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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

A total of 16, 832 people applied for the New Zealand Quota Scheme this year.

According to the CEO of the Samoa Post Tupai Tupe Ualolo Nun Yan there were 15,400 applicants  from Upolu while 1,404 were from Savaii.

Concrete renderings of the ‘Stations of the Cross,’ the sequence of events that begins with the condemnation of Jesus Christ by Pontius Pilate, to the crucifixion and up to the point where Jesus was placed in the tomb – are currently in progress at Lepea.

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.

The Marist Old Pupils Association, MOPA, executive and senior association members paid tribute to former President, Moananu Ioane Filemu, who was laid to rest yesterday.

Moananu passed away from ill health at 68.

“ He was a leader and a humble person as well, his last name Filemu says it all,” Tuala Farani Chan Tung said in eulogy at the family service on Thursday.

Local

 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS) has confirmed a visit to Samoa by the President of the Church, Russell M Nelson.

The Mormon leader is traveling next month in May from the church’s headquarters in Salt Lake City Utah, USA.

Samoa is one of 7 countries in a planned travel itinerary that will also include Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and French Polynesia.

 

By Tauva Lima-Tavae

A vehicle traveling east to west along the northern coastal road of Savaii took a detour for a dip in the village natural pool recently.

The Saipipi village pool is popular with the villagers and those in the water were shocked to see their new swimming companion make a big splash.

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

His Excellency Dr Trevor Matheson is New Zealand’s new High Commissioner to Samoa.

Yesterday he presented his credentials to the Head of State Afioga Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aleto’a Sualauvi II.

Crime

 

The Supreme Court has found David Nomeneta Uaine, the former immigration officer who made and sold Samoa passports to non-Samoans for money – guilty of 28 forgery, corruption, bribery and other charges – but the four charges of recording information on a passport database have been dismissed.

Supreme Court Justice Leilani Tuala-Warren issued her 23-page ruling yesterday.

 

 Police on the scene of the reported violence at Vaivase –tai

A woman was attacked at around 3 pm outside of the Vaivase Primary School gate yesterday.

Police were at the scene and an ambulance rushed the woman to the hospital.

Some of the eye witnesses said that the woman who was in a blue car was attacked by four women.

Onlookers who spoke to Newsline Samoa described the attack as ‘disgraceful’ and ‘evil.’

A woman who came to collect her children from school told Newsline that the woman was attacked in front of her kids.

Politics

 

Tauva Lima-Tavae

 

The Office of the Ombudsman and National Human Rights is doubtful that racism is a problem in Samoa.

The reaction was in response to a blatant attack on a Chinese woman recently,  in her family shop at Falelauniu, by a young Samoan male.

Crime

 

By Tauva Lima-Tavae

Liua Savaiinaea, 27 year old male of Vaitele fou has pleaded guilty to three charges in relation to his actions on the 29th September, 2018 when he claimed he foiled an attempted kidnapping  of two girls by people in a white 15-seater van.

Lifestyle

 

The Spanish Influenza which killed more than 8000 Samoans in 1918 will be marked on the 7th November by Samoa as a nation.

This was announced by the Prime Minister last Thursday in his weekly press conference.

 

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.

Technology

Power outages are continuing for the Electric Power Corporation, but unlike the unannounced cut off last Sunday, electricity will today be switched off at the Tanugamanono area for most of the day.

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