The Rise Retreat at the Sinalei Resort comes to an end today after five days as a way to introduce and launch the Rise 2025 Samoa programme.
The Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio, supports the call for the Government to pay the salaries of teachers at Mission Schools.
The controversy surrounding the decision by the Tenders Board, to award the contract for the building of Tanumalala Prison to a company owned by the brother of the Minister of Prisons, resurfaced in Parliament yesterday. And when it happened, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi immediately leapt to the defense of the Tenders Board, the Minister of Prisons and Correction Services, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt and the Contractor, Alai’asa Schwarz Hunt.
The Member of Parliament for Salega, Olo Fiti Vaai, questioned the status of a $50million loan approved by the Development Bank of Samoa (D.B.S.) to fund the reconstruction of the Aggie Grey’s Hotel and Bungalows after Cyclone Evan demolished it in 2012.
Close to 4,000 athletes will gather in Samoa for the Pacific Games 2019. This was announced during a press conference at the Samoa Sports Facilities Authority on Tuesday where it was also said that all athletes will be staying in hotels.
Samoa is ready to host next year’s Pacific Games. Pacific Games Council President, Vidhya Lakhan made this statement saying there is no secret behind Samoa hosting the Games because the venue and accommodation for all athletes have been finalised.
Falealili East Member of Parliament, Fuimaono Te’o Samuelu, has urged the Government to increase the minimum wage. He made the point in Parliament, during the discussion of the 2018/2019 Budget. “I know that the cost for chicken as well as frozen food have increased, but the question is isn’t it time for the minimum wage to be increased too,” said Fuimaono.
The Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Success has enjoyed a deeply meaningful port visit to Apia, with the ship’s company spending the past four days conducting training and engagement activities with the Samoa Police Service and rolling up their sleeves to assist with community projects.
New provisions in the Samoa Coroners Act 2017 seek to re-address and regulate the reporting of suicide but lacks input from the relevant parties affected.
A man convicted of raping his niece has been jailed for 16 years. The sentencing for Pulemau Sione was handed down by Supreme Court Justice, Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala.
The Pacific Games Council meeting held at Taumeasina Island Resort ended on Monday. The meeting focused on the sports programme for 2019 and later on delegates toured the facilities that will be used by the athletes.
The Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.) has been told to implement a course where bus drivers – and drivers in general – can learn how to use the gear to safely maneuver a car downhill. The instruction came from Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi during yesterday’s budget debate in Parliament.
The Police are working on identifying the body of a man who was found dead at the Tiapapata River on Sunday. When the Samoa Observer visited the area yesterday, a man who gave his name as “Falefa” spoke to the Samoa Observer about the horrific scene he encountered. “I went on Sunday afternoon to swim there and that’s when I saw a body,” he told the Samoa Observer.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi objected to being called a “sifi” yesterday when Parliament convened to discuss the 2018/19 Budget at their makeshift home at Tuana’imato. The word sifi in Samoan is often used to describe the leader of a bad gang who is the last to be killed in an action movie.
Think a minute…One night in June, 1997 a 55-year-old mother named Karen Minahan was hit by a car driven by a drunk driver. The driver then backed up and ran over her two more times! Karen’s lungs were punctured and all of her ribs broken.
This evening is history in the making. It marks the 33rd anniversary since the Government of Samoa launched the Miss Samoa Pageant in 1985.
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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