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The Northern Territory news Mon 16 Mar 2020



The Northern Territory news Mon 16 Mar 2020

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10 NEWS MONDAY MARCH 16 2020 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Hanks fails to infect movies cast and crew ISOLATED Hollywood star Tom Hanks may have an infectious smile but at least he hasnt passed on coronavirus. Hanks and his wife, singer Rita Wilson, are quarantined in a Gold Coast hospital after testing positive to COVID-19. He is in Australia to film Baz Luhrmanns biopic on Elvis Presley at Village Roadshow Studios. A representative for the production said no cast or crew had come down with the virus although production had ceased for two weeks. Parents need to be open about health risks KEEPING a safe distance, using basic hygiene etiquette and listening to the facts is advice given to children in dealing with and preventing the spread of coronavirus. Education Department acting chief executive Leanne Nixon said curiosity may bring children to ask questions about coronavirus and it was important for parents to give straight answers. If a child brings up coronavirus or asks questions, it is important to acknowledge how they may be feeling and to answer questions as honestly as possible, she said. This will help them feel informed and understand what is happening. Ms Nixon said they were ensuring children were safe and reassured. The priority for schools is continuing to deliver education in a safe and supportive environment, she said. (We are) providing timely updates to schools to distribute to families and staff which is aligned to the advice that is coming from the Australian Government. Stuart Park Primary students Hamish Samuels, 10, and his sister Abigail, 7, do their bit to stop the virus Picture: GLENN CAMPBELL THE Palmerston Game Fishing Clubs annual flagship Barra Nationals tournament has been postponed due to coronavirus and will now likely not return until next year. In a post to the events Facebook page over the weekend, organisers said it was with great sadness we announce the postponement of Barra comp on rocks JASON WALLS jason.walls1@news.com.au this years beloved Barra Nationals. The safety of competitors, the ongoing viability of the tournament and the likelihood of disruption means we have to put off the event until further notice, the post reads. The risk to competitors and the tournament is just too great. Despite the announcement being described as a postponement, the club officials said the Nationals would now likely be slotted in for a return in 2021 with teams provided a full refund on entry fees. This decision was not taken lightly and made at this time to try to give everyone as much time as possible to adjust and also provide teams a full refund on entry fees paid, the post reads. Our thoughts are with those teams who had made significant arrangements to be able to attend this years tournament and special thoughts also go out for our enduring hosts Wally and Kerri at the Banyan Farm. These wonderful people have been hit hard by this development and any help and support were able to rally for them in the coming months would be fantastic. The post said almost every team and many of the sponsors had been informed of the events cancellation and thanked them for their overwhelming support for our difficult decision. Moving forward all current teams will be eligible for entry into next years Barra Nationals, it reads. From the discussions so far there is already a lot of enthusiasm for 2021 and after a year off competitors will likely be jumping out of their skin. COVID-19 you mongrel! Cattlemen conference cancelled THE NT Cattlemens Association wants the NT Government to provide one-off grants to event organisers that have had to cancel or postpone their events due to the advice around COVID-19. The NTCA is the latest in a rapidly growing list of coronavirus victims. It has had to cancel its popular annual conference scheduled for Alice Springs on March 26 and 27. The event had more than 500 registrations, which will be carried over to 2021. NTCA chief executive officer Ashley Manicaros said conference cancellations would have financial consequences for a host of NT businesses which is why the association fed its grants proposal into the Chamber of Commerce and also directly to NT Government officials. 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