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Village leaders.

P.M. challenges village leaders on responsibilities

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi has challenged Village Mayors not to be afraid of making hard decision – even if it is against paramount chiefs.  Speaking to village leaders recently at the Tooa Salamasina Hall, the P.M. said there were reports of village mayors instigating trouble in villages, and chiefs have been tasked to report non-performing village mayors. 

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The Samoa Electric Power Corporation (EPC), Chief Executive Officer, Tologata Tile Tuimaleali'ifano.

Uninterrupted power to cost consumers

The challenge of keeping Samoa’s electricity running without interruption comes with a cost. This was highlighted by the Electric Power Corporation Chief Executive Officer, Tologata Tile Tuimaleali'ifano, in an interview after the commissioning of a $5.39 million tala 200 Kilowatt Hydro Power plant at Vailoa Palauli last Friday. 

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SAVE THE MANUMEA!: Spreading awareness by dressing up as the Manumea and teaching as many as possible about the impacts humans have on our national feathered icon (Photo / Samoa Observer).

Samoa’s threatened feathered beauty

Have you ever sat back on a beautiful day near a forest in Samoa and just admired the beautifully coloured birds flying from tree to tree? How about strolling/hiking silently through the forest and just listening to the different cries of our unique feathered friends?

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The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ulu Bismarck Crawley, and Waste Management Principal Officer.

Ministry will enforce nationwide plastic ban

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) will carry out inspections on January 30 to ensure the ban on single use plastic is enforced nationwide.

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Pastor Frost, who is originally from Iva Savai’i and is now ministering in Australia, said the starting rate of $2.30 tala is too low for working Samoans.

Pastor says minimum wage is abuse of youth

The Assembly of God Church of Samoa in Australia superintendent, Pastor Taeauga Ropati Frost, has criticised Samoa’s current minimum wage and described it as a joke. Pastor Frost, who is originally from Iva Savai’i and is now ministering in Australia, said the starting rate of $2.30 tala is too low for working Samoans. 

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi.

P.M. slams lengthy funeral and church services

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi has criticised the move by some families who hold family services and lengthy funeral services. The vocal politician took aim at the length of church services including funeral services and the decisions by some church ministers to hold separate testimonies. 

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WANTED: Pati Chong Nee and Aniseko Vaelei.

Prisoners on the run from Tafaigata

Two prisoners escaped from the Tafaigata Prisons yesterday morning. Aniseko Vaelei and Pati Chong Nee – who were jailed for burglary and robbery charges – dashed for freedom after a church service. The Samoa Observer could not reach the Prisons and Correctional Service Commissioner, Taitosaua Edward Winterstein, for comment yesterday. 

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Despite difficulties and challenges family remains grateful - The home of Maota Iosefa from Savaia, Lefaga.

Struggle is real but family soldiers on

The house belonging to Maota Iosefa of Savaia Lefaga and her family is basic and of a traditional Samoan design.

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Army of Kins rocking the S.B.D.C stage last Saturday Night.

Army of Kin and Blackie Yes to unite

The Samoa Best Dancing Competition 2018 winners are ready to take on the Hip Hop International South Pacific Dance competition in New Zealand.

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The lunar eclipse in July last year. Photo: NASA

Samoa to witness lunar eclipse tomorrow

The Samoa Meteorology Division has advised that the country will witness its first lunar eclipse for the year tomorrow night. 

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RAN Technical Adviser Chief Petty Officer Aviation Technician Avionics David Bragg (left), and Samoa Police Service women constables Annalieze Taumua, Rosalia Manutulila and Suisui Malu on the bridge of the Samoa Police Maritime Wing patrol boat

Samoa Police farewell Australian naval officer

The Commissioner of Police, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil, and his executive team recently farewell Australian David Bragg.

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JUST MARRIED: Mr and Mrs Apineru.

Wedding smiles at Faleula

Apineru Junior Apineru and Serafina Apineru celebrated being married at the Faleula Methodist Church yesterday. Mr. Apineru, 27, is a fourth year student at Piula Theological College. His wife, 24, is a Florist from Manurewa, New Zealand.

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Some of the newly bestowed title holders.

Family, village honour at Puipa’a

Over 40 matai title holders were bestowed at the Malae Vaitoga in Puipa’a yesterday. The two highest matai titles were Pagamalie (orator) – which were given to five people – while four were the recipients of the Tagaloa title.

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CONSULTATION IS WAY FORWARD: Tupa’i Saleimoa Va’ai.

Inclusive consultations vital in wage debate

An “enabling environment” for business could mean minimum wages rise sustainably alongside booming businesses, says the President of the Samoa Hotel’s Association (S.H.A.) Tupa’i Saleimoa Va’ai. 

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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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AUTHOR OF

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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Think a Minute

Sam the changed man

Think a minute...This is the true story of a man named Sam who joined the American army in 1812. He was such a great military leader that he became a major general.

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BEAUTIFUL LIFE IN SAMOA: Wives of Church Ministers enjoying a game of volleyball. Photo: Aufa’i Areta Areta

What is life without happy moments and drama?

Now that the New Year celebration is beginning to get old, we may as well look forward to some real problems.

Between the Lines

Unprofessional, unexpected

Imagine this. It’s been six months since your family’s case had been given a date by the Land and Titles Court.

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