The Northern Territory news Sat 16 Apr 2022
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Saturday April 16 2022 NEWS 15 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Fighting Alzheimers LIVING a healthy lifestyle could not only lead to a longer life but more years without Alzheimers disease, according to a US study. The study, supported by the National Institute on Ageing part of the National Institutes of Health looked at data from 2449 participants aged 65 years and older. It was found that for women and men with a healthy lifestyle, 11 and 6 per cent of their remaining years were lived with Alzheimers respectively, compared with 19 and 12 per cent for participants with a less healthy lifestyle. THE Territory will play host to new events this year after gaining funding through the NT government. Among a list of 41 events receiving a share in more than $1.5m as part of the Event Funding Program will be the Alice Springs Beanie Festival, a national swimming championship, a Filipino Festival and the Darwin Fringe Festival. A total of 53 events applied for the funding. Minister for Tourism Natasha Fyles said she hoped the latest round of events would encourage peo ple to come to the NT. Events contribute greatly to our economy, she said. Research on seven 2021 government-supported events showed they delivered a gross expenditure stimulus of $12.6m, of which $8.4m was new money. Ms Fyles said the events drew in crowds of almost 20,000 people with 20 per cent of them from interstate. By supporting events like this we are supporting jobs and creating opportunities for Territorians, Ms Fyles said. Funding for new NT events BETHANY GRIFFITHS Natasha Fyles Hunt for elusive lake monster continues THERE was not a soul in sight at Lake Alexander, where the hunt continues for a mysterious creature that has forced the closure of the popular swimming hole for a week now. The ongoing search for the mystery beast began after the unconfirmed sighting of what was thought to be a 1m shark was reported to Darwin council last week. The critter has been dubbed the Loch Alexander Monster 2.0, harking back a decade to when the Top End was gripped by a buzz of excitement when an unidentified creature bit a woman in the lake in 2009. And similar to the events of August 2009, the being inhabiting the lake has thrown the chattering class into chaos. The Darwin Triathlon Club had to cancel the swimming leg of its Super Sprint event last weekend. Council continued to try to catch the beastie on Thursday, as the Top End approached the Easter long weekend. Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis said 20 bait floatlines had been set in the lake in response to the sighting. He said while nothing had been caught yet, one of the lines snapped on Wednesday. These are heavy duty lines. So, whatever it is, it seems like its pretty big and its pretty hungry, Mr Vatskalis said. I was down there (Thursday) morning and while we still havent come up with anything yet, we cant take any risks, so we are going to have to keep the lake closed until we have a resolution. Mr Vatskalis said it was impossible for a fish of any species to pass through the lakes pumping system. If theres anything in there it has been put there by a per son, he said. Our team is currently doing everything they can to try and come up with an answer to this mystery. In the meantime, swimmers cant use the lake because of the actions of someone who clearly isnt thinking right. The memory of the original Loch Alexander Monster is still fresh in the minds of many. On August 18, 2009 the NT News reported the lake would close after something attacked a bather. Council workers rushed to capture the creature, believed to be a delinquent cod, which nibbled on a womans foot the month before. It had her toes and the front of her foot in its mouth so it was a big fish, then council chief executive Brendan Dowd said. The lady looked down, (got a) shock and jumped. She had minor lacerations, scratches and a bit of bruising. Council used longlines and nets to lure the cod. The next day, the NT News revealed a man, who did not want to be named, had caught a 25kg cod in Lake Alexander 18 months before. The Loch Alexander Monster (2009 version) remains a mystery to this day. The Lake Alexander closed sign, do we have our own Loch monster? And how we reported the original Loch Alexander monster stories. RAPHAELLA SAROUKOS *This offer is for Full Digital Access + Weekend Paper Delivery and costs $15 (min. cost) billed approximately 4 weekly for the first 12 weeks. Then, after the initial 12 weeks it is $30 billed approximately 4 weekly. Renewals occur unless cancelled in accordance with the full Terms and Conditions. Each payment, once made, is non-refundable, subject to law. 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