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Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa with Deputy Prime Minister Tuala Iosefo Ponifasio
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa District Court Judge Alalatoa Rosela Papalii reluctantly granted another adjournment in the hearing of Prime Minister Fiamē Naomi Mataafa’s private prosecution trial. She granted the adjournment but also noted that it would be the final adjournment. Fiame is charged with one...
Baby chicks in a cage
Apia, SAMOA — Baby chicks are arriving at 5 new poultry units in Samoa as part of the Pacific Regional Integrated Food and Security Initiative to COVID-19. "We're hopeful that the new poultry units will further reduce Samoa's reliance on imported meat and generate more benefits for farmers, in...
Woman with mask waving Samoan flag
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — There was a street festival vibe to many Pasifika-organized Vaxathon events around New Zealand on Saturday. Thousands of Pacific people have taken the chance to be vaccinated against Covid-19 - with organisers going out of their way to make many events as much fun as...
 Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Through an executive order, Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga has directed the ASG Office of Property Management, which was established in 1998, to inventory certain government assets. According to the order, ASG is in need of an inventory in connection with its U.S Department of...
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Hagåtña, GUAM — A four-month-old baby boy was among the three Covid-related deaths reported on Guam. The boy was pronounced dead on arrival at the U.S Naval Hospital Guam on Wednesday. He is the youngest Covid-related fatality on Guam. The two other related covid deaths were a 64 year old man, and...
Samoa's opposition leader, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's opposition leader, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has called on the FAST government to stop withholding salaries for the Human Rights Protection Party parliamentarians. TV1Samoa reports that Tuilaepa made the call at a news conference saying none of them had been paid since...
Acting Police Commissioner, Auapaau
Apia, SAMOA — A Samoa Police Inspector, Kenneth Komiti, has been suspended, as an investigation looks into claims he allegedly altered police documents. Mr Komiti, a Commanding Officer for the Police Prosecution, has been accused of amending police records in relation to a businessman who appeared...
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WASHINGTON —  The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) announced $8,500,000 in grant awards provided through the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs’ Energizing Insular Communities program to support energy initiatives in the U.S. territories.  “...
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Nouméa, NEW CALEDONIA — Ahead of the world’s climate change conference — COP 26 — scheduled to begin Oct 31, the recent Pacific Conference on Climate Change (7-8 October) aimed at enhancing climate resilience ambition in the Indo-Pacific region. Dr Paula Vivili, Pacific Community’s (SPC) Deputy...
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Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Electoral Commission said polling for seven by-elections will have happen on November 12. The seven seats became vacant after the petition process resulting from the April general election. Writs for the by-elections will be issued this Friday with nominations throughout...

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