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Samoa residents sit along the seawall in downtown Apia
Apia, SAMOA — Officers conducting Samoa's national census will be dishing out cash while on the job. Newsline Samoa reports that every citizen whose personal details are collected by the Samoa Bureau of Statistics officers will receive $50 tala (US$18) It is part of the government's second stimulus...
Samoa Airways Twin Otter
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Additional repatriation fights have been confirmed to return the rest of local residents stranded in Samoa, to American Samoa. While there has been no official statement from ASG, both Samoa Airways and Talofa Airways confirmed the additional flights on both its websites...
Tanumalala high security prison.
Apia, SAMOA — A Samoan man was kept in prison for nearly five years longer than he should have been because of an administrative error. Sio Agafili, 45, was meant to have been released in December 2015, but the error was only picked up on by a judge when he appeared in the Supreme Court last week...
Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — With more local residents stranded in Apia, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has approved additional repatriation flights so all local residents can be returned to American Samoa along with specialized workers needed in the territory. At Sunday’s government coronavirus task...
Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa has extended the COVID-19 State of Emergency for another month, taking the country to an unprecedented four-month lockdown. Samoa Observer reports that Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi announced that as long as there is still a threat of the virus reaching Samoa "we...
Samoan man in many layers of clothing because of the cold NZ winter.
Hastings, NEW ZEALAND — Seasonal workers stuck in Hawke's Bay are suffering from depression and anxiety because they don't know when they can return home. More than 1500 workers from the Pacific who were due to return home in May are still in the region, and with the season officially over there is...
Styrofoam cups
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa has delayed the ban on Styrofoam products that was due to come into force July 1. A nation-wide ban on the products was supposed to come into effect with businesses who continued to use or sell Styrofoam plates, containers and cups to face up to $US3700 fines or a six month...
Samoa Independent Seventh Day Adventist Church in Apia
Apia, SAMOA — A commercial TV station in Samoa says it will no longer screen sermons by Pastor Willie Papu, the leader of the Samoan Independent Seventh Day Adventist Church. The pastor is alleged to have made statements, during his paid programme, vilifying other Christian denominations in Samoa...
Faapito Lesatele, Faamuli Salu, Tamasailau Lemuelu with their siapo
Meet three generations of siapo craftswomen in Palauli, Samoa: 48-year-old Faapito Lesatele, 79-year-old Faamuli Salu and 21-year-old Tamasailau Lemuelu. Tamasailau works alongside her two mentors, her mother and grandmother. The family paints siapo cloth with a sharpened pandanus fruit for a brush...
DoH staff at the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs facility in Pago Pago conducting daily testing
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Health Department on Monday issued a public notice explaining “repatriation” as some people from Samoa appear to want to travel to American Samoa for vacations and other purposes. “Repatriation means to return someone to his/ her own country, to return to their home...

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