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Joint Committee approves $424.5 budget


Moves to slash the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget for ASG by $6 million did not succeed when the joint budget and appropriations committees got down to finalizing the spending plan today.
 
 

Governor will decide when bills get to him


The President of the American Samoa Federation of Educators Ben Peni Te’o says he’s pleased to learn that Governor Lolo has reservations about the planned increases to the salaries of  the governor and lt. governor, and expense allowances of the Fono.
 
 

Election chief asks for dismissal of challenge


Chief Election Officer Tuaolo Manaia Fruean is asking the Appellate Division of the High Court to dismiss Tuala-uta candidate Lucia Su'a Bartley's challenge over Representative Vui Florence Saulo's eligibility to run in the House election.  

 

Grassroots approach for cabotage waiver


It’s the hope of Governor Lolo Moliga that if the grassroots approach to winning cabotage exemption is successful, the US Congress will put American Samoa in the same category as Alaska.  

 

Coast Weeks kicks off with canoe races


Coast Weeks 2014 got off to a great start yesterday.  

 

DHSS explains reason for delay


The delay in the issuance of food stamp bonuses for recipients of the American Samoa Nutrition Assistance Program yesterday was because Food Stamp employees had to manually input information in order to allow their computer system to print the food stamp bonuses. 

 

Leaders want a yes vote on veto override


The Governor, Senate President and Speaker of the House have asked voters to vote yes on the veto override referendum when they go to the polls November 4th. 

 

Ben Te'o gets call from the governor


Leone High School Principal and Preisdent of the American Samoa Federation of Educators Ben Peni Te’o yesterday received a response from Governor Lolo to his letter that before leaders give themselves a payraise they should fix more pressing problems in the schools and other public services. 

 

.5% increase for ASG retirees


The Retirement Fund Board of Trustees has approved a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) of 0.5% for ASG retirees who retired prior to October 1, 2012. 

 

Crowd waited awhile for Food Stamp bonuses


Those who turned up to receive the $90 bonus from the American Samoa Nutrition Assistance or Food Stamp Program weren’t expecting to spend their whole day to pick up the benefit. 

 

Nu'uuli Vo-Tech gets 6 yr accreditation


The Western Association of Schools and Colleges has given Nuuuli Vocational Technical High School, the territory’s only vocational technical high school, a six-year accreditation - the longest accreditation term a school can receive from WASC.

 

American Samoa's GDP dropped 2.4 in 2013


The estimates of Gross Domestic Product for American Samoa released today by the US Bureau for Economic Analysis show that real GDP – GDP adjusted to remove price  changes – decreased 2.4 percent in 2013.

 

New lanes of Airport Road will soon be used


Motorists will soon be using the new lanes of the Airport Road from in front of the Triple S gas station to in front of McDonald's in Tafuna.
 
 

Faimealelei reacts to criticism


Complaints from the public about planned increases to the Fono’s office expense allowances aren't sitting well with Representative Faimealelei Anthony Allen. 

 

Consultant: PUC model may not work in Pacific


A public utility commission model to regulate water and electricity utilities will not work in the Pacific Islands.

 

OPAD & TAOA sign MOU


The Office of Protection and Advocacy for the Disabled and the Territorial Administration on Aging Office have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to plan and develop new programs that will focus on the needs of senior citizens with disabilities.

 

No jail for man found with trace of marijuana


A man found carrying a container that had liquid tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, when he stepped off Hawaiian Air in late April,  has been fined $2,000. 

 

Lemanu highlights COT plague


The crown of thorns outbreak, a major threat to the survival of American Samoa’s coral reef, was highlighted by Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga in his remarks at the 32nd United States Coral Reef Task Force in Maui, Hawaii. 

 

Why ASG needs MOA for hotel demolition


The Memorandum of Agreement needed by ASG in order to move forward with the demolition of the old Rainmaker Hotel will stipulate what needs to be done to mitigate the adverse effect on the historic property. 

 

Tafuna Dental Clinic reopens today


The Dental Clinic at the Tafuna Health Community Center reopens this morning after being closed the past week. 

 

Bill steps up sex offender registration


Legislation which implements the minimum standards of the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, in the territory is now before the Fono. 

 

On line petition to remove cabotage


An online petition calls on Congress to repeal the cabotage restrictions on American Samoa.  

 

Construction of new power plant gets off the ground


The construction of a new 23-megawatt power plant at Satala to replace the one destroyed by the 2009 earthquake and tsunami will now officially start following the blessing and the turning of the soil by leaders today. 

New Leone bridge dedicated


A new and improved Leone bridge which was damaged during the 2009 earthquake and tsunami was dedicated today.

Attorney says challenge of Vui will fail again


Attorney for Representative Vui Florence Saulo says they will be intervening in the petition filed by challenger Lucia Sua Bartley against the chief election officer over Vui's eligibility to run in the House race. 

Faleomavaega meets with StarKist CEO


Congressman Faleomavaega says he has met  with StarKist President and CEO, Mr. Sam Hwi Lee, regarding cannery operations in American Samoa.

 

Business incubator in the works


A new addition for the Fagatogo market place is an incubator for new businesses to start up.

 

Man jailed for 7 yrs for sexual assault


Chief Justice Michael Kruse today questioned how Immigration can grant permission to a 15-year-old girl to live in American Samoa without her parents. 

 

Sewerline project for the east breaks ground


Leaders of Maputasi led by Paramount Chief Mauga Tasi Asuega celebrated the groundbreaking for the long awaited sewer line project for Leloaloa, Aua and Onesosopo with an ava ceremony and speeches of thanks to the American Samoa Power Authority.

 

Fiji re-elected chair of PWWA


Members of the Pacific Water and Waste Water Association meeting in American Samoa this week have re-elected the Chief Executive Officer of the Fiji Water Authority, Opetaia Ravai. as chairman of PWWA for the next three years. 
   

Governor's Office wants $420,000 extra


As the Fono is about to finalize the Fiscal Year 2015 budget for the American Samoa Government, the Governor's Office has requested that $420,000 be added to its budget.

 

$90 bonus for ASNAP recipients


Good news for recipients of the American Samoa Nutrition Assistance or Food Stamp Program.  

 

Sadie's agrees to pay back wages


American Samoa-based Dateline Industries Inc., doing business as Sadie's Hotels, has agreed to pay $21,314 in back wages to 89 hotel and restaurant employees. 

 

No more BBQ's close to voting booths


The House has approved in final reading the Senate version of the administration bill dealing with elections.  

 

Bartley appeals ruling on Vui's candidacy


House candidate Lucia Su’a Bartley is asking the Appellate Division of the High Court to review a decision by the chief election officer to deny her challenge of Vui Florence Saulo’s eligibility to run in the Tuala-uta race.

 

Early walk on 9/11 for Recovery Month


Employees of the Department of Human and Social Services and their government and non-profit partners held a walk early this morning in commemoration of the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States and to celebrate National Recovery Month.

 

Court grants defendant's request


A man who walked into the District Court late last year with a pouch containing methamphetamine has gotten his request to be re-sentenced for possessing an illegal substance.

 

Engage public when raising rates


A rate consultant is stressing the need for Pacific utilities to engage the public when they decide to raise power, water or waste water rates. 

 

Attorney says ASG hasnt paid PIE in full


The attorney for Pacific International Engineering Ltd says ASG still owes PIE $4,700 from the judgment handed down by the court several years ago.

 

Pacific reps take their case to White House


US Pacific Island representatives met this week with President Obama’s counselor John Podesta to oppose Obama’s plan to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. 

 

Teo: Fix problems in schools before raises


The Principal of Leone High School Peni Ben Te’o today wrote to Governor Lolo and Fono leaders to please consider funding to resolve problems in the schools first before they raise their salaries and that of directors.
 
 

Senators approve $10,000 hike in allowances


Senators were unanimous in their support of the bill raising the office expense allowances for lawmakers. 
 
 

No fast solution for ECE transport


It’s not likely that students attending Early Childhood Education Centers will get government buses to transport them to and from school anytime soon .
 
 

Rainmaker Hotel demolition awaits MOU


The demolition of the old Rainmaker Hotel is awaiting approval from the US Department of Interior. 

 

Governor thanks President Obama


Governor Lolo Moliga has thanked President Barak Obama for issuing the disaster declaration which would authorize federal funding to assist American Samoa with recovery, clean up and mitigation costs as a result of flooding  and mudslides in July and August.  

 

Expired goods found in Leone store again


Health inspectors are looking into issuing citations against a Leone store after a follow up inspection discovered numerous food items on the store shelves which have passed their expiration dates.

