Business leaders say Samoan people deserve a higher minimum wage, and applaud moves to discuss it in consultations next week. Ray Hunt, financial controller for Frankie Company Limited said while any increase in minimum wages would cost the company, it would not affect their prices.
The three-day Supreme Court trial of a man who faces one count of vehicular manslaughter was postponed yesterday, after the defense said it was not ready to proceed. Motu Taula is facing the charge of one count of vehicular manslaughter, in connection to the death of 17-year-old Orlando Manulelia.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has cautioned leaders and representatives of the Government in villages not to be “easily fooled” by people making claims that Samoa’s land has been “taken by China.” He also warned against being misled by people who claim that they are legal experts and know-it all when it comes to matters of customary lands. Prime Minister Tuilaepa did not name anyone in particular and he wasn’t immediately available to elaborate.
The man charged with attempted murder in connection to an incident where a woman was allegedly shot in the face has been identified as Peter Tulaga Eliesa, of Vailoa. This was confirmed by the Deputy Registrar of the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration, Ve'atauia Fa’atasi Puleiata, who said he is scheduled to appear in the Supreme Court on 4th February 2019 for criminal mention.
New legislation in New Zealand will hopefully improve the lives of Samoan families across the country, said chairperson of the Auckland Council Māngere-Ōtāhuhu local board Lemauga Lydia Sosene.
Facing developed countries and asserting the needs of small island developing states at the 24th Conference of the Parties (C.O.P.24) in Poland last month was an emotional experience for government delegates.
The Chief Executive Officer of Electric Power Corporation (E.P.C.), Tologata Tile Tuimaleali’ifano has confirmed that the commissioning of Savai’i’s first ever hydro power plant at Vailoa Palauli will be done tomorrow.
ANZ yesterday announced it has added new features to its ANZ Pacific App to make banking on the go easier and more secure for its Samoa, Tonga and Pacific customers.
Funding to build the National Emergency Operations Centre will come from the World Bank through an I.D.A. grant and will be implemented by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
Work to fix the Apaula Heights road is still underway, 15 months after a $400,000 contract was awarded to a local contractor to get the job done.
The Samoa National Youth Council (S.N.Y.C.) has a new President. He is Kevin Lucky, who was appointed during the Council’s Annual General Meeting at the Development Bank of Samoa (D.B.S.) building yesterday.
Samoa Airways has signed a dry lease with Air Lease Corporation for a new Boeing 737-Max 9 aircraft. It will replace the current Boeing 737-800, which is owned by Iceland Air. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, Samoa Airways Chairman, Fe’esago Siaosi Fepulea’i and Steven F. Udvar-Házy C.E.O. of Air Lease Corporation were at the signing ceremony yesterday.
The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour (M.C.I.L.) is in the process of reviewing the Labour and Employment Relations Act (L.E.R.A.), which will include discussions on the minimum wage. Assistant chief executive officer for the Ministry, Niuafolau Helen Uiese, said under the review, one recommendation has been to look at wages more frequently.
Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, says the General Manager of the Union’s High Performance Unit, Zane Hilton, has probably got a “bigger offer” to work elsewhere. Tuilaepa made the claim when his opinion was sought on the unexpected resignation by Mr. Hilton from his role within the S.R.U., merely a year after he started.
A woman is fighting for her life at the Moto’otua Hospital after she sustained gunshot wounds to her face in an incident at Vailoa Faleata on Tuesday evening. A family member of the woman, who asked that they are not identified for security reasons, said the life-threatening injuries came as a result of a domestic dispute.
Think a minute...”Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” We are facing the most challenging time in human history. Our world population has exploded to 7.7 billion people! With far more people on the planet, we are running out of clean air and clean water.
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.
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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