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American Samoa Under 19 Baseball team on the road, and ready to compete

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The American Samoa Under 19 Boys Baseball Team is now in the United States set to compete not only in the US, but in Canada as well. They are anticipating playing 20 plus games, as told to Samoa News by head of the American Samoa Baseball Association (ASBA) Victor Langkilde.

The Under 19 team arrived safely in Las Vegas on Monday night and will be playing against an Under 19 All Star team (the Outlaws) from St. George, Utah at Dixie State College (DSC) today.



OP-ED: Moving Forward, Part 8

LBJ hearing sparsely attended but useful

(Continuation of Part 7, published in Samoa News, June 21, 2012, Thursday’s edition)

Sales Tax for Health Care

The aforementioned village farmer, Lokeni Nuusolia, eloquently suggested a sales tax for health care where everyone — from a king to a pauper — pays into a health fund to help pay for their health care at LBJ, but criticized the wage tax as an unfair penalty on formal workers (those who receive W-2 forms).



Governor, First Lady in Apia for church dedication

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Gov. Togiola Tulafono and First Lady Mary Ann left the territory yesterday for Apia, Samoa to attend the dedication of the new central church of the Methodist Church of Samoa located in Fale'ula, Samoa.

The governor’s office says the dedication is set for June 28 (Samoa time) and the governor is attending on the invitation of the Methodist Church of Samoa. Togiola will attend the thanksgiving dedication church service, which includes a feast, entertainment, and cultural presentation.



Court Report

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PIO FAGAAUTAU RECEIVES SECOND CHANCE FROM HIGH COURT

A young man convicted of attempted burglary was given a second chance from the High Court, when he was sentenced last Friday by Chief Justice Michael Kruse who was accompanied on the bench by Associate Judge Fa’amausili Pomele.



ASG seeks eminent domain in case of sunken vessel releasing pollution

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Assistant Attorney General Jay Sales on behalf of the government has moved for the High Court to allow the government eminent domain powers for an emergency condemnation of a vessel which sank over a week ago.

The MV Alice, when it sank, spilled about 1,000 gallons of bilge oil in the harbor. 

The vessel had been abandoned for a very long time according to the government.

The matter was heard before Associate Justice Lyle L Richmond who was accompanied on the bench by Associate Judge Mamea Sala Jr.



ENI HONORS KING KAMEHAMEHA AND SENATOR DANIEL AKAKA AT CEREMONY

WASHINGTON D.C. —Congressman Faleomavaega attended the annual King Kamehameha Lei Draping Ceremony last Sunday in the nation’s capital and paid special tribute to King Kamehameha. 



Lolo Moliga questions timing of today's SIC hearing

SIC chairman: “There is no political agenda…”
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Development Bank of American Samoa (DBAS) president Lolo M. Moliga has raised concerns over the timing of the Senate Investigative Committee’s probe into the federal Section 1602 program administered by DBAS, while also calling for the SIC chairman to recuse himself so the hearing can be ‘fair and impartial’.

The SIC committee hearing is set for this morning to hear testimony from Lolo and Pat Galeai, executive director of the American Samoa Economic Stimulus and Recovery Office (ASESRO) regarding federally funded Section 1602 program.



Fed court orders ASG to pay up now to Marisco

BOH to turn money over
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The federal court in Honolulu has issued a Writ of Execution against the American Samoa Government following a request by Marisco Limited, the Honolulu-based shipyard, that sued ASG for failure to pay some $800,000 in repairs and services provided some two years ago; and Bank of Hawai’i will turn the money over after its bank costs are approved and a certified copy of the final judgement is received.



Reserve confirms commitment to preparedness

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The 9th Mission Support Command led by Brigadier General Michele Compton is currently conducting a Domestic Preparedness Site Survey in the territory, according to Army Colonel Marc Wilson, who told Samoa News that BG Compton has made American Samoa a command focus area. 

He explained that the CG’s intent is to reassure the American Samoan government and the people of American Samoa that the Army Reserve is committed as a partner when it comes to disaster and emergency management response.



Niue church still closed following lockout

The Protestant church in the Niue village of Hikutavake remains closed after the congregation was recently locked out by the local Member of Parliament.

It is the latest in a series of controversies in the village where last year several buildings were burned down.

Beverley Tse reports.