Environment

Critics like to cite research showing the rise in the world’s average surface temperatures has slowed down since 1998. But is it true?

Earthquake shakes Japan

A strong earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale shook eastern Japan, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, AFP reports from Tokyo. The quake was felt most strongly in Tokyo, Yokohama and Nikko, and was also felt on the island of Hokkaido, 500 miles away. The epicentre was 1,300ft below the seabed in the Pacific Ocean off central Japan.

Vanuatu crisis

(First Edition)

Guam quakes

The world's most powerful earthquake in four years struck the Pacific island of Guam yesterday, damaging buildings, triggering landslides and injuring 48 people, Reuter reports from Agana, Guam. The quake measured 8.1 on the Richter scale.

Science: The ocean warmed and then came the rain: The Mississippi floods defied predictions about global weather patterns, writes Bill Burroughs

ANYONE who seeks an explanation for the floods that have caused widespread damage in the Mississippi Valley in the United States during the past few weeks need look no further than the southern Pacific Ocean.

Rolfe & Norman warns of lower profits

SHARES in Rolfe & Nolan sank 10 per cent yesterday after the computer company's chairman warned that interim profits were likely to be below last year's pounds 707,000. He blamed slow licence sales orders, writes Topaz Amoore. The shares closed at 255p, down from 283p, after Tim Hearley told the annual meeting that it was too early for a firm indication of likely results for 1993-94.

Tahiti to levy income tax

For the first time in its history, Tahiti will collect income tax. The Pacific island may look like paradise but it has no social welfare system, few decent roads and a chronic lack of housing and health care, Reuter reports from Papeete.

Sumo: American dream for Akebono

AKEBONO, the grand champion, made a successful first competitive appearance in his native United States when he defeated Takanohana in the final of a two-day basho in San Jose on Saturday.

Brando ruling

A judge decided on Tuesday to drop charges against Marlon Brando's daughter, Cheyenne, for complicity in the 1990 Los Angeles killing of Dag Drollet, her companion and father of her child, Reuter reports from Papeete, French Polynesia.

Tonga 'treason' warning

(First Edition)

Hawaiian set to be top sumo wrestler

FOR THE first time in the 2,000- year history of sumo wrestling in Japan, a foreigner is to be awarded the highest title of yokozuna, or grand champion.

Obituary: Sir Robert Rex

Robert Richmond Rex, politician, born 25 January 1909, Representative of Alofi South on Niue Island Council 1952-92, OBE 1973, Prime Minister of Niue 1974-92, CMG 1978, KBE 1984, married 1941 Tuagatagaloa Patricia Vatolo (two sons, two daughters), died 13 December 1992.

Media: Talk of the Trade - Achieving growth

Congratulations to The Economist, which has reached a worldwide weekly sale of more than a half a million copies for the first time. Its Audit Bureau of Circulations figure for the first half of this year was 502,662, of which only 97,489 are sold in Britain. North America is the largest circulation area, at 220,659, with Europe (excluding Britain) next at 110,724. There are 51,203 copies sold in the Asia Pacific region and 22,587 in the rest of the world.

Bunhill: Rags to roe to riches

ALISON Roach and Joan Evans, two refugees from the rag trade, are causing something of a revolution in the caviare market. They have moved briskly and successfully into a market which amounts to 20 tons of the fabled fish-eggs every year.
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