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KING OF TONGA DIES - NATION GRIEVES

The King of Tonga has died in Hong Kong, sparking an outpouring of grief in the Pacific nation.

King George Tupou V, 63, went into an intensive care unit in a Hong Kong hospital about 10 days ago but his condition rapidly deteriorated and he died last night.

Last year, the King was reportedly diagnosed with cancer and flew to the US to have a tumour removed. A close friend of Tupou told the New Zealand Herald he had a liver transplant but was given a clean bill of health.



Samoa police probe death of 8 - year-old

Police are investigating the death of an eight-year-old child who is suspected to have died as a result of a beating from a teacher, last week.
The investigation was confirmed by Police Commissioner, Lilomaiava Fou Taioalo.

“These are just speculations,” he said, “and that is why the matter is being thoroughly investigated.”
Lilomaiava said the family of the deceased suspect that “the child was beaten by a teacher.”



Samoa shipping service to Cook Islands to begin

The Samoa Shipping Corporation begins a new service to five northern islands of the Cook Islands this Friday using the vessel Samoa Express.

The General Manager of the Samoa Shipping Corporation says the islands need regular shipping to deliver produce such as nonu, coconuts and fish.

Papalii Willie Nansen says no other vessel is supplying the service.

He says residents of the islands have placed orders for goods from Samoa.

Families in Samoa are also using the new service to send supplies for their relatives in the Cook Islands.



4 GOP-appointed justices control health law's fate

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Here's a thought that can't comfort President Barack Obama: The fate of his health care overhaul rests with four Republican-appointed Supreme Court justices.

His most sweeping domestic achievement could be struck down if they stand together with Justice Clarence Thomas, another GOP appointee who is the likeliest vote against.



MANY WILLING TO CUT AFGHAN SHOOTING SUSPECT SLACK

He is accused of the kind of crime that makes people shiver, the killing of families in their own homes under cover of night, the butchery of defenseless children. Under normal circumstances, Americans would dismiss such an act as worthy of only one response: swift and merciless punishment.

Not so in the case of Robert Bales - at least, not for some Americans.



Malamalama’aga o le Kanesa

WHAT IS ‘PHYSICAL ACTIVITY’ AND HOW DOES IT PREVENT CANCER?

Energy Balance is the ‘in and out’ flow of food energy through your body.  You eat food energy and burn it off through body functions like walking, breathing, sleeping and more active functions like washing the car, cleaning the yard, jogging around the OMV.   When your energy flow is in balance, your body will function at its best. 



Business & Trade Directory launched for both Samoas

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Talamua Media and Publishing of Apia announced the official launch of the Business and Trade Directory in the territory on Tuesday.

Journalist and broadcaster Apulu Lance Polu and his wife Angela Kronfeld-Polu, the owners of Talamua Media and Publishing of Apia, made the announcement at a press conference held at L&L Hawaiian BBQ.

Apulu said this directory is printed annually and is in the fifth year of the combined publication of businesses of the two Samoas.



ASAA aids Boy Scouts with swim badges

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Boy Scout Troop 282 from the Mapusaga Fou Ward, concluded lessons for their Merit Badges in swimming Saturday at the Utulei Beach Park, where they received swimming lessons since Friday, conducted by the American Samoa Aquatics Agency.

Troop 282 was taught the basics of proper swimming and five different types of life jackets, how to use clothing as floating devices among other things concerning swimming and water safety in earning their Swimming Merit Badges.



Star-Advertiser reports NFL's Satele arrested in Aiea

Free agent NFL center and former University of Hawaii standout Samson H. Satele was arrested on a disorderly conduct count at an Aiea shopping complex early this morning, according to the Honolulu Police Department booking log.

Satele, 27, was arrested at 4 a.m. at the Westridge Shopping Center, home to several late-night restaurants and bars.

He was released after posting $500 bail at 4:50 a.m. He is scheduled to appear in Ewa District Court on April 18. Disorderly conduct is a petty misdemeanor.



Community Briefs

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FIFTH BATCH OF LOCAL TAX REFUNDS RELEASED

ASG Treasury released the fifth batch of local tax refunds totaling $1.3 million on Thursday.

The new batch of refunds covers those who filed up to Jan. 31, Tax Office manager Melvin Joseph said yesterday.

$459,017 of Thursday's batch was paid by local funds and $849,491 for the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC), funded by the US Internal Revenue Service.