Samoa
“Samoa should never fail its debt obligations” – PM
Jacinda Ardern's island honeymoon with Samoa comes with big promises
Bluesky Samoa to join Tui-Samoa Cable when contracts with other providers end
Samoa Shipping Corporation continue to profit
Soil fertility knowledge can boost your harvests
Watch out for scammers on social media, Central Bank of Samoa
Primary school help for Solosolo
2018-03-13 06:08:56 Solosolo Primary School is the latest recipient of grant funding from the government of Japan. The signing ceremony to secure $281,326 was signed yesterday at the Embassy between Ambassador Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki and President of the Solosolo Primary School committee, Tufeao Fanolua. The grant was provided through the ongoing Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (G.G.P.) that will assist the school committee in an expansion and upgrade project for Solosolo Primary School   Read More ...
Government backs Exports Awards
2018-03-13 06:08:52 The Government of Samoa is fully supportive of the Samoa Exports Awards, now scheduled for Friday 15 June 2018. The Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Labour (M.C.I.L.), in its role as the Secretariat to the Exports Awards, strongly encourages all businesses who exports goods and services overseas, to submit an application for the Awards. There are seven award categories with a new special award category to be added to recognise the role of women in exporting   Read More ...
Call in Samoa for more support for deportees
2018-03-13 04:14:05 A Samoan deportee sent back from the United States found the transition tough, but with ongoing support he has been able to rebuild his life. Vaaimalu Omar Benjamin Toilolo, who was deported to Samoa from the US a decade ago, found there was no help or resources. His lobbying led to the establishment of the Returnees Charitable Trust in 2011. Since its inception 144 deportees, mainly from New Zealand and the US, have been helped   Read More ...
Trump's strong words on guns give way to political reality
2018-03-13 04:10:44 WASHINGTON (AP) — Not two weeks ago, President Donald Trump wagged his finger at a Republican senator and scolded him for being "afraid of the NRA," declaring that he would stand up to the powerful gun lobby and finally get results on quelling gun violence following last month's Florida school shooting. On Monday, Trump struck a very different tone as he backpedaled from his earlier demands for sweeping reforms and bowed to Washington reality   Read More ...
Bluesky considers digital directory
2018-03-13 04:10:39 Bluesky is considering a “digital solution” as a possible way foward for the annual Telephone Directory. The last edition printed was for 2014-2015. But the company is “conducting a scoping exercise to evaluate the viability” of the publication. “The biggest challenge has been the production of printing physical copies for all users,” Bluesky Samoa’s Country Manager, Alex Abraham said in a statement issued by the company   Read More ...
Jay-Z and Beyonce to tour this summer and fall
2018-03-13 04:10:30 NEW YORK (AP) — Jay-Z and Beyonce have announced they'll hit the road together this summer and fall for a stadium tour. The hip-hop super couple will kick off their "On the Run II" tour June 6 in Cardiff, Wales. The tour will hit 15 cities across the United Kingdom and Europe and 21 cities in North America, including Boston, Detroit, New Orleans, Houston, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Miami   Read More ...
Artists regroup with “Within these walls” Exhibition
2018-03-13 04:10:25 Artist and founder of M.A.D.D. Gallery, Momoe Malietoa von Reiche, held an exhibition during the weekend. With the theme of “Within these walls,” it featured art works from the Von Reiche family as well as community artists. The Gallery also celebrated its 25th anniversary this year. According to Mrs. Von Reiche, the purpose of the event was for the tight groups of artists to re-ground themselves and bring them back to their core purpose of creating their own art   Read More ...
Samoa Lands and Titles President to face Supreme Court
2018-03-13 02:12:35 The District Court in Samoa has transferred to the Supreme Court criminal charges against the Lands and Titles court President, Fepulea'i Attila Ropati. This comes after police filed an additional charge of causing grievous bodily harm which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail. The president was also charged with one count of assault, armed with a dangerous weapon and actual bodily harm   Read More ...
“Stupid,” P.M. slams Samoa Airways report
2018-03-13 00:15:25 Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has turned on critics of government-owned Samoa Airways who have continued to question the performance of the airline, calling them “stupid.” He was particularly scathing of the Editor of the Samoa Observer over the Sunday Samoan’s front page story titled “Samoa Airways $2m teething problems.” “In the real world, a loss made in the first two months may be offset in months three; four and five,” Tuilaepa told the Samoa Observer during an interview in his office yesterday   Read More ...
