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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).

Local

 

Weather conditions combined to form a waterspout early this week off Mulinu’u and while the phenomenon isn’t a threat to land dwellers, operators of alia are advised to pay attention to cloud activity when out fishing.

The size of the waterspout that was photographed by the Samoa Meteorological Office at Mulinu’u is the exact type that alia need to avoid.

 

The frog found a few days ago at the Development Bank Building car park is actually a cane toad, common in American Samoa, Fiji and Australia.

Newsline has learned that it was a female and was carrying eggs inside.

The disturbing information was discovered after the invasive amphibian was destroyed and dissected for a closer study of its species and origin.

 

The frog found in the Ministry of Finance (MAF) parking lot has been killed and government authorities are now investigating its species and origins.

Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) Assistant Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Lupeomanu Pelenato Fonoti, said the frog specimen is being handled by Veterinarian Renee Orange. 

Bad weather translates into bad headaches for travellers between Salelologa and Mulifanua.

Since Wednesday last week the only days that the vessels were able to sail  according to their full schedules were last Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Crime

 

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The alarm was sounded for Samoa last week to keep a tight border watch for foreign yachts that maybe involved in human trafficking.

There are already cases of human trafficking in isolated parts of Fiji with incoming foreign yachts snatching teenagers and Samoa is similarly vulnerable as well.

 

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  A group of 8 foreign travellers were booted out of Samoa when they arrived last Sunday, after a tip off to local immigration that they maybe involved in a human trafficking set-up.

 

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 The mother of an 18 year old daughter who died while under the care of the Samoa Victim Support Group, SVSG, want answers to her death.

Tumua Mauele Brown of Fasito’o-uta mourned the loss of her teenage child Rosa, who died from a long illness and whose body was laid to rest yesterday at her family home.

Untraced postings on Facebook to deliberately insult and humiliate the good reputation of schools are causing concern to  principals they could lead to violence between students.

One such online posting running down Leififi College is under Police  investigations to find the owner of the fake Facebook page owner.

Education

 

The  Sa’anapu Village Council is making it tough on parents who do not send their children  to school with a $1000 fine they will have to pay.

The fine applies to students in both primary and secondary schools.

Lifestyle

 

Congregational ‘faifeau’ or church ministers of the EFKS Church on the south side of the island at Safata, Siumu and Falealili, can look forward next month to driving around in brand new pick-up trucks.

They have been promised the vehicles as part of the annual church ‘ fa’amati’ when each  congregation must provide for the care of the ‘faifeau’s’ home to make sure it is well furnished.

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Any untitled man in the village of Vaie’e, Safata, who beats up on his wife will be fined $2,000 and will be banished for failure to pay up.

The village council ruled on the new punishment during their regular Monday meeting this week.

Vaie’e pulenu’u or official government village representative, Lealaimanu Mafutaga, confirmed the council decision.

Politics

One of the cultural icons in the country fears that political stability in Samoa is at risk, if the ‘ava fatafata’ or mutual respect that holds it together is gone.

Director of the Nu’u Cultural Centre and former lecturer in Samoan at the National University of Samoa, Maulolo Tavita Amosa, warns the country will descend into chaos once it does.

Sports

 

The women from Christchurch, New Zealand are champions of the 31st Vailima Marist International Sevens Tournament after they shut out the Apia Maroons 19-0 in the cup final yesterday at  Lotopa.

In an interview with Newsline Samoa, Cassia Siataga top  scorer in the final for Christchurch and Team Captain said the game was "crazy."

 

Tabadamu from Fiji clinched the championship in the 31st Vailima Marist International Sevens Tournament yesterday defeating Salelologa Tama Uli 24-10 in a wet and muddy final in Lotopa.

In an interview with Newsline Samoa, Fiji's Team Captain Luke Lutunavanua praised the Almighty God for the win.

"First of all I'd like to thank Almighty God for His provision and for guiding us throughout this tournament," Lutunavanua said.

Region

 

A formal announcement about a change at the helm for The University of the South Pacific (USP) hasn’t been made but Mohammed Umar says that he is no longer campus director at Alafua.

Acting Campus Director is Seulgee Samuelu, office staff at USP Alafua told Newsline Samoa.

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