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HELP NEEDED FOR A WATER TANK: Setefano Tagitagi from Fasito’o tai.

Setefano desperate for water tank

No one wants to live life without water. Ask Setefano Tagitagi, from Fasito’o-tai, and he will tell you all about it.

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CHECKING OUT THE SAVALALO MARKETS: Ross and Hellen McLeod from Tauranga, New Zealand.

Warm weather and clean Samoa impresses couple

Ross and Hellen McLeod from Tauranga, New Zealand can finally tick the box.

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ITALIAN HONEYMOONERS: Matteo and Martina Fadda emjoying the relaxing lifestyle in Samoa.

From Italy to Samoa: couple impressed by fale-style living

 “The sweetness of nothing” is something the Italians know all about when it comes to completely enjoying or savouring every day life.

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BALANCING BUSINESS WITH RELAXATION: Chris and Vera Mansell celebrate Fathers Day at Faimafili Resort.

Living their best life on working holiday

Father’s Day at Faimafili Resort in Lefaga started off as a stuning sunny day, with a cool sea breeze carrying both the divine smells of a feast being prepared and the sounds of “Pokarekare Ana,” accompanied by a slack key guitar.

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MET OFFICE AND MEDIA WORK: Fata Sunny Seuseu, Climate Prediction Services Officer of S.P.R.E.P.

Samoan Met expert calls for team work

A Samoan meteorology expert for the Secretariat of the Pacific Environment Programme (S.P.R.E.P) says meteorological services are under-appreciated in the Pacific.

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GO SAVAI’I GO: Members of the Savai’i community took part in the march before the Marathon.

Savai’i tourism the winner

The shorelines of Savai’i, from Salelologa to Falealupo, were dotted by swimming caps and running shoes last weekend and for a very good reason. 

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'TAUTAI': The cover of the new book about Ta’isi O.F. Nelson, by Dr. Patricia O’Brien.

Cultural historian to talk about compelling story of Ta’isi Nelson

Cultural historian, Dr. Patricia O’Brien, of the Australian National University, will discuss her research for her new book 'Tautai: Samoa World History and the Life of Ta’isi O.F. Nelson', today.

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HAPPY 55th ANNIVERSARY: Ralf, 78, and Jenny, 77, from Brisbane, Australia.

Couple realise their Samoan dream

Jenny and Ralf Andrew, from Brisbane, Australia, are in Samoa for a very special visit. Here to celebrate their 55th anniversary, they chose Samoa for a very special reason. It dates back to their childhood. Jenny and Andrew have shared a dream that they wanted to achieve one day and by good fortune, that dream involves someone who is a big part of Samoa. 

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Head of State welcomes Indonesian delegation

The Head of State, His Highness Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II, received visitors from Indonesia, yesterday. They included the Ambassador of Indonesia to Samoa, Tantowi Yahya, the Senior Advisor of Strategy Issues to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Djauhari Oratmantun, and other senior Indonesian delegates.

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Governor of the Central Bank of Samoa: Maiava Atalina Ainuu-Enari.

Governor warns

The Governor of the Central Bank of Samoa, Maiava Atalina Ainuu-Enari, has yet again warned members of the public to be vigilant to protect themselves against scams and the work of con artists. Speaking to the Samoa Observer yesterday, she reminded that scammers are imaginative, manipulative and are not afraid to lie their way into conning innocent victims.

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COME TO SAMOA: P.M. and Chairman of Preparations Committee, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi. Inset: President of the Pacific Games Council, Vidhya Lakhan.

Samoa’s bid under the gun

The President of the Pacific Games Council, Vidhya Lakhan, and Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Minogue, are in Samoa. They are here assess the venues -- including the Faleata Sports Complex -- as part of Samoa’s bid to host the Pacific Games in 2019.

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BE ALERT: Health authorities are asking for everyone to be alert.

Dengue outbreak warning

The Ministry of Health has issued an alert about an outbreak of dengue fever in the country. It follows 25 positive cases, with two of them suspected to have led to deaths. These cases are being investigated. But alarm bells have been raised in an public notice issued during the weekend and obtained by the Samoa Observer.

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KNOW WHERE TO LOOK FOR JOBS: Kelekolio Ropati from Lotofaga and Safata.

Finding work opportunities in villages

They say it’s hard to find a job nowadays which is problematic. But Kelekolio Ropati from Lotofaga and Safata, thinks the real problem is that people are job hunting in the wrong places.

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NO LOOKING BACK: Esau Nofoilo from Fasito’o uta.

Make thoughtful decisions

Life is all about moving forward; a firm opinion from Esau Nofoilo of Fasito’o uta. “In recent years, we have seen so many changes in our country which affect teenagers.”

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VILLAGE LIFE : Falaniko Usoalii, 19 from Fasito’o uta.

Youth finds purpose in village life

For Falaniko, he wants to let people know that there is nothing wrong with living a simple life in the village. He hails from the village of Fasito’o uta and he lives with his parents.

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DIVERSIFYING CROPS: Tele’a Sauiao from Lotofaga and Matatufu.

The cost of living is a hassle

As the cost of living keeps on increasing, people will stop at nothing to use what they have to earn a living.

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Fathers reminded to make God the top priority

It was a day to celebrate with love and humility and a reminder to fathers everywhere of the priorities they should be setting in their families. That was the main reason behind Father’s Day celebrations in Samoa for many families and churches on Sunday.

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Dr. Malama Meleisea, Professor Fui Asofou So’o and staff during the‘Measina a Samoa’book launch at the Centre for Samoan Studies, NUS.

‘Measina a Samoa’ launch sets challenge for next conference

 “E sui faiga ‘ae tumau fa’avae” was the wisdom behind the seventh edition of the “Measina a Samoa” book that was launched last Friday August 11th at the Centre for Samoan Studies. 

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Isabella Meleane Moore, Jonathan Lemalu, Marlena Devoe and Amitai Pati.

Samoa Opera House on drawing board

If all goes according to plan, Samoa will have its own Opera House at the Leifiifi State School Compound, sometime next year. So revealed the Minister of Education, Loau Keneti Sio, who said construction of the multi-dollar centre would start before the end of the year.

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BRIDAL PARTY: The groomsmen and the bridesmaids.

Wedding joy for Senetenari and Yonita

Love was in the air in the weekend, especially for a stunning, newly-wed couple, Mr and Mrs Tauiliili. 

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Think a Minute

Life’s surprises

Think a minute…Remember Christopher Columbus? The bold explorer from Europe who intended to sail across the Atlantic Ocean to find Asia but failed. Well, he didn’t fail completely.

Columns

The foreword of Palemia; A Memoir*

Early in 2015, Dr Peter Swain paid me a courtesy visit at my office.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

LATER! So the new Tanumalala Prison will be finished in about July next year? Correct us if we’re wrong, but did we not hear our Prime Minister inviting a certain 60 Minutes reporter, Liam Bartlett to the opening of the new prison in June this year?

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