Relatives and friends of the new title holders including the new holder of the paramount chiefly title Ailaoolamai.

Aialao title conferred on Tunumafono Tiuti

Leulumoega welcomed five new titleholders last week. One of the titles bestowed is the paramount chiefly title ‘Ailaoolamai.’ The other title was Sulufau.

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ENSURING JUSTICE FOR ALL: The Samoa Faafafine Association and Law Enforcement Guidelines and Standards workshop.

Human rights, law enforcement discussed

The Ombudsman’s Office hosted the first Samoa Faafafine Association (S.F.A.) and law enforcements guidelines and standards workshop last week. The Samoa Stationery and Books conference room was occupied by representatives from the Ministry of Police, Ministry of Prisons and Corrections, and the S.F.A. for the two-day workshop, which concluded on Thursday.

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TRAINNING: Participants of the four-day train the trainers programme on pests and disease management of coconut plantations.

Training begins to tackle coconut pests, diseases

A four-day train the trainers programme on pests and disease management of coconut plantations began at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel yesterday. 

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M.C.I.L C.E.O, Pulotu Lyndon Chu Ling reminds R.S.E group to utilise the opportunity wisely.

“Don’t waste this opportunity”

New Zealand’s biggest meat processor, Silver Fern Farms has kept its side of the bargain by increasing the number of Samoan RSE workers.

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Seasonal workers.

Seasonal workers get their chance

More seasonal workers from Samoa are heading to work in New Zealand. This is made possible under the partnership of the Government of Samoa and the Silver Fern Farms in New Zealand. At the farewell ceremony for 100 workers yesterday, Samoan Recognised Seasonal Employer Liaison Officer, Lemalu Nele Leilua said this year, the number of those recruited has increased with the addition of the Pacific Labor Scheme and the Pacific Partnership Scheme. 

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Samoa Police Service.

Vehicle reversed into girl, killing her instantly

A one-year-old girl died at Lotopa last Friday as a result of a freaky incident where she was run over when a vehicle at home was reversed into her. The driver has been charged with negligent driving causing death. The incident was confirmed by the Police yesterday.

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NEEDS PRAYERS: Audrey Anusaga Lonise Lefono hospitalised in the U.S.

"Pray for our daughter with cancer"

The father of a girl diagnosed with cancer and fighting for her life in a United States hospital has appealed to Samoans to pray for his daughter. Audrey Anusaga Lonise Lefono, 10, from the villages of Apia, Falefa, Luatuanuu and Leauvaa suffers from Acute Myeloid Leukemia, which is a form of cancer. She has been admitted at the Seattle Children’s Hospital in Washington, U.S.

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CHARITY: Seirosa with the Sisters at the Mapuifagalele Home.

Seirosa makes $2000 donation

A 12-year-old girl has donated $2,000 tala to the Little Sisters of the Poor at the Mapuifagalele Home. Seirosa Wallwork Lamb was inspired by the work of the Little Sisters of the Poor, so she decided to donate the money she raised from her Cookies for Charity project last Saturday. 

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FREE MEN: Orlando Keil and Scott Levi with their lawyer Charlie Vaai after the court discharge them without convictions.

Judge slams reckless driving charges, frees men

A District Court Judge yesterday described two motorists’ screeching of their vehicle tyres out of respect for a boy who died in a car crash as a “beautiful tribute”. Orlando Keil and Scott Levi were charged by the police with reckless driving, with the former also facing a charge of driving an unregistered vehicle. This followed their actions on July 31 this year, when they drove their vehicles on to Tuanaimato road and Vaea Street, and screeched their tyres thereby making it dangerous to the public. 

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Sa’u Justina Sa’u.

Sa’u Justina’s death “deeply sad”

The Unit Trust of Samoa (U.T.O.S.) is mourning the death of their long serving Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O.), Sa’u Justina Sa’u. Sa’u, 43, of Apolima-uta and Sinamoga, was found dead on Sunday morning. “The Board and Management of the Unit Trust of Samoa are deeply sad to confirm the untimely passing of its C.E.O. Sa’u Justina Sa’u,” a statement issued by U.T.O.S. yesterday said.

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Manu Samoa coach’s mission begins

Manu Samoa’s new coach, Steve Jackson, remains focussed on the job. Despite the controversy, politics and hurt feelings surrounding the appointment of the Manu Samoa coaching role, Jackson, who met with Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi yesterday (see story), remains optimistic.

