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Parliament is expected to pass the new Arms Amendment Bill 2019 tabled for debate at the opening of session this morning.

The amendment ensures there will be no more outlaws competing in any future Pacific Games or international Shooting competitions hosted by Samoa.

The use of guns by shooters under the age of 21 at the 2007 Pacific Games hosted by Samoa was "unlawful".

Acting Chief Justice Vui Clarence Nelson has delayed passing sentence on the two nurses pleaded guilty to negligence causing manslaughter in connection to the deaths of two Savai'i babies last year at a Savai'i hospital.

Nurses Luse Emo Tauvale and Leutogi Teo appeared before Acting Chief Justice Vui Clarence Nelson this afternoon, Monday 17 June 2019.

The women were scheduled to be sentenced today, however, state prosecutor Fuifui Ioane requested more time from the court.

At 32 years old, Andrew Setefano is the oldest player and most experienced in Samoa’s Soccer Team for the Pacific Games.

He hails from the villages of  Alamagoto, Moamoa Fou, Vaitoomuli Palauli,Faleapuna, Saletele Fagaloa and Leulumoega.

An Arms Amendment Bill necessary for the Pacific Games is to be tabled in the session of Parliament starting tomorrow morning Tuesday 18 June 2019.

The amendment must be passed to legalize the possession and use of selected firearms and ammunition for shooting competition in the Pacific Games starting on the 7 July in Samoa.

The Commissioner of Police, Fuiavailili Egon Keil went over the proposed bill in a pre-sitting session of Members of Parliament this morning.

Fifteen-year-old R.J. Aiafi, a Year 12 student at Samoa College, has set his sights on American football stardom.

The youngest child of Member of Parliament (Faleata West) Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi and Tagaloa Sharon Aiafi told Newsline Samoa he is shooting for the stars.

One of only two players in the country named to the 2020 All-Star Polynesian Bowl to be played in Hawai’i, he’s off to a raring start.

Samoa 2019 Pacific Games

 

Protection against mosquito borne diseases is the responsibility not only for the Ministry of Health but also of families.

This is the call by the Ministry of Health as the Pacific Games approaches.

Samoa Methodist Church President Rev. Apineru Lafai (left) handing over the keys to the Games Village to the Minister of Sports and Chairman of the Pacific Games Organising Committee, Loau Keneti Sio.

 

The Faleula Methodist School and Church Compound is now under the authority of the Pacific Games Organisers, as the official Games Village for participating sporting contingents.

An Arms Amendment Bill necessary for the Pacific Games is to be tabled in the session of Parliament starting tomorrow morning Tuesday 18 June 2019.

The amendment must be passed to legalize the possession and use of selected firearms and ammunition for shooting competition in the Pacific Games starting on the 7 July in Samoa.

The Commissioner of Police, Fuiavailili Egon Keil went over the proposed bill in a pre-sitting session of Members of Parliament this morning.

The National Council of Churches is pushing for heavenly blessings over Samoa, athletes and everyone coming for the Pacific Games through national prayers and fasting.

The Secretary of the National Council of Churches Reverend Maauga Motu said the Council is not sitting idle as the country prepares for the Games.

Teachers and students of Pu’apu’a Primary School in Savaii are  among the schools selected to sing the national anthem of their assigned  country to cheer New Zealand.

Everyone is looking forward to making the trip from the big island to perform and to cheer for the kiwis.

It is historical for the school. For not only the students have the opportunity to take part in the activities but also watch the sporting events

Education

Questions over the whereabouts of a school bus donated to the Itu-Asau College are being asked in the aftermath of the Auala crash on Monday morning.

A regular bus making a morning run for students from the villages of Falelima, Neiafu, Tufutafoe and Falealupo, rolled on to its side and injured more than 50 people inside.

Crime

Testimony from Frysna Rimoni, the victim in the attempted murder trial who was allegedly shot in the face by Peter Tulaga, spanned approximately four hours last Wednesday, taking up most of the time on day two of Tulaga's trial in the Supreme Court.

Rimoni provided her evidence long distance from New Zealand via video link in the absence of the media and members of the public who were ordered to leave the courtroom for that part of the trial.

A Salelologa man who assaulted a police officer who was making an arrest has brought himself and his family a lot of grief from the police and the village.

The officer of the law was reportedly struck with an ‘amo’ or wooden staff used for carrying shoulder loads about a fortnight ago.

Lifestyle

Today will be the last time for the EFKS Reverend Elder Sileli Taua’ifaga to conduct service in the church he has served the work of the Lord for over 20 years.

Jamaican solo traveller Jessica White has been to Fiji and the Solomon Islands but it’s quite obvious that on her third visit to the Pacific, she has been thoroughly charmed.

Local

Service by the patrol boat  Nafanua I around local waters came to an end yesterday when it left Samoa for Australia.

The boat was donated by the Australian government in 1988  to patrol the exclusive economic zone of Samoa.

The Land and Transport Authority  count of cars in Samoa is up to 5 thousand vehicles but it is the speed they travel and not any overcrowding on the road that is the main cause of accidents.

This is the LTA reaction to  any public worries whether the number of cars on the road have exceeded any safety limits.

The sight of cannon guns on the main street of Apia is not something seen everyday.

In fact it's a darn frightening sight in a town where the only booming sound of a big gun they hear comes for these very cannons.

The guns are kept by the Ministry of Police and it's only used for the 21 ceremonial gun salute at the raising of the flag.

The guns are probably on their way to the Malae o Tiafau for the Independence celebrations next weekend.

Sports

 

The athletes for the Pacific Games already in China for their training have settled in well.

According to SASNOC representative Sula Tagifano Soonalole Sam-Chong in a press conference last Friday the athletes are overwhelmed with the hospitality of the Chinese.

Politics

One of the cultural icons in the country fears that political stability in Samoa is at risk, if the ‘ava fatafata’ or mutual respect that holds it together is gone.

Director of the Nu’u Cultural Centre and former lecturer in Samoan at the National University of Samoa, Maulolo Tavita Amosa, warns the country will descend into chaos once it does.

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