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New Samoa Sevens coach admits there is a lot of work before Rio

Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua admits there is a lot of work to do after being appointed Samoa Sevens coach until the 2016 Rio Olympics

This will be his second stint in charge of the sevens team, while he also coached Manu Samoa at the 2011 World Cup.

Fuimaono says the immediate goal is to secure a top four finish, which would seal their place at the Olympics. He says the immediate goal is to secure a top four finish in the upcoming World Series, which would seal their place at the Olympics.

High winds delay canoes' trip to Samoa

Strong, relentless winds have tossed the crew members for Hokule‘a and Hikianalia into a race against time to meet the head of the United Nations in Samoa and receive a commitment toward protecting more ocean area.

Winds around 25 mph have pounded Pago Pago Harbor from the east since as early as Monday night. For the past several days the gusts — along with swells forecast to climb as high as 18 feet — have prevented the two canoes from safely departing for the U.N.'s Small Island Developing States conference in Apia, nearly 80 miles away.

Without partnerships, island states face ‘termination’, says Samoa PM

Samoa’s Prime Minister has urged the international community to offer support to small island developing states, some of whom face “termination”, he says, owing to threats posed by climate change and rising seas.

On the eve of the International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS 2014), in Apia, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi stated that “quick financial assistance” is essential when a small island nation is reeling from the effects of environmental or economic disaster.

Pub. Defender's Office adds certified Criminal Defense Investigator to staff


With the support of federal funding for off island training, the Office of Public Defender now has — for the first time — a certified Criminal Defense Investigator, according to that office's third-quarter performance report for FY 2014, covering the period of Apr. 1-June 30, 2014.
In the report, Public Defender Douglas Fiaui said funding through the US. Department of Interior’s technical assistant grant program for training and certification in criminal defense investigation was used during this quarter.

State Dept. invites Gov. Lolo as U.S. delegate to SIDS conference


Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga is invited by the State Department to be a member of the US Delegation at the United Nations Small Island Developing States (S.I.D.S) conference to be held in Samoa from September 1- 4, 2014.
The S.I.D.S Conference, convened under the theme Sustainable Development through Genuine and Durable Partnerships, will focus international attention on a group of countries that remain a special case for sustainable development in view of their unique and particular vulnerabilities.

Community Briefs


The National Weather Service in Tafuna issued Thursday evening, a High Surf Warning now in effect until futher notice, with wave and surf activity along south and east facing coastal shorelines of Tutuila, Aunu’u, Swains and Manu’a islands.   
The public is advised to take extra precaution and stay away from affected coastal shorelines.  Swells, high surf and breaking waves may unexpectedly wash over certain shoreline areas, strong rip currents exist.

Lawmakers target economic development at DOC budget review

Study after study, plan after plan, but nothing comes of them, says faipule

Economic development and new tenants for the Tafuna Industrial Park were some of the main issues targeted by lawmakers, who had many questions during last week’s review of the Commerce Department's fiscal year 2015 budget.
At the outset of the hearing Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie asked how many new businesses have been established in the territory and DOC director Keniseli Lafaele responded that he does not have the data on hand, but can provide it later.

Samoa opens its first casino

Samoa is to open its first casino today.

It will be at Aggie Greys Resort at Mulifanua, near the international airport, and employ 100 staff.

The Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, says the first casino will create more job opportunities and attract more tourists into the country.

Tuila'epa has told reporters in his weekly radio programme the idea behind the government's decision for a casino is for tourists to spend more days in Samoa and spend their wealth.

At the same time the prime minister says more money will be pouring into the local economy.

SPC helps Samoa with health surveillance for SIDS

Noumea, New Caledonia — The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has mobilised a team of health surveillance specialists to help the Samoa Ministry of Health with public health surveillance at the 3rd International Conference of Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

‘It is important to enhance surveillance to enable early warning of potential public health threats during mass gathering events such as the SIDS Conference, which will bring more than 3000 people from around the world to Samoa,’ said Dr Yvan Souarès, Deputy Director of SPC’s Public Health Division.

Local Small Business Credit Initiative program will “open for biz” by November


The territory’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) documents have been fully executed and American Samoa’s federally funded program will be “open for business” by early November, says Commerce Department director Keniseli Lafaele.
The DOC director explained, “Basically the program invests in businesses (equity) or lends money (debt) to businesses in the form of senior debt (better risks hence low interest rates) or mezzanine (high risks thus high interest rates).”

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