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Jul 19

$2.3million campus for Alofi-o-Taoa College

Cutting of ribbon by Deputy PM

Students of staff of Alofi-o-Taoa College in North-West Savaii last Friday thanked government and its development partners for its brand new campus.

Delivering the keynote address, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Maliegaoi adviced parents, staff and school committee to make full use of the new facilities.

“Parents should ensure their children are attending school, the village council should ensure the parents are doing their job, the school committee is tasked with looking after these facilities and the principal and staff are responsible with delivering the necessary curriculum to students.

Inside school at Alofi-oTaoa

“From today, these facilities will start aging. It will be helped by very industrious, very talented students who like to scribble on desks and walls.”

Addressing the students, Tuilaepa said,

“I’m sure there are as many architects, lawyers and accountants among you as there are talented rugby players, netballers and cricket champs. Hear it from me and keep it close to your heart. You only get one opportunity to pursue a good education in life. Take advantage of it now.”

The new facilities include new classrooms, a computer lap, an agro-science lab, a library, a staff room and a restroom block.

There are also living and study quarters for the principal and staff.

The school committee – represented by paramount orator Lavea Loia – requested government to rebuild the college’s sports field.

The $2.3 million campus was jointly-funded by government, the Asian Development Bank, AusAID and NZaid under the continuing Education Infrastructure Development Programme.

Alofi-o-Taoa College has a student roll of 425 and serves the districts of Gagaifomauga I, Gagaifomauga II and Gagaifomauga III.

School faculties and committee

Author: Tupuola Terry Tavita of Savali
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Jul 19

PM promotes trade opportunities

Auckland Mayor, Len Brown and PMMembers of the business community have been urged to learn from the experiences of members of a Trade Delegation from Auckland that’s in the country.

The delegation, led by Auckland Mayor, Len Brown, arrived on Tuesday. It consists of 20 experts in the food and beverage industry, infrastructure and the education sector. Yesterday, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi welcomed the group to Samoa when he opened a meeting between the delegation and the Chamber of Commerce at the Hotel Tanoa Tusitala. Tuilaepa highlighted the importance of the meeting in order for the private sector and the business community to learn off their peers from New Zealand. “The message is quite clear for this trade meeting,” Tuilaepa said.

“It is for the people of Samoa to develop your businesses and use the opportunity that are available through meetings such as this to grow your businesses.” The Prime Minister said exchanges such as yesterday open the door to different opportunities. One such door is an opportunity for business people in New Zealand to invest in Samoa, especially in the tourism industry.

Tuilaepa assured the trade delegation from Auckland that the Government is taking the lead to work with the private sector to develop Samoa’s economy through creating different business opportunities. “I encourage members of the Chamber of Commerce and also the Manufacturers and Exporters in Samoa to use this opportunity to get ideas and ways to create more and more businesses in Samoa.”

Delegates in the Trade Delegation are business executives drawn from the education, infrastructure and food and beverage sectors in New Zealand. These are amongst the priority sectors in Auckland Council’s Economic Development Strategy.

Together they represent 23 per cent of the Auckland economy. The mission aims to renew, stimulate and strengthen relationships with Auckland’s partner countries; to present a unified Auckland approach to promoting the city’s capabilities and its contribution to sustainable development in the Pacific; to provide a catalyst for business opportunities for participating companies and increase two-way trade opportunities; and provide participants with a greater understanding of the Pacific market.

The group was officially welcomed during a function at Letava on Tuesday night. Yesterday evening, the group visited Aleipata where Mr Len Brown was bestowed the matai title of Taua’aletoa from the village of Lepa.

Author: Marieta Heidi Ilalio (Samoa Observer)
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Jul 19

“Hospital will be built” - PM Tuilaepa vows

SATAPUALA STAND: The matai leadership of Satapuala insists that the Government should return their land. (Samoa Observer).The Government has vowed to continue with plans for the hospital opposite the Faleolo International Airport despite opposition from the village of Satapuala.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi told the Samoa Observer that Satapuala overstepped the mark when it stopped surveyors sent by the Samoa Trust Estate Corporation (STEC) to assess the land.

“The land does not belong to Satapuala,” the Prime Minister said. “I don’t know how many times we must make this clear [to Satapuala]. Regardless of their bans, the Government plan [to build the hospital] will proceed. The hospital will be built.”

Tuilaepa said the ongoing dispute over the land has gone far enough. “Satapuala have gone to the Court so many times regarding the land and the Court has made it abundantly clear that the land belongs to the Government. That is the end of it.”

Tuilaepa was referring to a ruling in which the Supreme Court upheld a strike out motion by STEC against a land compensation claim by Satapuala. The same ruling also struck out the village council’s claim for the return of more than eight thousand acres of land situated at Faleolo opposite the international airport.

