APPLYING FOR BAIL: Herman Westerlund exiting the Police van outside Court yesterday.

Bail application hearing adjourned to today

One of two men facing a charge of manslaughter over the death of Jeremiah Malaki Tauili’ili has applied to the Supreme Court to be released on bail. Herman Westerlund’s application for bail was before Supreme Court Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren yesterday, amidst heavy Police presence in the Courtroom.  

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Court House Mulinuu.

Man accused of alleged sexual violation

A man has been charged for attempted sexual violation of two sisters in Fasito’o-tai. The accused is charged with attempted sexual violation and assault with intent to Commit sexual violation. 

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FRUSTRATED: Amy Chan Mow inspects the flowers inside her nursery yesterday.

Thieves steal $15,000 worth of red palms

Plant nursery Owner, Amy Chan Mow, has expressed frustration at the theft of $15,000 worth of palm trees from her backyard. The owner of Amy’s Nursery in Siusega had her 10 years of hard work reaped off by thieves, who stole red palms from her backyard valued at $15,000 tala with the price of a red palm at $700 tala. 

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CONGRATULATIONS: The 2018 Top student Overall in the Foundation Programme at the National University of Samoa, Emily Elizabeth Fruean together with parents Ruby and Su’a Henry Fruean.

“Always remember, we started from the bottom”

The National University of Samoa’s top student in its Foundation Programme yesterday spoke of the importance of remembering how top achievers always started from the bottom. Speaking to the Samoa Observer after getting the university’s foundation programme’s top student award, 17-year-old Emily Elizabeth Fruean said it was always important to remember that everyone including herself started from the bottom.

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GETTING IT FIXED AGAIN: The John Williams building in Apia.

Building “recklessness” cost Church $6 million

The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) has so far spent $6 million on the renovation of the John Williams building in Apia. This was confirmed by the C.C.C.S. Finance Committee Chairman, Le Mamea Ropati Mualia, who went on to express disappointment with the “recklessness” which led to the project going over budget.

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Punialava’a doing what they do best in Sydney Australia.

Punialava’a, Cahill honoured

The Samoan community in Sydney is still buzzing a week after Punialavaa and soccer legend Tim Cahill were presented with Role Model Awards during the 10th Anniversary of LJU Media and the Samoan Sports Star Show FM89.3.

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Scenic Nature paradise at To-Sua Ocean Trench. Photo/ Wikimedia Commons

To Sua featured on Architecture and Design page

Samoa’s famous 30-metres deep giant swimming hole To Sua has been featured on the Architecture & Design, a famous social media page followed by 30.17 million people all over the world. 

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The smile on the students faces say it all at Fasito’o-uta yesterday.

Fasito’o-uta school gets $40,000 worth of help

Fasitoo-uta Primary School is the latest beneficiary of Australia’s Direct Aid Program (D.A.P) receiving 200 sets of desks and chairs valued at $40,000.

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LEADERSHIP TRAINING: Participants at the Transformational Leadership Development Programme.

Trainers trained in Transformational Leadership Development Programme

Sometimes a little inspiration goes a long way. 

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Nurses take their oaths in front of families and friends during the ceremony.

Graduating nurses boost manpower

Manpower in Samoa’s health sector has been given a major boost with the graduation of 81 nurses and midwives. The newly-registered nurses and midwives took an oath after receiving their certificates and badges, in front of guests, families and friends at the National University of Samoa (NUS) Fale recently.

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Ms Nisha, representative for the Pacific for U.N.E.S.C.O with Deputy Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa at the celebrations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 70th anniversary.

Samoa celebrates 70th Anniversary of Human Rights Declaration

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was written and adopted by the United Nations in 1948, exactly seventy years ago this week.

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Paula Whetu Jones. Photo: Misiona Simo.

“Give data a human experience”

Statistics are not all you need to look at when analysing why there is an increasing number of children abuse incidents, says New Zealand-based film director, Paula Whetu Jones. 

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Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio.

Listen to your children, Minister Loau urges

The Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio, says parents and elders should do more to listen to their children and give them space to express themselves. Speaking to the Samoa Observer at the 70th anniversary celebrations in honour of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Minister said while children should respect their elders, there could be more reciprocity.

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Tunufai Ah Leong is surrounded by his family after the prize giving ceremony.

Tunufai Ah Leong makes family proud

Tunufai Ah Leong from Leauva’a and Fagamalo has made his family very proud this Christmas.

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Professor Rajesh Chand.

U.S.P. Vice Chancellor to retire

His humble beginnings growing up in a cane farm in the western part of Fiji was the trial that motivated outgoing vice chancellor of the University of the South Pacific, Professor Rajesh Chand to strive for excellence. 

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Martin Taupau is flanked by students from Leifiifi College.

League star Taupau in town

Samoan NRL rugby league star, Martin Taupau, who plays for New Zealand, is in the country.

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For some Goshen Trust residents, Christmas may look a little different to normal, but it will be special nonetheless.

Spare a thought for Samoa’s mentally ill

The Christmas season is almost upon us, and while the preparations begin for family gatherings, spare a thought for Samoa’s mentally ill, who won’t be celebrating at home this year.

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GO PARKER: Agnes Fruean, Niulevaea Afamasafa, Ruta Perelini and Farid Mohammed.

Digicel winners off to see Joseph Parker fight

Two Digicel customers have won the chance to see Samoa’s Lupesoliai Joseph Parker in action this weekend.

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Ombudsman Maiava Iulai Toma.

“I don’t blame him but he is wrong”

The call from the Chairman of the National Council of Churches for Samoans to return to God cannot be the only way to end domestic violence.

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Supreme Court Justice, Vui Clarence Nelson

“Village council should penalise drug convicts”

Member of the Council of Deputies and Apia paramount chief, Tuiletufuga Le Mamea Ropati, agrees the village council should penalise anyone involved in drugs. Responding to concerns expressed recently by Supreme Court Justice Vui Clarence Nelson, Tuiletufuga said he was not aware the matter was raised in Court last week until the story was published in a newspaper. 

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Think a Minute

Make yourself a success (Part 1)

Think a minute… ”Any man can be a success, no matter how poor he started in life.” This was said by Clement Stone, a highly successful businessman who began his career as a 16-year-old who sold insurance from door to door.


Equitable and efficient Paris Agreement critical for everyone

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to this ACP/EU Ministerial working lunch ably supported by our partner – The European Union.

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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