Honours and Awards Ceremony Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services conducted a special award ceremony this afternoon to recognise some outstanding achievements by members and volunteers. The Administrator for the Northern Territory, His Honour the Honourable John Hardy OM and Chief Minister for the Northern Territory, the Honourable Michael Gunner MLA joined the Commissioner of Police and Chief Executive Officer of Fire and Emergency Services, Reece Kershaw APM, in presenting the awards. A special mention to two civilians who received a Commissioner’s Letter of Recognition, Ms Melissa Lay, who saved the life of a drowning child during the Easter weekend and Mr Geoff Morton, the Director of Coomalie Air Maintenance, who assisted greatly in the evacuation of Daly River at Christmas 2015. Congratulations to all honour and award recipients.
A 26-year-old male driver obviously enjoyed the company of police so much yesterday that he came to their attention twice in one afternoon. The man was arrested in Pine Creek at 1:20pm and charged with medium range drink driving after returning a reading of 0.097. He was released with a notice to appear in court at a later date. Driving should have been the last thing on his mind but at 5:45pm, this time in Katherine, the same male, driving the same vehicle was apprehended by the same police officers and subjected to another random breath test. Returning a reading of 0.053 he was again arrested and this time charged with low range drink driving. He will have the opportunity to explain his actions at Katherine Local Court on the 11th of September 2017
UPDATED 2pm - 9/8/17 The roads in the vicinity of this grass fire are now free from major smoke. Only light smoke is in the area and the Fire and Rescue Service advise roads are clear. Fire and Rescue Services are attending a large grass fire in the Howard Springs area near the Howard Springs Waste Disposal Facility. Reports indicate there is a lot of smoke in the area that may inhibit visibility for drivers. Police are also at the location assisting with traffic direction. The public are asked to take care if driving in the area of Howard Springs Road and surrounding roads near the waste disposal facility at Howard Springs.
NT Police are recruiting Constables NOW! If you or someone you know is considering a change in careers, then now is the time to apply. Head to the 'Careers' page at www.police.nt.gov.au to find out more! Applications close 8 September 2017
At the Edmonton Valley Zoo, we work diligently to educate people about the issues threatening animals in the wild. As World Elephant Day approaches, we encourage you to learn about the world’s dwindling elephant populations and find out how you can make a difference! https://www.wcs.org/96-elephants
Active Kids: Ready2 programs teach preschool kids basic skills like balancing, kicking, jumping, running and throwing for a life of physical activity and fun! Find all children’s programs at edmonton.ca/childrensprograms.
Trump Administration Takes Another Step Towards Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement Las Cruces Mayor Vows Continued Support of Initiative Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima today reaffirmed the City’s commitment to proactively reduce the community’s carbon footprint after the Trump Administration late last week filed formal notice that the U.S. intends to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, a lengthy process that ends at the earliest on Nov. 4, 2020. Adopted in December 2015, the Paris Agreement is an international effort to address climate change by limiting carbon emissions, thereby reducing global temperature increases. The United States signed the Agreement in September 2016 and it became effective Nov. 4 of that year. On June 1, 2017, the Trump Administration announced the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris Agreement. “Climate change is real, and it has real impacts here in Las Cruces and worldwide,” Miyagishima said. “We as a municipality are making great strides in reducing our carbon footprint. Through City Council-approved initiatives, the City has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions in buildings and infrastructure by more than 20 percent, saving the City approximately $1 million annually in energy costs. Miyagishima also said the City has reduced carbon emissions in its vehicle fleet by 18% over the last five years through reduced fuel consumption, and is investing in hybrid vehicles. At its June 19 regular meeting, the City Council officially joined the Climate Mayors Network, that parallels the spirit and goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, by approving Resolution 17-206 with no binding or financial obligation. According to Miyagishima, “Increasing renewable energy and energy efficiency can attract jobs and economic development opportunities for our community and increase our long-term economic competitiveness.” Approximately 365 U.S. mayors representing more than 67 million Americans are committed to working together to strengthen local actions by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting efforts for binding federal and global-level policy making. ###
Man Suspected of Holding Wife Against Her Will Las Cruces Police arrested a man suspected of holding his wife against her will and taking away a cell phone when she tried to call for help. James Vigil, 44, is charged with a fourth-degree felony count of false imprisonment, and misdemeanor counts of battery against a household member and interference with communications. Investigators learned that Vigil’s wife received a text message from their 13-year-old son at 11:18 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7. Vigil became upset and refused to believe the message was from their son and, instead, accused her of having an affair. Investigators learned that Vigil tried to force his wife to unlock her cell phone and demanded she give him the security code. The woman refused and Vigil forcefully pulled her hair and physically tried to force her to unlock the cell phone. Vigil is also accused of taking away their son’s cell phone so it could not be used to call police. At about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, their son ran to a nearby home where he called 911. Officers arrived shortly thereafter. When Vigil was taken into custody, he was found to be in possession of their son’s cell phone. Vigil was arrested early Tuesday morning and booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center where he’s initially being held without bond.
