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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.


Burning car Saleaula…. Only a week ago another car went up in flames on the side of the road in front of the Malua Theological College brick wall.

This photo posted online of a car that caught fire at Saleaula, Savai’i, is the second in only a short period of time.

Cause of the fire was unknown at the time the photo was taken.

Photo by Ugavau Faasoo.



Loving, humble, very generous, straightforward and kind.


Those are just some of the words young athletes and sports associates used to describe the late Coach Agatupu Lefao during a memorial service held yesterday at Ligaliga Funeral Home in Motootua.




SPREP : Lefaga College of Samoa won the Pacific Regional Invasive Species Schools Challenge in 2016 with a poster encouraging people to help stop the spread of invasive species.  It was this same winning entry that was revealed in a billboard on Friday 27 July, with a special ceremony at Lefaga College.



There’s no way to predict how post-traumatic assistance can impact a community as small as Poutasi, Falealili, or as big as China.

When it leads to positive outcomes, like the good things that followed the Samoa tsunami of Sept. 29, 2009 and the 2010 earthquake in China, behavioural health experts call it “post-traumatic growth.”

One with a first hand experience of the tsunami in Samoa is Tuatagaloa Joe Annandale of Poutasi.

Advanced training in post-traumatic stress counselling is underway this week at the Seventh Day Adventist Maota ole Senetenari, Lalovaea.

Dr. Buckles, Dean of the School of Behavioral Health, Professor and Chair of the Department of Social Work and Social Ecology at Loma Linda University in California, is heading the learning exercise.

She leads a team of five professors and 12 graduate students to Samoa to conduct the training.

There is no sign of “Renang” sardines in Samoa, a brand of tinned fish packaged in China, pulled from the market in Malaysia late June after authorities discovered parasitic worms in the product.

None of the major wholesalers in Samoa – Ah Liki, Chan Mow, Frankie’s, Farmer Joe’s, Ah Fook and Bargain – carry the brand.

This was discovered during a phone survey conducted by Newsline Samoa after it received public concerns about the canned food, in particular the brand called “Renang.”

More members have been added to Samoa’s Bar with the admission of six lawyers yesterday.

The admission ceremony was presided over by the Chief Justice of Samoa Patu Falefatu Sapolu.

The six were admitted after successfully completing their Professional Diploma in Legal Practice PDLP.

One of the lawyers admitted yesterday was 25 year old Quentin Sauaga of Vaiusu of the Office of the Attorney General.

Sauaga said he was attracted to the law profession because he has siblings who are lawyers and also because it’s a good profession.


 Marist St. Josephs Sports Club hosted a farewell luncheon for HE David Nicholson, High Commissioner of New Zealand to Samoa in acknowledgment of the strong development partnership between the Club and High Commission on youth and sports development.

Major League Rugby is tapping into the rich resources of athletes born and bred in Samoa and Fiji.

“I spent a week in Fiji already and I’ve been to rugby matches. I would liked to have made it to Tonga but it was just too difficult in this short period of time,” said Richard Osborn, President and Owner of Austin Elite Rugby.


That’s the sigh of relief Manu Samoa fans in Samoa and across the globe are breathing after the team secured its spot in the Rugby World Cup 2019 set in Japan.


That’s the song of praise the nation was singing early Sunday, 15 July when the ‘Men in Blue’ delivered on the badly needed victory over Germany. 

The hosts were leading 15-14 at half time, leaving the fans at home on the edge until the final minutes of the game when Samoa surged to the lead with three late tries to win.

Final score was 42-28.



Well-known for her popular "Go The Manu" social media campaign and strong opinions on issues affecting Samoa and the Pacific – Pilisita "Sita" Leota has been awarded the prestigious J. William Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship.


“Ms. Leota will make an outstanding Fulbright Scholar and we are pleased to be able to support her studies in the United States,” said U.S. Embassy Apia Charge d’Affaires Tony Greubel, in response to questions from Newsline Samoa.



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The Vaimea Primary School and Faleata College are the best when it comes to spelling.

They are the winner of a national spelling contest for schools this year.

Vaimea Primary won in the Primary Section and the win is the first for the Primary School. It’s the second win for Faleata College.


Keeping Apia clean is a job 68 year old Manuele Tiotio loves doing and he does it for financial independence and to keep fit.

Manuele from Samusu Aleipata works for a company which maintains the town of Apia clean. He has been with the company for three years now.

Because he starts work very early Manuele lives in town at Sogi. Only in the weekends he goes home.


Dancing as a way to empower youth is a message the SPACE dancing group promotes.

They are taking this message to the community.

One of the members of SPACE (Samoa Performance Art Creative Excellence) Miss Fetuoletapuitea Leilua said the message they are telling the youths is that dancing provides opportunities for them in life.

“Taking dancing out to the community will help the youth in the villages to build up their dancing talents,” Leilua told Newsline. “ This is an opportunity for them to learn new dances.



Tax default notices served to ‘faifeau’ or religious ministers in all the church denominations who have failed to file income taxes by the 15th July deadline, showed they each owe $5,000 in unpaid taxes.

The majority of ‘faifeau’ in default are of the EFKS Church, who rejected outright the notices served by the staff of the Ministry of Revenue.

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