The Northern Territory news Sat 6 Nov 2010
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32 NT NEWS. Saturday, November 6, 2010. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 6 -N O V -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 3 2 C O L O R : C M Y K On this day IN THE TERRITORY 10 YEARSAGO:Wagaman residents say crime has dropped dramatically since they smartened up AmsterdamPark and awalkway leading to Casuarina. 20 YEARSAGO: A joint NT-Thai fishing venture has collapsed and 12 Australianworkers have been sacked. The chairman blamed the collapse on Federal Government policies. 25 YEARSAGO: Unemployment figures in the NT have jumped 15 per cent, Labor economic spokesmanMr Terry Smith said yesterday. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2010 Ice Age hits Territory hard THE bitterly cold weather over the past few days took Territorians by surprise. Temperatures plunged to 25.6C atmid-day and an Arctic 18C at night. Thiswas toomuch for some folk. Heavy jumpers sold out and therewas even a rush on thermal underwear. You couldnt get a beanie for love normoney. And gloves?Well, dont even think about it. Younger Territorians thought the oldieswere dressing up for a party, only to be told: No, thats a jacket hes wearing. Darwinites are used to searing heat and 500 per cent humidity, so they sufferedmost. But even Centralians felt the Big Chill. Alice Springs students got into troublewith their teacherwhen they refused to jump into a swimming pool because thewaterwas too cold. Who can blame them? Tests carried out by NASA showed thewater temperaturewas down to 23C a fraction of a degree off freezing over. And then theres the rain. Thewhole of the Territory has endured a heavy soaking. Some unkind peoplewould argue that the NT needed a goodwash, but thats not the point. Its not supposed to rain until Christmas. Of course, Territorianswho have been to London would bewonderingwhat all the fuss is about. The temperature only has to nudge 15C and the English go sunbaking trousers rolled up to the knees, handkerchief knotted around the head and a fewhours on a pebble beach. Luxury! Letters to the editor should be kept to 175 words or less. Send your letters toGPOBox 1300, Darwin, 0801, or email email@example.com You must include your name, home address or PO Box number. Name and address will be withheld on request. The Northern Territory News reserves the right to edit letters. Responsibility is taken by the Editor, NTNews, GPOBox 1300, Darwin, NT, 0801 ... and another thing FOR the record, the lowest temperature ever recorded in Darwin was 10.4C on the night of July 29, 1942. The lowest temperature recorded in the Territory was -7.5 at Alice Springs on July 12, 1976. The highest temperature was 48.3C at Finke, near Alice, on January 1-2, 1960. Letters Just about every adult and child has been attacked by dogs inManingrida SEE JEANNIES LETTER BELOW MANINGRIDADOG PROBLEMSABOUND IN REGARDS to the dog problem in Maningrida. Two years ago when I was at Maningrida I was attacked and knocked to the ground by a pack of dogs. My sister was also attacked and seriously bitten on the back and arms by a different pack of dogs. Most adults and children have been attacked by dogs at Maningrida this has been going on for decades. After I was attacked my family and I went and told the community people that if they have a dog its their duty to control it, feed it, train it, and fence it. The local shire is not responsible for dogs, owners are. Kids should not have to fear a dog attack going to school and on their way home. Its one reason they miss school and nothing has been done about these prob lems as Aboriginal leaders are too scared to stand up and say something. They sit back, say nothing and let the non-Aboriginals run the community and organisations as they like. Jeannie Gadambua, Maningrida refugee PARENTFAILSAT DROP-OFF ZONE WHEN you drop your kids off at school in the morning, there are drop-off zones for the safe arrival of the kids in the morning. I was amazed while dropping my kids off at Nightcliff School a parent dropped their kids off in the middle of the busy road while cars were reversing and parking at the busiest time, then the parent parked a few spots up from me. They were not in a rush ... why endanger your kids by dropping them off in the middle of the road? Shelly,Winnellie KURRINGALOVAL DRUNKSAPROBLEM I REFER to Kurringal drunks disappearing by Bob Marquis, Fannie Bay (NT News, November 2). The alcohol restriction signs Bob refers to should be extended on the oval at the back of Kurringal flats, along with no sleeping signs. Police have been called many times to such problems. On Thursday, October 28, at 5am while walking the dog, itinerants were yelling and screaming on the oval, I rang police and was asked are they drinking. At 5am its pitch black how do I know if they are drinking? The police arrived at 5.16am. At 6am come daylight the itinerants were still there and started yelling and screaming again, therefore I did not bother calling police. Why ask me if they had been drinking? Those itinerants were loitering in a public place, and creating a disturbance its the responsibility of police to remove them from the area Why is it police are not doing their job? The public are informed Parap police station is to provide a continuous two-man patrol for Fannie Bay, Parap, and Stuart Park. Since July when the police station opened there I have only seen one police patrol patrol the oval. The station is nothing more than Labor wasting taxpayer money on police propaganda. A. G. Piper,Winnellie The Fixer WHAT: Exercise equipment on the Nightcliff foreshore is damaged. WHOSRESPONSIBLE: Darwin City Council infrastructuremanager Luccio Cercarelli. CONTACT:8930 0581. DOYOUknowof something in the Territory that needs fixing? Give The Fixer a call on 8944 9724
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