$622,500 tala extra land payment under scrutiny

The payment of $622,500 tala for a piece of land at Olomanu has come under the scrutiny from the Parliament Finance and Expenditure Committee. This is because the payment is additional to a separate payment of $9 million tala the Ministry of Police had made earlier for the same portion of land. The Committee’s concerns were highlighted in the Government Response to the Finance and Expenditure Committee’s Report issued in 2015-2016.

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Printed handbags.

Nofotane story told through products

A glimpse of the Nofotane* story is attached to all the products created by the empowered nofotane women, which are now shared by anyone who wears the products.

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IN NEW YORK: P.M. Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi among A.C.P. leaders in New York.

P.M. in New York

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, is in New York. He is participating in the 2nd A.C.P. Ministerial Central Negotiating Group (C.N.G.) Meeting at the Mauritius Permanent Mission to the UN in New York. The meeting allowed Ministers to receive a progress report on A.C.P. preparations for the upcoming negotiations with the E.U. for a post-2020 successor agreement, a statement issued by the Government said.  

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HAPPY WITH THEIR CHOICE: Helen Moore and Jill Kennedy sharing their view on tourism in Samoa.

The experience in Samoa is special

The experience in Samoa is different to other islands and is special, says Helen Moore. She is on a short trip in Samoa for five days with her friend Jill Kennedy and it is their first time to be on the island. They are based in Auckland, New Zealand and headed over to Samoa to relax in the warm climate.

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HELPING BUSINESSES IN SAVAI’I: The President of B.O.S.A., Pipi Pauli Tariu with B.S.L. representative, Esera Tahuli members of B.O.S.A.

$3,000 boost for Savai’i businesses

The Businesses of Salafai Association (B.O.S.A.) have a lot to thank Business Systems Limited (B.S.L.) for. Last week, the Association received sponsorship worth more than $3,000 from B.S.L. to fund a health awareness and membership drive.

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Vailima Corporate Fight night returns

Corporates will be battling it out again in the ring when they take to the Vailima Corporate boxing fight night this Saturday at St. Josephs College. Fesola’i Va’inga Tuigamala said that creating good competitions are necessary especially in the lead up to the Pacific Games 2019. 

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GENEVA BOUND: Shelley Burich of the Samoa Cancer Society.

Cancer Society Chief wins scholarship to Geneva

The Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa Cancer Society (S.C.S.), Shelley Burich, has been awarded a Framework Convention Alliance (F.C.A.) scholarship to be part of the 8th Session of the Conference of the Parties (C.O.P.8) to the W.H.O. Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (W.H.O. F.C.T.C.). 

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Afamasaga Su’a Pou Onesemo.

Afamasaga investigation ongoing

The investigation into corruption allegations levelled at the Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure C.E.O. Afamasaga Su’a Pou Onesemo is yet to be completed. This is according to Loretta Teueli, the Acting Attorney General, in response to questions from Samoa Observer seeking an update on the status of the investigation. The suspended C.E.O. has vehemently denied the allegations. 

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NEW ROLES: A.P.T.C.: Vocational Training Manager for Samoa, Andrew Colquhoun and Country Director for Samoa and Tonga, Cheri Robinson Moors. Photo / (A.P.T.C.)

Samoan Country Director a first for institution

The Australia Pacific Training Coalition (A.P.T.C.) has formerly announced the appointment of Cheri Robinson Moors as the Country Director for Samoa and Tonga. Ms. Moors, who is A.P.T.C’s first Samoan Country Director, took up her new role last month.

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Samoa Police Service.

Driver charged over child’s death

The driver of a bus that killed a 15-year-old boy last Friday has been charged with negligence driving causing death. The Ministry of Police confirmed this yesterday. “The incident occurred at around 7pm to 8pm on Friday night,” the Police said in a statement.

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Over 50 students graduate from the A.P.T.C.

More than 50 students graduated from 14 different programmes at the Australia Pacific Technical Coalition (A.P.T.C.) yesterday. Held at the Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi Building, the occasion was well attended by family, friends and special guests of the A.P.T.C.

