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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.



To honor the importance of tuna resources to the Pacific region, the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) declared May 2 as World Tuna Day starting in 2011.


Since then, this day has become recognized globally as a time to celebrate these incredible fish. World Tuna Day is a major holiday in many Pacific island countries including Kiribati where this year’s PNA Art and Talent Quest winner lives.

All Blacks Manager in Apia earlier this week

All Blacks Manager, Darren Shand, touched down in Apia yesterday for a two-day visit to inspect the facilities in Samoa ahead of the All Blacks’ historical trip to Apia in July.

Mr. Shand and another official from the New Zealand Rugby Union are meeting with Samoa Rugby Union officials as well as other key stakeholders for an update on Samoa’s preparations ahead of the test match at Apia Park.

Among the issues Mr. Shand will be keen to get an update on are concerns about the pitch at the Apia Park. He will also be updated on accommodation, medical facilities as well as security.

Four police officers suspended in Samoa

Samoa's new Police Commissioner, Egon Keil, has suspended four officers for allegedly being involved in criminal activities and breaching their duties.

Two senior police officers at the maritime police were arrested last week and charged.

A policewoman and a senior male officer have also been suspended over a breach of duty.

The police chief says the office of the Attorney General is handling the investigations with the Police Professional Standards Unit.

Boy from Samoa is one of 20 young patients local Shriners will transport to Hawaii

The American Samoa Shriners recently held their major fundraiser — the Annual Shriners Golf Tournament. It is from this tournament that Shriners pay to transport young patients and their caregivers from both Samoas to the Shriners Children's Hospital in Honolulu.

Patrick Te’o, of Magiagi is one of more than 20 patients with serious medical problems, who will be flown to Honolulu, Hawaii, for treatment.

The treatment will take place towards the end of the year.

For Patrick, it will be his second time around. All operations are free as are accommodations and transportation.

Tuilaepa reflects on Flag Day Fautasi Race, Bumble Bee

A one-on-one with Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

Savali Q&A with the Prime Minister: What do you think of the Long Boat Flag Raising Race at American Samoa recently and the chances of our own fautasi against theirs in future races?



A comedy about a New Zealand born Samoan who travels to Samoa to learn what it means to become a 'real island guy' is set to be released this year.

The film, 'Three Wise Cousins' follows Adam, who turns to his two cousins to teach him about life in Samoa, in an attempt to win the heart of his love interest, Mary.

The producer, writer and director of the film, who wants to be known as S.Q.S, says New Zealand born Samoans will be able to relate to the cultural shock of the first time they went to Samoa.

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