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 Stars of Oceania Awards [Photo: RNZ/ Monica Miller]
The role of women as leaders in the Pacific region and their resilience in forging ahead despite difficulties has been recognised and celebrated in an awards ceremony. The Stars of Oceania acknowledges individuals for their exemplary service, leadership by example and strength overcoming challenges...
 The courthouse in Apia, Samoa. [Photo: RNZI / Sally Round]
Samoa's Supreme Court has dismissed an attempted murder charge against a man who admitted assaulting his wife because she was having an affair with a taxi driver. The Samoa Observer reported that Latai Pule was initially charged with causing bodily harm, being armed with a dangerous weapon, using...
 StarKist Samoa workers [Photo: supplied via RNZI]
American Samoa-based StarKist Samoa has distributed tuna to more than 1500 employees who will be without work for the next five weeks. From this weekend until November 26 the Satala Fish processing plant will be closed for installation of equipment and upgrades intended to make it environmentally...
Researchers have found that the parts of the brain where music aptitude and appreciation happen are the last to be affected in Alzheimer's sufferers.  [Photo: RNZ]
AMERICAN SAMOA JOINS U.S. CLIMATE CHANGE ALLIANCE — American Samoa Governor Lolo Moliga has pledged support for the intent of the Paris Agreement on climate change and is backing the United States Climate Alliance. The same day President Trump pulled out of the Paris Agreement, New York, California...
Teachers and students from Marist Saint Francis School in Lepua, posed for a photo during an assembly last week. [courtesy photo]
Marist Saint Francis school, which started off as an all-girls institution later became co-ed when the Marist Brothers all-boys school in Atu'u closed down in the late 80s because there weren't enough Brothers to oversee the operations. And now the eastern side of the Diocese — from Faga'alu to...
Members of the ASG scholarship board appeared before the House Education & Scholarship Committee in a file photo from earlier this week. [SN file photo]
Tualauta faipule, Rep. Samuel Ioka Ale Meleisea strongly advises the ASG Scholarship Board to establish a new policy so they can collect monies owed to the government under the ASG student loan program. During a hearing called by the House Education & Scholarship Committee with members of the...
POSSIBLE CAUSE OF PURSE SEINER VESSEL FIRE REVEALED — The US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined the possible cause of last year's fire onboard a US flagged purse seiner not far from American Samoa. No one was injured in the fire, which caused between $500,000 to $1 million...
Rendering of the proposed new Fono Building. [SN file photo]
Several of our readers have asked Samoa News if there is a breakdown of where the money in the Fono's budget goes? They ask: Why does the Fono need a budget of nearly $7 million to operate? With all those revenue bills they passed — it would be interesting to find out how our tax dollars are being...
American Samoa members at this week’s opening of the 171th Meeting of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council. [l-r] Marine and Wildlife director Va’amua Henry Sesepasara, StarKist Samoa official Toatasi Archie Soliai and Christinna Lutu-Sanchez of Longline Services Inc. Va’amua, Taotasi and Lutu-Sanchez are American Samoa members on the Council. [SN file photo]
The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council has approved a preferred recommendation that would, again, seek to reduce the size of the Large Vessel Prohibited Area (LVPA) in American Samoa waters, with Council member Va’amua Henry Sesepasara casting the only “no” vote. The LVPA reduction...
(Photo: Liquid Robotics)
New solutions to help protect and preserve the Hawaiian and American Samoa marine sanctuaries and monuments will be developed through a multi-year agreement between Liquid Robotics and NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) Pacific Islands Region (PIR). At the core of the long-term...

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