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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).


By Staff Writer

The opening of a shop on Christmas Day was a rare sight for many who drove past the row of business houses on Wednesday afternoon at the Salufi section of the Town Clock St.

 But it was business as usual for one shop on the day.  The street however was  practically deserted on the section of the road that stretches from the Town Clock to the traffic lights at the end of the street at Taufusi.

By Deidre Fanene

A 7.4lb baby girl was officially the first newborn to be delivered at the TTM Hospital in the early morning of Christmas Day at 1.49am on Wednesday morning.

The proud parents are Trina and Alaivaa Loli of Faleasi’u and Leauva’a.

Registered mid-wife Tiara Tuulua who delivered the child with assistance from senior mid-wife Seuila Ale joined the couple in celebration.

By Staff Writer

A day after Christmas and still travel between Upolu and Savai’i are booked solid both ways.

Mid-afternoon sailing yesterday on Thursday by the smaller ‘Fotu o Samoa’ barge from the Salelologa end of Savai’i to Mulifanua in Upolu was full but with breath space.

The turn around trip from Mulifanua to Salelologa was packed tight.

By Staff Writer

There were no measles related deaths recorded by the Ministry of Health in three straight days.

Twenty four hours updated resports from December 22,23,24 did not record any fatalities.

The measles epidemic and the state of emergency has not stopped the season of culture with the recent  bestowal of 40 new family ‘matai’ titles at Sakalafi, Salelologa.

Bestowal ceremonies of chiefly titles are common at the end of year holiday season.  The timing is ideal for family members both in and outside the country to attend.

When mortuary assistant and heath porter, Kerisimasi Teo, started at his new job at the TTM Hospital 4 months ago, he never imagined having to deal with the tragedy of children dying every day.

He was slowly settling into his new job when the measles epidemic struck.

Instead of the normal flow of mostly adult bodies, children were being wheeled in daily from the measles.

Behind them would be parents and other family members struggling with their emotions.

The appeal for Christmas shopping is proving too strong to keep the kids away, despite the state of emergency order prohibiting them from public places.

The order runs out after Christmas on the 29th of December but seems powerless to stop Max of Falefa and Niuula of Vailele from checking out the new display of toys in Apia.

The pair were among a crowd of kids clearly in the restricted 14 years and under age group, shopping with their mothers.

The Prime Minister believes the worst is past in the measles epidemic, when he accepted a $300,000 donation from the EFKS Church on Thursday at his office.

The vaccination campaign emergency run of recent weeks has eased up into a mop up sweep, to give injections to people who missed out and risk continuing the epidemic.

The EFKS, Methodist and the Seventh Day Adventists are among the leading denominations to contribute so far to the measles appeal fund.

National University of Samoa students will have to hand in vaccination cards if they want to enroll for studies at the Le Papaigalagala Campus next year.

The University Administration Office made the condition official in a public statement to all the students eligible to enroll for the first semester.

This is now a new policy for all schools in the country the Government plans to pass into law in Parliament.

The police officers are carrying out very strict checks at the markets around town to ensure that there are no kids 14 years and under present.

Daily checks for police include watching out for parents bringing children to markets while running errands and also doing shopping.

The market vendors are also discouraged from bringing kids to the market during working hours.

Fresh coconut sellers at the Fugalei Market are struggling with the sudden surge in demand from consumers, as the month of December continues and the holiday season warms up.

One seller busy taking full advantage of good sales is Petelo Fa’amausili of Leauva’a.

His sales this month have jumped quite noticeably compared to last month in November.

Deidre Fanene

The Seventh Day Adventist Church at Lalovaea presented $60,000 worth of food stuff to the Director General of Health Leausa Dr. Take Naseri to help support and provide not only to patients but also the health workers who working tirelessly to cater for the needs of those who have been infected with measles.

Country Director of ADRA Samoa, Su’a Julia Wallwork says, the products were collected from the church members of Upolu alone.

The Leapai Richard Brown family at Vaimoso has wired up a spectacular Christmas lights show at home, in the hopes to light up the spirit of Christmas this festive season.

The family home is openly displayed for the public to enjoy, Leapai said on Friday when asked by Newsline Samoa.

He was hesitant about the timing especially with the measles crisis that the country is experiencing.

Doctors and nurses at the TTM Hospital, Moto’otua, are slowly catching their breath, as the measles epidemic show signs of finally slowing down.

The epidemic will eventually end but as frontline workers, the memories of this once in a lifetime experience will live on.

 The children were the most vulnerable from the outset.  The fight to save their young lives became a heavy emotional toll on the parents and equally so for the battling doctors and nurses.


Counsels a full written judgment with reasons will be provided at a later date but this is the court’s brief decision in oral.

Defendant Kolani Lam is charged with three main offenses, the charge of murder, the alternative charge of manslaughter, the assault and the attempt to defeat the course of justice.

I’ll deal first with the assault and the attempt to defeat the course of justice before I can deal with the murder charge.


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