Life in Samoa might be a struggle for many people but for Ah Fook Ah Fook of Samusu-tai, this is still paradise. The Village Voice caught up with Mr. Ah-Fook at Tafaigata yesterday, where he works.
Picture this. You have a budget of $300 for two weeks. You have six children to feed and put through school. And then you also have to worry about your parents.
Niko Maiava, of Lotofaga Safata, is worried about the future of Samoa. Speaking to the Village Voice team yesterday, the father of four is especially concerned about how the high cost of living is hurting people. He doesn’t see a light at the end of the tunnel in this situation.
The government needs to invest in factories in Savai’i to provide employment opportunities there. So says 24-year-old Selulo Fa’aso’otauloa from Sataua, Savai’i who believes the people on the big island deserve to have employment opportunities just like people in Upolu.
Thanks to the labour of university students supervised by qualified instructors and materials donated by L.D.S Charities (a charitable arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), mathematics and literacy students at the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) now have a beautiful new study facility.
The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 6 earthquake struck waters west of Samoa and American Samoa. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
A host of top speakers have been lined up for a Science conference organised by the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (S.P.R.E.P.).
The Acting President of the Journalists Association of Western Samoa (J.A.W.S.), Rudy Bartley, is calling on the government to find “a more realistic” solution to track “ghost writers” who use fake social media pages to attack members of the public.
The Chief Executive Officer of Samoa Airways, Seiuli Alvin Tuala, has assured the travelling public it is totally safe to fly with the nation’s new flag carrier. Seiuli issued the assurance in Sydney Australia where the airline was officially launched during the weekend.
At the 11th hour of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (C.O.P. 23), influential leaders have decided to adopt the Subsidiary Body for Implementation’s (S.B.I.) request to develop a gender action plan (G.A.P.) to support the implementation of gender-related decisions and mandates in the U.N.F.C.C.C. process.
The L.D.S. Charities recently partnered with the women’s committee of the Church of the Nazarene, called “Showers of Blessings,” to provide an area and equipment where women and young women in Salelesi village can learn to sew.
The Women’s Committee at Siumu is serious about conserving their environment and surrounding. It is for this reason that they have completed the first of its two-phase US$10,000 project funded by U.N.D.P. GEF-Small Grants Programme, which is in line with the United Nations SDG14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
A senior Samoan Church Minister in Sydney, Australia, has welcomed the revival of international flights by Polynesian Airlines under Samoa Airways. Reverend Fa’auuga Si’itia of the Sydney-based Samoa Uniting Church, said the decision is a timely move.
A father, who was accused of killing his own son, has been found guilty of manslaughter. After a trial before the Supreme Court, a panel of five assessors dismissed the murder charge against Afereti Talato Mapusua, of Falelauniu.
“Every step counts and taking minimal strides will enable us to reach our dreams.” This is the view of one of the participants of the five-day training held at the Tooa Salamasina Hall for 26 participants from Upolu – on developing social enterprise business skills.
A fellowship programme which focuses on strengthening the institutional capacity for the Small Island Developing States (S.I.D.S.) and the Least Developed Countries (L.D.C.s) to respond to the challenges arising from climate change was established yesterday.
Water is essential for everyday needs especially for drinking. However a father of seven from Leusoalii shared his frustration about water scarcity in his area. Tai Ga’i said this was the biggest problem that his family faces.
Think a minute.Have you ever stood by a fire when the smoke was so thick you almost thought you could grab it with your hands. But if you try, the smoke just disappears right through your fingers.
New Zealand, a member of the Pacific family of nations, has an exemplary record in the development and the maintenance of democratic governance in its modern history.
SLOW DOWN PLEASE Those midnight rally drivers might want to be careful out there.
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