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 El Nino conditions throughout 2015/2016 caused a prolonged a drought in Papua New Guinea. [Photo: Supplied  via RNZI]
Pacific weather agencies, in their latest Island Climate Update, are predicting a strong chance of an El Nino system developing across the Pacific from August through October. El Nino systems, which are the result of warming oceans, often bring drought. The agencies said there is a 70 percent...
[photo: PNA]
The winning entry in this year’s World Tuna Day art competition is Lloyd Newton from the Solomon Islands. He describes his work as a visualization of what Tuna think about people. “If you put yourself in the mind of the Tuna, this is how we people should behave towards preserving our Tuna fish.” “...
[photo: AA via Daily News]
Turkey has sent a total of 2,000 Qurans to Samoa after translating them into Samoan for the 130 Muslims living in the remote South Pacific country, which has a population of 193,200.  The Qurans, translated by Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet), reached Samoa via ship.  Samoa Muslims...
A Samoan man residing in California, described by federal agents as a “career drug dealer” and leader of a drug gang has been sentenced to serve 20 years in jail, for his role in the transporting of a “large quantity of meth” from California to Hawai’i, according to federal court documents. Federal...
Caption:  Judy M. and Beaver T. Ho Ching [Deseret News]
The First Presidency of the LDS Church has called Beaver Taituliatu Ho Ching  as new temple president and Judy Ann Miller Ho Ching as matron. They will begin their service later this year. Beaver Taituliatu Ho Ching, 70, Riverton 23rd (Samoan) Branch, Riverton Utah Stake, called as president of the...
Former Congregational Christian Church of Matautu, Falelatai Elder Reverend Opapo Oeti following a press conference with the Samoa Media in July of last year.  [Photo: JL]
Despite their undying love for their former Reverend Opapo Oeti, the Congregational Christian Church in Samoa (C.C.C.S) in Falelatai is moving on, Samoa Observer reported over the weekend. They will be looking for a replacement church minister over the next six months, according to an official of...
MARKET UPDATE Tuna prices were around $1550 metric ton (mt) in Bangkok at the end of March, down from a high of $1750 mt in February. Pundits predicted the price would hover at the $1500 mt mark for April, based on supply and demand in current conditions. US INCREASES FISHING IN COOK ISLANDS The...
Tuna catch being offloaded from a longline fishing boat.  People in the Pacific are being advised to avoid certain fish after a study revealed high levels of mercury in hair samples from the region.[Photo: PNA]
TWO GREAT MUSIC EVENTS HAPPENING THIS WEEK IN PAGO Two great music events are happening this week in Pago — American Samoa. They are the Reunion of Sami Band and the UN International Jazz Day 2017. The “Reunion of Sami Band”, sponsored by the Tradewinds Hotel, is happening on Saturday, Apr. 29, 6p....
[Reporters Without Borders]
Samoa is ranked highest among Pacific Island countries in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Reporters Without Borders places Samoa on 21st place, followed by Tonga on 49th place and Papua New Guinea on 51st. The lowest ranked Pacific country is Fiji on 67th place. They are all ranked higher than...
Max Bartel and his Samoan wife Christine ‘Tine’ Kruse and their baby son, Gunther, is one of the photos found in a new book containing photos dating back to when many Germans lived in Samoa, recently released in Apia. [Photo: BARTEL-KRUSE PHOTOS via RNZI]
Max Bartel and his Samoan wife Christine ‘Tine’ Kruse and their baby son, Gunther, is one of the photos found in a new book containing photos dating back to when many Germans lived in Samoa, recently released in Apia. Called 'To Walk Under Palm Trees', the book contains rare photos, many sourced...

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