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P.M. Tuilaepa attacks media for reporting on rape, incest

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P.M. Tuilaepa attacks media for reporting on rape, incest

- Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has vented his rage against the media and the Police, accusing them of giving Samoa a bad name around the world, with what he claims are repeated media reports on rape and incest. For four weeks now, Tuilaepa has suspended the Police weekly press conferences, as a result. He expressed his concern over the negative impact of media reports on incest and rape cases that have been reported each day, over the last several weeks
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Places: Oceania |  Pacific Islands |  Polynesia |  Samoa | 

French first lady says husband's only fault is being younger

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French first lady says husband's only fault is being younger

- PARIS (AP) — France's first lady says President Emmanuel Macron's only fault is "being younger than me," addressing their atypical love story in a rare interview. Brigitte Macron told France's Elle magazine that if she hadn't pursued their romance, "I would have let my life pass me by." Excerpts of the interview were released Wednesday. The couple of about 20 years met when he was a student at the high school where she taught
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Tags: Women |  Romance |  First Lady | 
Places: Samoa |  Europe |  S. Europe |  Iberia |  France | 

Date set for inquest in case of dead prisoner

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Date set for inquest in case of dead prisoner

- A date has been set for an inquest into the death of prisoner Siliva Auali’itia who was found dead at Tafaigata Prison two weeks ago. The hearing is scheduled for 30 August 2017. This was confirmed by the Assistant Commissioner of Prisons and Correction Services, Ulugia Niuia Aumua. Ulugia was asked for a comment in regards to allegations made by the family that the prisoner was beaten to death
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Tags: Judiciary |  Death & Dying |  Prisons |  Prisoners |  Obituary |  Juries |  Inquests | 
Places: Oceania |  Pacific Islands |  Polynesia |  Samoa | 

Samoa Airways reach to lease Icelandair

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Samoa Airways reach to lease Icelandair

- Samoa's new international airline has reached an agreement with Icelandair Group to lease a 737 aircraft. The Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi said Samoa Airways would start with one aircraft to fly from Samoa to Auckland, Brisbane and Sydney. He said the three routes fitted perfectly into the airline's partnership with Fiji Airways. Samoa Airways is scheduled to begin flights in November
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McDonalds to build more restaurants in Samoa

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McDonalds to build more restaurants in Samoa

- Four more McDonalds restaurants will be built in Samoa. The chief executive of McDonald's Samoa, Tautolo Agaoleatu Charlie Tautolo, said his company planned to spend $US3.5 million on the expansion. He said the restaurants would be built in Apia and at Faleolo Airport, and also on Savaii in the Salelologa township. Tautolo said the existing restaurant in Apia would also be renovated
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From Italy to Samoa: couple impressed by fale-style living

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From Italy to Samoa: couple impressed by fale-style living

- “The sweetness of nothing” is something the Italians know all about when it comes to completely enjoying or savouring every day life. Here in Samoa, Dear Tourist finds newly weds, Martina and Matteo Fadda, doing just that. The Italian couple are spending their honeymoon here after being married in June. They have spent most of their time in fale-style accommodation at Lalomanu Beach where they are enjoying the simple and relaxed way of life that they had hoped to find in Samoa
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Sport: Samoa cricketers finish on winning note

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Sport: Samoa cricketers finish on winning note

- Samoa already have an eye on the future after pulling off another major upset against Fiji to finish the East Asia Pacific Under 19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier with two wins. Heavy rain delayed the start in Apia, with the match was reduced to 25 overs a side. Man of the match Lester Evile blasted a quick-fire 14 from five balls down the order as the hosts posted 91 batting first
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Places: Oceania |  New Zealand |  Pacific Islands |  Polynesia |  Samoa | 

Guam's tourism popularity unhurt by North Korea threats

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Guam's tourism popularity unhurt by North Korea threats

- HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Tourists haven't been deterred from visiting the tropical island of Guam even though the U.S. territory has been the target of threats from North Korea during a week of angry words exchanged by Pyongyang and Washington. Chiho Tsuchiya of Japan heard the news, but she decided to come anyway with her husband and two children. "I feel Japan and Korea also can get danger from North Korea, so staying home is the same," said the 40-year-old
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Places: Oceania |  Pacific Islands |  Micronesia |  Guam |  Samoa |  Asia |  N.E. Asia |  North Korea | 

Weekend parole “common sense  law” claims Prison Minister

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Weekend parole “common sense law” claims Prison Minister

- The Minister of Prison and Correction Services, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt has defended the weekend parole programme for prisoners claiming it is “common sense law.” Tialavea’s comments was made during an interview when he emphasized the importance of weekend parole, not only for the Ministry, but also for the inmates. “Let’s say if an inmate is incarcerated for 10 years without any release, and upon release, he or she will be lost
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New Meothodist Church conference underway

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New Meothodist Church conference underway

- Members of the New Methodist Church are gathering at Vaitele-Fou for their third annual conference, this year. The church was first established in Samoa in 2012 by Reverend Petaia Setu. Yesterday, a service at the church at Vaitele-Fou offered up thanksgiving. It was also an opportunity for members of the church to commit the conference in prayers. The conference this is being attended by members from New Zealand, the United States of America and Australia
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Places: Oceania |  Pacific Islands |  Polynesia |  Samoa | 

Moamoa needs a job to help her family

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Moamoa needs a job to help her family

- Moamoa Kitiona of Samatau and Salani Falealili says she is desperate to find work to help her family. Moamoa was selling green coconuts in front of her home when the Village Voice team caught up with her. The 28-year-old is a mother of five children. She lives in Falealili. “I can deal with how life has changed, how we feel like we are struggling sometimes,” she said
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Tags: Women | 
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Fiji Airways announces more flights to Samoa

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Fiji Airways announces more flights to Samoa

- Fiji Airways is already expanding on its newly-formed alliance with Samoa's renamed international airline, Samoa Airways. It has announced additional flights into Samoa from November this year. The Samoa Tourism Authority newsletter reported a Fiji Airways official, John Nickel, made the announcement during a recent tourism promotion event in Australia. He said the airline hoped to include four weekly flights from Australia including flights from Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, all of which would go through Nadi
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Places: Oceania |  New Zealand |  Pacific Islands |  Melanesia |  Fiji |  Polynesia |  Samoa | 

Infant and child health regulations discussed

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Infant and child health regulations discussed

- The commemoration of the World Breastfeeding Week last week saw consultations for a new draft of food regulations on ‘Marketing of products for infants and young children, 2017’. The consultations were part of the one week celebration with the theme - ‘Sustaining Breastfeeding’. The Ministry of Health highlighted that exclusively breastfeeding for 6 months and then proper introduction of nutritious complementary foods from 6 months to 2 years was vital to ensure children remain healthy
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Tags: Children's health |  Children |  Babies |  Breastfeeding |  Infants | 
Places: Oceania |  Pacific Islands |  Polynesia |  Samoa | 

Manu Samoa Head Coach resigns following review of team performance

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Manu Samoa Head Coach resigns following review of team performance

- Manu Samoa Head Coach Namulauulu Alama Ieremia resigned this afternoon. APIA, SAMOA – SATURDAY 05 AUGUST 2017: Two years to the World Cup, Manu Samoa’s Head Coach, Namulauulu Alama Ieremia has resigned. Ieremia’s decision to step down followed the presentation of a comprehensive review into Manu Samoa’s 2017 campaign and his resignation was announced today by the Samoa Rugby Union CEO, Faleomavaega Vincent Fepuleai
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Places: Samoa |  Apia | 

Si’itaga is looking for a job to support her grandparents

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Si’itaga is looking for a job to support her grandparents

- Despite her young age, Siitaga Seleni of Falese’ela knows what she wants. The 18-year-old wants a job and she’s not letting her age define her capability of what she could do. Siitaga was working on cleaning the grass infront of her home when the Village Voice approached her for an interview. “I used to work at a hotel before but it was only for a short period of time because my father got sick,” she told Village Voice
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US$6 million more injected into Samoa’s renewable energy projects

