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READY FOR THE LAUNCH: The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa in Vailoa Faleata conclude its album production.

Choir prepares to launch first album

The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (CCCS) choir from Vailoa Faleata has concluded preparations for the launch of their first album.

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Samoa Bureau of Statistics C.E.O. Ali’imuamua Malaefono Ta’aloga.

Food, beverage manufacturing declined in 2018 – report says

Food and beverage manufacturing registered a decline in real value-added of 7.9 per cent, making it the first quarter of negative growth for the industry. 

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Maluseu Doris Tulifau (centre) with students at Mulivai Primary School last year during an afterschool session. Maluseu wants to provide safe spaces for children to explore dance and performance together.

Movement back in the villages

Maluseu Doris Tulifau’s international movement Brown Girl Woke (BGW) is running after school performing arts activities across Samoa again, after a successful first year in 2018.

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Electoral Commissioner Faimalomatumua Matthew Lemisio.

Poem competition for voter awareness

The Office of the Electoral Commissioner is calling for submissions for a poetry competition in honour of National Voters Day, March 1 2019.

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Year 1-2 students of Siumu Primary School after the successful launch of the ANCHOR Creative Arts Competition at the school.

Primary School focused art-competition launched

Ah Liki Wholesale has launched a primary school-focused art competition in partnership with international dairy company Anchor Fonterra.

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According to the report, this was consistent with the decline in the production of major crops such as taro (45.6 per cent), ta’amu (14.7 per cent), banana (50.2 per cent), and head cabbage (38.3 per cent).

Agriculture continues negative growth

Samoa’s agriculture sector has again recorded a negative growth for the fourth consecutive quarter, contributing a negative 0.6 per cent to the country’s gross domestic product. 

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IT'S FIXED: The roof blown away last week was apparently repaired by the Samoa Land Corporation on Saturday.

Samoa Land Corporation answers vendor's call

The Samoa Land Corporation went to the rescue of art and craft vendors at the Savalalo market, whose roof was blown off by the strong winds and rain last week.

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Brothers Richard and Davis Burgess outside Court with lawyer Theresa Momoisea.

Brothers on trial for aggravated robbery

A trial date has been set for two brothers in connection with the alleged beating of businessman David Main.

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They did not have proper documents and so we didn’t allow them to wait in our country while their papers are being processed.

Samoa Immigration disputes human trafficking report

Chief Immigration Officer, Valavala Siaopo Pese, has disputed a report of human trafficking in Samoa. Responding to a recent media article on a suspected case of human trafficking in Samoa, Valavala said the people involved wanted to get to American Samoa but did not have proper documentation. Consequently, they were forced back on the plane to return to Fiji.

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Kolani Junior Lam.

Murder trial witnesses to give evidence via video link

The Supreme Court yesterday granted an application to allow the use of video link for two witnesses to give evidence in the murder trial of former Unit Trust of Samoa C.E.O., Sa’u Justina Sa’u. Husband Kolani Junior Lam is charged with one count of murder in respect of his wife, one count of assault in respect of a step daughter, and one count of possession of narcotics, namely marijuana. 

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The Samoa Observer visited Lotofaga yesterday and tried to get comments from the family of the deceased, but they refused.

Man dies from alleged machete attack

A man from Lotofaga, Safata, is dead after he was allegedly struck by another man using a machete on Sunday. The Samoa Observer visited Lotofaga yesterday and tried to get comments from the family of the deceased, but they refused. “It’s our own family problems and we don’t want people to know about it,” said a family member.

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SECOND TIME CANDIDATE: Namulauulu Sami Leota and FROM TAUTUA TO H.R.P.P.: Papali'i Li'o Masepau.

Candidates stand for H.R.P.P.

Two candidates running for the Fa’asaleleaga No.2 by-election next month have put their hands up to run under the Human Rights Protection Party (H.R.P.P.) banner. They are businessman, Namulauulu Papali’i Leota Sami Leota and former opposition M.P. for Tautua Samoa, Papali’i Li’o Taeu Masipau.  

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Talalelei Pauga. Photo: Samoa Observer

Pig head thrower Talelei Pauga charged in Samoa

The man who threw a pig’s head and dog food at the Prime Minister, Talalelei Pauga, has been charged in Apia. The Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration’s Assistant CEO, Ve’atauia Fa’atasi Puleiata, has confirmed to the Samoa Observer that Pauga, who is from Australia, has been charged under Samoa’s immigration laws.

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FROM SAVAI’I TO THE TOP OF SEVENS RUGBY: The Tama Uli team from Salelologa was unlucky to lose the final to Fiji’s Tabadamu but they have shown they have potential to go all the way. Photo: Supplied.

Marist growing rugby throughout Samoa

The Marist International Sevens tournament gives local players a chance to showcase their talents and skills.

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Dr. Osborne Embiruka Nyandiva.

Declare your health condition, says doctor

The dramatic changes in the atmosphere affect the way blood circulates to the brain when we fly, says Dr. Osborne Embiruka Nyandiva.

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KIDS NEED MORE ATTENTION: Maluseu Doris Tulifau is the founder of Brown Girl Woke.

“I can’t believe it passed”

Social movement organiser and youth educator, Maluseu Doris Tulifau, is astounded that corporal punishment in schools has become legal once more.

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Par Liljet from IOM attending PIDC Seminar to Combat Human Trafficking and People Smuggling in the Pacific Region.

Why human trafficking is thriving

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) believes there is human trafficking on some fishing trawlers in the Pacific but the lack of data is making it difficult to address. 

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The MS Queen Victoria docked at the Matautu wharf yesterday. Photo: Adel Fruean.

Queen Victoria pays Sunday visit

The sleepy streets of Apia on a Sunday afternoon came alive with passengers from the MS Queen Victoria Vista-class cruise ship that docked at the Matautu Wharf yesterday.

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PRISON WORKS: A look at the construction of the Tanumalala Prison tower. Photo: Schwarz Construction Facebook.

New prison continues to incur additional cost

The construction of the new Tanumalala Prison continues to incur additional costs on top of its initially estimated cost of $10 million. 

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Papali’i John Taimalelagi.

Chief Executive decision on hold

The appointment of a Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Justice Courts and Administration (M.J.C.A.) has been halted, pending the completion of an investigation by the Public Service Commission (P.S.C.).

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Think a Minute

Success starts today

Think a minute…In 1951 a nuclear disaster almost took place at a nuclear power plant in Canada. The core reactor melted down, so it had to be taken apart before deadly radiation escaped into the nearby community.

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HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE WITH METI: Otara Eteru Autagavaia.

Changing lives: Prevention and reversal of obesity

Talofa Samoa! I am happy to start this Health Column by informing the Public that METI has now received official support from government for its Healthy Living programme.

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A hungry thief. Your house might be next

A prominent member of the community had his house broken into where the thief ransacked it looking for valuables to take.

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