POINTS TO PONDER

It was very decent andf unselfish of NSW to step back and allow Queensland the luxury of a close win in the third State of Origin game. With the trophy won, the Blues did the right thing in retiring a little in order that the Maroons could salvage some pride. Theirs was a compassionate attitude toward a game that could never dampen their prowess and superiority.

Sometimes there is too much probing, prodding and pushing into the world of the unknown when it comes to scientific curiosity about viruses. There is every chance that Covid 19 came from this exploration, with a monstrous and evil virus being unleashed on the world. Sadly with coronavirus, curiosity has killed more than the cat.

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I am disappointed in those construction and furbishment companies that are so enthused about big money associated with new work, they forget about or are not interested in maintenance of earlier work or installations. It is particularly galling when maintenance needs of long term, loyal customers are dismissed.

Covid Awareness

COVID AWARENESS

People in the NT (the majority at least) act as if covid is history Paul. Howard Springs quarantining efficiency has made us complacent. Tourists are pouring up here like never before and the mixing and mingling defies all social distancing rules. Maybe 5% observe physical distancing and hand hygiene wiith less than that using the NT QR code.

They are talking about sewage testing. For a good while, electronic number plate recognition on border entry points was the only survelliance of traffic.

With the northern Territory suddenly being confronted with a Have Covid outbreak which manifested self at The Graham at Mine, there may be a change in attitude. But I am not holding my breath.

POINTS TO PONDER

There has been ANOTHER e-Scooter accident in Darwin, the third in the last week (NT News online 25/6). It would be interesting to analyse whether there are more scooter or motor vehicle accidents in the CBD and areas accessed by both, within a given period. Maybe this question could be come the subject of a doctoral study at CDU.

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The return of traditional lands including the township of Jabiru to the Mirarr people (NT News 25/6) is wonderful news. This move will secure the future of a town that will be developed as an outstanding tourist attraction overseen by traditional owners. It may be appropriate at some future time for the town to be renamed in order to better reflect the cultural relevance of the centre.

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I am beginning to wonder if children born in 2020 and 2021 will ever grow up into a world without Covid of one of the myriad of variants which will spin off this evolving viral family. In time, the identification of variants will exhaust the Greek alphabet.

Points to Ponder

Points to Ponder

We read and hear of the financial hardships imposed by the impact of Covid on our community. If that IS the case, how can it be that retail sales are at an all time high and surging? And how is it that within Australia people are travelling and playing tourist virus free areas (paying big dollars) like never before? I do not understand.

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Congratulations to Chan Ward Aldermanic hopeful Ed Smelt, who was out and about, campaigning at the Nightcliff Shopping Centre last weekend. He wins the early bird award. It seems our presently elected aldermen and other hopefuls are yet to reveal themselves for an election looming next month. When, I wonder, will they emerge.

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Most couples getting married have been living together for a long, long time, some for many, many years. If Covid delays wedding plans, does that really matter because in terms of their domestic situations, nothing is changing.

POINTS TO PONDER

Without prejudice, the majority of our Covid problems have been caused by people who are not prepared to change or modify their behaviour.

Immigrants want to continue living in large family enclaves, so infecting each other. I suspect that not understanding what is happening is not for real because the message of Covid is out there and understood.

People on Covid prone areas and indeed all over Australia ignore social distancing and personal hygiene rules. Mandated QR codes are largely overlooked.

Hundreds and thousands of cautions and deliberate Covid violations attest to the rank selfishness with which many people are imbued, while bearing testament to the inadequacy of penalties. Too many people treat Covid as a joke.

NSW is currently afflicted, reminding us that the initial spread of the virus in Australia started with the ‘Ruby Princess’ fiasco. Since then, a particular premier has been keen to extol her state’s superior management of the virus, while criticising the management methodologies of other premiers.

Then of course we have the stupidity of hotel quarantine and the Commonwealth’s lack of alacrity when it came to vaccine access. So the country is playing catch up.

A little more resolution would be useful in overall management of this viral iniquity.

Points to Ponder

POINTS TO PONDER

Against the hurdy-gurdy background of states locking down, (often at very short notice) because of Covid, the AFL and its 18 teams are doing extraordinary well in managing to keep one step ahead of the season being disrupted or curtailed. May fortune continue to favour the League.