 

TOFR becomes ODAPM


The Fono has concluded hearings on the Fiscal Year 2015 budget and the joint Senate and House budget committees were scheduled to begin divvying up the spending plan this morning, 

 

Samoa AG's to start exchange staff


The Attorney General’s Office is sorting out final details for an exchange program with their counterparts in Samoa.

 

President Obama declares major disaster


President Barack Obama today declared a major disaster exists in American Samoa and ordered federal aid to supplement territory and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, flooding, and landslides during the period of July 29 to August 3, 2014.

 

YWAM demonstrates biogas at PPWA


A biogas system developed by a Samoan missionary school is one way being explored as a solution to clean and sustainable energy for Pacific Island communities.

 

Amnesty bill clears Fono


The administration’s immigration amnesty bill received unanimous approval from the House of Representatives this morning.  

 

Two men under 21 face drug charges


Two young men are facing drug charges after they were allegedly caught smoking a marijuana joint in the parking lot of a local bar.

 

AG connects with ex-territories at SIDS


His attendance at the Small Island Developing States conference gave Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale a chance to meet officials from former US territories which are now semi independent like Palau and the Marshall islands.

 

Investigators hired from NZ to probe fire


Two investigators from New Zealand have completed their probe of the cause of the fire which destroyed the business building in Fagaalu Monday of last week.  

 

Members told more action needed on water


The 7th Annual Water Conference and Expo attended by representatives from 21 island nations plus businesses from around the region continues today with workshops and a discussion of a benchmarking report for Pacific Water and Wastewater Utilities (PWWA).

 

Tafuna Dental Health Clinic closed


The dental clinic at the Tafuna Health Center was closed Monday due to unsanitary conditions.

 

Lawmakers make their own special requests


One of the budget items under the program for Special Programs that was questioned by lawmakers is the local road maintenance subsidy of $568,000 for Fiscal Year 2014. 

 

Vui calls challenge personal grudge


Representative Vui Florence Saulo has called a challenge of her nationality by Su'a Lucia Bartley and Mrs. Esther Wall an attack that carries with it a personal grudge.

 

Cargo flight stuck here for a few days


The weekly cargo flight bringing cargo and mail for American Samoa was grounded at the airport for several days after it encountered mechanical problems.

 

7th Pacific Water Conference & Expo opens


A conference focusing on the business of water and the need for sustainable supplies amid increasing demand in the Pacific opened this morning at the Lee Auditorium.

 

$10,000 increases in Fono allowances


The Fono’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget includes an increase in the tax free expense allowances for Fono leaders and members.   

 

House supports bill to hike pay of gov/lt.gov


Today the House Budget Committee continued review of a bill to increase the governor’s salary from $85,000 to $125,000 and the lt. governor's compensation from $75,000 to $100,000. 

 

Segaula awaits Coast Guard certificate


The new catamaran for the Manu'a islands, the Segaula, is only authorized to carry up to six passengers at the moment.

 

Administration sets up office for Special Programs


The administration has used part of the funding approved for Special Programs in the Fiscal Year 2014 budget to set up an office that overseas special programs.  

 

ECE students cannot ride on DOE buses


Beginning yesterday, parents of students in Early Childhood Education have to find transportation for their children to and from the ECE centers as the Department of Education school bus service is no longer available to them.

 

Halecks happy with Appellate Court ruling


The Haleck family is very happy with the decision handed down by the Appellate Division of the High Court regarding their dispute with ASG over the 26-acre lowland rainforest property in Tafuna known as the Naumati.


 

Changes would update ASEDA's bond power


Governor Lolo has submitted legislation to the Fono which he says would update the bond issuing capability of the American Samoa Economic Development Authority.

 

"Keeping the Water Clean"


Representatives from Pacific Island utilities attended a workshop at the American Samoa Power Authority compound this weekend to tackle water quality issues facing insular areas.

 

Another criminal case dismissed


The High Court dismissed another criminal case today at the request of the government.

 

Local absentee voting begins Wednesday


Local absentee voting begins this Wednesday for eligible voters who will be off island on November 4th.

 

Halecks win appeal in Naumati case


The Appellate Division of the High Court has set aside a lower court ruling prohibiting businessman Avamua Dave Haleck and the Haleck family from developing 26-acres of the Tafuna lowland rainforest known as Naumati.

 

Election Office denies Bartley's challenge


The Election Office has denied the challenge filed by Sua's Lucia Bartley on the eligibility of Vui Florence Saulo to be a candidate in the House of Representatives election for District #15.  

 

Senators react to PM's "disorganized"


Statements by Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele reported by the Samoa News generated discussion in trhe Senate this morning.  

 

Local hotel/tour operators featured in NZ


The American Samoa Visitors Bureau will host a travel trade evening in Auckland, New Zealand on September 29th, featuring seven hotel and tour operators from the territory.

 

One challenge filed in House election


The only challenge of candidates running in the Novemebr general elections which was filed with the Election Office by the deadline on Friday is in District# 15, Tuala –uta. 

 

LBJ's FY2015 budget remains at $52 million


The chairman of the Hospital Authority Board Leilua Mase Akapo has told the Fono that if the former CEO of the LBJ Hospital had remained, the hospital would go from bad to worse.  

 

Bar happy with new legal aid service


The American Samoa Bar Association had a chance last week to meet with the off island consultant who is working with the American Samoa Legal Aid to set up free legal aid services for the territory.

 

Local delegates praise Samoa SIDS


Just like their counterparts from other countries, the group from American Samoa that attended the UN’s Small Islands Developing States Conference says Samoa did a good job in hosting the international event.

 

Gaoteote: It's a one man show


It was confirmed today that the Board of Directors of the American samoa Visitors Bureau has been operating without a quorum. Board chairman Roy JD Hall Jr, was called in by the joint budget committees to explain issues that lawmakers were not satisfied
Photo: Fatima Langkilde

Red Cross breaks ground for new office


The Red Cross American Samoa Chapter broke ground today for their new home which has been in the making for many years. 

Man gets 28 months for sexual assault of minor


A man who had sex with a 15 year old girl was sentenced to serve 28 months in jail for sexual assault. 

Senate approves amnesty & election bills


The Senate approved in third reading today, the administration bill which would grant amnesty to more than 3,700 foreigners who are in the territory illegally.  

 

PNRS approves permit for new power plant


The Project Notification Review System Board has approved land use permits for several major projects including one for construction of the new powe plant at Satala.

 

No change in food index for August


The latest survey of basic food prices by the Department of Commerce showed a slight increase in prices at the end of August.  

 

Man sent to jail for 8 yrs for assault


A man who fired a shotgun at a minor and later caused a disturbance at the police substation was sentenced today by the High Court to a straight 8 years at the Tafuna Correctional Facility.

 

ASTCA Board travel questioned


Travel costs for the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority Board came under scrutiny during review of the ASTCA FY2015 budget this week. 
 
 

What was learned from SIDS?


One of the forums at the Small Islands Developing States Conference that the Executive Director of the American Samoa Power Authority found informative and helpful in advancing local projects dealt with renewable energy. 

 

One probable case of CHIK in Manu'a


The latest Chikungunya situation report shows CHIK-related cases have now surpassed 700 and 1 probable case has been reported from Ofu, Manua. 

 

Agriculture to set up hammer mill


The Department of Agriculture hopes to set up by next month a hammer mill which will produce planting material out of coconut husks.

 

Casino group here to look for partners


Officials of Gaming Concepts, the group that's managing the White Sands Samoa Casino which had a soft opening in Mulifanua last week are on island to meet with businesses interested in becoming business partners. 

 

Major changes proposed to statute on titles


Representative Faimealelei Anthony Allen is proposing a major change to the qualifications for succession to a matai title. 

 

Tongans follow up on trade


A delegation of Agriculture Ministry officials from Tonga are here to follow up on trading ties with American Samoa. 

 

Reminder: Amnesty is not a blanket approval


The amnesty program is not a blanket approval for those who registered.  

 

Reports on cruise ship vendor sales


Vendors who sell items at the main dock to cruise ship tourists are reported to have earned close to $158,000 in sales during the first 9 months of Fiscal Year 2014.

 

Want to serve on the sanctuary council?


NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa is seeking applicants for three primary seats on its advisory council.

 

Immigration says its returning overstayers


The House Legal Affairs and Judiciary Committee has asked for a report of over stayers and those in the territory illegally who did not register under the amnesty program.  

 

SIDS conference draws to a close


The 3rd conference of SIDS, Small Island Developing States, concluded in Samoa yesterday with the adoption of an outcome statement, the Samoa Pathway.  

