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Suva, FIJI — Fiji needs to take a more proactive approach to tackle its diabetes crisis, those working with sufferers say. The latest life expectancy world rankings show Fiji has the highest death rate from diabetes in the world with 188 of 100,000 fatalities being attributed to the disease....
Apia, SAMOA — Local distillers and liquor distributors have been hit so hard by the Samoa Government’s 100 percent increase in excise tax on liquor – some of them have ceased production. The increase excise tax on liquor came into effect April and it is responsible for recent drastic increase in...
London, ENGLAND — Samoa sevens captain Alatasi Tupou has been 'stood down' and sent home after being charged with drunk driving. The 30-year-old was charged by police during the early hours of Sunday morning, before the team left the country for the final two World Series tournaments in London and...
Salelologa, SAMOA — Moananu Mafua Romeo of Salelologa is grateful to be alive.  A teacher by profession, Moananu is counting his lucky stars after he was shot at early Sunday morning. He was caught in the crossfire when young men from Salelologa set up rocks to block the road.                   “I...
Savaii, SAMOA — Police in Samoa looking into ongoing brawls between village youth have now launched an investigation into cybercrime offences after the posting of a video of a man being questioned at gunpoint. Police have sent personnel from Apia to Savaii after a brawl between Salelologa and...
Malua, SAMOA — The Samoa government's decision to tax the head of state and church ministers is the beginning of the "downfall" of the administration, according to a local church. The claim was made during the general debate at the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa's general assembly at...
Mangere, NEW ZEALAND — Sunday's launch of Samoan Language Week at Fale o Samoa in Mangere highlights the importance of language in sustaining the community’s traditions and cultural identity. “Our language is key to our Samoan identity and the protection and preservation of our values and...
MADISON, Wisc. -- The most popular man around here is a 6-foot-2, 335-pound, backflipping, ukulele-playing, toe-touching former cheerleader who happens to be the starting nose tackle for Wisconsin's football team. That's an important thing to understand about Olive Sagapolu. He's known for football...
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — A Samoan grandmother living illegally in New Zealand for 31 years has been granted residency. South Auckland Sunday School teacher Lesa Matagitau, 53, was last year served a deportation order and was terrified at the thought of going back to Samoa where she has no...
Malua, SAMOA — The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) is standing its ground in the ongoing dispute with the Government over the law requiring the Head of State and Church Ministers to pay taxes on their alofa. “The decision from the Fonotele remains the same as in 2017 and that is...

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