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StarKist Samoa, Miss AmSam join fight to end RHD

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The lovely Miss American Samoa, Anneliese Sword joined little Tau (aka ‘Chow Chow’) Hunkin at one of the many local businesses that have Starkist donation boxes, on Wednesday, November 19, to add their donations to the ‘Charlie’s Little Hearts’ campaign sponsored by StarKist Samoa on behalf of the Rheumatic Heart Disease project, which has been ongoing in the territory for a few years.
 



Election petitions: one dismissed, one under advisement

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The Appellate Division of the High Court has ruled on the petition filed against the winner of the Pago Pago election Meauta L Mageo and Election Commissioner Tuaolo Fruean, filed by Va’amua Henry Sesepasara.
 
Chief Justice Michael Kruse, Associate Justices, John L Ward, Lyle L Richmond and Associate Judges Logoai Siaki and Sala Mamea Jr ruled to dismiss the petition, but noted that a more detailed ruling will be issued at a later date on the court’s reasons for granting the dismissal.
 



Monica Lui of Samoana High School chosen Teacher of the Year

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Samoana High School science teacher, Mrs. Monica Lui, who taught marine science education in neighboring Samoa during her tenure with the U.S. Peace Corps, has been named the Territorial Teacher of the Year (TTOY).
 
Education Department director Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau made the official announcement during a brief news conference yesterday at DOE's main office in Utulei, saying that Lui has been with the DOE for seven years and prior to her coming to American Samoa she served in the Peace Corps in Samoa.
 



Immigration & Customs officers have heated exchange before clearing Lady Naomi

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The delay by Immigration officers in clearing the Lady Naomi Vessel at the wharf yesterday morning led to profanity and swearing between two government officials while members of the public were standing by.
 
The Lady Naomi docked at 8a.m. and the Immigration officers did not arrive until after 9a.m.
 
Samoa News was present when the incident occurred.
 



Remittance data crucial to calculating annual GDP says Commerce Dept

That’s how much $$ you get from off island & how much $$ you send off island
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To further strengthen the calculation of American Samoa’s annual gross domestic product (GDP), the Commerce Department is collecting remittance data from local money transfer companies and financial institutions.
 
DOC revealed in its fiscal year 2014 fourth quarter performance report that its staff continues to follow up with money transfer agents and commercial banks data requested for transfer in and out of American Samoa for both personal and business transactions.
 



Community Briefs

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NHTSA REGION 9 APPROVES PURCHASE OF MORE VEHICLES FOR DPS

 

During a recent meeting for the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, American Samoa was informed of several purchases approved and funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Region 9.

 



Treasury Rept: "We are living in a billion dollar economy"

Report speaks only of revenues collected, not of government spending
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While the Treasury Department didn’t reveal any specific financial data on ASG spending for fiscal year 2014 in its 4th quarter performance report, ASG Treasury Uelinitone Tonumaipea said the department set records in collection for the last fiscal year and that “we are living in a billion dollar economy” for the first time, with just over $1 billion in gross receipts in tax year 2012.
 



Tri-Marine to open “State-of-the Art” cannery Jan 2015

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Tri Marine International has confirmed that its new cannery operations in American Samoa are scheduled to commence operations in January next year. The opening of the cannery is highly anticipated by both the government and the private sector as it will create new jobs.
 
The company announced earlier this year that their Samoa Tuna Processor Inc. cannery plant was to open next month and this was also the same information cited in Tri Marine documents in comments filed with the federal government. 
 



Court Report

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COLIN BODE TO BE SENTENCED NEXT MONTH IN DRUG CASE
 
Drug defendant Colin Bode has entered into a plea agreement with the government which has been accepted by Chief Justice Michael Kruse. Bode was charged in two separate drug cases.
 



Utulei and Fogagogo wastewater upgrades could save millions

Saving customers lots of money, while protecting our marine environment
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A major wastewater project funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) would provide improvements to the American Samoa Power Authority’s collection and treatment process and hopefully lead to a permanent waiver of a mandated $100 million upgrade looming on the horizon.
 



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