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Bluesky Country Manager, Alex Abraham.

Bluesky tops $1.7 million in prizes and sponsorship

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. 

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SAMOA IN THE LEAD: The signing of the Manatua Cable sees Samoa take a a step closer to realize her dream of becoming the Pacific Hub for Information Telecommunication Technology.

P.M. signs Manatua Cable deal

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.

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Magele Mauiliu Magele

Networking event to build relations

Twelve Samoa owned and operated businesses will converge on Apia for a three-day Samoa Business Network (S.B.N.) Business Trip event this week.   

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Pulotu Lyndon Chu Ling, M.C.I.L. Chief Executive said planting 200 trees with the I.L.O. conference participants is a good way to offset their flight emissions. He joined them on Thursday at Vailima Botanic Gardens.

Samoa ‘ticking all the boxes’

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.

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Photo / (Maina Misa F. Papali’i)

Van crashes into ditch at Salani

CAR CRASH: This van belonging to the Saletoga Sands Resort was involved in a crash at Mulivaifagatoloa Salani yesterday.

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A THRIVING ORGANIC HONEY INDUSTRY: Stephen Suti Agalo takes trainees in Asau through beekeeping practical.  Photo / Supplied.

Savai’i holds key to organic honey industry

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. 

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SETTING UP: Local sound engineers gather behind the band to see the work that goes into the performances’ sound production.

Behind the scenes of a music concert

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.

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Dr. Rebecca focused on the manumea and maomao birds because they were endangered species, and the manumea is the last species of its kind to still exist.

Race against time to save manumea

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. 

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SAVE THE MANUMEA: New Zealand-based Ornithologist and Ecologist, Dr. Rebecca Stirnemann.

Bird species threatened in Samoa

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. 

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Governor for Rotary District 9920, Ingrid Waugh (third from left) at the Melbourne Cup fundraiser with Apia Rotary members and guests. Photo / Supplied.

Rotary Club breaks fundraising record

The Rotary club of Apia raised about $50,000 in this year’s Melbourne Cup fundraiser, which is the biggest taking since its inception 20 years ago.

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The report also noted the overspending of the telephone budget by $28,280.94 with the bill inclusive of a telephone line that connected the Ministry to the Finance One System, which cost $2600 a month.

Power and phone bills highlighted

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.

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CONTROLLER AND CHIEF AUDITOR: Fuimaono Camillo Afele.

Audit uncovers salary overpayments

The Audit Office has uncovered two salary overpayments that totaled over $8000 at the Ministry of Finance over a four-year period.

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Samoa Police Service.

Police investigate death of old man

The Police are investigating the death of man who was declared dead on arrival at the Motootua Emergency Ward on November 3.

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The Ministry of Revenue.

3000-plus accounts owe taxes

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. 

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P.M. Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi.

P.M. writes to Minister of Audit Office

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. 

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SADLY MISSED: Family members carrying the late Chief Executive Officer's casket in the Manono-uta Catholic parish. (inset) Sa’u Justina Fiapa’ipa’i Sa’u.

“Sa’u was a bold, committed and fearless leader”

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.

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BIRTHDAY VACATION: David Barry and Amelia Barry at Le Manumea Hotel.

Celebrating birthdays in Samoa

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.

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SPECIAL VISIT: Fatialofa family members who gathered in Samoa in remembrance of the late Papali’itele Peter Fatialofa.

“Samoa is our home, our heart”

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. 

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PROMOTING HEALTHY LIVING: Organisers and supporters of the Physical Activity and Nutrition Expo for children at the Faleula Methodist compound.

Sports stars get on board to promote fitness for kids

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.

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HEALTHY BODY, HEALTHY MIND: Government employees enjoying their sports day at Malisi Primary School field. Photo: Misiona Simo.

Public service enjoy half day off to tackle “illness, laziness”

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.

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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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