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I HAVE CARPENTRY SKILLS: Saofai Faresa.

Man desperate for a job to help family

Saofai Faresa is a 43-year-old man from Tafitoala, Safata. He sees his purpose in life as a provider for his family.

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KEEP WORKING HARD: Sania Pulelua.

Man attacks lazy and begging mentality

Sania Pulelua of Afega and Vaiusu knows that life isn’t easy. In order to survive you must be willing to work hard no matter what. 

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COST OF LIVING WAY TOO EXPENSIVE: Moana Petelo and one of her children.

Mother’s plea to govt. to reconsider cost of living

Nearly fifty-five years after independence, Moana Petelo, has a simple request for the government.

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SAMOA IN FIJI: The Samoan delegation to the Suva meeting. Hobart Va’ai, Adele Kruse, Minister Lautafi Fio Purcell, Associate Minister Tuifa’asisina Lisati Leleisiuao, Gatoloai Tili Afamasaga and Pulotu Lydon Chu Ling.

I.L.O. signs key document with Samoa

The Assistant Director General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, International Labour Organization (I.L.O), Tomoko Nishimoto, is in Apia.

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Jean P. Nirua of Vanuatu; Penisimani ‘E.Fifita of Tonga; Alexander Teabo of Kiribati; Loau Keneti Sio of Samoa; Vodrick Detsiogo; Wilbur Heine; Fano Mativa. (Seated L-R): Winston Thompson, Henry Puna P.M. Cook Islands and Rajesh Chandra.

U.S.P. Convention signed

Samoa is among eight member country governments of The University of the South Pacific (U.S.P) who have signed the U.S.P Convention at its 84th Council meeting in Majuro, Republic of Marshall Islands last week.

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Association gears up for fafa-fabulous evening

The Samoa Fa’afafine Association’s Independence Variety Extravaganza tomorrow night is an opportunity to give back to the community.

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 Employment numbers as of December 2016 increased by 1.6 percent compared to the December 2015 quarter.

Slow growth in employment figures

The average, annual wage in Samoa is $5,613 for employees in the work force in Samoa. 

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NEW MANU SAMOA PLAYER: Henry Taefu trains with the Reds at Pesega yesterday.

Boy from Falelatai realises blue dream

He once idolised players like Tusi Pisi and Kahn Fotuali’i. Soon Samoan born Queensland Reds midfielder Henry Taefu will kit out in blue and run out to play with them in the Manu Samoa team.

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Think Pink declares war on cancer

They are beautiful on the outside and they are equally stunning at heart. And for the first time, eight former holders of the Miss Samoa crown are joining the reigning Miss Samoa to support a fundraising activity to help another former Miss Samoa and Miss South Pacific, Manamea Apelu-Schwalger, to fight cancer.

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Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti.

No V.A.G.S.T increase as Minister tables $934.2million Budget

The Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti, has just tabled his second Budget for 2017/2018. With estimated revenues of $852.3million and total expenditures estimated at $934.2m, a Deficit $89.9m is forecasted. 

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HELP FOR MOATA’A: Students and teachers of Moata’a with paddlers from Pualele and Coral Sea O.C.C.

Aussie crew gives to Moata’a

Australian paddlers who are in Samoa for the 10th Anniversary of the Savai’i Crossing brought more than their paddles.

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MAN DRIVING THE ECONOMY: Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti.

Consolidate, Minister hints for 2017 budget

The Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti, has revealed that his goal for the 2017-2018 budget is to consolidate what has been achieved over the past financial year.

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Nanai Lui Tokuma.

Strike out motion denied

The Supreme Court has denied a strike out motion by the Office of the Attorney General against a claim from a Sogi family targeting the government.

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The official ceremony is scheduled to start at 6.05am the next day with the arrival of the official guests.

Flag Day in front of govt. building

The celebration of Samoa’s 55th Independence Day will be held in front of the government building on Thursday morning. It is the beginning of a two-day national holiday declared by the government for the nation to pay tribute to our forebears for the freedom we enjoy today.

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LACKING WATER, ELECTRICITY: Paulo Iosefo of Faleasi’u.

Land? Yes. Basic necessities? No.

There are people out there who are saying you have to work in order to have access to water and electricity, but maybe they should ask themselves about what it’s really like to have a home without water and electricity? 

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LEADING FOR OTHERS TO FOLLOW: Fata Nofoa, a 62 year old from Afega.

Staying strong and working

As we go about our day, we usually forget that even the easy things in life matter.

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STILL STRONG: Foloi Kukolu of Afega who sells koko samoa and coconuts to get by.

A mother’s job never ends

Age is just a number for 72-year-old mother and grandmother, Foloi Kukolu when it comes to providing for her children and grandchildren.

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A Humble request for work: Gary Vaifale and his youngest son from Leauva’a.

Looking for a job to support family children

To improve or develop the life you have and that of your children, you must work to make that happen. 

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I.L.O: Ms. Tomoko Nishimoto will be signing the memorandum.

I.L.O. signs decent work memorandum

Assistant Director General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, International Labour Organization (ILO), Ms. Tomoko Nishimoto arrived in Samoa yesterday and will be here until Tuesday.

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Visitors and locals with the Siva Afi Team Challengers and Supporters of the Faletalimalo Siva Afi Challenge.

Quarterfinals drawn for Faletalimalo Siva Afi Challenge

The Quarter Final draw for the Faletalimalo Siva Afi Challenge took place last Tuesday evening at Ooh la la Ice-cream Bar Matautu Tai, during Siva Afi Entertainment’s fire knife and cultural show.

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Think a Minute

Finding a lost masterpiece

Think a minute…Did you know that you’re not one person, but three? The person you think you are, the person other people think you are, and the person you really are. One day a man was looking in a second-hand art shop.

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Andy Warton, view of the Independence Swim of 2013.

Swim the Harbour of history

If only Apia Harbour can tell her story of the last 150 years. We would be mesmerised with the drama and the dramatics of Samoan history played out in her waters. No one would move until she has finished telling her story.

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