifiable only with Surfers Paradise, Ms Aitchison told the Minister. We would be more than happy to negotiate with you for our iconic meter maids to visit the Royal Darwin Hospital and save distressed commuters from the parking stresses of paid parking, as we have done so in the streets of Surfers Paradise for 49 years. She cheekily suggested they would use the opportunity to encourage frustrated Darwin hospital visitors to take a break on the Coast. Surfers Paradise is an ideal vacation for the getaway from the stresses of daily life such as the prospect of paid parking at the Royal Darwin Hospital, Ms Aitchison wrote. The letter was sent after the NT News revealed taxpayers would fund meter maids and men at Royal Darwin Hospital to ease public outrage about carparking fees A NT Government spokesman yesterday said the Government was working on a program to introduce parking liaison officers to help in a public education program about parking arrangements around the hospital. The NT Government is not using the terminology, as referred to by the Gold Coast meter maids, in this program, the spokesman said. It is understood parking officers will be fully clothed and wearing hats due to the heat and not topping up meters. By PAUL WESTON Crocodylus Park has received two maned wolves, named Rio and Pasho, who go on display today at the zoo Picture: ELISE DERWIN ARE they dogs, foxes, or wolves? Theyre maned wolves and two 11-month-old brothers have just arrived in Crocodylus Park in Berrimah. Rio and Pasho are two of only a dozen maned wolves in Australia. Theyre native to the South American tropical grasslands, so should be right at home in the Top End, zoo supervisor Simon Ferguson said. Theyre quite a rare species, he said. Theres less than 2500 left in the world. They look like a giant fox on stilts. Theyve really long legs and are 70cm tall at the shoulder. Theyre a large, doglike animal but theyre very shy and timid. He said they have hidden away in their enclosure since they arrived earlier this week, but would be on display to the public from today. The maned wolves are omnivores, so will be fed a fruit risotto mix. We give them a meat day and then a fruit and rice day, he said. Shy wolves step out as mane attraction Generous spirit floors charity walker RAY Palmer is rarely short of a word, but days out from beginning his 400km overland mission for war veterans and families, he is speechless. It is because of the countless organisations and community groups helping him and his team on the epic journey from Mataranka to Robertson Barracks, set to begin on Saturday. Butchers have pledged meat, supermarkets their vege tables and hotels their beds, while on Saturday, as the team departs, the Stray Cats and Katherine Krocs will face off on the rugby field to raise more than $2000. It just goes on and on, Mr Palmer said. Even Discovery Nightclub had people out there with tins I just dont know what to say or how to thank everyone, he said. Mr Palmer is walking for his son, Territory boy Private Scott Palmer, who was killed in helicopter crash in Afghanistan in 2010. But he is also walking for other families of the fallen and returned soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. For safety reasons, the team is unlikely to extend beyond 20 walkers on any given leg, but people can contribute by donating to: Families of the Fallen. ANZ Bank. BSB: 014002. Account: 187673386. By CONOR BYRNE Accidents keep ambos on the hop EMERGENCY services had a busy start to the week with four serious accidents in the Top End, two involving children, and two on the same stretch of road. A two-car crash injured a child, of unknown age, near the Caltex garage on McMillans Rd in Jingili about 10.25pm last night. Duty Superintendent Kylie Proctor said police had been investigating an alleged red light breach by one car. The child suffered a fractured leg and was taken to Royal Darwin Hospital. Earlier, a car hit a pole on the junction of Berrimah Rd and Tiger Brennan Drive. St John Ambulance brought a child to RDH as a spinal injury precaution at lunchtime. Another child and an adult were mostly uninjured. A few hours later, two cars crashed on McMillans Rd at 4.25am. Of the four occupants of both cars, the two drivers were taken to RDH. And before 6pm last night, a northbound car aquaplaned on the Stuart Highway near Coomalie Creek. The drivers leg was severely injured when it hit the drivers door and the sole occupant was taken to RDH. One lane of the highway was blocked. Any witnesses to any accidents should call 131 444. FACE THE FACTS IN the past week, the NT News Facebook page has picked up 5500 new likes MORE than half the total likes are from people outside the Territory and overseas THIS week alone, more than 1.1 million people have read our posts Surfers Paradise meter maids