Samoa

Amos not as severe says Samoa meteorology service

It says the tropical cyclone warning category two for Samoa in now cancelled.

But a tropical cyclone warning category one in remains in effect for the eastern side of Upolu.

At 4am local time, tropical Cyclone Amos Category three was about 95 kilometres east of Faleolo or 72 kilometres east of Apia.

Tropical cyclone Amos is moving east-southeast at 30 kilometres an hour and is weakening slowly.

Forecasters predict sustained winds of 148 kilometres an hour close to the centre, easing to 130 kilometres an hour in the next 12 hours.

Fiji Warriors crowned Pacific Challenge champions

A clinical display by the brave Warriors helped the side thrash Samoa A 36-0 at the ANZ Stadium in Laucala Bay, Suva.

Fiji Warriors scored four tries and a penalty try also helped seal the impressive win. The tries were scored by right winger Nacani Wakaya, left winger Lepani Raiyala, lock Mataiasi Ucutabua and inside centre Frederick Hickes.

Fullback Kitione Ratu was successful with two conversions. Captain Peni Ravai's boys displayed quality rugby to demolish the Samoans. Fiji Warriors led 16-0 at halftime.

Independent Comedy "Three Wise Cousins" Scores in New Zealand and moves onto Aust

"Three Wise Cousins" came in at number seven, earning about two hundred thousand dollars in two weeks on just eight screens.

Third MP quits in Samoa

On the first day of debate for the ruling HRPP government's last supplementary budget for 2015 to 2016, one government MP Alo Fulifuli Taveuveu has announced his resignation and will not contest in the upcoming general election.

The MP for Anoama'a i Sasa'e constituency says he will not seek re-election because of his poor health.

This comes after one of the Tautua Samoa opposition party MPs, Toeleutu Voi, from the Faasaleleaga number three constituency announced his resignation last month.

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Strong potential for jobs in online industries for Fiji, Tonga and Samoa

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for Jobs in the Pacific has found that almost 10,000 jobs could be created across Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, with optimistic scenarios making that number as high as 27,000, representing more than 3% of GDP.

Digicel celebrates family this Christmas

Digicel is once again bringing families and the Pacific’s greatest musical talent together with an upbeat new version of their hit song ‘We Are Family’. This new rendition is a cheerful Pacific Christmas music collaboration, available to all Digicel customers across the company’s six Pacific countries. 

Scotland beats Samoa 36-33

Captain Greig Laidlaw scored the decisive try in the final seven minutes, though the Scots had to cling on following Motu Matu'u's late score.

Samoa scored through Tusi Pisi, Ma'atulimanu Leiataua and Rey Lee-Lo in a thrilling first half.

Russell and Ford fit for Scotland against Samoa

Hooker Ford had been a major doubt with a head knock picked up during the Rugby World Cup defeat by South Africa.

Centre Mark Bennett also returns to a side showing seven changes after missing out against the Springboks.

A victory at St James' Park on Saturday would secure Scotland a place in the quarter-finals.

Samoa cannot now qualify and will be without Newcastle Falcons wing Alesana Tuilagi, who has been suspended after foul play during his side's weekend defeat by Japan.

Samoan Alesana Tuilagi suspended for five weeks

Tuilagi struck Japan's Harumichi Tatekawa with his knee in the second minute of the Pool B match on Sunday.

He denied the act of foul play but was found guilty by the citing commissioner and will miss Samoa's last match against Scotland at St James' Park on Sunday.

Samoa cannot reach the quarter-finals after losses to Japan and South Africa in Pool B.

Pacific police gather for crime conference

Police representatives from across the region are attending the three-day gathering.

The Samoa Police Commissioner, Egon Keil, says the conference will allow police to share experiences and concerns.

"We're going to be going through some very, very intense training and some experiences sharing so we can focus on the regional issues. Because if it's happening in Samoa, we'd like to know what Fiji is doing about it, what New Zealand is doing about it, what Australia is doing about it, so we can combat it here in Samoa."