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ASCC Halloween Spirit week hosted by the Student Government Association

All photos: Tala Ropati Leo & Princess Auvaa

Congressional candidates all support the “War on Terrorism”


At the congressional forum hosted by the American Samoa Community College’s Student Government Association (SGA) last week Thursday, one of the question’s posed to the candidates was their view on whether or not they support the US involvement in the war on terrorism.

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ASG shipyard completes emergency repairs on Tri-Marine boat in record time


Tri Marine International is conducting its own investigation into the cause of an incident earlier this month where its purse seiner, the ‘Captain Vincent Gann’ collided with another purse seiner inside the Pago Pago Harbor, causing an oil spill.
As previously reported by Samoa News, the Vincent Gann collided on Oct. 16 with the vessel Ocean Challenger, causing damage to the Vincent Gann. The incident also sent a crew member of the Ocean Challenger to the hospital.

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The hospital will be establishing a board to oversee the end-stage renal disease (ESRD) facility, which is the Dialysis Clinic, following the unannounced surveys conducted by the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services. CMS now requires LBJ to correct these violations, or face the loss of its CMS re-certification. These violations of the Medicare program were first identified in 2010, but were never addressed.

Hike in Port fees will not trickle down to employee OT


In light of in tug boat fees going up at the Port Administration, employees in the Water Division of Port are hoping to see their overtime paid, which is something that the director of the Department of Human Resources says will not happen, due to the governor’s ban on OT and the government’s interpretation of a federal law exempting seamen from OT.

Senator Galea'i calls hearing in govt payout probe

Only witness so far: the AG

Without any response for over a year from the executive branch on the legality of payouts to the previous administration, Senate Government Operations Committee chairman Sen. Galeai Tu’ufuli is calling a hearing next week, where Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale will be asked to testify.
The committee will also look into why the government gave $10,000 bonuses to long time employees who have since retired.

10th Annual Tisa’s Tattoo Fest ends on a high note


Hundreds flocked to Tisa’s Barefoot Bar in Alega from Oct. 23-26 to be part of the 10th Annual Tisa’s Tattoo Fest celebration, the one time of the year when the traditional form of Samoan tattooing and modern style artwork come together and are put on display for local residents and visitors to enjoy.

Mississippi politician seeks statehood for American Samoa “because he loves us”


A Mississippi  politician running for a congressional seat wants American Samoa and other territories to gain statehood in order to have, among other things, “full representation” in the U.S. Congress, but Sen. Galeai Tu’ufuli disagrees, saying that American Samoa first needs to focus on important issues such as major economic development.

Jury trial in Karaoke Bar prostitution case underway


A jury of four men and three women are hearing testimony from witnesses called in the case between the American Samoa Government and Lusia Tusi aka 'Sheila', a co-defendant in the prostitution case, which also implicates the owner of the Karaoke bar in Satala, Fa’asaina Park. The jury selection for the trial began on Monday, while the trial got underway yesterday.

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