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If you want to break up an association or organisation, the suggestion is to grant them loads of money to spend.

The thinking is that the funding will be pocketed or misused by a privileged few, members will quickly lose trust and pull out.

Happened lots of time so it was claimed.

A week or so ago the claim was debated over a new professional association of public servants not trusted to look after their own bank account.

Racial hatred is only part of a bigger worry in the continuing series of violence in the Vaitele urban residential area, following the weekend attack that killed one Chinese national and injured three others.

Mr. Cao Yaqing, was killed in an alleged home invasion attack on Saturday night, inside the staff residence of the Pacific Trade Industrial Company, owned by a Chinese businessman.

Walking into the hospital emergency ward these past few days, is like falling into a ninja world, if you’re new around the place.

It’s no surprise if only the nurses and the doctors were wearing facemasks.  What is cause for pause is when almost every non medical person in the place were masked up too.

Your defenses are immediately on the alert. Your eyes dart everywhere trying to anticipate a ninja jumping out at you from nowhere with a kung fu chop.

The Ministry of Health is bracing for an anticipated “influx of sick people as a result of measles outbreak. 

The office of the Director General of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri, issued a media statement this morning to outline a strategic action plan to respond to the public health demands:

MEDIA RELEASE: Of the 28 specimens of suspected measles cases sent to Victorian Infectious Disease Reference Laboratory Melbourne, Australia on the 30th Sept 2019, twelve (12) results have been received over the week end. Of these twelve there were four confirmed cases; one adult and three children. All have been treated and discharged with no complications.


China’s Embassy is seriously concerned for the safety and security of Chinese in Samoa, after one national was killed and three others injured, in a violent attack last Saturday night at Vaitele.

An embassy statement to the Newsline Samoa reported ‘four local outlaws’ who broke into the staff residence of the Pacific Trade Industrial Company at around 10.00pm on Saturday night.

A Chinese owned the company and the night attack on the staff while inside their room killed Mr. Cao Yaqing.

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The actual height of the ‘Vigeka’ tree branch where the body of CEO Sa’u Justina Sa’u, was found hanging, was strongly disputed by the defence in the findings by the police investigations.

Police senior sergeant Sonny Afu, gave evidence on the second week of hearing, where his observations of the size of the star fruit tree referred to as the ‘vigeka’ was hotly disputed by the defence counsel.

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Prominent businesswoman, who was also maid of honour at the marriage of CEO Sa’u Justina Sa’u, would not accept suicide as the cause of her death.

Owner of SSAP, Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai, was one of the state character witnesses, in the murder hearing of Kolani Jr. Lam, accused of the murder of the CEO who is his wife.

Police have placed in custody 4 suspects arrested from the violent attack last Saturday night at Vaitele that killed one Chinese national and injured three others.

The deputy Commissioner of Police, Papali’i Ms. Monalisa Keti, confirmed last night, charges of murder, attempted murder, armed with dangerous weapon, burglary and assault.

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.

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The man who confessed in the Supreme Court to charges of conspiracy to murder the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, was told to get a lawyer to represent him in court.

Taualai Leiloa pleaded guilty to two conspiracy charges and was scheduled for sentencing on Friday.

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The next prisoner to break out of the newly built Tanumalala Prison, will feel the weight and the wrath of the Government stomping foot that is promised to come down hard if it happens again.

Staff of the Samoa Prisons Authority blamed for any escape will suffer the same thumbing fate as well.

The long awaited court hearing started today, Monday 1 October 2019, for Kolani Jr. Lam, who is charged with the murder of his wife, the late Sa’u Justina Sa’u, CEO of the Unit Trust of Samoa UTOS.

The 38-year-old Lam was arrested last November 2018 and charged with the murder of Sa’u who was allegedly strangled.

Justice Mata Tuatagaloa is presiding in the Supreme Court hearing.


 PRESS RELESE: The boutique Seabreeze Resort, Samoa has won "Samoa's Leading Hotel" for the seventh consecutive year and for the first time Oceania’s Most Romantic Resort 2019, at the World Travel Awards™ held recently on the Vietnamese Island of Phu Quoc.


The Ministry of Health is bracing for an anticipated “influx of sick people as a result of measles outbreak. 

The office of the Director General of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri, issued a media statement this morning to outline a strategic action plan to respond to the public health demands:


Only In Samoa...where  a series of recent weekend road accidents ended in fatality. One of the vehicles involved is pictured here.

Condolences to the grieving families for their loss.  A more heartbreaking death was of a pedestrian mother who was struck and killed while walking on the side of the road at Fugalei. 

A car reportedly driven by an intoxicated driver lost control of the vehicle and swerved onto the side running the mother down. 

Media Release : The Samoa Deaf Rugby Sevens Team this week received a major boost in their preparations for the upcoming Oceania Deaf Rugby Sevens Tournament in Fiji when a good Samaritan from New Zealand bought them twenty brand new pairs of rugby boots and runners.

Cederman Brothers, a company based in Nelson New Zealand, runs commercial apple farms, and have been recruiting Samoans under the RSE Scheme. They currently employ 82 people from Samoa.

The chances of measles in Samoa is still at a ‘highly suspicious’ stage but it has not stopped the medical staff at TTM Hospital, Moto’otua, from masking up to prevent against any spread of the germ.

Medical caregivers and random visitors at the Emergency Ward were also seen with white facemasks, as well.

The Director General of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri, described the precautionary measure as ‘reverse isolation’.


Teachers, parents and students of St Mary's Catholic School in Tauranga New Zealand are in Samoa to get a taste of Samoan culture.and at the same time do some good.

They are grateful they made the trip after making the decision 18 months ago.


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.

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