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The financial irregularities were highlighted in an audit report on the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet for the financial year 2012-2013.

“Lack of control over money a worry”

The lack of control over the collection and receipting of monies at the Immigration Office has come under the scrutiny of the Audit Office. The financial irregularities were highlighted in an audit report on the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet for the financial year 2012-2013.

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INSPIRING: Tusiga Peseta Taofiga among participants at the leadership seminar. Photo: Aufa’i Areta Areta

Youth make their mark on Leadership Samoa

Leadership Samoa participants are often from high-level management positions, with seniority and many years of experience. But this year, a new initiative to include youth was started, and the program welcomed three young participants who don’t typically fit the bill.

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Harold Guida checks out the panelling on the Parliament building with the team during a routine inspection this week.

Parliament to be ready next month

By the time the festive season is over, Parliament will be having their sessions in a brand new hall, built by their own people. Head architects Harold Guida and Willam Gardner visited the site this week and they are pleased with the progress.

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi.

P.M. says he’s not “micromanaging”

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi has denied that he is “micromanaging” the Audit Office. He was responding to an article in the November 11, 2018 edition of the Sunday Samoan titled “P.M. writes to Minister of Audit Office”, which was based on a letter he wrote early this month to the Minister of Audit, Sala Fata Pinati.

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Masoe Norman Wetzel with Prof. Fui Leapai Ilaoa Asofou Soo at Taputo'i Building N.U.S.

Foundation ends N.U.S. support

The Hachiya Foundation has donated $27,983.83 to the National University of Samoa and announced the end of its support as it will disband. Magele Mauiliu Magele, Afioga Masoe Norman Wetzel, and Hideno Kobayashi—who are members of the foundation’s committee—made the announcement yesterday, and said the $27,983.83 is the remaining balance of the scholarship fund and it was only proper that they gave it to the university.

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Villagers in disaster training

The death and destruction caused by the 2009 tsunami is compelling a group of villages to embrace disaster management training. The villages of Salelesi, Eva and Fusi located on the north coast of Upolu yesterday participated in a disaster management training program, where they were given awareness on natural disasters and trained on how to prepare themselves in the event of a natural disaster. 

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Samoa Solidarity International Group Global (S.S.I.G.G.).

Attorney General applies to remove Ministry

The Attorney General’s Office has filed a motion to strike out a defendant in a lawsuit filed by the Samoa Solidarity International Group Global (S.S.I.G.G.). The Group is asking the Supreme Court to rule on the legality and the constitutionality of the Land Titles Registration Act 2008 and is seeking $5 million tala in damages from the Government. 

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Police Commissioner, Fuiava Egon Keil and Deputy Commissioner, Papali’i Monalisa Tiai-Keti at the opening of the carport.

Police open new carport

The Samoa Police Service (S.P.S.) has officially opened a multifunction carport at its Apia headquarters.

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WELCOME TO SAMOA: Delegates attending this week’s Central Banks Governor’s conference being held in Samoa this week. Photo/Aufa’i Areta Areta

Maiava welcomes Central Bank Governors

With the theme “Strengthening collaboration”, Central Bank of Samoa Governor, Maiava Ainuu-Enari has welcomed participants of the 33rd Annual Pacific Central Bank Governors meeting.

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Top MasterChef judge and chef Monica Galetti speaking at the Pacific Aotearoa Summit in Auckland. Photo / Supplied

Report shows strong contribution by Pacific people to New Zealand

A study in New Zealand suggests Pacific people contribute at least $21.5 billion to the annual GDP, or close to three percent of a national GDP of $652 billion. New Zealand Treasury in partnership with the Pacific Business Network has released the New Zealand Pacific Economy report, which outlines the impact Pacific peoples have on NZ’s economy.

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Court House Mulinuu.

