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Mose Apelu ordered to depart territory after serving his sentence

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Chief Justice Michael Kruse ordered a copy of the sentencing and judgment for Mose Apelu from Samoa, sent to the Chief Immigration Officer and the Chairman of the Immigration board as the defendant was previously sentenced to leave the territory in 2011 however was he arrested again this year.
 



DOH issues awareness precaution for holiday season

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With holiday celebrations in full swing heading into Christmas next week, Health director Motusa Tuileama Nua reminds the community to take necessary health precautions when gathering with families and friends and keep in mind that the territory is in the flu season as well as experiencing the presence of Chikungunya.
 



Insular Area renewable energy needs included in fed bill

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President Barack Obama signed Tuesday a federal measure, which includes provisions calling on the Interior Department to develop an action plan to address the renewable energy needs of insular areas and U.S. freely associated states.
 
Energy provisions for territories and freely associated states originated from the U.S. House as a stand-alone bill but was later included in the larger  “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015” in the U.S. Senate where it was approved.
 



Faleomavaega: Case Work protected by fed privacy law

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Congressman Faleomavaega Eni’s office said all case work handled by his office for constituents is protected by federal privacy laws and therefore transfer of cases to any person outside of their office, is a violation of those strict federal laws.
 
According to a brief announcement published in Dec. 18 edition of Samoa News, the Delegate-elect's office - referring to Aumua Amata - has been unsuccessful in efforts to have open constituent case files transferred over.
 



Poly to re-launch service to Savai’I and Faleolo-Pago

New cabotage waiver for Manu’a in the works
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Polynesian Airline’s chief executive officer Seiuli Alvin Tuala announced this week that early next year Polynesian will be re-launching air service between Upolu and Savai’i islands in Samoa as well as operating direct flights between Faleolo International Airport on Upolu and Pago Pago International Airport in American Samoa.
 



Court Report

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BAIL FOR SO’OSEMEA TINAE REDUCED FROM $50K TO $30K
 
Associate Justice Lyle L Richmond has granted the motion by defense counsel to reduce bail for So’osemea Tinae, who’s charged in connection with raping a 15-year-old girl. Tinae, who’s been held behind bars on bail of $50,000 has been charged with rape and sexual assault. During the defendant’s pre-trial conference yesterday, Matailupe Leupolu asked the court for reduction of bail from $50K to $30K.
 



GAO report: FEMA gave $200 MIL to Territory over past ten years

FEMA obligates $170K for latest summer storms
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Just over $170,000 in federal emergency disaster aid has been obligated to American Samoa as a result of the severe storms, flooding and landslides which affected Tutuila between July 29 and Aug. 3 this year, according to the latest update of U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) records.
 



ASPA Financial Report for FY2013: Total Assets increased by $8.4 Million

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American Samoa Power Authority total assets increased by $8.4million with the most significant increase reflected in current assets of $1.4million and a utility plant of $6.9million, according to ASPA’s Audit Report for the Fiscal Year ending September 30, 2013. The audit report was issued in May 2014, and conducted by Independent Auditors Deloitte & Toiuche LLP based in Tamuning, Guam.
 



Gov. Lolo joins governors of Hawai’i and Oregon congratulating Mariota

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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has congratulated Marcus Mariota for winning the prestigious Heisman Trophy, which was announced last Saturday during a ceremony held in New York City.
 
Mariota, whose family is from Lauli’i, is the first Samoan as well as the first Polynesian to claim the top award in college football. Born in Hawai’i, he is the quarterback for the University of Oregon football team and he received 88.4% of the first place votes.
 



Parents of injured boy appeal for assistance

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“With the hope of restoring my eight-year-old son’s right eye to its full potential”, a Tafuna High School teacher is reaching out to the community for assistance in the fight to restore her son’s full vision.
 
Pogai Filemu Fa’apouli-Coffin, a mother of three from Pago Pago, is seeking assistance through a website — gofundme.com — to help her son, Amaziah Coffin.
 



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