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The petition by a growing number of Alice Springs residents for their show to be deferred rather than cancelled outright (NT News 2/7) makes sound sense. This would lend itself to enabling all regional shows and the Darwin Show to be held, but a little later than usual. Shows are tantamount to significant festivals and should proceed. If the Alice Springs shows IS canned, that will have a deleterious impact on other shows, including Tennant presently notified as also cancelled.

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The mine worker’s breach of quarantine restrictions in order to buy cigarettes are making them the most expensive (in terms of lockdown and business dislocation) fags to ever impact NT history. The identities of people who knowingly breach guidelines and add to matters by telling lies about their behaviour, should be revealed. They do not deserve to be shrouded in the protection of anonymity.

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Points to Ponder

POINTS TO PONDER

With ICAC Commissioner Ken Fleming due to leave his role on July 5, it seems the fuss about his recent role management issues are little more than hype. It would be better to rule a line under his tenure and make a fresh start with this authority on July 6

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I believe it to be the height of irresponsibility for Matt Wright to share pictures of himself swimming with a saltwater crocodile. He can say what he likes about warning off copycats but a picture is worth 1,000 words of cautionary counsel.

I hope him saying he has a ” special relationship with animals” does not lead to his undoing or the demise of others who may have fanciful notions of impregnability.

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Congratulations to Squadron Leader Tony Slaven and Wing Commander Jordon Sander for their leadership roles in upskilling trainee defence pilots. They are but two people within our Territory offering leadership and strong guidance within their operational field. With men like these showing the way, our air defence is in strong hands.

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Points to Ponder

POINTS TO PONDER

The scatter of miners who were possibly infected with Covid from the Granites Mine to destinations all over Australia and to New Zealand, is reminiscent of the scatter of passengers from the ‘Diamond Princess’ from Sydney Harbour to all quarters of Australia and overseas in 2020. We are not smart when it comes to learning from previous mistakes.

People of all ages can now get the AstraZeneca vaccine. Our health authorities and political leaders have been on, off and on again with vaccine strategies. Our country would have to be close to the worst in the world when it comes to managing the vaccination program.

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There are still far too many NT businesses that do not display the NT QR code. Along with that, the huge majority of people treat the code as optional and not obligatory. With Covid in our midst, these lackadaisical attitudes are going to add many unnecessary hours to the work of contact tracers.

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It seems that if pubs, clubs and other drinking venues were closed, the number of virus exposure sites in the NT and around Australia would reduce by well over 60 to 70 percent.

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It’s a Fact – June 2021

IT’S A FACT (6)

There were 394 full page ads in the NT News* in June. That did not count:

. Government announcements.

. Covid information.

. Racing information.

. Any folded lift out.

. Any magazine inclusions.

The least number of pages (0) happened twice, on May 11 and May 25.

The greatest number of advertising pages happened on May 8 (19)

This year (January-May) there have been 1651 full page advertisements in the paper.

I began a new observation; the number of stories each month that are about crime and criminal activity as it impacts on the NT. In April there were 125 stories on this subject in the paper. There were 110 crime stories relating to the NT in May, a total of 235 for the two months.

* Includes both the ‘NT News’ and ‘Sunday Territorian’.

Please note that I do not count half and quarter page advertisements in my analysis. It is full page advertisements only.

. Any announcements of festivals, celebratory weeks and so on.1) June 1 and June 8.June 12 (28).June2045 and 124 in June 359 three

POINTS TO PONDER

POINTS TO PONDER

With Hidden Valley done and dusted for another year, we can look forward to the unleashing of ‘drive alikes’ hooning on the roads around Darwin, Palmerston and the rural area. One can only hope sense prevails and we don’t have a spate of traffic accidents.

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As a periodic user of the Karama PO services, (and a person who has visited the precinct for the last 30 years), I note there is rarely a time when the shopping centre mall, car park or adjacent bus stop are not subject to social or behavioural disturbance. Security staff work overtime on controlling situations. This once welcoming retail and commercial venue is now visited on a strictly ‘urgent needs only’ basis.

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Police Commissioner Chalker and ranking officers can try cutting crime figures in whatever directions they like through data interpretation. It remains a fact that community perceptions of crime, are that things are bad and getting worse. Flagrant disregard of law and order, particularly by recidivist youth, is a 24/7 threat to business owners, citizens and vulnerable residents.