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How paradise became the fattest place in the world

(CNN)They're remote and beautiful. A place many long to escape to for sun, sea and serenity. But the Pacific islands have another reality for the residents living there -- a life based on imported food, little exercise and remote access to healthcare.

The result? The most obese nations in the world.

'A deadly epidemic'



Bluesky Samoa Ltd. records $1MIL tala dividend for shareholders

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BlueSky Samoa Limited recorded a total of $1million tala dividend to the Unit Trust of Samoa (UTOS). In a statement issued by the UTOS Board, this is the fourth consecutive time that UTOS has received a dividend from its investment in Bluesky Samoa Limited since becoming a shareholder on 1st July 2010. “This being a significant event for UTOS, the trading of units was temporarily suspended at 3:00pm Wednesday 29 April 2015 to allow management time to recalculate the UTOS Unit Price.
 



WOMEN IN SAMOA CELEBRATE ART OF FINE MATS AND SIAPO

They sang and danced as they displayed their finest ie Samoa and siapo in front of the Government Building in Apia this past week.

They were women from Savai’i and Upolu who had gathered to exhibit their traditional craft to celebrate the National Women’s Day.

Organized by the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development, the annual event is to promote the importance of keeping the art of traditional weaving of fine mats and making siapo making alive.



64-year-old grandfather sent to jail in Samoa

A 64-year-old grandfather will spend the next three years in prison for indecently assaulting his partner’s granddaughter.

The name of the man and any detail that could lead to his identification are being withheld to protect the identity of his young victim.

But when he appeared before the Supreme Court for sentencing, Justice Vui Clarence Nelson, told him that he has betrayed the trust given to him as a guardian of the girl.

“A child needs to grow up in a good and safe environment,” said Justice Vui.

“A grandfather is no difference from a step grandfather".



Former Samoa banker escapes jail term

A 30-year-old father from Nofoali’i, Omar Mauala, has pleaded guilty to 12 counts of theft as a servant while working for the ANZ Bank.

But instead of being sent to jail, Justice Vui Clarence Nelson, of the Supreme Court, accepted a submission by the defendant’s lawyer, Idelma Niumata, pleading for a noncustodial sentence for her client.

As such, Mauala was handed a monetary fine and a warning, after Justice Vui considered the mitigating factors.



World Fireknife Championships at PCC through Saturday

Source: Media release PCC

The world’s “hottest” international competition, the World Fireknife Championships, will light up the stage at the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC), May 7-9, to determine the best at this traditional Samoan art.

 

Now in its 23rd year, the World Fireknife Championships draws its roots from the Samoan ailao, a warrior’s knife dance, performed before battle with the nifo oti, or “tooth of death.”

 



Palau bans commercial fishing in favor of tourism

(Source: Samoa Observer)

The president of Palau, Tommy Remengesau Jr, is living up to a pledge he made when he took office for his third four-year term last year by declaring a total ban of commercial fishing and turning the Pacific nation’s 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone into a marine sanctuary.

Delivering a keynote address Tuesday at a UN meeting on “Healthy Oceans and Seas” he declared that once current fishing contracts with Japan, Taiwan and some private companies expire only fishing by island residents and tourists will be permitted.



Facilities chief optimistic about Apia Park readiness

The Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O) of the Samoa Sports Facilities Authority (S.S.F.A), Moefa’auo Salale Moananu, is optimistic that Apia Park will ready in time for the All Blacks historical visit in July.

But he says the condition of the Park will be better when Samoa hosts the Commonwealth Youth Games in September.

According to Moefa’auo, the stadium will be handed to the Samoa Rugby Union on 20 June 2015. He said several meetings with the contractor, Shanghai Construction Company, have been held in an effort to speed up the work.



Samoa Women in Business director honored with second global award

PACMAS congratulates Women in Business Development’s director, Adimaimalaga Tafunai for a second global award – the DVF Award that was presented at the United Nations in New York.

The DVF Awards, created in 2010 by Diane von Furstenberg and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, are to honor and support extraordinary women.

Tafuna’i has led Women in Business Development for more than 20 years. She has also been instrumental in promoting organic agriculture and ethical trade in the Pacific.



Hawaiian culture embraces transgender

In traditional, Western culture, gender identity is often considered a binary concept: You are either male or you are female.

This restrictive and defining construct makes it difficult for our society to understand people like Bruce Jenner, who recently came out as transgender, because they don't always fit neatly into a box. While some transgender people move from one end of the gender spectrum to the other when they transition, other transgender people exist somewhere in between, embracing both genders, neither genders or a multiplicity of genders.



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