The Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupai, is impressed with the swift response by telecommunication service providers such as Digicel and BlueSky.
The following is update Report Number Two from the National Disaster Council and Disaster Advisory Committee following Tropical Cyclone Gita, which devastated the country last Friday. This report is dated 14 February 2018. It is published below:
Pauli Prince Suhren has got huge responsibilities on his shoulders. As the Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa National Provident Fund (S.N.P.F.), he is shouldering the interest and wellbeing of 33,000 plus members.
Uafato and neighbouring villages in Fagaloa Bay can look forward to a brand new road and a seawall. Prior to Cyclone Gita last week, Cabinet had approved the Tender’s Board recommendation to award the $1.3 million contract to King Construction.
Japan has presented two firefighting trucks and an ambulance to the Samoa Fire Emergency Service Authority (S.F.E.S.A.). The project was made possible through Japan’s grant aid for Economic and Social Development Programme, signed in April 2016 between Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and former Ambassador of Japan to Samoa, Tuimaugaoalii Kazumasa Shibuta.
A man who stole $28,000 from his former employer has been jailed for a year and 10 months. Nevile Katopau’s sentencing was handed down by Supreme Court Justice, Mata Keli Tuatagaloa.
Stakeholders from various tourism organisations in Samoa gathered at the Taumeasina Island Resort for the two-day Samoa Tourism Forum 2018 focusing on sustainable tourism.
In the interest of justice, Supreme Court Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren has denied the application by Kei Ji Li to depart Samoa until his criminal case is heard and determined by the Court of Appeal.
The lawyer representing two prisoners accused of masterminding the failed mass prison break last week has called on the Police to treat his clients “as human beings". Lawyer Pa’u Tafaogalupe Mulitalo has asked the Police to give them “clothing and amenities for their state of wellbeing".
A father can only dream of waking up in a brick house. However that can not materialise for him because of financial constraints. Lapi Luka, of Samusu, a father of six, said while five of his children work, their salaries will never be enough to build a brick house.
Taipeau Leota of Saleaumua needs help with his water supply. That’s what the father of 10 told the Village Voice team. “After the tsunami, we moved inland and from then on, we have not had any stable water supply,” he said.
A 70-year-old mother can do with some help. She reluctantly shares that her family needs a modern toilet. “I am happy with the house that I have, I can live under this roof, so long as it shelters us from the rain and the sun,” said Si’ufaga Lusia Lui of Salamusu, Aleipata.
Tenisi Tinaina and her family are in dire need of a water tank. That is the plea from the Salamusu family yesterday when approached by the Village Voice team.
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi led a group of Cabinet Ministers that visited some of the villages that were badly affected by Tropical Cyclone Gita last week Friday and Saturday. This is one of the four tours that will be conducted by the Ministers this week.
Surfing brought six young men to the heart of the Pacific – Samoa. Dear Tourist found the men enjoying the sunshine and looking out to sea at the Lalomanu beach fales, probably hoping to catch a good wave.
Soul Reggae group, The Culture Crew, and non profit organization, Pacific Heart arrived in Samoa on schedule last Friday just as Cyclone Gita was about to make her solo debut wreaking havoc around the township of Apia.
Lovebirds, Sammy and Graham, have all the more reason to enjoy Valentine’s Day in Samoa. Not only is it their first time to the islands, Dear Tourist learned that it’s their first time together overseas.
Tolovae Leau has no intention to relocate to higher grounds even if it means jeopardizing the safety of his family and his children. Leau and his family barely survived Cyclone Evans floods five years ago.
Think a minute…We live on a one-of-a-kind privileged planet. Earth has a greater variety of life, landscapes, and water than any planet ever discovered.
This piece is in reference to “About those “lazy” Samoan workers” by the Samoa First Union. Laziness is a habit inherent in any human being. And it is a bad habit. Period.
THE BEST A big fa’amalo to the skilled and courageous E.P.C. staff who braved the winds and rain to restore power from broken and dangerous power lines on Cross Island Road on Wednesday night in pitch darkness.
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