Papali'i Malietau Malietoa.

Asian Development Bank breached own policies, says Papalii

Papali'i Malietau Malietoa is concerned the Asian Development Bank (A.D.B) and local partners are not abiding by their own policies. In an interview with the Samoa Observer, Papali'i, whose family land is up for development as a Flood Control Multi-Purpose Dam in Alaoa, said the Bank’s own safeguarding policies should have protected families from the unsatisfactory consultation practices of the project proponent, Electrical Power Corporation (E.P.C). 

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HELPING TO ALLEVIATE SAMOA’S FISHERIES PRESSURES: The Tilapia fish which is ideal for aquaculture farming. (Photo / Farmer’s Weekly)

Easy-going Tilapia - alleviating marine pressures on Samoa’s fisheries

From consuming a large number of fresh fish during special occasions, to the average Samoan eating canned fish throughout the week - fish, in Samoa, is known to be one of the most important sources of protein and nutrients available to the inhabitants of the small island nation.

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Samoa Airways.

Growing Samoa Airways family

The unfortunate recent turbulences undermining national carrier Samoa Airways is not deterring true Samoan patriots from raising their hands up to be part of the solution.

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The Pacific Island Food Revolution team filming the Samoan episode at Taumeasina Island Resort last year.

Pacific reality cooking show like no other

The reality television cooking show format has made it to the Pacific: but with a mission to combat lifestyle diseases, and make healthy eating easier.

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School will officially start for 2019 on the 28th of January.

Catholic schools start 28th January

All Catholic Church-run schools in Upolu and Savai’i will commence their academic year on January 28. 

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Chinese medical team - Dr. Hong Xinyu, Dr. Wang Jinguo, Dr. Zhang Zhiguo, Dr. Gang Xiaokun, Dr. Wang Le, Dr. Qi Baochang.

First Chinese medical team leaving with great memories

Members of a Chinese Medical team who has been making a difference at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital – and other hospitals throughout the country - are preparing to return home with many wonderful memories of Samoa.

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Tahere Siisiialafia met President Barack Obama in Hawai'i last week. Photo: Supplied.

President Obama chooses young Samoan woman

A Sociology Lecturer at the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.), Tahere Siisiialafia, has been chosen as a global leader by the former President of the United States, Barack Obama. Ms. Siisiialafia, was one of six Pacific Islanders selected as the first cohort of Obama Leaders by the Obama Foundation for the Asia-Pacific Leaders programme in 2019. 

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P.M. Tuilaepa’s Sunday market visit

P.M. Tuilaepa’s Sunday market visit

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi interacting with vendors and members of the community at the Savalalo Fish Market yesterday morning.

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IF NO PLASTICS THEN WHAT: The vendors want to know how they can continue their work without plastics.

Small businesses share concerns

The Government’s decision to ban the use of plastic bags is cause for concern among market and village shop owners. While they accept that the decision is good for the environment, they say the Government must come up with a better and cheaper alternative to plastic bags so they can continue their service to the public.

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Minister of Education Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio.

Private schools get $14 m Govt. help

Students at private, mission schools and early childhood learning centers stand to benefit from $14 million tala Government assistance. The Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio, confirmed the assistance, telling the Samoa Observer it has been channeled through the One Government Grant (O.G.G.).

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THE BEST: Army of Kins in action during the S.B.D.C final on Saturday night. Photo: Misiona Simo.

Samoa’s best Dance Crew in 2019

They have done it again. The “Army of Kins” crew from Vaiala has been heralded Samoa’s Best Dance Crew for 2019, defending the title they won last year. On top of the accolades, money and prizes they collected during the final of the TV1 contest at the C.C.C.S.

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The family says that their lives, including that of young Saletolo Elia, are placed at risk during floods:  Photo / Misiona Simo.

