G.C.A. CHIEF: Tuala Siaki Tuala II.

Gambling Control Authority issues warning

The Gambling Control Authority (G.C.A.) has issued a stern warning to “bonus game operators” who are operating illegally. The warning comes from the Chief Executive Officer of the G.C.A., Tuala Siaki Tuala II, in a notice posted on their official Facebook page.

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NEW ROLE: Namulauulu Sami Leota.

The new President of Samoa Rugby Union

Namulauulu Sami Leota is the new President of the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.). He will sit on the Board chaired by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi. The officers were elected earlier this month after a review of the S.R.U. Constitution. 

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Ututa'aloga Charlie Ulia.

Govt. fines Ulia Construction Company over Apaula Road

The Government has moved to fine a local construction company for its failure to meet the deadline in fixing the Apaula Heights road at Lalovaea. The decision was confirmed by the Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, during an interview with the Samoa Observer last week. He was responding to questions following complaints by residents of Apaula Heights about the condition of their road.

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Six schools in total makeover

Six schools have undergone a total makeover using recycled materials and vegetable gardens this term as part of their participation in the Bank South Pacific (B.S.P.) Go Green School Beautification project. The inaugural project attempts to engage children in sustainability and recycling by decorating their schools, environments where they spend most of their time.

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VILLAGE MAYOR: Luafau Leia Amaasu at his banana patch.

Magiagi village growing Israel banana variety

Banana farmers at Magiagi have received 2,000 banana suckers of the Israel variety from the latest shipment allocated to those whose banana crops were affected by Cyclone Gita. Village Mayor, Luafau Leia Amaasu, said the village is grateful and given their reputation as strong banana growers, they are delighted.

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CANCER TREATMENT: Dr. Areta Samuelu with a patient. Photo: Supplied.

Samoa’s ‘Vave’ Campaign to inspire World Cancer Congress

The success of the Vave (Quickly) Campaign launched by the Samoa Cancer Society in 2017 will be presented to delegates from around the world early next month at the 2018 World Cancer Congress (WCC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Vave Campaign was a 12-month national social marketing campaign focused on early detection and quick action. 

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A reoccurring problem: A photo taken last week by S.I.G.F.A. members of local alia fishermen moored to the Apia F.A.D. putting stress on the device.

Alarm bell sounded over abuse of fish aggregating devices

The Samoa international Game Fishing Association (S.I.G.F.A) has sounded the alarm about the abuse and misuse of Fishing Aggregating Devices (F.A.D) by  some local fishermen. The alarm was sounded by the President of S.I.G.F.A, Poao Frances Hansell, who is calling on the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (M.A.F) to investigate the issue. They have provided pictures for evidence. 

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MEDIA TALK: ABC’s Aaron Kearney encourages the Samoan media to utilise their unique advantage in the new era of journalism.

Social media creates equal playing field

The digital disruption brought on by social media and online news challenged traditional forms of journalism but in some ways it levelled the playing field for Pacific journalists.

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READY TO SERVE: Faualo Sala Mulitalo Lupe Chan Mow with family members after the ceremony.

Faualo chiefly title bestowed in Apia

The Faualo chiefly title was bestowed on Salā Mulitalo Lupe Chan Mow at the village of Apia last Saturday. It was well attended by families and the Apia Village Council.

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DEVELOPING COCOA INITIATIVE: Samoa Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Finance Officer, Toetu Asiata accompanies C.E.O. Lemauga Hobart Vaai on inspections of the Apia cocoa nursery in Mulifanua.

New cocoa nursery under construction

A large cocoa nursery is being built on Samoa Trust Estate Corporation (S.T.E.C.) land at Mulifanua with plans to begin training for the nursery next week. 

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FURTHER STRENGTHENING CONNECTION: Public Enterprise Minister Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell with members of the Pacific Trade Invest during a recent Ministerial visit to Australia.

