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 Samoan RSE workers in New Zealand
Apia, SAMOA — Ten Samoans on the New Zealand Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme have been expelled for various reasons including theft, smoking marijuana, and for extramarital affairs. Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said not only have the workers been banned from the...
 Leutogi Te'o (C) and Luse Tauvale (R) talking to their lawyer
Apia, SAMOA — Samoan prosecutors will not seek prison terms for two nurses charged in connection with the deaths of two toddlers last year after they were vaccinated. Nurses Luse Emo Tauvale and Leutogi Te'o pleaded guilty to manslaughter last month and will be sentenced next Tuesday in Samoa's...
uns and bullets taken from a Police raid
Apia, SAMOA — Three people are already charged with the recent police raid of illegal guns at Faleula and Leauva’a, but there could be more as police continue with their investigations. Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil, is concerned with the missing suspects and the threat they may pose to...
shark seen through the surf
Samata, SAVAII — Multiple shark sightings in the waters of the village of Samata, Savaii, has led to community warning, especially when out fish diving. Although there have been sightings in the past the recent sightings are out of the norm for the village. The Samata village pulenu’u, Fau Tua...
Marshall Islands fisheries Minister Dennis Momotaro and Forum Fisheries Agency Director General Dr. Manu Tupou-Roosen and others
Pohnpei, FSM — Pacific fisheries ministers want to see negotiations to end harmful fisheries subsidies. Meeting this week in Pohnpei, the ministers and senior government officials say the subsidies can be a constraint on the ability of small island states to develop their own fisheries. Of the...
Wesley Samoa, left, Lama Lauvao and Natisha Tautalatasi leaving the courtroom
Kealakekua. HAWAII — Jurors began deliberating Friday in the case of an attempted murder of a hotel security guard. The jury trial for Wesley Samoa, Natisha Tautalatasi and Lama Lauvao, accused of attacking Kona Seaside Hotel security guard John Kanui on Sept. 17, wrapped up with closing arguments...
Opulicious Poke
Las Vegas, NV — Imports from Samoa and Hawaii debut in Las Vegas this summer, bringing a wide selection of poke choices, plate lunches, and Samoan favorites. Located inside a small strip mall within walking distance from Pokai Bay Beach, the 4-year-old Aloha Poke will be known as Opulicious Poke...
A backyard septic tank
Apia, SAMOA — The family of a 3-year-old boy saved this week from drowning in a family septic tank has described the averted near tragedy a miracle. A family member suspected the child was in the tank for 2 minutes before he was rescued.  The incident happened in the late afternoon and the family...
Chao Xiaoliang and PM Tuilaepa
Apia, SAMOA — With just over a fortnight left before the opening of the Pacific Games in Samoa a ceremony has been held in Faleata to mark China's handing over of a brand new multi-sport centre and the completion of refurbishment work on existing games venues. Speaking at the ceremony yesterday...
An officer stand guard over a fraction of the cocaine seized
Philadelphia, PA — Two Samoan men are among the six crew members of the MSC Gayne cargo ship who have been arrested in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in connection with the seizure of more than 16 tons of cocaine, which federal authorities say has an estimated street value of over $1 billion. “Federal...

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