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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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Business resumes as usual says Samoa Tourism Authority

Minimal to no damage sustained by hotels and resorts

“We are a proud and resilient nation, blessed by nature. It’ll take more than just a bit of rain to shut our islands down,” said Samoa Tourism Authority CEO, Sonja Hunter in a statement issued by the STA.
As of 1:00pm Sunday—Samoa Time, Samoa’s Meteorological services had cancelled the tropical cyclone warning category for all of Samoa.


With Cyclone Amos gone from Samoa, a question some people were asking was, “What happened, was it a miracle?” A number of different sources based in the Pacific and globally posted conflicting reports led to confusion about the situation.

Some of the confusion was because in the Samoa Met Office bulletin it said that the eye of Cyclone Amos was on top of Samoa.


Samoa bank warns about internet fraud

The Bank South Pacific is warning thousands of its customers about “phishing attacks” on internet banking.

The warning is being circulated to its customers and has also been posted on its website and shared on social media.

It was not possible to get an official comment from the bank yesterday.

But according to the warning from the bank, “there are fraudulent emails targeting B.S.P customers that claim to be from B.S.P.

“These are from fraudsters trying to steal customer information.”


The head of Samoa's disaster management committee says access has been restored to areas cut off by Cyclone Amos on Saturday night.

It was feared the storm would strike Samoa as a large category four system, but it picked up speed and passed Samoa quickly as a category two.

However, strong winds and heavy rains associated with the system still brought down trees and powerlines, caused flooding, and washed away some roads across the country's two main islands.

Samoa's Prime Minister in New York for historic deal

While the country braced for Cyclone Amos, Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, offered his prayers from New York.

He is among leaders from 175 countries gathering there to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change, as the landmark deal took a key step forward, potentially entering into force years ahead of schedule.

The signing took place on Friday, to commemorate Earth Day.

Speaking about the signing, the Samoan chief at the helm of the United Nations, Secretary General, Tupua Ban Ki-moon hailed the occasion as “historic progress.”


Roads have been flooded and in some cases washed away as Tropical Cyclone Amos hits Samoa.

The heavy rains and strong winds have also brought down trees and power lines across the islands.

The Land Transport Authority is currently working on establishing a temporary access road for Lano in Savai'i.

There's also been flooding around the main urban areas in the capital, Apia.

A person spoken at the Tusitala Hotel in Apia said it had been calm in the capital as the eye of the storm passed over, but further destructive winds and rain were expected today.

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