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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

Suva, Fiji - The Government of Samoa declared a state of emergency on 15 November due to the escalating measles outbreak.

In response to the state of emergency, the Pacific Sub-Regional Office of the United Nations Population Fund, the UN’s sexual and reproductive health agency, has provided reproductive health kits to the Government of Samoa for women of reproductive age, including pregnant women and those with newborns, amid the ongoing measles outbreak.

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.

Crime

By Deidre Fanene

A husband who attacked his wife with a machete as their children looked on failed to win any sympathies in court this week.

Luaipou Fidow of Fogapoa pleaded with Justice Mata Tuatagaloa for a second chance so he can be with his children he loves.

Justice Tagaloa was not convinced and asked the defendant if he had thought of his two girls as he was beating up their mother on the night of the attack.

 

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

New Zealand pop singer Sir John Rowles is performing in Samoa for the first time this week.

He plans a performance to make up for not doing so until now and for not knowing the locals love his songs.

 " I should have come before but somehow I didn't get here but I spent a lot of time in Hawaii,” he said in a press conference yesterday.

“I think the people of Samoa like my type of songs, love songs, about the oceans, islands.”

 

Faataua le Ola (FLO) has dedicated its 2018 Walk For Life to one of its founders, the late father and philanthropist Hans Joachim "Joe" Keil who died 31 August, 2018.

Keil was laid to rest in a family cemetery at Lotopa 8 September.

The Walk for Life fundraising campaign was officially opened by Faataua le Ola at a Friday ceremony in Vaoala.

At the time of Keil's passing, he was Co-Patron of Faataua le Ola with Misa Telefoni Retzlaff.

Education

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

The 16-year-old winner of a schools impromptu speech competition is calling on young people to speak up about cyber bullying

Aruna Wallwork Tuala of Vaoala revealed that she too was a victim of cyber bullying three years ago and wants the youth of Samoa to speak up about their experience.

Crime

The panel of five assessors, two women and three men, presiding in the attempted murder trial of prominent farmer Peter Tulaga, 38, have found him guilty as charged.

Tulaga, seated in the front row at the far right of the courtroom bowed his head, cried and wiped the tears from his face as the foreman pronounced the verdict out loud in the Supreme Court's Courtroom No. 4.

Local

The proposed Electric Power Corporation $177m tala Alaoa Multipurpose Dam is being defended as a project that will serve many development purposes for Samoa.

EPC Board Member Fonoti Perelini, told stakeholders at a consultation meeting this week that protection of village communities is one of the benefits.

 

 

This year it was the turn of the four divisions (pitonu’u) of the village of Sapapalii to perform on the celebration of Fathers’ Day Sunday services.

The EFKS Church at Sapapalii was packed last Sunday as the village came together to celebrate Father’s Day.

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.

Education

 

Leadership at the University of South Pacific (USP) Alafua campus seems to be in a bit of a limbo without an official campus director being named.

But the person currently acting in the directorship role left vacant by the suspension of Associate Professor Mohammed Umar did say that “changes” are in the making.

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