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Wednesday, September 29, 1999
Samoa News

FONO BUDGET REVIEW WILL CONTINUE DURING RECESS

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 29, 1999 – Samoa News---The Senate membership unanimously endorsed a floor motion for the Joint Fono Budget Committees to continue its review of the final budget for fiscal year 2000 while the Fono is in recess.

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Tuilefano M. Vaelaa told the membership that the Executive Branch recently provided some of the financial information sought by the Fono, but more information is needed if the discrepancies in the budget are to be corrected.

 

FONO OFFERS NO COMPROMISE; SENDS BUDGET TO TAUESE

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 29, 1999 – Samoa News---The day after Governor Tauese Sunia extended an olive branch of budget peace, House Speaker Aina Saoluaga Nua wrote back twice and continued the contentious line of correspondence that has characterized Fono-Executive Branch communication of late.

When the dust settled yesterday, the House and Senate had adjourned, no special session was called or in sight, and the Governor is faced with a decision about whether to sign a temporary spending bill that he supports, but wanted amended slightly.

 

MANU SAMOA, LIVE FROM WALES!

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 29, 1999 – Samoa News)---Live broadcasts from Europe and Great Britain will enable Manu Samoa fans to watch their favorite rugby team compete for the World Cup this year.

The three Manu Samoa pool games will be aired on American Samoa Cablevision’s Channel 7, thanks to Pacific Channel Samoa Television, a partnership of Bill and Jane Hyman.

The first game to air will be against Japan, at 1:00 a.m., Sunday, October 3rd. The second game will be against Argentina and will be broadcast exactly one week later. The last pool game will be against Wales, and will be on the tube at 3:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 14th.

All the Manu Samoa pool games will be played in Wales.

 

LEITUALA TO SERVE FIVE YEARS IN PRISON FOR "ICE" POSSESSION

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 29, 1999 – Samoa News---Being ‘First in the Territory’ is not necessarily an honorable thing . . .

Just ask convicted drug user Lila Leituala is the first to be sentenced under the Territory’s new and harsher drug possession law.

Sentenced as a first-time offender yesterday morning by the High Court, Leituala must serve a mandatory five years in jail for possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine).

Parole or probation is no longer an option for the High Court in its sentencing under the new drug possession law.

 

SAMOA TOURS WILL VACATE PREMISES FOR $60,000

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 29, 1999 – Samoa News---If the Government or the Fono will put up $60,000 to buy the Samoa Tours and Travel building next to the Fono, its owners will move out.

That was the information provided to the Senate membership last week by Senator Tuilefano M. Vaelaa and again yesterday by Senate President Lutu Tenari Fuimaono.

The issue was raised twice by Senator Atuatasi Talosaga, who introduced a Senate Resolution in February that calls for the termination of the lease between ASG and (Senator) Faiivae A. Galeai, of Samoa Tours and Travel.

 

RENEW YOUR BUSINESS LICENSE, OR FACE THE CONSEQUENCES

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (September 29, 1999 – Samoa News---It’s time for business license renewals.

"The renewal period begins on Friday," said Aliimau H. Scanlan, Director of the Department of Commerce. Any business failing to renew its license by December 31st of this year is subject to a $2 penalty per day.

Any business that fails to renew its business license by January 31 of next year will be required to cease all business operations.

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