 

Segaula the boat christened


The christening of the new government boat that will be used to ferry passengers between the Manu’a Islands was held this morning at the inter island dock.  

 

ASTCA chairman comments on ex-CEO


When the Chairman of the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority Board, appeared before the House of Representatives in January, he testified that he had full confidence in then CEO of ASTCA, Moefaauo Bill Emmsley. 
 
 

Steps taken to prevent repeat of U'una'i debacle


One of Charles “Chuck” Greenfield’s responsibilities as the legal aid consultant for American Samoa is to make sure internal controls are in place to prevent a repeat of what happened to the territory’s former legal aid services program.

 

Governor seeks disaster declaration


ASG is awaiting a response from President Obama for a disaster declaration in American Samoa as a result of the flooding and rapid runoff caused by heavy rainfall from July 29 to August 3. 
 
 

Rep. Vui appeals to lift freeze on increments


Representative Vui Florence Saulo is not letting up in her quest to obtain support from lawmakers to lift the freeze on increments for ASG employees. 

 

IOC & ONOC inquire about suspensions


A meeting of the American Samoa National Olympic Committee to discuss a petition calling for changes within ASNOC has been tabled after ASNOC's mother organizations enquired about the suspension of sports associations who are behind the petition.

 

Committee named to review org charts


Governor Lolo Moliga has established an organization chart review committee to look into organizational charts of government departments and agencies.

 

Leaders told to give youth control


It’s not just the leaders of government, business and non government organizations that are having a say at the Small Island Developing States Conference in Apia.  

 

Ex-Samoana principal gives his side


The former Principal of Samoana High School Mataese Samuelu has disputed comments made by Director of Education Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin Finau which he says has defamed his character. 

 

Two cases dismissed at government's request


The High Court dismissed yesterday two criminal cases at the request of the government.

 

Man admits to stealing safe with $20,000


A man who stole a safe containing more than $20,000 in cash from Tri Marine International had admitted to the crime.

 

Some dont support total ban of free food


Not all senators approve a total ban on what has been a norm for Election Day in the territory…the distribution of free food. 

 

Director comments on Samoana principal


Director of Education Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin Finau says the decision to change the principal at Samoana High School was based on the principal's performance and decision making for the past year.  

 

Free legal aid service to start in Dec


A free legal aid service for American Samoa is expected to start by December of this year.

 

9 run for Congress, 2 reps unopposed


Nine candidates will be vying for American Samoa’s seat in Congress while 46 are in the running for 20 of the 21 seats in the local House of Representatives.
 
 

Ex LBJ CEO considers lawsuit


The former CEO of the LBJ Hospital said he is seriously considering taking legal action against the hospital board for what he believes was the board's attempts to damage his reputation.

 

Congressman announces he's running


Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin said in a statement released to KHJ News Washington correspondent Matt Kaye today that he will be running for re-election.  

 

US commits to SIDS goals


The United States has committed to working to advance sustainable development of small island states as a donor, partner and neighbor.  

 

Territory hosts Pacific Water Conference


American Samoa is hosting the 7th Annual Pacific Water Conference and Expo next week at the Lee Auditorium.

 

To privatize or not to privatize the shipyard


Chairman of the Shipyard Services Authority and Acting CEO of the shipyard, David Robinson, has mixed feelings about the governor’s plan to privatize the shipyard.

 

Sustainable development benefits people


From the Small Island Developing States conference, a United Nations official says any partnership for economic development must benefit the people who need it the most.  

 

Bill seeks to raise salaries of top 2 leaders


If a House Bill introduced this morning is approved, the salary of the governor will be increased by $40,000 while that of the lt. governor will be hiked by $25,000.
 
 

Schools reopen today except for ECE & Manu'a


The new school year begins today for all public schools except for schools in Manu’a and Early Childhood Education Centers.  

 

Paepaetele Mapu Jamias kicks off campaign


Congressional candidate Paepaetele Mapu Saei Jamias assured the crowd at his campaign kickoff on Saturday that he has been to Washington DC many times and he will not be afraid to fight for what is good and right for the people of American Samoa. 

 

Leptospirosis caused death, not CHIK


Health officials have confirmed that the 28-year-old man who died in July suspected from symptoms of Chikungunya actually died from leptospirosis.

 

Commercial building in Fagaalu burns


Firefighters have been battling a fire which broke out last night at a commercial building in Fagaalu across from Matafao  Elementary School.
 
 

American Samoa promoted at SIDS


Locally packed tuna and brochures promoting American Samoa as a place for investment are on display at the convention complex for the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) conference in Apia.  

 

Farewell to the Hokule'a and Hikianalia


(free) Sunday school children of the Nu’uuli Methodist Church led by Rev Eteuati Tuioti sang songs at the marina this morning to farewell the crewmembers of the Hokule’a and Hikianalia and wished them a safe voyage. 

Territory benefits from APIPA conference


The acting territorial auditor says having the Pacific Islands auditors’ conference here has benefit American Samoa as it has allowed more ASG employees to gain valuable training that would have otherwise been available to only a few. 

How many deputy directors does DOH have?


While the Department of Health’s proposed budget for the new fiscal year lists about five deputy director positions, Director Motusa Tuileama Nua  clarified that in reality DOH has only one deputy director. 

Defendant in assault case pleads not guilty


A man who assaulted another man with a cue stick last year has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree assault and public peace disturbance in High Court. 

Important announcement from DOE


The Department of Education issues the following announcement concerning the opening of schools:  

ASG takes the day off to celebrate workforce


The parade got rained on but that didn’t put a damper on the Workforce Day celebration at the Veterans Memorial Stadium.

 

Schools will have internet next week


Internet service provided through the Department of Education's e-Rate program for schools and libraries is now up and running and ready for when public schools start next week. 

 

Help available for local farmers


Local commercial farmers are being encouraged to apply for assistance under the RTCP or Reimbursement Transportation Cost Payment Program announced by the American Samoa Farm Service Agency.

 

Team American Samoa meets IOC Pres


Team American Samoa is returning from China this weekend downhearted with no medals but happy with the experience and the opportunity to compete in the Olympic Youth Games.  

 

Waiting is over for overtime checks


More than 100 ASG employees will have a double celebration at the Amerika Samoa Workforce Day event at the Veterans Memorial Stadium today.
 
 

Manu'a faipule thankful for air service relief


News that Polynesian Airlines has been granted approval to provide temporary air service to Manu'a has been welcomed by Manu'a lawmakers.

 

Hokule'a leaves for Samoa today


Weather permitting, the traditional vessel Hokule'a and sister ship Hikianalia are scheduled to sail to Samoa today for the UN’s 3rd International Conference on Small Island Developing States or SIDS.
 
 

Governor gives SIDS a miss


Governor Lolo Moliga won't be attending the Small Island Developing States or SIDS conference in Samoa as planned.

 

Local fishermen receive free equipment


More than a dozen alia boat owners received today from the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources much needed equipment for their boats so they can safely go out and fish.

 

Sen Tuiasina concerned about Ebola


Senator Tuiasina Esera sounded a warning in the Senate today about the threat of the deadly disease Ebola with the international conference being hosted next door in Samoa.

 

Less traditional mediation in L&T disputes


Close to 100 land and matai title disputes are pending before the Office of Samoan Affairs for mediation and more and more of them end up in court.

 

USDOT allows Polynesian to fly to Manu'a


Polynesian Airlines has been granted approval by the US Department of Transportation to provide temporary air service to Manu’a. 

 

Victim of boating accident was a father of 2


The victim of a boating accident yesterday in Auasi is a father of two and employee of the American Samoa Power Authority.  

 

DOE memo on fundraisers


The Director of Education has warned DOE employees against conducting “gambling type” fundraisers during work hours and using DOE property.

 

American Samoa Workforce Day tomorrow


Just like last year, ASG is throwing a big Labor Day celebration for its employees and the private sector is joining in the fun.

 

Status of Segaula & Manu'a Air questioned


During review of the Department of Port Administration's FY2015 budget, Senator Sao Nua questioned the status of the Segaula aircraft which has been leased to Manu’a Airways.

 

Clipper Oil takes ASG to court


Another fuel company has taken ASG to court over millions of dollars in taxes and penalties that the government levied on the company.

 

Saelua: Some charges dont go through BO


A pattern in the operation of enterprise funds is getting the Fono’s attention during review of the Fiscal Year 2015 budget.  

 

Man dies in boating accident at Auasi


A man died from a boating accident in Auasi yesterday. 

 

AG: Immigration quota not enforced


It’s the opinion of Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale, that the reason why so many foreigners have been able to remain in the territory illegally is because immigration quotas have not been enforced.  

