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Governor, President and families honor fathers today

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Father’s Day is underway in American Samoa begommomg territory-wide with the traditional Sunday church services. Some church services began earlier than usual as fathers put together special programs for their day.

Fathers performed skits, group signing and readings from the Bible.

Later they were treated to a special Sunday ‘feast’, or toana’i at their homes, while others were treated at local restaurants offering Father’s Day Sunday Special meals.



Family disputes ASG Nu'uuli Village Road project

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A road in Nu’uuli labeled as Nu’uuli Village Road 1 Project, is at the center of a dispute between the Muagututi’a family and the American Samoa Government.

According to Sapela Soi and Fuamatala Savai’i, who filed a temporary stop order and injunctive relief for this project, with the Court’s Lands and Titles, the Muagututi’a family owns a portion of the communal land called Vaiala in Nu’uuli, on which the government is attempting to construct an access road, which goes through their family land.



SAMOA BEATS JAPAN TO WIN PACIFIC NATIONS CUP

TOKYO (AP) -Faatiga Lemalu scored two tries on Sunday as Samoa defeated defending champion Japan 27-26 to win the Pacific Nations Cup.

Hendrik Tui and Ayumi Goromaru ran in tries to help Japan take a 16-0 after 27 minutes. But Samoa came back late in the first half and cut the lead to 16-14 on tries by Kahn Fotuali'i and Lemalu.

Samoa took a 17-16 lead on a Ki Anufe penalty three minutes after the break and the visitors widened the lead to 24-16 when Lemalu ran in his second try and Lolo Lui added the conversion.



Nauer to self surrender at federal prison in August

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When he was sentenced on Jun. 4 at the federal court in Honolulu, presiding magistrate, US District Court Judge David Alan Ezra ordered that defendant Gustav Nauer remain out on bail and to self surrender by 2pm on Aug. 20 to the US Marshal Service in Hawai’i to start serving out his 25 months jail term, according to a June 7 order signed by Ezra.

Nauer, 47, pled guilty in January last year to one count of conspiracy to commit federal program bribery in connecting with the bribery scheme at the Department of Education school bus division spare parts.



FBI spokesman says agency remains committed to American Samoa

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation has no official statement on the future staffing of its field office in Pago Pago despite mounting local reports that the federal agency's local office is unmanned at present.

Citing reliable sources, Samoa News reported Thursday - under the Just Asking column - that the local FBI office is not closing but the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s annual budget is being scaled down.

The source said that with continuing probes into public corruption in American Samoa there is no way the FBI will leave the territory.



Professional entomologist supports field evaluation in Pago Pago

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Comments by S.T. Jaronski, a professional entomologist, with training in medical entomology, specifically as an insect pathologist, supports the University of Kentucky’s Department of Entomology request to the US EPA  for an experimental use permit (EUP) for “the microbial Wolbachia pipientis, an intracellular bacterial pesticide of insects/mosquitoes” project in American Samoa.



More tax refunds released in time for father’s day

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Just in time for Father’s Day, the Treasury Department released around 12noon Friday batch #12 of tax refund checks for those who qualified and filed by May 31.

Tax Office manager Melvin Joseph said a total of $515,434 in refund checks was released  - which includes $210,025 for local and $305,409 for the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC), funded by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

Total to date of refund checks issued and released since late January totals $8.96 million ($3.29 million in local and $5.66 million for ACTC).