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INSPECTION OF FACILITIES: Lepale Niko Palamo, Moefaauo Salale Moananu and Falefata Hele Matatia during the inspection of the facilities. Photo / (Netina Latu Facebook).

Pacific Games set to open on Sunday, 7 July 2019

The Pacific Games Council meeting held at Taumeasina Island Resort ended on Monday. The meeting focused on the sports programme for 2019 and later on delegates toured the facilities that will be used by the athletes.

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OUR COCONUT INDUSTRY IS UNDER THREAT: Moafanua Tolo Iosefa claims that the rhinoceros beetles are destroying our coconut trees.

Battle to eradicate rhinoceros beetle

The rhinoceros beetle has the ability to wipe out our growing coconut industry if it is not controlled.

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MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: Faaulusau Rosa Duffy Stowers.

M.P. asks Govt. to pay salaries for teachers at mission schools

The Government should consider paying for salaries of teachers who are teaching at mission schools. 

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The Prime Minister raised the point in response to a call by the Member of Parliament for Gagaifomauga No.3, Faaulusau Rosa Duffy Stowers, who called on bus drivers to use common sense on the road.

‘Teach them to use the gear’

The Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.) has been told to implement a course where bus drivers – and drivers in general – can learn how to use the gear to safely maneuver a car downhill. The instruction came from Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi during yesterday’s budget debate in Parliament.

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WHERE THE BODY WAS FOUND: Tiapapata River where the body of a man was found.

Man tells of deadly Sunday discovery

The Police are working on identifying the body of a man who was found dead at the Tiapapata River on Sunday. When the Samoa Observer visited the area yesterday, a man who gave his name as “Falefa” spoke to the Samoa Observer about the horrific scene he encountered. “I went on Sunday afternoon to swim there and that’s when I saw a body,” he told the Samoa Observer.

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“I’m not a sifi, I’m a servant” - P.M. says

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi objected to being called a “sifi” yesterday when Parliament convened to discuss the 2018/19 Budget at their makeshift home at Tuana’imato. The word sifi in Samoan is often used to describe the leader of a bad gang who is the last to be killed in an action movie. 

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Rev. Vavatau Taufao.

Govt. mull over Church tax plea

The Elders of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Dr. Malielegaoi were unable to reach an agreement during their much-anticipated meeting on Monday. This was confirmed by the General Secretary of C.C.C.S., Reverend Vavatau Taufao. He said they were told during the meeting that the Prime Minister and the relevant government officials would have a meeting to discuss their letter to the Prime Minister.

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LAND AND TITLES COURT PRESIDENT: Fepulea'i Atilla Ropati.

Attorney General Office’s appeal before Court

A hearing of an appeal against the Court’s decision to acquit the President of Land and Titles Court, Fepuleai Atilla Ropati, of charges against him, has been re-set for Monday morning. The matter was brought before the Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu.

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LIFE IS HARD: The home belonging to Peleitala Saleifi and her eight children cannot properly shelther for them when it rains. She is need for a proper shelter.

Plea for proper home

Meet Peleitala Saleifi from Saanapu. She is in need of a proper shelter. The unemployed mother of eight shared her main concern is the welfare of her children.

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OPPORTUNITIES AWAITING PACIFIC ENGAGEMENT: Israel’s General Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yuval Rotem and Nanai Tuiletufuga Press Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office.

Israel pushes for more Pacific engagement

Samoa and the Pacific should do more to benefit from the Israeli government’s  US$480 million (T$1.2 billion) international aid for food security, water and other basic utilities.

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AT THE LAUNCH EVENT: The Office of the Pacific Games launched the Official Games Logo for the 16th Pacific Games that Samoa will host in 2019. Photo/Misiona Simo

“Sport is what we do, it’s in our D.N.A”

The Office of the Pacific Games launched the Official Games Logo for the 2019 Pacific Games at Tanoa Tusitala Conference Room.

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ISRAELS COOPERATION CENTER, DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL: Gil Haskel addressing the Pacific media.

Forum opportunity on the radar

The Israeli Government is looking at playing a more active role in the Pacific region. It is seriously considering a role in the upcoming Pacific Islands Forum meeting to be held in Nauru in September.  This is according to the Deputy Director General of the Israel Cooperation Center, Gil Haskel.

