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P.M. TUILAEPA ATTACKS MEDIA FOR REPORTING ON RAPE, INCEST Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has vented his rage against the media and the Police, accusing them of giving Samoa a bad name around the world, with what he claims are repeated media reports on rape and incest.  For four weeks...
The intended loss to the federal government over the alleged false filing of tax returns by an American Samoa woman who was arrested last month in Hawai’i, “could exceed $1 million,” according to new court documents filed with the federal court in Anchorage, Alaska. Coriana Ifopo, 54, was arrested...
Two people are suspected to have died from dengue fever in Samoa and the Ministry of Health has issued an alert about an outbreak in the country. The Samoa Observer reported the ministry had identified 25 positive cases with two suspected to have led to the deaths which are still being investigated...
NIGHTCLUBS, GAS STATIONS TARGETED WITH COUNTERFEIT MONEY Counterfeit money is a growing problem in Samoa and the people behind it are targeting nightclubs and gas stations.  Governor of the Central Bank of Samoa, Maiava Atalina Ainu’u-Enari confirmed this during an interview with the Samoa Observer...
The McDonald’s Family Restaurant has secured the naming rights for the Miss Samoa Pageant 2017. The $100,000 deal was announced during a press conference at McDonald’s in Apia. the Samoa Observer reported yesterday. McDonald’s President and Owner, Tautolo Aogaleatu Tautolo, said the franchise’s...
Tourism is synonymous with small islands and big business for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) accounting for 25% of gross domestic product (GDP). Tourism and travel is the largest industry and job provider in the world. Although small islands benefit from a minuscule slice of the US$7.6...
AMATA MEETS WITH ALASKA’S SAMOAN COMMUNITY  Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Aumua Amata was privileged to meet late Monday with some of the Samoan and Polynesian community in Alaska, hosted by the Polynesian Association of Alaska, and discussed issues such as access to healthcare on the islands,...
O le ala ile pule, o le tautua - The Pathway to leadership is to serve. Born and raised in New Zealand, Lui has big dreams for his future that don't involve his Samoan roots. But Lui's father has hopes for his son that are steeped deeply in tradition. Matai is the debut work of Pasifka theatre...
In my continuing quest looking at merge foods — when two foods make a third hybrid food — I stumbled on yet another taco mashup. Earlier this month, I told you about pizzacos. Those pizza-taco hybrids are offered only on Tuesdays at the Defiant Goldfish near Point Defiance Park. Today’s hybrid...
SAMOA’S PM TUILAEPA BOOK LAUNCH OF “PALEMIA”  On Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, Prime Minister, Susuga Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi launched his book, “Palemia” — written by Dr. Peter Swain, as narrated by the PM — in New Zealand during a well-attended event at Samoa House in Auckland, NZ. The prime...

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