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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

At the occasion of the Annual Meeting for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group held in Washington D.C., United States of America from 14th to 20th October, Samoa presented the initiatives it has undertaken to address the pressures facing its remittance sector.

Safety risks from land mining on private property are being overlooked by many of the owners, unaware of the dangers to lives.

The concern, however, has become an on going struggle for the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, to monitor and enforce safety regulations for families to follow.

 MNRE Assistant CEO, Safuta Mr. Toelau Iulio of Land Management worry over the dangers posed by landslides to public lives.

The Samoa Commercial Bank has renewed a Memorandum of Understanding MoU with the Samoa Business Hub, to continue the work they do under a revised Business Guarantee Scheme that supports lending to the business community.

Managing Director of Samoa Commercial Bank, Lemalu Ray Ah Liki is a great supporter of the Scheme and a passionate advocate for local businesses, and the signing of the MoU reflects his commitment to encourage and open pathways for Samoan businesses.

Technology

The Office of the Regulator (“OOTR”) would like to clear the air and provide an explanation on article published by some media outlets with headings “Broadcasting Tariffs for Digital TV Platform a Curse” and “Digital TV tariff could ‘kill’ local stations, P.M tells Minister”, news on local radio station and the broadcasters complaint letter to the PM dated 1 October 2019.

Crime

Deidre Fanene

The mother of the baby who was found among the rubbish at the Mulifanua Wharf last month, September, made her first appearance in court today.

The 22 year old was not represented by legal counsel .

During criminal mention today, prosecutor Magele Leone Mailo made an application to the court for the matter to be adjourned so they can finalize charges.

Racial hatred is only part of a bigger worry in the continuing series of violence in the Vaitele urban residential area, following the weekend attack that killed one Chinese national and injured three others.

Mr. Cao Yaqing, was killed in an alleged home invasion attack on Saturday night, inside the staff residence of the Pacific Trade Industrial Company, owned by a Chinese businessman.

By Deidre Tautua – Fanene

The list for court matters in the Supreme Court is already up to February next year while 2019 is only on the 8th month.

Some matters are set for trial next year especially defendants who are being charged with murder, manslaughter, sexual violation and so forth.

The crystal methamphetamine case against a Samoan man from Alaska, the United States of America, is shedding light on the work of police canines Flame and Mozart.

Trial for the meth case began early this week before Supreme Court Justice Leiataualesa Daryl M. Clarke.

 

PRESS RELEASE: Bank South Pacific (BSP) Samoa is warning its customers and the general public to beware of scam emails

 

Supreme Court Justice Mata Keli Tuatagaloa showed little emotion when she sentenced a 57-year-old father for incest yesterday.

The man is to serve two and a half years in prison for fondling his 17-year-old daughter, pulling her hair and brandishing a machete to hit her when he was questioned about his late night incestuous behaviour.

Lifestyle

The first rising of the ‘palolo’ or sea worm any time now over the next few days is once again raising hopeful expectations all around Samoa.

The silent prayers are for a heavy rising so there will be more to go around.  For a couple of old palolo catchers like Saufatu Tamati Tovi of Saleilua, Falealili and Lupe Tausaga from Samata and Taga, Savai’i, the reaction is mixed.

Sports

KYODO NEWS By Anna Watanabe

Mahonri Schwalger remembers the exact moment he realized he wanted to represent his country on the rugby field.

It was the 1991 Rugby World Cup and the small Pacific island nation then known as Western Samoa beat Wales 16-13 on their opposition's home turf in their first match of the tournament.

PRESS RELEASE  Two Samoa Rugby Union team squads had a surprise visit from the leader of the country, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, during their training run at SRU headquarters this morning.

Tuilaepa, who is also the Chairman of Samoa Rugby Union, spoke to the U20 and U23 players and coaches of his ambitions for the future development of SRU and players.

“You have to be honest in everything you do, especially with your training,” he said.

Education

 

More than 30 National University of Samoa (NUS) Foundation Law students are getting familiarized with the inner workings of the justice system during courthouse visits this week.

The group of students sat in for closing submissions of the Police V. Stake Center Tuiloma case in which the defendant has been charged with possession of 14 marijuana cigarettes and possession of 36 marijuana seeds.

 

By Tauva Lima Tavae

The Ministry of Education is introducing an additional Maths Exam paper in the two senior national examinations - Samoa School Certificate SSC and the Samoa Senior Leaving Certificate.

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