The Jubilee Church project at Malua.

Church’s loan repayments on track

The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa’s annual payment of $1.7 million to pay back a $15.11 million loan from the Samoa National Provident Fund is up to date. This was confirmed by C.C.C.S. Finance Committee chairman, Le Mamea Ropati Mualia, during an interview with the Sunday Samoan at his office recently. 

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Sister Emanuela Betham celebrates 60 years of service. More coverage in tomorrow's Samoa Observer.

Sister Emanuela marks sixty years of service

Sister Emanuela Betham yesterday celebrated 60 years serving as a Sister of the Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary (S.M.S.M.) Marist Missionary life. A church service was held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Church at Mt. Vaea yesterday evening to commemorate her achievement, which was attended by members of the S.M.S.M. sisters, families and friends.

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GRADUATION DAY: Some of U.S.P. staff during their graduation in Samoa.

Vice Chancellor denies high staff turnover

The outgoing Vice Chancellor of the University of the South Pacific, Professor Rajesh Chandra, has downplayed claims about the high turnover of Lecturers at the university. Prof. Chandra was responding to a question on whether the university was losing some of its quality Lecturers, who contribute to the academic development of the students. 

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2018 DUX OF SAMOA COLLEGE: Asiasiga Tualatamalelagi Naseri with proud parents, Temukisa Tuala and Tautiaga Naseri.

Asiasiga is Samoa College's top student

Do not underestimate yourself  and always aim high. With that belief, Asiasiga Tualatamalelagi Naseri worked and achieved his goal of becoming the 2018 Dux at Samoa College. He was awarded during the school’s prize giving ceremony at the Samoa College Old Pupil’s Association hall on Friday.

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HARD WORK PAYS OFF: Va’atuitui Apete and Edith Meredith were honoured to receive the Award for ‘Austrasia’s Best Relaxation Retreat at the prestigious Boutique Hotel Awards 2018’.

Aga Reef Resort gets top regional award

For the second consecutive year, Aga Reef Resort has done it again, scooping the award for “Australasia’s best relaxation Retreat” at the exclusive Boutique Hotel Awards 2018. 

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Toma Tuilata from Afega thanks Island Rock for the early Christmas presents.

Island Rock brings Christmas smile

The challenges facing Toma Tuilata and his family remain, but a gesture by local company Island Rock has brought a smile to their faces. Toma, 48, and his family was one of four families—who were selected to participate in Island Rock’s 25 Days of the Spirit of Christmas Campaign—and gifted Christmas hampers.

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Over 200 children with disabilities from around Upolu and Savai’i taking part in the World Disability Day.

Fun Day marks World Disability Day

Samoa commemorated World Disability Day with a Fun Day at the Tuanaimato Soccer Fields.

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California couple flew to fetched son.

American couple promises to be back

A couple from the United States of America had enjoyed their time so much in Samoa they can hardly wait to come back.

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WIN A VAN COMPETITION: Meilan Meredith, Saolele Tuapau and Arnold Meredith.

Siumu Primary wins Business Systems Ltd. competition

Siumu Primary School is the winner of Business Systems Limited’s Win a Van Competition.

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Kolani Junior Lam.

Why Supreme Court rejected Kolani Lam’s bail application

A bail application by a husband who is accused of the murder of his wife has been denied. The decision was delivered by Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiavaíasuíe Falefatu Sapolu, in the hearing of Kolani Junior Lam, who is accused in the death of the former Chief Executive Officer of the Unit Trust of Samoa (U.T.O.S.), Saíu Justina Saíu. In delivering his decision, His Honour Patu said the Supreme Court is satisfied ìthere is a significant riskî should Lam be given bail. This is his full ruling:

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Aaralie Papali’i and brother Mack both top students in their class.

Future vet tops Anglican Primary

Aaralie Papali’i is the Dux of the Anglican Primary School.

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Cass Hart (left) and Wendy Percival admire a mask before it will go into the furnace, and take on the smoky look like the others.

“These faces are my memories”

What began as a Tuesday night respite from daily life has become an exhibition on display at Tiapapata Art Centre, something Cass Hart and her mentor are immensely proud of.

