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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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