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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).


By Justin Fa’afia

The Samoa Censorship Board has banned the screening of Rocketman – a biographical movie about the life of musician Elton John today.

“Unfortunately due to censoring issues, we have had to cancel Rocketman,” the Apollo Cinemas Samoa stated during a Facebook update of its movie screenings for the week.

The Cinemas confirmed that the movie was not approved for screening.

By  I Lesatele

It was a celebratory mood yesterday at the Nofoalii home of Nusa Aisoli  Pili Tanuvasa as relatives and friends gathered to celebrate her 100th birthday yesterday.  

Also present at the celebration was the Member of Parliament for Nofoalii and the church ministers of the village and their wives.


Deidre Fanene

The tragedy of the measles epidemic was the fire that fueled Miss Samoa Fonoifafo Nancy McFarland-Seumanu, to go into the beauty pageant and bring home the Miss Pacific Island crown.

The behind the scene force that lit the motivation fire for the Samoan contestant was the organising brain trust of the Miss Samoa pageant, Manaia Events Incorporated,

The Methodist Church has been on the move in a call to all the synods to contribute to the national appeal to fight the measles outbreak, since it was officially declared an epidemic about 3 weeks ago.

Synods around Samoa began make monetary donations and other necessary items like beds to the national TTM Hospital, this week .

The call for contributions extended to the Methodist synods in American Samoa, Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia and US.

Deidre Fanene

The Seventh Day Adventist Church of Samoa and Tokelau, has called for all youth activities of the church to cease, in response to the measles epidemic state of emergency.

The General Secretary of the Church, Pastor Sione Ausage, relayed the church reaction form headquarters at Lalovaea yesterday.

The church circulated notice of the epidemic control measures, to all members around the country, before the state of emergency became official.

Families at flood prone Togafu’afu’a village are hopeful Government will respond favourably to their appeal for a better drainage system to dry up the water levels on the ground quickly.

The drainage system currently in place is not adequate enough to speed up the out flow of water left behind by torrential rainfall to pool on the ground.

Village pulenu’u or mayor, Ms. Leuluama Vaai Faaee, admitted that the problem has been around for years.


Deidre Tautua – Fanene

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi was the guest speaker at the official launched of the Samoa National Democratic Party on Wednesday this week at the Tuutuuileloloto Hall.

The SNDP is the recreation of the old Opposition Party back then, the Samoa National Development Party.

Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi says Hawai'i Rep. Tulsi Gabbard's bid for United States President is "a great goal" and "a great vision."

Speaking to Newsline Samoa in an exclusive interview, the Prime Minister was pleased to learn that a Samoan woman has announced her candidacy for the highest political office in the United States of America.



Some of the government employees  are jumping on board on the Cancer Society  month long campaign to raise awareness of cancer by wearing the yellow ‘sei pua’ ( frangipani)  throughout this whole month.

Samoa  in the past celebrated this campaign in the month of October but it  has been brought forward to align with that of New Zealand and Australia.

Samoa 2019 Pacific Games

Hopes are still high that Samoa will win a medal in the badminton mixed double competition.

Team manager of Samoa’s  Badminton Team Tomasi Peni is confident that Samoa will improve on its current fourth place. Samoa is behind Tahiti which is leading, with New Caledonia and Fiji closely behind as second and third respectively.


Minister of the Ministry of Women Social and Community Development (MWSCD), Faimalo Kika Stowers has applauded the efforts by the village of Vaie’e Safata to impose a fine of $2,000 on any women beaters.

Faimalo assured Newsline in an interview this week that all other villages should follow through with the plan to include fines for women beaters.



By Tauva Lima-Tavae

The Samoa Land Corporation (SLC) is set to serve eviction notice on the Tokuma Family to vacate the property at Sogi, after an Appeals Court ruling last Friday, re-confirmed legal ownership of the land to the state.

As far as the SLC Chief Executive Officer, Ulugia Petelo Kavesi is concerned, there is nothing more to be said.

“The matter is now up to us,” he made it clear.

By Tauva Lima-Tavae

Justice Leiataualesa Darryl Clarke, placed serious concern in court this week, at licensed premises like beer bars, selling to people who are already heavily intoxicated.

  Death caused by violence from drunkenness is a ‘common occurrence in the community’ His Honour has observed with despair in court.

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.

Supreme Court Justice Leiataualesa Daryl M. Clarke has warned a male defendant from Anchorage, Alaska that if he misses another court appearance, he will be taken into custody.

The defendant, Tafuna Tauialo, is accused of smuggling drugs, namely crystal methamphetamine, into the country and was  remanded on bail in earlier proceedings.

The official charges against him are: one count of importation of narcotics namely meth, possession of narcotics and importation of prohibited substance.

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