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The Northern Territory news Thu 10 Apr 2014



The Northern Territory news Thu 10 Apr 2014

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04 NEWS THURSDAY APRIL 10 2014 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 CLP facing uphill battle in Blain THE Country Liberals are on the nose in Blain and will need the support of the crossbench to govern after Saturdays byelection, according to new internal Labor polling. Labor go-to firm Magenta Linaspolled 150 of Blains 5850 registered voters last week, revealing the challengers had gained a 5.2 percentage point lead over the CLP on a twoparty preferred basis. If accurate at the ballot boxes, the CLP would need to call on Independent MLA Gerry Wood to keep hold of Government. It would also demonstrate a stunning turnaround in the CLP stronghold, never before in Labors hands. The 2012 election saw seat incumbent and soon-to-be Chief Minister Terry Mills romp home with a two-party preferred vote of 63.2 per cent to Labors 36.8 per cent. Labor polling early last month before bush MLAs Alison Anderson, Larisa Lee and Francis Xavier quit, which then plunged the CLP into turmoil showed that Labor had closed the gap to seven percentage points. The latest polling, which has a margin of error of between 5 and 6 per cent, also shows the primary vote falling Labors way 42.8 per cent to 38.6 per cent. Independent candidate Matthew Cranitch came in third with 11.4 per cent. Mr Cranitchs own polling conducted this week suggested he had 23 per cent of the vote. By-elections historically swing to opposition parties, but Labor would need to swing of 13 per cent to clinch the seat. Blain candidates Nathan Barrett (CLP) and Geoff Bahnert (Labor) have intensified campaigning this week. Country Liberal Party director Tory Mencshelyi said that the party did not comment on polling. We do think that its a tight race and we encourage people to come out and vote in the poll that matters on Saturday, she said. Poll puts Labor ahead in traditional Libs strongholdBy ZACH HOPE Traditional owner Rodney Brown, of Larrakia, says he's been stung by deadly box jellyfish more than 2000 times since his childhood Picture: JUSTIN SANSON Confusion in stinger tales THERES a secret to surviving the poisonous sting of a deadly box jellyfish, a Darwin man who claims to have been stung thousands of times says. Larrakias Rodney Brown, 59, said the key to survival was to stay in the water and wash the tentacles off before running from the ocean to find vinegar. Mr Brown said he had been stung between 2000 and 3000 times by box jellyfish. When I was a kid, we used to chuck them on each other and have box jellyfish fights, Mr Brown said. Ive been stung thousands of times when throw-netting. But you dont leave the water quickly while its on you, go to shallow water, kneel and wash it, brush it off in the water and within 20 minutes you can be eating at Hungry Jacks. A lot of people run out of the water because its very painful, but thats a big mistake, thats when you start scarring and getting sick. The Department of Health recommends staying out of the water to avoid getting stung. It says immediate first aid is vital and cardiopulmonary resuscitation may be needed in the event of a sting. The department urges witnesses to remove the person from the water, dial 000, commence CPR if necessary and douse the sting area with vinegar to neutralise invisible stinging organelles. But new research from Queenslands James Cook University suggests up to 60 per cent more venom is discharged into the victim when vinegar is administered to the stung area. The findings have prompted calls for Australian Resuscitation Council to revise their sting treatment guidelines. Stinger season in the NT is officially from October to May. By MEGAN PALIN New lessons in school work for teachers EDUCATORS from across the Territory will gather in Darwin this week for a major education conference that will focus on exploring school improvement and autonomy. About 170 principals, teachers, and educational leaders from both government and non-government sectors will attend the 2014 Leaders Conference from April 8 to 10. The conference theme is Creating Success Together and provide a professional learning opportunity for educators to come together, share ideas and strengthen networks. Minister for Education Peter Chandler said it was timely to focus on school autonomy as this was a major part of the Education Act reform currently underway. This is a topic that interests many and will enable principals to have greater control over decision making about resourcing and other matters affecting schools, he said. Planets align but life goes on, for now ITS been touted as a rare astrological event that could herald the End of Days. Mars, Earth and the Sun yesterday aligned in a rare opposition of the planets that only happens once every 778 days. And it came six days before a full lunar eclipse. This months total eclipse is the first of four consecutive total eclipses dubbed blood moons occurring at intervals of about six months; a phenomenon called a tetrad. Some Christians believe the phenomenon represents the End of Days and the second coming of Christ. Pastor and author John Hagee, from Texas, believes yesterday marked the dawn of a hugely significant event for the world. NASA has confirmed that the tetrad has only happened three times in more than 500 years and that its going to happen now, he said. Catch the closing stages just after moonrise on April 15.

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