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July 15, 1999

Samoa News

LAWMAKERS AT ODDS OVER A 15-DAY RECESS

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (July 15, 1999 - Samoa News)---While the Senate majority rejected a move for the Legislature to take a 15-day recess beginning Monday, the House majority is endorsing the move.

The decisions were handed down yesterday and the Senate will have the final say today.

The House version of a Concurrent Resolution for the recess will be voted on by the Senate, whose members are made up of the Territory’s traditional leaders.

DOE TELLS FOREIGN TEACHERS THEY HAVE THREE WEEKS LEFT

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (July 15, 1999 - Samoa News)---The Department of Education (DOE) will no longer serve as immigration sponsors for foreign classroom teachers.

Instead, DOE Director Dr. Sili K. Sataua recommended in a June 29 memo that each foreign teacher, to maintain legal employment status, should seek permanent residency.

JURY FINDS SUSPECT GUILTY OF ARSON AND CONSPIRACY

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (July 15, 1999 - Samoa News)---After nearly an hour and a half of deliberations, a High Court jury of three men and three women returned a guilty verdict on two counts against Manu‘ula Masaniai.

Masaniai, 18, was charged with conspiracy, which is a class D felony punishable by five years imprisonment and a $5,000 fine, and arson in the second degree, which is a class C felony punishable by seven years imprisonment and a $5,000 fine.

The six jurors sat with downcast eyes as the court clerk read the verdict out loud.

When asked if this was the decision of the jury, they replied that it was.

The defendant was informed by Associate Chief Justice Lyle Richmond that he would be remanded to the custody of the Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety immediately.

KANANA FOU SCHOOL CELEBRATES ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (July 15, 1999 - Samoa News)---"Train up a boy according to the way for him; even when he grows old he will not turn aside from it."

Taken from the book of Proverbs in the Old Testament of the Bible, this was the verse used as a theme for the crowd of approximately 300 who witnessed a milestone at the Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa (CCCAS) Kanana Fou School yesterday.

Starting at 10:00 a.m., the invocation for the 10th Anniversary of the Kanana Fou School was conducted by Rev. Elder Pamama Mutu.

Attending the ceremony was Governor Tauese Sunia, who is the Chairman of the Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa, local church officials, and representatives of CCCAS in Hawai‘i, the United States mainland, New Zealand and Australia currently on-island for the CCCAS annual conference which started earlier this week.

TAOA FOOD VOUCHERS FOR JULY NOW BEING DISTRIBUTED

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (July 15, 1999 - Samoa News)---The Territorial Administration on aging (TAOA) finally has started distributing food vouchers for July.

Usually the vouchers are distributed to recipients on the first of every month. But, as of last week Thursday, the food vouchers for this month were still at the Treasury’s Office without being released to TAOA for distribution. As a result, complaints were lodged with Samoa News and lawmakers.

This week, TAOA officials said the vouchers are now being distributed for the island of Tutuila, while the Manu‘a Islands’ distribution is to begin during the next several days.

SENATE BUDGET $47,000 OVER LAST YEAR’S, HOUSE $672,000 OVER

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (July 15, 1999 - Samoa News)---The only extra expense in the Senate’s fiscal year 2000 budget proposal, compared to last year, is a request for $47,000 to replace an old truck

Senate President Lutu Tenari Fuimaono made the public announcement yesterday after a Samoa News story leaked information about the personnel costs included in the House of Representatives’ budget. At the time, the proposed Senate budget was unknown.

The House is proposing an increase of more than $600,000 in its fiscal year 2000 budget, compared to 1999, raising a few eyebrows.

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