(SAMOA) — Rev. Fuata'i Simanu opened Zone A's Rugby 15s season with a word of prayer, reminding young rugby players to emulate Christian soldiers when on the field.

Rev. Simanu is leader of the EFKS Church in Satalo, Falealili.

He read from the Holy Bible, urged good sportsmanship and offered a word of prayer during opening ceremonies.

He told the young men to behave as Christian soldiers on and off the field and prayed for a safe successful season for all athletes, parents, teachers, schools and teams.

(SAMOA) — Shields have been introduced in Zone A's six-week Rugby 15-a-side competition with Avele winning the U-15 and U-17 shields and Leifiifi the U-19 on opening day of the 2018 season.

Avele College took the U-15 shield after they defeated Leifiifi 15-5.

Avele's U-17 squad beat Falealili College by two points, the game ending 5-3 Fulltime.

Leifiifi College defeated Samoa College 29-18 to claim the U-19 shield.

The Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture opened its 2018 Rugby 15-a-side tournament Thursday, March 8.

(SAMOA) — Leiififi College's netball squad begins the 2018 season looking sharp in new sports gear, gifted to the school from the Saints Netball Club based in Christchurch, New Zealand.

"The girls are so happy the uniforms fit them well," said Leifiifi Principal Sefuiva Malaea Lauano. "We'd like to express our faafetai tele lava for the gift. The girls look nice in their uniforms."

The individual behind the generous donation — blue and yellow dresses; top and skirt sets of blue and white, sports jackets, bibs and sports bags — remains obscure, notes Sefuiva.

(ST. CHARLES, Louisiana) — Social media has made the time-old challenge of wondering what others are thinking less of a task.

While it doesn't give us a complete picture of someone else's life (and not counting people who feign their identities primarily for stalking and other questionable purposes) it does provide readers of any given account with a good idea of one's interests.

(SAMOA) — Profits for the Samoa Shipping Corporation soared by 200 percent in the ending of fiscal year 2016, according the Press Secretariat, but media inquiries on services between Salelologa and Mulifanua sent to SSC during the 2017-2018 holiday season, have yet to be answered.

The growth in profits for SSC was reported in a statement issued by the Press Secretariat, Ministry of the Prime Minister & Cabinet in late February 2018.

Even as the statement was issued, the SSC had not responded to media inquiries received in December 2017.

(SAMOA) – Ua maitauina ma iloa e le Faletupe Tutotonu e iai i latou poo tagata solitulafono ua faia ni faiga faasolitulafono e ala i le faaaogaina o le Facebook e ave faagaoi ai au tupe na alu ai lou tigaina ma lou afu e maua (se’i tulou).

E o mai ma faaaoga auala e faapea e vave ona e mau’oa ma faatosina ia te oe o le a e maua se tupe tele pe a teu au tupe ia i latou. 

(SAMOA) – It has been brought to our attention that there are supposedly some people or well organized criminals that are using Facebook as a tool to get to your hard earned money.

They come in the form of get rich quick schemes promising you huge amounts of returns if you invest your money with them.

Please be alert and vigilant of these scammers on social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram and the like.

(SAMOA) – There is no doubt that the Scientific Research Organization of Samoa (SROS) has achieved its mandate as the government initiative celebrated its 12th anniversary this year.

Established in 2006 as a newly formed government initiative, SROS was set up to provide scientific and technical research, and develop technologies which provide benefit to Samoa’s industries, government ministries, corporations, agencies, communities, and, in turn – the national economy.

JAPAN'S GRANT ASSISTANCE TO SAMOA

(SAMOA) – Two fire-fighting trucks were added to the fleet of the Samoa Fire and Emergency Services Authority (SFESA) officially presented mid-February, on the 15th.

The trucks were procured through the assistance of Japan International Cooperation System (JICS) in collaboration with the Government of Samoa and fully supported by Japanese Supplementary Budget.

(SAMOA) – In the coming months, Samoa Airport Authority (SAA) will be undertaking major airport pavement and drainage improvements to key aeronautical infrastructure assets.

Following the World Bank’s No Objection in October 2017 and a Cabinet Approval in November 2017, SAA signed a USD $31,400,750.00 contract on 18 Jan., 2018 with Downer New Zealand, Ltd. to undertake the design and construction of pavement surfacing and infrastructure rehabilitations/upgrade at Faleolo International Airport (APW) to achieve the required design standards.