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Leilua Lino and Junior Lauvao from S.V.S.G. Juniors.

Group launches book drive for library

The Samoa Victim Support Group Juniors recently launched a book drive in a bid to build a library at Foailuga. Communication officer for Group, Marieta Ilalio, said the book drive is an opportunity for members of the public donating books to help create a library in Foailuga, Savai’i.

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Financial support for persons with disabilities at N.O.L.A.

Club supports disability organisation

The Nuanua O Le Alofa organisation has received a donation of $2000 from My Girl’s Club. The organisation is the peak advocacy body for persons living with disabilities and continues to be the recipient of support from the club. This is the fourth time the club has come to the aid of the organisation in four consecutive years.

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Minister of M.W.C.S.D., Faimalotoa Iemaima Kika Stowers-Ah Kau, CEO of M.W.C.S.D., Afamasaga Faauiga Mulitalo, A.C.E.O. for M.W.C.S.D. Nanai Sovala and members of M.W.C.S.D.

Review of development plan successful

A review of the Community Development Sector Plan 2016 – 2021 has been a fruitful exercise, says Afamasaga Faauiga Mulitalo. The CEO of the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development said this when giving her assessment of the two-day forum at the TATTE Building.

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Allison Stuart.

I.M.F. key to Pacific Islands’ development

The International Monetary Fund (I.M.F.) has helped Pacific Islands develop in a number of ways and will continue to do so in the future, says I.M.F. Small States Division Chief (Asia Pacific Department), Allison Stuart.

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“Think global, act local” was the central theme on day one of the Samoa Business Trip Event.

SME important in nation building

Small medium enterprises (S.M.E) in Samoa represent 88.27 per cent of all enterprises, which indicates the vital role such businesses play in developing Samoa’s economy. This is according to Samoa Business Network (S.B.N.) New Zealand Chairperson, Laura Keil-Hall, who was in Samoa for the S.B.N. Business Trip earlier this week. 

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Rubbish remains from the heavy rainfall.

Expect more rain in festive season

Samoa can expect more rain in the coming weeks, says Samoa Meteorological Office Acting C.E.O. Mulipola Ausetalia Titimaea. Mulipola said the rain experienced over the past few days is expected to clear off over the weekend as the trough of low pressure lying over Samoa moves away. 

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Roite Tinei of Toamua-Uta.

Police appeal for missing girl

The Samoa Police Service has appealed to the public for assistance in locating a young girl.

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Former Member of Parliament Aveau Niko Palamo.

Attack on the P.M. condemned

Former Member of Parliament Aveau Niko Palamo and ex-bureaucrat Velda Collins have condemned attempts in Brisbane to attack Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi. The P.M., who flew to Australia early in the week on the inaugural Samoa Airways’ Faleolo to Brisbane service, was speaking at the official launching of the service when two unidentified men walked in and threw an “uncooked pig’s head” in his direction. 

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Fepulea'i Attila Ropati. (Photo / File).

“Commission kept Fepulea'i on payroll”

It is the Judicial Service Commission’s decision for the Land and Titles Court President, Fepulea'i Attila Ropati, to continue to get paid while awaiting trial in the District Court. This is according to the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration (M.J.C.A) C.E.O. Papali’i John Taimalelagi in response to questions from the Samoa Observer.

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Christine Hurley, Shelley Burich, Fuamatala Tofilau and Gardenia Betham.

Rotary Club gives mobility to disability

The Apia Rotary Club has donated four wheelchairs and four walkers to the Samoa Cancer Society. Apia Rotary Club member, Christine Hurley, said the donated items will give patients more mobility and enable them to see family and friends. 

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Court House Mulinuu.

Man jailed for stealing employer’s property

A man has been sentenced to three years imprisonment for stealing $30,000 worth of construction and engineering equipment from his employer. The stolen items include a .22 rifle and a 12-gauge gun. Appearing before Justice Vui Clarence Nelson in the Supreme Court yesterday, Taeao Luteru of Gataivai Savaii and Pesega pleaded guilty to burglary and theft as a servant.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is met on arrival at the Jackson International Airport in Port Moresby by PNG’s APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko.

Pacific leaders to meet Chinese President

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has arrived in Port Moresby, P.N.G with other Pacific Island leaders to observe the 26th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders Summit. He is among leaders of eight Pacific Island states that recognise Beijing diplomatically, and will meet the Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the regional economic summit in Port Moresby.

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LEADERSHIP GRADUATE: Akeli Tuuano, senior finance officer at D.B.S.

Leadership graduates tackle sexual harassment at work

Researching the prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace shows the need for training, documentation and no tolerance policies, a Leadership Samoa graduate believes.

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FREQUENT VISITORS: Elane Wisely says she and her husband will continue to spend their holidays in Samoa.

Samoa a favourite destination

Elane Wisely is on the verge of becoming “local”—she and her husband travel to Samoa every two years for holidays. Hailing from Pirongia, a small town in the Waipa District of the Waikato region of New Zealand’s North Island, the 66-year-old woman has over the years travelled frequently to Samoa for holidays.

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FIRST TIME IN SAMOA: Tomas Nilsson enjoys Samoa and tells of the unique reason behind his visit.

Act of kindness brings Swede to Samoa

A simple act of kindness 15 years ago has brought a Swedish tourist to the shores of Samoa. Tomas Nilsson told Dear Tourist yesterday that it was his first visit to the country. But he would not have travelled to the Pacific from Europe, if it was not for an incident 15 years ago when he was working in Sweden.

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A look at the interior set-up, still in construction.

A sneak peak inside the new Maota Fono

The Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly has given members of the public a sneak peak inside the new Maota Fono.

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Diwali is a five-day festival of lights which is celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the world.

Apia’s first Diwali buffet a success

Restaurant owner Sabreen Ali says their first Diwali buffet was a success and she will now make it a permanent fixture.

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New Zealand Visa.

N.Z. Immigration explains visa fee increase

Increasing cost pressures on Immigration New Zealand resulted in the price hike on visa applications earlier this month, a spokesperson has confirmed. Notices circulated locally informed citizens it now costs T$305 for a visitor visa to New Zealand, up from $285 just last month.

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Faumuina: Learning from failure a path to success

In business and life there are so many similarities, you learn when you embrace your failures, says former rugby league star Sione Faumuina. Sione played professional rugby league in New Zealand for nine years, and is now a successful publisher author, coach, trainer and motivational speaker. 

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Verona Parker, Samoa Cancer Society C.E.O., Shelley Burich, C.E.O. of Samoa Stationery and Books (S.S.A.B.), Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai, and Asomua Anastasia Stanley Stanley.

S.S.A.B. gives to Cancer Society

The Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa Stationery and Books (S.S.A.B.), Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai, presented a $2,000 cheque to the Samoa Cancer Society. The Society’s C.E.O., Shelley Burich, received the donation at the S.S.A.B. conference room yesterday.

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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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