A family's plight

A family at Magiagi, who claims their lives are placed at risk when the Vaisgano river floods, is appealing to the Government for help. The family of Uele and Sagauga Meroma Lavea spoke to the Samoa Observer in a bid to attract attention to their plight, claiming they have been waiting for years to get help. Uele and his 65-year-old wife live with their children and grandchildren next to the Vaisigano river.

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SIMPLE HOME AND A GALLON TO COLLECT WATER: The home of Selepa Ahvon from Saoluafata  who is seeking help for a water tank.

Family in desperate need of water tank

Selepa Ahvon lives in a hut in Saoluafata with her four children and husband. Their home is basically an open-plan house, with wooden posts and a roof made out of corrugated iron, and traditionally-weaved coconut leaves. It is not much of a structure, but it at least keeps the family warm and dry during rain and bad weather.

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G.E.F: Successful grantees from Upolu with U.N.D.P. Resident Representative, Charles Chauvel (front left), C.E.O. of M.N.R.E., Ulu Bismarck Crawley (front right) and members of S.G.P., N.S.C. and T.A.G.

More than half a million tala to strengthen fragile ecosystems

Ten more local applications for funds from the Global Environment Facility (G.E.F.) Small Grants Programme (S.G.P.) have been successful. 

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FAMILY FUN DAY: Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi with some of his family members at Vaitele yesterday for their sports day.

Family times are quality time

Four generations of the Aiafi family enjoyed a sports day at Fa’atuatua College field yesterday. Children, teens, adults and some elderly folks gathered for a day of laughter and fun.

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: Church leaders and village leaders watching the celebration yesterday, including a float parade.

Letogo celebrates anniversary

The village of Letogo yesterday celebrated its 116 years anniversary. The village came alive with sporting activities, dancing and lots of fun.

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The Associate Minister of Revenue and Member of Parliament for Vaimauga Sisifo, Lenatai Victor Tamapua, is pictured with his wife, daughter  and family members after he was bestowed the Fuimaono title at Salani Falealili on Friday.

Associate Minister bestowed Fuimaono title at Salani Falealili

The Associate Minister of Revenue and Member of Parliament for Vaimauga Sisifo, Lenatai Victor Tamapua, is pictured with his wife, daughter  and family members after he was bestowed the Fuimaono title at Salani Falealili on Friday.

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Robert Oliver and Dora Laura Elisiana Rossi host the Samoa episode of the Pacific Island Rood Revolution, launching March 28th in Fiji.

Food Revolution starts at home

One of Samoa’s leading chefs, Dora Laura Elisiana Rossi, is the co-host of the Pacific Island Food Revolution: a reality television style cooking competition with a Pacific flavour.

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Seiuli slams “generation snowflake”

Seiuli Dwayne Johnson has slammed young people for “looking for a reason to be offended”. The 46-year-old actor and professional wrestler has hit out at the younger generation, claiming they are ruining the hard work of people who “fought for freedom and equality”, by trying to find more reasons to be “offended”.

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The Electric Power Corporation (E.P.C.) has appealed to licensed electricians to renew their annual license fees to avoid paying a penalty fee.

E.P.C. urges licensed electricians to pay up

The Electric Power Corporation (E.P.C.) has appealed to licensed electricians to renew their annual license fees to avoid paying a penalty fee. The Government-owned electricity generator and supplier made the appeal in a recent post on their Facebook page. 

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Think a Minute

Fathers of Orphans

Think a minute...Tragically, fathers are becoming a vanishing breed. Statistics show that millions of children are growing up like orphans because their fathers simply reproduce themselves and leave, rather than staying home to love and raise their son or daughter.


Getting the best people for the vacant government positions

With a couple of Chief Executive roles available in the Government, the closing time for those shooting to become a brand new C.E.O. and also those thinking that they can be re-appointed is up. They have thrown their hats in the ring now.

Between the Lines


P.M. on Church leaders It seems Prime Minister Tuilaepa can’t leave members of clergy alone. During a radio programme last week, he had plenty to say about Church Ministers. For instance, he reminded them that Church Ministers were only taught on spiritual matters, not on Economics.

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