As the school examination period draws to a close to mark the end of another academic year, there was a mixed reaction from students on how they performed and the exams they sat for. Speaking to Samoa Observer after their exams, Seventh Day Adventist College year 13 student Daniel Koria said the exams were helpful in terms of assessment.
New executive members of the Samoa Umbrella Non-Government Organization (S.U.N.G.O.) were elected during the organisation’s annual general meeting at Hotel Millenia yesterday.
The life and contribution of the late Sau Justina Sau to Samoa was honoured recently at a directors’ luncheon at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel. A minute of silence was observed by chairpersons, members of government boards and directors—who stood up to pay their respects—to one of Samoa’s top government bureaucrats.
A national day of prayer, a fast, village committees, a new theology: these were all suggestions made by church members at a roundtable on ending violence against women, held yesterday in Apia. U.N Women and the office of the ombudsman gathered church leaders and members, academics and the government to address the issue of religion and family violence.
The National Kidney Foundation (N.K.F) will expand to 60 dialysis units next year to cater for the growing number of patients with late stage kidney failures. Minister for Health Tuitama Dr Leao Talalelei Tuitama announced that the Government has approved the move from the current site to another building.
The year of manufacture for a taxi allegedly owned by suspended Land Transport Authority manager, Anoanoai Pepe Lafai, was changed from 2003 to 2006 as per her instructions. This was the testimony of L.T.A IT officer Semo Siaosi during the trial of former and suspended Assistant Chief Executive Officers Mata’afa Sepelini and Anoanoa’i Pepe Lafai.
A leading Samoan woman has made the BBC’s 100 Women 2018 list. Fealofani Bruun, 35, is listed as number 15 in the list released yesterday.
Reports on the alleged attack on Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi in Brisbane recently have been “blown out of proportion”. This is the response of Minister of Commerce Industry and Labour, Lautafi Selafi Purcell, in response to questions on whether the safety of the Prime Minister was compromised during the launch of Samoa Airways’ Apia-Brisbane service recently.
Following a roundtable discussion on religion’s role in ending family violence, Dr. Mercy Ah Siu Maliko believes some church leaders are still in denial. The office of the Ombudsman alongside UN Women facilitated a panel-led public discussion on the matter, where following presentations by the panellists the public were invited to have their say.
The trial of former and suspended Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.) senior officers, Mata’afa Sepelini and Anoanoai Pepe Lafai started in the Supreme Court yesterday. The two appeared before Justice Mata Keli Tuatagaloa with their lawyer, Fepulea’i Patrick Fepulea’i. The prosecution was represented by senior prosecutor, Lucymaria Sio-Ofoia, of the Attorney General’s Office.
Public trading bodies have failed the Government in generating new capital and investment, says Minister of Commerce, Industry and Labour, Lautafi Selafi Purcell. Speaking at a gathering of directors at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel on Tuesday, Lautafi said Government reduced the percentage of dividend from 50 to 35 per cent so that public trading bodies can meet some of their obligations, but the return is still not profitable.
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.
Think a minute...Watching the Olympics can be both inspiring and heartbreaking. It’s easy to get caught up with “the thrill of victory” as well as “the agony of defeat.” This is especially true when the world’s greatest athletes, who have worked so hard their entire lives, lose by only a fraction of a second!
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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