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MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: Olo Fiti Vaai.

Olo challenges P.M. to coach the Manu Samoa

Member of Parliament, Olo  Fiti Va’ai is calling on Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi to step down as the Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union. Olo also challenged Tuilaepa to appoint himself as the new Head Coach for the Manu Samoa. 

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CONGRATULATIONS: Some of the 22 scholarship students, bound for China pictured with (fourth from left), Tagaloa Sharon Potoi Aiafi, H.E. Ambassador Wang Xuefeng and Madame Tong Xin.

Students awarded scholarships in China

The Chinese Embassy hosted a farewell reception for 22 students who have been awarded scholarships to study in China. Samoa’s Chinese Ambassador, H.E. Wang Xuefeng congratulated all the students who are making the journey to China to further their studies in universities in various cities.

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SAMOA'S NATIONAL 2AP RADIO SENIOR REPORTER: Meritiana Oti.

Senior reporter, a Fellow at the Dart Centre for Journalism

Samoa’s National 2AP Radio Senior Reporter, Meritiana Oti, has been awarded an international fellowship from the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. 

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SAMOA'S FREEDOM FIGHTER: The late Ta’isi Olaf Frederick Nelson.

Samoa history and life of Ta'isi O.F. Nelson launched

Samoa’s freedom fighter, successful entrepreneur and a man who did not shy away from defying world leaders he did not feel uncomfortable with during his time, the late Ta’isi Olaf Frederick Nelson was honoured yesterday during the launch of a book dedicated to his life, at his old home at Tuaefu.

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PICK A COLOUR: Filimoni Pelenato, Tolai Seve, Carlos Sialaoa and Charlie Sanalele.

MONI drinks show your true colours

Samoa Breweries hosted a tasting of their newly-available alcoholic product called ‘MONI’ at their headquarters at Vaitele on Friday. MONI consists of five different flavours including, Le Moana (Blue), Le Afi (Red) , Le La (Yellow), Le Mauga (Green) and Le Masina (White).

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MINISTER OF PUBLIC ENTERPRISE: Lautafi Fio Purcell.

Minister defends Samoa Airways logo

The Minister of Public Enterprises, Lautafi Fio Purcell has leapt to the defence of the Samoa Airways logo following criticism and numerous public complaints. Citing costs and priority spending, Lautafi reassured the public that they will change their opinions once they see it on the tail of the plane. 

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FATHER, FARMER, FISHERMAN: Iopu Lui from Fasito’o uta.  Photo / Talimalie Uta

Still a young soul

Age is just a number.

Ask 58 year old Iopu Lui and he will show you how age doesn’t define his energy to work.

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Hard working man pleading for water Gaoa Semi (50) Tuanai Uta.

Water shortage a common issue

It is hard to believe that its 2017 and the lack of water and electricity still exists in Samoa. The question is: Why has this become a common issue these days? 

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FAMILY MAN: Talamatavao Motu of Faleasiu.

No problem too big to be solved

It has been said that family is where life begins. And it is within families where trouble begins as well; that’s if the parents are not carrying out their duties anymore.

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JUST WATER: Solomona Vasasou Leiataua from Manono and Fasito’o.

Water would make everything okay

Solomona Vasasou Leiataua is not new to the world of farming and fishing. The 28 year old said that this is his way of earning a living and supporting his family.

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ESCAPING THE COLD: Robert and Sandra Senderson enjoying the warm weather of Samoa. Photo / Deidre Tautua – Fanene

Frequent visitors

Robert and Sandra Senderson are no strangers to Samoa. The couple are originally from Scotland however they have been living in New Zealand for the past nine years.

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GOING SAMOAN: Georgina Valention and Michael O’brien from England.

Fish and more palusami, please

A young couple who spent almost three weeks in Samoa says they’ve had the best holiday. Michael O’brien and partner Georgina Valention heard about Samoa by word of mouth.

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CREDIT MANAGEMENT AND DEBT RECOVERY: Participants at the course have gone away fired up and ready to use what they have learned in their workplaces.

Training opportunities for private sector

The Samoa Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Samoa In-country Training Programme of the Oloamanu Centre for Professional Development and Continuing Education of NUS, hosted a 5 half day course on Credit Management and Debt Recovery this past week.

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CONGRATULATIONS: The Under 18 Gold Medallists team.

Principals’ Association celebrates achievements of Gold Medallists

The Samoa School Principal Association hosted a welcoming dinner for the Under 18 Gold Medalists team from the recent Commonwealth Youth Games in Bahamas at the Taumeasina Island Resort.

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McDonald's President and Owner: Tautolo Aogaleatu Charlie Tautolo.

More ‘Golden Arches’ for Samoa

The president and owner of McDonald’s Restaurant, Tautolo Aogaleatu Charlie Tautolo is a man on a mission. There is currently one McDonalds in Samoa located in the heart of Apia. 

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Minister of Prison and Correction Services, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt says a work release programme is in the pipeline for inmates in Samoa.

Government considers work/release for prisoners

A work release programme is in the pipeline for inmates in Samoa, says the Minister of Prison and Correction Services, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt. In an interview with the Samoa Observer, Tialavea said the issue has been discussed amongst the stakeholders and it’s something the government is seriously looking at. 

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GREAT WORK: Vaiala Beach students proudly display their Certificates of Achievement for Science.

Vaiala Beach School shows scientific flair

Vaiala Beach School students really know their Science, and what’s more, they can tell you all about it. This is the second year that the school has held a Science Fair and the quality of all their projects has really impressed the judges, the teachers, parents and peers.

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Kamala Chandrakirana.

Human Rights experts on fact-finding mission

United Nations, Human Rights experts who are in Samoa for a 10-day fact-finding mission, have concluded an open dialogue on ‘taboo’ subjects,  the meaning of the ‘Samoan way of life’ (Fa’asamoa) and ensuring women’s rights to equality within the family. 

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The New Zealand High Commissioner, H.E. David Nicholson; Australian High Commissioner, H.E. Sue Langford with the grandson of the late Taisi, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi and historian and author, Dr. Patricia O’Brien.

Author of ‘Tautai’ brings Ta’isi home

It was an emotional moment for historian and author, Dr. Patricia O’Brien, on Wednesday evening. She was at the National University of Samoa standing in front of dignitaries, members of the Diplomatic Corps, and invited guests in the Samoan Fale there, and she was about to deliver her presentation on her book, ‘Tautai", about the life and history of Ta’isi O.F. Nelson. 

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, Police Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil and Australian High Commissioner Sue Langford.

New Records and Exhibit Office opens

Yesterday morning, the Samoa Police Service officially opened a new Records and Exhibits Office. The project was funded by the Australian Aid through the Samoa Australian Police Partnership (S.A.P.P.) and cost close to $800,000.

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Think a Minute

Discipline dominates

Think a minute…During a football game of Augsburg University in the U.S., Augsburg was losing. Then late in the game, defensive tackle David Stevens was put in to play and sparked a comeback in his Augsburg teammates.

Columns

The foreword of Palemia; A Memoir*

Early in 2015, Dr Peter Swain paid me a courtesy visit at my office.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

NUMBERS PLEASE Is it our imagination or has there been a genuine upsurge in the number of tourists in Samoa? We say genuine, because we are not counting those who are our own ‘sons and daughters (and other aiga) for the return home’!

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