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Hawaii longliner photo provided by U.S. Vessel Registry
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The owners of a 25-vessel fleet of Honolulu longliners have agreed to pay $475,000 in fines and make anti-pollution improvements to all their boats. The U.S. Attorney for Hawaii announced the partial settlement Friday, while filing a complaint that says one of the vessels...
 Teachers gather in Apia, Samoa for their annual conference, in a Jan. 2017 file photo
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's ombudsman and a Supreme Court judge say they're at a loss as to what has motivated a move to reinstate corporal punishment in the country's high schools. Justice Vui Clarence Nelson and Maiava Iulai Toma have spoken out against the amendment to the Education Act. Samoa banned...
Outgoing Miss Samoa Papalii Alexandra Iakopo (middle) flanked by the nine contestants
Salelologa, SAVAII — As Savaii prepares for the 2018 McDonald’s Miss Samoa Pageant at the Don Bosco Hall at Salelologa, Saturday morning, the Big Islands’ resident have been assured that the Teuila Festival will be theirs to enjoy in 2020. The government commitment was announced by Finance Minister...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Minister of Transport believes that drunk drivers should be given mandatory jail terms as a form of deterrent in efforts to curb the increasing offence on the roads. Papalii Niko Lee Hang told the Samoa Observer that intoxicated and impaired drivers were a very real danger for...
Canoe prow figure Nguzunguzu; wood, pigments, resin, shell; 16,5 x 9 x 15,5 cm; Marovo Lagoon, New Georgia Archipelago, Solomon Islands; collection Eugen Paravicini 1929. (PHOTO: Derek Li Wan Po; 2013; all rights reserved) Lisa Reihana, In Pursuit of Venus [infected], 2015-2017 (detail). Single...
 The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association delegates
Apia, SAMOA — A fa'afafine spokesperson in Samoa says for their community - jobs are more important than marriage equality. Tuisina Ymania Brown-Gabriel is the Oceania ambassador for the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association and spoke after their inaugural conference...
Pacific Islands Forum, NAURU — Journalist Barbara Dreaver has been released after being detained in Nauru while covering the Pacific Islands Forum summit, TVNZ is reporting. RNZ's reporter on Nauru said it was understood Ms Dreaver was taken to the police station on the island after trying to...
Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Pacific Islands Forum, NAURU — Nauru is at the centre of a diplomatic storm after the Pacific ­Islands Forum host nation, which is aligned to Taiwan, denied ­Chinese observers the right to visit on official passports. Forum chairman Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi threatened to...
Samoa Airways Minister Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell  with Miss Samoa contestants
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa Airways is on the verge of flying direct to Brisbane Australia as the rebranded national carrier begins her expansion journey "slowly but surely," Airlines Minister Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell assured the nine contestants vying for the 2018 McDonald's Samoa Miss Samoa crown next...
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Leaders Summit, NAURU — Reaping greater economic benefit from regional fisheries is expected to be high on the agenda at the Pacific Islands Forum leaders' summit in Nauru this week. Increasing the yield of the Western and Central Pacific tuna fishery shows the greatest potential for growth. The...

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