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Man 33, charged with raping and molesting two 9 yr old girls


A 33-year-old male has been charged in connection with six criminal sexually related charges involving two nine-year-old girls. Lolani Tamaleama’i was arraigned in High Court this week, where he denied the charges of rape, child molesting, sodomy, sexual assault, two counts of sexual abuse first degree and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
If convicted on all charges defendant is looking at 40 years in jail.

DOH on the lookout for “Blue Bell” products — there’s a national recall


The United States Food and Drug Administration is investigating “listeria” contamination in ice cream products from Blue Bell Creameries, and the Chief Health Inspector for the Department of Health, Papali’i Marion Fitisemanu, says they are concerned about this product and are currently looking into where it may be sold on island — if at all.

American Samoa Legal makes legal services affordable and available to the territory

Source: media release American Samoa Legal

American Samoa Legal plans to bring innovative, affordable legal services to American Samoa via the Internet. Former American Samoa Bar Association President and Assistant AG Sean Morrison who returned to the mainland in 2012 is developing the concept.

JROTC hopes to break Guinness World Record with 5K run this Saturday

Cadet theme for this year focuses on “Healthy Living”

The Tafuna High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) cadets consisting of LET-1 to LET-4 who are actively involved in Service Learning will be taking part in a specific yearly project, with a cadet being selected from each LET level by their instructor to take part in the project.

Fuao captain “disgusted” by decision of Committee

Says boats who broke rules should give the money back

Fuao’s Skipper, Gaoteote Tofau Palaie is “disgusted” (inoino) with the Fautasi Committee, as well as Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga and Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga, given what he thinks is the dishonest and unfair decision by the Committee not to disqualify the long boats that did not abide by the rules of the 2015 Flag Day Race.

Congress hears Thai Union connected to slave labor


The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Global Human rights and Health, heard yesterday testimony on modern-day slavery and human rights abuses that have occurred in Thailand’s seafood industry and other parts of the world.
Among the witnesses who testified at yesterday’s Congressional hearing was Mark P. Lagon, president of Freedom House non-profit group. Lagon is the former U.S. State Department ambassador-at-large for Trafficking in Persons.

Hospital has other access to Obamacare funds, not just through Medicaid

CMS Region IX replies to questions about Medicaid money

The U.S. Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services has confirmed that American Samoa cannot touch additional federal funding under the Affordable Care Act, until the annual allocation of Medicaid is used up, but also noted that it has other access to ACA funding, not only through Medicaid.

Public invited to ASCC daytime music recital this Thursday

A combined orchestra comprising members of the class Music 187-01 (Beginning Orchestra), student volunteers and Fine Arts faculty will present their Spring Recital this Thursday, April 23, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Lecture Hall of the American Samoa Community College (ASCC).
The public is welcome to this free event.

Am. Samoa must adapt itself to changing realities of fishing industry

Stop min. wage raises — one of the “must do” items says delegation

American Samoa’s competitiveness in the fishery industry is rapidly declining, due to, among other things, political limitations to access and resources — and therefore the territory must prepare itself and take necessary steps to adapt to the changing global fishery industry, according to a report by American Samoa’s representatives to last month’s re-negotiation session of the South Pacific Tuna Treaty in Auckland, New Zealand.

Update: Results of 2015 Flag Day Fautasi Race now official

No boats disqualified, although rules were broken

While rules were broken, in order to keep the peace, they have opted not to disqualify any long boats from the race, says Chairman of the Fautasi Committee, Lualemaga Faoa, who announced that the results from yesterday’s fautasi race are the official results.
The announcement was made yesterday at the Governor’s Conference room by Luelemaga, who was accompanied by Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga. A closed-door  meeting took place before the public announcement, which was attended by captains and village representatives.

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