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Viliamu Samu
Welington, NEW ZEALAND —  A 64-year-old man has been arrested for human trafficking and slavery after allegedly bringing Samoa nationals to New Zealand to work for him illegally. It is alleged that the man has been regularly bringing the Samoa nationals to work for him in the horticultural industry...
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Honolulu, HAWAII — Pacific Islands fisheries leaders expressed satisfaction with the actions taken last week by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) to support sustainability of the fishery, minimum labor standards for fishing crews, and expanded participation of Small...
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard
Honolulu, HAWAII — Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard was born a U.S. citizen and served two tours of duty in the Middle East as a member of the Army National Guard. She’s served in elective office — as a member of the Hawaii Legislature, Honolulu City Council and U.S. House of Representatives — for a...
March organizer, Unasa Iuni Sapolu
Apia, SAMOA — Members of the Samoa Solidarity International Group held a peaceful protest march Friday to call on Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi and his Government to repeal the Land Titles Registration Act 2008. They also used the occasion to commemorate Black Saturday, a dark day...
Big eye tuna
Honolulu, HAWAII — Pacific Islands fisheries leaders are satisfied with the outcomes of the just completed meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, or Tuna Commission, in Hawaii. There have been agreements to maintain the current limits on the tuna catch, minimum labour...
The nightclub, NXT
Apia, SAMOA — The Chairman of the Liquor Board, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, yesterday clarified that the nightclub, NXT, on the Marina has been closed with its liquor license removed. The Restaurant and Bar called The Edge Marina View remains opened. Tialavea, who is the Minister of Revenue, also...
Samoa Congregational Christian Church ministers
Apia, SAMOA — The first hearing of a tax-evasion case against church ministers of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa has been adjourned until February 5 next year to allow counsel to take instructions. Nine ministers, including the chairman Elder Tauti'aga Senara, appeared in the District...
The Edge Marina View night club in Matautu
Apia, SAMOA — Popular night club Edge Marina View has been shutdown after the Liquor Board stripped its liquor and beverage license. Minister for Revenue and Liquor Board chairman, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, told the Samoa Observer that the decision of the Board has been conveyed to the club’s owners...
Honolulu, HAWAII — A 24-year-old man has been arrested, accused of assaulting another man in Aiea on Monday, according to Honolulu police. But it’s his name that’s raising eyebrows. Police records say the suspect, whose name is Super Bowl Akerise, got into an argument with a 26-year-old man and “...
A transshipment vessel off shore of a Pacific island
Honolulu, HAWAII — Pacific Island fisheries leaders want the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, or Tuna Commission, to start effectively managing transshipments on the high seas. The existing Commission measure governing transshipment was adopted in 2009 and is intended for review...

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