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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).

Crime

 

The ‘ali’i ma faipule’ of Satuimalufilufi village has cautioned residents not to speak in public, on the recent assault of a young wife who was stabbed in the face a week ago with a sharp wooden stick.

The village decision has left the public wondering about their response to the violence that involved a young couple, both from families in the village

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Events that shaped 2018

Construction of the Vaisigano Bridge got underway in April.  The $44 million tala major project is funded by Japan under a grant agreement with Samoa.

Actual construction is scheduled over 3 years with the same length of 75 meters as the old one that is to be removed.

There will be two lanes going on each direction, with provisions of seaside and upstream walls and installation of road lighting.

Lifestyle

 

Businesswoman Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai has asked the government to consult with business owners and the Chamber of Commerce as they draft legislation to place a new levy on all imported goods.

Owner of Samoa Stationery and Books, was speaking in a meeting of the Samoa Recycling & Waste Management Association at the Tanoa Tusitala Hotel Friday.

SSAB is one of Samoa's largest importers and, simultaneously, is leading the way in e-waste management.

Lifestyle

 

By Tauva Lima-Tavae

 

The Minister of Tourism, Sala Fata Pinati, is hopeful Samoa may be the winning location for the South Africa Survivor next television series.

A team from the television series was in Samoa recently to look around for a possible location but left without any indications of interest in filming here.

 

Malua Theological College is taking an intake of 23 students for 2019 depending on passing the last part of the entrance qualification.

The second part is an appearnce before the Reverend Elders Committee for their personal testimony and for a drilling by the Committee members.They will not be admitted to study at the College if they do not pass.

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By Mataeliga Pio Sioa/Tina Mata’afa-Tufele

 

 

 

Families of the two baby toddlers, who died from vaccination injections for one year olds, are keeping careful watch on the outcome of medical and criminal investigations, as new twists slowly unfolds.

 But family lawyer, Mauga Precious Chang, is not ready to make any public comments yet on behalf of her clients, without any formal findings to go on at this point.

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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.’

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).

...where the sight of a car being pushed out of the inter-island ferry is not new.  Happens all the time when vehicles, for as many reasons as you care to count with your fingers will stall inside the boat. 

Usually the poor sailors are the ones to try and push it out and it will be doing them a huge favour if it's not too big.

The Samoa Shipping Maritime Academy is closing its doors in a planned merge with the National University Maritime School to get underway with start of the first semester for the New Year.

The NUS deputy Vice Chancellor, Peseta Desmond Lee Hang confirmed the merge.

A Mt. Vaea resident, is not giving up protest at safety risks for families in the vicinity of the mountainside location of the fireworks, during the recent New Year midnight celebration.

Logona Paul Meredith, lives at his family home next to the selected location of  the fireworks.

He circulated a protest petition from families on the mountain-side to stop the fireworks but was unsuccessful in doing so.

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Registered transgender nurse and midwife, Tiara Tuulua, will never forget dealing with pregnant women during the measles outbreak

The 33 year old who had been a registered nurse since 2009 added the measles epidemic as a second lifetime experience, of a natural disaster she was directly involved with.

The holiday season shortage of cooking gas in Savai’i ended during the week with the scheduled monthly shipment by the Samoa Shipping Corporation for the big island.

One of the regular suppliers from Apia, BOC Gas, explained the shortage on only one special trip a month scheduled by the Shipping Corporation for cooking gas.

A supplier spokesman said there are other reasons that include peak sales at this time of the year, always for the months December and January.

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