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One of the parking meters already installed in Apia
Apia, SAMOA — Parking meters installed in selected locations in Apia town will become operational next month. This has been confirmed by the L.T.A. Chief Executive Officer, Galumalemana Titi Tutuvanu-Schwalger, in an email to the Samoa Observer. She said the parking meters will be switched on from...
Damage caused by Yutu
Saipan, CNMI — 133 people have been treated at the only hospital in the Northern Marianas since Super Typhoon Yutu devastated the US commonwealth on Thursday. The Saipan hospital said most of the cases were lacerations that required surgery. The category 5 storm passed directly over Tinian, lashing...
San Jose, CALIFORNIA — Yahoo must pay $85 million and provide free credit monitoring to 200 million people as part of a settlement of what is believed to be the biggest data breach ever. The onetime internet giant, which is now owned by Verizon, has reached a settlement in a class-action lawsuit...
Courthouse in Apia Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — In Samoa a Canadian man who pleaded guilty to possession of narcotics and utensils has been convicted on three charges and fined $US1200. The court has given the William Ernest Rockliffe 14 days to pay or face a 3 months jail term. The 50-year-old had travelled to Samoa on a yacht but...
Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — It has been brought to the attention of Government that a number of Samoan children, who have been adopted by Samoans residing overseas, are being exploited. Some are allegedly being used to seek funds from the overseas government, and some treated as ‘kavigis’ or ‘slave laborers’ in...
Stanley Tapua'ialupe Iakopo holding one of his trophies
Saipan, CNMI — Stanley Tapua'ialupe Iakopo had his hands full during last Saturday’s Dee Clayton Classic Bodybuilding-Figure-Physique-Bikini International Invitational Championship held at the Pacific Islands Club Charleys Cabaret in Saipan, CNMI. He collected two trophies that night, earning the...
 Samoa Meteorological Service
Apia, SAMOA — Samoans are being warned to take precautions over the next few days as the country continues to experience heavy and frequent rainfall. The Samoa Observer reported the Samoa Meteorological Service's, Tumau Neru, saying a trough of low pressure is lying over Samoa and causing...
Alosio Taimo on trial in the Auckland High Court.
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND —  Alosio Taimo, the Auckland rugby coach on trial for sexually abusing boys, has been found guilty of most of the 106 charges laid against him. The 55-year-old has been on trial in the High Court at Auckland for nine weeks. This morning, after 17 hours of deliberations the...
Lani Wendt Young
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Facebook’s community standards allow women to be abused and threatened, especially when that abuse is not in English.  This is according to Lani Wendt Young, a Samoan writer, editor, publisher and journalist, who was invited by Netsafe NZ to speak at the 2018 Trans-Tasman...
Participants at the second Pacific Tourism Insights Conference in Apia, Samoa.
Apia, SAMOA — The second Pacific Tourism Insights Conference (P.T.I.C.) brought together 157 delegates from 95 organizations and 16 destinations to influence change and share their thoughts and ideas on the future of tourism in the Pacific. Organized by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (P.A.T.A...

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