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Final year college students are to sit the national Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) exam this week starting on Tuesday right up to Friday.

The Ministry of Education is taking into consideration the measles epidemic and overseas travel for students who are unable to sit.

 Ombudsman Maiava Iulai Toma, has made it clear that the rights of the parents to deny the children measles vaccination is overruled when it comes to the safety of children in a deadly health epidemic.

He gave his position in response to the current argument of the rights of parents to decide what is best for their children that included not having them vaccinated.

A roadside brawl in front of a busy supermarket next to the main road at Vailoa, threatened public safety when it spilled onto the road.

Eyewitness reported empty bottles and rocks flying around and onto oncoming traffic.

The violence broke out between two groups of men at around 9.00pm in the evening, according to people who were present when it happened.

New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters is not ready to accept fingers pointed at the New Zealand measles outbreak, as the origins of the virus that started the epidemic in Samoa.

“There are 10 million cases of the measles in the world and the source of the virus in Samoa is not known,” Peters added as a footnote in a meeting with the media on Friday.

The national state of emergency over the measles epidemic is extended for another two weeks, past Christmas Day to the 29th of December 2019.

The Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi made the formal announcement only hours ago inside his office.

There are still 16,000 thousand people to be vaccinated, according to the PM.  The pulenu'u mop up operation has so far recorded 1342 unvaccinated people, 579 are 19 years and under with 763 above the younger age group.

Lifestyle

She may be fresh out of High School but 18-year-old Latisha Sialaoa possesses a maturity far beyond her years.

Crowned the new Miss Samoa Melbourne Australia Incorporated last night, the fifth sibling from a large family of nine children says her young age only serves as an advantage when it comes to having the stamina and enthusiasm to fulfil her role.

Thirteen Church ministers of the EFKS Church ( Congregational  Christian Church of Samoa CCCS)were ordained this morning 18 May at Malua in a special service.

As ordained ministers they could now perform all the sacraments expected of a church minister. As ordained ministers they could now perform weddings, funeral services , communion services and others.

Sports

(PACIFIC GAMES OFFICE); Cabinet has approved and awarded contracts to local businesses Denzal Services and Feepo Company Limited to provide Catering Services for the Pacific Games this July.

Breakdown of successful bids:

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Weightlifting Golden boy Don Opeloge placed 6th in the IWF World Cup in Tianjin China.

The 20 year old also set a New Commonwealth and Oceania Record in the Clean & Jerk division by 20kg.

Coach Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork said he is proud of Opeloge's performance.

He added this will the champion lifters last tournament for this year.

Pacific Games track and filed hero, Kelvin Masoe, is named in the Manu Samoa 7s to the HSBC series in Dubai and South Africa.

Masoe won three medals at the Games with gold in the men’s long jump, silver in the men’s 4x100 relay and bronze in the 100m sprint.

The Samoa Rugby Union officially released last night the team lineup comprising 14 players that included the Masoe.

Coach Tiejens heads the 5 member team management.

 

Local

The young mother of a one-year-old baby girl and the grandparents of a 4 months old baby girl, joined the growing list of families who are in mourning today at the death of their loved ones.

The two babies are the ‘…2 fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours’ in yesterday’s (30th November) Ministry of Health update that has put the death toll from the measles epidemic at 44 and still counting.

The Ministry of Health latest update report on the measles epidemic confirms a total of 1,644 measles cases have been reported to the Disease Surveillance Team, since the outbreak started.  There were 202 recorded in the last 24 hours. 

To date, 20 measles related deaths have been recorded, with one fatality in the past 24 hours.

The villages of Uafato and Tiavea are giving full support in the conservation of  their rainforests as the habitat of the near extinction manumea bird.

The manumea bird or tooth billed pigeon is a critically endangered species which lives only within and on the edges of the mature native forest. Its numbers have declined over the years mostly through loss of habitat and hunting and is now considered in danger of extinction.

The New Zealand All Blacks may have failed to ‘three-peat’ as World Rugby Champions, but the  disappointment of the heartbreaking loss last weekend has not bothered the Marist Brothers Old Pupils Association, MOBA.

The reason is Samoan born and raised All Blacks prop Nepo Laulala.

“ We are proud that Nepo Laulala is a former student of this school, St Joseph’s College,” Tuatagaloa Ming Leung Wai boasted on Wednesday night.

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New European Union Ambassador to Samoa was at first sad to see his designated country suffer the measles epidemic but happy to be of help.

HE Sujiro Seam told the local media of the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism that made it possible to reach out a helping hand to Samoa.

For the first time since the epidemic started the measles death toll remains at 70 for two straight 24 hour Update Reports 23 and 22.

There were no deaths recorded and the number of new recorded cases dropped below 100 to  just 87.

The Ministry of Health confirms a total of 4,819 measles cases to date.

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. 

A man in his mid thirties collapsed and was unconscious in front of the SNPF Plaza at Savalalo while walking along the busy pathway around mid-afternoon today (Saturday)

He was believed to be in the Plaza for personal errands as he was carrying his personal belongings with him when he fell.

Fire Emergency Service Authority, FESA, staff responded quickly to the call for assistance.

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Newly crowned Miss Pacific Island, Fonoifafo Nancy McFarland, will leave behind her beauty crown today for a nursing cap to battle the measles virus.

Fonoifafo steps out of her new found world of glamour to the harsh realties of the real life in her profession as a fully qualified registered nurse.

Her nursing skills as a vaccinator are badly needed to confront the measles epidemic through vaccination.

Technology

The Law Society symposium held this week at the TATTE convention center dealt with some of the issues that the Office of the Regulator (OOTR) is looking at in order to regulate Internet Service Providers (ISP) as well as contents that the public have in their possession.

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