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People out exercising on the new Vaisigano bridge
Apia, SAMOA — The long awaited Vaisigano bridge will open for commuters today, Tuesday August 11, (Samoa time) at exactly 7am  in the morning. This was confirmed by the woman by behind it all, Chief Executive Officer of Land Transport Authority Galumalemana Ta’atialeoitiiti Tutuvanu Schwalger who...
Weapons displayed by police for the media
Apia, SAMOA — A 42-year-old man from Samoa's Faleula village is in custody after police raided a home where seventeen guns were found, including high powered rifles, pistols and ammunition. Utensils suspected of being used for the creation of drugs such as methamphetamine were also seized. The...
Health Dept. personnel outside area where Church Minister and his wife are quarantined.
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa Police have confirmed that a pastor who defied security guards and forcibly entered the place where his wife was being self-isolated, has been fined $2,000 tala. The Officer in charge of Samoa’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID) Auapaau Logoitino Filipo told Samoa Global...
Samoa Airways jet on runway
Apia, SAMOA — A repatriation flight from Auckland to Apia on Friday is expected to be the last for at least three weeks. The pause will prevent quarantine facilities from being overwhelmed. The Samoa Observer reported that initially there were going to be 15 quarantine sites in Samoa, grouping...
Samoa Coronavirus logo
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Government issued on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 it’s Amended State of Emergency Orders for COVID-19 that go into force on Wednesday (all dates Samoa time).  Updates include new regulations pertaining to International Travel — planes and ships including flights from Fiji, travel...
Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala Warren
Apia, SAMOA — The judge hearing the trial of a 18-year-old for murdering a Chinese businessman in Samoa has called for greater tolerance of difference in the community. The man, Gogosina Lelei Leilua, pleaded guilty to the murder, being armed with a dangerous weapon, and aggravated robbery in...
American Samoa District Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of assaulting his wife in front of his two young children in Nuuuli was arrested and appeared in court last week. This is the fourth man arrested and charged with domestic violence against women recently. The defendant, a 46-year-old man from Samoa, made...
Social media apps, including Facebook, on face of smart phone
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa's Ombudsman, Maiava Iulai Toma, has warned that banning Facebook in Samoa would affect freedom of speech guarantees in the Constitution. The Samoa Observer reports the Office of the Ombudsman issued a statement saying the move, suggested by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele...
A group of Samoan matai pre-Covid
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoan government has extended its Covid-19 State of Emergency until 30 August. The government statement said the current State of Emergency Orders would remain in place except for one amendment. In regards to social gatherings, ceremonies for the bestowal of matai titles are now...
Samoa Airways Twin Otter
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — At Sunday’s cabinet meeting, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga said the repatriation flights to bring back home local residents stranded in Samoa will run for this one last week and starting Aug. 1, for a period of two weeks, the flights will bring in specialized workers needed...

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