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Minister Faimalo Kika Stowers.

Minister to open Forum

The Ministry of Women Community and Social Development (M.W.C.S.D.) will be hosting its first Community Development Sector Annual Review Forum, starting today. 

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HERE COMES THE WET SEASON: Members of the public are asked to take extra care in the wet season.

Typhoid fever common in wet season

Typhoid fever is common in the wet season and early detection and treatment is recommended as one in five people can die from it. 

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N.P.F. Chief Executive Officer, Pauli Prince Suhren.

N.P.F. supports Govt. pension moves

The National Provident Fund is supporting moves by the Government to increase percentage and pension benefits for all contributors to the superfund. 

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Moe Lei Sam.

P.M. called a “troublemaker”

Samoan businesswoman Moe Lei Sam has slammed Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sa’ilele Malielegaoi for badmouthing nurses. Describing the P.M. as a “disappointment, troublemaker, and focused on the wrong things”, Ms. Lei Sam said Tuilaepa’s tirade directed at the nurses—where he criticised nurses for scolding patients and to “act like nurses”—was unjustified coming from the Head of Government.

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Samoa Land Corporation building at Tuanaimato.

Govt. gets $3 million dividend

The Samoa Land Corporation (S.L.C.) handed over a dividend payment of $3million tala to the Government of Samoa yesterday. S.L.C. Chairman Lavea Tupuola Malifa said the payment was their way of acknowledging the work of the Government. “This is also part of our contribution to the development of the Government,” Lavea said. 

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An audit of the Bureau of Statistics’ books by the Audit Office, for the financial year 2012-2013, has revealed that the cost of employee theft, damage and loss of office assets totaled $38,492.

Govt. staff recklessness cost $38,492

Staff recklessness that led to the theft, damage and loss of office assets came at a cost to the Bureau of Statistics. An audit of the Bureau of Statistics’ books by the Audit Office, for the financial year 2012-2013, has revealed that the cost of employee theft, damage and loss of office assets totaled $38,492.

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There are 21 million bitcoins that will be supplied and mined.

Entrepreneur defends bitcoins, cryptocurrency

An independent cryptocurrency entrepreneur from Zambia, Mapanza Nkwilimba, says cryptocurrency is real and is in Samoa to stay. Contrary to numerous warnings from the Government – including Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi - against any Samoan joining the scheme, Mr. Nkwilimba assured the scheme is legitimate. 

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Papana which is an United States Air Force band stationed at Hawaii opended the performances of the night.

Jazz festival remembers Mavis Rivers

The Samoana Jazz and Arts Festival 2018 began with a musical performance that was done to remember renowned Samoan and New Zealand jazz singer Mavis Rivers. The diplomatic corps, members of the public and jazz enthusiasts converged on the Taumeasina Island Resort’s ballroom last Saturday evening and were treated to a variety of instrumental and vocal songs as well as classical jazz music.

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ON THE GAUALOFA: Samoa’s traditional voyaging canoe being used as a floating classroom.

Why did we trade pristine for convenience?

The word “convenience” would be a great one to sum up modern society, just think about it for a minute.

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President of the U.S.P. Alumni, Peseta Dr. Desmond Lee Hang, Douglas Williams, Acting Campus Director, Associate Professor Mohammed Umar, Luaiufi Aiono.

Alafua Campus closes with awards

The University of the South Pacific’s Alafua Campus has closed and ended its 2018 academic year with its first ever student awards. The event was convened at the Samoan Fale (house) in USP Alafua Campus and saw guests, students and university staff members participate. 

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Renata Rivers in pink together with family and friends.

Rivers family thankful for recognition

The Samoan family of renowned jazz singer Mavis Rivers have expressed their gratitude for the recognition she was given at the Samoana Jazz and Arts Festival 2018. The jazz festival at the Taumeasina Island Resort’s ballroom last Saturday evening included a special tribute to the Samoan and New Zealand jazz singer. 

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THANKFUL: Members of the Marist Brothers Old Pupil’s Association after the funeral service.

Marist Brothers pay tribute to Sa’u

The late Sa’u Justina Fiapa’ipa’i Sa’u was a true blue Marist and made history when she became the first female to join the male-dominated Marist Brothers Old Pupil’s Association. Marist Brothers Old Pupil’s Association (M.B.O.P.A.) president, Tuatagaloa Aumua Ming Leung Wai, said this when paying tribute to her at her funeral service at the Catholic Church in Manono-uta.

