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Apia, SAMOA — “It’s a dream come true,” for former president of the Journalists Association of Samoa (JAWS) Galumalemana Tipi Autagavaia who initiated the move to legalize the Samoa Media Code of Ethics more than 10 years ago. Following the establishment of the Samoa Media Council last week, their...
University of Washington linebacker Psalm Fa’afoisia Pulemagafa Wooching was predicted to be a late round pick for the upcoming NFL draft in April; but the young Samoan has shocked everyone — even his parents — with the announcement that he will pursue rugby instead. Wooching led the Huskies in...
Apia, SAMOA — It’s unclear when the suspended Police Commissioner, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil will return to his post, as the cabinet has yet to receive any official notice from the court that the criminal charges were dismissed this week. This is according to Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele...
A village council of chiefs in Samoa has unanimously agreed to ban all foreign businesses on customary land. The decision by the council of Siumu district on Upolu gained the support of all local business people and has now been registered in the office of the Lands and Titles court at Mulinu'u....
Samoa is one step closer to getting faster, cheaper internet with the start on the Savaii component of the country's new submarine cable. Construction of the 1,300 kilometre system will cost $US57.4million and will connect Upolu and Savai'i, to the Southern Cross Cable Network in Suva, Fiji. The...
The Pasifika Film Festival is being held this week in New Zealand's capital for the first time, showcasing 26 films, made by Pacific filmmakers, about Pacific people. The festival started in Australia in 2013 and has since increased in popularity. Last week it visited Auckland and it is being...
 “Justice has prevailed today,” said suspended Police Commissioner Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil outside of the Supreme Court with Samoa News following the dismissal of the criminal case against him. This matter is in connection with one count of Inciting, counseling and procuring to commit murder, 100...
CANADA’S NEW HIGH COMMISSIONER MEETS WITH HEAD OF STATE Apia, SAMOA — The relationship between Samoa and Canda will mark its 46th year, coming June 2017 and it’s something to be proud of, said His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi during a brief ‘Letter of Credence’ ceremony at Tuaefu, residence...
An American Samoan man, sentenced last month at the federal court in Honolulu for interfering with the flight crew of a Hawaiian Airlines flight from American Samoa to Hawai’i,  will now serve three months of home confinement following a recent arrest by Honolulu police. Aumoeualogo Agaaoa Togia...
REMOVAL OF MARY’S STATUTE IN HIGH COURT Apia, SAMOA — Tavita Sa’u is accused in connection with damaging the statue of Mary at the Congregational Christian Church in Samoa (CCCS) in Si’ufaga Falelatai. The church’s reverend Opapo Soanai says that has his church title has been stripped by elders of...

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