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Stepfather sentenced after plea agreement in sex abuse case


A man from Lauli’i, Samoa, whose been in the territory since 1972, will be deported to his homeland after he serves five years in jail as part of his 15 years probation sentence. The stepfather who has been in jail since November 2013 was charged with two counts of sexual abuse first degree and one count of third degree assault for offensive touching after it was alleged that he sexually abused his two stepdaughters aged 12 and 8. In the interest of protecting the victims’ identity in this matter Samoa News is withholding the name of the defendant.

Samoa consumers warned not to waste water

Samoa's Water Authority is warning it could cut water supply to consumers if people continue to waste water on unnecessary tasks like watering gardens and cleaning vehicles.

Most parts of Upolu and Savaii have been experiencing a drought for about a month.

The water authority says the country is facing water supply problems as a result of the drought, caused by the El Nino weather pattern.

Two years ago the Water Authority rationed water supply because of the same El Nino weather conditions.

Ex-inmate describes life in USO prison gang

HONOLULU (AP) - A man who served 20 years for robbery, kidnapping, assault and sexual assault describes some of the inner workings of a Hawaii prison gang.

William Woods says he joined the "USO Family" gang in 2000 while in an Arizona prison where some Hawaii inmates were sent.

Woods testified Friday at a trial for Tineimalo Adkins, the inmate he says recruited him, and Feso Malufau, a former guard accused of taking bribes for smuggling drugs into Halawa Correctional Facility for the gang.

Samoa's Director of Health responds to cases of babies with growing heads

The medical condition for babies born with swollen heads is known as “Hydrocephalus.” Such a condition is not inheritable.

“This disease is a condition in which there is an abnormal build up of CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) in the cavities (ventricles) of the brain.

So says the Director General of the Ministry of Health, Leausa Dr. Take Naseri, whose opinion was sought following a spike in the number of cases in Samoa.

Twelve potential bidders in line for Ofu solar hybrid project


The closing date for the Ofu Solar Hybrid Project has been extended to 2 p.m. October 29 and as of yesterday, there were a dozen potential bidders — five local and seven from off island.
This is according to ASPA Executive Director Utu Abe Malae who said they couldn’t reveal the cost until after the contract is awarded, “as it is a competitive RFP (Request for Proposal) process”.

Uaealesi mosooi a le FAFIGE FAIKAKALA


Ata ee si fafige faikakala ina ua tatagi lana telefoni i le isi taeao, ae tago atu e tali o lana uo loomatua e faigaluega i le Fono Faitulafono, lea na faitatala mai i le mea malie lea ua maitauina i le Fono, ua fai le finauga a Senatoa ma Faipule i le Pili a le senate lea ua pasia e senatoa e sii ai alauni ta’i $10,000 a senatoa ma faipule, peitai o lea lava e nofonofo le komiti o le Paketi a le maota o sui ma le pili e le o faia i ai se latou iloiloga poo se gaioiga.

Female prisoner released — twice — and Commissioner wants answers


A criminal investigation has been launched into the release of a female inmate twice this month, as confirmed by Commissioner of Public Safety, William Bill Haleck, who said this should not have happened.
The inmate in question is Fuala’au Tuua who was released from jail on two separate occasions to attend the signing of a family business contract with the Federal Aviation Administration for landscaping. This led to complaints from other female inmates, who expressed anger to Samoa News about the favoritism they feel is being played.

CoastWeeks 2014 to highlight Seafood Festival Competition tomorrow


One of the highlights of any celebratory gathering is, of course, the food offered, and this week’s CoastWeeks celebration will be no different.
In addition to all the fun filled activities for Coast Weeks this year — which include a Family Beach Day tomorrow — September 27 — with canoe and kayak races, water slides, fautasi rowing lessons, snorkeling, game and activity booths, live music and entertainment, there will be, best of all, a Seafood Festival, complete with a Seafood Cooking Competition.

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The House version of the fiscal year 2015 budget, totaling $424.48 million, will be transmitted soon to Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, after it was unanimously approved yesterday by the Senate in final reading.

Community Briefs


The Certificate of Inspection (COI) for Manu’a’s new catamaran— the Segaula— is now with the US Coast Guard’s (USCG) Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection in Honolulu and should be signed, sealed, and delivered back to the territory sometime next week.

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