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As of 11th November 2019 there have been 716 suspected or confirmed measles cases, an increase of 203 over the previous week. Measles cases have been recorded in all inhabited areas of Samoa, three quarters of whom reside in Upolu.

Manusina head coach Ramsey Tomokino has named 10 new caps in his squad for the Oceania Championship scheduled next week in Lautoka, Fiji.

Hot off winning the Asia-Pacific Championship earlier this year, Tomokino says Manusina will still claim the ‘underdog’ tag as his team has yet to assemble in full.

Coach Tomokino has selected a team with players based in five different countries.

“The team is so diverse that in New Zealand alone, players are drawn from seven provincial unions,” he said.

The Manumalo Baptist Primary School and Kindergarten has defended the holding of the end of year school graduation yesterday, despite the threat of the measles epidemic.

The Ministry of Education Sports and Culture, MESC, called on all schools, public and private, to hold off from having students graduations for health protections.

The Leone village based primary school went ahead with theirs.

Government must step in and look for ways to address illegal drugs use in villages like Faleatiu and neighbours.

Respected cultural authority, Maulolo Tavita, made the call in response to the police raid last week on marijuana plantations close to the Faleolo International Airport at Faleatiu village.

Deidre Fanene

A Methodist pastor who is facing sex charges in connection to a victim under 16 years old who was living with him  has pleaded guilty to all charges against him.

Tugia Tuliau who was serving at Satalo Falealili had his ordained role stripped by the church after he admitted to the allegations against him.

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A 5.9 earthquake shook Samoa on Friday night with the centre at about 150 miles south-southwest of Apia with no reports of any serious impacts.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) estimated the quake struck at a depth of 10km.

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The total number of Samoans finding employment in New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employment RSE Scheme in  the  fiscal year 2018/ 2019  is 2473.  

 

The daily Samoa Observer newspaper was questioned in the Supreme Court on Friday about its vetting practices for publishing Letters to the Editor (LTE).

The practice was brought up in a defamation case that strikes at the core of editorial oversight concerning public opinions sent online to the newsrooms.

Education

The Manumalo Baptist Primary School and Kindergarten has defended the holding of the end of year school graduation yesterday, despite the threat of the measles epidemic.

The Ministry of Education Sports and Culture, MESC, called on all schools, public and private, to hold off from having students graduations for health protections.

The Leone village based primary school went ahead with theirs.

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The exposure of the country's landscape and tourist attractions is perhaps the most important assets the country has to offer to gain more revenue in efforts  to boost the tourism industry. 

Fepuleai Dr Aleni Fepuleai introduced the idea as the current managing director for Blaqsand and Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment MNRE, Geomorphology, Geology Engineering, Volcanology Consultant.

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Confirmed cases of the measles based on lab test results have tripled to 48 in the latest official report since the outbreak of the highly contagious disease now onto its fourth week.

The Ministry of Health ‘Measles Epidemic prior report on 30 October 2019, had 15 confirmed cases.

The Ministry released the updated report #5 yesterday that also showed the number of suspected cases is close to double from just over 300 previously recorded to 513.

The Electric Power Corporation has confirmed in an official statement the death of an electrocuted young linesman last week.

The deceased is Tevita Amituanai age 22 from the village of Vaitele and Salailua, according to the statement.

Amituana’i was one of a 5 member team of linesmen that included a supervisor who carried out upgrade works on low voltage distribution network.

Technology

The Law Society symposium held this week at the TATTE convention center dealt with some of the issues that the Office of the Regulator (OOTR) is looking at in order to regulate Internet Service Providers (ISP) as well as contents that the public have in their possession.

Crime

Deidre Fanene

Justice Mata Tuatagaloa, has advised legal counsels in the Supreme Court hearing of the alleged murder of CEO Sa’u Justina Sa’u by her husband Kolani Jr. Lam, not to expect a ruling before Christmas.

Justice Tuatagaloa, who presided over the hearing, was supposed to hear final submissions by counsels on both sides yesterday, but there were delays.

A new date is set for the 27th of November 2019 for the court to hear submissions.

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The man who shot and killed the late Minister of Works is in a struggle to defend against theft charges that have sent him back to prison for parole violation.

Alatise Leafa, who was paroled after 10 years in jail for the assassination of the late Luagalau Levaula Kamu, is a co-defendant for stealing close to $16 thousand tala worth of beer from a distribution company at Salelologa, Savaii.

Any thoughts about a job on the bench as a judge of the Lands and Titles Court? A couple of seats are available. One is to follow soon when a judge’s contract expires and will not be renewed.

To be honest there were other earlier judge problems too but they have been fixed.

The high turnover of the judiciary staff is noted but where there’s a  challenge there’s excitement.

C’mon give it a try? This maybe your calling and there’s only one way to find out.

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A woman who poured hot water on her husband pleaded guilty in court to one count of causing grievous bodily harm.

Manumea Choo Koon appeared before Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala – Warren yesterday, Monday.

She did not have legal counsel and did not want a lawyer when asked in court as she was ready to enter her plea.

Region

REPORT from New Zealand Red Cross  

Heads are huddled closely around a map of the Pacific as a group of skilled Red Cross disaster responders discuss what to do after a fictional earthquake strikes a remote island off the coast of Fiji.

Lifestyle

Large crowds are seen turning up regularly in the sun and rain for measles vaccination injections at the TTM Hospital, Moto’otua.

 There have been instances also when some of the crowd were asked to leave because there was no room inside, where vaccinations were done.

Sports

Fifteen-year-old R.J. Aiafi, a Year 12 student at Samoa College, has set his sights on American football stardom.

The youngest child of Member of Parliament (Faleata West) Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi and Tagaloa Sharon Aiafi told Newsline Samoa he is shooting for the stars.

One of only two players in the country named to the 2020 All-Star Polynesian Bowl to be played in Hawai’i, he’s off to a raring start.

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