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MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR VAISIGANO NO.1: Lopao’o Natanielu Mua.

Customary land lease a “matter of choice”

Member of Parliament for Vaisigano No. 1, Lopao’o Natanielu Mua, says the issue of customary land lease is a matter of choice for the families to make.

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TALOFA AIRWAYS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER: Tole'afoa Jeffrey Hunter.

Talofa Airways C.E.O. clears air on fiery landing

Talofa Airways C.E.O., Toleafoa Jeffrey Hunter, has assured there was no fire on board their airline that landed at the Faleolo International Airport on Tuesday. In fact, he said the wheel brakes had overheated and caught fire when the plane landed. “There was no engine fire nor was it engine failure,” he said. 

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POLICE SUPERINTENDENT: Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo.

Police commend Village Councils

A healthy working relationship with the Village Council is paramount to the Ministry of Police. So says, Police Superintendent Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo, who has commended the Village Councils of Afega and Luatuanu’u. 

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TEAM PARKER ALL THE WAY: Deepak Khanna, Lupesoliai Joseph Parker, Farid Mohammed, Pepe Fiaailetoa Fruean, John Paker and Joseph's mother, Sala Parker.

Parker continues as Digicel Ambassador

Digicel Samoa has extended their agreement with Lupesoliai Laauliolemalietoa Joseph Parker as their brand ambassador. Digicel Samoa Chief Customer Officer, Deepak Khanna, made the announcement at the Digicel headquarters yesterday. He said they have extended Lupesoliai’s two-year agreement for another 12 months. 

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Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang.

Minister rejects claims

The Minister of Works, Infrastructure and Transport, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, has rubbished reports the Government is not doing anything about the state of Cross Island Road. “There are Government processes that we go through to assure that once we start working on this project there are no hurdles,” he said. 

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Lest we forget! Samoa marks ANZAC Day

We will remember them. Before the break of dawn yesterday, the sacrifice of the fallen and returning ANZAC soldiers who served in the great world wars was remembered and honoured at the Apia Town Clock.

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MJCA Tuasivi.

Justice Office to relocate from Tuasivi to Salelologa

The Ministry of Justice, Courts & Administration (M.J.C.A.) office in Tuasivi will relocate to Salelologa once their proposed new compound is complete. This was confirmed by Minister of Justice and Courts Administration, Faaolesa Katopau Ainuu, after a Ministerial inspection in the big island of Savaii last week.

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ENJOYING THEIR GETAWAY: Neil and his wife Annette Donaldson at the Puila Caves.

Samoa perfect ‘time out’

Neil Donaldson from Newcastle, Australia, finds peace in Samoa. The busy Australian needed a rest from his stressful life back at home and he found just that place in the islands. Mr. Donaldson is traveling with his wife, Annette. The couple arrived on Saturday and will leave today.

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PARADISE AND PEACE OF MIND: Son Sam, Sharon her husband Gary and daughter Harli Booth enjoying the sun and beach near the Taumeasina Island Resort.

Samoa place of happiness for visiting Aussie

Meet Sharon booth from central Queensland, Australia. She came with her husband and her two children to Samoa. To escape from their busy and stressful life back at home, her husband surprised the family with a trip to the islands.

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LOVING SAMOA: Aldo, Susan and their 17-year-old son Michael Franckan having a good time at the Taumeasina Island Resort.

Special relation with this place

Susan Franckan feels a special connection to Samoa. Not only is she a tourist visiting the islands, she also has links here through her adopted son, who is Samoan. She is from Auckland, New Zealand and they are staying at the Taumeasina Island Resort with her husband, Aldo and their 17-year-old son, Michael.

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WINNERS OF THE TV3 CHEER FOR JOSEPH PARKER CAMPAIGN: Don Bosco students meet the former World Champ, Lupesoliai Laauliolemalietoa Joseph Parker.

Students meet their champ

It was an opportunity of a lifetime for Team Leader Joseph Iosefo and representative students of Don Bosco Alafua to meet the former World Champion, Lupesoliai Laauliolemalietoa Joseph Parker. 

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Taking it back to Kua: The Kua Chefs from left: Ugapo Uaealesi Tutunoa, Chef Anania Tavita Betham and Chef John.

Kua Chefs showcase Samoan cuisine in Australia

Prospect, Australia will be getting a triple dose of Polynesian flavour at an event in June featuring three very popular Samoan chefs. Our very own local celebrity chef, Kopelan Tuulame,  also known as Chef John, has joined forces with Ugapo Uaealesi Tutunoa (Savage Samoan Chef) and Chef Anania Tavita Betham (owner of Pappas Nuthouse cafe) of Sydney to form “the Kua Chefs”.

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NEW BUSINESS MIND:  Samoan entrepreneur launches her business called MANA Care Products.

Locally made menstrual products on the way

Have you imagined reusing your menstrual pads? Now you can, thanks to a Samoan entrepreneur launching her business called MANA Care Products. Angelica Salele-Sefo, 25, born and bred in Samoa, won a US$10,000 ($24,000) grant to kick start making reusable menstrual pads in Samoa.

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THANK YOU SAMOA AIRWAYS: The Brunt family enjoy flying with Samoa Airways.

Why family will always fly with Samoa Airways

Convenience is why Samoa Airways is the best option for Samoans to fly. The experience was shared by Lei’ataua Jerry Brunt, who said he was amazed with the professionalism showcased by the Flight attendants when his family flew to Auckland on Samoa Airways for the first time. 

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CHIEF JUSTICE: His Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu.

Chief Justice expresses concern

The Supreme Court of Samoa takes priority over any other Courts. That is what the Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu, reminded on Monday. His Honour Patu raised the point during the Criminal Mention this week when senior lawyer, Maiava Visekota Peteru, did not appear in Court.

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POSITIVE DEVELOPMENT FOR SAVAI'I: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi with Cabinet Minister and M.P., Lopao'o Natanielu Mu'a.

No bombing at Asau

Asau’s Member of Parliament, Lopao’o Natanielu Mu’a, is optimistic about the plans in place to widen the channel at the Asau Wharf, saying the project will not bomb the channel. His confidence is based on the fact that the excavating technology has advanced a great deal since the last major effort was made to deepen and widen the Asau channel in the 1960's.

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HELD IN CUSTODY: The accused is in Police custody to await his Court appearance.

$60,000 drug bust

Drugs estimated to be worth $60,000 was intercepted at the Faleolo International Airport this week. Methamphetamine, commonly known as “ice”, was discovered by the Police and the Customs K9 Unit on Tuesday evening in a suitcase that belongs to a man in his 40's.

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Faanati Talaia’s house at Moata’a-Uta.

Water and electricity problems for family

Living in a rundown house with no water connection and electricity are the everyday struggles of a family at Moata’a-uta.

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John Totua Faifailoa standing next to his house.

John needs help to improve home

Everyone has their own stories of daily struggles to tell. For John Totua Faifailoa, 51, he is an unemployed father of three from the village of Moata’a-Uta. He needs help with his house.

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Samoa’s Parliamentarian delegation with the hosts from the Fujian Province, China.

Members of Parliament impressed

As the hometown of the Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Fujian Province has a lot to be proud of.

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Think a Minute

Problems mean progress

Think a minute…What’s your problem? Not all problems are bad. In fact, certain kinds of problems mean you are successful and making progress. A big hardware business moved into the same building with a small hardware store.

Columns

The decision between processed and local food

We all know that this planet have problems of hunger and malnutrition, about 900 million people. Remember obesity is malnutrition, an illness. All United Nations members have committed themselves to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in all its forms by 2030.

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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