Monthly Archives: December 2014

Scientists make discovery in CNMI

Scientists make discovery in CNMI

An international collaboration of scientists has found evidence suggesting the world’s deepest part of ocean, the Marianas Trench in the Northern Pacific, to be teeming with life, including a new species of fish. The Saipan Tribune reports that researchers aboard ...

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Millions of damage after New Caledonia nickel spill

Millions of damage after New Caledonia nickel spill

Initial assessments from last week’s nickel spill at New Caledonia’s Koniambo plant put the damage at more than three million US dollars. The incident on the day after Christmas prompted the evacuation of all staff from the seven-billion US dollar ...

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Time travel with Cuba's Frankenstein cars

Time travel with Cuba's Frankenstein cars

Brenda Priddy makes her living as a spy photographer. But she doesn’t work for any government. Instead, she sells her photos of cars and trucks — usually vehicles that have not yet been revealed to the public — to car ...

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In Tonga, PM expected to be announced soon

In Tonga, PM expected to be announced soon

The winner of a vote for the Prime Minister of Tonga is expected to be announced within the hour. This morning a meeting of all 26 representatives was supervised by the Interim Speaker to vote between two nominees, reportedly independent ...

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Vanuatu's Shefa province collects record tax revenue

Vanuatu's Shefa province collects record tax revenue

Vanuatu’s Shefa province has collected a record amount of tax revenue, exceeding its target for the year. Shefa’s secretary general, Michel Kalworai, says the provincial tax office has collected over 100 million vatu – almost one million US dollars. Mr ...

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PlayStation Network back up after a cyberattack

PlayStation Network back up after a cyberattack

Sony said Sunday its PlayStation Network for online gaming is back after a multi-day outage on some of the busiest days of the year. “PlayStation Network and some other gaming services were attacked over the holidays with artificially high levels ...

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Bail granted to ease Samoa prison overcrowding

Bail granted to ease Samoa prison overcrowding

To ease overcrowding at Tafa’igata Prison, Samoa’s Chief Justice has granted bail to a number of defendants awaiting the hearing of charges against them. The Chief Justice, Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu, said in court that Tafa’igata Prison was overcrowded, and ...

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Jakarta proposes smelter for Papua

Jakarta proposes smelter for Papua

Jakarta will require multi-national miner, Freeport-McMoRan, needs to build two copper smelters in Indonesia, at a cost of nearly 4 billion US dollars by 2020. Freeport operates a huge copper and gold mine in Papua province. Reuters reports that talks ...

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Growing government budgets could boost stocks

Growing government budgets could boost stocks

After years of cutting spending and hiking taxes in an attempt to shrink ballooning deficits, governments around the world are poised to loosen their belts. “Globally, we are starting to see a shift from fiscal drag to fiscal stimulus,” wrote ...

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Purpose built house to replace Solomons' Red House

Purpose built house to replace Solomons' Red House

A spokesperson for the Solomon Islands prime minister says details for a new purpose built residence for the country’s leader are likely in the new budget, due in February or March. Prime minister Manasseh Sogavare says the official residence, the ...

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