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Dr. Babington addresses faculty, students and staff on her first day.  [Courtesy photo]
HONOLULU (August 1, 2017) – Students, faculty and staff from all divisions and schools at Chaminade University enthusiastically greeted Dr. Lynn M. Babington on Aug. 1 as she officially began her tenure as the institution’s tenth President. The colorful welcoming ceremony featured a traditional...
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The Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, officially opened the new Samoa High Commission complex in Canberra, Australia in late July. It was a momentous occasion for the diplomatic community and the Samoans from around Australia, according to a press release from the Prime...
 Students from Avondale College perform at the festival. [Photo: SUPPLIED]
New Zealand's government has given an extra US$149,000 to the world's largest annual Pacific festival, Polyfest. The Pacific Peoples Minister, Alfred Ngaro, said the new funding would allow festival organisers to explore options to allow the festival to grow further. He said his ministry would...
A high school student in Hawaii said many of her peers will need educating on the new law aimed at pedestrians crossing the road. Honolulu has become the first major United States city to ban the use of mobile devices when crossing the road for tourists and locals alike. Waipahū High School student...
Scott and Gail Brown in Samoa. [Facebook]
Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) placed his bets early on Donald Trump, and it appears the move has paid off bigly. Brown was confirmed as the ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa in early June, and by the looks of his Twitter account, he’s having a blast. Other early Trump surrogates were named to...
Gateway to Tafa’igata Prison in Samoa [SN file photo]
A prisoner who had escaped from Tafa’igata Prison, identified as Siliva Auali’itia, was found dead on Thursday morning. The death was confirmed by Assistant Commissioner of Prisons and Correction Services, Ulugia Niuia Aumua. Before Aualiitia was found dead, the Samoa Observer was told on Thursday...
French Navy vessel — Le Vendémiaire  [photo: AFP via RNZI]
FRENCH NAVY INTERCEPTS HUGE COCAINE HAUL OFF TONGA A yacht with 1.4 tons of cocaine has been intercepted by the French Navy off Tonga. New Caledonia's newspaper said the operation was launched a week ago when a Navy vessel was sent out in a joint mission with police and customs officials. The...
Performers from Nga Pakeke o Ngāti Awa at the Kaumātua Kapa haka event last year.  [Photo: RNZ/ Aaron Smale]
AUMUA ANNOUNCES DOI GRANT  Washington, D.C. — Tuesday, August 1, 2017 — Congresswoman Aumua Amata is pleased to announce that the Department of Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs has awarded a grant in the amount of $2000 to the American Samoa Government.  “I am pleased that the DOI has...
A few of the Miss Samoa Victoria 2017 contestants with Pulotu Canada McCarthy (far right). [Photo/ Facebook: Miss Samoa Victoria Beauty Pageant]
A Samoan community in Melbourne is taking action against Miss Samoa Victoria's organizers, over allegations of fraud. The event was held on Saturday night at Melbourne's Grand Star venue. A woman by the name of Panda Vls says the pageant director, Pulotu Canada McCarthy, purposely allowed for...
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt. [Samoa Gov't website]
  The Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Laaulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt, launched four major initiatives to boost the development of the Fisheries sector last week. Held at the Fisheries Wharf, the initiatives included: • Launch of Samoa’s Tuna Management and Development Plan 2017 – 2021...

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