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US$6 million more injected into Samoa’s renewable energy projects

- Signing the US$6 million agreement are Notonegoro of UNDP, Minister of the Environment Fiame Naomi Mataafa and the Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti. By Lagi Keresoma. APIA, SAMOA – THURSDAY 03 AUGUST 2017: The Government of Samoa and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today signed a multi-million dollar agreement for the development of further renewable energy projects in the country
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  • French first lady says husband's only fault is being younger
    French first lady says husband's only fault is being younger

    , samoaobserver.ws

    PARIS (AP) — France's first lady says President Emmanuel Macron's only fault is "being younger than me," addressing their atypical love story in a rare interview. Brigitte Macron told France's Elle magazine that if she hadn't pursued their romance, "I would have let my life pass me by." Excerpts of the interview were released Wednesday. The couple of about 20 years met when he was a student at the high school where she taught
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    Categories: Life & Style | 
    Tags: Women |  Romance |  First Lady | 
    Places: Samoa |  Europe |  S. Europe |  Iberia |  France | 

Politics & Government

Sports

  • All Blacks confirm Eden Park Test double-header
    All Blacks confirm Eden Park Test double-header

    , sport24.co.za

    Wellington - The All Blacks will prepare for the British and Irish Lions by playing Samoa as part of a Test double-header in Auckland that also features Tonga against Wales, New Zealand Rugby said on Tuesday. All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said the match against the hard-tackling Samoans would give the All Blacks a hit-out before the first Test against the Lions on June 24 at Eden Park
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    Categories: Sports | 
    Tags: Rugby Football | 
    Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Zealandia |  New Zealand |  Pacific Islands |  Polynesia |  Samoa |  South Africa |  North |  Wellington |  Wellington | 

Business

  • Funeral expenses insurance seen as important for Samoa
    Funeral expenses insurance seen as important for Samoa

    , radionz.co.nz

    Affordability and trust of funeral insurance companies have been flagged as important factors for Samoans when coping with funeral costs. The idea of funeral expenses insurance was investigated last week in Samoa, with two organisations looking into how to financially help bereaved Samoan families. A group called the Regional Disaster Resilience in Pacific Small Island Developing States has been working with the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme to find solutions
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    Categories: Business |  Society & Culture | 
    Places: Oceania |  New Zealand |  Pacific Islands |  Polynesia |  Samoa | 

Technology

  • Chamber talks I.C.T. and innovation
    Chamber talks I.C.T. and innovation

    , samoaobserver.ws

    The Samoa Chamber of Commerce hosted an informative presentation by Tony Willenberg on ‘Innovations in I.C.T’ for the private sector yesterday. The presentation was held at the Small Business Enterprise Centre (S.B.E.C) training room at Saleufi, where members of Chamber attended to learn about the quality technology that is available and accessible to businesses. With there have been many advances in technology, businesses have the opportunity to use more innovative ways to conduct business operations
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    Categories: Business |  Technology | 
    Tags: Innovations |  Tech Geeks | 
    Places: Oceania |  Pacific Islands |  Polynesia |  Samoa | 

Health

  • Infant and child health regulations discussed
    Infant and child health regulations discussed

    , samoaobserver.ws

    The commemoration of the World Breastfeeding Week last week saw consultations for a new draft of food regulations on ‘Marketing of products for infants and young children, 2017’. The consultations were part of the one week celebration with the theme - ‘Sustaining Breastfeeding’. The Ministry of Health highlighted that exclusively breastfeeding for 6 months and then proper introduction of nutritious complementary foods from 6 months to 2 years was vital to ensure children remain healthy
    Read More ...

     

    Categories: Health |  Family & Parenting | 
    Tags: Children's health |  Children |  Babies |  Breastfeeding |  Infants | 
    Places: Oceania |  Pacific Islands |  Polynesia |  Samoa | 

Family & Parenting

  • Infant and child health regulations discussed
    Infant and child health regulations discussed

    , samoaobserver.ws

    The commemoration of the World Breastfeeding Week last week saw consultations for a new draft of food regulations on ‘Marketing of products for infants and young children, 2017’. The consultations were part of the one week celebration with the theme - ‘Sustaining Breastfeeding’. The Ministry of Health highlighted that exclusively breastfeeding for 6 months and then proper introduction of nutritious complementary foods from 6 months to 2 years was vital to ensure children remain healthy
    Read More ...