 

Governor supports Polynesian application


Governor Lolo Moliga is supporting Polynesian Airline’s application to the US Department of Transportation for an emergency exemption from the cabotage rule, so it can fly to Manu’a. 

 

OPAD works to improve access & services


Officials of the Office for the Protection and Advocacy for the Disabled have been meeting with government agencies in an effort to improve services for individuals with disabilities.

 

Death on MJ Souza


A fisherman from Nelson, New Zealand was killed over the weekend while working on the purse seiner that regularly visits the territory.

 

Employees making use of EEO Office


The Equal Employment Opportunity Office is seeing a number of grievances being filed from both the government and private sector.

 

Gov tells teachers to work with love


Governor Lolo has urged teachers to conduct their work with love because it is their work in the classroom that will determine the success or failure of American Samoa’s future generations.

 

Students hang out with Wyland


Students at South Pacific Academy and Pacific Horizons got to hang out with world renowned marine artist Wyland and paint several art pieces to take back to their schools at the Tauese PF Sunia Ocean Center today.

 

Administrative Services fights for $350,000


An allocation of $350,000 that was not included in the budget proposal for the Department of Administrative Services has now been inserted in the department's budget.

 

Credentialing problems found at LBJ


One of the corrective actions the LBJ Hospital has put in place in response to citations by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services is to improve the credentialing process for medical staff.

 

Ex-LBJ doc heads primary care at DOH


Dr. Sean Stracensky, who headed the Primary Care Clinic at LBJ until he resigned early this year, will lead a new Primary Care Division at the Department of Public Health.

 

SSBCI to be launched early November


The Department of Commerce is aiming to have the State Small Business Credit Initiative Program open for business by November.

 

LBJ's referral program comes alive


The LBJ Hospital’s off-island medical referral program has been re-activated after being dormant for a number of years. 

 

Samoana gym houses classrooms


Ten classrooms are being constructed inside the Samoana gymnasium for the students’ use when they return to school next week.

 

Measure seeks Polynesian service for Manu'a


A resolution approved by the House of Representatives today requests the governor to pursue an agreement with Polynesian Airlines to provide air services to Manu'a at this time when there’s no other airline flying there.

 

Muralist Wyland is back to paint for sanctuary


World-renowned ocean and wildlife artist and muralist Wyland is on island and will be working on a marine-theme mural for the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa this week.

 

Governor heads Saturday to SIDS


Governor Lolo Moliga leaves Saturday for the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) conference in Apia next week.  

 

DMWR considers poison for mynah bird


The Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources is awaiting approval of a chemical that it plans to use to control the mynah bird population in the territory. 

 

Directors learn how to be successful leaders


Cabinet members take part today and tomorrow in a training made mandatory by Governor Lolo on how to become successful leaders.

 

ASPA to break ground for Satala plant


The American Samoa Power Authority is looking at breaking ground for construction of its power plant in Satala next month.

 

CMS cites LBJ for nursing deficiencies


Deficiencies in nursing services led the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to place LBJ Hospital in immediate jeopardy.  

 

Motion to dismiss 1602 suit dismissed


The High Court has denied a request from a 1602 project owner to dismiss a civil lawsuit filed against the owner for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.

 

Lawmakers upset with DPW budget


Lawmakers were not at all happy to see that so much money in the Public Works proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2015 is going to personnel and very little is allocated for materials and supplies to carry out improvements to roads, schools and other public facilities.
 
 

Court News


The pretrial conference of a man accused of sexually abusing his two nieces has been set for next month.

 

Tuimavave Tauapa'i replaced


There’s been a change in the supervision of Capital Improvement Projects and Special Programs under the Governor’s Office.

 

Governor aims to promote veto override


Governor Lolo Moliga wants a comprehensive public awareness campaign on the veto override constitutional amendment which will be before the voters in the November general elections.  

 

Role of Pacific island auditors emphasized


Lt Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga told Pacific Island auditors and financial leaders this morning that their work in keeping island governments and organizations honest in the use of public funds is important for the fiscal management and growth of island nations in the future.

 

ASCC expects to make surplus


The American Samoa Community College looks set to finish Fiscal Year 2014 with a surplus of $1.3 million, an achievement for which ASCC leadership and the Board of Higher Education were congratulated by lawmakers reviewing ASCC’s FY'2015 budget last week. 

 

Polynesian opens VIP lounge at Fagalii


Polynesian Airlines has opened a new VIP lounge for air travellers between Apia and Pago Pago in time for the touch down of the company's third small aircraft next week.

 

Other side of the Pacific monument debate


An oceans policy group in Washington is downplaying American Samoa’s concerns over President Obama’s proposed expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. 
 
 

Ex-Board member critical of budget


Mrs. Virginia Samuelu, whose name was cited by the Executive Director of the American Samoa Visitors Bureau as a member of the Bureau Board of Directors, says she resigned earky last year. 

 

Nearly 20% of CHIK cases are 5-18 year olds


The average age of school children reported with symptoms of chikungunya such as fever and rash is 12-years old.
 

Infection control lacking in Dialysis Unit


Some of the areas the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services found unacceptable during its survey of the hospital's dialysis unit are measures to prevent infections, sanitary conditions, the limited space and the set up of the unit.

 

Movie illustrates beauty of Swians


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The opening of the Jean Michel Cousteau film about Swains Island that was shown today at the Tauese PF Sunia Ocean Center and attended by about 200 local residents.

 

Manu'a stop over special


The captain of the Hawaiian vessel the Hikianalia said it’s been a privilege and honor to be welcomed by friends and family members in American Samoa.

 

Smaller planes, more flights


The Executive Director of the American Samoa Visitors Bureau believes changes being planned by Hawaiian Airlines for the near future will improve air service to the territory.

Marist Brothers returning to territory


Pioneers in education in American Samoa, the religious order known as the Marist Brothers will soon be returning to the territory. 

Registration for APIPA conference is this weekend


Delegates to the 25th Annual Conference of the Association of Pacific Island Public Auditors begin arriving in the territory tonight for the weeklong event. 

Boil water notice lifted for some


The majority of residents and businesses from Pago Pago and Atuu no longer have to boil their water before use. 

Sen. Faumuina Tagisiali'i passes away


Senator Faumuina Tagisiaalii passed away in Toledo, Ohio at 7 this morning American Samoa time.  
 
 

CMS finds LBJ out of compliance


The LBJ Hospital has 10 days from the date it received the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services full certification survey reports to submit credible evidence correcting 15 CMS violations in order to continue receiving millions of Medicare and Medicaid funding from the federal program.

 

Petition to remove ASNOC Pres & Sec


Leaders of 11 sports associations have signed a petition calling for the removal of the president and the general secretary of the American Samoa National Olympic  Committee.

 

DPS faces reduced funding


The Department of Public Safety's budget is reduced by $2 million in the new fiscal year because of a drastic cut in federal grants. 

 

Faresa Kapisi finishes 8th in preliminary


Track athlete 17-year-old Faresa Pasefika Kapisi came  8th in his first preliminary race at the Olympic Youth Games held in Nanjing China.

 

DBAS Board tours new bank building


A date for the official opening of the new Development Bank of American Samoa building will be finalized at a meeting of the DBAS Board of Directors. Friday.

 

BlueSky explains service outage


Blue Sky Communications issued a statement regarding the disruption of phone service this morning.  

 

Fiji Airways interested in serving AS


The Executive Director of the American Samoa Visitors Bureau David Vaeafe is optimistic that the territory will get improved air services in the near future.

 

DOE Director asks Fono to increase budget


Director of Education Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin Finau has asked the Fono to increase DOE’s budget. 

 

Afio Mai & Welcome Hokule'a


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A crew member of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Hokule’a and Hikianalia chants a mele kahea for permission to set foot on American Samoa soil during the welcoming of the Hawaiian vessels this afternoon at the Suigaula o le Atuvasa at Utulei Beach.

 

House confirms Fanene & Tonumaipe'a


All seven members of the ASG Retirement Fund Board have now been confirmed.  

 

Dive exhibition honors ocean VIPs


The National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa unveiled yesterday evening a dive exhibition in honor of world renowned ocean enthusiasts who are on island this week to promote the territory’s ocean treasures and welcome the arrival of the voyaging canoe, the Hokule’a.

 

Hokule'a Captain overwhelmed


Captain of the Hawaiian voyaging canoe the Hokule’a, Nainoa Thompson said he’s just blown away with the kindness and the aloha shown by the Samoan people to the crew of the Hokule’a and support vessel Hikianalia which are arriving this afternoon.

