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Gusting winds and heavy rains grounded ferry travels between the main islands today, Thursday 16 January 2020.

Safety concerns for the travelling public and the crew forced the Samoa Shipping Corporation to cancel all travels.

The 5.00am weather advisory from the Met Office for the day noted an  ‘….active convergence zone continues to remain within the vicinity of Samoa with heavy downpour and gusty activities.’

The Seventh Day Adventist Church College, Lalovaea, school dux award of 2019 went to 18-year-old Commerce student, Angellyn Fa’aleiua.

Her coveted academic award was presented at the school prize giving today at Lalovaea.

 The annual end of the year event was postponed from last year 2019 by the measles epidemic and it was combined from primary up to the college levels.

Samoa Rugby Union is determined to increase women’s participation in rugby around the country, in keeping with World Rugby edict of actively promoting and improving women’s rugby around the rugby playing world.

With that in mind, SRU rugby development division, has this week called for entries for its first women’s tournament for the start of the decade.

After twenty years, Brother Kevin O`Malley returns to Samoa. He has been appointed President of St. Joseph`s College, as well as the CEO of the College`s Governance Board.  Initially the positions will be on a part-time basis until his current contract with the Catholic Education Office in American Samoa is completed in early July, 2020.

A combined team of Samoan overseas general practitioners, surgeons and anesthetists, mostly from New Zealand, are rounding up their final week of a two weeks voluntary help out at the TTM Hospital to give the local staff a working break.

Consulting surgeon in Adelaide, Australia, Leafitaitu Dr Jimmy Eteuati is at the 7-member team

His team is the second to follow in on a two weeks voluntary work arrangement under the Samoan Doctors Worldwide Volunteer Service (SDWVS).

Local

Since March 2019, the Central Bank of Samoa (CBS) has been engaging with the banking industry, non bank payment service providers and select government ministries in the rollout of the new national payment system, Automatic Transfer System (ATS)

 

 

A former New Zealand High Commissioner and a long service university educator, were easily recognised among the new group of naturalised Samoan citizens this week.

Sixteen people who've called Samoa home for years, natives of the U.S.A., China, Tonga, Fiji, India, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Argentina were sworn in as citizens of Samoa on Wednesday.

...where the sight of a car being pushed out of the inter-island ferry is not new.  Happens all the time when vehicles, for as many reasons as you care to count with your fingers will stall inside the boat. 

Usually the poor sailors are the ones to try and push it out and it will be doing them a huge favour if it's not too big.

Deidre Fanene

Registered transgender nurse and midwife, Tiara Tuulua, will never forget dealing with pregnant women during the measles outbreak

The 33 year old who had been a registered nurse since 2009 added the measles epidemic as a second lifetime experience, of a natural disaster she was directly involved with.

Doctors and nurses at the TTM Hospital, Moto’otua, are slowly catching their breath, as the measles epidemic show signs of finally slowing down.

The epidemic will eventually end but as frontline workers, the memories of this once in a lifetime experience will live on.

 The children were the most vulnerable from the outset.  The fight to save their young lives became a heavy emotional toll on the parents and equally so for the battling doctors and nurses.

The Samoa Commercial Bank has renewed a Memorandum of Understanding MoU with the Samoa Business Hub, to continue the work they do under a revised Business Guarantee Scheme that supports lending to the business community.

Managing Director of Samoa Commercial Bank, Lemalu Ray Ah Liki is a great supporter of the Scheme and a passionate advocate for local businesses, and the signing of the MoU reflects his commitment to encourage and open pathways for Samoan businesses.

The New Zealand All Blacks may have failed to ‘three-peat’ as World Rugby Champions, but the  disappointment of the heartbreaking loss last weekend has not bothered the Marist Brothers Old Pupils Association, MOBA.

The reason is Samoan born and raised All Blacks prop Nepo Laulala.

“ We are proud that Nepo Laulala is a former student of this school, St Joseph’s College,” Tuatagaloa Ming Leung Wai boasted on Wednesday night.

Education

New VC Wants A More Marketable NUS

The newly appointed Vice Chancellor (VC) and President of the National University of Samoa (NUS), Aiono Professor Dr Alec Ekeroma has promised to make the university more marketable and competitive nationally and also regionally.

Aiono shared his vision openly on Friday afternoon with the local media when he finally takes over next year as the newly appointed NUS President and Vice Chancellor.

Samoa 2019 Pacific Games

Samoa will be contesting Papua New Guinea for the gold medal in the women’s soccer after defeating New Caledonia 3-2.

Samoa Soccer Association is looking ahead to making history for the sport, as the first time Samoa will medal in soccer since the Pacific Games started.

Samoa is already guaranteed a medal but will have to wait after the match on Saturday to determine the colour – gold or silver.

Lifestyle

Where are the best quality fine mats gone the Prime Minister asked.

This question was posed to the weavers of fine mats at the annual Fine Mat Display held yesterday at the EFKS Youth Hall at Sogi.

By I Lesatele

The Judiciary in Samoa has been asked to review the value of using the ifoga and character references in the judicial process if family violence is to be effectively eradicated.

Crime

A Samoan and Tongan missionaries at the Lae Mission of the Church of Latter Day Saints, LDS, in Papua New Guinea, are recovering from a recent violent attack on them.

The church men were kidnapped and assaulted on Friday 11 October 2019 by a group of people.

The violence was confirmed in an official statement yesterday, sent to the LDS Church President Sapele Faalogo (Area Seventy), from media officials of the church in Utah, USA.

Tafaigata/Tanumalala prisoners sang heartfelt appreciation to the government for the newer and much better prison facility for them.

The song was sung by a group of women and men prisoners at the opening of the new prison at Tanumalala last Friday.

Events that shaped 2018 

It was in early October that the sudden death of the Unit Trust Of Samoa’s CEO Sa’u Justina Sa’u caught public attention.

The 42 year old was at her prime at her untimely death and it brought a huge emotional outpouring of love and sorrow from working colleagues, friends and many who knew her, at the news of her death.

A startling turn of events at the cause of her death came after police preliminary investigations suspected suicide.

Deidre Fanene

 

The photo of the young mother of a dead baby whose body was found at the Mulifanua Wharf recently is not to made public.

District Court Judge Alalatoa Rosella Papalii issued a court order on Tuesday on the ban.

The mother had already pleaded guilty to concealing the dead body.

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