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Pacific Regional Breadfruit Initiative readies for a test site

Fono to be updated on Initiative Aug 3

With National Geographic (NG) Magazine asking, “Can breadfruit … be a superfood of the future?” the crop that is still a staple across the tropics is heading for a growth spurt urged on by some of nutrition’s biggest buzz words.  And yes, it’s gluten-free.

ASPA working to lift Boil Water Notice by end of next year


American Samoa Power Authority is targeting December 2016 to lift the rest of the boil water notice (BWN) between Ili’ili and Pago Pago, and will continue to provide portable drinking water for schools in these affected areas for the new school year, according to the ASPA water quality report submitted to Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, who requested an update on the BWN.

56-year-old man charged with molesting 5-year-old girl


A 56-year-old man convicted of second degree murder in 1992 has come before the court again on child molestation allegations involving a 5-year-old. He’s charged with child molestation, sodomy, deviate sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful use of weapons and possession of unlicensed arms. If convicted of all seven criminal charges Tinoifili Tavoi of Masefau is looking at more than 40 years in jail.

Sentencing date for Am.Samoan tax fraudster moved up

Found guilty for over $200,000, but fed gov’t says total amount was over $2 million

A U.S. Internal Revenue Service investigator is expected to be a “fact witness” when an American Samoan woman is sentenced in September this year for using tax information from local residents to fraudulently obtain more than $200,000 in federal government tax refund checks, according to new documents filed with the federal court in Anchorage, Alaska.

Luatua says retirement board has no legal authority to put him on annual leave


“I object to the decision by the board to place me on annual leave as I believe the board does not have the legal authority to issue such an order,” was the response Executive Director Luatua Filisouaiga Ta’afua gave to the retirement board, after they sent a letter to Luatua placing him on 30 days annual leave (with pay), with today (July 27, 2015) as his last day.

Gov’s letter reveals hospital board issuing med licenses


In a letter Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga sent to Chairman of the the American Samoa Medical Center Authority (Hospital) Board, Mase Akapo, it was revealed that part of the board’s improper involvement in personnel matters, also includes issuing temporary licenses to doctors and nurses from off-island to practice in the Territory — bypassing the Regulatory Board, which is the legal authority to issue such licenses on island.

Family expresses gratitude as Baby Mel turns one year old


Melchizedek (Mel) Soli of Nuuuli turns one year old next Thursday, July 30, and his family reports that a lot has happened since the “miracle baby boy” was medivaced to the Aloha State two days before Christmas last year.
Baby Mel was fighting for his life at the LBJ Medical Center last year when, at only four months old, he underwent four surgeries in one month for abdominal problems.

Feleti Barstow Public Library offering free e-Book access

From kindergarten to 12th grade, right now

The Feleti Barstow Public Library (FBPL) in Utulei is offering free access to eBooks for local youngsters from kindergarten to 12th grade.
In a telephone interview with Samoa News yesterday afternoon, FBPL systems administrator Loring Faiivae explained that the service is open 24/7 and free of charge to ALL children, teachers, and parents in American Samoa for the duration of the Summer Reading Program months, which wrap up during the last week of August.

Aumua sees high tech as hope for American Samoa economy

Source: Press Release, Cong. Aumua Amata’s office

Thursday, following a hearing of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Health & Technology, Chairman Aumua Amata expressed her optimism on the potential for high tech companies to operate and greatly impact the economies of rural areas like American Samoa.

“It is essential that we help foster growth in the app industry,” said Amata. “It has been noted that by 2017, the app industry will potentially be worth $151 billion. This unprecedented growth is a boon to our economy, which relies upon the success of our entrepreneurs and small businesses,” continued Amata.

Symptoms of dengue, flu and Chik fever all very similar

If you have symptoms seek proper evaluation and care, CDC urges

While the dengue outbreak in American Samoa is priority for the six-member team from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the team is also looking at the many cases of influenza and the still existence of cases of Chikungunya — as all three disease have the same symptoms.

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