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The Northern Territory news Thu 16 Jan 2014



The Northern Territory news Thu 16 Jan 2014

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www.ntnews.com.au Thursday, January 16, 2014. NT NEWS. 3 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:16-JGE:3 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K To be considered for one of these positions or for more information, please email jobs@buslink.com.au call 8947 0577 or go to our website www.buslink.com.au and follow the link to the employment page. Bus Driver Recruitment Buslink is an equal opportunity employer and take the health and safety of all our staff seriously. 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Bernadine Prince, 41, has been on remand since her arrest in May last year. The NT Supreme Court heard the empty but oddly heavy bags were loaded into her two suitcases by a woman named Mummy Rose in Nairobi, Kenya, where Prince had been at an evangelical conference. Her lawyer Jon Tippett QC told a jury: Innocent people are preyed upon. The people behind this dont care about her. The whole world now for my client is about . . . how you go about your duty as judges. But prosecutor Glen Rice dismissed the claim that the globe-trotting priest was unaware of the eight packages containing methamphetamine and heroin, worth $2 million, in her suitcases. He told the court the bags that Prince said were handcrafted in Africa were mass-produced vinyl products, some of which were labelled Made in China. He said it was implausible she was going to sell them to send the profit back to Kenya. Mr Rice said the drugs contained a chemical compound mostly used in South-East Asian manufacture. They were sewn into the lining of the bags . . . it must have been a time consuming task, he said, adding the packs were stiffened with cardboard including a piece covered in Cambodian writing. Prince spent several days in Cambodia before arriving in Darwin via Singapore. Her luggage was lost in transit. Customs worker Grant Preddy told the court he discovered the suspicious items when the suitcases arrived the next morning. Mr Rice said Prince was erratic in a desperate attempt to have the bags delivered to two different hotels without presenting herself to authorities. Clean-up for rogue trolleys PALMERSTON council has voted to spend $30,000 to clean up abandoned trolleys. The council passed a motion to allocate the money to patrolling for the trolleys until the end of the financial year. The vote was split four to three, with Mayor Ian Abbott and aldermen Sue McKinnon and Geoff Carter voting against the plan and Deputy Mayor Andrew Byrne and aldermen Heather Malone, Seranna Shutt and Paul Bunker for it. The trolley patrol will exclude the CBD and focus on the surrounding suburbs of Driver, Farrar, Gray, Moulden, Woodroffe, Gunn and Durack. Instead of fining individuals, the council will impound the trolleys and fine the owners such as the major supermarkets and retail stores. Uh oh, now dogs are chasing parked cars Jenny Collier with one of the mudflaps ripped off by the crazed dog and, below, some of its deep teeth gouges in the paintwork Picture: HELEN ORR By ZACH HOPE A CRAZED canine with a taste for mudflaps has savaged the parked car of a dogfearing Ludmilla retiree, causing $2700 damage. Jenny and Ian Collier were enjoying a Dirty Harry movie on Monday night when they heard what they believed was an argument in front of their Tudawali St home shortly before 11pm. Turns out the argument involved Jennys innocent 2009 Holden Commodore, which was parked in the driveway, and an unknown and still at-large dog. We started listening because we thought someone was being attacked, Jenny said. But we could only hear the dog, then we thought it was attacking the wheelie bin. Ian went outside to invest igate to find the car rocking and a dog, for reasons only it would know, ripping at a rear mud flaps. Jenny, who admits her cynophobia can be socially crippling at the best of times, sat horrified. This has compounded my fear 10-fold, she said. I dont think I could be any more scared of them. Even if you paid me to pat one, I dont think my hand would go there. All my friends know if a dog is going to jump on me I just go to pieces. Ian went around the back to get a walking stick and came back shouting. He ran away, but he had already done both sides by then, Ian said. I guess he thought his job was over. The mudflaps had been torn from the car and a closer inspection revealed deep gashes from the dogs teeth in several other places on the cars body, which, thankfully for the Colliers, was insured. Jenny could only assume the dog, which they described only as medium sized, was trying to get at a possum or cat. Curiously, it was not the first time a car parked in their driveway had run foul of a dog. Seven or eight years ago, their daughters car was also attacked by a random dog for no apparent reason. Its probably time to get a fence, Jenny said. Pooling talent to save lives PREVENTING pool drownings is what seven Northern Territory competitors hope to do best at the Australian Pool Life Saving Championships starting today. They have travelled to Canberra for the three-day contest, run by Royal Life Saving Australia, to compete with more than 160 others from across Australia. Sport and events officer for Royal Life Saving Australia Emma MacMillan said they would get right into it. The ages range from 11 to early 60s, and its great for anyones development. The Northern Territory team is co-captained by Max Oliphant-Hand and Umima Shah-Munro, and also holds the talents of Mark Fitzsimons, Lysa Hoang and Aari Oliphant-Hand. All from Darwin, the small team aims to make a big impact. Ms MacMillan said they would compete in events based on potential real-life rescue scenarios.

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