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Female drug defendant sentenced to 20 months

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When the defendant used the public highway as a bathroom, it led to a high speed chase with police officers, and the defendant’s vehicle was eventually pulled over and police uncovered drugs in the vehicle, said Chief Justice Michael Kruse when handing down sentencing for 19-year-old Elsarina Lefatia.
 



Update: Gov says Satele on paid leave, not fired

Rock throwing melee in Vailoa prompts rumors
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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has dismissed as “untrue” reports received by Samoa News late Friday afternoon that Samoan Affairs Secretary, Satele Galu Satele Sr. has been removed from his post.
 
According to the reports, Satele was allegedly cleaning up his office around 2p.m. last Friday following a memo issued by the governor appointing a new acting secretary. The memo also came after the governor, along with Lt. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga met with Satele on Friday morning.
 



Afimutasi: Fiercely proud Samoan, loving brother and cherished patriarch

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(HONOLULU) — In a heart wrenching display of brotherly love, former Honolulu Mayor Muliufi Hannemann cried in closing his big brother’s eulogy in the Samoan language, bidding Afimutasi Gustav Hannemann a blessed journey during his memorial service Saturday, Jan. 17 in Hawai’i Kai.
 
Family from near and far, friends, officials from the American Samoa Government and members of the Samoan and Tongan communities in Hawai’i, packed the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Hawai’i Kai Ward chapel for the viewing and service.



Gov denies rumors that Satele has been sacked

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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has dismissed as “untrue” reports received by Samoa News late Friday afternoon that Samoan Affairs Secretary, Satele Galu Satele Sr., has been removed from the his post.
 
According to the reports, Satele was allegedly cleaning up his office around 2p.m. last Friday following a memo issued by the governor, appointing a new acting secretary.
 



Lolo says teachers from Samoa are shortchanged

Salary adjustments should occur immediately, he says
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Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has taken issue with the salaries for teachers recruited from Samoa, noting in a letter to DOE Director Vaitinasa Salu Hunkin-Finau that they are not being “properly compensated.”  The letter, which was leaked to Samoa News, stated that Governor Lolo had only recently discovered this issue.
 



19-year-old female found with “meth” sentenced today

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A 19-year-old girl who faced three criminal charges in a drug case will be sentenced today. Elsarina Lefatia of Futiga was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of the controlled substance of methamphetamine and prohibited place of consumption.
 
When Lefatia made her initial appearance in the District Court in October last year there was a heavy presence of officers for security purposes following the defendant’s arrest.
 



Talosaga kovana i le Fono mo le fa’atuina Faletupe fou

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Ua i luma nei o le Fono Faitulafono se pili tau fa’aofi mai le afioga i le ali’i kovana, e talosagaina ai le pasia e le Fono o se tulafono e fa’avae ai se faletupe fou i le atunu’u, e faatautaia e le malo, e fesoasoani i manaoga tau tupe o lo o matua mana’omia e le atunu’u i le taimi nei.
 



Philippine company set for food plant groundbreaking

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Two officials of the Philippines-based company wanting to invest some $100 million in a food processing plant in the territory are on island for further discussions with Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, saying that the government has completed a “diligent review” of the company’s proposal, with ground breaking for this project to occur sometime this month.
 
AVM Bernardo Engineering has proposed to invest $106 million to set up a “multi-line food processing plant” focusing first on frozen fish-based sausage, ham, nuggets and patties.



Two Matatula teachers finalists for Presidential Awards for Excellence

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The 2014 American Samoa finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are both from Matatula Elementary School.



Auala e maua ai tagata o lo o faila lafoga i fafo

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O le suiga fou lea ua manatu le malo e fa’amalosia ai tagata mai fafo pe a fa’afou a latou I.D, o se taumafaiga ina ia iloa ai tagata o lo o faila a latou lafoga i fafo, e le gata i tagata ae fa’apea fo’i i pisinisi.
 
O ni isi o ia suiga fou e aofia ai le tatau lea i le tagata mai fafo ona fa’aali le pepa sa faila ai lana lafoga i tausaga uma e fa’afou ai lona I.D, ina ia fa’amaonia ai o lo o ia usitaia tulafono tau lafoga a le teritori.



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