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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.
 



Uaealesi Mosooi a le FAFIGE FAIKAKALA

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LEAI SE ISI E SILI I LUGA O LE TULAFONO
 
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

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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

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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.
 



College Prep Workshop for Student Athletes planned for end of month

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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.
 



$100k system upgrade improves visa process at U.S. Embassy — Apia

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Applying for visas at the U.S. Embassy in Apia is now a more customer-friendly process thanks to a US$100,000 system upgrade, says Chargé d’Affaires Peter Ganser. In a statement issued to the media, Ganser and Embassy staff say they have worked tirelessly to ensure citizens and residents of Samoa have every opportunity to travel or study in the United States. 
 



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.
 



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