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AMERICAN SAMOA ADVISORY PANEL MEETING The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council announces the following upcoming public meeting on fisheries management in offshore waters of American Samoa. Major Agenda Items: American Samoa MCP, American Samoa LVPA, Modification to the US...
Apia, SAMOA — The man who proposed to set up Samoa’s third university has had his plans seriously derailed. Instead of running the “The Oceania A+ Educational solution University (O.A.E.S.U)” which he planned at Poutasi Falealili, Christopher Gounder, has found himself in Police custody at Tafa’...
The opening of the Jubilee Church at Malua in May of last year saw hundreds of Samoa Congregational Christian Church members and special guests attend celebrations on Upolu. [Photo: Tipi Autagavaia / RNZI]
Malua, SAMOA — The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa's governing body has rejected outright the government's new law to tax all church ministers implemented earlier this year. The Fono Tele or General Conference governs all matters pertaining to or affecting the church. A source told KHJ...
Amata with Gov. Tenorio  [courtesy photo]
Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata honored the accomplished life of former Governor Pedro "Teno" Pangelinan Tenorio, who led a life of public service to the people of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Congresswoman Amata released the following statement: “I had the honor...
[photo from Peter Tulaga Eliesa's Facebook page]
Apia, SAMOA — Revenue from Agriculture makes up only seven percent of Samoa’s Gross Domestic product with taro being a major export.  Efforts have been made to assist farmers of our major export crops such as cocoa, coconut and taro but there are some challenges that are out of the control of local...
  Pacific island climate change campaigners hold a traditional Fijian sevusevu and offer tapa to a community impacted by a massive coal mine in Germany. [Photo: Facebook]
Washington, D.C. — The United States says it's working to improve access to the UN Green Climate Fund for Pacific Islands. Fiji's prime minister Frank Bainimarama had said stringent criteria around access to the UN funding source should be relaxed so nations vulnerable to climate change could get...
Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo.  [SN file photo]
Apia, SAMOA — The Ministry of Police is investigating the death of a 53-year-old man who was found with severe injuries to his head on Wednesday.  The man is from Vailele and Salelologa.  “I can only confirm that an investigation has been launched into this homicide case, but details of the case...
Buttabean Motivation's David Letele  [Photo: RNZ Pacific Sara Vui-Talitu]
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A Samoan-New Zealand boxer is trying to help Pacific people adopt healthy lifestyles in an effort to combat alarming rates of non-communicable diseases. Pacific people in New Zealand often suffer from high blood pressure and are over-represented in statistics for diabetes,...
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PUNA, BIG ISLAND - Two major developments in the ongoing Kilauea eruption came late Saturday night. Civil Defense (CD) officials confirmed around 11 p.m. that lava from fissure 20 has reached the ocean. As the flow pours into the water and creates new land, officials warn of the threat for laze. In...
Lava crosses the road near Pohoiki Road, Friday, May 18, 2018, near Pahoa, Hawaii. Several open fissure vents are still producing lava splatter and flow in evacuated areas. Gas is also pouring from the vents, cloaking homes and trees in smoke. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Fast-moving lava crossed a road and isolated about 40 homes Friday in a rural subdivision below Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, forcing at least four people to be evacuated by county and National Guard helicopters. Hawaii County Civil Defense said police, firefighters and National...

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