Seedstars looking for Samoa’s best startups

With the support of the GSMA and the Australian Government, Seedstars will be holding a dynamic two-day bootcamp on Tuesday and Wednesday before the public pitching event on Thursday.

The companies invited to the training session and to privately pitch at the Seedstars Apia event must have raised less than USD 500k in funding and built a minimum viable product, ideally with existing traction.

The Seedstars team is searching for one additional criterion: potential for regional and global scalability.

Japan signs SAT 266,000 grant for Samoa’s Afega Primary School

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Samoa, Maugaoleatuolo Shinya Aoki signed a Grant Contract for Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects (GGP) with Maulolo Lino, President of Afega Primary School Committee during a ceremony today.

The Grant will assist the School Committee to also reseal the second floor of their current two-storey school building.

Samoa former LTA legal officer found guilty in appeal court

Pepe was jointly charged with another former senior employee of the LTA, Mata'afa Sepelini, who was found guilty of six counts including using altered or reproduced documents with intent to deceive and using forged documents.

The charges related to the registration of public vehicles between December 2017 and March 2018.

The appeal court ruled the acquittal of Pepe was deemed to be unreasonable.

The judges entered a guilty verdict and ordered for sentencing in the supreme court at a later date.

Mental illness stigma exacerbating Samoa suicide rate

Faataua Le Ola, which means value life, said about 20 Samoans were taking their lives each year.

The NGO's executive director, Papalii Tiumalu Caroline Paul-Ah Chong, said young Samoan men between the ages of 12 and 35 were the most vulnerable.

"Men are more vulnerable. I think it stems from the macho attitude that our Samoan men have that they're invincible, that they can overcome anything," she said.

"They find it hard to reach out and ask for help and seek help."

Problems in relationships are the leading causes of suicide in Samoa, Papalii said.

Rare Samoan alpine tree may be extinct

A recent search for the Vavea Samoense, a 16-metre tree that only grows at the top of Upolu's Mt Le Pu'e, came up with nothing.

The president of the Samoa Conservation Society, James Atherton, said the summit has been battered by cyclones and invasive weeds.

The society has spent the past two months surveying Samoa for four critically threatened species, in order to get cuttings and seeds to preserve them.

Mr Atherton said the plant had not been seen for about a decade, but he was still holding out hope.

Samoan PM stresses importance of energy and transport to tackle climate change

Speaking at the opening of the 4th Pacific Regional Energy and Transport Ministers meeting in Apia, the prime minister said that energy and transport are at the crux of global efforts to tackle climate change and achieve sustainable development objectives.

“I understand that this will be the opportunity to review commitments and progress with regard to the provision of sustainable, modern and efficient energy services, and sustainable, reliable and safe transportation and mobility in the Pacific islands region,” he said.

ADB, Samoa sign agreement to rehabilitate, upgrade Apia Port

The grant agreement for the Enhancing Safety, Security, and Sustainability of Apia Port Project was signed by Minister of Finance and ADB Governor Sili Epa Tuioti and the Regional Director of ADB’s Pacific Subregional Office Masayuki Tachiiri at a ceremony in Apia Monday.

The project agreement with the Samoa Ports Authority was signed by the Minister of Works Papalii Niko Lee Hang and Mr.Tachiiri.

Samoa daylight saving begins Sept 29

A statement from the Commerce, Industry and Labour Ministry said at 3am on 29 September, the public should adjust the time on their watches and clocks to 4am.

“However, we advise that you adjust your time an hour forward before you retire to bed on Saturday night, 28 September, 2019,” the ministry’s acting Chief Executive Officer, Lealua’ialii Ioane Okesene said.

A date for the end of daylight saving will be announced at a later stage. 


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Culture the key to NZ Croatia Cricket tour of Samoa

Nor is there any post-millennium coach in the changing rooms proffering odes to “team culture” as vague slang for everything from values to collective memory.

Businessman assaulted and robbed of SAT$23,000

Police investigation indicates that these individuals stole a backpack from the victim's vehicle.

At the time of the assault the men were under the influence of alcohol.

One of the men distracted the victim while the other forcefully took the bag containing SAT$23,000.00.

The victim was punched in the face when he tried to chase after the culprits.

Police responded and carried out the investigation last Saturday night.