The Northern Territory news Sat 12 Dec 2009
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18 Northern Territory News, Saturday, December 12, 2009 www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 2 -D E C -2 0 0 9 P A G E : 1 8 C O L O R : C M Y K Sponsors: Holiday Inn Esplanade Darwin Territory Technology Solutions Hallmark Computers Andrew Barcroft The Good Guys Palmerston Library NT Library Crowne Plaza Hotel Group Crocodylus Park Parap Village Tavern Tropice Australian Education Union (NT) National Tertiary Education Union (NT) Pearson Education Gail Davidson Alana Anderson Australian Institute of Project Management National Institute of Accountants CPA Australia The Fred Hollows Foundation Arafura Catering Equipment Moffat Kerry Pinnacle BIA NSW Branch Victorinox Bulla Dairy Foods Rivergum Meats Bidvest Australian Culinary Federation OSHC Worldcare Simon George & Sons Lydia Jordane Lycon Cosmetics Dermalogica Hairdressing Association of the Northern Territory Escape Travel Palmerston Tourism Top End Flight Centre Palmerston Skycity Darwin Gagudju Crocodile Hotel Nikki Higgins Personal Training Action at Fitness YMCA Palmerston Outdoor Fitness CDU Sport Thank you to our sponsors The VET Business and Service Industries Division would like to thank all of their valued sponsors for their continued support of Charles Darwin University and in particular the divisions Presentation of Prizes which was held on Monday 30 November 2009. www.cdu.edu.au On sale until Sun 13th Dec 2009. Advertised prices and corresponding unit prices apply at Darwin stores. Advertised prices and corresponding unit prices not available at Coles Express. CS11096_1212_NT $4.75kg. Sweet. Yellow Flesh Nectarines WORLD briefs ... OSLO: US President Barack Obama said he had no doubt others may be more deserving of the Nobel Peace Prize as he accepted the award in Oslo last night. Mr Obama told of his surprise at the honour but pledged to pursue peace through efforts to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons, tackle climate change, and stabilise Afghanistan. Just over a week after the president announced a 30,000-strong troop surge in Afghanistan, he arrived in Norway with wife Michelle to accept the award. Critics argue it was premature to choose Mr Obama for the prestigious prize, which was announced just 10 months into his presidency. It was a great surprise to me. I have no doubt that there are others who may be more deserving, the president said. My task here is to continue on the path I believe is not only important for America but important for lasting peace and security in the world. NEW YORK: The top album of the decade came from an act thats not even around anymore N Sync. Billboard magazine says the boy band led by Justin Timberlake had the decades best-selling album with No Strings Attached, which sold more than 10 million copies. The most popular song of the decade was Mariah Careys ballad We Belong Together. Eminem was named the top artist of the decade, while Nickelback was named top group. SAN FRANCISCO: Google has unveiled a tool that lets scientists and defenders of the environment use the internet to keep an eye on what is left of the Earths forests. We hope this technology will help stop the destruction of the worlds rapidly-disappearing forests, Rebecca Moore and Amy Luers of the US internet giants philanthropic arm Google.org said. The technology lets scientists analyse raw satellite imagery data and extract information such as locations and measurements of deforestation or even regeneration of forest. The system is hosted in the Google cloud, the technology firms internet-linked data centres, and has the potential to reveal in seconds when forests are being chopped down, burned or bulldozed. LOS ANGELES: Lawyers for Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski have urged a California appeals court to dismiss his 1977 child sex conviction, as he battles to avoid extradition to the US. The defence team made another attempt to have proceedings against the French-Polish film director dropped, citing alleged misconduct by the trial judge at the time of the crime more than 30 years ago. The victim in the case, Samantha Geimer, has also urged the case be dismissed, saying the renewed attention was causing her anguish. I would argue to dismiss the case here and now, Polanskis lawyer Chad Hummel told three appellate court justices yesterday, at the court in downtown Los Angeles, pointing to the record of truly astonishing misconduct. WASHINGTON: Private security guards working for Blackwater USA participated in clandestine CIA raids against suspected insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan. Blackwaters role points to a much deeper connection between the company and the spy agency than has been previously disclosed and raises concerns over the legalities of involving contractors in the most sensitive operations conducted by the US Government. The snatch and grab raids took place regularly between 2004 and 2006 when the insurgency in Iraq was escalating and security throughout the country was deteriorating. A US official confirmed Blackwater provided security and moved around with CIA teams on missions in war zones. CIA Director Leon Panetta ordered a review several months ago of the companys contracts.
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