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Three Samoan teachers have admitted in court that they assaulted a student at Faleata College. A district court judge in Samoa issued a stern warning to them after they pleaded guilty to slapping a 14-year-old male student on the cheek for misbehaving. Judge Alalatoa Rosella Viane Papalii has...
Bringing together the circle of fa’afatama (transmen) in Samoa was the goal of the Talanoa session spearheaded by the Samoa Fa’afafine Association.  Held at the Palolo Deep late last month, S.F.A. President, So’oalo Tootooalii Stanley welcomed the participants and applauded their courage to turn up...
He might be a new detector dog but “Flame” is already a hero in the eyes of his new handlers. On his first day at work, Flame the black Labrador sniffed out plastic bags of suspected methamphetamine and utensils suspected for drug use. The Detector dog is in Samoa as part of the Pacific Detector...
Government’s vision for Samoa to be the Pacific ICT hub by 2020 took a leap frog today with the arrival of the Tui Samoa Cable at Moataa last week. But that is not stopping government in exploring more fibre optic cable networks to leverage Samoa as the Pacific Hub in Information Communication...
The Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum, Samoan prime minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, says it's up to the people, communities, and organisations of the region to build a healthy, peaceful, secure and prosperous Pacific. In announcing the launch of the 2017 regional policy consultations,...
Okeanos Marianas, a 15 metre, double-hulled Polynesian canoe built in New Zealand, completed its delivery voyage to Saipan in the Northern Marianas this week. Built at a cost of over $US500,000 by Okeanos Sustainable Sea Transport Ltd, the vessel is being eyed for commercial transport between...
Workers in Otara's town centre are expecting more violence on the streets tonight. Last night six people were arrested, after 200 Samoan and Tongan rugby league supporters clashed in a carpark in Otara. Businesses that border the carpark here say they will probably close early today. They say staff...
The newly introduced income tax on Samoan church ministers and pastors continues to cause ripples in Samoa. The mayor of the Savai'i village of Fagasa, Fa'itau Tuitama'i, told the Samoa Observer the government had misled the public over the tax. The mayor said they were told only 'alofa' or members...
Samoa's Ministry of Health says there is an outbreak of dengue fever type two in the country and people need to be vigilant. The ministry's chief executive, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri, said the public shouldn't panic but must take immediate action to eliminate mosquito-breeding places. He said while...
When Tulsi Gabbard arrived at Lihue Airport, on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, she was greeted with a lei made of vibrant plumeria flowers, a small bottle of coconut water, a bagful of mangoes, and a profusion of alerts on her phone. It was Memorial Day, and Gabbard had agreed to speak at a ceremony...

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