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Witnesses say girl accused over double death in Samoa drove the vehicle

“She was drunk as well – she didn’t look normal. “How drunk? She was laughing a lot at me and was not taking me seriously and I could smell alcohol on her”

Prosecution witnesses giving evidence during the trial of a 19-year-old girl accused over the deaths of two young men last year have poured cold water on the claim that Leslie Kohlhase was not the driver of the pick-up truck.

In the Supreme Court yesterday, they testified that the accused drove the vehicle involved in the tragic accident at Vailoa. What's more, they claimed that she was drunk.

45th PIF summit to open in Palau

More than 300 delegates are expected in the Micronesian state of Palau for the 45th Pacific Islands Forum leaders' summit, which opens on Tuesday.
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This year's theme is the ocean, and issues expected to be canvassed include climate change and the sustainablity of the Pacific fishery.

Amelia Langford will be attending the meeting.

Samoa cops reinstated, others have resigned after alleged attack

Four police officers accused over the beating of a male from Tanugamanono have returned to work while two have decided to resign.

That’s what Assistant Police Commissioner, Fauono Talelei Tapu, told the Weekend Observer yesterday.

He confirmed that the four who have decided to return to work are back on the beat.

In October 2013, six police officers appeared in the District Court accused of attacking a male from Tanugamanono at Moto’otua on October 2012.

Ancient settlement remnants found in Tongan village

Remnants of an ancient settlement outside the small village of Nukuleka, in Tonga, have been excavated by a team of Canadian archaeologists.

Matangi Tonga reports that items collected include thousands of sherds of Lapita pottery, a unique pottery made by the ancient predecessors of Polynesians thousand of years ago.

Canadian archaeologist, Professor David Burley, says this kind of pottery can be found from coastal areas of New Guinea all the way to the islands of Tonga and Samoa.


“We now have the means to produce and distribute millions of breadfruit trees for tree planting projects in the tropics, where hunger and lack of food sustainability are prevalent.”

The government has received US$12,240 (T$29,000) from the sales of a Samoan breadfruit cultivar as a result of a landmark benefit-sharing agreement entered into six years ago.

The cheque was presented by Dr Diane Ragone, the Director of the Hawaii-based Breadfruit Institute of the National Tropical Botanical Garden (N.T.B.G) to the Deputy Prime Minister, Fonotoe Nuafesili Pierre Lauofo this week.

Demand grows for Samoa products in NZ

The Samoa Association of Manufacturers and Exporters is setting up a permanent trade presence in New Zealand after last year's successful Buy Samoa Made trade show.

The Samoa Observer reports that the Association will establish an exhibition centre at the Samoan Fale house in Auckland.

Its President, Tagaloa Eddie Wilson, says the most compelling feedback they received at last year's show was that market consumers wanted a permanent presence of Samoa products in New Zealand.

Amerika Samoa Flag Day week kicks off in Hawai’i

HONOLULU — Festivities for the weeklong Flag Day in Hawai’i kicked off Sunday during a church service in Waipahu, with the committee set to honor service members of Samoan ancestry during a special military tribute Saturday morning, July 26, at Ke’ehi Lagoon Park.

Public inquiries about this year’s “Flag Day” – where the raising of the flag of the United States of America on Tutuila, the main island in American Samoa, is celebrated – have been pouring into tautalatala.com in recent weeks.

Samoan woman indicted in Alaska asks for plea agreement

Says she will plead guilty to passport fraud

The defense attorney for a 43-year old woman from Samoa facing passport fraud and identify theft has informed the federal court in Fairbanks, Alaska that the defendant plans to change her plea to guilty and to vacate current court hearings, including the trial date.
A federal grand jury in Fairbanks handed down on Apr. 16 a seven-page indictment against Maualuga Leaana, aka, Sialei Leaana, who is charged with one count of passport fraud, nine counts of false claims of being a U.S. citizen and one count of aggravated identify theft.

Video: Hokulea, Hikianalia island-hop in the Society Islands

On their way to Samoa, Hawaii’s voyaging canoes are island-hopping in the Society Islands to spread the message of Malama Honua, protecting our island earth.

Passing through Moorea and to Huahine, the crews learned first-hand about what the islands do to malama honua.

Samoa ruling party backs four by-election candidates

Samoa's ruling Human Rights Protection Party has named four candidates to contest next month's by-election after the death of the Gagaifomaiuga number one territorial constituency MP, Tuilo'a Anitele'a Tuilo'a.

The four candidates, who include a former cabinet minister, were endorsed in a party committee meeting.

Ga'ina Tino is a former Minister of Justice and Legislative Assembly and Faimalotoa Kolotita Stowers is the former Director and CEO of Samoa Broadcasting Service.

The other two HRPP candidates are Lavea Ieti and Taito Vaea Tanu.

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