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MARCUS LEE: Economic Advisor, speaker, and author of How to outsmart China will giving you all the trade secrets on how to attract Chinese tourists.

Chinese tourist whisperer

Meet the newly appointed representative for the Samoa Tourism Authority in China.

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Tuli Stowers stands infront of her home which she rennovated with money she earned from selling flowers.

Stowers builds empire with earnings from flowers

For 20 years, Tuli Stowers has seen the benefits of being a forester. Her home in a nine-acre land in  Leauvaa uta is surrounded by plants, which she earns $600-$800 tala from weekly by selling them at the Fugalei Market.  

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CONNECTING SAMOANS: Olisana Mariner, 22, launched The Hub on 1st January this year.

22-year-old works on connecting Samoans

A self-motivated young woman has dreams of creating an innovative platform to facilitate learning across industry sectors and national borders in Samoa. Olisana Mariner, 22, together with her father launched The Hub on 1st January this year. 

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DISAPPOINTED RESIDENT: Porita Taisia of Sapapalii, Savaii shared her concern to the Ministry of Health in connection to the deaths of two babies from Safotu District Hospital.

Women fear vaccine deaths

Women have lost confidence in the Samoa public health system following the deaths of two toddlers in Savai’i last week. A mother and grandmother, Lipena Heremoni of Tulaele spoke to the Weekend Observer saying she has lost confidence in the services offered by the hospital. 

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TAFAIGATA PRISON: Werner Tofilau tried to smuggle marijuana into the prison in five loaves of bread, which he bought at Vaitele on his way back to the correctional facility after visiting family.

Rapist gets another 10 months for smuggling

A criminal currently behind bars for sexual assault has been given another 10 months for attempting to smuggle drugs into Tafa’igata prison. Thirty-five-year-old Werner Tofilau of Iva is serving an eight-year sentence for rape and indecent assault and was scheduled to be released in 2022.

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A look at the Police in Luatuanu’u at the time of the roadblock back in April, 2018.

Luatuanu’u want ban lifted

The Luatuanu’u village council has asked the Government to lift the ban on its people accessing employment opportunities abroad and playing in rugby tournaments. In April this year a fight erupted during a rugby match at Saoluafata between Luatuanu’u and Falefa and this led to the Luatuanu’u blocking the road.

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Jamie and Glen Annandale exploring the island and experiencing first hand a new cultural lifestyle.

Island’s beauty a magnet

Life goes on for the ordinary Samoan as Jaime Annandale peers out of the local bus with loud music blaring in the background.

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Sally Filmer and Artie Ward enjoying their time together and their experience on the island.

Samoan culture an attraction

Timing was everything for Artie Ward and Sally Filmer when they finally made the trip to Samoa.

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TRADE TALKS: Minister of Commerce, Industry and Labour, Lautafi Fio Purcell.

Samoa rallies support for regional trade deal

Samoa has urged other Pacific Forum countries to join the negotiations of the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (P.A.C.E.R.) Plus.

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FIRST COMPETITION: Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai, competitors from St. Joseph’s, Avele, Pesega, Paul VI and Samoa College with the Judges, Mata’afa Keni Lesa, Misa Vicky Lepou and Shayne Boyd.

Pay teachers well, winning student speaker says

Sixteen-year-old Grace Ah Young, of Samoa College, is the winner of the inaugural S.S.A.B. Impromptu Speech competition. She spoke about the topic: “Is Samoa’s Educational System good? If not why?” The Owner of S.S.A.B. Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai said she was impressed with the caliber of speakers and is looking forward to making the competition an annual event. The competition is among activities the company is using to mark its 10th year anniversary. This is a transcript of what Grace Ah Young said:

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COVERED: Lafi Esera is grateful to N.P.I for the quick response. He is pictured with the team at N.P.I.

Driver in horror smash calls insurance from ambulance

A valued National Pacific Insurance (N.P.I.) customer recently called NPI directly from the ambulance immediately after a horror motor vehicle accident in Tuana’imato, Apia. 

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NEWLY APPOINTED: Faumuina Faalepo Solofa-Isitolo, Country Manager for Tower Insurance and N.P.I, Cook Islands.

Daughter of Samoa lands top role

A daughter of Samoa has been appointed as Country Manager for Tower Insurance and National Pacific Insurance (N.P.I) Cook Islands. 

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

Inquiry into Savai’i deaths critical, says P.M.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has assured that no stone will be left unturned in the investigation of the deaths of two babies in Savai’i who died after being vaccinated last week.

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TRADE TALKS IN SAMOA: M.F.A.T Assistant C.E.O Trade, Nella Tavita-Levy.

Samoa’s bid to ratify trade deal on track

Samoa is on track to ratify the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (P.A.C.E.R.) Plus agreement by June 2019. 

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Future Entrepreneurs: Filitino Iosefa and Justin Parker Junior received their Co:Lab Certificate of Completion.

Youth Co:Lab issues certificate

Two promising young entrepreneurs received certificates of completion yesterday after participating in the inaugural U.N. Youth Co:Lab workshop held in Samoa.

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OBJECTION: Owners of Transit Motel in Mulifanua, Pa’u Dr Roy Ausage and Gloria Samana Ausage.

Transit Motel owner opposes Govt. plan

Plans by the Government to build a ‘bed and breakfast hotel’ at the Mulifanua wharf have been cricitised by a motel owner, who said the State should not compete with local businesses.

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The Police officers at work. File photo.

Top cop in Court for careless driving

Prosecutor for the Ministry of Police, Inspector Solomona Natia, will appear in the District Court next week. He has been charged with careless driving and failing to comply with lawful requirement under the road traffic regulation.  

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TOILET QUESTIONS: The temporary unisex toilet at the McDonald's restaurant has raised a lot of eyebrows.

McDonald toilet under scrutiny

The McDonald Restaurant’s unisex toilet is in the spotlight with customers concerned that is not safe for public use. Customers say the location of the toilet at the back of the restaurant and its sharing with members of the opposite sex made it unsafe, especially for women and girls.

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NEW CALLING: The new President of the  Methodist Church, Faulalo Leti Paaga.

Methodist Church elects new President

The Methodist Church has a new President. Reverend Faulalo Leti Paaga was elected to the position during their annual conference underway at Faleula this week. Reverend Faulalo will take over from the incumbent President, Reverend Apineru Lafai. The 59-year-old is from the villages of Sale’imoa, Nu’uuli and Manu’a, American Samoa. 

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A.G.: Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff.

Attorney General takes over investigations

All inquiries into the deaths of the two toddlers in Savai'i have been referred to the Office of the Attorney General. This was confirmed by the Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri, in response to questions from the Samoa Observer.

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Think a Minute

“Decide Your Destiny”

Think a minute…A man was cleaning his car with a special brush when a little girl who had been watching him said, “My daddy has a brush like that to clean his car too.” “Really!” said the man. “What kind of car does your daddy have?”

Columns

Why Bananas

Well, how does the morning break for you besides prayers? I am at a crossroads with words and waking up with birds chirping.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Of ‘Papa Stui’ and fa’afafines Well it looks like some customers have kicked up a big stink about McDonald’s Unisex toilet.

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