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The guilty pleas from executives with Starkist and Bumble Bee Foods, as well as the latter company itself, support legal claims made that Thai Union Group-owned Chicken of the Sea is the whistleblower on the alleged US shelf-stable seafood price-fixing cartel, two well-placed sources told...
S.E.I. Chairperson Laeimau Oketevi Tanuvsa. [Samoa Observer]
With the Miss Samoa Pageant still to be staged next month, the Samoa Events Inc (S.E.I.) has already had to deal with a pre pageant drama out of Australia. An incomplete application from Miss Samoa Victoria Beauty Pageant for a Miss Adele Fa’aosofia to S.E.I. did not meet the requirements or adhere...
  Samoa PM and Police Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi  [Photo: RNZI / Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia]
The police in Samoa have assured local journalists that they will still be available to answer questions, despite the end of weekly media conferences. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, who is also the police minister, has shut down the conference, blaming journalists for giving Samoa a...
 UN human rights experts Kamala Chandrakirana (R) Eleonora Zielinska (L)  [Photo: Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia]
A United Nations human rights panel believes a lot more work needs to be done to tackle deeply rooted gender discrimination in Samoa following a recent visit. The UN special mission was invited by the Samoa government to look into the current situation of women's human rights in the country. The...
Remote island nations in the Pacific could soon see the creation of locally operated 'micro-canneries' as part of an effort to reduce their reliance on fish imports. The Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA), a group of eight Pacific states that collectively supply 25% of the world's tuna, and...
Samoa’s Planning Committee for the Pacific Games led by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi meets with the President and representatives from the Pacific Games Council.   [Courtesy photo]
P.M. TUILAEPA ATTACKS MEDIA FOR REPORTING ON RAPE, INCEST Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has vented his rage against the media and the Police, accusing them of giving Samoa a bad name around the world, with what he claims are repeated media reports on rape and incest.  For four weeks...
The intended loss to the federal government over the alleged false filing of tax returns by an American Samoa woman who was arrested last month in Hawai’i, “could exceed $1 million,” according to new court documents filed with the federal court in Anchorage, Alaska. Coriana Ifopo, 54, was arrested...
Two people are suspected to have died from dengue fever in Samoa and the Ministry of Health has issued an alert about an outbreak in the country. The Samoa Observer reported the ministry had identified 25 positive cases with two suspected to have led to the deaths which are still being investigated...
“Like all of our Pacific people who left the islands and moved to Aotearoa, we came looking for opportunities. Sadly for many, that dream is diminishing with the new landscape of Aotearoa. This is why our family has joined and will vote  for the Māori Party. This is why our Pacific vote counts," says Rosa Tomasi-Puni, a mother of two of Samoan and Tokelauan heritage. See Pacific Briefs for story.  [Courtesy photo]
NIGHTCLUBS, GAS STATIONS TARGETED WITH COUNTERFEIT MONEY Counterfeit money is a growing problem in Samoa and the people behind it are targeting nightclubs and gas stations.  Governor of the Central Bank of Samoa, Maiava Atalina Ainu’u-Enari confirmed this during an interview with the Samoa Observer...
The McDonald’s Family Restaurant has secured the naming rights for the Miss Samoa Pageant 2017. The $100,000 deal was announced during a press conference at McDonald’s in Apia yesterday. (LEFT) McDonald’s president and owner, Tautolo Aogaleatu Tautolo, said the franchise’s involvement in this year’s pageant is the beginning of a long partnership with Samoa that will benefit all parties. (RIGHT) Samoa Events Inc. President, Laeimau Oketevi Tanuvasa, accepted the donation, saying the funds reflect McDonald’s
The McDonald’s Family Restaurant has secured the naming rights for the Miss Samoa Pageant 2017. The $100,000 deal was announced during a press conference at McDonald’s in Apia. the Samoa Observer reported yesterday. McDonald’s President and Owner, Tautolo Aogaleatu Tautolo, said the franchise’s...

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