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Sitting: Nefu WONG,Ms Manu, Nelisa Tapuai  Standing: Penina Lemamea Lemisio, Johanne Alesana, Victoria Tapati, Tauva Lefauaitu.

Congratulations, Faleata College!

Faleata College is celebrating a proud milestone this week. It follows the school’s sweet victory in TV3’s Year 10 Spelling Bee competition. The team of girls from Faleata overcame their much fancier opponents, Pesega College, in the final. 

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‘I am innocent’

The Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Polataivao Fosi, has resigned from his ministerial portfolios. But he is adamant that he is innocent. “I declare that only God knows the truth,” he said. “I claim my innocence and I can categorically state I am clean of all the things that I have been accused of.”

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Beauty pageant an opportunity to give back to community

The Miss Samoa Pageant for 2017 received more assistance yesterday courtesy of Samoa Stationery and Books (S.S.A.B.). The company presented $10,000 worth of help to Samoa Events Incorporated (S.I.E.), $5,000 in-kind and $5,000 cash, to help out with preparations for the Miss Samoa Pageant on 9 September at Tuutuuileloloto Hall.

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BIG ROLE ON SMALL SHOULDERS: Taira Lam Sam of Leulumoega.

Young man on a mission

At 17 years old, Taira Lam Sam, of Leulumoega, is a young man with lots of responsibilities on his shoulder. None more important than the job of looking after his parents.

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WE NEED BETTER ROADS: To’alepai Apineru of Saoluafata.

Better roads will complete our village

Our village deserves better roads. That’s the opinion of To’alepai Apineru of Saoluafata.

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LIFE IS ALL ABOUT WHAT YOU MAKE OF IT: Afetualaina Maligi, 55, of Falevao.

Positive mother happy with her lot

Nothing is easy in life. But if we stay positive and try our best, we can easily overcome any challenge.

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WE NEED BETTER WAGES: Samasoni Tafaoiali’i with one of his children at Saoluafata.

Father calls for increase in wages to cushion cost of living

Since the cost of living has increased, the government should also consider raising the local wages. So says Samasoni Tafaoialii of Saoluafata, who thinks this is another way to make life easier for the people of Samoa.

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FROM WINDY WELLY TO SUNNY SAMOA: Friends, Columbia Cox and Olivia Jacobs, walk the seawall.

From Windy Welly to Sunny Samoa

Columbia Cox and Olivia Jacobs are used to being bowled over by the elements -- especially coming from Wellington, New Zealand, which is renown for hurricane-like winds travelling at 110kms per hour on the average day. 

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LOTS OF STORIES TO TELL ABOUT SAMOA: David Nelson.

Visitors find Samoa more attractive because it’s less commercialised

David Nelson was doing what every decent man would be doing at the markets -- standing patiently out of the way, holding the shopping bags while his partner and children continued to shop for more goods on display at Savalalo.

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REUNITED IN SAMOA: Mick Creak and Tallava Gray enjoy the Samoa Culture Village.

Samoan culture wins over Aussie couple

Mick Creak from Australia has been working as a subcontractor in Apia since June. Dear Tourist catches him as he is showing his girlfriend, Tallava Gray, around at the Samoa Culture Village. 

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Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries: La'auli Leuatea Polataivao.

Minister La'auli resigns

The Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, La'aulialemalietoa Polataivao Schmidt, has stepped down from office. He submitted his resignation today following the criminal charges filed against him by the Police. La'auli is charged with obtaining by deception.

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Samoa a Christian state? Whatever!

An unhappy mother, Tuilaepa Soiamoa Grey, has questioned the legality of the recent amendment to the Constitution to allow Samoa to be declared a Christian state. Speaking to the Samoa Observer yesterday, she accused the government leaders of being hypocritical and urged Samoans to wake up to what is happening.

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“Nevertheless, women see the 10 percent quota sending a clear message that the Parliament is not an exclusive ‘men’s club’ and that there is now a place for women in the nation’s legislative body.”

What U.N. Human Rights mission found about Samoa

The United Nations Human Rights Council Independent expert group recently visited Samoa to assess the country’s performance on the issue of discrimination against women. During their their 10-day mission, the expert group’s delegation, comprised of Kamala Chandrakirana and Eleonora Zielinska, held meetings in Apia, Poutasi, Vavau and attended consultations with representatives of Salani, Sapoe, Utulaelae, Siuniu, Salesatele, Salelesi. 

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Ulu o Tokelau: Siopili Perez.

Ulu o Tokelau issues response

The Ulu o Tokelau, Siopili Perez, has moved to address public statements by commentators, including two Apia-based senior officials under suspension pending an investigation.

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JUST MARRIED: Newlyweds, Mr. and Mrs. Tanielu.

Fairytale wedding for Luteru and Makerita

Love knows no distance. Despite the struggles as a result of their long distance relationship, Luteru Junior Tanielu finally mustered the courage to pop the question on Makerita Talalelei Ieremia’s birthday, last year. The rest, as they say, is history. 

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Participants from a previous Ikebana training -- Tu’utu’ulima Leuluai, Leataataoletaeao Blakelock and Shorley Mariner -- with trainer, Yourie Inoue (second from left), who is back to deliver more Ikebana training.

Ikebana interest grows in Samoa

“We can see many opportunities here for youth entrepreneurs, florists, church groups, accommodation providers and restaurants to utilise their new skills to enhance their service offerings and community obligations” - Seumanutafa Dr. Malcolm Hazelman

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Seti Seuseu has been sentenced to two years under supervision.

Banker sentenced for theft, forgery

A young man who worked at a bank as teller has been sentenced to two years under supervision for stealing money from a customer’s account. Seti Seuseu, 27, was working for the ANZ Bank at Salelologa and Matafele when he forged the signature of a customer, Fa’asala Faletufuga, to steal $1,500 on different occasions.

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TARO VISIT: American Samoa Representative, Toeina Faufano Autele.

American Samoa told to reconsider taro ban

American Samoa’s ban on taro imports from Samoa has brought American Samoa Representative, Toeina Faufano Autele, to Apia on a fact-finding mission. Toeina has been tasked to investigate the “extreme” move by the American Samoa Department of Agriculture Director, Filifa’atali Mike Fuiava, to suspend importing taro and taro shoots from Samoa. 

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Court House Mulinuu.

Cabinet minister charged

A senior cabinet minister was arrested and charged with allegedly obtaining $136,400 by deception, yesterday. The minister, whose name is withheld, was charged along with his wife and a business partner. This was confirmed by the Acting Assistant Police Commissioner, Sala’a Moananu Salala’a, last night, in response to questions from the Samoa Observer.

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Reg and Carolyne Schwenke.

Samoan business couple announce two “World firsts”

Rukutai International Pty Ltd., a Queensland-based China product sourcing company owned by Samoans, Carolyne and Reg Schwenke, has just announced two new “world firsts” on its new web site – www.Rukutai.com.au.

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Think a Minute

Women are from Venus

Think a minute…What do husbands and wives need from each other? A best-selling book, titled “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus”, explains how men and women are different creatures.

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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