CRICKETING BEHAVIOUR IS DISGUSTING

I have been a follower and supporter of Australian cricket for 60 years, from radio listening over the years to the more vivid and dramatic representation of the game through modern media.

With the passing of time, respectful behaviour has declined – and to the point of standards going down the gurgler. Spectator reaction is increasingly abominable. One wonders just how low cricketing audiences attending games can sink in terms of their scarifying remarks, many of which racially crucify competitors.

The matter goes beyond those in the stands. The onfield actions of players, particularly those playing at top level, is ever more disgusting. Sledging is epidemic. Fist pumping, aggressive gesturing of dismissed players toward the sheds and the silent but vigorous mouthing of jubilant expletives when a batsman is out, are all actions that go well beyond respectability. Sadly, these actions are seen and copied by those who regard these cricketers as their heroes. What a sad example they are being set.

For the sake of what was once described as a gentleman’s game, this issue is one that needs attention if further deterioration in standards is to be avoided

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There is no need for a $24 million advertising campaign to create an awareness of the upcoming availability of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Hundreds of thousands of Australians have been following the story of the vaccine development. All they are waiting for is to know when it will be available. Expect appointments for the needle to overwhelm doctor’s surgeries and medical clinics.

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Hats off to Facebook/Instagram and plaudits to Twitter for suspending Donald Trump’s accounts. These have been authored in a negative and perverse way for far too long.

They have added to the challenge and the imposition of this President on his country. I hope they are permanently closed.

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In my opinion, Donald Trump’s presidency has resulted in four years of unrequited misery and wretchedness for America.

A country on the edge of wretchedness for a long time, the Trump years have seen the country slide deep into the quicksand of misery. That is my opinion.

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Recent happenings in America leading to the storming of Capitol Hill by pro-Trump supporters is marking the USA as a sick, sick democracy.

That so much power can be vested in one man – the President – who can wield it in a way that denies his country for the sake of personal aggrandisement is inconceivable. One wonders if America can EVER be great again.

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America’s dire straits illustrate how dysfunctional can be the republican model of governance. The power vested in one person can be used in a way that totally disrupts countries both both socially and economically.

There seems to be potential for reckless decision making under republican models of governance that need to be avoided. Let’s keep the monarchy.

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I can understand why the separation of a large overseas defence contingent and their families from other people in quarantine might be necessary. However, why has a CBD hotel been chosen, rather than a place like Wickham Point, which would comfortably house many hundreds of people.

Alternately, there is a large almost empty motel/lodge at Lee Point which would lend itself to quarantining. Why also the secrecy surrounding this exercise? There is far too much happening in the NT which is clandestine in nature.

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We should take careful note. Based on what has happened interstate, confirms that Covid clusters are primarily seeded and spread from pubs, clubs, sit down indoors restaurants, and gymnasiums.

It is best that people give these venues a wide berth with governments offering support for owners and staff, rather than allowing them to operate and spread the virus.

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Recent happenings in America leading to the storming of Capitol Hill by pro-Trump supporters is marking the USA as a sick, sick democracy.

That so much power can be vested in one man – the President – who can wield it in a way that denies his country for the sake of personal aggrandisement is inconceivable. One wonders if America can EVER be great again.

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There is no sport in the NT more popular than horse racing. It earns an average of four pages of coverage in the newspaper each day.

Every other sport (and all well covered by the NT News) comes second to this leading sport.

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THE PANDA EMERGES

THE PANDA EMERGES.

China is strong,

I hear a squeak,

From the American mouse,

America’s weak.

In the four year’s gone,

The US pulled back,

‘Twas a sleek worldproof car,

Now a rattling hack. The

Don’s done a job,

‘Tis the end he did seek,

Cut the Eagle’s long tallons,

And filed down its beak.

Now America’s nowhere,

Going backwards apace,

A country once powerful,

Now fallen from grace.

In the eyes of the world,

It fell from the rock,

Now struggles in quicksand,

A country to mock.

It’s crest has been rent,

Now tattered and torn,

It lies in sad ashes,

It’s future stillborn.

4/1/2021

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The half and full page advertisements from politicans wishing us Christmas, New Year and other special occasions greetings are appreciated.

It is nice to be remembered as a citizen and as a taxpayer whose tax dollars help offset the cost of those advertisements.

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The rewording of the national anthem to become “we are one and free” promotes the inclusivity that should be part of the Australian way of thinking.

