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Swains Islanders to select their delegate this weekend

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Residents of Swains Island will be selecting their delegate to the local House of Representatives during an open meeting this weekend at the Election Office in Tafuna.
 
Swains Island is currently represented by Rep. Su’a Alexander Eli Jennings who was first selected to hold office following the 2004 general election. He is currently serving as chairman of the House Public Safety Committee and is also a member of other committees.
 



Court Report

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TOLMIE BENCH TRIAL AWAITING CLOSING ARGUMENTS PHASE
 
Chief Justice Michael Kruse, accompanied by Chief Associate Judge Logoai Siaki and Associate Judge Faamausili Pomele, have given the attorneys involved in the bench trial of Michael Tolmie, who’s charged with three counts of embezzlement, a few days to prepare their closing arguments.
 
Tolmie is in court on allegations that he misappropriated funds from an enterprise he was involved with, New Dimension Company, or NDC.
 



“Hope Starts Here” — Community Cancer Coalition aims high with next fundraiser

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As Chairperson for American Samoa’s Community Cancer Coalition, Rochelle Reid has written a heartfelt letter to members of the community, inviting them out this Saturday, October 25 for a fundraiser meant to bring both help—and hope— for more of our local families who have had someone diagnosed with cancer.
 



Senator Laolagi hopes to repeal unpopular wage tax

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Senator Laolagi Savali Vaeao is a man on a mission, looking to repeal the 2%wage tax, whose proceeds are being used to fund LBJ Medical Center, the only hospital in the territory.
 
Responding to Samoa News queries, the Chairman of the Budget and Appropriations Committee pointed out that it was uncovered in a recent hearing with hospital officials that — aside from their $52million approved budget — they also receive funds from the federal government amounting to more than $60 million.
 



Community Briefs

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OUTREACH FOR LOCAL FILIPINO COMMUNITY BEGINS THIS SATURDAY
 
The Philippines Counsel General will arrive in the territory tomorrow night and a three-day outreach program is scheduled for the local Filipino Community beginning this Saturday, October 25 until Monday, October 27.
 



Ebola: A crash course in fear and how it hurts us

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ebola is giving Americans a crash course in fear.

Yet, they're incredibly less likely to get the disease than to get sick worrying about it.

First, the reality check: More Americans have married Kim Kardashian — three — than contracted Ebola in the U.S. The two Dallas nurses who came down with Ebola were infected while treating a Liberian man, who became infected in West Africa.



Defective airbags cause urgent recall in certain regions, including Am. Samoa

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Owners of certain car models in American Samoa and all U.S. jurisdictions are being urged to “act immediately on recall notices" to replace defective airbags manufactured by Takata Corp., according to a Consumer Advisory issued Monday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
 
“The message comes with urgency, especially for owners of vehicles affected by the regional recalls” in Florida, Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Virgin Islands and Hawai’i, the federal agency said.
 



Lolo seeks input from local farmers, invites cabinet members along

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The Lolo Administration wants to hear from local farmers as to the services that government should provide for them, and how the government can best assist them in local economic development.
 
To receive such feedback, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has set for this Friday, a “discussion forum with American Samoa’s farmers” and he has also invited nine cabinet members to attend the meeting and field questions from farmers.
 



LOMU: “If it’s not broken, no need to fix it!”

While there has been a lot of exposure— via state run KVZK-TV— of senior government officials supporting the veto-over ride referendum which will be on the Nov. 4 general election ballot, most of the opposition has been seen posted as comments on the Samoa News website and Facebook page.
 
That is until last Friday afternoon when about 20 people — including children— brought their message to electors of American Samoa, holding up signs along the roadway, which sent the clear message—"Vote No" on the veto override.



Samoa coach looks to move on from nightclub incident

The Samoa rugby league coach says the team has responded positively to the night-club incident which led to three players being stood down ahead of their opening Four Nations match against England on Saturday.

Reni Maitua, Tautau Moga and Sauaso Sue were not considered for selection as they are being investigated for their part in a skirmish which led to at least one player being reportedly arrested.

Matt Parish says he is deeply disappointed in their antics but is not dwelling on the incident.



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