Sunday Territorian 15 May 2011
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4 Sunday Territorian, Sunday, May 15, 2011 www.sundayterritorian.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 5 -M A Y -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 4 C O L O R : C M Y K m g 4 6 0 7 0 6 NEWS sundayterritorian.com.au G A Y P R O T E S T CHRISTIANS CRASH RALLY AGAY and lesbian rally against homophobia in Adelaide has ended in violence after it was crashed by Christian protesters, with one person being removed by police. About 200 people gathered outside the SA Parliament yesterday in support of International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobiawhenmembers of the Adelaide Street Church showed up. Rally organiser Jason Virgo said one womanwas pushed out of herwheelchair and police were called. A small number of right-wing Christians came out . . . some of themgot in a fight, he said. G A Y S E X PROBE INTO DAYTIME CLUB THE South Australian Government is calling for an investigation into the running of a gay sex club at the home of the chief of the states AIDS Council wheremen reportedly engaged in unsafe sex. The daytime club, called The Palms, was open five days aweek at the home of AIDS Council of South Australia executive director Shane Dinnison. The Palmswas advertised thisweek on one gay website as a day club formen, a placewheremen meet othermen, where it said patrons paid a $10 entry fee. L O C K E D U P ESCAPEE RECAPTURED AYOUNG inmatewho escaped Sydneys Parklea jail almost twomonths ago has been recaptured in Queensland. NSWPolice say the 21-year-oldwas one of threemenwho escaped a correctional centre in Sydneys northwest by cutting a hole in a fence in the early hours ofMarch 20. Police arrested oneman the next day at nearby Bligh Park and a secondman, also nearby, atWindsor, onMay 4. Bothmen have since been returned to custody. Queensland police arrested the thirdman at a home at Redcliffe, in Brisbanes north, about 3am yesterday. Sharla Johannsen is happy to be walking Naked the dog in the RSPCA Millions Paws Walk in Alice Springs today Picture: CHLOE GERAGHTY A walk in the park ... Naked By DAMIEN McCARTNEY SHARLA Johannsen will today walk Naked in the Million Paws Walk fundraiser for the RSPCA. Well, she will be walking the dog, Naked. With her clothes on. I thought it would be something nice to do on a Sunday morning, Ms Johannsen said. Funds raised through walk registrations and online fundraising goes towards programs, services and campaigns undertaken by the RSPCA. It also supports their daily battle to stop animal cruelty. Activities, attractions and live entertainment are scheduled throughout the day for walkers to chill out and relax Food and drink stalls will be available along with competitions, including biggest, smallest and prettiest dogs. In Darwin, the Million Paws Walk fundraiser will kick off at 9am at the beautiful Jingili Watergardens, with registration opening at 8am. It is either a 1km route, or a 3km route. In Alice Springs, the Many Paws Walk will start at 10am at Snow Kenna Park, below Anzac Oval. The route is 1.5km long, and the challenge is to walk as many laps as possible. Alcohol causes night assaults By MEAGAN DILLON ALMOST three in every four assaults in the NT on a Friday and Saturday night are alcohol-fuelled, according to new research. The Australian Institute of Criminology found 70 per cent of assault offenders had consumed alcohol in the 48 hours prior to their arrest. Darwin Watch Commander Senior Sergeant Shaun Furniss said there was an obvious link between violence and alcohol. Weekends are obviously when people go out, he said. And there is potential for things to happen. The research also found more than half of offenders charged with assault said their alcohol consumption contributed to their actions. Sen-Sgt Furniss said a great percentage of both domestic assaults and general assaults involved alcohol. There are no two ways about it, he said. The research found the largest group of offenders detained for assault were males between the ages of 18 and 25. Almost half of offenders said their poison leading up to an assault was a mix of beer, wine and spirits. One in five offenders had been drinking beer only and one in three stuck to spirits only. The research also found detainees drank on average 14 standard drinks or approximately three litres of full-strength beer leading up to an assault. The research was conducted as part of the Drug Use Monitoring in Australia program and 170 assault offenders detained on a Friday or Saturday night were interviewed nationally. The program operates out of nine sites across Australia including the Darwin Watch House.
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