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The Northern Territory news Fri 18 Oct 2013



The Northern Territory news Fri 18 Oct 2013

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www.ntnews.com.au Friday, October 18, 2013. CARSguide NT NEWS. 13 Leaders in Commercial and Residential Property Services Let Colliers NT accelerate your success 8997 0888 396 Stuart Highway, Winnelie www.colliersnt.com Our Commitment to Real Estate Service is our commitment to you! 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 NATION Everest victim mourned Dean Higgins ADELAIDE: A man who died after being buried under an avalanche on Mt Everest has been described as a beautiful man, who loved his wife and daughter. Dean Higgins, 60, of Adelaide dug himself and his wife, Wendy, out after the avalanche hit on Tuesday. A Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesman said Australian embassy officials in Beijing were providing her with assistance. Chinese state media said three Tibetans also died in the avalanche and reported that Mr Higgins died as a result of altitude sickness, poor health and age. The couple, who worked as Mortgage Choice franchisees, were among the companys best sellers. Mrs Higgins is one of just two people who have made the companys prestigious Hall of Fame. Her husband was a director for the company. Mortgage Choice chief executive Michael Russell described Mr Higgins as a beautiful man who loved his wife and daughter Sara. He was very dignified and had a great sense of humour, Mr Russell said. perish in Laos air tragedy Explosives expert Michael Creighton, who was among the victims, was engaged Gordon Bruce Creighton was hit by a strong gust of wind, causing the Frenchbuilt ATR 72-500 twin-turbo to shoot its nose upwards and crash as it battled the fierce weather. It was completely submerged in the Mekong River when rescuers arrived. Pictures on Thai television showed what appeared to be bodies on the banks of the river as distraught onlookers gathered around. Its complete chaos out front, as emergency vehicles grapple with usual traffic on this pot-holed, muddy stretch of road, a foreign resident of Pakse told local media. Hundreds of people are loitering about, some curious, others presumably concerned for their loved ones. Its absolute horror. The flight manifest revealed more than half of those on board were foreign nationals from Australia, France, South Korea, the US, China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Canada and Malaysia. Seventeen people were listed as Laos nationals. A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesman yesterday said Australian officials were making their way to the crash scene. We expect the recovery and identification efforts will recommence at first light. This may take some time, the spokesman said. Investigators were last night yet to determine an official cause of the crash. A spokesman from aircraft manufacturer ATR said yesterday the state-owned Lao Airlines has a fleet of six ATR-72 planes. The airline has a chequered safety record with an airline ratings service yesterday saying Lao Airlines had failed to participate in a safety audit prior to the deadly crash. Laos has had 29 fatal air accidents since the 1950s, according to the Aviation Safety Network, whose data showed the countrys safety record has improved dramatically in the last decade. The last fatal air accident was in October 2000 when eight people died when a plane operated by the airline, then called Lao Aviation, crashed in remote mountains. Passport to a world of trouble By MILES KEMP Lost passports in thewrong handsmay assist criminals and terrorists to gain illegal entry into countries THE theft of hundreds of Australian passports in terrorism hot spots around the world is a direct threat to national security, experts warn. After fighting for two years to keep secret the locations where the passports were stolen, the Department of Foreign Affairs has been forced to release all reports of stolen documents since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. The details show that while most were taken in Australias favourite travel destinations, many were reported missing at the nations consular offices in crime and terrorism capitals like Baghdad, Amman, Bali, Cairo, Kabul, Islamabad, and Riyadh. Since September 11, 1633 Australian passports have been stolen or lost across the Middle East, including 29 in war-torn Baghdad, and 60 in the Iranian capital, Tehran. In Dubai, where Israeli agents are believed to have used a stolen Australian passport to assassinate a Palestinian official in 2010, 120 of our nations passports have gone missing since September 2001. DFAT has been campaigning to raise public awareness about the risk of stolen passports falling into the hands of terrorists and other criminals, who could use them to attack Australians here or overseas. Despite this, DFAT tried for almost two years to keep the losses secret. It was this week forced to reveal to The Advertiser details of the thefts by Freedom of Information Com missioner Dr James Popple, who rejected the departments claims that the release to the public would threaten its investigations. UniSA terror and security expert Dr Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo said that in the wrong hands, the passports could be used by terrorists. Lost passports in the wrong hands may assist criminals and terrorists to gain illegal entry into countries, he said. He said passports were also valuable to criminals and security threats when they were in Australia, because they were the primary system of official identification within the nations borders. In addition, passports are often used as an identity document, especially in countries such as Australia without a national identification card system, and can be used to facilitate other criminal activities such as identity fraud, fraud and other crimes, Dr Choo said. Sewage sip solution AUSTRALIANS are likely to have to rely on drinking recycled water, including treated sewage, to guarantee supply in coming decades. A peak independent research organisation the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering has released a report that says recycling water is the best way to combat future droughts and it is crucial that towns and cities begin planning. The report finds recycled water is better for the environment, uses less energy, requires lower capital and costs up to half as much to operate as the most valid alternative of desalination. The biggest obstacle is the yuck factor but the reports lead author, Dr Stuart Khan, is confident that can be overcome. Always when you talk about recycled water for drinking there are people in the community who are very uncomfortable with that, he said. There is a fringe of people who will never be happy. But for the mainstream, certainly the water industry itself recognises we need to do more to recycle water. Dob in dirty pollies THEY talked up Australia during the campaign, but politicians have now been accused of rubbishing the country literally. Keep Australia Beautiful has launched a campaign asking the public to dob in election signs still hanging around their communities and creating an eyesore. With polling day nearly six weeks ago, the group says its time politicians cleaned up after themselves. People are being asked to snap photos of offending signs and report them to Keep Australia Beautifuls LITTLE Committee of young anti-litter crusaders, who will take up the case with the candidate or party. Election signs are known to get blown off telegraph poles in windy weather, or just deteriorate so that they become litter items by the sides of roads, train lines, and in the street, the committees Mia Vissenjoux said. Candidates need to set an example and remember to clean up after themselves. Dob via facebook.com/ thelittlecommittee or email media@little.org.au.

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