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PM says things in HRPP are OK but are they…….?

5 March, 2014 - 12:04 am in Local News, People, Politics

BY Lagi Keresoma APIA: THURSDAY 06 MARCH 2014: There was no press conference as such. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi took only 5 minutes to tell a Radio live audience that things are OK in the ruling HRPP caucus after Tuesday night’s 6 hour-long…

HRPP Caucus closed meeting on Finance Ministers fate to be known today

3 March, 2014 - 10:26 pm in Government, Local News, People, Politics

UPDATED BY STAFF REPORTERS APIA: WEDNESDAY 05 MARCH 2014: The decision of the ruling Human Rights Protection Party Caucus closed meeting last night will…

“There’s a case to answer” Court rules against DPM & Associate Minister

By Lagi Keresoma APIA: TUESDAY 4 MARCH 2014: There is more than enough evidence for Deputy Prime Minister Fonotoe Pierre Lauofo and Associate Minister…

Four new lawyers admitted to the bar

3 March, 2014 - 2:40 pm in COURT, Latest News, Law & Order, Local News, People

By Tulifau Auva’a APIA: TUESDAY 04 MARCH 2014: Four new lawyers were admitted to the Samoa bar in a brief ceremony this morning. Justice Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu presided over the ceremony. In welcoming the new lawyers, he warned them of the…

Women survivors of domestic violence complete empowerment programme

3 March, 2014 - 2:35 pm in Community, Education, Latest News, Local News, People

APIA: TUESDAY 04 MARCH 2014: They came as shy and insecure individuals, but went home empowered with livelihood skills, a sense of self worth and confidence in their strides that makes four (4) weeks of training rewarding for Samoa Victim Support Group and…

Deputy Prime Minister advise media

27 February, 2014 - 6:50 pm in Local News, Media, People

by Tulifau Auva’a APIA: FRIDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2014 : Deputy Prime Minister Fonotoe Nuafesili Lauofo has warned the media not to take prank comments from Member of Parliament for Siumu, Tu’u’u Anasi’I Leota seriously. In a press conference today, Fonotoe…

MP Levaopolo acquitted and will sue those who testified against him

27 February, 2014 - 6:46 pm in Latest News

By Lagi Keresoma APIA: FRIDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2014: Member of Parliament for Gaga’emauga No.2. Levaopolo Talatonu was today acquitted of all criminal charges against him by Judge Mata Tuatagaloa. Levaopolo owns Island Freight Company and faced five counts of…

Siumu MP: “I’m still an active HRPP member”

25 February, 2014 - 3:38 pm in Local News, People, Politics, Viewpoint

Lagi Keresoma APIA: WEDNESDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2014: Member of Parliament for Siumu, Tu’u’u Anasi’i Leota is still an active member of the ruling Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP). This is despite local and overseas media reports that he has left HRPP…

Pacific Transnational Crime Coordination Centre continues in Samoa

25 February, 2014 - 3:05 pm in Community, Latest News, Law & Order, Local News

APIA: WEDNESDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2014:  The Pacific Transnational Crime Network (PTCN) will continue to be based in Apia following the signing this week of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Samoan Government. The Pacific Transnational Crime Coordination…

Judge Fepuleai Roma, first USP law graduate to the bench

25 February, 2014 - 11:37 am in Community, COURT, Latest News, Law & Order, Local News, People

By Lagi Keresoma APIA: WEDNESDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2014: For the first time in the legal history of Samoa, a graduate of the University of the South Pacific (USP) was sworn in as a Judge in a three hour ceremony yesterday morning. Judge Fepulea'i graduated from…

PSC firm on having qualified teachers

25 February, 2014 - 11:27 am in Community, Education, Government, Latest News, Local News, People, Politics

By Lagi Keresoma APIA: WEDNESDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2014: The Public Service Commission (PSC) is giving teachers until 2015 to get a teaching degree in order to be still employed as a teacher in Samoa.  This is part of the overall policy to upgrade education and…

