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The Northern Territory news Thu 27 Oct 2011



The Northern Territory news Thu 27 Oct 2011

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4 NT NEWS. Thursday, October 27, 2011. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 7 -O C T -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 4 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 WORKINGTOGETHER EAST Arnhem Shire says it is first to declare commitment to indigenous reconciliation. Its new action plan focuses on developing strong relationships with the community. BLUE LIGHTMEETING NT POLICE hosted a conference on Blue Light discos in Darwin yesterday. The International Blue Light and PCYC conference was attended by more than 100 delegates from Australia and NewZealand. The conference, held at the Mantra Pandanas Hotel, Knuckey St, Darwin city, marked 30 years of Blue Light discos. ADVENTUREBOOK A BOOK about disappearing Australian life and wisdom will be launched at the Northern Territory Library in Darwin this evening. The Man Who Loved Crocodiles and Stories of Other Adventurous Australians by Marg Carroll, tells the story of 15 independent and exuberant Aussies, including some Territorians. The launch will start at 5.15pm. TOURISMAPP TOURISM companies are always thinking of ways to make it easier for travellers to find holiday information. That is why Tourism NT is launching its new OutbackNT application, available to the Androidmarket. Tourism NT chief executive John Fitzgerald said: The app identifies great bars, restaurants, cultural experiences and events in the NT. ROARINGMASCOT A DARWIN army regiment is following in the footsteps of giant movie company MGM, enlisting a lion as its mascot. The first armoured regiment is signing nine-year-old Paratus into its ranks from Crocodylus Park in Berrimah. But the zoo animal will only leave the park for special occasions and parades and under strict supervision. The park and army are celebrating together with a ceremony at the park at 10am on Saturday. All are welcome and there will be a discounted entry fee of $20 for adults and $10 for children. OURORGANSHAME AUSTRALIA has no bragging rights in the organ transplant sector, a reform group has said. ShareLife Australia chairman Marvin Weinman this week said that an Organ and Tissue Authority report claiming record improvement with just a 4.6 per cent annual rise in transplants was pure political spin. Our performance is mediocre, MrWeinman said. We have gone from 28th to 24th in theworld. We are not in the leading group. The Territory was trailing the rest of the country with just 8.7 donors per million of population. With nine months left of a four year $151 million package aimed at giving Australia a world class transplant system, Mr Weinman called on the government to step up. He said the evident failure to implement a gold standard meant lives lost. TIO flags $52m profit Every section makes surplus By NIGEL ADLAM HE SAID IT TIO chief executive Richard Harding Improved case management has seenmore injured people return to health sooner THE Territory Insurance Office is in the money. It announced an after-tax profit of $52 million yesterday for the last financial year. Chief executive Richard Harding said all parts of TIO returned a surplus. Improving our core performance reduces our exposure to the volatile investment market, as well as natural events, making TIO a stronger company that is better placed to serve Territorians, he said. He also said the strong performance was due to the company tightening its belt. Cuts included redundancies and trimming noncore services. Mr Harding said the rise in profits was due mainly to the business making money over the counter, rather than through investments. The Motor Accident Compensation Scheme arm of TIO had the strongest result a $40.1 million surplus from normal operations. Improved case management has seen more injured people able to return to health sooner, a great outcome for claimants, Mr Harding said. The insurance portfolio returned a $6.4 million surplus, as well. Mr Harding said this was despite strong market competition, natural disasters across the world putting pressure on reinsurance costs, and the impact of Cyclone Carlos, the secondbiggest cause of claims in TIOs history. Better claims management and a focus on helping injured workers return to work sooner contributed to this performance, Mr Harding said. TIO continued its investment in community resilience programs such as cyclone and business interruption education. The banking arm made a profit of $3.6 million. Mr Harding said this was despite a nationwide slump in people taking home loans. We began a journey about three years ago to make TIO a stronger and more sustainable business, and that hard work is now bearing fruit. The late George Chaloupka, a prominent anthropologist in the Northern Territory, will be honoured with a state funeral next week Wonderful, dedicated Territorian to be farewelled By NIGEL ADLAM THE state funeral for renowned anthropologist George Chaloupka will be held next week at Darwins Christ Church Cathedral. The service from 1.30pm on Friday will be followed by a private cremation. Mr Chaloupkas family have requested no flowers. Instead, donations can be made to the National Heart Foundation, Kidney Health Australia or the Cancer Council NT. There will be donation envelopes at the cathedral. Mr Chaloupka died in Royal Darwin Hospital on October 17. He was 79. Chief Minister Paul Henderson described Mr Chaloupka as a wonderful, compassionate and dedicated Territorian. Mr Chaloupka brought the Territorys treasure trove of indigenous rock art to the worlds attention. He documented more than 3500 secluded sites and worked out a way to age the art. Mr Chaloupka used examples of the ancient artworks as evidence of Territory Aboriginal peoples continuing attachment to their homelands in submissions to the Fox Report, which led to the first land rights claim and the establishment of Kakadu National Park. He came to Australia after fleeing communist Czechoslovakia in 1949. He arrived in Darwin in 1956 and got a job as a hydrologist with the then NT Water Resources Department, which took him to Aboriginal communities. In 2001, he was invited to visit the Grotte Chauvet cave in France to study paintings dated at 32,000 years old. Mr Chaloupka is survived by his wife Pina Giuliani and three children from a previous marriage. Timor team here to learn about nutrition SIX nutritionists from East Timor have been brought here by Darwin Hospital for a unique health program. Timor Leste Ministry of Health nutrition head Dirce Maria Swares said: The training and experience will help strengthen the approach to improving health and nutrition in Timor. The program includes training in infant and child nutrition, visits to indigen ous communities and hospital placements. They went on a course supported by the Fred Hollows Foundation and AusAID with indigenous health workers to learn of health and nutrition. Remote bid to raise $10,000 LUCY Baker, 24, may be organising the most remote fundraiser in Australia. The bartender at the Outback Pioneer Hotel in Yulara wants to raise $10,000 for the Leukaemia Foundat ion. She is taking part in the charitys UGLY (understanding generous likeable you) bartender of the year competition. Fundraising activities will include an egg and spoon race.