With the aim to strengthen the management and governance of protected areas in the Pacific region, close to one hundred participants from governments, N.G.O. stakeholders and partners convened in Apia, Samoa on 11 June, 2018 for the inception workshop of the second phase of the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (B.I.O.P.A.M.A.) programme.
When the livelihood training for the Nofotane project reacheed Toamua, the participants from Toamua, Puipaa and Faleula had already heard of its success through the nofotane women who have shared their human interest stories on the impact of the empowerment programme on their lives and that of their families.
The Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama, has been asked to look into the emergence of new alcohol products locally produced.
The All Saints Anglican School took the overall Business Systems Limited (B.S.L.) – Australian Open Pacific Pathway (A.O.P.P.) 2018 interschool competition.
A father who pleaded guilty to raping his 15-year-old daughter has been jailed for 14 years. The decision was delivered by Supreme Court Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren. Lawyer, Fuifui Ioane, of the Attorney General’s Office was prosecuting while Diana Roma represented the defendant.
Member of Parliament for Salega, Olo Fiti Vaai, has questioned the accuracy of revenues forecasted in the Government’s budget. Olo raised the questions in relation to the Ministry of Revenue when Parliament convened to discuss and pass Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti’s budget for 2018/19.
Diplomat David Nicholson can now add another title to his name. Apart from being New Zealand’s High Commissioner, he joined a rare group of anglers to have caught a marlin in the waters of Samoa during the weekend. What’s more, it was his first time fishing.
The Ministry of Police (M.O.P.) spent more than $100,000 on vehicle repairs between 2012 and 2016. This is according to the Samoa Audit Office Report on Irregularities presented to Parliament. The Ministry recorded the highest number of irregularity reports, with the bulk of them involving car crashes and damaged vehicles.
A training launched last week is set to open the door of opportunities for some sixty unemployed young people to gain vital skills in I.C.T. Driven by the United Nations Development Programme (U.N.D.P.), the training was launched by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology.
The Governent has launched a Pilot I.C.T. Training programme made possible with the kind assistance of the United Nations Development Programme (U.N.D.P.). The pilot programme will train 60 unemployed youth in the I.C.T. field.
Life is challenging for Feterika Taulagia. But the 39-year-old farmer from Alaoa, is not fazed by it all. With his humble abode and farm damaged by the cyclone, the Village Voice team found him working on his plantation.
Pepe Fetu is a resilient man. Despite the struggles with hardship and poverty, the unemployed father of two from Faleasi’u remains positive. His biggest fear is not being able to provide for his children. In the short term, he admits that they need to fix their house.
Fa’amanu Kelemete is on the trip of a lifetime. The eldest child of Kelemete Kelemete and the late Marianive from the village of Faleula, is representing Samoa at the 38th session of the Human Rights Council held in the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland
Samoa Airways is already reaping the fruits of its availability online via global travel company, Expedia and its affiliate partners, by receiving its first lot of bookings from the popular booking channel.
Businessman Unasa Tauheia Levaai is ready to shave it all for a good cause. The man from Siufaga and Samauga Savaii is representing the Samoa Marist Club, joining other men, women and children who have chosen to raise money for the Samoa Cancer Society’s ‘Shave, Save or Dye It’ fundraising event to be held this week.
The Methodist Church at Salepoua’e Saleimoa celebrated 70 years since the church was established yesterday. The church was founded in 1947 by eight members, including Pula Esau, Malaeoaitu Uale, Fa’amau, Tima, Tulaga, Alesana, Leni and Fetala’i. Malaeoaitu Fatu Pula told the Sunday Samoan that the church has come a long way.
In 2017, Robert Louis Stevenson-College formed a new club K-POP Korean Pop Music and Culture, under the Performing Arts Programme. The idea was to enhance and develop the students learning opportunities through additional experiences and electives other than theory or academic.
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.
Think a minute…Are you a “yes man” or woman? Do you always say yes to everybody who asks you for a favor or help? Some of us just cannot say no to others. The problem is our “yes” sometimes means stress—to us and our family.
With apologies to Shakespeare, but this is no longer the question. Prime Minister Tuila’epa and his Government have made up their mind. Faife’aus will pay tax. The only question left is how they will get them to pay and what process will be used to ensure that the tax they pay is fairly assessed.
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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