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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).


The Leapai Richard Brown family at Vaimoso has wired up a spectacular Christmas lights show at home, in the hopes to light up the spirit of Christmas this festive season.

The family home is openly displayed for the public to enjoy, Leapai said on Friday when asked by Newsline Samoa.

He was hesitant about the timing especially with the measles crisis that the country is experiencing.

By Jo Galer

Team Leader media Engagement, University of Otago,

 Mob: 021279826

The University of Otago has a long term commitment and relationship with the people of Samoa through our 2004 Memorandum of Understanding with the National University of Samoa and very good ongoing working relationships with the Samoa Ministry of Health. 

PRESS RELEASE :  The Ministry of Health had not authorized the $40 tala fee and was also not aware that staff had unilaterally impose the fee to acquire the vaccination records for school enrolment.

As a result, Director General of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri had instructed staff members to cease any fees immediately charged when informed of the situation last Friday.

Deidre Fanene

Members of the Judiciary and the staff of the Ministry of Justice are keeping the court rooms at Mulinu’u moving again for the New Year 2020.

A prayer service at the start of the week to officially drag in the new workload, rolled off the new lineup of matters for the Supreme Court, District Court and the Lands and Titles Court to deal with.

Revenue collections dropped noticeably at the Falealupo natural attractions for the festive holiday season just ended last Christmas and New Year.

The Falealupo Canopy Walkway, Giant Footprints of Moso and ‘Inailau a Tamaita’i’ are money makers for the village at the end of every year.

But what used to be revenue intakes of up to $3000 tala from a steady stream of entry fees collected from holiday makers, business fizzled poorly.

The Government representative or ‘pulenu’u’ of the Nu’u residential settlement, is proud of the support families under his watch showed by following the health advices on the mesales epidemic.

Malo Malagamali’i Solomona is thankful, as Nu’u pulenu’u that not one peron in his village had the measles.

 Nu’u is a growing residential settlement with a population of more than a 100 and growing.

By Staff Writer


Direct flights from China to Samoa are finally coming, with the first scheduled to arrive at Faleolo International Airport on the first of July. 

The Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, slipped the information across on national radio yesterday in his weekly media conference.

“I’ve been told that a company airline in China will be making direct flights to Samoa in July,” Tuilaepa said.


A worrying outlook on the closer ties between Samoa and China at the Asau Port being ‘… turned into a military asset in hostile times’ is being circulated by the international media from a Reuters News Agency write up.

The report is carried under several headlines.

One warns that “China has plans for an old US WWII port in the Pacific, and it's adding to fears that Beijing is up to something”.


Maria Piva and her daughter the reigning Miss Samoa Sonia Piva proudly opened the new Piva's Boutique on Saturday morning much to the delight of several working women.

Telea Fuimaono Brown of Vaiala was among the first shoppers at the boutique in Togafu'afu'a.

Speaking to Newsline Samoa, Brown, who is employed at the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), remarked on the "importance of style" for every working woman.

New Zealand pop singer Sir John Rowles is performing in Samoa for the first time this week.

He plans a performance to make up for not doing so until now and for not knowing the locals love his songs.

 " I should have come before but somehow I didn't get here but I spent a lot of time in Hawaii,” he said in a press conference yesterday.

“I think the people of Samoa like my type of songs, love songs, about the oceans, islands.”


Counsels a full written judgment with reasons will be provided at a later date but this is the court’s brief decision in oral.

Defendant Kolani Lam is charged with three main offenses, the charge of murder, the alternative charge of manslaughter, the assault and the attempt to defeat the course of justice.

I’ll deal first with the assault and the attempt to defeat the course of justice before I can deal with the murder charge.


Deidre Fanene


The photo of the young mother of a dead baby whose body was found at the Mulifanua Wharf recently is not to made public.

District Court Judge Alalatoa Rosella Papalii issued a court order on Tuesday on the ban.

The mother had already pleaded guilty to concealing the dead body.

The District Court has clarified bail conditions for the 45-year-old man who is facing charges of what a state prosecutor calls “telecommunications offenses” against Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.

District Court Judge Alalatoa Rosella Viane Papalii informed the defendant, Malele Atofu Paulo, known by Samoan social media users as ‘King Faipopo,’ that he was never given a blanket condition that prohibited him from posting on social media.


 MEDIA RELEASE :  Following its successful campaigns at the recent South Pacific Oceania and New Zealand Championships, the Bodybuilding Federation of Samoa (BBFS) is preparing for the International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) World Men’s Bodybuilding Championship and International Congress, which will be held in Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates during 8-10 November.


Finding the appropriate Samoan words for the technical terms in the Samoa Meteorology Bill is a challenge for the Meteorological Division of the Ministry of the Natural Resources.

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