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House members offered differing views on an administration bill which seeks to amend provisions of local election law. If passed by the Fono and signed by the governor, the bill will be effective in this year’s Nov. 4 general election.

Court Report


The Attorney General’s office has charged a man with seven sexually related cases, on allegations that he sexually assaulted two of his wife’s nieces. In the interest of protecting the  identity of the two victims, Samoa News will not name the defendant in this case.
The uncle is charged with rape, sexual assault, sodomy, deviate sexual assault and three counts of sexual abuse first degree.

Community Briefs


The forty youngsters who participated in this year’s Dept. of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR) summer camp returned home last Thursday after spending three days and two nights camping out at $2 Beach in Avaio.

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.

Citing ‘no concrete evidence’ High Court dismisses school lunch case


It’s unclear if the Attorney General’s office will re-file its criminal case against Atapana Aumua, a supervisor for DOE’s School Lunch Program, who was criminally charged with stealing goods from the School Lunch Program warehouse and using the items for a family fa’alavelave.

During a preliminary examination (PX) hearing last week Friday, Acting Associate Justice, Elvis Pila Patea dismissed all charges against Atapana following testimonies given at the hearing.

Governor seeks ways to avoid further USDOL citations

Wants better control of payroll system through both DHR and Treasury input

Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is awaiting results of discussions between Treasury and Human Resources departments on the existing payroll infrastructure, in order to determine the best solution to avoid a recurrence of citations by the U.S. Department of Labor, says the governor's executive assistant Iulogologo Joseph Pereira.

Four men say they were arrested without cause

Claim they are victims of human trafficking

Four Indonesians claiming they are victims of Human Trafficking are petitioning the Trial Division of the High Court to compel Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale and Deputy AG Mitzie Jessop, who acted on behalf of the American Samoa Government, to explain why Muhammad Iqbal Heralti, Hermanto (no last name), Ade Rasta and Anton Sunato were arrested without cause.

2014- 15 high school football season about to take off — Aug 27


The most popular sport played in our high school division — “Football” — is right around the corner, and Samoa News will start off the big bang this year with our individual team promos, our Pre-huddles, which will start in tomorrow’s issue, up to the scheduled season opener — set to kick off on Aug. 27, next week Wednesday, with two high caliber matches opening this year’s American Samoa High School Athletic Association football league.

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