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Man sentenced to six months in jail plus fines for stabbing incident

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A man who stabbed another man on the neck with broken glass was sentenced to six months in jail. Pati Solomona with initially charged with first degree assault, but in a plea agreement with the government, the defendant pled guilty to second degree assault.
 
Sentencing for Solomona was handed down by Associate Justice Lyle L Richmond, who was accompanied on the bench by Associate Judge Mamea Sala Jr.
 



Magalei gives travel money back for annual Retirement meeting

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Executive Director of the Retirement Office, Luatua Filisouoaiga Taafua said that only three members of the board attended the annual Retirement meeting this year held in Chicago, as Senator Magalei Logovi’i did not attend due to a medical checkup.
 
Luatua told Samoa News yesterday that Magalei earlier this month returned the $9,000 check and that money has been deposited back into the Retirement Account.
 



Public Hearing on America Samoa Large Vessel Prohibited Area to be held on May 3

HONOLULU — The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council will hold a public hearing on the Large Vessel Prohibited Area (LVPA) in waters surrounding American Samoa from 4 to 6 p.m. on May 3, 2014, at the Sadie's by the Sea conference room, in Pago Pago, American Samoa.
 



Community Briefs

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NEW MEMBER OF PAROLE BOARD
 
Lt. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga, who is also the acting governor, has appointed Fr. Vaiula Iulio with the local Catholic Church as the newest member of the Parole Board. His appointment makes him the fourth member of the board, which selects its own chair person.
 
In his nomination letter, Lemanu says he is confident in Fr. Vaiula’s ability to exercise sound judgment, to provide counsel and direction, and to carry out the statutory duties of the board.
 



Mufi Hannemann announces candidacy for Hawaii governor's race

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Former Honolulu mayor Mufi Hannemann will run for governor as an independent in 2014, Hannemann revealed in a live interview Thursday morning on Hawaii News Now Sunrise.

"I'm very pleased to announce my candidacy today as a member of the Hawaii Independent Party," Hannemann told Hawaii News Now. "We plan to offer the voters a clear alternative to improve the state of Hawaii."



Samoa's former Minister of Education passes away

Former Minister of Education, To’omata Alapati To’omata, has passed away.

He was 64.

According to his wife, Matalena To’omata, he passed away peacefully at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital at 5:30am on Easter Sunday from lung cancer.

He was diagnosed in January with the disease and in February was flown to New Zealand for treatment.

To’omata was informed by the medical specialist there that there would be no use in having either an operation or chemotherapy. But having terminal cancer did nothing to change him being himself, said Mrs. To’omata.



DOE Director concurs with head of Family Planning; Sex Ed should be taught in school

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Education Department director Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau said Samoan parents today may not be inclined to have sex education taught in classrooms, and that the issue of sex education is “still swept under the rug”. However, the DOE director said that she concurs with Marilyn A. Pavitt-Anesi, who heads LBJ hospital's Family Planning division, that sex education should be part of the health curriculum, and taught in a culturally sensitive manner.
 



DPS Commissioner determined to boost morale of police officers

Says Fuega Moliga will help him do so
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In an effort to boost the morale of police officers, Special Assistant to DPS Commissioner Fuega Moliga has been tasked to work with personnel issues faced by the department, as officers are not getting appropriate salaries and promotions they “rightfully deserve” said Commissioner of Public Safety, William Bill Haleck.
 



Court Report

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ELDEN SIOKA JAILED IN BURGLARY/SEXUALLY RELATED CASE
 
A young man who broke into a Vaitogi home and inappropriately touched a girl who was sleeping was sentenced yesterday to serve 28 months in jail, as part of his seven-year sentence.
 
During sentencing yesterday, Elden Sioka apologized to the court for his wrongdoing and pleaded with the court for a second chance to return home to care for his family, and at the same time straighten out his life.
 



Blue Journey — American Samoa documentary accepted to the 2014 Beneath the Waves Global Film Festival

Sharing the story of American Samoa’s ocean connection globally

Ocean City, NJ — Bruckner Chase Ocean Positive, Inc. is excited to announce that their 2103 National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Hollings Grant film project will reach a global audience in 2014 as part of the Beneath the Waves Global Film Festival.
 
The film is the first of what is planned to be many more Blue Journey endurance expeditions that explore our personal connections to the oceans and share the stories of ocean communities around the world. This is Bruckner Chase’s and the non-profit’s first documentary release.
 



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