The Northern Territory news Thu 13 May 2010
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www.ntnews.com.au Northern Territory News, Thursday, May 13, 2010 3 SPRINTCAR TITLE - VISIT: DARWIN2010.COM P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:13-GE:3 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K NEWS Kirsty cuts it with best KIRSTYBulluss has demonstrated her talents in a national vocational training competition and achieved a silver award for her hairdressing skills. The 22-year-old hairdresser and former Charles Darwin University apprentice has just returned from theWorldskills Australia National Competition in Brisbane that saw 500 vocational students from aroundAustralia compete inmore than 50 categories ranging from hairdressing tomechanics. I was thrilled to get second place, she said. Memory does the walking TANSELALI is the first to admit he used to have a bad memory. But the 32-year-old has been training for the upcomingWorldMemory Championship in China bymemorising 2306 pages of the Sydney YellowPages and can already recite themon request. Europe beckons on budget flights TERRITORIANS could be able to fly on a budget to Europe by the end of the year. Jetstar announced yesterday it will operate two A330-200 aircraft from its Singapore hub flying to Australia, North Asia and European destinations from late 2010. The airline already operates flights fromDarwin to Singapore. RUSHOF FAME: Tash Bennett battled a fire that was threatening a Darwin apartment block while still topless after sunbathing and, inset, how the NT News first broke the story. Picture: DAVID CAIRD THE Territorys most famous topless firefighter is continuing to make a splash around the world. The story of fitness instructor Tash Bennetts heroic feat has been translated into numerous languages including Finnish and Vietnamese. She was even the source of a discussion in the New York Daily News. Ms Bennett was also a hit on Melbournes Triple M drive program Rush Hour with James Brayshaw and Billy Brownless. Brayshaw was amused by a quote from Johnny McCoy who described her as smoking hot. I cant comment on anything like that. I did have an audience though, she said, before finally conceding she was flaming hot. Brayshaw also com mented that Ms Bennett was a fitness instructor. So, you being naked and fixing something wouldnt be as bad as Bill, here, who doesnt do fitness instructing, I think it is fair to say, he said. Ms Bennett said she was also a personal trainer and offered to take Billy Brownless on a run. Or we could fight a fire, Brownless said. Hose that! Fiery Tash burns Stokes fell apart following arrest BySCOTTGULLAN EXCLUSIVE TERRITORY AFL premiership player Mathew Stokes cried for hours in a police cell after being arrested for drug trafficking. In an exclusive interview, the Geelong star described his decision to buy one gram of cocaine as silly, stupid and senseless. He said he was ashamed of the disgrace he had caused to the football club, his teammates, family and friends. Ive put them all through hell, he said. Stokes (pictured) still shudders when he recalls the five hours he spent in the police cells. I just fell apart, he said. I was in a bad way. Stokes maintained there was no sinister back story to his arrest in February for trafficking and possession of cocaine. People are going to have their judgments, he said. There is nothing extra to it, Im not affiliated with any drug lords or bad people. I made one bad mistake and that is all it takes. I hope people stop reading things into it because there is nothing more to it. He had the alleged drug dealers phone number because he (the dealer) worked as a nightclub bouncer and would look after Geelong players when they were out on the town. This guy worked inside the club and we would ring him and say, Look, there are six of us boys outside, can you come and get us in?, he said. That was it, I didnt have his number because we were mates or anything like that. Even when he read about the bouncers arrest in the local paper, Stokes didnt give it a second thought. Even when the police knocked on my girlfriends door I still didnt know why they were there. It didnt click until they said his name and then I knew I was in a bit of trouble, he said. The 25-year-old understands he will have to live with the drug cloud hanging over his head for the rest of his career. I made a mistake and I have to cop it, he said. The incident has already come at a personal cost. His three-year relationship with girlfriend Jess Gulli recently ended. Stokes has vowed to win back the respect of his teammates and others who supported him. He has written a letter to Geelong members, which will appear on the clubs website today. Stokes ready for weekend comeback: Sport Abo link slur scramble AN ADVERTISING agency has fallen on its sword and said it was to blame that a Google search of the racial slur Abo led to a Tourism NT website. MPG Tourism NTs online search provider says the blunder was an inadvertent mistake. MPG wish to unreservedly apologise for the inadvertent selection of the word as a search term, the company said. The ad in question made headlines across the nation yesterday after it was discovered Tourism NT had a paid link to one of its ads using the search term Abo. Typing that term into Google saw the NT Government agency ad pop up for internet users. Abo was also used in the ads headline, which was followed by: An experience you will never forget. Experience Aboriginal culture in NT. MPG said yesterday the gaffe was an unacceptable oversight and that Tourism NT did not approve the search term.
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