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Despite rumors, unlikely Ebola would come to Fiji, says WHO

THE risk of the Ebola virus coming into Fiji is low, says the World Health Organization.

WHO emerging disease surveillance and response, division of Pacific technical support Eric Nilles said Ebola would have to be imported, that is sick people coming to Fiji from countries with the virus transmission such as West Africa.

"This is very unlikely because of the very long distance from the affected areas of West Africa, because multiple flight segments are required, and because few travellers from West Africa visit the Pacific and vice versa," Mr Nilles said.

Senate voices concern about communicable diseases and border security


Is American Samoa prepared to prevent the spread of Ebola virus — which has no tested and proven vaccine — within our borders and what measures are in place to monitor the outbreak that has hit the five West African countries killing more than 1,000 people?

New Samoa Sevens coach admits there is a lot of work before Rio

Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua admits there is a lot of work to do after being appointed Samoa Sevens coach until the 2016 Rio Olympics

This will be his second stint in charge of the sevens team, while he also coached Manu Samoa at the 2011 World Cup.

Fuimaono says the immediate goal is to secure a top four finish, which would seal their place at the Olympics. He says the immediate goal is to secure a top four finish in the upcoming World Series, which would seal their place at the Olympics.

High winds delay canoes' trip to Samoa

Strong, relentless winds have tossed the crew members for Hokule‘a and Hikianalia into a race against time to meet the head of the United Nations in Samoa and receive a commitment toward protecting more ocean area.

Winds around 25 mph have pounded Pago Pago Harbor from the east since as early as Monday night. For the past several days the gusts — along with swells forecast to climb as high as 18 feet — have prevented the two canoes from safely departing for the U.N.'s Small Island Developing States conference in Apia, nearly 80 miles away.

Without partnerships, island states face ‘termination’, says Samoa PM

Samoa’s Prime Minister has urged the international community to offer support to small island developing states, some of whom face “termination”, he says, owing to threats posed by climate change and rising seas.

On the eve of the International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS 2014), in Apia, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi stated that “quick financial assistance” is essential when a small island nation is reeling from the effects of environmental or economic disaster.

Pub. Defender's Office adds certified Criminal Defense Investigator to staff


With the support of federal funding for off island training, the Office of Public Defender now has — for the first time — a certified Criminal Defense Investigator, according to that office's third-quarter performance report for FY 2014, covering the period of Apr. 1-June 30, 2014.
In the report, Public Defender Douglas Fiaui said funding through the US. Department of Interior’s technical assistant grant program for training and certification in criminal defense investigation was used during this quarter.

State Dept. invites Gov. Lolo as U.S. delegate to SIDS conference


Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga is invited by the State Department to be a member of the US Delegation at the United Nations Small Island Developing States (S.I.D.S) conference to be held in Samoa from September 1- 4, 2014.
The S.I.D.S Conference, convened under the theme Sustainable Development through Genuine and Durable Partnerships, will focus international attention on a group of countries that remain a special case for sustainable development in view of their unique and particular vulnerabilities.

Community Briefs


The National Weather Service in Tafuna issued Thursday evening, a High Surf Warning now in effect until futher notice, with wave and surf activity along south and east facing coastal shorelines of Tutuila, Aunu’u, Swains and Manu’a islands.   
The public is advised to take extra precaution and stay away from affected coastal shorelines.  Swells, high surf and breaking waves may unexpectedly wash over certain shoreline areas, strong rip currents exist.

Lawmakers target economic development at DOC budget review

Study after study, plan after plan, but nothing comes of them, says faipule

Economic development and new tenants for the Tafuna Industrial Park were some of the main issues targeted by lawmakers, who had many questions during last week’s review of the Commerce Department's fiscal year 2015 budget.
At the outset of the hearing Senate President Gaoteote Tofau Palaie asked how many new businesses have been established in the territory and DOC director Keniseli Lafaele responded that he does not have the data on hand, but can provide it later.

Samoa opens its first casino

Samoa is to open its first casino today.

It will be at Aggie Greys Resort at Mulifanua, near the international airport, and employ 100 staff.

The Prime Minister, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, says the first casino will create more job opportunities and attract more tourists into the country.

Tuila'epa has told reporters in his weekly radio programme the idea behind the government's decision for a casino is for tourists to spend more days in Samoa and spend their wealth.

At the same time the prime minister says more money will be pouring into the local economy.

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