“I could easily live here”

Samoa has had a nostalgic effect on Rebekah Hobson since she flew in from Brisbane, Australia. They say time flies when you are having fun and, that is exactly how Rebekah felt when the Samoa Observer caught up with her.

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Shemeah Poloai.

Dream comes true for daughter

It is a birthday present she is unlikely to forget in a long while—a return ticket to beautiful Samoa. For Shemeah Poloai, whose New Zealand-born father has Samoan heritage, the trip to the island between New Zealand and Hawaii is a dream come true for her.

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HELPING SAMOA: Dr. Helena Va’a Fuimaono, Sara Moriarty and Dr. Anthony Hall.

Aussie Dermatologist helps Samoa

The Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital housed clinical dermatologist, Dr. Anthony Hall, who visited from 5 to 10 November to assist with meeting priority needs in service delivery, capacity building and systems strengthening.

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Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio.

N.Z. recognises need for new Pacific vision

In a national summit held at Eden Park in Auckland yesterday, the New Zealand Ministry for Pacific Peoples gathered the community to launch the Pacific Vision and Reflections report.

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S.T.A. C.E.O. Papali’i Sonja Hunter and Pacific Games C.E.O. Falefata Hele Matatia address the accomodation providers at the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel yesterday.

Hoteliers sign up for Games

A Memorandum of Agreement was signed yesterday between the Government of Samoa and the hotel/accommodation owners for their hosting of some 4,000 athletes and officials at next year’s Pacific Games. nder the MoA, hotels are expected to commit 100% of their capacity for the duration of the Games - 6th to 22nd of July.

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The Masiofo, Her Highness Fa’amausili Leinafo cutting the ribon to unveil the monument.

Lauli’i village dedicates memorial

A memorial dedicated to the lives of those lost during the 1918 Influenza epidemic was unveiled in Lauli’i yesterday. The unveiling of the memorial was part of the village’s 100 years anniversary since the establishment of their church service on November 13, 1918. Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malilelegaoi said the annual event had great historical significance.

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The journey from being unemployed to becoming breadwinners of families is possible.

Going from unemployed to breadwinners

The journey from being unemployed to becoming breadwinners of families is possible.

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INTRODUCING VACCINES: The Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital at Motootua.

New vaccine funding welcomed

A massive boost to vaccination funding has been welcomed by the Ministry of Health (M.O.H.) and the World Health Organisation (W.H.O.). This week the Asia Development Bank (A.D.B.) approved T$7.4 million to introduce new vaccines in Samoa, as part of a larger project including Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. 

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 Ms. Stuart said the I.M.F. is very proactive in addressing issues related to the Pacific, especially in maintaining correspondent banking, which is important for Pacific countries that rely on remittances.

Remittance cost high, says International Monetary Fund

While some countries in the region, including Samoa, enjoy remittances as their largest financial inflows, the International Monetary Fund (I.M.F.) says the cost of sending money back is very high. 

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STRENGTHENING COLLABORATION: Pacific central bank governors and respective delegations participating in the three-day conference focusing on Fintech and financial inclusion in the region.

Pacific Central Bank Governors meet

Central Bank Governors from the Pacific and their delegation are gathering in Samoa this week for a three-day conference, with yesterday’s focus on Fintech and financial inclusion in the region. Joined by international monetary agencies and partners, the conference is being organised by the Central Bank of Samoa, in partnership with the International Monetary Fund (I.M.F.) and the Asian Development Bank, and is held at the Return to Paradise Resort.

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RECIPIENT OF THE HEALTH AND WELLBEING AWARD: Tagaloa Dr. Andrew Chan Mow with children Iolana, Alonzo, Isabella and wife Rosanna.

