An academic says there could be a domino effect of non-independent territories seeking to join the Pacific Islands Forum if French Polynesia achieves membership.

Digicel congratulates medal winners.A company that has given a lot of support to Special Olymics Samoa has congratulated Special Olympics Samoa athletes who have successfully completed their events at the Special Olympic World Games in the United States.

INDIA TALKS: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is expected to attend the Summit hosted by India later this month. In this photo, he is pictured with his wife, Gillian Malielegaoi, arriving in Fiji for the last meeting with India. Photo: Fiji Sun.After trying to keep pace with China in relations with Africa and Central Asia, India is now trying to match it neighbour’s growing footprint in the South Pacific.

Joseph Parker shows off his hidden piano talent.

Samoan boxer Joseph Parker has shown off his impressive piano skills in a 60 second YouTube video.

The Savai’i Culinary Training Workshop is being held at the Amoa Resort, formerly known as Siufaga Resort, on the big Island.A culinary training for the tourism industry in Savai’i kicked off yesterday.

HISTORY: The Entangled Islands exhibition at Auckland War Memorial Museum, features a number of photographs.An exhibition called ‘Entangled Islands - Sāmoa, New Zealand and the First World War’ by Auckland War Memorial Museum opened in Apia last night.

A WINNER FROM NZ: Mark Craig Beat the Apia heat to win last week.There was Mark Craig and then daylight to the next finisher.

Such was the dominating performance by the Kiwi representative triathlete to win his first title in Samoa in the shorter Beat the Heat race on Saturday.

Who will be Father of the Year?The search for Samoa’s “Father of the Year” is well and truly underway.

A Pacific regional trade network remains unconvinced of the benefits of the free trade agreement – known as P.A.C.E.R-Plus – as the latest round of negotiations begin.

Tourism delegation in China.A Samoa Hotel Association (S.H.A) and Samoa Tourism Authority (S.T.A) delegation is attending a three-week Tourism Seminar in Hainan China.

Samoa has mounted a major campaign to draw tourists to the country next year. The move comes on the tails of a concerted effort at last month’s South Pacific Tourism Event in Melbourne, Australia, to portray the country as an affordable exotic destination.

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