Violence in Samoa is on the rise with many extreme cases

In celebration of 16 DAYS of Activism Against Gender Based Violence this week, the Office of the Ombudsman the National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) and their partners have implemented workshops targeting public servants and facilitating them with 9 different sessions carried out into understanding and enduring healthy relationships at home and at work.

Where does waste go on a small island?

UN Environment Programme:  Behind a family home not far from downtown Apia, a small mountain of computer cases teeters in the tropical sun at over 3 metres high. Nearby, stacks of thousands of circuit boards create rolling green foothills. Steel drums, plastic buckets and fraying carboard boxes dot this electronic landscape—overflowing reservoirs of connectors, transistors and wires.

Court Delay Ruling On 7s Rugby Player Pending SRU Contract Status

Deidre Fanene

District Court Judge Fepulea’i Ameperosa Roma will deliver his ruling on rugby 7s player, Siaosi Asofolau pending official confirmation from the Samoa Rugby Union SRU that his playing contract is terminated.

Defence counsel Afamasaga Michael Soonalole is to get a confirmation from the Samoa Rugby Union that the defendant’s contract has been terminated as a result of the charges before the court.

Measles Threaten Upcoming Holiday Spirit

The festive mood of the upcoming holiday season is under a dark cloud, with calls from the Ministry of Health to limit public gatherings to control against the measles epidemic.

Close to 80 per cent of the outbreak is in the more populated Upolu Island.

Densely populated residential areas at Vaitele and Vailele are showing the most number of suspected cases.

Schools Made To Take Early Holiday Break

Schools are to close off early for the long, end of year holiday break, to protect against the spread of the measles epidemic, now into its third week.

The Minister of Education, Loau Keneti Sio, confirmed a Cabinet decision this week to close down all schools, as soon as important end of year exams are completed.

“We are bringing forward the normal school break from the 13th of December to this month starting with all pre-schools in the country closing today,  this Friday,” Loau disclosed.

A Step forward for BSP with EMV chip enabled card

BSP Visa Debit card users in Samoa will now be issued cards that come equipped with chips on them. These chips are known as EMV chips. EMV - which stands for Europay, Mastercard and Visa -- is a global standard for cards equipped with computer chips and the technology used to authenticate chip-card transactions.  This new enhancement will be implemented, to counter and protect customers and the bank against security breaches and counterfeit card fraud.

Follow China’s Current And Future Economic Lead - PM Tuilaepa

Samoa and member island countries of the forum will do well to follow China’s economic leadership to benefit from current and future trends.

This was the gist of the address by the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Samoa at the opening of the China Pacific Forum hosted in Apia at the start of the week on Sunday and Monday.

Fathers Are Good Guys Same As Mothers

Today we celebrate Father’s Day.  The occasion also continues the never ending debate on why fathers contribution to the family deserves to be recognised the same as mothers.

Frankly, the debate should not be taken seriously.  Do so and your respected level of intelligence is seriously in doubt.

In any normal family, mothers and fathers have their own little quirks, built up over the many years of a loving relationship.

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