THANK YOU JAPAN: Robert Bartley, Maria Sang Yum, Ambassador Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki and Julian Wong-Soon.

Trio awarded Japan study scholarships

The government of Japan, through its Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (M.E.X.T.) Scholarship, has once again granted the opportunity to Samoan nationals to further their studies in their respective fields at international universities in Japan.

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Media Spokesperson, Auapaau Filipo Logoitino.

Police officers discharged

Eight Police officers who were injured as a result of the fight at Luatuanu’u on Monday have been discharged. This was confirmed by Police Media Spokesperson, Auapaau Filipo Logoitino, on Tuesday.

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Man convicted of sex with under aged girl, sentenced

A 28-year-old man of Sataoa and Safata has been convicted and sentenced to ten months supervision for one charge of sexual connection in relation to a girl under 16 years old.

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Founder and one of the Directors of Sleepwell International Sala George Lutu.

From humble beginnings

Sleepwell International has come a long way; it’s progress is nothing short of incredible.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa  Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

P.M. says evening curfews must not interfere with public roads

Villages guarding evening curfews are not allowed to interfere with members of the public using public roads. 

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POLICE AT LUATUANU'U: Police officers during the reconciliation meeting with the village of Luatuanu'u and Falefa.

Matai among suspects charged over Luatuanu’u incident

Twelve people, including a matai, from Luatuanu’u, have been charged in relation to a rugby fight that broke out on Monday. 

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Muliagatele Masoe Matafeo.

Muliagatele retains A.C.C. top role

Muliagatele Masoe Makerita Matafeo has been re-appointed as the Chief Executive Officer for the Accident Compensation Corporation (A.C.C.).

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DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER: Fiame Naomi Mata'afa at Parliament. Photo: Misiona Simo.

Claims rubbished

Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, has called some Members of Parliament liars. She has also accused them of being irresponsible. Fiame did not name anyone in particular. But she was responding to claims from certain Members of Parliament that the Alienation of Customary Land Amendment Bill 2017 violates the Constitution. 

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Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt.

Law to increase excise tax on sugary drinks passed

The Bill increasing the excise tax on sugary drinks including wine by 3 percent has been approved by Parliament. Introduced by Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, the passing of the bill was put through as a matter of urgency. 

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WARNING FROM THE CENTRAL BANK: Governor Maiava Atalina Enari wants Samoans to be alert.

Cryptocurrency warning

The Central Bank of Samoa (C.B.S.) yesterday issued a warning about the rising number of cryptocurrency promotions taking place in Samoa. Cryptocurrency is a form of digital money that is designed to be secure and, in many cases, anonymous.

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Taxi Operator, Fa’asavalu Soane, of Faleata. (Inset) L.T.A. Chief Executive Officer, Ta'atialeoitiiti Agnes Tutuvanu-Schwalger.

L.T.A. rejects claims

The Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.) has rejected claims that there was not enough public notice on the implementation of their new policies on taxis. The Chief Executive Officer, Ta'atialeoitiiti Agnes Tutuvanu-Schwalger, issued the rejection in response to questions from the Samoa Observer. This week, Taxi operators expressed their frustration with the L.T.A.

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Samoa Police Service.

Sex charges follow girl’s disappearance

The Ministry of Police has filed sexual related charges against a 31-year-old man. This is in connection to the case of the 15-year-old girl who was reported missing for three days.

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Three young men appeared before Supreme Court Justice, Leiataualesa Daryl Clarke, on charges of theft and burglary.

Men in Court for Vaiala robbery

Three young men appeared before Supreme Court Justice, Leiataualesa Daryl Clarke, on charges of theft and burglary. They are Fautua Tanoa, Oata Cameron and Popese Junior.

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SAY NO TO DOPING: Natanya Potoi-Ulia.

Doping threatens “spirit of Sport”

Ignorance is no excuse when it comes to testing positive for a prohibited substance in the world of competitive professional sports. This is the view held by a Samoan woman who is leading the fight against doping in this part of the world.

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Bank South Pacific.

B.S.P. donates food to School of Hope

The executive officials of the Bank South Pacific from Papua New Guinea visited the School of Hope on Monday.

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J.I.C.A. ALUMINI ASSOCIATION: During the Samoa J.I.C.A. Alumini Association’s Annual General meeting (A.G.M.), the executive members were elected.

Mata’u returns as Alumni President

Mata’u Esau Lotu has retained his post as the President of Samoa J.I.C.A. Alumni Association for the fourth term. The appointment was made during the Samoa J.I.C.A. Alumni Association’s Annual General Meeting (A.G.M.) held at the Samoa Conference Centre, Sogi last week

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HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Jess and Daniel celebrate their honeymoon in Samoa.

Honeymooners loving Samoa

What better place to spend your honeymoon then in beautiful Samoa. Couple, Daniel and Jess have been courting for eight years and recently got married in their homeland, Melbourne, Australia.

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LOVING SAMOA: Nadja Mc Kellow with her husband Danny Mc Kellow enjoying their last day in Samoa.

Quality time in beautiful Samoa

Nadja McKellow has ticked Samoa as one of the best places to visit for romance. She is in Samoa with her husband to celebrate their honeymoon and according to her; it has been a magical experience.

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ENJOYING AMAZING SAMOA: Shirley Clarke shares her impression of Samoa.

There’s something about Samoa’s ocean

There’s something about the ocean that captivates Shirley Clarke. In Christchurch, New Zealand, she lives close to the ocean. Waking up to the cool sea breeze and sound of the waves crashing onto the seashore is basically the start of her day.

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Business is about relationships

The Chairman of the Bank South Pacific (B.S.P.), Sir Kostas Constantinou and Chief Executive Officer, Robin Fleming, were in Samoa for two days.

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Think a Minute

“A great Woman”

Think a minute…There was a young married couple who really struggled to make enough money just to live on. One day the husband took all their money and bought a small service station. His wife Jane did not think this was a smart, good investment.


About avoiding those mistakes

If you concern yourself with backing away from or avoiding repeated mistakes, you are not likely to find yourself “backing –up” into achievement or success. It has been traditional to believe that the avoidance of mistakes will result in progress.

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THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.

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