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As of 11th November 2019 there have been 716 suspected or confirmed measles cases, an increase of 203 over the previous week. Measles cases have been recorded in all inhabited areas of Samoa, three quarters of whom reside in Upolu.

Manusina head coach Ramsey Tomokino has named 10 new caps in his squad for the Oceania Championship scheduled next week in Lautoka, Fiji.

Hot off winning the Asia-Pacific Championship earlier this year, Tomokino says Manusina will still claim the ‘underdog’ tag as his team has yet to assemble in full.

Coach Tomokino has selected a team with players based in five different countries.

“The team is so diverse that in New Zealand alone, players are drawn from seven provincial unions,” he said.

The Manumalo Baptist Primary School and Kindergarten has defended the holding of the end of year school graduation yesterday, despite the threat of the measles epidemic.

The Ministry of Education Sports and Culture, MESC, called on all schools, public and private, to hold off from having students graduations for health protections.

The Leone village based primary school went ahead with theirs.

Government must step in and look for ways to address illegal drugs use in villages like Faleatiu and neighbours.

Respected cultural authority, Maulolo Tavita, made the call in response to the police raid last week on marijuana plantations close to the Faleolo International Airport at Faleatiu village.

Deidre Fanene

A Methodist pastor who is facing sex charges in connection to a victim under 16 years old who was living with him  has pleaded guilty to all charges against him.

Tugia Tuliau who was serving at Satalo Falealili had his ordained role stripped by the church after he admitted to the allegations against him.

Local

The villages of Uafato and Tiavea are giving full support in the conservation of  their rainforests as the habitat of the near extinction manumea bird.

The manumea bird or tooth billed pigeon is a critically endangered species which lives only within and on the edges of the mature native forest. Its numbers have declined over the years mostly through loss of habitat and hunting and is now considered in danger of extinction.

Marist Brothers Old Pupils’ Association (Samoa) (“MBOPA”) will be hosting a corporate dinner fundraiser event at Skycity Auckland Convention Centre, New Zealand on Friday 15 November 2019. Supporting the event will be “Marist Brothers Old Pupils Association Samoa NZ” and other Marist affiliates in New Zealand and Australia.

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A widowed mother and her two grown up children shared a rare family blessing on Friday, by graduating together as students of the Apia Harvest Centre theology class this year.

Proud mother Makerita Loia and her two children daughter Terava and son Suetena celebrated as diploma graduates.

Makerita and Terava received Diplomas in Theology while Suetena was awarded with a Diploma in Ministry.

Crime

Deidre Tautua

Huge volumes of illegal drugs, reportedly passing through Samoa to the bigger markets in New Zealand and Australia, is not easy to tell from any addiction problems with drug users in the country.

The Commissioner of Police, Fuiavailili Egon Keil admitted he is not officially aware of the problem.

A Samoan and Tongan missionaries at the Lae Mission of the Church of Latter Day Saints, LDS, in Papua New Guinea, are recovering from a recent violent attack on them.

The church men were kidnapped and assaulted on Friday 11 October 2019 by a group of people.

The violence was confirmed in an official statement yesterday, sent to the LDS Church President Sapele Faalogo (Area Seventy), from media officials of the church in Utah, USA.

The Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has defended his decision to file defamation court charges against Australian based anti-Government online blogger, Malele Paulo alias King Faipopo.

The PM was implicated in ‘serious allegations’ made by the defendant in the 1999 assassination of the late Luagalau Levaula Kamu, the Minister of Works at the time in the Tuilaepa Cabinet.

Supreme Court Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala-Warren will deliver her decision in the matter of returning prisoners Tagaloasa Filipaina Faisauvale and Ovaleni Poli Vaili to Tafaigata Prison – on May 17, 2019.

The men, who’ve been incarcerated at the cells at the Central Police Station in Apia for 14 months, appeared in court early this week on Wednesday for final submissions.


Minister of the Ministry of Women Social and Community Development (MWSCD), Faimalo Kika Stowers has applauded the efforts by the village of Vaie’e Safata to impose a fine of $2,000 on any women beaters.

Faimalo assured Newsline in an interview this week that all other villages should follow through with the plan to include fines for women beaters.

The Budapest Convention On Cybercrime was challenged by the Ombudsman at the Samoa Law Society 5th Biennial Symposium underway at the TATTE Convention Centre.

One of the topics under discussion in the symposium is International Space .

Deidre Fanene

The Land Transport Authority former legal division boss is not out of the clear yet after an earlier Supreme Court ruling that exonerated her of deceit charges were overturned in the Appeals Court.

 Ms. Anoanoa’i Pepe Lafai is facing more than 4 charges including the altering of a document with intent to deceive, after a successful appeal by the state prosecution.

Deidre Fanene

A warning was sounded in court this week to owners of stores around the country not to buy ‘off the street’ unless they have systems in place to confirm the items on sale are not stolen.

Justice Leiataualesa Daryl Clarke made the warning, at the sentencing of three people, including a couple, found guilty of receiving stolen goods.

Sports

  Two Samoan bodybuilders have secured their pro-cards, earning them the right to compete as International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) Elite Professionals on the (IFBB) Pro-Tour.

Lifestyle

Food lovers and government leaders gathered at the Apollo Cinemas Wednesday evening to launch the all-new Pacific Island Food Revolution in Samoa, a 12-episode reality TV series developed by celebrity chef Robert Oliver that showcases the indigenous cuisine of Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu and Fiji.

 

I Lesatele

Gay marriage is not an issue the Samoa Faafafine Association would like to push for it is meaningless to them.

It is an issue raised by the media but not by the association says Tuisina Ymania Brown.

Technology

 

The use of a mobile x-ray scanner to make customs clearance work easier and quicker at the newly upgraded Matautu-tai Wharf is firmly on the pipeline for next year.

The x-ray will run a scan on any loaded container to see what is inside.

Customs officers will be spared the tedious job of trying to go through every item inside the container, for long hours on end.

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