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The criminal investigation into allegations on the issuing of false passports has now resulted in a recommendation that charges against one individual should be filed.  Police have completed their investigation referring to the files submitted for their consideration by the Ministry of Prime...
SAMOA JOINS FIGHT AGAINST NEGATIVE PROPAGANDA AGAINST THE COCONUT  At its annual meeting held in Kiribati last month, the Asian and Pacific Coconut Community (APCC) declared its fight by signing the TARAWA ACCORD, against the negative propaganda on the health and nutritional attributes of coconut...
England's players decided not to donate a slice of their match fees from Saturday’s clash with Samoa to the impoverished islanders for fear it could cast doubts on their sporting integrity. England will earn £22,000 a man at Twickenham while the Samoans receive £650 for each appearance and their...
Thirty seven year old Iakopo Vitale has begun serving a 15 year jail term for the rape of his two sisters-in-law. The girls were aged 14 and 15 years when he committed the crimes between July 2015 and December last year. The married father of six was convicted of 13 sex crimes. The Samoa Observer...
University of Guam President Robert Underwood recently spoke at the Peter Tali Coleman Lecture of Pacific Public Policy at the Center for Australian, New Zealand, and Pacific Studies and the Asian Studies Program at Georgetown University. Underwood’s lecture, “The Changing American Lake in the...
When Jake Aitken (Ngāti Ruapani, Ngai Tūhoe) returned to Aotearoa last week from a trip to Australia, which he does about two or three times each year, he was met with a shock. Six years ago, for his 18th birthday, Aitken had been gifted a taonga made of whale bone, carved into a design that...
Police in Samoa have appealed to the public for help to identify the driver of a vehicle believed have been involved in fatal a hit and run accident which claimed the life of an Australia missionary. According to a report by Talamua News Service, police said the suspect had been identified as...
The Oceania Customs Organisation secretariat says it is seeing a worrying increase in methamphetamine imported to the region. The head of the secretariat, Seve Paeniu, said it believed this stems from a significant increase in production in China, driven by demand for the drug in Australia and New...
A Samoan father of seven who killed his son with a machete has had murder charges against him dismissed by a panel of five assessors. They instead found him guilty of manslaughter after a week long hearing presided over by Justice Vui Clarence Nelson. The Samoa Observer reported that Afereti Talato...
NOTHING TO FEAR, REASSURES SAMOA AIRWAYS CEO — Samoa Airways is fully covered insurance wise. And there is nothing to fear, reassures the Chief Executive Officer Seiuli Alvin Tuala. The airline has inked a US$2 billion dollar insurance policy. The policy includes; US$1 billion for the 737-800...

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