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The Northern Territory news Tue 30 Jul 2013



The Northern Territory news Tue 30 Jul 2013

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

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www.ntnews.com.au Tuesday, July 30, 2013. NT NEWS. 9 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:30-JGE:9 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K TOMORROW IN YOUR ~ C>?4=334E4;>?<4=C70E40B0H ~ >??>ACD=8CH:=>2:B0C=4F>?B7>? ~ 28CH20A?0A:?;0= DARWIN, PALMERSTON AND LITCHFIELD COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS 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 Carnie takes losing punt By NICOLE MILLS Avoids stretch in pokie despite long recordA CARNIE who spent a drunken night at SkyCity Casino celebrating the end of the Royal Darwin Show has been convicted and fined $800 for stealing money from several pokie machines. Troy Hopgood, 24, sat in the dock wearing no shoes, a collared shirt and long denim shorts as the court heard how he took keys off a counter and used them to unlock pokie machines early Sunday morning. Defence lawyer David Woodroffe said Hopgood was supported in court by his employer and had only stolen the unknown amount of money as a drunken dare. He basically travels around Australia for amusement work, Mr Woodroffe said. He was . . . enjoying celebrations post the Royal Darwin Show. But police prosecutor Ivan Marinov said when police arrested Hopgood at the showgrounds in Berrimah a couple of hours later he told them: I just wanted to get some quick cash. Mr Marinov said Hopgood injured his hand during the theft and left blood and skin on one of the machines. Magistrate Michael Carey heard Hopgood had never been in court in the Territory but had a list of convictions in other states. He heard Hopgood had already spent two days in custody and was due to start work in Dubbo, New South Wales, next week. You are an extremely foolish person, Mr Carey said. Given your history you probably should be going to prison, however Im going to give you one more chance. He was convicted and fined $800 plus a $150 victims levy. The crime prompted a pun laden Facebook post from Senior Sergeant Garry Smith on the NT Police Facebook page on Sunday. He said the 24-year-old took a punt on himself and was trumped. What he didnt bet on was the NT Police sending in their Aces, Sen-Sgt Smith said. We laid our cards on the table, took a couple of long shots and welcomed him into our winning circle. Pensioner deal today RETIRED military personnel whose pensions have been unfairly indexed will get a more generous deal today as the Government moves to deliver after the Coalition promised to fix the injustice. Thousands of pensioners aged over 65 on two schemes linked to the consumer price index will have their income rises set to the more generous pensioners and beneficiaries cost of living index, Defence Materiel Minister Mike Kelly will announce today. The move comes after a decades-long struggle by retired service men and women who have seen their wealth diminish, and six years after Prime Minister Kevin Rudd promised he would help them. Labors move is less generous than what Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has promised to do if the Coalition won government. Canadian backpacker Emilie Chateauvert took the chance to cool off in Darwin yesterday ahead of todays predicted maximum of 33C Picture: HELEN ORR More top dry days to lure visitors out to play By AMY SPEAR IT MAY be just another day in Top End paradise for locals, but visitors to Darwin are enjoying the typical dry season weather. Sally Cutter, senior duty forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology, says it will continue to get drier over the next few days and the winds will ease off slightly later in the week but they will be back. Darwin is expected to hit 33C today, with maximums of 32 for the rest of the working week. The average for July is a minimum of 19C and a top of 31. Tuesday Turner, reception supervisor at Chillis Backpackers, said they were at full capacity and their guests were loving the weather, spending plenty of time at the lagoon at Darwin Waterfront over the weekend. Thats what everyone is here for, escaping the cold, she said. In the year to March, Tourism NT figures show 81,000 independent travellers under 30 visited. Home, car, kids all on sacrifice list for travel ITS not all work and no play for Australian households: travel and holidays are high on the financial priority list. According to research by online booking company lastminute.com.au, the sacrifices people make to afford a holiday often involve delaying long-term plans such as buying a home or car and having children. The survey of more than 7000 respondents also found that the majority of holidays were paid for with savings, not credit with travel seen as an investment. Westpac financial planner David Simon said many of his clients goals echo the survey results. Full story >YourMoney: Page25 The Eagle has landed favouritism for Cup TRAINER Bob Richard has confirmed his fairytale galloper Spartan Eagle will be a certain-starter in Mondays $200,000 Carlton Mid Darwin Cup (2000m) at Fannie Bay the Territorys richest race. Richard had been weighing up whether the Cup had come around too soon, but his mind was swung by the five-year-olds sublime Metric Mile triumph on Saturday. I made the decision this morning, hes definitely going, Richard said yesterday. Spartan Eagle stormed into favouritism for the Darwin Cup with bookmakers Sportingbet and Centrebet on the back of his emphatic 5-length Metric Mile win. Full story >Sport: Page40

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