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VICE PRESIDENT FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF THE WORLD BANK: Laura Tuck.

Top World Bank official visits

An event at the Orator Hotel tonight will highlight the link between sustainability and climate resilience. To be hosted by the World Bank Group and the Women in Climate Change (W.I.C.C.), the networking event will feature the Vice President for Sustainable Development of the World Bank, Laura Tuck, as the guest speaker. 

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

P.M. wants health merger to be implemented urgently

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has called for a drawn out merger of the National Health Services and the Ministry of Health to be implemented urgently. Tuilaepa has told Samoa FM radio his Cabinet has decided to go with recommendations from the Commission of Inquiry set up to look into the merger.

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MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Nioia Sekone from Magiagi. Photos / (Misiona Simo).

Let the sewing lessons begin

The first day of sewing training for over 100 Samoan women started yesterday with an opening ceremony at the Moanalisa Hotel. Government representatives were joined by officials from the Embassy of China, including Chinese Ambassador to Samoa, Wang Xuefeng, for the opening.

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ENCOURAGING BETTER A LIFESTYLE: Australian High Commissioner HE, Sara Moriarty playing international cricket.

Healthy Nanas promote better living

A project being run by the Samoa International Cricket Association (S.I.C.A.) has loft goals. The Healthy Nana Project hopes to encourage the communities, especially the Nanas to teach themselves and their children ways to live healthy and longer. 

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Former Kiwi diplomat among 16 new Samoan citizens

Samoa has welcomed sixteen new citizens. Among them is former New Zealand High Commissioner to Samoa, David Campbell Nicholson, who told the Samoa Observer he feels honoured to have become a Samoan. “It gives both my wife and I the privilege of living in here freely,” he said. “Obviously she is a Samoan citizen and I have attained my citizenship through my marriage.”

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A PROMISING FUTURE: The first commercial shipment of export ready bananas to New Zealand yesterday. Photo / Supplied.

Banana breakthrough for Samoa

Samoa sent off its first shipment of export ready bananas to New Zealand yesterday, the first since Cyclone Gita ravaged plantations across the country. The Banana Growers Association gathered its crops to fill two containers, or 500 boxes of bananas for the New Zealand ripe banana market.

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Malietoa Fa'amausili Moli (second from left) is embraced by relatives outside the District Court, October 3.

Malietoa and Malie chiefs plead not guilty to contempt

Malietoa Fa’amausili Moli and 15 other chiefs from Malie have pleaded not guilty to the charge of contempt of court. The others include Maualaivao Pepe; Maualaivao Pat Ah Him; Auimatagi Sa’oloto; Auimatagi Fa’afetati; Auimatagi Afi Fa’amausili; Fa’amausili Siona; Fa’amausili Chris; Muagututi’a Peter; Muagututi’a Fa’alafi; Tulasunu’i Umutaua; Tulasunu’i Ulaese; Tulasunu’i Sanele; Tuatafu Iafetaa; Seiuli Ueligatone; and Salepo Fonoti.

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The theft took place at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital at Moto'otua.

Paracetamol thieves get two years

The Supreme Court has jailed two National Health Services (N.H.S.) employees for over two years for stealing 16 boxes of paracetamol valued at $10,560 tala. Pio Fesola’i and Amanono Mafualo – former pharmacy technicians in the Pharmacy Division of the National Health Services – appeared before by Supreme Court Justice Vui Clarence Nelson yesterday for sentencing.

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Andrew Wheatley shows off his surf ski two days after the encounter that left his boat slightly short.

Australian paddler ecapes shark attack

The Australian paddler who lost the back end of his surf ski to a curious shark says he doesn’t want anyone to stop enjoying the ocean because of it. Andrew Wheatley was out paddling about 1.5 kilometres off of the south coast of Upolu when he was lifted into the air by a sudden impact on the back of his vessel.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi

Ministers still have business interests despite P.M.’s plea

Four Cabinet Ministers and three Associate Ministers still have business interests despite a plea from Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi for them to offload their shares. According to Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour (M.C.I.L.) records, Ministers Papali’i Niko Lee Hang (Works Transport and Infrastructure), Afamasaga Rico Tupai (Communications and Information Technology), Sala Fata Pinati (Tourism) and Fa’aolesa Katopau Ainu’u (Justice Courts and Administration) still have shares in private companies

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Samoa Police Service.

Police record drop in sex, homicide cases

The Ministry of Police has recorded a significant drop in sex offences and homicide cases, though there has been a dramatic increase in narcotics cases. This is according to the Ministry of Police 2017 financial year compared to the previous year. According to data released by the Ministry of Police’s Criminal Investigation Department, there is a reduction in crimes relating to sexual, homicide, assault, burglary/theft and public safety offences.

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Samoa Water Authority.

