RELIEVED: Afu Faumuina Tutuila says the money will help them rebuild their lives since they have already had to loan to build a new home.

“The offer of $1,000 per month to service a loan of $863,710 is utterly unreasonable and a continuing gesture of disrespect by the judgment debtors and the village of the rulings of the Supreme Court and of the Court of Appeal and towards the judgment creditors” – Justice Lesatele Rapi Vaai

A conspiracy between workers at a local lumber store to steal from the company has backfired badly, landing them in jail instead.

 Miss Samoa pageant for 2014

ALL SMILES NOW: The contestants of the Miss Samoa pageant for 2014 are pictured with the owners of McDonald's Samoa and McDonald's American Samoa. McDonald’s is the official sponsor of this year’s pageant. Ten contestants are vying for the Miss Samoa title with the pageant scheduled on 6 September in front of the government building. The reigning Miss Samoa, Susana Fanueli, had earlier presented a cheque of $20,000 to the Chairman of the Teuila Festival Committee and Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

COCONUT MOMENT: U.N's Wu Hongbo and Women in Business President, Sheree Stehlin, discuss organic farming.

One challenge for the S.I.D.S meeting is to translate good intentions, signed on paper, into practical activities that help people

RETURN TO PARADISE: A traditional village at the Return to Paradise Resort at Lefaga.

It has been a long and challenging journey but Samoa’s newest 4.5 star resort has now opened at Return to Paradise, Lefaga.

HERE TO HELP: Members of the U.S Army are in Samoa to help. Photo: Ilia L. Likou.

The United States of America Army Reserves are assisting Samoa’s health sector to combat the chikungunya epidemic sweeping the country.

Photo: Poinsettia Taefu/Miss Samoa Facebook page 2014.

The Miss Samoa Pageant 2014 programme has officially started and one of the first activities was the official photo shoot yesterday.

The Samoa Housing Corporation’s (S.H.C.) bad debts spiralled in the 2010 financial year, the Controller and Chief Auditor has reported.

PASSING MARKS: Food is on everybody’s mind in the next two weeks. From the fancy restaurants to the small business stalls, the focus is on preparing the best and safest of Samoan food.

Visitors to the Teuila and S.I.D.S Food Festival yesterday gave the local cooks a pass mark for taste, presentation and innovation with local ingredients.

Samoa Post Limited made almost $600,000 in its first year trading as a public body, the Chief Auditor says.
In his 2011 report to the Legislative Assembly, Fuimaono C.G. Afele notes that this was the first audit of the operation for the 10 months ended June 30, 2009.

KEEPING CUSTOMERS HAPPY: Participants who completed the five-day Customer Service concepts and practices training.

The Samoa Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. completed a five day training course on Customer Service concepts and practices from 18-22 August at the Hotel Elisa conference room.

SETTLED IN: A happy seller with his produce on display on one of the new tables at the market.

If plans fall into into place, the new $10 million Fugalei Market will open 24 hours a day, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi said.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment’s Water Sector Coordination Unit granted $50,000 to the Institute of Professional Engineers of Samoa (I.P.E.S).

VIEWPOINTS: Whale sharks are an important part of ocean ecology and perhaps by taking their view, we may be able to save our oceans.

“To find solutions to our current environmental problems we must ask ourselves what it is to be a fish. To do this you must be prepared to enter the mind of the fish, to become them, to live as them, and experience the sacrifice they might have to make in order to survive. To protect the environment you need to be able to respect the environment.”

CEO: Auelua Samuelu Enari.

Youth unemployment in Samoa is getting worse.

MANUIA!: Vailima’s Country Manager Alfred Chan, BlueSky Country Manager, Tole’afoa Douglas Creevey, Radio Polynesia’s Corey Keil and Vailima’s Plant Operations and Site Manager, Sean Hellesoe.

A beer carrying the label “Made of Samoa” is back on the market, following its official launch on Friday night at Thirsty Gecko’s Bar and Restaurant at Vailoa.


A proposal to give the Minister of Commerce, Industry and Labour the power to approve or decline a holiday for a private sector company was the subject of a heated debate in Parliament last week.

SAMOAN PRIDE: “I am who I am,” he said. “I am proud of the man I have become and very confident as man but in a humble way, a good way if that makes sense.” Photo / The Guardian

“You always face challenges. But where I am right now I wouldn’t change anything that has happened”

NEW RESOURCE: The CEO of the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture, Matafeo Falanaipupu Aiafi, leafs through the new book prior to the formalities. On the left are Pa’u Iakopo, Sue Su’a and co-author Saili Aukuso.

The low-key launch of the book ‘Tusitusi i le Gagana Samoa’ at the Samoa Primary School on Friday, belies the importance of this valuable resource book for educators teaching children to write in Samoan.

GOOD MOVE: Deputy Prime Minister Fonotoe Pierre Lauofo.

The government of Samoa wishes to congratulate Neptune Shipping Line (Neptune) and Polynesian Shipping Line (P.S.L) for the sale of P.S.L to Neptune.

The Samoa Land Corporation (S.L.C) celebrated the opening of its $1.8million Malifa lodge yesterday.

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