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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).





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.



By Tauva Lima Tavae


Newly sworn-in District Court Judge, Leota Raymond Schuster is not bothered by whatever workload that needs immediate attention, to bring relief to the overloaded shoulder of fellow members of the bench and to speed up the judiciary process.

His Honour is determined to take whatever comes whether he is ready for it or not.


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The Member of the Council of Deputies has added his concerns to the growing problem of lawlessness along the popular seawall that is seen as steadily increasing.

Le Mamea Ropati, whose family also runs a hotel business, added to similar safety worries expressed earlier by several owners and managers of nightclubs fronting the seawall.


By Tauva Lima Tavae


Nightclub owners fronting the seawall, fear for the safety of their customers in the early hours of the morning, when they leave the premises for a stroll along the popular Apia cement waterfront.

A strong of crimes have hit the town area recently where break-ins, assaults and other criminal attacks on innocent civilians who are enjoying themselves on the popular sea wall, are reported.


Samoa has the highest ranking in Pacific Island Schools of 3 in 4 students aged 13-15, with experience in peer violence or bullying, according to a newly released UNICEF Report.

Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are next with 2 in 3 while in Tonga it is 1 in 2. In seven other Pacific island countries it is between 3 to 4 in every 10 students.


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Veteran solicitor and former President of the Samoa Law Society, Leota Raymond Schuster, is to be sworn in today as a judge of the District Court.

He will become the fourth judge added to the bench and his arrival is expected to offer much needed relief to the heavy workload in the court.



By T Lesatele


 For the church to respond effectively  to the serious problem in Samoa of violence against women, changes in structures and thinking is a must.



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The President of the Banana Farming Association and Former Cabinet Minister Tuisuga Sofara Aveau cleared the air over local farmers eager reaction at not getting enough banana plantlets of the new variety that is highly in demand ‘Fa’i Isalaelu.’

Tuisuga revealed that there is a need to sustain banana farming by carefully choosing farmers who can take banana farming to the next level.


A Malifa taxi stand that proudly shares the name of Samoa’s national flower – Teuila, the fiery red ginger (scientific name: Alpinia purpurata) – joins the nation in celebrating Teuila Festival this week.

Teuila Taxi Service, opposite the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture (MESC), has been in operation for nearly three years.

Tuioti Tunufa’i, the taxi stand owner, launched the service on 24 October 2016.


Iconic Sheraton Aggie Grey’s Hotel is back after a major $15 million tala repair job that took more than six months, from extensive flood damages when the nearby Vaisigano River overflowed.

General Manager Mark Francis is a happy man for many reasons.  The hotel surroundings are secured, most of the old staff are back, life and fire systems are in place and things are moving along fine.

The hotel went back into business last Saturday with about 180 of the staff back to work again.


Passion and determination paid off for 21-year-old Sonia Piva, the newly-crowned Miss Samoa who moved from Australia to Samoa early this year "to contribute."
In the historic Miss Samoa Pageant, the first to be held in Savai'i, the Miss Susana O Samoa as Contestant 8, claimed the crown.
She topped the categories for Best Interview, Best Puletasi and the National Tourism Award.


Farmers who wish to keep their tunnel houses under the China-Samoa agricultural project are being forced into a ‘use it or lose it’ predicament if they do not perform.

The Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Lopao'o Natanielu Mu'a made it clear that if they don't perform, the tunnel houses will be taken back and given to another farmer.

"There are quite a lot of success stories we've seen. I've seen it personally myself, and some failures," Lopao'o told Newsline Samoa.


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The recent experience of Samoa in taking up the challenge of the rights for women and girls, burst through at the opening of a two day human rights meeting at the Taumeasina Resort yesterday.


Eleven students from Hawai'i-based LOA are in Samoa for the first time on a trip to re-connect, preparing to take the Teuila Festival stage Thursday night at Malaefatu Reserve.

"We have an organization in Hawai'i called LOA. It's an acronym for Leleiga O Aiga. It is my mother's name, the group was named after her and the primary mission is to perpetuate and preserve Samoan culture through language and the arts," LOA Founder and Chief Executive Officer Henry Sataraka told Newsline Samoa.



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The Ministry of Police is ready to respond to any public complaints about the misuse of drones moreso with the invasion of personal privacy.

Police Commissioner Fuiavailili Egon Keil warned against ‘illegal practices’ that must be avoided, in response to public concerns put to him by Newsline, at flying drones seen snooping inside family yards.

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