Vaiala Beach students showcase certificates from Science Fair.

Environment themed projects stand out at Vaiala Beach

Can an egg bounce? How does helium affect your voice? How many balloons are needed to lift a cat? These are some of the questions students of Vaiala Beach School based their science projects around for the school’s annual Science Fair for 2018

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Accident Compensation Corporation Building

$13 million investment lacked proper papers

Investments in financial institutions by the Accident Compensation Corporation (A.C.C.) to the tune of $13 million were done without supporting documentation, an audit has revealed. The alleged deficiency in documentation was highlighted in the findings of a spot check audit report produced by the Controller and Chief Auditor, Fuimaono Camillo Afele, for the period March 31, 2015. 

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JICA Resident Representative Mr Tanaka Toshiaki with PacLeads Scholarship Recipient, Amuimuia Elisapeta Roreta Areta.

Senior Govt. Officer wins top award to study in Japan

A Senior Officer at the Lands Division of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is heading to Japan. Amuimuia Elisapeta Roreta Areta has been awarded the Pacific Leaders’ Educational Assistance for Development of State (Pacific-L.E.A.D.S) 2018 scholarship, Japan International Cooperation Agency (J.I.C.A.) announced.

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Masoe Norman Wetzell

Financial constraints lead to prize disparity

The late addition of a women’s competition to the Samoa Squash Open resulted in a disparity in prize winnings, organiser Masoe Norman Wetzell said.

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Fofogamua Hawaii Lavea.

Levaopolo says jail release is legal

Fofogamua Hawaii Lavea’s release was granted by the Ministry in accordance with the Prison’s Act, says Deputy Commissioner of Prisons and Correction Services, Levaopolo Rosa Mene. 

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Court House

Hospital staff in Court for alleged theft

Three hospital workers facing charges of theft as a servant appeared before Supreme Court Justice Vui Clarence Nelson yesterday morning. They are Pio Fesolai, Fou Sekone and Amanono Mafualo.

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Court House

Youth disputes prosecution on number of items stolen

An 18-year-old has appeared before the Supreme Court on one charge of theft of items valued at $7860 and one charge of unlawful entry. 

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Driver charged over death of 79-year-old

The Police has apprehended and charged the driver involved in the death of 79-year-old Lusi Loua Paulo at Nofoalii early this month. The accused, a 26-year-old male of Faleatiu and Satapuala, is remanded in custody and will appear before court on August 22, 2018.

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Recently established eyeglasses shop in Moto'otua cease prescription tests until registration is approved.

Health Ministry stops eye prescription tests

Samoa’s newest eyeglasses specialist shop Malo Mata has ceased offering eye prescription tests until their optometrist’s registration is approved by authorities.  

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05072018 News Photo: Iain McGregor/Samoa ObserverRugby. Sport.Alatasi Tupou.Samoa sevens team train at Apia Park Stadium.

Alatasi Tupou Court hearing set

An appeal against the Court's decision to discharge Manu Samoa 7s captain Alatasi Tupou without conviction is set for hearing on December 3. The decision was made by Chief Justice Patu Tiavasue Falefatu Sapolu yesterday.

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Princessa Shop at Si'usega.

Supermarket owner released from jail

The owner of the Princessa chain of Supermarkets, Zhu Jian Chen, has been released from jail after paying off his debt. His brief imprisonment is in connection to a warrant of committal that ordered him to pay $107,171.70 to Chan Mow Company Limited.

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IN MEMORY OF KOFI ANNAN: U.N. Regional Director Simona Marinescu with a portrait of Mr. Annan.

U.N. Samoa remembers Kofi Annan

Staff and volunteers of the United Nations (U.N.) in Samoa yesterday paid tribute to former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan. Kofi Annan passed away in his home over the weekend after a short illness. He was 80 years old. 

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The 2018 International Youth Day.

Creating and fostering safe spaces in Education

Available and accessible safe spaces can advance the cognitive, emotional and social skills of young people. 

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Julie Bishop  and Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi.

Prime Minister to address Lowy Institute

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi will give an address at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia on August 30.

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Youths of Manono tai adressing the sexual and reproductive training.

Youths participate in sexual health seminar

A hundred young people representing different church denominations from the villages of Lepuia’i, Faleu, Apai, Salua in Manono Tai recently participated in a sexual and reproductive health seminar.

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Sefuiva Charlene Malele.

Inquiry into Clerk about to be completed

The inquiry into the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, Sefuiva Charlene Malele, is about to be completed. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi, who is also Minister for the Office of the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly (O.C.L.A.), said the report will be handed to him upon its completion and they will accept its findings.

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Samoa Airport Authority.

S.A.A. Christmas parties illegal

Samoa Airport Authority illegally used public funds to host end-of-the-year Christmas and farewell parties and paid $1000 to a staff member whose house was damaged by fire. Controller and Chief Auditor, Fuimaono Camillo Afele, made these findings in his report on the financial affairs of the Samoa Airport Authority (S.A.A.) to Parliament for the financial year ending June 30, 2013.

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Sonia Piva has her eyes set on the 2018 Miss Samoa Pageant crown. Photo: Supplied

Sonia: advocate for education

As a little girl, Sonia Piva from Melbourne, Australia, has been visiting her mother, Maria Piva's families at Fagalii and Salelesi every year. But this time around, she has taken the quantum leap to live in Samoa.

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Member of Parliament Olo Fiti Vaai and Minister of Revenue Tialavea Tionisio Hunt.

Green Lane List to be abolished, says Tialavea

The Government will remove the “Green Lane List” after cargo x-ray scanners are installed at the main wharf and Samoa’s two airports.  This undertaking was given by the Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, during an interview with the Samoa Observer, as the cargo express service continues to come under criticism. 

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No tsunami following earthquake.

No tsunami following earthquake

A 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Fiji Islands region yesterday afternoon with the Samoa Government’s meteorology division later advising there is no tsunami threat. The earthquake at 1:19pm (Samoan local time) occurred at a depth of 559 kilometers and a distance of approximately 825 kilometers south west of Apia. 

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Think a Minute

“How to Debate with Your Mate”

Think a minute…A wise marriage counselor asks every couple wanting to get married if they have had a real argument yet. Often they answer: “Oh, no! We love each other. We never fight!”


“Se’i mai le mui’a’a; tau mai na o le pua e ulā”

There is a common Samoan saying: “Tau mai na o le pua e ulā; se’i mai le mui’a’a” – “Pick only the most fragrant of frangipani; harvest the royal roots”. It is both a directive and a gentle plea.

Between the Lines


Those parking meters A lot has been said about the Government’s move to install parking meters - good and bad.

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