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Minister Loau Keneti Sio, C.E.O. Afamasaga Dr. Karoline Afamasaga-Fuata’i, N.U.S. Vice-Chancellor – Professor Fui Asofou So’o, A.H.C. D.H.O.M. - Amanda Jewell, N.Z.H.C. Acting First Secretary Development, Pati Gagau, A.C.E.O S.Q.A., Taua Molia Matau.

Minister launches Action Plan

The Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture Samoa (M.E.S.C.) recently launched its Samoa Education Sector Research Strategy and Action Plan 2017-2020.

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Training for young people in Salelologa to develop capacity in agribusiness.

Savai’i youth get training in Agribusiness

Gaining knowledge in agriculture is crucial for young farmers to create job opportunities. 

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FOR AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT: Stakeholders in agriculture sector.

Project to benefit rural families one step closer to becoming a reality

A multi-stakeholder mission team led by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (I.F.A.D.) has wrapped up its two-week mission to initiate the design of the Farming as a Business (F.A.B.) project in Samoa.

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E.V.I.S.: Doris Tulifau (third from right) and Papali’i Mele Maualaivao (far right) and guests at E.V.I.S.

Violence on agenda at E.V.I.S. Forum

The United Nations (U.N.) Women hosted its latest Ending of Violence in Samoa (E.V.I.S.) roundtable at the University of the South Pacific Alafua Campus last week.

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SHOCKING AMOUNT OF TRASH: Volunteers of the Envirobassadors during a clean up at the seawall collected about 27 bags of trash.

“It’s our Samoa, it’s our environment”

A group of young people is taking the initiative to help keep Samoa clean through their awareness programmes. 

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The donated Shade House is a game changer for Tausala’s farming operation.

Project boosts local growers’ potential

The handover ceremony of 110 tunnel and shade houses to 80 farmers earlier this month was part of the fourth phase of the China – Samoa Agricultural Technical Aid Project.

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Court House Mulinuu.

Man accused of rape told to get lawyer

A man who is charged with rape was told to apply for legal aid by Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asue Falefatu Sapolu.

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Minister of Finance Sili Epa Tuioti.

World Bank gives $95 million grant

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved a US$35.75 million (T$95.09m) grant to improve the climate resilience of Samoa’s road network and facilitate a rapid response in the event of a natural disaster. Thousands of residents on Samoa’s two main islands, Upolu and Savai’i, will benefit directly from this investment.

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Deceased: Charles Chao

Man accused over death of Chinese identified

A man accused of the death of a Chinese man earlier this month has been identified as Ta’uinaola Laupu’a, of Salelavalu, Gataivai and Vaitele-fou. The 31-year-old appeared before Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu yesterday.

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Samoa Helicopters Company Founder and Principal, Rodger McCutcheon and the helicopter earmarked for auction.

Govt. helicopter ownership tussle

The Ministry of Revenue and an Australian aviation company are in a tussle over the ownership of a multimillion-tala helicopter the Customs had planned to auction. The helicopter made headlines in Samoa in early 2016 when the newly incorporated firm back then, Samoa Helicopters Company, won the backing of the Government to set up Samoa’s first medical evacuation and search and rescue operation. 

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 Empowering conversations: Misiluki’s Lufilufi Rasmussen shares her personal and professional journey with retreat goers.

Why Samoa is the best place for Wellness tourism to thrive

Stressed out and overwhelmed travellers, mostly from developed countries, are looking for a way out of the fast life in order to find simplicity and mindfulness. Mindfulness is a trending term we hear often but for those who apply the principles have called it the answer to modern ailments of anxiety and depression. 

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Some of the students of Afega Primary School participating in this year's literacy programme.

Govt. prioritises literacy, numeracy and science

Literacy, numeracy and science are the essentials for survival. This is the theme for this year’s Samoa Schools Innovation in Literacy, Numeracy and Science programme. Held at the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture, the two-day programme includes the International Day of Light, which schools carried out in May this year and the best science projects to reflect innovative thinking and application of students’ everyday experiences.

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William Ernest Rockliffe of Canada appeared in court yesterday morning.

Canadian accused of “ice” possession in Court

A Canadian man accused of possession of ‘ice’ appeared before Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu yesterday. William Ernest Rockliffe, 50, is accused of possession of narcotics and possession of utensils. He was represented by lawyer, Lefau Harry Schuster.

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WELL DONE PROGREENIES: The ProGreen clean up team.

ProGreen lead efforts to clean up Samoa

To celebrate World Clean Up day in Samoa, ProGreen conducted a Pick-A-Thon Clean Up Activity along the beachfront of Apia. 

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Conservation International Samoa - Program Director, Schannel Fanene Van Dijken, collecting marine data.

Conservation - it’s about us and our future

“Conservation is the application of common sense to the common problem for the common good” that is according to American politician and forester, the late Gifford Pinchot.

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Central Bank of Samoa.

Central Bank maintains easing monetary policy stance

The Central Bank Board of Directors, at its meeting on the 30 August, 2018, approved the continuation of its loosening monetary policy stance for the year financial year (FY) 2018/19. 

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CHICKEN PLANS: Tanumapua Farm’s General Manager, Leota Laumata Peleta (right) with his boss Taimalie Charlie Westerlund.

Tanumapua Farm targets chicken imports substitution

It has long been under the Ah Liki Investment Group’s microscope for Samoa to reduce her reliance on imported food supplies.

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Masiofo, Filifilia Tamasese, cuts the 130th birthday cake.

Marist Old Pupils honour past, present, looks to the future

The inaugural Marist Excellence Service Awards Ball recognised 15 members of the Marist Brothers Old Pupils Association (M.B.O.P.A.) for their long, distinguished and outstanding service to Samoa.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has called on schools to heed Government's advice and start at 9am as Samoa prepares for daylight savings. Photo: Misiona Simo.

P.M. slams teachers with “thick brains,” wants schools to start at 9am

For the safety and welfare of students, all schools should heed the advice from the Government to start classes at 9am. That’s the message from Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi as the country prepares for daylight savings which begins on 30 September and lasts until April next year.

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They found 87 percent of respondents had been subjected to yelling and harsh words, 86 percent had been kicked, punched, slapped or attacked using a hard object and 24 percent choked.

Family violence by the numbers

The office of the Ombudsman released its first national inquiry last week, spotlighting the widespread shame of family violence.

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Think a Minute

Wind Beneath His Wings

Think a minute…General George Patton is one of the greatest soldiers and battle leaders in history. He was also an athlete, poet, and historian. This multi-talented man was a mixture of both great character strengths and flaws.

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Fiu writes to Asian Development Bank

The crusade by a group of matai (chiefs) to highlight their concerns about the risk of customary lands being alienated as a result of Asian Development Bank (A.D.B.) project continues.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Prime Minister’s health The Government’s media officials were unable to confirm or deny reports that Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi required urgent medical treatment when he arrived in China on Sunday.

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