Committee rejects $2.6 million write-off plan

The Samoa Water Authority’s (S.W.A.) plan to write-off $2.6 million in outstanding water bills has been rejected by the Parliamentary Infrastructure Sector Committee. The position of the Committee was highlighted in a report that it compiled based on the Annual Report of the Samoa Water Authority for the financial years 2016-2017.

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SUPERMARKET LOCATION CHALLENGED: The location of the new Myna's Supa-Mart owned by the family of Cabinet Minister Papali'i Niko Lee Hang has come under scrutiny from the Chan Mows.

Lawsuit filed against business owned by Minister's family

A family has filed a civil lawsuit against Myna’s Super-Mart and Bakery which is owned by the family of the Minister of Works Transport and Infrastructure, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang. The lawsuit also includes the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (M.N.R.E). Komisi and Sala Lupe Chan Mow, who live next to the new supermarket, are alleging that Myna’s and M.N.R.E. violated provisions of the Planning and Urban Management Agency (P.U.M.A.) law. 

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KIWIS IN PARADISE: Hannah, Tarei King and Wallace, Louise Wilson at the cultural village in town for the first time.

Samoa unites Kiwi couple

Kiwi couples, Wallace and Louise Wilson, and Tarei and Hannah King came to Samoa for different reasons when their paths crossed. Tarei and Hannah are here for their honeymoon, while Wallace and Louise chose Samoa to come and relax. 

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A GREAT EXPERIENCE: Maevaga Ofe found the connection not only to her father but herself in Samoa.

Family roots bring Maevaga to Samoa

Family roots brought Maevaga Ofe from Auckland, New Zealand to Samoa. Until last Sunday, she has never set foot on the island. Maevaga is half Chinese and Samoan, and both of her parents grew up in Samoa.

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BUILDING BRIDGES IN TOURISM: S.P.T.O. Chairlady and C.E.O. Samoa Tourism Authority, Papalii Sonja Hunter; S.P.T.O. C.E.O, Christopher Cocker and C.E.O. N.Z. Māori Tourism, Pania Tyson-Nathan.

New partnership for Pacific tourism

The South Pacific Tourism Organisation is partnering with New Zealand Māori Tourism for the premiere regional tourism expo, the South Pacific Tourism Exchange (S.P.T.E.) to be held Thursday 9 and Friday 10 May 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand.

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ENSURING LIVELIHOOD RESILIENCE: A Small Grants Programme (S.G.P.) capacity building project in Salimu and Musumusu is underway to ensure a sustainable legacy for the future generations.

Improving livelihood security at Fagaloa Bay

A Small Grants Programme (S.G.P.) capacity building project in the villages of Salimu and Musumusu, initiated in September 2017, is well and truly underway. The project has three main objectives, which were put, in place to increase livelihood resilience in the two villages situated in Fagaloa Bay. 

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NUTRITION TALK: Crossfit Fatu Toa trainer and qualified nutritionist Brandon Sefo hosting the Nutrition presentation.

Nutrition critical part of success

Nutrition is a big part of being a successful athlete, let alone a bodybuilder. That’s what bodybuilders gearing up for Mr. Samoa 2018 were told during a nutrition presentation conducted by Crossfit Fatu Toa trainer, Brandon Sefo, at Joe’s Gym Lotopa, last week. The presentation was to broaden their knowledge and help them with their training towards this year’s Mr. Samoa Bodybuilding competition.

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Chinese interpreters and sewing teachers with some of the women from Afega who will undergo training on pedal sewing machines this month.

Women get sewing training

Unemployed women from Afega, Magiagi, Safotu and other villages are gathering this morning for the official opening of their three-week training in creative crafts and sewing skills at the Moanalisa Hotel. After a successful programme last year, the government of China has invested $1.2 million into a Training Course on Creative Crafts and Sewing Skills.

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A look at workers working to level the road to the construction site of the Airport project.

P.M. firm on Tia’vea airport land offer

The Government will stand by its original offer of $30 per square meter to the village council and families of Tia’vea for the land to build the country’s newest airport. This is according to the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi during a recent press conference at his office. 

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Think a Minute

Get Up on the Right Side

Think a minute…If you are not having a good day, people sometimes humorously say that you “got up on the wrong side of the bed.” Amazingly, brain surgeons discovered that the brain actually has two sides and that each side thinks differently.

Columns

TACKLING ROOT CAUSE: Climate change is a reality for Pacific countries like Samoa whose residents are having to deal with many forms of natural disasters.

Climate engineering is the potential game changer we need to confront

In his article “Geoengineering worsen climate and hurts Paris Agreement” (October 11, 2018, posted online October 15, 2018), Fiu Mataése Elisara, Executive Director – O.L.S.S.I contends geoengineering (climate engineering) “…is a deliberate attempt by the rich to distract from the real priorities of fossil fuel emission reductions.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Is this Samoa’s Manu Samoa? Two issues stand out like a sore thumb in the selection of the Manu Samoa. Firstly, there is not a single player picked from the competitions in Samoa.

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