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WELL DONE: Grandmother Talaitua Bell and Easter Koneselata Bell.

Easter Bell tops Fusi School

A young girl who wants to become a doctor is the top student at Fusi Safata Primary School.

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Lawyer Unasa Iuni Sapolu.

Police grants permit for S.S.I.G. peaceful march

The Samoa Solidarity International Group (S.S.I.G.) is celebrating its first anniversary today with a peaceful march from Vaisigano to Mulinu’u. And the Ministry of Police has granted them a permit for the event. The permit has been granted with conditions, in an agreement signed by the Commissioner of Police, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil and lawyer, Unasa Iuni Sapolu, who is the organiser. 

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Dominic Lino together with proud parents and family members.

Year Seven student Dominic qualifies for Samoa College

Falefitu Primary School is celebrating a special achievement this year.

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FAMILY SUPPORT: Aniora Jasmine Faatoafe with her parents Nora Nofoaiga and Faatoafe Sooalo.

Head girl Aniora tops Leifiifi College

Leifiifi College Head girl, Aniora Jasmine Fa’atoafe, is the dux of the school for 2018. She received various prizes for the subjects and leadership in the school and came first in Year 13 for Biology, Science, Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry. 

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Helicopter.

Samoa Roy Lee new owner of Helicopter

Local businessman, Samoa Roy Lee, is the new owner of a helicopter sold by the Ministry of Revenue in an attempt to recover alleged unpaid taxes. The sale was confirmed by the Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, in response to questions from the Samoa Observer. The Minister could not divulge how much the helicopter was sold for, citing a confidentiality agreement.

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Samoa Police Service.

Police investigate pedestrian incidents

The Police are investigating two separate incidents involving pedestrians in Savai’i and Upolu.

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Acting Australian High Commissioner to Samoa, Amanda Jewell hands over a scholarship pack to Helen Lei Sam yesterday.

Samoans benefit from Australia awards

Fifty-six Samoans will have the opportunity to further their studies and acquire new skills in Australia and Fiji in 2019. The Australia Awards is a prestigious international scholarship funded by the Government of Australia. 

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Mori Faafetai Naisalī.

Consistency pays off for Head Boy

Faleata College Head boy, Mori Fa’afetai Apulu Naisalī, has become the first vocational student to claim the dux honour.

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The nightclub, NXT, on the Marina has been closed, the Restaurant and Bar called The Edge Marina View remains open.

Nightclub NXT closed, not Edge Marina View

The Chairman of the Liquor Board, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, yesterday clarified that the nightclub, NXT, on the Marina has been closed with its liquor license removed. The Restaurant and Bar called The Edge Marina View remains opened.

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Skyeye chief executive Faasootauloa Sam Saili with Afamasaga Rico Tupai, Minister for communications and information technology.

Village commerce boosted with new app

A touch of innovation and a generous fund from the international mobile association giant GSMA, has put Samoan owned and operated Skyeye in prime position to enable rural communities to participate in the national marketplace.

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The one-week workshop brought together stakeholders and members of the various community sectors, where they were presented information on how to best prepare themselves for a drought.

Govt. and partners prepare for drought

A workshop centered on drought was conducted by the Samoa Meteorological Office recently in partnership with the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme and the International Federation of Red Cross. 

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Allienaiah and grandmother Elenoa shared tears of happiness.

Allienaiah Penaia is Dux of Vaigaga Primary

Allienaiah Penaia is the dux of Vaigaga Primary School in the 2018 academic year.

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PROUD MOMENT: Vaimoso primary Dux, Mere Junior Atanoa with her family holding out her awards.

Aspiring doctor tops Vaimoso Primary

A 13-year-old from Nu’u who dreams of becoming a doctor is the dux of Vaimoso Primary School.

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CONGRATULATIONS: Aana No.2 College Dux, Filifiliga Siaosi with his family.

Filifiliga Siaosi tops Year 13 and thanks God and family

Year 13 student Filifiliga Siaosi is the 2018 valedictorian of Aana No. 2 College.

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Ben Percival, Branhan Kupa, Letoa Hughes, Maika Walsh, Goswein Van Heeswyk, Sammy Brown, Badi Siisiialafia, Lars Bell are members of Original Samoan Krump Kingz (O.S.K.K) and O.G.B.

Samoa’s young rappers get a chance to shine

Two up-and-coming hip hop crews will take over Platinum Lounge tomorrow night in the first ever Phat Hip Hop night, especially designed for young talent.

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The choir from the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development opened the second night of 13 Days of Christmas programme. Photo: Aufa’i Areta Areta

21st annual 13 Days of Christmas

The Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development choir performed last night as part of the 21st annual 13 Days of Christmas television programme.

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Flooding in Apia.

Bureaucrat laments climate change impact

Born and raised in the village of Moata’a, Tile Tofaeono has seen firsthand the impacts of climate change. 

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The Edge Marina View night club in Matautu now shut down.

Edge Marina View shut, loses license

Popular night club Edge Marina View has been shutdown after the Liquor Board stripped it of its liquor and beverage license. Minister for Revenue and Liquor Board chairman, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, told the Samoa Observer that the decision of the Board has been conveyed to the club’s owners. 

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Visa met with representative of BSP, ANZ, Bank of Baroda, Bred Bank, ABIF and HFC on Tuesday in Suva for the launch of the South Pacific Security Roadmap.

Visa to focus on tourism, tackling fraud

With at least half of all tourists arriving in Samoa used to making contactless card payments, Samoa needs to catch up. Visa is rolling out plans to improve payment security, and the standard of card terminals across the South Pacific.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi.

“Include oceans in climate change agenda”

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi has used the Katowice Climate Change Conference to again call for oceans to become an integral part of the continuing climate change agenda. The Prime Minister made the appeal recently at a side event on the sidelines of the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC in Poland.

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Think a Minute

Make Yourself a Success (Part 2)

Think a minute… The first, most important ingredient for success is motivating yourself to act. You must believe every day that your choices and actions are moving you closer to your goal. You are the one who makes or breaks your own success.

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The end of one chapter and the beginning of another

A muamua le viiga o le Atua, auā o le fa’amoemoe ua taunu’u o le lā’au lea o le soifua. Ua savinifaapunuomanu ai lagona o lenei aso auā o lea ua a’e i fanua le faiva o le manusina sa ta’atiu I ā’au mamao ma ua tepa ai nei i ‘ula, ua taga’i i ‘ula, ua tago foi i ‘ula le asō. Ia tumau pea lona vi’iga e lē aunoa.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

P.M. on Church leaders It seems Prime Minister Tuilaepa can’t leave members of clergy alone. During a radio programme last week, he had plenty to say about Church Ministers. For instance, he reminded them that Church Ministers were only taught on spiritual matters, not on Economics.

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