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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.

Crime

Deidre Fanene

Leiataua Lolani Evile, was called into court this week, as a state witness to the murder hearing of his younger, CEO sister, the late Sa’u Justina Sa’u.

Leiataua appeared on the 4th consecutive day of court proceedings against his brother-in-law, Kolani Jr. Lam, accused of the murder.

Samoa was recently ranked with the highest proportion of women judges in the region at 20% in 2018.

An article reviewing how the Pacific courts need more women, disclosed the jump following the appointment in 2015 and 2016 of two Samoan women judges to the Samoa Supreme Court.

Women are rarely seen in Pacific Island judiciaries, according to the article, but the tide is starting to turn.

 

 Police on the scene of the reported violence at Vaivase –tai

A woman was attacked at around 3 pm outside of the Vaivase Primary School gate yesterday.

Police were at the scene and an ambulance rushed the woman to the hospital.

Some of the eye witnesses said that the woman who was in a blue car was attacked by four women.

Onlookers who spoke to Newsline Samoa described the attack as ‘disgraceful’ and ‘evil.’

A woman who came to collect her children from school told Newsline that the woman was attacked in front of her kids.


Sentencing for 31-year-old Tauinaola Laupua who pleaded guilty to killing Chinese teacher Charles Chao at the seawall in Apia last August has been delayed due to a dispute with the Summary of Facts.

Sentencing was scheduled for Friday but defense attorney Donald Kerslake told the court they do not agree with prosecution's Summary of Facts.

The defendant appeared for sentencing before Supreme Court Justice Leaiataualesa Daryl M. Clarke on Friday, 24 May.

Education

Deidre Tautua – Fanene

The 16-year-old winner of a schools impromptu speech competition is calling on young people to speak up about cyber bullying

Aruna Wallwork Tuala of Vaoala revealed that she too was a victim of cyber bullying three years ago and wants the youth of Samoa to speak up about their experience.

Local

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.

Construction of the Loto Samasoni bridge connecting Ma’agao to Malifa is moving along with plans for an official opening next month.

Once completed it will offer the fourth crossing along the Vaisigano River for the eastern side of town and will run between the Lelata and the Leone Bridges.

This year will mark the tenth anniversary of the deadly tsunami  that struck Samoa killing  over a 100 people of Falealili and Aleipata and caused so much destruction along the southern-western coastline of  Upolu.

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.

 

By Fiu Mataese Elisara/OLSSI Executive Director

People are leaving the EFKS Church and the church should not ignore this.

This matter was raised by the Manukau Parish in New Zealand for discussion in the EFKS Church conference this year.

Sports

New Zealand feminist group, Speak Up For Women’, has added protest to controversial transgender weightlifter, Laurel Hubbard, who won two gold medals in Samoa during the XVI Pacific Games.

“Speak Up For Women launched a campaign on Monday over what it calls inaction on the issue from sport officials”, reports news website Stuff.

Hubbard created controversy at the Games when she took away two gold and silver medals in the women’s 87 kg weight division.

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.

Oliva Tamatoa Kirisome limped onto the competition stage several times to perform his lifts and after the gold medal was placed around his neck, Samoa's heavyweight powerlifting champion winced in pain as he was interviewed by curious reporters.

How he won the gold with a strained muscle suffered mid-competition was "a miracle," Kirisome told reporters with tears streaming down his face.

Maria Annette Gay claimed a bronze medal in her very first competition when she defeated an opponent from Papua New Guinea in a bronze medal contest on Tuesday.

She told Newsline Samoa, she fought to win for her mom, dad and her judo family

"I was so scared! There were so many people cheering and I guess that's what motivated me when I heard my mom and dad they were like cheering me on and I was like yes, I've got to win this medal!," Gay told Newsline Samoa.

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