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June 22, 1999
Samoa News

TASK FORCE HITS THE STREETS TO ENFORCE POKER MACHINE MANDATE

PAGO PAGO--The six-member "working group" of the American Samoa Government which will enforce the 1989 poker machines mandate hit the streets of Tutuila yesterday morning with the task of issuing citations to those operating amusement centers without an authorized license issued by the Department of Commerce (DOC).

The "working group," headed by DOC staffer Alex Zodiacal, was created last week following a meeting of directors of the Department of Public Safety, the Attorney General's Office and DOC.

The group's first task is to verify, crosscheck and confirm all licensed poker machines in American Samoa from three separate lists. They were to decide on one final list by last week Friday.

HIC TO CONSIDER WHETHER LAWMAKER BROKE ANY LAWS

PAGO PAGO--Whether the House Investigative Committee (HIC) will rule that Senator Tuanaitau Tuia violated any laws when he endorsed checks made to the Jubilee Committee to pay a charge account will have to wait until HIC issues its final report.

However, Rep. Su'a Carl Schuster believes that in endorsing the check to pay a charge account at a local vendor for supplies and materials for framing picture of the Fono Building, Senator Tuia has violated local laws.

Jubilee Committee Chairman Senator Moaaliitele Tuufuli seems to agree, as he has lodged an official complaint with the Attorney General's Office against his rival for alleged criminal activities stemming from a $200 check donation from a local vendor that was endorsed by Senator Tuia.

DOE READIES SCHOOLS FOR E-RATE

PAGO PAGO--American Samoa's 18,000 K-12 students will soon have their own "on-ramp" to the worldwide information highway. Informally known as the E-Rate program, American Samoa's $5 million first year funding is providing the initial infrastructure for high speed fiber optic lines, networking equipment, switching stations and the building modifications needed to ensure that every K-12 school in American Samoa is up to speed with a technology based learning environment.

According to DOE Director Dr. Sili Sataua, procuring materials and labor to construct the E-Rate central office and properly wire rooms at each of the school and administration sites is well under way.

DOE Computer Telecom Administrator John Ludgate said, "We are on target for getting a wide area ATM based network with Internet and email access up and functioning in all of the schools by the end of September."

ATM is a method for carrying voice, video and data over a network.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS PRESIDENT REJECTS SPENDING REPORT FOR GAMES

PAGO PAGO--"All the figures in the story were incorrect because there was never a report prepared," was the response from Mike Fuiava, President of the American Samoa Special Olympics.

Fuiava responded last Friday to a the Samoa News front page story about the concerns of two parents over the spending by Special Olympics officials of public donations from a golf tournament and a telethon.

According to the parents, the Special Olympics Telethon held last year brought in about $39,000, while the golf tournament netted $10,000, but they claim that information has not been fully disclosed.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS READY TO KICK OFF IN NORTH CAROLINA

PAGO PAGO--American Samoa's delegation of Special Olympics athletes and officials, who left Friday night for Raleigh, are among the more than 7,000 athletes from 150 countries who will participate in 19 sporting events spread out through three cities in North Carolina. The Summer Games are scheduled from June 26th to July 4th.

American Samoa Special Olympics' President Mike Fuiava told Samoa News last Friday, before departing for the mainland, that there are 13 athletes from the Territory who will be participating in five sporting events, including swimming, bowling and boccie.

Along with the athletes, Fuiava said that there are also coaches and officials traveling with the 25-member delegation from American Samoa, including the Governor's wife, Mrs. Fagaoalii Sunia, who was invited by Special Olympics International to attend the game.

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