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TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 28 2021 NEWS 05 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA WORKERS HORROR FIND A QUEENSLAND worker made a frightening discovery while sitting on the toilet after hearing a hissing sound. The horrific episode was detailed by Sunshine Coast Snake Catcher Stuart McKenzie on Monday morning. He took to Facebook to explain to nearly 300,000 followers that the staff member from a business in Yandina sat down on the loo and got a shock after suddenly hearing a hiss. According to Mr McKenzie, that person turned around to find an eastern brown snake curled up around the base of the toilet. Wowzas, this is crazy, his post read. We responded asap and headed straight out and relocated the snake elsewhere. Just shows that snakes want nothing to do with you, they also would prefer not to watch you go to the toilet! Haha. Man fined for not wearing a mask A MAN who refused to wear a face mask is among dozens of people to whom police issued Covid fines in the past week. NT Police Operation Crown members issued 24 fines to travellers who neglected to get approval to enter the Territory. In addition to the travellers, one man was found to be breaching his isolation direction. He was taken to the Howard Springs quarantine facility to complete the isolate and test requirement. Another man allegedly refused to wear a face mask. Both men were given fines. Incident Controller Hege Burns reminded travellers to familiarise themselves with the requirements to enter the NT. The penalty for failing to abide by the chief health officer direction is $5024, she said. That is a hefty fine to pay when you can simply just follow the rules. Travellers who do not have the prior approval to enter the Territory are turned around and have to fly back to where they came from. To avoid this happening to you, please ensure you understand the requirements before you travel. Anyone intending to enter the NT is reminded to check restrictions at coronavirus.nt.gov.au RAPHAELLA SAROUKOS A snake and a loo. THOUSANDS OF JABS IN TERRITORY KIDS ARMS The Essington School student, 14-year-old Jack Dykes, receives his second jab on Monday. Picture: Supplied THE Territorys Covid-19 vaccine rollout is progressing with more than 4000 doses administered to kids aged between 12 and 15. More than 26 per cent of NT youths in the age group have had their first dose of the vaccine, while more than 4 per cent are fully vaccinated. The NT was the first jurisdiction to open vaccines to 12 to 15-year-olds. Health Minister Natasha Fyles said it was encouraging to see so many Territory kids roll up their sleeves. We have our NT Health teams working diligently to provide the vaccine in schools, to ensure we are adding an extra layer of protection for younger Territorians, she said. With the arrival of Moderna this week in the Territory, we have even more supplies for Territorians to get vaccinated and to keep the community safe. More than 74 per cent of Territorians aged over 16 have received their first dose. RAPHAELLA SAROUKOS London on the itinerary DARWIN is edging closer to direct daily flights to London, with Qantas set to detail an alternate route after announcing it has shelved the PerthLondon service until April. Qantas announced on Monday morning it was involved in detailed discussions with the Northern Territory government and Darwin Airport about potential re-routing. A final decision is expected within a fortnight. Internationally, flights are still on track to gradually restart from December 18, when Australia is expected to have reached national cabinets 80 per cent population vaccination target. The proposed MelbourneDarwin-London service is dependent on managing domestic and international travel under the NT governments Covid-19 recovery plan. Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said the pace of the national vaccine rollout had raised hopes international borders would soon reopen. At this stage, WA doesnt intend to open to international travel until sometime next year, so well unfortunately have to temporarily move our Perth-London service until at least April 2022, Mr Joyce said. Instead of operating from Melbourne to Perth and then on to London as it usually does, this flight will operate from Melbourne to London via either Darwin or Singapore, depending on conversations were having with the NT in the coming weeks. We look forward to operating this flight via Perth again when circumstances allow. Were in regular discussions with all the states and territories, and will continue to make adjustments, including increasing flying as soon as border settings allow. Chief Minister Michael Gunner said re-routing flights through Darwin would be a significant boost to the Territory. We are Australias comeback capital and a direct Darwin-London flight would be a massive feat, showcasing the Territory to the world, Mr Gunner said. This is why I have directed the most senior public servants to get cracking on this, and as a priority work with the Darwin Airport and Qantas to make it happen. My number one focus is keeping Territorians safe, but we must plan for a time when overseas travel resumes so we can bounce back stronger than ever. NT Property Councils Ruth Palmer said re-routing to Darwin would mean Darwin and the Territory reaping the benefit of opportunity that would arise from such travel. We really need an NT Living with Covid plan that provides a pathway to what happens when the Territory hits vaccination rates of 70-80 per cent, Ms Palmer said. CAMDEN SMITH Qantas CEO Alan Joyce. NT POLICE have charged a man in relation to an aggravated robbery on the weekend. Police received reports about 10.40pm on Saturday that a 31-year-old man had allegedly threatened two youths in Tennant Creek with a replica handgun before stealing a number of small items from one of the youths. A short time later, the same man allegedly threatened an elderly man with the same replica handgun, police said. Police arrested the man later that night and Tennant Creek Criminal Investigations Branch detectives have charged him with three counts of aggravated assault, one count of robbery and one count of going armed in public The man was remanded to appear before Tennant Creek Local Court. Replica weapons are controlled items for a reason, Detective Senior Sergeant Michael Schumacher said. I commend the actions of the officers for their professionalism in removing the item from the community and would remind the public that it is illegal to own a replica firearm without an appropriate permit. Police are urging anyone with information about this incident to come forward on 131 444. In particular, we wish to speak to anyone who witnessed the incidents on Saturday night. Man on robbery charges LEE ROBINSON
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