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As their nation sinks, Tuvaluans raise awareness and celebrate their language

This week many across New Zealand have joined the Tuvalu community in celebrating Tuvalu language week.

But the celebrations have reflected an urgency among Tuvaluans who are trying to keep their culture alive and strong, while their small island nation is sinking.

The Pacific island nation sits only six feet above sea level and is predicted to be one of the first countries to disappear due to rising sea levels.

Tuvalu is the fourth smallest country in the world with a population of around 11,000 people.



Samoa Court Report

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INMATE ESCAPES JAIL CAUSING FEAR AMONGST PUBLIC
 
Apia, SAMOA — A 24-year-old male from Vaiusu and Aele — an inmate at the Tafa’igata Prison — has escaped from police custody as of last week. This was confirmed by Samoa’s Police Spokesperson, Su’a LeMamea Tiumalu during the weekly police press conference. He said it’s unclear as to how he escaped but what’s certain is that he’s been seen by members of the public who have been reporting the matter back to police.
 



Visitors to Samoa continue to increase —U.S. and Am Sam lead growth

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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa is seeing an increase of visitors, this is according to Samoa Tourism Authorities (STA) statistics where year-to-date numbers stand at 65,274 (compared to 58,559 in 2015). “In June alone, 12,773 visitor arrivals were recorded, representing growth of 10% versus the same period last year.”
 



Machete attack leaves woman physically challenged and lands man in jail

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Apia, SAMOA — A 41-year-old man from Faleula who was convicted of attempted murder after assaulting his partner with a machete has been sentenced to 11 months in jail. Uso Taumata Bragovits also known as Auvale Taumata, brutally assaulted his female partner with a machete and the end results left her physically challenged.
 



Samoa moving forward to start USDA certification

To export meat to US and Am. Samoa —Not waiting on Pago anymore
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Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Government has moved forward on their own with their application to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) enabling the export of meat and meat products to American Samoa. This is according to Samoa’s Government newspaper Savali this week. Savall reports that it’s been ten years since Samoa’s Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, (MAF) has  been waiting for the American Samoa Government and they will wait no more.
 



Samoan theatre takes centre stage in Melbourne to tell creation story

Samoan actors and singers are set to take to the stage in Melbourne, with one of the biggest shows from the Pacific Islander theatre community in Australia.

The play, "Amataga O Le Alofa" or "The Beginning of Love", is an original take on the Samoan creation myth.

Rita Seumanutafa, founder of the Pacific Island Creative Arts Australia (PICAA) production company, said it was a rare opportunity for Pacific Island actors wanting experience on stage.



Samoa court hands down 35 years to man convicted of rape

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Separate cases against two Samoa Commissioners are both postponed

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Apia, SAMOA — The separate criminal matters involving Samoa’s suspended Police Commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil and suspended Director of the National Prosecution Office, Mauga Precious Chang have both been postponed. In the meantime, Mauga has entered a plea of not guilty to the two traffic offenses filed against her by the police. During her status hearing before District Court Judge Vaepule Vaemoa Vaai,  defense counsel Tuatagaloa Ming Leung Wai entered the defendant’s plea.
 



Interior finalizes pathway to reestablish a formal government-to-government relationship with the Native Hawaiian Community

Source: Media Release, DOI

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Friday a final rule to create a pathway for reestablishing a formal government-to-government relationship with the Native Hawaiian community. The final rule sets out an administrative procedure and criteria that the U.S. Secretary of the Interior would use if the Native Hawaiian community forms a unified government that then seeks a formal government-to-government relationship with the United States.
 



Language researcher praises NUS samoan language initiatives

An academic with over 20 years of engagement in the arts, culture and education conversation has applauded the National University of Samoa’s own initiatives that have contributed to safeguarding the Samoan language.

In her keynote address on the second day of the Second Pacific Islands University Research Network (PIURN) conference, University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Dr. Cresantia FrancesKoya Vaka’uta acknowledged examples of how a Pacific university can contribute to preserving Pacific languages.



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