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Samoa sprays airports to stop chikungunya

\Samoa is spraying its airports ahead of the Small Island Developing States conference to fight the spread of chikungunya.

At least 50 people are suspected to have contracted the mosquito-borne disease while more than 500 cases have been reported in American Samoa.

Our correspondent in Apia, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, says the airports are being sprayed as part of a mass clean-up campaign to contain the disease before the conference in September.



Relocating Samoa's wharf to cost $140m

The government’s plan to relocate the wharf from Matautu to Vaiusu will cost $140million.

But P.M. tells the Opposition not to worry about debt, instead they need to just give them their support

The figure was revealed by Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, in Parliament on Wednesday during the debate of the Customs Bill 2014.

The Prime Minister spoke about the cost of the project when he rebuked members of the Opposition Party for constantly worrying about the country’s foreign debt.



Samoa Govt changes market rules

In Samoa, the Minister responsible for the government's newly opened Fugalei market, has changed its opening hours following pressure from farmers and small business operators.

Lautafi Fio Purcell has restored the 24 hour market opening hours after the initial operating hours of 6 in the morning till 6 in the evening drew criticism.

The announcement of the decision by a senior officer of the Accident Compensation Corporation was met with applause from farmers and business vendors who have been critical about some of the new rules for the market.



Neptune Pacific Line to acquire Polynesian Shipping Line

Neptune Pacific Line yesterday announced that it will buy Polynesian Shipping Line.

In announcing the sale of the business yesterday afternoon, the Chairman of Polynesian Shipping Line, Charlie Westerlund stated, “the time is now right for [Polynesian Shipping Line] shareholders to withdraw from shipping, and we are pleased to be able to sell the business to a professional, like minded and well-managed company in Neptune Pacific Line,” Mr Westerlund said.



Academic notes decline in NZ born Pacific language speakers

A New Zealand academic says the declining numbers of New Zealand born Pacific language speakers shows the languages are facing extinction.

Data released by Statistics New Zealand from the 2013 census shows the number of Pacific language speakers has decreased for Cook Islands, Niuean, Tokelauan, Samoan and Tongan people by as much as 7 percent since the 2006 census.

A senior education lecturer at Auckland University, John McCaffery, says the number of Pacific language speakers was low to start with and it is getting worse.



PNA wants fishing plan extended to long-line fleet

The Parties to the Nauru Agreement, the PNA, is hoping a new plan will be in place next year to control long-line tuna fishing in the region.

The Pacific fishing agency hopes the extension of its vessel day scheme to include long-line fishing vessels will generate more revenue for member nations as well as control tuna harvesting in the region.

The plan currently focuses on purse-seiner vessels which buy days to fish in PNA waters.



At last: $10m Fugalei Market opens

The initial design had a two-storey building that was going to cost $42million. However, Cabinet changed the plan and settled for a $10million single dwelling

Yesterday, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, whose government has come under much scrutiny over the delays in the construction, officially opened the $10million project.

The opening was music to the ears for farmers and vendors, who have had to brave the boiling sun and the rain to sell their produce and crops, for the past few years.

“I’m extremely grateful,” farmer Seve Ioane told the Samoa Observer.



Samoa police confirm crash claimed one life

Police have confirmed the death of a 44-year-old male from Salepoua’e Sale’imoa

According to Assistant Police Commissioner, Fauono Talalelei Tapu, the man died in a car accident in Tuana’i last week.

“The deceased was heading to Sale’imoa on early Sunday morning when he lost control of the vehicle,” Fauono said.

“(He then) crashed into a rock fence next to the Methodist Church at Tuana’i.”

Reports say a local villager took the driver to hospital, but it was too late and he did not survive.



Derelict fishing nets are a death trap

Each year, at least 640,000 tonnes of nets and other fishing gear goes overboard and never comes back. But just because it’s lost to the sea doesn’t mean that derelict gear stops doing its jobs. The lobster pots, crab traps and dense thickets of nets that litter the sea bottom keep snaring fish and other animals for years or even decades after they go missing.



Three suicides reported in Samoa

Three people died after committing suicide during the Father’s Day weekend.

The grim news was confirmed by the Assistant Police Commissioner, Fauono Talalelei Tapu yesterday.

“I don't accept the verdict. Let God be the judge of this matter”

The first casualty was a 50-year-old male found by his sister’s children at his home at Nofoali’i.

He took his life on Sunday.

“His sister’s children went to visit him at his house but instead they found him dead,” said Fauono.

Another suicide death was reported from Lalomalava Savai’i.



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