Latest News

Parliament is expected to pass the new Arms Amendment Bill 2019 tabled for debate at the opening of session this morning.

The amendment ensures there will be no more outlaws competing in any future Pacific Games or international Shooting competitions hosted by Samoa.

The use of guns by shooters under the age of 21 at the 2007 Pacific Games hosted by Samoa was "unlawful".

Acting Chief Justice Vui Clarence Nelson has delayed passing sentence on the two nurses pleaded guilty to negligence causing manslaughter in connection to the deaths of two Savai'i babies last year at a Savai'i hospital.

Nurses Luse Emo Tauvale and Leutogi Teo appeared before Acting Chief Justice Vui Clarence Nelson this afternoon, Monday 17 June 2019.

The women were scheduled to be sentenced today, however, state prosecutor Fuifui Ioane requested more time from the court.

At 32 years old, Andrew Setefano is the oldest player and most experienced in Samoa’s Soccer Team for the Pacific Games.

He hails from the villages of  Alamagoto, Moamoa Fou, Vaitoomuli Palauli,Faleapuna, Saletele Fagaloa and Leulumoega.

An Arms Amendment Bill necessary for the Pacific Games is to be tabled in the session of Parliament starting tomorrow morning Tuesday 18 June 2019.

The amendment must be passed to legalize the possession and use of selected firearms and ammunition for shooting competition in the Pacific Games starting on the 7 July in Samoa.

The Commissioner of Police, Fuiavailili Egon Keil went over the proposed bill in a pre-sitting session of Members of Parliament this morning.

Fifteen-year-old R.J. Aiafi, a Year 12 student at Samoa College, has set his sights on American football stardom.

The youngest child of Member of Parliament (Faleata West) Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi and Tagaloa Sharon Aiafi told Newsline Samoa he is shooting for the stars.

One of only two players in the country named to the 2020 All-Star Polynesian Bowl to be played in Hawai’i, he’s off to a raring start.

Local

The Ministry of Fisheries is on extra alert for the export of some of the popular seafood for commercial profits, to prevent from draining local marine food sources.

Worried concerns were raised as recent as the last session of Parliament at the rapid depletion rate the gau (sea hare), fugafuga and mama’o (sea cucumbers) are disappearing from our local waters.

A local exporter is facing court charges for the alleged shipment of the seafood despite the legal ban on export that is already in place.

An American group of young people were taken to heart by families at Magiagi Village for helping build a couple of ‘fale,’ as part of a humanitarian project for the less fortunate.

The 23-member group from 16 to 19 years old all members of the Church of the Latter Day Saints, from the Humanitarian Experience for Youth (HEFY), a non-Governmental organisation in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

The boys and girls worked on building a family ‘fale’ in the village as a group project.

The main assembly for the annual Methodist Church Conference starts today.

Pre-assembly meeting for women delegates from Samoa and overseas had started last week.

Rev Dr Ioane Asalele Lefauaitu Afoa has added two more books to his list of publications.

Rev Afoa launched two new books –O le Tala Lelei ia Iesu Keriso sa Fa’amaopoopo e Mataio (The Gospel According to Mathew) and O le Tala Lelei ia Iesu Keriso sa Tusia e Ioane (The Gospel According to John) yesterday Tuesday at the Methodist Hall.

The two books launched yesterday added to five already published.

Cooler temperatures continue to prevail over all of the country and local weather forecasters, attribute it to SE Trade Winds blowing in from the cold south.

“The traditional belief is that when the trade winds blow, it will always bring in cold temperatures, and it is already scientifically verified,” Met Office forecast Manu Solomona explained.

“A national advisory for strong winds is still enforced from last Saturday afternoon, and they are coming from the south bring in this cold snap.”

The Samoa National Provident Fund paid out more than $3 million tala to its contributors who turned up to cash out their 3 per cent of the 10% dividend on their contributions this week on Monday .

