No moves in place to promote medicinal use of marijuana in Samoa

La'aulialemalietoa told the Samoa Observer there is a huge amount of work to look into it and get their heads around it.

He said other countries are saying marijuana has good medicinal use, but the way it is used in Samoa is not good.

He said Samoa categorises it as a narcotic despite other countries classing it as a medical drug.

He added he understands Samoa might be able to do it any other time in the future, but carefully.

Samoa to mark 78 years of the United Nations

A statement said “The UN Day 2023 event will start at 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and will be attended by the members of the government, development organisations, civil societies, youth, the media and other interested partners.”

Twelve men referred to Supreme Court for alleged kidnapping in Samoa

The men allegedly went to the complainant's home in Lefagaoalii and tied his hands and feet to a pole, and carried him out.

All of the defendants are facing charges of kidnapping, threat to do bodily harm, assault and armed with a dangerous weapon.

The matter will be called again next week for the men to enter their plea.


Kangaroos flex their muscle to slide past Samoa in opener

With player of the match Payne Haas and fellow big man Tino Fa’asuamaleaui leading the charge the Kangaroos blew the game open before their rivals had time to settle.

The world champions opened their account in the fifth minute when Haas took a short ball from Isaah Yeo and carried three defenders over the tryline with him to make it 6-0.

Four minutes later it was skipper James Tedesco leaving Izack Tago in his wake on the left edge before Fa’asuamaleaui powered over in the 13th minute and the Kangaroos had a 16-0 lead.

All eyes on Samoa

The side have settled well in PNG and will be having a few more training sessions before the one-off Test against Samoa.

The Josaia Dakuitoga-coached side trained under hot conditions on Monday, but faced windy and rainy weather on their second day of training on Tuesday. The side had another session yesterday before heading to the gym.

Dakuitoga is assisted by Asaeli Saravaki and former Fiji Bati mentor Shane Morris. Fiji takes on Samoa at 2.45pm.


US Army to operate clinics in Samoa

The mission involves medical professionals from US Army Hospital Brigade who will deliver medical services at the Soifua clinics at the Poutasi and Leulumoega District Hospitals.

According to Samoa government, it is a joint collaboration aimed at improving healthcare in Samoa.

It will from October 12-26.


The FOMO feeling behind Taulagi's Samoa switch

Born in New Zealand but raised in Australia by Samoan parents, the Cowboys flyer said he found himself supporting the island nation throughout last year's World Cup while he was making his international debut for the Kangaroos.

That realisation led to a tough conversation with coach Mal Meninga in Port Moresby last month, when the 24-year-old explained his preference to instead play for the Pacific nation that Australia had beaten in the World Cup final less than 12 months earlier.

Electrical faults cause of fires at a Samoan school

The Authority said electrical faults triggered the fires at Faleatiu Primary School and the Sunrise restaurant compound in Apia.

Samoa Observer reports Authority Commissioner Tanuvasa Petone Mauga confirmed these are the suspicions reported by the investigators in their final findings.


Samoan bus driver charged with manslaughter

A second 66-year-old man died on Thursday.

TV1Samoa news reports the unlicensed driver has also been charged with reckless driving causing injuries.

Deputy Police Commissioner Papalii Monalisa Tia'i-Keti confirmed the deaths.

The bus was found not to have a current warrant of fitness.

Police are continuing to investigate.


66-year-old man dead following bus crash in Samoa

The driver of the bus was charged with negligent driving causing the death of a man and injuries to other passengers.

Police Commissioner Auapaau Logoitino Filipo confirmed the death to Radio Polynesia.

The man who died was one of several passengers who were in critical condition.

Other passengers were discharged from the Tupua Tamasese Meaole National Hospital on Monday.