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Archive - Jan 24, 2012 - Article (News Story)

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The 2012 ASPA budget: Fono and ASPA do battle

fili@samoanews.com

In a relationship that continues to be acrimonious at best, the Fono and the American Samoa Power Authority again did battle over the authority’s budget and its stand that the ASPA board has the authority under local statute to approve the semi autonomous agency’s annual budget.

In yesterday’s joint budget hearing for ASPA, several Fono members again disagreed, and also threw into the arena the issue of ASPA board members whose terms have expired.



ACE CEO offers tax solutions for LBJ & ASG

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ACE  American Industry president and chief executive officer Ngaire Scratch Ho Ching has suggested two taxes which could be used to fund the cash-strapped LBJ Medical Center and help the government’s financial woes.

Gov. Togiola Tulafono long ago publicly criticized anyone— including lawmakers—who criticize the government without offering suggestions or solutions to the problems.



A warning for speeding drivers: speed detector trailers to be placed around island

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The Department of Public Safety and its Highway Safety Patrol has come up with another way to alert speed violators in the Territory. So says Lieutenant John Cendrowski who heads the DPS Traffic Division.

Lt. Cendrowski explained that two speed detector trailers which monitor the speed of vehicles as they pass by, are now on island and have been in use for the past few weeks. He added the two trailers were placed at the busiest spots in the morning, namely the school zones.



Lawmakers hear support from health officials to amend legal marriage age for girls

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Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs director Leiataua Leuga Turner supports a House bill that would amend current law to increase the age of a female to be married from 14 to 17 years of age. However, she suggests increasing the age even further upward, to either 18 or 19 years old.

On the other hand, Attorney General Fepuleai A. Ripley Jr., offers no opinion on the bill, leaving the final decision up to the Fono.



Court Report

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MAN ARRESTED FOR SUSPECTED DRUGS FOUND IN CONTAINER



Family wants to keep alleged $20 baby

The mother who allegedly tried to sell her baby for SAT$20 does not want to give her baby away. President of Samoa Victim Support Group Lina Chang told the Sunday Samoan that the family is “capable of looking after the three month old baby”.

Chang said they visited the family on Friday and were told
by the family that “they don’t want to give up the baby and are okay to care for him.” “We don’t encourage it (baby sale) and we are there to assist the family.



Samoa’s poor are 'lazy' says PM

Samoans who claim they are poor are lazy, Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele says.

In a comment on the government website Savali, Tuilaepa says having no food, water, clothes, a home or access to medical treatment was poverty.

There was no poverty in Samoa.

"Every Samoan has claim to land. There are plenty of mangoes, pawpaws, bananas and breadfruit falling off and rotting on the ground, plenty of fish in the sea," he said.



POSTCARDS FROM AUSTRALIA: THE SENIOR OCEANIA WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIP

Here we are once again, traveling abroad to represent American Samoa in the sport of wrestling. This year is a big year for all of the Olympic sports association because we are on the cusp or the 2012 London Olympic Games.



First cruise ship for 2012— MS Regatta

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The first cruise ship of 2012 visited the territory yesterday, the MS Regatta, which carried its 684 passengers and 400 crew members into port, where they took in the sights and sounds of the local scenery, and tried local cuisine throughout the day. The Regatta was built by Renaissance as an R Class cruise ship. She is owned and operated by Oceania Cruises where she is part of their Regatta Class.



Samoa Parliament sits at night

House standing orders have been set aside to allow a motion from Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi to start night sittings of Parliament.

This is to ensure that the tabled supplementary budget is passed before the end of the week. Parliament hours changed yesterday to allow for a 7pm sitting, last night.

Government started responding to members questions yesterday morning starting with Minister of Works and Infrastructure, Manu’alesagalala Enokati Posala.