Samoa coconut oil finds market in US soap
2018-03-12 20:36:29 Samoa's Pacific Oil has just secured a joint venture with a large U.S. multinational company, Dr. Bronners, to supply coconut oil for it Pacific s soap products. The Samoa Observer reports under the name "SerendiCoco Samoa", the venture will see a commitment to export 3,000 tonnes of coconut oil from Samoa to supply the U.S. manufacturer. The move will also help over 1,000 locals to become organically certified and fair trade farmers   Read More ...
US deporting convicted Samoans to Samoa
2018-03-12 18:28:30 Samoa is preparing for the arrival this week of a chartered US flight carrying a number of convicted felons being deported from the United States. The director of the Samoa Returnees Charitable Trust said it aimed to help the deportees re-integrate into society. Since the NGO was set up in 2011, a total of 144 deportees have been helped, mostly from New Zealand and the US   Read More ...
US officials say no added conditions for North Korea talks
2018-03-12 05:08:32 Trump administration officials said Sunday there will be no more conditions imposed on North Korea before a first-ever meeting of the two nation's leaders beyond the North's promise not to resume nuclear testing and missile flights or publicly criticize U.S.-South Korean military exercises. The officials' comments followed the surprise announcement last week that President Donald Trump has agreed to meet the North's Kim Jong Un by May   Read More ...
Historic vote in China will let president rule for life
2018-03-12 05:08:27 BEIJING (AP) — Xi Jinping, already China's most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, received a vastly expanded mandate Sunday as lawmakers abolished presidential term limits that have been in place for more than 35 years and wrote his political philosophy into the country's constitution. In one swift vote, the rubber-stamp legislature opened up the possibility of Xi serving as president for life, returning China to the one-man-rule system that prevailed during the era of Mao and the emperors who came before him   Read More ...
Sport: Samoa A and Tonga A lose Pacific Challenge openers
2018-03-12 04:10:59 The captain of Samoa A, Henry Stowers, has bravely taken responsibility for his side's last gasp loss to the Fiji Warriors, 33-21. The two teams met on Friday in the opening round of the World Rugby Pacific Challenge in Suva. Down 21-9 at half time, Samoa A fought back to 21-21 with two second half tries to halfback Melani Matavao and Joe Sililoto   Read More ...
Digital ads, social media hide political campaign messaging
2018-03-12 04:08:39 The main events in a political campaign used to happen in the open: a debate, the release of a major TV ad or a public event where candidates tried to earn a spot on the evening news or the next day's front page. That was before the explosion of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as political platforms. Now some of a campaign's most pivotal efforts happen in the often-murky world of social media, where ads can be targeted to ever-narrower slices of the electorate and run continuously with no disclosure of who is paying for them   Read More ...
Pacific Oil lands major U.S. deal
2018-03-12 04:08:26 Local business, Pacific Oil, has secured a joint venture with large U.S. multinational company, Dr. Bronners. Under the name “SerendiCoco Samoa”, the venture will see a commitment to export three thousand tonnes of coconut oil from Samoa to supply the U.S. manufacturer as well as support the conversion of local producers into organic certified and fair trade farmers. Prior to the merger, Pacific Oil primarily supplied Europe and was subject to unstable global prices for coconut oil   Read More ...
Chaos within individual families
2018-03-12 04:08:23 Dear Editor, Re: The fight for our Samoan people today The way I see it, it’s in the government’s best interest if families are in chaos. Therefore the government is sowing discord within families and the more they sing that song, the more the uneducated will tend to believe and start to resent their sa’o for no reason at all   Read More ...
Blended Taste opens at Vailima
2018-03-12 04:08:21 There’s a new café in town. Across from the Manumea Hotel at Vailima, is the newly opened Blended Taste Cafe. Owner, Azarel Mariner Maiai, told the Samoa Observer she called her café Blended Taste for one reason - to provide a variety of food to satisfy customers. “Blended taste aims to bring different food to different people,” Mrs. Maiai said   Read More ...
Fiji beat Kenya 31-12 to win Canada Sevens
2018-03-12 04:08:17 VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Sevuloni Mocenacagi scored two tries as Fiji beat Kenya 31-12 in the final of the Canada Sevens rugby tournament Sunday to become the first team to win two titles in this season's Sevens World Series. Mocenacagi touched down on either side of halftime, first to draw Fiji level with Kenya at 12-12 at the break, then to begin a run of 19 unanswered points in the second half   Read More ...
Samoa election votes to be cast electronically
2018-03-12 00:14:52 Votes in Samoa's 2021 election will now be cast electronically. The electoral commissioner, Faimalōmatumua Mathew Lemisio, said the new system will cut down on waiting times at polling stations, and make for more effective counting. He said it will also crack down on double-voting, with one vote allocated to a person's fingerprint. Faimalōmatumua said the system is being funded by the World Electoral Association in South Korea, and a team will arrive in Samoa this month to convert the electoral roll into an electronic system   Read More ...
