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ADDRESSING GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE IN SAMOA: Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama with Rev. Iese and Siaea Uele together with U.N.F.P.A. facilitator Raina, S.R.C.A. National Society and representatives from other sectors.

Samoa Red Cross and U.N. agencies partner against violence

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Samoa Red Cross Association (SRCA) and the Ministry of Health have agreed to partner to address gender-based violence in Samoa. 

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RUGBY LEAGUE STAR: Martin Taupau with staff of the Office of Australian High Commission in Samoa.

“Culture is the core of who I am”

Rugby league star, Martin Taupau, says the Samoan culture is at the core of what he does.

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THANK YOU JAPAN: Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki with Mulipola Leiataualetaua Laki after signing of the contract.

Manono-uta Primary gets $394,434 help from Japan

Students at Manono-uta Primary School can look forward to better learning facilities next year, thanks to Japan.

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DOCUMENTING REAL LIFE: Maori filmaker, Paula Whetu Jones (third from right), with guests at the celebration of the UN Human Rights Declaration.

Film director slams culture suppression

The Maori culture, like many other indigenous cultures around the world, have been suppressed and branded “wrong” by foreigners.

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SIVA MAI: Students at Vaimauga College celebrate the end of the 2018 academic year.

Suiamaiseterite Sua tops Vaimauga College

Suiamaiseterite Sua is the 2018 Dux for Vaimauga College.

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SAMOA OMBUDSMAN: Maiava Iulai Toma awarding Henry Kovati with the second place adult’s video category.

Disability Week a success

The Samoa celebration of the International Disability Week has been a success, says the disability advocacy organisation, Nuanua o le Alofa (NOLA).

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The incident occurred in Tanugamanono at around 7pm last night.

Truck crashes at Tanugamanono

A family is still trying to come to terms with an incident, which led to this Toyota pick up truck on their lawn, next to the office of their car wash business.

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Pacific Games C.E.O., Falefata Hele Matatia.

Govt. yet to lock in Games corporate sponsors

The Government is yet to lock in corporate sponsorship for the 2019 Pacific Games. 

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Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupa’i.

Minister Afamasaga issues challenge

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupa’i has a lofty goal for Samoa: digital identification for all citizens by the next election.

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INNOVATION, CREATIVITY: Fa’aso’otauloa Sam Saili, Skyeye Chief Executive said the funding for the Maua platform will enable women to join inaccessible marketplaces, and achieve economic independence.

Skyeye secures first for Pacific

Skyeye Samoa has been awarded $230,000 from the Global System for Mobile communications Association (GSMA) towards accelerating an application designed to change e-commerce in Samoa.

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The weather office is warning the public to heed all weather bulletins issued by the office so that they can take every necessary precaution, in order to keep their families and properties safe.

Samoa can expect more heavy rainfall

Samoa can expect more heavy rainfall, more often causing flash floods during its wet season in the future, says the Acting Assistant C.E.O., Tile Tofaeno. 

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CHRISTMAS SOUNDS: 13 Days of Christmas kicked off with the Ministry of Police's choir performance last night.

Police open 13 Days of Christmas

It was all about Christmas lights and music at the opening of the 21st annual 13 Days of Christmas programme at Vaitele-uta Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (CCCS) at Vaitele last night.

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APPLYING FOR BAIL: Herman Westerlund exiting the Police van outside Court yesterday.

Bail application hearing adjourned to today

One of two men facing a charge of manslaughter over the death of Jeremiah Malaki Tauili’ili has applied to the Supreme Court to be released on bail. Herman Westerlund’s application for bail was before Supreme Court Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren yesterday, amidst heavy Police presence in the Courtroom.  

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Court House Mulinuu.

Man accused of alleged sexual violation

A man has been charged for attempted sexual violation of two sisters in Fasito’o-tai. The accused is charged with attempted sexual violation and assault with intent to Commit sexual violation. 

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FRUSTRATED: Amy Chan Mow inspects the flowers inside her nursery yesterday.

Thieves steal $15,000 worth of red palms

Plant nursery Owner, Amy Chan Mow, has expressed frustration at the theft of $15,000 worth of palm trees from her backyard. The owner of Amy’s Nursery in Siusega had her 10 years of hard work reaped off by thieves, who stole red palms from her backyard valued at $15,000 tala with the price of a red palm at $700 tala. 

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CONGRATULATIONS: The 2018 Top student Overall in the Foundation Programme at the National University of Samoa, Emily Elizabeth Fruean together with parents Ruby and Su’a Henry Fruean.

“Always remember, we started from the bottom”

The National University of Samoa’s top student in its Foundation Programme yesterday spoke of the importance of remembering how top achievers always started from the bottom. Speaking to the Samoa Observer after getting the university’s foundation programme’s top student award, 17-year-old Emily Elizabeth Fruean said it was always important to remember that everyone including herself started from the bottom.

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GETTING IT FIXED AGAIN: The John Williams building in Apia.

Building “recklessness” cost Church $6 million

The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) has so far spent $6 million on the renovation of the John Williams building in Apia. This was confirmed by the C.C.C.S. Finance Committee Chairman, Le Mamea Ropati Mualia, who went on to express disappointment with the “recklessness” which led to the project going over budget.

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Punialava’a doing what they do best in Sydney Australia.

Punialava’a, Cahill honoured

The Samoan community in Sydney is still buzzing a week after Punialavaa and soccer legend Tim Cahill were presented with Role Model Awards during the 10th Anniversary of LJU Media and the Samoan Sports Star Show FM89.3.

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Scenic Nature paradise at To-Sua Ocean Trench. Photo/ Wikimedia Commons

To Sua featured on Architecture and Design page

Samoa’s famous 30-metres deep giant swimming hole To Sua has been featured on the Architecture & Design, a famous social media page followed by 30.17 million people all over the world. 

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The smile on the students faces say it all at Fasito’o-uta yesterday.

Fasito’o-uta school gets $40,000 worth of help

Fasitoo-uta Primary School is the latest beneficiary of Australia’s Direct Aid Program (D.A.P) receiving 200 sets of desks and chairs valued at $40,000.

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Think a Minute

Maid to sing

Think a minute…Years ago many white southerners in America treated black, African Americans in horrible, evil ways. Yet there were some southern whites who were different. One of these was the Chisholm family in Laurel, Mississippi.

Columns

“We are our own enemy in this respect”

I’ve been asked to shed light on the emerging challenges of Human Rights in Samoa/ and the approach of the country in addressing them/ in approximately four to five minutes. ---I know you are keen to see the movie, so I will aim for three minutes.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

P.M. on Church leaders It seems Prime Minister Tuilaepa can’t leave members of clergy alone. During a radio programme last week, he had plenty to say about Church Ministers. For instance, he reminded them that Church Ministers were only taught on spiritual matters, not on Economics.

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