PRESIDENT OF THE S.A.M.E.:Tagaloa Eddie Wilson with Happy Ava Farmers Tupai & Asoono- from Savaii.

Samoa’s Ava Exports expected to rise to prominence again

Samoa’s Ava Exports is looking promising, with exports expected to increase in the next couple of years. Ava exports was Samoa’s second largest export commidity from 1998 to 2001 until some European countries led by Germany imposed restrictions on the Pacific Kava Trade. Samoa’s exports of Ava in 1998 was just under $20m.

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AH LIKI'S NEW RECRUITS: Participants undertake the training in Financial Literacy and Soft skills training that will prepare them for their new job opportunities.

Samoa Chamber empowers Ah Liki staff

Since closing shop this year, Yazaki Samoa Ltd has left many former employees searching for jobs; a problem that Ah Liki Investments Ltd has come to aid by opening its doors and granting employment to those affected by this closure.

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DIGITIZATION: The initiative will introduce new opportunities to improve Governent payments and receipts using digital forms of payments, and tap in the improved digital and internet connectivity by the new Tui Samoa Submarine Cable.

Government Ministries learn about the digitization of payments

The Central Bank of Samoa (C.B.S.) partnered with the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (P.F.I.P.) to hold an introductory workshop last week to discuss the benefits of digitization of payments.

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B.S.P. gets behind Pinktober in Savai’i

Bank South Pacific (B.S.P.) joined a sea of pink at the picturesque Amoa Resort last weekend as a sponsor of Savaii’s Pinktober fundraiser.

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Samoa Primary lends a helping hand

Every rain drop counts just like how every small donation could help change a situation. Samoa Cancer Society received a donation of more than $1,200 from Samoa Primary School on Friday.

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OUR HERO IS HOME: Our very own W.B.O. Heavyweight Champion visits the sick children and bringing them smiles of which were signs of temporary relief.

When a World Champion drops by

The smiles on their faces said it all. Although many of them were in pain, W.B.O heavyweight champion, Lupesoliai Laauli Joseph Parker, brought temporary relief when he paid an unexpected visit on Friday.

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FILE - In this July 25, 1946 file photo, a huge mushroom cloud rises above Bikini atoll in the Marshall Islands following an atomic test blast, part of the U.S. military's

In Pacific, rising tensions evoke troubling nuclear legacy

As a young boy growing up on Bikini Atoll, Alson Kelen spent idyllic days playing on the beach and fishing.

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WELL DESERVED S.V.S.G.: Siliniu Lina Chang accepts on behalf of the S.V.S.G. the Samoa Public Service Innovation & Excellence Team Award for ‘Most Effective Collaborative Partnership’ during the Public Service Day.

Innovation award for S.V.S.G.

The Samoa Victim Support Group has been awarded the Samoa Public Service Innovation & Excellence Team Award for ‘Most Effective Collaborative Partnership’, during the celebration of the Public Service Day.

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FUTURE SCOPE FOR S.C.I.A.: The Samoa Cocoa Industry Development Initiative Project team.

Cocoa industry’s action packed week

The Samoa Cocoa Industry Development Initiative (S.C.I.D.I.) funded by the New Zealand government, had a very busy week last week. The Samoa Cocoa Industry Association (S.C.I.A.) Establishment Committee met for the first time to discuss the incorporation timetable and the future scope for S.C.I.A.

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COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION INITIATIVE AWARD: Felauaiga Vaatolu (pictured) has a million reasons to be proud of her mother, Leuluaialiiotumua Faagutu Samuelu – Vaatolu, the Assistant Chief Executive Officer with Corrections, Enforcement & Maintenance Division

Daughter accepts Community Participation Initiative award

The 8 year old accepted her mother’s award from the Public Service Commission as Mrs. Vaatolu is in Savai’i on official business. For Vaatolu’s outstanding services, she is the recipient of the Community Participation Initiative Award.

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CONGRATULATIONS: Folole Alapati a Senior Meteorology Technician Officer and Katie Pogi a Scientific Officer – Geology of the Meteorology Division are awarded the Public Awareness Initiative Award.

Public awareness initiative award

For their ingenuity, Folole Alapati and Katie Pogi from the Meteorology Division (M.N.R.E.) have been recognised by the government. They are the recipients of the Public Awareness Initiative Award.

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE: Tauloa Auvae Lui, Manager Investigation and Claims Division with the Accident Compensation Corporation receives his Award of Appreciation from Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mataafa.

