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As we count our bessings, Thanksgiving Day is here

fili@samoanews.com

Today American Samoa joins the rest of the United States and Americans around the world as we celebrate Thanksgiving Day; a national holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November established by federal legislation in 1941.
 
Prior to 1941, it was an annual tradition in the United States by presidential proclamation since 1863 and by state legislation since colonial times, with George Washington proclaiming the first National Day of Thanksgiving in 1789, and Abraham Lincoln reviving the tradition during the Civil War.
 



The bounty of the islands displayed at the 2014 Farm Fair

photos: Jeff Hayner


Fuao from Vatia WINS the DOC-Ocean Challenge Fautasi Race

photos: Ausage Fausia


Lions & OHSU partner for Eye Care Project

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Yzel Pardua of Kokoland is happy to have new reading glasses given to her by the Lions Club of Pago Pago during their annual Eye Care Project, ongoing at LBJ Hospital through next week.
 
Yzel, along with her children Jeuelle and Jarred were given full eye exams by the doctors from Oregon Health Sciences University on Monday.  Along with our eye professionals — Doctors Oo, Siatu’u, Laititi and Steffany, patients are being checked as well as referred for surgery.
 



Tri-Marine CEO hopeful Tuna Treaty can be improved

Says reports of pulling out of the Treaty are “rumors”
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Tri Marine International, whose local operations include the Samoa Tuna Processor Inc., cannery set to open next January, would like to see the South Pacific Tuna Treaty improved to allow fishing vessels based in American Samoa more access to the fishing grounds of Forum Fishery Agency’s 17 member countries.
 



Clear the Lady Naomi in a timely manner says Florence Saulo

Calls on AG to look into problems at Immigration
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House Judicial and Legal Affairs Committee chair, Rep Vui Florence Saulo is calling on Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale to look at the immigration processing procedures for the MV Lady Naomi after a number of passengers complained about their treatment at the hands of Immigration personnel.
 



DOE orders re-assessment of Special Ed students

“I believe that a lot of students are miss-assessed in Special Ed.,” she says
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It was because of “numerous complaints” from parents of children with disabilities, that Education Department director Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau says she ordered a thorough “review” — not an ‘audit’ — of the Special Education Division (SPED), which has since been completed and ASDOE is working to address the problems cited in the report.
 



Election petition dismissed for lack of evidence

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Allegations by Alataua losing candidate, Fatumalala L.A Al-Shehri against Speaker of the House, Savali Talavou Ale, Folole Fagaima, Ailini Asiata, Sinataua Misipati and Tu’ufuli Tu’ufuli alleging that there were violations of election rules listed in the 2014 candidate manual, have been dismissed by the Appellate Division of the High Court.
 
Al-Shehri asked the Appellate Court to “recheck” 14 names she provided in her complaint, wherein she alleges that some people who are off-island voted in the last election.
 



LIONS CLUB EYE CARE DOCTORS AT LBJ

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Members of the Lions Club of Pago Pago were on hand Saturday morning, Nov. 22 to greet the visiting team of doctors and nurses from Oregon Health Sciences University and Casey Eye Institute of Portland, Oregon, who are here in the territory as part of the Lions annual Eye Care Project. LBJ CEO Taufete’e warmly greeted the group in his offices, and thanked them for their unselfish work, particularly for coming here during the Thanksgiving season to serve our people.
 



New StarKist boss meets with Gov. Lolo to "show appreciation" for ASG support

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The reduction of fishing days in the Pacific as a result of the U.S. government treaty with Forum Fishery Agency, the issues surrounding minimum wage, and the need for additional land for cannery expansion were among the issues discussed last Friday during a news conference with StarKist Co., new president and chief executive officer Andrew Choe, who was in the territory.
 



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