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How about some simple remedies, to fight rampant corruption and poverty we’re seeing everywhere today, Mr Prime Minister?

How about some simple remedies, to fight rampant corruption and poverty we’re seeing everywhere today, Mr Prime Minister?

2017-09-03 04:09:03, samoaobserver.ws

Poor Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi. What exactly happens when someone he’s close to – such as a Cabinet Minister for instance – is alleged to have broken the law and now he, Tuilaepa, is waiting for a “divine whisper from the heavens” to tell him what he should do? Will he wait patiently still knowing well that the heavens are millions of miles away, so that it is quite clear they cannot possibly hear what on earth he’s trying to say? In any case, that little yarn is inspired by the story that the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries had resigned, following allegations that he has obtained money by deception

 

Politics & Government

Voting in N.Z. General Election opens in Samoa

Voting in N.Z. General Election opens in Samoa

2017-09-07 07:10:56, samoaobserver.ws

New Zealand High Commissioner in Samoa, David Nicholson, cast the first vote for the upcoming New Zealand General Election from the High Commission office in Apia yesterday morning, officially opening in-person overseas voting in Samoa. “Voting in the New Zealand General Election is one way that New Zealanders can have their say about the issues that affect their community and what the future government will focus on,” said Mr

 

Sports

Samoa wins bid to host 2019 Pacific Games

Samoa wins bid to host 2019 Pacific Games

2017-09-01 12:12:05, talamua.com

. Pacific Games President Vidhya Lakhan (middle), Games Council CEO Andrew Minogue (left) and SASNOC President Patrick Fepuleai after an inspection of the sports facilities in Apia two weeks ago. Samoa wins bid to host 2019 Pacific Games STAFF REPORTERS. APIA, SAMOA – FRIDAY 01 SEPTEMBER 2017: Samoa has won the bid to host the 2019 Pacific Games. The Pacific Games Council expects to sign the Games Host Agreement with the Samoan PGA and Government in the next ten days

 

Business

Level of financial inclusion in Tonga comparable to other Pacific Islands

Level of financial inclusion in Tonga comparable to other Pacific Islands

2017-08-20 06:02:34, looptonga.com

Only 41% of Tongan adults have a bank account. The results are contained in the Financial Services Demand Side Survey Report that was released by Tonga Governor of the National Reserve Bank of Tonga, Sione Ngongo Kioa and the Pacific Financial Inclusion Program (PFIP) this week. The study found that 34% of Tongan adults are completely excluded from financial services, with another 14% only accessing informal financial service instruments such as savings clubs, shop credit, moneylenders, or hire purchases

 

Health

Infant and child health regulations discussed

Infant and child health regulations discussed

2017-08-07 06:03:56, samoaobserver.ws

The commemoration of the World Breastfeeding Week last week saw consultations for a new draft of food regulations on ‘Marketing of products for infants and young children, 2017’. The consultations were part of the one week celebration with the theme - ‘Sustaining Breastfeeding’. The Ministry of Health highlighted that exclusively breastfeeding for 6 months and then proper introduction of nutritious complementary foods from 6 months to 2 years was vital to ensure children remain healthy

 

Farming

Chinese company arrives in French Polynesia for launch of fish farm

Chinese company arrives in French Polynesia for launch of fish farm

2017-08-13 22:09:29, radionz.co.nz

A delegation of the Chinese company Tahiti Nui Ocean Foods has arrived in French Polynesia as the territory is awaiting the launch of the Hao atoll fish farm. Its head Wang Chen, who again met top leaders in Tahiti, had been expected to announce the date of when construction would start on the fish farm which was originally projected to have 3,000 fish cages

 

Education

Young Zach sent to Savai’i for experience and education

Young Zach sent to Savai’i for experience and education

2017-08-25 08:06:28, samoaobserver.ws

Meet Zachary Young of Vaiola College. The young athlete has always wanted to follow his dad’s footsteps and yesterday he got the chance to do so in the Champ of Champs Athletics competition. What’s even more special is that he represented the hopes of Savai’i when he ran out for Vaiola College. “I might not be a good runner but I tried my best to be one because I’ve always wanted to continue my dad’s sport,” he said

 

Family & Parenting

Lilian’s father wins ‘How Cool is your dad’ promo

Lilian’s father wins ‘How Cool is your dad’ promo

2017-08-12 04:05:01, samoaobserver.ws

Lillian Mulipola Kolisi’s father is one of Samoa’s coolest dads. And rightfully so as his daughter is the winner of the Samoa Observer’s Tanoa Tusitala and Bluesky’s “How Cool is Your Dad” Father’s Day promotion. Ms. Kolisi is the eldest daughter of Mulipola and Salome Siaki’s ten children. She hails from Nu’usuatia, Safata. In Lillian’s entry, she wrote: “My dad is the coolest when he shares his own life stories with us

