WELL DONE: Eight participants received their certification for Phase one of the Doping Control Officers training facilitated by Executive Officer of the (O.R.A.D.O), Natanya Potoi-Ulia and President S.A.S.N.O.C., Fepulea’i Patrick Fepulea’i.

First step for Samoa’s Doping Control Officers

Local sports officials have completed Phase one of the accreditation process for Doping control Officers, as they gear up for the Pacific Games next year. 

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Participants at the training to address Substance Use Disorders (S.U.D) in their workplaces and communities.

Focus on substance abuse disorders

More than 20 participants from various government agencies and civil society organisations participated in the Universal Treatment Curricular Training for courses three and five of the Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programme.

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Mark Francis, General Manager- Sheraton Samoa, Louisa Jamoa, Sales and Marketing - Sheraton, Ulugia Jay  Ah Fook - Alo Paopao Chair of Events, Sherrilyn Charles - Director of Sales and Marketing complex - Sheraton Samoa and Faaasai Mulivai - Vailima Sales

Sheraton Race looks at culture

The 2018 Sheraton 2 Sheraton 33km Regatta was launched at the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey's Beach Resort, yesterday. 

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BS.P.'s Chairman, Sir Kostas Constantinou and Group C.E.O., Robin Fleming host a luncheon for Women in Business which focused on leadership and climate change.

B.S.P. luncheon hosts Women in Business

Women leadership and climate change were the focus for a luncheon hosted by the Bank South Pacific at the Taumeasina Island Resort yesterday.

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“Dogs,” P.M. blasts attackers

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has compared the actions of the Luatuanu’u men who blocked the road, endangered lives of the public and attacked the Police to that of “dogs.” “There is only one outcome for such actions,” Tuilaepa, who is also the Minister of Police, said yesterday. “They should spend time in jail at Tafaigata Prison.

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Police defend giving village two options

The Police Commissioner, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil, is standing by their decision to give the village of Luatuanu’u two options yesterday, after Police officers were attacked out there. The first option was for the village to hand in the men responsible for the attack. The second one was that the Police would return to the village armed.

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Rugby fight sparks village dispute

A rugby fight during the weekend between Falefa and Luatuanu’u landed seven people in hospital. The uproar resulted in a roadblock near Solosolo and Police releasing their Tactical Unit squad to calm the situation and allow the flow of traffic. Village Mayor, Autu Lolesio Tauili’ili told the Samoa Observer that early on Monday morning, the Police Tactical Unit team arrived and tried to calm the situation. 

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JAIL: Alakoni Pinetuaoi Sio Tevaga has been jailed.

“Con woman” jailed for deception

A female described by her victims as a “con woman” has been jailed for two years and three months. Alakoni Pinetuaoi Sio Tevaga, from Samalaeulu, Vaitele Tai and Sa’anapu, had been accused of running an immigration scam that has cost a Fagamalo couple about $20,000.

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CONGRATULATIONS: Some of the winners at the Central Bank of Samoa’s Money Wise competition.

Money wise competition empowers young people

The Central Bank of Samoa congratulated the winners of their “Be Money Wise Poster Competition and Build Your Savings Piggy Bank/ Money Box Competition” last Friday.

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CHAIRPERSON OF THE COUNCIL: Leautuliilagi Vanessa Barlow-Schuster.

Media Council beats drum on its work

The Samoa Media Council has issued a statement to engage with members of the public and raise awareness about some of its initiatives. 

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PARTICIPANTS: The staff of the Legislative Assembly who took part in the training with the management and the trainer.

Top Australian delivers training

The staff of the Facilities Maintenance Division of the Legislative Assembly Office received much-needed training from a top Australian last week.

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SIVA MAI: Entertainment during the Siva Afi Faletalimalo Show.

To’omalatai qualifies for next Faletalimalo Siva Afi Challenge

Two of Sheraton Hotel and Bungalow’s best fire knife dancers went head to head on Tuesday evening for an opportunity to advance to the next round of the Faletalimalo Siva Afi challenge. 

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With family and her namesake and mother Lalotoa Asaua Mulitalo at her swearing in ceremonies to her new post earlier this year.

Teleiai: The Law Reformer

Telei’ai Dr Lalotoa Mulitalo is a walking encyclopaedia when it comes to the law.

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CHECK THEM OUT : Pit master Fa’aleo Setu Taulea’lo setting up the smoker with briskets.

Changes at Legends Restaurant

Changes are on the horizon for Legends Restaurant at Taumeasina as it looks to the future.

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Development Bank of Samoa.

Development Bank records $1.3 million surplus – report

The Development Bank of Samoa’s (D.B.S.) earnings after tax for the financial year 2017 was $71,000. The bank also recorded a surplus of $1.3 million. The figures are revealed in the D.B.S. 2017 Annual Report obtained by the Samoa Observer.

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Arrianna Princess Haserota Auva’a.

Transwoman shares her story

The battle of being a transwoman sworn to serve in the U.S. Army was a challenge for Arrianna Princess Haserota Auva’a. S.P.C. Auva’a is from Vaoala, Falealupo and Malaeloa in American Samoa. Auva’a is based in Fort Stewart Georgia, South Carolina

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Father fined $250 for marijuana

A 46-year-old father has been convicted and ordered to pay $250 to Court before 12:30pm today. Tanielu Tui was charged with one count of possession of a glass pipe used to smoke marijuana, one count of bringing in a glass pipe into the country and one count of making a false statement at the Faleolo International Airport.

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NOT HAPPY: Taxi Operator, Fa’asavalu Soane, of Faleata.

Frustrated taxi operator queries Government law

Taxi operators are frustrated with the Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.). They are unhappy claiming that contrary to assurance the policy to disregard vehicles older than 2003 for commercial transport has been delayed, many of them have already been affected.

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Main faciltator of the Doping Control Training Executive officer of the Oceania Regional Anti-Doping Organization (O.R.A.D.O.) Natanya Potoi-Ulia.

Doping under the microscope

Local officials will be a lot better prepared to deal with doping cases when the Pacific Games come around next year. That’s after local Doping Control Officers (D.C.O.) complete a three-day training workshop at the Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (S.A.S.N.O.C.) headquarters.

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Police injured in Luatuanu’u road block, arrests confirmed

Police Commissioner, Fuiava Egon Keil, has confirmed that several untitled men from Luatuanu’u have been arrested. He did not have the exact numbers. The arrests were made when more than 50 Police Officers descended upon Luatuanu’u to try and calm a situation there where angry villagers had taken to block the road.

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Think a Minute

It Takes One to Make One (Part 1)

Think a minute…John is smart and well educated, but he does not keep a job and support his family. Ian is married with children, but he continues to go out nights partying and being unfaithful to his wife. Sadly, fewer boys than ever are becoming true men who live up to their adult responsibilities.


The rise of Samoan women in conservation - by culture, merit

About a month ago, we were in a meeting with three village Mayors (male Chiefs) to discuss the implementation of the first carbon offsetting project for Samoa by replanting more than 12,000 native trees in the O le Pupu Pue national Park.

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THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.

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