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Yang Quigreen and Zhong Shuiming  [Samoa Observer]
The non appearance of a Chinese translator forced the Court to reschedule the sentencing of two Chinese men who have been convicted of stealing more than $70,000 from the A.T.M machines of the Bank of South Pacific. Yang Quigreen and Zhong Shuiming, who are under police custody, are represented by...
Bluesky Samoa outlet in Apia. [photo: Samoa Planet]
Amalgamated Telecom Holdings Ltd finally has control of Bluesky Samoa Ltd and has received formal regulator approval for the change from Amper SA to ATH. A market announcement from the company yesterday said the formal approval was given by the Office of the Regulator in Samoa in accordance with...
 Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama addressing climate change talks consultations in Bonn, May 2017 [Photo: Supplied]
Pacific Small Island Developing States have urged G20 countries to reaffirm their commitment to the Paris climate agreement. Following this week's Climate Action Pacific Partnership (CAPP) event in Fiji, 12 Pacific states called for action from the world's most powerful nations attending this...
 Seiuli Tuilagi Allan Alo Vaai Photo: Supplied/ Samoa Arts Council
The passing away of Seiuli Tuilagi Allan Alo Vaai is bringing together many people from different walks of life to pay tribute to a life lived to the fullest. Known as one of the most creative and flamboyant choreographers in the Pacific, he was also a multi-talented dancer, director and pioneer of...
[image: Undercurrent News]
Tuna prices are currently on the rise across all markets, with canneries worried this could be a long-term trend.  In Bangkok, Thailand skipjack prices have reached $1,900 per-metric-ton at the end of June, while they have jumped to $2,000/t in Ecuador. Meanwhile, sustainability measures introduced...
Elleia, who is called Sei in Samoa, is among dozens of Samoan children who prosecutors say were sent to the United States as part of an adoption scam that has left a string of broken-hearted families in both countries and dozens of children in limbo. [screenshot from ABC video]
Not long after he adopted a baby from Samoa, Michael Nyberg knew something was wrong. The girl, whom he named Elleia, started saying the names of her parents and siblings, talking about how they all slept in a house together. Nyberg said the adoption agency had told him that the 4-year-old had been...
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SAMOA JOINS FORCES WITH FIJI AIRWAYS — Samoa's prime minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi has confirmed his country has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Fiji's national airline as it prepares to resume flights between Samoa, New Zealand and Australia. Tuilaepa didn't give any details...
[Credit: Talkmarkets via Undercurrent News]
Target Corporation is the latest US retailer to accuse the “big three” US canned tuna suppliers of price fixing, following guilty pleas from Bumble Bee Foods, two of its executives and the former senior vice president of sales of Starkist. The Minneapolis, Minnesota-based retail giant, which has 1,...
Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II is the new Samoa Head of State, replacing Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, after 10 years in the position.  [Photo: Samoa Observer file]
It's official: Samoa's new Head of State is Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II. It was announced in parliament, yesterday morning, July 5th, Samoa Time, according to the Samoa Observer and other news outlets in the country. Rumors of the possibility of a new head of state, replacing Tui Atua...
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A 29-year-old male accused of pouring hot water on 58-year-old-man has asked the Court for legal aid to help with his case. Junior Vai appeared in Supreme Court for mention before Chief Justice, His Honor Patu Tiavasue Falefatu Sapolu. Lucy Sio is the prosecutor. “You’re Honor, this matter is for...

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