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Gubernatorial teams offer their thoughts on disability issues


This past Monday at the Gov. H. Rex Lee Auditorium was a Gubernatorial Forum focusing on disabilities – an event that was open to the public to discuss issues like health, special education, Social Security benefits, employment, and an inclusive community in the territory. It was sponsored by the Developmental Disabilities Network.


All three gubernatorial teams were present: incumbents Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga and Lt. Gov Lemanu Peleti Mauga, Faoa Aitofele Sunia and Rep. Larry Sanitoa, and Tuika Tuika and Salanoa Iuni Maeva Saveena.


Court Report

translated by Samoa News staff

Many of the cases presented before the District Court last week had to be continued because of the delay of police submitting their reports to the Attorney General’s Office. This prompted District Court Judge Fiti A. Sunia to say this is a matter of concern to the court because the delay in submission of police reports drags out the work of the court.

Opposition to US State Department proposed rule changes to adoptions continues

US couple, who adopted Down Syndrome daughter from Samoa, speak of hardship if new rule changes happen

A US mother, who adopted a daughter with Down Syndrome from Samoa, has lodged her opposition with the US State Department over several proposed amendments by the department regarding inter-country adoption.
Among the proposed amendments are requirements for accreditation of agencies and approval of persons to provide adoption services in inter-country adoption cases. The proposed rule also strengthens certain standards for accreditation and approval including those related to fees and the use of foreign providers.

Lealaifuaneva Peter E. Reid Jr. leaves a grand legacy to the territory

He is missed by his family, his village, his aumaga, his friends…

 “The legacy that our father has left behind is vast ranging from the business world to the sports world to the fisheries, to the service organizations in which he was a member. To us, his five children, he was our role model and our mentor both professionally and personally,” said Mrs. Olivia Reid-Gillete about the passing of her father, Lealaifuaneva Peter E. Reid Jr., last weekend.

Bond proceeds finance upgrades to Immigration & Customs date systems

Allowing for networking capabilities to central data bases for both

Upgrading the Immigration data system as well as the upgrade and implementation of Customs Data and Tracking system projects are each getting $250,000 in proceeds from the American Samoa Economic Development Authority (ASEDA) issued bonds, according to the ASEDA report, which was publicly released Oct. 1.

Gov. Lolo: “Corruption, in itself, is a word of the past”


Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga takes issue with claims that the American Samoa Government is corrupt telling a recent gubernatorial forum hosted by the American Samoa Bar Association  — “corruption, in itself, is a word of the past.”
Allegations of corruption in government have been slung around for so many years and resurfaced many times during election years — with this year no exception.

ASCC Fine Arts Department to host Tatau Forum

The Fine Arts Department at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) invites the public to join them for its Tatau Forum, which will take place on Thursday, October 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the College’s Lecture Hall.
A combination of academics and community practitioners will discuss and demonstrate the many aspects of Samoa’s indigenous art form of the tatau (tattooing). This free event has been organized in collaboration with the 12th annual Tisa’s Tattoo Festival, which begins that weekend.

Court Report

Samoa News staff translation

Two inmates who escaped on separate dates in April this year from the Territorial Correctional Facility have each entered not guilty pleas and their next court appearances are set for the second week of next month.
Both inmates, Joeita Fa’aaliga and Joe Togitogi, waived their rights last week to preliminary examination hearings in the District Court and their cases were bound over to the High Court last Friday where each entered not guilty pleas through their attorneys.

Community Briefs


Chief election officer Uiagalelei Dr. Lealaofi Uiagalelei has released the official list of the forty-four polling stations territory-wide for the Nov. 8th general election. The chief election officer is required by law to designate and announce polling stations before Election Day.
As in past election years, the polling stations are mostly church halls and Samoan guest fale of chiefs in villages.

Sing-Along with local gospel artists in Pre-Thanksgiving gospel event

Open invitation to all — especially candidates in upcoming election
Source: Samoan Gospel Homecoming Singers media release

Peseta UTA —Since it is election year, The Samoan Gospel Homecoming Singers have invited all gubernatorial teams, congressional hopefuls, and would-be faipules — as well as all incumbents — to join them on Wednesday, November 2 at the Lee Auditorium for a pre-Thanksgiving celebration. Incumbent Governor Lolo and First Lady Cynthia Moliga as well as Congresswoman Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen are among the VIPs. The concert starts at 6p.m. The public is invited to attend. Admission is free.

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