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Stanley Tapua'ialupe Iakopo holding one of his trophies
Saipan, CNMI — Stanley Tapua'ialupe Iakopo had his hands full during last Saturday’s Dee Clayton Classic Bodybuilding-Figure-Physique-Bikini International Invitational Championship held at the Pacific Islands Club Charleys Cabaret in Saipan, CNMI. He collected two trophies that night, earning the...
 Samoa Meteorological Service
Apia, SAMOA — Samoans are being warned to take precautions over the next few days as the country continues to experience heavy and frequent rainfall. The Samoa Observer reported the Samoa Meteorological Service's, Tumau Neru, saying a trough of low pressure is lying over Samoa and causing...
Alosio Taimo on trial in the Auckland High Court.
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND —  Alosio Taimo, the Auckland rugby coach on trial for sexually abusing boys, has been found guilty of most of the 106 charges laid against him. The 55-year-old has been on trial in the High Court at Auckland for nine weeks. This morning, after 17 hours of deliberations the...
Lani Wendt Young
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Facebook’s community standards allow women to be abused and threatened, especially when that abuse is not in English.  This is according to Lani Wendt Young, a Samoan writer, editor, publisher and journalist, who was invited by Netsafe NZ to speak at the 2018 Trans-Tasman...
Participants at the second Pacific Tourism Insights Conference in Apia, Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — The second Pacific Tourism Insights Conference (P.T.I.C.) brought together 157 delegates from 95 organizations and 16 destinations to influence change and share their thoughts and ideas on the future of tourism in the Pacific. Organized by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (P.A.T.A...
Woman racially harrassing two men
Kansas City, MO — A white woman in Kansas City was filmed shouting racial slurs at two men. "So yesterday me and my homie Sam were out taking photos in the power and light district via KCMO when we overheard this lady say 'these f*****g n*****s' when we walked by. I told her not to say that, and...
Two Samoa police officers outside heaadquarters in Apia.
Apia, SAMOA — The Police are investigating three separate deaths. They involve a three-month-old baby, 11-month-old toddler and a 24-year-old man.  This was confirmed by the Police yesterday. On 10 October 2018, the Police said they received a call from the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital regarding...
 The panelists for a panel on New Zealand's response to Pacific climate change,
Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND — The message that Pacific people affected by climate change would rather stay in their homes than become refugees in New Zealand was reiterated by a panel at Canterbury University on Thursday. The panel in Christchurch discussed New Zealand's response to Pacific climate...
 Andrew Choe, President & CEO, StarKist Co.
San Francisco, CA — StarKist Co. has agreed to plead guilty for its role in a conspiracy to fix prices of packaged seafood sold in the United States, the Department of Justice announced Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. According to the USDOJ press release, a one-count felony charge filed today in the U.S....
Truck carries bananas for export to the port in Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — Five hundred cartons of bananas set sail for New Zealand from Samoa just yesterday (17 October), which the industry hopes will pave the way for further commercial volumes. The first commercial trial shipment will spend five days in transit before clearing New Zealand customs and...

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