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Reports from Samoa say the acting prime minister Papali'itele Niko Lee Hang is vowing to look into an apparent conspiracy to displace the prime minister. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has been in hospital in New Zealand and is due back in Samoa on Sunday. Papali'itele told the Samoa Observer he had...
SAMOA PM DUE HOME FROM NZ HEALTH TREATMENT SUNDAY  — The prime minister of Samoa, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, is due to return to Apia on Sunday after receiving medical treatment in New Zealand. Tuila'epa was flown to New Zealand by air ambulance two weeks ago. Our correspondent in Samoa,...
UPDATE: SOLVING BROADBAND PROBLEMS — A pro-active approach and a co-operative response to solve a telecommunication problem has resulted in a positive relationship between the two Samoas.   Network interference originating from the telecommunication companies in American Samoa led Samoa’s...
It is time the Pacific people critically re-examine their history and the rich resources embedded in all island cultures’ core understanding of what it means to be a Pacific Islander.  The message comes from leading Samoan Theologian and Scholar, Reverend Dr. Upolu Lumā Vaai. In Fiji, he recently...
In the indigenous context we both mourn and celebrate death and dying. Through a felt belief in the spiritual, in how it gives meaning to thoughts and acts of love and compassion – to alofa, aloha, aroha, ‘ofa – and to ideas and practices of nurturing life, indigenous peoples gain insight not only...
WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of the Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Doug Domenech has announced open season for the U.S. Insular Areas to submit applications for technical assistance program (TAP) funding and maintenance assistance program (MAP) funding for fiscal year 2018.  These...
Senior electoral officials from Commonwealth countries in the Pacific will attend a workshop in Samoa next week to strengthen electoral democracy in the region. Up for discussion are the various challenges in delivering credible, inclusive and transparent elections. The Commonwealth Secretariat...
With tropical cyclone season approaching, the Fiji Met Service has released its annual seasonal outlook for its area of responsibility in the Pacific. It said near average tropical cyclone activity was expected in the area this season with four to six cyclones likely to occur. It said up to three...
President Trump posted a series of early morning tweets on Thursday that put the disaster spotlight back on Puerto Rico. In one tweet he reminded everyone that Puerto Rico's "electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes." In the next one he blamed Puerto Rico for its looming...
FIGHT AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE MUST CONTINUE SAYS SAMOA AG Be warned, Attorney General Lemalu Herman Retzlaff has put his weight behind the national call to eradicate domestic violence from Samoa. “The message from this office is clear, domestic violence of any kind is unacceptable and those who...

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