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S.P.C. Deputy Director General, Audrey Aumua.

Partnerships between human, animal and environmental health experts

Experts in Pacific human, animal and environmental health, along with partners from across the region, discussed ways to coordinate their efforts to better address regional and national health risks during a One Health Consultative workshop in Fiji. 

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UK/SAMOA TIES: British High Commissioner Laura Clarke with Honorary Consul Taulapapa Brenda Heather-Latu.

United Kingdom to open High Commission in Apia

The United Kingdom is opening a new High Commission in Apia. The British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, announced the opening of nine new diplomatic posts across the Commonwealth, including in Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.

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Highway to success for farmers

Agriculture has more potential rather than being verbally considered as one of the backbone of Samoa’s economy. This is aside from local small or semi-scale subsistence farming. Samoa Observer spoke to two large scale commercial farmers in Samoa who have made the furrows of a farm look like a highway to business success.  

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Son Jed, his friend and his parents Greg and Kirstin Fleming are enjoying their stay at the Taumeasina Island Resort.

Special family celebration in Samoa

Greg and Kirstin Fleming came to Samoa to celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary. They are from Wellington, New Zealand. They are here with their five children. It is their first time in Samoa but not in the Pacific because they’ve been to Fiji, Tonga and Vanuatu. 

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FAMILY TIME: Mocha sisters have loved their holiday in Samoa.

Quality time for sisters

Sisters Brooke and Annette Mocha find Samoa a perfect place for quality family time. Not only are they in Samoa for a holiday, but also to spend some time together as siblings because they live in different states in Australia. 

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Group photo in front of the new shelter for improved safety and comfort of waiting passengers and schoolchildren.

Partnership for development

A tsunami in 2009 and a cyclone in 2012 have badly damaged the physical infrastructure and negatively affected the lifestyle of the inhabitants at Faleu Manono in Samoa.

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ALTERNATIVES TO VIOLENCE PROGRAMME TAKES IT TO THE PRISONS: Working together for a change and a better future, the 25 prisoners and the AVP Facilitators.

Empowering inmates to make a positive difference

The Alternatives to Violence Programme (A.V.P.) workshop has ended. A first of its kind in Samoa, the three-day workshop provides 25 prisoners at Tafa’igata the help to better use self-directive learning to develop positive change, self-esteem, conflict resolution and community building.

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NO SUCH THING: Tofete Lafaua Tofete.

Village rejects Police ‘toilet bowl’ claim

Luatuanu’u spokesperson, Tofete Lafaua Tofete, has rubbished claims by the Ministry of Police about another roadblock incident at their village during the early hours of Wednesday. “There was nothing on the road,” he said, “I don’t know what the Police are trying to do here. 

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Georgina Lui: Retail stores in Saleufi now offering late night shopping.

Late night shopping begins at Saleufi

Retail stores in Saleufi are now offering the option for late night shopping every Thursday of the week. The group of business owners behind the effort want to cater to those busy professionals trying to strike a balance between work, family and leisure.

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Tafilitiamalie with granddaughter, Pauline.

102 and still going strong

At 102 years old, Tafilitiamalie Taufafo Tu'i is thankful to God for life. Whe he was just three years old, he witnessed the devastation caused by the spread of influenza, the flu epidemic that took the lives of many Samoans in 1918. "It was a very sad scene if I can recall,” he said. “People died on their beds, mothers bodies were lifted onto trucks to be dumped while still breastfeeding their babies."

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LOVING THE ISLAND LIFE:  Lynne Cole created so many fond memories in Samoa and plans to return if time permits.

A special place for Lynne Cole

Samoa has a special place in Lynne Cole’s heart. A seven-day trip turned into a vacation of a lifetime with memories that would last a lifetime.

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Nick Feast and Rhianna Laybourn are enjoying the beginning of their almost honeymoon on the terrace of the Taumeasina Island Resort.

Couple celebrate honeymoon in Samoa

Newly-weds Nick Feast and Rhianna Laybourn are celebrating their honeymoon in Samoa. They’ve been courting for 10 years and were lucky enough to win a trip to Samoa, allowing them a chance for a romantic getaway. 

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The Siva Afi show.

Jack Tai Laban wins latest round of Faletalimalo Challenge

The first challenge of round two of the Siva Afi kick started last night and what a night it turned out to be. 

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Mr and Mrs Vuki with family as they present their financial gift of over $15,000 to Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

A loving heart for Samoa

The following is penned by Faalogo Situtuila Sissy Vaa Vuki telling their story with husband Tupuola Sione Vuki behind their Samaritan mission to assist Samoa where possible.  In recent weeks, coupled spearheaded a fundraising drive in the hometown in St. George Utah U.S.A to raise over $15,000 for the National Emergency Call Center:

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Former Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi.

“Where is love?” Former Head of State asks

The former Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, was assured by the Office of the Attorney General that the Land Titles Registration Bill (L.T.R.) 2008 would not alienate customary lands.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi talks about the Asau Harbour Development in Savai’i.

P.M. talks up Asau Harbour development

If pieces of the puzzle fall together, Asau Savai’i will be Samoa’s newest International Port of entry in two years from now.

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SMILES: Roger Warren Former Manu Samoa Player, Asomua Anastasia Stanley, Theodore McFarland and Alema Pisa.

Samoa’s Wild Knight ready

Affording the chance for better future opportunities for young Samoans is an approach that C.E.O. and President of Samoa Stationery and Books (S.S.A.B.), Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai, is keen on. 

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Meditation and mindfulness Guru: Dr Sharn Rocco at Sinalei Reef Resort.

Mindful and meditation retreat

Being mindful and taking time to meditate is a good way to live and truly appreciate life at any given moment.

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Tuvalu Ombudsman visits Samoa

There is a lot to learn from peer-to-peer exchanges among National Human Rights Institutions in the Pacific. 

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Samoa Police Service.

Police issue Luatuanu’u road advisory

The Police issued this media statement last night. It is published below verbatim:

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Think a Minute

Win with words

Think a minute…A famous man said: “Words are the most powerful drug used by mankind. They are like nitroglycerine: they can blow up bridges or heal hearts.” It all depends on how we use them: as a weapon to hurt or an instrument to heal.

Columns

A look at some features of South Pacific Constitutions

I have elsewhere contrasted two metaphors for the work of constitution-making.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.

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