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Samoa police raid uncovers weapons, drugs and cash

The police in Samoa have uncovered drugs, illegal weapons and cash in a raid in a house near the capital Apia.

our people have been arrested and are facing several criminal charges.

The police also found equipment suspected of being used in manufacturing methamphetamine in the raid on a family home at Afiamalu.

The Police Commissioner, Egon Keil, says he's sure there's more illicit material out there and his main concern is the safety of Samoans and visitors.

Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa invites PNG airline into Samoa

Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has openly invited the Airlines PNG Limited to land their planes at Faleolo Airport connecting Samoa to Los Angeles and Hong Kong.

Tuilaepa made the invitation during the Bank South Pacific launch on Thursday night where the Director of Airlines PNG. who is also the Bank South Pacific Chairman Sir Kostas Constantinou was present.

Samoan PM: We lost $1.5m hosting All Blacks

The good news is that the All Blacks have been to Samoa, the nation enjoyed the party and the Manu Samoa gave them a mighty good run for their money.

The bad news is that in the aftermath, the cash-strapped Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U) is again staring down the barrel of a $1.5million loss. (All figures are expressed in Tala.)

The loss was confirmed by the Chairman of S.R.U and Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, during a media conference.

According to the Prime Minister, the historical match cost the Union $3.4million.


When you are a beauty queen, being physically attractive is arguably the most important factor.

But for Otago University student Latafale Auva'a, having a beautiful mind, spirit and carrying yourself well are what define attractiveness.

The 21-year-old is the reigning Miss Samoa NZ, Miss Samoa and Miss Pacific Islands.

In November, she will represent Samoa at the Miss World pageant in Sanya, China.

Pacific Island countries and territories explore pathways to transform energy systems

Source: Media release SPC

Honolulu, Hawai’i – In an ongoing effort to solve the region’s significant energy challenges, Pacific Island countries and territories and development partners met last week (July 21 to 23) in Honolulu to share experiences on increasing the use of renewable energy.
Key speakers discussed comprehensive approaches to energy sector transformation, including the importance of enabling legal and regulatory frameworks, capacity building, and financing. 

Bluesky brand launches in the Cook Islands

Source: Media release Buesky

On Wednesday, July 22, 2015 (Cook Island Time), Bluesky launched the Bluesky brand in the Cook Islands. At this time Telecom Cook Islands will become known as Bluesky and customers will be introduced to a new logo and visual identity.
This milestone week for Bluesky commenced with the introduction of Bluesky into New Zealand on July 20, 2015, where they are now offering competitive prepay mobile cellular plans, and concludes with the introduction of the Bluesky brand into the Cook Islands. 

Prominent Samoa lawyer flees country

A prominent lawyer has left Samoa after being declared bankrupt, leaving families he represented in Court with debts amounting to thousands of tala.

Tole’afoa Solomona Toa’iloa was declared bankrupt last year and had apparently left for New Zealand without the knowledge of his clients.

Now, one of the families Tole’afoa represented in Court for a land dispute is being asked to pay up to $50,000 worth of legal fees.

It was not possible to obtain a comment from Tole’afoa.

Bluesky launches mobile service in NZ

Source: Media release Buesky

Bluesky on Tuesday launched as Spark’s second prepay Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) in New Zealand, with competitive prepay mobile cellular plans to serve the Samoan community in New Zealand.
Bluesky is a leading Pacific regional telecommunications operator providing mobile, broadband, TV and landline services in American Samoa, Samoa and the Cook Islands.

Lennox: GOP nominee could be picked by territories

The road to the Republican presidential nomination winds through Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Eventually, it reaches Michigan, which in 2012 proved pivotal for Mitt Romney.

That has been true in presidential election cycles of the past, but it may not be the case this time around. Especially now with the 2016 field of would-be presidents being the largest in the party's history.

2Samoas private sectors donate to Vanuatu private sector

The President of the Samoa Chamber of Commerce, Tuala Pat Leota on behalf of the Samoa and American Samoa Chambers of Commerce and the Small Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC) presented a cheque of US$2,000 to the President of Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce at the 9th Pacific Islands Private Sector Organisation (PIPSO) AGM at Sofitel Hotel, Denarau Nadi on 3rd July 2015.

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