Falealili East Member of Parliament, Fuimaono Te’o Samuelu, has urged the Government to increase the minimum wage. He made the point in Parliament, during the discussion of the 2018/2019 Budget. “I know that the cost for chicken as well as frozen food have increased, but the question is isn’t it time for the minimum wage to be increased too,” said Fuimaono.
The Royal Australian Navy ship HMAS Success has enjoyed a deeply meaningful port visit to Apia, with the ship’s company spending the past four days conducting training and engagement activities with the Samoa Police Service and rolling up their sleeves to assist with community projects.
New provisions in the Samoa Coroners Act 2017 seek to re-address and regulate the reporting of suicide but lacks input from the relevant parties affected.
A man convicted of raping his niece has been jailed for 16 years. The sentencing for Pulemau Sione was handed down by Supreme Court Justice, Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala.
The Pacific Games Council meeting held at Taumeasina Island Resort ended on Monday. The meeting focused on the sports programme for 2019 and later on delegates toured the facilities that will be used by the athletes.
The Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.) has been told to implement a course where bus drivers – and drivers in general – can learn how to use the gear to safely maneuver a car downhill. The instruction came from Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi during yesterday’s budget debate in Parliament.
The Police are working on identifying the body of a man who was found dead at the Tiapapata River on Sunday. When the Samoa Observer visited the area yesterday, a man who gave his name as “Falefa” spoke to the Samoa Observer about the horrific scene he encountered. “I went on Sunday afternoon to swim there and that’s when I saw a body,” he told the Samoa Observer.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi objected to being called a “sifi” yesterday when Parliament convened to discuss the 2018/19 Budget at their makeshift home at Tuana’imato. The word sifi in Samoan is often used to describe the leader of a bad gang who is the last to be killed in an action movie.
The Elders of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Dr. Malielegaoi were unable to reach an agreement during their much-anticipated meeting on Monday. This was confirmed by the General Secretary of C.C.C.S., Reverend Vavatau Taufao. He said they were told during the meeting that the Prime Minister and the relevant government officials would have a meeting to discuss their letter to the Prime Minister.
A hearing of an appeal against the Court’s decision to acquit the President of Land and Titles Court, Fepuleai Atilla Ropati, of charges against him, has been re-set for Monday morning. The matter was brought before the Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu.
Samoa and the Pacific should do more to benefit from the Israeli government’s US$480 million (T$1.2 billion) international aid for food security, water and other basic utilities.
The Israeli Government is looking at playing a more active role in the Pacific region. It is seriously considering a role in the upcoming Pacific Islands Forum meeting to be held in Nauru in September. This is according to the Deputy Director General of the Israel Cooperation Center, Gil Haskel.
The Pacific journalists’ tour to the Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center - was quite difficult, hearing first-hand how six million Jews were murdered, including children by the Nazi’s. According to the tour guide, Iris Rosenberg, while the Nazi persecution of the Jews began in 1933, the mass murder was committed during World War II.
Think a minute…This is a true story about a young lady who got so tired of living with her strict parents that she ran away from home. But she soon found out that life was not easy on her own. She couldn’t find a job, and it didn’t take long for her friends to get sick of her living off of their kindness so they kicked her out.
This evening is history in the making. It marks the 33rd anniversary since the Government of Samoa launched the Miss Samoa Pageant in 1985.
Banking whispers Whispers about the change of ownership for a major player in the banking industry in Samoa has been laughed off.
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