Sunday Territorian 7 Nov 2021
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SUNDAY NOVEMBER 7 2021 NEWS 17 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Troubles reading? Nap CHILDREN who have sleeping problems also have trouble reading. UK scientists said children who werent getting enough shut eye scored worse on reading tests than their well-rested peers. Hundreds of children aged between four and 14 were asked to complete questionnaires about their sleep with the help of their parents. This included daytime sleepiness and how long it took them to fall asleep. The kids were then asked to complete some reading tasks. Experts are now recommending children who sleep poorly should be screened for reading problems and viceversa. Fuel eating money FUEL prices jumped 25 per cent over the past year, making it the biggest contributor to higher living costs for Aussie households. New Australian Bureau of Statistics figures reveal annual increases in living costs continued to exceed 2.5 per cent for all households in the September 2021 quarter. In that period, prices were up 7.1 per cent for automotive fuel, 3.8 per cent for furniture and 3.3 per cent for property rates and charges. Meanwhile, the price of fruit was down 8.3 per cent, and the cost of clothing and footwear dropped 3.8 per cent, partially offsetting the price rises this quarter. Push for electric cars ELECTRIC vehicles will be widely adopted in Australia, but the pace of the transition will depend on affordability and convenience of charging stations, according to a new report from a sustainable research centre. Race for 2030, a group consisting of Australias leading energy researchers, is advocating to identify barriers to consumers moving away from fuel-injected cars, including integrating cars with homes. It wants to lower energy bills, lower network costs, support electricity system reliability, reduce emissions and grow employment opportunities in the EV integration technology sector. No support for hunters IN my opinion, the NT Firearms Council does not support waterfowl hunters. They have issued a letter of support for the 2020-30 Magpie Goose Management Program (MGMP) and the threegoose bag limit this hunting season. This letter of support doesnt question why hunters from the general public must contribute up to $75,000 for a small share of the 40,000 birds they hunt while the commercial permits are free for a harvest of up to 30,000 geese by what could be a single permit holder. The products of those 30,000 birds have recently been marketed for $90 per kilogram. It is not hard to see a large profit margin without any contribution directed back that could protect habitat that supports magpie geese. But the authorities dont even have a point-of-sale monitoring program at legitimate sales outlets and due to that has the potential to unlock a vast black market in magpie goose products. They are supporting a management plan that is extremely light on habitat protection through weed control in wetlands that support all waterbirds, not only the ones on the game list, but happily wields a big stick against hunters bag limits if the goose population drops below 1,250,000 birds to five then to three when it drops below 1,000,000. These trigger points are ridiculous when you consider the goose population rebounded from 725,000 to 1,480,000 in only two poor wet seasons. This is the action from a group that should contain itself to firearms issues rather than hunting. As an example, the delegate for the NT branch of the Australian Deer Association has more sway than NT Field and Game that has been advocating for habitat improvement and put boots on the ground doing through weed control since 2009 and litter control since 2001. In my opinion this treatment has a long history stemming back to the acceptance of NT Field and Game into the council and the subsequent attempt to bar NTFGA two years later. Recently the council had invited the author of the MGMP, Tim Clancy, to a question-and-answer session in front of delegates from all the council members. Those delegates were asked to provide questions to the forum. Nathan Vale, the Independent Shooters delegate sent these questions by a shooter in the community for consideration by Dr Clancy. Were there any recommendations or feedback from the previous management plan, and, have any of those recommendations been adopted or changed to suit the current plan that is on the table? There is always lots of emphasis on the back end of the population. That is the harvested end of the breeding cycle. The plan seems very light on in regard to the habitat of the bird. What is being done to protect that habitat? Feral dogs, feral cats, pigs, buffalo, gamba grass, olive hymenachne and mimosa among other things? All of these pests are creating an adverse effect on all species that compete for the same habitat as the goose. Where did the 500k birds go from the previous population estimate? What real research has been done to study the dispersion of the bird? What are the combined Indigenous harvest totals compared with previous years? These are legitimate questions, but Mr Vale was barred from asking them. Nominate as a delegate of your organisation as the election of the NT Firearms Council Board and delegates is November 24 with nominations closing on November 22. Maybe from within you can help to change this situation. BART IRWIN OPINION Cricket players with Woolworths Blast kids in Launceston. Picture: Sarah Reed/Getty Images A HEALTHY diet of fresh fruit and vegetables is proving the recipe for success for Adelaide Strikers teenage bowler Darcie Brown. The 18-year-old, who claimed only the sixth hat-trick in WBBL history last month, likes nothing more than eating bananas or apples before a game, as well as broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and potatoes during the week. Having a well-balanced diet as an athlete enables you to recover faster and have energy to back up with training and games while being happier and healthier, Brown said. Fruit and veg makes you strong and healthy, so eating plenty of it is one of the most important things you can do. The promising young fast bowler learnt the importance of fresh fruit and vegetables from a nutritionist. The benefits of healthy eating will be celebrated by players and fans during the inaugural Woolworths Pick Fresh, Play Fresh Round, a new initiative for WBBL|07, which aims to inspire children and parents to fuel their bodies with more fresh fruit and vegetables. STEPHEN NADIN DIET OF FRUIT AND VEG IS RECIPE FOR SUCCESS AT least eight people are dead and hundreds injured after a fatal crowd crush and chaotic stampede during the opening night of world famous rapper Travis Scotts set at the Astroworld music festival Houston, Texas. Paramedics rushed about two dozen people to hospitals from the scene and CPR was performed on at least 11 of them when they were taken away, officials confirmed. Those injured also included a child as young as 10. At least 17 people were rushed to hospital, and 11 were in cardiac arrest. Some 300 concertgoers were treated at a field hospital on the scene. Scott looked distraught after the crush but was yet to comment. Also at the concert was Scotts partner Kylie Jenner and model sister Kendall. Alternative psych-rock Australian band Tame Impala was also listed on the festival line-up along side Earth Wind & Fire, SZA,Young Thug, Bad Bunny, Lil Baby, 22 Savage, Master P and Chief Keef. Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena said the crowd crush and stampede toward the stage occurred while Scott was performing at the third annual Astroworld music festival at NRG Park in the southern half of the US. At around 9.15pm local time. the crowd of approximately 50,000 concertgoers began to move toward the front of the stage. By 9.38pm, Pena said a mass ca sualty incident was triggered as the number of victims grew and emergency responders became overwhelmed. The crowd began to compress towards the front of the stage and that caused some panic and it started causing some injuries. People started to fall out, become unconscious and it created additional panic. We had at least eight confirmed fatalities tonight and scores of individuals that were injured, he said. Eight die, hundreds hurt in Scott concert crowd crush in Texas SHOBA RAO Fatal crowd crush in Texas.
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