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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

Ocean explorers undertaking bottom sea mapping around the waters of Samoa, are wary of an active volcano not far from the Manu’a Island group in American Samoa.

The Vailuluu Volcano is just 35 miles east of Manu’a and is felt to pose serious threats to all the Samoan islands, as it continues to remain active.

The findings and assessment are by the Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) team of scientists working on the research boat E/V Nautilus.

The Apia Waterfront has taken on a newer and prettier look worth $10.5m tala poured into lifting its appearance for everyone to enjoy and have a pleasant time.

The town project was officially opened for  public use  yesterday afternoon.

 

Finance Minister Sili Epa tabled in Parliament this morning a $913.6m spending budget for the 2019/2020 Financial Year, July 2019 to June 2020.

The new budget is being proposed under the theme, “A shared vision for prosperity.”

Sili highlighted the key the components of the 2019/2020 budget as follows:

The Electric Power Corporation has confirmed in an official statement the death of an electrocuted young linesman last week.

The deceased is Tevita Amituanai age 22 from the village of Vaitele and Salailua, according to the statement.

Amituana’i was one of a 5 member team of linesmen that included a supervisor who carried out upgrade works on low voltage distribution network.

Politics

A worrying outlook on the closer ties between Samoa and China at the Asau Port being ‘… turned into a military asset in hostile times’ is being circulated by the international media from a Reuters News Agency write up.

The report is carried under several headlines.

One warns that “China has plans for an old US WWII port in the Pacific, and it's adding to fears that Beijing is up to something”.

 

The Prime Minister has warned that Samoan radicals are taking advantage of fast communications technology, to manipulate the traditional village authority of the ‘ali’i ma faipule’.

PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, raised the alarm in Parliament yesterday, while offering condolences to the families of the victims of the Christchurch massacre and the people and Government of New Zealand.

Samoa 2019 Pacific Games

Maria Annette Gay claimed a bronze medal in her very first competition when she defeated an opponent from Papua New Guinea in a bronze medal contest on Tuesday.

She told Newsline Samoa, she fought to win for her mom, dad and her judo family

"I was so scared! There were so many people cheering and I guess that's what motivated me when I heard my mom and dad they were like cheering me on and I was like yes, I've got to win this medal!," Gay told Newsline Samoa.

Crime

Suspended President of the Lands and Titles Court, Fepulea’i Atila Ropati is back in office after Government failed in a motion in Parliament for his removal.

Government needed to win two thirds majority or 34 votes in the 50 Member House for the motion to carry for Fepulea’i to be removed.

A roll call vote ended with a 21 – 18 majority win for the motion but well short of the two thirds needed.

 

The Satuimalufilufi village council of ‘ali’i ma faipule’ is calling a ‘fono’ today to consider appropriate actions on the assault of a woman who could lose an eye from a serious stabbing wound.

A photo of the injured woman went viral when it was posted online (pictured) showing in graphic detail a stick of wood with a sharp end sticking out the side of her right eye.

The blunt end was sticking out the front of her face, just under the right eye where she was stabbed.

Lifestyle

President Russell Marion Nelson, leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, urged Samoans to protect our children and families and to fortify our people by being anchored in the Scriptures,  during a two-hour devotional in Pesega Saturday night.

After an exciting welcome with droves of members lined up along the main road to greet him in the afternoon, thousands of Latter-day Saints came from near and far by the bus loads from villages like Safata and Sataoa, to hear him speak in the evening.

Where are the best quality fine mats gone the Prime Minister asked.

This question was posed to the weavers of fine mats at the annual Fine Mat Display held yesterday at the EFKS Youth Hall at Sogi.

Taking tourists anywhere in Samoa is the basic concept behind Tai’s Native Experience.

Owner Taimalelagi Fiti Aimaasu, is an independent tour operator who gives every tour a personal touch and treats every tour as a personal experience.

Local

 

The Minister of Culture and Tourism for the People's Republic of China, Luo Shugang, is leading a delegation to Samoa for the official launch of the China Pacific Island Countries Year of Tourism 2019.

Samoa chairs two regional tourism bodies, firstly with the Prime Minister Tuilaepa  Sailele Malielegaoi, who is Chairman of the South Pacific Tourism Organisation  SPTO's, Council of Ministers.

Sports

 

Local hoteliers are  looking forward to putting up the  Games International Technical officials and technical delegates participating in the Pacific Games

The visitors will be accommodated in 15 hotels at a cost of $1.4m tala for this task according to a press release from the Games Office.

Education

 

Asiasiga Tualatamalelagi Naseri is Samoa College 2018 Dux and his career aim is to be a doctor.

While pursuing studies at the College his dream was to be the top student and last Friday that dream came true when he was announced the College dux. With that dream achieved his dream now is to be a doctor. Specifically a cardiologist.

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