A group of students and teachers from Samoa College have arrived in Huizhou city in China’s central Guangdong province to begin a 12-day education exchange programme. The programme will run from September 18-29 and is themed “Discover Huizhou: A tour of Friendship between Chinese and Samoan Youngsters”.
The Government’s proposed alcohol excise rates will result in local liquor manufacturers making losses as the excise will be higher than the retail price of each liquor bottle. Businessman Va’atuitui Meredith sounded the warning recently in a consultative forum, which the Ministry of Revenue (M.O.R.) organised with the business community, in order to get feedback on the Alcohol Bill 2018.
A regional meeting being held in Samoa this week is reviewing the results of the A.C.P. Multilateral Environmental Agreements (M.E.As) capacity building project and it also serves as the first review meeting of the Inform project.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Revenue, Matafeo Avalisa Viali-Fautua’alii, has explained their position in relation to a helicopter that has been in their possession since 2016. Below is the letter she wrote in response to questions from the Samoa Observer. It is published in full:
The first Student-Athlete Leadership Conference will be held at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel tomorrow. The conference will be opened by the Charge d’Affaires of the United States Embassy in Samoa, Tony Gruebel.
A workplace with high ‘meaning quotient’ is imperative for any business to prosper. It’s one of the key ingredients in the recipe for success, says the Managing Director of Samoa Stationery and Books (S.S.A.B), Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai.
The Tenders Board has awarded the contract for Mali’oli’o River to Ah Liki Construction. This was confirmed in a statement from the Land Transport Authority yesterday.
The Police are investigating the death of a man who allegedly died after he was beaten by his 58-year-old father. The incident was confirmed in a Police weekly update posted on their Facebook page. The 35-year-old man is from Vaitele fou and Safotu, Savai’i.
The Ministry of Police is investigating the death of a one-year-old toddler who fell while being given a bath by his father. The Motootua hospital advised the police of the death last Friday. “The male baby who was alleged to have died after he fell whilst his father was trying to give him a bath.
The inquest into the death of two babies in Savai’i following their vaccination in July this year has been adjourned to October 3. The adjournment will allow District Court Judge, Fepuleai Ameperosa Roma, to consider submissions by the prosecution and defense lawyers, before making a decision on whether he should adjourn the inquest until criminal proceedings against two nurses in the Supreme Court is completed.
The village of Eva on the northern coast of Upolu will be undergoing a river rehabilitation project to provide stability to the bank as well as widening and deepening of the channel. The rehabilitation project was made possible with the financial assistance of $50,000 from the Civil Society Support Programme in collaboration with U.N.D.P through the Adaptation fund.
The Tausala Matiu Company of Satupaitea did not have a “development consent permit” to quarry soil at Tafua-tai on Savai’i. The site was where a landslide occurred last Monday and killed three men and injured another two. The five men including the deceased were employees of the Tausala Matiu Company.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (M.N.R.E.) recently engaged students of the National University of Samoa in a forum targeting sustainable development process.
The remote community of Siuniu, Falealili has successfully completed the Community Disaster and Climate Risk Management (C.D.C.R.M.) programme.
The Matavai Pacific Cultural Arts group is heading to Samoa for a very special occasion. Over 65 members of the Group are heading to Samoa to host the “Love is bigger than cancer” fundraising event on Saturday 6 October 2018.
The Forum Fisheries Agency (F.F.A.), the Pacific Community (S.P.C.), the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (S.P.R.E.P.) and the University of the South Pacific (U.S.P.) signed a landmark agreement with the European Union to help promote sustainable management and sound ocean governance in the Pacific Region.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is expanding its presence in 11 Pacific island countries to enhance the impact of its growing program of assistance in the subregion.
A Chinese expert is helping Samoan farmers navigate new trends of farming. Dr. Jim Liu is in Samoa a.s the key part of the China – Samoa Agricultural Technical Aid Project Phase IV (C.S.A.T.A.P.) 2017 -2020, which provides ongoing practical support for farmers in Samoa.
Seven local businesses are finalists in the Samoa Business Network (S.B.N.) Awards to be held in Auckland on 29 September 2018. This year marks the S.B.N.’s fifth year anniversary since its inception in New Zealand.
Think a minute…A young man was discouraged and depressed about the problems he was going through. His wise father asked him: “Son, have you ever gone through a tunnel?” “Yes,” his son answered. His father continued, “When you were in the tunnel, did you think the sun no longer existed?” “No, of course not,” said the young man.
By now the Samoa and indeed the Pacific delegations will have returned home after participating in climate meetings held in Bangkok, Thailand, a week ago 4 to 9 September.
An S.O.S. visit to Facebook? The public surely appreciates the transparency shown by the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupai and the Attorney General, Lemalu Hermann Retzlaff, when they posted pictures of themselves recently outside the headquarters of Facebook in Silicon Valley in America.
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