Japan Medical Team Sets Up At Leulumoega Hospital

PRESS RELEASE :  The second team of the Japan Disaster Relief (Infectious Diseases Response Team) arrived in Samoa on 14 December 2019 to join the fight against the measles epidemic upon the request of the Government of Samoa.

            The team composed of 11 members: 3 MDs, 4 registered nurses, 2 pharmacists, 1 coordinator and the team leader will operate at Leulumoega District Hospital alongside the Ministry of Health personnel until 27 December 2019.

Dear Oh Dear……16 versus 15 c’mon

Maybe Japan was the better team on the day when they bowled our Manu upside down but there was another factor.

A non-playing rugby fan who traveled all the way from a country in Europe where the sport is not played told the media this story.

"We were coming back from the Wallabies vs Uruguay match, I went back to Fukuoka at my motel and I ended up watching Japan vs Samoa in a bar and that was awesome.

Upskilling For Women In Risk Reduction In Disaster

Two women from Samoa will be travelling to Japan this week  to attend the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) Hiroshima Women's Leadership Disaster Risk Reduction DRR training in Japan.

TemukisaTuai'mau from Faataua Le Loa (FLO) and Ministry of Works Technology and Infrastructure (MWTI) Planning and Urban Management Agency (PUMA) representative, Alataua Ah Sam will participate with members from 14 other nations that have experienced tsunami disasters.

Head of State and Masiofo At Emperor’s Enthronement

The Head of State, His Highness Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa and Masiofo Fa’amausili, celebrated with other invited leaders from around the world, the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito of Japan this week.

Their Highnesses were among and exclusive guest list that included many royal families from close to 200 countries, who flew in to celebrate the royal accession to the Chrysanthemum Throne by the new Emperor.

Manu Samoa Future Needs Reality Check

The Manu Samoa maybe in a serious need of a reality check whether it can be competitive at the international level in future, including the next World Cup in four years time.

The overall set back that is a major worry  is the lack of funding for the development and promotion of rugby at home.

Rich and stronger unions are also starting to emerge and are at the point, in a few cases, where they are stronger than the Manu Samoa.

Dear Oh Dear ……fear not, our boys will thread through the needle hole

Unless our Manu boys can beat the living daylights out of Ireland in their final pool game this week, we’re out of the World Cup. 

Our hopes of  thrashing the Irish are slim but hey a chance, even if it is smaller than the eye of the needle, is better than none.

If not for that we would already be watching that rabbit cartoon character sign off  ‘…uppity, uppity, uppity…that’s it folks.’

Japan Gifts FESA 5 Emergency Fire Trucks 

Japan gifted 5 fire trucks to raise the Samoa Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) standard of response and quality service around the country.

The official presentation last Friday marked an ongoing support to Samoa by Japan, through a Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Human Security Projects (GGP) scheme.

The donation consists of one pumper fire truck with tank, one water tank truck, one rescue truck and two fire pumper trucks with a total amount of USD$88,819.

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