The Samoa international Game Fishing Association (S.I.G.F.A) has sounded the alarm about the abuse and misuse of Fishing Aggregating Devices (F.A.D) by some local fishermen. The alarm was sounded by the President of S.I.G.F.A, Poao Frances Hansell, who is calling on the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (M.A.F) to investigate the issue. They have provided pictures for evidence.
The digital disruption brought on by social media and online news challenged traditional forms of journalism but in some ways it levelled the playing field for Pacific journalists.
The Faualo chiefly title was bestowed on Salā Mulitalo Lupe Chan Mow at the village of Apia last Saturday. It was well attended by families and the Apia Village Council.
A large cocoa nursery is being built on Samoa Trust Estate Corporation (S.T.E.C.) land at Mulifanua with plans to begin training for the nursery next week.
The Pacific Trade Invest (P.T.I.) Australia’s Trade and Investment Commissioner, Caleb Jarvis, is heading to Samoa. In partnership with the Samoa High Commission to Australia, Mr. Jarvis will be leading a business mission to Samoa from Tuesday 9 October to Friday 12 October 2018.
When Punialava’a flew on Samoa Airways to return home last month, they were very much aware of the parallels between their band and the national carrier. For starters, both are ambassadors for Samoa, carrying the Samoan flag wherever they go.
Kasia Renae Cook. Remember that name if you live in Samoa and are of German descent. She is a remarkable woman, an educated woman, and she is on a mission. No. Not the kind of mission you might be thinking.
The National University of Samoa (N.U.S) is continuing to use data to inform decision making, with the recent release of its second statistical digest and the promise of another one in December.
A Government delegation is currently in America meeting with technology companies and public officials as a first step towards making Samoa a regional innovation hub.
The family of a young boy from Samatau is mourning his death following a tragic incident involving a bus on Friday night. The death was confirmed by a member of the extended family yesterday, who requested for the names to be withheld as they have yet to inform all their relatives about the tragedy.
The Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) at Magiagi celebrated a milestone with the official opening of their Pastor’s residence yesterday. The total cost of the project is estimated to be more than $500,000. In an interview with Sunday Samoan, Church Secretary Tupuivao Dr. Titi Lamese, said they do not owe anything to the banks.
The three branches of government – Executive, Legislature and Judiciary – exist to protect people’s rights but there are times when the Judiciary becomes the weakest branch of Government. The point was made by a United States Court of Appeals Senior Judge and Chief Judge Emeritus, John Clifford Wallace, during an interview with the Sunday Samoan yesterday.
Two vehicles were involved in a head on collision at the front of the METEK building in Vaitele on Friday. According to an eyewitness, Juliana Tuitea, a vehicle coming down from Maota o Samoa was driven by a woman and was allegedly speeding when her vehicle collided with an oncoming vehicle.
Six schools across Samoa beautified their schools this term, competing in BSP’s Go Green campaign competition. For the children, making the school attractive was only the beginning. They also spent the term learning about gardening, taking care of plants, recycling and pollution.
The Papua New Guinea community in Samoa celebrated the country’s 43rd independence anniversary in Apia last Sunday. About 50 men, women and children converged on Every Home for Christ premises at Vaigaga on Sunday and were treated to a night of worship and singing in commemoration of the day.
Technology, policy and business models are not enough to get Samoa to its goal of being 100 percent renewable by 2025. Dr. Adam Warren, a director at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (N.R.E.L) in the United States, is in the country to hold discussions with stakeholders in the energy sector when he made this statement.
Think a minute…A four-year-old girl was terribly hurt in a car accident and going to die—unless the doctors quickly found a person with her same rare blood type who was willing to give her their blood. Then they discovered the girl’s seven-year-old brother had the same blood type as her.
The tirade by NZ radio 1ZB commentator Heather du Plessis against the Pacific Islands has rightly invited adverse comment, only a small part of which has filtered to us in Samoa I suspect.
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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