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HARD SLOG: Some of the Manu Samoa players during training in Apia last week ahead of the game against Germany this Saturday.

P.M. to Manu Samoa: “You have no guts”

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, who is also the Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union, did not mince words when he visited the Manu Samoa team last week. “You have no guts,” he told them. Prime Minister Tuilaepa revealed the gist of his message in Parliament when it convened to discuss and pass the 2018/2019 budget.

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EDUCATION IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS: Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi, Gatoloai Tili Afamasaga and Papali'i Reupena Rimoni.

Former students drive education progress at Samoa College

Once a Samoa College student always a Samoa College student. The spirit is alive and well within the Samoa College Old Pupils Association (S.C.O.P.A) who donated $100,000 back to the school on Friday night. The presentation was held at Bistro Tatau Restaurant where the Association gathered. President of S.C.O.P.A, Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi, said their goal is to support Samoa College in every way possible.

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SHAKE ON IT: Alex Abraham and Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork.

Island Rock and Bluesky team up

Bluesky and Island Rock have signed an agreement to have Bluesky products made available at all Island Rock stores. The signing was held at Island Rock Company on Friday. The partnership will enable customers to purchase a mobile phone and get a free sim card, fixed line, broadband, TV and e-charge all at once at Island Rock.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

P.M. tightlipped on Church meeting

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is staying mum about the details of their meeting with the Elders of the Congregational Christian Church on Monday, last week. Asked whether Cabinet has reached a decision regarding the Elders' visit, including a response to the letter where his Government has been asked to reconsider the taxing of Church Ministers' alofa, Tuilaepa declined to comment.

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AVAILABLE FOR WORLD CUP: Alatasi Tupou.

Sevens captain discharged without conviction

The suspended captain of the Manu Samoa Sevens could be named in the team for the World Cup in San Francisco next month. It follows the District Court’s decision to discharge him without conviction on Friday. The decision was delivered by District Court Judge Alalatoa Rosella Papalii.

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A.C.E.O: Fepulea’i Mark Alesana and C.E.O.: Afamasaga Su’a Onesemo. Photo: M.W.T.I.

Senior Govt. official faces P.S.C. charges

The Assistant Chief Executive Officer for the Maritime Division of the Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure (M.W.T.I.), Fepulea’i Mark Alesana, has been charged by the Public Service Commission (P.S.C.). Fepulea’i is facing six P.S.C. charges over his alleged connection to an Indian company, which had raised allegations of corruption against the Ministry’s Chief Executive Officer, Afamasaga Su’a Pou Onesemo. 

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

Govt. moves to protect Samoa from “dirty money”

A bill tabled in Parliament last week aims to strengthen the Government’s ability to detect criminals who want to use Samoa’s offshore banking scheme to hide the proceeds of their criminal activities. That’s what Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi said when the Money Laundering Prevention Amendment Bill 2018 was tabled and discussed in Parliament. The bill was tabled with a note of urgency from the Head of State.

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Aitken Keil from the villages of Alafua, Faatoia, Siusega, Lotopa, Vaisigano and Motootua wanted by Police

Aitken Keil wanted by Police

The Police have called for help to find one Aitken Keil in relation to an ongoing Police investigation. In a statement posted by the Police today, it does not say what the investigation is about.

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FIRST TIME OVERSEAS: Briar Galpin made the best out of her first experience in a foreign country.

Christmas gift provides memories for a lifetime

It’s better late than never. As a late Christmas gift, Briar Galpin, 15, was surprised with an island getaway to Samoa. 

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AT ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN THE WORLD, Kennedy Short from Auckland, New Zealand at her second visit to Samoa.

Work and pleasure for Kennedy Short

Samoa is truly a paradise. So says Kennedy Short from Auckland, New Zealand. This is her second time to Samoa. She came with her husband and seven top performers and their partners for their annual work trip.

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Samoa’s Honorary Consul in Israel, Nissan Krupsky, his wife and Prime Minister’s Press Secretary, Nanai Laveitiga Tuiletufuga.

