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Mata’u sentenced for stealing Tri-Marine payroll

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A former security guard charged in connection with breaking into the Tri Marine office and stealing over $40,000 was sentenced to pay back the company’s money in the amount of $23,000 with monthly payments of $400 for five years.
 
Sentencing for Filoiali’i Mata’u was handed down by Associate Justice John Ward II last Friday.  Mata’u pleaded guilty to stealing last month. During sentencing, the defendant sought the court’s leniency and apologized for his actions, for violating the laws of American Samoa.
 



DOE launches initiative to prepare students for 21st century careers

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The Department of Education has launched the initiative to develop educational programs and work based opportunities that will prepare the students for future careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This is due to the increasing global demand for skilled workers in the STEM fields, said DOE Director Vaitinasa Salu Hunkin.
 



Community Briefs

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ECE HEALTH ASSESSMENTS BEGIN TODAY
 
Beginning today, health assessments will be conducted for all students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program. Instead of having the parents take their children to one of the local Health Centers, this year, the medical professionals will be visiting the local ECE centers and classrooms.
 



U.S. House law calls for renewable energy action plan for insular areas

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The U.S. House has passed federal legislation calling on the U.S. Department of Interior to develop an action plan to address the renewable energy needs of insular areas and U.S. freely associate states.
 
Sponsored by U.S. Virgin Islands Congresswoman Donna Christensen and co-sponsored by other island delegates including Congressman Faleomavaega Eni, the measure [H.R. 83] which was passed last week by voice-vote, is now with the U.S. Senate for consideration.
 



“Campaign Nonviolence” Symposium at ASCC tomorrow

September 21 —27 has been designated as the kick off week for the national movement of "Campaign Nonviolence.” Initiated by the California-based Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service, Campaign Nonviolence is described as a long-term movement to bring the concept of nonviolence into the national mainstream and to build a culture of peace free from war, poverty, and the climate crisis.
 



Polynesian Tattoo Factory sets standard for award-winning body art

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If you’re looking to get inked up by a world class, award winning tattoo artist, head over to $2 Beach in Avaio and set an appointment with Suluape Riccy Boy Lamositele Novera Jr., owner of the world famous Polynesian Tattoo Factory in Haleiwa, Hawaii. Whether it’s a tauvae, taulima, sleeve, or even a traditional tatau or malu, Suluape Riccy can do it all.
 



BIZ BEAT: Collins Travel and Rental Agency invites you to see the world

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Are you planning a trip anywhere off the rock and don’t want to deal with the hassle of booking flights or reserving hotel accommodations? Then you need to call Debbie Suhren or Mafutaga Wells at Collins Travel and Rental Agency, located on the second floor of the Lumana’i Building in Fagatogo.
 



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LOCAL VETERANS LINE UP TO SPEAK WITH VA REPS FROM HAWAII
 
Scores of local veterans—__most of them accompanied by their spouses— used this past week to get more information on their benefits, including VA loans, vocational rehabilitation, and claims, from representatives of the VA office in Hawaii who arrived in the territory last Monday.
 
Informative sessions about new programs and other topics of interest were held inside the VA Center at the Tradewinds Hotel in Ottoville.
 



Flat rate box postal rates increase by 1.7%

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The US Postal Service (USPS) has increased the price of priority flat rate boxes, and the increase went into effect Sept. 7
 
Medium flat rate boxes that used to cost $12.35 are now $12.65 while the large flat rate boxes have increased from $17.65 to $17.90
 
First class postage stamps are still the same at 49-cents for regular customers while businesses with postage meters pay 48-cents.



New Zealand prime minister wins 3rd term in office

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Prime Minister John Key won an emphatic victory Saturday in New Zealand's general election to return for a third term, a result that will be seen as an endorsement of the way his National Party has handled the economy.

"This is a great night. This is a victory for those who kept the faith," Key told a cheering crowd in Auckland. "This is a victory for those who refused to be distracted and who knew that a vote for National was a vote for a brighter future for all New Zealanders."



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