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Apia, SAMOA — A repeat sex offender has been sentenced to 11 years in jail after being convicted of having sexual intercourse with a six year old girl. Fifty-year-old Ueni Semeatu of Afega faced one count of sexual connection which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. Supreme Court...
Churches in Samoa are urging the government to exercise caution in taxing direct personal donations to members of the clergy. The Chairman of the Samoa National Council of Churches, Deacon Kasiano Le'aupepe, told the Samoa Observer each church has its own systems and some churches are larger than...
An appetite for pacific products in New Zealand's food and beverage industry is fast on the rise. Pacific Island Trade and Invest's Auckland commissioner says more distributors in the industry are jumping on board to form partnership deals with exporters from the region. The organisation helps...
WASHINGTON D.C. — Wednesday evening at the Association for University Center on Disabilities (AUCD) Gala4All Event in Washington DC, a Samoan cultural presentation closed the annual event for the evening.  U.S. Congresswoman Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen presented the traditional to’oto’o and fue...
The Cook Islands government has sold another 100 days worth of fishing to US purse seiners. The deal between the two countries struck last month comes on top of the United States' regional arrangement for access to tuna via the vessel day scheme. The Finance Minister Mark Brown said the US firms...
  PITTSBURGH — With BOLD Thai Chili Style, Jalapeño, and Hot Buffalo Style, StarKist Co., proudly announced the launch of its new BOLD product innovations that add to their growing StarKist Tuna & Salmon Creations® line of single-serve pouch products. Each BOLD pouch features a convenient, tear...
Tropical Cyclone Debbie has intensified to category four and is expected to hit the north Queensland coast on Tuesday morning, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has warned. At 2:00am, the Bureau predicted Cyclone Debbie would make landfall as a category four tropical cyclone between Ayr and Cape...
Apia, SAMOA — Former Reverend Opapo Soana’i Oeti has set the record straight dismissing rumors circulating that funds used for their trip to Rome were from the government of Samoa.  However, he explained that $10,000 was a gift from the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and his family,...
A trial has begun in Papua New Guinea of 122 people accused of wilful murder, in what is the country's largest sorcery-related court case. The Post Courier reports that 97 of the "Ramu 122" appeared in court in Madang on Thursday. Twenty-four others, who had been released on bail, failed to show....
An Auckland city councillor is pushing for the city's annual Pasifika festival to be relocated to South Auckland. The Pasifika festival is the largest Pacific Island cultural festival in the world and will run for two days at Western Springs Park. Over the years the festival has boasted attendance...

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