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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

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.

By Staff Writer

 

The Small Business Enterprise Centre, SBEC, is moving to lose its image of catering only for small ventures.

The organisation is to be officially re-branded the Samoa Business Hub next month in November.

Once the new image is launched on 14th November, it will then be able to extend its area of influence to include medium and large businesses.

The descendants of Aeo’ainuu Paniani and his sisters are gathered in Samoa for their family reunion.

The weeklong event officially commenced at Sapapalii where the clan originated.

Like all important events it started off with a thanksgiving service conducted by the village church minister. This was followed by the bestowal of matai titles on 97 members of the clan mostly from overseas. Titles conferred were Aeo’ainuu, Muaausa and Muagututia.

The second part of the family reunion is held in Apia where members are staying at the Insel Fehmarn.

 Ombudsman Maiava Iulai Toma, has made it clear that the rights of the parents to deny the children measles vaccination is overruled when it comes to the safety of children in a deadly health epidemic.

He gave his position in response to the current argument of the rights of parents to decide what is best for their children that included not having them vaccinated.

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.

All schools are ordered closed immediately and all who have not been vaccinated for the measles are now legally required to undertake immunisation injections.

These are among the main orders that are now in effect after it was legally signed in law today, Saturday 16 November 2019.

Under the State of Emergency declared official on Friday, the following ORDERS, are in effect immediately pursuant to Article 106 of the Constitution: 

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.

Sports

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

Twenty-year-old Don Opeloge is officially confirmed for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

This was confirmed by Head Coach of the Samoa Weightlifting Federation, Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork who is in Thailand for the IWF Senior World Weightlifting Championship and Gold Qualifiers for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Samoa 2019 Pacific Games

The New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, is arriving in Samoa tomorrow, Saturday, on her way to an official visit to the Tokelau Islands on Sunday.

The PM will spend the night in Apia before travelling on the HMNZS Otago to the New Zealand island territory.

During her short  stopover, the  NZ leader is scheduled to take a stroll on the Apia Waterfront Events Space and the Clock Tower Boulevard on Saturday afternoon.

Education

The Vice Chancellor of the National University of Samoa, Lau Asofou So’o, has resigned.

The Minister of Education, Loau Keneti Sio, confirmed the resignation to Newsline Samoa during a break in Parliament session this morning.

Loau also confirmed that Cabinet has accepted the resignation.

Vice Chancellor Lau was suspended pending the outcome of an investigation into the running of the institution at Le Papaigalagala Campus.

 

Mali-native Dr. Siaka Seriba Diarra has been named Head of School of Agriculture and Food Technology (SAFT) at the University of South Pacific's (USP) campus in Alafua, Samoa.

This was relayed to Newsline Samoa by a reliable source who wishes to maintain anonymity.

In addition, Dr. Siaka has been named Director of the Institute for Research, Extension and Training in Agriculture (IRETA) at USP.

 

Deputy head girl Afatia Ioakimu was overwhelmed with emotions when she was announced the 2018 dux of Avele College yesterday.

Tears were streaming down the face of the 17 year old from the village of Solosolo when she was named the dux. “I’m so overwhelmed. I’m humbled. I thank God and my parents,” she told Newsline.

Crime

 

Police still chasing after escaped prisoner Pati Chong Nee who continues to remain elusive.

This is the reassurance from the Minister of Prisons Taialavea Tionisio Hunt.

Tialavea told Newsline in an interview that police are doing their best to locate the escaped prisoner, Pati Chong Nee.

 

The American schoolteacher who made headlines around the world for her secret affair with a 12-year-old student still insists today she had no idea what she did was a crime.

Mary Kay Letourneaou, then 34, was still married to the father of her first four children when she began a relationship with 12-year-old student Vili Fualaau during summer school, the Daily Mail reported.

Lifestyle

 

Congregational ‘faifeau’ or church ministers of the EFKS Church on the south side of the island at Safata, Siumu and Falealili, can look forward next month to driving around in brand new pick-up trucks.

They have been promised the vehicles as part of the annual church ‘ fa’amati’ when each  congregation must provide for the care of the ‘faifeau’s’ home to make sure it is well furnished.

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