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Ana Faatoia, from the Wellington Region Emergency Management Office said businesses should keep their staff at the heart of their disaster resilience planning.

Local businesses learn post-disaster strategies

The Samoa Chamber of Commerce has gathered nearly hundred businesses to learn how to prepare themselves before a natural disaster affects their business.

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ORCHID PROJECT: S.R.O.S. C.E.O., Dr. Seuseu Tauati is excited about the project.

S.R.O.S. and growers to create orchid varieties

The Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa (S.R.O.S) is working with local nursery owners under a long-term orchid propagation project aimed at creating new varieties. 

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N.U.S VICE CHANCELLOR: Fui Dr. Asofou So.o. Photo / Misiona Simo.

N.U.S. improves bank balance to $1.5 million in 2016

The National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) finished 2016 in a stronger financial position and had $1.5 million in its bank account compared to $173,000 the previous year. The university’s strong financial position and access funds were highlighted in the official statistical digest report. 

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THANK YOU: Frankie’s lends a helping hand for Tama Uli Sevens Team from Salelologa, Savaii.

Frankie’s gets behind victorious Salelologa

The Tama Uli Salelologa Sevens team has received a massive boost ahead of the remaining leg of the Bluesky National Sevens Circuit thanks to businessman Frankie and his wife May Cai. The Frankie’s Co Ltd has presented $5,000 to help the team with its preparations for the National Sevens Circuit hosted by Samoa Rugby Union.

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P.M. Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele and Gillian Malielegaoi with students from Samoa College in China.

P.M. visits Chinese school hosting Samoan students

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi has visited a secondary school in China, which is currently hosting a group of students and teachers from Samoa College. The three teachers and eight students are being hosted by the Hualuogeng Secondary School in Huizhou City in the Guangdong Province. They are participating in a 12-day education exchange programme from September 18-29.

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Uta Junior during his preparation with Coach Guka Akazawa. (Photo Anina Kazaz)

Wrestler misses Olympics over S.A.S.N.O.C. error

The Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee has admitted their error led to wrestler Uta Junior Muaulu missing out on participating in next month’s Youth Olympic Games.

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AT THE LAUNCH: Officials at the launch of the new guide.

Guide offers solutions for solid waste management

A “Practical guide to Solid Waste Management in Pacific Island Countries and Territories” was launched during the second Clean Pacific Roundtable in Suva.

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Associate Minister Peseta Vaifou Tevaga.

Peseta a major shareholder in company that won Airport contract

A search of company records at the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour (M.C.I.L.) has revealed Associate Minister Peseta Vaifou Tevaga is the major shareholder of Aldan Civil Engineering Company Ltd. Peseta told Samoa Observer two weeks ago that he had no role to play in the company, which he claimed is run by his son Lei’ataua Danny Tevaga. 

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Police Commissioner, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil.

Samoa could get caught up in drug war

A cache of drugs with a street value $200 million has turned up on the shores of Tonga and Fiji and Samoa is in danger of getting entangled in a drug war. Police Commissioner, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil, sounded the warning recently in response to questions on drug incidences in the neighboring islands of Fiji, Tonga and American Samoa. 

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Think a Minute

Raging bull

Think a minute...The worst shooting massacre in America’s history took place on the campus of Virginia Tech University. A student named Cho Seung-Hui went on a shooting spree killing 32 people before committing suicide.


E.P.C. must be more transparent on the proposed Alaoa Multi Purpose Dam Project

Together with six other non-government organizations (NGOs), Ole Siosiomaga Society (OLSSI) was invited on 25 July 2018 by the Manager of the proposed EPC Alaoa Multi Purpose Dam Project to a related meeting with representatives of a few government Ministries and institutions, project consultants, ADB officials, and EPC staff.

Between the Lines


Daughter of Cabinet Minister Sources tell BTL that the daughter of a senior Cabinet Minister was involved in an incident where six-year-old girl was killed on Sunday morning. The little girl was returning home from Sunday school when she was hit and killed.

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