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Samoa is sending a strong warning to international criminals that they will be caught, prosecuted and punished. The message comes from the Office of the Attorney General with the conviction of two Chinese tourists who skimmed $70,000 from local A.T.M machines. In her submission at the hearing,...
SAMOA POLICE COMMISH DENIES PISTOL ALLEGATION Police Commissioner, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil, has denied being armed with an illegal clot pistol, the Samoa Observer reports.  The Commissioner denied allegations when he took the stand in the Commission of Inquiry investigating the suspension of...
Cattle farmers in Samoa may soon have a modern abattoir that the government hopes will help improve their chances of exporting beef to American Samoa. Samoa's minister of agriculture, La'aulialemalietoa Leuatea Polata'ivao Schmidt, confirmed in Parliament that negotiations with the World Bank to...
SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE HOLDS ROUNDTABLE Washington, DC — Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata and the Small Business Committee held a roundtable on the best ways to help veteran-owned small businesses. The discussion focused on the aftermath of the Supreme Court case Kingdomware Technologies, Inc...
For the first time, Samoa's Head of State and church pastors will have to pay income tax. Despite opposition from a handful on MPs, the country's parliament has passed the Income Tax Amendment Act. The MP for Urban West, Faumuina Wayne Fong, said it should have been a tax on the church rather than...
WHAT DESPERATION? That was the response from the Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt to claims by Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai, made in Parliament last week.  According to Olo, the government is financially desperate which is why they have moved to tax the Head of State and the...
PNA MINISTERS SENDING STRONG MESSAGE FOR CONSERVATION OF TUNA RESOURCES Majuro, Marshall Islands  — Pacific tuna resource owners concluded their annual meeting Friday in the Marshall Islands by sending a strong message of their commitment to conserving and managing tuna resources, while increasing...
One more video of a fight involving three or four women in Apia has emerged. It is making rounds on social media. It is not known when the fight occurred but it appears it took place just outside the S.N.P.F Plaza on Beach Road. The video shows women being separated as they were fighting in a very...
A 22-year-old Kalihi Valley man allegedly punched and kicked his pregnant wife after she asked him for money to buy food for their 2-year-old son. Si Ufaga Moana, also known as Siufaga Moana, was charged Wednesday with abuse of a family or household member in the presence of a child younger than 14...
SAMOA POLICE INVESTIGATE CASE OF 13-YEAR-OLD WIFE Police in Samoa are investigating the circumstances surrounding a report of a 13-year-old girl who is married to an older man. The matter came to light when the girl sought police assistance after she claimed that she was assaulted by her husband....

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