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The Northern Territory news Sat 23 Jan 2010



The Northern Territory news Sat 23 Jan 2010

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14 Northern Territory News, Saturday, January 23, 2010 www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 3 -J A N -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 1 4 C O L O R : C M Y K 2009-10 AGED CARE APPROVALS ROUND INFORMATION SESSIONS CONDUCT OF THE 2009-10 AGED CARE APPROVALS ROUND The Invitation to Apply for places, capital grants and zero real interest loans in the 2009-10 Aged Care Approvals Round is expected to be notifi ed in all major national, regional and selected ethnic newspapers on Saturday 30 January 2010. Following the publication of the Invitation to Apply, prospective applicants will be able to contact the Departments Aged Care Information Line on 1800 500 853 to obtain the necessary Application Kit. Further details will be provided in the Invitation to Apply. INFORMATION SESSIONS Information sessions will be conducted by representatives of the Departments state and territory offi ces following the notifi cation of the Invitation to Apply. The Information sessions are designed to provide prospective applicants with information on the conduct of the 2009-10 Aged Care Approvals Round, including information about the 2009-10 application forms and the basis upon which an application will be assessed. Details of the location and time of the individual sessions are listed on the Departments website at www.health.gov.au/acar2009-10 If you wish to attend an Information Session, it is important that you book a place. To make a booking, please call the specifi c state/territory number listed on the Departments website OR call the Aged Care Information Line on 1800 500 853 Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm EDT. adcorp16487 NATION Police say ice bust to put freeze on supplies This quantity ofmethamphetamine is capable of producing about 50,000 street deals SYDNEY: Sydneys supply of ice could be slashed after a massive bust in which $20 million worth of the drug was found in car parts from China. Australian Federal Police (AFP) on Thursday seized 50kg of the drug, also known as crystal methamphetamine, after two men allegedly took possession. Police allege the drug smuggling was the work of a highly-organised crime group set to make similar deliveries of 50kg to Australia every month half of the 100kg they believe is consumed in Sydney each month. The two men arrested Wai Kit Yip, 31, and Fung Yik Lam, 47, faced court yesterday on trafficking charges. These people are very high up in this organised crime group and we are very confident that we have disrupted and dismantled this organised crime syndicate, AFP Sydney office manager Commander David Stewart said yesterday. Aided by a solicitor and Cantonese interpreter, the two men appeared in Sydneys Central Local Court. Neither applied to be released from custody and Magistrate Allan Moore formally refused bail until April 7. Yip, from Hong Kong, whose address was given to the court as Parramatta, was arrested at Sydney Airport on Thursday trying to leave the country. Lam, from China, whose residence was listed as Sydneys Holiday Inn, was arrested at a warehouse at Glendenning in Sydneys northwest. The drugs were delivered to the warehouse on Thursday after arriving in Melbourne nine days ago. It is alleged the pair removed the drugs from car parts. A short time later, search warrants were executed at an apartment in Chatswood, a hotel in Sydneys CBD and a residence at St Leonards, as well as three Melbourne addresses. The 50kg of crystal methamphetamine seized yesterday is valued at approximately $20 million, Mr Stewart said. This quantity of methamphetamine is capable of producing 50,000 street deals. The bust-up of the drug importation syndicate is expected to make a significant dent in Sydneys ice supply, with police estimating that the amount seized on Thursday is equal to roughly half the citys monthly consumption. Its difficult to say what our usage rate is ... but there is some data ... that says about 100kg a month (is used) in Sydney, Australian Crime Commission Sydney manager Warren Gray told reporters during yesterdays news conference. The maximum penalty for trafficking c o m m e r c i a l q u a n t i t i e s o f methamphetamine is life imprisonment. COOL IT: Security keeps the crowd cool at yesterdays Sydney Big Day Out Big Day Out as 48 rockers arrested SYDNEY: Rock and roll is meant to be hot and sweaty, but the Big Day Out in Sydney took it up another notch. Music fans dropped like flies in scorching heat at Sydney Olympic Park at Homebush yesterday with the mercury hitting 41.2C at 3pm (AEDT). The Ambulance Service of NSW