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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).

Samoa 2019 Pacific Games

After a weekend of crying disappointment at the rugby 7s loss of the gold medal to Fiji in rugby, a measure of joyful revenge came in touch rugby on Monday.

The mens team eked out a close 8-6 win over Fiji in touch rugby, to return much needed consolation to the home fans.

The Samoan side started the first day of touch rugby competition at the Marist Sports Grounds on Monday by overpowering close neighbours Tokelau.

Crime

Parliament is expected to pass the new Arms Amendment Bill 2019 tabled for debate at the opening of session this morning.

The amendment ensures there will be no more outlaws competing in any future Pacific Games or international Shooting competitions hosted by Samoa.

The use of guns by shooters under the age of 21 at the 2007 Pacific Games hosted by Samoa was "unlawful".

 

The American schoolteacher who made headlines around the world for her secret affair with a 12-year-old student still insists today she had no idea what she did was a crime.

Mary Kay Letourneaou, then 34, was still married to the father of her first four children when she began a relationship with 12-year-old student Vili Fualaau during summer school, the Daily Mail reported.

Lifestyle

The ban on the biopic Rocketman based on the life of singer Elton John is not a major concern for the Fa’afafine Association.

Association President, Alex Su’a, said so when asked for a reaction by Newsline Samoa.

The biopic carried several same sex scenes that failed to win the approval of the censors.

“A lot of people are saying what is the Fa’afafine re-action,” Su’a pondered.

The Gagaifo village in Lefaga is taking a step further in the fight against domestic violence, by also imposing a $1,000 fine on women who beat up on their husbands.

The ‘fono a le nu’u’ or council of chiefs recent meeting made the decision, after it emerged that there are wives equally guilty of physical abuse against husbands.

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The Ministry of Commerce Industry and Labour (MCIL) is holding off any official statement on the recent death of an electrical linesman, until a full report from the investigation into the fatal incident is ready.

MCIL is responsible for ensuring the health and safety of workers are looked after in the work place as required by law.

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).

Schools will simply close down and all exams cancelled in any future health epidemic similar to the measles outbreak of last November and December 2019.

There is no Plan B to be set for major exams as far as the Education Minister, Loau Keneti Sio, is concerned, when it comes to any deadly disease that kills children.

Key end of year exams like the SSLC and SSC were cancelled and schools closed early for health safety reasons when the measles virus turned viral.

...where the sight of a car being pushed out of the inter-island ferry is not new.  Happens all the time when vehicles, for as many reasons as you care to count with your fingers will stall inside the boat. 

Usually the poor sailors are the ones to try and push it out and it will be doing them a huge favour if it's not too big.

Sports

The buzz for the Pacific Games is gradually gaining momentum as the games approach.

 The schools in Savaii and Upolu have been allocated a Pacific country taking part in the Pacific Games to adopt and to cheer for during the Games.

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Tauva Lima-Tavae

The Assembly of God (AOG) church branch at Vailima recently celebrated 31 years since the church was established in the area.

The guest list extended all the way to New Zealand and Australia to members of the Church.

The celebration also acknowledged 20 years of service by Pastor Paulo Mikaele, who is currently serving as a pastor.

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.

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