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Thursday, June 24, 1999
Samoa News

TRIPPED ASPA BREAKER PUTS TUTUILA IN THE DARK

PAGO PAGO--A sudden power outage effected the entire island of Tutuila late Tuesday afternoon.

Gary Sword, American Samoa Power Authority's (ASPA) Customer Service Manager, said yesterday that most residents of Tutuila were without power for approximately one hour due to a tripped circuit breaker.

According to Sword, a contractor was repairing the Satala main control room air-conditioning system when the circuit breaker feeding the charging circuit for the DC (Direct Current) controls was tripped accidentally.

GAMBLING BUSINESS ALLEGES ASG BROKE IN AND TOOK 22 MACHINES

PAGO PAGO--An owner of poker machines claims that when his amusement center that houses unlicensed poker machines was closed, the American Samoa Government's (ASG's) enforcement team broke down the door and confiscated 22 machines.

The owner is now calling on the House Investigative Committee (HIC) to investigate this incident, including allegations of "favoritism" and "under-the-table" dealings by government employees surrounding poker machine licensing.

DAEWOOSA SAYS WORKERS' STRIKE HAS BEEN SETTLED

PAGO PAGO--The salary litigation for foreign workers at Daewoosa Samoa has been settled among lawyers representing all sides.

"Daewoosa Samoa has reached a settlement with its workers (Chinese and Vietnamese) and all checks have been issued," said Robert Atimalala Tagovailoa, Personnel Manager for Daewoosa Samoa.

"At my request and suggestion the company agreed to pay those workers at least the amounts which Daewoosa believes are owed, and if there are still claims, those would be dealt with (later)."

He noted that while the workers were on strike, the company continued to provide housing and three meals a day.

SUSPECT SENTENCED IN UNDERCOVER MARIJUANA BUST

PAGO PAGO--A suspect who was arrested in last month's undercover drug bust at the Satala Gas Station was sentenced in the High Court of American Samoa Wednesday morning.

Ropati Ropati, the thirty-three-year-old man who was charged with unlawful distribution and delivery and unlawful possession of a controlled substance was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment at the Territorial Correctional Facility.

However, that 20-year prison sentence was suspended.

Instead, Ropati will receive an 80-month sentence and probation for ten years.

TAUESE VISITS GARMENT PLANT AND HEARS FROM WORKERS

PAGO PAGO--Foreign workers at the Daewoosa Samoa garment plant raised concerns during a meeting with Governor Tauese Sunia last week and the Governor has relayed their comments to the proper federal officials.

The meeting followed a visit by the Governor to the Daewoosa facility with company officials that lasted about four hours. The Governor toured the production floor, the dormitories, cafeteria and kitchen.

"One of their concerns was the substantial sums which they paid to employment agents or brokers in their home countries to get their jobs and whether they will be able to earn enough to recover that money, or, more importantly, pay back loans which most took out for the payment. This substantial debt has placed pressure on their families back home," said the Governor.

MUSICAL WORKSHOP TEACHING CHILDREN AND TEENS THE PROFESSION

PAGO PAGO---Local musicians need professional training in order develop their musical talents and to become popular artists.

This is the purpose of the Musical Workshop currently under way at the Fatu-O-Aiga by the Diocese of Samoa Pago Pago.

The Workshop will last for two weeks and will be followed by an organ and flute concert after the first week's session, and a band festival at the end of the last week's Workshop.

Sister Patricia Gallagher, a Dominican Sister from Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, who is also the Director of Music, an organist and choir director at Saint Luke Church in River Forest, Illinois, is running the Musical Workshop.

Sister Patricia also teaches in parish schools, providing instruction in music and related topics.

About 100 children, as well as adults from different groups and organizations, have participated in each session since the Workshop started on Monday.

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