Dear Editor,
Sometimes the work of those 'behind the scenes' fails to make the news.
I would like to acknowledge and commend ANZ Bank employees Naomi Pomele and Shalini Lata for continuing to serve with a smile regardless of mounting angst toward their institution. The outstanding work they have performed restores faith among the business community as ANZ Bank upgrades not only its new on-line banking system, but also its relationship with every customer.
Happy holidays!



My ding-a-ling before Christmas Day is simple: Have a merry merry merry Christmas!
To LBJ Medical Center:
When you have parents and family living in your parking lot because their child is sick and possibly dying — care a little bit — Don’t wait for a news article to get you to do something. GONG!


My father always said to me that whenever someone offers you a seat at the table, take it. That’s what I’ve done.
In addition to the House Republican Conference, the committee of all members of the Majority, where policy decisions are made, I have accepted seats on the House committees on Natural Resources, Veterans’ Affairs and Small Business.


The T. Prescott who wrote the letter to the editor titled “ANSWER YOUR PHONES” that appeared in Monday’s issue, is not Tala Prescott who formerly worked for ANZ Bank.


Dear Editor,
It’s two weeks before Christmas and a family of three were evicted by their landlord into the streets. All their belongings, confiscated. A father, mother and 1 year old infant. This family was found huddling under the covering of a business building in the middle of the night. They are now under the protection of the Emergency Shelter.


Dear Editor,
In the past months, we have heard advertisements from the staff and management of ANZ Amerika Samoa Bank that they are upgrading to a new and better system and if there are any questions, we should call in and ask.
However, it is very frustrating to call 633-1151 and no one answers.

Op-Ed: 'It's a Time Bomb' — How the Pacific is being fed to death by Western food

Food problems across the developing world are usually centered on scarcity, but in the Pacific, developing nations are facing the world's greatest epidemic of obesity and diabetes, thanks in large part to the types of food flooding in from wealthy nations.

"It's a time bomb," Ferdinand Strobel, a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) health specialist told VICE News from Suva, Fiji. "They have gone from a rural lifestyle, eating fish and vegetables to the very, very worst of Western lifestyles in one or two generations, and they are paying the price."

Op-Ed: At Asia-Pacific summit, Kerry gives wrong advice for world’s fisheries

Environmental sustainability was one of the top concerns at the mid-November Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing, as shown by the potentially groundbreaking climate agreement reached between the United States and China.

The fate of the world’s oceans, from issues ranging from climate change to overfishing, was also in the spotlight, being mentioned by Secretary of State John Kerry as one of many challenges facing the Asia-Pacific region. Unfortunately, the solutions we’re focusing on are not enough to solve the problems that our marine environments face.

Amata’s Journal “The Spotlight”

A Member of Congress has many roles, including legislating, overseeing the operation of the Federal Government’s Executive Branch and tackling constituent problems. There is also an important ceremonial role and that is what I want to address today.


U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs pays tribute to Faleomavaega

Two rounds of applause for “25 years of remarkable service”

The U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs last Thursday paid tribute to outgoing Congress Faleomavaega Eni, the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, according to a news release from Faleomavaega’s office.
The tribute to Faleomavaega came during the full committee’s unanimous passage of a measure introduced by the Congressman calling for a peaceful resolution of territorial disputes in the South and East China Seas.
The measure now goes to the full House for a vote.

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