The Northern Territory news Mon 14 Dec 2009
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www.ntnews.com.au Northern Territory News, Monday, December 14, 2009 5 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:14-DGE:5 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K NEWS Dingo lashes hypocrites INDIGENOUS icon Ernie Dingo has hit out at hypocritical white people who lecture Aborigines about alcohol consumption. What you should beworrying about is who is giving themaccess ... who sells alcohol? Not black people, Dingo said. We dont have a problem. Our problem is to say no to you blokes, to white people ... no is not really part of our cultural background. He said there aremorewhite Australian alcoholics than there are black people on the land. Ditch the Dads Army DVDs YS SEANGuy says its time for his generation to shape up for Christmas. He says theyve been getting plenty of presents in the past few years, and giving back only a couple of DVDs in return. This year, as youths start their first casual jobs, he says the oldies will be expecting something better. TheYGuide to Christmas gifts: P30 2500 down, 3500 to go MORE than 2500 camels were killed in last weeks cull near theWestern Australian border. The cull was launched after up to 6000 feral camels invaded the small town of Docker River, 500km fromAlice Springs. The Central LandCouncil has refused to discuss the cull until it is completed, but Macdonnell Shire Council deputy chief executive Des Rogers told ABC that 2500 had been killed by Fridaymorning. Man caught with cannabis cops a years exile from Territory A MAN who pleaded guilty to bringing 1.36kg of cannabis to the Territory from Melbourne has been sentenced to a largely-suspended jail term on the condition he keeps out of the NT for a year. Jason Chambers, 39, submitted that he had already planned a twoweek driving holiday to Western Australia through Darwin when he was offered $3000 to take the cannabis with him. His lawyer Alan Woodcock argued that he acted alone, and his travel companion knew nothing of the cannabis until police found it. But Chief Justice Brian Martin said in his sentencing remarks that account was unlikely. I found your evidence unimpressive when it came to the questions surrounding the obtaining of the cannabis and the trip, he said. I am far from persuaded that you were paid $3000 and that you came to be in possession of the cannabis merely because a friend happened to hear about your trip and made the offer to you. The cannabis was worth up to $136,000 if sold by the gram. Chambers is a full-time carer for his ill mother and brother and had no previous convictions. Justice Martin said he was unlikely to offend again. You have been brought to earth with a thud by being caught and through having to spend time in custody, he said. Your selfless conduct over many years speaks volumes as to your underlying good character. Justice Martin sentenced him to two years and six months in prison, suspended after the minimum 28 days. A condition of the suspension was that he not return to the NT for 12 months after his release. EMILYWATKINS FIRST TIMER: RyanMitchell is the first paediatric cardiac patient in Australia to be registered for a remotemonitoring system. Picture: BRAD FLEET New devicemakes check-up a breeze EXCLUSIVE ByNADJAHAINKE TERRITORIAN Ryan Mitchell is the first paediatric cardiac patient using ground-breaking technology to stay in touch with interstate specialists. The seven-year-old Katherine boy uses a newly-developed remote control to send heart data via the internet to a Queensland paediatric cardiac patient service. This means he doesnt have to travel 3500km for check-ups. Being here in Katherine, we know there are not a lot of paediatric cardiac surgeons, his mother Denise, 44, said. When we were told about the system, it was like sign up, sign up, lets get this going before we go home. So now Ryan doesnt have to go to Brisbane, its much easier. Ryan received a pacemaker earlier this year after it was noticed he had an irregular heartbeat. The exact cause for his condition is still unknown. He is now the first young Australian with a pacemaker to be registered in the remote monitoring system known as Medtronic CareLink Network. It uses a small disk, which is put over the chest, to take essential measurements before sending it to Brisbane Paediatric cardiologist Dr Jim Morwood said one third of QPCS pacemaker patients were able to access the new system. The aim will be to have the vast majority ... using this service, he said. Oz housing heads for a deep hole AUSTRALIAS housing market is heading into a deep $14 billion hole as house prices escalate, the first home owners grant stops and banks tighten the lending requirements. According to research company MISC, the market will face another three months of declining lending before a weak rebound starts in March. It follows a disastrous September quarter during which $3b was lost from the market compared with the previous year. Queensland made up for about half of that fall when $1.6b disappeared from the market. MISC claims that in the 12 months to September 2010, its research points to a 9 per cent fall in the amount of money lent by banks and mortgage companies. NT pubs, clubs full of ugly, vertical drunks ByALYSSABETTS TERRITORY streets, pubs and clubs are turning ugly from a phenomenon known as vertical drinking, a top cop says. Acting Deputy Commissioner Grahame Kelly (pictured) blamed drinking attitudes during a scathing assessment of drinkers at the close of a two-day blitz on grog-fuelled violence and anti-social behaviour. Early, excessive drinking and a large number of Christmas parties under way meant high volumes of intoxicated, vertical drinkers a recipe for disaster, he said. The usual image of problem drinkers is of the legless horizontal punter slumped on a bench but vertical drinking pegs people drinking while standing up as the problem. Its linked to binge drinking. It involves party-goers standing in packed pubs, with nowhere to put their drinks down, and therefore drinking faster while not having anything to eat. Police were peeling drunks off streets across the NT at the close of Operation Unite, which finished in the wee hours yesterday morning. Over Saturday night, 77 people were taken into protective custody 49 in Alice Springs, 20 in Darwin, five in Katherine and three in Tennant Creek. There were eight arrests seven of those in Darwin for offences related to booze or drugs. A total of 43 litres of grog was tipped out, and five Darwinites were arrested for drink-driving. Mr Kelly said while Friday night had been quite pleasing thanks in part to police presence and the wet weather Saturday night was ugly and had deteriorated early. Police were waking up drunks in garden beds not long after midnight and the situation got worse as the evening progressed, he said. Police forced the early end to a party in a licensed joint at Alice Springs, while cops in Darwin told security at another premises to get rid of heavily intoxicated punters. I personally witnessed both men and women pouring out of one licensed premises at 4am completely intoxicated, some barely able to walk, making absolute fools of themselves, Mr Kelly said. One man was sleeping against a railing for the evening until a police horse gave him a gentle nudge. But Mr Kelly said the usual levels of violence on a Saturday night were much reduced.
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