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Sunday Territorian Sun 22 Aug 2021



Sunday Territorian Sun 22 Aug 2021


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.

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SUNDAY AUGUST 22 2021 NEWS 07 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA DESPITE crowds at the Freedom Rally not wearing masks, police issued no fines, instead handing out face masks to those without them. In a statement, NT Police said police engaged with organisers before (Saturdays) rally in Darwin seeking compliance with chief health officer directions. There was general compliance with the chief health officers direction regarding social distancing and wearing of masks, the statement said. Police were seen speaking with attendees, some of whom seemed to respond in a belligerent manner, in an attempt to educate them. The protest was over lockdowns, masks, vaccines and the pandemic as a whole. The Darwin protest, part of a string of rallies across the nation, seemed to be the most well-behaved in Melbourne six police officers were taken to hospital, more than 218 people were arrested and the fines issued totalled more than $1.2m. In Sydney, more than 260 fines were issued to anti-lockdown protesters and 38,000 cars were stopped. Chief health officer Hugh Heggie also closed the Territorys border to all of Victoria on Saturday. From 2pm Saturday, only NT residents will be allowed to come into the Territory if theyve been in regional Victoria in the past two weeks. They will be required to do two weeks of mandatory quarantine at Howard Springs or Alice Springs. The declaration from Dr Heggie means all of Victoria and New South Wales Australias two most populated states are now locked out of the NT. It comes amid concerns about a growing Covid-19 cluster in Shepparton, which on Saturday morning stood at 17 cases. The Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has since announced a lockdown will come into place for all of that states regional communities from 1pm Saturday. The rest of Victoria reported another 61 Covid-19 cases on Saturday. But it was New South Wales that was of most concern to the national Covid statistics on Saturday. A massive 825 new cases were recorded in the state, the highest ever single-day result recorded in Australia since the pandemic began. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian urged citizens to stay calm, while three new deaths reported on Saturday brought the total number of deaths during this outbreak to 68. NSW has a total of 9573 locally-acquired active cases. No fines issued at protest FLOSS ADAMS AND THOMAS MORGAN Mind boost as we age IT is widely assumed brain power declines with age, but a study has revealed that may not be the case. New research published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour suggests that key mental abilities including concentration and attention may actually improve with age. These key brain functions underpin critical cognitive aspects such as memory, selfcontrol and decision making, along with navigation, math, language and reading. Fatter city mammals A STUDY has revealed many species of mammals living in cities are growing bigger and heftier due to how readily available food is in urban settings. The findings by the Florida Museum of Natural History run counter to the hypothesis the heat of cities would trigger animals to shrink over time. Researchers analysed 140,500 measurements of body length and mass from more than 100 species over 80 years and reached the conclusion. Big step for chimps CHIMPANZEES take 25 per cent longer strides than humans, according to research. It was previously thought people took longer strides than primates because of their height, but using Hollywoodstyle motion capture technology New York Institute of Technology researchers found chimpanzees took bigger steps. The researchers say it is because of their swivelling hips, which rotate by as much as 61 degrees every time they take a step. A historic satellite-tracking antenna has been given heritage status. Picture: Supplied A HISTORIC satellite-tracking antenna that symbolises the Northern Territorys role in the global space exploration era has been officially listed as a heritage object by the NT government. Built in Belgium in 1966, the satellite tracking antenna was one of three parabolic dish antennae with an XY tracking axis mount that were originally installed at the Gove Down Range Guidance and Telemetry Station at Gulkula on the Gove Peninsula, under a program led by the European Launcher Development Organisation (ELDO). The antennae used stateof-the-art technology to help track the downrange path of rockets launched from Woomera in South Australia as they passed over the Northern Territory. At the conclusion of the project in the early 1970s, the antennae were relocated to a defence facility near Adelaide until the Arnhem Land Historical Society began lobbying for the machinery to be returned to its original site. Arts, Culture and Heritage Minister Chansey Paech said the ELDOs satellite launch program was considered a spectacular and technically complex activity in Australia and particularly at the Gove Down Range Guidance and Telemetry Station. This is a unique and fascinating part of our history which shows that the Northern Territory is, and has always been, a strategic location for space exploration, he said. ANTENNA GETS HERITAGE STATUS Buying Your First Home? Call Trevor & his Home Conveyancing Specialists! Evi, Ben & Beth Trevor Tschirpig PH: 8995 4900Meggsie & Andrea Coconut Grove Palmerston www.sirpig.com.au