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www.ntnews.com.au Saturday, November 9, 2013. NT NEWS. 15 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:9-NGE:15 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K Council on the Ageing (NT) Inc. Peak body for Senior Territorians delivering: Advocacy A voice representing the interests of Senior Territorians Research and Policy Review Ensuring Governments make Seniors a focus Information and Education Keeping Seniors informed and interested Events Bringing Seniors together Business Hours: 9.30 4.30 M-F (excl. public hols) Spillett House, 65 Smith Street, Darwin NT 0800 GPO Box 852, Darwin NT 0801 Phone: 8941 1004 Email: email@example.com Galapagos goes on show THE Galapagos Islands will be the focus of a photographic exhibition and public lecture on November 25. The collection of 40 photographs by one of Ecuadors most successful photographers, Fernando Espinosa Chauvin, will be launched in association with a public lecture to commemorate 154 years since the publication of Charles Darwins On the Origin of Species. Following the 11.45am exhibition opening at the NT Library, Parliament House, Professor Stephen Garnett, from CDUs Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods, will give a free public lecture about the Galapagos Islands and the collaborative research between CDU and Galapagos. The event is supported by the Embassy of Ecuador in Australia, the Ministry of Tourism in Ecuador, WWF Galapagos, the Galapagos National Park Service and CDU. To attend, email RSVP@cdu.edu.au or phone 8946 6554. Darwin focus for first MOOC THE university begins its first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Monday. The free four-week MOOC, entitled Charles Darwin, Evolution and Tropical Australia, is open to anyone with a computer and internet access. It will introduce the naturalist Charles Darwin, the theory of evolution, Alfred Wallace and biogeography, and provide an overview of the adaptation of tropical organisms in Northern Australia. To enrol visit W: www.coursesites.com, then go to MOOC catalogue or visit the CDU Facebook page. Toad text provides warning A BOOK detailing the devastating impact of toads and the lessons that can be learned from species introduction will be launched this month. Cane toads: a tale of sugar, politics and flawed science, by Adjunct Professorial Fellow Dr Nigel Turvey exposes the previously untold story of how good intentions can have catastrophic outcomes. Tracing the history of where the toads came from led me to take a more in-depthlook at the reasons behind the human-induced spread of the species that originated in and was adopted by sugar growers in northern South America in the 16th and 17th centuries, Dr Turvey said. The Darwin launch will be held at 5.15pm November 15 at the NT Library, Parliament House. To attend, please email RSVP@cdu.edu.au or phone 8946 6554. Baker wins national comp CERTIFICATE III in Retail Baking student and apprentice at Bens Bakehouse Chris Field has won the Apprentice Baker section at the national Excellence in Baking 2013 competition. Chris took the top spot in the national competition after winning the NT heat at Palmerston campus. He said he was very proud to have won the NT heat, and that winning at the national level was incredible. It is good to see the Territory stand up against the rest of Australia in what was a really tough competition, Chris said. I am extremely happy for the baking team at CDUs Palmerston campus. They are world-class lecturers, and I certainly learnt a lot from them. He received $1500 in prize-money. Freecall 1800 654 967 cdu.edu.au On Campus with ON CAMPUS Spotlight on cane toads Iguana de tierra by Ecuadorian photographer Fernando Espinosa Chauvin ntnews.com.au l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l WORLD Indonesia turns back boats too By KARLIS SALNA in Nusa Dua INDONESIA has warned Australia not to expect to continue to offload asylum seekers on its shores after appearing to refuse to accept a large group of refugees rescued off Javas south coast. If confirmed, the decision to reject Australias request to disembark the group of about 63 asylum seekers effectively meant Indonesia now had its own version of the Australian Governments turn-back plan in place. The asylum seekers remained aboard a Customs vessel off Java yesterday. Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, while refusing to comment specifically on the boat subject to the rescue operation on Thursday, foreshadowed that Jakarta would no longer take back asylum seekers unless there was imminent danger. The question is under what circumstance are we bringing them to Indonesia. There wouldnt be any apparent need for them to be brought back to Indonesia, Dr Natalegawa said. Despite the development, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison at his weekly briefing earlier denied there was a stand-off between Indonesian and Australian authorities. Whats important is the people who are the subject of our assistance are all accounted for, Mr Morrison said. He said he wasnt in the business of offering micro details on military matters. The commander of Operation Sovereign Borders, Lieutenant-General Angus Campbell, also refused to provide details on the stand-off. Prime Minister Tony Abbott defended the Governments reluctance to offer details of operations at sea. Displaced children line up to receive vaccination against polio at one of the Syrian refugee camps in the southern port city of Sidon, Lebanon following an outbreak of the crippling and highly communicable disease in neighbouring Syria Picture: AP Syrian refugees with polio pose Europe risk LONDON: Refugees fleeing war-torn Syria could bring polio back to Europe. Europe was declared poliofree by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2002 but is now threatened by a new outbreak of the disease reported in Syria, experts claim. Two German infection experts writing in The Lancet medical journal highlight that the polio vaccine currently used throughout Europe is not 100 per cent effective. In parts of Europe where vaccine coverage is low including Bosnia and Herze govina, Ukraine and Austria immunisation levels might not be high enough to prevent sustained transmission of the polio virus. With large numbers of people fleeing Syria and seeking refuge in neighbouring countries and Europe, polio could reappear in areas that have been free of the disease for decades. Vaccinating only Syrian refugees must be judged as insufficient; more comprehensive measures should be taken into consideration, said Professor Martin Eichner.
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