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Tuna prices are currently on the rise across all markets, with canneries worried this could be a long-term trend.  In Bangkok, Thailand skipjack prices have reached $1,900 per-metric-ton at the end of June, while they have jumped to $2,000/t in Ecuador. Meanwhile, sustainability measures introduced...
Elleia, who is called Sei in Samoa, is among dozens of Samoan children who prosecutors say were sent to the United States as part of an adoption scam that has left a string of broken-hearted families in both countries and dozens of children in limbo. [screenshot from ABC video]
Not long after he adopted a baby from Samoa, Michael Nyberg knew something was wrong. The girl, whom he named Elleia, started saying the names of her parents and siblings, talking about how they all slept in a house together. Nyberg said the adoption agency had told him that the 4-year-old had been...
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SAMOA JOINS FORCES WITH FIJI AIRWAYS — Samoa's prime minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi has confirmed his country has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Fiji's national airline as it prepares to resume flights between Samoa, New Zealand and Australia. Tuilaepa didn't give any details...
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Target Corporation is the latest US retailer to accuse the “big three” US canned tuna suppliers of price fixing, following guilty pleas from Bumble Bee Foods, two of its executives and the former senior vice president of sales of Starkist. The Minneapolis, Minnesota-based retail giant, which has 1,...
Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II is the new Samoa Head of State, replacing Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, after 10 years in the position.  [Photo: Samoa Observer file]
It's official: Samoa's new Head of State is Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II. It was announced in parliament, yesterday morning, July 5th, Samoa Time, according to the Samoa Observer and other news outlets in the country. Rumors of the possibility of a new head of state, replacing Tui Atua...
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A 29-year-old male accused of pouring hot water on 58-year-old-man has asked the Court for legal aid to help with his case. Junior Vai appeared in Supreme Court for mention before Chief Justice, His Honor Patu Tiavasue Falefatu Sapolu. Lucy Sio is the prosecutor. “You’re Honor, this matter is for...
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More than 15,000 Samoans registered for New Zealand's annual immigration quota this year, a record number. Under the system 1100 places are offered to Samoans to migrate to New Zealand annually with the successful applicants drawn by ballot. Immigration New Zealand assistant general manager, Geoff...
 The Queen's Young Leaders awards winners at Buckingham Palace. [Photo: Supplied/ Queen's Young Leaders ]
Four Pacific women have been given Queen's Young Leader awards for their work dealing with social issues in their countries. The awards, now in their third year, celebrate exceptional people aged 18 to 29 from across the Commonwealth. Climate change in Carteret Islands in Papua New Guinea is the...
 US President Donald Trump [Photo: AFP]
The state of Hawaii has gone to the federal court to challenge aspects of the Trump administration's travel ban. US President Donald Trump's order institutes a partial ban on travel to the US for nationals of six Muslim majority countries for 90 days. The Supreme Court ruled travellers could be...
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Visitor numbers to Samoa in 2016 reached their highest level in five years. The Samoa Tourism Authority says last year there were 145,740 visitors, a 4.8 percent increase on the previous year. It says there was a 7.04 percent growth in earnings from tourism to $US155 million dollars. The Authority...

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