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This is an exceptional level of achievement because the only comparator data we could locate showed a level of 72 percent, and because it has been achieved with per student funding of less than half of Australian universities.

Graduation highlights Samoa’s contribution

The University of the South Pacific (U.S.P.) has produced 1,506 Samoan alumni from 1968 to 2018, which is 3.2 percent of all the university’s alumni. This is according to the university’s Vice Chancellor, Rajesh Chandra, who was speaking during the Alafua campus graduation ceremony yesterday. 

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ALL SMILES: Some of the graduands of the University of the South Pacific during their moment of joy yesterday. Photo:Misiona Simo

University graduates celebrate success

The University of the South Pacific (U.S.P.) Alafua Campus graduated 95 of its students from eight countries around the region, including one from Nigeria yesterday. Held at the E.F.K.S. Hall in Sogi, families, friends and supporters joined members of the diplomatic corps in congratulating the graduands during the colourful ceremony. 

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Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio.

Minister slams door on sex education call

Sex Education will not be an option for the education curriculum in Samoa. That’s the response from the Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio, to calls by members of the public to include sex education in the secondary schools curriculum. “That is absurd,” the Minister said. “That issue should be addressed in families not in the classroom and for the life of me, we will not allow that.”

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One-year-old Filipo Tepa with his mother Camilia Tepa.

Spreading Christmas cheer

Christmas arrived yesterday for 27 patients at Paediatric Ward of the Moto’otua Hospital. This is thanks to the Small Business Enterprise Centre (S.B.E.C.) who turned up with gifts to allow the children to experience the joy and excitement of the season. Among the recipients was Filipo Tepa, a one-year-old from Vaitele Fou who has been admitted because of an ear infection.

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A WILEX MILESTONE: Wilex owner, Tagaloa Eddie Wilson with Muliagatele Nicole Wilson.

Wilex’s Noni-Loa flies Samoa’s flag

Promoting Samoa on the international stage is the goal of Wilex Samoa with their newly-launched “Samoa Noni-Loa” brand. Founder of Wilex Samoa, Tagaloa Eddie Wilson told the Samoa Observer yesterday that the brand exists to tell the world that the nonu is from Samoa. 

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CONGRATULATIONS: Deputy P.M. Fiame Dr. Naomi Mata'afa during the ceremony.

Deputy P.M. Fiame Doctor of Letters

Education is important not only to Samoa, but to the Pacific region. It is the cornerstone of our development. These were the words of Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Dr. Naomi Mata'afa as she was conferred the Honourary Degree of Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) yesterday. Fiame, who is also the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, was accorded the recognition during the University of the South Pacific (U.S.P.) Alafua Campus graduation at the E.F.K.S. hall in Sogi.

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The late Jeremiah Malaki Tauili'ili.

Three charged in relation to Police probe into Malaki’s death

The Police have arrested and charged three men in connection to their investigation into the death of Jeremiah Malaki Tauili’ili. Mr. Tauiliili, a 24-year-old Civil Engineer working at the Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, died at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital on Wednesday, following an incident at the Marina last Friday night.

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American couple,Deborah Stanley from Oregon and Robert Lutsky of Ohio absolutely love Samoa and traveled to Samoa by yacht.

Boating mishap didn’t stop the fun

Americans Robert Lutsky and Deborah Stanley are not your everyday tourists.

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Think a Minute

The Will to Win

Think a minute…A father was trying to get his little boy to drink a glass of milk, but the son kept refusing, so the battle of wills was on. The father then poured himself a glass of milk and challenged his son to a race to see who could drink their milk the fastest. When the son had finished drinking his entire glass of milk, he said: “Let’s race again!”


Spare a thought for the Samoan delegation at Poland Climate Talks

As we fast approach the end of 2018 and envelop ourselves in the spirit of the festive season on Christmas and New Year celebrations, we need to spare a thought or two for the Samoa delegation these two weeks in Katowice Poland in the collective pursuit by developing countries for a climate package of decisions that ‘leaves no climate related issues behind’.

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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