WELL DONE: Dr. Guy Fiti Sinclair with family at the presentation: L-R: Aunty Mrs. Sadie Fiti, author, mother, Mrs. Ruta Fiti Sinclair and uncle Mr. Seti Fiti.

Samoan awarded prestigious European law publication prize

A Samoan with roots in Tiapapata, Satalo, and Sapapali’i has been awarded the prestigious 2018 European Society of International Law Book of the Year Prize. Dr. Guy Fiti Sinclair, the son of the late Peter Sinclair and Ruta Fiti Sinclair, is a Senior Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Law.

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WHITE SUNDAY AT THE HOSPITAL: Mother Sililoa and her son Elia Iosefa.

His first White Sunday away from family

It is Elia Iosefa’s first White Sunday away from family but the singing, the dancing and the Bible verse recitations would not have been far from his mind at the Moto’otua Hospital. The 11-year-old from Salamumu has been admitted in the hospital’s paediatric ward and suffers from rheumatic heart disease, which is a consequence of rheumatic fever. This time last year he participated in his family’s celebration of White Sunday. 

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The black Toyota Noah was coming from Aleisa heading to Apia and the black Hiace minivan was on its way to Siusega when the crash occurred.

Collision carnage at Si’usega

Two vehicles collided at the intersection at Siusega around 11 o’clock yesterday. The black Toyota Noah was coming from Aleisa heading to Apia and the black Hiace minivan was on its way to Siusega when the crash occurred. According to an eyewitness, Paulo, the Toyota Noah was driven by a man and was carrying a few passengers, including an elderly man. 

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Family violence.

Church Council says report “insulting”

The National Council of Churches has described as “insulting” an Office of the Ombudsman report that blamed them for exacerbating family violence. The report, based on a two-year national inquiry into family violence in Samoa, concluded that the churches continued to contribute to the impunity of family violence perpetrators.

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MATAUTU WHARF: Containers sitting at the wharf.

Govt. can assist cash-strapped firms

The Minister of Revenue Tialavea Tionisio Hunt says cash-strapped businesses can pay their import duty after 30 days – but only if they pay 50 per cent of the tax upfront. Asked by the Sunday Samoan how many companies have already benefited from this arrangement, he said he is only aware of two construction firms that applied and were given the approval.

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The Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt.

Tialavea says ministers should divest shares

Cabinet Ministers should not have shares in any company. That is the view of the Minister for Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt. He made the point during an interview with the Sunday Samoan. In doing so, he joined Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi in expressing similar sentiments.

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Falemavaega Vincent Fepulea'i.

S.R.U. boss disappointed with email leaks

Samoa Rugby Union Chief Executive Officer, Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i, has expressed disappointment that Board members leaked confidential emails. He said the emails were confidential and should not have been made public. The emails were written by Namulauulu Sami Leota and Seumanu Douglas Ngau Chun. 

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Darryn Bennett and Laura Mcaffer have a different perspective after their experience in Samoa. Photo: Anina Kazaz.

A new experience for Kiwis

Samoa has been an eye-opener for Darryn Bennet and Laura Mcaffer, especially on travel opportunities. The Kiwi pair usually enjoy a more comfortable and “luxurious” vacation, but this time it was different with what Samoa offered.

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Leah Gage, Vice President of W.I.T.I.A. at the networking event co-hosted by the Women in Climate Change network (W.I.C.C.) of Samoa as part of their educational meeting in the country. (Photo Areta Junior Areta)

Tourism group looks to promote Samoa as a unique destination

The Women in Tourism International Alliance (W.I.T.I.A.) based in Queensland, Australia are in Samoa with 35 international professionals from the global tourism industry. Among the visiting members are travel agents, property and hotel managers, travel writers, tour guides and a travel educator from America, Norway, China and Australia. 

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LOVING SAMOA: Terry Hudson and her mother Shannon Poole. Photo: Anina Kazaz.

Trip down memory lane for Terri Hudson

Coming to Samoa brought back romantic memories for Terri Hudson from New Zealand. 

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Samoa Cancer Society marketing manager Verona Parker with Samoa Victims Support Group representatives, Mulipola Anarosa Molio’o, and Tafatoa Sam Fruean.

