The Northern Territory news Sat 12 Dec 2009
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4 Northern Territory News, Saturday, December 12, 2009 www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 2 -D E C -2 0 0 9 P A G E : 4 C O L O R : K e r2 4 0 6 1 5 e r2 4 0 6 0 3 CLASS TIMES New term starts week of JANUARY 11 FREE TRIAL CLASS JANUARY 9 AT 9AM Yoga for Beginners o f f i c e @ d a r w i n y o g a s p a c e . c o m w w w . d a r w i n y o g a s p a c e . c o m 8 9 4 8 2 2 9 9 er240616 MON 7:30 - 9:00pm TUE/THU 5:45 - 7:15pm WED 6:15 - 7:30am 5:45 - 7:15pm 7:30 - 9:00pm FRI/SAT 9:00 - 10:30am mg 210618 NEWS Lasseters no feral camel Govt red-faced over pic of door-opening pet ByMATTCUNNINGHAM IT WAS the photo that went around the world. Released by the NT Government to show just how bad the feral camel problem had become in a Central Australian community, the image (left) showed a camel trying to turn a door knob to get into a home. But yesterday it was revealed the camel was not a feral beast, but a pet. Docker River resident Lyle Kenny told the ABC the animal in question was his pet camel Lasseter. He said Lasseter had been with him for so long he thinks of himself as a human and imitates human behaviour. NT Government spokeswoman Katie Woolf said the picture was one of several given to the Government by the MacDonnell Shire. Those photos were provided to the Government as an example of the camel issue in Docker River, she said. MacDonnell Shire could not be contacted last night. A mass cull of camels started in Docker River this week that will see about 3000 of the feral animals killed. The cull was ordered by the NT Government after reports up to 6000 of the feral camels were causing havoc in Docker River, invading homes in the search for water. Last year, MacDonnell Shire chief executive Wayne Wright said some communities needed to be fenced to stop the camels getting in. The proposed camel cull has made headlines around the world with Local Government Minister Rob Knight receiving hate mail before he was shifted out of the position in a Cabinet reshuffle. GOOD CAUSE: Federal MP Warren Snowdons famous mo has been shaved for charity ByNICKCALACOURAS Big Merv mows em down for charity ONE of the Territorys most famous moustaches is gone. Lingiari MHR Warren Snowdon recently said goodbye to 40 years of facial hair when he shaved off the 40-year-old mo for charity. And the razor was held by the most famous mo of all time cricket legend Merv Hughes. Mr Snowdon shaved his moustache as part of the Movember campaign a monthlong fundraiser that encourages people to grow a moustache to raise money for mens health. The government has a strong interest in the issues highlighted by the Movember campaign, Mr Snowdon said. Mr Snowdon started growing his mo as a 19-year-old and 40 years later it has become his most recognisable physical characteristic. His wife had never seen him without a moustache. The shave occurred at the Have a Crack Day in Melbourne which saw 160 people compete in a modified Super 8s cricket tournament to raise money for mens health. He said Australian men paid too little attention to their own health and neglected the need for regular check ups. However, sport is a great way to get men involved and interested in mens health. Christmas Express cheaper this year THE Christmas Express is back shuttling late night revellers stranded in the city without a taxi back home. The minibus will pick up passengers at two stops on Mitchell St and drop them to their front door. The Territory Government has revised the price this year with a fare costing between $10 and $20 and the service will go as far as Palmerston. It is believed the service was not successful last year because people were put off by the flat $20 fee for each passenger regardless of distance travelled. This meant a couple living in Parap would have to pay $40 to get home, compared with a $15 taxi fare. The service will run from 1am to 5am every Saturday and Sunday until January 3, 2010. There will also be a service on the public holiday on Monday January 28. Transport Minister Gerry McCarthy said the bus was part of the Governments plan to tackle drink-driving over the holiday season. Have a great time celebrating this holiday season, but dont drink and drive, instead jump on a Christmas Express bus to get home safely, he said. Mr McCarthy promised more city lockdowns over the Christmas period breathalysing all drivers leaving the CBD. Melioidosis warning in Top End TOP Enders and visitors have been urged to protect themselves from deadly melioidosis. The soil-borne disease is an environmental bacterium and a common cause of serious pneumonia and blood poisoning in the Top End. NT centre for disease control director Dr Vicki Krause said the bacteria lived below the soils surface during the dry season but surfaced when the Wet kicked in. Cases tend to follow the rains and an increase in cases has been seen in past years following cyclones, heavy rains and floods, she said.
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