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Ministry of Women, Community and Social Developments official Mema Motusaga during an interview after her presentation to the media at their week-long workshop. The media was told of the data regarding the low percentage of women in parliament and the evidence of gender inequality in Samoa. The workshop is sponsored by Samoa Alliance of Media Practitioners for Development (SAMPOD).  [Photo: JL]
Apia, SAMOA — With the total population of Samoa at 187,820, a total of 89% of the men hold chiefly titles, this is according to Ministry of Women, Community and Social Developments official Mema Motusaga during her presentation before the media during a weeklong training hosted by Samoa Alliance...
Members of the media in Samoa and American Samoa with U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Angelina Wilkinson who are participating in a training hosted by the Samoa Alliance of Media Practitioners for Development (SAMPOD). They received one of the grants from the US Embassy under the small grants scheme. The conference focuses on reporting on women and the LGBTQI community.  [Photo: JL]
Apia, SAMOA —“First days of training bring so much information that the media has been deprived of regarding women in government, women in parliament, women who are abused physically and verbally, the low percentage of women who hold chiefly titles in the villages and other issues that were never...
Te Vaka band which worked on the soundtrack for the Disney film Moana with Opetaia Foa'i holding the guitar. [Photo: Supplied / Te Vaka]
Pacific contributors to the soundtrack of Disney's latest animated film Moana say the music is an authentic reflection of the sound and culture of the South Pacific. Moana follows the adventures of a young Polynesian princess and navigator who is accompanied by the superhero-demigod Maui, but in...
Apia, SAMOA — “You should be ashamed of yourself,” were the words uttered by Supreme Court Justice Vui Clarence when handing down sentencing for Superintendent of Maritime Division of the Minister of Police, Tagaolo Iosefatu Wright. Vui pointed out the defendant was found guilty on three counts of...
Three of the six Honolulu police officers accused in a civil lawsuit filed by relatives of an American Samoan man who died after being arrested by the officers in downtown Honolulu in March of last year have asked a federal judge to “dismiss with prejudice” the civil case now set to go to trial on...
Apia SAMOA — Supreme Court Justice, Lesatele Rapi Va’ai has dismissed the criminal charges against Samoa’s Police Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil. The Commissioner was facing charges, which included making a false statement, perjury, unlawful detaining and misconduct in a public place.  This was...
SEASONAL WORKERS MEET WITH PM Apia, SAMOA — “We take zero tolerance against those who break agreements,” was the message from Principal Officer of Regional Seasonal Employment (RSE), Fitu Fuimaono during a meeting between the RSE and the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi regarding the...
MAN WHO STOLE HALF A MILLION TALA IS APPREHENDED   Apia, SAMOA — Nearly a year since the suspect in a theft case to the tune of half a million tala fled Samoa, the New Zealand Police informed the Samoa Police that they have the suspect in custody. The man who is now behind bars allegedly stole $500...
ON TOP OF THE WORLD: Rosita Afele on top of the 5,364 meters Mt. Everest Base Camp. (Photo: Rosita Afele)
A 44-year-old Samoan woman, Rosita Afele, has conquered the world’s tallest mountain after 14 days of living on the edge. The Melbourne-based daughter of Fuimaono Savili Afele and Tima Afele from Lefagaoali’i Savai’i, Falealili and Lotofaga Safata, is absolutely elated about conquering Mount...
Conor Knighton at the southernmost U.S. National Park -- in American Samoa. [photo: CBS News]
Of all of the delegations at the Republican National Convention, only one introduced ITSELF to the rest of America: American Samoa, an often-overlooked collection of islands in the South Pacific which has been a U.S. territory since 1900. And yet, a lot of people, says Pua Tuaua, “have no idea...

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