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GOING BACK TO THE DISTRICT COURT: President of the Land and Titles Court, Fepulea’i Attila Ropati.

President pleads guilty to actual bodily harm charge

The President of the Land and Titles Court, Fepulea’i Attila Ropati, has pleaded guilty to a charge of actual bodily harm. In return, the Prosecution moved to withdraw other charges of grievous bodily harm, common assault and being armed. 

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Court House Mulinuu.

Father, daughter in sex hearing wanted

A warrant of arrest has been issued by the Supreme Court for a father and daughter who have already pleaded guilty to a charge of incest. The warrant was issued by Justice Lei'ataualesa Darryl Clarke after the pair failed to appear in Court for sentencing. When the matter was called, the man and his daughter, whose identities are suppressed, were nowhere to be seen.

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ZERO TOLERANCE FOR VIOLENCE: Supreme Court Justice Vui Clarence Nelson.

Justice Vui says stabbing one of “worst domestic violence” cases

Supreme Court Justice Vui Clarence Nelson has described an incident involving a woman, who was stabbed by her estranged husband in public in broad daylight, as one of the "worst domestic violence cases" in the history of Samoa. The defendant, a 33-year-old man convicted of attempted murder, has been jailed for nine years.

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Mane Su’a and Vili Matthes.

Court Officers arrested and charged

Court Officers Mane Jr Su’a and Vili Matthes have been arrested and charged. This was confirmed by Police Superintendent, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo, in response to questions from the Samoa Observer yesterday. The charges are in connection to the glass pipe used to smoke methamphetamine or ice that the Police confiscated from the Court compound last week.

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COURT FILES CONTROVERSY: Minister of Justice and Courts Administration, Faaolesa Katopau Ainu'u, (Inset) M.J.C.A. Employee, Tualima Io and M.J.C.A. C.E.O., Papali’i John Taimalelagi.

Minister of Justice denies removing Court files claims

The Minister of Justice and Courts Administration (M.J.C.A.), Fa’aolesa Katopau Ainu’u, has denied claims that Land and Titles Court files were removed from the vicinity of the Court and taken to his Office. The files are in relation to the Ainu’u title of Sapapali’i and one other about the “boundaries of Atua.”

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LIFE STRUGGLES: Semu Tuato is facing many challenges and the biggest is to fix his home.

“We just want a place we could live in”

Many of us take having a home for granted. It’s a feeling Semu Tuato wants to have. 

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NEED HELP: Leti Ioane is seeking for assistance to rebuild their house damaged by Tropical Cyclone Gita.

Mother shares her fears

A mother of three from Falelauniu lives in fear for the lives of her children. How so? According to Leti Ioane, their home is unsafe.

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TALENT SHOWCASE: Some of Siva Afi dancers and Walter Leota (winner).

Walter Leota prevails, books ticket to Hawaii

The Le Manumea Hotel and Return to Paradise Beach Villas brought fire to the table with their unquestionable skills during the latest round of the Faletalimalo Siva Afi Challenge this week.

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Wyong at the Samoa Victim Support Group Junior Walkathon.

A partnership based on love

For six years now, the Wyong Christian Community School from New South Wales Australia has been fostering a parternship with the Samoa Victim Support Group (S.V.S.G.) to love and support the children. 

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Associate Minister, Lenatai Victor Tamapua.

Liquor Board identifies issues after Savai’i inspection

The Liquor Board has completed its final Savai’i inspection for this financial year.  

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THANK YOU FOR MAKING A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE: Marketing Manager for the Samoa Cancer Society, Leilani Jackson.

Report praises Samoa

The Samoan Government was highlighted on the global level with the Union for International Cancer Control (U.I.C.C.) in making a positive difference in the lives and health of their people. 

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END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: The UN Officials made it Orange Day at the Office to raise awareness and create educational opportunities about women struggles.

U.N. unites under orange banner

And once again the United Nations got dolled up in orange yesterday to remember work still to be done to end violence against women. U.N. Women’s Project UNiTE use the bright colour to raise awareness and create educational opportunities about struggles women face every day.

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Captain Shaun Fogarty.

New Zealand Navy honours Anzacs in Apia

A visitor to Samoa says he’s grateful Samoans honour ANZAC Day. Captain Shaun Fogarty travelled to Samoa to participate in the Returned Services Association dawn service yesterday.

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President of the Returned Services Association (R.S.A.), Tuala Iosefo Ponifasio.

President of Returned Services Association raises ANZAC issues

The President of the Returned Services Association (R.S.A.), Tuala Iosefo Ponifasio, has demanded more respect towards the R.S.A. 

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MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR VAISIGANO NO.1: Lopao’o Natanielu Mua.

Customary land lease a “matter of choice”

Member of Parliament for Vaisigano No. 1, Lopao’o Natanielu Mua, says the issue of customary land lease is a matter of choice for the families to make.

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TALOFA AIRWAYS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER: Tole'afoa Jeffrey Hunter.

Talofa Airways C.E.O. clears air on fiery landing

Talofa Airways C.E.O., Toleafoa Jeffrey Hunter, has assured there was no fire on board their airline that landed at the Faleolo International Airport on Tuesday. In fact, he said the wheel brakes had overheated and caught fire when the plane landed. “There was no engine fire nor was it engine failure,” he said. 

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POLICE SUPERINTENDENT: Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo.

Police commend Village Councils

A healthy working relationship with the Village Council is paramount to the Ministry of Police. So says, Police Superintendent Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo, who has commended the Village Councils of Afega and Luatuanu’u. 

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TEAM PARKER ALL THE WAY: Deepak Khanna, Lupesoliai Joseph Parker, Farid Mohammed, Pepe Fiaailetoa Fruean, John Paker and Joseph's mother, Sala Parker.

Parker continues as Digicel Ambassador

Digicel Samoa has extended their agreement with Lupesoliai Laauliolemalietoa Joseph Parker as their brand ambassador. Digicel Samoa Chief Customer Officer, Deepak Khanna, made the announcement at the Digicel headquarters yesterday. He said they have extended Lupesoliai’s two-year agreement for another 12 months. 

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Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang.

Minister rejects claims

The Minister of Works, Infrastructure and Transport, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, has rubbished reports the Government is not doing anything about the state of Cross Island Road. “There are Government processes that we go through to assure that once we start working on this project there are no hurdles,” he said. 

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Lest we forget! Samoa marks ANZAC Day

We will remember them. Before the break of dawn yesterday, the sacrifice of the fallen and returning ANZAC soldiers who served in the great world wars was remembered and honoured at the Apia Town Clock.

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Think a Minute

The Greatest Job

Think a minute…A Greek philosopher said that when a son behaves wrongly it is the father who should be punished, since he is the one who failed to do his job. When the wealthy man Friedrich Flick died, he had built a fortune of $1½ billion (worth much more today)! He owned 300 companies and was respected as one of the world’s smartest businessmen.

Columns

The decision between processed and local food

We all know that this planet have problems of hunger and malnutrition, about 900 million people. Remember obesity is malnutrition, an illness. All United Nations members have committed themselves to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in all its forms by 2030.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Banking whispers Whispers about the change of ownership for a major player in the banking industry in Samoa has been laughed off.

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