transported six people to Concord Hospital and The Childrens Hospital at Westmead, all suffering various injuries, dehydration and intoxication. Paramedics also treated about 250 people for dehydration and various injuries. Police said they had made more than 30 arrests for drug-related offences by yesterday afternoon, with 48 arrests in total for a range of offences. Water cannons worked overtime to keep revellers cool as they rocked out to bands including Eskimo Joe, Bluejuice and Kasabian. Bodies slicked with perspiration jostled together in the heat. Indians safe despite two attacks BRISBANE: Queensland police and the state government are playing down concerns Indian nationals are being targeted in racial attacks. Two Indian men have been attacked in Brisbane in separate incidents, but police said there was no immediate indication the attacks were racially motivated. A 25-year-old man was punched in the head and had his wallet and cigarettes stolen while using a public phone in Macgregor, in Brisbanes south, on Thursday. Police are searching for the attacker, described as being around 170cm tall, of Pacific Islander appearance, with black curly hair. In a separate incident, taxi driver Sandeep Goyal was allegedly punched in the face several times and had his windscreen smashed after an argument broke out with two men about a fare at Carindale, in Brisbanes southeast yesterday. Brothers Joshua Philip Collin Gill, 25, and Brett Anthony Gill, 28, appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court charged over the incident yesterday. They were granted bail and are due to face court again in March. Acting Commissioner Kathy Rynders (pictured) said the two attacks werent linked and were not racially motivated. Both complainants said there were no comments in relation to their ethnicity, Ms Rynders said. Uni loses $20mil ADELAIDE: An Adelaide man has been arrested and charged with stealing more than $20 million from a university. SA detectives yesterday charged the 46-year-old man from Glengowrie in Adelaides inner west with the theft of $20.5 million between October 31, 2009 and January 20, 2010. Jail wait for trial GOLD COAST: A Gold Coast moped rider accused of exposing himself to a group of teens then running down a six-year-old boy as he sped off to escape, will spend seven months in jail waiting for his case to come to court. Michael Andrew Bolitho, 35, of Palm Beach, has been remanded in custody to appear again in Southport Magistrates Court for a committal hearing on August 9 after the magistrate declared him an unacceptable risk. Boy-sex cousin jailed BRISBANE: A man has been jailed for sexually abusing his 11-year old cousin. The man, who cannot be identified, pleaded guilty in the Brisbane District Court yesterday to indecently dealing with the boy at the youngsters family home at Calamvale, in Brisbanes south, on November 28, 2008. Kane granted bail MELBOURNE: A woman accused of helping plan the murder of gangland figure Des Moran has been granted bail after a judge ruled the case was not strong. Suzanne Kane, 45, smiled as she was bailed yesterday on a $60,000 surety after Victorian Supreme Court Judge Lex Lasry ruled she had shown exceptional circumstances. Kane (pictured) is charged with Morans sister-inlaw Judy Moran, her de facto husband Geoffrey Nuts Armour and Michael Farrugia with murdering Moran, gunned down at an Ascot Vale cafe on June 15 last year. Citizenship queries CANBERRA: Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has suggested some recent migrants oppose equality and suspects Australians are anxious that citizenship is given away too lightly. Without mentioning specific ethnic and religious groups by name, Mr Abbott has used an Australia Day Council address in Melbourne to raise controversial immigration issues. Some recent immigrants seem resistant to Australian notions of equality, Mr Abbott said. There is, I suspect, an anxiety the great prize of Australian citizenship is insufficiently appreciated and given away too lightly. Magda crosses coast PERTH: The threat from tropical cyclone Magda abated after it crossed the Kimberley coast yesterday and weakened as it moved inland. The weather bureau said Magda remained a category two storm when it neared the coast and did not intensify as feared. Charges thrown out ADELAIDE: Animal cruelty charges against prominent South Australian graziers Thomas and Patricia Brinkworth have been dropped. The Brinkworths were facing 61 charges of ill treating an animal, and three of their staff had also been charged with the same offences. Staffers James Parham faced 30 counts, Russell Parham five counts and Mark Alexander Whitehead eight counts. In the Adelaide Magistrates Court yesterday, lawyers for the RSPCA tendered no evidence on all charges.