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Archive - Apr 24, 2012

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Op-Ed: WE NEED TO MOVE OUR SHIP FORWARD

Governor Togiola Tulafono’s final Flag-Day speech was a lamentation of a missed opportunity during his time at the helm to change the territory’s political status. He didn’t say what exactly that status might have been, but it was “written between the lines of the deed of cession” he said. 



HAL renews partnership with LBJ to aid med referrals

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Hawaiian Airlines announced yesterday that the Honolulu-based carrier has renewed its partnership with LBJ Medical Center to provide critical travel support for needed medical treatment abroad through a special program offering discounted fares to Honolulu, the mainland and Manila, Phillippines.

The partnership, now in its second year, targets LBJ patients under the off-island medical referral program, which has been without sufficient funding since December of 2008.



Air links between Tuvalu, Tonga, AmSam discussed

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During Flag Day celebrations this month, Gov. Togiola Tulafono was able to hold meetings with leaders of Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu on various issues of mutual interest, including air service that could benefit local businesses by using American Samoa as a shopping hub for residents and the government of Tuvalu.



SIC hearing on $20 MIL loan cut short by lack of quorum

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Forty five minutes into yesterday’s Senate Investigative Committee hearing on the government’s $20 million loan from the ASG Retirement Fund, two committee members left the Senate chamber for health reasons, prompting committee chairman Sen. Lualemaga Faoa to continue the hearing at a later time, due to the lack of a quorum.

At the start of the 9 a.m. hearing, Lualemaga announced that SIC had a quorum (five senators including the chairman) to proceed. Witnesses were then sworn in.



2012 CHERRY BLOSSOM PARADE BLOOMS FORTH IN D.C.

Miss Dolly Virginia Garrison, the 2012 American Samoa Cherry Blossom Princess during the Cherry Blossom parade this past Saturday in Washington, D.C. She was selected to represent the territory by the American Samoa Society of Washington, DC.

Dolly is the granddaughter of Toaali’i “Lopaki” Robert Palmer from the villages of Fagatogo and Vaitogi.



Man still missing since March 4, 2012

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Captain Lavata’i Taase Sagapolutele who heads the Criminal Investigation with the Department of Public Safety is reaching out to the public for assistance in the search of 39-year old Faafetai Tuinei who has been missing since March 4, 2012.

Captain Sagapolutele said they are receiving tips from the public, however those clues have been unsuccessful in the search. Posters with photos of Tuinei have been posted in stores in the western district with contact information included.



Fa’asele mutu iloiloga Komiti Suesue Senate ma molimau malo

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Na faaselemutu i le taeao ananafi le iloiloga a le Komiti Suesue a le Senate ma molimau mai  le malo, ina ua tutula’i isi sui o le Komiti Suesue ma tuua le iloiloga, ma le atoa ai le kalama e mafai ai ona faatino galuega a le komiti.



BlueSky launches new mobile product

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BlueSky officially announced the launch of its new mobile broadband product known as Blue Sky SpeedNet, during a press conference yesterday morning at their Laufou offices.

According to Blue Sky, you can connect to the internet by simply inserting the BlueSky USB Dongle device into your laptop or desktop computer. This new product utilizes BlueSky’s4G HSPA + network to provide high speed internet all across American Samoa in places where the internet was previously unavailable.



Court Report

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HUSBAND FACES FELONY ASSAULT

A man who allegedly struck his wife’s head with a piece of lumber is now facing second degree assault; this in addition to private peace disturbance and public peace disturbance charges. The incident is alleged to have occurred in Pago Pago two weekends ago.  

According to the government’s case, police received a call from the LBJ hospital about a woman who was allegedly assaulted by her husband, when she was taken in for medical treatment.



Tele afioaga ua le toe fia tali malo i aumalaga mai Samoa

O se tasi o fa’afitauli e feagai pea ma le malo i vaitau a’o lumana’i ai le fa’amanatuina o le aso na sisiina a’e ai le fu’a a le malo o Amerika i laufanua o Amerika Samoa, o le tau sailiina lea o ni afioaga latou te taliina aumalaga mai Samoa, ia o loo valaaulia e faafiafia i lona aso fa’apitoa.