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Typical family pigs foraging around the home
Apia, SAMOA — A woman is hobbling on a fractured leg she suffered when a bolting pig bowled her over on Monday at Safune, Savai’i. Pora Mathew was walking along in a group when the speeding pig burst straight at her. “We were on our way to the store and out of nowhere a huge pig burst straight at...
 Aukuso Sale
Apia, SAMOA — A man who shot his nephew and threatened to sleep with the nephew’s wife on Father’s Day Sunday, 2018 has been sentenced to three years in prison. The defendant, Aukuso Sale, 59 was sentenced to serve three years and 10 months in prison when he appeared before Supreme Court Justice...
Elton John story in banned Rocketman movie
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Censorship Board has banned the screening of Rocketman – a biographical movie about the life of musician Elton John today. “Unfortunately due to censoring issues, we have had to cancel Rocketman,” the Apollo Cinemas Samoa stated during a Facebook update of its movie...
Puna on her flight over to the US.
Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA — A nine-year-old Cook Islands girl is finally set to return to her parents after enduring an almost two-week detention in the United States. Ngatupuna Raela, known as Puna, was travelling with family friend Marc Pearce, on a holiday that turned into a nightmare once they...
Honolulu, HAWAII — In the past 10 years, millions of dollars have flowed through an obscure federal fund aimed at supporting commercial tuna fishermen in Hawaii and three U.S. Pacific island territories. But limited oversight, a process of awarding contracts mostly behind closed doors and a...
Some of the workers at the Peeq headquarters at Vaivase.
Apia, SAMOA — Hundreds of employment opportunities will be generated when the new Peeq Telecommunications Limited Call Center is launched later this month at the Samoa Technology and Innovation Park in Vaivase. The Australian-owned company Executive Trustee, Graham Liao, said he initially visited...
Pati Chong Nee and Suitupe Fa’amoe Paufa’i
Apia, SAMOA — The Pacific Games organizers are not worried by any danger posed by the escaped prisoners still at large, for this is included in the security details for the regional event. This is the reassurance from the CEO of the Pacific Games Committee Falefata Hele Matatia. Falefata told...
Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, says the prosecution against Malele Atofu or King Faipopo will go a head without him giving evidence in person. But he said he would be called to the witness box if the Attorney General wants more evidence. Speaking in his weekly...
John Kanui
KEALAKEKUA, Hawaii — Jury trial is set to open Wednesday for two men and a woman charged with attempted murder in connection with the brutal assault of a Kailua Village hotel security guard last fall. Wesley Samoa, Natisha Tautalatasi and Lama Lauvao have each pleaded not guilty to a single charge...
Samoan academic Dr Mercy Ah-Siu Maliko
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — A study by New Zealand academics has called on churches in Samoa to help stop violence against women in the Pacific nation. The report, titled Church Responses To Gender-Based Violence Against Women in Samoa, examines how Samoa's social, cultural and religious systems act...

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