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ACCOMMODATION PLANS SET: Tutuila Farao and Falefata Hele Matatia.

Pacific Games athletes to stay in hotels

Samoa is setting a legacy when it comes to accommodation for athletes and officials who will be attending the 2019 Pacific Games in Apia next year. For the first time in the 55 year old history of the Games, athletes and officials will not be staying in a Games Village instead accommodation will be outsourced to the private sector, which includes hotels and private homes.

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DEMONSTRATION: Participants during the theory part of the course.

Training focuses on Just Play Programme

The Football Federation Samoa (F.F.S.) in partnership with the National Advocacy Organization of People with Disabilities hosted a two-day course training on the Just Play Programme at Tuanaimato. 

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CONSERVATION: CI Samoa’s Associate Programs Officer, Maria Fiasoso Sapatu (right), conducting a marine assessment during her ten years in the marine field, with Justin Aiafi from M.A.F. (Fisheries Division)

Our Oceans, exploited and heated

We humans have always had the tendency to exploit our natural environment – nothing new there. But let’s put all other environmental exploitations aside and focus on our marine ecosystems, and how human activities threaten it daily.

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Controller and Chief Auditor: Fuimaono Camillo Afele.

Audit Office submits 2017 report to clear backlog

The Audit Office has submitted the Irregularity and the Audit Report for the Government for the financial year ending June, 2017. The submission of the report on October 3, 2018 means that the Audit Office is now up to date in all its reports on the Government’s use of public funding up to the last financial year.

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The report says foreign currency risk is the main risk in the portfolio, with 98.2 per cent of the total public debt portfolio denominated in foreign currency.

Govt. debt currently sits at $1.1 billion

The Government’s total debt as of June 2018 remains at $1.1 billion tala. This is according to the Ministry of Finance quarterly bulletin for the financial year 2017-2018. The $1.1 billion debt is similar to the figure released by the Samoa Bureau of Statistics Financial Statistics for the December 2017 quarter. 

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Christopher Adolfo Krieg with his uncle Eric Tavita.

Going from drawings into a tattoo studio

At a young age, Christopher Adolfo Krieg knows how to become a successful entrepreneur. Chris, as he is commonly referred to, is 26 years old and is a shared owner of the Eris’ Tattoo and Barber Shop located at Matautu. He’s a tattooist and he loves what he does because it’s basically his passion and it makes him happy. 

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER: Pacific Games Council and Pacific Games 2019 respectively Andrew Minogue and Samoa Falefata Hele Matatia.

Total athlete numbers still unconfirmed

The exact number of athletes expected to converge in Samoa for the 2019 Pacific Games would not be determined until Games time. But until then, the Games Organising Committee will work according to data and analysis collected from previous Games in terms of accommodating athletes and officials. 

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Members of the Ebur Band - Divine Faith Amiatu Sitivi, Theresa Tavita Ulberg, Jimmy Tavita, Mathew Sam Ling.

Band launches first anniversary album

Local band Ebur Band launched their first album to mark their one-year anniversary. The formation of the band was the result of band member Faith Amiatu Sitivi’s vision to start a band. They originally began with four members and expanded to six. 

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Ms. Young spoke on being a victim of online abuse on Facebook, and her efforts to report abusive content, to seek help from Netsafe and also from the New Zealand Police.

Facebook opens door to abuse of women

Facebook’s community standards allow women to be abused and threatened, especially when that abuse is not in English.  This is according to Lani Wendt Young, a Samoan writer, editor, publisher and journalist, who was invited by Netsafe NZ to speak at the 2018 Trans-Tasman Netsafe Crossroads Conference held in Auckland, New Zealand recently.  

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Lani Wendt-Young, one of the most prolific Samoan writers of this generation.

Samoan hits back at New Zealand’s Netsafe

Samoan Lani Wendt Young says New Zealand’s independent non-profit online safety organisation Netsafe is useless as it does not have regulatory powers. Speaking at the 2018 Trans-Tasman Netsafe Crossroads Conference held in Auckland, New Zealand recently, she said internet giants such as Facebook did not recognise it as an equal partner in building safe online spaces.

