A man who pleaded not guilty to charges of stealing more than 100 tiapula changed his plea after police lowered numbers of the taro variety they said were taken. The matter was heard before District Court Judge Mata Tuatagaloa.
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The Health Sector yesterday officially welcomed the Ministry of Health’s new Director General, Leausa Dr. Toleafoa Take Naseri. The Minister of Health, Tuitama Dr. Talalelei Tuitama, spoke to welcome Leausa following a brief prayer service conducted by employees of the Ministry of Health.
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 | Hits: 1123 | CommentsRead more
The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour (M.C.I.L) is gearing up to celebrate World Consumer Rights day in Samoa. This year, the focus will be on spreading consumer rights awareness to students in Savai’i.
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Leota replaces the previous Executive Director, Leilani Tuala-Warren, who has been sworn in as Judge at the District Court of Samoa. The Samoa Law Reform Commission has welcomed a new Executive Director.
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Do you use public transportation? If the answer is yes, you should be prepared to pay more starting next month. It follows an announcement by the government that the cost of using taxis and buses will be increased by 30 per cent next month.
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Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has set the record straight. He wants people to understand that millions in aid being pumped into the Samoan economy from donor countries and partners is not because they feel sorry for Samoa.
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Sails Restaurant attracted a sizable crowd on Friday night for the launching of the Valuer’s Code of Ethics, Rules of Conduct, Valuation Standards and Practices.
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“The purpose of the visit is to see for myself the issues and difficulties you face and thereby ensuring that the solutions we provide are designed for the island of Samoa and not just a solution dreamed up in London and Singapore which has worked somewhere else in the world” The Chief Executive Officer for one of the fastest growing Reinsurance Brokers in the Asia-Pacific region, Nick Cochrane, is visiting Samoa.
Monday, 10 March 2014 | Hits: 589 | CommentsRead more
Turning 90 is a milestone. And so it was for Taefu Li’a Siufaga who was born at Falelatai on 11 February 1924. His family friends and neighbours came together to mark this special time in Taefu’s life at Wellington, on 16th February this year in New Zealand.
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A man who has been breaking into houses since 2004 was told that his reappearance in court is an indication of his “lack of remorse”. Sialaoa Seemu appeared before District Court Judge Vaepule Alo Vaemoa Va’ai yesterday morning on five counts of theft and five counts of burglary.
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Heads of government ministries, authorities and corporations have been told to submit their financial reports on time. They have also been told to stop the excuses and pay their bills to the private sector. The order comes from Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, who says the timely submission of such reports is vital to enhance accountability in the government machinery.
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E.T.V. Production has completed the filming of the latest episode of the popular film series, Silamanino. Filmed at the Little Sisters of the Poor at Mapuifagalele, Part 5 is scheduled to be released on the week of Easter in April. Owner of E.T.V. and Film Producer, Toepo Eliza Tiava’asu’e-Hunt, spoke with Editor, Mata’afa Keni Lesa, about the upcoming episode and how the series has grown over the years:
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Having enough local Ear, Nose and Throat (E.N.T.) specialists available in Samoa will help towards maintaining healthy ears and preventing permanent hearing problems.
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The Pacific Cooperation Foundation (P.C.F.) has appointed a new Chief Executive. Laulu Mac Leauanae joined the organisation this month, with a background working in strategic and advisory roles, predominantly with Pacific organisations.
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An inter-denominational Christian Ministry, which relies heavily on “divine provision” in its efforts to make a difference in people’s lives, celebrated a milestone on Friday. Founded by Ruta Poulos, the Fortress of Faith welcomed three new qualified Prison Ministry Spiritual Counsellors during a small ceremony at their Moto’otua base.
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Conflicting stories emerged in Parliament this week about seven acres set aside at Nu’u for Radio 2AP.
Whereas the Government claims that the estate has already been made available, the Opposition Party says there is nothing there.
The estate is among 36 acres of Government property at Nu’u, the Minister of Finance, FaumuinaTiatiaLiuga revealed in Parliament this week.
