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Mose Apelu ordered to depart territory after serving his sentence


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


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


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


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.

Uaealesi Mosooi a le FAFIGE FAIKAKALA


Lagona le fa’anoanoa o si Fafige Faikakala ina ua taia lana fa’alogo i talanoaga muimui a isi ali’i ave pasi e to’alua, e fa’atatau i le mataupu i leoleo ofu savili e to’alua ia na auai i se misa sa faia i le fale kalapu o le Evalani i le masina na te’a nei.

Citizen-Soldiers provide USARPAC with capabilities

A typical day in the U.S. Army Reserve starts and ends within the broad geographic footprint of the “Pride of the Pacific,” with the sun rising in Saipan and setting in American Samoa.
The 9th Mission Support Command is the only Army Reserve command assigned directly to an Army Service Combatant Command, U.S. Army-Pacific.

DYWA Sports Commissioner attends Educators Course in France


The American Samoa Government and the Department of Youth and Woman’s Affairs- Sports Commissioner Ethan Lake, recently attended an International Educators Course in Paris, France located at the National Institute of Sports and Physical Education (INSEP), the place where France trains its elite Olympic athletes. It also serves as training ground for other European Olympic athletes.

First college in the Pacific Islands divests from fossil fuels

Australian Universities urged to follow suit and ‘walk the walk’ on climate change
Source: 350.org

As another set of uninspiring UN climate negotiations draws to a close in Lima, the first college in the Pacific Islands, the College of the Marshall Islands (CMI), has just voted unanimously to divest from fossil fuel companies.

The Republic of the Marshall Islands comprises over 1,000 small, low-lying islands that are home to almost 70,000 people. With rising tides and floods already submerging their homelands, the Marshallese people have a great deal to teach the world about what will happen if we do not take serious action on climate change.

Court Report


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.

College Prep Workshop for Student Athletes planned for end of month


For all of the student athletes here on island, there is something good coming your way in the very near future—a free-College Prep For Athletes Workshop will take place at the end of this month.
The workshop is hosted annually in partnership with the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs (DYWA), American Samoa Department of Education (ASDOE) Career and Guidance Counseling and the DOE Athletics Office.

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