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Harvard University recognizes innovation at Le Fetuao Samoan Language Center in Hawaii

Le Fetuao Samoan Language Center media release

Honolulu, HI  — Le Fetuao Samoan Language Center (Le Fetuao) was recognized this month by Harvard University’s Bright Ideas program for its innovative approach to perpetuate the Samoan language and culture among Samoan children and families in Honolulu, Hawaii. This year’s cohort of Bright Ideas includes 124 programs from all levels of government. Le Fetuao is one of just two programs in Hawaii highlighted as a program at the forefront of innovative government action.

WestPac says territories also need help with fishing management


The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council recommends that federal resources should also be directed to the U.S. Pacific territories to “enhance their fishing management capacity.”
This is one of the Council’s suggestions outlined its a 4-page response, submitted by executive director Kitty Simonds, to the U.S. Presidential task force on illegal fishing, which sought public comments on several recommendations, to combat illegal fishing and seafood fraud.

Gabbard hires chief of staff with no government or Congressional experience

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's decision to hire a childhood friend with no experience working in government or Congress as her chief of staff is “bizarre” and “unusual,” political insiders said Thursday.

Gabbard announced this week that Kainoa Ramananda Penaroza, 30, will be her third chief of staff in just two years.

Samoa police close down illegal operation

A man who earned $600 from selling dried sea cucumbers to an unknown Chinese man has been hit with a fine of $2,100.

Seveli Feliuai, 49, of Toamua, would not divulge the identity of the Chinese man but confirmed that he sold the dried sea cucumbers for $2 each.

When he was charged, some 431 kgs of sea cucumbers was found in his possession.

He said the Chinese man had approached him with the idea. Outside the District Court, he again refused to reveal the Chinese man’s name.

Cooks keen on Samoa links

The Cook Islands Finance Minister, Mark Brown, has praised the sale of 60 percent of Telecom Cook Islands to Samoa-based Bluesky communications during a brief visit to the company's Apia headquarters.

The other 40 percent of Telecom remains owned by the Cook Islands government.

Mr Brown says the sale represents the close links between his country and Samoa, and the next thing will be to look at direct flights between the two countries.

Algae could save world's coral from climate change

Rising ocean temperatures threaten reefs, but special heat-tolerant algae could help, according to a report

A new species of algae discovered in the Persian Gulf may help declining coral populations survive as climate change warms ocean temperatures and threatens reefs with often-fatal bleaching, according to a new report.

Researchers from the University of Southampton and New York University Abu Dhabi identified the algae while studying the world's warmest coral reef habitat, located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, to understand how it survived such extreme temperatures.


The traditional external powers in the Pacific Islands are still coming to terms with China's increasing level of engagement with the regio

That was the focus of a conference this week at the National University of Samoa; 'China and the Pacific: The View from Oceania,' that sought to counter misperceptions about China's role in the region, particularly its aid programme.

Nation’s fishery scientists tackle climate, ecosystem and other issues

HONOLULU — Scientists from throughout the United States gathered Feb. 23 to 25, 2015, in Honolulu to explore ways of incorporating climate, ecosystems and other areas of uncertainty into the sustainable management of the nation's fisheries.


Samoa judge tells off man for being a show off

A 31-year-old man of Toamua has been given a 15 months suspended sentence for being “disrespectful” and a “show off.”

The decision was delivered by Judge Vaepule Vaemoa Vaai of the District Court.

During the festive season last year, a drunken To’omila Silia went to his neighbour’s property and started making very loud comments.

His uncle approached him and told him off.

This angered Silia who turned around and threatened his uncle.

“I’m going to slice you with a machete,” he said to his uncle.

He also threw stones at him.

Talking China: Size, wealth and power do count

Geographic size, wealth and military might do count.

The point was emphasised by Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, at the National University of Samoa (N.U.S) yesterday.

He was speaking at the opening of the Conference on China and the Pacific being guided by the theme: "The View from Oceania."

“When all three come together in very large amounts for any nation, everyone else sits up and takes notice with a flurry of projections of new opportunities but also assessments of threat level perceptions,” Tuilaepa told the conference.

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