Although there are no plans to immediately develop the seven acres, Faumuina told Parliament that if the need arises for Radio 2AP to relocate given the volatile climate situation, the land is already available.
The plan surfaced during the discussion of the Supplementary Budget where $900,000 is proposed for the beginning of the construction of a new 2AP building at Mulinu’u.Faumuina said the money is only to begin the project.
“That means if the need for more funds arise, we will have to look at it when we discuss future budgets,” he said.
But Gagaemauga No 2 MP, LevaopoloTalatonuquestioned the allocation of funds. He told Parliament that in 2010 when the report about the tsunami funds was made available, $2million of that money was set aside for the communication sector.
Levao said the money was intended to repair the damage to communication infrastructure at Aleipata and to improve Radio 2AP.
As a former Chairman of the Parliament’s Communications Committee, Levao also questioned the availability of the seven acres.
“The truth is that there is no seven acres,” he said. “When we went on an inspection visit there, we found that families were living there. So there was no land.”
But the Minister of Finance insisted that the estate was already available. He admitted that while families had been leasing the land, they have since been told to relocate.
He reminded that there are no immediate plans for the estate but it remains a very important part of the government’s plans to mitigate the impact of climate change.
Associate Minister and MP for AlatauaiSisifo, Lafaitele Patrick Leiataualesa supported the Minister. He said he was the vice chairman of the committee during Levao’s time. He confirmed that there was land.
“But it’s nowhere near seven acres,” Levao fired back.
The Minister of Finance explained that the seven acres was within 36 acres of Government land in the area. The land was largely used by families for cattle farms but they have all been asked to move out, Faumuina said.
Prime Minister TuilaepaSa’ileleMalielegaoi then took the floor to assuage fears about the availability of the estate.
“There is nothing to worry about,” he said. “The problem with the MP is that he’s talking about things that happened two or three years ago.”
The Prime Minister told Levao to stop being absent from Parliament sessions. He said if the Opposition MP had attended regularly, he would understand everything.
Tuilaepa also took a jab at the Opposition leader, PalusalueFa’apo II.
“This why we gave you a car,” he said, “so you can spy on everything that’s happening.”
During the post cyclone Evan inspection visits, Tuilaepa said he kept looking out for the opposition vehicle but he couldn't see them. Referring to the brand new Toyota Prado given to Palusalue last year, the Prime Minister said the vehicle has many seats that would fit all the Tautua Samoa MPs.
In case there are not enough seats, the Prime Minister joked that the “front” and “the top” part of the vehicle were available.
But Palusalue was not too pleased.
“When we go out on our inspection visits, we stop, get out of our vehicles and talk to people,” he said. “We don't announce to the country that we are coming for an inspection and then we invite the TV to come and film us.”
Palusalue said the Government’s inspection visits were a joke where a long procession of speeding vehicles often frightens people.
Getting back to the estate for the 2AP at Nu’u, Palusalue said there were only two acres available.
Faumuina disputed this.
In support, Prime Minister Tuilaepa said the size of the land was not important.
“What’s important is that the land is made available,” he said.
“Whether its seven, two or half an acre, it’s irrelevant.”
Tuilaepa said rubbished the Opposition’s concerns saying they were wasting time. He reiterated his earlier claim that members of the opposition were merely interested in point scoring against the government.
Palusalue rejected this.
“We are not looking for points,” he said. “We want the truth.”
Today is International Women’s Day, a day marking efforts towards improving the status and lives of women worldwide, including here in Samoa.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa is not the man you and I used to know. He’s changed. Insanely changed. Today he is no longer in the mood to enjoy being known as the prime minister of this country.
Not any more.
We know this much is true.People in powerful positions will invariably resort to acts of arrogance to divert attention from real issues, paint themselves in public view as untainted in character.
Two Saturdays ago, Siumu Member of Parliament, Tuu’u Anasi’i Leota, handed Senior Reporter, Jasmine Netzler, a piece of paper at the Apia Park.