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REFUGEES ON THE AGENDA: Participants at the meeting held at Tanoa Tusitala Hotel.

Training looks at pros and cons of accepting refugees

It is vital that Pacific Island countries understand the pros and cons of allowing refugees to settle in their countries. But first of all understanding the term refugee, their background and reasons of migrating are crucial to island nations in the Pacific region.

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SAMOA MEETING: Election officials from all over the Commonwealth countries gathering in Samoa this week.

Judge highlights critical role of election observers

The role of election observers in running any election is critical. The point was highlighted by Justice Lei’ataualesa Daryl Clarke yesterday. He was speaking about Election Observation on Day 4 of the Commonwealth Election Professionals (C.E.P) Initiative Pacific workshop being held this week at the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel in Apia.

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CONGRATULATIONS: Professor Leigh Robinson University of Stirling Scotland, Salā Stella Siale-Vaea Tangitau, Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee [I.O.C].

Sala strives for excellence

“Excellence is to excel in those fields where you can really make a difference, so that when you move on, you shall have left behind a better world for those who follow.” The words above from Eva Lantsought inspired Salā Stella Siale –Vaea Tangitau, General Manager of Samoa International Cricket to aim high.

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“We cannot do anything unless an official complaint is filed with the Police,” said Sala’a.

Customs must lodge complaint first- Police

In order for the Police to launch an investigation into anything, an official complaint has to be filed with Ministry of Police. That’s the response from Police Superintendent, Sala’a Sale Sala’a, to questions as to what action the Police have taken after the Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, confirmed that Customs had confiscated a container allegedly smuggled into the country using falsified documents. 

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IN RUSSIA WITH A MESSAGE: Lenatai Victor Tamapua.

M.P. takes climate change fight to Russia

World leaders must do more to address climate change and its impact on Samoa and other small island states. That’s the message from Member of Parliament, Lenatai Victor Tamapua, to world leaders. Lenatai is attending the Inter-Parliamentary Union (I.P.U) General Assembly being held in St Petersburg, Russia. 

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WHO IS THE TOA?: The Toa Samoa 2017 Rugby League World Cup squad assembling in Apia this week.

Govt. shows Toa Samoa support

The government has thrown its full support behind Toa Samoa’s bid to secure the holy grail of rugby league. Acting Prime Minister, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, expressed the nation’s well wishes to coach, Matt Parish, captain Frank Pritchard and the rest of the team.

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AVA CEREMONY: Commonwealth Secretariat’s Head of Asia, Caribbean, Pacific, Leulua’iali’i Albert Mariner during the ava ceremony with Acting Prime Minister Papali’i Niko Lee Hang.

Officials tackle election challenges

A week-long workshop to support the Election Management Bodies is being held at the Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel this week.

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RURAL LIFE IS BEST: “In Savai’i there’s no pollution from factories and the environment is fresh all the time, even though we have heaps of village obligations to deal with everyday but we still have a happy life all the time and we’re surely safe as well

Why Puisatu prefers Savai’i life

Everyone has their own favourite taste of life. Or you can be a person living the best of both worlds – rural and urban life. However, this is different for 55-year-old father and grandfather, Puisatu Talosaga from Papa Palauli, who favours rural life where the village council is the paramount ruling body.

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FEAR OF DRUNKARDS: Lufi Samu, 41, from Nu’u and Asau Savai’i.

A mother’s fear with drunks

Being drunk and disorderly is not only is a disgrace to one’s self but also the community and family. Living in an environment full of alcoholics can affect a person’s or even a child’s growth and development, especially when they’re exposed to the same kind of environment almost every day.

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DREAM BIG, ACHIEVE BIG: Sefulu Puepuemai Meki.

From Samata-uta to Venice, Italy

There is always light at the end of the tunnel. All it takes to get there is a little faith in God and the passion to achieve your dream. This is how Sefulu Puepuemai Meki describes his life journey.

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TACKLING HIGH COST: Rosa Asalemo of Leauva’a and Nu’u Fou

Family planning one way to tackle cost of living

The impact of the high cost of living in Samoa is not a laughing matter. So says Rosa Asalemo of Leauva’a and Nu’u Fou, who thinks it is high time the leaders address the cost of living.“It is really hard to cope with the situation right now because some families like ours really can’t afford it, and it is no joke at all,” the 27-year-old said.

