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The home of Gauifaleai Patu of Lotosoa Saleimoa was also affected by the high tide.

Samoan coastal communities to experience King Tides

The “King tides” Samoa has been experiencing is all part of earth’s orbiting process, says Samoa Meteorology Office Acting Chief Executive Officer, Tile Tofaeono.

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A workshop to empower the women of Samoa through improving their local products.

Women economic empowerment workshop closes

A workshop to empower women participants in the Nofotane Project closed yesterday at the Eden’s Edge in Apia.

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Samoa Land Corporation building at Tuanaimato.

Corporation’s loss in 2016-2017 worries Committee

The Samoa Land Corporation’s financial year 2016-2017 recorded a loss of $2.12 million. 

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Papalii Willie Nansen, Palea Vaalele Faaolotoi and chairman of the Pacific Games Office, Loau Keneti Sio.

Samoa Shipping Corporation presents $500,000 to Pacific Games Office

The Samoa Shipping Corporation (SSC) has signed a sponsorship deal valued at $500,000 with the Pacific Games Office making them a gold sponsor.

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The US Embassy hosted the Surgicorps International team together with Chinese Medical team and local doctors.

U.S. Embassy plays host to visiting surgeons

The United States (US) Embassy had the opportunity to host the world renowned Surgicorps International recently.

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Agricultural food in local markets.

Availability of agricultural produce in markets drop

The availability of agricultural food in local markets dropped by 3 per cent last month, pushing the average prices up to 17 per cent when compared to December 2018. 

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Central Bank of Samoa.

Central Bank warns against cryptocurrency

The Central Bank of Samoa is warning against promoting and presenting cryptocurrency in Samoa without proper license from the Bank. 

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C.B.S. Governor Maiava Atalina Ainuu-Enari.

Maiava highlights concerns in E.U. blacklisting

The Central Bank of Samoa has identified three concerns with the listing of Samoa on an unofficial “blacklist” of countries that have weak anti-money laundering (AML) regulations by the European Commission.

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Court house in Mulinu'u.

Man jailed for stealing wine and threat to kill

A man has been sentenced to nine months imprisonment for stealing four bottles of wine value $550 tala and threatening to kill the victim. 

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C.C.C.S. in Falevao.

Church pushes ahead with Minister’s appointment

The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) in Falevao has chosen Reverend Tafa’igata Galumalemana as its Church Minister. Speaking on behalf of the church yesterday, Filo Ah Sam who is the Falevao C.C.C.S. Deacon, said their decision is final and it cannot be changed.

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Villagers live in fear of unusual rise in sea level

Villagers on the west coast of Upolu are living in fear over an “out of the blue” natural phenomenon, where a rapid rise in the sea level led to water reaching their doorsteps. The villagers of Afega and Lotoso’a Saleimoa shared their concerns about the rapid rise in the sea level, which they said triggered panic amongst the families. 

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Vailoa shop robbery suspects not escapees – Fuiavaili’ili

The Ministry of Police is investigating a robbery and assault of an Asian couple in Vailoa by two men, who were armed with machetes, early Thursday morning. This was confirmed by Commissioner of Police, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil, in response to questions from the Samoa Observer, in relation to a video which surfaced on line showing the crime. 

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Dr. Rei Kashiyama (middle) the only volunteer vet at APS, examines a canine patient.

Growing demand for veterinarians in Samoa

The demand and need for veterinarians in Samoa is big, says Samoa Animal Protection Society (APS) chairperson, Dr. Joan Macfarlane. 

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Human trafficking.

Human trafficking cases increasing in the Pacific

The Pacific is experiencing an increase in human trafficking cases and leaders in the region as well as international organisations need to address it.

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S.W.A. Manager (urban division), Faumuina Iese Toimoana.

Households illegally connecting water

An estimated 0.6 per cent of households in the central Apia area are illegally connecting water to their homes. 

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Samoa Police Service.

Attempted murder accused to undergo psychiatric test

A man charged with attempted murder of his relative in Fasito’o is awaiting an overseas psychiatrist to conduct a report on his mental state. 

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Samoa Police Service.

Man charged with murder, Police investigate dispute

The Police are investigating a family dispute, which is connected to the death of a man from Lotofaga, Safata, on Sunday. 

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Alaoa multi-purpose dam.

Funding plan for proposed Alaoa multi-purpose dam

An October 2018 concept paper for the proposed multi-purpose dam at Alaoa says the dam will cost US$82.1 million but it could increase.

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M.J.C.A. Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Ve’atauia Fa’atasi Puleiata.

Funds at centre of corruption inquiry increase to $300,000

An investigation into alleged misappropriation of public funds at the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration (M.J.C.A.) is ongoing and the funds now total $300,000. The figure was confirmed by M.J.C.A. Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Ve’atauia Fa’atasi Puleiata. 

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General Manager, Tologata Tile Tuimaleali'ifano. Photo: Misiona Simo.

Report reckless drivers, E.P.C. urges public

The Electric Power Corporation (E.P.C.) has moved to curb abuse of Government assets and have appealed to the public to report drivers who are reckless with E.P.C.-owned vehicles. The Corporation’s General Manager, Tologata Tile Tuimaleali'ifano, urged the public to report any of their vehicles that are seen to be speeding and driven by irresponsible drivers.  

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Think a Minute

Castaways

Think a minute…You may have heard the famous true story of the Mutiny on the Bounty. English sailors rebelled against their captain, William Bligh, in the South Pacific.

Columns

Scammers of the internet and tourism

Who would think less of stupidity given the fiasco of the overtly expressive on the internet being held against their will though it was their strong will that put them there?

Between the Lines

A hungry thief. Your house might be next

A prominent member of the community had his house broken into where the thief ransacked it looking for valuables to take.

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