Samoa Digital Library launched

The Minister of Education Sports and Culture, Seuula Ioane launched the Samoa Digital Library (SADIL) at the National University of Samoa on Monday.

The project is jointly funded by the UN agencies under the Indian UN development partnership fund and is one of the components of the Samoa Knowledge Society Initiative project.

The aim of the SADIL is to provide reliable and accurate information for the public for research, students work and for making inform decision, and inform the world in daily lives.

ANZ launches first Pacific-wide mobile banking app

ANZ Regional Executive for Pacific, Tessa Price, said: “As smartphone usage increases across the region, more of our customers are embracing digital banking.

“We are pleased to be the first major bank in the Pacific to introduce a mobile banking app for customers, so they can manage their money on the go.

“Providing our customers with a secure mobile banking app that gives them access to their money, no matter where they are, is part of our commitment to make banking easier and more convenient.”

PM calls on Samoans to support new national airline

Samoa Airlines replaces Polynesian Air, which has just ended the second of two lengthy joint ventures - arrangements Tuila'epa said did not work.

He told the official launch of Samoa Airways in Apia that operating independently is the only option that will work for Samoa.

RNZI reports Tuilaepa pointed to Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Fiji and Tahiti all running their own airlines.

The Prime Minister did not mix his words in his speech to officially launch the brand new, national airline.

Nations unite for Rugby League World Cup 2017 launch

Tournament CEO Andrew Hill, chairman Dr George Peponis, OAM, and Queensland Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games, Kate Jones, were on hand to launch the 28-game series that culminates with the final in Brisbane on Saturday, December 2.

The 15th Rugby League World Cup, which was first played in France in 1954, will kick-off in Melbourne on Friday night with the clash of century-old rivals, England and Australia, coached by iconic Queensland league figures Wayne Bennett and Mal Meninga.

Samoa Social Welfare Fesoasoani Trust launched

The Trust will focus on assisting offenders and members of the community not only in court cases but also in counselling, immigration matters and providing legal advice.

The ceremony was led with a prayer service by Reverend Semisi Lafi Esera of the Voice of Christ Church.

Tuilaepa in his address applauded the initiative by the Trust to provide rehabilitation programmes for offenders, especially the youth.

Kanye West wows NY crowd with new album

It was an emotional moment for West and his family as his brother-in-law, Lamar Odom, strode to a seat. It was the first time Odom had attended a public event since he was hospitalised in critical condition in Las Vegas in October 2015 after he was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel with cocaine in his system.