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Beginning February 5, 2018, residents of American Samoa will no longer be able to use territory-issued driver’s licenses or identification cards to fly domestically, or enter federal buildings and military installations. American Samoa formerly had an extension that allowed federal agencies to...
Chargé d’Affaires, Antone Greubel [official photo]
The Samoa government has assured Samoans their travel plans to the United States should not be interrupted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (D.H.S.) decision to remove Samoa from the list of countries whose citizens are eligible for temporary work visas to the United States. The...
Gateway to Tafa’igata Prison in Samoa [SN file photo]
PRISONS UNDER SCRUTINY OVER CONVICT'S RELEASE The Minister of Prisons, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, has defended the decision to release a convicted murderer to attend his matai title bestowal ceremony during the Festive Season. The Samoa Prisons and Corrections Services (S.P.C.S.) approved the release...
Gateway to Tafa’igata Prison in Samoa [SN file photo]
The latest prisoner to escape from Tafa’igata Prison has been recaptured. Lagalaga Misiluki, 38, was serving time for burglary, theft and possession of narcotics when he escaped on Wednesday. This is confirmed by Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Auapaa’u Logoitino Filipo.  Yesterday...
Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop [photo ABC.net]
Australia's foreign minister has reportedly reached out to Pacific leaders amid a backlash to another minister's comments about Chinese aid in the region. Last week, international development minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells claimed China was lending on unfavourable terms and constructing "...
Dr Viliami Tutone [from hospital website]
More Pacific people are appealing against deportation from New Zealand on humanitarian health grounds. Among them are Tongans requiring life saving medical treatment like dialysis. While kidney disease is a common ailment in Tonga, treatment isn't publicly available there. Renal specialist in...
NPI General Manager, Joanne Rasmussen [middle] with NPI Samoa Managers, Faumuina Faalepo Solofa-Isitolo and Tumua Saueleele T. Ah Wong.  [photo: courtesy]
WHAT FACEBOOK PAGE?  There is no immediate intention by Samoa government to increase the pensions for senior citizens and retirees administered by the Senior Citizens Benefit Fund, (SCBF) under the umbrella of the Samoa National Provident Fund, (SNPF). AND… Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr....
Virgin Islands Flag (image from website)
CHICAGO (CN) – Residents of Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have no right to vote absentee in their former state of residence, the Seventh Circuit ruled Thursday, even though residents of the Northern Mariana Islands and some in American Samoa are granted that privilege. “Absent a...
H-2A & H-2B VISAS NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR SAMOA CITIZENS  CBS News confirms that people from Haiti, along with Belize and Samoa, will now no longer be able to apply for H-2A and H-2B nonimmigrant status according to new guidance from the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and...
New Zealand heavyweight boxer and WBO world champion Joseph Parker enjoys his life away from the sport's bright lights. [ PHOTOSPORT via Stuff NZ]
New Zealand boxing star Joseph Parker has revealed how eating a raw fish in Samoa left him paralysed and fearing for his fighting future. WBO champion Parker takes on WBA and IBF champion Anthony Joshua in Cardiff on March 31 as the heavyweight division works towards finding one true ruler. The big...

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