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Apia, SAMOA — Revenue from Agriculture makes up only seven percent of Samoa’s Gross Domestic product with taro being a major export.  Efforts have been made to assist farmers of our major export crops such as cocoa, coconut and taro but there are some challenges that are out of the control of local...
  Pacific island climate change campaigners hold a traditional Fijian sevusevu and offer tapa to a community impacted by a massive coal mine in Germany. [Photo: Facebook]
Washington, D.C. — The United States says it's working to improve access to the UN Green Climate Fund for Pacific Islands. Fiji's prime minister Frank Bainimarama had said stringent criteria around access to the UN funding source should be relaxed so nations vulnerable to climate change could get...
Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo.  [SN file photo]
Apia, SAMOA — The Ministry of Police is investigating the death of a 53-year-old man who was found with severe injuries to his head on Wednesday.  The man is from Vailele and Salelologa.  “I can only confirm that an investigation has been launched into this homicide case, but details of the case...
Buttabean Motivation's David Letele  [Photo: RNZ Pacific Sara Vui-Talitu]
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A Samoan-New Zealand boxer is trying to help Pacific people adopt healthy lifestyles in an effort to combat alarming rates of non-communicable diseases. Pacific people in New Zealand often suffer from high blood pressure and are over-represented in statistics for diabetes,...
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PUNA, BIG ISLAND - Two major developments in the ongoing Kilauea eruption came late Saturday night. Civil Defense (CD) officials confirmed around 11 p.m. that lava from fissure 20 has reached the ocean. As the flow pours into the water and creates new land, officials warn of the threat for laze. In...
Lava crosses the road near Pohoiki Road, Friday, May 18, 2018, near Pahoa, Hawaii. Several open fissure vents are still producing lava splatter and flow in evacuated areas. Gas is also pouring from the vents, cloaking homes and trees in smoke. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Fast-moving lava crossed a road and isolated about 40 homes Friday in a rural subdivision below Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, forcing at least four people to be evacuated by county and National Guard helicopters. Hawaii County Civil Defense said police, firefighters and National...
 Joey Mataele, a long-time activist for the rights of transgender women in Tonga. [Photo: Supplied]
Nuku'alofa, TONGA — The struggle for more acceptance and tolerance of transgender and LGBT communities within largely religious and conservative Pacific communities has been highlighted in a new film winning the hearts of global audiences. Leiti is short for the term fakaleiti, a term that...
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Apia, SAMOA  — The national carrier is now offering international cargo on all its flights between Apia, Auckland and Sydney. This is the latest addition to Samoa Airways’ range of services in a bid to ensure that its customers enjoy the full benefits of supporting the airline. “Cargo is an...
Washington, D.C. — A federal grand jury returned an indictment against Christopher Lischewski, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Bumble Bee Foods LLC, for participating in a conspiracy to fix prices for packaged seafood sold in the United States, the Department of Justice announced today...
 Marijuana plant [Photo: Esteban Lopez via unsplash.com]
Saipan, CNMI — The Northern Marianas Senate has passed a bill decriminalizing the use and possession of marijuana. Having been passed in the nine-seat senate with six yes votes and three abstentions, the bill now advances to the House of Representatives for approval. It would allow the use of...

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