 

Visitors Bureau budget scrutinized


Executive Director of the American Samoa Visitors Bureau David Vaeafe faced some tough questioning yesterday concerning the bureau’s $900,000 budget request for Fiscal Year 20l5.

 

Phone service disrupted this morning


A breakdown in landline and cell phone connections affecting both ASTCA and Bluesky service frustrated customers this morning.

 

Grant pays rent for displaced families


Five families displaced from their homes due to the landslides and flood late last month are now staying at rental homes being paid for by a homeless prevention grant under the Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs.

 

ASEDA Board members nominated


Treasurer Ueligitone Tonumaipe’a is being nominated to fill the vacancy on the American Samoa Economic Development Authority created by the passing of his predecessor Falema’o Dr. Phil Pili.  

 

New businesses on the horizon


Lawmakers heard yesterday about new businesses which will be setting up at the Industrial Park in Tafuna.  

 

Manu'a first to welcome Hokule'a


Though the Hokule’a wasn’t able to dock in Ta'u, Manu'a the crew was welcomed at sea with ulas, Samoan food and cold coconuts by chiefs and school children who rode out on alia to greet the voyaging canoe.

 

The three who received $10,000 bonuses


Three individuals are confirmed to have received the controversial $10,000 bonuses that recently came to light. 
 
 

Council urges Obama not to expand monument


"Do you really want your legacy to be the President who destroyed the US fishing industry in the Western Pacific?”

 

Tuaolo: $100,000 not enough for election


Election Commissioner Tuaolo Fruean says $100,000 proposed for the November elections in the Fiscal Year 2015 budget is not enough.  
 
 

Fautasi will escort the Hokule'a to shore


The Fealofani Samoa and Iseula fautasi will join several outrigger canoes of the American Samoa Paddlers Association in escorting to our shores the renowned Hawaiian voyaging canoe, the Hokule’a, tomorrow afternoon.

 

Bench warrant issued for ATM attacker


The High Court yesterday issued a bench warrant for the arrest of a man who failed to make his court appearance on several occasions.

 

Pacific auditors meet here next week


150 auditors and finance people from 11 countries are meeting in American Samoa next week for the 25th Annual Conference of the Association of Pacific Island Public Auditors.

 
SIDS main venue

Territory well represented at SIDS


Several directors have been asked to prepare reports to be presented at the United Nations’ Third International Conference of Small Islands Developing States in Samoa next month.

 

Call to raise pay of ASG workforce


Calls have been made during hearings on the proposed fiscal year 20l5 budget to raise the salaries of the ASG workforce especially those at the bottom of the payscale.

 

Leilua Mase is now acting CEO of LBJ


The Chairman of the Board of the Hospital Authority Leilua Mase Akapo is now acting CEO of LBJ Hospital.  

 

Is it 4,000 or 6,000 ASG employees?


Just how many employees does ASG have? 

 

Two men missing at sea not found


Two men reported missing at sea have not been found.

 

Governor wants new jail opened in 1 yr


Governor Lolo has urged the company contracted to build a new jail facility in Tafuna as well as ASG officials involved in the project to make sure the new structure is completed within a year’s time.

 

Fined $300 for breaking niece's arm


A man who assaulted his niece with a PVC pipe, breaking her arm was ordered to complete anger management and fined $300.

 

Lawmakers question 2% wage tax


Treasurer Ueligitone Tonumaipe’a says one reason why the government has been slow in paying proceeds of the 2% wage tax to the LBJ Hospital is because businesses are not paying the taxes.  

 

Stop work order on Fagaalu quarry lifted


The Director of Commerce has temporarily lifted the stop work order imposed against Samoa Maritime Inc., relating to its operation of a rock quarry in Fagaalu.

 

Bill would ban food on Election Day


An administration proposal that would make it illegal for candidates or their supporters to make customary presentations of money or items of value or give out free food on Election Day is now before the Fono.

 

Trial for Le'iato title set for September 30


The trial for the paramount chiefly title “Leiato” of Fagaitua is set for next month.

 

Treasurer admits administration was wrong


Newly confirmed Treasurer Ueligitone Tonumaipe’a yesterday admitted that the administration was wrong in processing $10,000 bonuses for recently retired employees. 

 

Judge commands AG release Indonesians


Associate Justice Lyle Richmond yesterday signed a writ commanding the Office of the Attorney General to release the four Indonesian men it put in the Territorial Correctional Facility early this month.

 

CDC issues travel advisory for AS


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday issued an advisory for travelers bound for American Samoa regarding the chikungunya virus which has affected more than 500 people.

 

Swains film premieres here Friday


You’ve read and heard about it, now you have a chance to view the film, "Swains Island one of the last jewels of the planet."  

 

High Court denies reconsideration


The High Court has denied a request from a company that carried out a re-roofing project for the Fono many years ago for a reconsideration of its ruling last year or a new trial.

 

Increases for directors in FY2015 budget


ASG employees have not received pay increments for the past two fiscal years even though the money had been budgeted. 
 
 

Mandatory training for directors next week


Directors and heads of semi-autonomous agencies will be attending a mandatory cabinet leadership training next week.

 

Proclamation of election issued


The Election Office today issued an election proclamation regarding the date, time, place and purpose of the upcoming 2014 elections as required by law.

 

Tautai Assoc opposes Monument expansion


More opposition to President Barack Obama's proposal to expand the Pacific Remote Islands National Marine Monument (PRIMNM) was filed last week.

 

ASG will go after businesses who dont file


Review of the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget for the American Samoa Government began this morning with Treasurer Ueligitione Tonumaipe’a and Budget Director Cathy Saelua fronting before the joint Senate and House Budget and Appropriations Committee.

 

Governor gives speech of thanks on TV


In a televised speech on KVZK-TV Governor Lolo Moliga has thanked the people of American Samoa here and abroad for their prayers and well wishes during his recent illness. 

 

No comment from ex-ASTCA CEO


Moefaauo Bill Emmsley has declined to make a statement at this time about his termination by the board of the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority as CEO of ASTCA.

 

Local divers scour area where plane crashed


Local divers were out Friday and Saturday to scan the area where the small plane that crashed off the airport last month is believed to have gone down.  

 

Case against ex-SLP supervisor dismissed


The government's case against a former supervisor of the School Lunch Program accused of the theft of numerous food items intended for school children, was dismissed by the court on Friday.

 

Tafuna, Nu'uuli, Pago Pago have most Chik cases


Villages with the most cases of chikungunya are being targeted in village visitations by the Department of health, Environmental Protection Agency, Public Works and the American Samoa Power Authority.      

Immigration Board has little knowledge of amnesty program


  Members of the Immigration Board informed lawmakers yesterday that they have not been privy to some of the specifics of the amnesty program especially when it comes to hearings to review individuals for amnesty.   

Films about sea treasures win international fame


    Two films highlighting American Samoa's ocean treasures and the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa will be featured at the renowned international Blue Ocean 2014 Film Festival in November.  

Defendant pleads guilty in Ofu sex case


A man from Ofu, Manu'a accused of committing sex crimes against women he brought from Samoa as domestic workers has pleaded guilty to several felony charges under a plea deal with the government.

 

Senators briefed on plan of attack for Chik


How to stop the spread of the chikungunya disease and other mosquito borne diseases was the main focus of a Senate hearing this morning.  

 

Mileage from all those ASG trips


The government has accumulated close to 2 million in Hawaiian Airlines frequent flyer miles for the use of patients needing medical treatment off island or students on educational trips. 

 

DBAS issues five business loans


As of last month, five business loans have been made utilizing a $1 million allocation to the Development Bank of American Samoa for private sector economic development.

 

ASG closes FY2013 with $4.8 m deficit


ASG 's General Fund had a deficit of $4.8 million at the end of Fiscal Year 2013 according to the government's audited financial statements prepared by its independent auditors Moss Adams.

 
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ASG to pay $177,300 in overtime


Hundreds of employees of the American Samoa Government can expect a paycheck for their unpaid overtime coming their way soon.

 

indonesians not detained as prisoners


Acting Attorney General Mitzie Jessop says the Indonesian men who were taken under the government's custody last week are not being detained as prisoners.

 

Moefa'auo is no longer CEO of ASTCA


The Board of the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority has voted to end the contract of Moefaauo Bill Emmsley as Chief Executive Officer of ASTCA effectively immediately. 
 
 

New Treasurer mulls payroll deductions


New ASG Treasurer Ueligitone Tonumaipe’a says he will review whether to restore ASG payroll deductions.

