The Northern Territory news Mon 25 Jan 2021
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MONDAY JANUARY 25 2021 NEWS 11 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Smokings death toll mark 10-year study led by the Australian National University, showed smoking was responsible for 37 per cent of deaths at any age among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations. Associate Professor Raymond Lovett, who co-authored the research, said the number of smoking-related deaths was about double what we previously thought. This study shows smoking the last 10 years, Professor Lovett said. He said their work, which is believed to be a world first, took into account factors such as previous smoking history and not just a primary or secondary cause of death. We know that there are certain conditions that people die from that have a smokingrelated element, so what we were able to do is look at those conditions, Professor Lovett said. We also looked at, on average, how many years of life smokers are losing compared to someone who doesnt, and thats 10 years. Its a big number. Professor Lovett said while smoking rates in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities were declining, there was still about a nine to 10-year gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and nonIndigenous people. The hope is now that weve got this population specific information, we use it to invest further, particularly around our tobacco control, he said. We need to scale up and increase our efforts. Theres no silver bullet here. More than 1300 people were followed as part of the study, which began in 2006 and was published on Monday in the International Journal of Epidemiology. SMOKING kills half of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 45 and older and is one of the leading causes of death for all other age groups, shocking new research has revealed. Those who do smoke are also about four times more likely to die an early death, compared to those who dont. The findings, from a land ALANAH FROST Habit kills half of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over 45 A VOLUNTEER firefighter has been charged after allegedly deliberately lighting more than 30 grass fires in southwest NSW. Police established Strike Force Rummery earlier this month to investigate more than 30 separate suspicious fires in Whitton, about 40km south of Griffith, between November and January. After an extensive investigation, detectives swooped on the 30-year-old volunteer Rural Fire Service member just after 11am on Friday. Detect ives also searched the mans home in Whitton, with several items of interest seized for forensic examination. The man was taken to Griffith police station and charged with five counts of intentionally causing fire and being reckless as to its spread. He faced Wagga Wagga Bail Court on Saturday where he was refused bail. Firey lit 30 grass fires: cops JACK PAYNTER SMOKING HAS TAKEN THE LIVES OF MORE THAN 10,000 ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLE IN THE LAST 10 YEARS has taken the lives of more than 10,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in PROFESSOR RAYMOND LOVETT Social media star Vanessa Sierra. SOCIAL media star Vanessa Sierra has apologised for divisive comments she made from inside hotel quarantine, saying the past few days have been f***ing brutal. Sierra came under fire last week for a vlog from the hotel room shes sharing with her tennis star boyfriend Bernard Tomic, ahead of the Australian Open. In an attempt to give fans an insight into what her life looked like, the 26-year-old complained about the food and having to wash her own hair in quarantine, which she later said was taken out of context. In her latest YouTube vlog, Sierra offered an apology to anyone she offended. During this time of COVID, a lot of people are going through s*** and struggling so for the people I offended, I do apologise, she said. It was not intended to upset anyone, it was just supposed to be lighthearted. In her latest update, she said she had not expected the comments to cause so much drama. Its been really overwhelming. Ive received death threats and so many abusive messages, she said. My vlogs are intended for showing people my personal (life). I try and be honest and show people things as they are. I dont think I really complained (that much), other than about the food, and I do apologise to the chefs, theyve made a big effort to improve the food. It comes as the Australian Open COVID-19 cluster balloons to nine cases, including three people who tested positive to the more infectious UK strain. Social media star and WAG says sorry for hotel quarantine rant ELLEN RANSLEY Mad Hatterz Cafe in Palmerston has been broken into four times. The culprits caused damage and left freezers open. Picture: Supplied A PALMERSTON cafe has been forced to close its doors indefinitely, leaving its staff unable to pay their bills after being broken into four times in the short time it has been open. The owners of Mad Hatterz Cafe in Tivendale made the announcement on Facebook yesterday, after being broken into for the fourth time in the early hours of yesterday morning. Co-owner Jess Gooley said the financial loss of being broken into again meant they had to close until further notice. They left all the freezers open, defrosted everything, she said. We wont be trading. Even though we have insurance the outlay of money is still going to be huge. Ms Gooley said they were devastated. Were a small, family-run local business. We dont know if we can bounce back, she said. It not only effects us but our staff are casual. Now they wont be able to pay their bills this week. BREAK-INS FORCE MAD HATTERZ CAFE TO SHUT SARAH MATTHEWS ''
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