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  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 298.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 299.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 330.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 331.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 332.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 77.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 78.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 77.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 78.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 77.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 78.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 77.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 78.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 77.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 78.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 77.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 78.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 77.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 78.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 77.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 78.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 77.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 78.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 77.
  • warning: date(): It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/Chicago' for 'CST/-6.0/no DST' instead in /var/www/vhosts/samoanews.com/httpdocs/sites/all/modules/archive/archive.pages.inc on line 78.

March 26th

Court Report

reporters@samoanews.com

ARSONIST ENTERS GUILTY PLEA

A man who burned his wife’s clothes last December has entered into an agreement with the government. Samoa News cannot name the defendant to protect the identity of the victim.



Matau mother and daughter to be sentenced today

Correction to original story that misstated prosecution's stand on Andrea Matau's sentencing
fili@samoanews.com

Federal prosecutors have maintained that Julie Matau should be sentenced to 30 months imprisonment, arguing that the former grant administrator and office manager of the now defunct U’una’i Legal Service Corporation (ULSC) “orchestrated a fraud scheme that resulted in the theft of almost $160,000 in U.S. taxpayer dollars.”

For example, Julie Matau paid herself $13,000 between July 25 and Aug. 4, 2007 while U’una’i staff was being terminated because one of the federal grantors opted not to renew grant funding, according to prosecutors.



Preparations for Pacific Arts Festival under scrutiny this week in Honiara

Solomon Islands’ preparations for July’s Festival of Pacific Arts are being scrutinised by regional cultural heads this week, with the opening of the 24th Council of Pacific Arts and Culture meeting in Honiara.

Linda Peterson is the head of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s delegation at the meeting, which got underway this morning.

She says participating countries and festival organisers have the chance to visit the sites and familiarise themselves with the preparations.



Greenpeace says global demand for sustainable tuna should encourage change

Greenpeace has released a report saying there’s increasing global demand for responsibly sourced tuna.

The environmental NGO released the report at the start of the annual meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, or Tuna Commission, in Guam.

Greenpeace says the 25 member countries need to listen to consumer and industry demand for sustainable tuna.

It also wants a ban on wasteful Fish Aggregating Devices in purse seine fisheries and for the bigeye tuna catch to be cut by half.



CNMI utility faces nearly 9 million US dollar operating loss this fiscal year

The Commonwealth Utilities Corporation in the Northern Marianas expects to incur an operating loss totaling 8.9 million US dollars by the end of the fiscal year.

This is based on CUC records in the first five months of the year, or from October 2011 through February 2012.

For power alone, the CNMI utilities company projects the operating loss to reach 5.9 million dollars.

For water, it is expected to reach 1.8 million dollars and for wastewater, 1.2 million dollars.

Power has the largest shortfall, mainly due to maintenance costs and lower than anticipated kilowatt-hour sales.



Conservative justices question health care law

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sharp questioning by the Supreme Court's conservative justices cast serious doubt Tuesday on the survival of the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama's historic health care overhaul.

Arguments at the high court focused on whether the mandate for virtually every American to have insurance "is a step beyond what our cases allow," in the words of Justice Anthony Kennedy.



Tighter security for SAT, ACT in wake of cheating

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) -- The millions of students who take the SAT or ACT each year will have to submit photos of themselves when they sign up for the college entrance exams, under a host of new security measures announced Tuesday in the aftermath of a major cheating scandal on Long Island.



ASG DoIT hosts Google reps this week

Public invited to session at Lee Auditorium this afternoon

PAGO PAGO, AS —The Department of Information Technology (DoIT) is hosting Google this week for a series of meetings and presentations to various government agencies and members of the community.

According to Easter Asi Bruce, Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Director of DoIT, "the lead up to planning Google's visit to the territory this week stemmed from American Samoa's attendance at Google's annual premier event ‘Atmosphere 2011: A view from the cloud.’



Watch for those potholes, more showers forecast

reporters@samoanews.com

American Samoa has not seen a full day of sunshine over the last several days, with heavy rain and strong winds last Saturday prompting concerns from local residents of potentially worse weather conditions at the start of this week.

Yesterday, it was still cloudy for the territory while in neighboring Samoa it was strong winds in the morning before they diminished.



THOUSANDS LINE STREETS TO MOURN LATE KING OF TONGA

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga (AP) -- Homes swathed in purple and black formed a bright bow running from the countryside to cities of Tonga as the mourning nation honored and buried their late King George Tupou V on Tuesday.

That so many took the care to adorn their homes and businesses testifies to the reverence Tongans give to the idea of the monarchy, even after Tupou ceded many of his own powers in 2008 to usher in a new era of democracy.