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VETERAN SCHOOLTEACHER: Telesia Teleofa from the village of Tuana’i.

Working for a better future

When you are surrounded with people who love you; you will stop at nothing to give them a better life. Some say they will climb the mountains for their families and this is all out of love.

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Scott Barlow of Samoa and Fatu Vagana of American Samoa.

Men charged with possession of ‘ice’ continues

A two-day hearing against two men accused over a package intercepted by Customs Officers at the Fagali’i Airport, which contained ice, started last week. Scott Barlow and Fatu Vagana are facing one joint charge of possession of methamphetamine to which they have both pleaded not guilty. 

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American Samoa Attorney General, Talauega Elesalo Ale.

Raised fees ‘unfortunate’ – American Samoa’s A.G.

The “unfortunate” increased permit fees targeting only American Samoan born citizens entering Samoa will be addressed at the Two Samoa Talks next month in Apia. 

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The Quick Rip is scheduled to move to Savaii next week and continue on to outer villages within the next five weeks of the programme.

Quick Rip comes to Samoa

Students from nine colleges in the Apia area made history at Apia Park Stadium last Wednesday. They tried out Quick Rip, a  sport that’s being introduced to Samoa.

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The Corporation has taken this action to make their service more efficient and fair for all customers.

Shipping charges for changed bookings

As of 1st October, the Samoa Shipping Corporation will be charging customers with vehicles extra fees. But that is only if they decide to change their already confirmed bookings with the Corporation to an earlier or later date. 

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THANK YOU: Australian Government Direct Aid Program with assistance of local business donating to assist the education and interest in science studies for Faleu Primary school to improve students grade point average.

A big boost for Science in Faleu

A handover ceremony for $6,000 worth of Science equipment and supplies from the Australian Government Direct Aid Program (D.A.P.) was held Friday at the Faleu Primary School Hall.

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The charges were confirmed in a press release issued by the Samoa Police Service on is Facebook page.

Four Police officers charged with assault

Four police officers have been charged with assault.

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HAPPY FAMILY MAN: Vaoto Talalelei of Lotopa.

Families need to work together

Love and respect is the foundation of a happy family. That is the strong belief of Vaoto Talalelei of Lotopa. 

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DREAM BIG AND WORK HARD: Ranj Ifo on his way back home from plantation.

Teen wants to become next Faosiliva

Dream big and aim high. That is the life goal of Ranj Ifo from the village of Tuana’i.

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Sam Tau from the village of Leauva’a.

Sam knows truth about life

Nothing comes easy in life. Sam Tau, of Leauva’a, knows this is true. A 33-year-old farmer, Sam was spotted yesterday on his way to do some shopping for Sunday’s to’onai. 

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CULTURE ORIENTED MAN: A’ana Pio Tuimaseve from Itu-o-Tane Samalaeulu Savaii and Lotoso’a Saleimoa.

How to work towards a better Samoa

If we want a better Samoa, it’s up to us to make it happen. And A’ana Pio Tuimaseve believes everything counts and everyone has a role to play.

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SPECIAL SMILES: Special Olympics Samoa in cooperation with their Healthy Communities action on a great initiative to carry out a programme for the intellectual disable to have comprehensive oral health care assistance and information.

Bringing out those “special smiles”

Special Olympics Samoa began their Prevention Programme against Tooth Decay for Dental Health last week. They started at Aoga Fiamalamalama with assistance from the National Health Services Dental team. 

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CO-OWNER OF RIMANI SAMOA IS PASSIONATE ABOUT ELEI: Laureen Lees-Vaai with some of her new designs.

Rimani Samoa a journey for hardworking businesswoman

Samoa’s distinctive elei is something the passionate co-owner of Rimani Samoa, Laureen Lees-Vaai, cares deeply about. Established in 2007, Laureen shares the business load with her husband, Saleimoa Vaai, who is an international Pilot. 

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SAY NO TO NUCLEAR WEAPONS: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi in New York.

Samoa signs nuclear ban treaty

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has endorsed the “Treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons”. Tuilaepa signed the treaty in New York where is for 72nd United Nations General Assembly meeting.

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POPULAR RESTAURANT AND KARAOKE PLACE: The Rendezvous Restaurant.

Thief ransacks restaurant

The Owner of Rendezvous Restaurant & Bar at Maluafou, Manwell Kurene Endemann, is appealing to the public for help to find equipment stolen from his business ransacked by a thief of thieves yesterday morning.

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COMMONWEALTH COST: The hosting of the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2015 cost more than $2million.

Govt. forks out $11.49m for ‘unforeseen expenditures’

A total of $11.49 million was spent on “unforeseen expenditures” for the financial year ended 30 June 2016. This was revealed by the Public Accounts of the financial year for 2015-2016 compiled by the Ministry of Finance. 

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SAMOA OBSERVER CHIEF REPORTER: Joyetter Feagaimaali’i-Luamanu.

Samoa Observer Chief Reporter awarded first indigenous Internews climate fellowship for COP23

The Samoa Observer’s Chief Reporter, Joyetter Feagaimaali’i Luamanu, has been awarded the first Indigenous Climate Change Media Partnership (C.C.M.P.) Fellowship by Internews.

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Australian High Commissioner Sue Langford, Minister Afamasaga Rico Tupa'i, Asenati Tupa'i, Their Highnesses Fa’amausili Leinafo and Tuimaleali'ifano Va'aletoa Sualauvi II and China’s Ambassador to Samoa, Wang Xuefang.

China celebrates anniversary in Samoa

Samoa joined the Peoples Republic of China to celebrate the 68th anniversary of its founding on Friday night. The celebration was held at the Chinese Embassy, Vailima.

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Leulua’iali’i Olinda Woodroffe, Justice Fisher and Justice Mata Tuatagaloa.

Court dismisses lawyer’s appeal

The Court of Appeal has upheld a Supreme Court decision in a lawsuit brought by prominent lawyer, Leuluaiali’i Olinda Woodroffe, against Justice Robert Lloyd Fisher.

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P.M. Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi speaks in New York.

P.M. Tuilaepa addresses world leaders in New York

Samoa warmly welcomes your assumption of the Presidency of the 72nd session of our General Assembly, at a time when our organization is going through unprecedented volatile and difficult times. 

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Think a Minute

Talking to the dead

Think a minute…A cemetery in Indiana, America has a gravestone with these words on it: “Stop stranger, when you pass me by. As you are now, so once was I.

Columns

Make a life so beautiful…

Have you watched closely the hand of a child holding your hand?

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

NUMBERS PLEASE Is it our imagination or has there been a genuine upsurge in the number of tourists in Samoa? We say genuine, because we are not counting those who are our own ‘sons and daughters (and other aiga) for the return home’!

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