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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

 

  Samoa Airways has a number of great deals lined up to mark key milestones in the company’s brief but productive history.

To celebrate its first birthday in November, it will launch its Brisbane flights with special deals ranging from as low as $641 Tala for a one-way ticket.

Apia-Sydney will not miss out as it is also part of the specials, with fares starting from $647 Tala one-way. And Apia-Auckland is as low as $499 Tala one-way.

 Two thousand native tree species – kava, malili, asitoa, tamanu, fao, leva, fetau and talia – have been planted at the Vailima Reserve by members of the Marist Brothers Old Pupils Association (MBOPA), as part of festivities celebrating the association’s 130th anniversary.

Activities kicked off with a well-attended Mass held at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Mulivai yesterday morning.

 

By Tauva Lima Tavae

 

A shipment of 100,000 plantlets of the popular variety ‘Israeli Banana’  is on the way and only farmers who are doing well with the promise of continuing are getting their share.

 This is the no nonsense word from the Minister of Agriculture Lopao’o  Natanielu Mua,  who is aware of the many criticisms from previous shipments

 

Alternatives and a transitional plan must be in place if Samoa and other Pacific nations seek to ban plastics, says Secretariat of The Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) Director General Leota Kosi Latu.

"If we are now going to ban plastics, we need to make sure that we've got the alternatives. So countries are looking at that," Leota told Newsline.

Lifestyle

 

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The people of Samoa  have  spoken through the National Public Inquiry Into Family Violence that family violence should be totally eliminated from Samoa.

By Tauva Lima Tavae

A local seamstress who is also the owner of the ‘Taylor Maid’ sewing shop has a lot to offer when it comes to employing people with disabilities.

In fact, a student of Loto Taumafai is already working with her, creating various projects like knitting a crochet, making stuffed animals or sewing letters to table mats.

 

By Tauva Lima

 

The special inquiry related to the vaccination deaths of the two one year old toddlers in Savai’i last July has adjourned to next year.

Hearings by the 3-member Commission of Inquiry was suspend on Wednesday on the third day since it started on Monday.

Education

 

By Tauva Lima Tavae

The Ministry of Education is introducing an additional Maths Exam paper in the two senior national examinations - Samoa School Certificate SSC and the Samoa Senior Leaving Certificate.

 

The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China will host a farewell function for 3 teachers and 8 students from Samoa College who will participate in an exchange programme in Huizhou City, Guangdong Province, China to enhance educational exchanges in Chinese Embassy at 3pm on Wednesday 12th    September 2018.

Crime

By Tauva Lima Tavae

The Ministry of Police is planning to add female officers to the crew of the brand new border patrol boat that is expected to replace the Nafanua boat currently in service.

Police Commissioner Fuiavailili confirmed in an interview with Newsline that women officers are needed for the kind of work requires the input female by the officers during their patrol missions.

 

By Tauva Lima Tavae

 The Ministry of Police is responding to the safety outcry against lawlessness along the town waterfront by stepping up security patrols.

 

By Tauva Lima Tavae
 

The latest Ministry of Police intake of 114 new officers is ‘not massive’ enough as far as the staffing needs for law enforcement work is concerned. 

Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil accepted the head count is higher than in previous enlistments, but so many have left the Ministry, there are still many more vacant positions to be filled.

Politics

 

 

A media statement circulated by the US Embassy in Apia on Wednesday to declare they are unaware of any recruitment for the American military forces in Samoa, is of little concern to the man who is the US Army recruiter currently working in the country.

 

The US Embassy in Apia has issued a media statement to deny detailed knowledge of any military recruitment efforts underway in Samoa.

The embassy statement is in response to a front page article by Newsline Samoa on its Wednesday issue 12 September 2018, about a recruitment drive underway in schools.

 


 

 

Citizens of Samoa are signing up in the droves to sit the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), the test required of all men and women who wish to serve in the United States Armed Forces (USAF).

In the span of one week, more than 1,000 names have been collected by the newly-designated U.S. Army Point of Contact for Samoa – Robert Fagamatagi Tamasese.

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