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  GINORMOUS STAR FIELD: Star mound in Vaito’omuli, Palauli, Savai’i. (Photo: Fa’ae’e Taula, CSS via The Observer)
Most of us have heard of the massive Macchu Picchu Incan citadels in Peru and the humongous mysterious stone heads looking out on the shores of Rapa Nui.  Now, we have the ginormous star fields, in the hidden forestry of Savai’i. This week, a research team from the Centre of Samoan Studies...
BLUESKY WELCOMES NEW FINANCE CONTROLLER, JOSEPH TUITELELEAPAGA Bluesky American Samoa is pleased to welcome our new Finance Controller, Joseph Tuiteleleapaga. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and an M.B.A. with 20+ years of experience in accounting and finance. Prior to joining our...
New Zealand sailor Joseph Tua went missing in Samoa on April 29 near the famous To Sua trench tourist site. [Picture supplied by family to NZ Herald]
Samoan police believe a New Zealand Navy sailor who has been missing in Samoa for more than a week may have fallen into the sea and been swept away. Kilino Joseph Lemafo'e Tua, 24, who grew up in Mangere, Auckland, was visiting two of his uncles, who live near Apia on Upolu Island, when he...
  US President Donald Trump [Photo: AFP via RNZI]
Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has called US President Donald Trump narrow-minded over his environmental policies. The prime minister criticised Mr Trump for his decision to resume off-shore drilling for oil and gas exploration which had been stopped by his predecessor....
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In a report in its May 5 issue, the Samoa Observer said Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has laughed at claims that poverty and hardship are to blame for the growing number of sex workers in Samoa. He has attacked the “newspaper” over its coverage of the issue describing the reporting...
In 2016, the number of female sex workers in Samoa was estimated at around 400. The age during which some of them began sex work ranged from 13 to 21 years old. This is according to the Multi-country Mapping and Behavioural study 2016, quoted by the Ministry of Health in their sixth annual report...
 El Nino conditions throughout 2015/2016 caused a prolonged a drought in Papua New Guinea. [Photo: Supplied  via RNZI]
Pacific weather agencies, in their latest Island Climate Update, are predicting a strong chance of an El Nino system developing across the Pacific from August through October. El Nino systems, which are the result of warming oceans, often bring drought. The agencies said there is a 70 percent...
[photo: PNA]
The winning entry in this year’s World Tuna Day art competition is Lloyd Newton from the Solomon Islands. He describes his work as a visualization of what Tuna think about people. “If you put yourself in the mind of the Tuna, this is how we people should behave towards preserving our Tuna fish.” “...
[photo: AA via Daily News]
Turkey has sent a total of 2,000 Qurans to Samoa after translating them into Samoan for the 130 Muslims living in the remote South Pacific country, which has a population of 193,200.  The Qurans, translated by Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet), reached Samoa via ship.  Samoa Muslims...
A Samoan man residing in California, described by federal agents as a “career drug dealer” and leader of a drug gang has been sentenced to serve 20 years in jail, for his role in the transporting of a “large quantity of meth” from California to Hawai’i, according to federal court documents. Federal...

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