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S.R.U.’s Chief Executive Officer, Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai.

Samoa endorses Pacific Force

The Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.) has endorsed the proposal of having a combined Pacific Islands rugby team enter Super Rugby. S.R.U.’s Chief Executive Officer, Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai, revealed this to the Samoa Observer during an interview on Monday. 

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TAX DISAGREEMENT: Minister Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, Rev. Vavatau Taufao and P.M. Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

Church, Govt. tax dispute deepens

Church Ministers in Samoa – including the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) - have been put on notice. Should they insist on not paying their taxes by 30 June 2018, the Ministry of Revenue will use the power of the law to hold them accountable. That includes the threat of fines and further charges.

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HELPING HAND: Tautua i Puapuaga o Tagata of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa donated $30,000 to the National Kidney Foundation.

Church donates $30,000 to Kidney Foundation

The $30,000 donated by Tautua i Puapuaga o Tagata (T.P.P.T.) of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) to the National Kidney Foundation will go a long way to assist the increasing numbers of dialysis patients. This is according to National Kidney Foundation General Manager, Mulipola Iose Hazelman, who said they have been very fortunate with the monetary assistance offered by the T.P.P.T.

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PREVENT POLLUTION: Lithium batteries found by the Nelson brothers, off the coast of Safata.

“It was heartbreaking to see”

The Nelson brothers were out to enjoy Samoa’s sandy beaches when they came across more than 10 kilogrammes of lithium battery found around the coast of Safata. Richard and Stephen were disappointed after uncovering the batteries and took their frustration on social media. Richard pointed out that walking along the coast of Samoa; you’ll be seeing white sandy beaches and lush vegetation teaming with life both on the shore and in the sea. 

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Nora Iopu’s home.

The tough life of a 71-year-old elder

A 71-year-old grandmother is seeking assistance for daily necessities. Nora Normaneta Iopu told the Village Voice team she takes care of her 12-year-old grandson.  

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S.F.A. Supporters, Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson, S.F.A Member Vaito’a Toelupe and Leilani Jackson.

“Alliances for solidarity”

Improving access to primary and specialised care for fa’afafine and fa’atama Community in Samoa was the primary goal behind the Health Blueprint Training of Trainers. 

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KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE: Tokelau team in Samoa for F.A.O funded workshop on Biosecurity measures.

Tokelau learns from Samoa

A team from Tokelau experienced firsthand Samoa Biosecurity measures as part of a training workshop held last week in Apia. 

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‘SHAVE, SAVE OR DYE’ INITIATIVE: Taumeasina Island Resort backs up Samoa Cancer Society’s campaign.

Taumeasina gets behind campaign

The team at Taumeasina Island Resort is getting behind Samoa Cancer Society’s Shave, Save Or Dye campaign. And leading by example, General Manager, Nathan Bucknall, has offered up his luscious locks for the cause.

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The Principal Salainaoloa Tuimavave (on the left side) with students from the St. Peter Chanel Primary School and the volunteers (in front).

More than volunteering

As a method of promoting healthy living, nine Project Abroad volunteers from Australia started a backyard garden project at St. Peter Chanel Primary School in Moamoa last week Tuesday.

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S.M.S.M.C.L. project vehicle.

Project focuses on land management

The Strengthening Multi-Sectoral Management of Critical Landscapes for Samoa (S.M.S.M.C.L.) project under the Land Management Division of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (M.N.R.E.) was previewed yesterday. 

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SAMOA OBSERVER VISIT: Li Yonghui, Ding Dong, Gatoaitele Savea Sano, Zhang Junsai, Muliaga Jean Malifa, Ambassador Wang Xuefeng and Mata'afa Keni Lesa.

China looks to improve relationship with Samoa

After 40 years of helping Samoa through its bilateral relationship, China wants to do more. How to go about doing this is the goal of a Chinese delegation that is visiting Samoa for two days, meeting with different sectors of the community. 

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According to the Police, the drugs were allegedly found by the Police and the Customs K9 Unit in a suitcase that belongs to the accused.

Man accused of alleged ice smuggling changes lawyer

A man accused of smuggling ice estimated to be worth $60,000 into the country has changed his lawyer. Unasa Iuni Sapolu is now representing drug defendant, Tafuna Tauialo.

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HEAD OF STATE VISIT: Reverend Nu’uausala Siaosi, Pastor Benjamin Berger, his Highness Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II, Her Highness Faamausili Leinafo and Malu Siaosi.

Head of State welcomes Messianic Jewish leader

The Head of State, His Highness Tuimaleali’ifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II and his Masiofo, Her Highness Fa’amausili Leinafo, welcomed a very special visitor at Moto’otua yesterday. Their Highnesses welcomed Messianic Jewish leader, Pastor Benjamin Berger, who paid them a courtesy visit.

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Samoa Airways.

Samoa Airways landing fees request being considered

The request to waive the landing fees for Samoa Airways at Faleolo International Airport is unlikely to be granted. Instead, they are likely to be charged at a much reduced rate. So says the Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, who confirmed the request has yet to be approved by Cabinet. 

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“I want to make it clear, that (reports that the  Government vehicle was smashed) did not happen. I have  nothing to hide and the car was not in any way damaged” – So’oalo Mene

Associate Minister rejects reports

The Associate Minister of Justice and Courts Administration, So’oalo Mene, has rejected reports that a Government vehicle assigned to him was damaged during an incident outside a local bar involving his wife last weekend. “I invite you to look at the vehicle and you can see nothing was damaged,” he said. “I had a disagreement with my wife, and yes publicly.”

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PROTECT OUR SOIL: Float parade competition based on the theme, 'Sustain me to feed you'. Photo/Misiona Simo

Govt. highlights importance of soil

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (M.N.R.E.) opened the commemoration of Land and Soil week at Malaefatu, Sogi yesterday. Based on the theme “Sustainable Management of Land Degradation in Samoa: Sustain me to feed you”, the day started with an early morning float parade competition for farmers and schools.  

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BAIL: The accused has been in Police custody since he was arrested and he wants to be released.

Murder accused fights for bail

An 18-year-old boy accused in a murder case has asked the Supreme Court for permission to be released on bail. Ietitaia Misialofa of Fogasavai’i appeared in Court yesterday. He pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder and being armed with a dangerous weapon. 

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Weaving.

Empowering women of Lano, Savai’i

A great sense of excitement summed up one of the packed livelihood training sessions for the Nofotane Project, hosted by the village of Lano Savaii for the Faasaleleaga No. 4 constituency.

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Here are some more photos from Saturday.

Ordination signals official start of Malua conference

The annual conference for the biggest denomination in Samoa, the E.F.K.S. Church, officially begins today. Hundreds of church members from all over the world are gathering at the Malua Theological College compound for the annual pilgrimage where church leaders discuss future plans for the church.

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LOGISTICS TRAINING: The participants of the Disaster Management Office (D.M.O.) and World Foods Program (W.F.P.) National Logistic Unit workshop.

Govt. Ministry works on response to emergencies

The Disaster Management Office (D.M.O.) and World Foods Program (W.F.P.) has concluded a National Logistic Unit workshop.

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Think a Minute

Give to live

Think a minute…You may have heard the saying: “Joy shared is joy doubled.” Giving is not a sacrifice, it is an investment. We actually get back much more than we give.

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Without soil, there is no life

Samoa in 1998 accessed the Convention to Combat Desertification or Land Degradation.

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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