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DBAS dedicates new $3.1M building

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Mrs. Cynthia Moliga, the wife of Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, was given the honor of cutting the ribbon during the official opening and dedication ceremony Thursday for the new Development Bank of American Samoa building in Pago Pago. Standing behind Mrs. Moliga is Chief Justice Michael Kruse.
 



Fono News

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FONO EXPEDITES PASSAGE OF HIKE IN RETIREE BENEFITS
 
The Fono has moved to expedite passage of a Lolo Administration bill, increasing by 0.5% the cost of living adjustments (COLA) benefits for retirees of the American Samoa Government.
 
The Senate endorsed the bill yesterday in a 12-0 vote, while the House approved the measure in second reading, with third reading set for next Monday.
 



US Treasury Secretary makes brief stop in American Samoa

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US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew spent 90 minutes in American Samoa this past Thursday, en route to Australia.
 
Lew was greeted by Governor Lolo Moliga, First Lady Cynthia Moliga, and Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga, staff members from the Governor’s Office, Port Administration Director Taemailelagi Dr. Claire Tuia Poumele and Dept. of Commerce Director Keniseli Lafaele.
 



Governor conducts inspection of DOE school bus fleet

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Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has recommended to Director of Education Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau to seek out qualified mechanics who can repair the numerous school buses that are currently not on the road.
 
During an inspection last week, Governor Lolo was informed that a total of 18 school buses are being used to transport the territory’s school children. The rest of the buses are either inoperable or sitting idle at the Public Works compound in Tafuna.
 



Dialysis Unit conducts outreach to local high schools

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Nurses from the LBJ Hospital’s Dialysis Unit have been conducting outreach to different high schools in the territory to speak about the fight against kidney disease and advocate for kidney health in American Samoa.
 
The outreach is among the activities scheduled for Nephrology Nurses Week, which kicked off last Sunday and concludes today.
 



VISIT OF HOKULE’A: SWAINS IS. ENVISIONED AS A MODEL FOR SUSTAINABILITY

SWAINS ISLAND — It's eerily quiet on this tiny, uninhabited South Pacific atoll — almost no noise except for the aki­aki birds squawking in the trees and the wind rustling through the palms.

Abandoned dwellings, gravestones and other mysterious artifacts scattered across the island offer a glimpse of a small community that thrived here decades ago, until the collapse of the local copra (dried coconut) industry in the 1960s prompted an exodus.

Eventually no one was left.



Vui granted right to intervene in election challenge appeal

Expedited hearing set for Oct 2
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Associate Justice John Ward granted a motion allowing Tualauta Representative Vui Florence Saulo to intervene in the appeal to the election challenge brought by Tualauta Candidate Lucia Bartley against the Chief Election Officer that is currently before the Appellate Court. 
 



FEMA denies individual assistance for flood, landslide

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The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has denied American Samoa’s request for Individual Assistance, which would allow federal aid to individuals and households impacted by the severe storm, flooding, and landslides between July 29-Aug. 3 this year.
 
President Barack Obama on Sept. 1h declared a major disaster occurred in American Samoa and granted Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation. At the time, Individual Assistance was under review by FEMA.
 



Health Awareness Fair draws dialysis patients

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A Health Awareness Fair was held yesterday at Utulei Beach Park. The Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Health Awareness Fair was just one of the activities to celebrate Nephrology Nurses Week.
 
Yesterday was a day for the families of patients — especially dialysis patients — to help spread the awareness of the NCDs, which have taken over our health concerns.
 



Court Report

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AMMUNITION CHARGE AGAINST ASI FALEFATU DROPPED
 
It’s unclear if the Attorney General’s office will refile the second criminal case against Asi Falefatu after District Court Judge Pro Temp, Fiti Sunia dismissed a single charge of unlawful possession of ammunition, following a preliminary examination hearing earlier this week.
 
Falefatu is one of the three men charged in connection with the armed robbery of the Gold Conda store in Faga’alu back in May of this year.
 



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