Samoa
Work begins on Digicel’s $35million Lava Hotel
New contraceptive implant popular among Samoan women
$240million help for low income women
Four deaths confirmed in dengue outbreak in Samoa
2017-12-14 20:22:44 Four deaths have been confirmed in the latest dengue fever outbreak in Samoa which was detected last October. This was confirmed by the Ministry of Health who said in a statement issued by the government press secretariat that blood samples were confirmed at the ESR Lab in New Zealand. According to the statement there have been 1,522 clinical cases confirmed with 399 admitted to hospital   Read More ...
Samoa boost with businesses starting at old Yazaki facility
2017-12-14 06:13:28 Samoa's Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, has officially given two new companies the keys to the old Yazaki facilities. Yazaki, which operated in Samoa for 25 years, closed its doors earlier this year, putting hundreds of people out of work. Two companies with links to New Zealand, Sleepwell and Fero, will initially employ just a few dozen people but both plan to quickly develop, with a total of 900 jobs promised by 2022   Read More ...
The value of making right choices
2017-12-14 06:10:55 Fautua Fautua from the village of Vaitele-Fou believes the key to a better life lies in one’s ability to make good decisions. Aged 40 and employed at K.L. Security, Fautua stresses the importance of choices and education in response to questions on the daily life in Samoa. Although he believes that the cost of living is becoming unbearable, he says that the only way to make things a little easier on ourselves is through proper money management and better understanding of what to prioritise   Read More ...
Singing in the Christmas spirit
2017-12-14 06:10:52 It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas. At the Vaitele-uta E.F.K.S. compound, there is definitely no mistaking the season with the start of the popular 13 Days of Christmas television programme. Celebrating its 20th season, this year’s programme was officially opened by Archbishop Alapati Lui Mataeliga and the Police Band on Tuesday night. In attendance was the Head of State, His Highness Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II, the Masiofo, Her Highness Fa’amausili Leinafo and Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr   Read More ...
$90 a fortnight for family of eight
2017-12-14 06:10:46 Receiving $90 fortnightly to support six children is a struggle. That’s the reality for Koama Seve, 40, from the village of Alamagoto. Mrs. Seve said the cost of living in Samoa was expensive and life was really hard too. “Only one person in my family works and that is my husband and he is one of those workers who gets paid fortnightly,” she told the Village Voice team   Read More ...
Picking up life skills away from the classroom
2017-12-14 06:10:43 With many students now on school holiday, they have a lot more free time to spend. Some will find themselves relaxing at home, others socializing in town, but not Dickelium Scout Malaki from the village of Fasito’o-uta. The 17-year-old explained during an interview with the Village Voice team yesterday that rather than waste time loitering about, he finds joy in being as productive as possible for the sake of his family   Read More ...
Despite the struggles, always have back up plan
2017-12-14 06:10:41 With the struggles and hardship many people are going through, it is good to always have a backup plan. This is the belief of a local businessman, Malouamaua Eti, 58, from the village of Nu’u-Fou. Mr. Eti met the Village Voice team while working with his son on his peanut plantation yesterday afternoon. Mr. Eti said life in Samoa nowadays was all about working hard   Read More ...
Girl from Savai’i tops Vaimauga
2017-12-14 05:08:46 Seventeen-year-old Hiroko Mose of Aopo, Savaii, is Vaimauga College’s 2017 Dux. She is the fifth child of Tupa’i Mose and Tauaina Eetau’s eight children. Besides being the Dux of Vaimauga, she also scooped the top Commerce student, top in Samoan studies awards and second place in the J.I.C.A. Mathematics test. Speaking to the Samoa Observer, Hiroko’s mother, Tauaina said she was very proud of her daughter’s achievements   Read More ...
Baby's heart placed back inside her chest in rare surgeries
2017-12-14 05:08:39 LONDON (AP) — British officials say a baby born with an extremely rare condition has survived three surgeries to place her heart inside her chest. Glenfield Hospital in Leicester said Wednesday that baby Vanellope Hope was born in late November with her heart growing on the outside of her body. The unusual condition is called ectopia cordis. Dr. Nick Moore said the baby is in the hospital's pediatric intensive care unit   Read More ...
Minister highlights importance of maritime partnerships
2017-12-14 05:08:36 The Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, has acknowledged the work of the International Maritime Organisation (I.M.O.) in developing the Pacific Maritime Industry through Secretariat of the Pacific Community (S.P.C). The Minister made the point in London when he addressed the 30th I.M.O. General Assembly held last week. Papali’i, who led Samoa’s delegation, reaffirmed the support and commitment from government of Samoa with its obligations in the implementation of I   Read More ...
