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 Samoan police headquarters in Apia Photo: RNZI/Sally Round
The editor of the Samoa Observer newspaper is raising media freedom concerns after police searched the paper's premises looking for the identity of an online blogger. The police action followed the paper publishing a letter about a girl who showed signs on her body of the stigmata, or marks similar...
WORK IN PROGRESS: Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries and Scientific Research Organizations of Samoa (S.R.O.S), La'auli Leuatea Polata'ivao.  [Samoa Observer]
Samoa needs to capitalise on the United States market. And American Samoa provides a window for that to happen. This is the opinion of the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, La’auli Leuatea Polataivao.   “We have a lot of offer for American Samoa and the U.S. markets, and we need American Samoa...
 Samoan workers at a RSE meeting [Photo: RNZI/Tipi Autagavaia Tipi]
The death of another Samoan Recognised Seasonal Employer worker is expected to lead to the launch of a fitness programme and test for potential participants in the scheme. The health of Samoan RSE workers has come under the spotlight after the death of a worker in Australia. Last month a seasonal...
WASHINGTON, D.C.  –  Campbell Soup Company, a Maxton, N.C. establishment, is recalling approximately 4,185 pounds of chicken soup products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Saturday. The products...
[AFP via RNZI]
A new report has found aid and investment from China runs the risk of destabilizing Pacific island nations. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute report argued the lack of political strings attached to aid from China may fuel corruption and violence. The report also questioned the...
The Ministry of Police has executed a search warrant on the Samoa Observer premises at Vaitele. It was part of their investigation to track down the person who has been making what they claim as “defamatory” statements against a woman who claims to be carrying the marks of Jesus Christ’s suffering...
Not long after World War II, US poultry firms began dumping turkey tails, along with chicken backs, into markets in Samoa. By 2007, the average Samoan was consuming more than 44 pounds of turkey tails every year. [photo: Mark Turnauckas]
More than one livestock producer has told me that current food policy “maximizes assholes per acre.” I appreciate this off-color phrase as it emphasizes what ought to be obvious: that livestock intensification maximizes all elements of animal production, even those for which there may be no market...
Hesitation by the United States is threatening American Samoa's involvement in a new undersea fibre optic cable with Samoa. Samoa's prime minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, had invited American Samoa to join on to the Tui Samoa cable, which will be launched later this year. But American Samoa...
 Contractors work on the Te Mato Vai water project in Rarotonga, Cook Islands [Photo: Phillipa Webb / Cook Islands News]
The Pacific is likely to see more teamwork involving China such as the Chinese-New Zealand partnership to pipe water around Rarotonga. An expert on China's foreign aid programme, Denghua Zhang, said the Te Mato Vai project in the Cook Islands was helping China learn about aid delivery and...
Alosio Taimo faces dozens charges of sex offending against young boys, and will go on trial in February 2018. [photo: JAMES IRELAND/FAIRFAX NZ]
A school rugby coach will go on trial in Auckland next year for dozens of charges of sexual abuse against young boys. Alosio Taimo, a long-time school volunteer and member of the Samoan church community, pleaded not guilty to all charges during an appearance at the High Court on Wednesday. Justice...

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