COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Miss Samoa 2019 Sonia Piva dances with Mulivai Primary School students in Safata last week.

Miss Samoa takes to rural schools

Aspiring primary school teacher and Miss Samoa, Sonia Piva, is mentoring children alongside the Brown Girl Woke (BGW) programme this year.

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Sefuiva Charlene Malele.

Legislative Assembly looks for new Clerk

The Office of the Legislative Assembly is advertising the Chief Executive Officer position.

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SAD MEMORIES: The flash flooding during Cyclone Evan in 2012. Photo: Samoa Observer

E.P.C. pond and pipes didn’t cause flooding

The Electric Power Corporation (E.P.C.) has assured the public that a pond and pipes that it built were not the cause of flooding during Cyclone Evans in 2012.

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SEEKING HELP: Malele Paulo, better known as King Faipopo.

King Faipopo seeks to raise $10,000 bail bond

The man accused of making defamatory statements against Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, is seeking to raise $10,000 to help him clear his name in Court. Malele Paulo, better known as King Faipopo, has setup a Go Fund Me page, a fundraising platform to help him pay for a bail bond for his case. 

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EMPOWERING WOMEN: One of the participants, Gaulupe Suafoi from Laulii weaving her handicrafts.

Training run to empower women

An organization called the “Hut” from Australia ran a workshop yesterday to empower women of the Nofotane project at the Eden’s Edge in Apia. The February 19-21 workshop is attended by 20 women with eight from Savaii, one from Manono and 11 from Upolu. They are all involved with the Nofotane project under the Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG).

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An example is wherever they are getting their supply from to be properly fenced and for drinking water to be boiled because it is not treated and water coming straight from the source like a spring or river,” the Health Ministry reports.

Independent water schemes unhealthy

Water sourced from “independent water schemes” are always non-compliant and fail to meet national drinking water standards. That is the conclusion of a report authored by the water quality unit within the Ministry of Health (MOH), which discussed the results of tests done on water samples from various sources on both Upolu and Savai’i.

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Some of the church ministers charged for not paying tax outside the Court House with supporters and family members.

Hearing set for Church Ministers’ Court application

A hearing into an application to refer a motion to quash charges against 20 Church Ministers and stay of proceeding to the Supreme Court will be heard on March 1 in the District Court. The application was filed by lawyer Alex Su’a and Tui Faasili before District Court Judge, Leota Raymond Schuster. 

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Pati Chong Nee and Aniseko Vaelei.

Two notorious prison escapees still on the run

Prison escapees Pati Chong Nee and Aniseko Vaelei are still on the run from authorities. Today marks one month since the convicted criminals dashed for freedom during a church service at the Tafaigata Prison. 

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Vaisigano Bridge on track

Work on the construction of the new Vaisigano Bridge in Matautu is on track. That’s the update from the Chief Executive Officer of the Land Transport Authority, Galumalemana Taatialeoitiiti Tutuvanu-Schwalger, yesterday. She was present at the project site during the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) media tour.

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Peter Tulaga Eliesa. Photo: Facebook.

Accused in attempted murder denied bail

A man charged with attempted murder of a young woman who was shot in the face has been denied bail. The accused, Peter Tulaga Eliesa, will remain in custody until a hearing date is set when the matter returns to the Court for criminal mention on February 25.

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E.P.C. General Manager Tologata Tile Tuimalealiifano.

Electricity to cost more next month

Samoans can expect a $0.09 sene increase in the price of electricity effective from March 1 as approved by the Office of the Regulator. Electric Power Corporation (E.P.C.) General Manager, Tologata Tile Tuimalealiifano, confirmed this to the Samoa Observer in an interview yesterday. 

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READY FOR THE LAUNCH: The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa in Vailoa Faleata conclude its album production.

Choir prepares to launch first album

The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (CCCS) choir from Vailoa Faleata has concluded preparations for the launch of their first album.

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Samoa Bureau of Statistics C.E.O. Ali’imuamua Malaefono Ta’aloga.

Food, beverage manufacturing declined in 2018 – report says

Food and beverage manufacturing registered a decline in real value-added of 7.9 per cent, making it the first quarter of negative growth for the industry. 

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Maluseu Doris Tulifau (centre) with students at Mulivai Primary School last year during an afterschool session. Maluseu wants to provide safe spaces for children to explore dance and performance together.

Movement back in the villages

Maluseu Doris Tulifau’s international movement Brown Girl Woke (BGW) is running after school performing arts activities across Samoa again, after a successful first year in 2018.

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Electoral Commissioner Faimalomatumua Matthew Lemisio.

Poem competition for voter awareness

The Office of the Electoral Commissioner is calling for submissions for a poetry competition in honour of National Voters Day, March 1 2019.

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Year 1-2 students of Siumu Primary School after the successful launch of the ANCHOR Creative Arts Competition at the school.

Primary School focused art-competition launched

Ah Liki Wholesale has launched a primary school-focused art competition in partnership with international dairy company Anchor Fonterra.

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According to the report, this was consistent with the decline in the production of major crops such as taro (45.6 per cent), ta’amu (14.7 per cent), banana (50.2 per cent), and head cabbage (38.3 per cent).

Agriculture continues negative growth

Samoa’s agriculture sector has again recorded a negative growth for the fourth consecutive quarter, contributing a negative 0.6 per cent to the country’s gross domestic product. This is highlighted in the September 2018 Quarter GDP Report that was produced by the Samoa Bureau of Statistics. 

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IT'S FIXED: The roof blown away last week was apparently repaired by the Samoa Land Corporation on Saturday.

Samoa Land Corporation answers vendor's call

The Samoa Land Corporation went to the rescue of art and craft vendors at the Savalalo market, whose roof was blown off by the strong winds and rain last week.

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Brothers Richard and Davis Burgess outside Court with lawyer Theresa Momoisea.

Brothers on trial for aggravated robbery

A trial date has been set for two brothers in connection with the alleged beating of businessman David Main.

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They did not have proper documents and so we didn’t allow them to wait in our country while their papers are being processed.

Samoa Immigration disputes human trafficking report

Chief Immigration Officer, Valavala Siaopo Pese, has disputed a report of human trafficking in Samoa. Responding to a recent media article on a suspected case of human trafficking in Samoa, Valavala said the people involved wanted to get to American Samoa but did not have proper documentation. Consequently, they were forced back on the plane to return to Fiji.

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Think a Minute

Barriers to Bonding

Think a minute...It’s a fact of life and human nature: “Everybody needs somebody.” For our life to be satisfying and successful, we need close friends. But we face barriers that can hinder, or completely stop, us from bonding with people and enjoying close, meaningful relationships.


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.

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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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