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Roberta Haynes
Apia, SAMOA — A star of the 1950's Hollywood movie, Return to Paradise, is returning to Samoa next week. Roberta Haynes, who lit up the silver screen opposite Gary Cooper, died in April and her family is having her ashes interred at a chapel overlooking the beach made famous by the movie. A...
Staff Sgt. Sapa Taala on a tank.
Sibiu, Romania — Growing up on Savaii in Western Samoa, Staff Sgt. Sapa Taala, 47, dreamed of joining the U.S. Army. He vividly remembers the moment he knew he wanted to enlist. “Back home in Samoa, I was watching the liberation of Kuwait on a small black and white TV during the first Gulf War. I...
Able Seaman Boatswains Mate, Natasha Mailei visits her grandfather, Asi Mailei, in the village of Tuana'i in Samoa.
Tuana’i, SAMOA — One sailor on board HMAS Sirius had the unique opportunity to visit her grandfather while in Samoa recently, returning to her home in the small village of Tuana’i for the first time in 12 years.  Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Natasha Mailei is one of the 77 crew members of Sirius who...
Members of the American Samoa delegation to the 16th Pacific Games in Apia.
Apia, SAMOA — In the last day of the Pacific Games Women’s Basketball Event’s Group Phase, four teams will be battling for positions to determine the cast for the Qualifying Finals. Guam and Tahiti are sporting identical 1-1 win-loss cards and will face-off at the curtain-raiser at 12:00 pm. The...
Samoa Supreme Court building
Apia, SAMOA — A 47-year-old father of five in Samoa, David Crichton, has been sentenced to 4 years and 8 months jail for stabbing his wife seven times with a kitchen knife. The police said the crime happened in front of the couple's children. They had been separated for two years when the stabbing...
Anne Cairns with her family who joined her in Samoa
Apia, SAMOA — A deal has been struck to allow news from the Pacific Games to be broadcast in Samoa. The local journalists' association had complained that restrictions placed on local TV stations had made news coverage unfeasible. (See yesterday’s Pacific Briefs) Local stations were being charged...
American Samoa women's basketball team that beat Tahiti 85 to 67
O le aso Lua i Samoa na manumalo ai le tatou 'au a tama'ita'i i le ta'aloga Basketball i le 'au malosi mai Tahiti i le latou fetauiga mata'ina lea na maua ai latou 'ai e 85 i le 67 a Tahiti. Malo le fa'amalosi, ia maua mai se 'ai matagofie o lenei tausaga. [ata:foa'i]
Alatise Vitale outside the courtroom
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's probation committee has decided to recall Alatise Vitale, who was convicted of murdering the Minister of Works, Luagalau Levaula Kamu, 20 years ago. He is to continue serving his life sentence. The committee decided that Vitale had breached parole conditions after being...
Samoan weightlifter Feagaiga Stowers carrying Samoa flag
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa 2019 XVI Pacific Games officially opened on Sunday evening with a three-hour celebration of Samoan culture showcasing dance, legends and sport.  The Opening Ceremony at Apia Park Stadium in Samoa's capital city was broadcast internationally, and was the first Pacific Games...
American Samoa cheered during opening ceremony
Apia, SAMOA — The only medals Team American Samoa is after are gold and nothing but gold. Team American Samoa will be competing in 15 sports and they would like a gold medal in each of these Team American Samoa Chef de mission Falefata Moli Taai Lemau said. “ We are competing in 15 sports and our...

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