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Pacific leaders say climate will claim entire nations

KOROR, Palau — Pacific leaders warned on Thursday (July 31) that entire island nations will disappear under the waves unless action is taken to address climate change. The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) wrapped up its annual meeting in Palau with a call to action on the issue of global warming, with the 15-nation regional grouping saying there was no excuse not to act to curb climate change.

Fever and rash cases confirmed now in Samoa

Samoa's National Health Services has confirmed three suspected cases of Acute Fever and Rash disease, with blood samples being sent to Tahiti for testing.

One of the suspected patients is a thirteen year old girl who was in American Samoa two weeks ago.

Dr Tile Ah Leong of the National Health Service says the girl has been admitted for treatments.

The test results are expected sometime this week-end to confirm if she has symptoms of Chikungunva currently spreading in American Samoa.

Another case is a 15 year old boy who was recently in New Zealand.

‘Youtube’ man pleads guilty to indecent assault and voyeurism

A 26-year-old man, who took a video of his 18-year-old girlfriend while he beat her, has pleaded guilty to five counts of indecent assault and voyeurism.

The names of the defendant and the girl cannot be published due to a suppression order issued by Supreme Court Justice, His Honour Vui Clarence Nelson.

The Court heard that the video of the girl being beaten was uploaded on YouTube, causing widespread anger among members of the community who saw it.

Bigeye tuna in trouble — according to SPC assessment

Bigeye represents $6.2 Billion in 2013 regionally

Noumea, NEW CALEDONIA — The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) this week released new assessments on the status of key regional tuna stocks – skipjack, yellowfin and bigeye tuna – which show that skipjack and yellowfin remain in a reasonably healthy state, but bigeye, the mainstay of the tropical longline fishery, has now been reduced to less than 20% of its un-fished stock size. 

Witnesses say girl accused over double death in Samoa drove the vehicle

“She was drunk as well – she didn’t look normal. “How drunk? She was laughing a lot at me and was not taking me seriously and I could smell alcohol on her”

Prosecution witnesses giving evidence during the trial of a 19-year-old girl accused over the deaths of two young men last year have poured cold water on the claim that Leslie Kohlhase was not the driver of the pick-up truck.

In the Supreme Court yesterday, they testified that the accused drove the vehicle involved in the tragic accident at Vailoa. What's more, they claimed that she was drunk.

45th PIF summit to open in Palau

More than 300 delegates are expected in the Micronesian state of Palau for the 45th Pacific Islands Forum leaders' summit, which opens on Tuesday.
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This year's theme is the ocean, and issues expected to be canvassed include climate change and the sustainablity of the Pacific fishery.

Amelia Langford will be attending the meeting.

Samoa cops reinstated, others have resigned after alleged attack

Four police officers accused over the beating of a male from Tanugamanono have returned to work while two have decided to resign.

That’s what Assistant Police Commissioner, Fauono Talelei Tapu, told the Weekend Observer yesterday.

He confirmed that the four who have decided to return to work are back on the beat.

In October 2013, six police officers appeared in the District Court accused of attacking a male from Tanugamanono at Moto’otua on October 2012.

Ancient settlement remnants found in Tongan village

Remnants of an ancient settlement outside the small village of Nukuleka, in Tonga, have been excavated by a team of Canadian archaeologists.

Matangi Tonga reports that items collected include thousands of sherds of Lapita pottery, a unique pottery made by the ancient predecessors of Polynesians thousand of years ago.

Canadian archaeologist, Professor David Burley, says this kind of pottery can be found from coastal areas of New Guinea all the way to the islands of Tonga and Samoa.


“We now have the means to produce and distribute millions of breadfruit trees for tree planting projects in the tropics, where hunger and lack of food sustainability are prevalent.”

The government has received US$12,240 (T$29,000) from the sales of a Samoan breadfruit cultivar as a result of a landmark benefit-sharing agreement entered into six years ago.

The cheque was presented by Dr Diane Ragone, the Director of the Hawaii-based Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden (N.T.B.G) to the Deputy Prime Minister, Fonotoe Nuafesili Pierre Lauofo this week.

Demand grows for Samoa products in NZ

The Samoa Association of Manufacturers and Exporters is setting up a permanent trade presence in New Zealand after last year's successful Buy Samoa Made trade show.

The Samoa Observer reports that the Association will establish an exhibition centre at the Samoan Fale house in Auckland.

Its President, Tagaloa Eddie Wilson, says the most compelling feedback they received at last year's show was that market consumers wanted a permanent presence of Samoa products in New Zealand.

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