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The Minister for Commerce Industry and Labour Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell with the Director General of WIPO Dr. Francis Gurry, Geneva, Switzerland.

Samoa accedes to the International Register of Trademarks Agreement

A delegation of four representing the Government led by the Minister of Commerce Industry and Labour, Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell, was in Geneva, Switzerland recently.

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Masiofo Faamausili Leinafo Tuimalealiifano cuts the ribbon to open the Samoa Airways Travel Centre in Mangere. Photo: Filipo Saena

Samoa Airways Travel Centre opens in South Auckland

The new Samoa Airways Travel Centre in the heart of the Mangere Town Centre in South Auckland has officially opened.

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Mathilde Kraft of Paris France ready for a swim on a sunny afternoon with friends.

Samoa continues to woo ex-residents

It is hard to shake off the charm of Samoa, especially if you are a former resident.

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Andy and Nancy Raatz enjoying their visit in Samoa.

Samoa is breathtakingly gorgeous

Visiting American couple Andy and Nancy Raatz have described Samoa as breathtakingly gorgeous.

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Professor Mohammed Umar.

Alafua cannot change accommodation fees

The University of the South Pacific Alafua campus has no authority to make any changes to accommodation charges, says Head of School and Campus Director, Professor Mohammed Umar. 

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THREE MILLION TALA DEAL: Falefata Hele Matatia, Minister Loau Keneti Sio, Farid Mohammed and Pepe Fiaailetoa Fruean.

Digicel exclusive Games Telecommunications partner

It’s official. Digicel Samoa is the exclusive Telecommunication partner of the Pacific Games 2019 to be hosted by Samoa next year.

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A MESSAGE FOR STUDENTS: Helen Lei Sam.

Don’t lose focus while studying

Don’t lose sight of why you are going to study is the message of Helen Lei Sam to those who will be studying under the Australia Awards programme next year. 

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The Malaela spring pool upgrade project was launched yesterday.

Malaela spring pool in makeover to woo tourists

The village of Malaela has officially opened their spring pool after the scenic sight underwent a $50,000 makeover. 

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Island Rock donates to the children at Campus of Hope, Tuanaimato.

Company supports Campus of Hope

The Samoa Victim Support Group’s Campus of Hope was the recipient of a brand new washing machine donated by local company Island Rock yesterday. 

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Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mataafa and the Masiofo, Her Highness Fa'amausili Leinafo Tuimaleali'ifano.

House of Love marks 50 years anniversary

The National Council of Women of Samoa yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the establishment of its headquarters, popularly known as the House of Love.

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The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (CCCS) from Uafato performed last night at the 13 Days of Christmas programme.

Uafato share Christmas message

The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa from Uafato performed on the seventh night of the 21st annual 13 Days of Christmas programme at Vaitele-uta last night. 

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COURT APPEARANCE: Robert Ash outside the District Court yesterday.

Attorney General’s Office yet to finalise charges

The Attorney General’s Office is yet to finalise the charges against Robert Ash, in relation to a separate incident involving Malaki Tauili’ili, prior to the one that led to his death. Ash appeared in the District Court yesterday for mention with his lawyer Tuatagaloa Aumua Ming Leung Wai, before Judge Fepulea’i Ameperosa Roma.

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Malietoa Faamausili Moli.

A.G’s Office consults with Police over Malietoa matter, Court told

Malietoa Fa’amausili Moli appeared in the District Court yesterday. His Court appearance was in relation to an incident at his residence at Fagali’i in October where a gun was allegedly discharged. Malietoa appeared before Judge Fepulea’i Ameperosa Roma.

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Immigration Samoa in dark on alleged human trafficking case

Samoa Immigration has never heard of the Samoan national being charged and arrested for slavery and human trafficking in New Zealand. This is according to the Assistant C.E.O. of Immigration, Siaopo Pese. Contacted for a comment yesterday, he said he was unaware of the case involving Viliamu Samu, 64, who allegedly took Samoans from here to New Zealand to work illegally in the horticulture industry across the Hawke’s Bay region.

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CHURCH MINISTERS BACK IN COURT:  Leaders and Church Ministers of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa in Court yesterday.

Ten more Church Ministers in Court

Ten more church ministers from the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) appeared in the District Court yesterday. They each face two counts of failure to withhold tax and failure to file wage tax returns. The Ministers are Reverends Fa’au’uga Mata’utia, Taise Ioapo, Faraimo Ti’iti’i; Fili Matalavea; Fuaao Fuimaono; Iese Uele; Pita Toleafoa; Seilala Luamanuvae; Siaosi Salesulu and Tunumoso Isaia.

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DEALING WITH FACEBOOK ABUSE: Fuamatu Kosetatino and his father Fuamatu Samoa Oloaga Asuelu.

Families hit with $5000 penalty over Facebook posts

A village council has moved to address the increasing use of Facebook to incite violence, by penalising families whose family members recently posted derogatory and threatening comments. The Lauli’i village council has penalised five families in their village and slapped each one of them with a $5,000 penalty fee for allegedly making derogatory and threatening posts targeting chiefs in the village. 

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TREE PLANTING TO END THE YEAR: Some of the staff of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) taking part in the tree planting at the Vailima Reserve. Photo: SPREP.

Regional organisation takes action on loss of biodiversity

The staff of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) conducted a tree planting at the Vailima Reserve last Friday as one of its final activities to finish off the year.  

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FLY HIGH TEVI: The late Laeimau Oketevi Tanuvasa.

In memory of Laeimau Oketevi

Laeimau Oketevi Tanusava was born to hold court. From infant, primary, intermediate and college school years, her leadership qualities spoke volumes and even during her last days, Tevi’s resolve to lead by example did not waiver.

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Out of the five Pacific Island nations, Samoan diplomats owed the highest in parking fines with AU$3071 ($5,516.44 tala).

Samoan diplomats incur over $5000 parking fines

Samoan diplomats based in Canberra, Australia owe the Australian Capital Territory government over $5000 tala in parking fines, reports the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper.

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Prof. Umar was responding to claims raised by an alumnus on the declining passing rate of students undertaking agriculture courses AG213 and AG373, resulting in students having to settle for diplomas.

Don’t blame low pass rate on teaching experience

A student’s low pass rate should not be blamed on a teacher’s several years of experience, says University of the South Pacific (U.S.P.) Alafua Campus Director, Professor Mohammed Umar. Prof. Umar was responding to claims raised by an alumnus on the declining passing rate of students undertaking agriculture courses AG213 and AG373, resulting in students having to settle for diplomas. 

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Think a Minute

The Right Motivation

Think a minute… A school teacher was complaining about a little boy in her class who was not showing any interest in learning. She said: “David will not do his school work. He’s not even motivated to try!” But that same boy, David, will jump out of bed early in the morning to go fishing or play with his friends. He just needs the right motivation.

Columns

Opinions. They are wretched things. World is full of them.

It’s late night. Three a.m. Times like these are sacred. Except for the swirling fan, the sound of rain and darkness outside is revolving.

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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