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The Guam Department of Corrections is investigating whether drones have been used to smuggle contraband into prisons after one was found at its main facility. The Guam Daily Post reported the discovery was the latest in a string of 26 cases that the department was investigating involving the...
Sacredness is about doing what’s right and following the law. That’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s response to claims that Samoa has lost the sacredness over the selection of the country’s Head of State.   “The most sacred thing to do is to follow the law.... our laws,” Tuilaepa...
ASTCA APOLOGIZES FOR QUALITY OF THEIR INTERNET SERVICE — The American Samoa Tele Communications Agency (ASTCA), in a press release, says it has identified some technical issues, which are affecting the quality of their Internet service; and apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused and...
A new report has highlighted concerns with teen pregnancy in Samoa only a week after a young mother wasjailed for infanticide. Vesi Enele was sentenced to 10 years in prison last week after pleading guilty to trying to flush her newborn down the toilet. Abortion is only legal in Samoa to preserve...
VIRGIN’S APPLICATION DOES NOT SURPRISE PM TUILAEPA The intention by Virgin Australia to continue flights to Samoa after its Virgin Samoa joint-venture with the Samoan government concludes in November comes as no great surprise to Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi. Virgin...
A half brother and sister charged with allegations of incest, appeared in the Supreme Court before Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiavasue Falefatu Sapolu this week. The Prosecutor in the case is Leone Su’a – Mailo. In court, Ms. Su’a asked if the matter could be further adjourned for the...
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 14, 2017) – This week Interior Acting Assistant Secretary Nikolao Pula has made available approximately $4 million for several invasive species prevention and control initiatives in the U.S. Insular Areas.  Funding has been provided to continue support in controlling the...
A woman in Samoa has been jailed for ten years for flushing her newborn baby down a toilet. Vesi Enele, in her 20s, opted to plead guilty to a charge of murder rather than go through a hearing. The Samoa Observer reports that police had said that in 2015, while visiting friends in Vaiusu, the young...
MCIL & THE CITIZENSHIP INVESTMENT ACT The Citizenship Investment Act 2016 has attracted a lot of interest and government officials are now engaging with potential investors. The Act is an initiative by government to attract new businesses to stimulate the economy and create new employment...
LAIE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) — This week, you'll be seeing an edgy new commercial targeting the Mormon church in Hawaii, questioning its business practices.  The 30-second spot is paid for by an equal rights organization called Mormon Tips.  They believe the Mormon church is not properly paying taxes...

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