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TAPAAU DR. DANIEL AGA TO HEAD ASG OFFICE OF POLITICAL STATUS

ASCC names new ACNR director

The Agriculture, Community and Natural Resources (ACNR) Division of the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) held a farewell fiafia on Friday, May 20th to bid farewell to its previous Director Tapaau Dr. Daniel Aga, and to welcome its new leader, Aufa’i Apulu Ropeti Areta, who was confirmed as the new Director of ACNR in a May 2nd memorandum from ASCC President Dr. Seth Galea’i. Dr. Galea’i congratulated Aufa’i on his appointment and asked the ASCC faculty and staff to support him in his new role.
 



CDC confirmes three more cases of Zika in territory

Number now stands at 17
joyetter@samoanews.com

The Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have confirmed three additional cases of Zika in American Samoa, increasing the total of confirmed cases to 17— with two of the three newly confirmed cases in pregnant women, according to a statement issued by the DOH late yesterday afternoon.
 



Memorial Day Am. Samoa, two simple services planned

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American Samoa joins the rest of the nation Monday observing Memorial Day, formerly known as Decoration Day. Observed on the last Monday in May, Memorial Day commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in military service.
 
Extended to a three-day weekend, it is a federal and local holiday for most of the nation’s workers. It is also the official start of the summer.
 



Would Judicial finding for citizenship disrupt culture?

The Matai system, alienation of land and religious customs are three aspects of the fa’a Samoa, that American Samoa and Congresswoman Aumua Amata cited as reasons in their joint brief calling on the Supreme Court of the United States to deny a petition by the five plaintiffs in the citizenship lawsuit for the highest court in the nation to hear the merits of their lawsuit against the US State Department and senior State Department officials.
 



One case of dengue fever confirmed at 12th Festival of Pacific Arts

UPDATE: 12th Festival of Pacific Arts
ausage@samoanews.com

HAGATNA, GUAM — While the first week of the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts is almost over, many of the Pacific Islands delegations are now worried that dengue fever will make its way into the festival, as one case has been confirmed — and it’s a delegate.

 



KANANA FOU CLASS OF 2016 — “FEAR OF GOD IS THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM”

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The Kanana Fou High School Stallions Class of 2016 held its commencement ceremony yesterday morning at the Ua Taunu’u Chapel under the theme pulled from the Bible — Book of Proverbs: “O le mata’u i le Atua, o le amataga lea o le poto” (“Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom”).

 

This year’s coverage of the 2016 High School Graduation Awards in the Territory is brought to you by Paramount Builders, a local company that prides itself in promoting education and investing in the territory’s children.

 



Kanana Fou High School graduates 39

Class of 2016: “O le mata’u i le Atua, o le amataga lea o le poto”
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Kanana Fou High School “Home of the Stallions” held their 14th Commencement Exercise yesterday morning at the Ua Taunu’u Chapel in Kanana Fou, bidding farewell to 39 graduates of 2016. Their graduation theme was — “O le mata’u i le Atua, o le amataga lea o le poto”.

 

Bluesky Communications is the proud sponsor of the 2016 High School Graduation season in the Territory and wishes all graduates success and well being into the future.



Dialysis staff may not be vaccinated for Hepatitis B

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) report regarding  noncompliance of the Dialysis Unit (or Endstage Renal Disease facility) at LBJ  Medical Center indicates that the unit did not show evidence of vaccinations against Hepatitis B for susceptible patients and staff members.
 
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Community Briefs

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ASEPA HOSTS 3-DAY TRAINING

 

The American Samoa Environmental Protection (AS-EPA) played host to an entourage from the USEPA and representatives of other local agencies during a three-day training focused on addressing issues involving land-based sources of pollution.

 



Kruse tosses burden of limited facilities onto Admin

Third defendant in Gold Conda robbery sentenced to deportation, probation
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“I just want to restate — the court’s jurisdiction on sentencing is not going to be curtailed at the executive’s convenience because of the lack of facilities. I don't want that silly argument again. If we give out a sentence and there is no facility, it’s on the executive to find one,” said Chief Justice Michael Kruse, during the sentencing of a robbery defendant last Friday.
 



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