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www.ntnews.com.au Northern Territory News, Tuesday, December 22, 2009 17 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:22-DGE:17 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K Things you should know: Information current as at 18 December 2009. Conditions apply. Offer excludes corporate, institutional and government customers. Current rate of 6.80% p.a. based on a 12 month term with interest paid at maturity. Current rate of 8.00% p.a. based on a 5 year term with interest paid annually. Minimum balance of $5,000, maximum balance of $5,000,000. Returns may be reduced if your Term Deposit is redeemed prior to maturity. This information does not take your circumstances into account. Read the terms, available from any Westpac branch, before making a decision. Issued by Westpac Banking Corporation, ABN 33 007 457 141, AFSL 233714. WN0373_NTN_2 To fi nd your nearest Westpac Bank Manager, visit westpac.com.au/localbanker or call 1300 131 764. Westpac Bank Managers offer 3 of the best ways to make your savings work much harder. 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The procedural wrangling was, in fact, a cover for points of serious, substantive disagreement. The vast majority of countries, developed and developing, believe that we will only construct a lasting accord that protects the planet if all countries commitments or actions are legally binding. But some leading developing countries currently refuse to countenance this. That is why we did not secure an agreement that the political accord struck in Copenhagen should lead to a legally binding outcome. We did not get an agreement on 50 per cent reductions in global emissions by 2050 or on 80 per cent reductions by developed countries. Both were vetoed by China, despite the support of a coalition of developed and the vast majority of developing countries. He added: The last two weeks at times have presented a farcical picture to the public. We cannot again allow negotiations on real points of substance to be hijacked in this way. The summit set a commitment to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius, but did not spell out the important global emissions targets for 2020 or 2050 that are the key to holding down temperatures. Hot holiday bargains in NY NEW YORK: Hundreds of holiday shoppers were evacuated from the flagship Macys store at New Yorks Herald Square (pictured) yesterday after a fire in an escalator sent smoke throughout the building. No injuries were immediately reported. The fire occurred in an escalator between the third and fourth floors, the fire department said. Slip of foot sendsmen over cliff AUCKLAND: Two young Sydney men are lucky to be alive after a slip of the foot sent them both careering 200m down a cliff in New Zealands notorious Mount Cook National Park. The friends, both in the military, tumbled down a slope in the South Island park after one lost his footing during a climb to Kelman Hut on Sunday. Luckily, their fall was spotted by an astute alpine guide who called in the rescue helicopter to recover them and transfer the injured man to Timaru hospital. Sinn Fein leader reveals abuse LONDON: Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams said on Sunday his late father was a man who emotionally, physically and sexually abused members of his family. The president of the Irish Republican Armylinked party revealed the abuse as he appealed to his brother, Liam, to surrender to police to face charges that he abused his daughter when she was a child. Adams told Irelands RTE broadcaster that he had been struggling to deal with the implications of his brothers alleged actions when he discovered that his father, Gerry Adams Sr, was an abuser. Villagers face forced evacuation LEGASPI: Several thousand villagers in the firing line of the Philippines rumbling Mount Mayon volcano risk forcible evacuation unless they leave the danger zone, officials have warned. Scientists say the powerful booms emanating from the Southeast Asian countrys most active volcano were an indication that a massive eruption may be imminent. Six more bodies recovered TRIPOLI,: Rescuers have recovered another six bodies from a ship that sank in rough seas off the northern Lebanese coast as chances of finding more survivors dwindle. Rescue efforts are ongoing, but at this point we highly doubt there are any survivors left, Tripoli port authority chief Ahmad Tamer said yesterday. He said that brought to 17 the number of bodies retrieved since the ship sank on Thursday. Forty survivors have been found but 26 people are still unaccounted for. Cold weather freezes Euro trains LONDON: Eurostar train services between Britain and Europe have been suspended due to the freezing weather, throwing Christmas holiday plans of tens of thousands of people into chaos. More than 24,000 people have already been affected, but the operator of the Channel Tunnel passenger trains said there would be no services for a third day yesterday. Freezing temperatures and snowy conditions in northwestern France are being blamed for causing five trains to break down in the tunnel on Friday.