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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.

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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.

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Daily monitoring of new suspected cases of the measles and the rate they are coming in and from where, are the primary focus by local health officials, keeping track of the epidemic spread.

The 3-weeks old outbreak may have killed two children and an adult already, with 15 confirmed cases and up to 300 suspected so far.

The New Zealand All Blacks may have failed to ‘three-peat’ as World Rugby Champions, but the  disappointment of the heartbreaking loss last weekend has not bothered the Marist Brothers Old Pupils Association, MOBA.

The reason is Samoan born and raised All Blacks prop Nepo Laulala.

“ We are proud that Nepo Laulala is a former student of this school, St Joseph’s College,” Tuatagaloa Ming Leung Wai boasted on Wednesday night.

Villages along the itu-Asau district, on the western end of Savaii, were unprepared for a surprisingly good palolo rising at the start of the week, after a long spell of disappointment at largely missing out.

Community awareness about the UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme is important stakeholders at the consultation workshop said.

The workshop was to discuss the new phase of funding for the Small Grant Programme from the Global Environment Facility GEF which would benefit many local villages, churches and organizations.

Mavis Urhle and Mere Faleao are looking forward to being part of the regional Pacific Agriculture Week hosted by Samoa this week.

Urhle and Faleao both passionate farmers grow taro, cocoa and raise cattle and pigs at Fiaga.

The land – 100 acres in total is leased from government. Part of the land remains unused but the two are expanding and plan to cultivate all the 100 acres.

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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.

Heavy trucks are to be confined to the Lelata and Leone bridges with a new crossing of the Vaisigano River opening up between the two.

The Loto Samasoni Bridge currently under construction is not designed to take the weight of heavy trucks once it is opened for traffic next month, October.

Traffic flow is expected to be faster and quicker with the added crossing of the Vaisigano River for lighter vehicles.

Sports

Samoa Rugby Union has received media enquiries regarding the selection of new Manu Samoa
Sevens player Losi Filipo given an incident in his past which saw him lose a playing contract with
the Wellington Lions in 2016 after a conviction on an assault charge in court.
Samoa Rugby Union wants to make it clear at the outset that it has always been aware of this
unfortunate incident in the young players past.
“Filipo has paid the price for his actions and served the penalty handed down by the Court and as

 MEDIA RELEASE :  Following its successful campaigns at the recent South Pacific Oceania and New Zealand Championships, the Bodybuilding Federation of Samoa (BBFS) is preparing for the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) World Men’s Bodybuilding Championship and International Congress, which will be held in Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates during 8-10 November.

Crime

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Malele Atofu Paulo alias King Faipopo is sentenced to 7 weeks at Tanumalala Prison for criminal libel.

Judge Alalatoa Rosella Papali’i, handed down her two hour ruling today in the District Court.

Paulo was charged with making defamatory claims against the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Maleilegaoi, in the assassination of the Minister of Works Luagalau Levaula Kamu.

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All but final arguments remain by lawyers on both sides, in the Supreme Court hearing of the alleged murder of CEO Sa’u Justina Sa’u by her husband Kolani Jr. Lam.

Justice Mata Tuatagaloa has presided in the high profile hearing for almost three solid weeks of witness testimonies that ended this week.

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The Court of Appeal will preside on four separate hearings when they sit next week.

One scheduled for next week Monday is the appeal by Kolani Junior Lam who faces murder charges in relation to the death of his wife and former UTOS CEO Sau Justina Sau.

Politics

The Head of State, His Highness Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa and Masiofo Fa’amausili, celebrated with other invited leaders from around the world, the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito of Japan this week.

Their Highnesses were among and exclusive guest list that included many royal families from close to 200 countries, who flew in to celebrate the royal accession to the Chrysanthemum Throne by the new Emperor.

Education

Teachers, parents and students of St Mary's Catholic School in Tauranga New Zealand are in Samoa to get a taste of Samoan culture.and at the same time do some good.

They are grateful they made the trip after making the decision 18 months ago.

Lifestyle

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A 24 year old registered nurse is the new Miss Samoa.  Her name is Fonoifafo Nancy McFarland – Seumanu.

Nine Samoan beauties drawn from Australia, New Zealand, US and Samoa, went after the crown, including the winner who entered the pageant as Miss New Zealand Samoa.

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