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Aitken Keil from the villages of Alafua, Faatoia, Siusega, Lotopa, Vaisigano and Motootua wanted by Police

Aitken Keil wanted by Police

The Police have called for help to find one Aitken Keil in relation to an ongoing Police investigation. In a statement posted by the Police today, it does not say what the investigation is about.

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FIRST TIME OVERSEAS: Briar Galpin made the best out of her first experience in a foreign country.

Christmas gift provides memories for a lifetime

It’s better late than never. As a late Christmas gift, Briar Galpin, 15, was surprised with an island getaway to Samoa. 

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AT ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN THE WORLD, Kennedy Short from Auckland, New Zealand at her second visit to Samoa.

Work and pleasure for Kennedy Short

Samoa is truly a paradise. So says Kennedy Short from Auckland, New Zealand. This is her second time to Samoa. She came with her husband and seven top performers and their partners for their annual work trip.

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Samoa’s Honorary Consul in Israel, Nissan Krupsky, his wife and Prime Minister’s Press Secretary, Nanai Laveitiga Tuiletufuga.

Visa free entry for Samoans travelling to Israel in the works

Samoans will soon no longer need to obtain a visa before they travel to Israel. This is according to Samoa’s Honorary Consul in Israel, Galumalemana Nissan Krupsky. 

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S.N.P.F. Chief Executive Officer, Pauli Prince Suhren.

S.N.P.F. members to benefit from $53.7 million

Samoa National Provident Fund (S.N.P.F.) has declared a record interest of 10 percent – the highest ever declared by the Fund to be paid out to its members. 

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Samoa Farmers Association President, Saena Tialino Penaia and P.H.A.M.A. National Coordinator Asuao Kirifi Pouono.

Improving ava production in Samoa

Under the Samoa ava project, 40 registered ava farmers on Upolu received a basket of ava stems yesterday. 

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi. (inset) Namulauulu Albert Ainu’u.

P.M. sidesteps O.L.P. questions

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has taken a different turn in the continuing controversy where he identified two members of the public as writers behind the Ole Palemia (O.L.P.) blog. Last week, Talamua Media reported that Tuilaepa had identified Namualuulu Albert Ainu’u as one of the writers behind the blog.

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M.N.R.E. C.E.O: Ulu Bismarck Crawley.

Samoa to ban plastics

A new era is about to begin in Samoa as the island nation works towards phasing out a range of single-use plastics, joining global efforts to save our environment from the impact of plastics. Starting in January 2019, the Government aims to ban single use plastic bags and straws.

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Former Speaker Of Parliament:  La'aulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt and Speaker Of Parliament:  Tole'afoa Leaupepe Fa'afisi. Photos/Misiona Simo

Former and current Speaker in verbal spat

The Speaker of Parliament, Tole’afoa Leaupepe Fa’afisi, and former Speaker, La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt, were involved in a heated exchange when Parliament convened yesterday morning. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi was also involved, where he accused the former Speaker of being arrogant and high minded.

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The minivan driven by a pregnant woman and the Vaimoso, Alafua bus involved in the crash.

Pregnant driver evacuated after Vaimoso crash

A pregnant woman driving a seven-seater minivan was evacuated to the hospital yesterday after a crash at Vaimoso. The minivan collided with a bus. Speaking to the Samoa Observer, an eyewitness said he was in his house when he heard a really loud thud. “I then walked out to see that the minivan was on the other side of the road,” he said.

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Under 10 team from Lepea Football Club.

A helping hand for Lepea

The Lepea Football Club presented jerseys and sport shoes for all its young players, courtesy of the Atoa family.

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Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa with EU Commissioner Mimica at the 107th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers and the 43rd Meeting of the A.C.P.-E.U. Council of Ministers in Lome, Togo in May 2018.

Deputy P.M. leads Samoa’s delegation to A.C.P. meetings

The Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, led the Samoa delegation to the 107th Session of A.C.P. Council of Ministers and the 43rd Meeting of the A.C.P.-E.U. Council of Ministers, held in Lome, Togo.

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STAFF DEVELOPMENT: Justice Vui Nelson (2nd from left front row), Ombudsman Maiava Iulai Toma (middle front row) and his staff.

Ombudsman’s Office prioritises staff capacity

The Ombudsman’s Office has completed a two-day training for staff on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (C.R.C). 

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Front row - Tailetai Faaulufalega, Malama Sio, Bishop Lucky Passi, Selau Maulolo with teachers and students of Faleula Primary School.

Education gift for Faleula

It was a joyous day at Faleula Primary School yesterday. 

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Tuaopepe Asiata Jerry Wallwork, President of the Samoa Weightlifting Federation and National Coach with Dan Vukelich, the Video Director during the first shooting day at the training center of weightlifting.

New York crew film Samoa weightlifting

A film crew from New York, America, is in Samoa to film a documentary on the Samoa Weightlifting team that participated in the recent Commonwealth Games in Australia. 

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MINISTER OF FINANCE: Sili Epa Tuioti.

Parliament passes budget

The Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti’s $932.92million budget for 2018/2019 was passed by Parliament last night. The nod of approval was given after three days of budget debate where Parliament worked into the night to discuss the budget allocations.

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Katia, son Roma and Evgeni Bachara are enjoying their stay in the well known Pacific area.

Family escapes from the cold to tropical Samoa

Using the available resources to develop a country is nothing to be afraid of. Meet Evgeni and Katia Bachara who shared this statement with the Dear Tourist team. 

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Travis Moratu with his son and Renee Tetley with her daughter are enjoying the view from the Taumeasina Island Resort.

Need to find balance in advertising, commercialising and keeping it real

Samoa has a lot to offer the tourism industry. So says Travis Moratu and Renee Tetley from Melbourne, Australia. 

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Vailima Primary School promotes 2018 International Year of the Reef.

International Year of Reef promoted

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme’s (S.P.R.E.P.) Open Day on Monday promoted the 2018 International Year of the Reef to school students. 

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Members of Parliament: Fuimaono Teo Samuelu and Toleafoa Ken Vaafusuaga Poutoa.

M.P. calls for clarity in scholarship conditions

The National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) should clarify the terms and conditions of scholarships given to students to study in Japan. The call was made by Member of Parliament for Falealili East, Fuimaono Teo Samuelu during Parliament. He said the Ministry of Education as well as the university should explain all the terms and conditions to the students before they leave for Japan.

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Think a Minute

Marriage in debt

Think a minute…Remember the wonderful promises you made on your wedding day? “I promise to always love you, care for you, respect and cherish you, through everything we face in life, whether we are rich or poor, sick or healthy.”

Columns

A STORY TO TELL: Christina Robert.

Changing lives: The risk of dying at an early age

Talofa Samoa! We have emphasized in previous Columns that M.E.T.I’s strategy to tackle the ‘epidemic’ of obesity and N.C.D. is - instead of targeting the general population- to direct its health promoting messages to the thousands and thousands of N.C.D. sufferers, who feel miserable and incapacitated and are at a real risk of dying from their disease at an early age.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Banking whispers Whispers about the change of ownership for a major player in the banking industry in Samoa has been laughed off.

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