 

Lolo: time is right to give Fono veto power


Governor Lolo says the territory is now at the right time to change the American Samoa Constitution in order to give the Fono veto override authority of legislative measures.

 

Ground broken for new TCF


The Department of Public Safety held a groundbreaking this morning for its new jail facility in Tafuna.

 

Fono opposes Pacific monument expansion


The Legislature has added its voice to the band of local opposition against President Obama’s move to expand the Pacific Remote Islands National Monument.  

 

Lolo has media talk with cabinet


Governor Lolo Moliga told his cabinet yesterday that they are free to speak to the media about their department operations just as long as they are promoting the vision of the administration and not their own.

 

Three arrests in Gold Conda armed robbery


Police have arrested three men alleged to have been involved in the robbery at gunpoint of the former Gold Conda store in Fagaalu in early May.

 

Ruth Matagi Faatili confirmed as DBAS Pres


Ruth Matagi Faatili is confirmed to be the President of the Development Bank of American Samoa. 

 

Ueligitone Tonumaipe'a confirmed as Treas


Ueligitone Tonumaipe'a has been cleared to serve as the next Treasurer of the American Samoa Government. 
 
 

Chamber of Commerce opposes monument


The American Samoa Chamber of Commerce has expressed disappointment to US President Barack Obama about the lack of consultation and public hearings in the territory to discuss his proposed expansion of the Pacific Islands Remote Islands Marine National Monument (PRIMNM).

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Attorney petitions for release of 4 Indonesians


An attorney is requesting the High Court to compel the Attorney General's Office to explain why four Indonesian men are held at the Territorial Correctional Facility without cause or why they have not been afforded a hearing before Immigration or the court prior to their arrest.

 

FEMA estimates of damages is over $2 m


A team from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be on island in four weeks’ time to get detailed information of the damages caused by the recent flood and landslides, which an official from FEMA has estimated at over $2 million.

 

Former deputy comish received $10,000


The former Deputy Commissioner of Public Safety Leseiau Laumoli received a $10,000 bonus when he retired earlier this year.
 
 

Eight CIP projects get funding


Eight projects have been approved for funding under the Capital Improvement Project grants from the Department of Interior, Office of Insular Affairs for American Samoa. 

 

Congressman supports State Dept brief


Congressman Faleomavaega offers his support of the U.S. Department of State’s recently filed brief against the plaintiffs in the citizenship case formally known as Tuaua v. United States.

 

Restrictions considered to keep out disease


Governor Lolo Moliga has directed the Department of Health and the Attorney General’s Office to review the territory’s travel policies and see whether any travel and health restrictions should be enforced to prevent the entrance of travelers who may be carriers of harmful diseases.

 

Senate delays vote on Matagi-Faatili


The Senate has delayed a confirmation vote for Ruth Matagi Faatili as President of the Development Bank of American Samoa until more senators are present.
 
 

DPS leaders say DHR okayed test


While the leadership of the Department of Human Resources is now questioning the entrance exam for the Department of Public Safety police academy, the official in charge of training at DPS told a Senate hearing this morning that the test was reviewed and sanctioned by a DHR representative assigned to work with DPS.
 
 

Gov Lolo asks president not to expand


Governor Lolo Moliga has appealed to President Barack Obama not to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument because the proposal would spell economic disaster to the territory's already fragile economy.

 

Update on search for bone marrow


The family in search of a bone marrow donor for their three month old baby boy has received support from the Bone Marrow Registry, Hawaiian Regional Office for their search.  

 

Ex-manager pleads not guilty


The former manager of Polynesian Shipping Services has pleaded not guilty to charges of embezzlement, forgery and stealing during his arraignment in High Court this morning.

 

ASCC B. Ed students qualify for financial aid


Students enrolled in the American Samoa Community College's Bachelor in Education Program can now qualify for federal financial aid.

 

Budget Committees will only accept directors


Fono leaders have asked Governor Lolo Moliga to ensure that directors be present when their Fiscal Year 2015 budgets are reviewed.  
 

New members of the Retirement Fund Board


Three more nominations to the ASG Retirement Board of Trustees were sent to the Fono yesterday for confirmation. 

 

Voting power for Swains Rep needs more review


A House Joint resolution that would give the Swains delegate voting power in the House of Representatives has been referred back to committee for more review. 

 

SSV Seamans has arrived


Now docked at the marina in Malaloa is the SSV Seamans a sailboat which serves as a floating classroom and research vessel.
 
 

Two months before Farm Fair


The Department of Agriculture will host its annual Farm Fair in November.

 

New task force named to study airline options


A new task force has been established by Governor Lolo Moliga to identify air transportation options for American Samoa. 
 

Attorney reacts to State Dept. filing


An attorney representing the plaintiffs in the Tuaua v. United States citizenship lawsuit says they are not suprised with the position taken by the US State Department in its brief filed with the Appeals Court in Washington D.C.

 

Report raises concerns about weapons plan


The author of the Department of Public Safety's assessment report believes that since a large number of police officers do not have prior experience in handling and using fire arms, their training should be extensive and cover more than what's listed in the proposed training program for DPS.

 

Burglar jailed for five years


A man who assaulted an elderly Korean woman during a store burglary in Kokoland last year will serve 5 years at the Territorial Correctional Facility.

 

NTSB issues accident report on plane crash


The father and son team whose plane crashed into the ocean shortly after taking off from Pago Pago International airport last month, had been cautioned about strong nights that ngiht.
 
 

FEMA rep hints at possible public assistance


The official from the Federal Emergency Management Agency who inspected damages from the recent floods and mudslides will turn in his final report to ASG on Wednesday. 

 

Manu'a reps ask Polynesian to fly to Manu'a


At a meeting with the Chief Executive Officer of Polynesian Airlines yesterday, two House Representatives from Manu’a, Talia Faafetai Iaulualo and Fetu Fetui Jr. requested that the Samoa airline provide air services to Manu’a, temporarily.

 

Residents urged to oppose monument expansion


Residents have until this Friday, August 15 to make comments about President Obama's plan to expand the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument.

 

Sen. Galea'i delves into police academy test


Senator Galea'i Tu'ufuli is not happy with reports in the media that the Department of Human Resources is questioning the validity of the entrance exams for the Department of Public Safety police academy. 
 

Few departments with budget overruns


The latest financial data from the ASG Treasury shows only a few government departments and programs have overspent their budgets by the end of the third quarter of the fiscal year.

 
 

School Lunch takes steps to prevent theft


Changes have been made at the School Lunch Program to improve the federally-funded program's operations to include the accounting of food items for the territory's school children.

 

Report documents inadequate fire equipment


The limited number of fire trucks to respond to fires in the territory and the condition of equipment used by firefighters are partly being blamed for the fire bureau's inability to put out structure fires.

 

Aumua Amata meets Co-del


Aumua Amata Radewagen says members of the congressional delegation which made a refueling stop in the territory yesterday are in charge of important issues that affect American Samoa. 

 

Fono is back in session


The Fono resumed this morning after a three week recess, during which several lawmakers attended church conferences here, Samoa and the mainland. 

 

Ex-manager allegedly stole a quarter million


The former manager of a shipping agency called Polynesian Shipping Services is alleged to have embezzled more than a quarter of a million dollars from his former employer.

 

Co-Del makes refueling stop here


Yesterday a congressional delegation stopped over at Pago Pago International
Airport on a refueling stop enroute to New Zealand. 

 

Treasury expects $7.6 million shortfall


The ASG Treasury is now projecting that the General Fund will have a shortfall of about $7.6 million by the end of the fiscal year.

 
Lt. Go Lemanu & Adm Locklear

FEMA official carries out assessment


An official from the US Federal Emergency Management Agency arrived Saturday to review damages caused by the recent floods and mudslides and help determine if the damage warrants a federal disaster declaration.

 

Ex school lunch supervisor charged


A former supervisor with the Department of Education's School Lunch Program is being accused of taking numerous School Lunch food items for his family faalavelave. 

 
 

No jail for cop who allowed inmate out


Corrections Officer Fiti Aina escaped prison when he was sentenced today by the High Court for allowing an inmate out of jail to go to the store unsupervised.
 

DOh has hotline for Chik


The number of recorded cases connected to chickungunya or the chik virus has now reached 390, up from 343 earlier this week.

 

DBAS waives loan fees for affected residents


The Development Bank of American Samoa is giving priority to loan applications from families whose homes were damaged in the recent floods and landslides. 

 

DPS reviews entrance exam for academy


The spokesman for the Department of Public Safety Fuega Moliga says DPS is currently reviewing its employment entrance exam amid concerns from the Department of Human Resources relating to the contents of the exam.

