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The Northern Territory news Sat 10 Sep 2011



The Northern Territory news Sat 10 Sep 2011

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4 NT NEWS. Saturday, September 10, 2011. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 0 -S E P -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 4 C O L O R : C M Y K More ideas at escapetravel.com.au 132 601 Call us today on HALF PRICE DEALS Phuket from $74* Includes 3 FREE nights 6 nights at the 4-star Old Phuket Boutique Resort, breakfast daily and return transfers. Las Vegas From $77* 4 nights accommodation and return transfers. Bali from $109* 3 nights at the 4-star Villa Red Palms. London From $149* 4 nights accommodation, breakfast daily and a Jack the Ripper tour. BALI BREAKS Bali 6 Nights from $245* Includes 1 FREE night 6 nights accommodation, breakfast daily and return transfers. Also kids stay FREE. Tuban from $335* Kids Stay & Eat FREE 4 nights at the 4-star Bali Dynasty Resort, breakfast daily and a late afternoon rafting trip. Bali Combo from $489* 60-minute Balinese Massage 3 nights at the 4-star Waka Di Ume, 4 nights at the 4-star Haven Seminyak Hotel, breakfast daily, return transfers and more. Add a 1-day Waterbom Park pass from $26*. THAILAND HOLIDAYS Phuket & Bangkok from $285* Includes 5 FREE nights 4 nights accommodation in Bangkok, 8 nights accommodation in Phuket and breakfast daily. Bangkok & Koh Samui from $355* 4 nights accommodation in Bangkok, 8 nights accommodation in Koh Samui and breakfast daily. OVERSEAS AIRFARES Economy class return from Auckland $780* Bali $298* Bangkok $668* Ho Chi Minh City $354* Kuala Lumpur $569* London $1769* Los Angeles $1485* New York $1483* Singapore $399* Take a break in Bali. Holiday packages from $245*. *Travel restrictions and conditions apply. Please ask us for further details. Prices and taxes are correct as at 6 Sep 11 and are subject to change without notice. Updates and corrections to advertised products including pricing may be found at www.escapetravel.com.au/advertisements. Prices quoted are on sale until 16 Sep 11 unless otherwise stated or sold out prior. Prices are per person and are subject to availability. Accommodation (if included) is based on twin share unless otherwise stated, single supplement applies for tours. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply depending on date of travel. Prices shown are fully inclusive of taxes, levies, government charges and other applicable fees. Airfare not included unless otherwise stated. Where airfare is included, additional taxes specific to your flight routing may apply and/or may not include checked luggage (which can incur additional charges). Payments made by credit card will incur a surcharge. Prices shown are for payments made by cash in store. Advertised price includes any bonus nights. Bonus room upgrades subject to availability. Minimum/maximum stay restrictions may apply. Airfare Conditions: Business Class Airfares: Some airfares may include mixed classes on domestic sectors. Australia Airfares: Travel restrictions and conditions apply. Prices based on fares that allow carry-on luggage only. Package/Accommodation Conditions: Kids Stay & Eat Free: Restrictions apply and child ages vary with each package. Up to 2 children stay free when sharing with adults, using existing bedding and eat free from selected menus when dining with paying adults at selected restaurants. For further details please ask your consultant. FROM DARWIN. Flight Centre Limited (ABN 25 003 377 188) trading as Escape Travel. Licence Number: 008. ntn_10sep_20x3_et 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 Mums terror at abduction bid By CONOR BYRNE ANOTHER child has narrowly avoided being abducted from his own home when his nearby mother screamed for help. It was the third attempted abduction across Darwin and Palmerston in five days. Mother Julie-Ann Lubke, 30, was still shaken when she spoke to reporters shortly after the incident. Im still in shock, she said. I probably wont let the kids play downstairs by themselves any more. Police rushed to Donaldson Crescent, Karama, when they were alerted to the incident about 11.30am. They were seen door-knocking and taking fingerprints. Ms Lubke said she was in her house reading the NT News when she saw a man reaching over the garden fence to try to grab her two-year-old son. He had his hands up as if he was going to pick him up, she said. I dont know if he saw me I called out real loud. She said he ran a few metres to a waiting black car possibly a Holden Commodore outside the house with the engine running and a driver waiting. The man was described as Caucasian, in his early to mid 20s, wearing a hat, sunglasses, a black T-shirt and blue board shorts. Police are continuing their investigation. The attempted abduction came after an 11-year-old girl on Wednesday afternoon was attacked in Gray, Palmerston. The girl told officers a young man had tried to drag her into a white ute when she bit him on the arm and fled. A 13-year-old boy on Tuesday also escaped being abducted in Gunn, Palmerston. Another case reported on Monday was found to be a hoax. Police believe the cases were unconnected. Detective Superintendent Richard Bryson said increased child abduction reports were common during child protection week. He urged parents to refresh the rules of stranger danger with their children. Its important parents talk to their children about these matters, he said. Anyone with information regarding the attempted abductions is urged to phone police on 131 444. NTs long road to school catch-up By CONOR BYRNE THE NT is still bottom of the class in numeracy, reading, spelling and grammar for Years 3 to 9, the latest results show. Preliminary achievement results for the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) were released yesterday with the NT trailing the rest of the country and still well below the national average. Education Minister Chris Burns said the NT would not start catching up with the national average for at least another five to 10 years and that attendance was the key to improvement. The Education Department found some good news and said the NT improved more than other states and territories did in seven of 12 categories. But Mr Burns explained the improvement was because we are starting from a very low base. Opposition education spokesman Peter Chandler said there was no actual improvement in the proportion of students meeting the national standard. More students reached benchmark competency in Grade 3 in 2009, than now when they are in Grade 5, he said. The same applies to students who were in Grade 5 and are now in Grade 7, and again those in Grade 7 two years ago, did better than this years Grade 9. Dr Burns said the results showed the challenges that remain and said results would improve with better attendance. Julie-Ann Lubke was in shock after an attempted abduction attempt on her son yesterday Picture: REGI VARGHESE Resort to run auto repairer MANAGERS of Ayers Rock Resort say they will take over the running of Yularas only mechanical repair business. Uluru Autos closed two weeks ago, leaving motorists with no emergency road service or repairs. The business previously owned by the Wana Ungkunytja organisation was said to be in as much as $250,000 debt. Ayers Rock Resort general manager of resort services Sean Pearce told the ABC that the resort would run the business. Correction A STORY in the NT News on August 19 about Senator Nigel Scullion and a Bill that was passed in the Senate was incorrect, and referred to a different Bill. The story said Senator Scullion had voted against a Bill that would strengthen the NTs power to make its own laws and would return the power to make laws on euthanasia. The senator actually voted against a different Bill that would stop federal ministers overtuning NT laws at a whim. The NT News apologies to Senator Scullion for the error.