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Samoa’s newest Supreme Court Judge is a woman

The Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, has congratulated Justice Mata Keli Tuatagaloa for achieving another first for Samoa.

His Highness Tui Atua extended his well wishes at Tuaefu yesterday where he administered the swearing in of the former District Court Judge as a Supreme Court Justice.

The ceremony was well attended by Justice Tuatagaloa’s family, colleagues and friends.

Present also were her fellow Judges as well as the Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asue Falefatu Sapolu.



It's back to school

blue@samoanews.com

Summer was officially over for thousands of local public students this past week.
 
All public schools in Tutuila, Aunu'u and the Manu'a Islands, from Early Childhood Education (ECE) to the high school level, kicked off the first day of the 2015-2016 school year Thursday morning.
 
Traffic stalled in some areas as parents were busy shuffling the little ones to class.
 



ASDOE Sports Calendar announced — no surprises

jeff@samoanews.com

The AS-DOE Athletic Division has recently announced their 2015-2016 Sports Calendar, which begins with a big bang — the Football season opener on Sept. 11th — ending with boys soccer and baseball leagues set to begin on the same day, Feb. 29, 2016. The schedule follows the normal array of high school sports, with no new sports added, such as weightlifting or handball.
 



Tala otooto mai le Fono Faitulafono

ausage@samoanews.com

SAUNI SENATE E PALOTA MO LE SUAFA TONY TAGOA’I
 
O le aso Gafua o le vaiaso fou lea ua pasia e le maota maualuga, o le a tuuina mai ai i totonu le suafa o le susuga a Tony Tagoa’i, e fai i ai se finagalo o le maota, e tusa ai o tofiga a le kovana mo ia ina ia avea ma totino o le Komiti Fa’afoe o le Litaea.
 



UAEALESI MOSOOI A LE FAFIGE FAIKAKALA

“O AI O LOO PEPELO”
 



Fesiligia ni isi Faipule tulaga o le Fono i le mataupu totogi amata

ausage@samoanews.com

E to’atele ni isi o faipule ua latou fesiligia le tulaga o le Fono Faitulafono i le mataupu e fa’atatau i totogi amata, i le mae’a ai lea o se fonotaga fa’apitoa lea na valaauina e le alii kovana, sui o le fono faitulafono faapea ai sui o kamupani tetele i le atunu’u, mo le talanoaina o se auala e lagolago ai pili tau fa’aofi e tolu lea ua mae’a ona fa’aulu e le tama’ita’i faipule i le Konekeresi.
 



TALA MAI SAMOA

SAUNI LE MANU SAMOA E ILOILO MA LE BARBARIANS
 



Federal wage subsidy for StarKist not likely says CEO

Tells Lolo he is sending “wrong message” to Congress
fili@samoanews.com

Federal wage subsidies for the manufacturing industry “most likely” would violate World Trade Organization (WTO) rules, and such a subsidy could take time to get US Congressional approval, says Andrew Choe, president and chief executive of StarKist Co., owner of StarKist Samoa Inc. in American Samoa.
 



Inmates complain over lack of parole board hearings

Parole board says TCF warden not cooperating
joyetter@samoanews.com

The delay in conducting hearings with the Parole Board is not only due to the lack of a quorum but also due to incomplete paper work being provided by the police and staff, says Father Vaiula Julio, Chairman of the Parole Board. He confirmed that it’s been months since they last held a hearing.
 



Bill to require drug testing of gov’t employees has no funding source

joyetter@samoanews.com

Attorney General Talaeuaga Eleasalo Ale and Acting Human Resources Director, Eseneiaso Nafanua Liu are in support of the move for the territory or political subdivision employers to require applicants, appointees, employees, elected officials, and independent contractors to submit to drug testing, to be administered by Human Resources Department.
 
Talauega however said that what is missing in the proposed measure is a source of funding to carry out these drug tests.
 



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