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The festival, the largest Pacific Island cultural festival in the world, takes place at Western Springs Park on Saturday, 25 and Sunday, 26 March. Saturday’s festivities will be capped off with an anniversary showcase, with contemporary music and dance and cultural performances, while Sunday’...
Apia, SAMOA —Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi did not welcome suggestions by Member of Parliament Faumuina Wayne Fong for the government to consider a change in the policy where only gold medalists receive a monetary award from the Samoa Government. The comments from the MP were made during the...
Papaliʻi Failautusi “Tusi” Avegalio, Jr. [photo: UH News]
The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) 2017 Community Resilience Leadership Award will be presented to Papaliʻi Failautusi “Tusi” Avegalio, Jr., at the Pacific Risk Management ʻOhana Conference Awards Luncheon on March 22 at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center. The annual award...
Writer and Director of the new Samoan film “One Thousand Ropes” Tusi Tamasese (far right) with actress Frankie Adams who plays the daughter Ilisa, and actor Uelese Petaia who plays the father Maea. The film will have its premiere March 16 in Apia, Samoa and then will continue to play March 23 onwards.  [With permission: One Thousand Ropes Facebook Page]
When a father reconnects with his estranged teenage daughter, he is given a rare chance to reshape the future of his family in unexpected ways. From the writer and director of The Orator – O Le Tulafale — Tusi Tamasese will soon be releasing his new movie “One Thousand Ropes” this month in Samoa...
Former Director of the Public Prosecution office in Samoa, Mauga Precious Chang. [Photo: RNZI / Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia]
Apia, SAMOA — The Director for the National Prosecutions Office, Mauga Precious Chang and her subordinate, Assistant Director Muriel Lui have tendered their resignations from the National Prosecution Office (NPO). This follows a submission from a tribunal recommending the removal of Mauga, however...
A US Army solider from American Samoa, who is stationed in Fort Carson, Colorado, has been arrested by police in Fountain, Colorado, according to reports by various news outlets in the area. The Colorado Springs Gazette newspaper quotes Fountain Police Lt. Matt Racine saying that 19-year-old Pfc....
 Casino gambling chips. [Photo: 123rf via RNZI]
A ruling HRPP party MP in Samoa, Faumuina Wayne Fong, has called on the government to consider changing the law to allow locals to gamble in casinos. The MP for the urban seat of Faleata West has told Parliament the Totalisator Board responsible for collecting revenue from casinos is facing low...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa’s Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi who is also the Minister of Police has the sole authority whether to arm the police officers or not. This authorization of power was approved when Parliament passed into law the Police Powers Amendment Bill 2017 Tuesday morning (...
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Apia, SAMOA — Unmasking the future of Samoa, as BlueSky Samoa launches its 4G+ or LTE advances a technology that’s been in the making for the last three years, says Bluesky Chief Executive Officer, Toleafoa Douglas Creevey at the official launching Tuesday evening (Samoa Time) at the Sheraton Hotel...
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Hundreds of people in Vanuatu are flocking day and night to a stream near Luganville on Santo that is said to have miraculous healing powers. The Vanuatu Daily Post reported that people suffering from all manner of sicknesses, ailments and disabilities have been drinking from the stream at its...

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