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Apia, SAMOA — Repeat offender Daniel Vailopa has appeared in court again, this time he’s charged in connection with an attempted rape and stealing incident that occurred last year October. Sentencing in this matter, which was held last week was handed down by Supreme Court Justice Mata Tuatagaloa....
Apia, SAMOA — “He knew that the victim was particularly vulnerable because of her age and because she was a victim of sexual abuse by others, a fact that she shared with him prior to his offending. Rather than helping this child, who is a victim of a sexual abuse, he victimized her further by...
Former  Samoa sevens coach Damian McGrath. [Photo: Facebook / Manu Samoa / via RNZI]
Samoa Supreme Court judge, Vui Clarence Nelson, has ruled a legal suit by Manu Samoa's former National sevens coach, Damian McGrath, must first go to mediation. Mr McGrath was seeking $US400,000 from the Samoa Rugby Union. The judge said mediation on grievances between the head coach and the union...
Selu Alofipo, who was born and raised in Samoa, with his wife, Tofuola, last year in May, when he was selected as one of ten artists chosen by the White House to showcase his artwork which was featured in the East Wing of the White House, and was recognized as a “Champion of Change”. Go to: www.seluart.com to meet the artist and his work.  [Courtesy photo]
Last May, Samoan artist Selu Alofipo was recognized as one of ten artists chosen by the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), as a “Champion of Change” last year, May 2016, during President Obama’s Administration. Alofipo started his career as a...
Goddess Ma’alona-Faletogo, a 14 –year-old Samoan girl — who was born blind — made it to Washington State Wrestling Championship this past weekend. She is seen here in wrestling practice. Her advice to American Samoa’s kids: “Remember to put God first in all that you do and He will do the rest.” See story below. [Courtesy photo]
A 14-year-old Samoan girl, who was born blind, made it to the Washington State Wrestling Championship this past weekend. Goddess Ma’alona-Faletogo a freshman at Thomas Jefferson High School in Auburn, Washington state had a dream to become a wrestler. She was born with a rare condition called...
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa’s Police Spokesperson, Su’a LeMamea Tiumalu has issued an apology to the Samoa Rugby Union regarding the “wrong information” that was announced during last week’s press conference, however he noted that the information was given to him by their Criminal Investigation Division (...
 Tonga's Crown Prince Tupouto'a ‘Ulukalala, (right), leads members of the royal family to welcome the body of Queen Mother Mata'aho home [Photo: Sia Adams / RNZI]
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has joined leaders of the Pacific in expressing “deepest sadness” over the “passing of the beloved Queen Mother of Tonga, Halaevalu Mata’aho.” The Royal Palace in Tonga’s capital Nuku’alofa, issued a public message on Feb. 21s announcing that “The Queen Mother peacefully...
[Photo: 123RF via RNZI]
An environmental group dedicated to ocean conservation is warning Pacific nations to be alert to the dangers of what's called trans-shipping, which it says can be used to mask illegal fishing activity. Trans-shipping means fishing boats can stay at sea for an extended period of time, in some cases...
Galumalemana Tipi Autagavaia, a veteran journalist in Samoa and also a former president of Journalists Association of Samoa (JAWS) with chairperson of the newly established Samoa Media Council, Leautulilagi Vanessa Barlow Schuster.  (Photo JL)
Apia, SAMOA — “It’s a dream come true,” for former president of the Journalists Association of Samoa (JAWS) Galumalemana Tipi Autagavaia who initiated the move to legalize the Samoa Media Code of Ethics more than 10 years ago. Following the establishment of the Samoa Media Council last week, their...
UW star linebacker Psalm Fa’afoisia Pulemagafa Wooching, pictured with mom Shannon and dad Paulo, has decided to forgo an NFL career to pursue his dreams of playing rugby.  [photo: courtesy]
University of Washington linebacker Psalm Fa’afoisia Pulemagafa Wooching was predicted to be a late round pick for the upcoming NFL draft in April; but the young Samoan has shocked everyone — even his parents — with the announcement that he will pursue rugby instead. Wooching led the Huskies in...

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