Two locally manufactured liquor, Boom Vodka and Rice Vodka are selling under the required excise tax cost.

Alcohol Bill could lead to local business losses

The Government’s proposed alcohol excise rates will result in local liquor manufacturers making losses as the excise will be higher than the retail price of each liquor bottle. Businessman Va’atuitui Meredith sounded the warning recently in a consultative forum, which the Ministry of Revenue (M.O.R.) organised with the business community, in order to get feedback on the Alcohol Bill 2018.

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Representatives gathered to review the results of A.C.P multilateral environmental agreements.

Pacific countries discuss progress of environmental agreements at Vailima

A regional meeting being held in Samoa this week is reviewing the results of the A.C.P. Multilateral Environmental Agreements (M.E.As) capacity building project and it also serves as the first review meeting of the Inform project.

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The Helicopter currently in the possession of the Ministry of Revenue.

About the helicopter V.H.-V.W.A.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Revenue, Matafeo Avalisa Viali-Fautua’alii, has explained their position in relation to a helicopter that has been in their possession since 2016. Below is the letter she wrote in response to questions from the Samoa Observer. It is published in full:

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Samoa Police Service.

British man found dead inside hotel room

A guest was found dead inside his hotel room last Saturday. This was confirmed by the Police in their weekly update.

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The two-day conference aims to increase the amount of high performing student-athletes in Samoa, and raise awareness about the benefits of sport on academic performance.

First student-Athlete Leadership Conference at Tanoa Hotel today

The first Student-Athlete Leadership Conference will be held at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel tomorrow. The conference will be opened by the Charge d’Affaires of the United States Embassy in Samoa, Tony Gruebel.

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Chamber of Commerce CEO Hobart Vaai with September members meeting speakers; Letuimanu'asina Dr Emma Kruse Vaai and Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai.

Tofilau shares secrets to business success

A workplace with high ‘meaning quotient’ is imperative for any business to prosper. It’s one of the key ingredients in the recipe for success, says the Managing Director of Samoa Stationery and Books (S.S.A.B), Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai.

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AT ITS WORST: The raging Maliolio river in Savai’i. Photo: Tausivaatele Peter.

China Railway withdraws, Ah Liki awarded contract

The Tenders Board has awarded the contract for Mali’oli’o River to Ah Liki Construction. This was confirmed in a statement from the Land Transport Authority yesterday. 

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Samoa Police Service.

Father charged with murder in son’s death

The Police are investigating the death of a man who allegedly died after he was beaten by his 58-year-old father. The incident was confirmed in a Police weekly update posted on their Facebook page. The 35-year-old man is from Vaitele fou and Safotu, Savai’i.

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Samoa Police Service.

Police investigate death of toddler

The Ministry of Police is investigating the death of a one-year-old toddler who fell while being given a bath by his father. The Motootua hospital advised the police of the death last Friday. “The male baby who was alleged to have died after he fell whilst his father was trying to give him a bath.

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District Court Judge, Fepuleai Ameperosa Roma.

Inquest into toddlers’ deaths adjourned

The inquest into the death of two babies in Savai’i following their vaccination in July this year has been adjourned to October 3. The adjournment will allow District Court Judge, Fepuleai Ameperosa Roma, to consider submissions by the prosecution and defense lawyers, before making a decision on whether he should adjourn the inquest until criminal proceedings against two nurses in the Supreme Court is completed.

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Eva launches river rehabilitation project

The village of Eva on the northern coast of Upolu will be undergoing a river rehabilitation project to provide stability to the bank as well as widening and deepening of the channel. The rehabilitation project was made possible with the financial assistance of $50,000 from the Civil Society Support Programme in collaboration with U.N.D.P through the Adaptation fund. 

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Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Chief Executive Officer Ulu Bismark Crawley.

Company lacked permit to quarry Savai’i land

The Tausala Matiu Company of Satupaitea did not have a “development consent permit” to quarry soil at Tafua-tai on Savai’i. The site was where a landslide occurred last Monday and killed three men and injured another two. The five men including the deceased were employees of the Tausala Matiu Company.

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National University of Samoa students engaging in a forum targeting sustainable development process.

Students address sustainable development issues

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (M.N.R.E.) recently engaged students of the National University of Samoa in a forum targeting sustainable development process.

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PROGRAMME COMPLETED: Siuniu, Falealili successfully completed the Community Disaster and Climate Risk Management (C.D.C.R.M.) programme.

Siuniu better prepared for climate and disaster risks

The remote community of Siuniu, Falealili has successfully completed the Community Disaster and Climate Risk Management (C.D.C.R.M.) programme.

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The late Manamea Apelu Schwalger.

Matavai prepares for “Love is bigger than cancer” show

The Matavai Pacific Cultural Arts group is heading to Samoa for a very special occasion. Over 65 members of the Group are heading to Samoa to host the “Love is bigger than cancer” fundraising event on Saturday 6 October 2018.

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Officials at the signing of the landmark agreement with the European Union to help promote sustainable management and sound ocean governance in the Pacific Region.

Historic Pacific partnership deal signed

The Forum Fisheries Agency (F.F.A.), the Pacific Community (S.P.C.), the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (S.P.R.E.P.) and the University of the South Pacific (U.S.P.) signed a landmark agreement with the European Union to help promote sustainable management and sound ocean governance in the Pacific Region.

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The A.D.B’s extended mission at the Central Bank Building in Apia has become a country office.

Asian Development Bank now has Country Office in Samoa

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is expanding its presence in 11 Pacific island countries to enhance the impact of its growing program of assistance in the subregion.

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CHINESE EXPERT: Dr. Jim Liu demonstrating the different ingredients sourced locally that make up the organic chicken  feed he had developed.

Chinese expert works to help Samoan farmers

A Chinese expert is helping Samoan farmers navigate new trends of farming. Dr. Jim Liu is in Samoa a.s the key part of the China – Samoa Agricultural Technical Aid Project Phase IV (C.S.A.T.A.P.) 2017 -2020, which provides ongoing practical support for farmers in Samoa.

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ONE OF THE NOMINEES: Chef John from Samoa.

Seven finalists from Samoa nominated for Samoa Business Network awards

Seven local businesses are finalists in the Samoa Business Network (S.B.N.) Awards to be held in Auckland on 29 September 2018. This year marks the S.B.N.’s fifth year anniversary since its inception in New Zealand.

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FAMILY VIOLENCE INQUIRY: The challanges highlighted in the report provides that the cornerstone of protection in the law is hardly known about across Samoa.

Legislation is there, but implementation missing

Lack of evaluation into the implementation of legislative reforms targeting family violence is one reason there is minimal changes to the national rates of family violence in Samoa. This was highlighted in the National Inquiry into Family Violence report that was launched last week.

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Think a Minute

Feeling, Faith, and Fact

Think a minute…A young man was discouraged and depressed about the problems he was going through. His wise father asked him: “Son, have you ever gone through a tunnel?” “Yes,” his son answered. His father continued, “When you were in the tunnel, did you think the sun no longer existed?” “No, of course not,” said the young man.


Climate justice denied

By now the Samoa and indeed the Pacific delegations will have returned home after participating in climate meetings held in Bangkok, Thailand, a week ago 4 to 9 September.

Between the Lines


Don’t be a tosser, keep Samoa clean Sometimes when driving around our beautiful island admiring the lush green vegetation and gardens, - you get the shock of your life when you see young people and sometimes older people casually chuck their food packaging or whatever waste they have in their hands aside onto the path or in someone's garden and continue walking.

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