The Northern Territory news Thu 13 May 2010
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2 Northern Territory News, Thursday, May 13, 2010 www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 3 -M A Y -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 2 C O L O R : C M Y K 11 18 39 12 12 14 11 24 18 27 25 23 31 35 THE adventures of Queenslands island caretaker from sky diving to eating witchetty grubs will be broadcast internationally in a new TV series plugging the Sunshine State. THE Chief Ministers History Book Award has been plunged into controversy after reportedly refusing to name a winner this year. DAVID Cameron finally took office as British Prime Minister yesterday, ending his Conservative partys 13 years in opposition and vowing to form a strong and stable coalition after inconclusive elections. DARWIN Rugby League board member Rocky Magnoli says he doesnt know why Tuesday nights scheduled board meeting was cancelled. 14 Tattslotto Wednesday 12/5/10 DRAW NO 2929 33 3 34 23 6 19 25 35SUPPS Total Prize Pool: Not available The NT News has taken all possible care, but cannot accept responsibility for any errors, whether due to equipment fault, staff handling or any other cause. ...The...The Good OilGood Oil Page 16 GET YOURS DELIVERED! Call 8944 9901 NORTHERN Territory Police speed cameras will be in the following areas today: Wake up to the Territorys favourite newspapers GET YOUR AND HOME DELIVERED DEAR Minister, for gawds sake be careful what you sign over the next few months. DARWIN: Bagot Rd; Gardens Rd; Gilruth Ave; Stuart Highway. N O R T H E R N S U B U R B S : McMillans Rd; Leanyer Drive; Lee Point Rd; Vanderlin Drive. PALMERSTON: Chung Wah Tce; Roystonea Ave; Stuart High way; Temple Tce. RURAL: Arnhem Highway; Cox Peninsular Rd; Girraween Rd; Whitewood Rd. Barcoding to track NT patients in a disaster FromPage 1 for major catastrophes which involve more than 10 victims. These could range from traffic accidents to terrorist attacks and natural disasters, such as earthquakes. Royal Darwin Hospital director of disaster preparedness Dr Ian Norton said it would put the Territory at the forefront of major emergency responses in Australia. Its the holy grail of disaster management, he said. Its information weve never had before. The technology, designed by Darwin-based company Combined Communication Solutions, was trialled for the first time yesterday at an urban search and rescue exercise involving nearly 80 mock patients in Yarrawonga. It allows the tracking of patients from the incident scene to the hospital in real time. Patients are separated into critical, semi-critical, walkingwounded and dead categories before being equipped with a barcoded triage card. A hand-held scanner then sends the information to a website via 3G technology. Dr Norton said further details, including the patients medical history, nationality and nature of injuries, could be added to the code. The medical teams can record all that information, even take a photo of the patient, tag it all together and send it back to the website and the guys in emergency know everything about the patients before they even arrive, he said. As soon as that scan happens, the hospital would know how many patients they would have to treat and how severe they are, and they would have emptied out the beds appropriately. The technology has cost the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre about $65,000 so far. Emergency services personnel from interstate kept a close eye on computer screens to assess the system during its first test run yesterday. Cop tells of fatal nightclub clash By EMILYWATKINS in Katherine A MAN accused of killing an offduty police officer with a single punch told Sergeant Brett Meredith to f*** off twice, a court has heard. Michael Simon Martyn, 39, is facing a committal hearing on a manslaughter charge for the death of Sergeant Brett Meredith. Sgt Merediths partner Constable Kevin Carr, who was with Sgt Meredith at Katherines Club 23 in the early hours of New Years Day, told Katherine Magistrates Court yesterday he saw Sgt Meredith arguing with Mr Martyn twice. Constable Carr said he heard Mr Martyn twice say words to the effect of: F*** off, Im not doing anything wrong, before pushing Sgt Meredith and then lunging towards him. Constable Carr said the next thing he remembered was the roof, after he was knocked unconscious by another man. Sgt Meredith died in Royal Darwin Hospital the next day. Under cross-examination from Mr Martyns lawyer, Michael Abbott QC, Constable Carr said he did not know who had instigated the heated conversations or what they were about. But he denied suggestions from Mr Abbott that he and Sgt Meredith were harassing and assaulting Mr Martyn. He denied hearing Sgt Meredith calling Mr Martyn a chicken, or Mr Martyn telling Sgt Meredith he did not want to fight. Mr Abbott also suggested Constable Carr had changed his story since his original statement, and some of his evidence was recent invention, but Constable Carr said he had told police officers and prosecutor Libby Armitage of changes to his original statement. Constable Carr said he had been with Sgt Meredith and other friends at the RSL club earlier celebrating New Years Eve, and were having a good night until they arrived at the club about 2am on New Years Day. The court heard Sgt Meredith had a blood-alcohol reading of 0.2 per cent. The hearing continues. Fixer wins battle of pothole from hell The Fixer: P12 THE Fixer has won its biggest battle yet. For months residents in Darwins rural area had been complaining about the huge potholes (right) outside the United Service Station in Noonamah. The issue was first brought to The Fixers attention in February and was first printed in the paper on February 25. Residents said the potholes were so deep there was a chance your car would never get out if it fell in. But The Fixers first attempt to get the problem rectified proved unsuccessful. Not to be deterred, we put the potholes in our shame file late last month. And the problem has finally been fixed (above). Maybe The Fixer can help you. If you know of something that needs fixing, call The Fixer on 8944 9724.
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