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Committee rejects $2.6 million write-off plan

The Samoa Water Authority’s (S.W.A.) plan to write-off $2.6 million in outstanding water bills has been rejected by the Parliamentary Infrastructure Sector Committee. The position of the Committee was highlighted in a report that it compiled based on the Annual Report of the Samoa Water Authority for the financial years 2016-2017.

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SUPERMARKET LOCATION CHALLENGED: The location of the new Myna's Supa-Mart owned by the family of Cabinet Minister Papali'i Niko Lee Hang has come under scrutiny from the Chan Mows.

Lawsuit filed against business owned by Minister's family

The Chan Mow family has filed a civil lawsuit against Myna’s Super-Mart and Bakery which is owned by the family of the Minister of Works Transport and Infrastructure, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang. The lawsuit also includes the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (M.N.R.E). Komisi and Sala Lupe Chan Mow, who live next to the new supermarket, are alleging that Myna’s and M.N.R.E. violated provisions of the Planning and Urban Management Agency (P.U.M.A.) law. 

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KIWIS IN PARADISE: Hannah, Tarei King and Wallace, Louise Wilson at the cultural village in town for the first time.

Samoa unites Kiwi couple

Kiwi couples, Wallace and Louise Wilson, and Tarei and Hannah King came to Samoa for different reasons when their paths crossed. Tarei and Hannah are here for their honeymoon, while Wallace and Louise chose Samoa to come and relax. 

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A GREAT EXPERIENCE: Maevaga Ofe found the connection not only to her father but herself in Samoa.

Family roots bring Maevaga to Samoa

Family roots brought Maevaga Ofe from Auckland, New Zealand to Samoa. Until last Sunday, she has never set foot on the island. Maevaga is half Chinese and Samoan, and both of her parents grew up in Samoa.

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BUILDING BRIDGES IN TOURISM: S.P.T.O. Chairlady and C.E.O. Samoa Tourism Authority, Papalii Sonja Hunter; S.P.T.O. C.E.O, Christopher Cocker and C.E.O. N.Z. Māori Tourism, Pania Tyson-Nathan.

New partnership for Pacific tourism

The South Pacific Tourism Organisation is partnering with New Zealand Māori Tourism for the premiere regional tourism expo, the South Pacific Tourism Exchange (S.P.T.E.) to be held Thursday 9 and Friday 10 May 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand.

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ENSURING LIVELIHOOD RESILIENCE: A Small Grants Programme (S.G.P.) capacity building project in Salimu and Musumusu is underway to ensure a sustainable legacy for the future generations.

Improving livelihood security at Fagaloa Bay

A Small Grants Programme (S.G.P.) capacity building project in the villages of Salimu and Musumusu, initiated in September 2017, is well and truly underway. The project has three main objectives, which were put, in place to increase livelihood resilience in the two villages situated in Fagaloa Bay. 

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NUTRITION TALK: Crossfit Fatu Toa trainer and qualified nutritionist Brandon Sefo hosting the Nutrition presentation.

Nutrition critical part of success

Nutrition is a big part of being a successful athlete, let alone a bodybuilder. That’s what bodybuilders gearing up for Mr. Samoa 2018 were told during a nutrition presentation conducted by Crossfit Fatu Toa trainer, Brandon Sefo, at Joe’s Gym Lotopa, last week. The presentation was to broaden their knowledge and help them with their training towards this year’s Mr. Samoa Bodybuilding competition.

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Chinese interpreters and sewing teachers with some of the women from Afega who will undergo training on pedal sewing machines this month.

Women get sewing training

Unemployed women from Afega, Magiagi, Safotu and other villages are gathering this morning for the official opening of their three-week training in creative crafts and sewing skills at the Moanalisa Hotel. After a successful programme last year, the government of China has invested $1.2 million into a Training Course on Creative Crafts and Sewing Skills.

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A look at workers working to level the road to the construction site of the Airport project.

P.M. firm on Tia’vea airport land offer

The Government will stand by its original offer of $30 per square meter to the village council and families of Tia’vea for the land to build the country’s newest airport. This is according to the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi during a recent press conference at his office. 

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PINK AND WHITE: Cancer was not far from the minds of the Methodist Church leadership at Salelologa on White Sunday.

A White Sunday fusion of pink

It was a fusion of pink and white as the Saloga Salelologa Methodist Sunday School celebrated White Sunday by also remembering loved ones lost to cancer. White Sunday in Samoa is celebrated with a focus on children, with parents going out of their ways to provide the best for their little ones, from their outfits to making breakfast and lunch (toonai). 

