The first week of an eight-week stay in Samoa has been a whirlwind of waterfalls, beaches and meeting new people, for Corinne Caesar.
The Samoa National Youth Council (S.N.Y.C.)’s Tracer Youth Employment Survey Report has revealed some very interesting statistics about young people and unemployment in Samoa.
The Apia Rotary has a new President. Last weekend, Louise Main was officially welcomed as Rotary’s President for 2017 and 2018. She takes over from outgoing President Susan Faoagali.
The Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa (S.R.O.S.) could become privately owned. A proposal to commercialize S.R.O.S. will be tabled in Cabinet for its consideration, the Minister in charge of the Organisation, Laaulialemalietoa Leuatea Schmidt told Parliament.
Amidst strong opposition from the church, Parliament has passed a bill, which will see the Head of State and Church Ministers being taxed for the first time since Samoa became politically independent. As if to add insult to injury, all that’s needed now for the bill to officially become law is the endorsement of the highest official on the land who will soon be taxed – his Highness the Head of State.
Defending Samoa Golf Open champion, Peter Wilson, is feeling confident ahead of the Samoa Golf Open 2017, which tees off at the picturesque Faleata Golf Course tomorrow morning.
A local businessman, Manu Meredith, has called on the Ombudsman to investigate the Ministry of Revenue over “practices regarding import and duty compliance.” The call is revealed in a letter dated 13 February 2017 to the Ombudsman obtained by the Samoa Observer.
The Manamea Art Studio is looking to host more exhibitions following the success of their inaugural one at Vaitele last weekend. With the first one being an introduction with the theme “Who Am I”, Nikki Mariner, an artist and founder of Manamea Art Studio, said they were delighted to welcome visitors to their Studio.
Titi Matagi is a 23-year-old from Falevao and Aele. He’s the third child of seven children and speaking to the Village Voice, Titi said he’s working on being a better youth.
Tovia Tagiloa, of Lauli’i, is enjoying his break from work. The 51-year-old who works for the Ministry of Agriculture is taking a week off so he can use his annual leave.
Students and teachers of Samata i Uta Primary School in the big island of Savai’i are the lucky recipients of eight new class rooms, a staff room and a library to cater for their educational needs.
The Samoa Rugby Union has issued a response to an Open letter to Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi which raised concerns about the welfare of young players. The response is published verbatim below:
Think a minute… An African man who had three wives asked his Irish friend who had only one wife, this question: “Do you like your wife?” His Irish friend replied: “I like her very much!” The African man shook his head and said very sadly: “I don’t like any of mine.”
At the risk of sounding cliché, five weeks ago I could never have imagined the opportunities and incredible experiences that coming to Samoa would give me.
GREGOR PAUL FAN CLUB Don’t you just love the New Zealand Herald rugby writer, Gregor Paul?
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