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Apia, SAMOA — A warning has been issued that cyber crime is on the rise in Samoa after the police thwarted an attempt by hackers to take money from a government authority and a local company. The Samoa Observer reports the Land Transport Authority and a local construction company were victims to...
Samoa Supreme Court building
Apia, SAMOA — In Samoa, a repeat drug offender has been jailed and will serve two years and eight months in total for several concurrent sentences. The Samoa Observer reports Junior Filifili Prichard of Vaigaga had also been assessed to have a severe dependence on both methamphetamine and marijuana...
 Fuimaono Dylan Asafo
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — A Samoan law lecturer believes the suspension of Samoan opposition leader and former prime minister is unconstitutional. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has been suspended for two years along with his party secretary, as a result of contempt of parliament charges. Auckland...
Samoa Motootua National Hospital hallway
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoan government has started to look at ways of accommodating the increasing number of patients seeking overseas treatment. The Samoa Observer reports the prime minister saying the Ministry of Health has been tasked with providing a plan to allow more people to get treatment...
Passengers sleeping on floor at Auckland airport
Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — More than 100 passengers transiting through Auckland Airport over the weekend were forced to wait in a cold corridor overnight. The NZ Herald reported that the passengers, who had flown from Samoa and were on the way to Australia, had arrived about 2am on Sunday. Passengers...
fresh turmeric
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The U.S Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has authorized the importation into the United States — including its territories —  fresh turmeric, (Curcuma longa) rhizome from Samoa. Turmeric is best known for its use in...
Fata Brian Kaio
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The Samoa Government on Tuesday removed all its COVID-19 restrictions for travel into the country. This was confirmed by Acting Prime Minister Tuala Iosefo Ponifasio during a special announcement on Wednesday (Samoa time).  “Cabinet at its meeting of the 21st September...
 Auapaau Logoitino Filipo
Apia, SAMOA — The Samoa Police Commissioner has rejected claims the police prosecutor sabotaged a criminal libel case. The case in question was a criminal libel case against an ordained church minister based in Sydney, who hosts a radio programme there. The ruling FAST Party lodged a complaint...
Laulu Tamatati Fatu
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa Police have put out a missing person’s notice, calling on the public to assist in locating Laulu Tamati Fau, 45, of Sinamoga. “Laulu left his family early Monday (Samoa time) at around 8am, using his maroon double cab Ford ranger plate #20934 and hasn’t been heard from since.” “...
The Samoa Ministry of Health logo
Apia, SAMOA — Samoa has launched a nationwide vaccination program against typhoid fever. In a press statement from the Ministry of Health, acting Director General of Health Tagaloa Dr Robert Thomsen said the campaign is targeting those aged from 9 months to 45 years old. The campaign will target...

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