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The Northern Territory news Sat 25 Feb 2012



The Northern Territory news Sat 25 Feb 2012

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2 NT NEWS. Saturday, February 25, 2012. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 5 -F E B -2 0 1 2 P A G E : 2 C O L O R : C M Y K Classified Index Buy and Sell Air-Conditioners 46 Baby Gear 46 Building Materials Tools 47 Computers 47 For Sale 46 Furniture & Furnishings 46 Gardening 46,47 Lawn Sales 47 Music 47 Pets & Livestock 47 Whitegoods 46 Personals Anniversaries 39 Bereavement Services 39 Birthdays 39 Births 39 Deaths 39 InMemoriam 39 Marriages 39 Memorial Service 39 Career One Guide Executive Appointments 7 Health Care Appointments 6,7 Hospitality 30,31 Positions Vacant 9-26 Tuition & Courses 29,30 University,Teaching Appointments 8,9 Work Wanted 44 Real Estate Agents Rentals 45,46 Commercial Industrial 45 Flats Units Townhouses to Let 45 Flats Units Townhouses for Sale 45 For Lease 45 Houses To Let 45 Houses For Sale 44,45 Land For sale 45 Miscellaneous Accommodation Available 45 Real Estate 45 Rural Properties 45 Shared Accomodation 46 CARSguide Autos 6-9 Caravans & Campers 12 Four Wheel Drives 9,10 Motor Cycles 10-12 Trailers 12 Trucks Vans & Utes 10 Marine 13 15 Machinery 12 General Adult Entertainment 48 Adult Phone Services 48 Annual General Meetings 43 Auctions 44 Business Opportunity 45 Club Notices 43 Finance 43 Legal Notices 44 Lost & Found 47 Personals 44 Public Notices 40-43 801 Removalists 43,44 Tenders 47,48 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 In si d e GENERAL INQUIRIES: 8944 9900 l CLASSIFIEDS: 8944 9999 l CIRCULATION: 8944 9901 l ADVERTISING: 8944 9801 ONLINE: www.ntnews.com.au l EDITORIAL EMAIL: ntnmail@ntn.newsltd.com.au l OTHER INQUIRIES: online@ntn.newsltd.com.au NATIONAL: 12 KEVIN Rudd says hes had amixed response as heworks the phones before Mondays showdown. WORLD: 14 A TEARY GabeWatson, accused of allegedly killing his wife, has left a freeman from an Alabama court. ENTERTAINMENT: 32 AN orangutan that stars in the IMAX film Born to BeWild has been treated to a jungle screening. BUSINESS: 38 THE operator of Sydneys The Star casino says the facility is not a den of iniquity. Wicking ..........................30 Your say .........................30 National .........................12 World ..............................14 Entertainment .............32 Movies ............................32 Business ........................37 Comics ............................36 Television ......................36 Saturday Extra ............. 17 Classifieds .....................39 Weather .........................55 Racing liftout inside Speedcameras NTPolice speed cameraswill be in theseareas today: DARWIN:BagotRd; East PointRd; StuartHighway, Stuart Park; StuartHighway, Winnellie. NORTHERNSUBURBS: McMillansRd; TrowerRd; UnionTce;VanderlinDrive. PALMERSTON:Channel IslandRd; ChungWahTce; StuartHighway; TempleTce. RURAL:GirraweenRd; Stuart Highway, Coolalinga; Tulagi Rd;VirginiaRd. Are youon the spot? Do you have a news photo or a story tip? If so, wewant to hear from you! Newshotline: 8944 9724 Send your news photos to: newsbreakers@ntn. newsltd.com.au Include your contact details and a brief description. All emails should be notmore than fivemegabytes. Fishing THE run-off has been a little grim this year so far, but that has not stopped many anglers from venturing out. MORE: PAGE55 Wakeuptous Call8944 9901 MYSTERYNUMBERCONDITIONS: If youwin, keep thispaper forverification. Call costs55c (IncGST).Higher from mobile/payphones -DialectSolutions Group.Recommendation:Usea land-line andtouch tonephone.Somemobiles, portableandpayphonesmayexperience technical faultsdue to reception complications. Saturday Extra KEVIN Rudd is running for the Labor leadership to finish the job he was elected to do in 2007, saying PrimeMinister Julia Gillard has lost the publics trust. MORE: PAGE20 Graduates illiterate By ALYSSA BETTS TERRITORY students have graduated from Year 12 without being able to read and write, Education Minister Chris Burns says. He made the surprise admission in Parliament this week. But he says he doesnt think it is widespread and the department moved to fix the problem permanently last year. I believe were talking about a minority of students very few, he said. But theres no doubt, over the years, Ive heard reports as others have that kids are graduating through Year 12, some kids werent really literate and numerate. Dr Burns said the problem stemmed from the fact the old system the NTCE, which was replaced last year didnt require literacy and numeracy to be core subjects. As of last year, the rules have been changed if you look in terms of the NT Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET), where literacy and numeracy is a core subject, he said. And theres a certain level that students need to achieve before they can attain their Certificate of Education and Training. Independent MLA Gerry Wood has revealed employers concerns about young Year 12 graduates who are unable to read or write. Opposition education spokesman Peter Chandler last night said he too was aware of complaints. It is scandalous that the minister appears to be aware of this practice and allowed it to continue for 10 years, he said. The Education Minister must detail exactly how many students have completed their NTCE who cannot read or write and why this practice has been allowed to take place. Dr Burns said the CLP had no moral high ground. They denied Year 12 education to indigenous kids in the bush for decades, he said. Dr Burns was asked why the changes werent made earlier to the old NTCE. He said the Territorys system was linked to South Australias Certificate of Education. A review was held into SACE and changes flowed from a number of the recommendations made. Going .. . going .. . gone By CONOR BYRNE Richard Ferricks bogs his mums car and the rising tide claims it Pictures: JUSTIN SANSON Richard Ferricks A MAN is forever in debt to his mum after he bogged her fourwheel drive on a Darwin beach when the tide was flowing. And Richard Ferricks told the NT News about the disaster before he told his mother. He said he would be working for the rest of his life to pay off the $50,000 Nissan Pajero. He was driving down the Nightcliff boat ramp yesterday afternoon to tow a boat back up. Mr Ferricks said he had asked nearby council workers if the mud was safe to drive on. They said it was all right they told me if I stuck to the side I should be all right, Mr Ferricks told the NT News with a beer in his hand. Then I went around there and I sank. When I asked them for help they said they couldnt. Council workers attempted to approach the bogged car with their tractor, but they started sinking too and decided there was nothing they could do. Friends also tried to tow the car out with another 4WD. But the ropes they were using snapped and the Pajero only budged a few inches. Mr Ferricks gave up the ghost when water started swirling around the windows. He climbed to the roof and dived into the water. There was no troubles . . . what I could see. They just needed to put a couple more ropes and chains and stuff and pull me out but they backed out and just sat up there and watched me, he said. And watched my car go under while everybody was down here helping and digging it out. I know it was my mistake but they should have been there to help me; they had a vehicle that could have done the job. Im going to have to buy her a new car now. The boat made it up the ramp.