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The Centralian advocate Tue 26 Feb 2013



The Centralian advocate Tue 26 Feb 2013


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4 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, February 26, 2013 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 2 6 -F E B -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 4 C O L O R : C M Y K NEWS Sittings to be axed in bid to cut expenses Katie Weiss PARLIAMENTARY sittings in Alice Springs have been cancelled this year to save half a million dollars. Speaker Kezia Purick said costs included hire of the the Convention Centre and setting up Hansard recordings, and it was felt the money could be better spent on the budget. Ms Purick was speaking in Tennant Creek on Sunday after Terry Mills had received virtually unanimous support for his leadership from CLP Central Council. Sittings have been held in Alice Springs every two years, for one week in March or November, since 2003, as an initiative of the previous Labor government. Leader of Government Business John Elferink said the decision was temporary and he would support an application to bring sittings back in future. To have it mobile in Central Australia, I think, is a worthwhile task. People can see their Parliament in action, he said. A statement from the Labor Leader Delia Lawries office said the party introduced sittings in Alice Springs while it was in government to benefit the community. If Terry Mills prefers to stay in Darwin and not visit Alice Springs, it is unfortunate and short-sighted. At the central council meeting on Sunday, Chief Minister Terry Mills said the party would work towards better communication after rumours of a leadership spill developed last week. The chief minister got down to business last week by officially announcing seven new Government committees. He said these standing and special purpose coordination committees would address cost of living issues and anti-social behaviour across the Territory. Mr Mills also finalised the appointments of senior department officials last week, including Gary Barnes as chief executive officer of the Department of the Chief Minister, Kathleen Robinson as chief executive officer of the Department of Corporate and Information Services, and John Baskerville as chief executive officer of the Department of Housing for two years and acting as chief executive of the Department of Local Government. Effective from April 2013, Ken Davies was appointed as chief executive officer of the Department of Education and Childrens Services, and John Coleman as chief executive officer of the Department of Lands, Planning and Environment. Go for 2&5 is a recipe to help you thrive Tinh Nguyen is encouraging the community to eat more fruit and vegetables Picture: CHLOE GERAGHTY THE Healthy Living message from Grace Chirgwin for Week 6 is simple: make fruit and vegetables an integral part of your diet. There are many benefits to eating plenty of fruit and vegetables, including: n They contain large amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, such as vitamins A,C and E, folate and potassium, to help keep us healthy, n They are a good source of fibre (helps to keep bowels regular) and carbohydrates (for energy), n They are relatively low in kilojoules (calories) or energy. There is also evidence that eating recommended amounts of fruit and vegetables helps to prevent excess weight and obesity, some cancers, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and constipation as well as helping to control chronic conditions such as diabetes. Have you heard the slogan Go for 2&5? Or have you met Vegie Man, who promotes this message? The Go for 2&5 slogan encourages all Australians to eat at least two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables every day. What is a serve? One serve of vegetables equals half a cup of cooked vegetables or half a cup of cooked legumes (beans, peas or lentils) or one medium potato or one cup of salad vegetables. One serve of fruit equals half a medium piece of fruit such as an apple or orange, or two small pieces of fruit like apricots, or one cup of chopped or canned fruit in juice (not syrup), or 100ml (half a cup) 100 per cent fruit juice or 112 tablespoons of dried fruit like apricots or sultanas. If two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables sounds like too much, start with this weeks challenge and add one more piece of fruit and two more serves of vegetables to your day. Try: n Slicing a piece of fresh fruit over your breakfast cereal. n Keeping fresh fruit at home or work for a quick, easy snack. n Putting together a fruit platter with low-fat yoghurt for dipping for dessert. n Making fruit or vegetable kebabs with the children by threading fresh fruit or diced vegetables on to skewers. n Freezing fruit like grapes or melons for a refreshing snack. n Serving chopped fresh vegetables with salsa. Word out for poetry in the raw Cameron Boon IF you like your poetry passionate and possibly political, The Dirty Word is right up your alley. The spoken word night at the Totem Theatre will focus on getting people up to express themselves. O r g a n i s e r a n d N T finalist for the National Poetry Slam Laurie May said she wanted to create a space for people to express their raw material. Were hoping to be completely open-mic, she said. Totem Theatre is going to be the place for spoken word performance. We just want to create a space where people can get up and perform and practise, without feeling judged. It can be political, funny, angsty whatever you want to say. She said the name The Dirty Word came not from raunchy material, but from the raw and dirty nature of the pieces. Laurie will host this Thursdays event. Im doing something funny for a change, instead of angsty or political. Theres still a point to it though, she said. Entry is by gold coin and food and drink will be available at the bar. Doors open 7.30pm for an 8pm start.

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