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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Crime

 

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.

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.

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

The man who confessed in the Supreme Court to charges of conspiracy to murder the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, may be called in as a state witness.

Taualai Leiloa pleaded guilty to two conspiracy charges and will be sentenced at the end of the month on the 30th of September 2019.

Babies who are abandoned and left to die is an ongoing tragedy the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has accepted as longstanding.

 But he was careful at suggesting how to stop it, when the issue was put to him during his weekly media session on national radio yesterday.

The body of a newborn baby girl found at the Mulifanua Wharf last weekend prompted his reaction.

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.

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi was the guest speaker at the official launched of the Samoa National Democratic Party on Wednesday this week at the Tuutuuileloloto Hall.

The SNDP is the recreation of the old Opposition Party back then, the Samoa National Development Party.

Education

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.

Two college students from the Savaii villages of Iva and Salelavalu are fired up to save coral reefs from putting together a school project as part of the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture, Literacy Week.

Before the activities ended yesterday, 17 year old Jane Livi of Salelavalu and 16 year old Tavita Ioane of Iva, argued it is never too late to save the corals.

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

“A Promise to Live For” is a book about a 10-year-old girl who was given a responsibility by her parents to care for her 6-year-old brother and make sure they get to Japan safely from Manchuria at the end of the war.

Region

Tonga’s Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Semisi Tauelangi Fakahau was forced to mourn the passing of his Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva from Apia this week.

News of the passing reached him while attending the ACP Ministerial conference hosted by Samoa.

He struggled through heavy emotions to come to terms with the loss of ‘a great friend’ when asked by Newsline Samoa at the TATTE convention center  where the ministers were meeting.

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