The Pacific is experiencing an increase in human trafficking cases and leaders in the region as well as international organisations need to address it.
A man charged with attempted murder of his relative in Fasito’o is awaiting an overseas psychiatrist to conduct a report on his mental state.
An investigation into alleged misappropriation of public funds at the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration (M.J.C.A.) is ongoing and the funds now total $300,000. The figure was confirmed by M.J.C.A. Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Ve’atauia Fa’atasi Puleiata.
The Electric Power Corporation (E.P.C.) has moved to curb abuse of Government assets and have appealed to the public to report drivers who are reckless with E.P.C.-owned vehicles. The Corporation’s General Manager, Tologata Tile Tuimaleali'ifano, urged the public to report any of their vehicles that are seen to be speeding and driven by irresponsible drivers.
Involuntary resettlement and indigenous peoples are the two social issues the Asian Development Bank (A.D.B.) will pay attention to, should the proposed multi-purpose dam project at Alaoa go ahead. The project, which would be a flood protection, seasonal water supply and hydropower plant has been proposed for land above the Alaoa Water Treatment plant, and works to test its feasibility began early last year.
The Development Bank of Samoa had budgeted $534,250 for “completing payment” of the now abandoned MedCen Hospital at Vailima. The amount of $534,250 comes from a supplementary estimate of $636,747 appropriated for the bank. It is unclear what the payment is for.
The Police have appealed for information that would lead to the location of two girls who were last seen last Wednesday. Viola Suliveta and Tapaau Panapa – who are both 15 years of age and attend Vaimauga College – were last seen in class last Wednesday and are yet to return home.
Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has suggested Australia offer citizenship to the peoples of low lying coral atolls, soon to lose their lands to rising seas, in exchange for control over their fisheries and exclusive economic zones.
A company set up in Samoa recently, Pure Pacific Water, shared some of its successes and future plans with members of the Samoa Chamber of Commerce on Monday.
The influenza like illness (ILI) syndrome is the highest reported case of communicable diseases for the period January-December 2018 with a total of 37, 290 cases. An update courtesy of the Communicable Disease Surveillance Bulletin – produced by the National Health Surveillance and International Health Regulations Division within the Samoa Ministry of Health – confirmed that it was 33 per cent greater than the year average from the 2012-2016 period with an average of 27,969.
The Electric Power Corporation (E.P.C.) has assured the public that a pond and pipes that it built were not the cause of flooding during Cyclone Evans in 2012.
The man accused of making defamatory statements against Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, is seeking to raise $10,000 to help him clear his name in Court. Malele Paulo, better known as King Faipopo, has setup a Go Fund Me page, a fundraising platform to help him pay for a bail bond for his case.
Think a minute…Recently a 102-year-old woman was playing a game of golf. On a 100-yard long hole she thought she had lost her ball, only to discover she had hit it straight into the cup. A record hole-in-one by a 102-year-old woman! Who says we don’t get better with age!
There tends to be accusatory tones whenever we talk about people who throw away plastic bags, straws or any other disposable plastic products in public places.
A prominent member of the community had his house broken into where the thief ransacked it looking for valuables to take.
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