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A 54-year-old American Samoa woman will serve two years in a federal prison for filing $1.3 million in fraudulent U.S. tax refunds. A federal judge sentenced Coriana Ifopo Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Anchorage. She pleaded guilty in December to 28 counts of making false claims to a ...

With WWE's biggest pay-per-view of the year looming large on the horizon, speculation is ablaze about what to expect from WrestleMania 34. As is so often the case with a huge show, there are bound to be one or two surprises. Mania traditionally sees former greats returning to the squared circle for one-off ...
Often reserved for the select few, the tradition is slowly gaining popularity with Samoans living abroad. Now the Malofie exhibition in Porirua has brought Samoa's most famous tattoo artist to our shores, in a bid to reconnect people with their culture. The saying goes: if there's no pain, there's no gain.
He was appointed a deputy by Parliament in January 2016 along with former MP, Le Mamea Ropati Mualia. Tuiloma was a cabinet minister in the government of Tofilau Eti Alesana and that of the current prime minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi. He is also a former president of the Samoa Rugby Union.
American Samoa is to reintroduce a bill increasing the age young women can marry from 14 to 18. Men in the territory can marry at 18. Representative Fialupe Fiaui Lutu's bill aims for gender equality while recognising the developmental needs of young women. Her bill received strong support in the ... child

A company based in Samoa and one in the Marshall Islands have their assets frozen for providing banned shipping services to North Korea. Reuters reported the two wre among 21 shipping companies which the United Nations Security Council had blacklisted over oil and coal smuggling by North Korea. child
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Despite American Samoa's status as a U.S. territory, the people who are born there aren't technically U.S. citizens. They're called U.S. nationals, a status that means they pay American taxes but cannot vote, run for office, or serve on a jury. They also have special passports that declare them nationals, but ... child
Samoa's Prime Minister has warned that Facebook and other social media platforms may soon be banned in the country. Samoa PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi Photo: RNZ / Sela Jane Aholelei. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi told news media on Wednesday that it would be his government's last resort if ... child
A Samoan MP and bar owner Olo Fiti Va'ai is suing the Liquor Board for $US390,000 dollars after his bar licence was revoked. Blacknose Bar Samoa Photo: Facebook. The Blacknose Bar was closed last August after the Board investigated an incident where a security guard for the bar assaulted a ... child
"He's also got a hard chin and his style is good - quick hands. I'm really looking forward to this fight." There were two kinds of people in Samoa at the moment, he said. Those who were backing Parker to win and those who were still sitting on the fence. "I see a lot of people, they underestimate our boy still. child
I had traveled to several South Pacific Islands — including Tonga, Fiji, American Samoa and Western Samoa, as well as New Zealand and Australia — on earlier assignments. I had been to some of the islands multiple times, checking into hotels on or near beaches but had never gone swimming. I enjoyed ... child
The American Samoa Governor Lolo Moliga is not wavering on the 2018 Flag Day commemorations despite concerns that the focus should be on dealing with ... and show the territory's appreciation to the United States for all the benefits and good fortune that it continues to shower upon American Samoa. child
11/03/2018 Apia, Samoa FAO has been recently approved two projects to strengthen community-fisheries in Tonga and Samoa. The aim of the projects is to strengthen the technical capacity for both countries to improve and streamline their community-based fisheries management programmes. child
A state of emergency in American Samoa has been extended for a further 30 days. The territory was hard hit by Cyclone Gita in early February, which caused extensive damage to property and infrastructure. The governor, Lolo Matalasi Moliga, said there were still hundreds of homes damaged and many ... child
Gaoteote also said the US had already declared that a major disaster existed in American Samoa, thus providing federal financial assistance to the territory. Nevertheless, the Senate President said he would still convey the concerns to the governor. Flag Day is on 17 April and marks 118 years since ... child

The American Samoa Governor wants the Fono to hold oversight hearings into the performance of the Weather Service Office during Cyclone Gita. no caption. Lolo Moliga Photo: RNZI / Monica Miller. Lolo Moliga has told KHJ News the Fono can also seek answers from the federal government if it finds ... child
