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Samoa PM reminds women of duties

Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has told women thinking of running for parliament they should not neglect their families.

Tuilaepa was speaking at the final sitting of Parliament for the year yesterday which was attended by women taking part in a programme promoting women's participation in Parliament.

He said women should not let their drive and determination to enter politics make them neglect their God given duties as mothers.

He said women hold families, villages, and churches together and they are also the backbone of the country.

New U.S. ambassador to Samoa and New Zealand approved by U.S. Senate


The new U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, Mark Gilbert, was approved by the United States Senate over the weekend, after his nomination in February, 2014.
In a youtube video, distributed by the United States Embassy in Samoa, Gilbert said he was a professional baseball player who turned in his cleats to work in the finance field.

Pacific FAD-closure compliance remains an issue

Making sure international tuna vessels comply with Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) rules remains a key challenge to measures intended to protect fish stocks, the head of the American Tunaboat Association (ATA) said.

There is anecdotal evidence that boats from Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese and Korean purse seine fleets are not always in compliance with fish aggregation device (FAD) closure rules, with the lack of compliance rendering the measures ineffective, ATA executive director Brian Hallman told Undercurrent News.

UN Agrees to way forward on climate change - but path is unclear

A global warming pact has been struck, but now nations must not only meet targets but fund clean development

Governments took a step back from chaos in the climate change discussions in Lima and found a way forward on Sunday, albeit with some fudges and compromises, giving themselves just 12 months to finalise a crucial international agreement to avoid dangerous levels of global warming.

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Peru’s environment minister, who had skilfully presided over more than two weeks of fraught negotiations, announced that a deal had been struck by more than 190 countries.

Louder voice for Pacific Islands at UN General Assembly

source: Secretariat of the Pacific Community

Greater prominence for Pacific Islands’ perspectives on global and regional development issues within the United Nations system is expected to be a major outcome of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) becoming an observer to the UN General Assembly.

SPC was formally granted observer status overnight following the adoption of a resolution by the UN General Assembly in New York City.

Miss South Pacific Pageant underway in Samoa

Samoa Observer interviews Miss Samoa

Eight of the most beautiful and intelligent women in the Pacific have graced Samoa’s shores this week.
The occasion is the Miss South Pacific Pageant, with the pre-pageant activities kicking off this morning with a church service at the Immaculate Conception of Mary Cathedral at Mulivai.
Guided by the theme “Our Pacific Paradise,” the Pageant will be held on Friday at Gym 1 of the Tuana’imato Sports Complex.

Meet the Gaualofa crew in Auckland

Pacific island rivalry on the sports field is a well known fact. But to see these sons and daughters of the Pacific working in unison in bringing the Gaualofa in to the beach at Okahu Bay in such horrible weather last night was a moving experience - 9:25pm exact.

Chikungunya affects more than 3,000 in Samoa

The number of people infected with Chikungunya in Samoa has reached more than 3,000.

Ministry of Health figures up until the last week of November show 3,l35 cases of the mosquito-borne virus.

The Ministry says 333 people reported to hospitals that week, the most number of people showing symptoms of the disease in one week since the initial outbreak in July.

The latest numbers mean that l.7 percent of Samoa's population has contracted "Chik" whose symptoms include fever, sore joints and a rash.

New report warns of human rights risks in trade deals

A new report published this month encourages Pacific island countries be cautious with trade agreements if they threaten human rights.

The Pacific Trade and Human Rights report is a joint effort of the World Health Organization and the United Nations, and was launched in Suva and Auckland.

A co-author of the report and a Pacific Policy Adviser with Oxfam, Wesley Morgan, says an example of trade impacting human rights was when the United States pressured Samoa to reverse its ban on unhealthy turkey tails imports from the US as Samoa sought WTO membership.

Samoa seeking new police commissioner

Almost a year after the suspension of Samoa's former police commissioner, Lilomaiava Fou Taioalo, applications are being sought to fill the position.

In September, the government upheld a recommendation by a Commission of Inquiry to terminate the service of Lilomaiava because he breached his duties.

It was the result of a separate Commission of Inquiry into alleged corruption and abuse of power in the management of Tafaigata prison.

Our correspondent, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, says it's hoped a new police commissioner will bring a fresh start for the ministry of police.

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