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Puleleiite Li’a Tufele of Bluesky Communications was the first to shower in the ice cold bucket of water during their Ice Challenge held last Friday as part of the worldwide online fiesta “Ice Challenge”, a tribute to all those who have and are battling cancer.
Tufele presented a $2,000.00 check donation from Bluesky Communication to the American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition at the end of the event.

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High Court convicts Barlow on 16 of 19 counts; from sodomy to careless driving


The Trial Division of the High Court has convicted James Barlow of 16 of the 19 criminal counts against him in connection with sexually related activity and traffic citations, following a bench trial, which was presided over by Chief Justice Michael Kruse, Chief Associate Judge Logoai Pereira and Associate Judge Fa’amausili Pomele.

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Associate Justice Lyle L Richmond handed down a straight seven year sentence for Malaki Sao, who admitted to stealing $700 cash from a woman at Sadie Thompson’s Inn in Fagatogo several months ago. Sao, who was charged with stealing and escaping from police confinement entered into a plea agreement with the government. He pled guilty to stealing, while the remaining charge was dismissed as part of the agreement.

Governor considering early retirement incentive packages for ASG

Meanwhile, Retirement Board still incomplete

Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is considering a Department of Human Resources proposal for government employees who have indicated they are open to, or are eligible for retirement.
This is according to the governor’s executive assistant Iulogologo Joseph Pereira, who was responding to Samoa News inquiries asking if the governor was looking at offering any early retirement incentive packages to ASG workers.

Cost-U-Less closed by DoH: “Unsanitary conditions” cited


Department of Health has closed down well known local wholesaler, Cost-U-Less’ store due to “unsanitary conditions,” says Dept. of Health official Papali’i Marion Fitisemanu. The company has been given five working days to address the health and safety issues cited by health inspectors.
Papali’i told Samoa News after 5p.m. yesterday that DoH had last week advised the store to correct health issues identified by health inspectors, who conducted a site visit following many public complaints to DOH.

One death from suspected mosquito borne illness


A young man has died from an illness outbreak, which the Department of Health and LBJ hospital have detected as an illness with symptoms that include fever, rash and joint pains, according to a health alert issued by DoH Director, Motusa Tuileama Nua.
There have been “more than 100 patients with several hospitalizations and one death which have occurred on Tutuila in the past 20 days,” says the health alert, titled: “Dengue-like Illness.”

US fishing fleet faces uncertain future in the Pacific


American Tunaboat Association (ATA) executive director Brian Hallman says ATA is disappointed that ‘no deal’ was reached at the conclusion of American treaty negotiations with Pacific Island nations, and that leaves the United States tuna fleet without fishing access to the Pacific Ocean in 2015.
The negotiations on the Multilateral Treaty on Fisheries (also known as the South Pacific Tuna Treaty) were held in Auckland, New Zealand from July 9-12.

First Iva “Alofa” memorial scholarships awarded


A memorial scholarship was awarded in memory of Iva Pisia Salazar, who passed away last August, to graduates Shane Chen and Setoga Siatu'u during the graduation for Registered Nurses earlier this month.
The $500 Iva "Alofa" Pisia-Salazar Scholarship awards will assist the two men who are pursuing their education for bachelors degrees.
According to Nina Salazar, the late Iva’s daughter, “August 2014 marks the first year that Iva "Alofa" has spent in Heaven, but her legacy continues.”

Tests, survey results indicate need for dual language instruction


Education Department director Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau shared last week with senators results of two tests and one survey conducted by the government as DOE makes preparations for the use of dual language — Samoan and English — classroom instruction for public schools.

Tax revenue collection projected downward for FY 2015


“Although overall tax collection has been strong this year — in part due to the restoration of lost tax revenues connected with ASPA being a fuel supplier, and an increase in tax audit activities — tax revenue collection is projected to be 5% lower next year versus the previous fiscal year,” said Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga. He said this is mostly due to the 9% reduction in individual income taxes due to the large number of non-filer individuals.

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