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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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Lana Komiti Schwalger with her husband Timothy Jesse Devoe, the Maid of Honour Faapisa Aiono and the Best Man Vatafaitoa Komiti Schwalger.

Lana and Timothy exchange vows

The Light Life Pentecostal Church, Vaitele Uta, was filled with the aroma of love last week. 

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Virginia Toalepai.

Daughter of Samoa sees opportunities

After a twenty years, Virginia Toalepai, returns to her homeland – Samoa. 

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CONGRATULATIONS: The S.S.A.B. Samoa Toa Dance Crew.

Dance Crew writes history

The S.S.A.B. Samoa Toa Dance Crew created history by winning the Hip Hop International South Pacific Islands competition in Auckland, New Zealand, during the weekend.

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THE DELEGATION: Ili Taateo Tafili, Tole'afoa Ken Va'afusuaga, Nafoi Keti Talaimanu, Seiuli Ueligitone Seiuli and Faaulusau Rosa Stowers.

Fujian to help Samoa

As a long lasting true friend, China’s Fujian Province is willing to support Samoa in sustainable development. 

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Habitat for Humanity at work in Samoa.

Home help for Samoans

An international charity is behind the build of 286 new homes around Apia.

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Member of Parliament Olo Fiti Vaai.

Olo calls out P.M. Tuilaepa

Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai, has called on Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi, to act like a leader and keep the peace in Samoa. 

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“Even at daytime, many market vendors see them attacking people and thank God the Police are always around to stop them, except in the night,” Fau said.

Crime wave alarms vendor

A market vendor at the Savalalo Flea Market has raised his concerns over the growing number of crime around the market area. The vendor, who only wants to be identified as Fau, told the Samoa Observer that there’s a growing fear among the vendors at the market from day to day.

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WELCOME BACK TO SAMOA: Lupesoliai Joseph Parker with some of his family enjoying a bowl of ava.

There’s always next time - Lupesoliai

Give him another round and he will show you how it’s done. As humble as he is, Lupesoliai La’auli Joseph Parker, shared with Samoa Observer what he could have done differently if he had another chance to fight Anthony Joshua, only this time he would knock him out. 

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NEEDING A MIRACLE:  Time is running out for Diana as she hangs on to life in order to care for her critically ill and premature little girl.

Double tragedy: Mother with terminal cancer fights for baby

A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in this world. But what if the mother’s life is in danger too? That’s precisely the predicament Diana Seveali’i, a Samoan based in Wellington, New Zealand, has found herself in. 

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Farewell, Manamea!

A brave warrior, hero, a princess and more. These were just some of the words used by many mourners to describe a modern Samoan warrior, Manamea Apelu Schwalger, who during the past few years has become the face of Samoa’s Pinktober and the fight against cancer.

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SAMOAN ENTREPRENEUR:  Angelica Salele won for her venture producing reusable cotton feminine hygiene products.

How four Pacific-Asia entrepreneurs are cashing in by going plastic free

Samoan national Angelica Salele won for her venture producing reusable cotton feminine hygiene products. Disposable feminine sanitary pads contribute to household waste across the globe and put a strain on the Pacific island’s waste management systems. 


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Time management critical

Time Management was the focus of a training held at the Public Service Commission(P.S.C.) for the public sector last week.

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Think a Minute

The Greatest Job

Think a minute…A Greek philosopher said that when a son behaves wrongly it is the father who should be punished, since he is the one who failed to do his job. When the wealthy man Friedrich Flick died, he had built a fortune of $1½ billion (worth much more today)! He owned 300 companies and was respected as one of the world’s smartest businessmen.

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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