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WELCOME TO SAMOA: Members of the Iwaki City delegation with students of St. Mary’s College. (picture below) Students of Leiififi College.

Iwaki City and Samoa build momentum

As part of Japan’s hosting responsibilities for the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Iwaki City in the Fukushima Prefecture was assigned to host Samoa’s Olympic team and the Manu Samoa Rugby team during the preliminary training camps for each event. 

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S.U.N.G.O. PRESIDENT: Roina Vavatau.

Samoa cautioned about deep-sea mining

Deep-sea mining is on the agenda for a five-day National Focus Group Dialogue hosted by the Samoa Umbrella for Non-Governmental Organizations (S.U.N.G.O.) which starts today.

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Malamal Iati with parents, Rev. Lukulaelae Iati and Tuasivi.

Twenty two Samoan students China bound

The Chinese Embassy hosted a farewell reception for 22 students who have been awarded scholarships to study in China. Chinese Ambassador Wang Xuefeng congratulated the students, reminding them that the opportunity to study in China is critical to Samoa’s development aspirations.

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HUMAN RIGHTS VISIT: United Nation Working Group Experts on discrimination against women in Samoa for their fact finding mission.

Group reports findings on their Samoa visit

The women need to change their mind-sets about themselves. This is one way to ensure their rights to equality within the family are respected. This is according to the preliminary report of the Working Group of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. 

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MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: Olo Fiti Vaai.

M.P. wants law to protect local interests

Member of Parliament from Salega East, Olo Fiti Vaai, is calling on the government to amend business laws to protect the interest of locals. He wants an amendment to say that foreigners should only be allowed to establish "new" businesses so they will leave the retail industry to the locals.

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PRIME MIINISTER: Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

P.M. blasts ‘lazy’ media

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has blasted the media in Samoa – saying they are “lazy” and they only want to be “spoon-fed.” Tuilaepa made the comments in a strongly worded statement issued by the Press Secretary in Samoan during the weekend.

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AIRLINE TALKS: Icelandair’s Vice President Halldor Daddi Halldorsson Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi last year.

Samoa Airways secures new aircraft

Samoa Airways will have her own aircraft a 737 from Icelandair Group when the renamed national carrier returns to international flights in November. Details of the arrangement with Icelandair have yet to be made public but in confirming the arrangement the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said that Samoa Airways will start with one aircraft.

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W.I.B.D.I. celebrates significant milestone

Twenty six years ago, was when the founding members of Women in Business officially became a Non-Governmental Organisation. The idea of having a significant space for a processing facility was just a mere thought, an out of reach dream.

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APPRECIATING WHAT WE HAVE:  La’asaga Keti 28 Leauvaa Uta.

Appreciation the key to happiness

Life is always great for Laasaga Keti, 28 of Leauvaa-uta. Despite a busy life and the high cost of living, Laasaga is still grateful for the life he is living in today. 

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BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE: Tino Pa’a from Faleasiu Tai.

Never too young to create your future

Don’t ever doubt your capabilities and your strengths. Just believe that everything you want is possible for you.

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NEVER TOO OLD TO WORK: Fa’aea Faleupolu from the village of Fasito’o uta.

Leading by example

If the new generation doesn’t know how to play their role, then we might as well just show them how it’s done.

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MR. THINK POSITIVE: Pasi Lualua 59 of Tuanai Uta.

Positive thinking does it

“Think positive and then you will see the good in life.” That is the message from Mr Pasi Lualua, 50 of Tuanai-Uta

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AMERICAN SAMOA GOVERNOR: Lolo Matalasi Moliga.

Lolo designates A.S.T.C.A. as government phone company

The American Samoa Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has ordered the government’s designated phone company for internet, landlines and cellular  phones to be the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority. 

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U.N. HEAD OF HUMAN RIGHTS EXPERTS IN SAMOA: Kamala Chandrakirana.

Samoa urged to contribute more

The United Nations Human Rights experts have called on the Samoa Government officials to lend more assistance to the country’s sexual and reproductive health agenda and reduce their dependency on international assistance. 

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Tilaspia were first introduced to Samoa in the 1950’s.

Tilapia seminar brings together community

On Friday 18th August, the U.N.D.P./G.E.F. Small Grants Programme in collaboration with Fisheries Division of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries held an awareness seminar session led by Aquaculture Advisor for Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Dr Timothy Pickering.

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Former headquarters of S.L.C. at Tuanaimato.

S.L.C. may return to Tuanaimato

Government is considering relocating the Samoa Land Corporation from the top floor of the Vaitele Market, back to the empty, former headquarters of S.L.C. at Tuanaimato.

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MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: Olo Fiti Vaai.

Olo challenges P.M. to coach the Manu Samoa

Member of Parliament, Olo  Fiti Va’ai is calling on Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi to step down as the Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union. Olo also challenged Tuilaepa to appoint himself as the new Head Coach for the Manu Samoa. 

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CONGRATULATIONS: Some of the 22 scholarship students, bound for China pictured with (fourth from left), Tagaloa Sharon Potoi Aiafi, H.E. Ambassador Wang Xuefeng and Madame Tong Xin.

Students awarded scholarships in China

The Chinese Embassy hosted a farewell reception for 22 students who have been awarded scholarships to study in China. Samoa’s Chinese Ambassador, H.E. Wang Xuefeng congratulated all the students who are making the journey to China to further their studies in universities in various cities.

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SAMOA'S NATIONAL 2AP RADIO SENIOR REPORTER: Meritiana Oti.

Senior reporter, a Fellow at the Dart Centre for Journalism

Samoa’s National 2AP Radio Senior Reporter, Meritiana Oti, has been awarded an international fellowship from the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. 

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SAMOA'S FREEDOM FIGHTER: The late Ta’isi Olaf Frederick Nelson.

Samoa history and life of Ta'isi O.F. Nelson launched

Samoa’s freedom fighter, successful entrepreneur and a man who did not shy away from defying world leaders he did not feel uncomfortable with during his time, the late Ta’isi Olaf Frederick Nelson was honoured yesterday during the launch of a book dedicated to his life, at his old home at Tuaefu.

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Think a Minute

A bad teacher

Think a Minute … Do you sometimes feel that the only way your kids will listen and obey you is if you get angry with them?

Columns

The foreword of Palemia; A Memoir*

Early in 2015, Dr Peter Swain paid me a courtesy visit at my office.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

NUMBERS PLEASE Is it our imagination or has there been a genuine upsurge in the number of tourists in Samoa? We say genuine, because we are not counting those who are our own ‘sons and daughters (and other aiga) for the return home’!

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