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ELECTION MOVE: Electoral Commissioner Faimalomatumua Matthew Lemisio and App Developer and I.T Manager, Mailo Henry Mailo check out their Palota Samoa app.

Election app to increase voter turnout

The Office of the Electoral Commissioner is launching an app they hope will increase voter turnout at the next general election in 2021. Following the 2016 elections, the office decided an app can provide better access to the information and the systems that make up elections here in Samoa.

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Members of the liquor board present at the public consultation.

Cabinet approves alcohol bill without consultation

A meeting between the Ministry of Revenue (M.O.R.) and the private sector over the Alcohol Control Bill has been cancelled after Cabinet approved the legislation behind closed doors a week ago. The consultation was scheduled for September 21 (yesterday) after business representatives told M.O.R. officials in a public consultation early this month that their feedback and concerns should be considered before the bill went to the Parliament. 

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SAD SCENE: Police officers in the area to try and resolve the situation. Photo: Facebook.

Chaotic scenes as students clash

There were chaotic scenes in town next to the seawall bus stop when a brawl broke out between some students of Leifiifi College and Maluafou College yesterday afternoon. 

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Chanel College uses culture to promote identity

The St. Peter Chanel College in Moamoa held their cultural day yesterday and used the occasion to promote identity and values through Samoan culture. The performances were led by students comprising four groups, which each had 30 students from Years 9-13, and were marked by the colours yellow, blue, red and green. 

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The landslide at Tuialamu, Lalomanu. (Photo: Ivamere Nataro)

Work to clear landslide yet to start

Eight months after a massive landslide cut off the road access at Tuialamu, Saleapaga the Government is yet to start work to clear the debris and fix the road. Motorists driving to Lalomanu Beach are currently using a temporary access, which was created by authorities closer to the seashore and further away from the high risk area, following the landslide in February this year.

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Family Violence Survey - explore it yourself

The office of the ombudsman surveyed 1500 people to understand the extent of family violence. In this visualisation, readers can get an in-depth look at the kinds of people surveyed, and who reported to have experienced abuse in the six months before they were surveyed.

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Graham Seddon and Sue Pope enjoying the authentic atmosphere on their favourite island in the Pacific.

Kiwi couple choose Samoa over others

Samoa is the preferred holiday destination for Sue Pope and Graham Seddon from Waiheke Island, New Zealand. It’s their third trip to Samoa and they are already planning another one next year.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: First group with their certificates in report writing.

Government workers trained to write reports

Forty-one participants from Government ministries and state-owned enterprises have undergone a two-week training in report writing. 

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COMMONWEALTH’S SAMOAN CONNECTION: Secretary General Patricia Scotland QC with the Commonwealth Head of Asia, Caribbean, Pacific: Political Section, PGD, Leulua’iali’i Albert Mariner, in Apia for the 48th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting.

Opportunity for Samoans in Commonwealth awards

Samoan residents are encouraged to apply for the Commonwealth Secretary-General’s Innovation for Sustainable Development Awards. The awards have been launched to celebrate the most outstanding innovators and innovations from any of the 53 Commonwealth countries. Samoa is a member of the Commonwealth.

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Students in their special costumes.

Ah Mu Academy marks 10-year anniversary

Private school Ah Mu Academy yesterday marked its 10th anniversary with its students leading the celebrations through dance, song and drama. Parents braved the early morning rain and converged on the school in Lotopa to see their children in grades 1-8 lead the commemoration, through the performance of various dance, song and drama items as well as a debate.

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Aleipata College holds fashion exhibition

The Technical Vocational Educational Training Programme (T.V.E.T.) at Aleipata College held a fashion exhibition yesterday morning. The exhibition was themed “the colourfulness of creativity” and attracted parents, teachers, relatives and residents of Aleipata district, who turned out in numbers to witness the creative talents showcased by students through their artworks, clothes and prints.  

