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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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Village leaders.

P.M. challenges village leaders on responsibilities

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi has challenged Village Mayors not to be afraid of making hard decision – even if it is against paramount chiefs.  Speaking to village leaders recently at the Tooa Salamasina Hall, the P.M. said there were reports of village mayors instigating trouble in villages, and chiefs have been tasked to report non-performing village mayors. 

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The Samoa Electric Power Corporation (EPC), Chief Executive Officer, Tologata Tile Tuimaleali'ifano.

Uninterrupted power to cost consumers

The challenge of keeping Samoa’s electricity running without interruption comes with a cost. This was highlighted by the Electric Power Corporation Chief Executive Officer, Tologata Tile Tuimaleali'ifano, in an interview after the commissioning of a $5.39 million tala 200 Kilowatt Hydro Power plant at Vailoa Palauli last Friday. 

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SAVE THE MANUMEA!: Spreading awareness by dressing up as the Manumea and teaching as many as possible about the impacts humans have on our national feathered icon (Photo / Samoa Observer).

Samoa’s threatened feathered beauty

Have you ever sat back on a beautiful day near a forest in Samoa and just admired the beautifully coloured birds flying from tree to tree? How about strolling/hiking silently through the forest and just listening to the different cries of our unique feathered friends?

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The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ulu Bismarck Crawley, and Waste Management Principal Officer.

Ministry will enforce nationwide plastic ban

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) will carry out inspections on January 30 to ensure the ban on single use plastic is enforced nationwide.

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Pastor Frost, who is originally from Iva Savai’i and is now ministering in Australia, said the starting rate of $2.30 tala is too low for working Samoans.

Pastor says minimum wage is abuse of youth

The Assembly of God Church of Samoa in Australia superintendent, Pastor Taeauga Ropati Frost, has criticised Samoa’s current minimum wage and described it as a joke. Pastor Frost, who is originally from Iva Savai’i and is now ministering in Australia, said the starting rate of $2.30 tala is too low for working Samoans. 

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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi.

P.M. slams lengthy funeral and church services

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi has criticised the move by some families who hold family services and lengthy funeral services. The vocal politician took aim at the length of church services including funeral services and the decisions by some church ministers to hold separate testimonies. 

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WANTED: Pati Chong Nee and Aniseko Vaelei.

Prisoners on the run from Tafaigata

Two prisoners escaped from the Tafaigata Prisons yesterday morning. Aniseko Vaelei and Pati Chong Nee – who were jailed for burglary and robbery charges – dashed for freedom after a church service. The Samoa Observer could not reach the Prisons and Correctional Service Commissioner, Taitosaua Edward Winterstein, for comment yesterday. 

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Despite difficulties and challenges family remains grateful - The home of Maota Iosefa from Savaia, Lefaga.

Struggle is real but family soldiers on

The house belonging to Maota Iosefa of Savaia Lefaga and her family is basic and of a traditional Samoan design.

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Army of Kins rocking the S.B.D.C stage last Saturday Night.

Army of Kin and Blackie Yes to unite

The Samoa Best Dancing Competition 2018 winners are ready to take on the Hip Hop International South Pacific Dance competition in New Zealand.

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The lunar eclipse in July last year. Photo: NASA

Samoa to witness lunar eclipse tomorrow

The Samoa Meteorology Division has advised that the country will witness its first lunar eclipse for the year tomorrow night. 

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RAN Technical Adviser Chief Petty Officer Aviation Technician Avionics David Bragg (left), and Samoa Police Service women constables Annalieze Taumua, Rosalia Manutulila and Suisui Malu on the bridge of the Samoa Police Maritime Wing patrol boat

Samoa Police farewell Australian naval officer

The Commissioner of Police, Fuiavaili’ili Egon Keil, and his executive team recently farewell Australian David Bragg.

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JUST MARRIED: Mr and Mrs Apineru.

Wedding smiles at Faleula

Apineru Junior Apineru and Serafina Apineru celebrated being married at the Faleula Methodist Church yesterday. Mr. Apineru, 27, is a fourth year student at Piula Theological College. His wife, 24, is a Florist from Manurewa, New Zealand.

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Some of the newly bestowed title holders.

Family, village honour at Puipa’a

Over 40 matai title holders were bestowed at the Malae Vaitoga in Puipa’a yesterday. The two highest matai titles were Pagamalie (orator) – which were given to five people – while four were the recipients of the Tagaloa title.

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CONSULTATION IS WAY FORWARD: Tupa’i Saleimoa Va’ai.

Inclusive consultations vital in wage debate

An “enabling environment” for business could mean minimum wages rise sustainably alongside booming businesses, says the President of the Samoa Hotel’s Association (S.H.A.) Tupa’i Saleimoa Va’ai. 

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Think a Minute

Successful Business Plan (Part 1)

Think a minute...Do you know the secret to a successful business? Even if you do not own your own business, these principles work in both your professional and personal life. Following these priorities will guide you to success in this business called life.

Columns

Changing lives: Now that the Festive season is finished

Talofa Samoa! In the first week of last year, I was looking for one of METI ‘champions’: someone, who had been following the whole foods, plant based (WFPB) diet that METI promotes and who had been successful in reversing his diabetes condition, which had been crippling him for years.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

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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