The Supreme Court has dismissed criminal charges of theft and obtaining by deception filed by the Police against lawyer, Pa’u Tafaogalupe Mulitalo. The decision was delivered by Justice Vaemoa Vaepule Vaai.
The Samoa International Fish Gaming Association Tournament finale took place yesterday with an official closing ceremony. In the end it was the Anglers from American Samoa team ‘Double Hooked,’ captained by Skipper, Peter Crispen, who took the grand prize overall of the tournament coming in first place with 91.6 points.
Cross Island Road has been described as the “irony of all ironies.” The description was given by motorists who say the part of the road from Tanugamanono all the way to Vailima has got to be one of the worst roads in Samoa. And yet the road is used by thousands of road users every day.
Samoa has overcome a strong challenge from Malaysia in the bid to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (C.H.O.G.M.) in 2022. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, who was in London for C.H.O.G.M. meeting, spearheaded Samoa’s bid against other nations.
A Court Officer is being investigated by the Police. The investigation follows the confiscation of a glass pipe used to smoke methamphetamine, also known as ice, from the Ministry of Justice and Courts Administration’s compound by Police
Two Assistant Chief Executive Officers of the Land Transport Authority (L.T.A.) have been suspended. This is in connection to an internal investigation on allegations that information was altered on the L.T.A. system to allow vehicles belonging to them to be registered.
The Samoa Chamber of Commerce and Industry has expressed disappointment over the lack of consultation on the Customs and Tariff Bill, which will increase the cost of imported food items like chicken. In fact, Chamber’s Chief Executive Officer, Lemauga Hobart Va’ai, said the Government’s handling of the matter “lacks transparency.”
Experts in Pacific human, animal and environmental health, along with partners from across the region, discussed ways to coordinate their efforts to better address regional and national health risks during a One Health Consultative workshop in Fiji.
The United Kingdom is opening a new High Commission in Apia. The British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, announced the opening of nine new diplomatic posts across the Commonwealth, including in Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu.
Agriculture has more potential rather than being verbally considered as one of the backbone of Samoa’s economy. This is aside from local small or semi-scale subsistence farming. Samoa Observer spoke to two large scale commercial farmers in Samoa who have made the furrows of a farm look like a highway to business success.
Greg and Kirstin Fleming came to Samoa to celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary. They are from Wellington, New Zealand. They are here with their five children. It is their first time in Samoa but not in the Pacific because they’ve been to Fiji, Tonga and Vanuatu.
Sisters Brooke and Annette Mocha find Samoa a perfect place for quality family time. Not only are they in Samoa for a holiday, but also to spend some time together as siblings because they live in different states in Australia.
A tsunami in 2009 and a cyclone in 2012 have badly damaged the physical infrastructure and negatively affected the lifestyle of the inhabitants at Faleu Manono in Samoa.
The Alternatives to Violence Programme (A.V.P.) workshop has ended. A first of its kind in Samoa, the three-day workshop provides 25 prisoners at Tafa’igata the help to better use self-directive learning to develop positive change, self-esteem, conflict resolution and community building.
Luatuanu’u spokesperson, Tofete Lafaua Tofete, has rubbished claims by the Ministry of Police about another roadblock incident at their village during the early hours of Wednesday. “There was nothing on the road,” he said, “I don’t know what the Police are trying to do here.
Retail stores in Saleufi are now offering the option for late night shopping every Thursday of the week. The group of business owners behind the effort want to cater to those busy professionals trying to strike a balance between work, family and leisure.
At 102 years old, Tafilitiamalie Taufafo Tu'i is thankful to God for life. Whe he was just three years old, he witnessed the devastation caused by the spread of influenza, the flu epidemic that took the lives of many Samoans in 1918. "It was a very sad scene if I can recall,” he said. “People died on their beds, mothers bodies were lifted onto trucks to be dumped while still breastfeeding their babies."
Newly-weds Nick Feast and Rhianna Laybourn are celebrating their honeymoon in Samoa. They’ve been courting for 10 years and were lucky enough to win a trip to Samoa, allowing them a chance for a romantic getaway.
The first challenge of round two of the Siva Afi kick started last night and what a night it turned out to be.
Think a minute…A wise teacher said: “Marriage is a friendship on fire.” A couple who had been married over 30 years was telling a younger couple how happy they were. The older couple said how much fun they were having together, and that their physical passion was hotter than ever!
I have elsewhere contrasted two metaphors for the work of constitution-making.
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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