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The Northern Territory news Sat 9 Nov 2013

Details:

Title

The Northern Territory news Sat 9 Nov 2013

Other title

NT news

Collection

The Northern Territory news; NewspaperNT

Date

2013-11-09

Description

This publication contains may contain links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.

Language

English

Subject

Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

Publisher name

News Corp Australia

Place of publication

Darwin

File type

application/pdf

Use

Copyright. Made available by the publisher under licence.

Copyright owner

News Corp Australia

License

https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/248966

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/568441

Page content

www.ntnews.com.au Saturday, November 9, 2013. NT NEWS. 9 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:9-NGE:9 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K 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 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 NEWS Billie OHare, 13, front, Taylor OHare, 16, Shannon McLinden, 15, will be dancing in the Celtic Rhythms show tonight Picture: HELEN ORR Irish dancers find the rhythm By CONOR BYRNE HOLD your hats and prepare to be blown away by the Rince na hEireann Irish dancers at their Celtic Rhythms show. Chairwoman Romola Sebastianpillai said 64 students of the clubs 72 members would be on the Nightcliff Middle School stage at some time during tonights performance between 7 oclock and 9.30. Weve a very varied program of choreographed pieces, Ms Sebastianpillai said. Dancers are aged from five years old to over 60. Weve very colourful costumes and also the Top End Folk Club band. Itll be a very entertaining program. Singer Anne McNamee will perform as will guest artist Christine Joyce. Weve been practising for the past six months, Ms Sebastianpillai said. There will be six sets in the first section and eight in the second of the 90-minute performance. Sacking adds insult to injury By MARIA BILLIAS A KATHERINE Town Council worker who was a victim of a brutal assault that left him unable to work for three months has been dealt a further blow by having his employment suddenly terminated by council. Anthony OFlaherty, 51, worked as an assistant works manager for the Katherine Town Council for five years, but also worked as a security officer at his secondary job at Katherines Club 23. He was allegedly assaulted while on duty at the club in June. It left him with serious health problems, including a herniated vertebra, requir ing him to fly to Sydney to see a neurosurgeon and brain trauma specialist. He will undergo neck surgery early next month. Mr OFlaherty said he was left absolutely devastated after being notified by council that his position had been terminated when he was unable to attend a meeting with council CEO David Laugher following his injury. He called this meeting to discuss my work capacity but as I had given him a medical certificate which quite clearly said due to ongoing medical condition I would be unable to attend they decided to have this meeting in my absence, Mr OFlaherty said. It was at this meeting that the decision was made to end his employment. There was no consultation . . . five years of great service and more than six weeks of sick pay not taken, and I am being treated pretty ordinary by them, he said. Katherine Town Council CEO David Laugher said it was inappropriate to comment on this matter. However in a Notice of Termination letter addressed to Mr Flaherty, Mr Laugher the position of assistant works manager is vital to the proper operation of the Works Department, and that the ability to regularly attend work at the work location is a fundamen tal requirement of the job. The letter also states that this decision has not been taken lightly (and) we understand that this may be a difficult time and encourage you to seek support if required. Mr OFlaherty said he had taken three months and 22 days off following the injury, however this was not at a financial cost to the council which was not paying him, as he was receiving a workers compensation pay-out from his secondary workplace. He has contacted the Ombudsman and is also seeking assistance for unfair dismissal through his union representative. Cops in blitz on booze crimes ALICE Springs Police nabbed six drink drivers, disposed of 400 litres of booze and breath tested 1279 drivers on Thursday night. They also issued nine traffic infringement notices, one drug infringement notice and two notices for defective vehicles. The targeted roadblocks operation was the first of many Alice Springs Police are preparing for the summer months. Commander of the Southern Command Kate Vanderlaan said the operations will target alcohol related antisocial behaviour, property related crimes, domestic violence and traffic offences. Insights into being published BUDDING Darwin writers with dreams of being published have the opportunity to attend a free workshop in Darwin today. The workshop will mix practical tips and writing exercises on sharpening your pitch, as well as how to use Darwins regional position as a strength. Author Jo Dutton, whose novel From Alice With Love has just been released, will run the workshop. Ms Dutton spent her early years in the Solomon Islands and the past 20 years in Alice Springs. The workshop will take place at the NT Writers Centre from 2-5pm.


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