THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE: Tauloa Auvae Lui, Manager Investigation and Claims Division with the Accident Compensation Corporation receives his Award of Appreciation from Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mataafa.

P.S.C. recognises long serving Public Servants

“As we observe this significant event, we pause to remember and honour the memories of those public servants who have passed on and are no longer with us."

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EMPOWERED NOFOTANE WOMEN: During the Teuila Festival 2017, the unemployed Nofotane women sold products at their own market stall set up at the Teuila Festival site in front of the government building.

Samoan women reap socio economic returns

While the celebration of Samoa’s culture and traditions as per the Teuila Festival for 2017 has come to an end, the empowered nofotane women used the festival to enjoy the socio-economic returns from being empowered.

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HAPPY FATHER'S DAY: B.B.L. Winners for fathers day promotion with B.B.L. Staff.

Bluebird celebrates Father’s Day

Seven lucky dads celebrated father’s day with Bluebirds Father’s Day Promotion Prize Giving held last week Friday.

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PRIME MINISTER: Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi in New Zealand for the launching of the Palemia Memoirs.

P.M. Tuilaepa reflects on life as he promotes memoir

“I think what my ministerial colleagues did not know is that the first guy who was directed to come with a gun at me, was a young man, married to a girl of my family, and I think that was a factor that was not known. And was why the gun was removed from him and given to the son of the minister to execute…” –P.M. Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi

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TAKING THE INITIATIVE: Training unemployed nofotane women on livelihood skills in the Safata constituency.

Economic empowerment of women in Safata

“Taking the initiative” sums up the second livelihood training session for the economic empowerment of nofotane women at the Safata constituency. Centered at Fusi Safata, the training catered for women from Salamumu, Sa’anapu, Sataoa, Fusi and Tafitoala.

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'VAVE' AWARENESS PROGRAMME: Apolima Tai villagers attending Samoa Cancer Society presentations.

Cancer Society continues to deliver early detection messages

The Samoa Cancer Society conducted another ‘Vave’ awareness programme on the island of Apolima and the Sui o Nu’u last Wednesday.

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WINNER OF THE PRE-ANNIVERSARY PROMO IN APIA: Movita Ah Him with her mother and some of BSL Staff members.

Winners with Business Systems Limited

Two lucky winners from Upolu and Savai’i received two 40” flat screen television sets yesterday when Bussiness Systems Limited’s pre anniversary promo came to an end.

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Participants receiving certificates of completion.

China training ends on high note

Well all good things come to an end. It has been a long and adventurous journey in China. Following five weeks of unswerving lectures, practical workshops and field visits, participants have successfully completed the training on Paper Cutting and Traditional Folk Handicraft Production for Developing Countries 2017.

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Fa’afetai Aumua of Samusu.

The empowered Nofotane women series

As the livelihood training of nofotane women rolls out in village communities over the next 12 months, Samoa Victim Support Group, in partnership with U.N. Women Fund for Gender Equality, will share with you ‘The Empowered Nofotane Women Stories.’

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WATER POWER TOP-UP INITIATIVE: The Prime Minister's response confirms that the government will keep the best interest of the country and may revisit the initiative.

Govt. receptive to Water Power System

Government has taken on board suggestions for a Water Power top-up initiative identical to the Cash Power top-up for electricity.

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S.P.R.E.P. DIRECTOR GENERAL: Mr Kosi Latu.

Strengthening our Pacific Resilience

The Director General of S.P.R.E.P. attended the African Caribbean Pacific (A.C.P.) Pacific and European Union joint parliamentary session this week in Port Vila Vanuatu. Leota presented a perspective on the ‘Need for Accelerated Climate Change Action’ at the 14th Regional Meeting (Pacific Region) of the ACP-EU Parliamentary Assembly, 19 – 21 July, Vanuatu. Calling for support to be scaled up in the Pacific, this was his message

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Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

“I am her mother,” the woman said, looking King Alf squarely in the eye as she spoke. “Surely you will not deny me the right to see my precious daughter.”

