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The Apia Port Facilities is getting another upgrade worth USD$62m, signed over yesterday as a grant from the Asian Development Bank.

A major feature of the project is a breakwater protection barrier to significantly reduce the damaging waves effects on the safety of the port facilities.

 

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

Three young men are in police custody for the alleged assault of a Chinese businessman at Lotopa last week Saturday.

A statement by the Ministry of Police on Monday evening confirmed the arrests.

The suspects are now in police custody awaiting court appearances next month on the 1st of October.

The day did not end well for the two occupants of a small private car that crashed into the ditch at Fa’atoia yesterday.

The accident occurred next to the intersection at Fa’atoia and Leone around 5.00pm in the evening.

Bystanders reported that an elderly woman and her grown son were taken to the hospital for medical attention.

The car ended veered off the road and into the deep ditch onto its left side on the roadside.

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

A mother who allegedly struck and killed her 1-year-old baby girl on the head with the wooden handle of a broomstick earlier this year rejected manslaughter charges.

The Samalaeulu, Savaii, mother, denied four charges in connection with her daughter’s death before Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala – Warren.

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

A loving mother and grandmother is organising a proper burial for the bodies of the two dead babies who were abandoned in separate incidents.

She has also taken it upon herself to give each one a name in a show of humanity she wholeheartedly believe are entitled to like any other human being.

Crime

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

The man who confessed in the Supreme Court to charges of conspiracy to murder the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, may be called in as a state witness.

Taualai Leiloa pleaded guilty to two conspiracy charges and will be sentenced at the end of the month on the 30th of September 2019.

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

Lawyer Unasa Iuni Sapolu is angry at the Ministry of Police for not following up on her formal complaints of death threats made on herself and her children last month.

Unasa confirmed to the media outside court that they have filed an official complaint with the police and also provided evidence of the threats.

 

 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.

Gory details from the police search in the bedroom where Ms. Frysna Rimoni was allegedly shot in the face, emerged Thursday when officers testified in the attempted murder trial of Peter Tulaga.

Pieces of human flesh, teeth, bone fragments, blood-stained sheets, curtains and clothing were found during a three-day investigation at the crime scene, a home in Vailoa belonging to Tulaga's mother.

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

A mother who allegedly struck and killed her 1-year-old baby girl on the head with the wooden handle of a broomstick earlier this year rejected manslaughter charges.

The Samalaeulu, Savaii, mother, denied four charges in connection with her daughter’s death before Justice Tafaoimalo Leilani Tuala – Warren.

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

Supreme Court Justice Leiataualesa Daryl Clarke has sentenced a convicted a 40 year old man to 9 years and 7 months to Tanumalala Prison for the rape of a 10 year old school girl.

The defendant cannot be named to protect the identity of the victim he is reportedly related to.

Lifestyle

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

A 24 year old registered nurse is the new Miss Samoa.  Her name is Fonoifafo Nancy McFarland – Seumanu.

Nine Samoan beauties drawn from Australia, New Zealand, US and Samoa, went after the crown, including the winner who entered the pageant as Miss New Zealand Samoa.

A 73 year old mother who is back in Samoa this week from the first time in 56 years, is still trying to adjust to the massive changes she has returned to.

Sarai Fesulua'i  left the country as a 17 year old and is overwhelmed by what she has experienced and the positive face of the Apia town area compared to when she was last in Samoa.

"It’s been way too long since I was in Samoa. I am overwhelmed by the changes and it feels good to be back home,” she confided in Newsline Samoa.

Education

Two college students from the Savaii villages of Iva and Salelavalu are fired up to save coral reefs from putting together a school project as part of the Ministry of Education Sports and Culture, Literacy Week.

Before the activities ended yesterday, 17 year old Jane Livi of Salelavalu and 16 year old Tavita Ioane of Iva, argued it is never too late to save the corals.

 

By Tauva Lima Tavae

The Ministry of Education is introducing an additional Maths Exam paper in the two senior national examinations - Samoa School Certificate SSC and the Samoa Senior Leaving Certificate.

 

By Setope Sooaemalelagi In Shandong Province China

Samoa 2019 Pacific Games

The goal was always  for the gold. 

Tough competition, however,  only allowed Team Samoa to come away from the NUS Gymnasium volleyball courts with the womens bronze medal.

No one knows better than the team captain Emalini Toleafoa, the fight her girls went go through, to place 3rd overall and win their medal last Friday.

Rising to the challenge of facing top level opposition made the medal win a moment Toleafoa and her team will savour for a long time.

Politics

The Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi did more than reach out a hand in the resurrection of the Samoa National Development Party or SNDP, during the week.

He also tipped off the organisers of the former opposition party on how to dethrone his ruling Human Rights Protection Party, HRPP.

Tuilaepa was invited to deliver the keynote speech at the re-launching of the political party at the Tuutuuileloloto Hall on Wednesday.

Local

The tsunami of 29 September 2009 will be 10 years old in three weeks from today and the Aleipata district will once again commemorate the worst ever natural disaster for them. 

More than a 150 people were killed mostly from the Aleipata coastal villages where tsunami waves washed and drowned them out at sea.

The tsunami struck along the south east coast from Aleipata to as far as Falealili and Siumu.

Heavy trucks are to be confined to the Lelata and Leone bridges with a new crossing of the Vaisigano River opening up between the two.

The Loto Samasoni Bridge currently under construction is not designed to take the weight of heavy trucks once it is opened for traffic next month, October.

Traffic flow is expected to be faster and quicker with the added crossing of the Vaisigano River for lighter vehicles.

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