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Archive - Mar 21, 2012

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NIUATOA: Sologa lelei tulaga uma i le Medicaid

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Fa’amanino Niuatoa eseesega o le Medicaid ma le Medicare

Na fa’amanino e le pule o le polokalama a le Medicaid, le susuga Niuatoa Andy Puletasi e fa’apea, e le o i ai se a’afiaga o le polokalama o le Medicaid, e pei ona tau masalomia ai i le fa’afitauli lea o lo o a’afia ai le polokalama o le Medicare, aemaise ai molimau ua mae’a ona tuuina atu e le pulega a le falemai o le LBJ i luma o le komiti suesue a le Senate, le SIC.



Silver Medal winner and Olympic hopeful returns tomorrow

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CJ Floor Jr., who recently earned a Silver Medal at the African/Oceania Qualification Tournament representing American Samoa in the sport of wrestling last week in Morocco, will be returning home on this Thursday night’s flight, according to his father Carl Floor Sr.

The silver medal winner has qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England, that will be taking place from this July 27-August 12.



AS-EPA urges public to report stores still using banned plastic bags

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The American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency is urging members of the public to report businesses who are still using the plastic shopping bags. That is the plea from AS-EPA’s counsel Nathan Mease who told Samoa News the importance of enforcing the ban on plastic shopping bags to protect American Samoa’s land and ocean environments.

Mease said the major issue AS-EPA is facing is that the stores are using plastic bags on weekends and after hours, when businesses know that EPA officers are off of work.



Court Report

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LAWSUIT AGAINST ASG FOR NEGLIGENCE AND WRONGFUL DEATH

The family of Rufo Alvear Jr., who died in 2010 while in ASG custody due to his immigration status, has filed a lawsuit against the American Samoa Government for negligence and wrongful death.

The detainee, Alvear Jr, was admitted to the LBJ hospital for several months due to multiple medical problems. Alvear suffered from diabetes, and lung and kidney failure.

The lawsuit was filed with the High Court earlier this month by Mark Ude who represents the family of the detainee.



Defendant denies manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide charges

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Curtis Yandall of Pago Pago is denying the charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide against him in connection with the death of Darren Smith Tualaulelei on October 28, 2010.

Yandall was arraigned in High Court yesterday morning, after he waived his right to a preliminary examination hearing in the District Court Monday morning. He’s out on a surety bond of $7,500 which was reduced from the initial bail of $10,000. Pre-trial conference for Yandall has been scheduled for May 25, 2012.



Hawaiian Air schedule for summer, the usual add-on flight

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Hawaiian Airlines will be adding a third weekly flight on Tuesdays between Honolulu and Pago Pago during the busy summer travel months. The Honolulu-based carrier will also adjust the Sunday flight to a Monday flight in July. 

The airline says the third weekly flight will operate on Tuesdays from June 5 to August 21 to “accommodate increased travel demand” between Pago Pago and Honolulu during the peak summer period.



Velleros partners with Blue Sky Communications to bring CMAS to American Samoa

PAGO PAGE, AS — Velleros, the leading provider of mass notification and content delivery for regional wireless carriers, has announced that Blue Sky Communications is deploying the Velleros Aggregation and Syndication Technology (VASTtm) platform in compliance with the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) initiative for providing alert delivery.



ASCC-UCEDD sponsors film featival

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The American Samoa Community College (ASCC) University Center for Excellence on Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) is promoting and supporting the Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, which is in March,” said the Community Trainer for the UCEDD, Paulia Pao-Pelenato.



Tonga's royal funeral plans change

Tonga's new King Tupou VI wants his predecessor buried a day earlier than planned, throwing arrangements into turmoil.

King George Tupou V died in Hong Kong on Sunday and was due to be interred at the royal burial grounds on Wednesday.

But officials have told Matangi Tonga that the new king, who is with his brother's body in Hong Kong, wants a faster and cheaper service.

Political sources in Nuku'alofa say the new king is conscious that Tonga's economy is in a desperate state, verging on default.



Court weighs US power over states in health case

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress will help pay for your roads, but your state can't lower its drinking age below 21. There's federal money for colleges, but they can't discriminate against women in the classroom or on the athletic field.

Federal cash comes with strings. Now 26 states are telling the Supreme Court that President Barack Obama's health care law has stretched an old rule too far. The new law's requirements for expanding Medicaid amount, in their view, to coercion that violates the U.S. Constitution's division of power between the national government and the states.