The victim in an alleged domestic violence shooting incident last week has been medivacked to New Zealand for further surgery. The woman – who is in her 30s – was flown out of the country last Friday morning, according to a family member who did not want to be named.
An economics professor says ideally, minimum wages should be calculated, according to the gross domestic product (G.D.P.) of a country. The professor, who would rather not be named when discussing the issue, said everyone deserves a share of Samoa’s earnings and this can be done by looking at the country’s G.D.P per capita.
The tussle between the Land Transport Authority and the Samoa Police Service over traffic enforcement powers remains unresolved. The Cabinet is yet to make a decision on the issue after the Commissioner of Police, Fuiavailiili Egon Keil, wrote to the Prime Minister and Police Minister in October last year requesting that the Road Traffic Act 2009 is amended.
The Intersection at Central Cross Island Rd and Vailele St (Malifa/Lelata) will be temporarily closed for three days starting tomorrow. This is to allow the Land Transport Authority to carry out a geotechnical Investigation on Lelata Bridge from 7:00am to 5:00pm.
Samoa Airways chairman Fe’esago Siaosi Fepulea’i has expressed confidence in the financial state of the airline. The Government is yet to release the annual report of the airline’s performance in the last 12 months, but that did not trouble Fe’esago, as they prepare to become the first airline in the Pacific to use a Boeing 737-Max 9 aircraft.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi has challenged Village Mayors not to be afraid of making hard decision – even if it is against paramount chiefs. Speaking to village leaders recently at the Tooa Salamasina Hall, the P.M. said there were reports of village mayors instigating trouble in villages, and chiefs have been tasked to report non-performing village mayors.
The challenge of keeping Samoa’s electricity running without interruption comes with a cost. This was highlighted by the Electric Power Corporation Chief Executive Officer, Tologata Tile Tuimaleali'ifano, in an interview after the commissioning of a $5.39 million tala 200 Kilowatt Hydro Power plant at Vailoa Palauli last Friday.
Have you ever sat back on a beautiful day near a forest in Samoa and just admired the beautifully coloured birds flying from tree to tree? How about strolling/hiking silently through the forest and just listening to the different cries of our unique feathered friends?
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) will carry out inspections on January 30 to ensure the ban on single use plastic is enforced nationwide.
The Assembly of God Church of Samoa in Australia superintendent, Pastor Taeauga Ropati Frost, has criticised Samoa’s current minimum wage and described it as a joke. Pastor Frost, who is originally from Iva Savai’i and is now ministering in Australia, said the starting rate of $2.30 tala is too low for working Samoans.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi has criticised the move by some families who hold family services and lengthy funeral services. The vocal politician took aim at the length of church services including funeral services and the decisions by some church ministers to hold separate testimonies.
Two prisoners escaped from the Tafaigata Prisons yesterday morning. Aniseko Vaelei and Pati Chong Nee – who were jailed for burglary and robbery charges – dashed for freedom after a church service. The Samoa Observer could not reach the Prisons and Correctional Service Commissioner, Taitosaua Edward Winterstein, for comment yesterday.
Apineru Junior Apineru and Serafina Apineru celebrated being married at the Faleula Methodist Church yesterday. Mr. Apineru, 27, is a fourth year student at Piula Theological College. His wife, 24, is a Florist from Manurewa, New Zealand.
Over 40 matai title holders were bestowed at the Malae Vaitoga in Puipa’a yesterday. The two highest matai titles were Pagamalie (orator) – which were given to five people – while four were the recipients of the Tagaloa title.
Think a minute...Do you know the secret to a successful business? Even if you do not own your own business, these principles work in both your professional and personal life. Following these priorities will guide you to success in this business called life.
Talofa Samoa! In the first week of last year, I was looking for one of METI ‘champions’: someone, who had been following the whole foods, plant based (WFPB) diet that METI promotes and who had been successful in reversing his diabetes condition, which had been crippling him for years.
P.M. on Church leaders It seems Prime Minister Tuilaepa can’t leave members of clergy alone. During a radio programme last week, he had plenty to say about Church Ministers. For instance, he reminded them that Church Ministers were only taught on spiritual matters, not on Economics.
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