SAMOAN DELEGATION: Fa’alava’au Perina Sila-Tualaulelei, Deputy P.M. Fiame Naomi Mata’afa  and Vanda Faasoa-Chan Ting.

Deputy P.M. leads Samoa’s delegation in Abu Dhabi

Deputy Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa led the Samoan delegation to the 9th annual Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, last week.

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S.V.S.G. Juniors begin their Buddying up programme with child vendors.

Programme embraces Samoa‘s child vendors

The youth groups under the umbrella of the SVSG (Juniors) gathered yesterday at the Campus of Hope, Tuanaimato to kick start its first activities for 2019, with its Buddying up Programme with Child Vendors.

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WOMEN IN POWER: C.E.O. of Samoa Water Authority (S.W.A), Seugamaali'i Jammie Saena, is among many women leaders in government.

Women rise in public service

Most senior executive positions within Samoa’s public service are occupied by women. But high-level positions such as that of a Government Ministry Chief Executive Officer continues to be dominated by men. This was highlighted in the Public Service Commission Annual Report for 2016-2017, which looked at 328 senior executive positions that come under the Public Service Commission (PSC).

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A first of its kind for Samoa

Students in Samoa now have the option of studying at an overseas school without leaving our shores – at the Apia International School (A.I.S.). A.I.S., launched yesterday and declared “officially open” by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is a ‘bring your own device’ online correspondence school, where students enrol in high schools anywhere in the world.

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Some of Maiavaloa and Taele of Vailoa Palauli’s descendants.

Four generations celebrate reunion

Descendants of Maiavaloa and Taele of Vailoa Palauli have come together for the first time for a family reunion which took place recently. 

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What remains of Vailoa Primary School but the teachers and Principal are optimistic.  Photo: Leilani Kamu.

Staff determined to start

The fire at Vailoa Primary School early this month has not dampened spirits with Principal, Lemafoe T Leituala, saying they are looking forward to the new academic year. 

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The Tālā App is a simple-to-use, easy-to-understand key to improving and enhancing our financial story.

Computer app to assist financial literacy

In this digital world, keeping updated and connected to the changes occurring around us is essential.

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Ava Wilderson, Isabella Colquhoun, and Aniva Clarke are the first year nine students at Apia International School. At the launching yesterday, the girls did the honour of cutting a cake to mark the historic occasion.

Students excited to go remote

Samoa has another high school in its portfolio: Apia International School (AIS). 

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Minister for Justice and Courts Administration, Faaolesa Katopau Ainu’u.

Service to bridge gap

Samoa is in the process of adopting the rights, empowerment and cohesion (R.E.A.C.H.) mobile service delivery programme that has been successful in Fiji since 2015.

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The public is advised to take safety precautions while Samoa is in the cyclone season.

“Best to still take precaution”

There is no immediate threat of a cyclone but the advisory will remain in place due to Samoa being in the cyclone season. 

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TEACHERS AND PRINCIPALS GO BACK TO SCHOOL: Teachers from all over the country during yesterday's session.

Ministry confronts issues, challenges

Educationists in Samoa are gearing up for the new academic year. As part of their preparations, they gathered at the Pesega Hall for a three-day Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (M.E.S.C.) annual conference, starting yesterday. 

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PLEASE GIVE BLOOD: Giving blood can save someone else's life. File photo.

Blood urgently needed

There is a shortage of blood at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole National Hospital in Moto’otua – and your help is needed. This was confirmed by Isitolo Paulo, a Laboratory Officer at the national hospital, who said all blood types are in demand and anyone – who is in a position to donate – is encouraged to go to the N.H.S. Laboratory Blood Bank at the hospital. 

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Faasaleleaga No. II Member of Parliament, Pa’u Sefo Pa’u.

Parliament pays tribute to Pa’u Sefo as first session of 2019 begins

Parliament observed a moment of silence today in honour of Faasaleleaga No. II Member of Parliament, Pa’u Sefo Pa’u. Speaker of Parliament, Tole’afoa Leaupepe Fa’afisi, called for the moment of silence in the opening of Parliament’s first session for 2019 at their makeshift headquarters at Tuanaimato. 

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WANTED: Pati Chong Nee and Aniseko Vaelei.

Escaped convicts remain at large

The Police are continuing to seek the public’s support to locate two notorious criminals who escaped from Tafa’igata Prison on Sunday.

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Mr Kosi Latu, Director General of SPREP and Jean-Marc Lacave, Chief Executive Officer of Meteo-France. Photo / Supplied.

Deal signed to boost Pacific meteorology services

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and Meteo-France have signed a five-year memorandum of understanding. 

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Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital at Motootua.

Woman in shooting incident flown out

The victim in an alleged domestic violence shooting incident last week has been medivacked to New Zealand for further surgery. The woman – who is in her 30s – was flown out of the country last Friday morning, according to a family member who did not want to be named.

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CALCULATIONS: Professor says minimum wage should be calculated according to G.D.P.

Use G.D.P. to calculate minimum wage

An economics professor says ideally, minimum wages should be calculated, according to the gross domestic product (G.D.P.) of a country. The professor, who would rather not be named when discussing the issue, said everyone deserves a share of Samoa’s earnings and this can be done by looking at the country’s G.D.P per capita.

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COMPETING AGENCIES: The tussle over traffic enforcement laws between the Police and L.T.A. yet to be resolved.

Clash over traffic law enforcement unresolved

The tussle between the Land Transport Authority and the Samoa Police Service over traffic enforcement powers remains unresolved. The Cabinet is yet to make a decision on the issue after the Commissioner of Police, Fuiavailiili Egon Keil, wrote to the Prime Minister and Police Minister in October last year requesting that the Road Traffic Act 2009 is amended. 

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This is to allow the Land Transport Authority to carry out a geotechnical Investigation on Lelata Bridge from 7:00am to 5:00pm.

Cross Island Road section to be closed

The Intersection at Central Cross Island Rd and Vailele St (Malifa/Lelata) will be temporarily closed for three days starting tomorrow. This is to allow the Land Transport Authority to carry out a geotechnical Investigation on Lelata Bridge from 7:00am to 5:00pm.

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Samoa Airways chairman Fe’esago Siaosi Fepulea’i.

Airline chairman confident in finances

Samoa Airways chairman Fe’esago Siaosi Fepulea’i has expressed confidence in the financial state of the airline. The Government is yet to release the annual report of the airline’s performance in the last 12 months, but that did not trouble Fe’esago, as they prepare to become the first airline in the Pacific to use a Boeing 737-Max 9 aircraft.

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Think a Minute

Sam the changed man

Think a minute...This is the true story of a man named Sam who joined the American army in 1812. He was such a great military leader that he became a major general.


BEAUTIFUL LIFE IN SAMOA: Wives of Church Ministers enjoying a game of volleyball. Photo: Aufa’i Areta Areta

What is life without happy moments and drama?

Now that the New Year celebration is beginning to get old, we may as well look forward to some real problems.

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Unprofessional, unexpected

Imagine this. It’s been six months since your family’s case had been given a date by the Land and Titles Court.

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