Dr. Andrew Chan Mow honoured

Le Tagaloa Tugaga Dr. Andrew Chan Mow, Clinical Director of SouthSeas Healthcare was recognised recently at the 4th annual SunPix Pacific Peoples Awards for his services to the Pacific in primary health care. Tagaloa is the recipient of the Health and Wellbeing Award, sponsored by Pasifika Futures, which recognises individuals in the community who strive to improve the health and wellbeing of Pacific People.

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TALKING CRYPTOCURRENCY: Tommaso Mancini-Griffoli.

“Cryptocurrency’s value volatile”

Virtual currency or cryptocurrency is not a form of money and is not secure because its value is volatile, says International Monetary Fund Deputy Division Chief (Central Banking Division), Tommaso Mancini-Griffoli.  “Money is a unit of account so it’s a measuring stick for what you purchase, it’s a store value, so you need to have some security that what you put in you will be able to get out, it’s a means of payment, it’s something that facilitates transactions,” Mr. Mancini-Griffoli told the Samoa Observer. 

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Court House Mulinuu.

Father convicted for raping stepdaughter

A father has been convicted for two charges of rape involving his eight-year-old stepdaughter. The man’s identity has been suppressed to protect the identity of the victim. The Assessors found the defendant guilty on all charges following an hour of deliberation after final submissions yesterday. 

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Samoan girl a finalist for international award

Samoan girl Leilua Lino has been announced as one of three finalists for the International Children's Peace Prize 2018. Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa announced the finalists of the International Children’s Peace Prize 2018 yesterday on behalf of the Amsterdam-based KidsRights Foundation. 

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BRISBANE BOUND: P.M. Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi boards Samoa Airway's inaugural flight to Brisbane yesterday evening.

P.M. coy on Airline’s financial performance

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, says reporters “don’t understand” financial records and therefore there is no need for Samoa Airways to reveal the state of its financial performance a year after it was launched. This is what Tuilaepa told the Samoa Observer at the Faleolo International Airport yesterday evening as he was about to board Samoa Airways inaugural flight to Brisbane, celebrating the Airline’s first birthday.

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Minister Faimalo Kika Stowers.

Minister to open Forum

The Ministry of Women Community and Social Development (M.W.C.S.D.) will be hosting its first Community Development Sector Annual Review Forum, starting today. 

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HERE COMES THE WET SEASON: Members of the public are asked to take extra care in the wet season.

Typhoid fever common in wet season

Typhoid fever is common in the wet season and early detection and treatment is recommended as one in five people can die from it. 

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N.P.F. Chief Executive Officer, Pauli Prince Suhren.

N.P.F. supports Govt. pension moves

The National Provident Fund is supporting moves by the Government to increase percentage and pension benefits for all contributors to the superfund. The position of the National Provident Fund (N.P.F.) was relayed to the Ministry of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in a letter dated August 3, 2018. 

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Moe Lei Sam.

P.M. called a “troublemaker”

Samoan businesswoman Moe Lei Sam has slammed Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sa’ilele Malielegaoi for badmouthing nurses. Describing the P.M. as a “disappointment, troublemaker, and focused on the wrong things”, Ms. Lei Sam said Tuilaepa’s tirade directed at the nurses—where he criticised nurses for scolding patients and to “act like nurses”—was unjustified coming from the Head of Government.

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Samoa Land Corporation building at Tuanaimato.

Govt. gets $3 million dividend

The Samoa Land Corporation (S.L.C.) handed over a dividend payment of $3million tala to the Government of Samoa yesterday. S.L.C. Chairman Lavea Tupuola Malifa said the payment was their way of acknowledging the work of the Government. “This is also part of our contribution to the development of the Government,” Lavea said. 

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Think a Minute

Get Up on the Right Side

Think a minute…If you are not having a good day, people sometimes humorously say that you “got up on the wrong side of the bed.” Amazingly, brain surgeons discovered that the brain actually has two sides and that each side thinks differently.


Spanking and respect: What is our purpose?

The problem with ideals is that we are disappointed almost every time. So to wish for better things is to be hopeless too.

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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