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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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FARMING LIFE: Peter Tulaga Eliesa at his farm.

The business and challenges of taro farming in Samoa

Revenue from Agriculture makes up only seven percent of Samoa’s Gross Domestic product with taro being a major export. Efforts have been made to assist farmers of our major export crops such as cocoa, coconut and taro but there are some challenges that are out of the control of local farmers.

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ONE FOR THE BOOKS: Their Highnesses Tuimaleali'ifano Sualauvi II and Fa'amausili Leinafo with guests and members of the National Orchestra. Photo: Steve Percival.

National Orchestra impresses

The heavenly harmonious sound of the National Orchestra of Samoa and Chamber Opera Choir rung out beautifully at Taumeasina Island Resort on Friday night. The chamber ensemble concert was well attended by guests, including the Head of State, His Highness Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aleto’a Sualauvī II and the Masiofo, Her Highness Faamausili Leinafo.

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Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Warren.

Justice dismisses lawsuit over use of Stowers name

A defamation lawsuit over the use of the name Stowers has been dismissed by the Supreme Court. The decision was delivered by Supreme Court Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren in the defamation lawsuit filed against one Julieanne Stowers and TV1.

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Tuitama Talalelei Tuitama.

$30million on health separation under gun

The Government spent $30 million tala in 2007 to separate the Health services to form the National Health Services and the Ministry of Health. Ten years later, the state of the health services in Samoa doesn’t appear to have changed at all. And the Government’s decision to re-merge them has hit a snag.

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Principal Pelenato Liufau display his art alongside his students at the School of Fine Arts exhibition at E.F.K.S museum during the Malua Conference.

Principal aims for High Art in Samoa

Assuming the role of the quietly observing figure at the Leulemoega School of Fine Arts exhibition is the Principal and Artist, Pelenato Liufau. He glides through the gallery taking in the reactions of the viewing public.

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Prof. Fui Asofou So’o.

Professor Fui returns as Vice Chancellor

Prof. Fui Asofou So’o has been re-appointed as the Vice Chancellor and President of the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.). 

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A SELFESS OUTREACH PROJECT: EA Members, Nuns at Mapuifagalele and the Elders at the opening.

Emerging Artists launch ‘Project Cinderella 2018’

The Emerging Artists (EA) association has launched ‘Project Cinderella 2018’ – an initiative that will run for six months as part of the Association Charity affiliation. 

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ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN: Ministers Advisory Committee during its inspection visits for Upolu and Savaii.

Ministers Advisory Committee completes assessments for Upolu and Savai’i

The Ministers Advisory Committee has concluded its site inspection visits for the islands of Upolu and Savaii. 

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JOB WELL DONE: K9 dog inspector, Inspector Flynn and Dog Handler, Mr. Hugo Tauauvea.

Ministry of Revenue rewards Employee of the Month

Ministry of Revenue’s Customs Officer and dog handler, Hugo Tauauvea and K9 dog Inspector Flynn, were recipients of the Employee of the Month Award (E.O.M.) for the month of April. 

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LUCKY WINNERS: While Mother’s day might be finished, these winners are all smiles today for good reason.

Winners with Anchor and Ah Liki Wholesale

Mother’s day weekend might have ended last Monday but it is still bringing smiles to lucky members of the community.

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THE SPIRIT OF WISDOM IN LANGUAGES: Fascinated by facial composition and carving out their unique painting techniques. Pictured here are third year students 23 year old Kolio Pita and 20 year old Heber Maulalo Fesolai.

Showcasing best of fine arts

The School of Fine Arts showcased their end of semester exhibition of art works by Year 1 – 3 students at the E.F.K.S. Museum in Malua on Friday.

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Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang at his office.

Minister blames management

The alleged manipulation of the Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.) system where information was altered falls squarely on the management of the Authority. 

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Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe.

Tribute in Japan brings back painful memories

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and leaders attending the 8th Pacific Island Leaders Meeting (P.A.L.M.) in Japan have paid tribute to the lives lost during the 2011 tsunami in Japan. The disaster struck Iwaki City where the summit is held. 

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“I can confirm the matter has been referred to Police for an investigation. However due to the sensitivity of this matter, the Police will not provide any further comments until the investigation is completed” – Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo

Police take over L.T.A. probe

The Ministry of Police has taken over the investigation involving suspended Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.) Assistant C.E.O Anoanoai Pepe Lafai and former A.C.E.O. Mata'afa Sepelini Poufa. They are alleged to have altered information to allow vehicles belonging to them to be registered. This was confirmed by Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi is being conferred the “Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun” by Japan’s Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, in Iwaki. Photo / (Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan).

Japan pledges $4.6 million aid for Samoa

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi is heading home from Japan having accomplished a number of goals. First he has successfully co-chaired the 8th Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (P.A.L.M.) with his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe. 

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CONGRATULATIONS: Reverend Ekepati Va and his wife Pomate with Reverend Tanielu and his wife Feu Mamea at Malua Theological College yesterday.

Ordination joy at Malua

Twenty-four pastors of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) celebrated another step in their commitment to advance God’s kingdom on earth. The ordination of these Pastors allows them to administer marriages, funerals and Holy Communion. Held at the Jubilee Church at Malua yesterday, the service was well attended by hundreds of church members.

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SHALOM: Back row from left - Alex Stanley, Adele Kruse, Paul and Vivien Phillips, Taua Fatu Tielu. (front) Pastor Don Kruse, Pastor Benjamin Berger, Reverend Nu’uausala and Malu Siaosi.

Talofa lava and welcome to Samoa!

Messianic Jewish leader, Pastor Benjamin Berger, landed at Faleolo International Airport yesterday, signaling the start of an exciting week for Samoa. Pastor Berger, who will speak to Samoa about the “glory of the Lord, the revelations” in relation to recent events regarding Israel, arrived from New Caledonia where he was speaking at the Pacific Arise conference.

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Think a Minute

Under the Surface

Think a Minute…Remember Greg Louganis? He was the young superstar diver who won gold medals in all of his events at both the 1984 and 1988 Olympics. He was the first athlete in history to do it, and was elected to the Olympic Hall of Fame.

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Japanese Prime Minister Shizo Abe poses for photos with leaders of Pacific island countries in Iwaki, Japan.

Time to consolidate our priorities

I bring you warm greetings from the people and Government of the Independent State of Samoa, and acknowledge the recognition of my chairmanship of the Pacific Islands Forum and the related invitation to co-chair with you Honourable Prime Minister Abe, this 8th Pacific Leaders Meeting.

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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