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Pacific health ministers hope a focus on mothers will help curb a surge in child obesity in the region. The ministers met in the Cook Islands last week and embraced a commitment to leave no one behind as they work towards their goal of "healthy Islands". The Cook Islands Minister of Health Nandi...
Pacific leaders are arriving in Samoa's capital, Apia, for the annual Pacific Islands Forum. This year's gathering of Pacific leaders comes as the Australian Government pledges to renew its engagement with the region. [Photo: Supplied]
Leaders from around the region will attempt to form a collective voice on such varied topics as climate change, illegal fishing and labour mobility as they gather in Samoa's capital Apia for the annual Pacific Islands Forum. The official theme of this year's forum is The Blue Pacific: Our Sea of...
PULLMAN, Washington — Police officers are taught that someone who is acting timid might be hiding something. But people raised in American Samoa behaving that way are usually showing respect for authority, said Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins, who just returned from a five-day trip to the Pacific...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi. [SN file photo]]
*/ Although not privy to a health report on HIV AIDS which contains recommendations for Samoa to legalize abortion and same sex marriage, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi did not mince words when he out rightly opposed the two recommendations. Said the Prime Minister, “...
Sir Michael Jones at Government House.  [Photo: Photosport]
AMATA ANNOUNCES OVER $10 MILLION IN AIRPORT GRANTS Washington, D.C. – Thursday, August 31, 2017 - Congresswoman Aumua Amata was pleased to announce more than $10.1 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for the Pago Pago International Airport. “These efforts to preserve...
Northern Mariana Island Governor Eloy S. Inos launches the Micronesia Breadfruit Initiative in May 2014. The Micronesia Breadfruit Initiative (2014–16) is a project of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Saipan, representing the Governments of Guam, Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia. In partnership with University of Hawai’i Pacific Business Center Program. [photo from Youtube]
Gov. Ralph DLG Torres has just been informed by acting assistant secretary for Insular Areas Nikolao Pula that the Commonwealth has been awarded more than $1 million in finding through the Office of Insular Affairs’ Technical Assistance Program and the Maintenance Assistance Program for key...
RULES CHANGED FOR MISS SAMOA PAGEANT The rules have changed. The Miss Samoa Pageant is now open to any female of Samoan descent. Chairperson of Samoa Events Incorporated (S.E.I), Laeimau Oketevi Tanuvasa confirmed the change.  “This year the government has instructed S.E.I. that part of the...
The University of Hawaii is one of 22 colleges and universities to receive funding under the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) 2017 University Center Economic Development Program Competition. The grant to UH’s Pacific Business Center Program (PBCP) at Manoa was announced by U.S....
Dwayne Johnson, the former WWE superstar known as “The Rock" [photo Quartz Media]
Dwayne Johnson, the former WWE superstar known as “The Rock,” should run for president of the United States of America. No, really. A few years ago, no one would have guessed a reality-TV tabloid star like The Donald could become the ruler of the free world. So why not professional wrestler The...
American Samoa's Fuao III prior to the 2017 Flag Day races. [SN file photo]
CANCELLATION COULD SPELL SLOW DEATH OF FAUTASI RACING The decision to cancel one of the main attractions of the Teuila Festival, the Fautasi Regatta, has attracted strong criticism from interested sectors of the community.   The lack of interest from participating fautasi crews has forced the...

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