The Northern Territory news Mon 18 Jan 2010
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www.ntnews.com.au Northern Territory News, Monday, January 18, 2010 3 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:18-JGE:3 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K NEWS Punch in history of jabs PARENTS are urged to check their childs immunisation history online ahead of the new school year. Medicare Australia Online Services allows parents to download their childs immunisation history from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register. Parents need to ensure immunisation is up to date. Small screen our only hope THE small screen is big for Australia at todays GoldenGlobes awards. TV stars SimonBaker, Toni Collette and Rose Byrnewill carry the flag at the ceremony after Australian actors, including Abbie Cornish forBright Star andNicole Kidman forNine, failed to snare nominations. If Baker, Collette or Byrne are not named winners, the awards night held at the Beverly HiltonHotel will not be a total disappointment. British comic Ricky Gervais has been hired as the host and has promised to be a loose cannon on stage. Full report: P27 World classWatto gets better SHANEWatson announced himself as aworld-class allrounder and then promised evenmore improvement as he put Australia within sight of a series clean sweep yesterday. Australias leading runscorer this summer, with 609 at 60.9,Watson (2-24) dismissed Pakistans two best batsmenwith his reverse swing before rain washed out the last 22 overs of day four. At stumps, Pakistanwas 4-103 chasing an improbable 438. Full report: Sport LET THE FIXER DO IT FOR YOU DONT you hate it when something needs fixing but nobody ever does anything about it? We do too. And we hear about it a lot, from you our readers, every day in your letters and texts. Well, now we plan to embarrass the people responsible into doing something, and doing it promptly. From today the NT News new look Letters pages will include a new feature, The Fixer. Pothole outside your house? Broken street light across the road? Vandalised phone booth at your local shop? No disability access ramp at the government office you need to access? Big or small, whatever needs fixing, let The Fixer know and hell get on the case. Hell find out whos responsible for fixing the problem and the NT News will publish their name and contact details for everyone to annoy until they do something about it. And, if they continue to ignore our demands for them to do their job, well list them in our Shame File until they do. So, do you want something fixed? Go to page 12 and find out how we can help. Tear gas grenade sparks fire in unit From Page 1 were called to the Tropicana apartments (pictured) on Hudson Fysh Ave at Parap about 8.45am on Saturday after clouds of smoke were seen coming from a room. When they arrived they found a CS (tear gas) grenade had been set off, starting a small fire in the room. Officers also found the stash of weapons, understood to include a .308 calibre rifle, an air pistol and several more tear gas grenades, in the apartment. It is believed two men had been involved in the incident where the grenade was set off. Occupants of an entire floor were evacuated as the gas, which is used by riot police and military units for dispersing crowds, was cleared. Police watch commander Craig Ryan said one of the men, a member of the navy, is being investigated over the weapons stash. It would appear when the grenade went off it set fire to bedding, he said. There was smoke in the air and a caustic chemical smell. There was a search made by the military police explosives unit. The bomb squad did a clearance of the area. They seized a number of items. He said the police could not comment further because it was now a Defence investigation. Defence said the incident was under a joint investigation by NT police and the Australian Defence Force Investigation Service. Media officer Emma Halliwell said the matter was a joint investigation between NT Police and ADSIS, so they couldnt comment until the police gave the OK. It is believed some of the weapons were alleged to have been stolen. But it is not known if they came from the Darwin base HMAS Coonawarra. Neither police nor defence would say if the navy sailor involved had been arrested. MAKING HAY: The weather was good enough for a short time yesterday to allow BMX enthusiasts Liam Wilson, 14, Ben Khotbut, 15, and Jake Punch, 13, to strut their stuff at Stokes Hill Wharf. Picture: BRAD FLEET ALL EYESONSKIES NT COAST CYCLONEWATCH ByBEN LANGFORD THE tropical low off the northeast coast of the Territory is expected to form a cyclone tonight or early tomorrow morning. The low-pressure system spent yesterday hovering off the coast from Nhulunbuy before performing a sharp U-turn and heading east. At 7pm yesterday it was about 130km east of Nhulunbuy and moving east into the Gulf of Carpentaria at a speed of about 5km/h. A cyclone watch is still in effect for coastal areas and from Elcho Island to Cape Shield are on alert. Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Sally Cutter said while the threat to the Territory coast had decreased, the Cyclone Warning Centre was keeping a close watch on the system. The threat to the Territory is lessening, she said. (But) as long as the low is in our area well be keeping a very close eye on it. Gusty rain hit Darwin last night and the rural area was pounded by squally storms. But the sun shone earlier, and Darwin teenagers Liam Wilson, Ben Khotbut and Jake Punch got out and about on their BMX bikes down at Stokes Hill Wharf. More rain was expected to fall over a wide area of the Top End last night. Yesterday the tropical low had wind gusts of up to 85km/h at its centre, below cyclone intensity. But it is expected to form into a category one cyclone late today or early tomorrow, as it hits the coast near Weipa on Cape York. Yesterday, the system had been heading almost due west, bearing down on Cape Wessel, before making its dramatic U-turn exactly as predicted by the Bureau. The next cyclone to form near Australia will be called Magda. Man drowns at NT lake A FORTY-five-year old father drowned at a Territory lake while swimming with his son. Police believe the man was at the popular Tennant Creek recreational swimming spot, Mary Ann Dam, when he went missing in the water at about 1.40pm yesterday. His son raised the alarm to members of the public in the area and a search of the dam was conducted. The fathers body was found submerged and dragged to the bank by a member of the public. He was pronounced dead a short time later.