Volunteers keeping Samoa clean
2017-12-14 05:08:33 On the week that the world celebrated International Volunteer Day (I.V.D), United Nations Volunteers (U.N.Vs), volunteers from S.P.R.E.P, U.S. Peace Corps and United Nations (UN) staff “acted first” through a rubbish collecting activity sponsored by U.N.V. The activity at Sogi last Friday was designed to showcase the true spirit of volunteerism in line with the I.V.D. theme for 2017, #VolunteersActFirst   Read More ...
Chamber helps job seekers
2017-12-14 05:08:31 The Samoa Chamber of Commerce and the International Labour Organization, delivered a training on Work Ethics and Soft Skills two weeks ago for former Yazaki staff members. The training was part of the orientation session for the Yazaki Internship Programme. This programme is part of assisting the transition of former employees of Yazaki into the workforce. The training was delivered by Samoa Chamber of Commerce Member Services Manager, Lote Lima   Read More ...
Dead man found floating in tank
2017-12-14 05:08:28 The Police are investigating the death of a 38-year-old male who was found floating unconscious in one of the water tanks inside the Alaoa Power Plant at Vailima. The death was confirmed by Police spokesperson, Auapaau Logoitino Filipo. He said they could not identify if the deceased was an employee at the Alaoa Power Plant and how he entered the compound   Read More ...
Questions about the idea of leasing out of Customary land
2017-12-14 05:08:25 Dear Editor, I refer to an article of Samoa Observer of 09/12/2017 (A.G rejects land threat) regarding the Attorney General’s rejection of land threat. There is something important that was overlooked by the Attorney General in the Article 102 of the Constitution in relation to the idea of “leasing”. If the Attorney General was quoting directly from the Act or from the book of laws then the H   Read More ...
Oloamanu to tackle youth unemployment
2017-12-14 05:08:22 The Oloamanu Centre will introduce a vocational programme next year to help address the increasing number of youth unemployment. Director of Oloamanu Centre, Lineta Tamanikaiyaroi says the Oloamanu Center will offer a Preliminary Certificate for Vocational Education Training (P.V.E.T.). “The P.V.E.T. programme will provide training opportunities for youths who drop out of school at Year 10 level because of various reasons   Read More ...
Venezuelans seeing bitcoin boom as survival, not speculation
2017-12-14 05:08:19 CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — In the last month, John Villar has bought two plane tickets to Colombia, purchased his wife's medication and paid the employees of his startup business in Venezuela — all in bitcoin. As Venezuela's national currency loses value at a catastrophic rate, thousands have begun turning to the world of cryptocurrency to salvage what little value remains from their increasingly worthless bolivars   Read More ...
N.Z. High Commission and Rotary support Samoa Observer Tusitala Story competition
2017-12-14 05:08:14 New Zealand High Commissioner to Samoa and Rotarian, David Nicholson, will present the Samoan-based finalists of the Samoa Observer’s 2018 Tusitala Short Story Competition with copies of a new publication — Samoan Heroes — at the competition’s prize giving, tonight. “The New Zealand High Commission is delighted to be associated with the Rotary Club of Apia’s Samoan Heroes initiative; particularly so in that it is being gifted to recognise this year’s Samoa Observer’s Tusitala Short Story literary ‘heroes’, ” said Mr   Read More ...
Miss Samoa says thank you
2017-12-14 05:08:11 THANK YOU: Miss Samoa and first runner up of the 2017 Miss Pacific Islands, Papali’i Alexandra Iakopo, visited the Samoa Observer headquarters at Vaitele yesterday. Accompanied by her Chaperone, Lina Slade, and Rudy Bartley of WT Media, she visited to express her heartfelt thanks to the Samoa Observer for the support during the Miss Samoa and the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant   Read More ...
Proud moment for Maria at Vaivase
2017-12-14 05:08:09 Maria Ioane shed tears of joy and happiness when she was announced the 2017 Dux of Vaivase Primary School. The ceremony was witnessed by the young girl’s family members and friends who gathered at the school’s hall to celebrate her achievements. Maria comes from a family whose life is dedicated to serving God. Her parents, Ioane Iosefo and Tamalii Iosefo look after the Vaoala Catholic Church and they couldn’t have been more proud of their youngest daughter’s achievements   Read More ...