 

Budget Office delivers budget books


The Budget Office delivered earlier this week to the Fono 40 hard copies of the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget for ASG.

 

Manu'a catamaran arriving August 31st


Port Administration is expecting the new catamaran for Manu'a to arrive in the territory August 31st.

 

Former Pepsi distributor sued


A Pepsi Cola company based in Guam has filed suit against a company that used to be the distributor of Pepsi products in the territory for failing to pay their bills.

 
 

Report: One alternative is to break up DPS


An assessment of the Department of Public Safety by the director of the Office of Fraud, Prevention and Investigations recommends three alternatives to the current organizational structure, including breaking up DPS in three separate and stand alone departments.

 

KS Mart agrees to pay $85,179 in overtime


K.S. Mart, a grocery-department store in Tafuna, has agreed to pay $85,179 to 87 employees for violations of the minimum wage and overtime provisions under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

 

BlueSky files complaint against ASTCA


BlueSky Communications has filed a complaint against the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority with Governor Lolo over their dissatisfaction with ASTCA's handling of negotiations for an interconnectivity agreement between the two carriers.

 

Agriculture, SLP pow wow with farmers


Officials of the Department of Agriculture and the School Lunch Program have encouraged farmers not to be afraid to experiment by growing different varities of produce to feed the territory's school children.

 

Samoa reports two deaths from acute fever & rash


Samoa's Ministry of Health has reported two deaths from acute fever and rash, saying it is now an outbreak.

 

Ross Riddell returns to work on plan


One of the latest projects Port Administration is working on is the development of a corrective action plan for the aircraft rescue and fire fighting facility.

 

Swains Islanders prepare to welcome Hokule'a


The Swains Island Community is gearing up for a memorable welcoming of the voyaging canoe Hokule’a in September.  

 

Shipyard had rough start in FY2014


The government shipyard at Satala expects to end the fiscal year close to its  2014 budget predictions.
 
 

No change to HA Friday night flight


There will be no change to Hawaiian Air’s flight tomorrow night. 
 

Respected educator passes away


A well respected authority on Samoan language and culture, Aiono Dr. Fanaafi Le Tagaloa died in Apia Tuesday night.

 

Prison guard sentenced tomorrow


The sentencing of corrections officer Fiti Aina is set for tomorrow after it was deferred from late last year.
 

Hawaiian Air waives charges


Hawaiian Airlines will know by this afternoon whether there will be any changes made to its Honolulu to Pago Pago flight tomorrow night due to the two approaching hurricanes Iselle and Julio.
 
 

Donor needed for Baby Kaimani


The family of a three month old baby diagnosed with SCID or Severe Combined immuno deficiency is looking for a bone marrow donor to save his life.
 

Appellate Court overturns decision


The Appellate Division of the High Court has reversed a Trial Court ruling which found that rental car companies like taxis and buses are all subject to the same levels of financial exposure for insurance. 
 

Communicating climate impacts


Representatives from the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources, Coral Reef Advisory Group, Department of Commerce and the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa attended a NOAA/US AID Climate Services Dialogue focusing on coral reefs and fisheries in Apia last week.

 

Taufetee says he's temporary CEO


Taufetee John Faumuina Jr, the acting CEO of the LBJ Hospital says he’s only taking over the position until the rest of the Hospital Authority Board members return from off island. 

 

Travel agents begin to see ASG checks


Local travel agents report they are beginning to receive payments from ASG after Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga‘s directive to departments with unpaid travel bills to pay up or their off island trips will be suspended. 

 

Two Samoas have cheapest gas prices


The newest edition of  the Pacific Fuel Price Monitor (PFPM), for the first quarter of 2014 shows that American Samoa, Samoa and Fiji have again achieved the lowest cost (i.e. retail price not including tax) freely-traded motor gasoline (Mogas) prices in the Pacific Island region.

ASCC happy with Praxis test results


The Teacher Education Department (TED) at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) reached a milestone during the spring 2014 semester with its highest yet number of Bachelors in Education (B.Ed.) students sitting the national Praxis 1 examination. 

 

Woman tries to drown herself & daughter


A woman who tried to end her life and the life of her baby by attempting to walk deep into the ocean while carrying her toddler told police that it was best for her and her daughter to die so no one will ever hurt them again.
 

Chikungunya not confirmed in Samoa yet


Samoa's Director General of the Ministry of Health, Leausa Tole'afoa Dr. Take Naseri, says suspected cases of chikungunya in the country have not been confirmed.

 

Report of FAA land audit ready in a month


Port Director Taimalelagi Dr Claire Tuia Poumele expects a report of an audit of airport land conducted by Federal Aviation Administration back in May to be completed within the next month.
 

ASG to file insurance claim for damages


ASG is expected to make an insurance claim for damages to government property caused by floods and landslides last week. 

 

Man refuses to return to yacht


When a yacht drifted into Leone Bay with a broken mast last week, a crew member apparently walked to shore and took off.  

 

DOH confiscates more expired goods


The Department of Health confiscated a large quantity of expired food items that were on shelves of two stores this week.
 

Funeral for teen victim on Friday


Funeral services for Faavaeina Maualalo, who drowned after beign swept from the stream in Fagaalu during last Tuesday’s heavy rains will be held Friday.

 

DOC prepares for 2015 household survey


A $300,000 technical assistance grant awarded last month by the Department of Interior's Office of Insular Affairs to ASG will be used to conduct a Household Income and Expenditure Survey.

 

No flights to Samoa since noon yesterday


There were no flights between the two Samoa since noon yesterday after Polynesian's airplane developed problems as it was trying to leave Fagalii Airport in the afternoon.

 

ASG on track to privatize shipyard


The administration has not changed its mind about privatizing the Ronald Reagan Marine Railway at Satala. 
 

Final estimate of damages known Wednesday


A final estimate of damages to homes, businesses, church and government property and infrastructure caused by last week's floods and landslides will be known by tomorrow.

 

Feleti Barstow Library has internet, lab closed


Internet service for the territory's only public library was restored on Friday however as of today, the computer lab used by library goers was still offline.

 

Five streams in Bay Area assessed


Five streams in the Fagaloa or Bay Area are covered in an assessment of damages from last Tuesday’s flooding.  

 

Slight drop in food index


The American Samoa Monthly Basic Food Index at the end of July dropped by –0.1%.

 

Drug defendant jailed for 40 months


A 36-year-old man who ordered marijuana through a dispensary that sells medical marijuana off island was sentenced by the High Court today to 40 months in jail for unlawful possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute.

 

Local students attend indigenous events


Director of the Samoan Studies Institute at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) Okenaisa Fauolo-Manila and four Samoan Studies majors recently returned from two events in Washington D.C. centered on the indigenous peoples of America.   

 

Jehovah Witnesses Convention opens Friday


Jehovah Witnesses in American Samoa invite the public to attend its three-day international convention that opens this Friday at the Lee Auditorium.
 

Court denies plea agreement


Chief Justice Michael Kruse and Chief Associate Judge Logoai Siaki have denied a plea agreement in an assault case earlier this year after the defendant told the judges it was the victim who initiated their altercation.

 

If you suffered damages, call EOC


Property owners and residents who suffered damages caused by the weather are asked to contact the Emergency Operations Center. 

 

DOE mulls what to do with e-Rate building


The Department of Education is assessing how best to accommodate the e-Rate office before making a decision on whether or not  to move it.
 

Senators will get budget books


For sure the Senate will be getting hard copies of the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget. 

 

Drug defendant enters plea deal


Punefuolemotu Tuaolo admitted yesterday in High Court to possessing 12 stamp sized baggies containing methamphetamine and an unlicensed rifle in 2012.

 

More about the amended SSBCI program


Director of Commerce Keniseli Lafaele expects the necessary documents for establishing American Samoa's State Small Business Credit Initiative Program to be signed in the next few days.

 

AG not planning to replace computer system


Attorney General Eleasalo Talauega doesn’t plan to install a new computer system for the Immigration Office.  

 

$10,000 bonuses paid to select few


Questions have been raised regarding $10,000 retirement bonuses which have been paid to a select group of ASG retirees.

 

SSBCI will provide capital for businesses


The Governor's Office today provided some information about American Samoa's recently approved State Small Business Credit Initiative Program.

 

Lolo tells cabinet dont look back


Governor Lolo Moliga said there were three main things that were reaffirmed in his mind when he was living off island.

 

DYWA grant tapped for affected families


A grant for homeless prevention administered by the Department of Youth and Women Affairs is being tapped to help families who have been displaced due to landslides and flooding last week, find temporary housing.

