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June 2018

Samoa govt loosens church tax plans

 Congregational Christian Church ministers arriving at government house for a meeting with Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, and his cabinet on Monday.

The Samoa government appears to have made a compromise in their ongoing efforts to implement a new law that will tax all church ministers.

The Congregational Christian Church hit out at the law, saying ministers paying income tax went against its faith and it wouldn't pay.

However this week a bill was rushed through the House which provided that monetary gifts received by ministers during funerals, weddings and other traditional occasions would not be taxed under the new law.


I have had good water pressure at this house for many years. A guy named Uepa, from Western Samoa, was in charge of water for at least this area. If we had a problem, we called Uepa and it was fixed in a matter of minutes. Alas, Uepa is no more, we know not why, but now we have the mighty sunken ship, “Titanic”. Since Titanic came on the scene, our water pressure has been lousy. Call ASPA, no help.

First Pacific Island child receives help from Save A Child’s Heart Foundation in Israel

Three-year old Abigail Gaunavou and her father

Until a few months ago Abigail Gaunavou’s future for a normal life was gloomy.

The three-year old Fijian girl was born with a congenital heart defect — a hole in her heart. And until earlier this year, her parents Magret Kane and Saimoni Gaunavou Qalokivuiva were in despair. Hope for them was running out after exhausting all possible options available for surgery that may save their daughter’s life.

But divine intervention must have played a hand with the Wolfson Medical Center in Tel Aviv, Israel, Save a Child’s Heart Foundation accepting Abigail as their first ever patient from the Pacific.

And her surgery last week was a success with the young Abigail greeting the Pacific Islanders medial personnel touring Israel this week with a gleaming smile of renewed hope.

23 fanau fa’au’u A'oga Maualuga a Iakina Adventist Academy 2018

A look at some of the 23 graduates of Iakina Adventist Academy class of 2018 during their commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 24, at Gov. Rex Lee Auditorium.
Iakina Adventist Academy class of 2018 Valedictorian, Ingrid Papalii.
Iakina Adventist Academy class of 2018 Salutatorian, Darryl Ulufale Meyer.

I lenei tausaga ua tomuli ai le fa'asologa o fa'au'uga mai Vasega 12 i le atunu'u i le fa'au'uga a le A'oga Maualuga a Iakina Adventist Academy i Iliili. Ma e to'a 23 le ‘au fa’au’u ma o le latou manulauti, "Lo Matou Tala'aga” po'o le “Our Great Legacy".

Ina ua tula'i Pr Uili Solofa mo le tatalo amata ma lana upu fa'amalosi i le 'au fa'au'u, sa matua ia fa'apupula atili le tala'aga e ao ina fa'amau ma fa'amanatu ai pea lenei vasega faai'uaso.

"I lo outou tala'aga ua outou fia faia ma se pine fa'amau, ia manino ma atili fa'amauina ai ni matati'a lelei o mea ua mae'a ona outou faia i totonu o le a'oga i Iakina Adventist Academy. Ae ia silisili ona fa'amatala a'ia'i ai le alofa, o le su'ega sili lea o le ola fa'akerisiano, aua o se fa'anaunauta'iga lea i soo se tagata lava e agaalofa, ia avea ma pine fa'amau sa i inei lava o ia."

American Samoa man guilty of giving meth to kids gets 20 months

American Samoa High Court building

A 29-year-old man who gave methamphetamine to juveniles has been ordered by the High Court to serve a period of detention for 20 months at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF), after he was convicted of unlawful possession of a controlled substance —methamphetamine.

The sentence for Tinojaylann Fa’avi of Pago Pago was handed down by Acting Associate Justice, Elvis P. Patea, who was accompanied on the bench by Associate Judges Su’apaia Pereira and Paepae I. Faiai.
Fa’avi, who is the son of one of the mayors (pulenu’u) from Pago Pago was initially charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, to wit; methamphetamine, a class D felony, punishable by a term of imprisonment of not less than 5 years but not more than 10 years, and a fine of not less than $5,000 but not more than $20,000.

However under a plea bargain with the government, Fa’avi agreed to plead guilty to unlawful possession of a control substance, a lesser class D felony, punishable by a term of imprisonment of up to 5 years and a fine of up to $5,000, or both.

American Samoa man who assaulted his wife says he’s sorry

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The 37-year-old man who was accused of assaulting his wife while he was extremely intoxicated told the court that he was sorry for his action. The defendant was initially charged with 3rd degree assault, public peace disturbance and endangering the welfare of a child, all misdemeanors. However under a plea agreement with the government, the defendant plead guilty to 3rd degree assault, while the remaining charges were dismissed by the court. District Court Judge Pro Temp Gwen Tauiliili-Langkilde accepted the defendant’s apology and then placed him on probation for 12 months under certain conditions.

Man arrested for drugs after infant son admitted to LBJ pleads not guilty

American Samoa High Court building

31-year-old father who was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of illegal drugs after his 1-year-old son was admitted to the LBJ Hospital for methamphetamine intoxication waived his rights to a preliminary examination (PX). Lewis Lokeni appeared in High Court last Friday where he entered a not guilty plea to the charges against him.