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Hawaii-based shipping company Matson Inc. is launching direct service between Honolulu and the Republic of the Marshall Islands next year that will shorten cargo service to the island nation from the Mainland by as many as eight days. The new route will be operated twice a week and serve the ports...
Congresswoman Aumua Amata  [SN file photo]
AUMUA ANNOUNCES U.S. DOT GRANTS WORTH $500,000 Washington, D.C. — Thursday, July 27, 2017 — Congresswoman Aumua Amata is pleased to announce that the Department of Transportation has awarded Pago Pago International Airport $500,000. “I’m glad that U.S. DOT has seen the need for improvements for the...
SAMOA FROZEN AGRO-EXPORTS NOT EXCLUSIVE TO TARO — Frozen taro is not the only export agro commodity on demand overseas. In fact, according to the Minister of Agriculture Laaulialemalietoa Leuatea Polataivao Fosi, who returned last week from launching the Samoa frozen taro in New Zealand,...
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Undercover News reported this week that prosecutors in the tuna price-fixing case say fining Bumble Bee Foods more than $25 million would "jeopardize" the firm's future and suggested giving the company a $111m reduction in penalty from what federal guidelines otherwise suggest. The firm will have...
Congresswoman Amata with witnesses Tofoitaufa Sandra King Young, head of the local Medicaid office and Faumuina Taufete’e John Faumuina, CEO of LBJ Medical Center at an oversight hearing of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Alaska Natives. Its focus: the status of the LBJ hospital.  [Courtesy photo]
AMATA ANNOUNCES CMS CHANGES TO MEDICAID ELIGIBILITY — Washington, D.C. — Tuesday, July 25, 2017 — Congresswoman Aumua Amata is pleased to announce that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has changed the eligibility levels of Medicaid qualification in American Samoa from 200% of...
Fiji Airways’ Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Andre Viljoen (left) and Polynesian Airlines Chief Executive Seiuli Tupuivao Alvin Tuala signing the MOU in Apia, on Monday (Samoa Time) to jointly pursue a range of commercial opportunities and partnerships.  [Courtesy photo]
Samoa’s new international airline, Samoa Airways and Fiji Airways on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly pursue a range of commercial opportunities and partnerships. Under the proposed partnership, Fiji Airways will provide initial support to Samoa Airways to help launch its...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi  [SN file photo]]
The Samoa Government has taken on board suggestions for a Water Power top-up initiative identical to the Cash Power top-up for electricity. The suggestion was made by Taimi ma le Palemia weekly television program host Toleafoa Pili Afamasaga Asiata and it has tickled Prime Minister Tuilaepa...
 Captain Charles Moore (left) and a crew member collect plastic from the South Pacific gyre. [Photo: Supplied/ Algalita Marine Research]
A marine conservation who has just returned from an expedition to survey a massive 'garbage patch' in the South Pacific ocean says it's completely devoid of marine life. Captain Charles Moore, who led the mission around Easter Island and Robinson Crusoe Island, said the South Pacific gyre is at...
 Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama addressing climate change talks consultations in Bonn, May 2017 [Photo: Supplied]
An Australian think tank says the withdrawal of the US Trump administration from the Paris Accord presents an opportunity for the Pacific to look to China. The director of research at The Australian Institute, Rod Campbell said China is getting more serious about climate change. Mr Campbell said he...
E-Life Wild Turmeric made in Samoa [photo from website]
Nine Pacific Island food and beverage companies from five countries will showcase and sell their wares of packaged foods and drinks at the Auckland Food Show this week. Among the products that will be on show will be a range of biscuits, snack foods, artesian water (in biodegradable bottles),...

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