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ASNAP recipients to get a one-time $90 bonus

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The Department of Human and Social Services is providing a one-time $90 payment of bonus benefits for all recipients of the American Samoa Nutrition Assistance Program (ASNAP), also known as the “food stamp” program.
 
In a statement issued yesterday DHSS Director, Taeaoafua Dr Meki Solomona pointed out, “Although this is a one time payment, I am extremely happy that we are able to once again provide this bonus to help our vulnerable population put healthy food on their tables during these hard economic times.”
 



Talitonu Laolagi e le tusa ma tulafono o le paketi talosaga Ofisa Kovana

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Na taua e le afioga i le ali’i Senatoa ia Laolagi Fonoti Savali Vaeao i sana tusi sa tu’uina atu i le Ta’ita’i o le Ofisa o le Kovana, o lana talosaga ina ia fa’aopoopo le paketi a le Kovana mo le Tausaga Tupe fou i le aofa’iga e $420,000, o se talosaga ua le tusa ma ta’iala o le tulafono tau Paketi a le malo.
 



Amnesty bill passes Fono — on way to Gov for signature

Over 4,000 foreigners will benefit if signed
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The Senate version of the Amnesty Bill will now go to the governor to be signed into law after the House of Representatives unanimously passed the bill yesterday in regular session.
 
This bill establishes the opportunity to grant immigration amnesty to foreigners who are physically present in American Samoa without current lawful immigration status, as well as to those who are lawfully in the territory but subject to specific numerical limitations on their registration by country.
 



Obama signs disaster declaration for Am. Samoa

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U.S. President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster exists in American Samoa and ordered federal aid to supplement local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, flooding, and landslides during the period of July 29 to Aug. 3, 2014.
 
In a letter last month, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga petitioned the White House for a Presidential Disaster Declaration that a major disaster or emergency exists in American Samoa.
 



Pacific Is delegation warns Marine Monument Expansion will fail American fishermen

HONOLULU  — A delegation from the U.S. Pacific islands, including fisheries managers and commercial fishing industry representatives, met Tuesday with the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), including Counselor to the President John Podesta. The group conveyed its concerns for an Executive proposal that would bar fishermen from nearly 700,000 miles of vitally historic fishing grounds.



Chief Election Officer denies challenge against Vui

Vui says she will seek her relief in High Court for malicious acts
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Chief Election officer Tuaolo Manaia Fruean has denied the challenge launched by Tualauta candidate Lucia Bartley against Representative Vui Florence Saulo. Bartley and local resident Esther Fiatoa are challenging the authenticity of “Vui Florence Tuaumu Saulo’s birth certificate”, however Tuaolo has concluded that Vui satisfies the US national requirement, in accordance with Article II Section 3, and denied the challenge.
 



Despite objections, Samoa’s first casino opens

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“A casino is now open in Samoa with 100 slot machines and six tables,” said Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi in an exclusive interview with Samoa News last week, where he also pointed out that despite numerous objections, it’s finally open.
 



Fa’aulu Senate pili si’i ai alauni Senatoa ma Faipule

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O le pili taufaaofi lea na fa’aulufale i luma o le maota maualuga i le taeao ananafi e sii ai alauni mo senatoa ma faipule, ua fa’aigoaina e ni isi o senatoa e fa’apea, “e le fai mo i latou o lo o nofoia nofoa a Itumalo i le taimi nei, ae fuafua mo fanau o le lumana’i”.
 
O le tulafono taufaaofi e pei ona fa’aulufaleina e le afioga i le Peresetene o le Senate ia Gaoteote Palaie Tofau, o lo o talosagaina ai le toe fa’aopoopo o le ta’i $10,000 i alauni o Senatoa ma Faipule.
 



House members submit bill to increase Gov & LT salaries

Treasurer says enough money available
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Treasurer Ueligatone Tonumaipe’a believes that the Governor and Lt Governor’s salaries should be increased to $125,000 and $100,000 respectively, and he said this during a House hearing before the Budget and Appropriations committee yesterday morning.
 
He explained that for the last three years there’s been an increase of revenue collections from 5% to 20% and that the increase in revenue is enough for the salary increases.
 



Local absentee voting begins tomorrow at Election Office

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Chief Election Officer Tuaolo Vaivao Manaia Fruean issued yesterday a letter to the electors of American Samoa, announcing that local absentee voting shall be at the Election Office in Tafuna beginning tomorrow, Sept. 10, from 8 a.m. through Monday, November 3, 2014 at 4 p.m.
 
The Election Office will also be open on Saturdays from 8 a.m.- 12 noon for local absentee voting.
 



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