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Lawmakers call for "healthy debate" on office allowance bill

Their stand may help voters decide the election

Two lawmakers have called for the Senate bill to hike the office allowance for Fono members to be brought to the House floor for review and debate, so that everyone has an opportunity to voice their opinions.
The bill, which increases Fono member's office allowances by $10,000 annually across the board, was passed three weeks ago by the Senate but is still pending in the House Budget and Appropriations Committee.

TAOA hot meal program not popular, says director

Evidenced by big decline in number of participants

Due to the decrease in the number of elderly citizens who are attending the TAOA’s hot meal program, Territorial Administration on Aging (TAOA) Director Ale Tifimalae said they have added an additional day for the meals to be distributed at the sites. The meals will be served three times a week instead of twice a week.

Court Report


The wife of a man who died in Afono last year as result of a fight, told the court that it is very hard for her to find forgiveness in her heart for Eric Naiuli, as it was his actions that took her husband away.
Naiuli, who pleaded guilty to negligent homicide, admitted that he struck the victim, who had intervened to stop a fight during a drinking session.

Escaped convict continues to evade Samoa police

The Samoa police need your help to find an escaped convict.

Hans Apelu was among four prisoners who ran away from prison on Saturday morning.

This was confirmed by Acting Police Commissioner, Fauono Talalelei Tapu.

“Apelu escaped from Tafaigata with three others who were also waiting for their court appearances,” he said.

“Two were found at Vaitele and returned to Tafaigata on Saturday while Apelu and Lima Lausefo of Satapuala were not found.”

Yesterday, Lausefo was captured and returned to Tafa’igata.

But Apelu remains at large.

Youth applicants still needed for NMSAS advisory council

Deadline is today

Today is the deadline to apply for one of the three primary seats on the advisory council for NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS).
The three seats are for Manu’a/community-at-large, Aunu’u/community-at-large, and the youth.

Community Briefs


The Sailing School Vessel (SSV) Robert C. Seamans sailed away this past Sunday afternoon from the Malaloa Marina, where it had been docked for over six weeks.

Hanipale Malae sex case may see charges dismissed against defendant’s wife


New information revealed in High Court last Friday, in a high profile sex case, has it that the Attorney General’s office may be dismissing the criminal charges filed against Asenati Malae, wife of Hanipale Malae’s and Fa’aso’oso’o Sosaiete, one of the girls who originally came forward as a victim but later changed her story, denying anything happening.

Man receives 15 years for murder, despite pleas for leniency

Ifogas were made and accepted

Despite a plea from the deceased’s mother for leniency in the sentencing of Matulino Tauali’i, the High Court sentenced him to 15 years in jail. Matulino last month pleaded guilty to second degree murder in connection with an incident where he struck another man with a hammer, who later fell into a coma and died.
Sentencing was handed down by Associate Justice John L Ward II and Associate Judge Fa’amausili Pomele last week Friday.

Samoa chiefs warn about ‘social unrest, conflict and violence’

“We wish to highlight that the A.D.B.-backed reforms appear to be in breach of constitutional protections of customary land. Article 102 of the Constitution prohibits the alienation or disposition of customary land or any interest in customary land. This includes prohibition of sale or mortgage of customary land or interests in it, and prohibition of land or interests in it “being taken in execution or be assets for the payment of the debts to any person on his decease or insolvency”

Biz Beat: Cool down and get hydrated with purified water from Island Breeze


If you want to stay healthy and quench your thirst at the same time, call the folks at Island Breeze and get bottles of purified water delivered to your home or office.
For a decade now, company owners Pete and Erika Galea’i have been supplying purified water for hundreds of local residents, government offices, and businesses in the private sector.

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