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MORE FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES: Training Participants at Fa’asaleleaga District from Saloga to Pu’apu’a .

Climate finance talks in Savai’i

Since the launch of the Pacific-American Climate Fund (P.A.C.A.M.) project in July 2016, the Project Management Unit has conducted six trainings already, four in Upolu and two in Savai’i. 

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AMAZED BY SAMOA: Bevan Trethowen and Clair Cherry at the Fugalei Market.

Perth couple loving spectacular Samoa

Admiring the lavalavas at the Fugalei Market was Bevan Trethowen yesterday. When Dear Tourist approached him, he gladly agreed to be interviewed with his wife, Clair Cherry, joining in a few seconds later to share their experience of Samoa. 

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WORK AND PLEASURE: Raoul Borley and Ian Magee at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel.

Kiwi duo to return for Samoa

Work and a bit of pleasure. That’s what brought Ian Magee and Raoul Borley of Auckland, New Zealand to Samoa. 

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IN SAMOA: Gord and Sharon Marano of Canada loving Samoa.

Canadian tourist delivers on 2011 World Cup promise

Gord and Sharon Marano are a long way from home. The couple from Winfield, British Columbia, Canada, found themselves in the South Pacific region for the first time, stumbling on Samoa as their first choice of a vacation destination.

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CONGRATULATIONS: The new couple with the bridesmaids.

Love in the air for Blessing and Logologo

Love knows no boundaries. Not even a tropical cyclone could stop love. And so it was when Cyclone Gita was not able to stop Blessing Matauiau, 26, from saying I do to Logologo Asotasi Va’afuti, 27.

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PIGS HAVE LANDED: The consignment of 23 pigs imported from Hamilton New Zealand touches down at Faleolo. International Airport.

N.Z. pigs flown over to boost Samoa’s stocks

The Livestock Division under the umbrella of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries is topping up its pig stocks with the arrival on new genetics imported from Hamilton New Zealand.

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THANK YOU FOR HELPING: Mother of five Fa'atuvale Leiataualesa Tunu of Vaitele Tai. Her home was destroyed by Cyclone Gita when a breadfruit fell on it.

Help where most needed

More than 100 families affected by Tropical Cyclone Gita have a reason to smile. 

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Member of Parliament Olo Fiti Vaai.

Olo calls on removal of Prisons management

Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai, has called on Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi to remove the management of the Samoa Prisons and Corrections Services. “It has been three months since prisoner escapee, Uili Manuleleua remains on the run," he said.

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CALM NOW: The Vaisigano river behind the Wilex compound is shallower than it should be due to sand deposits and tree debris.

Sand build up alarming

Sand buildup is causing blockage and shallowness in the Vaisigano River, which during natural disasters can cause catastrophic flooding and damage to the residents who live along the riverbank.

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The uniforms were provided by the Australian Defence Force, under the Defence Cooperation Programme between Australia and the Samoan Government through the Ministry of Police.

Australia kits up Nafanua crew

READY FOR WORK: Acting Australian High Commissioner, Amanda Jewell, presented new and improved operational uniforms to Samoa’s Police Commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil, for the crew of the Nafanua Patrol Boat, during a brief ceremony on board the vessel, yesterday.

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Central Bank of Samoa.

Organised Criminals Alert

The Central Bank of Samoa has issued a warning to members of the public to be on the look out “organised criminals” that who use social media to rob them of their money.

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THIS IS HOME: A look at Asofa Uoli's home she shares with her husband and their six children. The floor is not cemented.

Mother desperate for better home

When your live an unfortunate life, you are grateful for all the little blessings that comes your way. That is how Asofa Uoli tackles each day. She told the Samoa Observer her one wish is a proper home for her six children. 

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Tafa’igata Prison.

Prisoner claims brutal, inhumane treatment

Alleged brutality and inhumane treatment inside the Prisons are some of the reasons prisoners escape from Tafa’igata. This is according to a letter penned by a prisoner and passed on to the Samoa Observer. Fearing for his safety, the Prisoner has asked to withhold his name.

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The police wishes to appeal to the public for any information that may lead to the whereabouts of the missing child.

Girl missing since Wednesday

A seven-year-old girl has been reported missing from her family at Falelauniu since Wednesday. Va’aiga Amosa was last seen wearing red shorts with a white and black t-shirt. 

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TEAM PARKER: Sunrise Bus Company shows support for Lupesoliai Joseph Parker.

Sunrise Bus Company gets behind Parker

In any part of the world, you know you’ve made it when your face ends up on the back of a bus. Sunrise Bus Company in Vaitele shows what it looks like when you put an icon on an icon. The transport company showed their support for one of Samoa’s favourite sons, Joseph Parker, by having a Parker themed bus in support of the highly anticipated boxing match between Parker and Anthony Joshua.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi at the conference.

P.M. Tuilaepa says ‘below 1.5 degrees target not a choice, an absolute necessity’

The stark realities of climate change were laid bare at the opening of the Pacific Ocean, Pacific Climate Conference in Wellington. Calls from Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi for urgent action were made as climate change is put under the microscope during the conference.

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Sanelivi in front of his house with his bucket of water, he is in need of help.

Water needs trump all for Sanelivi’s family

For more than 30 years, Sanelivi Fuamaila still struggles without proper water supply. This is despite being one of the first settlers of Satapuala. Being injured for more than 10 years and walking a great distance to fetch water is an added burden for the 43-year-old.

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HARDWORKNG MOTHER: Sose Filipo makes banana chips and sells them to put her kids to school.

Mother invests in daughter’s tuition fees

The expensive tuition fees have robbed a possibly better future for students whose families cannot afford to pay. That is the concern raised by Sose Filipo of Satapuala-uta.

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Mrs. Samuelu with her two sons Makeleni and Sekaimata (the boy she’s holding)

Mother’s wish for her family

A mother’s love cannot be measured. Here is To’afa Samuelu, a mother of three from Satapuala, who lives through the struggles of life because of her love for her children.

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ORIENTATION BEGINS: U.S.P welcomes new students at Salelologa campus in Savaii.

Savai’i students orientation success

The University of the South Pacific (U.S.P.) Samoa’s Savai’i Centre welcomed new students at Salelologa recently. The new students are enrolled in Foundation and degree studies, and will be studying primarily via the Online and Print modes from the Centre.

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Think a Minute

“Getting fit”

Think a minute…Mr. Louis Joline was awarded one of America’s “Fittest Over 50.” At the age of 65, He had completed 61 marathon races. Remember, a marathon is running 26 miles! You would not think this man needs help or encouragement to run.

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“Law, Custom and Constitutionalism: Customary Land Tenure in Samoa”

Ladies and Gentlemen, Talofa lava! As an Indigenous Samoan, Let me first pay my respect to the Indigenous Owners of this land and thank their ancestors, past present and future, for letting me stand before you on these sacred cultural lands!

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.

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