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The new van will provide essential mobile services to rural Upolu and Savaii.

Vehicle help for Family Health

Acting Australian High Commissioner Amanda Jewell handed over a new vehicle to the Executive Director of the Samoa Family Health Association (S.F.H.A.) Lealaiauloto Liai Iosefa Siitia last week.

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Malaemalu Community with UNDP GEF-SGP staff. Photo Credit: UNDP/GEF-SGP Samoa office/2018

Malaemalu taking action

The community of Malaemalu are all about preserving their environment for their future generation. 

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Dr. Lalotoa Mulitalo the head at Samoa Law Reform Commission.

Narcotics Act outdated, Law Commission says

The Samoa Law Reform Commission has called the Samoa Narcotics Act 1967 to be overhauled, noting that it’s outdated. This was revealed in their recent drugs reform final report released in December last year. The 163-page report says that Samoa’s illegal drugs environment is vastly different from that which existed in 1967. 

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LEADING FROM THE FRONT: S.W.A’s Chief Executive Officer, Seugamaali’i Jammie Saena (right) getting down and dirty to clean up the water supply after Cyclone Gita.

Chief Executive drives Water Authority’s Gita recovery work

The Samoa Water Authority has restored all water supplies to 21,800 of its customers. 

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HELPING HAND: Cabinet Ministers, including the Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, will welcome the assistance from Australia.

Aussie Structural Engineer offered

Australia has announced additional humanitarian assistance to support Samoan and Tongan communities devastated by Tropical Cyclone Gita.

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HAPPIER TIMES:  Mailo Ben Vai with George Veikoso, also known as Fiji.

Samoa’s ‘king of reggae’ to be buried in Auckland

A highly respected musician dubbed Samoa’s King of Reggae will be buried in Auckland New Zealand tomorrow.

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Volunteer Group from Australia with the President of the Samoan Mission Pastor Kenneth Fuliese and staff members of ADRA Samoa.

Volunteers make a difference at Si’ufaga, Savai’i

Students and teachers of the Seventh Day Adventist Primary School in Siufaga, Savai’i, have a lot to be thankful for.

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Coconut oil.

Coconut oil claims rubbished

Before there were Avon, Oil of Olay or L’oreal, Samoans for centuries have used coconut oil to maintain healthy, beautiful hair and skin.

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Siai Misa has been gifted a water tank. He says he's grateful.

Families without water are begging Prime Minister Tuilaepa for help

Imagine not having access to a consistent supply of water for the family’s everyday use over fifteen years. Imagine sleeping every night knowing that they are going to make two to three trips back and forth, to fetch water in the scorching sun next morning, just to get by on a daily basis the next day.  

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The Police Officer further says that an autopsy is not requested because the coroner determined the cause of death was suffocation.

Toddler’s tragic death probed

The tragic circumstances where a three-year-old toddler allegedly suffocated in a car where he was found dead is the subject of a Police investigation. This was confirmed by Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo, yesterday.

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FORMER COP SPEAKS UP: Unfair treatment for married couples but what about those in defacto relationships.

Ex Cop cries foul

Former Police Constable, Seiloga Mauigoa, has broken his silence over Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s directive for couples working together at the Police to resign. He said it’s “unfair treatment” and “discriminatory.” Mauigoa had been part of the Police force for seven years.

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Life goes on and so does the daily struggle for clean water. Young mother Lizafrieda does her best to keep her children healthy.

Water challenge for Samalaeulu family

Water is life and life is all about water. That’s according to 26-year-old mother, Lizafrieda, from the village of Samalaeulu in the Itu-o-Tane side of Savai’i. The village sustained the most damage during Tropical Cyclone Gita.

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GO WITH GOD: Police officers heading for Sudan with Police Commissioner Fuiava Egon Keil.

Ambassadors of peace from Samoa

Ten more members of the Samoa Police Service have left for South Sudan.

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CONGRATULATIONS: The many winners of the joint promotion between S.S.A.B., Farmer Joe’s and Eveni Carruthers.

Back to school promo smiles

Samoa Stationery and Books (S.S.A.B.), Farmer Joe and Eveni Carruthers have teamed up to give their customers something extra special.  As part of S.S.A.B.’s Back to School Promotion, they are giving their customers $5,000 worth of gift vouchers.

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B.S.P. Samoa Country Manager, Taitu’uga Maryann Lameko-Vaai.

Bank comes to Cyclone Gita rescue

The Bank South Pacific (B.S.P.) is offering a cyclone relief “Principal and Interest” repayment holiday for all their valuable customers. B.S.P. Samoa Country Manager, Taitu’uga Maryann Lameko-Vaai, made the annoucement last week.

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WISDOM: Fusi Vatonipeni has seen it all in her lifetime but is forever faithful that Samoa will remain resilient.

Wisdom of elders drawn upon in times of disasters

In times of disasters, we look out for the most vulnerable in our society, the elderly and the children. 

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Minister of Public Enterprises, Lautafi Fio Purcell, Deputy P.M., Fiame Naomi Mata’afa.

Cabinet assesses cyclone damage

Cabinet has completed its Post Cyclone Gita onsite inspections with Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Saielele Malielegaoi visiting Savai’i last Friday.

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Court House, Mulinu'u.

Thief jailed for three years and seven months

A convicted burglar and thief, Lua Leasuasu, has been sentenced to three years and seven months. The sentencing was handed down by Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu. 

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WELL DONE SINALEI: Mother and son combination of Nelson and Sose Annandale are looking to lift the profile of the Resort.

Happy 22nd birthday, Sinalei!

Sinalei Reef Resort celebrated their 22nd birthday yesterday with a bang! The Beach Bash attracted more than 150 guests to enjoy the sandy beach, icy cold drinks, lots of food with the famous Ardijah Band providing top notch music and entertainment.

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Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital.

Hospital attack shocks

A local chef, who is employed at the Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital, is fighting for his life at the hospital. He is in critical condition after he was set upon and assaulted outside of the hospital last week. The incident has left his family, Police and hospital staff horrified.

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Think a Minute

Love for All Seasons (Part 2)

Think a minute…Recently a couple who had been married 72 years died together in the hospital. After a car accident they were put in beds beside each other, so they continually held each other’s hand.

Columns

“Law, Custom and Constitutionalism: Customary Land Tenure in Samoa”

Ladies and Gentlemen, Talofa lava! As an Indigenous Samoan, Let me first pay my respect to the Indigenous Owners of this land and thank their ancestors, past present and future, for letting me stand before you on these sacred cultural lands!

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.

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