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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).

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Teachers are not too confident of the students performance in the sitting of the Samoa School Leaving Certificate this week after the measles epidemic delayed the exam by about a month.

One teacher worred that the students will simply go through the motion.

The annual exam for Year 13 students determines the next step up in their education at the tertiary level.

Frankie wholesales in Samoa has continued it's ban on children shopping in any of its supermarkets both in Upolu and Savaii.

Frankie runs a chain of 9 supermarkets branches including it's wholesale, and are forced by the state of emergency order in place since last month not to allow all children 14 years and under in a public place where there is a gathering of people.

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Delegates to an international peace conference for women, observed a minute of silence for Samoa in their fight against the measles epidemic and the victims of the deadly virus.

High level delegates of women invited to the Asia Pacific First Ladies Summit 2019 met in Palau for the three day conference last week.

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An analysis of the Ministry of Health 24 hour updated reports in the last 14 days from the 4th to the 17th of December, shows 5 deaths recorded in the last 8 days.

The total number of deaths recorded within this last 14 day period was 20.

In the 6 days starting from the 4th -9th of December, 15 new deaths were recorded.

When Ferolini Malatoese died last Sunday from the measles at 1 year and 10 months, it left her family in an emotional wreck.

Her 38-year-old mother Elisapeta is 7 months pregnant, and she carried an added emotional burden, unable to care for her child or even be close enough to keep watch on her.

Her husband Tinifu was the only person in the family allowed care-giving duties 

Up to 2000 local seasonal workers in New Zealand are taking up a collection of $10 from each person to donate to the measles epidemic at home in Samoa.

Workers from all over New Zealand are expected to get together in Hastings on Christmas Day to celebrate the occasion and to take up the collection.

The National Emergency Organising Committee, NEOC, took delivery this week of a container load of donations from New Zealand.

Emergency staff worked in the sun to sort out the contents of the container at the NEOC co-ordinating location in the centre of Apia.

 The items were distributed immediately to the TTM Hospital and health centres where they are urgently needed.

Village Women’s Committees are to officially register with the Ministry of Women and Community Development, in an attempt to organise the disarray over different groups claiming to represent the village.

The Government representative or ‘pulenu’u’ of the Nu’u residential settlement, is proud of the support families under his watch showed by following the health advices on the mesales epidemic.

Malo Malagamali’i Solomona is thankful, as Nu’u pulenu’u that not one peron in his village had the measles.

 Nu’u is a growing residential settlement with a population of more than a 100 and growing.

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Grieving families of babies held at the TTM Hospital Mortuary are to be informed when they can collect their loved ones depending on when postmortem on the bodies are completed.

Families of reportedly 8 babies are eager to take their bodies home for burial. 

The Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, justified the delay as part of a necessary medical process to determine what the babies died of.

One happened where everyone could see and the other where there were not so many prying eyes.

Both occurred on a Friday afternoon.

A taxi overran the footpath and was held in check by a cement garden wall that is part of the new Apia Waterfront Boulevard.

The crash occurred during the busy afternoon rush hour. Only the driver, taxi and the cement wall felt the impact and were left with a few bruises, dents and cracks.

Final year college students are to sit the national Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) exam this week starting on Tuesday right up to Friday.

The Ministry of Education is taking into consideration the measles epidemic and overseas travel for students who are unable to sit.

 Ombudsman Maiava Iulai Toma, has made it clear that the rights of the parents to deny the children measles vaccination is overruled when it comes to the safety of children in a deadly health epidemic.

He gave his position in response to the current argument of the rights of parents to decide what is best for their children that included not having them vaccinated.

A roadside brawl in front of a busy supermarket next to the main road at Vailoa, threatened public safety when it spilled onto the road.

Eyewitness reported empty bottles and rocks flying around and onto oncoming traffic.

The violence broke out between two groups of men at around 9.00pm in the evening, according to people who were present when it happened.

New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters is not ready to accept fingers pointed at the New Zealand measles outbreak, as the origins of the virus that started the epidemic in Samoa.

“There are 10 million cases of the measles in the world and the source of the virus in Samoa is not known,” Peters added as a footnote in a meeting with the media on Friday.

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