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Tragic death of 9-year-old in Samoa

A family at Siumu is mourning the tragic death of a nine-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself while playing with a rifle.

The incident occurred on Wednesday evening, involving a 12-gauge rifle.

The boy, whose name is withheld, died instantly.

Police Commissioner, Egon Keil, confirmed the incident yesterday.

“Apparently what happened was that there was a shotgun involved and the kid was playing with it,” Mr. Keil told the Samoa Observer.

Patients evaculated from Samoa's Moto’otua Hospital during fire emergency

A catastrophe was averted yesterday when a fire that could have cost many lives at the Moto’otua Hospital was put out. The fire at the hospital’s main control circuit board room on the first floor of Acute 7 was put out just before the flames reached oxygen containers nearby.

More than 40 patients in Acute 7 and 8 had to be evacuated while the Fire and Emergency Services Authority (F.E.S.A) battled the blaze.

F.E.S.A Commissioner, Lelevaga Fouina Mupo, said the fire could have had catastrophic consequences had it not been put out quickly.


Over the weekend, boats, helicopters and airplanes searched up and down the southern California coast, hoping to rescue an 80ft blue whale spotted entangled in a 200ft fishing line.

Exact numbers are unknown, but the National Marine Fisheries Service reported an average of 11 entangled large whales per year from 2000 to 2012 along the US west coast. Around the world, seals, turtles, birds and fish are also injured and killed in the same way. Between 2002 and 2010, 870 nets recovered from Washington State alone contained more than 32,000 marine animals.
Fishing ‘ghost gear’

New Miss Samoa is Miss Australia, Ariana Taufao

And the new Miss Samoa 2015-2016 is… Miss Australia, Ariana Taufao.

The Queensland University of Technology student was crowned at the Gym 1 Tuana’imato where hundreds converged for the annual pageant.

Ms. Taufao takes over from former Miss Samoa, Latafale Auva’a, who handed her the crown at the end of an entertaining night at Tuana’imato.

The new Miss Samoa was humbled by her success. She credited God, her family and all her supporters back in Australia and Samoa.

Crowds set to pack Waikiki for 'Hawaii Five-0' Sunset on the Beach premiere

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Another star-studded “Hawaii Five-0” red carpet premiere event is set to take place Saturday, with thousands of fans anticipated to once again pack Queen’s Surf Beach in Waikiki for a chance to celebrate with the cast and crew.

Among the stars expected to attend this popular Sunset on the Beach event are Alex O’Loughlin, Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, Chi McBridge and Jorge Garcia. Executive Producer Peter Lenkov will also be there to greet fans and join the festivities.

Stabbing victim found dead in Samoa

A family and villagers at Faleula-uta are coming to terms with the death of woman who was savagely stabbed during the early hours of last week Sunday morning.

The body of the woman, who is in her early 40s, was found by some young men who went to fetch some coconut leafs for the Sunday umu.

A witness who spoke to the Samoa Observer yesterday on the condition of anonymity said the body was found not far from her home.

“The woman was naked when she was found,” she said.

“The Police were called and they came and took her away.”

Aussie minister's climate quip draws ire of Pacific leaders

An Australian cabinet minister has been labelled morally irresponsible and arrogant after he was overheard quipping about the plight of Pacific countries facing rising sea levels from climate change.

Immigration minister Peter Dutton was yesterday speaking with the country's Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, who had just returned from the Pacific Islands Forum Summit in Papua New Guinea, where climate change was a key focus.

Samoa government's $5.7million ‘bingo hall

The Samoa government is so desperate to make use of a “poorly planned” and “badly placed” $5.7million infrastructure it has already allowed it to be used as a bingo and pool table hall, the Samoa Observer reports in a news story this week.

The infrastructure in question is the Vaitele market, one of the two multi-million-tala developments built by the Samoa Land Corporation (S.L.C) under the guidance of its former Minister, Faumuina Tiatia Liuga.

Fear of Ebola leads Tuilaepa to bar Sierra Leone from Samoa for Youth Games

Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has called his decision to deny entry to young athletes from Sierra Leone who had wanted to compete in the Commonwealth Youth Games, which will officially be opened today, a decision of love.

Commonweath Games open in Samoa

The choreography at the centre of the opening ceremony of the 5th Commonwealth Youth Games at Apia Park last night was inspired by the Samoan mythology of “Tagaloa the Creator.”

Choreographer and mastermind, Tuilagi Seiuli Allan Alo, told the Sunday Samoan that the sequences of dances and singing depicts the myths of how Tagaloa created the nine heavens, according to Samoa’s history.

The performance involved some 2,000 students from thirteen different schools.

According to Tuilagi, the opening performance took people on a journey of the Samoan myths.

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