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OP-ED: MOVING OUR SHIP FORWARD, PART 2: HEALTH CARE

Scenario:  Mose makes $10 thousand a year working for ASG, supporting a pregnant wife and six children age 2 to 14. One of the daughters has a heart problem and sees the clinic in Leone every month. One day a visiting heart doctor tells Mose his daughter needs to go to California for treatment. Mose’s wife starts having labor pains a month too early, gives birth prematurely to a son who needs to stay in the hospital until old enough.



Samoana clinches ASHSAA Girls Futsal title

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Lilly Tauala helped guide the Samoana Sharks to the 2011-2012 ASHSAA Girls Futsal championship with a four-goal effort against the South Pacific Academy Dolphins on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Samoana High School.

Tauala’s performance helped nab her the Futsal Championship Game MVP in the Sharks’ 7-2 win.

Other awards handed out included the Player of the Year award that went to the Faga’itua Vikings’ Sina Luani while the Coach of the Year trophy went to Samoana’s Lisa Clark.



DPS leaders plead: Leave campaign signs alone!

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Police Commissioner Tuaolo M. Fruean has asked the community not to damage political campaign signs and billboards and for anyone witnessing another person or persons damaging or vandalizing these signs to report it to the police.

Deputy Police Commissioner Leseiau Laumoli said the Department of Public Safety has received several complaints from candidates running for public office and from their supporters about campaign signs being damaged, defaced or vandalized by culprits at locations island wide.



Faga’itua High School hosts first of candidate forums

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A ‘Gubernatorial Candidate’s Forum’ was held yesterday afternoon at Faga’itua High School, with an invitation for all five of the teams running for Governor and Lt. Governor of American Samoa. The forum had four of the five teams show yesterday, and it was conducted by the American Samoa Government/Samoan and Social Studies Department of Faga’itua High School. The forum’s theme was, ‘Our Future Is In Your Hands’.



OCO CONFERENCE OPENS WITH CALL FOR REGIONAL COLLABORATION

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With the Oceania region faced with geographic isolation and other challenges, acting governor Faoa Aitofele Sunia has called on member countries and territories of the Oceania Customs Organizations (OCO) to work collaboratively in a way that will be beneficial to OCO members.



Political billboards target of vandals

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The Afoa & Le'i billboard in Tafuna, near KS Mart, on April 29, 2012 was defaced.The Afoa and Le'i team said, “This type of behavior is neither condoned nor tolerated,” and they believe in showing respect towards all other candidates, their supporters, and their property.



Court Report

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THIEF PLACED ON PROBATION

Associate Justice Lyle L Richmond placed Kilisitina Seigafo on two years probation with the condition that she pay a fine of $250 and pay restitution to the victim.

Seigafo was charged in connection with stealing a business man’s ATM card. She was initially charged with felony stealing, however she pleaded guilty to misdemeanor stealing in a plea agreement with the government.



Rugby assault case ends with plea bargain for two defendants

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Two of the four men from the Nu’uuli Rugby team charged in connection with the assault of a referee last year have entered into a plea agreement with the government.

Iopu Siolo and Pelenato Puautolu entered guilty pleas, while cases for co-defendants Fuata’i Tago and Pene Wells were postponed.



Department of Agriculture proposes legislation to aid local farmers

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The Department of Agriculture is proposing legislation that would again provide a government subsidy to assist local farmers with expenses associated with farming, says Agriculture director Lealao Melila Purcell.

Veteran farmer Taimane Johnson has been the outspoken voice for local farmers, calling on the government for the last couple of years to reinstate this subsidy program which helps  farmers purchase things such as fertilizer and small equipment to improve their plantations.



Faleomavaega stands with Democratic colleagues to fight for territory’s Medicaid

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Congressman Faleomavaega Eni says he will continue to work with his Democratic colleagues in Congress to ensure that critical funding for American Samoa’s Medicaid program is not affected by Republican proposals to significantly reduce federal healthcare funding for the five U.S. Territories, according to a press release from his Washington, D.C. office yesterday, April 30th.