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I.T. UPGRADE: School principal, Ana Latu Failauga.

China donates school computers

The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Samoa donated computers and sports equipment to Falefitu Primary School. The school was the first to be established in the Vaimauga district and students still lacked access to computer studies, but the donation changes everything. 

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The International Children’s Peace Prize trophy.

Two Samoan girls vie for top children’s prize

Two Samoan girls are on the list of nominees for the prestigious International Children’s Peace Prize 2018, which will be awarded next month in Cape Town, South Africa. The profiles of the nominees for this year’s awards are on the website of KidsRights Foundation, a Netherlands-based children’s aid and advocacy organisation, and two of them are Samoans.

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Sa'u Fiapaipai Justina Sa'u Lam.

Police investigate Govt. official’s death

The Government has lost a senior bureaucrat with the passing of Sa'u Fiapaipai Justina Sa'u Lam, the Unit Trust of Samoa Chief Executive Officer. The Police have confirmed that an investigation has been launched into the death of the senior government official. Sa'u had been the Chief Executive Officer of Unit Trust of Samoa since 2011 and was only reappointed last year to another three-year term. 

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WATER STRUGGLES: Nine-year-old Osa Mikaele from Aleisa pouring water into a bowl to wash their dishes.

Mother says life without water tough

A mother of six yesterday shed light on the struggles she encounters daily with the lack of consistent water supply to her home. Viena Mikaele, 40, of Aleisa said their water problem has become a part and parcel of their lives and continues to be a worry for her family members.

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Palauli i Sisifo College students who were the Winners of School Category for the Agriculture Show and World Food Day 2018.

Youth win big in Savai’i agriculture competition

Students from Palauli i Sisifo College in Savai’i were among the winners of an agriculture competition, which was part of the Agriculture Show and World Food Day 2018 celebrations, held in Savai’i this week.

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CHOSEN TO LEAD: The title bestowment ceremony of five new matai title holders at Leulumoega village yesterday morning.

Ailao, Sulufau titles bestowed

The village of Leulumoega welcomed five new matai title holders yesterday morning. The paramount chiefly title Ailao and four chiefly titles Sulufau were bestowed during a traditional and colourful ceremony.

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Haris Jacob and Ropeti Tiafau.

Schools welcome mobile dental checks

Students of Loto Taumafai Inclusive Education in Vaitele were the first to receive dental checks last Friday using a new mobile dental clinic donated by the government of Japan.     

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CONGRATULATIONS: Tagaloa Eddie Wilson with colleagues in Hawaii with the award.

Global recognition for Samoa’s kava man

Tagaloa Eddie Wilson’s work in the kava industry has received global recognition. As the Chair of the international Kava Executive Council and President of the Pacific Kava Association, Tagaloa has been honoured for leading the lifting of the 2001 ban on Pacific kava and restoring regional kava exports globally

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ON THE ISSUE OF WASTE: Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai with guests of the Women in Climate Change and World Bank evening.

Women lead fight against waste

The waste stream needs more money injected into it, say two women walking the talk in waste management. Addressing the Women in Climate Change (W.I.C.C.) network and a delegation of the World Bank on Thursday evening, members of the Samoa Recycling Waste Management Association (S.W.R.M.A.), Tuigamala Marina Keil and Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai said waste management development is acutely necessary.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

“Writing-off water bills nothing new”

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi says there is “nothing new” in writing off outstanding water bills, which include $2.6 million in arrears. He said the policy to write-off water bills has been in place since the beginning of the Samoa Government, but the authority to accept or write-off the bills ultimately rests with the Parliament.

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Think a Minute

The devil is in the details

Think a minute…We’ve heard the expression, “The devil is in the details.” In World War II, General Dwight Eisenhower was the Supreme Commander of the Allied forces who defeated Adolf Hitler and his massive Nazi army.

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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. Photo / (Samoa Observer).

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

No media The British American Tobacco Company, previously known as Rothmans, celebrated a milestone at Robert Louis Stevenson Museum last night. It was their 40th birthday in Samoa.

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