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The Chief Executive Officer of MWTI Magele Hoe Viali.
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Government has pulled out from a multilateral air services agreement and now prefers bilateral air services arrangements with trade partners.  Samoa was a member of the  Multilateral Agreement on the Liberalization of International Air Transportation (MALIAT) but exercised...
One of Talofa Airways Twin Commander aircraft
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The US Department of Transportation has granted the “emergency exemption” requested by Samoa-based Talofa Airways Limited, so it could continue flights in and out of American Samoa. Talofa Airways had last week requested the exemption after the Samoa government proposed...
 Talalelei Pauga and supporters outside court in Apia
Apia, SAMOA — The man who threw a pig's head at Samoa's prime minister has entered a not guilty plea on a charge over an alleged immigration offence. Talalelei Pauga is accused of making a false declaration on a passenger arrival card when he entered the country in January The Samoa Observer said...
An artist impression of the Samoa Airways Boeing 737 Max 9
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's government has expressed safety concerns around the Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft ahead of the national airline receiving the plane. Samoa Airways is scheduled to take deliver of the Max 9 in April. However, the Minister of Public Enterprises Lautafi Selafi Purcell has told...
U.S. Dept. of Transportation logo
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The US Department of Transportation has notified US airlines holding a certificate of authority to serve Samoa under blanket open skies, that certificates will no longer be effective come July, after the Samoa government withdrew from a multi-nation open skies agreement...
Saina Tomi Fetalaia.
Apia, SAMOA — The Government has been urged to raise the minimum wage to $5 tala. The call comes from the Samoa First Union, which initially started the campaign several years ago calling for an increase from $2.30 to $3 tala. But Senior Organizer for Samoa First Union, Saina Tomi Fetalaia, said...
A set of tātatau tools and instruments
South East Queensland, AUSTRALIA — Scientists in Australia have dated a set of ancient tattoo chisels to the dawn of Polynesian culture, 2,700 years ago. The tools were found in Tonga Tapu, and the scientists say that suggests that tattooing began in Tonga and Samoa, and then spread to the rest of...
Fotu O Samoa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA— ASG is chartering the Samoa government-owned Fotu-o-Samoa vessel for transport of equipment to Manu’a while the ASG vessel, MV Manu’atele has a scheduled trip to the island group today, according to Port Administration director Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Poumele. Polynesian...
Joss Stone
Apia, SAMOA — A Grammy Award winning Soul sensation, Joscelyn Eve Stoker, better known by her stage name Joss Stone is expected to perform live in Samoa on March 7 for the first time. Ms. Stone is an English singer, songwriter and actress and she rose to fame in late 2003 with her multi-platinum...
Aerial view of Starkist canning plant in American Samoa
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA —  StarKist Samoa, the largest private employer in the territory, has finally confirmed the number of workers it wants to hire from neighboring Samoa, under the territory’s Guest Worker Permit Law, after local recruitment efforts were not “favorable as expected”. The law...

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