Apia

Samoa’s Eveni Carruthers opens art gallery exhibition

The Samoan attire retail outlet set up the gallery to promote local artists and their artwork.

The exhibition showcases artwork from over 20 artists who are both established as well as newcomers to the art scene.

Eveni Carruthers Retail Operations Coordinator, Selina Galuvao, said some of the artists are from the Manamea Art Studio as well as newcomers such as Moeloto Vitolia Tiatia who applied to showcase their art via Instagram.

“We’re excited to have this art exhibition in-store to help promote and show our support for our local artists on island,” she said.

‘Women have not been able to hold these positions’: Samoa’s first female PM gets down to the job

The bookshelves are still empty, but the room is filled with bunches of flowers, sent by well-wishers keen to congratulate the new incumbent.

This week, after the most contentious election in the Pacific country’s history and three months of political turmoil and legal battles, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, the first woman to hold the country’s most senior role, moved in.

In her first in-person interview with foreign media, Fiame told the Guardian there was “a lot of excitement” among women and girls after her victory in the April election.

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Temporary flea market opens at Fugalei in Apia

The temporary flea market at Fugalei was officially opened by caretaker Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

The Government’s Savali newspaper reports the vendors will operate at Fugalei while awaiting the construction of a new flea market at Sogi.

 The temporary location will host the stall owners until July 2022.

The project cost $500,000.00 tala and was fully funded by the Government.

Samoa PM breaks up unruly crowd

A group of 20 youths are alleged to have thrown stones at a circus tent after being ejected for being drunk according to a TV1 Samoa report.

The owner of Magic Circus of Samoa Tupa'i Bruno Royale called the police but when they did not show up he decided to seek help from Tuila'epa in hurrying them up.

The prime minister turned up on his own to try and calm the situation, before police arrived shortly afterwards.

Six men have been charged over the incident.

     

Samoan medical expert calls for ban on advertising of high sugar products

Manufalealili Dr Viali Lameko wrote in the latest edition of the Journal of Samoan Studies, saying the move, along with the promotion of more sports in villages, could help address high levels of obesity.

The Samoa Observer reported a 2018 survey of the national education curriculum found the health and sports subjects lacking across most rural secondary schools.

Manufalealili said with people in power noticeably obese, work needed to be done to discourage any notion that obesity was positively linked to influence and success.

Japanese funded Vaisigano Bridge opens today in Samoa

Land Transport Authority Chief Executive Officer, Galumalemana Ta’atialeoitiiti Tutuvanu Schwalger warns that drivers should note that heavy trucks are not allowed on the new bridge for now.

The new bridge is still a 2-lane as was the previous one, but is much wider with safer footpaths for pedestrians.

Schwalger said the construction of the bridge has taken a little over two years to complete since the plan was first drawn up.

She said several local companies participated in the construction works.

Repatriation flights between the two Samoas to begin today

More than 160 American Samoans have been stranded in Apia since the Covid-19 lock down and dozens of Samoans are also keen to return home from Pago Pago.

Local media are reporting at least 40 people a day could be repatriated with both Samoa Airways and Talofa Airways operating flights.

The Samoa government has relaxed travel conditions on their end, so returning citizens do not need to be tested for Covid-19, providing they can prove they have been in the territory for at least 14 days.

Brawl at Samoa's new prison, five injured

Samoa Observer reports Police Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil had confirmed the brawl saying police confiscated a pair of scissors used in the fight.

"Four prisoners are back at the prison after they were treated for injuries. One prisoner remains at the hospital for further observation," said Fuiavailili.

He said the incident happened in a different cell from the one that staged the recent mass prison breakout.

Samoa's proposal designed to revive talks between airlines - PM

A Cabinet decision paper was leaked to the Samoa Observer proposing to close the route, serviced by Fiji Airways, down and force passengers to fly via New Zealand using Samoa Airways.

However, this week the government newspaper Savali reported Tuilaepa saying the decision was to promote proactive talks between the two airlines and revive discussions about a code-sharing agreement that had never been implemented.

Samoa's proposed end to direct flight to Fiji sparks high-level talks

The closure was reported after a confidential Cabinet Paper was leaked to the Samoa Observer.

A statement from Fiji Airways confirms the issues of "partnership" and "codeshare agreements" are being negotiated between the two airlines.

"Discussions have taken place between Samoa Airways and Fiji Airways Executives on partnership and codeshare arrangements," the statement said.

The airline said it has now referred the matter to the Fijian government for its attention.