CEO Pauli Prince Suhren of SNPF told Newsline that the Fund started paying out the dividends on Monday.

He said that more than $3 million was also taken out on loans on the same day by the contributors.

“This week, more than six million tala was paid out by S.N.P.F on Monday,” Pauli said.

A hundred and five police officers moved up the ranks in a special promotion ceremony yesterday.

Six police officers went up to superintendent rank; 10 became inspectors, 15 as senior sergeants; 40 as sergeants and 34 corporals.

The ceremony at the EFKS Youth Hall at Sogi was witnessed by proud families and friends.

Minister of Police who is also Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi gave the keynote address.

Tuileapa reminded the officers of their service as police officers as a calling from the Lord and that they should be committed to their work.

Police have confirmed that speeding was behind the cause of a car accident that tragically cost the life of an 18 year old boy from Tuanaimato and Alafua.

The youth was instantly killed when the car he was driving crashed at Saleufi this week.

The incident occurred at round 11pm Sunday night in front of the Mai Company building with the vehicle identified as a Subaru registration number 18051.

Politics

‘Faifeau’ who failed to register under the new tax legislation, are now liable to have their bank accounts and land assets frozen, as decreed by the law.

The deadline for ‘faifeau’ serving in village congregations to register and declare income tax was last Saturday, 30th of June 2018.

All the ‘faifeau,’ who failed to sign up in time are immediately slapped with an 8.7% late registration penalty fee.

It is now up to the Commissioner of Revenue to undertake a tax assessment of all the unregistered ‘faifeau’ and serve them out.

Afamasaga Faauiga Palepua Mulitalo is the Ministry of Women Community and Social Development (M.W.C.S.D) new Chief Executive Officer.

Afamasaga is both humbled and honoured by her new role.

“I am very honoured that I have been recognised for services I have provided for government as well as our people. I am ready to take on the challenges and I will perform my duties to the best of my ability.”

Afamasaga has been working in government for 33 years before her promotion.

The Chinese Embassy has this week come out in full support of Samoa Airways, by arranging all travelling groups from Samoa to China, to fly the national carrier.

The embassy is making a start with a group of 19 local participants, off to attend a seminar in China on ‘The Development of Finance and Economics for Samoa of 2018 from 6-19 July.’

“Chinese Embassy plans to arrange all the Samoan participants to attend the Chinese Seminar through Samoa Airways in the future,” a press statement from China’s Embassy at Vailima confirmed.

“The most important tools of management are to delegate your duties and follow up.”-Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi.

The Prime Minister called for urgent action on improvement of services by the government ministries in a CEO Forum held yesterday at the TATTE Convention Centre.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi in his keynote address highlighted the need to improve the standard of services provided by the government ministries to the public.

Lifestyle

Maria Valele and Fotutamai Tavita Lanu Penaia Teo were united in matrimony last Saturday and they felt it was the right time for them.

The couple courted for more than two years and Fotutamai said they had known each well to tie the knot.

It was not a courtship without challenges but Fotutamai confided love overcame all.

The couple who are both 25 years were married at the Latter Day Saints LDS Church at Pesega with the wedding reception held at the Faleula Stake Centre.

Their theme colour was silver.

Crime

A growing challenge facing countries now is how to fight criminal activities being committed in the cyberspace.

Samoa is already experiencing these illegal activities which are growing more in sophistication and must be more aware, better equipped and prepared to deal with these crimes.

A more effective way for Samoa to protect against them is to strengthen its laws and to build the capacity of its law enforcers.

Sports

For the first time in 10 straight internationals, Samoa’s rugby is finally able to walk off the paddock head held high, smiles all around. 

So what if Germany is known more as a world soccer stronghold rather than rugby? A win is a win and the Manu Samoa will take it. Gladly.

The losing drought has lasted a while. At long last we can taste once again the thrill of victory – for too long we have wallowed in the agonies of defeat.

Subscribe to