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Apia, SAMOA — People in Samoan eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19 are being urged to do so after new figures show the country's rates of vaccination falling behind other Pacific nations. The Samoa Observer reports the ANZ and Our World in Data survey shows only 35 percent of people have...
Broken glass and scattered slippers
Apia, SAMOA — Three adults were seriously injured and nine others were treated for injuries from a mad rush on Monday to get registered to pick fruit under the seasonal workers scheme in New Zealand and Australia. They came in huge numbers, some arriving at the EFKS Youth Hall at 5am with all hopes...
Samoa Chief Justice, Satiu Simativa Perese
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Court of Appeal has reserved its decision after a request for clarification by the FAST party. FAST narrowly won the election in April but is being stopped from assuming power because its rival, HRPP, is refusing to step down until all election petitions are dealt with. This...
Fiame Naomi Mata'afa
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa continues to wait for the outcome of court cases pertaining to the April election to be resolved after the Supreme Court on Monday met to determine the legality of the non-traditional swearing-in of Parliament held under a tent in the parking lot, after the caretaker PM ordered...
Janet Coit casts her line into the water with others in background
Washington, D.C. — Janet Coit has been appointed to lead NOAA Fisheries, which is responsible for managing the nation’s marine fisheries and conserving protected marine species, as the assistant administrator under the Biden-Harris Administration. Coit will also serve as acting assistant secretary...
FAST leader Fiame Naomi Mata'afa (right) and deputy, Laauli Leuatea Polataivao Schmidt
Apia, SAMOA — The Supreme Court in Samoa has dismissed an electoral challenge against the winner of the Faasaleleaga No. 2 seat. This means FAST's Magele Sekati Faaui remains as the seat's MP-elect. The Samoa Observer reports the Chief Justice, Satiu Simativa Perese, delivered the decision...
FAST leader Fiame Naomi Mata'afa (right) and deputy, Laauli Leuatea Polataivao Schmidt
Apia, SAMOA — Fa’atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (F.A.S.T.) party is seeking clarity from the court to overcome the differed interpretation of the situation from that of their rivals, the deputy leader, Laauli Leuatea Schmidt confirmed. Speaking on Friday, the Member-elect of Gagaifomauga No. 3...
crime scene
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Honolulu police arrested a man early Saturday for second-degree murder in connection with a deadly shooting in Kalihi. Authorities arrested 37-year-old Eddieson Reyes for allegedly shooting and killing 19-year-old Triston Billimon before midnight. Police said the shooting...
Washigton, D.C. — Like so many fathers, my dad was a man of decency, honor, generosity, and kindness.  He had a profound impact on me, and instilled in me the understanding of the basic truth that everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect.  The value set my father taught me, I...
The procession of Head Hunters and other gang members
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — Police have made no arrests after a day of massive gang funeral processions across Auckland to farewell a Head Hunter who died in custody. Roads were closed to protect the public on Friday as hundreds of members of numerous gangs descended for the funeral in Auckland for...

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