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Columbia Law School civil rights attorney responds to question of gay marriage in the Territory

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While it's unclear as to whether the U.S. Supreme Court decision on same sex marriage applies to American Samoa, Columbia University Professor Suzanne B. Goldberg with the Columbia School of Law in New York says American Samoa ought to allow same sex marriage equality for all residents.
 
The highest court in the land issued its ruling more than a week ago and the territory’s Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Alo confirmed last week that his office is reviewing the opinion and its potential applicability to American Samoa.
 



Community Briefs

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SEWER LINE RUPTURE CLOSES DENTAL CLINIC
 
Dozens of local residents who either had appointments or visited the LBJ Medical Center yesterday seeking dental services were turned away after a ruptured sewer line resulted in the Dental Clinic shutting down.
 



Federal report outlines investment incentives for Samoa

Calls Samoa “peaceful parliamentary democracy”
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A federal government report says that Samoa offers to businesses and investors among other things, a trained, productive, English speaking workforce with competitive wage rates, and the country’s population stands at 190,000 with a nominal gross domestic product (GDP) of USD 770 million (1.85 billion Samoan Tala).
 



First session of job training project ends

Source: ASCADSV media release

The American Samoa Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (ASCADSV) located at Lions Park in Tafuna at FAA – 11 Tolu Street  finished the first session for its Employment and Job Training Project, which began on the 15th of June and ended on Thursday, July 2nd.
 
The Community Services Block Grant Program (CSBG) through ASG-Department of Commerce funded this “Employment and Job Training” project, under the direction of Mr. Keniseli Lafaele.



Historic test match will be aired live today on KVZK

Click on the ‘Big 2’ to link to the live feed from samoanews.com
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The historic Manu Samoa and All Blacks test match will be aired live today on KVZK-TV channel 2, according to Director for Public Information, Fagafaga Daniel Langkilde, responding to Samoa News questions.
 
He said due to popular demand, KVZK-TV reached out to PCS TV Bill Hyman, who stated he had the rights to the game, and to Bluesky, the major sponsor of the test match — and from there, an agreement was made to air the most anticipated game on channel 2.
 



Faipule concerned over possible $10MIL shortfall

Sanitoa asks again for financial statements, pointing to fiscal crisis in Puerto Rico
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“The recent financial crisis in the Territory of Puerto Rico as reported should be a prime case study for our government to take interest in the lessons to be learned,” says Tualauta Faipule Larry Sanitoa, who continues to request financial statements from the American Samoa Government over concerns that ASG is at a shortfall of $10 million for the first six months of FY 2015.
 



Court Report

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WILLIAMS PLACED ON PROBATION IN STEALING CASE
 
Freddie Fa’aoso Viliamu — also known as Williams — was fined in connection with stealing DOE property at Leone High School. The defendant was arrested for a PPD earlier this year and when he appeared in court, it was learned that he has outstanding arrest warrants from 2012. 
 



Community Briefs

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MICHELS DONATES TO RED CROSS
 
The American Samoa chapter of the Red Cross received a generous donation of office equipment and supplies from Michels Corporation, the off island company that was contracted to lay the underground fiber optic cable for the Broadband Linking the American Samoa Territory (BLAST) project for ASTCA, the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority.
 



Shimasaki Family reunites in American Samoa for 3rd time

Nearly three decades since last family reunion
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The Shimasaki family in American Samoa are in the midst of their third Family Reunion hosted on island, as their celebration kicked-off yesterday morning with a church service that was hosted by the CCCAS Church in Faga’alu, following a full day of activities scheduled for the family for day one of their three-day reunion.

 



CONGRATULATIONS TO PATIENCE: UH MANU’A COHORT 31, A FOREVER FIRST

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 One of the great sayings in the Samoan language is “Malo le onosa’i”— which is to say, “Congratulations to patience.” Patience is listed as one of the great virtues in the Good Book, and so it is that patience is found in abundance in a place where that book is often read.
 



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