Lautimuia Vaai: Taking calculated risks
2018-03-11 05:05:22 Lautimuia Afoa Vaai needs little or no introduction at all. As the new Chief Executive of the Samoa Shipping Services, Lautimuia is no stranger to top management and decision-making roles. For the past 20 years, the meticulous, quiet, calculative Accountant by profession has silently served the country with distinction. He has held senior management positions in the public service as an Accountant Reporting and Management Accountant with the Ministry of Finance (6 years), Director of Corporate and Strategic Services at Ministry of Police and Prisons (10 years), and Assistant Regulator/Manager Electricity at the Office of the Regulator (2 years)   Read More ...
Zone A Rugby Champs underway
2018-03-11 04:06:02 The Zone A Secondary Schools kick started their Rugby 15’s aside championships last week Thursday. At the Leiifiifi College field, a formal ceremony was held to mark the beginning of the Zone A Schools 15’s Rugby Championships. The Minister of Education Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio delivered the keynote address, encouraging players and teachers. In his speech, Loau reminded the participants that students who always start brawls during the games are those who lack both mental and physical preparations   Read More ...
Mother tells of family’s woes
2018-03-11 04:05:59 Fetching water from the waterfall in buckets has become the norm for Lupe Tafea. Today, she is in dire need of a water tank. It’s been 10 years, and the mother of three, who is a farmer, has been fetching water from the nearby waterfall. “I married my husband and then moved to live here; there is no stable water supply yet   Read More ...
House help needed for Tanumapua family
2018-03-11 04:05:55 A mother of four, from Tanumapua, is worried about her children’s health. Moe Vui is in need of mosquito nets and tarpaulins for her family. The 34-year-old says without mosquito nets, there’s a risk that her children could be exposed to diseases such as dengue fever. Describing their surroundings to the Village Voice team, she said there is no one to keep it clean because her husband works and he is the only breadwinner for their family   Read More ...
Moata’a village signs contract
2018-03-11 02:05:54 The village of Moata’a will soon enjoy a new walkway that links the coastal and inland sides of the village. It follows an agreement between the Moata’a Village Council and All Electrical and Construction Limited, promising the construction of a $116,380 walkway. The agreement was signed yesterday. Construction is scheduled to begin on 19 March 2018 and is expected to be completed on 30 April 2018   Read More ...
One life, two men
2018-03-11 02:05:51 Think a minute…Not long ago Chuck Colson died at the age of 80. He led an amazing life lived by two different men. In his first 42 years, Colson was an ambitious, successful lawyer who had tremendous power as the Special Counsel to the U.S. President, Richard Nixon. He became known as Nixon’s “hatchet man” and “evil genius.” Colson said: “I was valuable to the President…because I was willing to be ruthless in getting things done   Read More ...
Police nab four accused of taxi driver attack
2018-03-11 02:05:47 Four men have been arrested and charged with aggravated robbery in connection with the taxi driver who was threatened and stuffed in the trunk of his taxi last weekend. One is 19 years old, while the others are in their 20's. This was confirmed by Police Superintendent Auapa’au Logoitino Filipo. “They were arrested and charged today (yesterday) with aggravated robbery and that is all I can say   Read More ...
Minister backs P.M. on Games chief decision
2018-03-11 02:05:44 Falefata Hele Ei Matatia was best applicant compared to others who vied for the 2019 Pacific Games C.E.O. post. So says the Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio. “The Cabinet and the Samoa Government has faith in Falefata and his ability to take on the vast responsibilities that comes with being the C.E.O,” he said. “Looking at the applicants, Falefata stood out and was the best candidate   Read More ...
Samoa Airway’s $2 m. “teething problems”
2018-03-11 02:05:40 Conflicting stories have emerged from Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s Government over the performance and profitability of Samoa Airways. While the Airline’s Minister, Lautafi Fio Purcell, had abruptly rejected reports that it was already running at a “substantial” loss, the Prime Minister has taken a different position. While he would not say whether the reports are true, Tuilaepa said the Airline is going through a “predicament” most new airlines experience when they start   Read More ...
Care for ‘Samoa Whiskey’?
2018-03-11 02:05:37 Whiskey connoisseurs’ can now look forward to sampling a premium product made in Samoa. That’s thanks to the Scientific Research Organisation of Samoa (S.R.O.S.) who have developed a whiskey derived from taro. They are in the final stages of discussions before presenting the final product to the private sector. It is expected to be launched before the end of the year   Read More ...
