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The Apia Port Facilities is getting another upgrade worth USD$62m, signed over yesterday as a grant from the Asian Development Bank.

A major feature of the project is a breakwater protection barrier to significantly reduce the damaging waves effects on the safety of the port facilities.

 

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

Three young men are in police custody for the alleged assault of a Chinese businessman at Lotopa last week Saturday.

A statement by the Ministry of Police on Monday evening confirmed the arrests.

The suspects are now in police custody awaiting court appearances next month on the 1st of October.

The day did not end well for the two occupants of a small private car that crashed into the ditch at Fa’atoia yesterday.

The accident occurred next to the intersection at Fa’atoia and Leone around 5.00pm in the evening.

Bystanders reported that an elderly woman and her grown son were taken to the hospital for medical attention.

The car ended veered off the road and into the deep ditch onto its left side on the roadside.

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

A mother who allegedly struck and killed her 1-year-old baby girl on the head with the wooden handle of a broomstick earlier this year rejected manslaughter charges.

The Samalaeulu, Savaii, mother, denied four charges in connection with her daughter’s death before Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala – Warren.

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

A loving mother and grandmother is organising a proper burial for the bodies of the two dead babies who were abandoned in separate incidents.

She has also taken it upon herself to give each one a name in a show of humanity she wholeheartedly believe are entitled to like any other human being.

Samoa 2019 Pacific Games

The goal was always  for the gold. 

Tough competition, however,  only allowed Team Samoa to come away from the NUS Gymnasium volleyball courts with the womens bronze medal.

No one knows better than the team captain Emalini Toleafoa, the fight her girls went go through, to place 3rd overall and win their medal last Friday.

Rising to the challenge of facing top level opposition made the medal win a moment Toleafoa and her team will savour for a long time.

Judo Team Manager Travis Lamb with oldest member in Team Samoa Frank Stowers

Team Samoa's oldest team member, Frank Stowers, set a new record of 7 seconds in the two-day XVI Pacific Games Judo Tournament  for fastest 'ippon' – the judo move that puts an opponent straight on his back and ends the fight.

Judo Team Manager for Samoa Travis Lamb, told Newsline Samoa, that Stowers, 47, set a record in the tournament held over two days at Gym 1.

Kiribati champion lifter Tebora Willy has bagged three gold medals in a clean sweep of the senior women’s 45kg division in weightlifting.

Willy won topped the two mandatory lifts in the Clean & Jerk (67 points) and Snatch (52 points).

She claimed a gold in each category and picked up a third gold medal for Kiribati for the highest total (119 points).

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.

Crime

Testimony from Frysna Rimoni, the victim in the attempted murder trial who was allegedly shot in the face by Peter Tulaga, spanned approximately four hours last Wednesday, taking up most of the time on day two of Tulaga's trial in the Supreme Court.

Rimoni provided her evidence long distance from New Zealand via video link in the absence of the media and members of the public who were ordered to leave the courtroom for that part of the trial.

Land and Titles Court Judge Fepulea’i Atilla Ropati is expected to step down from his position in the judiciary after a five-member Court of Appeal reversed the decision of a lower court and convicted him for hitting a man over the head with a bottle twice and punching him.

The decision from the appellate court was handed down late Monday afternoon.

 

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.

Events that shaped 2018 

It was in early October that the sudden death of the Unit Trust Of Samoa’s CEO Sa’u Justina Sa’u caught public attention.

The 42 year old was at her prime at her untimely death and it brought a huge emotional outpouring of love and sorrow from working colleagues, friends and many who knew her, at the news of her death.

A startling turn of events at the cause of her death came after police preliminary investigations suspected suicide.

Local

The Ministry of Justice & Courts Administration (MJCA) Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Aumua Roni Fereti has confirmed that Samoa’s Acting Chief Justice is Vui Clarence Nelson.

Aumua, who took the helm at the courthouse after the suspension of MJCA CEO Papalii John Taimalelagi, told Newsline Samoa the directive was issued from Cabinet this week.

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.

Papalii Panoa Tavita Moala a prominent commercial farmer says Samoa up to now still cannot meet the demands of overseas markets for taro.

“ I think only two to three commercial farmers are into this development,” Papalii told Newsline.

Lifestyle

A disturbing drop in shellfish catches in some of the traditional fishing grounds is starting to worry the fishing community.

Vailele and Letogo on the eastern side of Apia are among the popular fishing spots that complaints are starting to come up from people familiar with the areas.

One of the complainants is 50-year-old Alaifatu Laki Tasi of Letogo, who has been fishing since he was 17 years old.

 

Deputy Prime Minister and also Minister of Environment, Fiame Naomi Mataafa, is leading the battle against the rapidly mounting threat of plastic wastes in Samoa.

The ban on plastic shopping bags and straws at the end of this month January, is the first in a series of strategic battle moves, her Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MNRE) is spearheading.

Politics

PRESS RELEASE: The official opening of the new Maota Fono at Tiafau Mulinuu will be held on Thursday 14th March 2019.

Education

 

Deputy head girl Afatia Ioakimu was overwhelmed with emotions when she was announced the 2018 dux of Avele College yesterday.

Tears were streaming down the face of the 17 year old from the village of Solosolo when she was named the dux. “I’m so overwhelmed. I’m humbled. I thank God and my parents,” she told Newsline.

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