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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

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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

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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.



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AMERICAN SAMOA $1 COIN ON CONGRESSIONAL BILL
 
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.
 



Public Defender Fiaui says bill needed for first time offenders

Focusing on ‘rehabilitation’ not punitive only
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Public Defender, Douglas Fiaui told the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday how “our young people” are returning again and again through the criminal justice system, where they get an education in the criminal justice system instead of the public school system. He suggested as a possible solution, giving the courts sentencing options, including rehabilitation.
 



Overtime issue an old, old problem, says Gov. Lolo

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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga says the overtime issue is a problem inherited by his administration from the previous one and urged directors to make sure overtime is controlled, and suggested hiring more people instead of incurring overtime.
 
Speaking at Tuesday’s cabinet meeting, the governor first pointed out that there are still some issues with departments — such as Homeland Security and Health — in getting federal grant reimbursements.
 



Feds ask for restitution for ASG in Rudin fraud case

“…punish him to the fullest extend of the law,” give $3Mil back to AS, AG Talauega says
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American Samoa Government could receive more than $3 million in restitution from Native Hawaiian Holding Corporation (NHHC) official, Quin Ngoc Rudin, whose “selfishness and greed has a negative” and lasting impact on ASG and the people of American Samoa, according to court documents filed by the US government at a federal court in California.
 



AmSamoa cited in trafficking lawsuit as transit point

Stayed 4 days on a derelict boat, in Pago harbor, transported out on a fishing vessel
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American Samoa’s name has again surfaced in a federal court case and this time, its a labor trafficking lawsuit with court documents citing the territory as the transit point for two fishermen from Indonesia heading to Honolulu to work on a fishing boat, where they ended up allegedly living in slavery conditions.
 



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