Iain Bain enjoying a niu on a hot sunny day at Taumeasina Island Resort yesterday.

“I’m tagging along to do a bit of relaxing”

A first time visitor has high expectations for his visit to Samoa.

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According to the quarterly overview, the positive performance was consistent with the 5.1 per cent increase in employment for the industry.

Public administration sector contributes to economy

The public administration sector contributed 1.4 per cent ($39.6 million) to Samoa’s overall gross domestic product of $486.6 million for the September 2018 quarter. 

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Samoa Police Service welcomed back its officers.

Police welcome back tour-of-duty officers

The Samoa Police Service (SPS) has welcomed back 10 of its members who completed a one-year Tour of Duty in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Africa.

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Martin Fink and Timo Muehlbacher making the most of the Taumeasina Island Resort poolside during their four day visit to “paradise.” Photo: Adel Fruean.

Samoa offers refuge from fast-paced life

For German citizens Timo Muehlbacher and Martin Fink, it was good to be in Samoa, away from the hustle and bustle of a fast-pace life in Europe.

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Bluesky Chief Executive Officer Toleafoa Douglas Creevey during the M-Tala launch last week at their Maluafou headquarters.

Mobile banking applications becoming popular

Twenty years ago European banks offered the world’s first mobile banking services to their customers called SMS banking, which gradually revolutionized banking services as smart phones came onto the market.

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The home of Gauifaleai Patu of Lotosoa Saleimoa was also affected by the high tide.

Samoan coastal communities to experience King Tides

The “King tides” Samoa has been experiencing is all part of earth’s orbiting process, says Samoa Meteorology Office Acting Chief Executive Officer, Tile Tofaeono.

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A workshop to empower the women of Samoa through improving their local products.

Women economic empowerment workshop closes

A workshop to empower women participants in the Nofotane Project closed yesterday at the Eden’s Edge in Apia.

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Samoa Land Corporation building at Tuanaimato.

Corporation’s loss in 2016-2017 worries Committee

The Samoa Land Corporation’s financial year 2016-2017 recorded a loss of $2.12 million. 

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Papalii Willie Nansen, Palea Vaalele Faaolotoi and chairman of the Pacific Games Office, Loau Keneti Sio.

Samoa Shipping Corporation presents $500,000 to Pacific Games Office

The Samoa Shipping Corporation (SSC) has signed a sponsorship deal valued at $500,000 with the Pacific Games Office making them a gold sponsor.

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The US Embassy hosted the Surgicorps International team together with Chinese Medical team and local doctors.

U.S. Embassy plays host to visiting surgeons

The United States (US) Embassy had the opportunity to host the world renowned Surgicorps International recently.

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Agricultural food in local markets.

Availability of agricultural produce in markets drop

The availability of agricultural food in local markets dropped by 3 per cent last month, pushing the average prices up to 17 per cent when compared to December 2018. 

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Central Bank of Samoa.

Central Bank warns against cryptocurrency

The Central Bank of Samoa is warning against promoting and presenting cryptocurrency in Samoa without proper license from the Bank. 

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C.B.S. Governor Maiava Atalina Ainuu-Enari.

Maiava highlights concerns in E.U. blacklisting

The Central Bank of Samoa has identified three concerns with the listing of Samoa on an unofficial “blacklist” of countries that have weak anti-money laundering (AML) regulations by the European Commission.

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Court house in Mulinu'u.

Man jailed for stealing wine and threat to kill

A man has been sentenced to nine months imprisonment for stealing four bottles of wine value $550 tala and threatening to kill the victim. 

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C.C.C.S. in Falevao.

Church pushes ahead with Minister’s appointment

The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) in Falevao has chosen Reverend Tafa’igata Galumalemana as its Church Minister. Speaking on behalf of the church yesterday, Filo Ah Sam who is the Falevao C.C.C.S. Deacon, said their decision is final and it cannot be changed.

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Villagers live in fear of unusual rise in sea level

Villagers on the west coast of Upolu are living in fear over an “out of the blue” natural phenomenon, where a rapid rise in the sea level led to water reaching their doorsteps. The villagers of Afega and Lotoso’a Saleimoa shared their concerns about the rapid rise in the sea level, which they said triggered panic amongst the families. 

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Vailoa shop robbery suspects not escapees – Fuiavaili’ili

The Ministry of Police is investigating a robbery and assault of an Asian couple in Vailoa by two men, who were armed with machetes, early Thursday morning. This was confirmed by Commissioner of Police, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil, in response to questions from the Samoa Observer, in relation to a video which surfaced on line showing the crime. 

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Dr. Rei Kashiyama (middle) the only volunteer vet at APS, examines a canine patient.

Growing demand for veterinarians in Samoa

The demand and need for veterinarians in Samoa is big, says Samoa Animal Protection Society (APS) chairperson, Dr. Joan Macfarlane. 

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Human trafficking.

Human trafficking cases increasing in the Pacific

The Pacific is experiencing an increase in human trafficking cases and leaders in the region as well as international organisations need to address it.

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S.W.A. Manager (urban division), Faumuina Iese Toimoana.

Households illegally connecting water

An estimated 0.6 per cent of households in the central Apia area are illegally connecting water to their homes. 

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Think a Minute

Show and tell your children well

Think a minute…Not long ago in America an exciting championship basketball game was played between New Rochelle and Yonkers High Schools. The New Rochelle team’s coach was Dan O’Brien. Yonkers was leading by one point with only a few seconds left to play.


Waste: Why the individuals are not the ones to blame

There tends to be accusatory tones whenever we talk about people who throw away plastic bags, straws or any other disposable plastic products in public places.

Between the Lines

A hungry thief. Your house might be next

A prominent member of the community had his house broken into where the thief ransacked it looking for valuables to take.

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