The digital farmhand is a developing science technology that could revolutionise the profitability and sustainability of small-scale row crop farming in Samoa. A field trial was carried out yesterday by a group of engineers from the University of Sydney, Australia at Charlie Ah Liki’s commercial farm in Tapatapao.
Samoa stands to benefit from $4.5 million ((US$1.8 million) in terms of medical equipment courtesy of the Government of Japan. It follows notes signed and exchanged between the Ambassador of Japan to Samoa, Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi yesterday.
A hearing date has been set for the matter between Suitupe Misa and the Office of the Attorney General. Misa is a member of the public who was arrested at gunpoint by a contingent of armed Police officers in 2015. He is suing the Ministry of Police for $1million tala.
In what may have been a nation first, Apia was witness to a wedding combining two diverse cultures – Assyrian and Samoan. The couple, Bonnie and Grey Viane, tied the knot last Saturday at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral followed by a reception at Taumeasina Resort in a mix of cultural traditions.
The Public Service Commission (P.S.C.) Inquiry looking at allegations that Court files were removed from the vicinity of Court and taken to the Office of the Minister of Justice and Courts Administration, Fa’aolesa Katopau Ainu’u, has a wider scope.
The Immigration Passport System has identified duplicate receipt numbers for different applications used in the passport and permit systems. The discrepancies are outlined in the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet Audit (M.P.M.C.) Report for financial year ending June 30, 2014.
A second nurse has been charged in relation to the deaths of two babies in Savai’i who died after they were administered the MMR vaccination. The charge against an unnamed nurse was confirmed by the Police.
Fathers play a critical role in the families. This was highlighted across the country last Sunday when the nation paused to celebrate Father’s Day.
The Australian Pacific Training Coalition (A.P.T.C.), formerly known as the Australian Pacific Training College, has a new Director. She is former Miss South Pacific and Miss Samoa, Cheri Robinson Moors.
Discussions on visa free travel to New Zealand may be on the table, says Vaovasamanaia Winston Peters. The New Zealand Foreign Minister was in Apia recently to attend the one-day Forum Foreign Ministers conference.
The Ministry of Police are following up on a lead in connection to a vehicle that killed a 79 year old mother of Nofoalii. According to a statement issued by the police, a side mirror belonging to a vehicle was left at the scene of the hit-and-run incident and provides them the only lead into the fatal incident.
The Ministry of Police has taken over the case of former Assistant C.E.O. of the M.W.T.I. Faleniu Mark Alesana, whose services was terminated last month on allegations of impropriety over his connection to an Indian company. The criminal investigation was confirmed by Deputy Commissioner Papali’i Monalisa Keti in response to questions from the Samoa Observer.
A special audit unit has been set up within the Audit Office for whistleblowers in the public sector who want to report fraud and other irregularities. The establishment of the unit comes on the back of laws enacted in 2014, which recommended that the Audit Office facilitate voluntary reporting of fraud and other irregularities, and ensure there is legal protection for whistleblowers.
A senior New Zealand woman Army Officer whose tour of duties included South Sudan has commended Samoa for appointing women to senior positions in government.
The Director General of the Ministry of Health, Tole’afoa Dr. Take Naseri, says human error is suspected over the deaths of two toddlers who died after they were administered the MMR vaccine in Savai’i.
New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister, Vaovasamanaia Winston Peters, has described the issue of obesity in the region as a “tsunami”. Speaking on the sidelines of the recently concluded Forum Foreign Ministers conference in Samoa, Vaovasa said education and diet have to change in order to defend the Pacific against this growing problem.
The Audit Office has declined to comment on the investigation they have begun into the Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, Sefuiva Charlene Malele. Audit Office Director of Legal Services, Vaipou Fetuliai Lagaaia said: “At this stage that in our line or work we are mandated by law to answer first to the Parliament.”
The Public Service Commission (P.S.C.) has launched an inquiry into allegations that Land and Titles Court files had been removed from the vicinity of the Court. The P.S.C. Chairman, Aiono Mose Su’a, confirmed the setting up of the inquiry in response to questions from Samoa Observer.
Think a Minute … Do you sometimes feel that the only way your kids will listen and obey you is if you get angry with them?
On 9 July 2008, Mr. Aaron Kama, a Lecturer at the U.S.P. Alafua Campus presented to the interested public a very stimulating topic titled: Growing money on trees.
Those parking meters A lot has been said about the Government’s move to install parking meters - good and bad.
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