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The Northern Territory news Mon 27 Jul 2020



The Northern Territory news Mon 27 Jul 2020

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08 NEWS MONDAY JULY 27 2020 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Outrageous Bunnings mask clash goes viral SHAE McDONALD Home hunters seek purrfect fit CAT-LOVERS rejoiced on Sunday as they had the opportunity to meet 25 adorable cats and kittens hoping to find their forever homes. The Cat and Kitten Adoption Day, held by pet rescue organisation A Safe Place for Meow, was held at the Parap Veterinary Hospital. Vet and foster co-ordina tornator Sophie Huxley said the day was a huge success. We got a high number of adoptions, eight adoptions all up, Ms Huxley said. She said it was the organisations first adoption day after the COVID-19 lockdown, which had left a lot of cats without a home. Initially, we had a lot of adoptions in the COVID period, but it kind of seemed to die off a little bit. But, of course they kept coming in, stray cats, she said. However, she said the lockdown did help the organisation find foster carers. Having more people at home positively impacted us, Mr Huxley said. Sophie Huxley and Kelly Shipp with cats Davey, Nicola and Ziggy. Picture: KATRINA BRIDGEFORD E-SCOOTER company Neuron has launched a new safety feature that allows riders to share their trip in real time with friends or family, as the City of Darwin will on Monday consider extending the trial. A fleet of 200 scooters was introduced onto the streets of the Darwin CBD in January, as a part of a 12-month trial. The number of scooters has since grown to 350, with the operating area recently extended to include Mindil Beach and George Brown Botanic Gardens. The operation area is set to extend further to include East Point. The new Follow My Ride feature was introduced to allow riders to feel more safe while riding alone at night. Neuron chief executive Zachary Wang said the feature came out of discussions with a female focus group. The new Follow My Ride service has been created in response to feedback and insights directly from our riders, Mr Wang said. They asked for the option to share their location with Scooter users get followers Tracking app launched SARAH MATTHEWS sarah.matthews1@news.com.au friends and family and so we introduced it. The feature is now live on all scooters, which can be used by riders sending a URL tracking their trip to one of the contacts in their phone. It comes after Neuron added a feature earlier this year that calls emergency services if the scooter detects a fall. The scooters have been well received in Darwin so far, according to a council report to be tabled on Monday night when the trial extension will be considered. The report, by Darwin council Innovation Growth and Development Services general manager Josh Sattler, says users have recorded satisfaction rates of more than 75 per cent. Average trips per day are in excess of 1200, and average distances are of 1.8km, Mr Sattler said. He said the council would consider a 12-month extension of the trial. Scooter deployment is at the limit of the operating agreement at 350, and expansion will require additional scooters and an amendment to the said agreement, he said. BIZARRE footage of a woman refusing to wear a mask inside a Bunnings store in Victoria has shocked the internet. The video shows her walking into a store, believed to be in Melbourne, where she is immediately stopped by staff and asked if she has a mask. Well, its clear I dont, and you are not authorised to ask me or question me about it, she says. The woman is then asked if she wants to speak to the manager, who tells her she needs a medical certificate if she wants to continue into the store. I dont need a medical certificate, she says. Youre discriminating against me. When another staff member tells her the mask is a condition of entry, she lashes out. Thats discrimination, and I can have you sued personally for discriminating against me as a woman, she says. Its an unlawful condition of entry. Therefore that exposes you personally and Bunnings to being sued for discrimination because it is in breach of the 1948 Charter of Human Rights to discriminate against men and women. The video, which goes for three-and-a-half minutes, ends when a second woman joins the one filming, having picked up an item from the store. The incident comes as Victoria recorded one of its worst days with 459 people testing positive and 10 deaths. Police said they could not comment on specific cases. Night lights out as maggies lose sleep GRUMPY birds magpies and pigeons are losing up to four hours sleep a night in innerresidential areas due to light pollution. Victorian researchers have conducted the first study into the impact of night lights on the birds non-rapid eye movement, REM sleep cycles and disturbed sleep patterns. The new research by La Trobe University and the University of Melbourne, which measures neurological responses to light pollution in wildlife, used miniature sensors to measure magpie and pigeon brain activity and sleep duration. La Trobes Dr John Lesku said while magpie sleep was more disrupted under white light compared to what was a more sleep-friendly amber light, both types were equally disruptive for sleep in pigeons. Both magpies and pigeons average 10 hours of sleep per night. We found that magpies lost more NREM sleep under white light than amber light. By comparison, pigeons lost around four hours of sleep under both white and amber light, Dr Lesku said. Rules driving residents to distraction HUNDREDS of residents who live along the NSW-Victoria border are unable to go to work, school or see their doctor after losing travel permits because of tough new rules. A golf club has shut down, putting 81 out of work, and many residents have been cut off from their local supermarkets and forced to drive for hours to get basic supplies and medical care. Tara Dundon, who lives in the NSW Riverina town of Finley and is 28 weeks into her first pregnancy, is considered high-risk and unable to be seen by her local hospital as a result. Ms Dundon, 33, had been seeing a doctor in Shepparton in Victoria about an hour from her home but has had to switch to a doctor in Wagga Wagga as she is no longer able to cross the border without having to self-isolate for two weeks upon her return. Shepparton is a two-hour round trip and Wagga is a fivehour round trip, she said. Im not thrilled. Theres not a lot between Finley and Wagga. Sore back? You sit in a chair 8 hours a day, make it a good one! 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