SEKI A DIGICEL: Ms. Shally Jannif and some of the  Digicel staff with satisfied Digicel resellers promotion winners.

Digicel gives prizes for resellers’ promo

Digicel hosted a prize giving ceremony yesterday for winners of their resellers’ promotion that ran for three months.

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Methodist Church located at the heart of the Faleula Methodist Compound which has now been announced as the Games Village for PG2019. Photo / Supplied.

Church to get $4 million for Games accommodation

The Methodist Church will be paid $4 million for hosting up to 3500 athletes at its Faleula complex.

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Court House Mulinuu.

Man seeks discharge without conviction

A man accused of common assault – in relation to a separate incident prior to the one that led to the death of Malaki Tauiliili – is seeking a discharge without conviction. 

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The Commission identified 23 countries, including Samoa as having “strategic deficiencies in their anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing frameworks,” meaning that Samoa does not comply with international AML regulations.

Anti-money laundering regulations need to work – expert

The blacklisting by the European Commission over anti-money laundering (AML) processes will have next to no impact on profit motivated crime, according to senior researcher and principal at AML Assurance, Dr Ronald Pol.

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Samoa Land Corporation's Malifa Lodge.

Controversial lodge now generating revenue

The Samoa Land Corporation-owned Malifa Lodge – which was once described as a failed project –is now collecting $108,000 on an annual basis. 

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Lawyer Leiataualesa Komisi Koria and Kolani Junior Lam outside Court room yesterday. Photo: Lanuola Tusani Tupufia-Ah Tong.

Accused in murder sought trial without assessors

The man accused of the murder of former Unit Trust of Samoa Chief Executive Officer, the late Sa’u Justina Sau made an application to have his trial proceed only without assessors. Accused Kolani Junior Lam is charged with the murder of Sa’u with alternative charges of manslaughter, common assault in respect of his step daughter, possession of narcotics and conspiracy to defeat the cause of justice. 

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Catholic Education director, Father Mikaele Tuimavave, has appealed to students to stop the violence.

“Stop the violence and focus on studies”

The Catholic Education Director, Father Mikaele Tuimavave, has appealed to students to stop the violence and focus on their studies. His appeal comes on the back of a recent brawl in Apia between students from the Saint Joseph’s College and Church College Pesega.

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WORKING IN NEW ZEALAND: This is one of the major contributing factors to the development of Samoa’s economy is remittances from New Zealand and Australia under the seasonal workers scheme.

Seasonal workers’ remittances contributing to economy

One of the major contributing factors to the development of Samoa’s economy is remittances from New Zealand and Australia under the seasonal workers scheme. This is according to the Ministry of Commerce Industry and Labour Assistant CEO (Apprenticeship, Employment and Labour Market), Sa’u Taupisi Faamau, when she was responding to questions on the 2016 Labour Market Survey. 

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Electoral Commissioner Faimalomatumua Matthew Lemisio.

Candidates and voters warned to adhere to electoral laws

Electoral Commissioner Faimalomatumua Matthew Lemisio has warned voters and candidates running in the Fa’asaleleaga No. 2 By-election to follow the electoral laws. Staff from the Office of the Electoral Commissioner, who are in Savai’i to undertake registration for the by-election, have encountered issues during the process.

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Police-supplied photo of Aniseko Vailei when he was captured yesterday.

Daring $60,000 robbery, escapee captured with loot

Police yesterday captured prison escapee Aniseko Vailei following a tip-off from the public, after a shop at Vailoa was robbed early Thursday morning and $60,000 cash stolen. Samoa Police Service released a statement last night, saying a total of $10,000 cash was also recovered during the criminal’s recapture and they are now following leads to locate his partner in crime, Pati Chong Nee. 

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Iain Bain enjoying a niu on a hot sunny day at Taumeasina Island Resort yesterday.

“I’m tagging along to do a bit of relaxing”

A first time visitor has high expectations for his visit to Samoa.

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According to the quarterly overview, the positive performance was consistent with the 5.1 per cent increase in employment for the industry.

Public administration sector contributes to economy

The public administration sector contributed 1.4 per cent ($39.6 million) to Samoa’s overall gross domestic product of $486.6 million for the September 2018 quarter. 

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Samoa Police Service welcomed back its officers.

Police welcome back tour-of-duty officers

The Samoa Police Service (SPS) has welcomed back 10 of its members who completed a one-year Tour of Duty in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Africa.

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Martin Fink and Timo Muehlbacher making the most of the Taumeasina Island Resort poolside during their four day visit to “paradise.” Photo: Adel Fruean.

Samoa offers refuge from fast-paced life

For German citizens Timo Muehlbacher and Martin Fink, it was good to be in Samoa, away from the hustle and bustle of a fast-pace life in Europe.

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Bluesky Chief Executive Officer Toleafoa Douglas Creevey during the M-Tala launch last week at their Maluafou headquarters.

Mobile banking applications becoming popular

Twenty years ago European banks offered the world’s first mobile banking services to their customers called SMS banking, which gradually revolutionized banking services as smart phones came onto the market.

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The home of Gauifaleai Patu of Lotosoa Saleimoa was also affected by the high tide.

Samoan coastal communities to experience King Tides

The “King tides” Samoa has been experiencing is all part of earth’s orbiting process, says Samoa Meteorology Office Acting Chief Executive Officer, Tile Tofaeono.

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A workshop to empower the women of Samoa through improving their local products.

Women economic empowerment workshop closes

A workshop to empower women participants in the Nofotane Project closed yesterday at the Eden’s Edge in Apia.

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Samoa Land Corporation building at Tuanaimato.

Corporation’s loss in 2016-2017 worries Committee

The Samoa Land Corporation’s financial year 2016-2017 recorded a loss of $2.12 million. 

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Papalii Willie Nansen, Palea Vaalele Faaolotoi and chairman of the Pacific Games Office, Loau Keneti Sio.

Samoa Shipping Corporation presents $500,000 to Pacific Games Office

The Samoa Shipping Corporation (SSC) has signed a sponsorship deal valued at $500,000 with the Pacific Games Office making them a gold sponsor.

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The US Embassy hosted the Surgicorps International team together with Chinese Medical team and local doctors.

U.S. Embassy plays host to visiting surgeons

The United States (US) Embassy had the opportunity to host the world renowned Surgicorps International recently.

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Think a Minute


Think a minute…You may have heard the famous true story of the Mutiny on the Bounty. English sailors rebelled against their captain, William Bligh, in the South Pacific.


Waste: Why the individuals are not the ones to blame

There tends to be accusatory tones whenever we talk about people who throw away plastic bags, straws or any other disposable plastic products in public places.

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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