The Prime Minister of Samoa Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said that his government is still not clear on the details except that there are nine criminals. He believes that the issue of non-Samoan citizens is all part of the usual bullying tactics by major nations like the United States. At a press conference, ... child
The prime minister fears that police could sign up in large numbers leaving a depleted force in Samoa. During last week's visit by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Adern it was mentioned that the New Zealand Police were looking to recruit from the Pacific, including Samoa. Tuila'epa said if a large ... child
Three members of an alleged methamphetamine manufacturing ring in Samoa appeared in court this week on various charges of theft as servants. ... The three, all former employees of the Samoa National Health Services, were caught in a police raid on a home in the hills of Apia which found boxes of ... child
If they are not citizens of Samoa they should be sent to the country of citizenship," he said. Having said that, Tuilaepa said his government would work at resettling all deportees when they arrive. One of the problems, according to Tuilaepa, is these people come here and they are "like people from another ... child
It is another step in a government plan to develop potential export products from local agricultural crops. Fries made from talo, to replace imported chips, is another product being worked on. The research agency's minister, Lopao'o Natanielu Mu'a, said scientists had developed the whisky over a few years. child
Vaaimalu Omar Benjamin Toilolo, who was deported to Samoa from the US a decade ago, found there was no help or resources. His lobbying led to the establishment of the Returnees Charitable Trust in 2011. Since its inception 144 deportees, mainly from New Zealand and the US, have been helped. child
Samoa is preparing for the arrival this week of a chartered US flight carrying a number of convicted felons being deported from the United States. The director of the Samoa Returnees Charitable Trust said it aimed to help the deportees re-integrate into society. Since the NGO was set up in 2011, a total of ... child
The Samoa Observer reports under the name "SerendiCoco Samoa", the venture will see a commitment to export 3,000 tonnes of coconut oil from Samoa to supply the U.S. manufacturer. The move will also help over 1,000 locals to become organically certified and fair trade farmers. Until now, Pacific Oil ... child
Tuila'epa said the Samoan workers under New Zealand's Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme are trustworthy, skilful and are meeting the expectations of their employers. Samoa last week called for the RSE workers to be eligible for the immigration quota because they already have established ... child
StarKist handed hefty fine over American Samoa violations. 2 minutes ago ... American Samoa tuna cannery StarKist has been handed a multi million penalty by a US federal court. ... This comes after a complaint by the governments of the United States and American Samoa against the US based company. child
Samoa A is in the country and is adamant for a positive contest against host Fiji Airways Fijian Warriors team ahead of the 2018 World Rugby Pacific Challenge which starts at the ANZ Stadium in Suva this Friday. The Brian Lima coached side arrived into the country yesterday with an objective to turn the ... child
The president of Samoa's Lands and Titles court, Fepulea'i Attila Ropati, will be taking leave with pay from next week to await the outcome of criminal charges against him. Samoa's courthouse. Photo: RNZI/Sally Round. The President is facing charges of assault and weapons charges in the District Court. child
[1] The team met with Minister of Finance Sili Epa Tuioti, Chief Executive Officer of Ministry of Finance Lavea Tupa'imatuna Iulai Lavea, the Governor of the Central Bank of Samoa Atalina Ainuu-Enari, senior government officials, and representatives of the private sector. A Senior Advisor to the Executive ... child
The announcement was made last week by Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, during a ministerial shark symposium in Apia attended by environment and natural resources ministers in the Pacific region. Tuila'epa said the importance of sharks is very clear. "Sharks play a critical role in ... child
The Prime Minister has been welcomed in Samoa by a full military band at her first stop in her Pacific Mission trip. Jacinda Ardern inspects the ... Foreign Minister Winston Peters is accompanying Jacinda Ardern on a week-long trip to Samoa, Niue, Tonga and the Cook Islands. A sudden downpour of rain in ... child
The Samoa government says voting will be soon be compulsory for registered voters in future Parliamentary elections. Electoral office in Mulinuu Photo: RNZI/Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia. The Electoral Bill 2018 was introduced in Parliament this week by Justice Minister Fa'aolesa Katopau Ainu'u who said ... child
