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Ambassador Wang Xuefeng, Hon. Minister of Revenue Mr. Hunt, Madame Tong Xin with students at St Peters School.

Chinese Ambassador donates lawnmowers and sports equipment to three schools

The Chinese Ambassador Wang Xuefeng visited three schools, this week. He was accompanied by the Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt. The schools visited were St. Peters School at Falefa, Taelefaga Primary School and Lona Primary School at Fagaloa. 

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Safety a priority at Mulinu’u

Occupational Safety and Health (O.S.H.) on construction sites is essential. 

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CHIEFLY TITLE BESTOWED: Tautaituasivi Tagaloa Eddie Wilson III with N.Z. Prime Minister, Leulua’iali’iotumua Bill English.

Tautaituasivi title bestowed upon Tagaloa Eddie Wilson

Tagaloa Eddie Wilson is the new holder of the Tautaituasivi chiefly title of Moata’a.

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BLUESKY COUNTRY MANAGER: Alex Abraham.

Bluesky supports National Inquiry into Family Violence

‘‘We want everyone to access this number free of charge and we’ve activated the number for all to call. We are also calling on other service providers to zero rate this number for their networks. That way everyone in Samoa with a phone can call 800 6438 for free” - Country Manager Alex Abraham 

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HEADING TO MAINLAND CHINA: Some of the Fashion Designers and Managers who will be in China for two weeks.

Fashion designers China bound

Thirty-two Samoan fashion and garment designers are on their way to China to learn more about the garment industry there.

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CONGRATULATIONS: Police and Maritime Officers after the graduation ceremony.

Graduation smiles for Police, Maritime Officers

A graduation ceremony was held on Friday at the Police Headquarters for 17 Police and Maritime Officers. It was to recognize their completion of the United States Coast Guard’s Boarding Officer Course.  

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M.B.O.P.A. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: Tuivaiave Ioane Maletino (Treasurer), Tuatagaloa Ming Leung Wai (President), Leituala Joe Chan Ting (Vice President) and Fuiono James Westerlund (Secretary).

Marist Old Pupils Association vote in a new President

Former Attorney General, Tuatagaloa Aumua Ming Leung Wai, is Marist Brothers’ Old Pupil’s Association (M.B.O.P.A.) new President.

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BIRTHDAY SMILES: Members of the public who attended the celebration of 21 years of the Sails Restaurant this week.

Happy 21st birthday, Sails!

Coming of age is usually celebrated with much fanfare. However a journey of 21 years for Sails Restaurant was celebrated in a low key, personal style with family, friends and the business community, over the last two weeks of July.

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DRIVING THE BANK’S WORK: General Manager of B.S.P Samoa, Taituuga Maryanne Lameko-Vaai and the C.E.O. of B.S.P. Group, Robin Fleming in Apia this week. Photo / Supplied.

Bank on the move

The Chairman of the Bank South Pacific Group (B.S.P.), Sir Kostas Constantinou, is optimistic about the future of the banking sector – especially the growth of their business in Samoa and the Pacific. In fact, he has made a promise to the people of Samoa to improve their services because they want to be around for many years to come.

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WHAT A FEELING: Samoan players celebrate winning gold at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Bahamas.

Samoa wins Gold at Commonwealth

At long last there is something positive about rugby. Yesterdays, the Samoa Under 18 Sevens team secured gold medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas. Samoa overcame England in the final, 10-5.

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START OF A NEW ERA: His Highness Tui Aana Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II as Head of State of Samoa.

New Head of State takes Office

Samoa’s 4th Head of State since it became Independent His Highness Tui Aana Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II spent his first in the office yesterday.

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Prime Minister reading from the Holy Bible at his office.

Prayers keep Samoa peaceful – P.M.

There is no secret to maintaining peace in Samoa. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has told the Sunday Samoan that everyone contributes a peaceful country – and that is the secret. He credited the work of the Village Councils and the thousands of prayer warriors in Samoa.

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ON ITS WAY HERE: The loading of the cable for the journey to this part of the world.

Tui Cable loading underway

The Samoa Submarine Cable Company Limited (S.S.C.C) and Alcatel Submarine Networks (A.S.N) have begun the loading of the 1,470 km Tui-Samoa Cable. 

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LIFE ISSUES: Vaitimu Levika from Afega and Tuanai.

Working with family is key

Whether you’re rich or poor don’t depend on anyone else to give you what you want.

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WATER CONCERNS: Senetenari Faalelei of Fasito’o and Sapapalii Savaii.

Senetenari tells of his struggles

 “I’m a human being and I need water; it’s as simple as that.”

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PROUD FATHER: Saega Samuelu of Faleasiu and Tuanai.

The joy of having your first child

No one understands the shift in priorities until you actually have a child.

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WATER TANK DREAM: Filipo Egelagi of Fasito’o tai and Pu’apu’a Savaii

Filipo’s water tank wish

Water connects every living thing in this world but how can it not be available to all?

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LOVE IS IN THE AIR: Herbert and Sina Wittlund.

Intrepid travelers tie the knot in Samoa

When Herbert of Sweden met Sina of Samoa on a hike in the mountains of Nepal seven years ago– he never imagined that he would find himself in Samoa making another life changing trek.

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RETURN TO SAMOA: Shannon Maumasi, Auckland New Zealand.

Return to Paradise for Samoan teenager

All year round, Samoans abroad flock back to the homeland to celebrate the treasured tradition of the extended family reunion.

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CHEERS: Grant and Liz Walker of Te Anau, New Zealand.

Samoa an escape from harsh realities of the world

In the bustling market place at Savalalo, we came across a dynamic duo.

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Think a Minute

Get hold of happiness

Think a minute…Have you heard of the new emotional sickness called Sudden Wealth Syndrome? It happens to people who suddenly become rich by winning a big lottery jackpot, inheriting a lot of money, or other quick ways.

Columns

Living with ghosts

A good friend, smart also, once told me I live with ghosts. By ghosts he was referring to my childhood days.

Between the Lines

Between The Lines

7 QUESTIONS THAT ARE KEEPING US AWAKE 1. So come July 26, the day after the current Tui Atua is no longer the Head of State, is he still His Highness? 2. After being addressed as His Highness for 10 years, what new honorific if any, will he be known by?

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