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Two people are suspected to have died from dengue fever in Samoa and the Ministry of Health has issued an alert about an outbreak in the country. The Samoa Observer reported the ministry had identified 25 positive cases with two suspected to have led to the deaths which are still being investigated...
NIGHTCLUBS, GAS STATIONS TARGETED WITH COUNTERFEIT MONEY Counterfeit money is a growing problem in Samoa and the people behind it are targeting nightclubs and gas stations.  Governor of the Central Bank of Samoa, Maiava Atalina Ainu’u-Enari confirmed this during an interview with the Samoa Observer...
The McDonald’s Family Restaurant has secured the naming rights for the Miss Samoa Pageant 2017. The $100,000 deal was announced during a press conference at McDonald’s in Apia. the Samoa Observer reported yesterday. McDonald’s President and Owner, Tautolo Aogaleatu Tautolo, said the franchise’s...
Tourism is synonymous with small islands and big business for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) accounting for 25% of gross domestic product (GDP). Tourism and travel is the largest industry and job provider in the world. Although small islands benefit from a minuscule slice of the US$7.6...
AMATA MEETS WITH ALASKA’S SAMOAN COMMUNITY  Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Aumua Amata was privileged to meet late Monday with some of the Samoan and Polynesian community in Alaska, hosted by the Polynesian Association of Alaska, and discussed issues such as access to healthcare on the islands,...
O le ala ile pule, o le tautua - The Pathway to leadership is to serve. Born and raised in New Zealand, Lui has big dreams for his future that don't involve his Samoan roots. But Lui's father has hopes for his son that are steeped deeply in tradition. Matai is the debut work of Pasifka theatre...
In my continuing quest looking at merge foods — when two foods make a third hybrid food — I stumbled on yet another taco mashup. Earlier this month, I told you about pizzacos. Those pizza-taco hybrids are offered only on Tuesdays at the Defiant Goldfish near Point Defiance Park. Today’s hybrid...
SAMOA’S PM TUILAEPA BOOK LAUNCH OF “PALEMIA”  On Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, Prime Minister, Susuga Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi launched his book, “Palemia” — written by Dr. Peter Swain, as narrated by the PM — in New Zealand during a well-attended event at Samoa House in Auckland, NZ. The prime...
An Auckland family is demanding answers from the Samoan Government five years after their son and brother died while being held at Tafai-Ngata prison near Apia. Hans Dalton suffered from a mental illness and was found dead upside down in a water drum in 2012. Time hasn't healed the pain for Hans...
Noumea, New Caledonia – Pacific Island countries and territories at the Pacific Community’s (SPC) 10th governing body conference in Noumea have called for the establishment of a Pacific Community Centre for Ocean Science. The centre, to be hosted at SPC, will draw on the scientific and technical...

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