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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...
Apia, Samoa – Affordability and trust in the organization providing the insurance are the two main priorities highlighted by Samoans as being important to them when deciding to purchase funeral expenses insurance. These were the findings of two focus group sessions organised by the Regional...
The non appearance of a Chinese translator forced the Court to reschedule the sentencing of two Chinese men who have been convicted of stealing more than $70,000 from the A.T.M machines of the Bank of South Pacific. Yang Quigreen and Zhong Shuiming, who are under police custody, are represented by...
Amalgamated Telecom Holdings Ltd finally has control of Bluesky Samoa Ltd and has received formal regulator approval for the change from Amper SA to ATH. A market announcement from the company yesterday said the formal approval was given by the Office of the Regulator in Samoa in accordance with...
Pacific Small Island Developing States have urged G20 countries to reaffirm their commitment to the Paris climate agreement. Following this week's Climate Action Pacific Partnership (CAPP) event in Fiji, 12 Pacific states called for action from the world's most powerful nations attending this...
The passing away of Seiuli Tuilagi Allan Alo Vaai is bringing together many people from different walks of life to pay tribute to a life lived to the fullest. Known as one of the most creative and flamboyant choreographers in the Pacific, he was also a multi-talented dancer, director and pioneer of...
Tuna prices are currently on the rise across all markets, with canneries worried this could be a long-term trend.  In Bangkok, Thailand skipjack prices have reached $1,900 per-metric-ton at the end of June, while they have jumped to $2,000/t in Ecuador. Meanwhile, sustainability measures introduced...
Not long after he adopted a baby from Samoa, Michael Nyberg knew something was wrong. The girl, whom he named Elleia, started saying the names of her parents and siblings, talking about how they all slept in a house together. Nyberg said the adoption agency had told him that the 4-year-old had been...

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