New ABG MPs sworn in

Patrick Koles was sworn in as the Member for Haku Constituency whilst Didymus Napto Kissu was sworn in as Member for Nissan following the recent by-election of the constituencies.

Both members were elected to their respective seats following the deaths of the former constituency Members – Late Xavier Kareku, the then Member for Haku who passed on in March last year whilst in office and Late Charry Napto, Member for Nissan, who lost his life in a tragic incident two years ago.

ABG addresses missing boat situation

In a statement, the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) said the team had been conducting a regular monitoring trip to Nissan Island as part of the TB/HIV program implemented by the Department of Health in collaboration with implementing partners, Catholic Health Services and Save The Children.

“Seven passengers were aboard the boat that went missing, including three health workers, a referred patient from Nissan Health Centre and chaperone, and the boat skipper and assistant crew member.

Nissan faces $220m hit from Japanese recall

Nissan shares fell by 5% on Monday after the firm said the recall could cost about 25bn yen (£167m; $220m).

The vehicles were produced in the past three years for the domestic market and will now undergo re-inspection.

The firm has begun an investigation into why its safety inspections did not meet government standards.

Nissan chief executive, Hiroto Saikawa, apologised to customers and said the company regretted any inconvenience caused.

Nissan launches longer-range electric car

The new Leaf will run about 150 miles (240km) on a single charge, about 40 miles more than its previous model, the firm said.

But that still falls short of ranges offered by rivals Tesla and GM.

Other updates include advances in autonomous driving technology and a more modern design.

The Leaf, the world's best-selling electric car, is facing increasing competition in the fast-developing green car market, fuelled in part by tightening emissions standards around the world.


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Driverless cars could hit UK roads as soon as next year

Chancellor George Osborne has told The Guardian that autonomous vehicles could hit British roads as early as next year.

"Driverless cars could represent the most fundamental change to transport since the invention of the internal combustion engine. Naturally, we need to ensure safety, and that's what the trials we are introducing will test," he said.

Sections of UK roads are expected to be closed off to allow trials to take place. These tests are in addition to the driverless car research already taking place in Bristol, Coventry, Milton Keynes and Greenwich.

Nissan Leaf electric cars hack vulnerability disclosed

Troy Hunt reported that a flaw with the electric vehicle's companion app also meant data about drivers' recent journeys could be spied on.