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Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

Gundrun sat before the hearth with her child upon her knee. Her fingers were twined in the girl’s soft curls as the child’s head lay upon her shoulder.

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Tu’uu  Mata’afA Tiufea Asuao Mulipola Peato Mikaele

The 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima’s Apparition in Portugal 1917-2017

Writer’s Wrap Up This is the 7th and the final part of this run on the Fatima Story since 14th May 2017. I hope our readers may pick up something good out of it during the 7 weeks of non-stop reading; per se achieving the purposes for publishing this 100-year old story.

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100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima’s Apparition in Portugal 1917-2017

PART V on pages 28 and 79th in last week’s edition we provided an account on Power of Prayers and Rosary Devotion and the Consecrate of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Part VI below, we unveil the architects of the fall of communism, a tribute to our Mother Mary, a tribute to St Pope JPII and the Vision of Hell.

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Hon. Lautafi Fio Selafi Purcell, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Labour signs the Agreement on behalf of the Government of Samoaq in Tonga last week.

Samoa signs P.A.C.E.R. Plus

Samoa has officially signed the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (P.A.C.E.R.) Plus agreement.

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PRIME MINISTER OF SAMOA: Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has been appointed as Special Ambassador for Sustainable Tourism.

P.M. Tuilaepa’s newest role

The World Tourism Organization (U.N.W.T.O) has appointed the Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, as Special Ambassador of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism 2017.

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Tu’uu  Mata’afA Tiufea Asuao Mulipola Peato Mikaele

The 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima’s apparition in Portugal 1917 - 2017

PART IV on pages 28 and 29th in last week’s edition we provided a clear explanation as to ‘’Why the Rosary’’ and why our Lady in all her sixth appearances insisted on praying the Rosary and a devotion and consecration to her Immaculate Heart.

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Myths and Legends of the Ancient World

Princess Gundrun stood at the window of her bower, looking out into the distant woods beyond. How often she had stood here, watching. How often she had seen him ride out through the trees, a large stag slung across his horse and his gold-red hair and beard gleaming in the sunlight.

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HUMANITY AT ITS BEST: Queensland Reds visit to the Samoa Victim Support Group were connected with the children and amused at the set-up on the campus.

Rugby players eye opening experience

The Queensland Reds visit to the children survivors of violence at the SVSG Campus of Hope was an “eye opening experience for the boys,” according to one of the rugby stars.

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Editorial

Are we looking at a new political party in the making?

The truth should be told one way or another. When it comes to the ongoing saga involving former Speaker and Cabinet Minister, La’auli Leuatea Polata’ivao, the million tala question is this; now that the H.R.P.P. has publically declared he is no longer a member of the party, is he still then a Member of Parliament?

Letters to the Editor

It’s all in the numbers

Dear Editor, Oh! How so comforting is it to know that while one Christian denomination is still head butting the pulpit over that simple thing called tax, along comes another Christian body with vision to go well out of their way to accommodate a request from the government of the day.

Street Talk

Afaatia Ataga, 21

Public share views on remittances

“Remittances is Samoa’s largest form of foreign exchange earner with the 2017/18 financial year recording about $503.73 million tala in earnings. This shows the extent of the contribution by Samoans living abroad to the development of the nation. What do you think? Talaia Mika discussed the issue with members of the public and these are some of their views:

Think a Minute

Fight by the Rules

28 June, 1997 was the date of the famous Bite Fight between world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson. During the fight, Tyson completely lost control of his anger and actually bit off part of Holyfield’s ear! Tyson lost his license to box and paid a $3 million penalty for not fighting by the rules.

Columns

HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE WITH METI: Otara Eteru Autagavaia.

Changing lives: Prevention and reversal of obesity

Talofa Samoa! I am happy to start this Health Column by informing the Public that METI has now received official support from government for its Healthy Living programme.

Between the Lines

A hungry thief. Your house might be next

A prominent member of the community had his house broken into where the thief ransacked it looking for valuables to take.

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