Twenty seven graduate at Oloamanu
2017-12-14 05:08:05 Twenty-seven have graduated with Certificates of Attainment from the Oloamanu Centre for Professional Development and Continuing Education. The Certificate in Adult Teaching (C.A.T.) is a Foundation programme offered by the institution for adult educators and trainers. The graduation was conducted at the Oloamanu Headquarters at Vaivase where families and friends gathered. In congratulating the graduates, Faculty of Education head, Vui Faapōpō Tauaanae said: “What the National University has given you through the Oloamanu Centre for Professional Development and Continuing Education is not a fish to feed you for a day; you have been given the knowledge, skills and methodology to catch your own fish everyday of your life   Read More ...
Dawn of a new era at Vaitele
2017-12-14 05:08:02 The Samoa National Provident Fund facilities, where Yazaki Samoa had spent 25 years in, is under new leadership. And when it was officially handed over to new investment companies Fero Samoa and SleepWell Samoa in partnership with S.S.A.B, it marked the beginning of a new era at the Vaitele industrial area. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi paid homage to the legacy of Yazaki while recognising the excellence in the companies who have stepped in to fill the gap and benefit from the purpose built facilities   Read More ...
A very interesting twist
2017-12-14 05:08:00 Dear Editor Re: Namualuulu Alama Ieremia’s new role I read very careful between the lines here. This was the coach that had mixed result with our boys and had been appointed by World Rugby, the colonial executive power running this conglomerate business. At the moment our team is coached by a coach of our choosing, I personally believe of a higher commitment and patriotism which the World Rugby doesn’t approve of because it’s not their man   Read More ...
Hard work pays off for Vensel Margraff
2017-12-14 05:07:57 Vensel Julian Rapi Margraff has done it. The former Head Boy of Robert Louis Stevenson School was announced the Dux of the National University of Samoa Foundation Year out of the 500 graduates at yesterday’s prize giving. “With hard work, dedication and the Lord by my side anything is possible,” Vensel said. The celebration of his achievement was witnessed by his proud parents and family members   Read More ...
Tanugamanono’s top student wants to become a Pastor
2017-12-14 05:07:54 Saipani Eti is the Dux of Tanugamanono Primary School this year. The award was announced during the school’s prize giving on Monday. Proud parents, Faigalotu Salu, of Matautu Falelatai and Eti Ioane, of Nofoali’i with family and friends were present to witness the success of Saipani. The 13-year-old’s hard work and determination was also recognised with the first place in Year 8 award   Read More ...
Crews gain on huge California fire but wind threat remains
2017-12-14 04:12:25 LOS ANGELES (AP) — After announcing increased containment on one of the biggest wildfires in California history, officials warned that communities remain at risk and the threat could increase as unpredictable winds whip up again. Red Flag warnings for fire danger due to Santa Ana winds and a critical lack of moisture were extended, with a possible increase in gusts into the end of the week   Read More ...
The loneliest number (Part 1)
2017-12-14 04:12:23 Think a minute…In June, 2009 people all over the world were in shock and grief over the sudden death of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Yet even though Michael was loved by hundreds of millions of people, his lawyer said: “Michael Jackson was the loneliest person I’ve ever known.” Michael’s increasingly unusual behavior showed how desperately he was searching and starving for real love and close relationships   Read More ...
Valley and mountain moments all part of journey called life
2017-12-14 04:12:20 Life is what you make of it. What we become and how far we go depends on how we choose to deal with the cards that come our way. The truth is that this journey called life is not all roses. It is fraught with difficulties and challenges that require endurance, perseverance and a steady focus to gain what we really want so that we are not sidetracked and lose our way when we fall   Read More ...
Cellphone company T-Mobile to launch TV service next year
2017-12-14 04:12:13 NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile is launching a TV service next year, becoming the latest company to marry wireless and video. The service will target people who aren't interested in traditional cable and satellite TV packages. T-Mobile promises to address consumer complaints such as "sky-high bills" and "exploding bundles." The company wouldn't provide details on its upcoming offering, including how it would differ from existing online TV alternatives from Hulu, YouTube, Sony, AT&T and Dish   Read More ...
Who do you believe?
2017-12-14 04:12:10 Dear Editor Re: Advocate maintains land is under threat Hmmm. Who should we believe? An honorable Matai who works tirelessly for the common good of the Samoan people for their ability to hang onto their customary lands, or the P.M. who ridicules his people, calls them stupid, blames mothers for child poverty, oversees S.I.F.A., the unaccountable non transparent Samoan financial institution? This is the same P   Read More ...
Father and daughter team at Mini Games Archery
2017-12-14 04:12:07 When I hear about archery, I think of Robin Hood and his merry men in the forest shooting arrows with great accuracy and deadly consequences. Quite romantic really. I have seen many versions of the Robin Hood movie. We caught up with our Archery team at breakfast yesterday and this turned out to be a very informative session indeed. There are two categories in Archery   Read More ...
