The new Tanumalala Prison should be dedicated by October or early November. So announced the Minister of Prison and Correction Services, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, following an inspection of the site last week.
Complaints against the delivery of health services in Samoa are not new. The Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama, says they receive complaints on a daily basis. “My office is full of complaints,” he said. “People are not satisfied with the service. They come to me, they go their M.P, and they go to the Prime Minister.
Students can now register for the Preliminary Certificate in Technical Vocational Educational and Training (P.C.T.V.E.T.) at the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.). N.U.S. Vice Chancellor, Professor Asofou So’o Leapa’i, made the announcement during a press conference at the Oloamanu Center on Friday.
Digicel Samoa has dismissed reports that 911 calls from their numbers are delayed. “We have not received any official complaints from F.E.S.A. (Fire Emergency Services Authority) and neither from any of our customers about any delayed calls issue,” the company said in a statement.
The Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Leao Tuitama, says the merger between the National Health Services (N.H.S.) and Ministry of Health (M.O.H.), will lead to better primary health care services. It will also sharpen the focus and finances on services as opposed to the current situation where the “total expenditure for health is about 80 percent personnel and 20 percent on services.”
Taumeasina Island Resort has secured the ultimate award at the 2017/2018 Samoa Tourism Excellence Awards. The Taumeasina-based resort won the National Tourism Excellence Award, overcoming strong competition from two other finalists in Seabreeze and Return to Paradise.
Home is where you find refuge. Unfortunately this is not the case for Solo Si’ula’i The 34-year-old lives in an overcrowded family house with his uncle and family.
People living off the plantation believe it’s the best way to deal with the high cost of living today. One of them is a young father of two, Tamaleaoa Talanoa Lilo, 25, from the village of Pata Falelatai. Mr. Lilo says life is hard for him and his family, especially when there’s only one person who works.
The expensive cost of living is the reason some families cannot afford to have their own electricity connection. Tiula Leituala from Samatau knows the feelingThe 44-year-old father told the Village Voice team that despite him and his wife being employed, their budget is not enough for the installation fee.
The best way to give back to your family is to support them. For Apelu Alaiva’a, 19, from the village of Lalovi Mulifanua, he knows that finding a job is on top of his priorities this year. Mr. Alaiva’a is the eldest of seven siblings and he is desperate for work.
Samoa’s preparation to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Japan took a major leapfrog this week. It follows the endorsement of an agreement between the government of Samoa and the city of Yamagata, Japan.
Timothy Francis Lino of Vaivase-uta is off to New Zealand with a person he’s yet to choose thanks to Ah Liki’s Anchor promotion. Mr. Lino is the winner of the promotion, announced by the Wholesale in a statement yesterday.
So’oalo To’oto’oali’i Roger Stanley, a strong pillar in the Samoa Fa’afafine Association, his family and church, has passed away. So'oalo died at the Moto’otua Hospital. The son of Niutea and Stanley of Siusega, So’oalo is a well-known leader in Samoa and the Pacific.
The government has assured Samoans their travel plans to the United States should not be interrupted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (D.H.S.) decision to remove Samoa from the list of countries whose citizens are eligible for temporary work visas to the United States.
The decision to remove Pepe Christian Fruean as the Chairman of the Electric Power Corporation (E.P.C.) has not yet been finalised. This is according to Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.
China’s Ambassador to Samoa, Wang Xuefeng, has moved to assuage fears over Samoa’s debt to China, assuring a number of projects under their aid programme are funded by grants. In fact, according to the Ambassador, the Chinese aid to Samoa for the past two and a half years has been in the form of grants.
Those who never sweat will never have anything good in their life. Setefano Sosopo from the village of Faleula is certain that nothing in life is earned easily, it requires hard work.
While life is not easy, complaining about it won’t be able to help you out. This is the belief of a father of three, Iosefa Fonotoe. The 46-year-old hails from the village of Luatuanu’u. Mr. Fonotoe said the only good way to tackle this hard life is through hard work.
The Samoa Returnees Charitable Trust and Alternatives to Violence Program Whakatane / Bay of Plenty, will be conducting Training of Trainers at the Millennia Hotel conference room (second storey), from Monday 22 - Tuesday 30 January.
Think a minute…Since we spend so much of our life at our workplace, it is important to see what unhealthy conditions we can start changing to improve our daily lives on the job. Let’s complete our checkup we started yesterday.
Do you feel the earth would be kinder if Adam was Eve instead? When I look at the children of the streets, I feel sorrow only. There is not a bone in a loving mother which does not ache for the grief upon any child. I miss my own mother like I miss the rain.
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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