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Friday, July 9, 1999
Samoa News

ELDERLY WAIT AS ASG HOLDS FEDERAL FOOD VOUCHERS

PAGO PAGO--It's not the Territorial Agency on Aging's (TAOA) fault that the July food vouchers have not been distributed for this month. The vouchers were supposed to be released on the first of the month, but apparently the money for this federally funded program has been used elsewhere.

As of yesterday, Samoa News received five complaints from the elderly stating that food vouchers for the TAOA program have yet to be distributed.

"It is happening again, a delay in releasing the food vouchers for my parents," said one woman calling for her mother. "What happened to the federal money that was supposed to go directly to the program?"

FIVE PLEAD NOT GUILTY IN FOOD STAMP SCANDAL

PAGO PAGO--"Not guilty," was the plea entered by five of the eight suspects in the Food Stamp scandal yesterday morning at the High Court of American Samoa.

The five suspects: Vaaloa Sui, Temukisa Feiliuai, Aigasalemalama Petaia, Iakopo Melesia and Lolomi Aumua all entered pleas of not guilty in response to charges of forgery and embezzlement.

Each of the five suspects who appeared yesterday morning was duly represented by their legal counselors.

CULTURAL AND ART FESTIVAL TO TEACH SAMOAN WAYS

PAGO PAGO--The Amerika Samoa Humanities Council in conjunction with the Office of Youth and Women Affairs and Arts and Cultural has organized a Cultural and Arts Festival to be held at Lee Auditorium at Utulei on Wednesday, July 28th and Thursday, the 29th.

The project was initiated after the Humanities Office received numerous requests from various youth groups encouraging new ways to revive Samoan Culture.

NEWBORN FOUND UNDER BANANA TREE

PAGO PAGO--A newborn baby was discovered abandoned early Wednesday morning in Nu‘uuli. Reportedly, the newborn was found under a banana tree at about 5:00 a.m.

According to initial reports, the infant was transported to the LBJ Tropical Medical Center, and the mother later was located and reunited with her child.

PACIFIC HORIZONS SCHOOL ADDS A HIGH SCHOOL

PAGO PAGO--Pacific Horizons School has announced plans to open a high school for the 1999-2000 school year. Mara Ashley, school director, said that the time is right to take this important step, and plans are under way to ensure that it is a quality program.

Ashley explained that the program would be college preparatory, as it is assumed that most students enrolling in the school will be college-bound.

LAWMAKERS WAIT FOR 2000 BUDGET AS FONO PREPARES TO BEGIN

PAGO PAGO--Lawmakers return Monday for the second session of the 26th Legislature, with many pending issues left over from the first session.

One of the most important items the Fono will focus attention on is the final budget for fiscal year 2000. It has not yet been submitted to the Legislature, however, despite requests to the Administration for early submission.

TERRITORY MISSING OUT ON $7 BILLION FISH EXPORT BUSINESS

PAGO PAGO--American Samoa should concentrate on developing its fishing industry, in addition to tourism, and tap into the multi-billion dollar U.S. fish import market that has benefited other countries, says Congressman Eni Faleomavaega.

Congressman Faleomavaega said, "The problem here is we are competing with other islands for tourism.

"Look when happened to Hawai‘i when they depended totally on tourism.

I'll accept the promotion of tourism, but I think tourism is not the only market that we ought to try and develop," Faleomavaega said on Wednesday.

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