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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).


Tafaigata/Tanumalala prisoners sang heartfelt appreciation to the government for the newer and much better prison facility for them.

The song was sung by a group of women and men prisoners at the opening of the new prison at Tanumalala last Friday.

Deidre Fanene


The photo of the young mother of a dead baby whose body was found at the Mulifanua Wharf recently is not to made public.

District Court Judge Alalatoa Rosella Papalii issued a court order on Tuesday on the ban.

The mother had already pleaded guilty to concealing the dead body.

A Samoan and Tongan missionaries at the Lae Mission of the Church of Latter Day Saints, LDS, in Papua New Guinea, are recovering from a recent violent attack on them.

The church men were kidnapped and assaulted on Friday 11 October 2019 by a group of people.

The violence was confirmed in an official statement yesterday, sent to the LDS Church President Sapele Faalogo (Area Seventy), from media officials of the church in Utah, USA.


Tauva Lima-Tavae/ Martha Taumata Fa’avae

Security is the top priority in the scheduled re-location of the prison population from Tafaigata to the new Tanumalala Prison.

The Prison and Correctional Authority plans to officially open the new Tanumalala prison next week on Friday morning.


Where are the best quality fine mats gone the Prime Minister asked.

This question was posed to the weavers of fine mats at the annual Fine Mat Display held yesterday at the EFKS Youth Hall at Sogi.

 To be a church minister is a calling from God was the message emphasised to the church ministers who were ordained yesterday in a special service lead by Rev Elder Tanielu Mamea from Manukau New Zealand.



The traditional healers ( taulasea) welcome the assertion by the Member of Parliament of Anoama’a West that they are qualified  to apply for the Director General of Health.

MP Fonotoe Pierre Lauofo made the remarks during the debate on the legislation on the re-merge of the National Health Services and the Ministry of Health.

...where the sight of a car being pushed out of the inter-island ferry is not new.  Happens all the time when vehicles, for as many reasons as you care to count with your fingers will stall inside the boat. 

Usually the poor sailors are the ones to try and push it out and it will be doing them a huge favour if it's not too big.

Press Release :  On 22 November 2019, The Hon. Tuilaepa Dr. Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of the Independent St ate of Samoa called for all Samoan health professionals to assist Samoa in whatever way possible during the time of national emergency with the measles epidemic in Samoa.

Doctors and nurses at the TTM Hospital, Moto’otua, are slowly catching their breath, as the measles epidemic show signs of finally slowing down.

The epidemic will eventually end but as frontline workers, the memories of this once in a lifetime experience will live on.

 The children were the most vulnerable from the outset.  The fight to save their young lives became a heavy emotional toll on the parents and equally so for the battling doctors and nurses.

Deidre Fanene

A woman who is charged with attempted murder as well as grievous bodily harm of a male from Solaua, Saoluafata pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The woman is in legal strife for discharging a firearm, attempted murder, armed with a dangerous weapon and grievous bodily harm.

The incident occurred on the 29th of October this year.

Before the measles outbreak, Vasa Malolo Gataifale of Magiagi village was cruising along in his taxi and living comfortable with his family from daily earnings.

The measles epidemic struck and business started to slow down as the traveling public dwindled off slowly.

Gataifale is in a business arrangement where he has a set target to meet at the end of the week to give the owner, whatever is left over goes into his pocket.

Mother of 10 Sela Taito Etuale, of Alamagoto has seen two worldwide leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints visit Samoa in her lifetime and when President Russell M. Nelson arrives next Saturday, it will be the third time she will have seen an LDS Prophet.

Like all members of the Church who live in Samoa, Etuale, 72, is excitedly preparing for President Nelson's one-day visit, the second stop on his Pacific Ministry that begins Thursday, May 16 in Kona on the Big Island of Hawai'i.


By Staff Writer

The popular fautasi or traditional longboat racing is being revived for the Teuila Festival next year, but crews must take competition seriously.

 No more token entries to make up the numbers and arriving at the finishing line in comfort to collect on the prize money for taking part.

Samoa 2019 Pacific Games

The Papua New Guinea men’s volleyball team has dedicated their winning drive at the Pacific Games to their team captain who passed away last Tuesday, as the team were making final preparations for travel to Samoa.

The XIV Pacific Games was to be the 5th for the late 36-year-old captain, Ravu Mahuru.

The PNG team will honour the memory of the late team leader and oldest playing volleyball player in the Pacific, with a minute of silence before their first scheduled game this week.

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