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Apia, SAMOA — Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has accepted Attorney General Lemalu Herman Retzlaff’s resignation. Lemalu’s resignation was tendered in person to the Prime Minister on Thursday (Samoa time). After being informed by the outgoing AG of the circumstances surrounding his...
Miss Pacific Islands  with babies
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The reigning Miss Pacific Islands, Fonoifafo Macfarland Seumanu is using her time and energy to serve the people of Samoa. A nurse by profession, Fonoifafo had requested to the Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) and Samoa’s Ministry of Health if she could work in her capacity...
A NOAA vessel conducting ocean ecosystem studies
Washington, D.C. — NOAA is in the process of acquiring two new oceanographic ships as part of the agency’s fleet rebuilding effort. Once in service, the new ships will support a wide variety of missions, ranging from general oceanographic research and exploration to marine life, climate and ocean...
The marijuana raided from Faleatiu
Apia, SAMOA — A Samoan man has been sentenced to a year in prison for stealing 46 marijuana plants from a police station evidence holding room. Police say Pa'uvi Limu used a hammer to break a window to get into the room before walking out the front door. An officer saw Pa'uvi walk out and thought...
Director General of Health, Leausa Take Naseri
Apia, SAMOA — Five Samoa patients and three caregivers returning from India after successful medical treatment are undergoing 14 days of self-quarantine in Nadi, Fiji for precautionary measures as mandated by Samoa’s Coronavirus Border Security Travel Advisory. On their way home, the Samoans had...
Samoan national Joseph Matamata,
Napier, NEW ZEALAND — A teenage Samoan girl promised schooling in New Zealand was instead allegedly made to cook and clean and got beatings, the High Court in Napier has heard. The woman, who was a 15-year-old at the time of the alleged offending in 1994-95, is one of several complainants who will...
A small marijuana plant in a garden pot.
Apia, SAMOA — A youth who appeared in Court this past week charged  with escaping from Olomanu centre last December has been blamed for cultivating marijuana inside the jouvenile detention centre. A detainee escaped from Olomanu juvenile detention centre, went straight to Faleolo Police post and...
Cans of Bumble Bee tuna
KAOHSIUNG, TAIWAN  — One of the world’s largest integrated marine industry supply-chain service providers, announced this week that it has acquired Bumble Bee Foods (Bumble Bee), a 120-year old beloved marketer of seafood and specialty protein products sold in the U.S., Canada, and throughout the...
Two policemen in front of the Samoa police station.
Apia, SAMOA — An escaped prisoner in Samoa has been recaptured after nine months on the run. The Samoa Observer reports the man, Suitupe Fa'amoe Paufai, 59, was handed over by his family. Paufai, who had been imprisoned for murder and possession of narcotics, ran away from a prison work gang in May...
Air New Zealand's flight NZ1942 touches down on kiwi soil.
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Thirty Pacific islanders are being quarantined at a New Zealand military base, following their evacuation from China. They are among 193 evacuees who arrived in Auckland from the Chinese city at the epicentre of the new coronavirus outbreak, Wuhan, on Wednesday night. The...

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