Close to 4,000 athletes will gather in Samoa for the Pacific Games 2019. This was announced during a press conference at the Samoa Sports Facilities Authority on Tuesday where it was also said that all athletes will be staying in hotels.
Samoa Sports Facilities Authority C.E.O., Moefaauo Polailevao Salale Moananu, says the Pacific Games facilities are in good condition. Moefaauo said Samoa was able to maintain its facilities after the 2007 South Pacific Games despite being used for the Small Island Developing States (S.I.D.S.) meeting and the Youth Commonwealth Games.
Samoa is ready to host next year’s Pacific Games. Pacific Games Council President, Vidhya Lakhan made this statement saying there is no secret behind Samoa hosting the Games because the venue and accommodation for all athletes have been finalised.
Falealili East Member of Parliament, Fuimaono Te’o Samuelu, has urged the Government to increase the minimum wage. He made the point in Parliament, during the discussion of the 2018/2019 Budget. “I know that the cost for chicken as well as frozen food have increased, but the question is isn’t it time for the minimum wage to be increased too,” said Fuimaono.
The Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Success has enjoyed a deeply meaningful port visit to Apia, with the ship’s company spending the past four days conducting training and engagement activities with the Samoa Police Service and rolling up their sleeves to assist with community projects.
New provisions in the Samoa Coroners Act 2017 seek to re-address and regulate the reporting of suicide but lacks input from the relevant parties affected.
A man convicted of raping his niece has been jailed for 16 years. The sentencing for Pulemau Sione was handed down by Supreme Court Justice, Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala.
The Pacific Games Council meeting held at Taumeasina Island Resort ended on Monday. The meeting focused on the sports programme for 2019 and later on delegates toured the facilities that will be used by the athletes.
The Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.) has been told to implement a course where bus drivers – and drivers in general – can learn how to use the gear to safely maneuver a car downhill. The instruction came from Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi during yesterday’s budget debate in Parliament.
The Police are working on identifying the body of a man who was found dead at the Tiapapata River on Sunday. When the Samoa Observer visited the area yesterday, a man who gave his name as “Falefa” spoke to the Samoa Observer about the horrific scene he encountered. “I went on Sunday afternoon to swim there and that’s when I saw a body,” he told the Samoa Observer.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi objected to being called a “sifi” yesterday when Parliament convened to discuss the 2018/19 Budget at their makeshift home at Tuana’imato. The word sifi in Samoan is often used to describe the leader of a bad gang who is the last to be killed in an action movie.
The Elders of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Dr. Malielegaoi were unable to reach an agreement during their much-anticipated meeting on Monday. This was confirmed by the General Secretary of C.C.C.S., Reverend Vavatau Taufao. He said they were told during the meeting that the Prime Minister and the relevant government officials would have a meeting to discuss their letter to the Prime Minister.
A hearing of an appeal against the Court’s decision to acquit the President of Land and Titles Court, Fepuleai Atilla Ropati, of charges against him, has been re-set for Monday morning. The matter was brought before the Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu.
Think a minute…One night in June, 1997 a 55-year-old mother named Karen Minahan was hit by a car driven by a drunk driver. The driver then backed up and ran over her two more times! Karen’s lungs were punctured and all of her ribs broken.
This evening is history in the making. It marks the 33rd anniversary since the Government of Samoa launched the Miss Samoa Pageant in 1985.
Banking whispers Whispers about the change of ownership for a major player in the banking industry in Samoa has been laughed off.
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