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The Talofa Airways aircraft when it landed. (Inset) Senator Magalei Logovi’i.

Senator slams slow response in Talofa Airways scare

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (F.A.A.) is providing specific details regarding a Talofa Airways incident at Pago Pago International Airport after Senator Magalei Logovi’i voiced concerns about the slow emergency response from the Airport’s rescue crew.

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HAPPIER TIMES: Fu’a and her husband Seumanutafa Dr. Malcolm Hazelman.

Horticulturalist Seumanutafa Dr. Malcolm Hazelman passes away

A well respected Samoan horticulturalist, teacher, husband and father, Seumanutafa Dr. Malcolm Hazelman, has passed away. His passing on Saturday night was confirmed by his son, Aeau Chris Hazelman, in a Facebook post on Sunday night. 

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IN SAMOA: The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio (middle), spent the Festive Season in Samoa where he attended many family events including the opening of this fale Samoa at Nu’usuatia Safata.

Minister Aupito calls for more dengue fever awareness

A New Zealand government Minister and a tourist have both called for more public information about a dengue outbreak in Samoa. The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio, told Radio New Zealand he wants more dengue warnings to reach travellers leaving from New Zealand and Australia.

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SAY OKA: Horace Evans and Lisa Taouma.

Oka Festival’s global appeal

The popular Oka Festival organised by the Samoa Culinary Association is gaining global appeal. That’s thanks largely to international coverage being provided New Zealand’s Fresh T.V. and other international media groups.

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CHAMPIONS OF SAMOA BEST DANCE CREW: Army of Kins.

'Army of Kins' rule Samoa Best Dance Crew

The ‘Army of Kins’ are the undisputed champions of Samoa’s Best Dance Crew competition, hosted and televised by S.Q.B TV One. The crew from the village of Vaiala, walked away with $7,000, having won the finale at Gym 1 Tuanaimato on Friday night. 

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TACKLING THE ISSUES: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi. Photo: Supplied.

P.M. addresses concerns about China, debt and aid

In light of criticisms of China’s aid to the Pacific from Australia, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has risen to the defense to China’s aid programme. In the following interview with the government-owned Savali Newspaper, released by the Principal Communications Officer - Press and Communications Division, Funefea’i Dikaiosune Tamali’i, on Saturday night, Prime Minister also addresses questions about Samoa’s debt and aid from other countries. The interview is published verbatim:  

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VAIALA PARAMOUNT CHIEF: Patu Ativalu.

Vaiala’s paramount chief defends appointment of new Church Minister

A paramount Chief of the village of Vaiala, Patu Ativalu, has deflected criticisms of the way he and another senior matai pushed the appointment of a new Church Minister for the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa in the village.

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PARLIAMENT COMPLEX DRAMAS: The Governor-General of Australia when she visited Samoa is pictured with P.M. Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and then Parliamentary Secretary Richard Marles.

Aussie promise an “assorted gift”

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has lifted the lid on the challenges faced by his government in the reconstruction of the Maota Fono at Mulinu’u. In an interview with the government-owned Savali newspaper released by his Office, Tuilaepa claims that the Australian government had failed to deliver on a promise to fully fund the multi-million-tala project.

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Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital at Motootua.

Couple in Apia stabbing recovering, charges against man await

Multiple criminal charges will be filed against the man accused of stabbing his estranged wife in broad daylight at the heart of Apia on Friday. This was confirmed by Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Auapa’au Filipo Logoitino, who said the Police are continuing their investigation.

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Matauaina Saemo Satui.

A different kind of struggle

Every one goes through different life experiences. Just as every family in Samoa has their own story to tell. For Matauaina Saemo Satui, living without his wife and kids is his biggest nightmare.

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A FISHERMAN’S STRUGGLE: Ioane Tagilima, 20 years old from Manono-Uta.

Family relies on sea for food and money

A fisherman from the village of Manono-Uta says life in Samoa these days is tough. Ioane Tagi’ilima, 20 years old, says it’s even tougher when the sea is the only source of income and sustenance for your family. 

