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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).

Politics

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.

 

 Lotu Tamaiti or White Sunday, is always about a happy occasion for families with all the attention on children, but for the suicide watchdog organisation, Fa’ataua Le Ola, the risk of adverse effects on poor families leading to depression cannot be overlooked.

 Faataua le Ola Chief Executive Officer Papali’itele Caroline Paul-Ah Chong  confirmed a suicide White Sunday Awareness Campaign, 15-day media blitz   they have launched

Crime

 

Tauva Lima-Tavae

A Supreme Court ruling has dismissed a Strike Out Motion by the ‘ali’i and faipule’ of Leulumoega-tuai led by former Speaker of Parliament Tolofuaivalelei Falemoe Leiataua for an alleged contempt of court charge.

The ruling is in response to a dispute over a decision of the Lands and Titles Court in the matter involving informants Vaitofi Sefo, Faatoafe Mati Sauafu and Leoli Sanele.

 

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.

By Tauva Lima-Tavae

Justice Leiataualesa Darryl Clarke, placed serious concern in court this week, at licensed premises like beer bars, selling to people who are already heavily intoxicated.

  Death caused by violence from drunkenness is a ‘common occurrence in the community’ His Honour has observed with despair in court.

 

 

The Vaitele family of abduction alarm raiser, Liua Savai’inaea, is in a daze at the turn of events that ended with a surprise police visit to arrest the 27 year old from home.

Savai’inaea told Newsline Samoa, only hours before the police appeared and took him in, that he stood by his account.

His arrest is in response to a public uproar from a posting he made in his Facebook page, about personally thwarting an attempted abduction of two young girls at Vaitele.

 

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.

Local

 

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.

 

A push from policymakers to draft bills in the Samoan language, not English, is what drafters who favour our native tongue when writing new laws need, says Telei'ai Dr. Lalotoa Mulitalo.

Telei'ai, Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa Law Reform Commission, made the comments when she spoke on day two of workshops hosted by the Committee to End Domestic Violence Against Women.

 

Staff Writer.

Increase in Samoa’s export revenues continued on to the month of August.

 

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.

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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