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John Kanui
Kona, HAWAII — A hotel security guard brutally beaten by three people in the parking lot of a Kona hotel just over two years ago has died. John Kanui, 65, was receiving medical treatment on the mainland for a closed traumatic brain injury and a broken neck that resulted in paralysis after he was...
Former Justice Vui Clarence Nelson
Apia, SAMOA — Conditions for juveniles at Samoa's Tanumalala prison have been described as criminal by the former acting Chief justice, Vui Clarence Nelson. Vui also said the youth looked like ''caged animals'' at the facility. The Samoa Observer newspaper reported the criticism was contained in an...
Talalelei Pauga during an earlier court appearance.
Apia, SAMOA — The man who threw a pig’s head at Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, and is now accused over a plot to kill the P.M., is facing an extradition hearing in Australia. A spokesperson for the Attorney-General's office told the Brisbane Times that the defendant, Talalelei...
Manufalealili Dr Viali Lameko
Apia, SAMOA — The Vice-Chancellor of the Oceania University of Medicine in Apia has called for a ban on the advertising of sugary food and drinks in Samoa. Manufalealili Dr Viali Lameko wrote in the latest edition of the Journal of Samoan Studies, saying the move, along with the promotion of more...
GoHealth Urgent Care staff testing a United Airlines crewmember.
Honolulu, Hawaii — United Airlines will become the first U.S. airline to offer coronavirus testing for passengers, in time for Hawaii’s pre-travel testing program set to launch in mid-October. Starting Oct. 15, passengers flying from San Francisco International Airport to Hawaii will be given the...
Afamasaga Rico Tupa'i
Apia, SAMOA — A free WIFI project for Samoan schools is being called illegal by the government. The project involves a private communication company working with a new political party chaired by former cabinet minister and speaker, La'auli Leuatea Polata'ivao Schmidt. Launched in Savai'i with a...
Samoa Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi with the Chinese Ambassador Wang Xuefeng
Apia, SAMOA —  The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Independent State of Samoa would like to respond to the article “Chinese company warned over construction breaches” published by Samoa Observer on 21st September 2020. The article’s source, Epoch Times, is a newspaper run by...
Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister is looking to modify legislation which allows people to leave their parties and still remain an MP. During his weekly radio address Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi spoke of weaknesses in the legislation. According to Tuila'epa amending the legislation would make...
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Government is shouldering the blame for the three Lands and Titles Court legislative measures under scrutiny, says Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi.  “It’s a campaign platform leading up to the General Elections next year,” he continued. In an exclusive...
Samoa's parliament
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa could have a new deputy prime minister by next Tuesday with parliament reconvening earlier than expected. The Samoa Observer newspaper reported the political party whip of the ruling Human Rights Protection Party, Alai'asā Sepulona Moananu, saying caucus members will vote for a...

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