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Op-Ed: The ground is shifting under our feet

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The Samoa News Classified Ads sometimes reveal trends.

A few weeks ago, the only “Help Wanted” ads in that day’s edition called for potential employees who could speak both English and Mandarin (Chinese).

A recent ad was looking for a “German Chef”. It is not clear whether the chef should be of German nationality, should speak the German language, should know how to cook wiener schnitzel, or all of the above.



PO forced to close Monday; sewer line problems

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The Post Office was forced to shut down their operations about noon yesterday due to a sewer line problem, which affected the Luamana’i building where the Post Office is housed.

Postmaster Anetere’a Ioane said the problem started around 11:30 a.m. and by noon they had to close down the post office and clear all out all postal employees. He said there was a strong, offensive odor that was coming from the water dripping into the Post Office from the restroom on the second floor.



Teacher denies charges of inappropriate touching

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A Manumalo Baptist School teacher made his initial appearance in the District Court on allegations of inappropriately touching a female student.

The science teacher, Dave Tupua is denying the charges of false imprisonment and third degree assault for offensive touching which have been made against him.

The false imprisonment charge carries a jail term of up to one year in jail or a fine of up to $1,000 or both, while the assault charges are punishable with up to 15 days in jail or a fine of $300 or both. Private Attorney Fiti Sunia is representing the defendant.



Rules reviewed at transportation hearing

Buses may soon require seat belts, emergency exits
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The Department of Commerce (DOC) Commerce Commission and the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) held a Public Transportation Hearing yesterday morning at the Fagatogo Market Place, to get feedback from bus and taxi cab owners and the public on the DOC's proposed ‘Adoption of New Administrative Rules’.

The Commerce Commission invited the public to comment on the proposed rules and will take all public comments into consideration, when making a final decision whether to adopt them.



Faleomavaega pays tribute to the late King George Tupou V

Cong. Faleomavaega Eni yesterday paid tribute to the late king in the U.S. House of Representatives and offered his condolences to the royal family during the appointed time for “One-Minute Speeches” in which Members of Congress may speak on a topic of their choice before their colleagues and before the nation.

“I was privileged to have personally known King George Tupou V for many years and I will remember him as a noble leader who was passionate about serving his people,” Faleomavaega said in his speech to Congress.



Tongan King's state funeral set for March 28

The body of King George Tupou V will arrive in Tonga next Monday and his state funeral and burial will be held at the Royal Tombs, Mala’e Kula, Nuku’alofa, on Wednesday, March 28, Matangi Tonga Online reports.

Paula Ma’u, the Secretary for Information and Communications, told MTO today that the late king would lie in state at the Royal Palace in Nuku’alofa for two days, before his burial on Wednesday.



Prosecution moves to consolidate three murder charges into one trial

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Associate Justice Lyle L. Richmond, who was accompanied on the bench by Associate Judge Mamea Logoai has taken under advisement a motion by the government to consolidate the cases of three men charged in connection with the beating death of Sio Faumui, also known as Chico, during summer last year in Malaeimi.



Court Report

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IMMIGRATION OFFICER CHARGED OVER ASSAULT

A Senior immigration officer made his initial appearance yesterday in the District Court after allegations that he assaulted a taxi driver over the weekend.

Galo Sanele is facing charges of private peace disturbance and third degree assault.



Education crisis identified by candidate

A candidate for Lieutenant Governor in American Samoa, Sandra King Young, says the territory has an educational crisis on its hands.

She has told a forum on education the number of high school students taking remedial courses when they enter the American Samoa Community College continues to increase.

Ms King Young says of 438 high school graduates who took the American Samoa Community College placement test last year only 22 students were ready to take college level courses in English, writing and mathematics.



School teacher in Samoa faces assault charges after death of student

The police in Samoa have charged a 25 year old primary school teacher with assaulting an eight year old girl who died a week ago.

The police spokesman and assistant police commissioner, Leaupepe Fatu Pula, has told reporters the accused used a ruler to beat the child which was the cause of several bruises to the deceased’s legs.

The accused Telesia Funa’i will appear in court when a pathologist’s report into the cause of death is completed.

The dead student’s father has told local television that his daughter died from leukemia.