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Editorial

A GROUP of international cocoa buyers is in Bougainville in Papua New Guinea to try out the local produce. With a predicted shortage of cocoa worldwide and the demand for chocolate increasing, the Autonomous Region is looking at ways tap into the global market. The international trade delegation coincides World Coca and Chocolate Day at the weekend.
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WHEN the Australian National University researchers stumbled upon skeletal remains at the oldest known cemetery of the Pacific Island Lapita culture, they did not expect it to solve a centuries-long debate. One decade and several DNA analyses later, remains have lead them to discover that Vanuatu and Tonga’s first people arrived 3,000 years ago from Taiwan and northern Philippines.
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CONSIDERED by some art historians to be the beginning of the Renaissance, the Trecento was a 14th-century period in Italy that saw renewed focus on the arts, including painting, architecture, literature, and, especially, music. Influenced by troubadours and a type of polyphonic sacred music called the conductus, composers throughout the period pioneered new forms of expression, especially in secular songs written in the Italian vernacular.
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LATE in the 1951 baseball season, the New York Giants trailed far behind their crosstown rivals, the Brooklyn Dodgers, in the standings. However, the Giants went on a winning streak, and the two teams finished the regular season with identical 96-58 records. In the first two games of a three-game playoff series, the teams traded wins. In the bottom of game three’s ninth inning, the Giants were trailing 4-2 with two men on base when Bobby Thomson came to bat.
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THE son of Scottish and Cherokee parents, John Ross served in the War of 1812 under Andrew Jackson against the Creeks. Elected principal chief of the eastern Cherokee in 1828, he resisted government attempts to seize Cherokee farms and lands in Georgia and unsuccessfully petitioned Jackson to defend the tribe’s rights. In 1838, he was forced to lead his people on the infamously long, hard journey to the Oklahoma Territory.
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IN Quibdó, Colombia, the Fiesta of San Francisco is one of the biggest celebrations of the year. The procession on October 4 is the highlight of the festival, but several days of sports – including boxing, horse racing, cycling, and pig-catching contests – precede this. The streets are filled with people dressed up as devils, savages, and various animals, and there are dancing and fireworks every night.
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QUOTE of the day: Almost always it is the fear of being ourselves that brings us to the mirror. – Antonio Porchia
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