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Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi. Photo / Misiona Simo.

P.M. points to private sector over minimum wage call

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has responded to calls to increase the minimum wage of $2.30, saying this is totally dependent on whether the private sector can afford it.

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Education launches key policies

The Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (M.E.S.C.) launched some key policy documents yesterday at the Aute Conference Room, Malifa.

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Contracts totaling $2 m awarded for roads

The Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.) has awarded six contracts valued at $2.37 million for roads in Upolu and Savai’i. The tenders for the various road construction projects were approved by the Cabinet last December for the Financial Year 2018-2019. According to Ministry of Finance tender documents, the Capital Lot 02 for Upolu — which was approved December 20, 2018 for the Aleisa Road — totaled $295,396.48 and has been awarded to R&R Construction Company Limited.

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The Emergency Center will play a critical role in monitoring natural disaster.

Govt. awards $6.4 million contract to Zheng Company for Emergency Center

The Government has awarded a $6.40 million tala contract to Zheng Construction Co. Ltd to build the National Emergency Operations Centre. The tender was approved last month. Other companies that vied for the tender included Pacific Engineering Projects Ltd, Fletcher Construction Co. Ltd, Jiangsu Geology & Engineering, Schwarz Construction Co. Ltd and Ah Liki Construction Co. Ltd. 

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RAISING HIS CONCERN: The Associate Minister of M.C.I.T., Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi.

Associate Minister calls for tougher penalties

Associate Minister, Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi, has called for tougher penalties for anyone charged and found guilty of first degree murder. “The current sentencing under the Crime Ordinance Act has it that anyone convicted or enters a guilty plea will automatically receive a life imprisonment in jail,” he said. 

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Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Solamalemalo Sio.

Funding assistance to include government schools

Students attending government-run schools will also get a portion of a $14 million tala Government assistance to private, mission and early-childhood learning educational institutions. 

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Last month, Government approved a salary increase for the public sector in accordance with recommendations by the Remuneration Tribunal.

Chamber behind Govt. on minimum wage

The Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Lemauga Hobart Vaai, supports the Government in preferring to consult the private sector before increasing minimum wage. “While of course our support depends on consultation with our own members, we do support what the Prime Minister is saying,” he said.

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The biogas project has emerged from the regional project called PIGGAREP. Photo credit: Min. Natural Resources & Environment, Samoa.

Biomass plant progresses to next stage

The Government is moving to the next phase of the proposed development of a biomass gasification plant at Mulifanua.

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PRESIDENT OF S.V.S.G.: Siliniu Lina Chang.

Samoa to host global meeting

The Samoa Victim Support Group (S.V.S.G.) will host the Initial Meeting for some of the networks of the MenEngage Global Alliance from 21 – 25 January 2019 at the Travellers Point Hotel, Apia.

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Jennifer and her three daughters.

Mother creates job portal for Samoans

With the world advancing technologically, a young mother is ensuring that both Samoas are not left behind. Twenty-eight-year-old, Jennifer Livigisitone Singh from Falelatai and Malololelei has invested her time into creating an online employment portal for job seekers and employers in Samoa and American Samoa. 

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Qantas 737-800 charted by Samoa Airways to operate its Sydney-Apia-Sydney flights during the reschedule.

Samoa Airways says it is back on “schedule”

Samoa Airways’ international jet schedule will return to normal from today, the Airline announced in a statement yesterday. The announcement follows the delay and rescheduling of international flights from the 6th - 14th January 2019.

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This hospital-centric model of care does not address the growing problem of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs),” stated the report.

Experts call for “Komiti Tumama” role to tackle non-communicable disease crisis

A report in an international medical journal has highlighted the role of women’s groups (Komiti Tumama) in Samoa and called for their involvement to address the country’s growing non-communicable disease crisis.

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, greets supporters in Honolulu.

U.S. Presidential Candidate finds strong support base in Samoa

Samoans have embraced the announcement by Tulsi Gabbard that she will be contesting the Democrats Presidential nomination next year, as she eyes the U.S. Presidency office currently occupied by Donald Trump.

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Tulsi Gabbard: What does she stand for?

The Samoan-born, Hindu-raised war veteran putting her hat in the ring for U.S President, Tulsi Gabbard is a woman of mixed political stances. Her bid for presidency has prompted responses across the board, asking for her beliefs on marriage equality, gun control, foreign affairs and more.

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LEAVING AFTER A YEAR: The Manager of the S.R.U's H.P.U., Zane Hilton. Photo: Misiona Simo.

Samoa Rugby Union’s General Manager resigns

The General Manager of the Samoa Rugby Union’s High Performance Unit, Zane Hilton, has resigned. Mr. Hilton’s resignation is effective immediately as indicated in a letter he addressed to the C.E.O., Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea'i, on 13th January 2019. “I am formally writing to inform you of my resignation from the role of General Manager of High Performance for the Samoa Rugby Union effective immediately,” said a copy of the letter received by the Samoa Observer.

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Papali'i Malietau Malietoa.

Asian Development Bank breached own policies, says Papalii

Papali'i Malietau Malietoa is concerned the Asian Development Bank (A.D.B) and local partners are not abiding by their own policies. In an interview with the Samoa Observer, Papali'i, whose family land is up for development as a Flood Control Multi-Purpose Dam in Alaoa, said the Bank’s own safeguarding policies should have protected families from the unsatisfactory consultation practices of the project proponent, Electrical Power Corporation (E.P.C). 

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HELPING TO ALLEVIATE SAMOA’S FISHERIES PRESSURES: The Tilapia fish which is ideal for aquaculture farming. (Photo / Farmer’s Weekly)

Easy-going Tilapia - alleviating marine pressures on Samoa’s fisheries

From consuming a large number of fresh fish during special occasions, to the average Samoan eating canned fish throughout the week - fish, in Samoa, is known to be one of the most important sources of protein and nutrients available to the inhabitants of the small island nation.

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Samoa Airways.

Growing Samoa Airways family

The unfortunate recent turbulences undermining national carrier Samoa Airways is not deterring true Samoan patriots from raising their hands up to be part of the solution.

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The Pacific Island Food Revolution team filming the Samoan episode at Taumeasina Island Resort last year.

Pacific reality cooking show like no other

The reality television cooking show format has made it to the Pacific: but with a mission to combat lifestyle diseases, and make healthy eating easier.

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School will officially start for 2019 on the 28th of January.

Catholic schools start 28th January

All Catholic Church-run schools in Upolu and Savai’i will commence their academic year on January 28. 

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Think a Minute

Learn the Easy Way

Think a minute…Some time ago a small town in California needed a new water pipe system. Someone suggested that they ask the city of Los Angeles for advice since the large city of L.A. was more experienced.

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Invasive species for biomass threatens palusami and food security

In Tuesday’s Samoa Observer, 15 January 2019, I read with interest a report by Alexander Rheeney titled “Biomass plant progresses to next stage” referring to the proposed development of a biomass gasification plant at Mulifanua!

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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