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By Staff Writer

 

The Apia Port Facilities is getting another upgrade worth USD$62m, signed over yesterday as a grant from the Asian Development Bank.

A major feature of the project is a breakwater protection barrier to significantly reduce the damaging waves effects on the safety of the port facilities.

 

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

Three young men are in police custody for the alleged assault of a Chinese businessman at Lotopa last week Saturday.

A statement by the Ministry of Police on Monday evening confirmed the arrests.

The suspects are now in police custody awaiting court appearances next month on the 1st of October.

The day did not end well for the two occupants of a small private car that crashed into the ditch at Fa’atoia yesterday.

The accident occurred next to the intersection at Fa’atoia and Leone around 5.00pm in the evening.

Bystanders reported that an elderly woman and her grown son were taken to the hospital for medical attention.

The car ended veered off the road and into the deep ditch onto its left side on the roadside.

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

A mother who allegedly struck and killed her 1-year-old baby girl on the head with the wooden handle of a broomstick earlier this year rejected manslaughter charges.

The Samalaeulu, Savaii, mother, denied four charges in connection with her daughter’s death before Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala – Warren.

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

A loving mother and grandmother is organising a proper burial for the bodies of the two dead babies who were abandoned in separate incidents.

She has also taken it upon herself to give each one a name in a show of humanity she wholeheartedly believe are entitled to like any other human being.

Crime

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

Lawyer Unasa Iuni Sapolu is angry at the Ministry of Police for not following up on her formal complaints of death threats made on herself and her children last month.

Unasa confirmed to the media outside court that they have filed an official complaint with the police and also provided evidence of the threats.

 

 Police on the scene of the reported violence at Vaivase –tai

A woman was attacked at around 3 pm outside of the Vaivase Primary School gate yesterday.

Police were at the scene and an ambulance rushed the woman to the hospital.

Some of the eye witnesses said that the woman who was in a blue car was attacked by four women.

Onlookers who spoke to Newsline Samoa described the attack as ‘disgraceful’ and ‘evil.’

A woman who came to collect her children from school told Newsline that the woman was attacked in front of her kids.

The oldest sister of 20-year-old Miracle Iva Aileone, is mourning the loss of her little brother, who was allegedly beaten to death on the evening of Easter Sunday in Fasitoo Uta.

Pelenatete Senio, 37, said it’s hard to forget her brother, the fourth of seven siblings, and a funny yet obedient young man whose fulltime job was to care for his parents.

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

A mother who allegedly struck and killed her 1-year-old baby girl on the head with the wooden handle of a broomstick earlier this year rejected manslaughter charges.

The Samalaeulu, Savaii, mother, denied four charges in connection with her daughter’s death before Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala – Warren.

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

Supreme Court Justice Leiataualesa Daryl Clarke has sentenced a convicted a 40 year old man to 9 years and 7 months to Tanumalala Prison for the rape of a 10 year old school girl.

The defendant cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim he is reportedly related to.

Lifestyle

New Zealand pop singer Sir John Rowles is performing in Samoa for the first time this week.

He plans a performance to make up for not doing so until now and for not knowing the locals love his songs.

 " I should have come before but somehow I didn't get here but I spent a lot of time in Hawaii,” he said in a press conference yesterday.

“I think the people of Samoa like my type of songs, love songs, about the oceans, islands.”

Education

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

The 16-year-old winner of a schools impromptu speech competition is calling on young people to speak up about cyber bullying

Aruna Wallwork Tuala of Vaoala revealed that she too was a victim of cyber bullying three years ago and wants the youth of Samoa to speak up about their experience.

A trio of Savai’i students offered a prettier option for plastic recycle, by turning them into flowers, worthy enough to decorate inside churches.

Samalaeulu Primary School students, Rolita Faaopoopo, Gapua Iamafana and Victor Sofe, presented their work during Literacy Week organised by the Ministry Of Education Sports and Culture for the week just ended.

Samoa 2019 Pacific Games

A few more buses gifted from China to help transport athletes for the Pacific Games are stil without drivers with only a few days left before the fleet is on the move.

The Pacific Games Transport Committee have 6 more buses still without drivers out of the gifted fleet of 26.

Sports

In a first-time trip to have local American football players seen by scouts in the United States, Samoa Gridiron is sending nine young men to football camps in California this summer.

Local

The Celebrity Solstice cruise ship made a full day stop at the Matautu wharf yesterday (Saturday). The cruise ship on its maiden visit called into Matautu-tai wharf with 2,781 passengers and more than a hundred crew members.

Pacific Forum Line (PFL) is local agent which brought over the cruise ship while Samoa Scenic Tours became the main shore excursion with 46 buses that catered several tours around Upolu.

An American group of young people were taken to heart by families at Magiagi Village for helping build a couple of ‘fale,’ as part of a humanitarian project for the less fortunate.

The 23-member group from 16 to 19 years old all members of the Church of the Latter Day Saints, from the Humanitarian Experience for Youth (HEFY), a non-Governmental organisation in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

The boys and girls worked on building a family ‘fale’ in the village as a group project.

By Staff Writer

 

The Apia Port Facilities is getting another upgrade worth USD$62m, signed over yesterday as a grant from the Asian Development Bank.

A major feature of the project is a breakwater protection barrier to significantly reduce the damaging waves effects on the safety of the port facilities.

The tsunami of 29 September 2009 will be 10 years old in three weeks from today and the Aleipata district will once again commemorate the worst ever natural disaster for them. 

More than a 150 people were killed mostly from the Aleipata coastal villages where tsunami waves washed and drowned them out at sea.

The tsunami struck along the south east coast from Aleipata to as far as Falealili and Siumu.

Politics

The Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi did more than reach out a hand in the resurrection of the Samoa National Development Party or SNDP, during the week.

He also tipped off the organisers of the former opposition party on how to dethrone his ruling Human Rights Protection Party, HRPP.

Tuilaepa was invited to deliver the keynote speech at the re-launching of the political party at the Tuutuuileloloto Hall on Wednesday.

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