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Canberra, AUSTRALIA — A former Australian rugby international says anyone who believes Israel Folau has a right to publicly express his views on sexuality has no place in the sport. The Wallabies fullback Folau has been found guilty by Rugby Australia of committing a high-level breach of their code...
Sooau Vaa Brown and his wife Maylynn Brown
Apia, SAMOA —The father of a teenager in police custody at the Tafaigata prison is appealing to the Ombudsman’s Office to transfer his son from prison to the police holding cells in the Apia to await his appearance in Court. In a letter to the Ombudsman dated 3 May 2019, So’oau Va’a Brown said he...
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Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — In a Facebook statement on May 2, a New Zealand church denied the accusation of collusion with a cryptocurrency Ponzi scheme to perform an illegal activity. One of two places of worship indicted, the Samoan Independent Seventh Day Adventist Church (SISDAC), came out...
Samoa acting chief justice, Vui Clarence Nelson
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's acting chief justice has highlighted the need for people charged with serious crimes to be informed of their right to legal aid. Vui Clarence Nelson declared a mistrial in the case of a woman who tried to defend herself because she could not afford a lawyer. Newsline Samoa...
Father and son sitting in the courtroom
Apia, SAMOA — A nine-year-old boy was in tears when he testified in court to seeing his uncle shoot his dad on Father’s Day Sunday, 2018 at Lepea. The boy’s father is the victim in the case against Aukuso Sale, who police say, shot his relative L. Gabriel on Father’s Day last year after the victim...
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Gagaifo, SAMOA — Gagaifo village in Lefaga is taking a step further in the fight against domestic violence, by also imposing a $1,000 fine on women who beat up on their husbands. The ‘fono a le nu’u’ or council of chiefs recent meeting made the decision, after it emerged that there are wives...
Samoan PM Tuilaepa Sailele receiving a textbook from Applied Scholastics ambassador Warren Meyer
Apia, SAMOA — In February last year, Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele was photographed alongside Warren Meyer, the "humanitarian ambassador" for a group called Applied Scholastics. The two were holding a textbook titled Learning How To Learn — one of 10,000 copies gifted to the small Pacific...
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Nadi, FIJI — Fiji Airways is acquiring two Airbus A350 wide body aircraft by the end of this year. The airline said it will lease two new Airbus A350-900 aircraft, which can carry about 325 passengers, as part of its expansion plans. The airline plans to use the aircraft on Fiji services to New...
 Applicant posting application form at the Samoa Post
Apia, SAMOA — A total of 16, 832 people applied for the New Zealand Quota Scheme this year. According to the CEO of the Samoa Post Tupai Tupe Ualolo Nun Yan there were 15,400 applicants  from Upolu while 1,404 were from Savaii. Tupai said the number of applicants has spiked again after a drop in...
(L-R) Tu’u Fu’a Hazelman (APS Board Member), Aniva Clarke (Slogan Competition winner), Dr. Joan Macfarlene (APS Chairperson) and U.S. Embassy, Acting Chargé d’Affaires – Katelyn Choe
Apia, SAMOA —  The Animal Protection Society Inc. (APS) of Samoa today launched a new Community Awareness Program.  The Program aims to promote awareness about responsible pet ownership and uses the slogan ‘Pets are Family’. APS Chairperson, Dr. Joan Macfarlane explained that ‘a responsible pet...

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