 

Society & Culture

There’s no delay in anti-corruption investigations: Police

There’s no delay in anti-corruption investigations: Police

2017-09-07 12:12:47, sibconline.com.sb

Police Commissioner Matthew Varley has rejected claims in the local media about delays in Janus task force anti-corruption investigations. Responding to an article in the Island Sun newspaper yesterday which claimed a delay in task force investigations was due to a lack of forensic auditors in the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, Mr Varley said “this is untrue”. He said it was normal for investigations to take time with the complexity of the issues and the evidence collection involved

 

Religion & Spirituality

Devoutly Catholic Guam celebrates Mass amid N. Korea threat

Devoutly Catholic Guam celebrates Mass amid N. Korea threat

2017-08-13 05:06:43, wiat.com

TUMON, Guam (AP) — Across Guam — where nearly everyone is Roman Catholic — priests prayed for peace as residents of the U.S. Pacific island territory faced a missile threat from North Korea. Archbishop Michael Byrnes instructed priests in Guam’s 26 churches to offer prayers for peace between the two nations and courage for military forces on the island. He asked for prayers for “just resolution of differences, and prudence in both speech and action

 

Entertainment & Arts

Tongan artists share traditional knowledge

Tongan artists share traditional knowledge

2017-09-05 06:05:40, looptonga.com

Sulieta Fiemea-Burrows is internationally-known for her tapa work in arts circles and has just returned from England where she ran workshops sharing her knowledge and skills. "We went up to Birmingham, and they have a big quilt festival and there is some people over there it was the first time they saw the tapa. It was very popular and they want to come in and touch and see what the type of material is

 

Travel & Recreation

Guam’s tourism popularity unhurt by North Korea threats

Guam’s tourism popularity unhurt by North Korea threats

2017-08-15 00:00:03, koat.com

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Tourists haven’t been deterred from visiting the tropical island of Guam even though the U.S. territory has been the target of threats from North Korea during a week of angry words exchanged by Pyongyang and Washington. Chiho Tsuchiya of Japan heard the news, but she decided to come anyway with her husband and two children. “I feel Japan and Korea also can get danger from North Korea, so staying home is the same,” said the 40-year-old

 

Life & Style

Appreciation the key to happiness

Appreciation the key to happiness

2017-08-20 08:07:26, samoaobserver.ws

Life is always great for Laasaga Keti, 28 of Leauvaa-uta. Despite a busy life and the high cost of living, Laasaga is still grateful for the life he is living in today. Indeed, he is thankful for the gift of family where he has learned to be grateful for everything they have and do. “I know life is a tough journey but I’m thankful that I have a family who always support each other and work together,” said Laasaga

 

Science & Nature

Kukum Highway turns into Kukum River as heavy rain hits Honiara

Kukum Highway turns into Kukum River as heavy rain hits Honiara

2017-09-08 12:08:02, sibconline.com.sb

Heavy rain which hit the Solomon Islands capital Honiara this afternoon has flooded a major stretch of Kukum Highway and left much of the city under water. Police have urged motorists to be patient this afternoon on the commute home after the rain front hit the capital at 3.30pm this afternoon and continued until about 5pm. It drenched roads and footpaths leaving Kukum Highway underwater and slowing traffic down to a standstill

 

Law & Crime

Arrests following burglary at hotel in Tonga

Arrests following burglary at hotel in Tonga

2017-09-04 06:05:15, looptonga.com

A third suspect, a 48-year-old man from Kolomotu’a was also arrested from a house at a bush allotment in Lomaiviti, where Police found the stolen laptop and flash drives as well as 4 cannabis plants. The stolen laptop and flash drives contain critical information and data belonging to a team of medical experts from Australia who are in Nuku'alofa to conduct heart surgery for the next two weeks

 

Media & Information

North Korea Maps Out Detailed Plan For Missile Launches To Sea Off Guam

North Korea Maps Out Detailed Plan For Missile Launches To Sea Off Guam

2017-08-15 08:34:48, ndtv.com

Seoul: North Korea offered a glimpse into its plans to fire missiles near Guam in photos released by its state media on Tuesday, as leader Kim Jong Un was briefed on the plans drawn up by the army amid heightened tensions with the United States. Kim was seen holding a baton and pointing at a map reading "Strategic Force's Firing Strike Plan", which showed a flight path for the missiles appearing to start from North Korea's east coast, then flying over Japan and ending near Guam, as Pyongyang announced last week

 

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