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The Northern Territory news Thu 10 Feb 2011



The Northern Territory news Thu 10 Feb 2011

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14 NT NEWS. Thursday, February 10, 2011. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 0 -F E B -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 1 4 C O L O R : C M Y K NATION l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l 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 Injured deer hunter rescued MELBOURNE: An intensive-care paramedic used his bare hands and rocks to carve a flat stretcher spot into a cliffside during a dramatic helicopter rescue of an injured deer hunter in Victorias high country. Paramedic Peter Davidson abseiled into King Billy Track at Mt Buller on Tuesday to rescue aman, 58, who had fallen about 3m. Mr Davidson said themans friend had driven a stick into the terrain so the injured hunter could hang onwhile he raised the alarm. Break-in suspect shot PERTH: Aman believed to be in his 30s has been rushed to hospital after hewas allegedly shot by police in a Perth suburbwhile hewas breaking into a home. Awoman called police yesterday after she found the man breaking into her home at Quenda Drive in the eastern Perth suburb of Canning Vale. According tomedia reports, police arrived to find the intruder holding a firearm. Feisty tiger birthday party MELBOURNE: Melbourne Zoos Sumatran tiger cubs have enjoyed their first birthday party as any kids would, devouring treats after ripping apart paper mache pinatas. The four cubs put on a feisty show yesterday as they growled andwrestledwith each other with asmuch vigour as they used on the pinatas. Officers need restraint By PETER VENESS He later complained the handcuffs put on himmade him bleed FEDERAL police need to improve the way they deal with potentially violent situations, the commonwealth watchdog says. While they were cleared of almost 400 claims of excessive violence, the Commonwealth Ombudsman Allan Asher says the way officers handle testy situations needs improvement. Mr Asher highlighted the case of one man who was pul led from his car by officers of Canberras local police force, ACT Policing, an arm of the Australian Federal Police. Several patrol cars had been trailing a suspected stolen car. The suspect was soon ordered to pull over, dragged from his car and arrested. He later complained the handcuffs put on him made him bleed and that undue force had been used to drag him from the car. A subsequent report said police used force on the man because they mistook a paint scraper in the mans pocket for a knife. A closer inspection of the officer responsible revealed he had been complained about 16 times in the previous two years. Mr Asher called for the AFP to consider a members complaint history when conducting a complaint investigation. The recommendation was rejected by the police. This story of excessive force and others like it is told in a fresh report on the federal police force, tabled in Federal Parliament yesterday. Back in the office, problems continue to plague the force. Timeliness in resolving complaints about everything from a small customer service matter right through to the most serious of misconduct claims has deteriorated, with some cases open for years, Mr Usher said in a statement. While the AFP offered a lengthy response, it did not deal with either the officer routinely complained about or why it rejected the recommendation to take the officers record into account. As indicated in the report the AFP has continued to make efforts to improve the quality and consistency of its complaint handling, a spokeswoman said. The report also recognises that implementing a new and contemporary com plaints management system in an organisation as large and complex as the AFP will take considerable time. Warnie, Liz affair has Brits in a spin too MELBOURNE: Optimistic paparazzi waited outside and choppers hovered above, but highprofile lovebirds Shane Warne and Liz Hurley stayed bedded down behind security screens, high gates and out-ofcharacter discretion. English actress and model Hurley spent the first day of her Melbourne liaison with Warne indoors, no doubt jet-lagged and having some catching up to do with the lively cricket great. She was met by a pack of photographers when she flew into Melbourne Airport on Tuesday night and around 20 media stayed on her trail yesterday, camped outside the Brighton home Warne has reportedly turned into a love nest. Warne, 41, had apparently shipped in all manner of indulgent goodies, including the delivery of a large item which looked suspiciously like a new mattress. Not only is he keen to impress the 45-year-old beauty whose last two lovers Arun Nayar and Steve Bing are billionaires, hes obviously serious about the relationship, introducing Hurley to his mother. His three children, however, had reportedly been sent to their mother Simones house. The British tabloids are enjoying the tryst,with The Sun reporting Hurleys visit to the randy Aussie who took delivery of a gigantic new mattress, with a photo of him applying lip balm in anticipation of romance. But the blackout screens on the high fences ensured any romance yesterday was for their eyes only. Stab shock ADELAIDE: A 32-year-old Adelaide woman has been stabbed in the shoulder while standing at a city bus stop. Police said the woman was waiting at the Morphett St stop yesterday when she felt what she thought was a punch to her right shoulder. She saw a man with dark brown hair and a blue T-shirt running from the scene. WA defends bushfire warning systems WA Premier Colin Barnett talking to the media at the Roleystone bushfire Brigade HQ Picture: RICHARD POLDEN By LLOYD JONES HE SAID IT Fire and Emergency Services Authority spokesman Allen Gale Its an ongoing dilemma of living in a high-risk bushfire area PERTH: Authorities in Western Australia have defended their warning procedures and burn-off regimes in the wake of a devastating bushfire that destroyed 72 homes in the Perth Hills. The fire, started by sparks from an angle grinder, ripped through the bush-fringed suburbs of Kelmscott and Roleystone on Sunday, forcing hundreds of people to flee. A police officer under investigation for using the grinder at his house during a total fire ban has gone missing. Arson squad officers are seeking him after executing a search warrant at his Kelmscott home, where its understood he was using the grinder on a trailer and set fire to grass. A police spokesman said the officer would be shattered and devastated. He could face a charge under the Bushfire Act that carries a maximum penalty of $25,000 or 12 months in jail. The fire has been contained and the last of the evacuees are expected to be allowed back to their properties by midnight Wednesday, some just to inspect smouldering ruins. Some residents have complained that phone alerts sent through the StateAlert emergency warning system arrived too late for them to prepare to defend their homes or evacuate in good order with their cherished belongings. The fire started at around 11.45am (WST) on Sunday but alerts were not issued until 1.50pm. The Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) has defended the timing, saying the fire had been contained just after midday but strong wind gusts whipped it up again and it jumped containment lines. FESA spokesman Allen Gale said the fire started near homes in swirling, gusty winds and there was a lot of vegetation around. Its an ongoing dilemma of living in a high-risk bushfire area and knowing that one day theres a possibility your home could be lost. There has also been criticism that not enough controlled burn-offs of bushland in the area had been done. Authorities said a prescribed burn was carried out in the Banyowla Regional Park four years ago but none were scheduled last winter. Flying doughnut leads the way Bryan Huang, with his doughnut-shaped blimp BRISBANE: Its a common scene at a big office a gaggle of visitors lost in a maze of corridors and rooms, plaintively asking for directions to a meeting. In the future they might be greeted at reception and simply told: Follow the floating doughnut. Just such a machine known as a blimp has been built to show people around buildings at Australias Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). The indoor blimp is a modified party balloon, the work of avionics engineering student Bryan Huang. The 1m-wide blimp cruises the corridors using three propellers for lift and for ward thrust and a number of infrared sensors to detect obstacles and walls. For navigation, the blimp also uses a wireless sensor network. Sensor nodes are scattered throughout CSIROs Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies complex in Brisbane, where the blimp is being tested, to help guide it around the building.

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