     

    Categories: Health |  Family & Parenting | 
    Tags: Children's health |  Children |  Babies |  Breastfeeding |  Infants | 
    Places: Oceania |  Pacific Islands |  Polynesia |  Samoa | 

Society & Culture

  • Funeral expenses insurance seen as important for Samoa
    Funeral expenses insurance seen as important for Samoa

    , radionz.co.nz

    Affordability and trust of funeral insurance companies have been flagged as important factors for Samoans when coping with funeral costs. The idea of funeral expenses insurance was investigated last week in Samoa, with two organisations looking into how to financially help bereaved Samoan families. A group called the Regional Disaster Resilience in Pacific Small Island Developing States has been working with the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme to find solutions
    Read More ...

     

    Categories: Business |  Society & Culture | 
    Places: Oceania |  New Zealand |  Pacific Islands |  Polynesia |  Samoa | 

Religion & Spirituality

  • Group honours ‘divine invitation’ to Israel
    Group honours ‘divine invitation’ to Israel

    , samoaobserver.ws

    A delegation from Samoa will soon head to Israel for the Feast of Tabernacles. The group will be led by Pastor Cruise Westerlund, the Director of Supernatural Fellowship Ministry. For Pastor Westerlund, the trip to Israel comes after years of studying doctrines of faith proclaiming the importance of Israel, the Holy Land and why every Christian must support Israel. “My wife ‘Marissa’ and I have purposed that one day we will visit Israel
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    Categories: Religion & Spirituality | 
    Places: Oceania |  Pacific Islands |  Polynesia |  Samoa |  Asia |  Mideast |  Israel | 

Entertainment & Arts

  • Pacific mourns the loss of a great artist
    Pacific mourns the loss of a great artist

    , looptonga.com

    Alo, who is President of Samoa Arts Council, passed away after a battle with cancer on Tuesday. The council’s Vice President, Vanya Taulelo says it is a great loss for the council and Pacific as a whole as Alo worked hard for arts and Pacific culture. “Allan (Alo) worked tirelessly for the arts and especially for the performing arts as he was passionate about his Samoan culture and the culture of the Pacific people
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    Categories: Entertainment & Arts |  Society & Culture | 
    Tags: The Arts |  Artists |  Death & Dying |  Mourning | 
    Places: Oceania |  Pacific Islands |  Polynesia |  Samoa |  Tonga | 

Education

  • Samoa University looks to add Savai'i campus
    Samoa University looks to add Savai'i campus

    , radionz.co.nz

    The National University of Samoa has requested 50 acres of land from government to build a campus on Savai'i. The university, which is based on Upolo, opened an office this week at Savai'i's Salelologa Market. Vice chancellor Professor Fui Asofou So'o said the new office will provide services for students and stakeholders of the university in Savai'i. He said enrollments for Savai'i students will also be made easier by the new office
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    Categories: Education | 
    Places: Oceania |  New Zealand |  Pacific Islands |  Polynesia |  Samoa | 

Farming

  • Pineapple farmer enjoys fruits of his labour
    Pineapple farmer enjoys fruits of his labour

    , samoaobserver.ws

    Success is measured differently for different people. For the majority, it is that moment in time when you’re enjoying the fruit of your labour. Vaovai Fa’amanatu, a 28- year-old pineapple farmer of Afega agrees. Vaovai and his two siblings work hard to develop the pineapple plantation that their parents started from scratch. “I’m thankful that my parents started this development because it turned out to be something that’s valuable to our family,” he says to the Village Voice
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    Categories: Farming | 
    Tags: Farmers |  Horticulture |  Crops |  Fruit farming |  Pineapple | 
    Places: Oceania |  Pacific Islands |  Polynesia |  Samoa | 

Travel & Recreation

  • Fiji Airways announces more flights to Samoa
    Fiji Airways announces more flights to Samoa

    , radionz.co.nz

    Fiji Airways is already expanding on its newly-formed alliance with Samoa's renamed international airline, Samoa Airways. It has announced additional flights into Samoa from November this year. The Samoa Tourism Authority newsletter reported a Fiji Airways official, John Nickel, made the announcement during a recent tourism promotion event in Australia. He said the airline hoped to include four weekly flights from Australia including flights from Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide, all of which would go through Nadi
    Read More ...

