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The uniforms were provided by the Australian Defence Force, under the Defence Cooperation Programme between Australia and the Samoan Government through the Ministry of Police.

Australia kits up Nafanua crew

READY FOR WORK: Acting Australian High Commissioner, Amanda Jewell, presented new and improved operational uniforms to Samoa’s Police Commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil, for the crew of the Nafanua Patrol Boat, during a brief ceremony on board the vessel, yesterday.

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Central Bank of Samoa.

Organised Criminals Alert

The Central Bank of Samoa has issued a warning to members of the public to be on the look out “organised criminals” that who use social media to rob them of their money.

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THIS IS HOME: A look at Asofa Uoli's home she shares with her husband and their six children. The floor is not cemented.

Mother desperate for better home

When your live an unfortunate life, you are grateful for all the little blessings that comes your way. That is how Asofa Uoli tackles each day. She told the Samoa Observer her one wish is a proper home for her six children. 

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Tafa’igata Prison.

Prisoner claims brutal, inhumane treatment

Alleged brutality and inhumane treatment inside the Prisons are some of the reasons prisoners escape from Tafa’igata. This is according to a letter penned by a prisoner and passed on to the Samoa Observer. Fearing for his safety, the Prisoner has asked to withhold his name.

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The police wishes to appeal to the public for any information that may lead to the whereabouts of the missing child.

Girl missing since Wednesday

A seven-year-old girl has been reported missing from her family at Falelauniu since Wednesday. Va’aiga Amosa was last seen wearing red shorts with a white and black t-shirt. 

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TEAM PARKER: Sunrise Bus Company shows support for Lupesoliai Joseph Parker.

Sunrise Bus Company gets behind Parker

In any part of the world, you know you’ve made it when your face ends up on the back of a bus. Sunrise Bus Company in Vaitele shows what it looks like when you put an icon on an icon. The transport company showed their support for one of Samoa’s favourite sons, Joseph Parker, by having a Parker themed bus in support of the highly anticipated boxing match between Parker and Anthony Joshua.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi at the conference.

P.M. Tuilaepa says ‘below 1.5 degrees target not a choice, an absolute necessity’

The stark realities of climate change were laid bare at the opening of the Pacific Ocean, Pacific Climate Conference in Wellington. Calls from Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi for urgent action were made as climate change is put under the microscope during the conference.

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Sanelivi in front of his house with his bucket of water, he is in need of help.

Water needs trump all for Sanelivi’s family

For more than 30 years, Sanelivi Fuamaila still struggles without proper water supply. This is despite being one of the first settlers of Satapuala. Being injured for more than 10 years and walking a great distance to fetch water is an added burden for the 43-year-old.

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HARDWORKNG MOTHER: Sose Filipo makes banana chips and sells them to put her kids to school.

Mother invests in daughter’s tuition fees

The expensive tuition fees have robbed a possibly better future for students whose families cannot afford to pay. That is the concern raised by Sose Filipo of Satapuala-uta.

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Mrs. Samuelu with her two sons Makeleni and Sekaimata (the boy she’s holding)

Mother’s wish for her family

A mother’s love cannot be measured. Here is To’afa Samuelu, a mother of three from Satapuala, who lives through the struggles of life because of her love for her children.

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ORIENTATION BEGINS: U.S.P welcomes new students at Salelologa campus in Savaii.

Savai’i students orientation success

The University of the South Pacific (U.S.P.) Samoa’s Savai’i Centre welcomed new students at Salelologa recently. The new students are enrolled in Foundation and degree studies, and will be studying primarily via the Online and Print modes from the Centre.

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Mau leaders and Tupua Tamasese Lealofi III in front of Mau office 1929.

Book to uncover 'Mau hidden truths'

It has been more than 30 years since the book “Mau: Samoa’s struggle against New Zealand Oppression” by Michael Field was published.

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SMILES AT SINALEI: Honoured guests who viewed the ‘Alice in Wonderland Island Style’ under the stars at Sinalei Reef Resort.

Sinalei’s “Alice in Wonderland” evening for a great cause

Any anniversary is all about celebrating achievements. For the Sinalei Reef Resort, their 22nd birthday celebrated last weekend at the resort was exactly that and more. It was an occasion to raise funds for charity.

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Mushroom head (pulouaitu).

Reform zeroes in on pulouaitu and tagamimi

The Samoa Law Reform Commission is seeking to include synthetic drugs such as mushroom head (pulouaitu), logo (daturas) as illegal drugs in the new drugs framework they recommend to be implemented. 

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CYCLONE RECOVERY WORK: E.P.C. workers working hard to restore electricity after Cyclone Gita.

Gita slaps E.P.C. with $10m bill

The damage done by Tropical Cyclone Gita to Samoa’s electricity infrastructure is estimated to have cost up to $10million. 

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CRIMINAL: Lauititi Tualima.

Notorious criminal defies Court Order

A notorious prison escapee and convicted rapist, Lauititi Tualima, who brought much shame to Samoa when his offending attracted the attention of 60 Minutes last year, has refused to cooperate with the Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu.

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WE NEED HELP: Iuni Iuni in need of help for a water tank.

Family’s daily struggle for water

Consider this. Think of spending thousands of tala every year to collect water given today’s ever-increasing cost of living? For 20 years, this has been the reality for Iuni Iuni and his family from the village of Satapuala-uta. 

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Digicel Samoa signs up

Digicel customers can soon expect faster, reliable and affordable internet services. It follows the signing of a seven-year contract between Digicel Samoa and the Samoa Submarine Cable Company (S.S.C.C.) yesterday. This contract can be extended to 15 years.

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LIVING HER DREAM: Bella Maiava is living her best life by taking her passion for food to the next level. She is pictured with Michael Maiava.

Bella’s gypsy food trailer dream and stir fry noodles

Bella Maiava’s signature dish of stir fry noodles have gained a popular following here in Apia and the young “mumpreneur” took orders from her noodle box fans on a casual basis over the past two years to a growing number of customers.

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Mapuifagalele Home for the Elderly.

A moment to remember

The champions of Marist Sevens Women’s competition, Auckland Samoa Women’s, have returned home but not without leaving a mark on Samoa.

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Think a Minute

“Getting fit”

Think a minute…Mr. Louis Joline was awarded one of America’s “Fittest Over 50.” At the age of 65, He had completed 61 marathon races. Remember, a marathon is running 26 miles! You would not think this man needs help or encouragement to run.

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“Law, Custom and Constitutionalism: Customary Land Tenure in Samoa”

Ladies and Gentlemen, Talofa lava! As an Indigenous Samoan, Let me first pay my respect to the Indigenous Owners of this land and thank their ancestors, past present and future, for letting me stand before you on these sacred cultural lands!

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.

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