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Talofa Airways staff at the launch of the airline [Photo: RNZI/Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia]
Talofa Airways launched its inaugural flight to Tonga yesterday from Fagali'i Airport in Samoa. Airline spokesman Taua Fatu Tielu says travel between Tonga, Samoa and American Samoa is a nightmare. Taua said their core customers are Tongan and Samoan travellers between those three locations,...
Charged with theft: Yang Quigreen and Zhong Shuiming. [Samoa Observer]
Samoa is sending a strong warning to international criminals that they will be caught, prosecuted and punished. The message comes from the Office of the Attorney General with the conviction of two Chinese tourists who skimmed $70,000 from local A.T.M machines. In her submission at the hearing,...
Boxing legend David Tua will speak at the The Gathering of the 3000.  [Photo: RNZ / Mei Heron]
SAMOA POLICE COMMISH DENIES PISTOL ALLEGATION Police Commissioner, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil, has denied being armed with an illegal clot pistol, the Samoa Observer reports.  The Commissioner denied allegations when he took the stand in the Commission of Inquiry investigating the suspension of...
[Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson]
Cattle farmers in Samoa may soon have a modern abattoir that the government hopes will help improve their chances of exporting beef to American Samoa. Samoa's minister of agriculture, La'aulialemalietoa Leuatea Polata'ivao Schmidt, confirmed in Parliament that negotiations with the World Bank to...
Aumua Amata with James Comer (KY), Chairman Steve Chabot (OH), and Dwight Evans (PA). [courtesy photo]
SMALL BUSINESS COMMITTEE HOLDS ROUNDTABLE Washington, DC — Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata and the Small Business Committee held a roundtable on the best ways to help veteran-owned small businesses. The discussion focused on the aftermath of the Supreme Court case Kingdomware Technologies, Inc...
 For the first time, church pastors in Samoa will have to pay income tax. [Photo: Tipi Autagavaia]
For the first time, Samoa's Head of State and church pastors will have to pay income tax. Despite opposition from a handful on MPs, the country's parliament has passed the Income Tax Amendment Act. The MP for Urban West, Faumuina Wayne Fong, said it should have been a tax on the church rather than...
Artist photographer Pati Solomona Tyrell's work focusses on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Pacific communities in New Zealand.  [photo: Pati Solomona Tyrell]
WHAT DESPERATION? That was the response from the Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt to claims by Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai, made in Parliament last week.  According to Olo, the government is financially desperate which is why they have moved to tax the Head of State and the...
PNA MINISTERS SENDING STRONG MESSAGE FOR CONSERVATION OF TUNA RESOURCES Majuro, Marshall Islands  — Pacific tuna resource owners concluded their annual meeting Friday in the Marshall Islands by sending a strong message of their commitment to conserving and managing tuna resources, while increasing...
One more video of a fight involving three or four women in Apia has emerged. It is making rounds on social media. It is not known when the fight occurred but it appears it took place just outside the S.N.P.F Plaza on Beach Road. The video shows women being separated as they were fighting in a very...
Si Ufaga Moana was charged Wednesday with abuse of a family member in the presence of a child. [photo: HPD]
A 22-year-old Kalihi Valley man allegedly punched and kicked his pregnant wife after she asked him for money to buy food for their 2-year-old son. Si Ufaga Moana, also known as Siufaga Moana, was charged Wednesday with abuse of a family or household member in the presence of a child younger than 14...

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