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STRENGTHENING COLLABORATION: Pacific central bank governors and respective delegations participating in the three-day conference focusing on Fintech and financial inclusion in the region.

Pacific Central Bank Governors meet

Central Bank Governors from the Pacific and their delegation are gathering in Samoa this week for a three-day conference, with yesterday’s focus on Fintech and financial inclusion in the region. Joined by international monetary agencies and partners, the conference is being organised by the Central Bank of Samoa, in partnership with the International Monetary Fund (I.M.F.) and the Asian Development Bank, and is held at the Return to Paradise Resort.

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RECIPIENT OF THE HEALTH AND WELLBEING AWARD: Tagaloa Dr. Andrew Chan Mow with children Iolana, Alonzo, Isabella and wife Rosanna.

Dr. Andrew Chan Mow honoured

Le Tagaloa Tugaga Dr. Andrew Chan Mow, Clinical Director of SouthSeas Healthcare was recognised recently at the 4th annual SunPix Pacific Peoples Awards for his services to the Pacific in primary health care. Tagaloa is the recipient of the Health and Wellbeing Award, sponsored by Pasifika Futures, which recognises individuals in the community who strive to improve the health and wellbeing of Pacific People.

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TALKING CRYPTOCURRENCY: Tommaso Mancini-Griffoli.

“Cryptocurrency’s value volatile”

Virtual currency or cryptocurrency is not a form of money and is not secure because its value is volatile, says International Monetary Fund Deputy Division Chief (Central Banking Division), Tommaso Mancini-Griffoli.  “Money is a unit of account so it’s a measuring stick for what you purchase, it’s a store value, so you need to have some security that what you put in you will be able to get out, it’s a means of payment, it’s something that facilitates transactions,” Mr. Mancini-Griffoli told the Samoa Observer. 

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Court House Mulinuu.

Father convicted for raping stepdaughter

A father has been convicted for two charges of rape involving his eight-year-old stepdaughter. The man’s identity has been suppressed to protect the identity of the victim. The Assessors found the defendant guilty on all charges following an hour of deliberation after final submissions yesterday. 

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AWARD FINALIST: Leilua Lino.

Samoan girl a finalist for international award

Samoan girl Leilua Lino has been announced as one of three finalists for the International Children's Peace Prize 2018. Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa announced the finalists of the International Children’s Peace Prize 2018 yesterday on behalf of the Amsterdam-based KidsRights Foundation. 

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BRISBANE BOUND: P.M. Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi boards Samoa Airway's inaugural flight to Brisbane yesterday evening.

P.M. coy on Airline’s financial performance

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, says reporters “don’t understand” financial records and therefore there is no need for Samoa Airways to reveal the state of its financial performance a year after it was launched. This is what Tuilaepa told the Samoa Observer at the Faleolo International Airport yesterday evening as he was about to board Samoa Airways inaugural flight to Brisbane, celebrating the Airline’s first birthday.

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Minister Faimalo Kika Stowers.

Minister to open Forum

The Ministry of Women Community and Social Development (M.W.C.S.D.) will be hosting its first Community Development Sector Annual Review Forum, starting today. 

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HERE COMES THE WET SEASON: Members of the public are asked to take extra care in the wet season.

Typhoid fever common in wet season

Typhoid fever is common in the wet season and early detection and treatment is recommended as one in five people can die from it. 

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

N.P.F. supports Govt. pension moves

The National Provident Fund is supporting moves by the Government to increase percentage and pension benefits for all contributors to the superfund. The position of the National Provident Fund (N.P.F.) was relayed to the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in a letter dated August 3, 2018. 

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Moe Lei Sam.

P.M. called a “troublemaker”

Samoan businesswoman Moe Lei Sam has slammed Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sa’ilele Malielegaoi for badmouthing nurses. Describing the P.M. as a “disappointment, troublemaker, and focused on the wrong things”, Ms. Lei Sam said Tuilaepa’s tirade directed at the nurses—where he criticised nurses for scolding patients and to “act like nurses”—was unjustified coming from the Head of Government.

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Samoa Land Corporation building at Tuanaimato.

Govt. gets $3 million dividend

The Samoa Land Corporation (S.L.C.) handed over a dividend payment of $3million tala to the Government of Samoa yesterday. S.L.C. Chairman Lavea Tupuola Malifa said the payment was their way of acknowledging the work of the Government. “This is also part of our contribution to the development of the Government,” Lavea said. 

