According to the report, this was consistent with the decline in the production of major crops such as taro (45.6 per cent), ta’amu (14.7 per cent), banana (50.2 per cent), and head cabbage (38.3 per cent).

Agriculture continues negative growth

Samoa’s agriculture sector has again recorded a negative growth for the fourth consecutive quarter, contributing a negative 0.6 per cent to the country’s gross domestic product. This is highlighted in the September 2018 Quarter GDP Report that was produced by the Samoa Bureau of Statistics. 

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IT'S FIXED: The roof blown away last week was apparently repaired by the Samoa Land Corporation on Saturday.

Samoa Land Corporation answers vendor's call

The Samoa Land Corporation went to the rescue of art and craft vendors at the Savalalo market, whose roof was blown off by the strong winds and rain last week.

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Brothers Richard and Davis Burgess outside Court with lawyer Theresa Momoisea.

Brothers on trial for aggravated robbery

A trial date has been set for two brothers in connection with the alleged beating of businessman David Main.

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They did not have proper documents and so we didn’t allow them to wait in our country while their papers are being processed.

Samoa Immigration disputes human trafficking report

Chief Immigration Officer, Valavala Siaopo Pese, has disputed a report of human trafficking in Samoa. Responding to a recent media article on a suspected case of human trafficking in Samoa, Valavala said the people involved wanted to get to American Samoa but did not have proper documentation. Consequently, they were forced back on the plane to return to Fiji.

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Kolani Junior Lam.

Murder trial witnesses to give evidence via video link

The Supreme Court yesterday granted an application to allow the use of video link for two witnesses to give evidence in the murder trial of former Unit Trust of Samoa C.E.O., Sa’u Justina Sa’u. Husband Kolani Junior Lam is charged with one count of murder in respect of his wife, one count of assault in respect of a step daughter, and one count of possession of narcotics, namely marijuana. 

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The Samoa Observer visited Lotofaga yesterday and tried to get comments from the family of the deceased, but they refused.

Man dies from injuries allegedly inflicted with farming tool

A man from Lotofaga, Safata, is dead after he was allegedly struck by another man using a farming tool on Sunday.

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SECOND TIME CANDIDATE: Namulauulu Sami Leota and FROM TAUTUA TO H.R.P.P.: Papali'i Li'o Masepau.

Candidates stand for H.R.P.P.

Two candidates running for the Fa’asaleleaga No.2 by-election next month have put their hands up to run under the Human Rights Protection Party (H.R.P.P.) banner. They are businessman, Namulauulu Papali’i Leota Sami Leota and former opposition M.P. for Tautua Samoa, Papali’i Li’o Taeu Masipau.  

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Talalelei Pauga. Photo: Samoa Observer

Pig head thrower Talelei Pauga charged in Samoa

The arrivals immigration declaration form should be filled up “accurately” when entering Samoa. So says Agafili Shem Leo, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Chief Immigration Officer.

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FROM SAVAI’I TO THE TOP OF SEVENS RUGBY: The Tama Uli team from Salelologa was unlucky to lose the final to Fiji’s Tabadamu but they have shown they have potential to go all the way. Photo: Supplied.

Marist growing rugby throughout Samoa

The Marist International Sevens tournament gives local players a chance to showcase their talents and skills.

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Dr. Osborne Embiruka Nyandiva.

Declare your health condition, says doctor

The dramatic changes in the atmosphere affect the way blood circulates to the brain when we fly, says Dr. Osborne Embiruka Nyandiva.

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KIDS NEED MORE ATTENTION: Maluseu Doris Tulifau is the founder of Brown Girl Woke.

“I can’t believe it passed”

Social movement organiser and youth educator, Maluseu Doris Tulifau, is astounded that corporal punishment in schools has become legal once more.

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Par Liljet from IOM attending PIDC Seminar to Combat Human Trafficking and People Smuggling in the Pacific Region.

Why human trafficking is thriving

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) believes there is human trafficking on some fishing trawlers in the Pacific but the lack of data is making it difficult to address. 

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The MS Queen Victoria docked at the Matautu wharf yesterday. Photo: Adel Fruean.

Queen Victoria pays Sunday visit

The sleepy streets of Apia on a Sunday afternoon came alive with passengers from the MS Queen Victoria Vista-class cruise ship that docked at the Matautu Wharf yesterday.

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PRISON WORKS: A look at the construction of the Tanumalala Prison tower. Photo: Schwarz Construction Facebook.

New prison continues to incur additional cost

The construction of the new Tanumalala Prison continues to incur additional costs on top of its initially estimated cost of $10 million. 

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Papali’i John Taimalelagi.

Chief Executive decision on hold

The appointment of a Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Justice Courts and Administration (M.J.C.A.) has been halted, pending the completion of an investigation by the Public Service Commission (P.S.C.).

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Head of State, Highness Tuimaleali'ifano Va'aletoa Sualauvi II.

Parliament reduces Head of State’s term to ten years

The Government has amended the Constitution to reduce the term in office for the Head of State to ten years. And after the first term, the Head of State is only eligible upon reappointment for a second term. 

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Leausa Dr. Take Naseri.

Top Health positions advertised

The Public Service Commission has invited applications for the positions of Deputy Director General for the Ministry of Health, but not the Director General. Leausa Dr. Take Naseri has been appointed as the Acting Director General to see through the merge of the Ministry of Health and the National Health Services. 

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ELECTION LINE UP: Voters line up to have their say in Samoa's 2016 general election.

“We’re trying to avoid a corrupt election” – P.M.

Corruption and illegal practices during the election is the main reason the Government moved to amend the electoral laws. This is according to the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi during his weekly media programme. “We are trying to avoid having a corrupt election,” he said, adding that the laws had to be amended in order for the voters to vote in their constituencies. 

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NO COVERING FOR STALL OWNERS: Some stall owners have to brave the elements after part of the roof was blown off.

Vendors demand urgent Govt. action

Strong winds, torrential rain and the appalling conditions they bring are wreaking havoc at the Savalalo market, affecting art and craft vendors. Last week during a tropical depression, part of the market’s roof was blown off, forcing vendors to gather their art pieces and seek refuge in other parts of the market.

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CONSULTANT: Leasi John Galuvao.

C.E.O. defends $121,000 six months contract

A former Chief Executive Officer of the Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.) has been hired by the authority on a six-month contract worth $121,000. But the current Chief Executive Officer, Galumalemana Taatialeoitiiti Tutuvanu-Schwalger, has rubbished claims there was “favoritism” in the hiring of her former boss, Leasi John Galuvao as a consultant.

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Think a Minute

Barriers to Bonding

Think a minute...It’s a fact of life and human nature: “Everybody needs somebody.” For our life to be satisfying and successful, we need close friends. But we face barriers that can hinder, or completely stop, us from bonding with people and enjoying close, meaningful relationships.


Waste: Why the individuals are not the ones to blame

There tends to be accusatory tones whenever we talk about people who throw away plastic bags, straws or any other disposable plastic products in public places.

Between the Lines

A hungry thief. Your house might be next

A prominent member of the community had his house broken into where the thief ransacked it looking for valuables to take.

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