     

    Categories: Travel & Recreation | 
    Tags: Travel & Tourism |  Tourism |  Airlines |  Air Travel | 
    Places: Oceania |  New Zealand |  Pacific Islands |  Melanesia |  Fiji |  Polynesia |  Samoa | 

Science & Nature

  • Unseasonal rain due to convective clouds
    Unseasonal rain due to convective clouds

    , samoaobserver.ws

    Keep your wet weather gear handy for the next few days at least, according to information from Samoa’s Meteorology Division. The unseasonal rain at this time of the year is due to overcast convective clouds currently affecting the islands. This was the reason given by the Meteorology Office from their latest satellite images taken on Wednesday morning. “It is due to an active trough of low pressure drifting eastward over Samoa from the Southwest, with associated fresh to strong East to Northeast wind-flow,” a report read
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    Categories: Science & Nature | 
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Law & Crime

  • P.M. Tuilaepa attacks media for reporting on rape, incest
    P.M. Tuilaepa attacks media for reporting on rape, incest

    , samoaobserver.ws

    Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has vented his rage against the media and the Police, accusing them of giving Samoa a bad name around the world, with what he claims are repeated media reports on rape and incest. For four weeks now, Tuilaepa has suspended the Police weekly press conferences, as a result. He expressed his concern over the negative impact of media reports on incest and rape cases that have been reported each day, over the last several weeks
    Read More ...

     

    Categories: Law & Crime | 
    Places: Oceania |  Pacific Islands |  Polynesia |  Samoa | 

Life & Style

  • French first lady says husband's only fault is being younger
    French first lady says husband's only fault is being younger

    , samoaobserver.ws

    PARIS (AP) — France's first lady says President Emmanuel Macron's only fault is "being younger than me," addressing their atypical love story in a rare interview. Brigitte Macron told France's Elle magazine that if she hadn't pursued their romance, "I would have let my life pass me by." Excerpts of the interview were released Wednesday. The couple of about 20 years met when he was a student at the high school where she taught
    Read More ...

     

    Categories: Life & Style | 
    Tags: Women |  Romance |  First Lady | 
    Places: Samoa |  Europe |  S. Europe |  Iberia |  France | 

Media & Information

  • Prime Minister Tuilaepa applauds Samoa’s media freedom ranking
    Prime Minister Tuilaepa applauds Samoa’s media freedom ranking

    , talamua.com

    Press Release. APIA, SAMOA – WEDNESDAY 03 MAY 2017: Samoa’s latest media freedom ranking in the Asia Pacific Region released this week, is applauded by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi. The 2017 Reporters Without Borders or Reporters Sans FrontièresRSF World Press Freedom index ranks Samoa at 21st place, up eight places from its 29th ranking in 2016. A press statement from the Prime Ministers’ office says it is an achievement which has not gone unnoticed by the Prime Minister
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    Places: Oceania |  Pacific Islands |  Polynesia |  Samoa | 

Books & Literature

  • S.S.A.B. flies literacy banner
    S.S.A.B. flies literacy banner

    , samoaobserver.ws

    The Book Fair event is an initiative by Samoa Stationery and Books C.E.O. and President Fiti Leung Wai who has a passion for books. In an interview with Marketing Manager, Asia Stanley, she told the Sunday Samoan that the focus of the event is for the children of Samoa to be able to read. “Literacy has always been our banner and we have been very active setting up related events such as this Book Fair to open up opportunities for the children of Samoa,” she said
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    Categories: Books & Literature | 
    Tags: Reading |  Literacy | 
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