BRISBANE BOUND: P.M. Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi boards Samoa Airway's inaugural flight to Brisbane yesterday evening.

P.M. coy on Airline’s financial performance

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, says reporters “don’t understand” financial records and therefore there is no need for Samoa Airways to reveal the state of its financial performance a year after it was launched. This is what Tuilaepa told the Samoa Observer at the Faleolo International Airport yesterday evening as he was about to board Samoa Airways inaugural flight to Brisbane, celebrating the Airline’s first birthday.

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INTRODUCING VACCINES: The Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital at Motootua.

New vaccine funding welcomed

A massive boost to vaccination funding has been welcomed by the Ministry of Health (M.O.H.) and the World Health Organisation (W.H.O.). This week the Asia Development Bank (A.D.B.) approved T$7.4 million to introduce new vaccines in Samoa, as part of a larger project including Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. 

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 Ms. Stuart said the I.M.F. is very proactive in addressing issues related to the Pacific, especially in maintaining correspondent banking, which is important for Pacific countries that rely on remittances.

Remittance cost high, says International Monetary Fund

While some countries in the region, including Samoa, enjoy remittances as their largest financial inflows, the International Monetary Fund (I.M.F.) says the cost of sending money back is very high. 

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World

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump shake hands at the conclusion of their meetings at the Capella resort.

US analysts locate secret North Korean missile sites

U.S. analysts said Monday they have located 13 secret North Korean missile development sites, underscoring the challenge that the Trump administration faces in trying to reach its promised broad arms control agreement with Pyongyang.

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An Israeli soldier jumps off a tank near the Israel Gaza border, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Gaza militants accept cease-fire; No word from Israel

Hamas and other Gaza militant groups said Tuesday they have accepted an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire after launching hundreds of rockets into Israel over the past 24 hours and weathering a wave of punishing Israeli airstrikes.

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A HELPING HAND: Chinese Ambassador, Wang Xuefang presents $30,000 to the Marist St Joseph Sports Club for sports development.

Marist receive $30,000 from China

The Marist St Joseph’s Sports Club were presented with $30,000 by the Chinese Embassy at a handover ceremony last Thursday evening. Club President Faimalomatumua Mathew Lemisio received the donation from Ambassador Wang Xuefeng, at an event which celebrated the club’s recent triumph at the Auckland Marist Samoa 7’s tournament in New Zealand.

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Goalkeeper Ronisa Lipi.

Samoa women’s football taking on best in the region

Yesterday the Samoa women’s national football team departed for New Caledonia to take part in the Oceania Nations Cup. “This is the pinnacle women’s football event in our region,” said coach Nicola Demaine.

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Street Talk

Public keep the faith in Samoa Airways

National airline Samoa Airways is celebrating its one-year anniversary this month. Our reporter Yolanda Lavata’i talked to members of the public to get their views on the performance of the airline and its services.

Ake Moleli, 53

Savaia

Levaula Levaula, 29

Lepea

Monalisa Matau, 24

Faleula

Arleen Tuilimu, 21

Motootua

Rhonda Ulberg, 20

Tulaele

Veolaha Sopu, 20

Vailele

Think a Minute

Think a minute…If you are not having a good day, people sometimes humorously say that you “got up on the wrong side of the bed.” Amazingly, brain surgeons discovered that the brain actually has two sides and that each side thinks differently.

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If cryptocurrency is illegal, why hasn’t the Government outlawed it already?

The issue of cryptocurrency is back on the agenda this week. It follows a public presentation at the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.), where an independent cryptocurrency entrepreneur from Zambia, Mapanza Nkwilimba, talked up the scheme as the way of the future. From that presentation, a story titled “Entrepreneur defends bitcoins, cryptocurrency” was published on yesterday’s front page.

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Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor, I write in response to Ropeti Ale’s article titled “Samoan cultural traditions, the controversy and the God in us…” Mr. Ale, I am not sure whether to grimace, giggle, guffaw or be profoundly awed by your rhetoric.

Re: How fares Samoa Airways one year on Two big differences between the Polynesian airline days and now is that: 1) Most airfares are paid for over the internet nowadays, which cuts down the opportunities for corruption because it is all done on the computer and not face to face. No pay, no plane.

Re: Trump is only asking for fairness Utter rubbish. He asks questions which Donald Trump and his spokesperson, Sarah Sanders-Huckabee refuse to answer half the time.

Entertainment

FILE - In this  June 22, 2004, file photo, Spiderman creator and

Comic book genius Stan Lee, Spider-Man creator, dies at 95

Stan Lee, the creative dynamo who revolutionized the comic book and helped make billions for Hollywood by introducing human frailties in superheroes such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk, died Monday. He was 95.

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Paddy Kelly and his daughter Ailish use Gohenry, one of a wave of digital banking apps for children, in London.

Pocket money apps aim to help kids in cashless world

For kids growing up in today's cashless society, the piggy bank is going virtual.

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