A senior cabinet minister was arrested and charged with allegedly obtaining $136,400 by deception, yesterday. The minister, whose name is withheld, was charged along with his wife and a business partner. This was confirmed by the Acting Assistant Police Commissioner, Sala’a Moananu Salala’a, last night, in response to questions from the Samoa Observer.
Rukutai International Pty Ltd., a Queensland-based China product sourcing company owned by Samoans, Carolyne and Reg Schwenke, has just announced two new “world firsts” on its new web site – www.Rukutai.com.au.
Tony Greubel assumed his position as Deputy Chief of Mission at Embassy Apia, Samoa in August 2017. Previously Tony was the Senior Pacific Islands Desk Officer in the East Asia Pacific Bureau’s Office of Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific Islands Affairs.
A hundred tala might not seem like much to many people but to others, that amount can contribute a lot to their basic needs. In Fa’atoina Leusoni’s case, he needs two hundred tala to get his water installed.
They say home is a place where you can feel comfortable. It’s a sanctuary that keeps one safe. Sadly that’s not how Su’e Epati from Faleasi’u uta sees her home.
The nation came together to celebrate the life of the late Ta’isi O.F. Nelson last weekend with the launch of his life story in a book called: Samoa history and life of Taisi O.F Nelson.
The 2017 R.L.S. Memorial Garden Party was held at Villa Vailima last Thursday. Invited guests were treated to an evening of entertainment and a report from the General Manager, Margaret Silva, on the significant events that have occurred in the past year.
Students, teachers and Principals from different colleges in Upolu had the chance to meet the author of, Tautai, Dr. Patricia O’Brien yesterday. The meeting was held inside the Samoa Stationery and Books Conference Room. S.S.A.B is the exclusive seller of the book.
The United Nations Human Rights Council Independent expert group recently visited Samoa to assess the country’s performance on the issue of discrimination against women.
The President of the Land and Titles Court, Fepulea’i Attila Ropati, has denied any wrong doing in relation to questions raised against him in the dispute over the title of Faumuina in Lepea.
The Police investigation into the theft of $50,000 from the Samoa Land Corporation’s (S.L.C.) money safe is continuing. This was confirmed by the Acting Police Assistant Commissioner, Sala’a Moananu, in response to questions from the Samoa Observer.
Eunike Va’afa’i Finau from Afega tai needs help. Not only does she need it for the welfare of her family but also for the plantation which is her main source of income.
As part of Japan’s hosting responsibilities for the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Iwaki City in the Fukushima Prefecture was assigned to host Samoa’s Olympic team and the Manu Samoa Rugby team during the preliminary training camps for each event.
Deep-sea mining is on the agenda for a five-day National Focus Group Dialogue hosted by the Samoa Umbrella for Non-Governmental Organizations (S.U.N.G.O.) which starts today.
The Chinese Embassy hosted a farewell reception for 22 students who have been awarded scholarships to study in China. Chinese Ambassador Wang Xuefeng congratulated the students, reminding them that the opportunity to study in China is critical to Samoa’s development aspirations.
Think a minute…What do husbands and wives need from each other? A best-selling book, titled “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus”, explains how men and women are different creatures.
Early in 2015, Dr Peter Swain paid me a courtesy visit at my office.
NUMBERS PLEASE Is it our imagination or has there been a genuine upsurge in the number of tourists in Samoa? We say genuine, because we are not counting those who are our own ‘sons and daughters (and other aiga) for the return home’!
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