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 Fishing nets for trawling.
Suva, FIJI — The Fiji government is considering banning fishing nets, particularly drift nets which are being blamed for threatening numerous marine species. Fisheries Minister Semi Koroilavesau said the nets inadvertently entangle and kill scores of other marine animals, including endangered...
Toaipuapuagā Opapo-Ah Chong shows the signs of “stigmata”
Apia, SAMOA — The hearing of a $700,000 lawsuit brought by Reverend Opapo Soanai Oeti and his daughter, Toaipupuaga, against the Samoa Observer was held in the Supreme Court yesterday. Supreme Court Judge, Justice Mata Tuatagaloa, presided. Rev. Opapo and his daughter, who maintained she is...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi says there is no more room for excuses when it comes to efforts to address domestic violence. Tuilaepa made the comment during the Samoa launch of the European Union-United Nations Spotlight Initiative on Tuesday. Held at Taumeasina...
World Cup Rugby logo
Surrey, U.K. — The Pacific Islands are considering a boycott of this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan in response to World Rugby’s “calamitous” plan to exile Fiji, Samoa and Tonga from the proposed World League. In a statement issued by the Pacific Rugby Players Welfare, it was confirmed that the...
(top) Nathan Robert Chong-Nee, (bottom) Christine Leutu Retisia Tuioti Mariner
Washington, D.C. — Building on five years of success in collaboration with emerging leaders in the Pacific, the U.S. Department of State, in partnership with Cultural Vistas, is pleased to announce the 46 leaders from 20 Pacific countries and territories chosen to attend the 2019 Young Pacific...
Leauva’a village sign
Apia, SAMOA — Eighteen families who were ordered by the Land and Titles Court in December last year to vacate land at Leauva’a, which they occupied for years, are appealing the decision.  One of the families involved, Tevaga Vailua said an appeal has been filed against the decision of the Land...
 Doug Domenech, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular and International Affairs
Washington D.C. — Doug Domenech, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular and International Affairs, today announced $86,450 in funding support for students from the U.S. territories and the freely associated states towards the Junior State of American (JSA) program. Seventy-five high school...
Burned house
SAN MATEO (CBS SF) — A suspect has been arrested in East Palo Alto in connection with an early morning gang-related arson that left an 85-year-old grandmother dead, authorities said. “She’d sometimes come by here and get some lemons,” said Mardoqueo Perez. He said the sirens from the trucks woke...
A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-800 is seen in Honolulu
Dallas, TEXAS — Southwest Airlines received a "thumbs up'' from the FAA on its Hawaii test flights and is now awaiting formal approval, CEO Gary Kelly told employees at a rally in Dallas Monday. Southwest did not release any details on the timing of ticket sales, when the flights will begin or...
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Poetik is a fresh talent in the Auckland hip hop scene, but he takes a very retro approach to his music, creating G-funk bangers and selling CDs direct to fans as if the internet hadn’t been invented. Gareth Shute caught up with him to talk about his old-is-new approach and...

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