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 Samoa PM and helping hands haul submarine cable ashore [Photo: RNZI/Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia]
Samoa is ready to connect to the new Tui Samoa submarine cable in the New Year after its installation was completed on Boxing Day. The Samoa Submarine Cable Company said Samoa, Fiji, and Wallis and Futuna are now inter-connected via the undersea optical fibre system which spans more than 1,470...
  POLICE GATHERING: Police officers during their gathering last Friday. [Samoa Observer]
Police Commissioner, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil, bid farewell to Police officers who have been forced to resign from their posts due to government enforcing the law about married couples working in the Ministry. According to a statement from the Police, Fuiavaili’ili gave his blessings to the men and...
Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi  [SN file photo]
Samoa's Prime Minister says the passing of the criminal libel law recently sends a warning that people who abuse freedom of speech will be dealt with. Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi told the Samoa Observer that people hiding behind pseudonyms on blogs and social media pages should know they cannot...
SAMOA'S OWN: Louise Main combines her love for nature and her keenness to create beautiful arts and crafts to produce striking decorative pieces and recently her take on the Christmas tree where she used palm fronds has been a hit. (Photo: Misiona Simo)
Honouring the winter solstice with the traditional pine Christmas tree decorated with tinsel and ribbon is an early tradition that originates from the northern hemisphere.   Almost all of us can remember growing up anticipating the joy of putting up the Christmas tree and lights. If not a Christmas...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi  [SN file photo]
The dirty manger where the Messiah, Jesus Christ, was born and his humble upbringing is the true message of Christmas.  It is about love for one another and humility. That’s what Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi said in wishing Samoa and the rest of the world a Merry Christmas....
EPA's discharge permit rule “was written so broadly that it penalizes Alaska’s fisherman for simply washing fish guts off their decks.." -- Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski. [Photo courtesy of Murkowski's office].
The US Congress has passed emergency legislation to protect commercial fishing vessels and vessels of less than 79 feet from being required by the Environmental Protection Agency to maintain incidental discharge permits -- at least for another few weeks. The bill, S. 2273 headed to president Donald...
HONOLULU, HAWAII — Bank of Hawaii announced on Friday that it is increasing its minimum wage level to $15 per hour effective Jan. 1, 2018. The current level is $12 per hour. The increase allows Bankoh to have a minimum wage level that is in line with the state’s “living wage,” which is often cited...
Aniseko Vaelei and Uili Manuleleua. [Samoa Observer]
Two escaped prisoners, considered extremely dangerous, are still on the run. The Police are urging members of the public to look out for Aniseko Vaelei and Uili Manuleleua. Contacted for a comment yesterday, Samoa Prisons and Corrections Services Deputy Commissioner Ulugia Niuia Aumua said the men...
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SAMOA PEACEKEEPERS LEAVE FOR SUDAN A contingent of 6 officers from the Samoa Police Service left for Sudan on Friday, Dec. 15 to serve as part of a United Nations deployment mission. Farewelled in a simple ceremony by the SPS executive, the officers will be deployed in Sudan for 12 months. Police...
Protesters burn a picture of US President Donald Trump during a protest in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah. [Photo: AFP via RNZI]
Australia and other Pacific nations did not join more than 100 countries in voting at the UN for the US to drop its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. US President Donald Trump had threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that voted in favour. A total of 128 countries backed the...

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