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It is a global solution to a global problem.

Health tackles illicit tobacco products

The Ministry of Health has embarked on an initiative aimed at eliminating illicit trade in tobacco products in Samoa. The Ministry conducted a stakeholders’ consultation on the Protocol to eradicate illicit trade in tobacco products yesterday.

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GENDER IN PARLIAMENT CONTEXT: ‘Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki (far right) presented on Gender in the context of elections.

Gender on election agenda

Gender was on the agenda on Day 3 of the Commonwealth Election Professionals Pacific region workshop held this week at Sheraton Samoa Aggie Grey’s Hotel. Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil Likiliki, Commonwealth Gender expert from Tonga, presented on Gender in the context of Elections.

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CREATIVE MINDS OF SAMOA: Anchor Creative Arts winners were congratulated by Anchor and Ah Liki Wholesale on the show of creative art and competition in their work.

Winners named for Anchor’s Creative Art Competition

Anchor and Ah Liki Wholesale have congratulated the winners of the Anchor Creative Art Competition, with the prize giving held last week. A total of 100 Primary Schools participated in this year’s creative art competition with 462 entries submitted.

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BE ALERT: Police Superintendent, Sala’a Sale Sala’a, is asking everyone to be alert.

Tired driver blamed for Sunday hit and run

A man in his late 60’s is fighting for his life at the Moto’otua Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit after he was allegedly ran over by a truck on Sunday morning. This was confirmed by Police Superintendent, Sala’a Sale Sala’a, in response to questions posed by the Samoa Observer.

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CONVENTION TALKS: Rebecca Minty, Acting P.M. Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, Ambassador Carsten Staur and Marc Limon during their meeting.

Samoa discusses Convention against Torture with high-level delegation

The Convention against Torture Initiative (C.T.I.) stands ready to support Samoa in its efforts to rectify the U.N. Convention against Torture (U.N.C.A.T.) by 2024.

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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT INITIATIVE: Mcdonald’s 12 Joyful Nights of Christmas this year will provide new jobs and educational opportunities for Samoa and its youth.

$10,000 boost to ‘Twelve Joyful Nights of Christmas’

Preparations for the inaugural McDonald’s 12 Joyful Nights of Christmas this year are well and truly underway. On Tuesday night, Pacific Kingz Communications, Media, Productions and Events (P.K.C.M.P.E.) presented $10,000 to the E.F.K.S TV2 for the screening of the event to be held at Taumeasina Island Resort.

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‘ONE U.N. HOUSE’: Officials from the different UN agnecies moving equipment to what will soon become their new headquarters.

U.N. agencies on the move

The United Nations family in Samoa is on the move. For the past couple of days, trucks and vehicles have been commuting from Matautu to the former Hockey Stadium at Tuana’imato where the United Nations family has relocated to. 

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Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang and Faumuina Wayne Fong.

Acting P.M. issues assurance

Acting Prime Minister, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, is on a mission to investigate reports about certain party members conspiring to take over the Prime Ministership role. He has also reassured the country there is nothing to be alarmed about.

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SAVAII LAUNCH: Verity Smith, Tupa’i Saleimoa Va’ai, Sonya Peters, Keith Budd and Kala Ah Mu.

New koko nursery launched in Asau

A new koko nursery, launched in Asau yesterday under the auspices of the award-winning Whittaker’s–Va’ai Partnership, and with support from New Zealand — looks set to help further develop Samoa’s burgeoning koko industry and grow Samoa’s koko export production.

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Think a Minute

From Russia with love

Think a minute...This is a true Russian love story. Nadya von Meck was the wealthiest woman in Moscow. But all of her money and fortune could not comfort her after her husband died. She then escaped inside her luxurious home and tried to heal her broken heart by playing the music she loved on her piano.

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Chinese influence is everywhere

If you are worried about the number of Chinese coming to Samoa, well, you should look at what’s happening to New Zealand, Australia, Canada and every other country in the world.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Con artist at work So there is apparently someone conning unsuspecting members of the public at the Land Transport Authority compound. In a public notice, L.T.A has warned members of the public to be alert.

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