Samoa

Samoan official cleared of using insulting, threatening language

The Samoa Observer reports Associate District Court Judge Masinalupe Tusipa Masinalupe said the prosecution could not substantiate its submissions to the standards required by the court.

A former Associate Minister Maualaivao Pat Ah Him had lodged a complaint with police in November 2020 claiming Maualaivao Seiuli Pepe had used insulting and threatening words against him during a village matai council meeting for their village of Malie.

Digicel Launches ‘FREEDOM TO BE’ Campaign

Digicel continues to invest in communities and expand its consumer offerings. These initiatives help the customers in the country to experience world-class services, network experience and engagement with the brand.

The background of this campaign takes inspiration from Samoa’s 60th Year of Independence coupled with the opening of international borders after 27months. Samoa has endured many challenges during this period and yet has remained resilient.

Samoa Police probe after serious charges dismissed

Samoan media reports the former rugby league international Tagaloa Maugaloto Palu had attempted murder charges against him dismissed due to the lack of witnesses.

Police Commissioner Auapa'au Logoitino Filipo said if the investigations find there were no valid reasons for why the witnesses did not turn up in court, they should be charged.

The report said Tagaloa attacked two brothers with a machete at a fish market in 2019 before surrendering himself to Police.

Reigning champion Stowers named in Samoa's 38-strong squad for Birmingham 2022

Stowers won the over-90 kilograms title four years ago and will return in a bid for more success.

All five of Samoa's Commonwealth Games gold medals have come in weightlifting, with Gold Coast silver medallist Don Opeloge also named in the Birmingham team.

The Pacific nation will also compete in athletics, boxing, judo, men's rugby sevens, swimming and wrestling at the Games, which are due to open on July 28.

In boxing, Ato Plodzicki-Faoagali will return after winning light-heavyweight silver in Gold Coast.

Samoa tops Group A of OFC Women’s Nations Cup

The team took the top spot on the table after defeating Cook Islands 1-0 at the HFC Bank Stadium in Fiji’s capital, Suva last night.

Despite the loss, Cook Islands will progress to the quarter-finals after finishing second in the group, ahead of Tonga on goal difference.

The Cook Islands had a couple of early chances, captain Tayla Hetherington and Kura Mose both forcing Samoa goalkeeper Ronisa Lipi into action.

High waves in Samoa linked to climate change says forecaster

Samoan meteorological services expect swell heights to remain between 2.5m and 3m but are expecting conditions to ease over the weekend.

Leading forecaster Aloali'i Liu said the unusual phenomenon is linked to climate change.

"I believe there is an effect of climate change as of now. Although it is happening within the dry season which is something that is a very rare occasion however, there was an event that was like this recently in 2018."

     

Man’s body found at Vaigaga

Police Commissioner, Auapaau Logoitino Filipo confirmed that the body was that of a man in his late 60s.

Auapaau said the man had already passed away when his body was found.

“Police received reports on Saturday morning and we’re currently looking into it,” he said.

According to Auapaau, the body is currently at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital morgue awaiting a post mortem.

However the process may be delayed as there are no local or overseas pathologist to conduct the post mortem.

     

‘Australian Survivor’ returns to Samoa

Twelve former Survivor castaways and 12 new players have been confirmed for this season’s series, divided into two tribes based on a 'Heroes vs Villains' theme.

One of the former Survivor stars, Kristie Bennett who participated in the 2016 Australian season in Samoa, will be returning as a cast member again.

Samoa is known as the first chosen location for the first ever filming of the Survivor, reportedly chosen for its rugged beauty and remoteness.

Pharmacist criticises Air NZ decision to offload antibiotics bound for Samoa

Air New Zealand has admitted the medicine destined for a pharmacy in Samoa was left behind because there wasn't enough room for it in the cargohold, and the space was needed for passengers' luggage.

The airline told the Samoa Observer there was a limited number of flights from New Zealand to Samoa at the moment, but passenger numbers had increased, causing the reduction in cargo space.

Apia pharmacist Maria Westerlund-Hunter told the newspaper the decision was alarming.

Money reported missing from phone Credit Company in Samoa

The money belonged to Interlinc Samoa, a company that distributes phone credit for a local network company.

Police commissioner Auapaau Logoitino Filipo told Radio Polynesia the complaint was filed two weeks ago, and was being referred to the Criminal Investigation Division.

The owners of the company found there was an accumulation of money stolen over a period of time, the report said.

However Filipo would not comment further, as the investigation was underway.

The company was contacted for a comment.