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Pacific Games Sports Director Lepale Aveau Niko Palamo.

Samoa to host close to 4,000 athletes

Close to 4,000 athletes will gather in Samoa for the Pacific Games 2019. This was announced during a press conference at the Samoa Sports Facilities Authority on Tuesday where it was also said that all athletes will be staying in hotels.

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PRESS CONFERENCE: Moefaauo Salale Moananu, Falefata Hele Matatia and Lepale Niko Palamo.

Man in charge of Games facilities optimistic

Samoa Sports Facilities Authority C.E.O., Moefaauo Polailevao Salale Moananu, says the Pacific Games facilities are in good condition. Moefaauo said Samoa was able to maintain its facilities after the 2007 South Pacific Games despite being used for the Small Island Developing States (S.I.D.S.) meeting and the Youth Commonwealth Games. 

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Pacific Games Council President, Vidhya Lakhan.

Pacific Games Council President expresses confidence in Samoa

Samoa is ready to host next year’s Pacific Games. Pacific Games Council President, Vidhya Lakhan made this statement saying there is no secret behind Samoa hosting the Games because the venue and accommodation for all athletes have been finalised. 

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Falealili East M.P. Fuimaono Te'o Samuelu.

M.P. calls for increase in minimum wage

Falealili East Member of Parliament, Fuimaono Te’o Samuelu, has urged the Government to increase the minimum wage. He made the point in Parliament, during the discussion of the 2018/2019 Budget. “I know that the cost for chicken as well as frozen food have increased, but the question is isn’t it time for the minimum wage to be increased too,” said Fuimaono.

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COLLECTING FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF THE MARKETS: Joey Diamond and Brandy Cochane visiting the market in Apia.

The time of their lives

Couple, Brandy Cochane and Joey Diamond, is having the time of their life in Samoa. 

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Tag rugby competitors and supporters – including the crew of the HMAS Success, staff from the New Zealand High Commission and the Taufusi Warriors and NRL in Samoa tag rugby teams.

Australian Warship completes successful Samoa visit

The Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Success has enjoyed a deeply meaningful port visit to Apia, with the ship’s company spending the past four days conducting training and engagement activities with the Samoa Police Service and rolling up their sleeves to assist with community projects. 

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CORONERS CONTINUING EDUCATION WORKSHOP: New Zealand Coroner, Gordan Matenga discusses media responsibility in reporting suicide.

New Coroners Act highlight lack of communication between four pillars

New provisions in the Samoa Coroners Act 2017 seek to re-address and regulate the reporting of suicide but lacks input from the relevant parties affected.

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ACTING DIRECTOR GENERAL FOR S.P.R.E.P.: Roger Cornforth. Photo/ Supplied.

S.P.R.E.P. open its doors

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (S.P.R.E.P.) held their annual open day its headquarters in Vailima yesterday. 

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HEADING BACK TO NEW ZEALAND: Dion and his wife Renee Cameron infront of the Taumeasina Island Resort to tank the last bit of warm sunshine before returning home.

Renee and Dion back for Samoa

Everything about Samoa is why Renee and Dion Cameron keep coming back to the islands. This time, they came to Samoa attend Renee’s little sister’s wedding.

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Court House Mulinuu.

Man jailed 16 years for rape of niece

A man convicted of raping his niece has been jailed for 16 years. The sentencing for Pulemau Sione was handed down by Supreme Court Justice, Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala.

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INSPECTION OF FACILITIES: Lepale Niko Palamo, Moefaauo Salale Moananu and Falefata Hele Matatia during the inspection of the facilities. Photo / (Netina Latu Facebook).

Pacific Games set to open on Sunday, 7 July 2019

The Pacific Games Council meeting held at Taumeasina Island Resort ended on Monday. The meeting focused on the sports programme for 2019 and later on delegates toured the facilities that will be used by the athletes.

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OUR COCONUT INDUSTRY IS UNDER THREAT: Moafanua Tolo Iosefa claims that the rhinoceros beetles are destroying our coconut trees.

Battle to eradicate rhinoceros beetle

The rhinoceros beetle has the ability to wipe out our growing coconut industry if it is not controlled.

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MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: Faaulusau Rosa Duffy Stowers.

M.P. asks Govt. to pay salaries for teachers at mission schools

The Government should consider paying for salaries of teachers who are teaching at mission schools. 

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The Prime Minister raised the point in response to a call by the Member of Parliament for Gagaifomauga No.3, Faaulusau Rosa Duffy Stowers, who called on bus drivers to use common sense on the road.

‘Teach them to use the gear’

The Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.) has been told to implement a course where bus drivers – and drivers in general – can learn how to use the gear to safely maneuver a car downhill. The instruction came from Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi during yesterday’s budget debate in Parliament.

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WHERE THE BODY WAS FOUND: Tiapapata River where the body of a man was found.

Man tells of deadly Sunday discovery

The Police are working on identifying the body of a man who was found dead at the Tiapapata River on Sunday. When the Samoa Observer visited the area yesterday, a man who gave his name as “Falefa” spoke to the Samoa Observer about the horrific scene he encountered. “I went on Sunday afternoon to swim there and that’s when I saw a body,” he told the Samoa Observer.

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“I’m not a sifi, I’m a servant” - P.M. says

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi objected to being called a “sifi” yesterday when Parliament convened to discuss the 2018/19 Budget at their makeshift home at Tuana’imato. The word sifi in Samoan is often used to describe the leader of a bad gang who is the last to be killed in an action movie. 

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Rev. Vavatau Taufao.

Govt. mull over Church tax plea

The Elders of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Dr. Malielegaoi were unable to reach an agreement during their much-anticipated meeting on Monday. This was confirmed by the General Secretary of C.C.C.S., Reverend Vavatau Taufao. He said they were told during the meeting that the Prime Minister and the relevant government officials would have a meeting to discuss their letter to the Prime Minister.

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LAND AND TITLES COURT PRESIDENT: Fepulea'i Atilla Ropati.

Attorney General Office’s appeal before Court

A hearing of an appeal against the Court’s decision to acquit the President of Land and Titles Court, Fepuleai Atilla Ropati, of charges against him, has been re-set for Monday morning. The matter was brought before the Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu.

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LIFE IS HARD: The home belonging to Peleitala Saleifi and her eight children cannot properly shelther for them when it rains. She is need for a proper shelter.

Plea for proper home

Meet Peleitala Saleifi from Saanapu. She is in need of a proper shelter. The unemployed mother of eight shared her main concern is the welfare of her children.

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OPPORTUNITIES AWAITING PACIFIC ENGAGEMENT: Israel’s General Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yuval Rotem and Nanai Tuiletufuga Press Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office.

Israel pushes for more Pacific engagement

Samoa and the Pacific should do more to benefit from the Israeli government’s  US$480 million (T$1.2 billion) international aid for food security, water and other basic utilities.

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Think a Minute

Lucky You (Part I)

Think a minute…One night in June, 1997 a 55-year-old mother named Karen Minahan was hit by a car driven by a drunk driver. The driver then backed up and ran over her two more times! Karen’s lungs were punctured and all of her ribs broken.

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FIRST IN HISTORY: Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has declared that the Miss Samoa Pageant 2018 will be held in Savaii.

‘History in the making’

This evening is history in the making. It marks the 33rd anniversary since the Government of Samoa launched the Miss Samoa Pageant in 1985.

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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