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Eni speaks on the House Floor about 114th Flag Day

Congressman Faleomavaega’s office issued a press release saying that the congressman spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in celebration of American Samoa’s 114th Flag Day coming next week.
With the House set to begin the two week April recess later today, Faleomavaega offered his floor statement Apr. 9, 2014, during “One-Minute Speeches,” a period during which members from each side may offer remarks on any topic of his or her choice.

Attorney for Siaumau Siaumau Jr. files motions to move case forward


Assistant Public Defender Mike White on Tuesday filed motions to dismiss four previous motions filed by Tautai Aviata Fa’alevao when he was representing Siaumau Siaumau Jr., accused in the deadly shooting of Police Detective Lt. Liusila Brown in front of the temporary High Court building in Fagatogo in July 2010.

Senators want scholarship board to change loan policy

To help students from low income families is the intent of the local law

Senators have urged the ASG Student Financial Aid board, or scholarship board, to thoroughly review local law dealing with the student loan program which targets low income families, and recently advised its chairman to review the board's old policy that says only students with a 3.5 grade point average and above qualify for student loans.

Manu'a schools open, no reported cases of pink eye


The Department of Health has recommended to airlines and inter-island ferries to urge the public not to travel off-island if they have pink eye, which has prompted the continued closure of all public schools on Tutuila, while schools in Manu’a have remained open, as they have no confirmed cases of pink eye in the island group.
DoH further recommends that the airlines and inter island ferries do not board anyone with symptoms of pink eye — red and irritated eyes — according to DOH information provided to Samoa News on Monday.

ASTCA launches complaint with AG over Bluesky tactics

Bluesky CEO: “We are careful to ensure that our actions comply” with AS laws

The Attorney General’s office has launched an official investigation into a complaint by ASCTA Board Chairman, Roy Hall Jr on allegations that a Bluesky Communications promotion for its customers — using text messages to enter into competitions and win monetary and other valuable prizes — is gambling. Bluesky CEO Aoe’e Adolfo Montenegro denies their promotion actions do not comply with local law.

Terms expired, but unreplaced: Retirement Board members will take junket to Chicago

$9,000 dollar checks already released for trip to Chicago

Despite being rejected in the House on Monday as continuing Retirement Board members, Aleki Sene (Chairman) and Senator Magalei Logovi’i, along with Faoa Aitofele Sunia will still travel to the annual retirement board meeting to be held in Chicago, slated for later this month. This was confirmed by the Retirement Office Director Lua’atua Filisouoaiga Taafua.

Komiti Liki Kirikiti le latou fa’aiuga na toe suia e Satele


Ua fesiligia e le Ta’ita’ifono o le Komiti o lo o fa’afoeina le Liki Kirikiti o le fu’a i le vaega o Tama’ita’i, le tofa Lea’e Mauga le fa’aiuga a le Komiti lea ua toe suia e le Failautusi o le Ofisa o Mataupu Tau Samoa ia Satele Galu Satele Sr, ina ia faataunuu le taaloga o le sailiga siamupini a Tama’ita’i i le va o le Vailoatai 1 ma Malaeloa i le malae i Vailoatai, ae le o le malae i Fagaalu e pei ona pasia e le Komiti.

ASTCA board extends CEO contract month-by-month

Limits also placed on CEO’s spending authority

The Board of Directors for the American Samoa TeleCommunications Authority has extended the contract for Moefa’auo Bill Emmsley, ASCTA’s CEO for another 12 months however it is conditional, and on a month-to-month basis.
In response to Samoa News queries, ASTCA Board Chair, Roy Hall Jr said the board met on March 26, 2014 to extend the CEO’s contract and it was passed with the condition that the contract continue on a month to month basis for a period not to exceed 12 months from the CEO's current contract end date.

DoH: More than 400 cases of pink eye treated so far

Catholic schools will re-open on Wednesday, Apr 9

Department of Health information released yesterday shows that more than 400 cases of pink eye have been recorded at the LBJ Medical Center and the community health centers, but does not include the nearly 2,300 students affected at all public schools as announced last week by the Education Department.

Special Session rejects some Retirement Board nominees

Tables $600K budget supplemental

The special session called by Acting Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga, which was not to exceed five calendar days, closed yesterday with the Fono officially confirming only three of the six most recent nominees to the ASG Employees Retirement Fund board of trustees, and the Senate tabling the $600K supplemental, until the legal issue of “partial” line item veto is resolved.

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