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COUNTRY NEEDS HELP: Matato’elau Liu from Solosolo and Letogo.

The government’s basic obligation is to its people

Helping the country and its people should be the government’s priority. They are obligated to since they are paid with taxpayer funds.

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A HARDWORKING FATHER: Amosa Moe of Lauli’i.

Selling pork buns to earn a living

It’s better to use your own talent to earn a living than working for other people.

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PRIORITIZING FAMILY: Kiuga Seve of Vaitele and Vaisala.

Nineteen year-old works to support family

Meet Kiuga Seve of Vaitele and Vaisala.

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A STRONG WILLED MOTHER: Ana Puleaiese of Leusoali’i.

Ana does it all on her own

Being a single parent is a journey for the strong hearted. Ana Puleaiese of Leusoalii knows this.

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Ambassador Wang Xuefeng, Hon. Minister of Revenue Mr. Hunt, Madame Tong Xin with students at St Peters School.

Chinese Ambassador donates lawnmowers and sports equipment to three schools

The Chinese Ambassador Wang Xuefeng visited three schools, this week.

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Safety a priority at Mulinu’u

Occupational Safety and Health (O.S.H.) on construction sites is essential. 

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CHIEFLY TITLE BESTOWED: Tautaituasivi Tagaloa Eddie Wilson III with N.Z. Prime Minister, Leulua’iali’iotumua Bill English.

Tautaituasivi title bestowed upon Tagaloa Eddie Wilson

Tagaloa Eddie Wilson is the new holder of the Tautaituasivi chiefly title of Moata’a.

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BLUESKY COUNTRY MANAGER: Alex Abraham.

Bluesky supports National Inquiry into Family Violence

‘‘We want everyone to access this number free of charge and we’ve activated the number for all to call. We are also calling on other service providers to zero rate this number for their networks. That way everyone in Samoa with a phone can call 800 6438 for free” - Country Manager Alex Abraham 

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HEADING TO MAINLAND CHINA: Some of the Fashion Designers and Managers who will be in China for two weeks.

Fashion designers China bound

Thirty-two Samoan fashion and garment designers are on their way to China to learn more about the garment industry there.

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CONGRATULATIONS: Police and Maritime Officers after the graduation ceremony.

Graduation smiles for Police, Maritime Officers

A graduation ceremony was held on Friday at the Police Headquarters for 17 Police and Maritime Officers. It was to recognize their completion of the United States Coast Guard’s Boarding Officer Course.  

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M.B.O.P.A. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: Tuivaiave Ioane Maletino (Treasurer), Tuatagaloa Ming Leung Wai (President), Leituala Joe Chan Ting (Vice President) and Fuiono James Westerlund (Secretary).

Marist Old Pupils Association vote in a new President

Former Attorney General, Tuatagaloa Aumua Ming Leung Wai, is Marist Brothers’ Old Pupil’s Association (M.B.O.P.A.) new President.

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BIRTHDAY SMILES: Members of the public who attended the celebration of 21 years of the Sails Restaurant this week.

Happy 21st birthday, Sails!

Coming of age is usually celebrated with much fanfare. However a journey of 21 years for Sails Restaurant was celebrated in a low key, personal style with family, friends and the business community, over the last two weeks of July.

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DRIVING THE BANK’S WORK: General Manager of B.S.P Samoa, Taituuga Maryanne Lameko-Vaai and the C.E.O. of B.S.P. Group, Robin Fleming in Apia this week. Photo / Supplied.

Bank on the move

The Chairman of the Bank South Pacific Group (B.S.P.), Sir Kostas Constantinou, is optimistic about the future of the banking sector – especially the growth of their business in Samoa and the Pacific. In fact, he has made a promise to the people of Samoa to improve their services because they want to be around for many years to come.

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WHAT A FEELING: Samoan players celebrate winning gold at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Bahamas.

Samoa wins Gold at Commonwealth

At long last there is something positive about rugby. Yesterdays, the Samoa Under 18 Sevens team secured gold medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas. Samoa overcame England in the final, 10-5.

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START OF A NEW ERA: His Highness Tui Aana Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II as Head of State of Samoa.

New Head of State takes Office

Samoa’s 4th Head of State since it became Independent His Highness Tui Aana Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II spent his first in the office yesterday.

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Prime Minister reading from the Holy Bible at his office.

Prayers keep Samoa peaceful – P.M.

There is no secret to maintaining peace in Samoa. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has told the Sunday Samoan that everyone contributes a peaceful country – and that is the secret. He credited the work of the Village Councils and the thousands of prayer warriors in Samoa.

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ON ITS WAY HERE: The loading of the cable for the journey to this part of the world.

Tui Cable loading underway

The Samoa Submarine Cable Company Limited (S.S.C.C) and Alcatel Submarine Networks (A.S.N) have begun the loading of the 1,470 km Tui-Samoa Cable. 

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LIFE ISSUES: Vaitimu Levika from Afega and Tuanai.

Working with family is key

Whether you’re rich or poor don’t depend on anyone else to give you what you want.

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WATER CONCERNS: Senetenari Faalelei of Fasito’o and Sapapalii Savaii.

Senetenari tells of his struggles

 “I’m a human being and I need water; it’s as simple as that.”

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PROUD FATHER: Saega Samuelu of Faleasiu and Tuanai.

The joy of having your first child

No one understands the shift in priorities until you actually have a child.

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Think a Minute

Let go

Think a minute…When 2 wolves fight over a place and territory, they end their fight in a very unusual way. The wolf that finally knows he can’t win, surrenders by rolling over on his back and sticking out his neck to the teeth of the other wolf.

Columns

SAMOA’S LEADER: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi with Manamea Apelu-Schwalger.

My moment with our beloved P.M. Tuilaepa

Ernest Hemingway once said, the world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are very strong at the broken places. I for one have much to say about being broken, and yes I agree, it has given me strength, inner strength if anything.

Between the Lines

Between The Lines

7 QUESTIONS THAT ARE KEEPING US AWAKE 1. So come July 26, the day after the current Tui Atua is no longer the Head of State, is he still His Highness? 2. After being addressed as His Highness for 10 years, what new honorific if any, will he be known by?

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