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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sa’ilele Malielegaoi  [SN file photo]
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is not overly concerned about being ruthlessly attacked online. With Samoa embracing the age of fast internet technology, he knows the transition will bring many benefits, as well as many challenges.  Such challenges include anonymous online bloggers...
Pastor of the Everlasting Gospel Church in Flaxmere, Faaofo Fomai as he drives from Hastings District Court. Fomai and his church each face four charges in a case involving a man that claims the minister treated him like a 'slave'. See Pacific Briefs for details.  [Photo: John Cowpland/ Stuff NZ]
AMATA RELEASES STATEMENT ON STARKIST Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 - Congresswoman Aumua Amata released a statement on the news that the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have announced an agreement with StarKist Co. and its...
McDonald’s Miss Samoa contestants with members of Samoa Events Incorporated, that hosted the pageant.  [Samoa Observer]
A large crowd gathered at Tuanaimato to witness the crowning of Alexandra Iakopo as the new Miss Samoa. The 23-year-old from Sapapali’i, Fusi Safotulafai and Moamoa overcame the challenge from eight other contestants to walk away with the title. Ms. Iakopo is the second youngest in a family of...
Baroness Patricia Scotland, Commonwealth Secretary General, speaks to the media during the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games Opening on July 17, 2017 in Nassau, Bahamas.  [Photo: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images/AFP]
PACIFIC TO BAN NORTH KOREAN FISHING BOATS Pacific Islands Forum countries say they'll work to ban North Korean fishing vessels from their waters. North Korea has tested nuclear warheads and threatened the United States Pacific territory of Guam in recent weeks, which the forum countries have...
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Your new Miss Samoa is Alexandra Iakopo. The 23-year-old from Sapapali’i, Fusi Safotulafai and Moamoa was crowned during the finale of the McDonald’s Miss Samoa Pageant at Gym 1 last night.  She takes over from former Miss Samoa, Pricilla Olano. The crowning capped off an amazing run by the Miss...
Dongwon Enterprise chairman Jae-chul Kim [photo: Undercurrent News]
Dongwon Enterprise chairman Jae-chul Kim, a legend in the tuna sector, directly controlled US subsidiary and tuna brand Starkist Co during the years of the alleged price-fixing conspiracy, a new wave of class-action lawsuits against the big players in the sector claim. Two lawsuits filed on Aug. 29...
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The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council has requested a federal government entity to consult appropriate agencies in the US territories - including American Samoa - when conducting a status review of giant clam species. Earlier this year in June, the US National Marine Fisheries...
48th Pacific Island Leaders forum. [photo from Twitter]
Regional areas could see an influx of Pacific Islanders after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull signed a deal at the 48th Pacific Island Leaders forum in Samoa. The prime minister was greeted at the airport in the capital of Apia by the Samoan deputy prime minister on Friday morning before being...
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The rain failed to dampen the spirits of hundreds who took part in the opening of the 27th Teuila Festival in front of the government building this week. The day started with a parade on Beach Road, kicking off the first day of activities, which included traditional games, entertainment, cricket...
 Wez Norris (R). [Photo: Supplied/ Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency]
The Forum Fisheries Agency is urging caution over new data showing Pacific tuna are not being overfished. The figures suggest the entire tuna stock is at a healthy level, including Bigeye which has long been been reported as severely overfished. The agency's Wez Norris said the data is potentially...

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