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DOH urges Senate to ban electronic cigarettes

However, there’s no Food & Drug Admin guidance on their safety or value
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Health Department director Motusa Tuileama Nua says his department doesn’t have enough in its budget to counter the increase in electronic cigarette, or “e-cigarette” commercials put out by sellers of these products, which affect people’s health.
 



Man in Leone shooting case re-arrested on drug charges

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Mosegi Solia, also known as Joe Palagi, who was recently arrested for his alleged role in the Leone Substation shooting last year November, has appeared before the court again in a separate case. Police say they uncovered drugs in his possession while they attempted to execute an arrest warrant regarding the shooting at the station.
 
The defendant was in jail relating to charges stemming from the arrest warrant.
 



Tete’e molimau malo pili fa’atulaga ai suiga tulafono suafa matai

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Na fa’aalia e molimau a le malo i le taeao ananafi lo latou tete’e i se tulafono na afua mai i le maota o sui, e fa’atulaga ai suiga i le tulafono tau Suafa Matai, ma latou fa’aalia ai atugaluga i ni fa’afitauli e ono tula’i mai, pe afai e pasia e le Fono Faitulafono lenei pili tau fa’aofi.
 



Gov. Lolo looks to AG for next step in longliner battle

Says DOI should have more input on this issue
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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has directed Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale to look at the next step American Samoa can take on the issue of the Large Vessel Protected Area, which is reserved for local alia, but has been recommended to be amended to allow for fishing by the longliner fleet.
 



Captains reject two heats; just nine fautasi in race

translation from Samoan story below

Now that only nine fautasi will be competing in the 2015 Fautasi Race regatta, the captains and representatives of villages who have boats in the race have rejected Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s recommendation to hold two fautasi races.
 



$20 departure fee proposed in bill by Lolo admin

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The Lolo and Lemanu administration is proposing another money bill, and this time it’s the adoption of a $20 clearance fee for all passengers boarding common carriers who are departing from Pago Pago International Airport and the Port.
 
In a letter to Fono leaders, the governor pointed out that American Samoa is in a unique position, “quite distinct from any other of the states and territories. We control and manage our own borders and do so, at our own expense,” he explained.
 



Police officer gets 30 days over nightclub incident

To serve straight sentence in Ta’u, Manu’a holding cell
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“They arrived in a police vehicle, and the gun that was brandished was pulled from the police vehicle. Police are in a position of trust and they have a duty to keep the peace, not to disturb it, so when civilians see police vehicles they shouldn't have to fear them, they should be icons for safety,” said Assistant Attorney General Alema Leota.
 
The comment was made by the prosecutor during the sentencing of Vice and Narcotics Senior Police Detective Ioane Johnny Paselio due to an incident which led to the damaging of a night club in Pago Pago.



School bus shortage forces cancellation of activities

ASHSAA Sports must finish by 2nd week of April
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With only 15 operating school buses, Education Department director Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau has said that high school sporting events requiring transportation must be completed within the next two weeks, and has cancelled until further notice extra curricular activities, according to a ASDOE memo issued last Friday morning.
 
The government’s cost-containment measures are also cited as another reason to reduce DOE staff overtime, travel and other non-essential activities.
 



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  • Bumble Bee courts longliner fleet for Samoa plant

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    Bumble Bee Seafood vice president of resourcing, Kevin McClain (left) and vice president of loin operations, Brett Butler (right) last Friday after a courtesy visit and meeting with members of the local longline industry and others at the DDW restaurant.
     
    The San Diego based cannery is working with the Samoa government to set up operations in Apia and Butler said,
     



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