Marist 7s Major Sponsor challenges Manu Samoa’s sevens rating

23 February, 2014 - 3:41 pm in Latest News, Local News, People, Rugby, Sports

BY Lance Polu APIA: MONDAY 24 FEBRUARY 2014: The 26th Marist Sevens major sponsor has challenged Manu Samoa’s current sevens IRB rating. The CEO of the weekend tournaments major sponsor, Alfred Chan of Vailima Breweries said Samoa’s current rating (dropping…

Japan help improve water supply in Apia

23 February, 2014 - 2:37 pm in Community, Diplomacy, Health, Latest News, Local News, People, Politics

APIA: MONDAY 24 FEBRUARY 2014: A safe and stable water supply for residents of urban villages is at the heart of two Japan funded projects that will be implemented by Samoa Water Authority (SWA) and Japan’s International Cooperation Agency (JICA) this year.…

2014 Samoa Business Directory Launched

23 February, 2014 - 2:21 pm in Business

APIA: MONDAY 24 FEBRUARY 2014: The combined Samoa and American Samoa Business Directory for 2014 was launched in Apia today. Published by Talamua Media & Publications, the unique publication is a one stop shop where business contacts, services and products…

AG appeals Justice Vaai’s ruling on Dalton’s death

23 February, 2014 - 2:07 pm in COURT, Latest News, Law & Order, Local News, People

By Lagi Keresoma APIA: MONDAY 24 FEBRUARY 2014:  The Office of the Attorney General is challenging Justices Lesatele Rapi Vaai's decision to overturn the Assessors guilty verdict on Jonathan Patrick Crichton. Attorney General Aumua Ming Leung Wai confirmed…

AG should look at SOEs’ illegal behaviour

Alan Ah Mu APIA: FRIDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2014: It’s time for the Attorney General to have a look at state owned enterprises that are late with their annual reports. “It’s out of control,” Shadow Finance Minister Afualo Wood Salele said. “It’s like a…

New Director General of Health & CEO of the Development Bank

20 February, 2014 - 7:48 pm in Community, Health, Latest News, Local News, People, Politics

APIA: FRIDAY 21 FERBUARY 2014: Cabinet has made two new major appointments. Leausa Toleafoa Dr. Take Naseri as the new Director General/Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Health for the next three years and a new CEO of the Development Bank of Samoa.…

Samoa Observer donates $30,000 to Marist International Sports Week

25 January, 2017 - 11:43 am in Community, Latest News, Local News, Sports

  Marist Club members Tagaloa Fa’afouina Su’a, Tavu’i Mike Lemisio, Samoa Observer Editor Mata’afa Keni Ramese, Vice President Tupa’i Klaus Stunzner, Club Secretary Misa Vicky Lepou and Samoa Observer Marketing Manager Helen Papali’i BY Lagi…

The Judiciary should be held in contempt of Parliament

24 January, 2017 - 3:04 pm in Community, COURT, Latest News, Law & Order, Local News, People, Politics

  Samoa's Court House, Mulinu'u By Lagi Keresoma APIA, SAMOA – TUESDAY 24 JANUARY 2017: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi today sent out a strong message that the Judiciary should be held in contempt of parliament when they refused…

Building depth in the island is better for Samoa – Sir Gordon Tietjens

23 January, 2017 - 4:34 pm in Community, Latest News, Rugby, Sports, Viewpoint

  The venue for the Wellington Sevens reported to be below sales figures compared to past tournaments Staff Reporters The future of Manu Samoa Sevens remains with building depth in the islands. Writing from New Zealand ahead of this weekend’s Wellington…

China donates office equipment for Samoa parliament

23 January, 2017 - 2:01 pm in Community, Diplomacy, Latest News, Local News, People

  China’s Deputy Head of Mission Gu Yingiang, Chinese Ambassador  Wang Xefeng, Parliament Speaker Toleafoa Apulu Fa’afisi and Deputy Speaker Nafo’i Tala’imanu Keti with one of the 25 laptops donated by China today. By Lagi Keresoma APIA, SAMOA…

Digicel Apologises for Network Outage

23 January, 2017 - 1:51 pm in Business, Community, Local News, Technology

  APIA, SAMOA - MONDAY 23 JANUARY 2017: Digicel has apologised to its valued customers for the service outage experienced on Saturday, January 21, 2017. In a statement today, Digicel says the outage was caused by issues in connectivity with the satellite…