 

Chickungunya cases top 300


The Department of Health says it has confirmed that the fever, rash and joint pains outbreak affecting American Samoa is Chickungunya, a viral disease transmitted to people by mosquitoes.
 

Floating school, SSV Robert Seamans coming


A sailing school vessel called the SSV Robert C. Seamans will be spending close to two months in American Samoa for educational purposes.

 

Governor adds cost containment measures


Governor Lolo has issued additional cost containment measures and policies which are being enforced for the remainder of the fiscal year and were effective August 1st.
 

Locator beacon on Suleman plane found


The personal locater beacon registered to the Suleman aircraft which crashed two weeks ago off the airport has been found. 

 

 

8 plus years in jail for sexual crimes


A man who repeatedly had sex with his wife's 15-year-old step sister resulting in her pregnancy was sentenced Friday to more than 8 years in jail.
 

Gov Lolo: directors should know what to do


Governor Lolo told his cabinet Saturday that he wants to see all outstanding assessement reports, assistance that ASG can provide for displaced families, and documents relating to ASG's request for declaration of an emergency disaster to the federal government, completed by this week.

 

Strong winds blow off roof top in Seetaga


Strong winds Saturday night blew off the roof of a home in Seetaga forcing a family of eight to seek shelter with neighbors. 

 

Beacon signal received in Panama City


A signal was transmitted from a personal locater beacon that was registered to the single engine aircraft that crashed near the airport on the night of July 22.  
 

Prison guard jailed for 3 months


Corrections officers Sianava Nuusila has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for assaulting an inmate last year.
 

Governor returns with good news of SSBCI


Governor Lolo Moliga had some good news to announce when he returned to the territory Friday night after a five month absence. 
 

Cost U Less gets all clear from DOH


The Department of Health has given the all-clear for all Cost U Less operations after a final inspection late Wednesday.  

Visitors Bureau hosts NZ travel writer


The American Samoa Visitors Bureau is hosting a travel writer from a travel magazine in New Zealand Island Time. 

Man jailed for 3 months for assault


A father who assaulted a young man behind a church last year was sentenced today to 90 days in jail for third-degree assault.  

Manumalo Academy postpones school opening


Manumalo Academy is delaying the opening of school for one week. Due to the recent bad weather, the school will begin August 11, 2014.   

Lemanu, cabinet to greet Governor Lolo


Acting Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga informed the cabinet this morning that Governor Lolo Moliga will be arriving tonight.  

ASG clean up will be dependent on weather


If weather permits, ASG ‘s planned clean up of departments and public areas which were affected by Tuesday’s flooding and landslides will take place tomorrow. 

Asian man still not found


 An Asian man who went missing Sunday has still not been found. 

Farmers donate to displaced families


 Local farmers some of whom suffered damages due to Tuesdays severe weather have donated fruits, vegetables and staples such as taro and bananas to feed families being housed in shelters. 

Request for disaster declaration sent today


The American Samoa Government hopes to submit a request for declaration of an emergency disaster to the Federal Emergency Management Agency today. 

Winds picking up, rain continues


Expect more wet weather today and into the weekend.Expect more wet weather today and into the weekend.     The National Weather Service this morning canceled the flash flood warning for Tutuila and Aunu’u.       National Weather Service meteorologist Hans Malala says

DOE, schools, library without internet


  Department of Education offices, public and private schools and the Feleti Barstow Public Library are without internet access since Tuesday.

Governor Lolo returns home tonight


  Governor Lolo Moliga is expected to return home tonight.     

Some may be moved from shelters


Government departments are looking at relocating some or all of the families who have been staying at a reverend's house in Gataivai since their homes sustained damages from this week's floods and landslides.   

DOH closes freezer & chill coolers of store


The Department of Health today shut down the freezer and chill coolers at the Young Mart Store in Utulei due to unsanitary conditions.   

Marijuana found in Folgers coffee


Police have detained a man in his 20s in connection with marijuana that was hidden inside four coffee cans that came through the mail.   

Bill would provide SS & Medicare coverage


Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin has cosponsored a bill that would include American Samoa in Section 218 of the Social Security Act. 

 

Quick thinking saves files


One government office that took on water during Tuesday’s heavy rainfall was the Territorial Registrar's Office in Fagatogo.  

 

Weather related losses estimated at $4-5 m


A preliminary estimate from the government of damages to homes, government property and infrastructure caused by landslides and flooding this week puts the losses at between $4 - $5 million.

 

It's official StarKist Samoa has a new GM


The first Samoan General Manager of StarKist Samoa Brett Butler is leaving the cannery.  
 

More wet weather expected


More rain is expected today as an active trough remains stationary over the islands.  

 
 

Parks & Rec asks for village input


The Department of Parks and Recreation has asked village leaders to help them identify the type of outdoor recreational activities they would like implemented at public parks in or near their homes.

 

Poor response to recycling RFP


The American Samoa Power Authority will have to extend a bit longer its recycling program request for proposals due to low response.

 

Family of missing man to continue the search


The family of the father and son team whose small plane crashed off Pago Pago International Airport Tuesday of last week, will continue the search for the father, Mr. Babar Suleman using a private dive company. 

 

Weather damage assessed before clean up


Families whose homes were damaged by mudslides, flooding or other causes related to yesterday’s severe weather have been told not to clean up just yet. 

 
 

ASG trying to improve ADA access


The Office of Protection and Advocacy for the Disabled will be providing information at the next cabinet meeting on services and projects they are working on with other government entities to improve services for those with disabilities.

 

Assault lands 19 year old in court


A 19-year-old man was charged this week in connection with his role in the assault of a 21-year-old man in Aua.

 
The CCCAS Church at Gataivai

Directors urged to step up in response


Acting Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga called an emergency meeting of the cabinet this morning at which response efforts to incidents caused by yesterday’s severe weather were discussed.
 

Siaumau loses appeal of bond forfeiture


The Appellate Division of the High Court has denied a request from Eliota Siaumau Sr., for a rehearing relating to the forfeiture of the $100,000 he posted for his bond in a criminal case several years ago.

 

Samoa has 3 cases of Acute Fever & Rash


Samoa's National Health Services has confirmed three suspected cases of Acute Fever and Rash disease, with blood samples being sent to Tahiti for testing.

 

Report: Maggots found in box of cereal


A father filed a complaint with the Department of Health yesterday after discovering maggots in a box of cereal he bought for his children.

 

Fono wants budget book not budget disc


The executive branch can expect to hear from lawmakers as to why the proposedfiscal year 2015 budget for ASG is being submitted in digital format and not published. 

 
 

More rain today, be careful out there


The National Weather Service forecasts continuous showers today but winds are lighter than yesterday.  
 

ASG will celebrate Labor Day again


Just like last year, the American Samoa Government is throwing a big celebration this year to honor its workforce as well as employees in the private sector.

 

Drowning victim was a senior at Samoana


A young life was lost yesterday in Fagaalu. 

 

ASG jobs for Manu'a only for Manuans


Director of Homeland Security Utualii Iuniasolua Savusa today called on ASG Human Resources to review a recent memo stating that only Manu'a residents are qualified to apply for government job openings in Manu'a.

 

Early morning power outage in west


Two of the largest engines for the American Samoa Power Authority shut down this morning causing a power outage in the Western District.
 

ASG owns 757 vehicles, abuse continues


An issue which has repeatedly made the agenda of cabinet meetings is the government's vehicle policy.

 

 

Eerie experience for Marine Patrol Unit


Crew of the Marine Patrol Unit of the Department of Public Safety had an eerie experience last night.  

 

When will Manu'a Airways begin service?


A vital part required by the Federal Aviation Administration for the government aircraft Segaula is to be installed in August, paving the way for the plane to be certified for commercial use. 
 

Travel agents sought help from Lemanu


The memo from Acting Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga suspending all future travels for any department or agency that has an outstanding bill with local travel agents came after a group of travel agencies met with him. 

 

Teenage girl dies in Fagaalu


A teenage girl from Fagaalu has died after she was swept out to sea in raging stream waters near the quarry behind the hospital.

 

Heavy rainfall cause flooding, closes ASG


Non-stop rainthroughout the whole day caused flooding everywhere today.
 
 

Sulu Eliu wins 1st ASG employee award


Sulu Eliu of Vatia village received today Governor Lolo and Lt Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga's inaugural ASG employee award for his dedication to making American Samoa a better place.

 

Pilot Haris Suleman heads home


The body of Haris Suleman, the 17-year-old pilot who was trying to be the youngest to fly around the world in the fastest time in a single engine plane, was flown home last night.