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TRY TIME: Manu Samoa halfback, Melani Matavao

Mission accomplished: Samoa qualifies for Rugby World Cup

The Manu Samoa has qualified for the Rugby World Cup (R.W.C.) in Japan next year. The Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua-coached team defeated Germany, 42-28, in the second leg of their World Cup qualifier in Fritz-Grunebaum-Sportpark, Heidelberg, yesterday morning.

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PAY YOUR TAXES: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

P.M. delves into taxes and ‘decline’ of E.F.K.S. Church members

Prime Minister, the Secretary of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa, (C.C.C.S.) has recently expressed publicly through the media strong views opposing the PAYE tax reform which  requires the clergy to pay their PAYE tax. 

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

“That’s what a fa’afafine would say,” Tuilaepa hits back

The claim by the General Secretary of the E.F.K.S. Church, Reverend Vavatau Taufao, about the Government bringing back the colonialism mentality sounds like something a fa’afafine would say. That’s what Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi said, hitting back at the General Secretary over the ongoing tax dispute between the Government and the E.F.K.S. Church.

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Lucky to be alive

The driver of a sedan is lucky to be alive after his vehicle rolled several times and fell into a storm water drain in Tuanaimato. Eyewitnesses at the scene of the accident told Samoa Observer that the vehicle rolled a couple of times before ending up in the drain.

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LIFE IS CHALLENGING: Ana Sio and her children at their home.

At the mercy of nature

The dilapidated condition of their house means they are always at the mercy of the forces of nature.

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HOUSING ISSUES: Tuluina Tavita’s family home with some of the children in front. Photo: Misiona Simo.

Ten is a crowd and a challenge

Ten can be a crowd for a family living in a shack in Vaitele and Tuluina Tavita’s challenges are compounded by her lack of employment.

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DEAF EMPOWERMENT OFFICERS AT WORK: Koaiata Afualo, Tuiala Aii and Simona Simati.

Role models work to empower

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.

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Youth Co:Lab Participants with representatives from the UNDP and the Samoa Chamber of Commerce.

Youth Co:Lab participants acknowledged

In early June 2018, the first Youth Co:Lab Workshop for the Pacific was held in Samoa.

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ROADBLOCK CONTROVERSY: The fight at the rugby led to the roadblock where Police were called. Photo/Misiona Simo.

Luatuanu’u ten in Court

Ten people from the village of Luatuanu’u, who are accused of being involved in a rugby fight that broke out in March this year, appeared in the District Court this week.

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BEING ‘CHINA READY’: Tourism operators will have the chance to learn more about China’s outbound travel market in a workshop in early August.

Getting tourism industry ‘China ready’

Samoa’s tourism operators will be given insights on the characteristics of Chinese tourists and their expectations in a workshop next month.

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Susana Tunumoso Iosia unveils a monument to mark the occasion.

E.F.K.S. Vaigaga turns 150

The Vaigaga Congregational Christian Church of Samoa celebrated its 150th anniversary on Friday. The church acknowledged the vision of Papali’i Viliamu Cowley who started it in his rundown house at Lotoā 1865-1868.

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AT WORK: Iain McGregor working with the staff of the Samoa Observer at their Vaitele office.

Top N.Z. Photojournalist works with Samoa Observer

In journalism, photographs have long been championed for their distinct ability to convey the truth and highlight important issues. Within media, a skilled photojournalist (equipped with a camera and an incredibly strict code of conduct) will enter a news event not just to snap a few staged group photos, but more importantly their goal is to visually tell the story. 

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Minister Lautafi Selafi Purcell.

Minister Lautafi defends Board appointments

Minister of Public Enterprises Lautafi Selafi Purcell has rubbished claims that board members’ lack of expertise is costing taxpayers a lot of money. “The comments which were uttered without any facts are insulting, unfair and untrue to the board members and the Government who placed their trust in the system we currently have in the hiring of board members,” he said.

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General Manager Papali'i Willie Nansen.

Decision yet to be made on Shipping hotel

Samoa Shipping Corporation has denied they are planning to set up a hotel and claimed the facility will be a ‘bed-and-breakfast' type of accommodation.

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Dr. Tanyamarie Petaia.

Medical Association expresses concern

The Samoa Medical Association (S.M.A.) has expressed its grave concern with regards to the deaths of two babies in Savai’i who died after they were administered M.M.R. vaccination.

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TRAGIC CIRCUMSTANCES: Jamie-Ray and his sister, Alana-Rae had both been given MMR vaccine. Photos: Supplied.

Distraught parents want answers to help save lives

While Samoa mourns the deaths of two babies who died in Savai’i after they were vaccinated last week, parents of two children who died after being immunised in Samoa have come forward to share their story in the hope that it could save someone’s life. 

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U.S. FREEDOM CELEBRATION IN SAMOA: Maryanne Savai'inaea was the star of the evening who sang the national anthems.

Mary Savai’inaea stars at U.S. celebrations in Samoa

The United States Embassy in Apia hosted an official reception of its 242nd Independence celebrations on Friday. It was a time for invited guests to experience the spirit of the 4th of July with drinks brought from the U.S. for its citizens who now live in Samoa. 

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Samoa Airways.

Airline asks for $12 million loan

Samoa Airways has asked the Unit Trust of Samoa (U.T.O.S.) for a $12 million loan. The Government has in recent months denied that the national airline has been operating at a loss with the Minister of Public Enterprise, Lautafi Selafi Purcell, again dismissing reports that the loan is a financial assistance package to rescue the airline.

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MISSING: A photo of Ioapo Toetu released in the bid to find him.

Boy missing since Wednesday

A 11-year-old boy has been reported missing since last Wednesday by his family at Faleas’iu. Ioapo Toetu was last seen wearing black shorts without a shirt and the matter has been brought to the attention of the police. 

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LOVING SAMOA: Kate King and Peter King..

Forest and sunshine woos tourists

Samoa’s luscious rainforest and sunshine is proving to be a winner with tourists flying in from nations in the middle of a winter chill.

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Think a Minute

No place like home

Think a minute…It is true: “There’s no place like home.” In fact, who we are, what we think about ourselves, others, and life, mostly comes from our family with whom we grew up as children and teenagers. That is why they say, “The apple does not fall far from the tree.”

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THE E.F.K.S. AT MALUA: The E.F.K.S. Church is standing up to the Government’s law to tax the alofa of church Ministers. File photo.

Tuila’epa and taxing the clergies

I have been watching with great interest from afar the development of this issue in our beloved country. Interestingly, many, including the highly credentialed Rev Vaiao Eteuati, have been fooled by the apparent simplicity of the issue. But I do not see the issue as simply about the clergies paying taxes.

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BETWEEN THE LINES

Of ‘Papa Stui’ and fa’afafines Well it looks like some customers have kicked up a big stink about McDonald’s Unisex toilet.

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