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As of 11th November 2019 there have been 716 suspected or confirmed measles cases, an increase of 203 over the previous week. Measles cases have been recorded in all inhabited areas of Samoa, three quarters of whom reside in Upolu.

Manusina head coach Ramsey Tomokino has named 10 new caps in his squad for the Oceania Championship scheduled next week in Lautoka, Fiji.

Hot off winning the Asia-Pacific Championship earlier this year, Tomokino says Manusina will still claim the ‘underdog’ tag as his team has yet to assemble in full.

Coach Tomokino has selected a team with players based in five different countries.

“The team is so diverse that in New Zealand alone, players are drawn from seven provincial unions,” he said.

The Manumalo Baptist Primary School and Kindergarten has defended the holding of the end of year school graduation yesterday, despite the threat of the measles epidemic.

The Ministry of Education Sports and Culture, MESC, called on all schools, public and private, to hold off from having students graduations for health protections.

The Leone village based primary school went ahead with theirs.

Government must step in and look for ways to address illegal drugs use in villages like Faleatiu and neighbours.

Respected cultural authority, Maulolo Tavita, made the call in response to the police raid last week on marijuana plantations close to the Faleolo International Airport at Faleatiu village.

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A Methodist pastor who is facing sex charges in connection to a victim under 16 years old who was living with him  has pleaded guilty to all charges against him.

Tugia Tuliau who was serving at Satalo Falealili had his ordained role stripped by the church after he admitted to the allegations against him.

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The daily Samoa Observer newspaper was questioned in the Supreme Court on Friday about its vetting practices for publishing Letters to the Editor (LTE).

The practice was brought up in a defamation case that strikes at the core of editorial oversight concerning public opinions sent online to the newsrooms.

Sports

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.

Crime

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Australian pathologist Dr. Paul Botterill revealed in court today, CEO Sa’u Justina Sa’u, died from ‘a neck compression most likely from strangulation, with the use of fingers or a rope or even both.’

Dr. Botterill also pointed to additional injuries found under the skin surface of the neck with increased damaged of the voice box.

 

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.

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A Chinese expatriate was killed at Vaitele on Saturday night from what emergency health officials confirmed as knife wounds.

Three other Chinese men who were with him also suffered cuts and bruises.

The deceased died on arrival at the TTM Hospital Moto’otua from what was reportedly knife wounds on the upper chest area. The others who were injured were treated and discharged from the hospital in the afternoon.

 

The Supreme Court has dismissed all charges against Anoanoa’i Pepe Lafai who was charged with numerous counts of forgery last year while serving as Manager for the Legal Division at the Land Transport Authority (LTA).

An emotional and thankful Lafai cried as she spoke to reporters outside the courtroom.

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The 55-year-old Lemauga Simone Penese felt very honoured when he was given recognition as one of the longest serving staff member of the Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

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:

 

Leausa Dr. Take Naseri is officially the new Director General of Health. Cabinet confirmed his appointment in their weekly meeting yesterday on Wednesday.

 He was one of four applicants for the job and his 3-year contract appointment is standard for all heads of ministry.

As top health official, Dr. Naseri, fills in the leadership spot left open since the re-merge of the National Health Services with the Ministry.

The United Nations Development Projects (UNDP) is currently holding a three day Project Management Workshop which focuses mainly on encouraging more meaningful and resilient projects to help benefit people included under the UNDP Multi-country office in Samoa.

The countries included in the workshop are Niue, Cook Islands, Tokelau and Samoa currently striving with assistance from UNDP.

Lifestyle

Nothing warms the heart more than the innocence of children bewildered by the huff and puff the adults drag them through.

The Malaefatu Park was a perfect place to see how that unfolded on Monday at the start of the activities planned for the weeklong Teuila Festival. 

Children react in many ways that makes watching them fun and heartwarming.

A ‘big palagi’ kid made to sleep on the grass by his tried parents was a true head twister. 

Fathers should take a more bold approach in protecting their families to lessen the negative effects that many are experiencing in today’s society in Samoa.

This is what 64-year-old Vaiuta Pasefika Ioane of Malaela Falealili needs to emphasize on the celebration of Father’s Day around Samoa today.

Vaiuta believes that the changes in Samoa is on the fast lane and fathers are not making any effort to ensure that their families are well prepared for the modern influences of the western world.

Samoa 2019 Pacific Games

Team coach Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork has some medal housekeeping to do next week with weightlifting done and over with for the Pacific Games XVI.

His lifters, in both men and women flooded the medal tally for Samoa since  began stepping up to the Gym 1 competition platform at the Faleata Sports Complex.

The burst of gold medals went into overflow in the last two days of competition that ended yesterday.

St Marys College at Vaimoso has stepped in to take up the challenge of replacing at the last minute the performers  who pulled out of the Pacific Games opening performance.

On Tuesday this week the 100 college students who are already involved  in the performance were called to camp of a crash course to practice and learn their added part.

Technology

Faleolo International Airport can now boast about the use of aerobridges to provide travellers with the ease and comfort of arrival or departure directly from the aircraft to the terminal.

The Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, had this to say at the official opening of this added service at the airport.

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