Aleipata College holds fashion exhibition

The Technical Vocational Educational Training Programme (T.V.E.T.) at Aleipata College held a fashion exhibition yesterday morning. The exhibition was themed “the colourfulness of creativity” and attracted parents, teachers, relatives and residents of Aleipata district, who turned out in numbers to witness the creative talents showcased by students through their artworks, clothes and prints.  

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Huizhou Hualuogeng Secondary School staff meets Samoa College teachers and students for a welcoming banquet.

Teachers and students looking forward to programme

A group of students and teachers from Samoa College are currently on an education exchange programme in China and are looking forward to their 12-day programme. They flew into Guangdong Province in central China on Wednesday as part of an education exchange programme from September 18-29 and were met at the airport by teachers from Huizhou Hualuogeng Secondary School.  

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SAMOA AND CHINA: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Samoa, China agree to further cooperation

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday. Tuilaepa is leading a Samoan delegation in China to attend the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2018, also known as Summer Davos.

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Malele Paulo also known as “King Faipopo”.

A.G. Office yet to indicate if extradition is on

The Attorney General’s Office is yet to indicate whether it has acted on Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s directive to begin the process to extradite Malele Paulo or “King Faipopo”. Last month the Prime Minister outlined, in a press release issued by the Press and Communications Division of his office, that he has given instructions for the extradition process to begin to bring Malele Paulo to Samoa to be charged under the Criminal Libel Act. 

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Court Officer, Mane Junior Su’a gets a suspended sentence.

Court Officer gets 12-month suspended sentence

The District Court has given a Court Officer a 12-month suspended sentence after he pleaded guilty to the possession of utensils under the Narcotics Act. The Court heard that in April this year the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration building Manager discovered that he had lost his personal cheque book and found out that the defendant had been using it to purchase goods. 

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Afamasaga Su’a Pou Onesemo and Papali’i Niko Lee Hang.

“I was wrong,” Minister admits error in reading of Public Works C.E.O. decision

The Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure (M.W.T.I.), Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, has admitted making a mistake when he told the Samoa Observer the Public Service Commission (P.S.C.) had terminated the services of the Chief Executive Officer of M.W.T.I., Afamasaga Su’a Pou Onesemo.

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Samoa College teachers and students explore Red Flower Lake.

Samoa College group begins tour of China

A group of students and teachers from Samoa College have arrived in Huizhou city in China’s central Guangdong province to begin a 12-day education exchange programme. The programme will run from September 18-29 and is themed “Discover Huizhou: A tour of Friendship between Chinese and Samoan Youngsters”.

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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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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


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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