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Archbishop Peter Loy Chong.
Suva, FIJI — Predator priests will face the full force of the law, Catholic bishops in the Pacific say. In Papua New Guinea, Fr Giorgio Licini said any cases of priests abusing children would be dealt with severely. Fr Giorgio said an office had been established to deal with the matter. Meanwhile,...
 Tropical Depression TD04F forecast track map at 2.52pm on 02 January, 2019
Rotuma, FIJI — A tropical cyclone warning is now in force for Fiji's Rotuma. The Fiji Meteorological Service said a tropical cyclone alert remained in force for Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands and was now in force for Lau and Lomaiviti group. The warning and alert have been sparked...
Fire at  Vailoa Primary School building
Apia, SAMOA — The New Year has started on a sad note for students and teachers at Vailoa Primary School. A fire ripped through the building yesterday morning, consuming all the classrooms and what was inside. The Samoa Fire and Emergency Services Authority (F.E.S.A) responded quickly but couldn’t...
 File photo of Samoa Airways plane on runway
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A young boy has died on board a flight from Auckland to Samoa, despite attempts by cabin crew to save him. The passenger, who had a pre-existing medical condition, died on Boxing Day on a Samoa Airways flight, the Samoa Observer reported. The airline confirmed the details to...
Bride and groom with her grandparents
WAHIAWA (HawaiiNewsNow) - A bride from Oahu’s North Shore was supposed to get married on the beach Friday, but she decided to move the location of her wedding after her grandfather suddenly became ill. Jana Hookala's grandfather was rushed to the emergency room at Wahiawa General Hospital two...
Desirae and Kyle Mafnas with baby Malakai
Hagåtña, GUAM — The first American baby born in 2019 was delivered in a hospital in Guam, a U.S. Pacific island territory. The child, named Malakai, was born 19 minutes past midnight on New Year’s Day, reported the Guam Daily Post. According to the report, the baby weighed in at 6.6 pounds and is...
  Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.
Apia, SAMOA — Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is Samoa Observer’s Person of the Year for 2018. He is a man whose work speaks for itself. Whether we agree with him or not, it’s undeniable his service to Samoa as the Prime Minister for 20 years has made a tremendous difference in the lives of...
 Dr Karlo Mila
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — A prominent Pacific researcher and poet is one of fourteen Pacific New Zealanders recognised in the country's New Year Honours awards. A prominent Pacific researcher and poet is one of fourteen Pacific New Zealanders recognised in the country's New Year Honours awards. Dr...
Southwest Airlines plane landing
San Francisco, CALIFORNIA — Earlier this year, Southwest Airlines executives said they hoped to begin selling tickets for Hawaii flights by the end of 2018. While the selling of Southwest flights has not started, incumbent airlines have already reacted with some of the deepest discounting we've...
Two Samoa police officers outside heaadquarters in Apia.
Apia, SAMOA —  A woman has been arrested and charged in connection to the theft of more than $40,000 from her former employer, Chan Mow Company.  According to the Ministry of Police, the 45-year-old is facing charges of theft as a servant. She was arrested but was remanded on bail with the...

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