Japan reaffirms maritime security partnership with Samoa

An Exchange of Notes between the two Governments was signed today between Hon. Faualo Harry Jeffrey Schuster, Minister for Police and Prisons of Samoa, and H.E. Mr. SENTA Keisuke, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Samoa.

The Exchange of Notes formalizes a grant assistance to the amount of JPY 150,000,000 (approximately WST 3,000,000) which will enable the procurement of a Patrol Boat (17m long) to support the Samoa Police maritime surveillance and law enforcement programme.

Samoa comes from behind to beat Tonga

It was a perfect start for Tonga with two successive penalties to flyhalf James Faiva inside the first 10 minutes.

The game lived up to expectations under the typical western heat at Churchill Park Lautoka, with the referee calling for a water break after every 15 minutes.

Samoa registered its first points via a converted penalty to first five AJ Alatimu as they trailed 3-6.

However, Tonga extended its lead with an unconverted try to inside center Fetuli Paea in the 22nd minute.

Samoan police commissioner wants to set up new complaints body

TV1Samoa quotes Auapa'au saying the complaints are currently dealt with by the internal Police Professional Standards Tribunal which has been criticised by members of the public as being biased.

He says there are always suspicions of police bias when investigating their own.

The 24-year veteran of the police force, Auapa'au was confirmed last week by Cabinet as the new head of the country's constabulary from seven applicants.

His appointment comes almost a year after the resignation of the last Commissioner, Fuiavailiili Egon Keil.


Shareholder wants action to keep iconic beer in Samoa

The company's parent firm recently announced that it was moving production to Fiji with 50 jobs to be affected.

Samoa Breweries Ltd is majority owned by Paradise Beverages Ltd, and general manager Mike Spencer said in a statement it had not taken the decision lightly.

He said Samoa Breweries' commercial viability had steadily declined over the past five years due to a combination of factors including ageing machinery, the impact of the 2019 measles outbreak, followed by the disruption caused by Covid-19.

Work of UN childrens' group being discussed

The Committee on the Rights of the Child is made up of 18 independent experts who monitor the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

Samoa's representative to the CRC is Justice Nelson.

The committee assesses how well nations act to stop the involvement of children in armed conflict and deal with the sale of children, prostitution, and pornography.

The Supreme Court Justice told RadioPolynesia he hopes to shed light on the CRC's importance to Samoan and Pacific representation in these UN Treaty Bodies.

Influenza spreading in Samoa

The Ministry said the flu viruses are contagious with symptoms including fever, runny nose, dry cough, sore throat, headache, muscle and joint pain, and a general feeling of unwellness and fatigue.

It said that in June there was a surge in cases of the common flu - noticeably up on the previous two years.

The Ministry said most people recover within a week but the flu can cause severe illness or death, particularly among young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and those with serious medical conditions.

Samoa extends State of Emergency, 31 new Covid cases

The Ministry of Health in its latest Covid-19 situational report commencing from 29 June to 1 July 2022, confirmed 31 positive cases.

Of this number, there are 17 new community cases and 14 new imported cases detected at the airport, taking the total number of cases (community and border) to 14,995.

The number of positive cases detected at Faleolo International Airport increased during the monitoring period to 22 cases with 8 cases reported on the flight NZ990 on 26 June; 1 case on flight QF333 on 28 June; and 13 cases on flight FJ255 on 28 June.

New patrol boats for Samoa

The Australian vessel is set to be used for medevac and disaster response, later this year.

Samoa's first Guardian class patrol boat, which was gifted by Australia two years ago, was damaged in a grounding last August in Savaii.

Last month, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Penny Wong, announced Canberra would provide a replacement.

Meanwhile, the Japanese Government has offered to purchase a boat at a cost of $US6.6 million dollars.

This boat will be smaller than the Guardian vessel and will be used for coastal surveillance as well as search and rescue missions.

New life for closed Samoa airstrip

The deputy opposition leader Fonotoe Pierre Lauofo questioned the minister about the safety of the short runway which had been the catalyst for the closure by the previous government.

Olo said they plan to use government land west of the runway to extend it.

The Member of Parliament for Vaimauga 1, Sulamanaia Fetaiai Tauiliili in previous parliament sessions requested the Minister to relook at reopening this airport to continue its' benefits to the country.

‘Don’t pick and choose’: To’o’s Samoa decision sparks fierce eligibility debate

The 23-year-old, who will play his sixth game for NSW in the series decider, explained he will be “playing for my family” at the tournament in October.

As it stands, players such as To’o can represent NSW and Queensland in Origin before electing to play for tier-two nations.

But, speaking on Triple M, rugby league pundits explained they believed the system is flawed and players should elect where their future lies early in their careers.