Samoa PM Fiame unhappy with American Samoan vessel customs breach

In a press conference on Thursday, Fiame said border security should have seized the Kite Runner, owned by a businessman in American Samoa, upon arrival at the Matautu wharf.

However, the Prime Minister said government officials scrambled to get all the necessary clearances for the boat, which should have never happened in the first place.

Fiame said according to reports, the boat docked at Matautu then to Mulifanua before heading to Savai'i, when the police intervened and seized the boat and escorted it back to Matautu.

Samoa won’t ban TikTok

Ministry of Communication, Information and Technology, chief executive Lefaoalii Unutoa Auelua Fonoti told the Samoa Observer that Samoa, like other sovereign countries, would always discuss best practices and mechanisms to best keep citizens safe.

The CEO says it was not within the mandate of the ministry to discourage every Samoan from any ICT opportunity to receive and access information for their greater opportunities.

Samoa authorities investigate infant’s death

The Ministry of Health said a preliminary investigation was conducted by Senior Ministry officials.

According to the preliminary investigation, the baby received vaccination due at 14-weeks old at Motootua Hospital on Saturday.

The baby was taken to the emergency department at the hospital in a critical condition six hours later.

“Despite swift action by the medical team, including resuscitation, the baby unfortunately passed away,” Director General of Health, Aiono Dr Alec Ekeroma said in a statement issued this morning.

Samoa’s ANZ Bank manager faces more than 300 new charges

The Samoa Observer reported the case returned to the Supreme Court on Monday morning but the prosecution asked for more time to finalise the charges.

The defendant initially entered a guilty plea for stealing $80,000 from the financial institution.

Further internal investigations have since discovered $1.4million tālā - about $US500,000 - was taken, "at this stage".

The manager is accused of setting up new bank accounts to make loan applications which she allegedly approved and later withdrew, during the time she was employed by the bank.

Samoa schools close for a week due to increase in flu cases

Effective today, all schools (Government, Mission and Private Schools) from pre-schools to Secondary or Colleges are closed until 5 May 2023.

In its meeting this week, Cabinet approved the Special five days holiday break in response to the escalating number of children with Influenza B symptoms seeking medical attention from health authorities.

As of this week, the Ministry of Health, (M.O.H) reported a total overall of 2,441 residents seeking medical help from Hospitals nationwide since the flu outbreak surfaced several weeks ago.

Petrol price increases in Samoa

The price of petrol has increased by 1.4 sene per litre from $3.36 to $3.27 per litre.

Prime Minister and Acting Minister of Finance, Fiame Naomi Mata’afa has advised that the following changes in the Retail Petroleum Products Prices will apply from 1 May.

“Petrol will increase by 1.4 sene per litre from $3.36 to $3.27 per litre, Diesel will decrease by 25.9 sene per litre to $3.56 to $3.30 per litre and Kerosene will decrease by 27.5 sene per litre from $3.20 to $2.93 per litre.”

Samoa reports increase in influenza amongst children

The Director General of the Ministry of Health Aiono Dr. Alec Ekeroma confirmed this in a press conference where he also expressed his concern about the increased number of children affected with type B flu reports Tala Fou.

He said about 3 months ago a total of 1200 children were infected, however he said in comparison to 3 or 4 weeks ago the number has jumped to 250 children reported to the hospital per day.

He further said that in March, 1,915 children were reported to the clinic, but just last week the number has increased to 2,441

Samoa World Cup finalist Ligi Sao extends his stay in Super League

The 30-year-old forward, whose contract was set to expire at the end of the season, has made 70 appearances for Hull since arriving from the NRL ahead of the 2020 season.

Last autumn, Sao became just the third player to have played in a World Cup final whilst being a Hull FC player as his Samoa side fell short to Australia at Old Trafford.

On extending his time in England with Hull, Sao said: “I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to stay in Hull for another two years with my family, who love it here.

UNDP Samoa Accelerator Lab wins global Japan SDG Innovation Challenge

Samoa and Zimbabwe are the only AccLabs selected from a pool of 91 UNDP AccLabs across the world.

The Challenge will enable the UNDP Samoa AccLab to implement an innovative project to convert fish skin into sustainable fish leather.

This project aims to maximize the economic benefits of the entire fish caught, instead of just the flesh whilst discarding other fish parts, thus lending the project its name: “100% Fish Use”.

The fish leather will be manufactured through a sustainable process.


China’s Special Envoy for Pacific clarifies China’s motives in the pacific

Qian said he has scrutinised the AUKUS security pact recently signed between the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

He noted that China and the US have joint military exercises.

"This region is not exclusive for Australia or New Zealand or for the US," he said.

Qian said these are sovereign states and Samoa has the right to engage with all countries including China, Japan, South Korea and India.