If this helps in drawing us together, distancing definitions that define us by race, colour and creed, the anthem change will help unite us in oneness and unity.

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There is a bit of a mixed metaphor about our exiting 2020 and entering 2021. We are keen to throw off the shackles of COVID-19 and the challenges with which we have been confrontedf by the coronavirus.

However, we need to proceed with optimistic caution. To behave with reckless abandon and to act as if the virus is history, could confront us with the grim realities of its continuing presence. May 2021 be an uplifting year.

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The third cricket test designated for Sydney looks in extreme doubt. The test should be rescheduled and played at Traeger Park in Alice Springs.

The Alice would offer one of the safest Covid free environments in Australia. Appropriate accomodation for the teams and support staff could be arranged at quite short notice. Teams would be offered outstanding conditions in the idyllic Red Centre.

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There is an excellent 15 minute production available for viewing. It’s titled “A Complete Indian Test Cricket Innings”.

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Can someone please reveal how a ‘deep clean’ associated with COVID-19 is defined and what the term means in terms of cleaning methodology.

I have witnessed a number of ‘deep cleans’ being carried out and in all cases the term “a lick and a promise” would have been more appropriate. Are ‘deep cleans’ for real or is it more a case of verbal reassurance rather than any change in cursory cleaning methodology?

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Nhulunbuy, a town of 3000 plus residents on the Gove Peninsula, used to be known as the Bauxite Capital of the NT.

These days it wears two less positive labels. It is the town of frequent and often lengthy power outages. It is also the ‘passed over’ town, subject to the indignity of all too frequently cancelled Air North flights. The community deserves better.

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Although subjective, I enjoy contemplating the ‘Most Powerful 120’ list, considering who (I think) is there to do the best they can for the NT and who is there to build personal profiles and CV’s they can use to gain seniority and positions beyond the Territory, merely using this place as a personal stepping stone.

Those who come into the first category have my deep appreciation and respect.

Several months ago, there were 20,000 or so overseas Australians or persons with Australian residential entitlement wanting to return because of Covid 19. Since then, close to 30,000 have been returned, and the waiting list of people still wanting to return is STILL OVER 30,000.

. How come, given the number who have returned, the waiting list is still growing.

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Allowing young people the right to breach bail conditions time after time after time almost ad infinitum makes an absolute joke of the NT law enforcement and judicial system as it applies to youth justice.

Small wonder that miscreant youth are ever bolder in terms of breaking the law. Wicking sums it excellently in his cartoon(9/12), which demonstrates that those who offend are figuratively waved back into the community to continue offending without meaningful consequences. And we are supposed to accept that the law is not as ass.

WHEW! We came within a whisker of COVID-19 escaping from Howard Springs and into the community through the agency of two children who, thanks to the super survelliance of Len Notaris’ team were found to be positive within a day of being released from quarantine.

To contact the virus so close to the end of their quarantine period, they must have contracted the virus from someone in isolation at Howard Springs. How long will it be until the virus escapes into our community?

Warren Snowdon has been a brilliant and caring politician who for over three decades always put the NT front and centre in his endeavours.

His remarkable energy levels and his careful research of issues under debate are just two characteristics for which this remarkable man in Canberra has become known.

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The NT News editorial (8/12) justifiably questions the government’s commitment to openness and transparency. Prior to the 2016 election the then Gunner lead opposition made a big play on how, if elected,

Territorians would be kept fully in the loop on all key issues of governance. How the worm turns; remember what happened to Ken Vowels when as a minister he levelled with voters. Sadly, this government is as oblique in relating to us as was the Giles Government it ousted.

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Allowing young people the right to breach bail conditions time after time after time almost ad infinitum makes an absolute joke of the NT law enforcement and judicial system as it applies to youth justice.

Small wonder that miscreant youth are ever bolder in terms of breaking the law. Wicking sums it excellently in his cartoon, which demonstrates that those who offend are figuratively waved back into the community to continue offending without meaningful consequences. And we are supposed to accept that the law is not as ass.

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WHEW! We came within a whisker of COVID-19 escaping from Howard Springs and into the community through the agency of two children who, thanks to the super survelliance of Len Notaris’ team were found to be positive within a day of being released from quarantine.

To contact the virus so close to the end of their quarantine period, they must have contracted the virus from someone in isolation at Howard Springs. How long will it be until the virus escapes into our community?