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The Northern Territory news Fri 12 Jul 2013



The Northern Territory news Fri 12 Jul 2013

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www.ntnews.com.au Friday, July 12, 2013. NT NEWS. 3 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:12-JGE:3 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 Falling tree cuts power A LARGE tree falling over power lines cut electricity for up to four hours in some suburbs yesterday. Power and Water spokeswoman Danielle Lee-Ryder said the tree brought down two wires after falling from a yard about 11.30am. She said power was out in Moil and Marrara. Ms Lee-Ryder said the tree was still leaning on the wires when Power and Water staff turned up. The power lines were then re-energised, and 90 per cent of households were restored by approximately 12.20pm, she said. Scrabble player Amanda Lanagan from Wagaman is angry Mattel and Facebook have wiped years of Scrabble scores and friendships Picture: DANIEL HARTLEY-ALLEN NT Scrabble players join protest By CONOR BYRNE TERRITORY Scrabble players have planned a protest and joined a worldwide fight against games giant Mattel after all their scores and friendships built up over several years were wiped overnight. There were up to four NT battlers on the Facebook Scrabble application until the fateful night of May 27 when games company EA Games took over from Mattel, and deleted the game for thousands of worldwide word warriors. And the outraged NT wing of Worldwide Scrabblethon has organised a protest at Darwins Raintree Park, to be held between 11.30am and 1.30pm tomorrow. Player Amanda Lanagan from Wagaman had a top score of 599 over 18 months when the game was up. Its been replaced with a garish, dumbed-down version riddled with ads, the 46-yearold information manager said. I had no idea that with the changeover that all other aspects would be lost, that statistics would be lost, and that friends would be lost. If you were an aficionado (your score) would mean a lot. One of her biggest bugbears was the removal of timing a move where she could take anytime between a minute and a week to carefully choose her words. Ms Lanagan was unable to remember her top 150-pointscoring word, but second-best quarrellers once earned her a whopping 130 points. It was such a victory, she joked. But it was a bit of a punch-in-the-air moment. She said the protest, which has a council permit, would be a celebration of Scrabble. Its not a march through the streets itll be a quiet protest, she said. The protesters will have a couple of real Scrabble boards for all to play, and a computer rigged up to the 24-hour follow the sun worldwide movement against Mattel on Saturday. We really hope to bring back the Scrabble we love, Ms Lanagan said. Id say they would have the stats on a server somewhere. She was introduced to the Facebook version by a colleague who used it to keep in touch with friends in his native England. We shared an interest in words and language, the lifelong player of board Scrabble said. Its something I can do while the kids are playing. The games attraction was the ability to match against players of any level and make friends across the world. Some have defected to other games to fill the gap, Ms Lanagan said. People have found the game to be an intrinsic part of their lives. She said people who were old or lived remotely, as well as those with mental illnesses and physical disabilities, relied on the game. An online petition had almost 5500 signatures at the time of writing. One user, Sarah Swift, was angered that the privacy settings were altered and the report abuse option was missing. It is just a pedophile or sex fiends paradise, she said on Facebook. I found some men on there didnt just want to play Scrabble at all, but used it to try to chat you up. More Territorians chasing work By ALISON BEVEGE JOBLESS RATE Australia . . . . 5.7% Tasmania . . . . 8.9% Queensland . . . . 6.4% South Australia . . 6.0% Victoria . . . . . . 5.8% NSW . . . . . . 5.4% Northern Territory 5.3% Western Australia 4.6% ACT . . . . . . 3.7% THE HIGH cost of living in the Territory has forced more people into work despite the unemployment rate rising to its highest level in years, a top economist has said. The Territorys jobless rate has risen from 3.7 per cent in June 2011 to 5.3 per cent in June this year despite big mining and construction projects, new Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show. ANZ chief economist Warren Hogan said normally when unemployment rose, people got discouraged from looking for work and gave up. People dont try to get jobs if they dont need them for whatever reason, he said. Mums choose to stay home if they can, and people go back to do further study. That causes the partici pation rate, or how many people of working age are actually in full-time jobs, to fall. But that is not happening in the Territory. The participation rate has also unexpectedly risen from 71.9 per cent in 2011 to 74.3 per cent this June. Mr Hogan said more people were being forced into work by high costs associated with the boom. Its an expensive place to live, he said. Possibly an increase in the number of dual income houses, thats my guess. But Chief Minister Adam Giles said it could also be be cause more people were looking for work. An increased participation rate can be seen as an indication of growing confidence in the economic outlook, he said. The unemployment figure rose despite big projects because the non-mining sectors of the economy were struggling, Mr Hogan said. Retail, manufacturing, tourism are all soft, he said. The Territory has good fundamentals but its not immune from the other forces at work. Out of the 179,500 Territorians aged 15 years or over, 102,700 are working full time. Jail for child porn hoarder A MAN has been jailed for 10 months for downloading more than a million images and videos of child pornography from the internet. Karl Jason Heilig, 41, holds the unenviable record for possessing the largest amount of child pornography Territory police have seen. The Supreme Court heard Heiligs hoarding compulsion contributed to him downloading 1,540,000 pieces of child abuse material. Justice Jenny Blokland sentenced Heilig yesterday to two years and six months in prison to be suspended after serving 10 months.