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Pacific Island gang member shot dead in court in Utah

A United States marshall shot and killed a Pacific Islander, who was a gang member, in the federal courthouse in Salt Lake City in Utah after he tried to attack a witness with a pen.

The FBI is quoted by USA Today as saying 25 year old Siale Angilau, a member of the Tongan Crips gang, was shot several times in the chest after charging the witness in an aggressive, threatening manner.

The witness, a Utah prison inmate, was testifying about the gang and how it operated.

Angilau was on trial for racketeering, robbery and assault, including shooting two US marshalls seven years ago.

Impact of Guam military build-up less dramatic than first expected

A US military study on the potential impact of a proposed relocation of US Marines from Japan to Guam says the island's population will increase by about 10,000 residents as a result of the build-up.

The Pacific Daily News reports that the number is significantly lower than a 2010 estimate, which predicted close to 80,000 new residents at the peak of the military build-up.

Samoa youth camp organizers deny deaths

Media reports of demon possession killing two teens at a youth camp have been rubbished by organizers and attendees of a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints camp.

The Organiser of “For the Strength of Youth” camp, Vi’iga Fuimaono, said nothing like that happened. He said it was “unbelievable” that people are suggesting children were being possessed after attending the camp, held at the L.D.S gymnasium in Pesega.

Contacted by phone, he said it was a case of the “kids being too tired and when they were supposed to be sleeping, weren’t sleeping”.

Samoa? There’s a new ‘app’ for that

Looking for that cute little restaurant that people talk about but you can never find?

There’s an app for that. A Samoan app.

The claim is made by Reverend Falefatu Enari, who says he met with representatives from Digicel in the middle of last year to discuss his concept of an online advertising website, called Poly Marketplace.

The Samoa Tourism Authority fale at Eleele fou was a place of celebration on Monday evening, as the country’s tourism industry got its hands on a new software ‘app’ or application that guides mobile users to the country’s attractions.

Alex Leapai fully prepared for title tilt

The Samoa-born boxer Alex Leapai says he's never been as well prepared for a fight as he is for next weekend's world heavyweight bout against Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko.

Klitschko hasn't lost for a decade and will put the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO and The Ring Heavyweight Championship titles on the line in Germany.

The 34-year old Leapai had to cut short a sparring session in Sydney last week after straining his neck against Romanian Razvan Cojanu but says it was only a precaution.

Samoa opens first grid connected solar power system

Samoa, the first country to access the Pacific Environment Community (PEC) Fund since its inception in 2010 is finally having their first solar photovoltaic grid system commissioned for use in Salelologa, Savai’i.

The formal commissioning ceremony co-hosted by the Government of Samoa and Electric Power Corporation (EPC) took place last week and was attended by Samoa’s Prime Minister Hon. Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi, the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), Mr Tuiloma Neroni Slade and senior government officials.

Samoa Finance Minister resigns from cabinet

Samoa's Minister of Finance, Faumuina Tiatia Liuga, has resigned from cabinet in response to allegations against him and also the findings of a chief auditor's report.

Faumuina has received criticism for months from the opposition and also some members of the ruling HRPP party caucus over allegations of abuse in the performance of his ministerial duties.

He was also implicated in the chief auditor's report on the Samoa Land Corporation where he was the minister of the corporation during a previous HRPP government.

Bus strike in Tonga impacting on many

Public transport users in Tonga are frustrated by the bus strike which has disrupted their lives.

James Manu says he has not been able to go to work because he did not have a ride from his home in Veitongo to his work place in town.

The journey is normally a thirty minute bus ride.

He says many people have been forced to walk or hitch a ride into town because there is no public transport system available.

"we depend on the bus to go to work and to go to school. So from now we have to find a taxi - but myself, I can't afford to pay a taxi to take my kids to school.

Samoa court found deputy PM and his associate minister guilty

The deputy Prime Minister of Samoa has been found guilty of obstructing police while they tried to carry out a blood-alcohol test last year.

Fonotoe Nuafesili Pierre Lauofo, who has consistently denied the charge, relating to an incident last October.

The associate minister, Muagututagata Peter Ah Him, was also found guilty of obstructing the police, and failing to comply with the use of a breathalyzer device.

The district court judge, Vaepule Alo Vaemoa Va'ai, delivered his verdict today in a packed court room attended by village matais and supporters of the two defendants.

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