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Two proposed tobacco bills cite health risks as reason

One seeks to raise excise taxes, the other to regulate use of electronic cigarettes

Two bills have been submitted by the Lolo Administration dealing with tobacco products, one is a revenue bill, increasing the excise taxes on tobacco products , while the other would regulate the use of electronic cigarettes. Health risks are cited for both, as the reason behind their submissions.

Samoa newspaper editor denies sexual claims

he Editor of the government owned Savali Newspaper, Tupuola Terry Tavita, has denied allegations that he made sexual advances towards a young female.

The complainant, Maria Kolia, is a journalism student at the National University of Samoa who was attached to the Savali Newspaper when the alleged incidents happened.

The Editor has pleaded not guilty to two charges of indecent assault; one of threatening words and two counts of assault. He is represented in Court by lawyer, Fepulea’i Patrick Fepulea’i.

Sheldon Haleck to be laid to rest on Monday


Thirty-eight year old Sheldon Paul Haleck, who died after being taken into custody on a Honolulu downtown street, will be laid to rest Monday in Hawai’i.
Haleck passed away Mar. 17 and his farewell services will be Mar 30, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints chapel in Hawaii Kai (Oahu island) at 12 pm, after which he will be laid to rest at Hawaii Memorial Park in Kaneohe at 2 pm, according to a family announcement.

DOI awards scholarships for 2015 American Samoa Jr Statesmen

Source: US DOI media release

The U.S. Department of the Interior and The Junior Statesmen Foundation proudly announce the winners of scholarships to the 2015 Junior Statesmen Summer School.
The scholarships, funded by the Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs, cover all tuition costs ($4,950 for Stanford and Princeton) and round trip transportation.

Polynesian gets another 30-day cabotage waver for Manu’a


The U.S. Department of Transportation has granted the Samoa government owned Polynesian Airlines request for another 30-day cabotage waiver exemption to operation American Samoa’s domestic flights, with the current exemption to expire Mar. 30.

Fundraiser today for Cyclone Pam victims


The American Samoa Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (ASVOAD) is holding a fund raising event today (Saturday Mar. 28) to help victims of Category 5, Cyclone Pam, which devastated Vanuatu earlier this month.
ASVOAD’s fund raising was the result of a United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF) letter to the organization and the letter was shared with the Governor’s Office.

Uaealesi mosooi a le FAFIGE FAIKAKALA


Na te’i le Fafige Faikakala ina ua talanoa atu nisi o ana uo e fa’atatau i le anoanoa’i o pili tupe lea ua amata ona fa’aulu atu e le faigamalo a Lolo ma Lemanu i le Fono Faitulafono, e fuafua ai lafoga i luga o oloa ma isi tautua i totonu o le malo, ma le fa’amoemoe ia maua mai ai sina vaega tupe mo le malo.

Indecent assault trial for Savalii newspaper editor opens in Apia


Trial for Tupuola Terry Tavita, the editor of the Savali Newspaper, got underway in Samoa this week with the complaining witness telling the court that she was disgusted by the sexual advances she alleges he made toward her, according to the Samoa Observer.
The victim, Maria Livisitone Kolio alleged to the Court that Tupuola made the advances several times before he abandoned her on a rural village road when she turned him down.

Bluesky and Samoa News announce donation program for those affected by Cyclone Pam

The Bluesky Group, which includes American Samoa, Samoa and Cook Islands, and Samoa News have announced a donation program to help the three pacific islands that were devastated by Cyclone Pam on March 13, 2015. Cyclone Pam was packing Category 5 winds that directly hit Vanuatu and devastated Kiribati and Tuvalu and has left thousands of people without food, water and shelter.

Vanuatu food situation 'critical'

The Vanuatu Government says relief aid has now reached all of the nation's islands since Cyclone Pam struck two weeks ago.

However, RNZI reporter Koroi Hawkins, who is on Erromango, says the food situation on many islands is critical.

He says the villages in Dillon's Bay, Port Narvin and Cooks Bay have waited two weeks for relief assistance but none has come.

The chiefs told him they have food enough for only a few more days.

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