Samoa's former head of state says he was pressured into signing a controversial land law and he says it should be repealed. Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi said he signed the Land Title Registration Act in 2008 before realising there should have been a referendum on it. Tupua, who was speaking at a ... child
The US Coast Guard says a fishing vessel grounded in American Samoa doesn't pose a pollution threat. US coast guard boat. Photo: kelleherphoto/123RF. The 26 metre Chu Zai Fa No.1, which has split in half, is stuck in the surf about 300 yards off Leone Bay. The Coast Guard said a team from its ... child
American Samoa's Port Administration Department has bought a second tugboat, ensuring it meets US Coast Guard requirements. American Samoa's new tugboat Photo: Ocean Marine. The Coast Guard had given the Port of Pago Pago until the middle of next month to comply. The Port Administration ... child
People in American Samoa say they too experienced a series of problems with emergency communications during Cyclone Gita. This follows concerns from neighbouring Samoa about their problems with relaying emergency updates during what was at the time it swept through, a Category 2 storm. child
Samoa was heavily flooded and lashed by strong winds as Gita started to intensify on its journey through the islands of the central Pacific. The government has put out a report on ... The Samoa Water Authority reported water systems for all of Savai'i should be restored by next Wednesday. Flooding in Apia. child
Authorities in American Samoa have issued a warning about price gouging after Cyclone Gita hit the territory at the weekend. Damage from Cyclone Gita in American Samoa. Photo: Twiiter/ Aumua Amata. Retailers are being reminded it's illegal to raise the price of certain consumer goods by 10 percent or ... child
The Samoa Red Cross is prioritising water and sanitation needs for communities affected by the cyclone. The agency's general secretary Namulauulu Tautala Mauala said hygiene kits were a priority as the cleanup continues. She said they the Red Cross had been appealing to the business community to ... child
Samoa and Japan have signed a number of grant aid agreements in the past to assist in various sectors including water and sanitation infrastructure. While signing the agreement for the grant with the Japanese ambassador Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi noted ... child
Halfway through the 2016/2017 season Samoa gained the coaching experience of legendary Sir Gordon Tietjens, but it finished a disappointing 13th at the end of the season, with its best finish again in Paris, where it claimed 5th. The 2016/2017 season has clearly been a time of adjustment for the Manu ... child
Update: 8:41PM Fiji has gained an early lead in their first pool match against Samoa in the HSBC World Seven Series Sydney 7s. An early effort by Amenoni Nasilasila within the first minute put five points on the board and he converted it to gain Fiji's early lead. 7-0. Mesulame Kunavula breaks through a ... child
The Samoan Ministry of Health is looking at working with hospitals in India to reduce costs for specialist patient care overseas. File photo Photo: 123RF. A memorandum of understanding has been signed with the Indian chain Apollo Hospitals which would allow patients to be transferred to India and also an ... child
Samoa Police Service media officer Superintendent Auapa'au Logoitino Filipo confirmed with KHJ News that the prison authorities had advised them of the escape. Fili Faulalo Photo: Samoa Police. Fili Faulalo and Tusi Samuelu are both serving time for burglary and aggravated robbery. Police have now ... child
Despite strong competition from two other finalists, Seabreeze, who has won this award several years and Return to Paradise, who have been in the market for many years, Taumeasina snatched the main category award of 2017/2018 Samoa tourism excellence and also securing the best hygiene award. child
Three people have been arrested and charged in American Samoa in relation to food stamp fraud which allegedly netted US$700,000. Two of those charged, Vincent Toeava and Jane Vasa, worked at the Department of Human and Social Services and the other is a shop owner Kevin Zhang. It's alleged ... child
"Samoa like many Pacific countries still do not have any management systems in place to deal with the issue of water drinking bottles and recent studies into plastic that's been imported into the Pacific islands, the biggest form of plastic that's imported is in the form of plastic pallets to make plastic bottles for ... child
Five people died in Samoa and nearly 2500 people became ill with serotype 2 dengue between the first week of August and mid December. Most of those affected are under the age of 19. The government continued to warn people to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes and trying to reduce places where they ... child


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