Rugby tourists enjoyed the experience

First time visitor to Samoa, Steve Salton was not only a tourist but a referee manager for the 31st International Marist Sevens Tournament.

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IMPRESSED WITH SAMOAN TALENT: Llyr Rowlands, Revaz Ghlighvashvili and Alexander Didbaridze.

European tourists impressed with rugby talent

The array of talent on display during the recent Vailima International Marist Sevens tournament has impressed tourists Revaz Ghlighvashvili, Alexander Didbaridze and Llyr Rowlands.

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Tafai Fata Kolao of Afega.

Afega village devastation caused by king tides

The Samoa Meteorology Office is yet to run outreach awareness programs to alert coastal families to the dangers of king tides.

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 The final report of the Office of the Ombudsman’s two-year inquiry was released in September last year and it revealed shocking statistics into the realities of family violence in Samoa.

Ombudsman’s violence report gets Committee approval

A Parliamentary Committee has recommended the Legislative Assembly approve the Office of the Ombudsman’s Report on the National Inquiry into Family Violence in Samoa.

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National Kidney Foundation of Samoa (NKFS).

Agreement to introduce new life-saving surgery procedures

The National Kidney Foundation of Samoa (NKFS) will benefit from an agreement between the Government of Samoa and the Apollo Group from India. 

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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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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.


Scammers of the internet and tourism

Who would think less of stupidity given the fiasco of the overtly expressive on the internet being held against their will though it was their strong will that put them there?

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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