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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.

Crime

The Ministry of Revenue assured the public the court battle with non tax paying EFKS fife continues 

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Government is opting to take the long road next, to continue the court battle with protesting non income tax paying EFKS Church ‘faifeau.’

The court summons this time will be served per ‘faifeau’ to appear in person as an individual rather than as a member of a group.

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Charges against the second group of EFKS Faifeau or church ministers were dismissed earlier today in the District Court after lawyers for the Ministry for Revenue failed to offer evidence.

Judge Leota Raymond Schuster ruled to dismiss all charges for insufficient evidence.

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

A young Savai’i mother is ordered to stay away from her other children after the death of her one-year-old baby last June.

The 23 year old is charged with manslaughter, failing to provide necessities of life, armed with a dangerous weapon and assault.

She appeared before Justice Daryl Clarke this week, after a warrant of arrest was issued for failing to appear two weeks ago.

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Bail is denied on the main suspects in the alleged conspiracy to murder the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

Lemai Faioso Sione and Malele Atofu Paulo alias King Faipopo appeared in court this morning for the first time since they were arrested and charged.

Police successfully objected in court to applications by the defendants to be remanded at liberty under bail conditions.

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

Pacific Games boxing hero, Nuuuli Livai, is a free man except for the 300 hours of community work he must do for the Samoa Victim Support Group.

But the next time he is convicted of burglary and theft, he is going to do prison time at Tanumalala Prison.

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

An underage boy facing a murder charge will not be treated any differently from an adult who is found guilty of the crime.

A court official made this clear to enquiries by the Newsline Samoa when the issue came up in the courtroom.  

Sports

A promising professional boxing prospect of Samoan heritage, Jai Opetaia, is in Samoa to personally thank the Samoan people and government for their support in his rise as a cruiserweight champion.

Opetaia is a world-ranked cruiserweight boxer, who is ranked 11th in the WBA, 15th in the WBO and 12th in the IBF with a recent win last month in his bout with New Zealand’s Nikolas Charalampous.

Politics

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

The urgency to build a new Electoral Commissioners Office is growing with every passing day as the countdown to the next general elections, is down to just under a year and a half.

Electoral Commissioner, Faimalomatumua Matthew Lemisio confirmed that the project has been looked at for a while now.

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Visiting New Zealand Minister of Social Development Carmel Sepuloni, reflected proudly on the forgiving Samoan heart at the memorial service on Friday for all who died during the 1918 flu epidemic.

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I Lesatele

The number of visitor to Samoa in the month of July 2019 reported a total of 24,647.

A small landslip at Lalomanu last week attracted the attention of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE), but not as much as the distress at the litter they stumbled into.

The Tuiolemu area was littered with mostly plastic rubbish that was a big disappointment for the MNRE Chief Executive Officer, Ulu Bismarck Crawley.

After the success of a ‘greening’ awareness campaign during the Pacific Games, the show of little regard for a cleaner environment, was a let down.

Samoa Airways has decided to extend by another 6 months the lease on the aircraft currently flying its established routes to New Zealand and Australia.

The Minister of Commerce Industry and Labour (MCIL), Lautafi Joseph Purcell confirmed the lease extension this week.

Lautafi is also the Minister of Cabinet responsible for the Samoa Airways. 

Lifestyle

I Lesatele

The role women and community leaders and traditional village systems  should be acknowledged and considered in the discussion on peace and security for women in the Pacific region including Samoa.

Staff Writer

 

Women police officers are represented in all units of the Samoa Police and this is a huge step from the past.

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