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Processing bananas for export in Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoan Ministry of Agriculture wants to free up government-owned land for commercial farming in a push to increase exports. Newsline Samoa reported farmers are being restricted by a lack of land. The ministry's chief executive, Tilafono David Hunter, said government land could be...
Lou Leon Guerrero
Hagåtña, GUAM — Guam has elected its first woman governor — Bank of Guam President Lou Leon Guerrero. Unofficial results released on Wednesday morning showed an overwhelming lead for Ms Leon Guerrero and her running mate, Joshua Tenorio, who both ran for the Democratic Party. The Guam Daily Post...
 Arona Peniamina, 38, has pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA — A Samoan man is denying murdering his wife by allegedly stabbing her with such force the tip of the kitchen knife he used broke off in her head. Arona Peniamina, 38, is on trial in the Brisbane Supreme Court after pleading not guilty to murdering his wife Sandra at their home...
Miss Samoa Sonia Piva
Apia, SAMOA — Miss Samoa Sonia Piva has begun preparations for the 2018 Miss Pacific Islands Pageant which is scheduled for November 23 in Tonga.  The reigning Miss Samoa leaves Samoa for Tonga three days before the regional pageant, which will see her coming up against peers from throughout the...
A former resident of American Samoa, Sean Morrison
District 90, LOUISIANA — A former resident of American Samoa, Sean Morrison, has made the decision to throw his hat into a formidable political ring. Currently residing in Louisiana, the former Assistant Attorney General for American Samoa is running in a special general election for the state...
The steamship Talune at the Napier breakwater in 1908.
Apia, SAMOA — A public holiday has been declared for Wednesday in Samoa, to mark 100 years since the start of the influenza pandemic that killed about a fifth of the population. On 7 November, 1918, the SS Talune arrived in Apia with sick passengers on board. The New Zealand administrators allowed...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa Airways has confirmed that it's only aircraft was damaged when the catering truck smashed into the rear service door last Friday. It delayed the flight to Auckland by nearly a day while repairs were undertaken. The delay forced Samoa Airways to charter a Qantas 737 for its...
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Hagåtña, GUAM — The U.S. Department of Justice has filed its reply to the government of Guam’s defense of the Chamorro Land Trust Act citing a landmark 26-year-old case that upheld the validity of the act and orders its implementation. "(In that case), the government of Guam admitted that the...
NZ visa
Apia, SAMOA — The New Zealand Government announced the increases in the new fees and levies in a public notice.  According to the notice issued by the local Immigrating office, circulating locally, the new fees are subject to change pending advice from Immigration of New Zealand’s Head Office. For...
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Apia, SAMOA — Facing the increased effects of climate change, natural disasters, and the outsized impacts of global economic shocks on small economies, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) resolved to strengthen their efforts to achieve sustainable development at the conclusion of a three-day...

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