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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).

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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 holiday season shortage of cooking gas in Savai’i ended during the week with the scheduled monthly shipment by the Samoa Shipping Corporation for the big island.

One of the regular suppliers from Apia, BOC Gas, explained the shortage on only one special trip a month scheduled by the Shipping Corporation for cooking gas.

A supplier spokesman said there are other reasons that include peak sales at this time of the year, always for the months December and January.

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The family of a young 39 year old father, are grieving his passing after his body was laid to rest at his home residence at Leauva’a during the week.

His death has left his loving wife uncertain about her young family as she too is still under intensive care treatment from the virus at the TTM Hospital.

The late Paulo Leota is one of the last two people to die from the epidemic; the second was a 3 months old baby of Matautu and Fagae’e, Savaii.

Press Release :  On 22 November 2019, The Hon. Tuilaepa Dr. Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of the Independent St ate of Samoa called for all Samoan health professionals to assist Samoa in whatever way possible during the time of national emergency with the measles epidemic in Samoa.

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A woman who is charged with attempted murder as well as grievous bodily harm of a male from Solaua, Saoluafata pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The woman is in legal strife for discharging a firearm, attempted murder, armed with a dangerous weapon and grievous bodily harm.

The incident occurred on the 29th of October this year.

Before the measles outbreak, Vasa Malolo Gataifale of Magiagi village was cruising along in his taxi and living comfortable with his family from daily earnings.

The measles epidemic struck and business started to slow down as the traveling public dwindled off slowly.

Gataifale is in a business arrangement where he has a set target to meet at the end of the week to give the owner, whatever is left over goes into his pocket.

 

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.

Mother of 10 Sela Taito Etuale, of Alamagoto has seen two worldwide leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints visit Samoa in her lifetime and when President Russell M. Nelson arrives next Saturday, it will be the third time she will have seen an LDS Prophet.

Like all members of the Church who live in Samoa, Etuale, 72, is excitedly preparing for President Nelson's one-day visit, the second stop on his Pacific Ministry that begins Thursday, May 16 in Kona on the Big Island of Hawai'i.

Crime

By Deidre Fanene

 

Kolani Junior Lam, was ruled guilty a few hours ago in court for the murder of his wife, CEO Sa’u Justina Sa’u.

Justice Mata Tuatagaloa sentenced him to automatic life imprisonment for murder at the Tanumalala Prison.

Lam was also found guilty of ‘Attempting To Defeat The Course of Justice” when he tried to influence the testimony of a key witness in the murder hearing.

 

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Security is the top priority in the scheduled re-location of the prison population from Tafaigata to the new Tanumalala Prison.

The Prison and Correctional Authority plans to officially open the new Tanumalala prison next week on Friday morning.

Sports

By Staff Writer

The popular fautasi or traditional longboat racing is being revived for the Teuila Festival next year, but crews must take competition seriously.

 No more token entries to make up the numbers and arriving at the finishing line in comfort to collect on the prize money for taking part.

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Visiting prophet Dr Jonathan David has prophesied great things coming for Samoa.

Dr David was the special guest and speaker at the Double Decade of Open Heavens Conference hosted by the Apia Harvest Church, which ended yesterday.

Dr David in a press conference yesterday said he foresees great things coming for Samoa and urges the people to be diligent in how they seek God and His blessings in directing them in the right path.

 To be a church minister is a calling from God was the message emphasised to the church ministers who were ordained yesterday in a special service lead by Rev Elder Tanielu Mamea from Manukau New Zealand.

Samoa 2019 Pacific Games

The Papua New Guinea men’s volleyball team has dedicated their winning drive at the Pacific Games to their team captain who passed away last Tuesday, as the team were making final preparations for travel to Samoa.

The XIV Pacific Games was to be the 5th for the late 36-year-old captain, Ravu Mahuru.

The PNG team will honour the memory of the late team leader and oldest playing volleyball player in the Pacific, with a minute of silence before their first scheduled game this week.

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.

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