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Shriners Hospital doctors help children in both Samoas

A team of doctors and administrators from the Shriners Hospital for Children in Hawaii have once again graced Samoa shores to help and to provide free medical care for the children of Samoa.
Last week, the Shriners worked closely with Samoa’s National Health Service (N.H.S) to identify patients that could be helped by Orthopaedic Surgery.

WWF warns about Tuna Commission's relevance

The World Wildlife Fund says the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission risks losing relevance if it doesn't develop mechanisms to hold distant fishing nations to account.

The WWF's Western and Central Pacific Tuna Programme Manager, Bubba Cook, says expansive fishing fleets from countries like China in the Pacific have created a crisis for local fishers and pose a big threat to the sustainability of stocks.

He says some of these countries show complete disregard for the authority of the Commission.

Expert spies holes in Samoa's citizenship for investment plan

An international immigration and tax lawyer says Samoa's proposed citizenship for investment package is not competitive enough in an increasingly crowded marketplace.

The Citizenship Investment Bill gives citizenship to foreign investors injecting at least two million US dollars into the local economy.

David Lesperance represents high net worth clients around the world looking for a second passport.

He says a credible passport is their most important consideration and a lowered investment threshold could help achieve this.

A note from the Rock about his grandmother

In the Samoan culture, we have a very special dance called the “Taualuga” where the woman dances and she is honoured by the men who dance around her out of love and great respect.

On my grandmother’s 80th birthday, she danced her Taualuga while I proudly danced around her while she laughed and beamed with pride.

She had the greatest 80th birthday and her smile was from ear to ear.

My grandmother, Lia Maivia, was a strong willed, highly respected and tough pioneer in the world of pro wrestling, becoming wrestling’s first successful female promoter.

Samoa'e electric utility will cut back staff

50 jobs to go

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, yesterday confirmed that sixty-six employees of the Electric Power Corporation (E.P.C) are to be made redundant.

The decision was made by Cabinet on Tuesday.

Tuilaepa did not say who will lose their jobs and when the redundancies will become effective.

However, he told the media that the Corporation has been asked to prepare the redundancy packages in accordance to what the employees are entitled to.

Calls for more talks on Samoan custom land project

A group of matai and high chiefs in Samoa are calling again on the government to adequately consult the country on its plans to promote the economic use of customary land.

The group formally complained in August last year about the lack of meaningful consultation and the possible alienation of customary land as a result of the government's Asian Development Bank-backed projects.

The ADB's independent Office of the Special Project Facilitator investigated the complaint, and recommended the Samoa government undergo meaningful consultations with the community and stakeholders.

Samoa police shed light on savage attack

The attack on a 68-year-old grandfather and matai of Falealupo that left him fighting for his life was an act of revenge.

That’s what the Police told the media yesterday, in confirming the details that led to Gaga Sagele being savagely attacked by another man from the village using a machete.

According to Police spokesperson, Su’a Muliaga Tiumalu, a 32-year-old male from Falealupo responsible for the attack is scheduled to appear in Court today.

Samoa: Girls look on as father is hacked with machete

A young girl and her mother screamed for help while her grandfather was being “savagely attacked” by an angry villager using a machete.

The attack took place before their eyes at Falealupo last Friday. Today, the 68-year-old grandfather, Gaga Sagele, is fighting for his life at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital.

He lost three fingers and he required an urgent operation to treat wounds to his arms, chest and face.

His family spent Saturday afternoon seeking for blood donors to help the the injured man.

The incident was confirmed yesterday by Mr. Sagele’s sister, Melania Maufilo.

Dispute could delay Samoa's Aggie Grey project

A dispute could slow the renovation works and construction of a new building for Aggie Greys Sheraton hotel in Apia in Samoa.

Our correspondent says a number of local workers hired by the Chinese construction company have walked out of the job complaining they are being underpaid.

Samoa's ministry of labour says an investigation into the dispute has been carried out and found no breach of working conditions or salaries by the Qing Dao company.

PM Tuilaepa hush-hush about Manu preps for All Blacks

Prime Minister and the Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, is not giving away much about Samoa’s preparations for the All Blacks.

In fact, he is confident that the Manu Samoa will surprise the world champions when they arrive in Apia for the first time in history in July.

Asked by the media about Manu Samoa’s preparations, Tuilaepa assured that the team and the Union’s preparations were on track.

“We are well prepared,” he said.

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