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Friday, September 24, 1999
Samoa News

AMERICAN SAMOA GOVERNMENT SUMMIT BUDGET MEETING INCLUDED "FRANK DISCUSSION"

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 24, 1999 – Samoa News)--- The lack of information on ASG revenues for the past three fiscal years was among the concerns raised by the Fono leadership during a meeting with Acting Governor Togiola Tulafono.

Togiola called the breakfast meeting yesterday to reach a compromise on the final budget for fiscal year 2000. It is now stalled in the Fono due, in part, to numerous discrepancies identified by the Joint Budget Committee.

 

ASG TAKES PHYSICAL POSSESSION OF PETESA LAND

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 24, 1999 – Samoa News)---"It’s the government’s land," said Mellisa Raymond of the Attorney General’s Office, referring to a piece of land located between the Procurement Office and the School Lunch Facility in Petesa.

Not everyone agrees. "Squatters" living on the long-controversial piece of land were physically evicted from the site yesterday in a dawn action that involved approximately 40 uniformed police officers.

Government agents demolished a residence on the site and plowed the plantation land under.

 

NU’UULI ROAD PROJECT WILL STRETCH ON FOR 2-3 WEEKS

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 24, 1999 – Samoa News)---It may take two or three more weeks before normal traffic flow is restored on an improved stretch of road in Nu’uuli.

During the day, police officers try to keep the traffic moving. Much of the heavy construction takes place at less busy times of the day, such as in the evening and at night.

According to Lor Baul of United Constructors, the weather has slowed down the work. "When it is raining heavy, we cannot do anything," stated Baul. "We can only try to fill the potholes and keep the road smooth.

"We are scheduled to pave tonight (Thursday)," said Baul. "We must pave one side of the road first, and then the other."

Baul explained that a large box culvert, to divert overflow from the Nu’uuli area, still must be put in place.

 

SENATORS DISAGREE WITH TAUESE ON BOARD MEMBERSHIPS

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 24, 1999 – Samoa News)---There is a firm belief in the Senate that the Legislature should be represented on every decision-making Board of the Executive Branch.

This firm belief is the exact polar opposite of an even stronger belief held by Governor Tauese Sunia, who appoints members of those boards.

The Senate met yesterday to review the Governor’s nomination of six people to serve on the Development Bank Board: three new members and three re-appointments.

 

TWO FONO BILLS REJECTED BY ACTING GOVERNOR

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 24, 1999 – Samoa News)---ASG employees who run for the House of Representatives or U.S. Congress would have to resign from their jobs, according to a proposed law to that effect, which was recently approved by the Fono. But Acting Governor Togiola Tulafono vetoed the measure Thursday afternoon.

"This measure," Togiola wrote in his veto message, "has a tendency to discourage potentially qualified candidates from seeking public office.

A requirement such as this is counter-productive to encouraging maximum participation in our democratic process."

Togiola also vetoed a Fono-approved bill that would have allowed monetary judgments made by non-U.S. courts to be enforceable in American Samoa.

 

AMERICAN SAMOA TEAM WON REGIONAL COMPETITION

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 24, 1999 – Samoa News)---The American Samoa Junior Tennis Team won the regional ITF Junior Circuit competition last month, defeating teams from Samoa, Fiji, Tonga and elsewhere.

Several of the team members have earned top rankings in the South Pacific region.

Davilyn Godinet, competing in the 18 and under age group, is the top ranked girl in her division and has been selected to enter the South Pacific Fed Cup for a third time.

She won three gold medals in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) competition.

 

CCCAS YOUTH RETURN FROM SAMOA WITH TROPHIES

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 24, 1999 – Samoa News)---Local youth teams from CCCAS congregations recently returned from Samoa with several championship trophies.

The teams competed against other youth in volleyball, rugby and tug-of-war.

American Samoa volleyball teams were Rap Team and Vailoa, while our two rugby teams were the Rap Team and Lauli’i.

The tug-of-war team was made up of Rap Team rugby players.

Both volleyball teams made it to the finals, where they faced one another. The Vailoa Night Hawks earned the trophy.

Lauli’i’s rugby team made it to the semi-finals in their quest for the Championship Cup, while the Rap Team won the Championship Plate.

"We are all proud of our boys and all our teams that represented the CCCAS youth," said Vailoa Levaula, coach for the Vailoa volleyball team.

 

AMERICAN SAMOA NEWS Thursday, September 23, 1999 Samoa News

NEW FAMILY HEALTH CENTER TO SERVICE TAFUNA AREA

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 23, 1999 – Samoa News)---The 20,000 residents of Tualauta County will have access to a brand new million-dollar Tafuna Family Health Center by the year 2001.

The new health center will be built near the current site of the School Lunch Program Facility, according to Mick McCuddin, the Special Assistant for Health Planning and Development at the Department of Public Health.

 

COMPUTERS KEEP THEM FOCUSED

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 23, 1999 – Samoa News)---Over 1,000 Pago Pago Elementary students are among the first local students to take advantage of the newly wired computer labs in American Samoa’s schools.

The lab at Pago Pago Elementary already has a high-speed connection to the network hub, located in the new ASG E-Rate center in Fagatogo, across from the driveway to the Governor’s House.

High-speed connections should be in place for most schools on Tutuila within the next two months, although it could be later for some schools, and special provisions are being made for Manu’a as well.

 

KCCAS Donates Scholarships to ASCC and Theological Schools

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 23, 1999 – Samoa News)---The Korean Chamber of Commerce of American Samoa (KCCAS) yesterday donated $4,000 to fund scholarships for local students attending American Samoa Community College, Kanana Fou Theological College, and Assembly of God Bible College.

KCCAS President Mr. Y.G. Choi presented $3,000 to ASCC administrator Vena Sele and checks of $500 each to the church schools.

Reverend Dr. Ta’ase Elia of Kanana Fou accepted the check on behalf of both schools.

The Korean business community has awarded these scholarships on an annual basis for the last three years.

 

LBJ’S PEDIATRICS WARD GETS MAKEOVER

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 23, 1999 – Samoa News)---Daisy Duck as a taupou, making ‘ava? Why not! The kids love it and that’s is what it is all about.

A fun project is transforming the Pediatrics Ward at the LBJ Tropical Medical Center, thanks to the efforts of J-Len T’s and the Business and Professional Women of American Samoa (BPW).

"We were looking around for a community-related project," recalls J-Len T’s co-owner and BPW member Lenita Pritchard. "I had stopped in to see a patient in the Pediatrics Ward and, while sitting there, I noticed that the place could use something on its walls."

 

ABANDONED LONG LINERS CANNOT STAND UP TO FEDERAL FUNDING

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 23, 1999 – Samoa News)--- Their days are numbered. Those ratty old abandoned long liners are toast. They just don’t know it yet.

After PENCO finishes its present Coast Guard-funded project, another one will pick up where this one lets off.

With $6.2 million authorized by the Oil Pollution Act, there should be enough money to remove whatever PENCO leaves behind and restore the reef to some semblance of ecological health.

The cost to local taxpayers will be $0. The federal monies will be administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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