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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“Internet bill was approximately $700,000. There was lack of monitoring, control and lack of proper planning that the internet bill was increasing and out of control.

Ministry ran up $700,000 internet bill

The Ministry of Natural Resources Environment (M.N.R.E.) ran up an internet bill of approximately $700,000 for the financial year 2012-2013. Details of the excessive charges racked up by the Ministry were highlighted in a report that the Audit office compiled and submitted to the Parliament. The charge included internet downloads that exceeded the monthly plan.

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The MV Seabourn Sojourn is operated by American-based luxury cruise line company Seabourn Cruise Line.

Another cruise ship visits

Apia yesterday played host to another cruise ship—the second vessel laden with tourists to visit Samoa in five days. The MV Seabourn Sojourn is operated by American-based luxury cruise line company Seabourn Cruise Line. The vessel docked at the Matautu wharf yesterday morning with some of its 450 passengers disembarking to go out for sightseeing walks around Apia town. 

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The majority of these cases were teachers who have migrated, and therefore the ministry could not track them down for reimbursement,” the audit report stated.

Teachers in 13 schools paid over $45,000

An audit of the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture has uncovered overpayments in salaries totaling $45,593 to teachers in 13 schools. The inquiry into the Ministry’s accounts for the financial year 2012-2013 was undertaken by the Audit Office. But the inquiry could not continue further due to the unavailability of records at that time.

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Police Commissioner: Fuiavailili Egon Keil.

Police Commissioner wants L.T.A. role

The tussle between the Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.) and the Samoa Police Service (S.P.S.) over who should enforce traffic infringements and collect fines is far from over. The Commissioner of Police Fuiavailiili Egon Keil wrote a letter to the Prime Minister and Police Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, last month requesting that the Road Traffic Act 2009 is amended to enable the Police to create and print its own traffic offence notices, issue traffic citations and get credit for revenue generated from traffic fines.

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U.S. group here to help

A group from the United States of America is in Samoa to visit school students and understand their needs. 

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FAMILY STRUGGLES: Salafai Salanoa with two-year-old son Siumaana Salanoa at their home in Falefa.

Family tries to rebuild from past cyclone

Life has not been kind to 34-year-old Salafai Salanoa of Falefa and her family. The mother of five lives in a small house on the edge of the forest. You could look through the house to see the forest on the other side, with the structure held up by aging wooden posts, and is covered by a rusty corrugated iron roof. 

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Bluesky Country Manager, Alex Abraham.

Bluesky tops $1.7 million in prizes and sponsorship

Leading telecommunications company Bluesky has splashed $1.7 million worth of prizes and sponsorship this year with its customers. And the recent unveiling of its “Journey with Bluesky this Christmas” campaign - where customers have the chance to win $150,000 tala worth of prizes - adds to the investment it is making back into the community. 

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SAMOA IN THE LEAD: The signing of the Manatua Cable sees Samoa take a a step closer to realize her dream of becoming the Pacific Hub for Information Telecommunication Technology.

P.M. signs Manatua Cable deal

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has joined other Pacific leaders to sign the Manatua Cable during a meeting in Auckland. Tuilaepa signed the deal with Niue’s Premier, Sir Toke Talagi, Cook Islands Prime Minister, Henry Puna and the President of French Polynesia, Tagaloa Eduard Fritch.

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Magele Mauiliu Magele

Networking event to build relations

Twelve Samoa owned and operated businesses will converge on Apia for a three-day Samoa Business Network (S.B.N.) Business Trip event this week.   

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Pulotu Lyndon Chu Ling, M.C.I.L. Chief Executive said planting 200 trees with the I.L.O. conference participants is a good way to offset their flight emissions. He joined them on Thursday at Vailima Botanic Gardens.

Samoa ‘ticking all the boxes’

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour, Pulotu Lyndon Chu Ling says Samoa is making headway towards environmentally friendly and decent work.  At the International Labour Organisation knowledge sharing dialogue on just transition, decent work and climate change resilience in the Pacific Islands, Pulotu said he is happy with the progress Samoa has achieved.

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Photo / (Maina Misa F. Papali’i)

Van crashes into ditch at Salani

CAR CRASH: This van belonging to the Saletoga Sands Resort was involved in a crash at Mulivaifagatoloa Salani yesterday.

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A THRIVING ORGANIC HONEY INDUSTRY: Stephen Suti Agalo takes trainees in Asau through beekeeping practical.  Photo / Supplied.

Savai’i holds key to organic honey industry

Savaii could hold the key to establishing a thriving organic honey industry in Samoa, says beekeeping expert, Stephen Suti Agalo. Mr. Agalo is from the Solomon Islands and was in Samoa over the past two weeks conducting a series of workshops and trainings in Upolu and Savaii with Women In Business Inc. (W.I.B.D.I.) staff and beginners from the organic certified villages. 

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SETTING UP: Local sound engineers gather behind the band to see the work that goes into the performances’ sound production.

Behind the scenes of a music concert

International musicians offered the public a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to set up a gig yesterday. As part of the Samoana Jazz and Arts Festival 2018, the Matt Catingub Jazz Ensemble and Papana, two American bands held an open set-up and soundcheck session in the Taumeasina Ballroom as they prepared for the Mavis Rivers Tribute Concert.

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Think a Minute

Yes means stress

Think a minute…Are you a “yes man” or woman? Do you always say yes to everybody who asks you for a favor or help? Some of us just cannot say no to others. The problem is our “yes” sometimes means stress—to us and our family.


Remarks by Hon. Faimalotoa Kika Iemaima Stowers Minister for Women, Community and Social Development

I wish to use this opportunity to convey our sincerest gratitude to the People’s Republic of China, through the Embassy in Samoa and the Hunan International Business Vocational College for Continuing to support the development of Samoa and its people. 99 women and men have been trained, skilled and developed – to become seamstress and fashion designers, through your kind assistance.

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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