Regulator Clears Air On Broadcasting Tariffs For Digital TV Platform

The Office of the Regulator (“OOTR”) would like to clear the air and provide an explanation on article published by some media outlets with headings “Broadcasting Tariffs for Digital TV Platform a Curse” and “Digital TV tariff could ‘kill’ local stations, P.M tells Minister”, news on local radio station and the broadcasters complaint letter to the PM dated 1 October 2019.

Local TV Catches Up To Digital Age

Samoa has finally caught with the digital age in local television system coverage, as it joined the rest of the world with the launch of its first official transmission.

Yesterday’s official launching infront of the Government Building is part of the Digital Terrestrial Television Project which started in 2018.

 The project had a setback since 2013 following a number of consultations, surveys, field assessments and approval from the Samoan Government to implement it.

Japan to provide Samoa with new passenger-cargo ship  

Japan pledged Wednesday to provide Samoa with a passenger-cargo ship to help the Pacific island nation improve its transportation, as part of Tokyo’s initiative to realize a “Free and Open Indo-Pacific.”

Under an agreement reached during Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi’s visit to Japan, Tokyo will provide ¥2.5 billion ($23 million) in grant aid to build the ship.

Leone residents still affected by Vaisigano River Overflow

The troublesome Vaisigano River is still giving residents along its banks difficulties even with flood protection walls running on both sides, all the way to the sea.

The Leone village community is struggling with a drainage system that is not working.

Rain water pooled on family properties instead of being drained into the river as the drainage system was designed for.

Japan Gifts FESA 5 Emergency Fire Trucks 

Japan gifted 5 fire trucks to raise the Samoa Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) standard of response and quality service around the country.

The official presentation last Friday marked an ongoing support to Samoa by Japan, through a Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects (GGP) scheme.

The donation consists of one pumper fire truck with tank, one water tank truck, one rescue truck and two fire pumper trucks with a total amount of USD$88,819.

Farmers Save Big In Bad Weather With Tunnel Houses

The wisdom of vegetable farming inside tunnel houses is proven beyond doubt, after local farmers kept up with the added demands of the recent Pacific Games despite bad weather.

The farmers along with Assistant CEO Moafanua Tolo Iosefa of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Crops Division at Nu’u fully agree.

ACEO Moafanua asserted that tunnel houses offer farmers more than just convenience.

Parking Meters Returns Under New Collectors

The Ministry of Police take over of traffic duties has moved along with hardly any fanfare, into the role of parking meter caretakers and collectors.

A month since the new collectors replaced the Lands and Transport Authority, the handling of parking meters is reported to be moving along fine.

The use of parking meters was suspended temporarily to allow for the transition period in traffic division from the LTA to the Ministry of Police.

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