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TWO GREAT MUSIC EVENTS HAPPENING THIS WEEK IN PAGO Two great music events are happening this week in Pago — American Samoa. They are the Reunion of Sami Band and the UN International Jazz Day 2017. The “Reunion of Sami Band”, sponsored by the Tradewinds Hotel, is happening on Saturday, Apr. 29, 6p....
Samoa is ranked highest among Pacific Island countries in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Reporters Without Borders places Samoa on 21st place, followed by Tonga on 49th place and Papua New Guinea on 51st. The lowest ranked Pacific country is Fiji on 67th place. They are all ranked higher than...
Max Bartel and his Samoan wife Christine ‘Tine’ Kruse and their baby son, Gunther, is one of the photos found in a new book containing photos dating back to when many Germans lived in Samoa, recently released in Apia. Called 'To Walk Under Palm Trees', the book contains rare photos, many sourced...
The editor of the Samoa Observer newspaper is raising media freedom concerns after police searched the paper's premises looking for the identity of an online blogger. The police action followed the paper publishing a letter about a girl who showed signs on her body of the stigmata, or marks similar...
Samoa needs to capitalise on the United States market. And American Samoa provides a window for that to happen. This is the opinion of the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, La’auli Leuatea Polataivao.   “We have a lot of offer for American Samoa and the U.S. markets, and we need American Samoa...
The death of another Samoan Recognised Seasonal Employer worker is expected to lead to the launch of a fitness programme and test for potential participants in the scheme. The health of Samoan RSE workers has come under the spotlight after the death of a worker in Australia. Last month a seasonal...
WASHINGTON, D.C.  –  Campbell Soup Company, a Maxton, N.C. establishment, is recalling approximately 4,185 pounds of chicken soup products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Saturday. The products...
A new report has found aid and investment from China runs the risk of destabilizing Pacific island nations. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute report argued the lack of political strings attached to aid from China may fuel corruption and violence. The report also questioned the...
The Ministry of Police has executed a search warrant on the Samoa Observer premises at Vaitele. It was part of their investigation to track down the person who has been making what they claim as “defamatory” statements against a woman who claims to be carrying the marks of Jesus Christ’s suffering...
More than one livestock producer has told me that current food policy “maximizes assholes per acre.” I appreciate this off-color phrase as it emphasizes what ought to be obvious: that livestock intensification maximizes all elements of animal production, even those for which there may be no market...

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