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Huizhou Hualuogeng Secondary School staff meets Samoa College teachers and students for a welcoming banquet.

Teachers and students looking forward to programme

A group of students and teachers from Samoa College are currently on an education exchange programme in China and are looking forward to their 12-day programme. They flew into Guangdong Province in central China on Wednesday as part of an education exchange programme from September 18-29 and were met at the airport by teachers from Huizhou Hualuogeng Secondary School.  

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SAMOA AND CHINA: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Samoa, China agree to further cooperation

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Wednesday. Tuilaepa is leading a Samoan delegation in China to attend the Annual Meeting of the New Champions 2018, also known as Summer Davos.

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Malele Paulo also known as “King Faipopo”.

A.G. Office yet to indicate if extradition is on

The Attorney General’s Office is yet to indicate whether it has acted on Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s directive to begin the process to extradite Malele Paulo or “King Faipopo”. Last month the Prime Minister outlined, in a press release issued by the Press and Communications Division of his office, that he has given instructions for the extradition process to begin to bring Malele Paulo to Samoa to be charged under the Criminal Libel Act. 

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Court Officer, Mane Junior Su’a gets a suspended sentence.

Court Officer gets 12-month suspended sentence

The District Court has given a Court Officer a 12-month suspended sentence after he pleaded guilty to the possession of utensils under the Narcotics Act. The Court heard that in April this year the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration building Manager discovered that he had lost his personal cheque book and found out that the defendant had been using it to purchase goods. 

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Afamasaga Su’a Pou Onesemo and Papali’i Niko Lee Hang.

“I was wrong,” Minister admits error in reading of Public Works C.E.O. decision

The Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure (M.W.T.I.), Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, has admitted making a mistake when he told the Samoa Observer the Public Service Commission (P.S.C.) had terminated the services of the Chief Executive Officer of M.W.T.I., Afamasaga Su’a Pou Onesemo.

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Samoa College teachers and students explore Red Flower Lake.

Samoa College group begins tour of China

A group of students and teachers from Samoa College have arrived in Huizhou city in China’s central Guangdong province to begin a 12-day education exchange programme. The programme will run from September 18-29 and is themed “Discover Huizhou: A tour of Friendship between Chinese and Samoan Youngsters”.

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Two locally manufactured liquor, Boom Vodka and Rice Vodka are selling under the required excise tax cost.

Alcohol Bill could lead to local business losses

The Government’s proposed alcohol excise rates will result in local liquor manufacturers making losses as the excise will be higher than the retail price of each liquor bottle. Businessman Va’atuitui Meredith sounded the warning recently in a consultative forum, which the Ministry of Revenue (M.O.R.) organised with the business community, in order to get feedback on the Alcohol Bill 2018.

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Representatives gathered to review the results of A.C.P multilateral environmental agreements.

Pacific countries discuss progress of environmental agreements at Vailima

A regional meeting being held in Samoa this week is reviewing the results of the A.C.P. Multilateral Environmental Agreements (M.E.As) capacity building project and it also serves as the first review meeting of the Inform project.

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The Helicopter currently in the possession of the Ministry of Revenue.

About the helicopter V.H.-V.W.A.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Revenue, Matafeo Avalisa Viali-Fautua’alii, has explained their position in relation to a helicopter that has been in their possession since 2016. Below is the letter she wrote in response to questions from the Samoa Observer. It is published in full:


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Think a Minute

Make feelings follow

Think a minute…Do we sing because we’re happy? Or are we happy because we sing? A wise teacher said that it is singing which makes you feel like singing, and it is dancing which makes you feel like dancing.

Columns

Climate justice denied. Part II

Let me now share my personal assessment of the Bangkok meetings ‘watching’ it all from the comforts of home in Samoa.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

An S.O.S. visit to Facebook? The public surely appreciates the transparency shown by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupai and the Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff, when they posted pictures of themselves recently outside the headquarters of Facebook in Silicon Valley in America.

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