Shark sightings and attacks in Samoa’s waters are not new. So alerts the Assistant Chief Officer Legal for the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Maoi’autele Amitonu Brigitta Fa’afiti-Lo Tam.
Culture is your identity. This was the theme of Avele College’s Culture Day. School Principal, Matafeo Lesaisaea Reupena, said the day was an important occasion to remind students about the value of the Samoan culture.
Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai, has called on the government to end commercial sex work in Samoa. He has also strongly criticised plans by the Ministry of Health to offer educational and counseling services to “commercial sex workers” as part of a bid to promote healthy living.
Bodybuilding might have been excluded from the list of sports for the 2019 Pacific Games but the man at the helm of the sport in Samoa, Benjamin Tamanikayaroi, remains upbeat.
Pele Vaifale Alaovai of Leauva’a and Aleisa faces a water problem. The 30 year old told Village Voice they have been stuck with this problem for five years and they deserve help.
When you are surrounded with people who love you; you will stop at nothing to give them a better life. Some say they will climb the mountains for their families and this is all out of love.
A two-day hearing against two men accused over a package intercepted by Customs Officers at the Fagali’i Airport, which contained ice, started last week. Scott Barlow and Fatu Vagana are facing one joint charge of possession of methamphetamine to which they have both pleaded not guilty.
The “unfortunate” increased permit fees targeting only American Samoan born citizens entering Samoa will be addressed at the Two Samoa Talks next month in Apia.
As of 1st October, the Samoa Shipping Corporation will be charging customers with vehicles extra fees. But that is only if they decide to change their already confirmed bookings with the Corporation to an earlier or later date.
A handover ceremony for $6,000 worth of Science equipment and supplies from the Australian Government Direct Aid Program (D.A.P.) was held Friday at the Faleu Primary School Hall.
Nothing comes easy in life. Sam Tau, of Leauva’a, knows this is true. A 33-year-old farmer, Sam was spotted yesterday on his way to do some shopping for Sunday’s to’onai.
Special Olympics Samoa began their Prevention Programme against Tooth Decay for Dental Health last week. They started at Aoga Fiamalamalama with assistance from the National Health Services Dental team.
Samoa’s distinctive elei is something the passionate co-owner of Rimani Samoa, Laureen Lees-Vaai, cares deeply about. Established in 2007, Laureen shares the business load with her husband, Saleimoa Vaai, who is an international Pilot.
Think a minute…A cemetery in Indiana, America has a gravestone with these words on it: “Stop stranger, when you pass me by. As you are now, so once was I.
Apaula Tafea of Vaiala Beach School, submitted this entry to take out the Year 8 English prize in the Samoa Observer’s 2017 National Short Story Competition. Read other prize winning stories in the coming Monday editions of the Samoa Observer.
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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