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SAMOA OBSERVER VISIT: Li Yonghui, Ding Dong, Gatoaitele Savea Sano, Zhang Junsai, Muliaga Jean Malifa, Ambassador Wang Xuefeng and Mata'afa Keni Lesa.

China looks to improve relationship with Samoa

After 40 years of helping Samoa through its bilateral relationship, China wants to do more. How to go about doing this is the goal of a Chinese delegation that is visiting Samoa for two days, meeting with different sectors of the community. 

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According to the Police, the drugs were allegedly found by the Police and the Customs K9 Unit in a suitcase that belongs to the accused.

Man accused of alleged ice smuggling changes lawyer

A man accused of smuggling ice estimated to be worth $60,000 into the country has changed his lawyer. Unasa Iuni Sapolu is now representing drug defendant, Tafuna Tauialo.

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HEAD OF STATE VISIT: Reverend Nu’uausala Siaosi, Pastor Benjamin Berger, his Highness Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II, Her Highness Faamausili Leinafo and Malu Siaosi.

Head of State welcomes Messianic Jewish leader

The Head of State, His Highness Tuimaleali’ifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II and his Masiofo, Her Highness Fa’amausili Leinafo, welcomed a very special visitor at Moto’otua yesterday. Their Highnesses welcomed Messianic Jewish leader, Pastor Benjamin Berger, who paid them a courtesy visit.

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Samoa Airways.

Samoa Airways landing fees request being considered

The request to waive the landing fees for Samoa Airways at Faleolo International Airport is unlikely to be granted. Instead, they are likely to be charged at a much reduced rate. So says the Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, who confirmed the request has yet to be approved by Cabinet. 

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“I want to make it clear, that (reports that the  Government vehicle was smashed) did not happen. I have  nothing to hide and the car was not in any way damaged” – So’oalo Mene

Associate Minister rejects reports

The Associate Minister of Justice and Courts Administration, So’oalo Mene, has rejected reports that a Government vehicle assigned to him was damaged during an incident outside a local bar involving his wife last weekend. “I invite you to look at the vehicle and you can see nothing was damaged,” he said. “I had a disagreement with my wife, and yes publicly.”

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PROTECT OUR SOIL: Float parade competition based on the theme, 'Sustain me to feed you'. Photo/Misiona Simo

Govt. highlights importance of soil

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (M.N.R.E.) opened the commemoration of Land and Soil week at Malaefatu, Sogi yesterday. Based on the theme “Sustainable Management of Land Degradation in Samoa: Sustain me to feed you”, the day started with an early morning float parade competition for farmers and schools.  

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BAIL: The accused has been in Police custody since he was arrested and he wants to be released.

Murder accused fights for bail

An 18-year-old boy accused in a murder case has asked the Supreme Court for permission to be released on bail. Ietitaia Misialofa of Fogasavai’i appeared in Court yesterday. He pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder and being armed with a dangerous weapon. 

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Weaving.

Empowering women of Lano, Savai’i

A great sense of excitement summed up one of the packed livelihood training sessions for the Nofotane Project, hosted by the village of Lano Savaii for the Faasaleleaga No. 4 constituency.

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Here are some more photos from Saturday.

Ordination signals official start of Malua conference

The annual conference for the biggest denomination in Samoa, the E.F.K.S. Church, officially begins today. Hundreds of church members from all over the world are gathering at the Malua Theological College compound for the annual pilgrimage where church leaders discuss future plans for the church.

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LOGISTICS TRAINING: The participants of the Disaster Management Office (D.M.O.) and World Foods Program (W.F.P.) National Logistic Unit workshop.

Govt. Ministry works on response to emergencies

The Disaster Management Office (D.M.O.) and World Foods Program (W.F.P.) has concluded a National Logistic Unit workshop.

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FARMING LIFE: Peter Tulaga Eliesa at his farm.

The business and challenges of taro farming in Samoa

Revenue from Agriculture makes up only seven percent of Samoa’s Gross Domestic product with taro being a major export. Efforts have been made to assist farmers of our major export crops such as cocoa, coconut and taro but there are some challenges that are out of the control of local farmers.

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ONE FOR THE BOOKS: Their Highnesses Tuimaleali'ifano Sualauvi II and Fa'amausili Leinafo with guests and members of the National Orchestra. Photo: Steve Percival.

National Orchestra impresses

The heavenly harmonious sound of the National Orchestra of Samoa and Chamber Opera Choir rung out beautifully at Taumeasina Island Resort on Friday night. The chamber ensemble concert was well attended by guests, including the Head of State, His Highness Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aleto’a Sualauvī II and the Masiofo, Her Highness Faamausili Leinafo.

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Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Warren.

Justice dismisses lawsuit over use of Stowers name

A defamation lawsuit over the use of the name Stowers has been dismissed by the Supreme Court. The decision was delivered by Supreme Court Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren in the defamation lawsuit filed against one Julieanne Stowers and TV1.

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Tuitama Talalelei Tuitama.

$30million on health separation under gun

The Government spent $30 million tala in 2007 to separate the Health services to form the National Health Services and the Ministry of Health. Ten years later, the state of the health services in Samoa doesn’t appear to have changed at all. And the Government’s decision to re-merge them has hit a snag.

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Principal Pelenato Liufau display his art alongside his students at the School of Fine Arts exhibition at E.F.K.S museum during the Malua Conference.

Principal aims for High Art in Samoa

Assuming the role of the quietly observing figure at the Leulemoega School of Fine Arts exhibition is the Principal and Artist, Pelenato Liufau. He glides through the gallery taking in the reactions of the viewing public.

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Prof. Fui Asofou So’o.

Professor Fui returns as Vice Chancellor

Prof. Fui Asofou So’o has been re-appointed as the Vice Chancellor and President of the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.). 

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A SELFESS OUTREACH PROJECT: EA Members, Nuns at Mapuifagalele and the Elders at the opening.

Emerging Artists launch ‘Project Cinderella 2018’

The Emerging Artists (EA) association has launched ‘Project Cinderella 2018’ – an initiative that will run for six months as part of the Association Charity affiliation. 

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ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN: Ministers Advisory Committee during its inspection visits for Upolu and Savaii.

Ministers Advisory Committee completes assessments for Upolu and Savai’i

The Ministers Advisory Committee has concluded its site inspection visits for the islands of Upolu and Savaii. 

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JOB WELL DONE: K9 dog inspector, Inspector Flynn and Dog Handler, Mr. Hugo Tauauvea.

Ministry of Revenue rewards Employee of the Month

Ministry of Revenue’s Customs Officer and dog handler, Hugo Tauauvea and K9 dog Inspector Flynn, were recipients of the Employee of the Month Award (E.O.M.) for the month of April. 

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LUCKY WINNERS: While Mother’s day might be finished, these winners are all smiles today for good reason.

Winners with Anchor and Ah Liki Wholesale

Mother’s day weekend might have ended last Monday but it is still bringing smiles to lucky members of the community.

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Think a Minute

Make your job work for you

Think a minute…Studies show that the average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work? That means those who use 50% of their effort and ability stand out from the rest.

Columns

Without soil, there is no life

Samoa in 1998 accessed the Convention to Combat Desertification or Land Degradation.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Banking whispers Whispers about the change of ownership for a major player in the banking industry in Samoa has been laughed off.

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