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Former Congregational Christian Church of Matautu, Falelatai Elder Reverend Opapo Oeti following a press conference with the Samoa Media in July of last year.  [Photo: JL]
Despite their undying love for their former Reverend Opapo Oeti, the Congregational Christian Church in Samoa (C.C.C.S) in Falelatai is moving on, Samoa Observer reported over the weekend. They will be looking for a replacement church minister over the next six months, according to an official of...
MARKET UPDATE Tuna prices were around $1550 metric ton (mt) in Bangkok at the end of March, down from a high of $1750 mt in February. Pundits predicted the price would hover at the $1500 mt mark for April, based on supply and demand in current conditions. US INCREASES FISHING IN COOK ISLANDS The...
Tuna catch being offloaded from a longline fishing boat.  People in the Pacific are being advised to avoid certain fish after a study revealed high levels of mercury in hair samples from the region.[Photo: PNA]
TWO GREAT MUSIC EVENTS HAPPENING THIS WEEK IN PAGO Two great music events are happening this week in Pago — American Samoa. They are the Reunion of Sami Band and the UN International Jazz Day 2017. The “Reunion of Sami Band”, sponsored by the Tradewinds Hotel, is happening on Saturday, Apr. 29, 6p....
[Reporters Without Borders]
Samoa is ranked highest among Pacific Island countries in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Reporters Without Borders places Samoa on 21st place, followed by Tonga on 49th place and Papua New Guinea on 51st. The lowest ranked Pacific country is Fiji on 67th place. They are all ranked higher than...
Max Bartel and his Samoan wife Christine ‘Tine’ Kruse and their baby son, Gunther, is one of the photos found in a new book containing photos dating back to when many Germans lived in Samoa, recently released in Apia. [Photo: BARTEL-KRUSE PHOTOS via RNZI]
Max Bartel and his Samoan wife Christine ‘Tine’ Kruse and their baby son, Gunther, is one of the photos found in a new book containing photos dating back to when many Germans lived in Samoa, recently released in Apia. Called 'To Walk Under Palm Trees', the book contains rare photos, many sourced...
 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...

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