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Tautai Toko Tafaeono with classmates of 1981 in reunion mode in Auckland, New Zealand this week.  [courtesy photo]
AMATA WELCOMES OVER $2M HEALTH CARE GRANT FOR AMERICAN SAMOA Washington, D.C.  - Friday, January 5, 2018 - Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed a $2,321,000 federal grant for the American Samoa Department of Health, for the Pacific Basin Health Center Cluster program. “I appreciate this funding for...
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The death toll from the dengue fever outbreak in Samoa has increased to five. The figure was confirmed by Samoa's Ministry of Health, which says the number of people affected by the mosquito-borne disease has increased from 1700 to 2446 since October. The Ministry said people under 19 were the age...
 Palalaua college in Siumu [Photo: Samoa Observer]
A fire in Samoa has destroyed Palalaua college in Siumu district just two weeks before the start of the school year. Police were not immediately available to comment on the fire but an officer at the head quarters of Fire and Rescue says fire trucks have been sent this afternoon from Apia as no...
 Tongan Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva. [Photo: RNZI/Alex Perrottet]
Tonga's prime minister 'Akilisi Pohiva is in the Intensive Care Unit at Nuku'alofa's Vaiola Hospital. While no statement has been issued by the Prime Minister's Office, hospital staff have confirmed to RNZ Pacific that the 76-year-old Mr Pohiva is currently a patient. Local media said Mr Pohiva had...
Samoa's Parliament  [Photo: RNZI / Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia]
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...
Tialavea Tionisio Hunt [Photo: Samoa Observer via RNZI]
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....
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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...
POPULAR SAMOAN ACTOR: Albert and his wife Rebecca Tupuola at Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s 24-7 Café during an interview with the Samoa Observer. (Photo: Misiona Simo)
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...
MOST WANTED MAN: Uili Manuleleua.  [Samoa Observer]
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...
PFF Chair Monica Miller [Facebook]
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...

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