Jayda Stewart hat-trick earns Samoa semi-final spot at OFC Women’s Nations Cup

Despite a brace from Sarah Uregei, New Caledonia were outdone by Stewart’s brilliance, after Samoa captain Monique Fischer had earlier given her side the lead.

Four years ago, at the 2018 edition of the OFC Women’s Nations Cup, New Caledonia won this fixture 2-0 and looked the more threatening early on, peppering the Samoa goal from long-range.

Samoa’s work was however looking more clinical and Fischer saw her near-post shot saved by Lorenza Hnamano.

Over 70 new Covid cases in Samoa

The new statistics takes the total number of the cases (community and border) to 15,318.

The Ministry of Health confirmed that the numbers were recorded from 2:00pm 19 July, to 2pm 21 July, 2022.

The MOH also confirmed that there are two patients currently isolated at the Moto’otua National Hospital and none at the Intensive Care Unit.

“We continued to implore the public to please remain vigilant and adhere to public health advice from time to time.”

Business end of Oceania womens Nations Cup

First up, Samoa take on New Caledonia, followed by the top-ranked side in the competition, Papua New Guinea, playing Tonga.

On Sunday, hosts Fiji play the Cook Islands, and finally Solomon Islands play Tahiti for the final semi-final spot.

The winners of the final which takes place next weekend gain a spot in the Women's World Cup Playoff tournament in New Zealand early 2023.



250 people a day in Samoa seeking help for flu

Acting director general of health, Tagaloa Dr Robert Thomsen, said the numbers of people with the flu are those who have sought help from doctors or hospitals in the past three weeks.

Dr Thomsen expects a surge in cases once Samoa's border opens to international travellers from August 1st.

He said the presence of dengue fever has also been recorded in Samoa - with six cases confirmed in June - but he doesn't think Samoa will experience an outbreak.

Samoa health expert urges caution after disease reappears

Acting Director General Tagaloa Robert Thomsen said while there is a presence of dengue fever, the evidence does not suggest Samoa will experience an outbreak.

Dr Thomsen said the hospital's surveillance team is on the look out for any new cases after six cases of dengue fever were confirmed for June, and the team has seen cases of the symptoms including diarrhoea, acute fever and rash.

Dr Thomsen said dengue fever usually occurs after rain and flooding and people need to watch out for mosquito breeding places.

Samoa Police Minister concerned about increased use of methamphetamine

Lefau Harry Schuster told Parliament recently the concern is that Samoa might become a meth market foothold which supplies meth to other countries given the increase of meth found in raids.
Police reports specified by the Minister state that in 2020, 3 raids were able to confiscate meth, in 2021 one raid seized meth and this year there were two raids.
"If you compare the three years from 2020 to 2022, the number of raids seized have increased," Lefau said.

Samoa Cabinet to approve installation of container X-ray scanner

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Customs and Revenue, Tuala Tevaga Iosefo Ponifasio told Talamua that training has been provided for employees who will be using the scanner and everything is going smoothly.
"It's going well so far and we want it up and running right away if only we can tomorrow, we will definitely start tomorrow but there's things that need to be completed which will be soon," he added.

He also announced in Parliament recently that the reason why the process was delayed was due to specifications of the scanner.

No dates yet for Samoa’s Fautasi regatta

The regatta is initially scheduled to be held in September.

Earlier this year, the Government announced that it is reviving the Fautasi Regatta including other traditional canoe races such as the Tulula (half sized fautasi), Pao pao, and Alo Va'a.

In June, the committee and Police met with representatives of groups that are interested in participating.

According to a police official, the closed-door meeting at the Police headquarters in Apia was attended by about twelve representatives.

Samoa’s business community deals with fallout from Vailima move

Now the Samoan Chamber of Commerce is working overtime to repair the damage done to business confidence, following the bombshell announcement.

The chamber’s CEO Hobart Vaai said the move caught the community by surprise.

“Our local business community are very upset at the decision given Vailima's iconic place in our history,” he said.

“It's been our main brewery for a very long time and it’s something that has close affiliation to Samoa. It is marketed as being Samoa-made and the fact it's moving to Fiji has caused a lot of people to be upset.”

Ex-chairman of Samoa's National Council of Churches dies aged 86

News of his passing has quickly spread on social media with friends and admirers from all walks of life including many different Christian denominations around the world paying tribute to him.

Deacon Leaupepe retired from active service earlier this year because of his failing health.

He was known for being an eloquent orator and straight talker with a cutting wit who was not afraid of admonishing church leaders or political leaders.