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Iuniarra Sipaia of Samoa competes in the women's +75kg final during the 2014 Commonwealth Games.  [photo: AFP via RNZI]
Apia, SAMOA — Samoan weightlifter Iuniarra Sipaia has been cleared of any wrongdoing after mistakenly taking a banned substance. But the decision by the International Weightlifting Federation has come too late for the 24-year-old to compete at the Commonwealth Games. Iuniarra Sipaia was originally...
Fonotele Malua. (Photo: Samoa Observer)
Apia, SAMOA — The Elders Committee of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) is adamant. They will not obey the demand by the Government for all Church Ministers to pay income taxes.  The law became effective in January 2018. Which means many of the Church Ministers of C.C.C.S. are...
L-R Sia Figiel, Mere Taito, Karlo Mila and Janet Steele.  [photo: Ash Miles/Unity Books Wellington]
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Pacific women and their challenges in coping with climate change have been highlighted in a new Commonwealth anthology. A mix of new and established authors from the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, the Indian and Pacific Oceans contributed to the anthology. Little Island co-...
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Apia, SAMOA — National Bank of Samoa (NBS) and Digicel Samoa are pleased to announce a partnership to develop the next generation of cost-effective and easy mobile banking and remittance services for Samoan customers. Digicel will work with NBS to integrate its Mobile Money platform with NBS’...
Samoa's PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi [SN file photo]
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister has warned that Facebook and other social media platforms may soon be banned in the country. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi told news media on Wednesday that it would be his government's last resort if bloggers using social media to attack government did not start...
  The Samoa sevens team are onto their third manager this season. [Photo: PHOTOSPORT via RNZI]
Apia, SAMOA — The Manu Samoa sevens team is searching for a third manager in little over eight months. Shalom Senara has resigned from the role due to family reasons. He took up the position in October, having spent the previous two years as the Samoa Rugby Union's Development Manager. "Shalom has...
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Apia, SAMOA — Manu Samoa 7s is dedicating the Hong Kong IRB 7s leg next week to the late La’auli Alan Grey. They will be wearing black armbands to honor La’auli celebrated as the man responsible for propelling Manu Samoa to the world stage single handedly. “He’s an exemplary man,” are the...
A United Airlines employee checks in two Pacsafe rolling duffels at Vancouver International Airport for Cool Stuff’s journey back to the islands, after coverage of the 2018 Canada 7s.  The blue Pacsafe backpack has two pro bodies, lenses, flash, memory cards, batteries and MacBook Pro laptop... all compressed to fit properly in the overhead.  [photo: Barry Markowitz]
Honolulu, Hawai'i — Sometimes you gotta keep raving about the solid gear that keeps you going, and keeps dynamic images in the Samoa News. Pacsafe, as the name clearly implies, keeps your gear secure from vandals and the goofy TSA inspectors at LAX that are professional zipper busters. Pacsafe’s...
Apia, SAMOA — The China Navigation Company (CNCo) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment (SPREP) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to address critical waste management issue in the Pacific islands. Known as the “Moana Taka Partnership”, this MOU allows for CNCo...
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Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's President of Lands and Titles court Fepulea'i Attila Ropati has pleaded guilty to assaulting the night-watchman of the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration. Through his lawyer, Fepulea'i pleaded guilty to one count of assaulting the complainant at a function in...

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