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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

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.

Crime

 

By Tauva Lima-Tavae

An alleged international fraudster suspected of money laundering may have been one of the holders of four Samoan passports reportedly sold between 2016 /2017.

A Transnational Crimes Unit (TCU) officer, Rudolf Ho Chee, told the Supreme Court hearing this week into the alleged sale of the passports, there was a police investigation on a Mr. David White and his accomplice Mariana Kapa, while they were in Samoa at the time.

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.

Deidre Tautua – Fanene


Charges against the second group of EFKS Faifeau or church ministers were dismissed earlier today in the District Court after lawyers for the Ministry for Revenue failed to offer evidence.

Judge Leota Raymond Schuster ruled to dismiss all charges for insufficient evidence.

Deirdre Tautua - Fanene

Bail is denied on the main suspects in the alleged conspiracy to murder the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

Lemai Faioso Sione and Malele Atofu Paulo alias King Faipopo appeared in court this morning for the first time since they were arrested and charged.

Police successfully objected in court to applications by the defendants to be remanded at liberty under bail conditions.

Education

 

By Tauva Lima Tavae

The Ministry of Education is introducing an additional Maths Exam paper in the two senior national examinations - Samoa School Certificate SSC and the Samoa Senior Leaving Certificate.

 

By Setope Sooaemalelagi In Shandong Province China

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.

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

Visiting New Zealand Minister of Social Development Carmel Sepuloni, reflected proudly on the forgiving Samoan heart at the memorial service on Friday for all who died during the 1918 flu epidemic.

Local

Heavy trucks are to be confined to the Lelata and Leone bridges with a new crossing of the Vaisigano River opening up between the two.

The Loto Samasoni Bridge currently under construction is not designed to take the weight of heavy trucks once it is opened for traffic next month, October.

Traffic flow is expected to be faster and quicker with the added crossing of the Vaisigano River for lighter vehicles.

A small landslip at Lalomanu last week attracted the attention of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE), but not as much as the distress at the litter they stumbled into.

The Tuiolemu area was littered with mostly plastic rubbish that was a big disappointment for the MNRE Chief Executive Officer, Ulu Bismarck Crawley.

After the success of a ‘greening’ awareness campaign during the Pacific Games, the show of little regard for a cleaner environment, was a let down.

Lifestyle

Check out the ‘palagi visitors’ this whole week at the Malaefatu Park.  Having them around and seeing them take part is one of the key measures of success for the Teuila Festival.

The more ‘palagis’ around and joining in the fun, the bigger the smiles for the Samoa Visitors Bureau.

The Minister of Tourism will have some happy stories to tell the Government and the country about the annual festival.

She may be fresh out of High School but 18-year-old Latisha Sialaoa possesses a maturity far beyond her years.

Crowned the new Miss Samoa Melbourne Australia Incorporated last night, the fifth sibling from a large family of nine children says her young age only serves as an advantage when it comes to having the stamina and enthusiasm to fulfil her role.

Sports

A promising professional boxing prospect of Samoan heritage, Jai Opetaia, is in Samoa to personally thank the Samoan people and government for their support in his rise as a cruiserweight champion.

Opetaia is a world-ranked cruiserweight boxer, who is ranked 11th in the WBA, 15th in the WBO and 12th in the IBF with a recent win last month in his bout with New Zealand’s Nikolas Charalampous.

Technology

Staff Writer

Road transport is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emission in Samoa and mitigation actions to reduce emission of gases include introduction of electric cars and electric buses.

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