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Affordability and trust of funeral insurance companies have been flagged as important factors for Samoans when coping with funeral costs. The idea of funeral expenses insurance was investigated last week in Samoa, with two organisations looking into how to financially help bereaved Samoan families...
Hundreds of body art fanatics and people just wanting to see how a pe'a and a malu are tattooed stopped by the Greater Tacoma Convention in Tacoma, WA June 30-July 2 during the 2nd Annual Northwest Tatau Festival, the first agenda item in a week full of activities to celebrate Samoan Flag Day in...
Guam's Department of Education is formulating a plan to incorporate teaching about the self-determination vote and decolonisation in the local school curriculum. The department is currently working with the Commission on Decolonisation on the framework. The executive director of the commission...
Samoa's agriculture minister hopes the country's first poultry farm and a piggery will reduce its reliance on imported meat. Laaulialemalietoa Leuatea Polata'ivao says the World Bank-funded farm and piggery will open in two weeks at the agriculture ministry's livestock facilities at Vailima. Samoa...
Amnesty International in Hawaii says the state is right to challenge the legality of the United States' so-called travel ban because of the huge impact it has on refugees. Last month, the US Supreme Court let the Trump administration's executive order banning people from six Muslim-majority...
SAMOA KEEN TO HOST PACIFIC GAMES: TUILAEPA — The Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi is keen for Samoa to host the 2019 Pacific Games. He has even announced his intention to participate as an athlete in the sport of Archery.   This was revealed in a letter Tuilaepa wrote to Pacific Games...
Tuna prices have risen continuously since April from USD $1,500 mt in Bangkok to USD $1,950 mt, a high that has not been seen for three years. The high market price is attributed to low WCPO catch rates that have resulted in lower skipjack volume coming to Bangkok, coupled with strong demand from...
The Ministry of Police has issued a stern warning to the public to be vigilant following a fraudulent scam that successfully targeted two local churches to the tune of $200,000.  Acting Assistant Police Commissioner, Sala’a Moananu Sala’a told the Sunday Samoan, a man who goes by the names of...
American Samoa’s Deputy Treasurer who is overseeing Customs, Keith Gebauer is calling on Customs and Border Control to work together to combat the smuggling of drugs between the two Samoas.  He also made it clear the American Samoa Customs Officers do not inspect outbound cargos.  Mr Gebauer’s...
The police in Samoa will pay about US$50,000 compensation to a child who was locked in jail with his father in 2014. In October of that year, police officers locked the then 3-year-old child in a cell after his father had been detained for driving an unlicensed vehicle. An inquiry found the actions...

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