A Samoan with roots in Tiapapata, Satalo, and Sapapali’i has been awarded the prestigious 2018 European Society of International Law Book of the Year Prize. Dr. Guy Fiti Sinclair, the son of the late Peter Sinclair and Ruta Fiti Sinclair, is a Senior Lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Law.
It is Elia Iosefa’s first White Sunday away from family but the singing, the dancing and the Bible verse recitations would not have been far from his mind at the Moto’otua Hospital. The 11-year-old from Salamumu has been admitted in the hospital’s paediatric ward and suffers from rheumatic heart disease, which is a consequence of rheumatic fever. This time last year he participated in his family’s celebration of White Sunday.
Two vehicles collided at the intersection at Siusega around 11 o’clock yesterday. The black Toyota Noah was coming from Aleisa heading to Apia and the black Hiace minivan was on its way to Siusega when the crash occurred. According to an eyewitness, Paulo, the Toyota Noah was driven by a man and was carrying a few passengers, including an elderly man.
The National Council of Churches has described as “insulting” an Office of the Ombudsman report that blamed them for exacerbating family violence. The report, based on a two-year national inquiry into family violence in Samoa, concluded that the churches continued to contribute to the impunity of family violence perpetrators.
The Minister of Revenue Tialavea Tionisio Hunt says cash-strapped businesses can pay their import duty after 30 days – but only if they pay 50 per cent of the tax upfront. Asked by the Sunday Samoan how many companies have already benefited from this arrangement, he said he is only aware of two construction firms that applied and were given the approval.
Cabinet Ministers should not have shares in any company. That is the view of the Minister for Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt. He made the point during an interview with the Sunday Samoan. In doing so, he joined Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi in expressing similar sentiments.
Samoa Rugby Union Chief Executive Officer, Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i, has expressed disappointment that Board members leaked confidential emails. He said the emails were confidential and should not have been made public. The emails were written by Namulauulu Sami Leota and Seumanu Douglas Ngau Chun.
Samoa has been an eye-opener for Darryn Bennet and Laura Mcaffer, especially on travel opportunities. The Kiwi pair usually enjoy a more comfortable and “luxurious” vacation, but this time it was different with what Samoa offered.
The Women in Tourism International Alliance (W.I.T.I.A.) based in Queensland, Australia are in Samoa with 35 international professionals from the global tourism industry. Among the visiting members are travel agents, property and hotel managers, travel writers, tour guides and a travel educator from America, Norway, China and Australia.
In honour of Pinktober, children of the Samoa Victims Support Group (S.V.S.G.) handcrafted 100 pink sei which were donated to the Samoa Cancer Society on Thursday. S.V.S.G. Board representative, Mulipola Anarosa Molio’o presented the sei as well as $1,000 to the Cancer Society team.
The Chamber of Commerce membership was the first to learn about a radical new product in the market: funeral insurance, by Apia Insurance Company. A.I.C in conjunction with Apia Finance Company and with technical advice from the United Nations Development Fund and the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme developed the funeral cover designed to reach all Samoans.
Nerves were high as 15 entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneurs Chambers had five minutes to pitch their ideas in a closed session to Impact Investors that are in Australia as part of P.T.I. Australia’s Business Mission to Samoa.
The Matavai Pacific Cultural Arts group is returning home to Sydney, but not before visiting the Samoa Cancer Society bearing a gift. This month is Pinktober, dedicated to raising awareness of cancer and breaking down stigma and barriers which prevent people from getting their symptoms check and their illnesses treated.
Samoans are slowly losing the traditional fire knife dancing skills they are known for. The concern was expressed by famous Samoan fire knife dancer, Vaea Vaaulu Vaiaoga, during an interview with the Weekend Observer.
The National Bank of Samoa (N.B.S.) and Digicel are removing unnecessary trips to the bank with the first mobile money to bank system in the Pacific. Their new product is Ezibank, a new feature on Digicel’s *888# menu where users can transfer money directly into an N.B.S. bank account.
A new supermarket owned by the Princessa company was opened in the village of Laulii yesterday, the first phase of what will be extended to a Market on 13 November 2018. Village mayor, Fa’alogo Sasaili Molī told the Weekend the move is to try and create employment opportunities for the village.
The National Council of Churches and the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) have declined to comment on the latest move by the Government to collect unpaid taxes from Church Ministers’ directly from their personal bank accounts. General Secretary of the National Council of Churches, Reverend Maauga Motu, told the Weekend Observer they remain neutral.
Spare a thought for them. As the children of Samoa get excited about new clothes, gifts and lots of food for White Sunday tomorrow, many child vendors hustling on the streets of Apia can only dream of being pampered the same way.
The Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Afamasaga Rico Tupa’i, has denied his involvement in the decision which led to a company with connections to him, Starsignz Production, getting the contract to print and install sticker banners for the $5 million Samoa Cable Depot at Matatutu. The Depot constructed by the Samoa Submarine Cable Company (S.S.C.C) and T.E. SubCom was opened by Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi on Tuesday.
Think a minute…You have heard the saying: “No pain, no gain.” Recently a little boy wrote to God and said: “Dear God, my brother just told me how much it hurt my mom when I was born, but he’s just kidding, right?” Unfortunately not! So why do millions of women choose to go through the terrible pain of childbirth?
I’ve been ruminating on the release of the I.P.C.C. Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C (SR15) in the past few days.
Is this Samoa’s Manu Samoa? Two issues stand out like a sore thumb in the selection of the Manu Samoa. Firstly, there is not a single player picked from the competitions in Samoa.
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