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Samoa Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi [SN file photo]
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi has revealed that he threatened the council of churches with a proposed new law which would close the country down completely every weekend to allow Christians to keep the sabbath holy. Speaking on national Radio 2AP yesterday, Tuila...
[Photo: RNZI / Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia]
Apia, SAMOA — Taro from Samoa may be allowed into American Samoa if stringent control measures being proposed by the Samoa Ministry of Agriculture are accepted. Of major importance to this new proposal is confirmation from Samoan authorities that the taro is pest free. Consignments of taro for...
An emotional Feagaiga Stowers at Monday's medal ceremony. [ GETTY IMAGES   via Stuff NZ]
Gold Coast City, AUSTRALIA —  Samoa won't top the medal table at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games but a trio of weightlifters gave the island nation its day in the sun on Monday. Sanele Mao and Feagaiga Stowers hoisted their way to gold medals on day five of the 2018 Games. Their medals were just...
LUATUANU'U CLASH: Police Commissioner Fuiava Egon Keil and Police officers at Luatuanu'u. (Photo: Misiona Simo / Samoa Observer)
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Police Service has issued a statement confirming the severity of the attack against Police officers when they were called to Luatuanu’u to resolve a conflict there, last month.  According to a statement issued to the Weekend Observer, the Police estimate that $10,000 is the...
Iuniarra Sipaia of Samoa competes in the women's +75kg final during the 2014 Commonwealth Games.  [photo: AFP via RNZI]
Apia, SAMOA — Samoan weightlifter Iuniarra Sipaia has been cleared of any wrongdoing after mistakenly taking a banned substance. But the decision by the International Weightlifting Federation has come too late for the 24-year-old to compete at the Commonwealth Games. Iuniarra Sipaia was originally...
Fonotele Malua. (Photo: Samoa Observer)
Apia, SAMOA — The Elders Committee of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) is adamant. They will not obey the demand by the Government for all Church Ministers to pay income taxes.  The law became effective in January 2018. Which means many of the Church Ministers of C.C.C.S. are...
L-R Sia Figiel, Mere Taito, Karlo Mila and Janet Steele.  [photo: Ash Miles/Unity Books Wellington]
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — Pacific women and their challenges in coping with climate change have been highlighted in a new Commonwealth anthology. A mix of new and established authors from the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, the Indian and Pacific Oceans contributed to the anthology. Little Island co-...
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Apia, SAMOA — National Bank of Samoa (NBS) and Digicel Samoa are pleased to announce a partnership to develop the next generation of cost-effective and easy mobile banking and remittance services for Samoan customers. Digicel will work with NBS to integrate its Mobile Money platform with NBS’...
Samoa's PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi [SN file photo]
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Prime Minister has warned that Facebook and other social media platforms may soon be banned in the country. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi told news media on Wednesday that it would be his government's last resort if bloggers using social media to attack government did not start...
  The Samoa sevens team are onto their third manager this season. [Photo: PHOTOSPORT via RNZI]
Apia, SAMOA — The Manu Samoa sevens team is searching for a third manager in little over eight months. Shalom Senara has resigned from the role due to family reasons. He took up the position in October, having spent the previous two years as the Samoa Rugby Union's Development Manager. "Shalom has...

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