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The Audit Office, in a report to the Parliament, said the tax oversight was noted in an audit of the Samoa Tourism Authority’s books for the 2014 financial year.

Board directors’ fees not taxed

Failure to tax the fees and sitting allowances of the Samoa Tourism Authority board members has caught the eye of the Audit Office. The Audit Office, in a report to the Parliament, said the tax oversight was noted in an audit of the Samoa Tourism Authority’s books for the 2014 financial year.

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Accidents on the road like this one in Lalovaea is just one of the reasons Judge Alalatoa Rosella Viane Papali’i wants to increase the fines for such offences.

Judge pushes for stiffer penalties

A maximum fine of T$2000 for negligent driving may not be enough, according to Judge Alalatoa Rosella Viane Papali’i. She made the suggestion during the reading of her decision regarding Rose Hope Ah Leong, who hit and killed a seven-year-old while driving last month.

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“Internet bill was approximately $700,000. There was lack of monitoring, control and lack of proper planning that the internet bill was increasing and out of control.

Ministry ran up $700,000 internet bill

The Ministry of Natural Resources Environment (M.N.R.E.) ran up an internet bill of approximately $700,000 for the financial year 2012-2013. Details of the excessive charges racked up by the Ministry were highlighted in a report that the Audit office compiled and submitted to the Parliament. The charge included internet downloads that exceeded the monthly plan.

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The MV Seabourn Sojourn is operated by American-based luxury cruise line company Seabourn Cruise Line.

Another cruise ship visits

Apia yesterday played host to another cruise ship—the second vessel laden with tourists to visit Samoa in five days. The MV Seabourn Sojourn is operated by American-based luxury cruise line company Seabourn Cruise Line. The vessel docked at the Matautu wharf yesterday morning with some of its 450 passengers disembarking to go out for sightseeing walks around Apia town. 

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The majority of these cases were teachers who have migrated, and therefore the ministry could not track them down for reimbursement,” the audit report stated.

Teachers in 13 schools paid over $45,000

An audit of the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture has uncovered overpayments in salaries totaling $45,593 to teachers in 13 schools. The inquiry into the Ministry’s accounts for the financial year 2012-2013 was undertaken by the Audit Office. But the inquiry could not continue further due to the unavailability of records at that time.

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Police Commissioner: Fuiavailili Egon Keil.

Police Commissioner wants L.T.A. role

The tussle between the Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.) and the Samoa Police Service (S.P.S.) over who should enforce traffic infringements and collect fines is far from over. The Commissioner of Police Fuiavailiili Egon Keil wrote a letter to the Prime Minister and Police Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, last month requesting that the Road Traffic Act 2009 is amended to enable the Police to create and print its own traffic offence notices, issue traffic citations and get credit for revenue generated from traffic fines.

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U.S. group here to help

A group from the United States of America is in Samoa to visit school students and understand their needs. 

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FAMILY STRUGGLES: Salafai Salanoa with two-year-old son Siumaana Salanoa at their home in Falefa.

Family tries to rebuild from past cyclone

Life has not been kind to 34-year-old Salafai Salanoa of Falefa and her family. The mother of five lives in a small house on the edge of the forest. You could look through the house to see the forest on the other side, with the structure held up by aging wooden posts, and is covered by a rusty corrugated iron roof. 

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Think a Minute

Marriage in debt

Think a minute…Remember the wonderful promises you made on your wedding day? “I promise to always love you, care for you, respect and cherish you, through everything we face in life, whether we are rich or poor, sick or healthy.” But since your wedding day, you found out those promises are much easier said than done!

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Remarks by Hon. Faimalotoa Kika Iemaima Stowers Minister for Women, Community and Social Development

I wish to use this opportunity to convey our sincerest gratitude to the People’s Republic of China, through the Embassy in Samoa and the Hunan International Business Vocational College for Continuing to support the development of Samoa and its people. 99 women and men have been trained, skilled and developed – to become seamstress and fashion designers, through your kind assistance.

Between the Lines

BETWEEN THE LINES

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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