'The Goonies,' 'Titanic' added to National Film Registry
2017-12-14 04:12:04 NEW YORK (AP) — A band of misfits known as the Goonies, a sinking ship, some baseball ghosts and the unrelenting New York cop John McClane are being added to the prestigious National Film Registry. The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that the films "The Goonies," ''Titanic," ''Field of Dreams" and "Die Hard" are among the 25 movies tapped for preservation this year   Read More ...
Sustaining economic growth and the future
2017-12-14 04:12:01 For the best part of the last three decades this facility has contributed greatly to the economy of Samoa and its G.D.P. The former tenants Yazaki Samoa manufactured quality wire harnesses for export to the Australian vehicle manufacturing market since the early 1990s. Since then thousands of Samoans have been employed in this place enabling them to contribute to the wellbeing of their families and to the economic development of our country   Read More ...
The question is conflict of interest
2017-12-14 04:11:59 Re: Controller and Chief Auditor explains We are not accusing you “Controller and Auditor-General” of cooking the books. What we are accusing you is a conflict of interest. As you are the son-in-law of the P.M., there will always be suspicions that you may be influenced by your father-in-law to not do your auditing job properly. If you are an honest man and follow the Christ, has your father-in-law interfered with the auditing process? Yes or No? If the P   Read More ...
Microsoft updates Bing search to highlight reputable results
2017-12-14 04:11:55 BOSTON (AP) — Microsoft on Wednesday rolled out new features on its Bing search engine powered by artificial intelligence, including one that summarizes the two opposing sides of contentious questions, and another that measures how many reputable sources are behind a given answer. Tired of delivering misleading information when their algorithms are gamed by trolls and purveyors of fake news, Microsoft and its tech-company rivals have been going out of their way to show they can be purveyors of good information — either by using better algorithms or hiring more human moderators   Read More ...
March approved to mark Mau leader's death in Samoa
2017-12-14 03:18:23 A recently formed rights and activism group will hold a march through the Samoan capital of Apia this weekend to mark the death of one of the leaders of the Mau movement. The movement was an independence and indigenous rights group which became prominent in the early part of the 20th century. The Samoa Solidarity International Group has been granted a permit to hold the march to commemorate the movement and the death of Lauaki Namulau'ulu Mamoe on Saturday   Read More ...
Samoa’s Seiuli gets his Hollywood star
2017-12-14 02:36:57 Samoa’s favourite Hollywood son, Seiuli Dwayne Johnson, is celebrating being accepted into the Hollywood establishment with a Walk of Fame star this week. The 45-year-old actor sported a sharp black suit and was joined by longtime partner Lauren Hashian and their almost two-year-old daughter Jasmine at the ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard. “I didn’t want to write anything down. I figured this is such a monumental moment and significant time for me it’s probably best I just speak from the heart and from my gut,” Seiuli said   Read More ...
Wales star Faletau set to miss 6 Nations after knee injury
2017-12-13 08:09:18 BATH, England (AP) — Wales No. 8 Taulupe Faletau will likely miss the Six Nations after tearing a ligament in his left knee. Faletau was hurt while playing for Bath in a Champions Cup match on Saturday, when he was cleared out of a ruck by Toulon's Mathieu Bastareaud. Bath said on Tuesday he tore the medial knee ligament, and will be sidelined for three to four months   Read More ...
Anger over Samoa land law changes
2017-12-13 06:14:20 A recently formed rights and activism group says local law is stripping customary land rights away from Samoan families. The Samoa Solidarity International Group said the Land Titles Registration Act 2008 alienates the rights of customary owners. The group's Faleauto Taua said a notice of opposition would be presented to the Prime Minister next week. Mr Taua said the law changes property in Samoa   Read More ...
Fisherman father sees hope in education and not giving up
2017-12-13 06:10:17 Nothing in life comes easy. Lauone Amosa, 40, a father of two from the village of Faleu Manono, believes that. Village Voice team met Mr. Amosa after the Aana College prize giving ceremony yesterday afternoon. “This year is my eldest son’s final year in high school and he will be going to the National University in Papaigalagala next year,” said Mr   Read More ...
Hardships, struggles driving more Samoans to move out
2017-12-13 06:10:14 and more Samoan people are migrating overseas to find better prospects for their families. That’s because hardships and struggles in terms of the cost of living compared to the monies they earn is becoming more and more of a challenge. This is the belief of Iosefa Fagavili, 37-year-old father from the village of Satuimalufilufi. Mr. Fagavili believes life in Samoa is just too hard   Read More ...