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Wonder what Australia’s popularity rating in the region is after the  ‘condescending and alienating’ fall out from the Tuvalu Forum?

Probably very low….as in the very bottom low.

The island leaders, including the lovely PM Jacinda Ardern, did not hold any lasting smiles as they made their way home.

Stui wasn’t smiling either! But he was not quite in gun blazing mode as his straight shooting Fijian mate, Bainimarama

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. 

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.  

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

The 17-year-old male who broke into Team Papua New Guinea accommodations at the Faleula Games Village at the start of the recent Pacific Games, is to write an apology letter to the visitors he stole from.

The apology is included as one of the special conditions of living under supervision for the next 2 years.

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

Any future return to the profession by the nurses pair jailed for the shock babies vaccination deaths are uncertain.

Both are serving 5 year prison sentences for the death last year of two babies at Safotu District Hospital.

Crime

 

Liua Savaiinaea is not the least worried about detractors scoffing at his account as fake, of the attempted abduction of two young girls he foiled at Vaitele.

Stories of the incident has gone viral online it sparked a debate on the credibility of the incident and on Savaiinaea.

 

By Tauva Lima-Tavae

An alleged international fraudster suspected of money laundering may have been one of the holders of four Samoan passports reportedly sold between 2016 /2017.

A Transnational Crimes Unit (TCU) officer, Rudolf Ho Chee, told the Supreme Court hearing this week into the alleged sale of the passports, there was a police investigation on a Mr. David White and his accomplice Mariana Kapa, while they were in Samoa at the time.

 

Village councils should help Police in their campaign to turn in illegal guns.

This is the view of several village pulenu’u.

 

Police have eased fears of children reported missing from home, in response to a failed abduction alleged at Vaitelle during the week of two young girls.

 

The alleged attempts to abduct girls at Vaitele last week are causing concern throughout the country.

One of the incidents allegedly took place at Vaitele at Safune Street last Saturday.

Local

 

With about three months and counting since the Ministry of Health suspended the MMR immunisation injections for baby toddlers last July, mothers are growing increasingly anxious about their children’s health.

Mothers with babies who are a month and over are concerned that their babies have not been given any vaccination protection since birth.

Guests at the Return to Paradise Resort, Lefaga, joined in mourning the loss of a hotel  staff member who died last Sunday in a rescue effort to save a drowning tourist.

A special farewell service for Talalelei Vou at the resort chapel was attended jointly by guests and staff members yesterday.

PRESS RELEASE – The National Carrier is back on track with its scheduled flights after maintenance on its Boeing 737-800 aircraft in Auckland, New Zealand.

Works were completed last night and the plane resumed its regular schedule today with its flight out of Auckland touching down at Faleolo International Airport this afternoon.

“Safety is our paramount priority and we do apologise to our customers for the inconvenience caused”, said Samoa Airways’ CEO, Tupuivao Seiuli Alvin Tuala.’ 

 

Came across this information about Samoa, our independent Samoa, on Wikipedia.  This is where millions of people around the world are taken when they Google online for information.

Read on:

Does Samoa have an airport?

By Tauva Lima Tavae

 

The Gagaifomauga District, north of Savai’i, is now an official UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the first on the big island and only the second in Samoa after Tiavea-Uafato in Upolu.

 The biosphere reserve is an ecosystem with plants and animals of unusual scientific and natural interest.

Education

By Tina Mata’afa-Tufele

 

A 74 year old member of the Order of the Marist Brothers in Samoa is celebrating a lifetime service that started when he took a vow 50 years ago to live in poverty, celibacy and obedience.

  Brother Iulio Iosefo Suaese is today celebrating his golden anniversary as a member of the Catholic Church Order and cannot believe the passage of time that have come to pass already.

Region

 

Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says "we are masters of our own destiny," and asked Pacific leaders to unite in prayer for sustainability of our Pacific region and our island homes.

Tuilaepa made the comments in his speech that opened the 29th Council of Tourism Ministers meeting in Apia on Friday, 5 October.

The theme is: Protecting our Blue Pacific, our Livelihood and our Home. Samoa is hosting the meeting in partnership with the South Pacific Tourism Organization.

By Tauva Lima-Tavae

 

 The Prime Minister’s Office Head of Immigration pointed a guilty finger at his former staff member, in the Supreme Court hearing that continued during the week, on the illegal sale of Samoan passports to foreigners.

Chief Immigration Officer, Valavala Siaopo Pese, told the court on Friday that he could tell from the handwriting that it was the accused David Nomereta Uaine.

Lifestyle

 

Palolo catchers like Tavita Leilua of Saanapu returned to the shores empty handed early Wednesday morning.

Leilua told Newsline that only a handful of families went out to check if there was any palolo rising and they were disappointed.

 A busy week indeed in Apia for the tourism industry not just in Samoa but the whole Forum Island region as well, to look into ways to work as a group.

There are 17 Pacific Island countries represented with sessions  spread out over  the week.

The Council of Tourism Ministers meeting is scheduled right at the end, to sum up all the talk and possible resolutions made throughout the week.

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