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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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The 20 Church ministers of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (CCCS) have entered pleas of not guilty on charges of not paying income taxes.

The case now moves forward with a three day trial set to begin the first of July 2019.

The defendants, dressed in their Sunday best, appeared before District Court Judge Leota Raymond Schuster Thursday morning.

By Staff Writer

 

The Ministry of Health CEO Leausa Dr. Take Naseri, welcomes with gratitude and relief, the offer of help by Samoan doctors worldwide to the measles epidemic in Samoa.

The Samoan Doctors Worldwide volunteer service, is deploying 40 Samoan doctors for 14 weeks, working about two weeks at a time, from 23 December  to 31 March 2020.

Frequent landslides is becoming a worry for Lauli’i villagers, along the east coast road fronting the sea.

The fear is the threat to homes and properties of people living under the hills along the coastal area of the village of Laulii on the eastern side of Apia.

The occurrence of another landslide last week heightened the concern of these people as rocks and soil fell down on to the road and areas at the foot of the hills.

 

An overseas market for local sasalapa or soursop has opened up in China and it is gallivanting the Minister of Agriculture Lopao’o Natanielu Mua to give local farmers a big push

The Minister is behind the thrust by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries to push farmers on a planting drive to take advantage of the market opening up in China.

Sasalapa is being promoted as in demand in China and exported by the local company Skyline to produce juice in much the same way as nonu juice.

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.’

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).

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.

Politics

 

The upcoming Fa’asaleleaga No. 2 bi-election has sparked public interest in the future survival of the Tautua Samoa Party, after an almost total collapse in the last general election.

Lifestyle

The whole week celebration by the village of Laulii which started yesterday was for three reasons. One is to ask God’s forgiveness of  the people of Laulii who had committed murders in the past and the start of a new chapter in the history of the village.

 

Staff Writer

To make Samoa a society based on equity and justice is the responsibility of everyone including leaders of communities, villages , church and government. This  social transformation  of our society can be done  through personal transformation.

Sports

 

  New Zealand North Harbour head coach Steve Jackson is the new Manu Samoa coach.

The Samoa Rugby Union Chief Executive Officer, Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea’i, confirmed his appointment this morning.

Jackson was one of three overseas rugby coaches short-listed along with former Manu Samoa coach Fuimaono Titimaea ‘Dickie’ Tafua, for the final interview.

 

Manu Sina Captain Masuisui Pauaraisa wants equality in rugby.

In an interview with Newsline Samoa, Pauaraisa said everyone needs to come and support the women.

“That’s what we’re fighting for. I live in New Zealand but now I come to Samoa quite often because of rugby because my heart is here. We really need to push,” she said.

Samoa 2019 Pacific Games

The New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, is arriving in Samoa tomorrow, Saturday, on her way to an official visit to the Tokelau Islands on Sunday.

The PM will spend the night in Apia before travelling on the HMNZS Otago to the New Zealand island territory.

During her short  stopover, the  NZ leader is scheduled to take a stroll on the Apia Waterfront Events Space and the Clock Tower Boulevard on Saturday afternoon.

Crime

“I beg you to please forgive me for the wrong that I’ve done. Not only that but I know that only God can forgive me and everybody for their sins. My sister, please forgive me. Please forgive what I did to you and please – forgive me.”

So apologises Terry Faati in court to the Australian woman he raped as she sat in the courtroom on Friday.

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