Samoa names squad for Oceania Netball World Cup Qualifiers

The competition is the qualifiers for the Netball World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa next year.

Samoa is one of five countries that has confirmed their participation for the competition, alongside Fiji, Tonga, Cook Islands and Papua New Guinea.

The tournament will be held from 18 to 23 July in Suva, Fiji.

Samoa has named 15 players for the competition as follows:

Senior politician calls for pan-Samoan talks on travel and trade issues

The FAST Party's Tea Peato was speaking during the 2022/2023 Budget debate this week.

The Samoa Observer reports he said that the talks between the two Samoas should be resumed to address this travel issue and to make it easier for strengthening trade relations.

Tea Peato said the current online Talofa Pass system being used by American Samoa for travellers to the territory was complicated and should be made accessible for all.


31 new Covid cases in Samoa

One patient is currently in managed isolation and none at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Moto’otua Hospital.

The total number of cases (community and border) is 14,843.

The Ministry of health is reminding the public to remain vigilant and adhere to public health advice by continuing to wear facial masks, complying with social distancing, stay home and isolate if one feels unwell, and maintain good personal hygiene at all times.

HRPP members take legal action against Speaker

The Samoa Observer reports that Chief Justice Satiu Simativa Perese did not accept a request from the plaintiff's lawyer, Aumua Ming Leung Wai, for the issue to be settled as a matter of urgency.

The Speaker's lawyer, Taulapapa Brenda Heather Latu, questioned the jurisdiction of the court on a parliamentary matter and also said since the MPs had been suspended for contempt of Parliament to return to the assembly they should purge their contempt.

Taulapapa asked for time to prepare as her client is currently tied up with Parliamentary procedures.

Fiji and Samoa Police discuss development of Medico-legal /Death Investigation System and Forensic Science Service

The meetings were facilitated by Fiji Police Pathologist Dr James Kalougivaki where he had the opportunity to meet senior members of the Samoa Police, Prisons & Corrections Services and Justice system in accordance with Fiji’s commitment of ensuring the exchange of shared learnings between Pacific Island law enforcement agencies.

Samoa to host next CHOGM meeting

Samoa's hosting of the 2024 event will be the first time a Pacific member country will host CHOGM

Samoa's Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mataafa attended the meeting in Rwanda.

CHOGM brings together leaders and delegations from 54 commonwealth nations from across Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, the Pacific, and Europe.

Leaders of Commonwealth countries meet every two years, hosted by different member countries on a rotating basis since 1971.

Samoan man charged with double murder

It happened at Fogapoa on Savaii on Thursday evening after a dispute over land escalated

Acting Police Commissioner Papalii Monalisa Keti said immediately after the shootings the accused man surrendered to police.

The dead man was in his 60s and his son was 18 years old.


Samoa Police investigate alleged double homicide

Deputy Police Commissioner Papalii Monalisa Tiai-Keti confirmed to Tala Fou that a man in his 50s is currently being investigated by the Police after he turned himself in at the Tuasivi Police station.

According to DPC Papalii, the man turned himself in and confessed to allegedly shooting a 60 year old father and his 18 year old at Fogapoa, Savaii earlier yesterday.

Papalii said the alleged homicide is apparently a result of a dispute over land.

She confirmed that the suspect will remain in police custody as Police continue their investigations.


Baby confirmed as latest Covid-related death in Samoa

According to the Ministry of Health, the baby girl had no health conditions and was not eligible for vaccination.

The Ministry has also confirmed 40 positive cases in its latest Covid-19 situational report commencing from 19 June to 21 June 2022.

One person is in managed isolation and none are at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Moto’otua hospital.

The total number of cases (community and border) stands at 14,812.

Samoa bags more medals in weightlifting

The team has added another two medals to their medal tally.

Lesila Fiapule won gold in the Snatch in the Women’s 87+kg category.

Her teammate, 15 year old Imoasina Pelenato won bronze in the same category.

With the latest results, Samoa now has 5 gold, 1 silver and 5 bronze in the overall medal tally.