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JAWS BACKS END OF POLICE BRIEFINGS The head of the Journalists Association of Samoa, or JAWS, says the end of weekly police press briefings could be a good thing. Last week, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, who is also the police minister, stopped such briefings because he says the...
The McDonald’s Samoa in central downtown Apia is up for an expensive facelift. And it’s the beginning of better things to come for the country as the franchise embarks on a multi-million tala investment in Samoa that will see Ronald and his people expanding to Vaitele, the Faleolo International...
Samoa's Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, and former Parliamentary speaker, Laaulialemalietoa Leuatea Polataivao Fosi Schmidt, has resigned his portfolios after being charged with obtaining money by decept The minister's wife and another person have also been charged. The Samoa Observer...
A CUT ABOVE - TUA PENIAMINA (New Zealand) — July 25 2017 — Last year Tua Peniamina won the award for Wellington’s top barber, which sits proudly on his desk, according to Chev Hassett, a visual journalist born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand. In Hassett’s Photo essay: “From the garage to the...
A man in Samoa who's been sentenced to life imprisonment for murder has been recalled to court. Shane Kerisimasi of Luatunuu village was sentenced last month. He'd earlier pleaded guilty to the charge. Kerisimasi was sentenced before the court was aware of new sentencing provisions. The Chief...
At the 1984 Summer Olympics, diver Greg Louganis took home the gold medal for the U.S. Now, in 2017, Louganis reunited with his birth father Fouvale Lutu here in Hawaii. Lutu was just a teen when Greg was born. At 9 months, the baby was then adopted by Peter and Francis Louganis. Lutu introduced...
The guilty pleas from executives with Starkist and Bumble Bee Foods, as well as the latter company itself, support legal claims made that Thai Union Group-owned Chicken of the Sea is the whistleblower on the alleged US shelf-stable seafood price-fixing cartel, two well-placed sources told...
With the Miss Samoa Pageant still to be staged next month, the Samoa Events Inc (S.E.I.) has already had to deal with a pre pageant drama out of Australia. An incomplete application from Miss Samoa Victoria Beauty Pageant for a Miss Adele Fa’aosofia to S.E.I. did not meet the requirements or adhere...
The police in Samoa have assured local journalists that they will still be available to answer questions, despite the end of weekly media conferences. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, who is also the police minister, has shut down the conference, blaming journalists for giving Samoa a...
A United Nations human rights panel believes a lot more work needs to be done to tackle deeply rooted gender discrimination in Samoa following a recent visit. The UN special mission was invited by the Samoa government to look into the current situation of women's human rights in the country. The...

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