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Acting New Zealand High Commissioner to Samoa, Mike Walsh.

N.Z., Samoa work to resolve issues

The Acting New Zealand High Commissioner to Samoa, Mike Walsh, has responded to criticisms of the new online system for the selection process of students eligible for New Zealand scholarships. 

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STEP FORWARD FOR SAVAI'I: An aerial shot of the 200 Kilowatt Vailoa Hydro Power Plant at Vailoa Palauli yesterday.

Govt. opens $5.39 million project

The Government celebrated the commissioning of a $5.39 million tala 200 Kilowatt Hydro Power plant at Vailoa Palauli, yesterday. The occasion was hailed as a milestone for the big island of Savai’i, with Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi officially opening the project.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi said he would consult firstly with the private sector. Minister of Finance Sili Epa Tuioti explained why it’s necessary to raise the salaries of public servants.

Govt. has a “moral obligation” to act

A Samoan Economics Professor, who spoke to the Samoa Observer on the condition of anonymity, believes Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has a “moral obligation” to raise Samoa’s minimum wage, regardless of the impact on the private sector.

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S.S.A.B retail store in Vaitele officially opened for business.

Company responds to customers

Samoa Stationery and Books has responded to calls from their customers living on the west side of Upolu by opening its eighth and newest store at the Faaso’otauloa Taulapapa Pati Investment building at Vaitele-tai.

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SAMOA AIRWAYS: P.M. Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi's Cabinet has endorsed Seiuli Alvin Tuala's re-appointment.

Seiuli retains top role

Tupuivao Seiuli Tuala has been re-appointed to another term in office as the Chief Executive Officer of Samoa Airways. This is Tupuivao’s third term.

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The C.E.O. for the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (MESC), Afamasaga Dr. Karoline Fuata’i.

C.E.O. praises students for exam improvements

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture, Afamasaga Dr. Karoline Fuata’i, says there was an improvement in the 2018 Samoa Primary Education Certificate of Achievement (S.P.E.C.A.) exam results. But the percentage of those students who passed the exam was only 0.7 per cent and not 7 per cent, as reported earlier by the Samoa Observer. 

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Woman punched in “cowardice” attack

A 22-year-old man has been charged by the Police, after an incident where he punched a Chinese woman in the face, and allegedly ran off with money from her store. The incident took place last Saturday morning at Kavana Avealalo Store at Falelauniu. It was captured on CCTV, with the footage handed to the Police. 

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Lafaiali’i brothers give back

Brothers “Danger Boe” and “SJ Demarco” are in Samoa to give back to the community through their musical talents. The sons of Church Ministers Reverend Foma’i and Rasela Lafaiali’i will headline the “Milly Rock” concert at X-Club tonight. Speaking to the Weekend Observer, Danger Boy, whose real name is Fa’aiuaso Lafaiali’i, and SJ Demarco, real name, SJ Lafaiali’i, said they are looking forward to their first performance in Samoa.

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ENJOYING FIRST TIME IN SAMOA: Daniel Pac.

Wedding and leisure brings Sydney family

A family wedding in Samoa gave first time visitor, Daniel Pac, and his family a great reason to visit Samoa.

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IMPRESSED WITH SAMOAN LIFESTYLE: Vahid Ameripour and Tara Duffin

“It’s very nice and a really beautiful place”

The family-oriented nature of Samoans and the closely-knit communities are parts of Samoa that two visitors have found extremely impressive. 

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Mrs and Mr Senel happily married.

Love, family and marriage for Denise and Adam Senel

Different cultures in Turkish, Spanish and Samoan combined to witness the happy marriage of Denise Pologa Senel and Adam Senel at Taumeasina Island Resort this week.

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One of the newly bestowed Matai title holders, Papali’i Namulauulu Leota Sami Leota with his family in Sapapali’i.

Papali’i and Taimalelagi titles bestowed at Sapapali’i

The General Manager of Federal Pacific Insurance Ltd and the President of the Samoa Rugby Union, Namulauulu Leota Sami Leota, has been bestowed the Papali’i title of Sapapali’i.

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A total of 17 newly bestowed matai title holders being blessed during the church service.

Sa Si’a family celebrates

The Sa Si’a family from Malie yesterday welcomed 17 newly bestowed matai title holders which included two women.

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Tahere Talaina Si'isi'ialafia at the Samoa National Youth Council Annual General Meeting.

Youth can become leaders outside politics

Young people can become good leaders in their community without entering politics, says university lecturer Tahere Talaina Si'isi'ialafia. Speaking during the Samoa National Youth Council annual general meeting at the Development Bank of Samoa building recently, the National University of Samoa (NUS) sociology lecturer said former US President Barrack Obama believes that societies can embrace moral leadership if the youth are decent.

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Tagaloa Eddie Wilson, president of the Samoa Association of Manufacturers and Exporters said increasing the minimum wage is important but comes with other responsibilities.

Increase Minimum wage with staff upskilling

Members of the private sector agree that the minimum wage needs to increase, with all due care. But capacity building, and the wider business context need to be considered too, they say.

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REUNITED: Members and supporters of the Palolomua online group hold their second reunion.

Palolomua hold reunion and promote culture

Palolomua held it's second reunion yesterday at the Human Rights Protection Party headquarters at Sogi. The reunion included members of the Palolomua online group who were also invited to participate. The reunion was led by Australian-based Nese Uelese and included members from around the world. 

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DETERMINED GROUP: United Uso aiming for the best.

Dance crew determined to be the best

The United Uso dance crew will not throw in the towel in their strive to be Samoa’s top dance group. 

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Businesses support higher minimum wage.

Businesses support higher minimum wage

Business leaders say Samoan people deserve a higher minimum wage, and applaud moves to discuss it in consultations next week. Ray Hunt, financial controller for Frankie Company Limited said while any increase in minimum wages would cost the company, it would not affect their prices. 

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Defendant Motu Taula and his lawyer Maiava Visekota Peteru outside of the Court.

Court adjourns vehicular manslaughter trial

The three-day Supreme Court trial of a man who faces one count of vehicular manslaughter was postponed yesterday, after the defense said it was not ready to proceed. Motu Taula is facing the charge of one count of vehicular manslaughter, in connection to the death of 17-year-old Orlando Manulelia. 

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WORD OF CAUTION: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi addresses the village leaders and representatives during meeting.

“Don’t be easily fooled,” P.M. tells Village leaders

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has cautioned leaders and representatives of the Government in villages not to be “easily fooled” by people making claims that Samoa’s land has been “taken by China.” He also warned against being misled by people who claim that they are legal experts and know-it all when it comes to matters of customary lands. Prime Minister Tuilaepa did not name anyone in particular and he wasn’t immediately available to elaborate.

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Think a Minute

Rise to the Challenge (Part 2)

Think a minute...”Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” We are facing the most challenging time in human history. Our world population has exploded to 7.7 billion people! With far more people on the planet, we are running out of clean air and clean water.

Columns

Changing lives: Now that the Festive season is finished

Talofa Samoa! In the first week of last year, I was looking for one of METI ‘champions’: someone, who had been following the whole foods, plant based (WFPB) diet that METI promotes and who had been successful in reversing his diabetes condition, which had been crippling him for years.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

P.M. on Church leaders It seems Prime Minister Tuilaepa can’t leave members of clergy alone. During a radio programme last week, he had plenty to say about Church Ministers. For instance, he reminded them that Church Ministers were only taught on spiritual matters, not on Economics.

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