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DISCOVERING JERUSALEM: The Pacific Journalists’ tour to the Yad Vashem.

Pacific media delegation visits World Holocaust Remembrance Centre

The Pacific journalists’ tour to the Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center - was quite difficult, hearing first-hand how six million Jews were murdered, including children by the Nazi’s.  According to the tour guide, Iris Rosenberg, while the Nazi persecution of the Jews began in 1933, the mass murder was committed during World War II. 

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CAUGHT: Pati Sonny Chong Nee.

Police capture Pati Chong Nee

One of Samoa’s most wanted men has been captured. The Police has confirmed that Pati Chong Nee, who was wanted by the Police as a suspect in a series of criminal activities, was caught this morning. “The Samoa Police Service (S.P.S.) wishes to inform the public that PATI CHONG NEE who was wanted by police has been captured this morning as a result of the information relay by the public to police,” a statement said.

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The crash happened at Tuana’imato, in front of the Maota Samoa Supermarket

Lucky escape at Tuana’imato

The driver of this right hand drive van is lucky to be alive after his vehicle crashed into an electricity pole and flipped. The crash happened at Tuana’imato, in front of the Maota Samoa Supermarket today. The driver was the only person in the van.

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Court House Mulinuu

Charges against former lecturer dismissed

Charges against former National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) lecturer, Christopher Gounder, were dismissed and withdrawn yesterday. The decision was handed down by His Honour, Chief Justice Patu Tiavasue Falefatu Sapolu during the criminal mention hearing.

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CELEBRATING 50 YEARS: U.S.P. hosts culture night. Photo/Samo Kakadi

Culture night marks end of U.S.P.’s celebration

A culture night was held at the University of the South Pacific’s (U.S.P.) Alafua Campus on Friday to mark the closing of the university’s 50th year anniversary. Eight pacific countries performed on the night, showcasing various cultural dances. They were from Tonga, Vanuatu, Tahiti, Fiji, Samoa, Tokelau, Cook Islands and Solomon Islands. 

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CORONERS DEVELOP WIDER JURISDICTION: Participants of a workshop discussing the relevance of developing coroners authority pursuant to the new Coroners Act 2017.

Comparative analysis of Samoa, New Zealand Coroners Act 2017

Samoa Coroners Act 2017 grants coroners wider jurisdiction over the media reporting of deaths by suicide. Last Friday at the Coroners Continuing Education programme, New Zealand Coroner, Gordan Matenga delivered a session on the comparative analysis of New Zealand and Samoa Coroners Act 2017 to members of the Samoa judiciary.

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THE VOICE OF RADIO 2AP: Veteran Broadcaster Va’asiliega Iupati Lagaaia.

Veteran Broadcaster turns off the mic

After serving 38 years as the voice of the national Broadcaster, Radio 2AP, Va’asiliega Iupati Lagaaia, is calling it a day. Va’asiliega’s service as a Radio Announcer included air time with the Prime Minister, which us one of Radio 2AP’s most popular shows. Looking back at his long career, Va’asiliega, 60, told the Samoa Observer that Samoa’s National Radio has come a long way.  

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P.M. IS WRONG: Vui Sione Masinamua and Namulauulu Albert Ainu’u. Photos Facebook / Supplied.

‘There is no proof’

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi should have taken more care to check his facts before he leapt to name two members of the public as suspects in the Government’s search for the Ole Palemia (O.L.P.) blogger. So said Vui Seigafolava Sione Masinamua, one of two people identified by Prime Minister Tuilaepa as O.L.P. during an interview with Talamua Media last week.

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Think a Minute

Lucky You (Part I)

Think a minute…One night in June, 1997 a 55-year-old mother named Karen Minahan was hit by a car driven by a drunk driver. The driver then backed up and ran over her two more times! Karen’s lungs were punctured and all of her ribs broken.

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Recognise, encourage and stimulate exports

I am honored and humbled to present the opening remarks at this very important event, the Samoa Exports Awards 2018.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Banking whispers Whispers about the change of ownership for a major player in the banking industry in Samoa has been laughed off.

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