Regional News

Samoa opens its first casino

Samoa is to open its first casino today.

It will be at Aggie Greys Resort at Mulifanua, near the international airport, and employ 100 staff.

The Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, says the first casino will create more job opportunities and attract more tourists into the country.

Tuila'epa has told reporters in his weekly radio programme the idea behind the government's decision for a casino is for tourists to spend more days in Samoa and spend their wealth.

At the same time the prime minister says more money will be pouring into the local economy.

SPC helps Samoa with health surveillance for SIDS

Noumea, New Caledonia — The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has mobilised a team of health surveillance specialists to help the Samoa Ministry of Health with public health surveillance at the 3rd International Conference of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

‘It is important to enhance surveillance to enable early warning of potential public health threats during mass gathering events such as the SIDS Conference, which will bring more than 3000 people from around the world to Samoa,’ said Dr Yvan Souarès, Deputy Director of SPC’s Public Health Division.

Mufi opens campaign headquarters in Kalihi

Kalihi is abuzz this afternoon as Mufi Hannemann's supporters prepare for his Gubernatorial Campaign Headquarters grand opening at 5pm Thursday.

This BBQ chicken could be on your plate in just a few hours at 1505 Dillingham Blvd, Kalihi in the parking lot of the former Sizzler's restaurant.

Applications for the Western Pacific Council's advisory panel now available

HONOLULU (WPRFMC) -- August 28, 2014 - Fishermen, members of fishery-related industries and individuals from fishery- or marine-related organizations are invited to apply for membership to the Advisory Panel (AP) for the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council.

Samoa's Head of State visits SIDs venues

The Third Small Island Developing States (S.I.D.S.) Conference is almost here. You can smell it, almost touch it.

Yesterday, the accreditation centre at Tuana’imato was probably the busiest place of the venues as hundreds of delegates, the ones who had arrived already, dropped in to pick up their passes.

The queues were not too bad yesterday but that might not be the case today and tomorrow as hundreds more delegates arrive.

More than 3,000 delegates are expected to attend S.I.D.S. Conference.



Preparations for Samoa’s 2014 McDonald’s Miss Samoa Pageant are well underway with McDonald’s Family Restaurant being given the official naming rights while the president and owner of McDonald’s, Tautolo Charlie Tautolo says sponsoring this pageant is a “well done” investment from his point of view.

Hawaii Job Corps celebrates 50th Year


On Wednesday, August 22, the Hawaii Job Corps celebrated its 50th Anniversary since its inception in 1964.
Among the invitees to the Hawaii Job Corps celebration were various Hawai’i politicians and dignitaries, and Afimutasi Gus Hannemann, Director of American Samoa’s Governor’s office in Honolulu.

Upgrade for VIP travelers between Samoas

Samoa's Polynesian Airlines has opened a new VIP lounge for air travelers between Apia and Pago Pago in time for the touch down of the company's third small aircraft next week.

The US$60,000 facility at Fagalii Airport will accommodate leaders and high level delegations enroute from American Samoa for Apia to attend the Small Island Developing States conference.

But it will also be used in the future by government leaders in both Samoa and American Samoa.

Samoa sprays airports to stop chikungunya

\Samoa is spraying its airports ahead of the Small Island Developing States conference to fight the spread of chikungunya.

At least 50 people are suspected to have contracted the mosquito-borne disease while more than 500 cases have been reported in American Samoa.

Our correspondent in Apia, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, says the airports are being sprayed as part of a mass clean-up campaign to contain the disease before the conference in September.

Relocating Samoa's wharf to cost $140m

The government’s plan to relocate the wharf from Matautu to Vaiusu will cost $140million.

But P.M. tells the Opposition not to worry about debt, instead they need to just give them their support

The figure was revealed by Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, in Parliament on Wednesday during the debate of the Customs Bill 2014.

The Prime Minister spoke about the cost of the project when he rebuked members of the Opposition Party for constantly worrying about the country’s foreign debt.

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