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American Air and Fiji Air seek expanded “codeshare”

Allows for easier transfer of passengers & bags between the two, expanding global marketing strategy

At a time when the Lolo Administration has requested Fiji Airways to look into operating weekly flights between Fiji and American Samoa, a joint application was filed yesterday (Thursday) by the US based American Airlines and Fiji’s national carrier, Fiji Air, with the US Transportation Department to expand the two carriers’ code-sharing agreements — in which each airline publishes and markets a flight under its own airline designator and flight number, as part of its published timetable or schedule.

Two Samoa officials suspended pending investigation of criminal charges


Apia, SAMOA — Samoa’s Cabinet has confirmed the suspension of Police Commissioner Fuiavailiili Egon Keil along with the Director of the National Prosecution Office (NPO) Mauga Precious Chang, pending the result of charges filed against them in separate matters.
Fuiavailili is facing four criminal charges in connection with the arrest of a former police officer while Mauga Precious is charged with negligent driving causing injury and dangerous driving.

Samoa fishermen find body of young girl floating at sea


Apia, SAMOA — A young girl was found floating in the open water faced down on Wednesday evening by a group of fishermen, including Sam Taufao of Utuali’i, Samoa, who says the images have continued to play in his head repeatedly.

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Apia, SAMOA — Always one of the highlights of Samoa’s annual Teuila festival, the Miss Samoa Pageant will be coordinated this year by Samoa Events Inc. after the organization was awarded a three-year contract for the annual pageant.



Traditional Samoan dancers will showcase their culture and their polytechnic across Australia during September, and Sunbury’s Salesian College is on their itinerary.

A troupe of 45 students from Don Bosco Technical Centre in Alafua, Samoa will perform at a siva community concert hosted by Salesian College on August 28.

The free concert will be part of a three-week promotional tour by the students.

They will perform at parishes, schools, youth centres and communities around the country.

Pew Trust calls for moratorium on commercial fishing of Pacific bluefin

Species has been fished down more than 97 percent, and overfishing continues
Source: Media Release, Pew Trust

WASHINGTON —The Pew Charitable Trusts last month called for a two-year moratorium on commercial fishing of the highly depleted Pacific bluefin tuna. In this year’s stock assessment, scientists found that the population is at just 2.6 percent of its historic size and that overall fishing mortality remains up to three times higher than is sustainable.


2016 Hawaii Pacific Global Breadfruit Summit set for Aug 27-31
compiled by Samoa News staff

Honolulu, HAWAI’I — Breadfruit research 20 years ago barely made a ripple when Dr. Diane Ragone began her research that became the catalyst for today’s surge of interest in the fruit that sustains social, cultural and economic abundance and has been cherished and cultivated by the people of Oceania for millenniums.
Flash forward to 2012 when the University of Hawaii Pacific Business Center Program initiated the first Breadfruit Summit in American Samoa — introducing gluten free ulu to the world market.

Samoa’s police commissioner facing criminal charges


Apia, SAMOA — Two of Samoa’s government officials were criminally charged in separate matters earlier today. Samoa’s Police Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil is facing four criminal charges, while the Director of the National Prosecution Office, Mauga Precious Chang is charged with negligent driving causing injury and dangerous driving.

Samoa ex-theological student jailed for attempting to kill girlfriend

The Supreme Court in Samoa has convicted a 41 year old former theological college student to eleven years and nine months in jail for attempting to kill his girlfriend - a 44-year-old widow and mother of two.

The victim had sought help of the Samoa Victim Support Group to lodge a complaint against the police on how they had handled a protection order issued by the court against the defendant.


Kava Girls, the 'play with songs', is due to tour the Pacific from September 2017

There are some places in the world where being transgender wouldn't raise an eyebrow, a nicely plucked eyebrow.

Sani Muliaumaseali'i is at home in that place having written, directed and starred in a play about it.

Sinalei is the fa'afafine ingenue who is trying to make it in London's West End with her two contemporaries.

Dominic Godfrey spoke to Sani about Sinalei and the Kava Girls.


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