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SHS principal refuses to leave; Lt. Gov jumps into fray


Despite a plea from Lt Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga to Director of Education Vaitinasa Salu Hunkin Finau to reconsider her decision to remove Samoana High School Principal Mataese Samuelu one week before school starts, SHS now has a new school principal.
Samoa News understands that Samuelu is challenging the decision to remove him from SHS. The new principal Talosia Upuresa, was appointed by the DOE Director to start on Monday last week, however when she went to the school, she discovered Samuelu has remained at the school.

SIDS: Stopping climate change is 'about survival'

Apia, SMAOA — World leaders have not sufficiently addressed climate issues, United Nations Special Envoy for Climate Change Mary Robinson said Tuesday highlighting the urgency of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building climate resilient communities.

“This is about people, it's about survival,” she told the UN New Centre, speaking on the margins of the Third International Small Island Developing States Conference on the Pacific island of Samoa.

Aloaia malo tagata faigaluega ua tele tausaga


... o le tautua
Na aloaia e le malo i le aso Faraile na te’a nei e ala i meaalofa ma faailoga taualoa, tautua a ni isi o ana tagata faigaluega ua tele tausaga o le latou tautua i totonu o matagaluega ma ofisa a le malo.

Conference on Small Island Developing States opens

Apia, SAMOA — Heads of State, policymakers, business leaders and representatives from civil society have gathered in Apia, Samoa, to pledge their support for small island developing states by forging partnerships that will help these nations to overcome a unique set of environmental and economic challenges.

High Court rules in favor of DBAS in 1602 jurisdiction


The Trial Division of the High Court has denied a motion to dismiss one of the cases the government has filed on behalf of the Development Bank of American Samoa (DBAS) and its 1602 housing program where borrowers have failed to adhere to the contracts.
In March, Kalilimotu and Tuputasi Hunt through their attorney, Mark Ude filed a motion to dismiss claiming that DBAS is seeking relief in the wrong court as their proper venue is the Land and Titles Division, in as much as the issue at hand involved land.

Weather delays start of Manu'a schools for one week


Public schools in the Manu’a islands will start the new school year 2014-2015 on Sept. 8 which will be the same for all ECE Centers throughout the territory, says Education director Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau in a media statement Friday evening.

She said that ECE Centers will officially open school Monday  September 8. Additionally, public schools on Manu'a will officially open Monday, September 8 due to climatic circumstances and transportation unavailability to Manu'a.  

Aunu’u man dies while saving sister from drowning


An ASPA worker from Aunu’u died Wednesday evening after he jumped in the ocean to save his sister, who had fallen off a small craft that was heading to the Auasi wharf.

Poly Air going to Manu'a — 30 day exemption granted


The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has granted Polynesian Airlines application for an emergency exemption to operate the territory’s domestic air service, but the initial period of the exemption is only for 30-days.
Polynesian’s request — made Aug. 25 — was to permit the Samoa government airline to  transport persons, property, and mail to and from the Manu’a islands for a period of 90 days beginning Sept. 1, 2014.

Amnesty bill first step in Immigration reform


Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale says the immigration amnesty bill is the first step by the Lolo Administration towards immigration reform as the governor’s office will in the future submit appropriate legislation to fix any current immigration law “loopholes” which allow more foreigners to stay in the territory than necessary under the annual immigration quota.

Tax Office cracks down on nonprofit fundraisers

BINGO and car washes included

Churches and denominations conducting weekly BINGOs and fundraisers have been cautioned that they may lose their “tax exempt status” if they do not follow the law, which is that these activities are to be done infrequently, however, that is not the case, as some churches conduct BINGO games twice a week, says Tax Manager Richard Jimmerson.

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