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Cool Stuff: Halfachance, Redemption, Junglas

Buddy, pal, and extraordinary knife designer Ken Onion will be ecstatic to see the image of my Halfachance CRKT knife he designed sorta beat up, worn, and chipped. If you know Ken, he doesn't intentionally design things to end up being collectors items or museum pieces, which they inevitably do become. He wants his knives to help you to make a difference, to save a life (possibly your own), to give you a shelter, or firewood in a pinch... but could Ken ever envision making you a better gardner?
 



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

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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.
 



Court Report

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MAN WHO STOLE PURSE CONTAINING $700 SENTENCED TO SEVEN YEARS
 
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
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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.
 



Samoan woman indicted in Alaska asks for plea agreement

Says she will plead guilty to passport fraud
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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.



Toa Samoa Residents come up short in Hawaii

The Toa Samoa Residents have been beaten 18-12 by the USA Tomahawks in their Ohana Cup clash in Hawaii.

The hosts opened the scoring after 15 minutes and led 6-0 at halftime.

Samoa levelled the scores after the break but the US scored twice to lead 18-6 with nine minutes remaining, before the Toa grabbed a consolation try in the final minute to cut the deficit to six points.

A full-strength Toa team will compete in the Four Nations tournament at the end of the year against New Zealand, Australia and England.



Tests, survey results indicate need for dual language instruction

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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

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“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.
 



Community Briefs

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SOFIAS DONATE TO LBJ DIALYSIS UNIT
 
Making good on their promise that proceeds from the recent Mr. American Samoa pageant, which they sponsored will go towards the dialysis unit of the LBJ Medical Center, the Society of Faafafine in American Samoa (SOFIAS) presented a check of $2,000 last week to representatives of the dialysis unit and LBJ Hospital CFO Pauline Gebauer.
 



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