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

Avoid One Coin cryptocurrency, says P.M.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has again cautioned the public against investing in the One Coin cryptocurrency. “We have had people from overseas who came here to promote this scheme and we had them visit the Central Bank of Samoa (C.B.S.) and the end result was that this is just that – a scheme." 

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Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupai.

Internet speeds open local job prospects

There is potential for Samoans to “work remotely” in the country for overseas technology firms, due to the upgrading of Samoa’s submarine cable system which will provide affordable high-speed internet. Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupai, said as many as five technology companies from New Zealand and Australia are in discussions with his Ministry on hiring locals to do remote work for them.

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Joe Tuaimau, Client Services Manager, Solutions Management Services; Caleb Jarvis, Trade & Investment Commissioner, PTI Australia; Allan Renkema, Executive General Manager Human Resources, Mulpha Australia Limited and Jonathan Granger, Director, Granger.

Opening pathway for Samoans to work in Australia

Australian Labour mobility executives were in Samoa last week. They were here as part of Pacific Trade Invest (P.T.I.) Australia’s Business mission. Last month at the Pacific Islands Leaders Forum in Nauru, Samoa signed an agreement with Australia to join Australia’s Pacific Labour Scheme, which will provide semi-skilled Samoans a new pathway to work in Australia on a three-year visa.

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President and Founder of ProGreen Samoa, Shaanarlei Ward, during one of the recent cleanups.

Apia’s growing litter problem an eyesore

When marketing a tourism-dependent island nation like Samoa, words like ‘pristine’ and ‘beautiful’ are often thrown around. But the question we ought to ask is… is this really the case?

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The cruise ship MS Noordam docked at Matautu wharf yesterday morning, bringing with it a large number of tourists.

Cruise liner sails into port with tourists

The cruise ship MS Noordam docked at the Matautu wharf in Apia yesterday with hundreds of tourists disembarking to get a feel of Samoa. The vessel and its 1877 passengers and 791 crew were welcomed by officials from the Samoa Ports Authority and the Samoa Tourism Authority, which organised cultural performances by the Saleilua Falealii group. 

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Bluesky Samoa Country Manager, Alex Abraham.

Bluesky launches Top-Up Pacific

Quick, safe and convenient are three words Bluesky customers can expect to love when using the new Top-Up Pacific platform. Top-Up Pacific, which is a self-service top-up platform for Bluesky prepaid and postpaid capped users, went live at midnight on Friday and customer feedback is positive, according to press release.

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Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupai.

Afamasaga says cable ship to benefit Samoa

The recently commissioned $5 million tala submarine cable depot at Apia Wharf will contribute directly and indirectly to the growth of Samoa’s economy. The Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupai, said this in response questions from Samoa Observer on the benefits of such a project.

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Minister for Revenue Tialavea Tionisio Hunt and Member of Parliament Olo Fiti Vaai.

Olo slams Govt. bank account move

Member of Parliament Olo Fiti Vaai has condemned the “desperate move” by the Government to seize personal funds directly from Church Ministers’ bank accounts. Last week, Minister for Revenue Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, said not paying taxes is illegal and in turn have seized funds from Church Ministers personal accounts. 

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Principal of Marist Brother’s Primary School, Brother Siaosi Ioane accepting donation worth $50,000 presented by M.B.O.P.A’s President, Tuatagaloa Aumua Ming Leung Wai.

$50,000 boost for primary school

Marist Brother’s Primary School at Mulivai received a financial assistance of $50,000 from the Marist Old Pupils Association (M.B.O.P.A.). This funding, which was raised during the recent 130 years anniversary of Marist education in Samoa, is part of the association’s contribution to the development of the school.

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Samoa celebrates White Sunday. Photo/Misiona Simo

Children are our ‘prized possessions’

A child is a parent’s most prized possession. Luisa Tupou echoed this statement during the White Sunday church service at the Congregational Christian Church in Samoa (C.C.C.S.) Nofoalii. 

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Think a Minute

Goose or Gull?

Think a minute…One of my favorite birds to watch is the beautiful white seagull. It looks so graceful and gentle floating on the soft sea breezes. But looks can be deceiving. I was saddened and surprised to learn that these innocent-looking creatures are not at all peaceful and kind when it comes to getting along with each other.

Columns

The implications of IPCC SR15 on our islands

I’ve been ruminating on the release of the I.P.C.C. Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15) in the past few days.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Is this Samoa’s Manu Samoa? Two issues stand out like a sore thumb in the selection of the Manu Samoa. Firstly, there is not a single player picked from the competitions in Samoa.

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