Visa free entry for Samoans travelling to Israel in the works

Samoans will soon no longer need to obtain a visa before they travel to Israel. This is according to Samoa’s Honorary Consul in Israel, Galumalemana Nissan Krupsky. 

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S.N.P.F. Chief Executive Officer, Pauli Prince Suhren.

S.N.P.F. members to benefit from $53.7 million

Samoa National Provident Fund (S.N.P.F.) has declared a record interest of 10 percent – the highest ever declared by the Fund to be paid out to its members. 

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Samoa Farmers Association President, Saena Tialino Penaia and P.H.A.M.A. National Coordinator Asuao Kirifi Pouono.

Improving ava production in Samoa

Under the Samoa ava project, 40 registered ava farmers on Upolu received a basket of ava stems yesterday. 

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi. (inset) Namulauulu Albert Ainu’u.

P.M. sidesteps O.L.P. questions

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has taken a different turn in the continuing controversy where he identified two members of the public as writers behind the Ole Palemia (O.L.P.) blog. Last week, Talamua Media reported that Tuilaepa had identified Namualuulu Albert Ainu’u as one of the writers behind the blog.

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M.N.R.E. C.E.O: Ulu Bismarck Crawley.

Samoa to ban plastics

A new era is about to begin in Samoa as the island nation works towards phasing out a range of single-use plastics, joining global efforts to save our environment from the impact of plastics. Starting in January 2019, the Government aims to ban single use plastic bags and straws.

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Former Speaker Of Parliament:  La'aulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt and Speaker Of Parliament:  Tole'afoa Leaupepe Fa'afisi. Photos/Misiona Simo

Former and current Speaker in verbal spat

The Speaker of Parliament, Tole’afoa Leaupepe Fa’afisi, and former Speaker, La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt, were involved in a heated exchange when Parliament convened yesterday morning. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi was also involved, where he accused the former Speaker of being arrogant and high minded.

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The minivan driven by a pregnant woman and the Vaimoso, Alafua bus involved in the crash.

Pregnant driver evacuated after Vaimoso crash

A pregnant woman driving a seven-seater minivan was evacuated to the hospital yesterday after a crash at Vaimoso. The minivan collided with a bus. Speaking to the Samoa Observer, an eyewitness said he was in his house when he heard a really loud thud. “I then walked out to see that the minivan was on the other side of the road,” he said.

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Under 10 team from Lepea Football Club.

A helping hand for Lepea

The Lepea Football Club presented jerseys and sport shoes for all its young players, courtesy of the Atoa family.

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Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa with EU Commissioner Mimica at the 107th Session of the ACP Council of Ministers and the 43rd Meeting of the A.C.P.-E.U. Council of Ministers in Lome, Togo in May 2018.

Deputy P.M. leads Samoa’s delegation to A.C.P. meetings

The Deputy Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, led the Samoa delegation to the 107th Session of A.C.P. Council of Ministers and the 43rd Meeting of the A.C.P.-E.U. Council of Ministers, held in Lome, Togo.

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STAFF DEVELOPMENT: Justice Vui Nelson (2nd from left front row), Ombudsman Maiava Iulai Toma (middle front row) and his staff.

Ombudsman’s Office prioritises staff capacity

The Ombudsman’s Office has completed a two-day training for staff on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (C.R.C). 

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Think a Minute

Mama’s Boys

Think a minute…In 1946, the United States Army showed to the public its brand new 30-ton computer called the ENIAC. All the credit for this invention was given to two men, John Mauchly and J. Eckert. But it was actually a group of six women who programmed the computer and made this complex machine work.

Columns

A STORY TO TELL: Christina Robert.

Changing lives: The risk of dying at an early age

Talofa Samoa! We have emphasized in previous Columns that M.E.T.I’s strategy to tackle the ‘epidemic’ of obesity and N.C.D. is - instead of targeting the general population- to direct its health promoting messages to the thousands and thousands of N.C.D. sufferers, who feel miserable and incapacitated and are at a real risk of dying from their disease at an early age.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Banking whispers Whispers about the change of ownership for a major player in the banking industry in Samoa has been laughed off.

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