Tuesday, December 1, 2020

The freedom of the press still furnishes that check upon government which no constitution has ever been able to provide – Chicago Tribune.

Council’s focus is on all youth, not those with ‘social challenges’

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By KIERAN FINNANE The Town Council’s newly announced youth programs will be for “all young people”, offering “more engaging activities” in town and won’t be targeting “behaviour”. Councillor Jimmy Cocking offered this clarification when Cr Eli...

Zachary Rolfe seeks to have trial moved to Darwin

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Zachary Rolfe’s defence team are seeking to have his trial moved to Darwin. The application will be opposed by the prosecution. Defence counsel has asked for their lengthy written submissions supporting the application suppressed, at...

A touch of light: the magic of feathers and pigments in the sun

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By MIKE GILLAM Photo© Mike Gillam In the great cities of the world, sparrows (including different races, hybrids and species) and feral pigeons compete for crumbs beneath the café tables. Closer to home, native crested pigeons,...

The buffel kerfuffle: how one species quietly destroys native wildlife and cultural sites in...

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By Christine Schlesinger, Ellen Ryan-Colton, Jennifer Firn, & John Read* Republished from The Conversation, November 16, 2020.   Many of us are aware of the enormous destruction feral cats inflict on Australia’s native wildlife, but there’s another introduced...

Hotels to get “surge capacity” after COVID fiasco

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UPDATE 4.30pm: Greater Adelaide to be revoked as a hotspot tomorrow. Those undertaking quarantine will be able to exit. By ERWIN CHLANDA Alice Springs has 1400 guest rooms, not counting the Mercure, now known as the...

Predictable COVID rush across the border takes NT by surprise

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By ERWIN CHLANDA Alice Springs is not coping well with the results of a COVID outbreak in South Australia, causing a not unexpected stream of people returning and needing to be quarantined, tested and some...

Managing the politics of Pine Gap as a target: build a wall of silence

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By KIERAN FINNANE There are plans to protect civilian populations in the case of a military attack on Australian soil, but they’re “classified”. This is as much as authorities would come up with on my...

Minister says ‘no’ to 51 blocks in Stegar Road

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By ERWIN CHLANDA Planning Minister Eva Lawler has refused an Exceptional Development Permit (EDP) for 51 residential blocks in Stegar Road in the suburb of Ross. She says she rejected the application, lodged by Craig Lambley...

“Look, his first fly.”

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By ERWIN CHLANDA "The Crown" missed the punchline and got the weather wrong when it showed Prince Charles, Princess Di and little William disembarking in Alice Springs from their flight from London, on March 3,...

Boxers beat COVID: Open air bouts on Saturday under lights

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By ERWIN CHLANDA Nearly 30 Territory boxers and possibly two from South Australia will contest an open-air tournament at the Youth and Community Centre, at the base on Anzac Hill, under lights on Saturday. Matt Moss...

Lawns for emperors and for enthusiasts

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Magnificent lawns and gardens surround the Baroque Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, formerly the 1441 rooms summer pad for the Habsburg emperors, dating back to 1569. The name translates as "beautiful fountain" and has its...

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Garden dries up in December? Not if you’re doing it right.

By GEOFF MIERS For the gardener with an orchard, vegetable patch and herb plot December can be a most productive month on the gardening calendar....

How our most troubled young people are falling through the cracks … and some possible answers

By RAINER CHLANDA Images by TAMARA CORNTHWAITE In the most extreme cases, troubled young people in Alice Springs can be surrounded by a dizzying number of...

Kids and crime: the beginning of winning

By ERWIN CHLANDA The good cop – bad cop routine has been part of law enforcement since Eve stole the apple. Now it's set to...

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