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FA’ASAO-MARIST DANCE GROUP INVITED TO HELP PREP FOR GUAM’S MEMORIAL DAY

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HAGATNA, GUAM — The Fa’asao Marist dance group felt honored after a special invitation was extended by the National Guard of Guam to join them in the country’s preparations for the Memorial Day Ceremony, by placing thousands of flags in the ground at the War for Soldiers Park, to remember and honor lives of those soldiers and civilians who were killed during WWII by the Japanese.
 



4th Joint Samoa Economic Talks underway

APIA, SAMOA — The inter-Samoa talks on economic cooperation commence Monday morning at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel.

 

The Apia meeting follows last years’ discussions in American Samoa on 17-18 December 2015.

 

That meeting discussed a range of key commercial issues relating to the business environment of the two countries and the Apia meeting this week is an opportunity for both sides to provide updates on those matters, as well as make progress on streamlining these issues into a possible Free Trade arrangement.

 



Collections of Pacific treasures on display in Auckland

One of the world's largest collections of historic Pacific treasures will be displayed in a new project launched by New Zealand's Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Items including musical instruments, tools, ornaments and carvings from 13 different nations will be brought out of storage, catalogued, conserved and photographed over the next three years.

More than 5,000 collection items are expected to be processed and will be published online to help communities and researchers worldwide.



Pastor credits fraud defendant with helping to set up Hawaii’s telemedicine technology

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A Hawai’i church minister has credited federal defendant Quin Ngoc Rudin, a senior official of the Native Hawaiian Holding Company (NHHC), in helping to set up telemedicine technology via the Internet for residents in rural areas in Hawai’i and Samoa.
 
Rev. Kedar F. St. John, pastor of the Temple of Peace in Haiku, Hawai’i made the statement in an unsolicited May 23 letter to US District Court Judge John S. Tigar, who is presiding over Rudin’s criminal case at the federal court in San Francisco.
 



Pacific Ocean swallows villages and five Solomon Islands

As the ocean rose, they had to flee.

"The sea has started to come inland, it forced us to move up to the hilltop and rebuild our village there away from the sea," said Sirilo Sutaroti, 94, a leader of the Paurata tribe, to a group of Australian environmental scientists.

The scene of this rising sea is an archipelago of upthrust volcanoes and coral atolls, which dots the Pacific to the northeast of Australia: the Solomon Islands. There, a swollen sea is claiming the shoreline - and even, researchers say, entire masses of land.



Samoan language week in New Zealand begins

Samoan Language Week kicks off today and for the first time an educational booklet is available to encourage New Zealanders to learn the language.

Sixty per cent of Samoans in New Zealand speak Gagana Samoa and it is the third most commonly spoken language behind English and Maori.

"I would like to see that number grow and Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa: Samoan Language Week is a time to focus on how we can make that happen," the Minister for Pacific Peoples Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga said.



Teens draw prison sentence for brutal beating of Fijian student in Samoa

Two young men Barry Mafi and Ashley Wilson were sent to prison for four years after they pleaded guilty to the charge of grievous bodily harm.

The matter was brought before His Honour, Chief Justice Patu Tiava’asue Falefatu Sapolu yesterday in the Supreme Court.

Mafi and Wilson were charged together with others for beating up a Fijian student on 6th February 2016.

Mafi is 18 years of age from the village of Vaivase-Tai while Wilson is 19 years of age from Taufusi.



Tuna parties address conflicting sustainability and social responsibility policies

Source: South Pacific Tuna Corporation media release

SAN DIEGO and BANGKOK — J Douglas Hines, Executive Director of South Pacific Tuna Corporation (SPTC) and US partner in the Global Companies, (Ocean Global, LLC, Sea Global, LLC, and Pacific Global LLC) along with global Industry members and stakeholders attended the Infofish Conference in Bangkok that was held this week.
 



Samoa village welcomes back Head of State

Samoa's Head of State, who is the holder of the Tui Atua paramount title, has reconciled with his village of Lufilufi who banished him six years ago.

His removal from the village was over the construction of a shelter which was built on the traditional grounds of the Tui Atua title holder that village council members said they had not been informed about.

A Commission of Inquiry was established following the dispute but later withdrawn following a request from the Head of State.

Last month the village council of Lufilufi unanimously accepted that Tui Atua would be welcomed back.



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