The crash happened at Tuana’imato, in front of the Maota Samoa Supermarket

Lucky escape at Tuana’imato

The driver of this right have drive van is lucky to be alive after his vehicle crashed into an electricity pole and flipped. The crash happened at Tuana’imato, in front of the Maota Samoa Supermarket today. The driver was the only person in the van.

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Court House Mulinuu

Charges against former lecturer dismissed

Charges against former National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) lecturer, Christopher Gounder, were dismissed and withdrawn yesterday. The decision was handed down by His Honour, Chief Justice Patu Tiavasue Falefatu Sapolu during the criminal mention hearing.

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CELEBRATING 50 YEARS: U.S.P. hosts culture night. Photo/Samo Kakadi

Culture night marks end of U.S.P.’s celebration

A culture night was held at the University of the South Pacific’s (U.S.P.) Alafua Campus on Friday to mark the closing of the university’s 50th year anniversary. Eight pacific countries performed on the night, showcasing various cultural dances. They were from Tonga, Vanuatu, Tahiti, Fiji, Samoa, Tokelau, Cook Islands and Solomon Islands. 

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CORONERS DEVELOP WIDER JURISDICTION: Participants of a workshop discussing the relevance of developing coroners authority pursuant to the new Coroners Act 2017.

Comparative analysis of Samoa, New Zealand Coroners Act 2017

Samoa Coroners Act 2017 grants coroners wider jurisdiction over the media reporting of deaths by suicide. Last Friday at the Coroners Continuing Education programme, New Zealand Coroner, Gordan Matenga delivered a session on the comparative analysis of New Zealand and Samoa Coroners Act 2017 to members of the Samoa judiciary.

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THE VOICE OF RADIO 2AP: Veteran Broadcaster Va’asiliega Iupati Lagaaia.

Veteran Broadcaster turns off the mic

After serving 38 years as the voice of the national Broadcaster, Radio 2AP, Va’asiliega Iupati Lagaaia, is calling it a day. Va’asiliega’s service as a Radio Announcer included air time with the Prime Minister, which us one of Radio 2AP’s most popular shows. Looking back at his long career, Va’asiliega, 60, told the Samoa Observer that Samoa’s National Radio has come a long way.  

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P.M. IS WRONG: Vui Sione Masinamua and Namulauulu Albert Ainu’u. Photos Facebook / Supplied.

‘There is no proof’

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi should have taken more care to check his facts before he leapt to name two members of the public as suspects in the Government’s search for the Ole Palemia (O.L.P.) blogger. So said Vui Seigafolava Sione Masinamua, one of two people identified by Prime Minister Tuilaepa as O.L.P. during an interview with Talamua Media last week.

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CHURCH TAX PLEA:  E.F.K.S. Chairman, Reverend Elder Tautiaga Senara and General Secretary Reverend Vavatau Taufao.  Photos/Samoa Observer

Church implores Govt. to reconsider tax law

The Elders of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) are urging Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and his administration to reconsider the law to tax the alofa received by Church Ministers. This is the gist of a letter from the Church to Prime Minister Tuilaepa, dated 15 June 2018. The 11-page letter, written in Samoan, highlights the church’s position on the issue. 

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FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Moli Maurice Sapatū, 11 years old is the youngerst person to register for the head shave event.

Young boy steps up to do his bit to fight cancer

At the tender age of 11, Moli Maurice Sapatū has registered for Samoa Cancer Society’s BlueSky “Shave, Save or Dye it” scheduled for this month. 

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HELP: Lufo Ioane with her husband Patolo Fa’asavalu seeking for help to fund their trip to India for Ms. Ioane’s operation.

Family seeks help

Forty-seven-year-old Lufo Ioane is in need of assistance. Ms. Ioane suffers from colorectal cancer (C.R.C.), also known as bowel cancer or colon cancer, which is the development of cancer from the colon or rectum (parts of the large intestine).     

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PROCUREMENT FORGERY: The issue was uncovered at the Ministry of Police.

