The Minister of Prisons and Correction Services, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, said he is reviewing the case of prisoners who have been removed from Tafa’igata Prison and placed under Police custody in Apia.
The Government has given the Tauvalaau family of Satapuala an ultimatum. They have a week, Wednesday 28 February 2018, to move. The order was confirmed by Tuaato Tauvalau Salausa, of Satapuala. But the family is not moving. She said that unless the Government pays them $1million, they are not going anywhere.
Not many people in Samoa reach the ripe old age of a hundred years. Yet today at Saina in Upolu, centenarian Anaseini ‘Tupou’ Mafo’e, is celebrating her 100th birthday. The matriarch of the family, Tupou, is joined by close to 200 relatives from all over the world, comprising her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, for a weeklong celebration.
The Ministry of Police has launched an investigation into the death of a 29-year-old mother of three, who was buried two weeks ago. This was confirmed by the Media Spokesperson and Police Superintendent, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo. “There is an investigation ongoing right,” he said.
The Government has failed to do its part to ensure clean drinking water reaches every family in Samoa. Fili Iosefa, a mother of three who lives at Satapuala-uta, says she has been waiting for about 10 years for the Government’s water supply.
Uilelea Akuino Tuiā is in need of adequate shelter. The unemployed father of four, dreams of nothing more than a stable home for his children, clothes and food.
Acting Australian High Commissioner Amanda Jewell handed over a new vehicle to the Executive Director of the Samoa Family Health Association (S.F.H.A.) Lealaiauloto Liai Iosefa Siitia last week.
The Samoa Law Reform Commission has called the Samoa Narcotics Act 1967 to be overhauled, noting that it’s outdated. This was revealed in their recent drugs reform final report released in December last year. The 163-page report says that Samoa’s illegal drugs environment is vastly different from that which existed in 1967.
Imagine not having access to a consistent supply of water for the family’s everyday use over fifteen years. Imagine sleeping every night knowing that they are going to make two to three trips back and forth, to fetch water in the scorching sun next morning, just to get by on a daily basis the next day.
The tragic circumstances where a three-year-old toddler allegedly suffocated in a car where he was found dead is the subject of a Police investigation. This was confirmed by Police Superintendent and Media Spokesperson, Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo, yesterday.
Think a minute…Remember the first people to ever fly an airplane? There were the Wright brothers, just a week before Christmas, 1903. They were so excited they sent an urgent telegram message to their sister which said: “First flight in history today!
Ladies and Gentlemen, Talofa lava! As an Indigenous Samoan, Let me first pay my respect to the Indigenous Owners of this land and thank their ancestors, past present and future, for letting me stand before you on these sacred cultural lands!
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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