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Low immunisation coverage against measles has left a third of Samoa’s population or about 70 thousand people unprotected, in the 5 weeks old epidemic.

The Director General of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri, opened up to the local media yesterday that between 2008-2009, only 41 per cent of the population were immunized.

“We’ve tried since then to pull it up to about 66 per cent and that means about a third of the population are vulnerable to the measles virus” Leausa said.

Deidre Fanene

District Court Judge Fepulea’i Ameperosa Roma will deliver his ruling on rugby 7s player, Siaosi Asofolau pending official confirmation from the Samoa Rugby Union SRU that his playing contract is terminated.

Defence counsel Afamasaga Michael Soonalole is to get a confirmation from the Samoa Rugby Union that the defendant’s contract has been terminated as a result of the charges before the court.

The contribution of Afega family members to the development of the village will be acknowledged in a special event at the end of the year.

At this event prizes  will be presented to members of the villages who have worked diligently to the village development.

The NZ media carried a story about a suspected measles case on a flight from Apia to Auckland, who unknowingly exposed the passengers to the infectious disease.

After a quick glancing read a thought suddenly jumped up.  What’s the big deal?

 If all these people are getting off in Auckland, what’s one person compared to 2000 confirmed cases of measles waiting for these travellers to arrive?

 In the end they will be exposed to the virus one way or another. 

As of 11th November 2019 there have been 716 suspected or confirmed measles cases, an increase of 203 over the previous week. Measles cases have been recorded in all inhabited areas of Samoa, three quarters of whom reside in Upolu.

Education

The Manumalo Baptist Primary School and Kindergarten has defended the holding of the end of year school graduation yesterday, despite the threat of the measles epidemic.

The Ministry of Education Sports and Culture, MESC, called on all schools, public and private, to hold off from having students graduations for health protections.

The Leone village based primary school went ahead with theirs.

Local

People who gave priority to video recording on their cellphones a fatal accident in the early hours of Friday morning, left the emergency rescue services, FESA, in shock.

A car burst into flames when it struck a solid cement traffic block at an island crossing at Vailoa.

One person died and a second survived but was last reported in serious condition at the national hospital.

The contribution of Afega family members to the development of the village will be acknowledged in a special event at the end of the year.

At this event prizes  will be presented to members of the villages who have worked diligently to the village development.

 

A 5.9 earthquake shook Samoa on Friday night with the centre at about 150 miles south-southwest of Apia with no reports of any serious impacts.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) estimated the quake struck at a depth of 10km.

The exposure of the country's landscape and tourist attractions is perhaps the most important assets the country has to offer to gain more revenue in efforts  to boost the tourism industry. 

Fepuleai Dr Aleni Fepuleai introduced the idea as the current managing director for Blaqsand and Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment MNRE, Geomorphology, Geology Engineering, Volcanology Consultant.

Heavy trucks are to be confined to the Lelata and Leone bridges with a new crossing of the Vaisigano River opening up between the two.

The Loto Samasoni Bridge currently under construction is not designed to take the weight of heavy trucks once it is opened for traffic next month, October.

Traffic flow is expected to be faster and quicker with the added crossing of the Vaisigano River for lighter vehicles.

Technology

The Office of the Regulator (“OOTR”) would like to clear the air and provide an explanation on article published by some media outlets with headings “Broadcasting Tariffs for Digital TV Platform a Curse” and “Digital TV tariff could ‘kill’ local stations, P.M tells Minister”, news on local radio station and the broadcasters complaint letter to the PM dated 1 October 2019.

The Law Society symposium held this week at the TATTE convention center dealt with some of the issues that the Office of the Regulator (OOTR) is looking at in order to regulate Internet Service Providers (ISP) as well as contents that the public have in their possession.

Crime

 

The Supreme Court has dismissed all charges against Anoanoa’i Pepe Lafai who was charged with numerous counts of forgery last year while serving as Manager for the Legal Division at the Land Transport Authority (LTA).

An emotional and thankful Lafai cried as she spoke to reporters outside the courtroom.

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.

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A woman who lived for 11 years in a de-facto relationship with Kolani Jr. Lam, vouched in his defence, that he was a ‘humble, loving father’.

Ms. Aiva Toa - Kalati, was called to testify as a defence witness for her ex-partner who is defending against the alleged murder of his wife, CEO Sa’u Justina Sa’u.

The Budapest Convention On Cybercrime was challenged by the Ombudsman at the Samoa Law Society 5th Biennial Symposium underway at the TATTE Convention Centre.

One of the topics under discussion in the symposium is International Space .

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

Police Commissioner, Fuiavailili Egon Keil, has called for better care of children at home after the loss of 3 young lives from separate incidences earlier in the week.

A 1-year-old baby boy is believed to have drowned behind his family’s home at Matafa’a, Lefaga. He was rushed to the TTM Hospital, Moto’otua, but died on the way.

Lifestyle

 

Malua Theological College is taking an intake of 23 students for 2019 depending on passing the last part of the entrance qualification.

The second part is an appearnce before the Reverend Elders Committee for their personal testimony and for a drilling by the Committee members.They will not be admitted to study at the College if they do not pass.

Samoa Head of State His Highness Tui Aana Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II addressed the thousands of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who assembled at Pesega field Saturday night to hear their visiting Church leader President Russell M. Nelson speak.

The Head of State and his Masiofo Faamausili Leinafo Tuimalealiifano, both graduates of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (CCCS) Theological College at Malua, were special guests of the devotional

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