Local farmers praised for promoting their produce. Photo: Misiona Simo

Govt. accused of favoritism in business assistance

Local businesses have expressed concern that only foreign investment enterprises (F.I.E.) benefit from Government assistance schemes offered to the private sector. The Ministry of Commerce Industry and Labour (M.C.I.L.) has recorded the concerns of the local businesses, according to the M.C.I.L. Assistant Chief Executive Officer (industry development and investment promotion), Fiu Jacinta Matulino. But she has denied there is favoritism.

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FAMILY STRUGGLES: In need of a safe and secured house - The home of Saupo Atoni from Vaitele-fou.

Children’s safety tops Saupo’s list

Saupo Atoni lives at Vaitele Fou with her two children, 15-20 minutes from the heart of Apia. But the close proximity of the 55-year-old’s home to the central business district in Samoa’s capital city, has meant nothing to her and her children for the last 19 years.

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SHARING AND LEARNING: Most of these women will be part of Brown Girl Woke clubs at the NUS and the University of the South Pacific, now that founder Maluseu Doris Tulifau has engaged interns make safe spaces happen for students.

Samoa’s universities to have “safe space” offering

Maluseu Doris Tulifau and her international movement Brown Girl Woke (BGW) are on the shores of the National University of Samoa (NUS) and the University of the South Pacific, with regular meetings now on for students to share, and learn from each other.

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National Cancer Registry soon

The Government is close to establishing a national cancer registry to improve the tracking of cancer patients.

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“DREAM COME TRUE”: St. Peter Chanel Primary School celebrates its one-year anniversary.

Moamoa School celebrates

Chanel Primary School in Moamoa celebrated its one-year anniversary recently. Staff and students led the celebrations at the private school, which was established by the Chanel Old Students Association (COSA).

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2019 GUEST OF HONOUR: Laulu Alapasa Cordtz. Photo / (Aufa’i Areta Jnr).

Laulu the Guest of Honour

Fitness is the key if the local players are to do well in any tournament, especially in the international arena. So says former Manu Samoa 7s and 15s player, Laulu Alapasa Cordtz, who was the Guest of Honour for the two-day Vailima Marist 7s that concluded at the Marist St Joseph’s grounds in Lotopa yesterday. 

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COMMUNITY CONSULTATION: EPC senior officials with some members of the community discussing the Alaoa Dam Plan.

Corporation positive about Alaoa Dam consultation feedback

Nineteen villages in areas affected by flooding from the Vaisigano river in 2012 and 2018 have been consulted about the proposed Alaoa Multipurpose Dam project.

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ESTIMATING FOR PACIFIC GAMES: China-Samoa Agricultural Technical Aid Project (CSATAP) senior agronomist Jim Liu discusses partnership and support opportunities with a Matuaileoo Environment Trust Inc (METI) representative.

Close to 40,000kg vegetables needed for Pacific Games

The 2019 Pacific Games will need 38,000 kilograms of vegetables to feed around 4000 athletes and guests in July, across a total of 114,700 meals.

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OPEN FOR BUSINESS: The new T&N Toleafoa Service Station at Fagali’i is open to the public. Photos / (Aufa’i Areta Areta).

New service station opens

The Toleafoa Service Station at Fagali’i is finally open for business. During a ceremony yesterday led by Fagali’i Tai Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (CCCS) Pastor, Rev. Petaia Leavai, the business was officially opened, witnessed by family and friends. 

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CELEBRATING WITH A PURPOSE: Sina Reef Resort and Spa celebrated its 23rd anniversary and fundraise for improvement of mental health in Samoa.

Sinalei marks birthday with act of kindness

The Sinalei Reef Resort and Spa started their 23rd anniversary celebrations with a Valentine Gala at Maninoa last Friday.

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WEATHER DETERMINES INCOME: Bad weather affects the income for local fishermen at the fish market.

Bad weather affecting income of local fishermen

The bad weather is having an effect on Samoan families that rely on selling fish to make a living. The Samoa Meteorological Service has in recent weeks issued warnings to small crafts and boats against taking to sea, as heavy rain and winds pounded the islands, as a result of tropical depressions in various parts of the Pacific.

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IMPROVING ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING STANDARDS: Samoa have weak anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regimes, says EU.

Samoa has weak anti-money laundering systems - E.U.

The European Commission (EC) has added Samoa to a new list of 23 countries it considers have weak anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regimes.

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Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and Paulo Malele or King Faipopo.

P.M. to King Faipopo: Bring your witnesses

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, says the man who accused him of “murder, corruption and gun smuggling” among other things will finally have his day in Court. He was referring to Paulo Malele, who is better known as “King Faipopo,” whom the Police arrested and charged last week for making false statements. 

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OMBUDSMAN: Maiava Iula Toma, pictured at the launch of the Samoa National Inquiry into Family Violence last September.

Ombudsman stands firm against “reasonable force”

The Office of the Ombudsman and Samoa’s National Human Rights Institution is standing by a July 2018 submission made against the inclusion of “reasonable force” in the Education Amendment Act 2019.

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GOVERNOR OF THE CENTRAL BANK: Maiava Atalina Ainuu-Enari.

Remittances stabilise Samoa’s economy, says Maiava

Remittances are not only important to low income families living below the poverty line, but it has also been an “economic stabiliser” for Samoa. So says the Governor of the Central Bank of Samoa, Maiava Atalina Ainuu-Enari, in response to questions sent to her by the Sunday Samoan. 

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SAMOA HAS IT ALL: Justine Masters says Samoa has everything a tourist would want to see and experience.

Samoa has everything, says tourist

Samoa is natural and beautiful and has all that a tourist would want to see and experience – there is no need to add to it.

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ENJOYING SAMOA: Twenty-four-year-old Canadian tourist Kathryn Hrycusko.

Kathryn embraces the Samoan experience

Twenty-four-year-old Canadian tourist Kathryn Hrycusko was on a mission when she flew into Samoa – to enjoy all that the country had to offer.

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OUTREACH: ACEO Curriculum of MESC, Leota Valma Galuvao (middle) with her team during discussions.

Ministry moves on vision to expand inclusive education

The Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (MESC) is expanding inclusive education practices to schools, across both urban and rural areas in Samoa.

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“A passenger has to declare their condition and if this is included in the medical lists for further medical review, and doctor’s clearance then a passenger undergoes further examination,” Dr Ah Leong explained.

Doctors alert air travellers to health checks

People with breathing problems or who recently underwent surgery should declare their health condition to their airline when booking a flight. 

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SPONSORSHIP: PG office receives $200,000 from McDonald's Restaurant to help with PG2019 preparations.

Restaurant injects $200,000

McDonald's Family Restaurant yesterday offered a helping hand to the Pacific Games through a generous donation of $200,000. 

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Think a Minute

The golden rule of Business

Think a minute...This is the true story of a boy named Jim who started working on farms at the young age of eight. By the time he was 20 Jim was training as a store manager, and within a year was a successful salesman.



Changing lives: Prevention and reversal of obesity

Talofa Samoa! I am happy to start this Health Column by informing the Public that METI has now received official support from government for its Healthy Living programme.

Between the Lines

A hungry thief. Your house might be next

A prominent member of the community had his house broken into where the thief ransacked it looking for valuables to take.

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