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New technology developed in Scandinavia is being used to make high quality veneers in the Pacific. The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research saw potential for high returns for Pacific island producers using the system. The centre's chief executive Andrew Campbell said the...
PUBLIC URGED TO HELP 'BROKE' SAMOA RUGBY UNION The Samoan public is being asked to dig deep to bail out the country's rugby union, which has been labeled "bankrupt" by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi. Tuilaepa, who is also the chair of the SRU, said the Union cannot afford to pay off...
The head of Hawaii's Retail Association says the canned corned beef product Spam is being used as currency and traded for drugs. Tina Yamaki said thefts of Spam had escalated since a recent law change on the value of stolen goods defining a crime. She said organised criminals appeared to be...
Details from the corporate registries of four Pacific island countries are among millions of leaked files purporting to show the extent of tax avoidance around the world. The leak, dubbed the Paradise Papers, contains more than 13.4 million documents mostly from the offshore law firm Appleby. The...
Three Samoan teachers have admitted in court that they assaulted a student at Faleata College. A district court judge in Samoa issued a stern warning to them after they pleaded guilty to slapping a 14-year-old male student on the cheek for misbehaving. Judge Alalatoa Rosella Viane Papalii has...
Bringing together the circle of fa’afatama (transmen) in Samoa was the goal of the Talanoa session spearheaded by the Samoa Fa’afafine Association.  Held at the Palolo Deep late last month, S.F.A. President, So’oalo Tootooalii Stanley welcomed the participants and applauded their courage to turn up...
He might be a new detector dog but “Flame” is already a hero in the eyes of his new handlers. On his first day at work, Flame the black Labrador sniffed out plastic bags of suspected methamphetamine and utensils suspected for drug use. The Detector dog is in Samoa as part of the Pacific Detector...
Government’s vision for Samoa to be the Pacific ICT hub by 2020 took a leap frog today with the arrival of the Tui Samoa Cable at Moataa last week. But that is not stopping government in exploring more fibre optic cable networks to leverage Samoa as the Pacific Hub in Information Communication...
The Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum, Samoan prime minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, says it's up to the people, communities, and organisations of the region to build a healthy, peaceful, secure and prosperous Pacific. In announcing the launch of the 2017 regional policy consultations,...
Okeanos Marianas, a 15 metre, double-hulled Polynesian canoe built in New Zealand, completed its delivery voyage to Saipan in the Northern Marianas this week. Built at a cost of over $US500,000 by Okeanos Sustainable Sea Transport Ltd, the vessel is being eyed for commercial transport between...

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