A gift from the heart

In honour of Pinktober, children of the Samoa Victims Support Group (S.V.S.G.) handcrafted 100 pink sei which were donated to the Samoa Cancer Society on Thursday. S.V.S.G. Board representative, Mulipola Anarosa Molio’o presented the sei as well as $1,000 to the Cancer Society team.

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NEW PRODUCT FOR SAMOA: Lutuiloa Vaiula Solomona (far left) with guests and members of the business community at the launch.

Businesses react positively to funeral insurance product

The Chamber of Commerce membership was the first to learn about a radical new product in the market: funeral insurance, by Apia Insurance Company. A.I.C in conjunction with Apia Finance Company and with technical advice from the United Nations Development Fund and the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme developed the funeral cover designed to reach all Samoans.

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TALKING ABOUT THE FUTURE: Samoa Young Entrepreneurs and P.T.I. Australia’s Impact Investor panel.

Young entrepreneurs pitch investment ideas

Nerves were high as 15 entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneurs Chambers had five minutes to pitch their ideas in a closed session to Impact Investors that are in Australia as part of P.T.I. Australia’s Business Mission to Samoa.

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HELPING HAND FOR SAMOA CANCER: Some members of the Matavai Group with the $10,000 cheque for the Samoa Cancer Society.

Matavai presents $10,000 to the Samoa Cancer Society

The Matavai Pacific Cultural Arts group is returning home to Sydney, but not before visiting the Samoa Cancer Society bearing a gift. This month is Pinktober, dedicated to raising awareness of cancer and breaking down stigma and barriers which prevent people from getting their symptoms check and their illnesses treated.

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STILL DANCING: Vaea Vaaulu Vaiaoga has a message for the young people of Samoa.

Veteran fire knife dancer encourages young generation

Samoans are slowly losing the traditional fire knife dancing skills they are known for. The concern was expressed by famous Samoan fire knife dancer, Vaea Vaaulu Vaiaoga, during an interview with the Weekend Observer.

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Chairperson of the N.B.S. Board, Va'atuitui Apete Meredith, during the launch.

National Bank of Samoa launches Ezibank

The National Bank of Samoa (N.B.S.) and Digicel are removing unnecessary trips to the bank with the first mobile money to bank system in the Pacific. Their new product is Ezibank, a new feature on Digicel’s *888# menu where users can transfer money directly into an N.B.S. bank account. 

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SUPERMARKET OPENS: Some of the chiefs of Laulii during the opening of the supermarket yesterday.

Lauli’i village moves to create employment

A new supermarket owned by the Princessa company was opened in the village of Laulii yesterday, the first phase of what will be extended to a Market on 13 November 2018. Village mayor, Fa’alogo Sasaili Molī told the Weekend the move is to try and create employment opportunities for the village.

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N.C.C.: Rev. Maauga Motu, P.M. Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi and Minister of Revenue: Tialavea Tionisio Hunt. File Photos

Church stays silent on Govt.’s move to seize funds, assets

The National Council of Churches and the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) have declined to comment on the latest move by the Government to collect unpaid taxes from Church Ministers’ directly from their personal bank accounts. General Secretary of the National Council of Churches, Reverend Maauga Motu, told the Weekend Observer they remain neutral. 

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HUSTLING: A young street vendor on the streets of Apia yesterday.

Street vendors share their White Sunday wishes

Spare a thought for them. As the children of Samoa get excited about new clothes, gifts and lots of food for White Sunday tomorrow, many child vendors hustling on the streets of Apia can only dream of being pampered the same way.

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CABLE DEPOT WALL BANNERS: Pauli Prince Suhren, P.M. Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi walk past the wall banners at the Cable Depot during the opening.

Minister denies role in banners contract

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupa’i, has denied his involvement in the decision which led to a company with connections to him, Starsignz Production, getting the contract to print and install sticker banners for the $5 million Samoa Cable Depot at Matatutu. The Depot constructed by the Samoa Submarine Cable Company (S.S.C.C) and T.E. SubCom was opened by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi on Tuesday. 

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Think a Minute

No pain, no gain

Think a minute…You have heard the saying: “No pain, no gain.” Recently a little boy wrote to God and said: “Dear God, my brother just told me how much it hurt my mom when I was born, but he’s just kidding, right?” Unfortunately not! So why do millions of women choose to go through the terrible pain of childbirth?


The implications of IPCC SR15 on our islands

I’ve been ruminating on the release of the I.P.C.C. Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15) in the past few days.

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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