The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) believes there is human trafficking on some fishing trawlers in the Pacific but the lack of data is making it difficult to address.
The sleepy streets of Apia on a Sunday afternoon came alive with passengers from the MS Queen Victoria Vista-class cruise ship that docked at the Matautu Wharf yesterday.
The appointment of a Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Justice Courts and Administration (M.J.C.A.) has been halted, pending the completion of an investigation by the Public Service Commission (P.S.C.).
The Government has amended the Constitution to reduce the term in office for the Head of State to ten years. And after the first term, the Head of State is only eligible upon reappointment for a second term.
The Public Service Commission has invited applications for the positions of Deputy Director General for the Ministry of Health, but not the Director General. Leausa Dr. Take Naseri has been appointed as the Acting Director General to see through the merge of the Ministry of Health and the National Health Services.
Corruption and illegal practices during the election is the main reason the Government moved to amend the electoral laws. This is according to the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi during his weekly media programme. “We are trying to avoid having a corrupt election,” he said, adding that the laws had to be amended in order for the voters to vote in their constituencies.
Strong winds, torrential rain and the appalling conditions they bring are wreaking havoc at the Savalalo market, affecting art and craft vendors. Last week during a tropical depression, part of the market’s roof was blown off, forcing vendors to gather their art pieces and seek refuge in other parts of the market.
A former Chief Executive Officer of the Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.) has been hired by the authority on a six-month contract worth $121,000. But the current Chief Executive Officer, Galumalemana Taatialeoitiiti Tutuvanu-Schwalger, has rubbished claims there was “favoritism” in the hiring of her former boss, Leasi John Galuvao as a consultant.
Local businesses have expressed concern that only foreign investment enterprises (F.I.E.) benefit from Government assistance schemes offered to the private sector. The Ministry of Commerce Industry and Labour (M.C.I.L.) has recorded the concerns of the local businesses, according to the M.C.I.L. Assistant Chief Executive Officer (industry development and investment promotion), Fiu Jacinta Matulino. But she has denied there is favoritism.
Saupo Atoni lives at Vaitele Fou with her two children, 15-20 minutes from the heart of Apia. But the close proximity of the 55-year-old’s home to the central business district in Samoa’s capital city, has meant nothing to her and her children for the last 19 years.
Maluseu Doris Tulifau and her international movement Brown Girl Woke (BGW) are on the shores of the National University of Samoa (NUS) and the University of the South Pacific, with regular meetings now on for students to share, and learn from each other.
Chanel Primary School in Moamoa celebrated its one-year anniversary recently. Staff and students led the celebrations at the private school, which was established by the Chanel Old Students Association (COSA).
Fitness is the key if the local players are to do well in any tournament, especially in the international arena. So says former Manu Samoa 7s and 15s player, Laulu Alapasa Cordtz, who was the Guest of Honour for the two-day Vailima Marist 7s that concluded at the Marist St Joseph’s grounds in Lotopa yesterday.
Nineteen villages in areas affected by flooding from the Vaisigano river in 2012 and 2018 have been consulted about the proposed Alaoa Multipurpose Dam project.
The 2019 Pacific Games will need 38,000 kilograms of vegetables to feed around 4000 athletes and guests in July, across a total of 114,700 meals.
The Toleafoa Service Station at Fagali’i is finally open for business. During a ceremony yesterday led by Fagali’i Tai Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (CCCS) Pastor, Rev. Petaia Leavai, the business was officially opened, witnessed by family and friends.
28 June, 1997 was the date of the famous Bite Fight between world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson. During the fight, Tyson completely lost control of his anger and actually bit off part of Holyfield’s ear! Tyson lost his license to box and paid a $3 million penalty for not fighting by the rules.
Talofa Samoa! I am happy to start this Health Column by informing the Public that METI has now received official support from government for its Healthy Living programme.
A prominent member of the community had his house broken into where the thief ransacked it looking for valuables to take.
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