An international effort to address gender violence in the Pacific Islands through film-making ended in Apia with partners calling for more collaboration and partnerships.
United States Ambassador to Samoa, Scott Brown, has praised the Guardians Environmental Education Campaign and commended Samoa on their legislative move to ban single use plastics. Speaking to the Samoa Observer, Mr. Brown welcomed the recent announcement by the Samoa government.
Samoa Airport Authority (S.A.A.) has washed its hands clean of any responsibility over an incident at the Faleolo International Airport where passengers were locked out of the terminal. Over 100 passengers were forced to enter the terminal through the airport’s old departure lounge, as the door into the new terminal was locked and airport staff could not find a contractor with the spare keys.
The General Secretary of the E.F.K.S. Church, Reverend Vavatau Taufao, has challenged Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi to rein in expenditure and admit that Government finances are in a poor state. He said the Government should ask the Church for help if it is in desperate need of funding instead of pushing a taxation policy targeting church ministers’ alofa.
The Police have launched an operation to crack down on drivers who speed on the streets of Apia. Called the “Speed Racers Operation,” the campaign aims to reduce the number of lives wasted through crashes caused by speeding and in some cases boy racing in Samoa.
Passengers on a Falealili bus are lucky to be alive after its gearbox jammed, forcing it to reverse into a 15-seater bus before ending up in a banana plantation at Vaoala. The impact of the reverse smashed the 15-seater bus’ lights and ripped off the engine cover, on top of leaving a big dent below the windscreen.
The staff of the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration (M.J.C.A.) are a lot better prepared for their roles today, thanks to a training on legal policy development held last week.
Indigenous Samoan cultural identity expressed through dance is in danger of being lost due to the lack of commitment and pride by its current practitioners.
Hard work, perseverance and good character can lead to success in Samoa’s legal profession. Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asue Falefatu Sapolu, said this yesterday at the admission of six new lawyers to the bar.
A campaign targeting behavioural change when it comes to the environment was launched at the Apia Yacht Club yesterday. The Va’a Environmental Education Campaign, follows the success of the pilot campaign, Sa Moana Folauga Campaign implemented in 2017.
The founders of not-for-profit group Pacific Heart are back in Samoa to finish what they started. In February this year, Michelle Simmons from Hawaii and Tili Young Yen from New Zealand were in Samoa to distribute stationeries and sports equipment to schools in Savai’i.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (M.N.R.E.) says all reclaimed land belongs to the state and that position is clear under the law. Chief Executive Officer of M.N.R.E., Ulu Bismark Crawley, said this when confirming the dispute with Salelologa resident Matamua Samuela over land possessed using provisions of the Taking of Land Act to extend the Salelologa wharf.
A seafarer’s book issued in Bangkok, Thailand in 2016 and bearing the seal of the Samoan Government is now under investigation by the Ministry of Works, Transport and Infrastructure (M.W.T.I). Minister of M.W.T.I, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, in an interview with Samoa Observer, said his Ministry does not have the authority to issue such a document.
Think a minute…Not long ago the biggest-selling book in America was about the end of the world. Watching the world’s news is sometimes like watching a horror film. The 20th century had far more people killed in wars than any century in history.
It’s great for travellers like yours truly to compare airfares on line to find that Samoa Airways offers the cheapest fare for the Auckland to Apia route.
Go Samoa Airways Well Samoa Airways is getting some good press this week. Take this one from the only Cindy of Samoa who posted on Facebook about her wonderful experience flying our national carrier.
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