Memorable Moments Of Epidemic For Registered Transgender Nurse  

Deidre Fanene

Registered transgender nurse and midwife, Tiara Tuulua, will never forget dealing with pregnant women during the measles outbreak

The 33 year old who had been a registered nurse since 2009 added the measles epidemic as a second lifetime experience, of a natural disaster she was directly involved with.

Cooking Gas Shortage Ends In Savaii

The holiday season shortage of cooking gas in Savai’i ended during the week with the scheduled monthly shipment by the Samoa Shipping Corporation for the big island.

One of the regular suppliers from Apia, BOC Gas, explained the shortage on only one special trip a month scheduled by the Shipping Corporation for cooking gas.

A supplier spokesman said there are other reasons that include peak sales at this time of the year, always for the months December and January.

Street vendor dreams of becoming a lawyer

Deidre Fanene

A street vendor is looking forward to what this year has for him.

Jay Semo has had a tough life at a young age and is no stranger to most of the people in Apia especially the businesses.

There was also a time when the Samoa Victim Support Group took him into the shelter and offered him a place to live, after he ran away from home because he was being abused.

Loving Words For Young Father Who Died From The Measles

Deidre Fanene

The family of a young 39 year old father, are grieving his passing after his body was laid to rest at his home residence at Leauva’a during the week.

His death has left his loving wife uncertain about her young family as she too is still under intensive care treatment from the virus at the TTM Hospital.

The late Paulo Leota is one of the last two people to die from the epidemic; the second was a 3 months old baby of Matautu and Fagae’e, Savaii.

Busy Week For Judiciary As Gavel Bangs Into 2020

Deidre Fanene

Members of the Judiciary and the staff of the Ministry of Justice are keeping the court rooms at Mulinu’u moving again for the New Year 2020.

A prayer service at the start of the week to officially drag in the new workload, rolled off the new lineup of matters for the Supreme Court, District Court and the Lands and Titles Court to deal with.

  Fasting And Praying Works For Samoa – Rev. Ma’auga

The 2020 Week of Prayer and Fasting officially ended on Friday with a church service at the Mt. Vaea Prayer House.

More importantly, the annual tradition is now 30 years old, started in the aftermath of the Cyclones Ofa and Valerie in 1990-1991 respectively.

The major damages the natural disasters left behind in Samoa in lives and moreso in the national economy, led to the undertaking for divine protection.

Rare Family Of Doctors Working From The Heart

Teams of overseas medical professionals doing voluntary work for the measles epidemic in Samoa have included a group of doctors who stood out as siblings from one family.

Doctors Sarah, Sebastian, Miriam and Mosese are brothers and sisters in a family of 9, five of them doctors – 2 sisters and 3 brothers, all based in New Zealand.

One of the doctor brothers, Luke, missed out from volunteering in Samoa because he was needed for work commitment at home.

Marist Old Pupils Pay Tribute To Late President

The Marist Old Pupils Association, MOPA, executive and senior association members paid tribute to former President, Moananu Ioane Filemu, who was laid to rest yesterday.

Moananu passed away from ill health at 68.

“ He was a leader and a humble person as well, his last name Filemu says it all,” Tuala Farani Chan Tung said in eulogy at the family service on Thursday.

Falealupo Attractions Hit By Measles Epidemic Economic Pinch

Revenue collections dropped noticeably at the Falealupo natural attractions for the festive holiday season just ended last Christmas and New Year.

The Falealupo Canopy Walkway, Giant Footprints of Moso and ‘Inailau a Tamaita’i’ are money makers for the village at the end of every year.

But what used to be revenue intakes of up to $3000 tala from a steady stream of entry fees collected from holiday makers, business fizzled poorly.

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