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Recently recaptured Samoa prison escapee stabbed, beaten

Prisoner Lauititi Tualima has been taken to the hospital due to injuries he received on Friday night.

According to a source from the hospital who spoke to the Sunday Samoan on the condition of anonymity, Lauititi was brought in on Friday night because he was beaten up and stabbed.

“According to the source Mr. Taualima was stabbed with a pair of scissors and he was badly beaten up by inmates inside the prison.

“The inmates were angry at him for escaping a lot so they beat him up and one of them stabbed him,” said the source.


She is back. The grand old lady of the South Pacific, Aggie Grey’s Hotel, returned last night as Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel and Bungalows.

The grand opening of the iconic hotel left hundreds of guests blown away with the vibrancy and class of the multi-million–tala project.

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, extended his congratulations to the Grey family and the Starwood Hotel for the project. Tuilaepa said the occasion was a milestone not just for Samoa but for the Pacific as well.

“It began with the vision of a vibrant Samoan lady,” said Tuilaepa.

Samoa warns unnamed disease can be deadly


There is a deadly disease spreading through urine of infected animals according to the Ministry of Health in a public announcement signed by M.O.H. Acting Chief Executive Officer, Frances Brebner, last week. The bacterial infection disease that has yet to be given a name and it is unclear if the local Department of Health was informed by the Samoa Government about this announcement.

Interior provides nearly $2.4 million for regional efforts in the Pacific

Providing for climate adaptation and resiliency efforts, CFA migration, and training for natural disasters
Source: USDOI media release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Friday, U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia'aina approved $2.4 million in grant funding for climate adaptation and resiliency initiatives, including food and water security, and Micronesian One Stop Resource Centers.

Samoa's notorious prison escapee recaptured

Notorious prison escapee Lauititi Tualima has been found.

The criminal who ran away from Tafa’igata Prison last Sunday is now under Police custody.

This was confirmed by the spokesperson for the Samoa Prisons and Corrections Services (S.P.C.S), Sagaga Galu Frost, yesterday.

Tualima was found at a family home at Lalovaea around 7:40pm.

“I received a phone call last night (Tuesday night) from a reliable source informing me about Tualima,” said Sagaga.

Sagaga said when they arrived at Lalovaea, Tualima was drunk and he looked like he was sleeping.

The Tuaman is home in Samoa

He arrived a day later but home is where the heart is for one of Samoa’s favourite sons, Toaletai David Tua.

The former world heavyweight boxing title challenger touched down at Faleolo International Airport yesterday, arriving with his wife, Helen Tua, on an Air New Zealand flight.

The welcome was not as elaborate as when To’aletai was one of the hottest boxing prospects in the world heavyweight division but that did not matter to the Faleatiu native, who is in Samoa for the God’s Grace Concert in front of the government building Saturday night (Samoa time).


Source: Media Release Catholic Church

On Sunday, April 17, 2016, His Excellency, Most Reverend Alapati Lui Mata’eliga of the Archdiocese of Samoa-Apia became the first Samoan priest in history to celebrate Mass at the largest Catholic Church in the United States, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception situated on the campus of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. 

Independence Day Fautasi Race may be cancelled

Due to lack of interest…

Unlike the recent Flag Day Fautasi Race in the territory, which saw 13 fautasi sign up, making it necessary for the Flag Day Race committee to divide the boats up into heats to find which fautasi would race in the final, Samoa is facing the opposite problem with its Independence Celebration Fautasi Race. According to the Samoa Observer, there seems to be a lack of interest.

Hawaiian Air pilots open strike authorization vote

Move comes as airline reports record 1Q income
Source: ALPA news release

More than 630 Hawaiian Airlines pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), began voting Monday on whether to authorize their leadership to conduct a strike if they cannot reach a contract agreement with Hawaiian Airlines management, and the National Mediation Board (NMB) releases them to self-help.

After Amos: no casualties, no infrastructure damage reported in Samoa

Power restored quickly after wide power outages, some areas have water problems

“Initial assessments from the Electric Power Corporation showed that around 70 percent of the country experienced power outages as a result of the cyclone. Full power has since been restored to the whole country,” was reported in a statement issued by the Samoa Government Monday afternoon following Tropical Cyclone Amos.

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