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*/ Although not privy to a health report on HIV AIDS which contains recommendations for Samoa to legalize abortion and same sex marriage, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi did not mince words when he out rightly opposed the two recommendations. Said the Prime Minister, “...
AMATA ANNOUNCES OVER $10 MILLION IN AIRPORT GRANTS Washington, D.C. – Thursday, August 31, 2017 - Congresswoman Aumua Amata was pleased to announce more than $10.1 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for the Pago Pago International Airport. “These efforts to preserve...
Gov. Ralph DLG Torres has just been informed by acting assistant secretary for Insular Areas Nikolao Pula that the Commonwealth has been awarded more than $1 million in finding through the Office of Insular Affairs’ Technical Assistance Program and the Maintenance Assistance Program for key...
RULES CHANGED FOR MISS SAMOA PAGEANT The rules have changed. The Miss Samoa Pageant is now open to any female of Samoan descent. Chairperson of Samoa Events Incorporated (S.E.I), Laeimau Oketevi Tanuvasa confirmed the change.  “This year the government has instructed S.E.I. that part of the...
The University of Hawaii is one of 22 colleges and universities to receive funding under the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) 2017 University Center Economic Development Program Competition. The grant to UH’s Pacific Business Center Program (PBCP) at Manoa was announced by U.S....
Dwayne Johnson, the former WWE superstar known as “The Rock,” should run for president of the United States of America. No, really. A few years ago, no one would have guessed a reality-TV tabloid star like The Donald could become the ruler of the free world. So why not professional wrestler The...
CANCELLATION COULD SPELL SLOW DEATH OF FAUTASI RACING The decision to cancel one of the main attractions of the Teuila Festival, the Fautasi Regatta, has attracted strong criticism from interested sectors of the community.   The lack of interest from participating fautasi crews has forced the...
The secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum says Pacific countries need to realise they make up an ocean continent. Speaking ahead of the 48th Pacific leaders meeting in Samoa next week, Dame Meg Taylor said island countries needed to be more aware of their collective size and strength and...
The interim Prime Minister of Tonga, 'Akilisi Pohiva, has welcomed the reasons given for the Kings decision to dissolve parliament and to call an early election King Tupou VI made the decision last week without giving reasons after the Speaker of the House, Lord Tu'ivakano, approached him with...
A mother who lost a child to suicide is calling for urgent change after it was revealed more than 600 New Zealanders took their own lives in the year to June. Figures released today by Chief Coroner Deborah Marshall show the highest annual number of suicide deaths since the statistics were first...

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