LEGAL HELP: Pa’u Tafaogalupe Mulitalo.Former Mathematics Senior Lecturer at the National University of Samoa (N.U.S), Reverend Vavatau Taufao, is hardly surprised at the recent revelations about the alarming failure in Mathematics among Samoa School Leaving Certificate students.

RUGBY ACADEMY SAMOA: (seated) Ropeti Lafo, Stephen Schwenke, Della Neli, Albert Stanley and Taafaga Jr. Tagaloa (standing) Mahonri Schwalger, George Stowers, Robert Johnston and Arthur Lesa.One of the forces behind the Rugby Academy Samoa and former Manu Samoa captain, Mahonri Schwalger, is on cloud nine. Merely five months after the official launch of the Academy, five of his boys are set to leave the country on rugby scholarships.

Close to a hundred passengers on a Lady Naomi (pictured) voyage from American Samoa to Samoa were stuck on the ferry for almost 20 hours yesterday.Close to a hundred passengers on a Lady Naomi (pictured) voyage from American Samoa to Samoa were stuck on the ferry for almost 20 hours yesterday.

H.R.P.P CLASH: Associate Ministers, Tu’u’u Anasi’i Leota and Papali’i Niko Lee Hang say Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi’s response is unjust.The Associate Minister of Public Enterprises, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, and the Associate Minister of Education, Tu'u’u Anasi’i Leota, have rejected the government’s official response to the Officers of Parliament Committee’s (O.P.C.) report.

WINNING TEAM: Owners Carol and Jack Batchelor with the staff of Lupe Sina Treesort at Tiavi.TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, announced that Lupe Sina Treesort, Samoa, has won the Travelers Choice Award for Service in the South Pacific Region, including, New Zealand and Australia.

COURSE COMPLETED: Thirty participants from local community organizations were all awarded certifi cates yesterday afternoon at the completion of the three-day training that strengthened capacity in managing community councils, boards and committees as well as managing fi nance and communication and planning.The Samoa Umbrella for Non Government Organisations (S.U.N.G.O) has kicked started the year with its Managing Organisation Training.

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Le Mamea Ropati Mualia in Parliament.Representatives of a company from the United States of America are in Samoa to discuss plans for a potential coconut factory.

LOST STASH: Sione Ta'ateo.The Acting Commissioner of Police, Fauono Talalelei Tapu, has rejected a claim by a former inmate that Police officers who arrested him took a large sum of money that was in his bag.

WELL SUPPORTED: Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II and Tautua Samoa Whip, Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi . Photo: Brendan Kim Quintos.Member of the Council of Deputies, Tuimaleali’ifano Va’aletoa Sualauvi II, had his term extended yesterday.

NEED SEAWALL: This picture is worth a million words about what the Village Mayor is worried about.It gets worse every day.

So says the Vaiala village mayor, Uialatea Iosua Esekia, who was speaking about how the ocean is eating into the village coastal area so that the damage now is merely centimeters from the main road.