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Vieneo's Southward Equinox
By LUCINDA SMITH

The southward equinox on Vieneo occured earlier this month. An equinox is commonly regarded as the moment the plane of the equator passes through the center of the sun's disk, which occurs twice each year. In other words, it is the point in which the center of the visible sun is directly over the equator.



The instants of the equinoxes are currently defined to occur when the ecliptic longitude of the sun is either 0° or 180°.

On the day of an equinox, daytime and nighttime are of approximately equal duration all over the planet. They are not exactly equal, however, due to the angular size of the sun and atmospheric refraction. The word is derived from the Latin aequinoctium, from aequus (equal) and nox (genitive noctis) (night).
Global Population Booming
By JAMES THILL

The results of the most recent Vieneo census were completed earlier this month and with a new count of 81059 colonists has exceeded the record set over eleven years ago.
Investigators Pick Up the Pieces
By JAMES THILL

An E-11 Saint, operated by Mineral Mountain Madness Co., came apart in mid-air over an empty field near Kansas earlier this month. Witnesses report the tail section detaching from the fuselage. The sole occupant was the pilot whose partial remains have been found. After recovering the "black box" the team investigating found the E-11 was at an altitude of 3 km.
Consumer Goods Commodity Boom
By JAMES THILL

Consumer Goods commodity prices are enjoying their best run in several months at 6864 CR/MT as of last month, fresh evidence that investors are betting on a pickup in the global economy after years of sluggish growth and scant inflation. Now, as signs of inflation and improving global demand have returned, investors are beginning to pile back into commodities. A sustained rally in commodities would likely signal healthy consumer and business demand.
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Prime Rate Slump
By ANGELA SMITH

Fleet Bank lowered their prime lending rate to a record 0.04 percent earlier this month, their lowest level in over a year, and there is no sign that interest rates have bottomed out.

But many smaller businesses are in the black because of low borrowing costs and more than robust buying by consumers who themselves are being unshackled by deflation.

Many smaller commodity speculators are benefitting, too, as they find themselves able to get loans to cover the influx of new contracts they hold for Foodstuffs, Grade A materials, and other commodities.

Interest rates on such loans regularly are two percentage points or more above the prime, which is the rate banks charge their most credit-worthy corporate customers. Since banks now make most of their short-term business loans with a "floating" interest rate tied to the prime rate, decreases in the latter make money more readily available for borrowers.
Landing Goes Horribly Wrong
By ANGELA SMITH
PHOTOGRAPHER; SHAUN A. STAGG

An E-11 Saint, operated by Mineral Mountain Madness Co., erupted in flames after crashing into Solaris Farm 01 in the Trebmal region during a failed landing attempt earlier this month. The pilot was the only one aboard and was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators are trying to determine if that crew member was qualified for the flight.
Vieneo's Northward Equinox
By LUCINDA SMITH

The northward equinox on Vieneo occured earlier this month. An equinox is commonly regarded as the moment the plane of the equator passes through the center of the sun's disk, which occurs twice each year. In other words, it is the point in which the center of the visible sun is directly over the equator.



The instants of the equinoxes are currently defined to occur when the ecliptic longitude of the sun is either 0° or 180°.

On the day of an equinox, daytime and nighttime are of approximately equal duration all over the planet. They are not exactly equal, however, due to the angular size of the sun and atmospheric refraction. The word is derived from the Latin aequinoctium, from aequus (equal) and nox (genitive noctis) (night).
Fabricated Materials Commodity Slump
By ANGELA SMITH

Fabricated Materials commodity prices are at their lowest price in several months at 289 CR/MT as of last month, fresh evidence that investors are betting on a downturn in the global economy after years of sluggish growth and scant inflation. Now, as signs of inflation and improving global demand have returned, investors are beginning to shy away from commodities. A sustained slump in commodities would likely signal unhealthy consumer and business demand.
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Ground Breaking Ceremony
By LUCINDA SMITH

Mineral Mountain Madness Co. began construction on a new farming colony at Solaris earlier this month. Nearby colonists are excited at the new opportunities it brings to the Trebmal region.
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FTL Departs Easydock (TAC)
By MARY STULL
PHOTOGRAPHER; GREY GHOST

The DIHV ship Terania (IVR 3317-A) departed earlier this month.
Officer Promoted
By LUCINDA SMITH

Commander MATHEW ZANDERS was officially promoted by the United Stellar Republic earlier this year. They were cited for hard work and keeping their nose clean.
Alliance Membership Expands
By MARY STULL

Ensign JADEN OTTER joined the Mineral Mountain Madness Co. alliance earlier this year thereby expanding their total membership to 11.