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Customer service training for public sector

Customer service was the focus of the training conducted by the Public Service Commission (P.S.C.) last week. 

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OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT: Constable Silivelio Lui returns after his successful training in the U.S.

Cop returns with outstanding award

Constable Silivelio Lui represented Samoa Police in the U.S. Coast Guard Training and returned with the Outstanding Student Award certificate. 

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Samoa Police Service.

Police amp up campaign against drunk driving

Close to 70 people have been driving under the influence (D.U.I.) since the Ministry of Police launched its speed racers operation last month. This was confirmed by the Police. “Given the increase in number of drivers driving vehicle under the influence of alcohol road blocks will continue in the next coming months,” a Police statement said. 

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Papali’itele Fa’amausili Molī the new holder of the Malietoa title.

Malietoa title bestowed upon Fa’amausili Moli

Papali’itele Fa’amausili Molī is the new holder of the Malietoa title. The son of the late Malietoa Tanumafili II was bestowed the honour during a colourful and an elaborate ceremony at the Malae o Vaopipi at Malie this morning.

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David Main

Men wanted for David Main attack arrested and charged

Two men wanted in connection to the brutal attack of David Main last weekend have been arrested and charged. The men’s names have not been released by the Police but they are both not strangers to the cops.

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Winners of the Samoan Speech Competition for Zone A - Reupena Asiata, Cyrus Liu, Richard Vaega’au.

Samoa College wins speech competition

Cyrus Liu of Samoa College has scooped the 2018 Samoan Speech Competition title for Zone A at Vaimauga College yesterday. 

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Samoa Farmers Association chair, Afamasaga Toleafoa.

Digital farmhand can transform agriculture

The development of a digital farmhand by the Australian Centre for Field Robotics has the potential to transform agriculture and attract more young people to seek careers in the sector. 

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Digital farming has potential in Samoa

The digital farmhand is a developing science technology that could revolutionise the profitability and sustainability of small-scale row crop farming in Samoa. A field trial was carried out yesterday by a group of engineers from the University of Sydney, Australia at Charlie Ah Liki’s commercial farm in Tapatapao. 

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The audit report was submitted to the Legislative Assembly last December and was recently tabled.

Loan applications lacked bank statements

The Development Bank of Samoa (D.B.S.) gave loans to clients who did not submit bank statements and did not have bank accounts.

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Counsellor Embassy of Japan, Isao Kishi; Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Samoa, H.E. Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki; ACEO Bilateral Relations Divisions MFAT, Tagaloa Sharon Aiafi; Hon. Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

Govt. signs $4.5 million medical help with Japan

Samoa stands to benefit from $4.5 million ((US$1.8 million) in terms of medical equipment courtesy of the Government of Japan. It follows notes signed and exchanged between the Ambassador of Japan to Samoa, Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi yesterday. 

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Suitupe Misa.

$1 m. lawsuit against armed Police in Court

A hearing date has been set for the matter between Suitupe Misa and the Office of the Attorney General. Misa is a member of the public who was arrested at gunpoint by a contingent of armed Police officers in 2015. He is suing the Ministry of Police for $1million tala.

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DIFFERENT CULTURES JOINED IN MARRIAGE: Bonnie and Grey surrounded by family and friends after the ceremony.

A wedding fusion of Assyria and Samoa

In what may have been a nation first, Apia was witness to a wedding combining two diverse cultures – Assyrian and Samoan. The couple, Bonnie and Grey Viane, tied the knot last Saturday at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral followed by a reception at Taumeasina Resort in a mix of cultural traditions.

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Minister of Justice and Courts Administration, Fa’aolesa Katopau Ainu’u and C.E.O. Papali'i John Taimalelagi.

Inquiry to scrutinise staff use of assets

The Public Service Commission (P.S.C.) Inquiry looking at allegations that Court files were removed from the vicinity of Court and taken to the Office of the Minister of Justice and Courts Administration, Fa’aolesa Katopau Ainu’u, has a wider scope.

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Discrepancies with passport and permit receipting uncovered in an audit report.

Audit discovers duplicate receipt numbers

The Immigration Passport System has identified duplicate receipt numbers for different applications used in the passport and permit systems. The discrepancies are outlined in the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet Audit (M.P.M.C.) Report for financial year ending June 30, 2014. 

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Samoa Police Service.

Second nurse faces manslaughter charge over vaccination deaths

A second nurse has been charged in relation to the deaths of two babies in Savai’i who died after they were administered the MMR vaccination. The charge against an unnamed nurse was confirmed by the Police.

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CELEBRATING FATHER’S DAY: Faimanu Toesea, Afualo Mulivai, Rev. Apelu Semu, Tautua Enosa, Afualo Tavita, Afualo Apelu, Poutoa Tautele, Matuu Vaa.

Critical role played by fathers acknowledged

Fathers play a critical role in the families. This was highlighted across the country last Sunday when the nation paused to celebrate Father’s Day.

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Cheri Robinson Moors.

Former Miss South Pacific heads A.P.T.C. in Samoa

The Australian Pacific Training Coalition (A.P.T.C.), formerly known as the Australian Pacific Training College, has a new Director. She is former Miss South Pacific and Miss Samoa, Cheri Robinson Moors.

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N.Z. PRIME MINISTER: Jacinda Arden.

Visa free travel up for discussion

Discussions on visa free travel to New Zealand may be on the table, says Vaovasamanaia Winston Peters. The New Zealand Foreign Minister was in Apia recently to attend the one-day Forum Foreign Ministers conference.

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Samoa Police Service.

Police follow lead in search of suspect

The Ministry of Police are following up on a lead in connection to a vehicle that killed a 79 year old mother of Nofoalii. According to a statement issued by the police, a side mirror belonging to a vehicle was left at the scene of the hit-and-run incident and provides them the only lead into the fatal incident. 

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AT TO SUA: Police vehicles at To Sua Trench where a Chinese man went missing two Sundays ago. Photo / (Misiona Simo).

Search for missing Chinese called off

The search for the body of a missing Chinese national has been called off after a week of searching by authorities. 

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Think a Minute

“A bad teacher”

Think a Minute … Do you sometimes feel that the only way your kids will listen and obey you is if you get angry with them?

Columns

Teak: Grow your own money tree

On 9 July 2008, Mr. Aaron Kama, a Lecturer at the U.S.P. Alafua Campus presented to the interested public a very stimulating topic titled: Growing money on trees.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

Those parking meters A lot has been said about the Government’s move to install parking meters - good and bad.

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