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Court House Mulinuu.

Urban law making land development difficult

Samoa’s current building requirements would make it difficult for landowners to fully develop their land. 

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L-R: Digicel CEO, Farid Mohammed, SOS Secretary for the board and Head of Delegation, Elizabeth Ah Poe, SOS Chairman, Leta’a Daniel Devoe and Digicel Chairman, Pepe Fia’ailetoa Fruean.

Digicel sends Team Samoa to World Games in Abu Dhabi

Digicel is helping to send the Special Olympics Samoa Team to the World Games in Abu Dhabi in March. 

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AN INSIGHT ON IDENTITY CRISIS: Auckland University of Technology PhD researcher, Betty Tuiloma Ofe-Grant.

“Smashing the brown glass ceiling”

Auckland University of Technology PhD researcher, Betty Tuiloma Ofe-Grant, said despite challenges and barriers to high-level management positions, there are ways Samoans can advance themselves in the New Zealand workforce.

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Fiu Mataese Elisara.

Samoan talks climate finance in Morocco

The Executive Director of Siosiomaga Society Incorporated (OLSSI), Fiu Mataese Elisara has returned from Ouarzazate Morocco where he attended the Climate Investment Fund’s (CIF) 10 year anniversary meetings.

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

Supreme Court lifts interim injunction

An interim injunction against the construction of a residential property belonging to the family of a senior Cabinet Minister, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, has been lifted by the Supreme Court. The decision was delivered by Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren yesterday.

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LEGAL NOW: Fifteen year old children are now allowed to sell cigarettes.

Law gives 15-year-olds approval to sell tobacco

A law that Parliament passed last month now makes it legal for children aged 15 years and older to sell cigarettes. While the legal age to purchase tobacco products remains unchanged at 21, amendments to the Tobacco Control Act that the Parliament passed last month enables children 15-years and older to sell tobacco.

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IN COURT: Peter Tulaga Eliesa in the Supreme Court yesterday.

“There was murderous intent”

A man charged with the attempted murder of a young woman, who was shot in the face, had murderous intent to kill the victim and poses a threat if he is released on bail. This was the gist of an application from prosecutor, Magele Leone Su’a-Mailo, during the hearing of a bail application for Peter Tulaga Eliesa of Vailoa yesterday. 

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LAND AT VAIGAGA: The piece of land at the center of the dispute between the village, businessman and M.N.R.E.

Land reclamation angers Vaigaga Village council

A village’s proposed mangrove replanting project has been halted after a Chinese businessman began reclaiming land, which were earmarked for the project. Vaigaga village on the northwest coast of Upolu had agreed to do a mangrove replanting programme, in a bid to mitigate the effects of climate change, and submitted a proposal to the United Nations Development Programme’s Small Grant Programme last year for funding support.

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Electric Power Corporation’s (EPC) Project Manager, Fonoti Perelini Perelini.

Govt. eyes grant financing for $110 million dam

The proposed Alaoa Multi-Purpose Dam is set to cost $110million but the Government is hoping to secure $80 million at least as grant financing. The goal was confirmed by the Electric Power Corporation’s (EPC) Project Manager, Fonoti Perelini Perelini, during public consultations held during the past weeks with villages that are likely to be affected by the project.

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Agafili Shem Leo shares ideas with some of the participants.

Human trafficking on agenda

The changing role of Pacific countries when it comes to “human trafficking” and “people smuggling” was highlighted at the Tanoa Tusitala yesterday. 

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MV Lady Samoa III at Mulifanua Wharf.

Inter island services depends on weather

Samoa Shipping Corporation’s (SSC) regular services between Upolu and Savai’i were again interrupted yesterday, due to bad weather. This was confirmed by SSC Operation Manager, Pasia Taefu. Mr. Taefu said the resumption of services would depend entirely on the weather.

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LOVING SAMOA: Pablo Floyd from Argentina visits Samoa for the first time.

Argentinian tourist appeals for more marketing of Samoa

A 33-year-old Argentinian tourist has recommended Samoa improve its marketing abroad in order to boost the tourism industry. 

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Leota Sinaumea Taufao with Chief Executive Officer of Little's Lawyer, Tenny Kim.

Know your rights, says lawyer

A Samoan-born lawyer who now practices overseas has urged Samoans living in Australia to know their rights when involved in vehicle accidents.

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A NEW CHAPTER BEGINS: Taito Romeo Ta’avale.

Brothers ready to accept matai responsibilities

Two brothers are ready to accept the cultural responsibilities that come with their matai bestowment, as a tribute to their late father.

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IMPROVING WATER QUALITY: The team that are working hard to ensure water quality monitoring are strengthened. Motomu Takara (right).

Japanese expert makes a difference in water project

The Capacity Enhancement Project with Samoa Water Authority in Cooperation with Okinawa (CEPSO) has a new Chief Advisor.

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EXPERIENCING THE CULTURE: Jen Horton and Claude Chabot, spotted in front of Apia Park during their morning stroll from their Vaiala Beach Cottage last week.

Samoa offers respite for Canadians

It is a long way from Yukon in northwestern Canada to Samoa in the Pacific Islands.

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UP AND RUNNING: Samoa Shipping Corporation reinstated shipping services between Upolu and Savai’i yesterday.

Shipping services continue to close

Samoa Shipping Corporation continues to close its shipping services between Upolu and Savai’i due to rough seas and strong winds yesterday.

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DO NOT MISUSE: Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi cuts the ribbon during the handover ceremony.

“M.A.F. is not allowed any boots”: P.M. makes donation rules clear

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has warned the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries to carefully seek the neediest families out to assist them, and to not misuse the help themselves.

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ELECTRIC POWER CORPORATION PROJECT MANAGER: Fonoti Perelini Perelini.

Dam to address climate change impact - E.P.C.

The proposed Alaoa flood-control multi-purpose dam will be able to mitigate the effects of climate change. The Electric Power Corporation project manager, Fonoti Perelini Perelini, said during consultations with Vaisigano residents that Samoa remains vulnerable to climate change and the proposed project will address some of those issues.

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PRESIDENT OF THE AIDS FOUNDATION: Leniu Dr. Asaua.

Stop discriminating and stigmatizing people with HIV

Samoa AIDS Foundation President Leniu Dr. Asaua Fa’asino has appealed to the public to stop stigmatizing men, women and children living with HIV.

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Think a Minute

Rejection gives direction

Think a minute… James Macie was a child born outside of marriage. Tragically this marked him for the rest of his life as a second-class citizen in England’s 18th century society.

Columns

The bus artists inspire and those false promises

The rain drops on the road, pot holes, running children in front of the open houses, mothers and sisters sweeping the aftermath in the mornings and boys idly standing by, till the rubbish of leaves and dirt are ready to be collected.

Between the Lines

A hungry thief. Your house might be next

A prominent member of the community had his house broken into where the thief ransacked it looking for valuables to take.

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