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CDC awards American Samoa $150,000 to help battle Zika

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Funding is stopgap measure to help states respond to emerging threat, protect pregnant women
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will award $150,000 to the American Samoa to fight the Zika virus. The award is American Samoa’s share of about $60 million CDC is awarding to states, cities, and territories to support efforts to protect Americans from Zika virus disease and adverse health outcomes that can result from Zika infection, including the serious birth defect microcephaly.
 



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TRI-MARINE PAYS FINE FOR UNDECLARED CIGS
 
Collections for the Customs Division of the Treasury Department saw a boost of over $10,000 yesterday after Tri Marine paid a hefty fine of $10,200 for undeclared cigarettes that were uncovered during a search by Customs agents.
 



RECALL ON SOME BAR-S BRAND HOT DOGS AND CORN DOGS

blue@samoanews.com

As a precautionary measure, Bar-S Foods Company has issued a recall on approximately 372,684 pounds of hot dogs and corn dogs made with chicken and pork, possibly contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

 

According to CNN, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) made the announcement on Tuesday. At the time, no illnesses or adverse reactions due to use of the products had been reported.

 



Kruse: Immigration Lookout List is “still broken”

Convicted rapist returns, caught 6 years later when applies for change of sponsor
ausage@samoanews.com

After reviewing a special report filed by the Chief Probation Officer in the High Court yesterday morning, about how a convicted rapist found his way back into the territory, Chief Justice Michael Kruse told the court that according to the report, it seems like “our Lookout List under the supervision of the Immigration Office is still broken.”
 



Update: Post Office drug bust

blue@samoanews.com

The drugs — suspected to be crystal meth or “ice” — that were uncovered in a parcel that was mistakenly delivered to the Post Office in Fagatogo last month have since been returned to their original destination — Hilo, Hawaii.
 
The issue is not one that can be handled locally because the parcel was never intended for a local resident. Instead, the zip code as noted on the package was for the Aloha State.
 
Due to human error, the parcel was sent to American Samoa. But the mistakes didn’t stop there.



Drugs and guns found in container at Fagatogo wharf

blue@samoanews.com

Police units were dispatched to the Fagatogo Wharf — Port of Pago Pago — around 2:45 p.m. yesterday after the canine unit from the Customs Division alerted to a container carrying household goods, a vehicle, and a motorcycle.
 
When contacted for comments, Chief of Customs Moetulu’i Sipili Fuiava confirmed that a good amount of marijuana and some firearms were uncovered throughout the container during a search by Customs agents.
 



Myna trapping continues, but so does Myna reproduction

“Keep on Trapping”
blue@samoanews.com

As of last week, the Myna & Bulbul Action Group (M&BAG) a network of trappers has been able to successfully remove 2297 of the invasive bird species, 774 during the month of June alone.
 
Last month, according to information received by Samoa News, 31 active trappers, dealing with 34 operative traps in the field, were able to remove 567 jungle mynas, 65 bulbuls, and 142 common mynas (774 total).
 



Community Briefs

reporters@samoanews.com

HAL FLIGHT NIGHT IS TONIGHT
 
The Hawaiian Airlines “special flight” service that has been offered every Wednesday during the busy summer months was postponed for 24 hours last night but the usual arrival and departure times will remain the same tonight.
 



BANNED FROM THE SUN PRESENTS FREE BEACH CONCERT THIS SATURDAY

Source: Banned from the Sun media release

American Samoa’s homegrown rock group Banned From The Sun will present a free concert this Saturday, July 23rd, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Su’igaula/ Utulei Beach Park. Besides Banned From The Sun, the other performers in the concert lineup are Angie Afo, A-Town, Big Joe and Big Uce, Ice Cream Man, Ten6, The Cuerdas, and The Migrants. JSmooth will MC the event.

 



Drug intercepts go bust after “too much info” revealed

blue@samoanews.com

Chief of Customs Moetulu’i Sipili Fuiava says that because media reports jumped the gun and failed to heed requests to hold off on reporting about a certain drug bust at the Tafuna International Airport last month, it is almost certain that no criminal charges will be filed and no arrests will be made in the case.
 
Samoa News should point out that we did not report on the case — as advised by Moetulu’i at the time, when approached for comments.
 
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