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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ALAOA DAM PLANS: Plans are in the pipeline to build a dam at Alaoa to combat flooding to areas in Vaimauga.

Bank identifies risks it will manage in dam project

Involuntary resettlement and indigenous peoples are the two social issues the Asian Development Bank (A.D.B.) will pay attention to, should the proposed multi-purpose dam project at Alaoa go ahead. The project, which would be a flood protection, seasonal water supply and hydropower plant has been proposed for land above the Alaoa Water Treatment plant, and works to test its feasibility began early last year.

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$534,250 in mystery private hospital funding

The Development Bank of Samoa had budgeted $534,250 for “completing payment” of the now abandoned MedCen Hospital at Vailima. The amount of $534,250 comes from a supplementary estimate of $636,747 appropriated for the bank. It is unclear what the payment is for. 

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Viola Suliveta and Tapaau Panapa.

Police appeal for help to locate two missing girls

The Police have appealed for information that would lead to the location of two girls who were last seen last Wednesday. Viola Suliveta and Tapaau Panapa – who are both 15 years of age and attend Vaimauga College – were last seen in class last Wednesday and are yet to return home.

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Penehuro Papali’i.

The legendary Penehuro

A legend. A passion. A talent. Penehuro Papali’i’s work has been documented by many for his extraordinary work over the years. 

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The effects of climate change is not just a matter of survival, it also affects the sovereignty of nations without land.

Ex-Australian P.M. suggest climate change solution

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has suggested Australia offer citizenship to the peoples of low lying coral atolls, soon to lose their lands to rising seas, in exchange for control over their fisheries and exclusive economic zones.

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Street vendors: Kome Filitoga, Tulai Gauula and Genesis Samasogi.

Samoa is not poor, says street vendors

Samoa is a land of opportunity for big and small entrepreneurs.

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Lucky Seumanu (Pure Pacific Water Director), Jennifer Ula-Fruean (Samoa Chamber of Commerce President) and Neal Stephens (Pure Pacific Water Sales Director)

Pure Pacific Water promotes healthy living in Samoa

A company set up in Samoa recently, Pure Pacific Water, shared some of its successes and future plans with members of the Samoa Chamber of Commerce on Monday. 

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HEALTH CONCERN: A total of 3,402 ILI cases were reported in December 2018.

Stats show influenza like illness cause for concern

The influenza like illness (ILI) syndrome is the highest reported case of communicable diseases for the period January-December 2018 with a total of 37, 290 cases. An update courtesy of the Communicable Disease Surveillance Bulletin – produced by the National Health Surveillance and International Health Regulations Division within the Samoa Ministry of Health – confirmed that it was 33 per cent greater than the year average from the 2012-2016 period with an average of 27,969. 

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COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Miss Samoa 2019 Sonia Piva dances with Mulivai Primary School students in Safata last week.

Miss Samoa takes to rural schools

Aspiring primary school teacher and Miss Samoa, Sonia Piva, is mentoring children alongside the Brown Girl Woke (BGW) programme this year.

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Sefuiva Charlene Malele.

Legislative Assembly looks for new Clerk

The Office of the Legislative Assembly is advertising the Chief Executive Officer position.

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SAD MEMORIES: The flash flooding during Cyclone Evan in 2012. Photo: Samoa Observer

E.P.C. pond and pipes didn’t cause flooding

The Electric Power Corporation (E.P.C.) has assured the public that a pond and pipes that it built were not the cause of flooding during Cyclone Evans in 2012.

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SEEKING HELP: Malele Paulo, better known as King Faipopo.

King Faipopo seeks to raise $10,000 bail bond

The man accused of making defamatory statements against Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, is seeking to raise $10,000 to help him clear his name in Court. Malele Paulo, better known as King Faipopo, has setup a Go Fund Me page, a fundraising platform to help him pay for a bail bond for his case. 

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Think a Minute

Better with age

Think a minute…Recently a 102-year-old woman was playing a game of golf. On a 100-yard long hole she thought she had lost her ball, only to discover she had hit it straight into the cup. A record hole-in-one by a 102-year-old woman! Who says we don’t get better with age!


Waste: Why the individuals are not the ones to blame

There tends to be accusatory tones whenever we talk about people who throw away plastic bags, straws or any other disposable plastic products in public places.

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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