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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.

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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.

Since March 2019, the Central Bank of Samoa (CBS) has been engaging with the banking industry, non bank payment service providers and select government ministries in the rollout of the new national payment system, Automatic Transfer System (ATS)

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A woman who is charged with attempted murder as well as grievous bodily harm of a male from Solaua, Saoluafata pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The woman is in legal strife for discharging a firearm, attempted murder, armed with a dangerous weapon and grievous bodily harm.

The incident occurred on the 29th of October this year.

Tilomai Ah Siu Alofipo of Vaitoloa is a mother struggling to deal with a living nightmare she went through, of having three children with the measles at the same time.

Her 4 year old son and two daughters, the youngest was her baby daughter, all picked up the virus and ended up at the TTM Hospital, Moto’otua.

Her son and 2 year old daughter Sophrania eventually pulled through except for her baby Hazel.

The Malua Theological College end of year graduation passed quietly with little fanfare last weekend with only a church service where diplomas and degrees in theology studies were handed out.

There were 20 graduates this year and the church service was restricted only to the parents. 

Strictly no children were allowed as declared under the national state of emergency for the measles epidemic, in a public gathering.

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  PM Tuilaepa in discussion with the Chairman of the National Emergency Advisory Committee Ulu Bismarck Crawley

Vaccination teams were turned away by some of the families who did not accept the measles injections, during the Thursday and Friday house to house emergency immunisation campaign.

The Chairman of the Disaster Advisory Committee, Ulu Bismarck Crawley, confirmed the rejections.

 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.

More medical teams are making their way to Samoa from New Zealand to to join the medical teams working with the measles epidemic.

Dr. Penehuro Tapelu and senior nurse Ms. Kailua Faafoi  are from the Porirua-based primary health care provider, Pacific Health Plus, in a joint project with Pacific Cooperation Foundation.

“This is Pacific Health Plus trying to do what we can for our Samoan brothers and sisters,” says John Fiso, chairman of Pacific Health Plus.

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.

There are no intentions by the Government to penalise people and families who refuse to be vaccinated especially the children who are most vulnerable to the measles virus.

Chairman of the Disaster Advisory Committee, Ulu Bismarck Crawley, prefers to continue to appeal to the families and parents, to be more responsible for the safety of everyone by being vaccinated.

New measles cases continue to slide from a high of 83 yesterday to 8 less people with a total of 75 recorded today in the last 24 hours for Update Report 26.

The death toll is up to 72 with 1 fatality to keep the count steady at I since yesterday from Update Report 25.

Lifestyle

Food lovers and government leaders gathered at the Apollo Cinemas Wednesday evening to launch the all-new Pacific Island Food Revolution in Samoa, a 12-episode reality TV series developed by celebrity chef Robert Oliver that showcases the indigenous cuisine of Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu and Fiji.

Where are the best quality fine mats gone the Prime Minister asked.

This question was posed to the weavers of fine mats at the annual Fine Mat Display held yesterday at the EFKS Youth Hall at Sogi.

Politics

The Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi did more than reach out a hand in the resurrection of the Samoa National Development Party or SNDP, during the week.

He also tipped off the organisers of the former opposition party on how to dethrone his ruling Human Rights Protection Party, HRPP.

Tuilaepa was invited to deliver the keynote speech at the re-launching of the political party at the Tuutuuileloloto Hall on Wednesday.

Crime

By Staff Writer

The infamous King Faipopo who was arrested in Apia at the weekend by police is free on bail, but it will be a while before he is allowed to return to Australia as his home base.

Police charged the 45 year old who is officially Malele Atofu Paulo of Vailoa, Aleipata, for making false statements that were defamatory ‘with the intention of causing harm’ to the intended person targeted.

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