In a testament to the Bank of South Pacific’s (B.S.P.) commitment to provide convenient banking ‘everywhere’, the bank has added a new sub-branch and A.T.M. to its growing number of electronic and retail banking channels in Samoa.
A young Samoan woman, Faamanu Kelemete, is heading to Geneva. The Board member of the Young Women’s Christian Association of Samoa (Y.M.C.A.) has been chosen to attend a UN Human Rights Committee meeting in there.
Samoa Observer’s Chief Reporter, Joyetter Luamanu, is in Israel this week. She is among 13 journalists who are part of a Pacific Tour to Tel Aviv, Israel, at the invitation of the Israeli government.
It has been a massive week for Samoa sport with the Launching of the Pacific Games logo for 2019 during the weekend. It’s been great to see all the support from all the national and international federations.
Families the Government had threated to evict from land at Satapuala continue to remain there as talks over a dispute regarding land ownership appear to have hit a deadlock. Attempts by the Samoa Observer to get a comment from the Samoa Trust Estate Corporation (S.T.E.C.) on the status of the matter has been unsuccessful.
A cocoa farmer and producer in Salailua, Savai’i, Faialofa Uelese Tupa’i, is cultivating her own land to find financial independence for her and her extended family. Faialofa has been growing coconut and cocoa on her two-acre farm and last year committed to supplying Women In Business Development Incorporated (W.I.B.D.I) with koko malu to provide organic cocoa for New Zealand business, C1 Expresso.
As part of a four-day visit to Samoa, the Royal Australian Navy ship H.M.A.S. Success demonstrated to the Samoa Police Force how to control and fix electrical equipment during the weekend. The crew was working with the Samoa Police Service to do maintenance work on the Pacific Patrol Boat SPB Nafanua, combined with small boat training exercises, boarding and ship damage control demonstrations.
The volume eight of Samoa Ne’i Galo was launched on Friday. Held at the Fale Samoa of the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture (M.E.S.C.), the book was compiled by the Ministry’s Culture division over many years.
Sixty-eight-year-old Kelikupa Ah Wa of Tanumapua is urging the Government to reconsider the high cost of living. Village Voice team met Mr. Ah Wa heading home yesterday. He said the people are suffering from the high cost of living.
Samitioata Afamasaga Vavao has a lot on her plate. The unemployed mother of three from the village of Falealii and Fasitoo-Tai spoke of her daily challenges from having no water tank and living in a small hut. On top of that, nobody in her family works and she is also tasked with looking after her mother who lives with them.
The Oceania National Olympic Community (O.N.O.C.) signed an agreement with Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Community (S.A.S.N.O.C.) yesterday. The agreement improves S.A.S.N.O.C’s status as the training providers for the Oceania sports education programme in Samoa.
Over the years, the numbers of students at the University of the South Pacific (U.S.P.) have increased and the many developments are one of the reasons the university is successful. “We have a very clear job description that is very easy to see through.
Success is the result of hard work. Minister of Education Sports and Culture, Loau Kineti Sio, knows this. Loau was part of the 18 Samoan Parliamentarians who graduated with a Certificate in Civil Law from the University of the South Pacific on Thursday as part of the university’s 50th anniversary celebration.
‘He creates all things beautiful in his time’ is a verse for Mailelani, whose 20-year business journey was recognized at the Samoa Exports Award on Friday evening. Held at the Taumeasina Island Resort, the skincare company from Vailima won the Best in Innovation award and also the Woman Exporter of the year award.
The secret is out of the bag. The logo for the XVI Pacific Games has been revealed by the Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio. In doing so, Loau declared that Samoa is ready for the Pacific Games next year. With the theme “Samoa welcomes the Pacific Games,” the logo was designed by Fresh Levin Kennar and Suivu Ma Yuen of Signs Studios.
Bluebird Lumber and Hardware Company Limited, Saleufi Store, celebrated its new facelift and upgrade at their Saleufi store on Friday. The new added services to Bluebird Saleufi include the kitchen design and installation services, the swimming pools and pumps department and automotive paint mixing.
Navy members of the first lady of fleet, the Royal Australian Navy ship HMS Success, visited the Home of the elders at Mapuifagalele yesterday morning. The members met the Sisters who look after the place as well as the elders at the Little Sisters of the Poor. According to Chaplain Andrew Thorburn, his team was there to help the sisters in any way they can.
Think a minute…There once was a village that had a very wise old man who gave the people answers to their problems. One day a farmer came to him and said: “Wise man, my donkey has died and I have no animal to help me in the fields.
This evening is history in the making. It marks the 33rd anniversary since the Government of Samoa launched the Miss Samoa Pageant in 1985.
Banking whispers Whispers about the change of ownership for a major player in the banking industry in Samoa has been laughed off.
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