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SAMOAN LANGUAGE

A Talamoa Project conversation
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND — An artificial intelligent agent named Tala may open the door on a new way of gathering feedback from New Zealand's Samoan community. The Talanoa Project is a pilot project that uses IBM's artificial intelligence virtual agent solution, Watson, to interact in real time in...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The American Samoa 2020 Census Office has come up with a standardized Samoan translation of the questions on the census form, to ensure that enumerators don’t have different interpretations of the English questions, says local Census area manager, Meleisea Vai Filiga....
Elisapeta T. Alaimaleata being interviewed bySoloali'i Fa'alepo
Honolulu, HAWAII — For the first time in Hawaii, census information was broadcasted in Samoan. Soloali’i Fa’alepo, the director of the American Samoa Government office in HawaiIi and KNDI Radio 1270 AM programnews anchor, recognized the importance of reaching elderly Samoan community members by...
Beijing, CHINA — China’s push for the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in the Pacific is receiving growing attention. All eight Pacific island countries (PICs) that recognize Beijing, including Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu, have...
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Apia, SAMOA — Laws for Samoa may soon be drafted in the Samoan language, or Gagana Samoa, according to the Chief Executive Officer of the Law Reform Commission. Newsline Samoa reported that Teleia'i Dr Lalotoa Mulitalo told a workshop in Apia recently that there is a push from lawmakers to draft...
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South Auckland, NEW ZEALAND — The principal of a high achieving South Auckland school has come under fire for not appropriately staffing its Samoan language class. More than 200 parents and students flooded the board of trustees meeting at McAuley High School last night, singing hymns at a sit-in...
Apia, SAMOA —  Supreme Court Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren has denied the bail application for an 18-year-old murder defendant.  Ietitaia Misialofa of Fogasavai’i is accused in the murder of a man from Vailoa last month.  The deceased was found dead on the side of the road with severe...