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Manila, THE PHILIPPINES — Some of the world's biggest tuna fishing fleets are set to meet "face to face" next week to discuss the current market crisis.  An oversupply of skipjack tuna has led raw material prices for delivery in Bangkok, Thailand to dive from $1,600 per metric ton in March to $900/...
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Apia, SAMOA — Strict visiting restrictions are in place at Samoa's hospitals and clinics in an effort to curb the spread of the highly infectious measles virus. Taupou Tauvela, 28, was breastfeeding her 17-month baby Neoalina on an outside bench seat as she waited for her husband to seek treatment...
Two Samoa police officers outside heaadquarters in Apia.
Apia, SAMOA — A young woman from Vailele and Alafua, Manamea Phlean Choo Koon, has pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to her husband. Manamea pleaded guilty to pouring hot water over her husband causing serious injuries from the left cheek down to the side of of her husbands’ stomach....
Dr. Anna Gosling
Otago, NEW ZEALAND — Medical researchers have been awarded almost $US2 million to investigate whether Pacific people have a genetic predisposition to diseases like gout and diabetes. Both diseases and other metabolic disorders are rife in the Pacific. A team of researchers from the University of...
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — The New Zealand Royal Commission investigating abuse in care has heard a former gang member lost the ability to love because of the time he spent as a child of the state. The inquiry into abuse in state and faith-based care has entered the second week of its hearing in...
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Apia, SAMOA — Vaccines and storage coolers necessary to keep the medicine properly stored for injections against the measles virus, tops the help list from the Ministry of Health to their New Zealand counterpart. “The list is already sent,” Ministry CEO Leausa Dr. Take Naseri confirmed last week....
Two policemen in front of the Samoa police station.
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa police have finalised criminal charges against a 51-year-old reverend of the Methodist Church, Tugia Tuliau, who is facing 10 counts. Charges include one of rape and seven of sexual misconduct with a family member, as well as an indecent act to a dependent member of his family,...
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Salelologa, SAVAII — The Samoa Federated Farmers Incorporated facilitated an awareness campaign in Savaii late last month. They are the recipient of the $200,000 SAT grant by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) fund for NGOs, made available through CSSP. Their project focuses on “...
Samoa’s Supreme Court building
Apia, SAMOA — A 61 year old man from Salani Falealii entered a late guilty plea in Samoa’s Supreme Court on Wednesday before Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren. Fuimaono Tanielu faced 9 charges relating to sexual violation of a girl under 16 years of age. One charge of rape and 8 charges of...
 Apia Samoa LDS Church temple
Madang, PNG — A Samoan and a Tongan missionary at the Lae Mission of the Church of Latter Day Saints, LDS, in Papua New Guinea, are recovering from a recent violent attack on them. The church men were kidnapped and assaulted on Friday 11 October 2019 by a group of people. The violence was confirmed...

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