StarKist and BlueSky in performance

StarKist Samoa and BlueSky Communications did not disappoint in their first invitation to entertain in cultural performances for the 114th Flag Day.

ASG absorbs increasing costs of basic operations

It has often been mentioned during annual congressional appropriations that American Samoa is the only territory that receives funding from the US Government for basic government operations.  

No requests for tax exemptions

It’s been quiet at the Tax Exemption Board. In fact, Falema’o Phil Pili, who chairs the Tax Exemption Board, said the board has not received any request for tax exemption in the last seven months. 

All school sports canceled

Due to school cancellation and final exams approaching, all American Samoa High School Athletics Association sports activities remaining for the school year have been canceled. 

OSHA investigates death

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is now probing the death of a stevedoring employee who was run over by a container hauler he had operated last week in Satala.


Spectacular floats for 2014 Flag Day

One of the most memorable and enjoyable sights of the 2014 Flag Day program at the Veterans Memorial Stadium this morning was the float parade. 

District Court opens Saturday

The District Court is opening on Saturday to handle cases of individuals who were locked up last night or may be arrested today or Good Friday tomorrow.


OIA Director pleased with relationship

The US Department of Interior is the federal agency designated as the administering authority for American Samoa.  


Governor honors the private sector

Governor Lolo Moliga honors the contribution of the business community in his message for the 114th Flag day celebration.

StarKist donates cash & wahoo

StarKist Samoa yesterday donated cash and cases of wahoo to the Flag Day Organizing Committee.


What's opened, what's not

Tomorrow and Friday are public holidays for ASG. 


No challenge in Fautasi Race

There will be no challenge of the outcome of the Flag Day Fautasi Race, says Aeto skipper Vaamua Henry Sesepasara in the photo-finish ending between the Pago Pago fautasi and the Manulele Tausala I of Nu’uuli.


Commissioner happy with changes at TCF

Several new changes have been implemented by the new warden in an effort to increase security and improve conditions at the territory's only prison. 

Administration differs with Eni on National Guard

The administration is at odds with Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin on the set up of the proposed National Guard unit. 


Samoa Finance Minister resigns

Samoa's Minister of Finance, Faumuina Tiatia Liuga, has resigned from cabinet in response to allegations against him and also the findings of a chief auditor's report.


Manulele Tausala 1 of Nu'uuli wins

Manulele Tausala 1 edged the Aeto of Pago Pago by mere inches in a thrilling Flag day 2014 Fautasi race, one of the best in recent years.


Who will win the 2014 Fautasi Race?

One village will celebrate into the night today while others fielding entries for the most anticipated event of any Flag Day, the Fautasi Race, will cry in their cups when the winning fautasi boat crosses the finish line.


Gov seeks more time for NEG repayment

Governor Lolo Moliga is trying to persuade the federal government to give ASG more time to respond to the Department of Labor’s decision that it payback $2.5 million in disallowable costs for the National Emergency Grant program.  


Flag Day Program has early start

The Flag Day program for tomorrow is starting earlier than past Flag Day celebrations. 


$1.9 m refund checks out Wednesday

Good news for those who’ve been waiting for their tax refunds.


KVZK Flag Day coverage goes global

KVZK TV’s coverage of today’s fautasi race and festivities at the Veterans Memorial Stadium tomorrow will be streamed live over the internet.


Lemanu: 'no money' not an answer

Directors were told today to find the means to carry out projects and tasks they’re given.

Case unfoils drug smuggling operation

Chief Justice Michael Kruse said yesterday that he hopes the government looks into interesting information revealed in the criminal case of a Lady Naomi sailor who brought in hundreds of rolled marijuana cigarettes into the territory last year.


Senate Pres delivers Flag Day Address

The Fono and business community will share the podium with the executive branch for the Flag Day speeches at the Veterans Memorial Stadium on Thursday. 

Smoke from underneath the dock

When stevedores and workers on the main dock saw smoke coming from the ground yesterday morning, they wondered if there was geo thermal activity in the harbor. 


FAA considers hefty fine for Hawaiian Air

The Federal Aviation Administration says Hawaiian Airlines went eight years without properly inspecting certain components of one of its planes used for commercial flights.


ASTCA responds to overtime payments

More than $30,000 will be paid out to employees of the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority for wage related issues. 


Governor urges full cabinet participation

An upbeat Governor Lolo Moliga has thanked Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga and directors for their efforts to organize and participate in the 2014 Flag Day events. 


Ripley blames DBAS for incomplete housing

One of the 1602 project owners being sued by the Development Bank of American Samoa says DBAS mismanaged the 1602 federal program and did not have in place policies to properly review and allocate funds for the projects. 

Failolo Methodist

Spectacular opening for Flag Day Festival

The opening night of the Flag Day Performing Arts Festival did not disappoint with the array of traditional and contemporary Samoan dancing.  


An orange moon rising

Did you see the orange-reddish moon last night?


Retirement Director not taking orders from Gov

The Executive Director of the ASG Employees Retirement Fund is not heeding the governor’s instructions to call a meeting of the new Retirement Fund Board.

DOL investigation leads to ASTCA payouts

Quite a few employees of the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority received paychecks last week for compensatory time which were miscalculated by their employer. 


New jail awaits completion of DPW designs

The Department of Public Safety is hoping to break ground for its new jail building in May or June.


Fautasi Race set for noon Wednesday

The chairman of the Flag Day Fautasi Race Committee, Lualemaga Faoa,  informs all fautasi captains that their long boats should all be lined up at the starting line for the race by 11:30 am on Wednesday.


Teacher accused of having sex with student

A high school teacher is being accused of committing sex acts with one of his students. 


