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 About 200 people marched through Samoa's capital, Apia, on Saturday, protesting against land laws. [Photo: RNZI / Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia]
About 200 people marched through Samoa's capital, Apia, on Saturday, protesting against nine-year-old land laws. They were marching against the Registration of Land and Titles Act of 2008, which requires the registration of public land, freehold land, and customary leases and licences. Critics say...
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A man who faced a manslaughter charge in relation to an incident involving his wife has been jailed for two years and 10 months. Isaako Taumaloto, 49, of Saoluafata, had faced one charge of manslaughter. The decision was handed down by Samoa Supreme Court Justice Lei’ataulesa Daryl Clarke on...
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Four deaths have been confirmed in the latest dengue fever outbreak in Samoa, which was detected last October. This was confirmed by the Ministry of Health who said in a statement issued by the government press secretariat that blood samples were confirmed at the ESR Lab in New Zealand. According...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa flnaked by SSAB's owner Fiti Leung Wai, the brainchild behind Sleepwell Interantional. [Samoa Planet]
The fate of the two new businesses now housing the facilities used by Yasaki Samoa in Vaitele is in the hands of the employees, says Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi as he officially cut the ribbon this morning for the mattress manufacturer, Sleepwell International to...
Dwayne Johnson poses for a photo at his star ceremony at the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)
HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday. The wrestler-turned-actor spoke at the unveiling ceremony, emphasizing the importance of working hard and being grateful for what you have. He thanked his friends, family and fans,...
An American Samoan woman accused of filing false tax returns for local residents with the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS), has entered guilty pleas at the federal court in Anchorage, Alaska where she also requested to be allowed to visit her family in the territory for the holidays. Last month...
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A recently formed rights and activism group says local law is stripping customary land rights away from Samoan families. The Samoa Solidarity International Group said the Land Titles Registration Act 2008 alienates the rights of customary owners. The group's Faleauto Taua said a notice of...
ANZ Bank has reduced its money transfer fees from New Zealand to four more Pacific island countries. The fees for transfers to Fiji, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands and Kiribati have been lowered by 60 percent, from 18 NZ dollars to seven dollars. The ANZ's Paul Goodwin said the bank now knows how...
Samoa Attorney General Lemalu Herman Retzlaff [Samoa Observer]
There have been recent suggestions and questions asked of the Samoa Attorney General’s  office as to the supposed alienation of our customary land under freehold land legislation.  In response I respectfully pose this question: what customary land has been legally converted to freehold land and /...
Tipasa Sagote, Jr. [KITV News]
WAIPAHU, Hawaii — A skateboarder is dead after hitting a vehicle at the intersection of Waipahu Depot Road and Farrington Highway Friday afternoon. He has been identified as Tipasa Sagote, Jr., 40, of Waipahu. He was born in American Samoa, but had been living in Waipahu for over 20 years. Family...

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