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The big island of Savai’i welcomes the 2016 Miss Pacific Islands contestants

Samoa’s hidden treasure, the big island of Savai’, took a turn yesterday to welcome the contestants of 2016 Miss Pacific Islands to its shores.

Savai’i rolled out the red carpet giving the contestants a rapturous reception as the ladies enjoyed the tranquility of the Savaii ahead of their big day on Friday.

The contestants, their entourages and pageant officials boarded the Lady Naomi for an experience of Samoa Shipping Corporation hospitality.



World Bank: Huge gains possible for Pacific

The new Pacific director for the World Bank says there are massive gains to be made in the Pacific if countries can get things right.

Michel Kerf will oversee the World Bank's regional portfolio which includes 55 projects across 13 countries worth more than $US 1-billion.

Mr Kerf said the Bank had identified potential areas which countries could focus on improving and developing and two major risk areas which need to be mitigated to maximise gains across the region.



PM Tuila'epa takes over Samoa's police portfolio

Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi has taken the Ministry of Police portfolio following a cabinet reshuffle.

Sala Fata Pinati, who has held the Police portfolio for five years, now has the portfolios of the Audit office and the office of the Bureau of Statistics and also the Tourism Authority.

The Government said returning oversight of Samoa Police to the prime minister reaffirms the importance placed on law and order and in keeping Samoa a peaceful nation.



Big numbers expected to take part in Samoa Games

Up to 1700 athletes are expected to take part in the relaunched Samoa Games next month.

The event was last held a decade ago but is but is being revived in an attempt to address the country's poor performance at the Olympics, Commonwealth and Pacific Games.

CEO of the Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee, Fa'amausili Taiva Ah Young, said research showed there was not enough competition locally to prepare elite athletes.



Man sentenced to 22 months for sexual assault

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Apia, SAMOA-- A man who sexually assaulted his wife’s 10-year-old niece has been sentenced to 22 months in jail. To protect the identity of the victim, Samoa News has opted to withhold the name of the defendant in this case that was before the court earlier this week. The uncle was charged with one count of sexual connection and the offending is said to have taken place at Tanumapu’a on or between January 2014 and April 23, 2015. According to the police report the charge carries the maximum penalty of life imprisonment.
 



Samoa Observer names Tusitala Short Story Competition winners

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Apia, SAMOA — American Samoa’s Poe Mageo, and Tamari Mulitalo Cheung were among those who made the top five who submitted their short stories in the Pacific Islands category for the annual Samoa Observer Tusitala Short Story Competition. Held last week at the Samoa Observer main office in Vaitele, the short story competition categories were — stories from Australia/New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands, which includes, American Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Samoa.



Samoa’s PM keynotes at U.N. Climate Conference in Marrakech

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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa’s Prime Minister Sailele Malielegaoi is among the government leaders at the United Nations Climate Conference in Marrakech, Morocco where negotiators are on going to see how the Adaptation Fund can serve the Paris Agreement on the global fight against climate change.
 
The Adaptation Fund finances projects and programs to help developing countries adapt to climate change.
 



A parade of meetings at Trump Tower — including Tulsi

President-elect Donald Trump met today with Hawaii Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who is reportedly being considered for a job in the Trump administration.

Gabbard released a statement after the meeting saying that she was invited by Trump to the meeting, where she had a “frank and positive” discussion with Trump about Syria, the battle against terrorism and other policy issues.

Gabbard’s statement did not say whether there is any specific job she is seeking in the Trump administration.



Samoa ready to host Miss Pacific Islands Pageant

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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa is ready for this year’s Miss Pacific Islands Pageant where eight contestants will vie for the title that is held Miss Abigail Havora who won the first title for Papua New Guinea and who will crown this year’s winner.
 
Samoa’s Tourism Authority (STA) says that it’s fitting that Samoa will host this year’s Miss Pacific Islands Pageant, since the Samoa’s Government established and hosted the Pacific’s first ever Pageant 30 years ago.
 



Pacific NGOs reveal strategic plan for ‘reshaping Pacific'

THE 8th Council meeting of the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO) wound up Friday with the presentation of the organization’s Strategic Plan 2016-2020.

With the overarching theme ‘Reshaping the Pacific for our future generations’, the new strategic plan focuses on five primary thematic areas namely, strengthening Civil Society Organizations (CSO) platforms in the Pacific; development effectiveness; evidence-based policy advocacy; Pacific developmental leadership and CSO capacity strengthening.



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