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE SAMOA LAW REFORM COMMISSION: Teleiai Dr. Lalotoa Mulitalo, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF MINISTRY OF HEALTH: Leausa Dr. Take Naseri and LAWYER: Unasa Iuni Sapolu.

Commission completes review of Narcotics Act

The Samoa Law Reform Commission (S.L.R.C.) has completed its Drugs Reform (Review of the Narcotics Act 1967) Final Report. This is according to a public notice they have posted on their Facebook page. 

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LOOKING FOR A JOB: Ieti Leiataua, 20 years old from Manono.

Ieti’s mission to help family

Ieti Leiataua believes life will be easy when you have a stable job. The 22-year-old lad from Manono says he is desperate for a job. 

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JUST MARRIED: The newlyweds, Mrs. and Mr. Afaese.

Congratulations Elaine and Pao!

After five years together, Elaine Seuea Te’o Ati’ifale and Pao Afa’ese Samuelu took their relationship a step further yesterday. The couple tied the knot in front of family and friends at the Amazing Love Christian Church, Samatau.

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READY TO SERVE: Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai.

Top businesswoman bestowed Tofilau title

The Owner and President of Samoa Stationery and Books (S.S.A.B.), Fiti Leung Wai, has been bestowed the High Chief title of Tofilau at Iva, Savai’i. 

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Oka! Roko’s does it again

The Oka Festival was the place to be yesterday. And so hundreds packed onto the Home Café compound at Malifa where the all popular annual Oka Festival was buzzing. There was something for everyone – not just food and drinks too.

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Gatoaitele Savea Sano Malifa and Leulua'iali'i Fata Levi.

Gatoaitele Savea Leulua’iali’i Tuivaiese II’s family gather to give thanks

The importance of unity, faith and family values were highlighted during the annual thanksgiving service for the family of Gatoaitele Savea Leulua’iali’i Tuivaiese II at Afega, yesterday. Held at the Maota o Tanumafili le Tolotolo, the service was conducted by Reverend Luapene Nepo, of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa, Afega.

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CHAIRMAN OF THE E.P.C. BOARD: Pepe Fiaailetoa Fruean.

P.M. issues directive to E.P.C. Chairman

The Chairman of the Electric Power Corporation (E.P.C.) Board of Directors, Pepe Fiaailetoa Fruean, has been given a “directive” by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi. It is what appears to be an angry letter from the Prime Minister, Pepe has been asked to submit all pending matters to Cabinet who will have the final say on them.

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COMING TO SAMOA: The Soul band, Culture Crew is scheduled to tour Samoa from 9th-18th February 2018.

‘Culture Crew’ coming to Samoa

Popular Reggae Soul band, Culture Crew, from Utah, U.S.A, is heading to Samoa for a nine-day tour next month. On tour with a mission to weave the two universal languages of music and love, these soulful singers aren’t just coming to serenade us with their soulful sounds. 

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AUSTRALIA'S INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT MINISTER: Concetta Fierravanti-Wells. (inset) President of the People's Republic of China,  Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi.

Samoa defends China in diplomatic dispute

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa'ilele Malielegaoi has strongly defended China’s role in the Pacific amidst a deepening diplomatic row involving Australia’s International Development Minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells. Last week, Ms. Fierravanti-Wells launched an unprovoked scathing attack on China’s aid to the Pacific countries – including Samoa.

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Think a Minute

Wishing Life Away

Think a minute…Do you wish you were somewhere else right now? At the beach? Away on a nice holiday? At Disneyland? Many of us spend a lot of our time wishing we were somewhere else. When we’re at work we wish we were home relaxing. We wish we had a different job and career or a different boss. We wish we were rich.

Columns

Catch the right waves

Stop. Unplug your earphones, headphones, you know what, turn the phone off.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

LEARNING THE AIRLINES LINGO Heard the term “close in bookings”? Chances are, you are one of the many Samoans who fall into that category used by airlines to describe your booking when you travel.

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