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