The City's sustainability officer has been working with Arizona State University and NASA Develop to get a real look at how heat affects our residents, how our building codes and policies affect our heat, and how those policies could possibly be updated. A study on the City's temperatures could affect change in the future.
Mimbres Woman Suspected in Shoplifting Police arrested a Mimbres Valley woman suspected of shoplifting more than $600 worth of clothing from a local Walmart store. Samantha Grijalva, 24, of Mimbres, N.M., is charged with one count of larceny, a fourth-degree felony. At about 3 p.m. on Aug. 6, Las Cruces Police officers were dispatched to the report of a shoplifting suspect in custody at the Walmart store on Rinconada Boulevard. Loss prevention employees told police that Grijalva was seen on surveillance cameras shopping at the store since about 2 p.m. Investigators learned that Grijalva purchased a small plastic bin and left the store. She then re-entered the store with the bin, abandoned it and picked up a much larger plastic bin which she proceeded to fill with new clothes. A loss prevention officer stopped Grijalva as she attempted to leave the store with the stolen merchandise. The merchandise concealed in the plastic bin was valued at $640.40. Grijalva was booked into the Dona Ana County Detention Center on Aug. 6. She was released the following day.
We all know cycling is a ton of fun and we want to keep it that way! On August 26, join us at the #yegbikeparty to learn how to stay safe on the streets (and sidewalks) of #yeg. From bike maintenance to helmet safety, we’ve got tips and tricks for all your biking needs!
Updafe - Scene Cleared Northern Watch Commander advises the public that the intersection of Emery Avenue and Chung Wah Terrance is currently closed due to a Motor Vehicle Crash. The public are asked to use alternative routes if possible until the crash is cleared. Traffic direction is in place and this notice will be updated as soon as the intersection is cleared.
A 22 year old motor cycle rider may need to invest in new pair of sneakers and a bus pass after he was detected travelling along Tiger Brennan Drive at 171km/h in the 100km/h zone last night. In addition to the speeding, his riding was erratic as he made a number of sudden and dangerous lane changes in and through traffic as he tried to avoid police. On top of all that, when he finally pulled over he was found to have only a learner rider licence. He has been charged with driving at a speed and in a manner dangerous and will face Darwin Local Court on the 30th of August.
Deborra-lee Furness spoke with ABC Sydney this morning about one of her favourite films, SHAME. Listen to the interview: http://www.abc.net.au/radio/sydney/programs/mornings/dlfurness-mix/8784402 We digitally restored SHAME, and Deborra-lee will join us for a Q&A with her co-star Simone Buchanan, this Sunday at Melbourne International Film Festival! Tickets: http://miff.com.au/program/film/shame
Making UGG boots by hand, 1971! Did you know that these Aussie fashion icons got their name because their creator thought they were ugly? Check out an interview with him: https://www.nfsa.gov.au/latest/ugg-boots-birth-aussie-fashion-icon NFSA: 126086; Courtesy Cinesound Movietone Productions.
Today we began our next sitting period and, in accordance with tradition, the Speaker’s procession took place at the start of the sitting day. The Serjeant-at-Arms carrying the ceremonial Mace led Speaker Colin Brooks into the Legislative Assembly chamber to commence the sittings.
Announcing STARSTRUCK: AUSTRALIAN MOVIE PORTRAITS: a new exhibition featuring 100 years of beautiful publicity and behind-the-scenes photos, opening this November! We've joined forces with the National Portrait Gallery to deliver this experience. Don’t miss it; 10 November to 12 March 2018 in Canberra, followed by a tour around Australia. Tickets now available: http://portrait.gov.au/exhibitions/starstruck-2017 This exhibition is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program.
Want to curate the popular six month series of Sunday Lounge at The Dock? City of Melbourne is seeking a networked industry professional to program live music for locals in the city. Interested folks should send a one page bio and cover letter to [email protected] by Thursday 14 September.
Waste to Art Competition and Exhibition Australia Awards alumni, Randika Jayasinghe, has been putting her PhD in Engineering and Related Technologies from the University of Western Australia to great use in Sri Lanka where she is coordinating an innovative plastic waste recycling project, converting plastic bags and other plastic waste into items such as book covers, folders and roofing materials. The Waste for Life project is working in collaboration with the private sector, universities and communities, and is funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Do check out her most recent fun and creative project to promote waste recycling practices in Sri Lanka.
***UPDATE*** The north bound lane of the Stuart Highway 20km south of Elliot has now been cleared and reopened to traffic. Thank you for your patience. *** NT Police advise that a road train carriage has rolled 20km south of Elliot on the Stuart Highway. The north bound lane of the Stuart Highway is blocked, however Police are on the scene directing traffic in both directions to ensure it flows as freely as possible. The north bound lane is expected to remain closed for the better part of this morning while heavy equipment is brought in to clear the scene. The incident did not involve any injuries.