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Testing of possible diabetes cure fast tracks

(AP) — Johnson & Johnson, continuing its long quest for a Type 1 diabetes cure, is joining forces with biotech company ViaCyte to speed development of the first stem cell treatment that could fix the life-threatening hormonal disorder.

They've already begun testing it in a small number of diabetic patients. If it works as well in patients as it has in animals, it would amount to a cure, ending the need for frequent insulin injections and blood sugar testing.

Gaoteote: "Ou te ofo i le faiaoga na pueina lea ata ma fa’asalalau..."


O le ata i le tamaititi aoga o lo o nofo i luga o se fa’aputuga tusi sa pu’e e se faiaoga ma fa’asalalau i luga o upega o fesootaiga fa’aonaponei i le vaiaso na te’a nei, ma mafua ai ona tele fa’asea fa’asaga i le fa’aletonu o mea e a’oa’oina ai fanau aoga ae o lo o naunau le Fono e si’i o latou totogi, na taua ai e le afioga i le ali’i Peresetene o le Senate ia Gaoteote Palaie Tofau e faapea, e talitonu lona loto e le o i ai ni tulaga fa’aletonu fa’apea o a’afia ai aoga i le atunu’u.

Public voices opposition to pay raises for lawmakers

Protestors’ chants heard in Fono chambers

“No to Fono pay raise” was a statement called out and echoed by protestors who are opposed to a House bill raising lawmakers’ salaries by $20,000 annually. The protest rally was organized by newly formed local group United Citizens of American Samoa.

TBAS on its way with $15 million of bond proceeds

Series B Bonds sale finalized last Friday

With legislation redirecting a certain percentage of taxes on tobacco, cigarettes and beer to repay the bonds issued by the American Samoa Economic Development Authority signed into law and the Series B Bonds sale finalized, the government is now forging ahead with the establishment of the Territorial Bank of American Samoa (TBAS).

Congress moves to cut off aid to Tuna Treaty countries


Because the Pacific Islands Forum Fishery Agency (FFA) is no longer issuing fishing licenses to the US fleet, a California congressman has introduced federal legislation prohibiting the US government from using Congressionally approved funds as aid to Pacific Island countries who are parties to the South Pacific Tuna Treaty.

Charter Bank moves forward after funding secured

BoH not slated to leave right away

Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is reviewing names of individuals to sit on a board of directors, which will oversee a new ASG entity that will govern the proposed charter bank to be housed at the current Utulei location of the Bank of Hawai’I and owned by ASG.
The law creating the Territorial Bank of American Samoa (TBAS), states in part that the bank will be managed by a new ASG entity, the Territorial Bancorp Holding Company, to be overseen by a seven member board appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Fono.

Lawmaker calls for more perks — a phone allowance


Because cabinet directors of the Lolo Administration get cell phone usage allowances, Sen. Galeai M. Tu’ufuli now suggests that lawmakers get an identical allowance and requests that the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee find funds in the governor’s fiscal year 2016 supplemental budget to cover phone allowances for senators.

Citizens group organizes to oppose Fono pay raises


More than 30 people have signed a petition launched around 7a.m. today (Saturday morning) by a newly formed group called the United Citizens of American Samoa (UCAS), the group behind the rally that will be held at the Fagatogo Malae across from the Fono Building, opposing the raise in salaries for members of the Fono. Last week the House of Representatives approved the measure in final reading in a vote of 13-4. The opposing lawmakers were Tualauta lawmakers Larry Sanitoa, Vui Florence Saulo along with Rep Vailoata Amituana'i and Maugaoalii Leapai Anoa'i.

Fisheries lays out argument for okaying reducing LVPA


The US National Marine Fishery Service (NMFS) contends that its decision to allow large US longliners, which contribute millions of dollars to the local economy, to fish in a portion of the Large Vessel Protected Areas in waters of American Samoa is consisted with federal law and regulations.

Nat’l Marine Fisheries OKs U.S. longline fishing in LVPA


The US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has approved a recommendation to allow large federally permitted U.S. longline vessels to fish in certain areas of the Large Vessel Prohibited Area (LVPA) in American Samoa waters.
The recommendation was made last year by the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council and was strongly objected to by American Samoa leaders including Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga who argued — among other things — that the LVPA is preserved for locally owned alia, or small fishing boats.

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