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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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Head of State, Highness Tuimaleali'ifano Va'aletoa Sualauvi II.

Parliament reduces Head of State’s term to ten years

The Government has amended the Constitution to reduce the term in office for the Head of State to ten years. And after the first term, the Head of State is only eligible upon reappointment for a second term. 

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Leausa Dr. Take Naseri.

Top Health positions advertised

The Public Service Commission has invited applications for the positions of Deputy Director General for the Ministry of Health, but not the Director General. Leausa Dr. Take Naseri has been appointed as the Acting Director General to see through the merge of the Ministry of Health and the National Health Services. 

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ELECTION LINE UP: Voters line up to have their say in Samoa's 2016 general election.

“We’re trying to avoid a corrupt election” – P.M.

Corruption and illegal practices during the election is the main reason the Government moved to amend the electoral laws. This is according to the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi during his weekly media programme. “We are trying to avoid having a corrupt election,” he said, adding that the laws had to be amended in order for the voters to vote in their constituencies. 

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NO COVERING FOR STALL OWNERS: Some stall owners have to brave the elements after part of the roof was blown off.

Vendors demand urgent Govt. action

Strong winds, torrential rain and the appalling conditions they bring are wreaking havoc at the Savalalo market, affecting art and craft vendors. Last week during a tropical depression, part of the market’s roof was blown off, forcing vendors to gather their art pieces and seek refuge in other parts of the market.

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CONSULTANT: Leasi John Galuvao.

C.E.O. defends $121,000 six months contract

A former Chief Executive Officer of the Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.) has been hired by the authority on a six-month contract worth $121,000. But the current Chief Executive Officer, Galumalemana Taatialeoitiiti Tutuvanu-Schwalger, has rubbished claims there was “favoritism” in the hiring of her former boss, Leasi John Galuvao as a consultant.

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Local farmers praised for promoting their produce. Photo: Misiona Simo

Govt. accused of favoritism in business assistance

Local businesses have expressed concern that only foreign investment enterprises (F.I.E.) benefit from Government assistance schemes offered to the private sector. The Ministry of Commerce Industry and Labour (M.C.I.L.) has recorded the concerns of the local businesses, according to the M.C.I.L. Assistant Chief Executive Officer (industry development and investment promotion), Fiu Jacinta Matulino. But she has denied there is favoritism.

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FAMILY STRUGGLES: In need of a safe and secured house - The home of Saupo Atoni from Vaitele-fou.

Children’s safety tops Saupo’s list

Saupo Atoni lives at Vaitele Fou with her two children, 15-20 minutes from the heart of Apia. But the close proximity of the 55-year-old’s home to the central business district in Samoa’s capital city, has meant nothing to her and her children for the last 19 years.

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SHARING AND LEARNING: Most of these women will be part of Brown Girl Woke clubs at the NUS and the University of the South Pacific, now that founder Maluseu Doris Tulifau has engaged interns make safe spaces happen for students.

Samoa’s universities to have “safe space” offering

Maluseu Doris Tulifau and her international movement Brown Girl Woke (BGW) are on the shores of the National University of Samoa (NUS) and the University of the South Pacific, with regular meetings now on for students to share, and learn from each other.

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IMPROVING THE TRACKING OF CANCER PATIENTS: The Samoa Cancer Society, CEO, Shelley Burich.

National Cancer Registry soon

The Government is close to establishing a national cancer registry to improve the tracking of cancer patients.

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“DREAM COME TRUE”: St. Peter Chanel Primary School celebrates its one-year anniversary.

Moamoa School celebrates

Chanel Primary School in Moamoa celebrated its one-year anniversary recently. Staff and students led the celebrations at the private school, which was established by the Chanel Old Students Association (COSA).

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2019 GUEST OF HONOUR: Laulu Alapasa Cordtz. Photo / (Aufa’i Areta Jnr).

Laulu the Guest of Honour

Fitness is the key if the local players are to do well in any tournament, especially in the international arena. So says former Manu Samoa 7s and 15s player, Laulu Alapasa Cordtz, who was the Guest of Honour for the two-day Vailima Marist 7s that concluded at the Marist St Joseph’s grounds in Lotopa yesterday. 

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COMMUNITY CONSULTATION: EPC senior officials with some members of the community discussing the Alaoa Dam Plan.

Corporation positive about Alaoa Dam consultation feedback

Nineteen villages in areas affected by flooding from the Vaisigano river in 2012 and 2018 have been consulted about the proposed Alaoa Multipurpose Dam project.

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ESTIMATING FOR PACIFIC GAMES: China-Samoa Agricultural Technical Aid Project (CSATAP) senior agronomist Jim Liu discusses partnership and support opportunities with a Matuaileoo Environment Trust Inc (METI) representative.

Close to 40,000kg vegetables needed for Pacific Games

The 2019 Pacific Games will need 38,000 kilograms of vegetables to feed around 4000 athletes and guests in July, across a total of 114,700 meals.

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Think a Minute

Fight by the Rules

28 June, 1997 was the date of the famous Bite Fight between world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson. During the fight, Tyson completely lost control of his anger and actually bit off part of Holyfield’s ear! Tyson lost his license to box and paid a $3 million penalty for not fighting by the rules.

Columns

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.

Between the Lines

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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