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PROUD FAMILY: Porita Mikaele with proud parents, Mikaele, Tolusefulu and baby Tolusefulu.

Punaoa Dux rejoices in triumph

The harder the struggle, the more glorious the triumph. That couldn’t be more accurate for Laumua o Punaoa Technical School Dux, Porita Mikaele.

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TAMAITA’I SAMOA: Miss Samoa Papali’i Alexandra Iakopo.

True beauty comes from within

“E iloa le teine Samoa moni i lana tu, o lana savali atoa ma lana tautala.” You can tell in the dignified way she holds herself upright, the way she walks with grace and the eloquence of her speech that Papali’i Alexandra Iakopo is the manifestation of what a beautiful Samoan girl represents.

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Winners of 2017 Samoa Observer Tusitala Story Competition named

A story with the intriguing title, “An Elegant Tantrum” is the Overall Winner of the 2017 Samoa Observer Tusitala Short Story competition. The story was written by Wellington-based Samoan, Liana Roberts-Letiu.

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Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai.

M.P. cries “injustice”

The “discretion clause” under the Customs Act allowing the Ministry of Revenue to issue cash fines, should be removed from the statute. That is the opinion of Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai. 

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi cuts the birthday cake.

Happy 38th birthday, H.R.P.P.!

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi was all smiles yesterday during the celebration of the Human Rights Protection Party’s 38th birthday at Sogi. Held at the party’s headquarters at Petesa, the Prime Minister was joined by the party’s faithful members and supporters as they gave thanks for another year. 

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GUILTY: Suli Sualii with his lawyer Afamasaga Michael Soonalole.

Rugby fun turns ugly after Blues historical visit

A 24-year-old man from Sa’anapu has been found guilty of attempted murder. The incident occurred after the defendant returned from the historical first Super rugby match to be played in Samoa this year between the Blues and the Reds.

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MAKE LIFE EASIER BY MAKING WISE DECISIONS: Fautua Fautua from the village of Vaitele-Fou.

The value of making right choices

Fautua Fautua from the village of Vaitele-Fou believes the key to a better life lies in one’s ability to make good decisions. Aged 40 and employed at K.L. Security, Fautua stresses the importance of choices and education in response to questions on the daily life in Samoa.

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Tuu'u Dr. Ieti Taulealo.

Chairman rejects report

The Chairman Samoa Public Service Commission (P.S.C), Tuu’u Dr. Ietitaia Taule'alo, has rejected reports he has issued a blanket ban on all public servants from attending the Samoa Solidarity International protest march this Saturday.

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KEEPING HIS OPTIONS OPEN: Peanut farmer and shopkeeper, Malouamaua Eti.

Despite the struggles, always have back up plan

With the struggles and hardship many people are going through, it is good to always have a backup plan. This is the belief of a local businessman, Malouamaua Eti, 58, from the village of Nu’u-Fou. 

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Singing in the Christmas spirit

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. At the Vaitele-uta E.F.K.S. compound, there is definitely no mistaking the season with the start of the popular 13 Days of Christmas television programme.

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Koama Seve: Budgeting after paying loans is a fortnightly worry.

$90 a fortnight for family of eight

Receiving $90 fortnightly to support six children is a struggle. That’s the reality for Koama Seve, 40, from the village of Alamagoto. Mrs. Seve said the cost of living in Samoa was expensive and life was really hard too.

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SO MUCH TO DO AND NO TIME TO WASTE: Dickelium Scout Malaki from the village of Fasito’o-Uta.

Picking up life skills away from the classroom

With many students now on school holiday, they have a lot more free time to spend. Some will find themselves relaxing at home, others socializing in town, but not Dickelium Scout Malaki from the village of Fasito’o-uta.

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WORKING TOGETHER: Volunteers with members of the public who helped with the activity. Photo / UNDP/Gerard Anapu.

Volunteers keeping Samoa clean

On the week that the world celebrated International Volunteer Day (I.V.D), United Nations Volunteers (U.N.Vs), volunteers from S.P.R.E.P, U.S. Peace Corps and United Nations (UN) staff “acted first” through a rubbish collecting activity sponsored by U.N.V. 

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THE SAMOAN DELEGATION: Minister Papali’i Niko Lee Hang with the delegation from Samoa and the team from the I.M.O. during the meeting in London.

Minister highlights importance of maritime partnerships

The  Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, has acknowledged the work of the International Maritime Organisation (I.M.O.) in developing the Pacific Maritime Industry through Secretariat of the Pacific Community (S.P.C).

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CONGRATULATIONS: Some of the graduates at the Martin Hautus Institute of Learning’s prize giving last week.

Qualifications, jobs matter for Martin Hautus graduates

Students at Martin Hautus Institute of Learning Samoa (M.H.I.L.S.) celebrated sweet success with their families and friends last week. Twenty seven students were awarded with Samoa Certificates in Tourism Level Two.

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STAYING FOCUSSED: Tanugamanono Primary School Dux, Saipani wants to become a pastor after completing his education.

Tanugamanono’s top student wants to become a Pastor

Saipani Eti is the Dux of Tanugamanono Primary School this year. The award was announced during the school’s prize giving on Monday.

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VAIVASE PRIMARY SCHOOL DUX: Maria Ioane with her proud family.

Proud moment for Maria at Vaivase

Maria Ioane shed tears of joy and happiness when she was announced the 2017 Dux of Vaivase Primary School.

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WORK ETHICS AND SOFT SKILLS: Some of the participants at the training.

Chamber helps job seekers

The Samoa Chamber of Commerce and the International Labour Organization, delivered a training on Work Ethics and Soft Skills two weeks ago for former Yazaki staff members.

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Lineta Tamanikaiyaroi: Director of the Oloamanu Centre.

Oloamanu to tackle youth unemployment

The Oloamanu Centre will introduce a vocational programme next year to help address the increasing number of youth unemployment.

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SAMOAN HEROES: The Principal of Lepa Secondary School receiving copies of ‘Samoan Heroes’ from Rotarian, Pam Keil. Photo: supplied, Rotary Club of Apia.

N.Z. High Commission and Rotary support Samoa Observer Tusitala Story competition

New Zealand High Commissioner to Samoa and Rotarian, David Nicholson, will present the Samoan-based finalists of the Samoa Observer’s 2018 Tusitala Short Story Competition with copies of a new publication — Samoan Heroes —  at the competition’s prize giving, tonight.

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Think a Minute

The loneliest number (Part 2)

Think a minute…A rich and famous couple gave their baby girl the name Sunday. Her celebrity father explained why. He said: “When you do not have someone in your life…Sunday is the loneliest day…now that I have a family, Sunday has become my happiest day.”

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Sustaining economic growth and the future

For the best part of the last three decades this facility has contributed greatly to the economy of Samoa and its G.D.P.

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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