P.S.C. recognises long serving Public Servants

“As we observe this significant event, we pause to remember and honour the memories of those public servants who have passed on and are no longer with us."

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EMPOWERED NOFOTANE WOMEN: During the Teuila Festival 2017, the unemployed Nofotane women sold products at their own market stall set up at the Teuila Festival site in front of the government building.

Samoan women reap socio economic returns

While the celebration of Samoa’s culture and traditions as per the Teuila Festival for 2017 has come to an end, the empowered nofotane women used the festival to enjoy the socio-economic returns from being empowered.

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HAPPY FATHER'S DAY: B.B.L. Winners for fathers day promotion with B.B.L. Staff.

Bluebird celebrates Father’s Day

Seven lucky dads celebrated father’s day with Bluebirds Father’s Day Promotion Prize Giving held last week Friday.

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PRIME MINISTER: Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi in New Zealand for the launching of the Palemia Memoirs.

P.M. Tuilaepa reflects on life as he promotes memoir

“I think what my ministerial colleagues did not know is that the first guy who was directed to come with a gun at me, was a young man, married to a girl of my family, and I think that was a factor that was not known. And was why the gun was removed from him and given to the son of the minister to execute…” –P.M. Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi

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TAKING THE INITIATIVE: Training unemployed nofotane women on livelihood skills in the Safata constituency.

Economic empowerment of women in Safata

“Taking the initiative” sums up the second livelihood training session for the economic empowerment of nofotane women at the Safata constituency. Centered at Fusi Safata, the training catered for women from Salamumu, Sa’anapu, Sataoa, Fusi and Tafitoala.

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'VAVE' AWARENESS PROGRAMME: Apolima Tai villagers attending Samoa Cancer Society presentations.

Cancer Society continues to deliver early detection messages

The Samoa Cancer Society conducted another ‘Vave’ awareness programme on the island of Apolima and the Sui o Nu’u last Wednesday.

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WINNER OF THE PRE-ANNIVERSARY PROMO IN APIA: Movita Ah Him with her mother and some of BSL Staff members.

Winners with Business Systems Limited

Two lucky winners from Upolu and Savai’i received two 40” flat screen television sets yesterday when Bussiness Systems Limited’s pre anniversary promo came to an end.

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Participants receiving certificates of completion.

China training ends on high note

Well all good things come to an end. It has been a long and adventurous journey in China. Following five weeks of unswerving lectures, practical workshops and field visits, participants have successfully completed the training on Paper Cutting and Traditional Folk Handicraft Production for Developing Countries 2017.

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Fa’afetai Aumua of Samusu.

The empowered Nofotane women series

As the livelihood training of nofotane women rolls out in village communities over the next 12 months, Samoa Victim Support Group, in partnership with U.N. Women Fund for Gender Equality, will share with you ‘The Empowered Nofotane Women Stories.’

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Editorial

Is this government now asking God to pay taxes too?

The power struggle between the government and the church over the issue of taxes is an intriguing one to follow. It certainly adds a new dimension to the political climate of the moment. And while it appears insidious, it is nonetheless a first for Samoa and perhaps a sign of things to come.

Letters to the Editor

Is this a modern-day slave trade?

Dear Editor, If all things I read on the news are true then we are witnessing a modern-day ‘slave-trade’ at the expense of our very own Pacific players. As nasty as this comparison is, I believe, this is the most fitting way to describe the current set-up of the World Ruby Union.

Street Talk

Should envelopes given to Cabinet Ministers be taxed?

The announcement by the Ministry for Revenue of taxes on the incomes of the Head of State and church ministers, has generated much discussion. Particularly when church ministers found out that not only was the money given by the congregation on Sundays to be taxed but also envelopes given when they attend weddings, funerals and other functions. One aggrieved church minister then suggested that Cabinet Ministers should be similarly taxed when they receive money in envelopes when attending functions. What do you think? Neretiti Matatia asked in today’s Street Talk and this is what people said:

Think a Minute

Don’t burn yourself

Think a minute…It’s been said: “Hating people is like burning down your whole house to kill a rat.” You’ve also heard the expression, “Cutting your nose off to spite your face.”

Columns

CELEBRATING A MILESTONE: Distinguished guests flying the first flight out on Samoa Airways departing from Faleolo Airport to Auckland, New Zealand yesterday are welcomed at the Airport.

Why we need Samoa Airways

Talofa Lava and Welcome to this important and historical occasion for our people and our country.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

SLOW DOWN PLEASE Those midnight rally drivers might want to be careful out there.

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