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FORU president Lefau Schuster celebrates and welcomes Am Samoa into IRB

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President of the Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions (FORU), Lefau Harry Schuster is  “ecstatic” that the American Samoa Rugby Union (ASRU) is now a full member of the International Rugby Board (IRB) and hopes that the local rugby union will come out very strong, similar to the Samoa Rugby Union, and be very competitive.



Op-Ed: DATE RAPE DRUGS IN AMERICAN SAMOA?

Drugs used to assist a sexual assault are powerful and dangerous. It is often too difficult to tell a drug has been slipped in your drink. They often have no color, taste or smell.

These drugs can render you defenseless. You can become weak and confused, you are unable to refuse sex or recall what happened, sometimes you are aware of what is being done to you, but you are unable to move. The drugs can cause you to lose consciousness or suffer from total blackout.



ASPA COMPLETES FIRST PHASE OF EAST SIDE WASTE WATER SYSTEM

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Yesterday, the first phase of the East Side Village Waste Water Collection System was completed and a ribbon cutting ceremony was held by ASPA to celebrate this achievement.

The project is funded by the USEPA, and signifies the beginning of a series of 5 projects that will be built over the next few years to complete the sewer line system from Atu’u, beyond  the canneries all the way to Breakers point, Oneasosopo.



NVTHS forum continues look at political candidates

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The Nu’uuli Vocational Technical High School, the Senior Class and the National Technical Honor Society hosted a ‘Meet the Candidates’ forum on Tuesday at the Governor H. Rex Lee Auditorium, where gubernatorial and congressional candidates, in separate sessions, responded to questions from students, which included those from Samoana High School and Fa’asao- Marist High School.



Toa o Samoa focus of this year's annual Military Ball

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Governor Togiola Tulafono lauded the Toa o Samoa during the annual Military Ball held at the Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium last Saturday evening, in honor of National Armed Forces Day.

The black tie affair was filled with government dignitaries, military officials, veterans, and active soldiers with their families, families of fallen soldiers, and friends.



Superseding indictment charges Kaisa and Louis Tai in new federal drug case

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Kaisa and his younger brother Louis Tai are now charged under a superseding indictment handed down last week by a federal grand jury in Honolulu, but the pair’s older brother, John Tai, is not included in the new drug case.

Kaisa and Louis were arrested in the territory last summer and taken to Honolulu where they were charged with other defendants in a federal drug case, while John Tai was later arrested at his home in California and taken to Honolulu.



Court Report

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MAN ACCUSED IN SON’S DEATH DENIES CHARGES

A firefighter facing charges of manslaughter and homicide by vehicle in connection with the death of his one year old son two years ago has denied the charges against him.

Iuliano Tavale of Leone, a fireman with the local Fire Bureau under the Department of Public Safety was arraigned in High Court yesterday morning. Tavale was scheduled to have his preliminary examination on Monday before District Court Judge John Ward, but he waived his right to a PX.



Five arrested in Samoa over a billboard calling for marijuana to be legalised

The police in Samoa have charged five men for displaying a billboard calling for the legalisation of marijuana in Samoa opposite the entrance to Faleolo International Airport

The group now face charges of obstruction on the road and disorderly conduct in public places.

Police say the men blocked the entrance to the airport with rocks and had their billboard on the main road facing the airport.

Airport security failed to remove the men then contacted police.

Those charged are Timoti Mamoe, Fa’afoi Solomona, Sapa Mapusone, Risati Tuato, and Falaimo Solomona.



CNMI utility company is back under emergency status

The Commonwealth Utilities Corporation in the Northern Marianas is again back under a state of emergency declaration.

Governor Benigno Fitial says the CUC is owed over 8 million US dollars in unpaid obligations by the cash-strapped government, the Public School System, and the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation.

He says the company is also owed over 4 million dollars by residential users and is facing 2.6 million in accounts payable to vendors.

He adds the CUC, which requires employees with specialized training, also faces a manpower crisis.



Segavao III raring and ready for race

The Segavao Digicel III is ready to do battle when the best fautasi (longboats) in Samoa are put to the test for the 50th Independence Day regatta, next month.

Launched on Monday at Mulinu’u, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi was among the guests. Segavao III is said to be worth “$5.” Prime Minister Tuilaepa said this was the cost “I was told when I asked how much it cost.