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PM Tuilaepa made quite an impression on his recent visit to Fiji by wandering around the Suva market like an ordinary citizen, chatting up the vendors and showing his human side.

The Fiji media picked up on the uncharacteristic activities for a prominent political leader and made him a people’s champion.

The report did not say whether Bainimarama take similar walks in a busy public place in the Fijian capital.

The matter on the EFKS church ministers paying taxes will not be discussed until the 2020 Annual Conference.

Condolences to all the fans of GOT’s, Daenarys Targaryen, in their moment of sorry and grief. 

Jon Snow did the right thing. The woman was going mad like her dad. Her dragon would have wasted the whole of Westeros.

If you want a villain, it’s that little Lannister fella with the dwarf body and the big brains.  He’s the one who talked Jon Snow into plunging the killing dagger into the heart of his beloved Mother of the Dragons.

The EFKS Church is forced to write off $4.3m tala on the cost to renovations initially carried out from 2013 to 2016 on the Ioane Viliamu 6-storey building, Tamaligi.
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.

Crime

A 31-year-old man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and two lesser charges in connection with the August 2018 death of volunteer teacher Charles Chao, who moved to Samoa from China.

The defendant, Tauinaola Luapua, of Salelavalu, Gataivai and Vaitele-fou, appeared before Supreme Court Justice Leaiataualesa Daryl M. Clarke early this week on Monday.

Luapua entered pleas of guilty to three charges – manslaughter, assault and robbery.

Alleged explosives described in an official statement from the Ministry of Police as  ‘a grenade threat’ left many in Savai’i in shock when police closed off the road in selected areas of Salelologa today.

The statement warned that the threat was ‘identified this morning’ in what was reported to be a container shipment that arrived to Salelologa from Mulifanua.

Supreme Court Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren issued a Warrant of Arrest this morning for Sipili Nanai, better known among Samoans as the rapper/recording artist named Zipso.
The ‘ali’i ma faipule’ of Satuimalufilufi village has cautioned residents not to speak in public, on the recent assault of a young wife who was stabbed in the face a week ago with a sharp wooden stick.
Samoa has the highest ranking in Pacific Island Schools of 3 in 4 students aged 13-15, with experience in peer violence or bullying, according to a newly released UNICEF Report.

Video link difficulties that delayed proceedings for about two hours on Wednesday have caused the Supreme Court to extend the attempted murder trial for Peter Tulaga from four to five days.

Two overseas doctors who treated the victim Frysna Rimoni in New Zealand, were not available to testify Thursday and Friday.

The doctors were initially scheduled to testify on Wednesday, the same day Rimoni provided evidence from New Zealand via video link.

Lifestyle

 

Falaniko Penesa of Puipa'a was crowned first place in the 27th Annual Samoan World Fireknife Championships held Saturday, 11 May at the Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) in La'ie, Hawai'i, claiming a cool cash prize of $USD7,500.

The win comes two years after Penesa, a performer at Disneyland Hong Kong, first won the competition in 2017, making him a two-time champion in La'ie.

Congregational ‘faifeau’ or church ministers of the EFKS Church on the south side of the island at Safata, Siumu and Falealili, can look forward next month to driving around in a brand new pick-up truck.
Passion and determination paid off for 21-year-old Sonia Piva, the newly-crowned Miss Samoa who moved from Australia to Samoa early this year "to contribute."

USHERS: Missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from around the world and called to serve in Samoa, will usher attendees of the two-hour devotional hosted by LDS President Russell M. Nelson Saturday evening. Maiava Vi’iga Fuimaono briefs the Missionaries on Friday at Pesega field, where the devotional takes place.

Local

Secretary of the National Council of Churches (N.C.C.) Rev. Maauga Motu is pleased to learn of the May visit to Samoa by Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Prophet, President Russell M. Nelson and his wife Sister Wendy Nelson.

Good news for the members of the Bananas Farmers Association in that the door is still open for them to export but  they must follow the production manual.

The production will help to improve the planting and caring of the bananas trees.

The Livestock Division of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries  has warned against the risks of unexpected attacks on people by sows when with suckling piglets.

The advice is in response to a surprise attack on a man by a sow that kept him in hospital for two weeks from serious injuries.

Head of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources is not wasting his time reacting to criticisms raised about the service inside the social media.

CEO Ulu Bismarck Crawley, assured that he will repond only to issues raised by the formal media.

Politics

New political party , Samoa First, will get rid of bad laws and chase the Chinese out of Samoa if they should take power in Parliament.
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