They are not the first couple to fly to Samoa to celebrate a birthday and will not be the last. Auckland couple Malcom and Kathy Stewart have never been Samoa and if it was not for Malcolm turning 60 recently, they would not be here.
It has been an exciting four days for Auckland residents Rebekah Chambers, David Berto, Courtney Sanft and Andrew Pogot. They flew into Samoa last Saturday and have already visited the island of Namau and went to the Sliding Rocks of Papaseea.
Fourty Police officers are in a better position to perform their roles more effectively following three separate training on Operational Safety, Defensive Driving and Road Safety.
The water and sanitation sector hopes to move forward by investing more on research to boost resilience to climate change and natural disaster. This was according to the Water and Sanitation Sector Coordinator, Ruth Ueselani, during the Eighth National Water and Sanitation Sector Forum at the Samoa Convention Center, T.A.T.T.E. Building yesterday.
Nine of 15 Directors who successfully completed the professional programme for Directors’ course were awarded certificates of competence in directorship yesterday.
Samoa marked National Toilet Day by launching two garden toilets at Lepa and Saleaula. The toilets make up 10 garden toilets already launched in Upolu and Savai’i.
The Samoa Sports Facilities Authority (S.S.F.A.) is in the spotlight following an assessment by the Ministry for Public Enterprise. An assessment of the facilities under the care of the S.S.F.A. has revealed “poor management”, which led to the authority using a bank overdraft to fund its daily operations.
The auction for a helicopter, held by the Ministry of Revenue over alleged unpaid taxes, is back on again. This time the sale, scheduled for Saturday 1 December 2018, is certain. The helicopter - Model AS350VA manufactured in 1981 – could be sold for as low as $60,000 tala.
The man who owns the security firm on duty at the launch of Samoa Airways flights in Brisbane last week, when two men attempted to attack Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has spoken out about the ordeal. Galumalemana Aurthur Nanai said he chased the men after they stormed the building and threw a pig’s head at the Prime Minister.
The Minister of Commerce, Industry and Labour, Lautafi Selafi Purcell, yesterday emphasised the important role state owned enterprises play in maximising profits for the Government. Lautafi also called for better management of assets, management of finance and the management of human resources.
The Director of the 2019 Pacific Games Committee, Aveau Niko Palamo, has resigned. The resignation comes nine months before the opening ceremony of the Games scheduled for 7 July 2019. Aveau’s resignation was confirmed by the Chairman of the Pacific Games Committee and Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio.
The Central Bank Governors of the South Pacific region met in Samoa last week. The occasion was the 33rd Pacific Central Bank Governors’ meeting, based on the theme “Strengthening Collaboration”, with the objective of promoting the prosperity and economic welfare of our member nations.
The Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio, took opened the Samoa Sailing Association’s Race Management Clinic at the Apia Yacht Club. The four-day event will serve to train the officials and others involved in running sailing at the Pacific Games in Samoa next year.
The reigning Miss Samoa Australia, Erin Noelani Taefu, has put her weight behind the Faleolo-Brisbane-Faleolo bi-weekly flights saying it’s the answer to prayers by many Samoans residing Queensland.
The Government of Japan has presented a refurbished school building which included extra classrooms to the Solosolo Primary School. Japan’s ambassador to Samoa, Shinya Aoki, made the presentation recently on behalf of his government to the Solosolo village community.
Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (A.N.Z.) customers can expect an improved digital transaction system next month. The bank’s Regional Executive, Tessa Price said A.N.Z. is the first bank in the Pacific that will launch a Pacific wide app with enhanced features to make payment easier for their customers.
The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited’s (A.N.Z.) financial inclusion strategy has benefited the Pacific in numerous ways, including Samoans. This is according to the bank’s Regional Executive, Tessa Price, who was referring to their Money Minded course and how it has economically transformed the lives of Pacific peoples.
Think a minute…28 June, 1997 was the date of the famous “Bite Fight” between world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson. During the fight, Tyson completely lost control of his anger and actually bit off part of Holyfield’s ear!
I want to share a reflection on suicide by quoting from a speech I made in 2002 because it is relevant and topical. Rituals also express meaning, nuance and metaphor. During (former) Prime Minister’s Helen Clark’s wreathe presentation at Tamasese’s grave, 4 June 2002, Lufi Falefa and Salani could have chanted the funeral chants, the birth chants, the war chants, the victory chants.
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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