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S.E.I. Chairperson Laeimau Oketevi Tanuvsa.

Pre-Pageant drama settled by Samoa Events

With the Miss Samoa Pageant still to be staged next month, the Samoa Events Inc (S.E.I.) has already had to deal with a pre pageant drama out of Australia. An incomplete application from Miss Samoa Victoria Beauty Pageant for a Miss Adele Fa’aosofia to S.E.I. did not meet the requirements or adhere to the rules of the pageant and was duly rejected.

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Owner of Samoana Rentals, Leiataua James Arp shows off Samoa’s first ever fully electric vehicle.

Hybrid cars ideal for Samoa says owner

The owner of Samoana Rentals, Leiataua James Arp believes that hybrid cars are ideal for Samoa. Last year, Samoana Rentals scored a first, by bringing the first electric car into Samoa, the Nissan Leaf. “I have both an electric car and the hybrid car,” he told the Samoa Observer.

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 The unseasonal rain at this time of the year is due to overcast convective clouds currently affecting the islands.

Unseasonal rain due to convective clouds

Keep your wet weather gear handy for the next few days at least, according to information from Samoa’s Meteorology Division.

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KEEP ON WORKING: Mua Iao from Satalo and Same Sapapalii, Savaii.

We all have choices

Samoa is not a nations of slaves, neither is it poor. We have everything that we need from the sea and the land.

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ROADSIDE ENVIRONMENTALIST: Douglas David.

Keeping Samoa clean

Please keep the environment clean. That is a message from Douglas David of Leulumoega tai.

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THE CHOICE IS IN OUR HANDS: Uaita Mase.

We are lucky

Live within your means is the message from Uaita Mase of Magiagi. Uaita, a father of two, believes that there is no such a thing as being poor, or the existence of poverty, in Samoa. 

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WORK HARD, EASY LIFE: Sa Mamea from the village of Aleisa.

The way to an easier life is through working hard

While many people claim that the cost of living is high, Sa Mamea does not think so.

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LIVE, LOVE AND LAUGH: Kan Koon and Ian Firth from New Zealand.

Lessons learned in Samoa

Live, love and laugh is how Ian Firth and Kan Koon describe the way of living in Samoa during their week-long holiday.

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ENGLISH TOURISTS: Tom Booth and Katie Metcalfe.

Samoan way of life amazes Tom and Katie

Meet Tom Booth and his partner, Katie Metcalfe, both from England. Dear Tourist met up with the young couple looking at the siapo patterns at the Samoa Tourism Cultural village. Unfortunately, today is their last day in Samoa as they will be flying back home in the evening.

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MOVING MONEY BETTER: The kiosk at Departures at the Faleolo International Airport.

F.E.X.C.O. Samoa opens two new locations

F.E.X.C.O. Samoa, the agent for Western Union Money Transfers, will open two new locations this month. 

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RESORT CONTINUES SUPPORT:  The General Manager of the Return to Paradise resort, Ramona Gilchrist, with her staff presenting a cheque of 5,000 tala to a grateful Leota Lene Leota of Siva Afi. (Photo: supplied)

Return to Paradise gives back to Siva Afi

The Return to Paradise Resort has again come on board to support the 16th Siva Afi International Competition at the end of the month.

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PLAN IN PLACE: Bluesky, Taumeasina Island Resort and Taula staff are promising to give you and your family an unforgettable day.

Le Moana Beach Party this weekend

If you’re looking for a great time this weekend, look no further than the Le Moana Beach Party at Taumeasina Island Resort, this Saturday. 

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CELEBRATION TIME: Celebrating the close of the East Asia Pacific Region U19 Cricket tournament.

Curtain falls on U19 cricket tournament

A closing ceremony for the week long event for the East Asia Pacific Region U19 Cricket tournament was held at the Tradition Resort at Ululoloa, on Wednesday night.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

P.M. quiet on budget for Samoa Airways

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi will not divulge the budget set aside for Samoa Airways for the start of their international services.

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ABSORBED: Young 'imagineers’, some of whom had never touched a computer before coming to the H.T.Y.N. premises.

H.T.Y.N.: A place for Samoan 'imagineers’

Earlier in 2017, American business magazine, Forbes published a list of the Top l0 most needed skills for the future.

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MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: Olo Fiti Va'ai.

Olo supports village rights to ban foreign businesses

Salega East’s Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Va’ai, supports village council decisions to ban foreign-owned businesses from setting up in their areas.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

P.M. Tuilaepa attacks media for reporting on rape, incest

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has vented his rage against the media and the Police, accusing them of giving Samoa a bad name around the world, with what he claims are repeated media reports on rape and incest. 

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WHO HAS WON THE TENDER?:The former Desico Samoa factory at Vaitele could have new local tenant says anonymous source.

Hopes raised for lease of former Desico factory

A ‘local company’ has won the tender to lease the ‘abandoned multimillion tala’ former Desico Samoa factory at Vaitele. This was confirmed by a senior officer of the National Provident Fund who spoke to the Samoa Observer on the condition of anonymity, yesterday.

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IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BEACHES IN SAMOA: Roze Leclerc and Emily Chichalon from France.

Life is a beach

Life is a beach for Roze Leclerc, 27, and Emily Chichalon, 25, all the way from Southern France. Roze and Emily were touring the Cultural Village when Samoa Observer approached them for an interview.

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Samoa has what it takes for Pacific Games 2019

Samoa, as one of the three countries that submitted bids to host the Pacific Games 2019 after Tonga’s withdrawal earlier this year, is looking like a front runner. Samoa, along with Guam and Tahiti, has expressed interest in the hosting role, with less than two years to go.

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Think a Minute

Discipline dominates

Think a minute…During a football game of Augsburg University in the U.S., Augsburg was losing. Then late in the game, defensive tackle David Stevens was put in to play and sparked a comeback in his Augsburg teammates.

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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