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Samoa News staff translation

The government has charged a young man with two felony counts after he allegedly forced entry into a home in Atu’u, along with a juvenile and stole the homeowner’s belongings, including cash.

Gov. Lolo says American Samoa needs a voice in regional matters

Pacific Islands Forum membership an avenue

Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga says American Samoa has an invitation to become a member of the Pacific Islands Forum assembly and the Attorney General has been directed to prepare a briefing for submission to the US State Department on the importance that American Samoa maintain a close relationship with its Pacific Island neighbors.

Governor looking at appointing Task Force to assess education challenges


Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is looking at appointing a task force to assess and make recommendations as to how best to address some of the “education challenges” in the public school system faced by American Samoa.
The governor made the revelation at last week’s cabinet meeting held at the Agriculture Department conference room, where he told cabinet directors that “education is always a challenge, [and] it’s an everyday challenge.”

PD says local drug laws should be “re-visited”

Give court some leeway in sentencing

Public Defender Douglas Fiaui told the House Judiciary Committee during a hearing held last week, the problem that he sees with local stringent drug laws, is they do not give an offender parole or probation and suggested that the Fono revisit the local statute under Title 13 Chapter 10 — titled Medicine and Drugs. 

AS-EPA awarded over $2.7Mil by US-EPA for protection programs

The American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (ASEPA) has been awarded a grant of over $2.7 million by the US Environmental Protection Agency for ASEPA’s environmental protection programs.
In a news release on Wednesday, the federal agency says ASEPA will use the funds to support air, water, and land inspections, monitor the safety of beaches and drinking water, cleanup sites contaminated by waste, improve piggery environmental compliance, monitor water quality, protect coral reefs, and respond to emergencies.

Senators call for non-police personnel to be thoroughly trained to issue litter citations


Senators have called for pulenu’u and employees of government entities that will be enforcing a proposed overhaul of current litter law to undergo thorough training with the support of the Public Safety Department.
Current law gives police the authority to issue litter citations, but the Administration is concerned with the lack of enforcement and has included six ASG entities, whose employees will have the authority to issue citations at areas such as public parks, in villages, roadsides and bus stops.

Task Force formed to assess local teacher salaries


To improve the government’s compensation system for teachers and administrators within the Education Department, the Lolo administration has establish a ten-member task force to carry out a “comprehensive assessment” and provide a report within two month’s time.

ASCC-SGA to host candidate forums

As has become customary during election season, the Student Government Association (SGA) at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) will host two forums to familiarize students and the general public with the candidates running for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, and Congressional Delegate of American Samoa. The Gubernatorial Forum will take place on Tuesday, October 4th, beginning at 12:30 p.m., followed two days later by the Congressional Forum on Thursday, October 6th at the same time. Both events will be held in the ASCC Gymnasium.

M.V. Sili to remain out-of- service for at least 6 weeks

The American Samoa Government vessel, MV Sili, will be out of commission for another 6 weeks, according to the deputy director of Port Administration Christopher King.

The ship has been in the drydock at the government slipway and needs much more attention than earlier thought.

King said that while MV Sili remained out of commission, charters by the American Samoa Power Authority of the Samoa government vessel Fotu o Samoa helped move cargo to Manu'a.

However the Fotu has now returned to Samoa.

King said MV Sili is in a badly deteriorated state.

Community Briefs

compiled by Samoa News staff

American Samoa could get a $1 coin for itself, along with the rest of the US territories and states, under federal legislation introduced last Wednesday by US House by Rep. Jim Himes of Connecticut to commemorate American innovation.
The last known $1 coin that went into circulation bearing the name of American Samoa was the one that marks the territory’s centennial relationship with the United States in the year 2000.

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