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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).

Lifestyle

 

Should we raise or lower the road humps?

This is the dilemma the Minister of Works, Papali’i Niko Li Hang, is left with, after it was discovered the safety measures are partly responsible for 50 per cent of the poisonous carbon emission in Samoa from road transportation.

Palauli le Falefa MP Faumuina Liuga, blamed the many road humps as one reason for increasing the environment damaging carbon gases emission.

 

Member of Parliament for Faleata West Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi highlighted child vendors when he was given the floor during Parliament’s Wednesday night session, calling them “cheeky” and suggesting a curfew for the youngsters.

He also expressed concern that they are roaming the streets of Apia township late at night.

 

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Faith in the divine design and mercy of the Lord has never been as high for Vainu’u Sanele Muamua, as when his son became the lone survivor of the recent drowning tragedy at Luatuanu’u.

“I tell my family that God has given a second chance to my son,” Muamua praised, the survival of his 18-year-old son Henry.

 

There is no shortage of ifilele trees in Samoa but what is lacking are ifilele mature enough to be used for carvings.

Newsline Samoa checked with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE) after wood carvers complained that there is a shortage of ifilele trees. The native tree is ideal for carvings because of its durability. 

Local

 

 

A vow by the Minister of Finance, Sili Epa, to be much stricter on unused budgets allocated to Ministries for the hire of staff, in the upcoming 2019/2020 financial year, does not wash with Palauli le Falefa MP Faumuina Liuga.

Sili Epa, wants to put his foot down on Ministries with salary budgets for the hire of new staff left unused at the end of the financial year.

Papalii Panoa Tavita Moala a prominent commercial farmer says Samoa up to now still cannot meet the demands of overseas markets for taro.

“ I think only two to three commercial farmers are into this development,” Papalii told Newsline.

 

The increase in the number of people applying to go on the Recognised Seasonal Employment programme (RSE) to work in New Zealand comes with more stricter criteria.

Samoa has close to 2000 people employed in New Zealand in the horticulture industry through this programme.

Crime

 

The Minister of Prison, Tialavea John Hunt, and the staff of Tafaigata Prison were told to pray with open eyes next time, following the escape last Sunday of two prisoners from the compound.

Tialavea received a sound roasting in Parliament yesterday, led by the Prime Minister, for the prisoners missing while supposedly attending a Sunday morning service.

 

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Fuifatu Alavisi, a 48 year old father of seven who lives down the road from the Tafaigata prison, fears for the safety of his family especially his children, following the breakout of two prisoners.

The urgent priority for Alavisi when public warning of the escape came out was to secure his house so that his family is safe especially at nightfall.

Sports

 

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The Lawn Bowling wants to make sure that they pick the right team for the 2019 Games. And the right team consists of experienced lawn bowlers.

 George Bell a representative of the Lawn Bowling Association in Samoa said that the Association is committed to this goal.

TEAM SAMOA: Julia Sanft outside the SASNOC Office.

There are many different things that inspire an athlete to compete.For 17-year-old Julia Sanft of Vailima, it’s the legendary success of World Champion New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams that inspired her to compete for Samoa in shot put.

 

Sataoa Aiga Malosi defeated Saanapu 1 by just two points to win the Lefaga Rugby 7s Championship cup yesterday.

The final score between Sataoa and Saanapu was 14-12, according to tournament results published by the Vailima Navigators Rugby Franchise.

Sataoa Eagles defeated Saanapu 2 by five points (FT: Sataoa 12-7 Saanapu) to finish in third. Saanapu took fourth place.

Education

 

Setefano Pitone of Alamagoto and Lalovi is off to the University of New South Wales to study for a career in cybersecurity on a scholarship.

The 18-year-old told Newsline Samoa the internet is his passion. He is to study for a bachelor's degree of engineering in computer science.

Setefano is the son of Pitone Samaia of Lalovi, Mulifanua and Peata Victor Pitone of Alamagoto.

 

Just over a thousand (1015) students who sat the Samoa Senior Leaving Certificate SSLC are qualified to enter into the National University of Samoa NUS Foundation Programmes this year.

The eligible students each scored the pass mark total of 200.

Politics

 

Members of Parliament honoured the passing of the Fa’asaleleaga No. II Member of Parliament Pa’u Sefo Pa’u with a moment of silence yesterday when they convened for the first sitting of 2019.

A purple wreath was laid at the late Member of Parliament’s empty seat at the table.

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