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Majuro, MARSHALL ISLANDS — Just days after the UN Oceans Conference in New York City called for action to protect the world’s oceans and to address over-fishing, leaders from the islands that control waters where 50 percent of the world’s skipjack tuna is caught are meeting in the Marshall Islands...
 The Polynesian Voyaging Society's sailing canoe Hokulea arrived at Magic Island in Honolulu on Saturday, June 17, 2017.  No modern navigation instrumentation guided a Polynesian voyaging canoe as it followed the horizon during a three-year journey around the globe. (Craig T. Kojima/The Star-Advertiser via AP)
HONOLULU (AP) -- No modern navigation instrumentation guided a Polynesian voyaging canoe as it followed the horizon during a three-year journey around the globe. About a dozen crewmembers for each leg of the voyage relied only on their understanding of nature's cues - ocean swells, stars, wind,...
U.T.O.S/BLUESKY: Staff members of U.T.O.S and Bluesky with the $1million cheque.
Bluesky Samoa has presented the Unit Trust of Samoa (U.T.O.S) with a dividend of $1million.   The presentation was made during a joint U.T.O.S-Bluesky press conference this week.  Bluesky Samoa Country Manager, Alex Abraham, presented the dividend to U.T.O.S for its 25per cent shareholding in...
The Hawaiian voyaging canoe, Hōkūle'a, set out on a trip around the world in 2013 to promote traditional sailing techniques and marine conservation.  [Photo: 'Oiwi Tv / Kaipo Ki'aha]  Hokule'a, Hawaiian canoe, makes historic home return
MAGIC ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) — On Saturday, Hokulea's unprecedented sail around the world will become a momentous chapter in the history of Polynesian voyaging. Some 50,000 people are expected to gather at Magic Island for the double-hulled sailing canoe's return. They'll greet the vessel,...
Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has been appointed Special Ambassador of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism 2017.  [photo: courtesy]
U.S. MOVE ON CLIMATE CHANGE DISAPPOINTING Deputy Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa has expressed deep disappointment in United States President, Donald Trump’s announcement that his country would withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Accord. Speaking to the Samoa Observer as the Minister of...
 Samoa government building, Apia. [Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades]
Samoa's Electoral Commission has issued a report recommending compulsory voting in parliamentary elections. The current electoral law requires only for compulsory registration of voters but not for voting. The Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi has confirmed that cabinet will look at the...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata recently presented a book on American Samoa to US Majority Whip, Steve Scalise.  He was one of the victims of the shooter who shot a number of people at the GOP congressional baseball practice on Wednesday.  [courtesy photo]
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata, issued the following statement regarding the shooting at the GOP congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, VA on Wednesday.  “When I got off the plane in Washington this morning after two consecutive overnight flights to the nation’s capital from...
  CAUSE OF DEATH UNDER INVESTIGATION: Body of the woman found at sea on Monday morning being carried by Police officers. [Samoa Observer]
A woman was found naked and dead at Mulinu’u on Monday morning. While it was not possible to get an official comment from the Samoa Police last night, the Samoa Observer understands they have launched an investigation to determine how she died. A man who spotted the woman floating on the water at...
DIFFERENT VIEWS: Fiame Naomi Mataafa, Aumua Amata and U.S. President Donald Trump. (Photo: Samoa Observer and AP)
The Deputy Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa has expressed deep disappointment in the United State’s President, Donald Trump’s annoucment that the his country would withdraw from Paris Climate Change Accord. Speaking to the Samoa Observer as the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment,...
 Representatives who signed the Pacer Plus trade agreement in Tonga [Photo: Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat]
A region-wide free trade agreement has been signed in Tonga, with some notable absences. The deal, known as PACER-Plus, has been hailed by proponents as a new kind of agreement that links development to trade to boost island economies. Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, Niue, Nauru, Samoa, Solomon...

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