Man in coma fights for his life in Hospital
2018-03-11 02:05:34 A 27-year-old male is fighting for his life at the Moto’otua Hospital after he was hit by a car on Friday night. The victim is Murphy Jonpalar Curry. Police Superintendent, Auapa’au Logotino Filipo confirmed the driver has been charged for negligent driving causing injury. Auapa’au added the driver will appear in Court on 27 March, 2018. Speaking to the Sunday Samoan about the incident, Mr   Read More ...
Sport: Fiji Warriors take down Samoa A in Suva
2018-03-10 11:38:25 The Fiji Warriors have made a winning start to the defence of their World Rugby Pacific Challenge title by beating Samoa A 33-21 in Suva. The five try to two victory was built around a strong first half from the Warriors who built a 21-9 lead at the break. The Samoans fought back through tries to prop Howard Sililoto and halfback Melani Matavao but Fiji's captain Mosese Voka sealed the victory with a late score   Read More ...
Govt. to crack down on defacto couples
2018-03-10 11:19:37 Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, is looking at a regulation to remove defacto couples working within the Police Force. Last year, 20 Police Officers were laid off after Tuilaepa cracked down on instances of conflict of interests in the Force. Tuilaepa said this was part of the reforms since he’d moved the Ministry of Police under his portfolio. Tuilaepa said he was not happy that this issue had been allowed by the former Commissioners to continue   Read More ...
Local Fashion Designers feature in N.Z. Fashion Parade
2018-03-10 11:19:33 Local fashion designers are heading to Auckland, New Zealand, this weekend to participate in the Inaugural Skycity Pasifika Parade Fashion show. Cecilia Keil of Cecilia’s Fashion House, Dane Fabricious of D.M.F. and Natalya Ah Him from Pele Creations, will be showcasing their designs alongside other Pacific fashion designers such as Mena and TAV Pacific. Speaking to the Weekend Observer, Keil said it’s very important for our local designers to take part in these types of international events to boost Samoa’s fashion industry   Read More ...
Salua Women’s centre opens
2018-03-10 11:19:30 The village of Salua Manono officially opened its new women’s committee centre yesterday. The centre will be a meeting place for the women’s committee and a venue for many important village occasions. It will also be used as a health centre when medical teams from Apia visit and a place to conduct skill-building workshops for sewing and weaving. The new centre was jointly funded by Australia, through its Direct Aid Programme (D   Read More ...
Sagone signs up for school building
2018-03-10 11:19:26 The reconstruction of Sagone Primary School will soon get underway thanks to a $285,778 grant from Japan. The money comes from Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (G.G.P.). The agreement was signed between Japan’s Ambassador to Samoa, Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki and the President of the Sagone Primary School Committee, Tapuai Fa’asalafa. It was one of three projects signed at the Embassy of Japan in Apia, costing a total of $930,942   Read More ...
Doctor’s photo wins United Nations competition
2018-03-10 11:19:23 AN AWARD WINNING PHOTO: This photo taken by Tuala Dr. Tile Ah Leong-Lui of specialized Samoan female doctors working at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital has won the United Nations Photo Competition commemorating International Women’s Day 2018. The photo depicts the sisterly support the doctors have for each other in and out of work. “Apart from our families, it is what keeps us going in a challenging work environment   Read More ...
“Hilly, lush, green and beautiful”
2018-03-10 11:19:12 Luck brought a New Zealand family to Samoa. Charmain and Barry had bought a house in New Zealand and to their surprise; they received a six days trip to Samoa. “Even if we hadn’t got this trip to Samoa, we already have been planning to come to this beautiful country,” Charmain said. The couple and their one and a half year old son, Lennax, arrived in Samoa on Saturday and they are staying at the Taumeasina Island Resort   Read More ...
The latest Samoa taro war comes as a surprise to Tuilaepa
2018-03-09 02:10:54 The long, drawn-out taro ban battle between the two Samoas has clearly angered Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi. He told KHJ yesterday afternoon that he was not aware of the counter ban by his country's Ministry of Agriculture. American Samoa had suspended the importation of Samoan taro last year over concerns of a leaf virus. Before resuming the trade American Samoa then announced that it would want its inspectors to first visit the plantations of the Samoan exporters   Read More ...
Plea for a water tank
2018-03-08 06:11:24 Toleafoa Toomata, from Fasitoo-Uta, is in need of a water tank. He shared to the Village Voice team that his family uses rusted water drums to store water, which this could affect their health. The 34-year-old has no children. He said sometimes when there is absolutely no water; they go to a different family to seek help. “It is just me and my wife who live here   Read More ...