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An audit of the Bureau of Statistics’ books by the Audit Office, for the financial year 2012-2013, has revealed that the cost of employee theft, damage and loss of office assets totaled $38,492.

Govt. staff recklessness cost $38,492

Staff recklessness that led to the theft, damage and loss of office assets came at a cost to the Bureau of Statistics. An audit of the Bureau of Statistics’ books by the Audit Office, for the financial year 2012-2013, has revealed that the cost of employee theft, damage and loss of office assets totaled $38,492.

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There are 21 million bitcoins that will be supplied and mined.

Entrepreneur defends bitcoins, cryptocurrency

An independent cryptocurrency entrepreneur from Zambia, Mapanza Nkwilimba, says cryptocurrency is real and is in Samoa to stay. Contrary to numerous warnings from the Government – including Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi - against any Samoan joining the scheme, Mr. Nkwilimba assured the scheme is legitimate. 

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Papana which is an United States Air Force band stationed at Hawaii opended the performances of the night.

Jazz festival remembers Mavis Rivers

The Samoana Jazz and Arts Festival 2018 began with a musical performance that was done to remember renowned Samoan and New Zealand jazz singer Mavis Rivers. The diplomatic corps, members of the public and jazz enthusiasts converged on the Taumeasina Island Resort’s ballroom last Saturday evening and were treated to a variety of instrumental and vocal songs as well as classical jazz music.

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ON THE GAUALOFA: Samoa’s traditional voyaging canoe being used as a floating classroom.

Why did we trade pristine for convenience?

The word “convenience” would be a great one to sum up modern society, just think about it for a minute.

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President of the U.S.P. Alumni, Peseta Dr. Desmond Lee Hang, Douglas Williams, Acting Campus Director, Associate Professor Mohammed Umar, Luaiufi Aiono.

Alafua Campus closes with awards

The University of the South Pacific’s Alafua Campus has closed and ended its 2018 academic year with its first ever student awards. The event was convened at the Samoan Fale (house) in USP Alafua Campus and saw guests, students and university staff members participate. 

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Renata Rivers in pink together with family and friends.

Rivers family thankful for recognition

The Samoan family of renowned jazz singer Mavis Rivers have expressed their gratitude for the recognition she was given at the Samoana Jazz and Arts Festival 2018. The jazz festival at the Taumeasina Island Resort’s ballroom last Saturday evening included a special tribute to the Samoan and New Zealand jazz singer. 

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THANKFUL: Members of the Marist Brothers Old Pupil’s Association after the funeral service.

Marist Brothers pay tribute to Sa’u

The late Sa’u Justina Fiapa’ipa’i Sa’u was a true blue Marist and made history when she became the first female to join the male-dominated Marist Brothers Old Pupil’s Association. Marist Brothers Old Pupil’s Association (M.B.O.P.A.) president, Tuatagaloa Aumua Ming Leung Wai, said this when paying tribute to her at her funeral service at the Catholic Church in Manono-uta.

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The Audit Office, in a report to the Parliament, said the tax oversight was noted in an audit of the Samoa Tourism Authority’s books for the 2014 financial year.

Board directors’ fees not taxed

Failure to tax the fees and sitting allowances of the Samoa Tourism Authority board members has caught the eye of the Audit Office. The Audit Office, in a report to the Parliament, said the tax oversight was noted in an audit of the Samoa Tourism Authority’s books for the 2014 financial year.

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Accidents on the road like this one in Lalovaea is just one of the reasons Judge Alalatoa Rosella Viane Papali’i wants to increase the fines for such offences.

Judge pushes for stiffer penalties

A maximum fine of T$2000 for negligent driving may not be enough, according to Judge Alalatoa Rosella Viane Papali’i. She made the suggestion during the reading of her decision regarding Rose Hope Ah Leong, who hit and killed a seven-year-old while driving last month.

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Think a Minute

Lucky You (Part II)

Think a minute…An army general was asked what kind of good-luck charms he carries when he goes to war. The general answered: “I don’t carry a lucky charm on my body. I carry it in my heart.” In other words, he was saying it is not luck but his character, choices and true beliefs in his heart that guide and protect him.

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Tribute to a leader, visionary and intellectual

Eulogy at Memorial Service of Sir Ngatata Love 28 October, 2018 Pipitea Marae, Wellington

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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