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The Supreme Court has dismissed criminal charges of theft and obtaining by deception filed by the Police against lawyer, Pa’u Tafaogalupe Mulitalo.

Charges of theft, deception against lawyer dismissed

The Supreme Court has dismissed criminal charges of theft and obtaining by deception filed by the Police against lawyer, Pa’u Tafaogalupe Mulitalo. The decision was delivered by Justice Vaemoa Vaepule Vaai.

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WINNERS: Team Double Hooked from American Samoa with Minister Lopao'o Natanielu Mu'a.

“Double Hooked” hooks the top prize

The Samoa International Fish Gaming Association Tournament finale took place yesterday with an official closing ceremony. In the end it was the Anglers from American Samoa team ‘Double Hooked,’ captained by Skipper, Peter Crispen, who took the grand prize overall of the tournament coming in first place with 91.6 points.

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LIKE AN ACCESS ROAD: Cross Island Road from Tanugamanono to Vailima has deteoriated over the years. Motorists want it fixed.

Cross Island Road a ‘disaster in the making’

Cross Island Road has been described as the “irony of all ironies.” The description was given by motorists who say the part of the road from Tanugamanono all the way to Vailima has got to be one of the worst roads in Samoa. And yet the road is used by thousands of road users every day.

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P.M. Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi at the Buckingham Palace in London where C.H.O.G.M. was held. Photo / Commonwealth.

Prince Charles destined for Samoa C.H.O.G.M. in 2022

Samoa has overcome a strong challenge from Malaysia in the bid to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (C.H.O.G.M.) in 2022. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, who was in London for C.H.O.G.M. meeting, spearheaded Samoa’s bid against other nations.

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Court House

Court Registrar investigated over ice pipe, alleged forgery

A Court Registrar is being investigated by the Police. The investigation follows the confiscation of a glass pipe used to smoke methamphetamine, also known as ice, from the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration’s compound by Police

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MINISTER OF WORKS, TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTRE: Papalii Niko Lee Hang.

Minister confirms suspensions

Two Assistant Chief Executive Officers of the Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.) have been suspended. This is in connection to an internal investigation on allegations that information was altered on the L.T.A. system to allow vehicles belonging to them to be registered.

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 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER: Lemauga Hobart Vaai.

Govt.’s chicken tax “lacks transparency”

The Samoa Chamber of Commerce and Industry has expressed disappointment over the lack of consultation on the Customs and Tariff Bill, which will increase the cost of imported food items like chicken. In fact, Chamber’s Chief Executive Officer, Lemauga Hobart Va’ai, said the Government’s handling of the matter “lacks transparency.” 

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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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Think a Minute

“Friendship on Fire”

Think a minute…A wise teacher said: “Marriage is a friendship on fire.” A couple who had been married over 30 years was telling a younger couple how happy they were. The older couple said how much fun they were having together, and that their physical passion was hotter than ever!

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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