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  Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland. [Photo: RNZI/Sally Round]
Senior electoral officials from Commonwealth countries in the Pacific will attend a workshop in Samoa next week to strengthen electoral democracy in the region. Up for discussion are the various challenges in delivering credible, inclusive and transparent elections. The Commonwealth Secretariat...
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With tropical cyclone season approaching, the Fiji Met Service has released its annual seasonal outlook for its area of responsibility in the Pacific. It said near average tropical cyclone activity was expected in the area this season with four to six cyclones likely to occur. It said up to three...
 President Trump walks with FEMA administrator Brock Long (second from right) and Lt. Gen. Jeff Buchanan (right) as he tours an area affected by Hurricane Maria in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 3. [Evan Vucci / AP]
President Trump posted a series of early morning tweets on Thursday that put the disaster spotlight back on Puerto Rico. In one tweet he reminded everyone that Puerto Rico's "electric and all infrastructure was disaster before hurricanes." In the next one he blamed Puerto Rico for its looming...
The 2017 Breadfruit summit being held in Samoa this week includes scientists, business developers, investors, traditional community leaders, food technology experts, farmers and project developers. Their goal is to set a pathway for ulu to be a major player in the economies of the Pacific Island and a leading component in the islands food security.  [Courtesy photo]
FIGHT AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE MUST CONTINUE SAYS SAMOA AG Be warned, Attorney General Lemalu Herman Retzlaff has put his weight behind the national call to eradicate domestic violence from Samoa. “The message from this office is clear, domestic violence of any kind is unacceptable and those who...
Samoan twins Deon & Leon Tupo Alaimaleata of Alofau village took their first shot by paddling with Healani Canoe Club Junior team of Hawaii, 43 miles from Molokai to Waikiki this past Saturday.  Between their college studies they diligently trained to be part of the event sponsored by Hawaiian...
Commissioner of Public Safety, Le’i Sonny Thompson. [SN file photo]
Samoa inmates represent the second highest number of ‘foreigners’ being incarcerated at Tafuna Correctional Facility in American Samoa.    This is according to the Commissioner of Public Safety, Le’i Sonny Thompson in response to questions from the Samoa Observer.  As of September 27, 2017, there...
AMATA WELCOMES $67,000 DOT GRANT FOR AMERICAN SAMOA HOMELAND SECURITY Washington, D.C. – Friday, OCT. 6, 2017 - Congresswoman Aumua Amata was pleased to welcome a $67,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for the American Samoa Government for hazardous materials safety. “...
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The ulu (breadfruit) has been touted as one of the most important crops of the 21st century. A government backed research shows that this highly abundant and under utilised fruit has mass potential in economic benefits for Samoa as well providing another food medium that could aid in reducing the...
Police Commission chair Max Sword [photo: Hawaii News Now]
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) — An undisclosed family tie is fogging up the search for Honolulu's next police chief in the eyes of the city's ethics commission. Former federal agent Tommy Aiu was the top scoring candidate of seven finalists for Honolulu police chief. When he learned that he was a...
Over the years, researchers have tried to find genetic links to male same-sex attraction and U. S. studies showed at least two chromosomes may be associated with male sexual orientation. Professor Paul Vasey of the University of Lethbridge has received $25,000 in funding from the National...

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