The Satapuala Village Council claimed that the disputed land was unlawfully sold during the German and New Zealand administrations. But the Supreme Court ruled that prior to 1889, there was no legislation controlling or prohibiting the alienation of land in Samoa.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa said Satapuala has neither approached him or any other Government official about the land. “No one has come to me about it,” Tuilaepa said. “So I plan to give them (Satapuala chiefs) a call and have them come down to my office so we can discuss this issue.”

Meanwhi l e , Tui laepa said the Government plans to begin construction of the hospital later this month. “All the land that was taken by government from Satapuala has been paid and they (Satapuala) have no claim on any of these lands that government is planning to use.

“As far as I am concerned, there is nothing to discuss [with Satapuala]. The bans they are threatening will not stop progress.

The government will move forward with its plans.” Satapuala opposes the plan to build the hospital. Village Mayor, Ga Sakaria said the Government should consult them first.

“We weren’ t informed [by the government] and we were never asked to give permission to do their work,” Ga said about the surveyors they ordered off the land.

“This is our land. The government cannot force us to do anything we don't want to do on our land. “Those men didn’t have any right to be on our land.

As a result of a village meeting on Saturday, our village is steadfast on protecting our land.

“We will not allow this hospital to be built unless we are given a satisfactory answer [from the government].”

Author: Niccola Marie Hazelman (Samoa Observer)
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Jul 19

PM brands IRB refs ‘idiots’

CHAIRMAN AND PM: Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi is not impressed with the IRB referees.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has branded the officials appointed by the International Rugby Board (IRB) to officiate at the recent Samoa and Scotland test match as “idiots.”

Tuilaepa said one “idiot” tried to convince everyone in broad daylight that the ball had crossed the line when it clearly didn't. “There is still an attitude of racial discrimination which exists in these officials against the rise of the Manu Samoa that they don't want us to defeat any of the big teams [like Scotland],” Tuilaepa told Radio 2AP during his weekly programme called “2AP ma le Palemia.”

“They think they know everything and then they send idiots to officiate an important game. “One of them tries to convince us in broad daylight in our own country that the ball carrier had stepped out of the field with the ball when we can all see that he left the ball in the field before he was pushed outside the field.” The official in question is Australian touch judge, Ian Smith. He’s drawn the ire of the Samoan public after he raised the flag, which denied Manu Samoa a crucial try in the one-point loss to Scotland, at Apia Park, two weeks ago.

Video evidence shows that Mr Smith was wrong. But the try cost Samoa the game and Tuilaepa, who is the Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union, is clearly unhappy.

The Prime Minister said he’s ordered the Samoa Rugby Union to file a formal complaint with the IRB “so they won’t send any more idiots to officiate in future Manu Samoa games.”

The Vice Chairman of SRU, Lefau Harry Schuster said the complaint has already been lodged. “After every game, we review the performance of all referees and we review the game,” said Lefau.

“With regards to that call, we have sent a report and are awaiting a response from the IRB as to what will be done.” The IRB’s Head of Communications, Dominic Rumbles told the Samoa Observer the incident has been brought to their attention.

"All match official performances are subject to extensive evaluation by IRB performance reviewers. Performances are then taken into account when future selections are made." But Manu Samoa coach, Stephen Betham, said the decision by Mr Smith was tough to accept.

“It hurts us (Manu Samoa) to watch the replay and it hurts even more to know that nothing can change the outcome of that game,” Betham said. “We have seen the replay so many times and I still cannot see what the referee saw.” Betham said Mr Smith thought Scotland wing, Tim Visser, was outside when the ball was knocked out of his hands. This was then picked up by Paul Perez who showed a clean pair of heels to sprint to the try line.

“I am not sure what the referee saw, but the Scotland winger was not out and when Paul picked up the ball he was inside the line.” Betham agrees with suggestions that the IRB should hold the officials they appoint to account for their actions. “We’ve done all we can do and we just have to wait.

The IRB will look at both sides which means they will have to talk to the touch judge and see what he has to say before they can reply. The report from the SRU was sent to Paddy O’brien, the Head of the IRB’s Referee Board. Betham said the result of the game cannot be changed but by letting the IRB know, it sends the message that Samoa is tired of being treated harshly by these wrong calls.

“This will show that we are not asleep here. We are a proud people and humble in defeat but it doesn’t mean we will sit here and do nothing. “That try would have sealed the game for us and we really wanted to win but unfortunately that wasn’t the case and we will move on.” Meanwhile, Prime Minister Tuilaepa has directed SRU not to arrange any more Manu Samoa games at Apia Park until certain things are done.

These include a clock on the scoreboard. He also wants the games to telecast live “so that whoever is in charge of the referees and officials overseas can see for themselves how the games are officiated by the idiots they send over.” The Prime Minister also wants a better siren at the Park.

“If the siren sounds and the referee continues the match unnecessarily, then a rock hitting his head would be justified!”

Author: Marieta Heidi Ilalio and Niccola Marie Hazelman (Samoa Observer)
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