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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi [SN file photo]to]
VIRGIN’S APPLICATION DOES NOT SURPRISE PM TUILAEPA The intention by Virgin Australia to continue flights to Samoa after its Virgin Samoa joint-venture with the Samoan government concludes in November comes as no great surprise to Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi. Virgin...
Samoa Supreme Court [SN file photo]
A half brother and sister charged with allegations of incest, appeared in the Supreme Court before Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiavasue Falefatu Sapolu this week. The Prosecutor in the case is Leone Su’a – Mailo. In court, Ms. Su’a asked if the matter could be further adjourned for the...
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 14, 2017) – This week Interior Acting Assistant Secretary Nikolao Pula has made available approximately $4 million for several invasive species prevention and control initiatives in the U.S. Insular Areas.  Funding has been provided to continue support in controlling the...
Entrance to Tafaigata Prison.[SN file photo]
A woman in Samoa has been jailed for ten years for flushing her newborn baby down a toilet. Vesi Enele, in her 20s, opted to plead guilty to a charge of murder rather than go through a hearing. The Samoa Observer reports that police had said that in 2015, while visiting friends in Vaiusu, the young...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi was awarded a silver medal in archery in the 2007 Pacific Games. [Courtesy photo]
MCIL & THE CITIZENSHIP INVESTMENT ACT The Citizenship Investment Act 2016 has attracted a lot of interest and government officials are now engaging with potential investors. The Act is an initiative by government to attract new businesses to stimulate the economy and create new employment...
Screen shot from the commercial. [Hawaii News Now]
LAIE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) — This week, you'll be seeing an edgy new commercial targeting the Mormon church in Hawaii, questioning its business practices.  The 30-second spot is paid for by an equal rights organization called Mormon Tips.  They believe the Mormon church is not properly paying taxes...
New manager for the Samoa National 7’s team: Leuluaialii Theresa Passi.  [Photo: Samoa Observer]
NEW SEVENS MANAGER WELCOMES OPPORTUNITY Samoa Rugby Union — The Samoa Rugby Union has announced the appointment of Leuluaialii Theresa Passi as the new manager for the Samoa National 7’s team. Leuluaialii was educated at St Mary's Savalalo then St Mary's College and later migrated with her family...
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Affordability and trust of funeral insurance companies have been flagged as important factors for Samoans when coping with funeral costs. The idea of funeral expenses insurance was investigated last week in Samoa, with two organisations looking into how to financially help bereaved Samoan families...
Although it was his first time attending at the Northwest Tatau Festival in Washington state, Tahitian tattoo artist Makalio - originally from Wallis and Futuna - took home top honors when his beautiful artwork won first place in the "Best Female - Large Polynesian Tattoo" category. Makalio, who speaks no English and had to communicate through a translator, is the owner of Tagaloa Tattoo Shop.  [photo: Blue Chen-Fruean]
Hundreds of body art fanatics and people just wanting to see how a pe'a and a malu are tattooed stopped by the Greater Tacoma Convention in Tacoma, WA June 30-July 2 during the 2nd Annual Northwest Tatau Festival, the first agenda item in a week full of activities to celebrate Samoan Flag Day in...
Amanda Blas. [Photo: Guam Governor's office]
Guam's Department of Education is formulating a plan to incorporate teaching about the self-determination vote and decolonisation in the local school curriculum. The department is currently working with the Commission on Decolonisation on the framework. The executive director of the commission...

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