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 Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi addresses the UN General Assembly in New York
NEW YORK — Samoa's prime minister has joined other Pacific leaders in calling on the global community to unite and arrest the threat of climate change. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi made the call while addressing the United Nations. He told the General Assembly that climate change was the over-...
 The steamship Talune at the Napier breakwater in 1908.
London, ENGLAND — The world premiere of Talune, commemorating the centenary of the 1918 influenza pandemic in Samoa, is in London on 12 November. The SS Talune was the New Zealand ship that docked in Apia in November 1918 carrying passengers infected with the deadly Spanish flu. The sick were...
Bula Kafe in Florida
Suva, FIJI — The Fiji government says it's preparing to fight a US businessman's trademarking of the word "bula." It said documents will be lodged with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the trademarking of Fiji's national greeting will also be...
Mr Dalton's mother Christine Wilson
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — The family of a New Zealander killed in a Samoan prison is hoping for answers after meeting with Foreign Minister Winston Peters today. Hans Dalton died in Taifagata Prison while holidaying in Samoa in 2012. The 38-year-old had a mental illness and became distressed...
Neil Adam and Judy Turno with their find
Vailima, SAMOA — A musician couple made an interesting discovery recently at Robert Louis Stevenson Museum in Apia. Judy Turno and Neil Adam travelled to Samoa from Melbourne to play in a concert at the museum, when they discovered two old metal plates in the backyard of the house next to the...
S.R.U. Chief Executive Officer Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i
Apia, SAMOA — The President of the Samoa Rugby Union, Namulauulu Sami Leota, has expressed disappointment with the hiring process of new Manu Samoa coach Steve Jackson.  His concerns were expressed in an email to the S.R.U. Chief Executive Officer Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i dated September 20,...
Lama Lauvao, right, and Wesley Samoa
KEALAKEKUA — Not guilty pleas were entered Friday by a woman and two men accused of attempted murder after brutally assaulting a hotel security guard earlier this month. Wesley Samoa, 30, of Kona, and Natisha Tautalatasi, 41, and Lama Lauvao, 30, both of Honolulu, each pleaded not guilty to a...
Newly crowned Miss Samoa Fa’afafine 2018 Barbara Tino Tiufea Va’a
Apia, SAMOA — Fa’afafines Got Talent (F.G.T.) is back bigger and better this year. The event will be run under the auspices of the Samoa Fa’afafine Association to showcase the fa’afafine talent this year. Asomua Asia Stanley said the event is all about providing a platform for the fa’afafine...
 [A Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority fisheries observer
MAJURO — The Marshall Islands capital atoll of Majuro is the world’s busiest tuna transshipment port, a fisheries-related workshop was told this week in the city, reports Marianas Variety. As much as 600,000 metric tons of tuna is now being off-loaded from purse seine fishing boats to carrier...
Participants from 16 Pacific Island countries
Nadi, FIJI — Emergencies are nothing new for the Pacific. Disease outbreaks, natural disasters and the effects of climate change are impacting the everyday lives of Pacific islanders. Responding quickly and efficiently to the needs of communities during emergencies is extremely challenging in the...

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