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Archive - Feb 23, 2012

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Most ASG witnesses AWOL at latest $8M loan hearing

fili@samoanews.com

House lawmakers have voiced disappointment over the absence of main government witnesses to testify before a House committee regarding the Togiola Administration’s $8 million loan for the LBJ Medical Center. They have also requested an official letter of concern be sent to the governor’s office.

The loan from the ASG Employees Retirement Fund is to be repaid with a percentage of a hike in excise tax for alcohol, beer and tobacco; an increase in fees for business licenses and the new corporate tax.



CAC calls for citizenship for American Samoans

reporters@samoanews.com

Congressman Faleomavaega Eni has written to the Constitutional Accountability Center (CAC), a think tank group law firm based in Washington D.C., voicing his opposition to the group’s planned lawsuit in federal court  that would make the citizenship clause of the U.S. Constitution apply to persons born in American Samoa.



Gugulu nisi tagata faigaluega i le lafoga 2% ua toe pasia

ausage@samoanews.com

“O se fa’afafa i luga o ua o tagata lima vaivai”

E le o nofonofo lelei nisi o le to’atele o tagata faigaluega i le atunuu, ina ua sainia e le alii kovana le pili e fa’a’aitalafu mai ai le $3 miliona mai le Teugatupe mo Taui o Tagata Faigaluega mo le LBJ, ma le fa’amoemoe o le tupe e maua mai i le lafoga e 2%, lea ua toe si’i, o le a toe totogi ai le aitalafu lea.



Evidence dumped into sea, burnt on hill

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The evidence in cases which have already been prosecuted, and was ordered to be destroyed by the court, was officially disposed of by Court Marshals, with police officers present on Tuesday afternoon.

Marshal Michael Nix and two of his deputy marshals were accompanied by Department of Safety (DPS) Lieutenant Pele Uia (who is in charge of the DPS evidence room) to destroy the evidence.



“Tofa Mumu” —Eradicating elephantiasis

jeff@samoanews.com

A University of Kentucky mosquito project, ‘Tofa Mumu’ is taking place on the island of Aunu’u at this time, with certain questions being asked in the hope that the answers— in the end— will help eradicate the disease filiariasis, also known as “elephantiasis”.



Emergency Alert Sirens get maintenance check

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa  — The American Samoa Department of Homeland Security (ASDHS) has announced that representatives from American Signal Corporation (ASC) are on island to conduct maintenance work on our emergency alert siren system.



Australia and American Samoa to make International American Football history

(PRESS RELEASE)—  Australia and American Samoa will make Gridiron history on Saturday, February 25, when the two nations meet at the Junior Oceania Bowl 2012 on the Gold Coast in Queensland. It will mark the first time American Samoa has entered an IFAF (International Federation of American Football) competition since becoming full IFAF members in 2010.



Third ASHSAA Wrestling season tourney has Warriors on top again

jeff@samoanews.com

The American Samoa High School Athletic Association (ASHSAA) Wrestling season continued last Saturday with fans and supporters witnessing another successful tourney. Held at Leone High School, home of the Lions, the tournament drew one of its bigger crowds yet of the season, as the numbers seem to be growing in support of the fledging sport in American Samoa — wrestling is after all one of oldest sports in the world.



ASABF President’s Day Boxing tourney highlights Oceania championship possibles

jeff@samoanews.com

The American Samoa Amateur Boxing Federation (ASABF) held a ‘President’s Day Boxing’ Tournament on Monday at the Department of Parks and Recreation compound in the Innouye Industrial Park in Tafuna, with six exciting matches and an exhibition match with American Samoa’s hard hitting Super Heavyweight Alapati Aasa.



“THE REAL HEROES WERE THOSE WHO WAITED FOR THE GOVERNOR”

Dear Editor:

While the jousting continues as who gets the hero’s credit for delaying Armageddon at LBJ, I was deeply disappointed at how misinformed some members of the public are about what created the financial crisis at the hospital in the first place.