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A United States visa move against Samoa is raising eyebrows in the country and the local newspaper has described it as "stupid and silly". Last week, the Trump administration issued a directive to remove Haiti, Belize and Samoa from the list of countries eligible for seasonal worker visas. The ...
US Charge D’Affaires to Samoa, Antone Grumble [SN file photo]
The front page article published Saturday December 20 by the Samoa Observer should dispel any further concerns or panic that entry visas for Samoans to the United States are affected by the Executive Order issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security pertaining to seasonal workers visas for...
(left to right) OIA Director Nik Pula, Hawaii Governor David Ige, and Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Doug Domenech December 14, 2017. [courtesy photo]
WASHINGTON (January 19, 2018) – U.S. Department of the Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Doug Domenech has announced that $12,762,262 will be Hawaii’s share of 2018 Compact Impact funding provided under U.S. Public Law 108-188.  The funding will be provided to the Department of Human...
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The Pacific Community says it's concerned about outbreaks of dengue fever in the region becoming harder to combat. This comes amid signs that Samoa's government may be downplaying the extent of the spread of dengue in the country. The Pacific Community, or SPC, is currently monitoring outbreaks of...
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The developers of a new restoration method for corals are hoping it will help reverse the alarming rate at which coral reefs around the world are dying. The founder of SECORE, an international coral reef conservation non-profit organisation, Dirk Petersen said in 2016 30 percent of coral in the...
Beginning February 5, 2018, residents of American Samoa will no longer be able to use territory-issued driver’s licenses or identification cards to fly domestically, or enter federal buildings and military installations. American Samoa formerly had an extension that allowed federal agencies to...
Chargé d’Affaires, Antone Greubel [official photo]
The Samoa government has assured Samoans their travel plans to the United States should not be interrupted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (D.H.S.) decision to remove Samoa from the list of countries whose citizens are eligible for temporary work visas to the United States. The...
Gateway to Tafa’igata Prison in Samoa [SN file photo]
PRISONS UNDER SCRUTINY OVER CONVICT'S RELEASE The Minister of Prisons, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, has defended the decision to release a convicted murderer to attend his matai title bestowal ceremony during the Festive Season. The Samoa Prisons and Corrections Services (S.P.C.S.) approved the release...
Gateway to Tafa’igata Prison in Samoa [SN file photo]
The latest prisoner to escape from Tafa’igata Prison has been recaptured. Lagalaga Misiluki, 38, was serving time for burglary, theft and possession of narcotics when he escaped on Wednesday. This is confirmed by Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Auapaa’u Logoitino Filipo.  Yesterday...
Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop [photo ABC.net]
Australia's foreign minister has reportedly reached out to Pacific leaders amid a backlash to another minister's comments about Chinese aid in the region. Last week, international development minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells claimed China was lending on unfavourable terms and constructing "...

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