Australia Pacific Trade Invest head is coming to Samoa

The Pacific Trade Invest (P.T.I.) Australia’s Trade and Investment Commissioner, Caleb Jarvis, is heading to Samoa. In partnership with the Samoa High Commission to Australia, Mr. Jarvis will be leading a business mission to Samoa from Tuesday 9 October to Friday 12 October 2018.

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PUNIALAVA’A: (l-r) Nanai Viellani Peteru, Melody Peteru, Leulua’ipouomalo Punialavaa and wife Kelcey Peteru at Robert Louis Stevenson College during one of the stops of their school tours last week. Photo / (OneLook Communications).

Punialava’a and Samoa Airways – flying the Samoan flag with pride

When Punialava’a flew on Samoa Airways to return home last month, they were very much aware of the parallels between their band and the national carrier. For starters, both are ambassadors for Samoa, carrying the Samoan flag wherever they go.

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A woman on a mission

Kasia Renae Cook.  Remember that name if you live in Samoa and are of German descent. She is a remarkable woman, an educated woman, and she is on a mission. No. Not the kind of mission you might be thinking.

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DEVELOPING BETTER INTEGRITY OF DATA: Mandria Sua and Minerva Ta’avao, N.U.S. staff behind the report.

University data to inform decision makers

The National University of Samoa (N.U.S) is continuing to use data to inform decision making, with the recent release of its second statistical digest and the promise of another one in December.

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A FIRST STEP: The Samoan delegation is led by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupa’i.

Moves afoot to make Samoa regional innovation hub

A Government delegation is currently in America meeting with technology companies and public officials as a first step towards making Samoa a regional innovation hub.

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Road incident kills boy at Samatau

The family of a young boy from Samatau is mourning his death following a tragic incident involving a bus on Friday night. The death was confirmed by a member of the extended family yesterday, who requested for the names to be withheld as they have yet to inform all their relatives about the tragedy.

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NEW HOUSE: The residence of C.C.C.S. Magiagi Pastor which was officially dedicated yesterday.

Magiagi Church dedicates $500,000 Pastor’s house

The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) at Magiagi celebrated a milestone with the official opening of their Pastor’s residence yesterday. The total cost of the project is estimated to be more than $500,000. In an interview with Sunday Samoan, Church Secretary Tupuivao Dr. Titi Lamese, said they do not owe anything to the banks.

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U.S. JUDGE: Emeritus John C. Wallace.

Judiciary’s independence critical, says visiting U.S. Senior Judge

The three branches of government – Executive, Legislature and Judiciary – exist to protect people’s rights but there are times when the Judiciary becomes the weakest branch of Government. The point was made by a United States Court of Appeals Senior Judge and Chief Judge Emeritus, John Clifford Wallace, during an interview with the Sunday Samoan yesterday.

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VAITELE SMASH: The vehicles involved in the collision which also knocked out electricity in the area.

Vehicles in head on collision at Vaitele

Two vehicles were involved in a head on collision at the front of the METEK building in Vaitele on Friday. According to an eyewitness, Juliana Tuitea, a vehicle coming down from Maota o Samoa was driven by a woman and was allegedly speeding when her vehicle collided with an oncoming vehicle.

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HAPPY TO BE BACK: Pan and Peter Clydesdale remember the good times on their stay back in their “second home”.

Samoa gives couple good memories

Returning to Samoa brought back a lot of good memories for couple Pan and Peter Clydesdale.

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Think a Minute

Power play

Think a minute…They say, “The difference between men and boys is the price of their toys!” Little boys are happy with a small, simple toy truck, but later when we’ve become macho men, we want bigger, more sophisticated trucks.


This is Goshier than Gosh!

There in the village, giants sleep on the mountains as you pass them by. And the fog of dawn leaves the landscape like a mother of heaven is rising to make breakfast.

Between the Lines


An S.O.S. visit to Facebook? The public surely appreciates the transparency shown by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupai and the Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff, when they posted pictures of themselves recently outside the headquarters of Facebook in Silicon Valley in America.

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