Sixty-year-old father jailed for sex acts against young girl

A 60-year-old man has been jailed for unlawful sexual connection with a 12-year-old girl. Logoimamao Seve was found guilty of sexual connection and indecent acts following a trial before Justice Vui Clarence Nelson. Justice Vui suppressed all details that could lead to the identification of the 12-year-old victim, who is a neighbour of the 60-year-old defendant. 

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Samoa Business Network (S.B.N.).

Samoa Business Network appeals for unity

The Samoa Business Network (S.B.N.) held their first business trip symposium at the Taumeasina Island Resort yesterday. Twenty local and Samoan businesses overseas are attending the three-day event to network and build relations, on top of finding ways of giving back to the local communities. 

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Parliamentarians and members of the public participating within the forum.

Govt. reviews community plan

The Ministry of Women Community and Social Development has begun consultations to review the Government’s Community Sector Plan 2016 – 2021. Government officials, development partners, non-government organisation representatives, and parliamentarians converge on the TATTE Building conference room on Wednesday to discuss the roadmap. 

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Ministry of Police.

Police maintenance, hire cost high

The Ministry of Police spent close to half a million tala on vehicle maintenance and hire in 2013-2014. The expenditure was highlighted in an audit report of the Ministry of Police by the Audit Office. The audit covered the financial year 2013-2014.

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ASPIRE TO CHANGE: Leadership Samoa graduates at the completion of their program where they learnt how to address workplace sexual harrassment.  Photo: Aufa’i Areta Areta

Leadership Samoa class graduates

Samoa’s finest graduated from this year’s Leadership Samoa program yesterday, in the presence of their families, colleagues, friends and government ministers. The class of 2017/18 have completed a year of research and planning into some of the issues that affect Samoa, like tourism, blood donations, the electoral system and even sexual harassment.

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FIRST AID: Government Ministries staff undergo life-saving training.  Photo: Misiona Simo

Red Cross continues training

Samoa Red Cross has continued its second week of training with another group of participants from Samoa Government Ministries. The training was held at Samoa Red Cross in Tuanaimato recently, and was facilitated by the Red Cross health coordinator and full-time Pacific first aid instructor, Aiolupotea Goretti Wulf.

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Cash at least is costly to hold and transfer because it’s risky, it takes room, it takes space, and the digital currency doesn’t. So central banks probably wouldn’t want to do that.

Digital currency has vulnerabilities

There are important factors such as anonymity to consider for central banks that wish to develop a digital currency, because it could open doors to illegal activities. This is according to the International Monetary Fund (I.M.F.) Deputy Division Chief (Monetary and Capital Markets Department), Tommaso Mancini Griffoli, who told the Samoa Observer that it all comes down to how the central bank digital currency is designed. 

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Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi announces that the Blues Super Rugby Team will play The Reds in Apia, Samoa on June 2, 2017. Samoa House, Auckland, New Zealand, Monday, January 30, 2017. Copyright photo: David Rowland / www.photos

Attempt to attack PM Tuilaepa during Samoa Airways launch

A video has surfaced of an attempt to attack Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi in Brisbane, Australia. The video, shared online by ET Live, surfaced overnight from the official launching of Samoa Airway’s Faleolo to Brisbane flights, marking the airline’s first birthday.

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ADVENTURES IN PARADISE: Rebekah Hobson.

“I could easily live here”

Samoa has had a nostalgic effect on Rebekah Hobson since she flew in from Brisbane, Australia. They say time flies when you are having fun and, that is exactly how Rebekah felt when the Samoa Observer caught up with her.

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Shemeah Poloai.

Dream comes true for daughter

It is a birthday present she is unlikely to forget in a long while—a return ticket to beautiful Samoa. For Shemeah Poloai, whose New Zealand-born father has Samoan heritage, the trip to the island between New Zealand and Hawaii is a dream come true for her.

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Think a Minute

Lucky You (Part I)

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. She also had to have her right leg cut off!

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Tribute to a leader, visionary and intellectual

Eulogy at Memorial Service of Sir Ngatata Love 28 October, 2018 Pipitea Marae, Wellington

Between the Lines

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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