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The Northern Territory news Tue 12 Feb 2013



The Northern Territory news Tue 12 Feb 2013

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8 NT NEWS. Tuesday, February 12, 2013. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 2 -F E B -2 0 1 3 P A G E : 8 C O L O R : C M Y K NEWS l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l ntnews.com.au Brush with snake death Catcher bags western brown By KATIE WEISS A SNAKE catchers lastminute decision against putting his bare hand into a cooler bag might have saved his life. Justin Rutherford said he was about to pull the threefoot snake out with his hands but paused and decided to use his snake hook instead. Mr Rutherford said he thought the creature concealed in the bag was a non poisonous python but it turned out to be a highly venomous western brown. He said the venom from a western brown bite can kill a person in about two hours and the incident would have sent him to hospital. It was big enough to wipe out the entire household, Mr Rutherford said. He said there had been rare cases where the snakes bite has killed people in a matter of minutes because its fangs had pierced a vein and sent venom directly to the heart. The snake slithered in through the back door of a home outside the Gap in Alice Springs and took refuge inside the padded bag when the woman living there tried to scare it away. Mr Rutherford said there was a high chance the snake would have bitten him if he had touched it because it was already frightened and there was no place for it to escape while in the bag. He has only been bitten by a western brown once in 10 years, during which he said he had handled thousands of snakes. He said it was difficult to determine whether a western brown had released poison in its bite because the venom gave no immediate symptoms like swelling or burning sensations. Fellow snake catcher Mat Williams said the team had recently caught a 2m long lizard known as a perente in a residents backyard in Araluen. He said the aggressive creature with inch-long nails was one of the biggest of its kind he had seen in Alice Springs. Mr Williams said a small perente had been caught at the same property a week earlier. Charles Darwin University student Watcharaphon Janpho, from Thailand, surfs the web on his laptop thanks to Darwins new free bus wi-fi service Picture: JUSTIN SANSON Passengers fare well with free wi-fi on buses By CLAYTON BENNETT FANS of 70s British comedy can now download for free their favourite espisodes of On the Buses ... on the buses. Darwins first two wi-fi connected buses went into service yesterday with another three expected to be operating by next week. Transport Minister Adam Giles said the cost of installing and maintaining wi-fi on the five buses was $50,000. Mr Giles said the initiative was about building a modern, convenient public transport system and coincided with wi-fi being provided at Darwin, Palmerston and Casuarina bus interchanges. Charles Darwin Univers ity student Watcharaphon Janpho, from Thailand, said he liked to surf the web on his laptop and iPad. I go on Facebook and talk with my friends back home, Mr Janpho said. It is also useful for my studies. The 19-year-old is learning English at the university and takes the bus to the Casuarina campus during the week. He said the free wireless internet would allow him to catch up on the latest news on the way to class. Wi-fi will be rolled out in Alice Springs public buses next month. Cuts devastate families THE Mills Government has polarised the whole community, trade unions said last night as they prepared for a rally outside Parliament House today. Unions NT head and Labor figure Alan Paton said the CLP Government had imposed unnecessary austerity measures. He said many families were devastated by the spending cuts and increases in prices. Before the election last year, the Country Liberals promised that they would lower the cost of living, he said. In office, they have done the exact opposite. The rally hopes to attract unions, community groups, public servants and members of the public. Mr Paton said people should join the protest to send a clear message to the Government. The rally will be held at noon. Man held for damage to police cars A MAN who allegedly caused about $5000 damage to police cars outside a Territory station has been arrested. NT Police caught the man five minutes after he allegedly committed the crime. Acting Superintendent Clint Sims said the 24-year-old Barunga man allegedly jumped on the roof of a patrol car causing it to cave in as it sat outside the Katherine police station on Friday night. The man then allegedly smashed two windscreens and kicked a mirror off a third car about 9.30pm. In total the damage is believed to be about $5000, Supt Sims said. The man was charged with three counts of damaging property.

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