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Businesses support higher minimum wage.

Businesses support higher minimum wage

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. 

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Defendant Motu Taula and his lawyer Maiava Visekota Peteru outside of the Court.

Court adjourns vehicular manslaughter trial

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. 

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WORD OF CAUTION: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi addresses the village leaders and representatives during meeting.

“Don’t be easily fooled,” P.M. tells Village leaders

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.

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Peter Tulaga Eliesa of Vailoa facing an attempted murder charge in connection with a shooting incident. Photo: Facebook

Man charged with attempted murder in shooting incident

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. 

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Samoa’s new Multisport Complex takes shape

These shots taken by the Pacific Games Office shows the progress at the site for the brand new MultiSport Complex.

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Lydia Sosene.

New laws to improve Samoan lives

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.

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OPENING OF THE 2019 SAMOA POLICE SERVICE NEW RECRUITS COURSE: The management of the Police with the new recruits.

Be agents of change, Police recruits told

The Commissioner of Police, Fuiavailiili Egon Keil, has welcomed the Police Recruit class of 2019. 

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President Donald Trump.

Shutdown not affecting U.S. Embassy in Samoa

The operations of the U.S Embassy in Samoa will not be affected by the U.S. Federal Government shutdown, which is now into its 25th day. 

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C.O.P.24 PRESIDENT: Michal Kurtyka.

Govt. delegates optimistic about C.O.P.24 outcomes

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.

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HARMLESS: The Pacific Boa poses no threat to humans and S.P.R.E.P environmental monitoring and reporting officer, Mr Paul Anderson (pictured right) advises that you enjoy the experience of seeing the snake and then leave it in peace.

Snakes important for biodiversity, food chain

Snakes are an important part of Samoa’s biodiversity and play an important role in the animal food chain. 

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A STEP FORWARD: Chief Executive Officer of Electric Power Corporation (E.P.C.), Tologata Tile Tuimaleali’ifano.

Savai’i hydro plant set for commissioning

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. 

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More features on ANZ Pacific App announced

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.

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CONGRATULATIONS: Meilan Meredith and Arnold Meredith (middle) with B.S.L. staff and family members at the store yesterday.

Business Systems Ltd. opens third branch

Business Systems Limited has opened a third branch at Lotopa in order to expand their services to the community.

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M.N.R.E. Chief Executive Officer Ulu Bismark Crawley.

World Bank to fund Emergency Centre

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. 

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WORK TO FIX: A look at the project underway at Apaula Heights that was damaged last year following a landslide as a result of Tropical Cyclone Gita.

Apaula Heights road-work completion date unclear

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. 

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NEW PRESIDENT: Kevin Lucky is the new President of the Samoa National Youth Council.

National Youth Council elects new President

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.

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Samoa Airways signs new Boeing deal

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.

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ALL OF THE $2.30: Government and stakeholders reviewing the Labour and Employment Relations Act 2013, and are considering a provision to make regular reviews of minimum wage mandatory.

Minimum wage might be reviewed, says Ministry

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.

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Zane Hilton. Photo / Misiona Simo.

P.M. delves into Hilton’s unexpected resignation

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.

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Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital at Motootua.

Woman hospitalised with gunshot wounds

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.

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Think a Minute

Rise to the Challenge (Part 2)

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.

Columns

Changing lives: Now that the Festive season is finished

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.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

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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