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The Northern Territory news Fri 15 Jun 2012



The Northern Territory news Fri 15 Jun 2012

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

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Police went to the camp to investigate a fire but allegedly were attacked when they tried to take four people three men, aged 25, 44 and 54, and a woman, 30 into protective custody about 8.30pm. Alice Springs detective Senior Sergeant Travis Wurst said the attack began when two intoxicated people struggled with police. At this time, other persons around the vicinity allegedly became verbally abusive towards police, and allegedly armed themselves with rocks and began to throw them at police, he said. The attack forced the officers to let one man go. He then opened up the caged police vehicle, freeing everyone inside. These persons joined in the melee and allegedly began attacking the police vehicles with logs and rocks smashing windows and lights, Sen-Sgt Wurst said. Police used Tasers but they were ineffective. Police used a baton on the man, 54, after he allegedly threatened them with box cutters. The four people taken into protective custody have been charged with criminal damage and assault police. Last night police could not say: HOW many police were needed to put down the riot; WHY Tasers did not work; HOW many cars were damaged in the incident. Staying the course Tick for bush teachers By ALYSSA BETTS NONE of the newbie teachers sent out bush in the first term of this year quit and fled, according to Education Department figures. It might sound like a minor statistic, but its obviously a big deal to the department and minister involved. Education Department chief executive Gary Barnes told estimates hearings yesterday everyone who had been recruited at the begin ning of the year was still there at the end of the term. (There were) no people flying in and having a look around and saying, This aint for me, because we are putting the effort up front to say this is what its like to live in one of these remote communities, he said. Mr Barnes said the department was seeing positive gains on every measure for teacher retention in very remote schools. MORE than half of the teachers who taught in Term 1 were familiar faces 56.5 per cent had been in their very remote schools for more than a year. This figure is compared with 49.2 per cent at the same time last year. RETENTION rates of newly recruited teachers for very remote schools improved from 69.6 per cent in 2010 to 83.2 per cent in 2011. The NTs education results are consistently the worst in the nation, according to the NAPLAN national benchmark tests. But Mr Barnes said retention gains had begun to make inroads with 16 per cent more indigenous kids achieving at, or above, the benchmark than three years ago. I probably feel, you know, Im being a bit emotional about this because we put a lot of effort into it, he said. I would be horrified three years down the track if we werent getting traction here and we are (getting traction now). Traffic was backed up on the Stuart Highway, near Virginia, yesterday after this boat fell off a trailer Picture: BRAD FLEET Costly boat hits the highway hard By DAMIEN McCARTNEY TRAFFIC was backed up for kilometres after a P-plate driver lost an expensive boat off a trailer in Darwins rural area yesterday. The man was towing the 6m Reel Action along the Stuart Highway, near the Virginia Rd turn off, when he got the speed wobbles. Senior Constable Ben Davies said the driver then attempted to accelerate out of the wobble. When that failed, he attempted to slow down, but by then the boat which was not strapped down to the trailer had started bouncing. It then jumped off the trailer and slid about 70m down the highway. Sen-Constable Davies said the weight of the boat exceeded the towing capacity of the four-wheel drive. He said inexperience was a factor in the crash. A new 250hp motor worth more than $20,000 was damaged. Witness Blake Skewes said it was sad to see a flashlooking boat upside down.

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