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Saute Sapolu.

P.M. instructs Police to contact U.S. over “terrorist”

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi has instructed the Police to contact the U.S. government over a “terrorist” that lives in America. He was referring to Saute Sapolu, who posted the video on Facebook this week swearing at the Prime Minister, and making threats on his life as well as criticize how he ran the Government. 

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Owner of J & F Enterprises, Jack Huang at his premises in Vaitele. Photo: Lanuola Tusani Tupufia - Ah Tong.

Chinese businessman leases Church’s hotel

A Chinese businessman has signed a deal with the Methodist Church to lease its hotel at Lotopa, with the businessman eyeing potential business during the Pacific Games in July. Businessman Jack Huang plans to renovate the facilities to accommodate some of the thousands who will flood Samoa during the Games.

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Central Bank of Samoa.

$503.73 million in remittances top foreign exchange earner

Remittance is Samoa’s largest form of foreign exchange earner with the 2017/18 financial year recording about $503.73 million tala in earnings. According to figures released by the Central Bank of Samoa, this is an increase of $98.56m tala compared to the 2016/17 financial year, which was about $405.17m tala. 

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After 18 visits in four years, Jo Mikarna feels at home here in Samoa.

Samoa’s “prolific tourist” brings 4000 pairs of shoes

One morning, Jo Mikarna’s friend in Samoa, a newly appointed landscaper, called Ms Mikarna with a request: on her next trip to Samoa, could she bring him a pair of work boots?

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FOLLOWING HIS DREAM: Iosefa Enari wants to make it in acting.

Young Samoan pursues acting dream, needs help

A young male from Vaiala and Vini-fou has a dream of making it as an actor and is willing to go the extra mile to achieve his dream.

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FIRST DAY IN SCHOOL: Five child vendors experience first day at Vaigaga Primary School.

Life changing experience for child vendors

It was a new day and a new beginning for five child vendors who are now attending school for the first time in their lives, thanks to the generosity of their sponsors.

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ENJOYING BEAUTIFUL SAMOA: S.T.A. is working on improving the Samoan experience for our visitors.

Tourism Authority welcomes feedback

The Samoa Tourism Authority (STA) welcomes feedback and its staff are ready to respond to queries from tourists.

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Court House Mulinuu.

Urban law making land development difficult

Samoa’s current building requirements would make it difficult for landowners to fully develop their land. 

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L-R: Digicel CEO, Farid Mohammed, SOS Secretary for the board and Head of Delegation, Elizabeth Ah Poe, SOS Chairman, Leta’a Daniel Devoe and Digicel Chairman, Pepe Fia’ailetoa Fruean.

Digicel sends Team Samoa to World Games in Abu Dhabi

Digicel is helping to send the Special Olympics Samoa Team to the World Games in Abu Dhabi in March. 

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AN INSIGHT ON IDENTITY CRISIS: Auckland University of Technology PhD researcher, Betty Tuiloma Ofe-Grant.

“Smashing the brown glass ceiling”

Auckland University of Technology PhD researcher, Betty Tuiloma Ofe-Grant, said despite challenges and barriers to high-level management positions, there are ways Samoans can advance themselves in the New Zealand workforce.

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Fiu Mataese Elisara.

Samoan talks climate finance in Morocco

The Executive Director of Siosiomaga Society Incorporated (OLSSI), Fiu Mataese Elisara has returned from Ouarzazate Morocco where he attended the Climate Investment Fund’s (CIF) 10 year anniversary meetings.

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Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Papali'i Niko Lee Hang.

Supreme Court lifts interim injunction

An interim injunction against the construction of a residential property belonging to the family of a senior Cabinet Minister, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, has been lifted by the Supreme Court. The decision was delivered by Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren yesterday.

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LEGAL NOW: Fifteen year old children are now allowed to sell cigarettes.

Law gives 15-year-olds approval to sell tobacco

A law that Parliament passed last month now makes it legal for children aged 15 years and older to sell cigarettes. While the legal age to purchase tobacco products remains unchanged at 21, amendments to the Tobacco Control Act that the Parliament passed last month enables children 15-years and older to sell tobacco.

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IN COURT: Peter Tulaga Eliesa in the Supreme Court yesterday.

“There was murderous intent”

A man charged with the attempted murder of a young woman, who was shot in the face, had murderous intent to kill the victim and poses a threat if he is released on bail. This was the gist of an application from prosecutor, Magele Leone Su’a-Mailo, during the hearing of a bail application for Peter Tulaga Eliesa of Vailoa yesterday. 

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LAND AT VAIGAGA: The piece of land at the center of the dispute between the village, businessman and M.N.R.E.

Land reclamation angers Vaigaga Village council

A village’s proposed mangrove replanting project has been halted after a Chinese businessman began reclaiming land, which were earmarked for the project. Vaigaga village on the northwest coast of Upolu had agreed to do a mangrove replanting programme, in a bid to mitigate the effects of climate change, and submitted a proposal to the United Nations Development Programme’s Small Grant Programme last year for funding support.

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Electric Power Corporation’s (EPC) Project Manager, Fonoti Perelini Perelini.

Govt. eyes grant financing for $110 million dam

The proposed Alaoa Multi-Purpose Dam is set to cost $110million but the Government is hoping to secure $80 million at least as grant financing. The goal was confirmed by the Electric Power Corporation’s (EPC) Project Manager, Fonoti Perelini Perelini, during public consultations held during the past weeks with villages that are likely to be affected by the project.

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Agafili Shem Leo shares ideas with some of the participants.

Human trafficking on agenda

The changing role of Pacific countries when it comes to “human trafficking” and “people smuggling” was highlighted at the Tanoa Tusitala yesterday. 

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MV Lady Samoa III at Mulifanua Wharf.

Inter island services depends on weather

Samoa Shipping Corporation’s (SSC) regular services between Upolu and Savai’i were again interrupted yesterday, due to bad weather. This was confirmed by SSC Operation Manager, Pasia Taefu. Mr. Taefu said the resumption of services would depend entirely on the weather.

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LOVING SAMOA: Pablo Floyd from Argentina visits Samoa for the first time.

Argentinian tourist appeals for more marketing of Samoa

A 33-year-old Argentinian tourist has recommended Samoa improve its marketing abroad in order to boost the tourism industry. 

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Leota Sinaumea Taufao with Chief Executive Officer of Little's Lawyer, Tenny Kim.

Know your rights, says lawyer

A Samoan-born lawyer who now practices overseas has urged Samoans living in Australia to know their rights when involved in vehicle accidents.

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Think a Minute

The golden rule of Business

Think a minute...This is the true story of a boy named Jim who started working on farms at the young age of eight. By the time he was 20 Jim was training as a store manager, and within a year was a successful salesman.

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HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE WITH METI: Otara Eteru Autagavaia.

Changing lives: Prevention and reversal of obesity

Talofa Samoa! I am happy to start this Health Column by informing the Public that METI has now received official support from government for its Healthy Living programme.

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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