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ASTCA LINES LEAVE PEOPLE ‘HANGING’
 
Yesterday, local residents burned up a lot of pre-paid cellphone minutes after spending most of the day trying to call out using ASTCA landlines.
 



Galea'i: Retirement Fund members should have say in who sits on board

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Sen. Galeai M. Tu’ufuli believes ASG Retirement Fund members should have a say in who represents them on the Retirement Fund board of trustees and also confirmed that he paid back the just over $3,000 he received to participate in last month’s Retirement Fund meeting in Honolulu, which he was unable to attend.
 
Current law calls for seven members of the Retirement Board of trustees to be appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Fono. The law requires that at least four of them be members of the Fund.
 



Two Samoas trade fair planned for 2015 Flag Day

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More than 50 vendors are expected to showcase their products at next month's private and government sectors’ trade fair between the two Samoas to be held in American Samoa, with the goal to create future trade between the two Samoas, according to the “American Samoa Concept Paper” for the Trade Exhibition.
 



Aumua Amata announces openings with FBI

Media release from Aumua Amata's office

Washington, DC — Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata announced that the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) is now seeking applicants for the position of Special Agent within the agency.
 
The announcement information, which was sent directly to Members of Congress, is as follows:
 



SUANI SWORN IN AS PAGO’S NEW U.S. POSTMASTER

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U.S. Post Service’s new Pago Pago Postmaster, Tao A. Suani (left) holding her certificate, after she took the Oath of Office, administered by USPS Honolulu Manager of Post Office Operations Felix Bagoyo (right). The installation ceremony was held yesterday morning at the Lumana’i Building, 2nd floor.
 
Bagoyo said Suani, who has worked in the Postal Service for 17 years, was first appointed to the post last May, but due to unforeseen circumstances the installation ceremony had been delayed.
 



Hospital CEO says LBJ board governing, not managing

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“The board is now focusing on their duties and that is… governing the hospital,” said Hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, Taufete’e John Faumuina, who noted that the board members are no longer traveling off island for recruitment because the reality is: That is not their job.
 



Air study: Apia- HNL option "difficult and expensive"

Gives limited competition to Hawaiian monopoly status on Pago route
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Connecting passengers from Pago Pago to Apia for weekly flights on Fiji Airways “is difficult and expensive”, according to the federally funded air transport market study for American Samoa that covers a wide range of issues, including Fiji Airways and its domestic subsidiary Pacific Sun.
 



STP cannery’s full operation eagerly awaited

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Tri Marine International is awaiting additional equipment to arrive from the U.S. before its Samoa Tuna Process (STP) Inc., cannery operations go into full mode, while local residents who have applied for jobs are eager to see the cannery start increasing staff.
 
Additionally, bus owners and operators are looking forward to the time when the cannery has three shifts so they, too, will get extra business for charters transporting workers to and from the cannery.
 



Court Report

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22-YEAR-OLD MAN CHARGED WITH MISDEMEANOR ASSAULT
 
A young man made his initial appearance in the District Court on Monday on charges of public peace disturbance and third degree assault, both misdemeanors and each count is punishable with up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
 



Community Briefs

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TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY TO REQUEST OUTSIDE ABSENTEE BALLOTS
 
Chief Election Officer Tuaolo Manaia Fruean says that tomorrow, March 5, at 4:30 p.m. is the last day to request an outside absentee ballot for the March 20 special election for registered voters of District #6, Sua #2.
 



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