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After a weekend of crying disappointment at the rugby 7s loss of the gold medal to Fiji in rugby, a measure of joyful revenge came in touch rugby on Monday.

The mens team eked out a close 8-6 win over Fiji in touch rugby, to return much needed consolation to the home fans.

The Samoan side started the first day of touch rugby competition at the Marist Sports Grounds on Monday by overpowering close neighbours Tokelau.

The Pacific Games will be over this week but it will leave lasting impression and memories on the Samoans.

This is said to be the biggest Pacific Games ever held engaging 4000 athletes and  1000 officials and the country has gone out of its way to better other events hosted by Samoa in the past.

Papua New Guinea's Rugby League 9s Team Captain and silver medallist Gahuna Silas says everything about Samoa is "really fantastic."

Silas led his team to the final in a tough match with Fiji who claimed the gold medal in Week 1 of the XVI Pacific Games.

After PNG got the rugby league 9s contest out of the way, Silas and his team were seen out and about in Apia over the weekend.

Kelvin Tuiala Masoe first made his name as a speedster in inter-secondary  schools athletics .

Last night at the Apia Park Stadium he sprinted into national attention by winning bronze in the Pacific Games XVI mens 100m sprint.

The two other sprinters ahead of him were experienced runners including his US based teammate who claimed silver Jeremy Dodson.

The Opening Ceremony has come and gone but it has left a lasting impression on Samoa’s Golden Girl of weightlifting Ms Ele Opeloge.

Ele Opeloge who is no stranger to huge events is deeply honored to carry the torch and light the Games  cauldron to kick off the 2019 Pacific Games.

"It was an honor to carry the torch and light the cauldron and I was overwhelmed by the support of families as well as the whole of Samoa for allowing me to carry out this honour," Opeloge said.

Sports

Savai’i looks forward to putting their best forward as hosts of boxing for next year’s Pacific Games.

In choosing the big island to host the sport, Hele Matatia, Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Games Organizing Committee said the thinking has always been “what is good for Upolu, is good for Savai’i.”

 “But we think: what is good for Savai’i is good for Samoa,” Matatia told reporters during a press conference in Tuanaimato yesterday.

Crime

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“There is absolutely no doubt that the way in which children are being raised in Samoa is a major contributor to the prevalence of family violence throughout the nation,” claimed findings from the National Public Inquiry Into Family Violence Report.

 

The Prime Minister Tuilaepa has given public warning for people to stay away from investing in One Coin Cyrptocurrency.

He would prefer that people who have invested in the scheme would pay their taxes instead, a thinly veild stab at Church Ministers who are protesting against income taxes.

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A former New Zealand High Commissioner and a long service university educator, were easily recognised among the new group of naturalised Samoan citizens this week.

Sixteen people who've called Samoa home for years, natives of the U.S.A., China, Tonga, Fiji, India, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Argentina were sworn in as citizens of Samoa on Wednesday.

 

 

Applicants for a new Regulator were called in for interviews on Friday, at the start of a long series of evaluation and assesments for Chief Executive Officers, whose contracts are due for renewal.

 

Building a huge market at Salelologa has not worked according to plan Prime MinisterTuilaepa said in his media conference recently.

 

 

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The Commission of Inquiry Into Family Violence has recommended a ban on corporal punishment and verbal abuse in homes to eliminate violence against children.

In their Report the Commission stated that nine out of 10 children in Samoa experience violence in their life time and that physical, harsh verbal discipline/ violence and sexual violence has reached epidemic levels.

Farmers selling their farm produce at the Fugalei Market are unhappy at the lack of running water available for them to wash their hands.

Some of them use the sink at the toilets to clean their hands after laying out their produce for sale.Others are now bringing their own barrels of water for hand washing.

 

Anxious mothers, worried about their unvaccinated babies will just have to wait a little longer for any updates on when the Immunisaton Programme re-starts.

Region

 

You are not going to want to be a mossie in the next few days in Tonga or Fiji. The duchess of Sussex, Megan Markle and Prince Harry are on their way in a royal visit.

Markle has just found out she is pregnant. The moment the news became public, it was like a death sentence pronounced on all the mosquitos buzzing around the two islands to be visited.

 

You are not going to want to be a mossie in the next few days in Tonga or Fiji. The duchess of Sussex, Megan Markle and Prince Harry are on their way in a royal visit.

Markle has just found out she is pregnant. The moment the news became public, it was like a death sentence pronounced on all the mosquitos buzzing around the two islands to be visited.

Politics

 

Businesses and organisations owe about $90m tala ($87.6) in unpaid taxes and customs duties to the Government.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said that according to the Audit Report and the Ministry of Revenue many of the businesses are sole traders and small businesses.

What appeared to be goading remarks from the PM Tuilaepa Sailele on unpaid taxes is not getting any bites from the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa or EFKS.

Lifestyle

 

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.

Education

 The Marist Brothers Mulivai and St. Joseph’s College, Alafua, each received half of the $100,000 raised by old pupils of the two schools, in the celebration of the Marist Brothers service in education in Samoa.

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