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The Samoan parliament looks set to get a membership facelift which will likely see an increase in the number of parliamentarians. The Newsline newspaper reported that Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi told his ruling Human Rights Protection Party late last year that government is already...
The Samoan government has raised the threshold for tax free earnings. Workers making up to $US5900 dollars or $15,000 tala will not be pay tax under reforms announced late last year by revenue minister Tialavea Tionisio Hunt. The reforms include controversial meaures to tax church ministers....
The World Wildlife Fund hopes new blockchain technology currently being piloted in Fiji will ensure greater transparency and accountability for tuna fishing. Blockchain is a type of digital ledger that allows for the tracking of information along a chain of transactions. Sea Quest has been trailing...
Family and culture are the two things that matter the most for popular Samoan actor, Albert Tupuola. Tupuola is the main character of the 'Matai' movie series.  The movie depicts the reality of a young paramount chief who carries the good name of his family. He is in love with Oketi, yet she is...
Samoa’s most wanted man, Uili Manuleleua, remains on the run from the Police. Today is the 18th day since he skipped Tafa’igata Prison and made a run for it. Uili is serving time for several burglary cases.  Just before Christmas in 2017, Manuleleua joined Lauititi Tualima, Vaioa Solia and Aniseko...
New criminal libel laws need urgent consultation in Samoa at the start of the new year, says PFF, the Pacific Freedom Forum. “Lack of consultation before the bill was pushed through parliament is good reason to consult more widely now,” says PFF Chair Monica Miller. Consultations should include a...
Researchers in New Zealand will reach a turning point this year with a longitudinal study focusing on Pacific babies born in the year 2000. The Pacific Island family study follows the lives of around 1400 Pacific babies born at south Auckland's Middlemore Hospital. Auckland University of Technology...
Dengue fever continues to be a problem in Samoa with more than 1700 cases reported since October. The Director General of Health Leausa Dr Take Naseri told the Samoa Observer that the number of people with dengue has steadily increased since the outbreak began. He said the group most affected were...
A former Manu Samoa Sevens player, national Coach Sir Gordon Tietjens and four other Samoan players have been caught in the middle of a brewing controversy involving New Zealand Rugby. According to an investigation carried out by The NZ Herald, Danny Kayes was among players the New Zealand Rugby...
P.M. REJECTS CALL TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA  Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has flatly rejected a call for the government to consider legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes. Speaking during his weekly media session yesterday, Tuilaepa said the government would never entertain...

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