OPEN FOR BUSINESS: The new T&N Toleafoa Service Station at Fagali’i is open to the public. Photos / (Aufa’i Areta Areta).

New service station opens

The Toleafoa Service Station at Fagali’i is finally open for business. During a ceremony yesterday led by Fagali’i Tai Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (CCCS) Pastor, Rev. Petaia Leavai, the business was officially opened, witnessed by family and friends. 

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CELEBRATING WITH A PURPOSE: Sina Reef Resort and Spa celebrated its 23rd anniversary and fundraise for improvement of mental health in Samoa.

Sinalei marks birthday with act of kindness

The Sinalei Reef Resort and Spa started their 23rd anniversary celebrations with a Valentine Gala at Maninoa last Friday.

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WEATHER DETERMINES INCOME: Bad weather affects the income for local fishermen at the fish market.

Bad weather affecting income of local fishermen

The bad weather is having an effect on Samoan families that rely on selling fish to make a living. The Samoa Meteorological Service has in recent weeks issued warnings to small crafts and boats against taking to sea, as heavy rain and winds pounded the islands, as a result of tropical depressions in various parts of the Pacific.

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IMPROVING ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING STANDARDS: Samoa have weak anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regimes, says EU.

Samoa has weak anti-money laundering systems - E.U.

The European Commission (EC) has added Samoa to a new list of 23 countries it considers have weak anti-money laundering and terrorist financing regimes.

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Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and Paulo Malele or King Faipopo.

P.M. to King Faipopo: Bring your witnesses

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, says the man who accused him of “murder, corruption and gun smuggling” among other things will finally have his day in Court. He was referring to Paulo Malele, who is better known as “King Faipopo,” whom the Police arrested and charged last week for making false statements. 

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OMBUDSMAN: Maiava Iula Toma, pictured at the launch of the Samoa National Inquiry into Family Violence last September.

Ombudsman stands firm against “reasonable force”

The Office of the Ombudsman and Samoa’s National Human Rights Institution is standing by a July 2018 submission made against the inclusion of “reasonable force” in the Education Amendment Act 2019.

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GOVERNOR OF THE CENTRAL BANK: Maiava Atalina Ainuu-Enari.

Remittances stabilise Samoa’s economy, says Maiava

Remittances are not only important to low income families living below the poverty line, but it has also been an “economic stabiliser” for Samoa. So says the Governor of the Central Bank of Samoa, Maiava Atalina Ainuu-Enari, in response to questions sent to her by the Sunday Samoan. 

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SAMOA HAS IT ALL: Justine Masters says Samoa has everything a tourist would want to see and experience.

Samoa has everything, says tourist

Samoa is natural and beautiful and has all that a tourist would want to see and experience – there is no need to add to it.

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ENJOYING SAMOA: Twenty-four-year-old Canadian tourist Kathryn Hrycusko.

Kathryn embraces the Samoan experience

Twenty-four-year-old Canadian tourist Kathryn Hrycusko was on a mission when she flew into Samoa – to enjoy all that the country had to offer.

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OUTREACH: ACEO Curriculum of MESC, Leota Valma Galuvao (middle) with her team during discussions.

Ministry moves on vision to expand inclusive education

The Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (MESC) is expanding inclusive education practices to schools, across both urban and rural areas in Samoa.

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“A passenger has to declare their condition and if this is included in the medical lists for further medical review, and doctor’s clearance then a passenger undergoes further examination,” Dr Ah Leong explained.

Doctors alert air travellers to health checks

People with breathing problems or who recently underwent surgery should declare their health condition to their airline when booking a flight. 

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SPONSORSHIP: PG office receives $200,000 from McDonald's Restaurant to help with PG2019 preparations.

Restaurant injects $200,000

McDonald's Family Restaurant yesterday offered a helping hand to the Pacific Games through a generous donation of $200,000. 

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Ministry of Police is in charge of enforcing the law that prohibits smoking in public places.

Police should be enforcing no smoking laws

The Ministry of Police is in charge of enforcing the law that prohibits smoking in public places.  

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One of the youngest Samoan fine mats weaver, Shalom from Nofoali'i.

Show to highlight traditional arts

The annual showcasing of Ie Samoa, known as the National Faalelega Pepe/Fuataga will be held on May 9 this year.

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Keith Gebauer. Photo: Talanei News.

Top Pago official rejects drug claims

A senior American Samoa government official has rejected claims from Samoa that most of the hard drugs found in Samoa are brought in from the territory.

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Minister for Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt.

Most of $503.7m from seasonal workers, Minister claims

Most of the remittances received by Samoa is from seasonal workers. This is according to the Minister for Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt. How much exactly he did not say. But he made the point when he was asked about the significant contribution by Samoans overseas to the local economy with reference to remittance figures released by the Central Bank of Samoa for the financial year 2017/18.  

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74-year-old Malia Kalala Laufasa from Falefa.

Visa application fees questioned

A 74-year-old woman from Falefa has expressed her disappointment with the US Embassy’s visa section in Apia. According to Malia Kalala Laufasa, she believes that it is unfair to pay $430 tala for a US visa application, only for the application to be unsuccessful. 

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Sister Filomena Akenese Potogi.  Photo: Facebook.

Details emerge on woman who died during flight

The elderly woman who died on an Air New Zealand flight from Auckland to Apia on Tuesday was a nun returning from a Christmas holiday in New Zealand. Sister Filomena Akenese Potogi of Sapapali’i, Savai’i died on flight NZ296, prior to the aircraft landing at the Faleolo International Airport.  

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La’auli gets backing from constituency

Sasina, Letui and Fagae’e, villages in Gagaifomauga No. 3, remain fully supportive of La’auli Leuatea Polata’ivao as their representative in Parliament, and the ruling Human Rights Protection Party (H.R.P.P). The message was relayed by Seve Avaula Panapa, on behalf of the villages, during a press conference at the Maota o Samoa yesterday. 

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Robert Angler in Samoa.

This is the way to live

It did not take long for Robert Angler, a German backpacker, to like Samoa.

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Think a Minute

Fight by the Rules

28 June, 1997 was the date of the famous Bite Fight between world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson. During the fight, Tyson completely lost control of his anger and actually bit off part of Holyfield’s ear! Tyson lost his license to box and paid a $3 million penalty for not fighting by the rules.



Changing lives: Prevention and reversal of obesity

Talofa Samoa! I am happy to start this Health Column by informing the Public that METI has now received official support from government for its Healthy Living programme.

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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