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Court Report

Samoa News staff translation

A young man suspected of breaking into three homes in the Tafuna area with the purpose of having sexual contact with young females, all aged 16 or under, was arraigned last Friday in High Court where he entered not guilty pleas to six charges including three felony counts.
Uatau Falanai, in his early 20s, is facing charges in three separate cases. The first case occurred the night of Oct. 17 last year, when he broke into a home in Tafuna resulting in the charge of first-degree burglary.

Nurses celebrate 100 years of serving the territory


Members of the American Samoa Nurses Association applaud while singing the song “Happy Birthday” during yesterday’s special ceremony to kick-off their Centennial Celebration program, which included a parade and five floats, at Veterans Memorial stadium, under the theme, “Pride in our past, confidence in our future.”

Poly leaders alarmed over climate change meet

It “requires the involvement of all countries of the world”

The impact of climate change on the ecosystem and marine resources as well as homes that withstand a Category 4 Hurricane and the development of “tuna farming” in French Polynesia were some of the issues cited in a report following the Lolo Administration’s first participation at last month’s Polynesian Leadership Group (PLG) meeting.

Gene in Samoans is only part of the obesity problem


Genetic epidemiology research conducted in 2010 in the independent state of Samoa found a novel genetic mutation among Samoans that is related to increased risk of obesity and decreased risk of diabetes.
The gene, according to the study, promotes more efficient storage of more fat.
This is according to principal investigator Stephen T. McGarvey, PhD, MPH who is also a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Court Report

Samoa News staff translation

A 24-year old man has pled guilty to two felony charges in the High Court, which has scheduled sentencing for next month, following an incident late last year in which the defendant broke into a home and had sexual contact with a minor.
Forlorn Muasau was initially charged with six counts, including five felonies, but under a plea agreement reached by both sides and accepted by the court late last week, the defendant pled guilty to burglary and having sexual contact with a 16-year-old female minor.

Unruly HAL passenger indicted on two counts


A federal grand jury in Honolulu returned a two-count indictment last week against an American Samoan man who allegedly interfered with the flight crew during Hawaiian Airlines flight from Pago Pago to Honolulu, where he was arrested July 12 when the plane landed there.

Community Briefs


An earthquake, which occurred in the Tonga region, was felt in American Samoa just after 9a.m. Saturday local time, but there was “no tsunami threat” to the territory.

Local Artists & Friends host free Summer Jam Concert

“– our people have music in their souls”

This past Saturday at the Su'igaula Park in Utulei, beach goers and music lovers tuned into the sound and rhythms of young local musicians during the free Summer Jam Concert, an effort led by the Pouesi Family from Aua, and it brought out not only the young and some unknown talent, but some well known veteran musicians as well.


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CCCAS bars media from last day of conference

Church does not believe church issues and development should be aired publicly

The media was denied entry at the Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa (CCCAS) conference at the Kanana Fou compound last Friday afternoon, after a report about delegates questioning the use of church funds was aired on the radio, Thursday.


US-DOL team to explain new labor law that goes into effect in Dec.


A US Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division team will be in the territory early next week to meet with private and government sector workers and employers to explain a new federal labor salary pay rule, which goes into effect on Dec. 1 this this year.
USDOL-WHD district director for the Honolulu office, Terence J. Trotter will be traveling to Pago Pago with USDOL assistant district director Min Mark and the federal agency’s community outreach coordinator Herbert Lee.

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