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Xavier Lui with his three daughters Nafanua (middle), Leilani (right) and Emma (seated). [photo: Iona Salter]
An ocean-crossing, island-saving teenager is the Disney heroine kids are likely to be playing these school holidays, but for three Samoan sisters the fantasy is not so far from reality. Nafanua, Leilani and Emma are 14, 12 and 10-years-old respectively, and their dad Xavier Lui is teaching them the...
Through a supplemental motion, the US Justice Department has offered more evidence to the federal court in Honolulu to justify its request for the extradition of a US citizen, Dean Jay Fletcher, wanted for the murder of his wife, Patricia Kearney, in Vava’u, Tonga.  The federal court has scheduled...
A California judge has limited the arguments that consumers alleging price-fixing in the packaged seafood industry can use in their lawsuits against the major US tuna canners. Lawyers for Thai Union Group, the owner of Chicken of the Sea, Dongwon Industries' Starkist, and Lion Capital's Bumble Bee...
SOLID SAMOAN: Seiuli Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson [Samoa Observer]
  When it comes to the year that Seiuli Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has had, he’s done it all. You see when we talk about his achievements it is not easy at all; in fact it’s very hard, as hard as… well… a rock. With all that the big man has achieved, stringing together a paragraph is almost too...
NOMINEES FOR INAUGURAL TOURISM AWARDS Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) has announced their nominees for the first ever Samoa Tourism Excellence Awards. The nominees were selected as part of the STA surveys and inspections carried out by the Tourism Standards Committee and the STA...
Ele Opeloge of Samoa competes in the women's +75 kg weightlifting event during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 16, 2008.  [Photo: AFP PHOTO/JUNG YEON-JE via RNZI]
The Pacific's first female Olympic medalist has dedicated her victory to her country Samoa and her coach. Ele Opeloge, who placed fourth in Beijing in 2008 has now been awarded the silver medal for her performance after a review of athletes test samples in August found two athletes placed above her...
 Catholic Cathedral in Apia in Samoa  [photo: RNZI/ Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia]
The chairman of Samoa's National Council of Churches says a move by the government to amend the Constitution and make Samoa a Christian State is unnecessary. Reverend Kasiano Leaupepe's remarks were in relation to a Constitutional amendment bill presented for its first reading by Prime minister...
Apia, SAMOA — The body of a man that was found floating lifeless in Faleula four months ago has been identified as Fa’aaliga Onofia Seumanutafa, 46 years old of Matautu-Uta. This is according to Samoa’s Police Spokesperson Su’a LeMamea Tiumalu Wednesday in a phone interview with Samoa News. At the...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi addresses the nation as Samoa says goodbye to 2016 and greets 2017.  (Photo JL)
Apia, SAMOA — Improved transportation in and out of Apia, and Tui Samoa Cable, Apia Water Front Development project were among the highlights of the year 2016 that Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi spoke about when he addressed Samoa on New Year’s eve at his office yesterday afternoon....
Apple founder Steve Jobs once said that time is our most precious resource. Like most resources, managing time sure is complicated. In a globalized world, time zones prove that location still matters.  But some argue that doing away with time zones altogether is the path to the future. Nowhere is...

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