ALL OF THE $2.30: Government and stakeholders reviewing the Labour and Employment Relations Act 2013, and are considering a provision to make regular reviews of minimum wage mandatory.

Minimum wage might be reviewed, says Ministry

The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour (M.C.I.L.) is in the process of reviewing the Labour and Employment Relations Act (L.E.R.A.), which will include discussions on the minimum wage. Assistant chief executive officer for the Ministry, Niuafolau Helen Uiese, said under the review, one recommendation has been to look at wages more frequently.

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Zane Hilton. Photo / Misiona Simo.

P.M. delves into Hilton’s unexpected resignation

Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, says the General Manager of the Union’s High Performance Unit, Zane Hilton, has probably got a “bigger offer” to work elsewhere. Tuilaepa made the claim when his opinion was sought on the unexpected resignation by Mr. Hilton from his role within the S.R.U., merely a year after he started.

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Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital at Motootua.

Woman hospitalised with gunshot wounds

A woman is fighting for her life at the Moto’otua Hospital after she sustained gunshot wounds to her face in an incident at Vailoa Faleata on Tuesday evening. A family member of the woman, who asked that they are not identified for security reasons, said the life-threatening injuries came as a result of a domestic dispute.

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CONGRATULATIONS: Natalie Lameko winner of the brand new Samsung S9 with seven months old Briseis Lameko and the staff of Island Rock.

Natalie winner with Island Rock

Natalie Lameko of Tanugamanono has won a brand new Samsung S9 valued at $3,299 thanks to Island Rock Company Ltd.

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Lemauga Lydia Sosene.

Auckland-based Samoans to benefit from pay rise

The Auckland Council Māngere-Ōtāhuhu local board chair, Lemauga Lydia Sosene, says Auckland’s Samoan population will benefit from New Zealand increasing the minimum wage this April.

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Police investigations are continuing and the matter will be referred to the Coroner for coronial inquiries.

Police investigate death of Salelologa baby

The Ministry of Police are investigating the death of a baby from Salelologa, Savai’i.

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RIGHT ON TRACK: Pacific Games C.E.O., Falefata Hele Matatia and Pacific Games Council Executive Director, Andrew Minogue. Photo: Government.

New Zealand firm to provide technical support

A recently-established New Zealand company has won the bid to provide technical support for the 2019 Pacific Games’ broadcasting requirements.  

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LAWYER AND S.S.I.G. ADVOCATE: Unasa Iuni Sapolu during one of S.S.I.G's protests about the land issue. Photo / Misiona Simo.

S.S.I.G. asks Court to amend claim in $5 million lawsuit

The Samoa Solidarity International Group (S.S.I.G.) has asked the Supreme Court for leave to amend their statement of claim in their $5 million lawsuit against the Government.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi. Photo / Misiona Simo.

P.M. points to private sector over minimum wage call

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has responded to calls to increase the minimum wage of $2.30, saying this is totally dependent on whether the private sector can afford it.

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Education launches key policies

The Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (M.E.S.C.) launched some key policy documents yesterday at the Aute Conference Room, Malifa.

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Contracts totaling $2 m awarded for roads

The Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.) has awarded six contracts valued at $2.37 million for roads in Upolu and Savai’i. The tenders for the various road construction projects were approved by the Cabinet last December for the Financial Year 2018-2019. According to Ministry of Finance tender documents, the Capital Lot 02 for Upolu — which was approved December 20, 2018 for the Aleisa Road — totaled $295,396.48 and has been awarded to R&R Construction Company Limited.

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The Emergency Center will play a critical role in monitoring natural disaster.

Govt. awards $6.4 million contract to Zheng Company for Emergency Center

The Government has awarded a $6.40 million tala contract to Zheng Construction Co. Ltd to build the National Emergency Operations Centre. The tender was approved last month. Other companies that vied for the tender included Pacific Engineering Projects Ltd, Fletcher Construction Co. Ltd, Jiangsu Geology & Engineering, Schwarz Construction Co. Ltd and Ah Liki Construction Co. Ltd. 

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RAISING HIS CONCERN: The Associate Minister of M.C.I.T., Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi.

Associate Minister calls for tougher penalties

Associate Minister, Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi, has called for tougher penalties for anyone charged and found guilty of first degree murder. “The current sentencing under the Crime Ordinance Act has it that anyone convicted or enters a guilty plea will automatically receive a life imprisonment in jail,” he said. 

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Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Solamalemalo Sio.

Funding assistance to include government schools

Students attending government-run schools will also get a portion of a $14 million tala Government assistance to private, mission and early-childhood learning educational institutions. 

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Last month, Government approved a salary increase for the public sector in accordance with recommendations by the Remuneration Tribunal.

Chamber behind Govt. on minimum wage

The Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Lemauga Hobart Vaai, supports the Government in preferring to consult the private sector before increasing minimum wage. “While of course our support depends on consultation with our own members, we do support what the Prime Minister is saying,” he said.

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The biogas project has emerged from the regional project called PIGGAREP. Photo credit: Min. Natural Resources & Environment, Samoa.

Biomass plant progresses to next stage

The Government is moving to the next phase of the proposed development of a biomass gasification plant at Mulifanua.

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PRESIDENT OF S.V.S.G.: Siliniu Lina Chang.

Samoa to host global meeting

The Samoa Victim Support Group (S.V.S.G.) will host the Initial Meeting for some of the networks of the MenEngage Global Alliance from 21 – 25 January 2019 at the Travellers Point Hotel, Apia.

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Jennifer and her three daughters.

Mother creates job portal for Samoans

With the world advancing technologically, a young mother is ensuring that both Samoas are not left behind. Twenty-eight-year-old, Jennifer Livigisitone Singh from Falelatai and Malololelei has invested her time into creating an online employment portal for job seekers and employers in Samoa and American Samoa. 

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Qantas 737-800 charted by Samoa Airways to operate its Sydney-Apia-Sydney flights during the reschedule.

Samoa Airways says it is back on “schedule”

Samoa Airways’ international jet schedule will return to normal from today, the Airline announced in a statement yesterday. The announcement follows the delay and rescheduling of international flights from the 6th - 14th January 2019.

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This hospital-centric model of care does not address the growing problem of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs),” stated the report.

Experts call for “Komiti Tumama” role to tackle non-communicable disease crisis

A report in an international medical journal has highlighted the role of women’s groups (Komiti Tumama) in Samoa and called for their involvement to address the country’s growing non-communicable disease crisis.

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Think a Minute

Fathers of Orphans

Think a minute...Tragically, fathers are becoming a vanishing breed. Statistics show that millions of children are growing up like orphans because their fathers simply reproduce themselves and leave, rather than staying home to love and raise their son or daughter.


Getting the best people for the vacant government positions

With a couple of Chief Executive roles available in the Government, the closing time for those shooting to become a brand new C.E.O. and also those thinking that they can be re-appointed is up. They have thrown their hats in the ring now.

Between the Lines


P.M. on Church leaders It seems Prime Minister Tuilaepa can’t leave members of clergy alone. During a radio programme last week, he had plenty to say about Church Ministers. For instance, he reminded them that Church Ministers were only taught on spiritual matters, not on Economics.

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