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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).

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APIA, Samoa - Today Samoa celebrates 56 years since it became independent from colonial rule.

Today continues a political history Samoa started more than 50 years ago as the first Pacific nation to gain independence. 

It was the first time Samoans took up leadership on their own, at the birth of Samoa as a nation 

That is what today’s celebration is about. It’s not only about achieving independence but what we have achieved as an independent nation.

Tiavea Primary School held its own independence celebration yesterday, a day before the whole country celebrates.

This was the first time for the school to hold this event.

A teacher of the school Sulu Tali told Newsline they were hosting the event to put across the message that a country’s independence is important and valued. 

“They may not participate in the actual celebration but we want them to have a feel of the spirit of independence celebrations,” Tali told Newsline.“ It is important for students to know about the meaning of independence.

Including everyone in the financial system is the focus of the meeting of the Pacific Islands Regional Initiative PIRI which Samoa is hosting this week.

The meeting started off with a meeting of the officials from the central banks of the Pacific Islands yesterday. 

The focus of the meeting the Governor of the Central Bank of Samoa Maiava Atalina Ainuu Enari said is financial inclusion for all.

Contribution blend by the church, village councils and government is vital to maintaining harmony and peace in Samoa.

This was a message from the Head of State of Samoa His Highness Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aleto’a Sualauvi II in his address at the 56th Celebration of Samoa’s Independence.

The Head of State made reference to the unrest last week between the youth of the villages of Salelologa and Salelavalu and praised the role of the village councils and the church ministers for bringing peace.

Politics

APIA, Samoa - The Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele, went full blast in Parliament yesterday to condemn the EFKS Church defiance of the new law for all members of the clergy to pay income tax.

A total of 135 organisations, businesses, schools, villages and government ministries and corporations were part of the long independence march, in the commemoration of 56 years since Samoa became independent from imperial rule.

Most of the marchers were school children from primary and secondary schools. 

Old Pupils Associations and the government ministries and corporations followed them.

Crime

SAVAII, Samoa - Vendors at Salelologa Market were forced to knock off early when youths from Salelologa turned up and caused havoc at the market on Monday morning.

One stall owner, Saafia Petelo had a horror story to tell Newsline of her personal experience.

“ People were terrified and fleeing the market leaving their goods behind as the youth approached,” Petelo said.
Saafia Petelo from Samalaeulu was already at the market on Monday morning selling her Samoan tobacco when the unwanted visitors turned up at 10am.

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