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Manu Samoa head coach meets with P.M.

New head coach for Manu Samoa Steve Jackson met Prime Minister and Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union (S.R.U.), Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, yesterday at the Government building. The Prime Minister personally congratulated Mr. Jackson and told him to “just enjoy it.” “You have my full support and the support of the board,” he said.

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ACCOMMODATION PLANS SET: Tutuila Farao and Falefata Hele Matatia.

Pacific Games athletes to stay in hotels

Samoa is setting a legacy when it comes to accommodation for athletes and officials who will be attending the 2019 Pacific Games in Apia next year. For the first time in the 55 year old history of the Games, athletes and officials will not be staying in a Games Village instead accommodation will be outsourced to the private sector, which includes hotels and private homes.

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DEMONSTRATION: Participants during the theory part of the course.

Training focuses on Just Play Programme

The Football Federation Samoa (F.F.S.) in partnership with the National Advocacy Organization of People with Disabilities hosted a two-day course training on the Just Play Programme at Tuanaimato. 

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CONSERVATION: CI Samoa’s Associate Programs Officer, Maria Fiasoso Sapatu (right), conducting a marine assessment during her ten years in the marine field, with Justin Aiafi from M.A.F. (Fisheries Division)

Our Oceans, exploited and heated

We humans have always had the tendency to exploit our natural environment – nothing new there. But let’s put all other environmental exploitations aside and focus on our marine ecosystems, and how human activities threaten it daily.

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Controller and Chief Auditor: Fuimaono Camillo Afele.

Audit Office submits 2017 report to clear backlog

The Audit Office has submitted the Irregularity and the Audit Report for the Government for the financial year ending June, 2017. The submission of the report on October 3, 2018 means that the Audit Office is now up to date in all its reports on the Government’s use of public funding up to the last financial year.

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The report says foreign currency risk is the main risk in the portfolio, with 98.2 per cent of the total public debt portfolio denominated in foreign currency.

Govt. debt currently sits at $1.1 billion

The Government’s total debt as of June 2018 remains at $1.1 billion tala. This is according to the Ministry of Finance quarterly bulletin for the financial year 2017-2018. The $1.1 billion debt is similar to the figure released by the Samoa Bureau of Statistics Financial Statistics for the December 2017 quarter. 

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Christopher Adolfo Krieg with his uncle Eric Tavita.

Going from drawings into a tattoo studio

At a young age, Christopher Adolfo Krieg knows how to become a successful entrepreneur. Chris, as he is commonly referred to, is 26 years old and is a shared owner of the Eris’ Tattoo and Barber Shop located at Matautu. He’s a tattooist and he loves what he does because it’s basically his passion and it makes him happy. 

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER: Pacific Games Council and Pacific Games 2019 respectively Andrew Minogue and Samoa Falefata Hele Matatia.

Total athlete numbers still unconfirmed

The exact number of athletes expected to converge in Samoa for the 2019 Pacific Games would not be determined until Games time. But until then, the Games Organising Committee will work according to data and analysis collected from previous Games in terms of accommodating athletes and officials. 

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Members of the Ebur Band - Divine Faith Amiatu Sitivi, Theresa Tavita Ulberg, Jimmy Tavita, Mathew Sam Ling.

Band launches first anniversary album

Local band Ebur Band launched their first album to mark their one-year anniversary. The formation of the band was the result of band member Faith Amiatu Sitivi’s vision to start a band. They originally began with four members and expanded to six. 

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Think a Minute

The real winners

Think a minute…In a U.S. national spelling contest, an 11-year-old girl was asked to spell a certain word. With her soft voice the judges were not sure if she spelled the word with the letter A or E.


TACKLING ROOT CAUSE: Climate change is a reality for Pacific countries like Samoa whose residents are having to deal with many forms of natural disasters. Photo / (Samoa Observer).

Climate engineering is the potential game changer we need to confront

In his article “Geoengineering worsen climate and hurts Paris Agreement” (October 11, 2018, posted online October 15, 2018), Fiu Mataése Elisara, Executive Director – O.L.S.S.I contends geoengineering (climate engineering) “…is a deliberate attempt by the rich to distract from the real priorities of fossil fuel emission reductions.

Between the Lines


No media The British American Tobacco Company, previously known as Rothmans, celebrated a milestone at Robert Louis Stevenson Museum last night. It was their 40th birthday in Samoa.

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