Leading telecommunications company Bluesky has splashed $1.7 million worth of prizes and sponsorship this year with its customers. And the recent unveiling of its “Journey with Bluesky this Christmas” campaign - where customers have the chance to win $150,000 tala worth of prizes - adds to the investment it is making back into the community.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has joined other Pacific leaders to sign the Manatua Cable during a meeting in Auckland. Tuilaepa signed the deal with Niue’s Premier, Sir Toke Talagi, Cook Islands Prime Minister, Henry Puna and the President of French Polynesia, Tagaloa Eduard Fritch.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour, Pulotu Lyndon Chu Ling says Samoa is making headway towards environmentally friendly and decent work. At the International Labour Organisation knowledge sharing dialogue on just transition, decent work and climate change resilience in the Pacific Islands, Pulotu said he is happy with the progress Samoa has achieved.
Savaii could hold the key to establishing a thriving organic honey industry in Samoa, says beekeeping expert, Stephen Suti Agalo. Mr. Agalo is from the Solomon Islands and was in Samoa over the past two weeks conducting a series of workshops and trainings in Upolu and Savaii with Women In Business Inc. (W.I.B.D.I.) staff and beginners from the organic certified villages.
International musicians offered the public a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to set up a gig yesterday. As part of the Samoana Jazz and Arts Festival 2018, the Matt Catingub Jazz Ensemble and Papana, two American bands held an open set-up and soundcheck session in the Taumeasina Ballroom as they prepared for the Mavis Rivers Tribute Concert.
There is limited time to save the manumea, says New Zealand-based Ornithologist and Ecologist, Dr. Rebecca Stirnemann. Dr. Rebecca carried out a seven-year research in Samoa based on native species, in particular Samoa’s iconic manumea and the maomao birds.
Hunting, loss of habitat and native fruit trees, and invasive species threaten the survival of the manumea – the only species of its kind existing in Samoa. This is according to New Zealand-based Ornithologist and Ecologist, Dr. Rebecca Stirnemann, who carried out a seven-year research on the bird and other native species in Samoa.
Overspending by the Ministry of Health on electricity and phone bills has come under the scrutiny of the Audit Office. Reviewing the financial year 2011-2012, the Audit Report noted that the Ministry’s electricity budget of $244,044.38 remained outstanding from previous financial year with the new building fully air conditioned.
The Ministry for Revenue has over 3000 accounts that owe the Government unpaid taxes. This was revealed by the Audit Office in a report to Members of Parliament, covering the financial year 2011-2012. However, the audit report did not state what was the total amount of unpaid taxes, and whether the tax evaders were individuals, organisations or even private companies.
Auditors at times show off and are high minded. These words were uttered by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, in a letter dated November 2, 2018 to the Minister of the Audit Office, Sala Fata Pinati. In the letter, Tuilaepa initially commended the Minister for the work conducted by the Audit Office so far, in completing the audit reports on numerous government ministries as mandated by the law.
The Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti, yesterday paid tribute to the late Sa’u Justina Fiapa’ipa’i Sa’u, saying she was a bold, committed and a fearless leader in the Government. The Minister joined family, relatives, friends and colleagues of the late bureaucrat at the Catholic Church in Manono-uta.
David Barry left Samoa in 1979 for Australia and returned home on Wednesday after 39 years abroad. Originally from Matautu-tai, he flew into Samoa from Sydney with his wife Amelia, and is keen to catch up with family and friends after a long while.
With grey clouds appearing over Apia, the change in weather did not dissuade Auckland couple Carolyn and Graeme Fatialofa from enjoying their last day on the island. They flew into Samoa last Friday from New Zealand to join family, who had gathered in Samoa to mark five years since the passing of Graeme’s grandfather, Papali’itele Peter Fatialofa. Other family members, who live abroad, were also in town for the commemoration.
Over 300 children braved the wet weather on Thursday to take part in the second annual Physical Activity and Nutrition Expo at the Faleula Methodist Compound. The Ministry of Health (M.O.H.) put on the event, inviting stars from various sporting organisations along to share their codes with children from 23 different primary schools.
Government ministries had their half day sports event focusing on keeping fit at Marist Primary School field yesterday. Associate Minister of Health, Salausa Dr. John Ah Ching, said this is one of the best ways to improve performance in the public service.
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!
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.
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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