Police official forged invalid quotation

An official working at the Ministry of Police “forged” a quotation, which was later uncovered as “invalid”. This is one of the irregularities, which set off a special investigation at the Police in 2015. The irregularity is highlighted in the Samoa Audit Office Report on Irregularities for the financial year 2015-2016, available on their website.

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GENDER EQUALITY PUSH: The project aims to remove barriers to women participating in sport.

New project offers exciting opportunity

The Samoa Gymnastics Federation (S.G.F.) and National University Samoa (N.U.S.) have launched a new Australian Government Pacific Sports Partnerships (P.S.P.) innovation fund initiative.

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Avele College was among the schools that visited Netvo’s booth. Photo: Misiona Simo.

Netvo promotes digital learning

Digital learning is important in this day and age. For Netvo Samoa, they have a mission of supporting students in their studies. 

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SUPERIOR EXPERIENCE: The Tui Samoa Cable is a welcome addition to Bluesky’s coverage.

Bluesky’s Superior Coverage on Tui Cable

Since April 2018, Bluesky has connected to the Tui Cable which has been a welcome addition to its existing Superior Coverage and Network. 

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CONSERVATION MILESTONE: Leota Kosi Latu Director General of S.P.R.E.P., Ulu Bismarck Crawley, C.E.O. of M.N.R.E. and Mason Smith Regional Director of I.U.C.N. Photo courtesy of I.U.C.N. O.R.O.

Celebrating conservation milestones

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (I.U.C.N.) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (S.P.R.E.P.) celebrated their respective anniversaries last week.

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Students experience life at University. Photo/Misiona Simo

Students experience life at University

Students from more than ten schools around Upolu took part in the University of the South Pacific (U.S.P.) Open day at Alafua Campus last Friday. 

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NEW BRANCH: Taituuga Maryanne Lameko-Vaai and her team at B.S.P.

Bank South Pacific takes banking ‘everywhere’

In a testament to the Bank of South Pacific’s (B.S.P.) commitment to provide convenient banking ‘everywhere’, the bank has added a new sub-branch and A.T.M. to its growing number of electronic and retail banking channels in Samoa. 

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa centre flanked by contestants vying for the title in 2017. Alexandra Iakopo claimed the crown with her reign to end in September.

Historical moment for Savai’i

It’s not by accident that Savai’i will host the 2018 Miss Samoa Pageant in September as the Teuila Festival finale this year.

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THANK YOU EVENI: Team Samoa with their Eveni gear are ready for the Junior Golf World Champs.

Eveni Sports backs Team Samoa for World Champs

For the first time this year, Samoa will have five golfers flying Samoa’s flag at the biggest junior golf tournament in the world.

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HEADING TO GENEVA: Faamanu Kelemete.

Young Samoan woman Geneva bound

A young Samoan woman, Faamanu Kelemete, is heading to Geneva. The Board member of the Young Women’s Christian Association of Samoa (Y.M.C.A.) has been chosen to attend a UN Human Rights Committee meeting in there.

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SHALOM: Chief Reporter, Joyetter Luamanu.

Samoa Observer invited to Israel

Samoa Observer’s Chief Reporter, Joyetter Luamanu, is in Israel this week. She is among 13 journalists who are part of a Pacific Tour to Tel Aviv, Israel, at the invitation of the Israeli government.

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Think a Minute

“Let it be”

Think a minute…There once was a village that had a very wise old man who gave the people answers to their problems. One day a farmer came to him and said: “Wise man, my donkey has died and I have no animal to help me in the fields.


“Oi auē, ua maumau le vasa!” “What a pity, such a waste of ocean!”: Idiosyncrasy and wisdom in Samoan creation and funeral chants

June the 8th last week was World Ocean’s Day. I would like to dedicate this address to all those who have and are working tirelessly to protect our oceans. The ocean is family and we have a sacred responsibility to ensure that we protect and nurture it like family.

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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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