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Samoa Government building.

Govt. workforce in Samoa increases numbers

The Samoa Government workforce increased by 4.1 per cent or with an additional 76 employees at the end of the financial year 2016-2017.  

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The CEO for the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (MESC), Dr. Karoline Afamasaga-Fuata’i.

More than 1,000 students qualify

A total of 1015 students out of 1752 students that sat the Samoa Secondary Leaving Certificate (SSLC) last year made it into the National University of Samoa’s (NUS) Foundation programme.  

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Salā Georgina Bonin (centre) with the former Administrator of the UNDP, Helen Clark (right), and former UN Resident Coordinator & UNDP Resident Representative, Lizbeth Cullity (left).

Long-serving U.N.D.P. Manager calls it a day

What started as a teenage fascination with the work of the United Nations turned into a lifelong career for Salā Georgina Bonin (nee Nelson), spanning 25 and a half years.

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Work of former Head of State to be honoured

The former Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, has been invited to New Zealand’s premier festival of books and ideas, the Auckland Writers Festival.

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Saina Tomi Setu Fetalaiga, senior organiser for Samoan First Union.

Do a public survey to get minimum wage feedback

The Samoa First Union has called on the Government to run surveys amongst employees, unions and the public to find out how people are surviving on the $2.30 minimum wage. The concern was outlined in a statement by Senior Organizer for Samoan First Union, Saina Tomi Fetalaia.

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Samoa Airways aircraft at the Faleolo International Airport.

No further comments - Samoa Airways

Samoa Airways says it has nothing further to say about concerns raised by the family of a 9-year-old boy who died during an Auckland-Apia flight operated by the airline. The incident occurred on the airline’s flight OL732 that was en-route from Auckland to Apia on December 26, 2018. 

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Justice Leiataualesa Darryl Clarke.

Burglary a frightening experience for victims

Burglary incidents are a frightening experience for the victims whose residences are broken into. This was a factor that came under the consideration of the Supreme Court Justice Leiataualesa Darryl Clarke, when handing down the sentencing for Siale Tunu, who was jailed for 17 months. 

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'REMOVE THE CHINESE FLAGS': A look at one of the project sites at Tuanaimato of China’s flag.

Chinese flags angers M.P.

Member of Parliament, Olo Fonoti Vaai, has called on Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi’s government to remove Chinese flags flown at the site of the various projects they are funding. The M.P. said it doesn’t make sense flying their flags at projects that are funded by loans, which Samoan taxpayers will ultimately have to repay. 

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RIP: Member of Parliament for Fa’asalele’aga II,  Pa’u Sefo Pa’u.

Member of Parliament passes away

Member of Parliament Pa’u Sefo Pa’u passed away at the Moto’otua Hospital yesterday morning due to ill health. The Member for Fa’asalele’aga II was 65 and a businessman before he became a politician. The owner of Seana Bar and Pa’u Sefo’s Funeral Parlour; Pa’u established the country’s crematorium. 

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Sonja hooked a sailfish, Tony battled and landed a blue marlin on a great fishing adventure.

Hooked on fishing, hooked on Samoa

Sonja and Tony Robins from South Australia love the beauty of Samoa and her people. But it’s their fishing trip with Troppo Fishing Adventures they will remember for a long time to come, and one of the reasons they will return to Samoa.

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George Nabil and Manoli Senel claimed Samoa to be the best thing that has happened to them.

Samoa simply “the best”

George Nabil and Manoli Senel are convinced that coming to Samoa is one of the best things that has happened to them for a long time.

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A MOMENT THEY WILL NOT FORGET: Anzac and Penese Simone Penese after the wedding ceremony at Vaimoso.

New beginning for Anzac and Penese

 “No one can steal the love you were born to find, if it’s meant to be, God will lead you to it.”

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Acting New Zealand High Commissioner to Samoa, Mike Walsh.

N.Z., Samoa work to resolve issues

The Acting New Zealand High Commissioner to Samoa, Mike Walsh, has responded to criticisms of the new online system for the selection process of students eligible for New Zealand scholarships. 

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STEP FORWARD FOR SAVAI'I: An aerial shot of the 200 Kilowatt Vailoa Hydro Power Plant at Vailoa Palauli yesterday.

Govt. opens $5.39 million project

The Government celebrated the commissioning of a $5.39 million tala 200 Kilowatt Hydro Power plant at Vailoa Palauli, yesterday. The occasion was hailed as a milestone for the big island of Savai’i, with Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi officially opening the project.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi said he would consult firstly with the private sector. Minister of Finance Sili Epa Tuioti explained why it’s necessary to raise the salaries of public servants.

Govt. has a “moral obligation” to act

A Samoan Economics Professor, who spoke to the Samoa Observer on the condition of anonymity, believes Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has a “moral obligation” to raise Samoa’s minimum wage, regardless of the impact on the private sector.

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S.S.A.B retail store in Vaitele officially opened for business.

Company responds to customers

Samoa Stationery and Books has responded to calls from their customers living on the west side of Upolu by opening its eighth and newest store at the Faaso’otauloa Taulapapa Pati Investment building at Vaitele-tai.

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SAMOA AIRWAYS: P.M. Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi's Cabinet has endorsed Seiuli Alvin Tuala's re-appointment.

Seiuli retains top role

Tupuivao Seiuli Tuala has been re-appointed to another term in office as the Chief Executive Officer of Samoa Airways. This is Tupuivao’s third term.

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The C.E.O. for the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (MESC), Afamasaga Dr. Karoline Fuata’i.

C.E.O. praises students for exam improvements

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture, Afamasaga Dr. Karoline Fuata’i, says there was an improvement in the 2018 Samoa Primary Education Certificate of Achievement (S.P.E.C.A.) exam results. But the percentage of those students who passed the exam was only 0.7 per cent and not 7 per cent, as reported earlier by the Samoa Observer. 

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Woman punched in “cowardice” attack

A 22-year-old man has been charged by the Police, after an incident where he punched a Chinese woman in the face, and allegedly ran off with money from her store. The incident took place last Saturday morning at Kavana Avealalo Store at Falelauniu. It was captured on CCTV, with the footage handed to the Police. 

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Lafaiali’i brothers give back

Brothers “Danger Boe” and “SJ Demarco” are in Samoa to give back to the community through their musical talents. The sons of Church Ministers Reverend Foma’i and Rasela Lafaiali’i will headline the “Milly Rock” concert at X-Club tonight. Speaking to the Weekend Observer, Danger Boy, whose real name is Fa’aiuaso Lafaiali’i, and SJ Demarco, real name, SJ Lafaiali’i, said they are looking forward to their first performance in Samoa.

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Think a Minute

Successful Business Plan (Part 1)

Think a minute...Do you know the secret to a successful business? Even if you do not own your own business, these principles work in both your professional and personal life. Following these priorities will guide you to success in this business called life.

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Changing lives: Now that the Festive season is finished

Talofa Samoa! In the first week of last year, I was looking for one of METI ‘champions’: someone, who had been following the whole foods, plant based (WFPB) diet that METI promotes and who had been successful in reversing his diabetes condition, which had been crippling him for years.

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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