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“Fagasa Worships God Not Fautasi”

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“I have heard these words being said many times as fautasi race gets closer and closer,” preached Fagasa’s Rev. Etitoa Sopo’aga of the EFKS during the dedication of the village’s new fautasi, the Fealofani Samoa lll last Saturday in Pago Pago under heavy downpour and strong winds.



Fagaloa Basketball League continues with “Fly Boys” holding Shield AGAIN!

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The Fagaloa Basketball League continues onto their fourth week of action this week, featuring the Fly Boys who claimed the Shield last week from Fagaalu’s All One, and defeated Atu’u this past Wednesday evening, to hold onto the Shield with a smashing 80 – 52 beating that sent Atu’u home with their fourth loss of the tournament with only one victory on record.

Fly Boys recorded two losses and three victories and still remain as the top Shield Holder.

Fly Boys 80 – Atu’u 52



Gov concerned over drop in vets visits to VA clinic

Clinic services may be scaled back or discontinued
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Gov. Togiola Tulafono says an official informed him last week with the Veterans Administration regarding the drop in the number of local veterans utilizing the local VA clinic in Tafuna.

Speaking on his weekend radio program, the governor said this issue came up during a meeting last week with Dr. James Hasting, director of Veterans Affairs Pacific Islands Health Care System.



Retired Post Office employee faces charges of theft and embezzlement

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A retired Post Office employee is facing criminal charges in connection with the alleged theft of money and postage stamps belonging to the Post Office back in 2009. Nikolao Fa’asala is facing charges of embezzlement, stealing and responsibility for the conduct of another to commit forgery.



Fono agrees to joint session with Governor

Togiola will speak to legislators on LBJ proposals
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Both the Senate and House have agreed to hear from Gov. Togiola Tulafono in a yet to be confirmed joint Fono meeting regarding the administration’s proposals to help LBJ hospital. The proposals were given to the Fono for consideration during the special session.

The decision was reached by the Senate and House membership, which convened their own meetings yesterday after the regular session.



Court Report

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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
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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.