Samoa Deputy PM convicted

The deputy Prime Minister of Samoa has been found guilty of obstructing police while they tried to carry out a blood-alcohol test last year.


Church leader calls attention to families

"If our brothers are oppressed,
then we are oppressed
If they hunger, we hunger
If their freedom is taken away,
our freedom is not secure"


OSHA offers training for retail sector

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is launching a local emphasis program to prevent retail sector injuries and fatalities in American Samoa Hawaii, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands.


Hot meals for senior citizens next month

The Territorial Administration on Aging Office plans to begin offering hot meals for elderly citizens next month. 

In with the new, out with the old Retirement Bd

Governor Lolo Moliga has informed the Executive director of the Retirement Fund Luatua Filisouaiga Taafua that the old board of the Retirement Fund is no longer in existence now that the Fono has approved sufficient new members of the Board of Trustees. 


Director calls opposition insubordination

Director of Education, Vaitinsasa Dr. Salu Hunkin Finau has expressed disappointment over a move by an employee of DOE against her decision to cancel some of the school activities in order to make up for lost instruction days due to the pink eye outbreak.  


Emergency meeting on pink eye

Acting Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga called an emergency meeting over the weekend to go over plans to mitigate The spread of the pink eye with Flag Day activities now underway.  


LBJ CEO says CMO undermining his authority

Everything is not peachy at the LBJ Hospital as its leaders claimed at a recent Fono hearing to be.


Vailele edges Marist 22-19

Vailele is the Marist TMO sevens champion after beating Marist St Joseph 22-19 to take the cup and the $10000 prize.


32% drop in tax filers this year

Treasury is seeing a 32 percent drop in the number of people filing taxes this year compared to last year.


Higher Ed Board attend seminar on-island

Members of the Board of Higher Education (BHE) the governing Board overseeing the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) participated in a professional development seminar last week.


No Samoan Days & Speech Festival

Annual Samoan Day activities for public schools and other special events are being canceled for this school year so students can get more classroom time.


Man killed in tragic accident at Satala

An employee of Peter E Reid Stevedoring Company died tragically today after he was run over by a container hauler he had operated in Satala. 

Manu'a Inc. owes $120,000 in back wages

Local company Manu’a Inc. will have to pay back wages of nearly $120,000 to its employees.  


Pink eye taking an economic toll

Before the pink eye epidemic disappears it would have cost thousands of dollars in lost paychecks for hourly paid employees and lost income taxes for ASG.  


ASG cleans up for Flag Day

Today is ASG clean up day for Flag Day.


ASPA takes action against strays

The American Samoa Power Authority is taking its own steps to stop stray dogs which are roaming the Tafuna Power Plant compound. 


Boyfriend pleads guilty

A man who assaulted his girlfriend pleaded guilty today to second-degree assault.


Local group to offer free legal aid

A free legal aid service for American Samoa will again be a reality after the group that has been pushing for such a project received approval this week to operate as a non-profit organization.


ASG mileage account is growing

The government is projecting that by May it would accumulate 200,000 Hawaiian Airlines frequent flyer miles to be used by school students as well as patients needing treatment off island.


Veto override change ready for the ballot

Acting Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga has sent to the Election Office the veto override constitutional amendment to be included on the ballot in the November general elections.


Nine graduate from hospitality training

The Department of Youth and Women's Affairs handed out yesterday certificates of completion to nine women who underwent their first hospitality training.


3rd TMO Marist Sevens begin

The 3rd Annual TMO Marist Sevens promises two days of action packed rugby.


ExxonMobil disputes $88.6 m in taxes

A Singapore-based company that used to supply petroleum products for the American Samoa Power Authority has taken the governor and the treasurer to court to dispute millions of dollars in taxes that the government levied on the company.


School Lunch accepted weekly produce

The School Lunch Program still accepted local produce this week even though schools were out.  


Film showcases local marine treasures

A documentary highlighting American Samoa's ocean treasures and projects, conducted by marathon swimmer Bruckner Chase on island, will have a global audience this year when it is featured at the Beneath the Waves Global Film Festival.

Man admits hitting sister with hammer

A man who hit his sister with a hammer has pleaded guilty to the crime.


OIA reviewing ASG request for Manu'a boat

The Office of Insular Affairs, Department of Interior is considering ASG’s request for additional funds for a new vessel for Manu’a and will respond soon to the request. 


ASCC hosts Literary Evening

A Literary Evening hosted by the Languages and Literature Department at the American Samoa Community College takes place tonight at the ASSS Lecture Hall. 


One year sentence for sex crime

A man who forced sex acts on a 16-year-old girl was sentenced by the High Court today to 12 months in jail.


School year will not be extended

With schools out for more than a week due to the pink eye outbreak some are wondering if the school year will be extended to make up for lost instruction time.


Fuega Moliga is new assistant to commish

A brother of Governor Lolo Moliga, Fuega Lua Moliga, started Monday at the Department of Public Safety as a special assistant to the commissioner.  


ASG seeks more funding for Manu'a boat

ASG is requesting additional funding from the US Department of Interior to help pay a new passenger and cargo vessel for Manu’a.  


More than 100 from territory to Carson

More than 100 delegates from the Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa are scheduled to travel to Carson California in July for the church’s annual conference.  


Pre-Flag Day entertainment program

The entertainment line up by the Department of Youth and Women Affairs and Arts Council for the Flag Day Performing Arts Festival should conjure memories of the 2008 Pacific Arts Festival.

Food prices down slightly in March

Food prices dropped by a small margin - a .3 of a percent - by the end of March as prices for chicken legs, eggs and three other food items fell.


Siaumau attorney withdraws old motions

The new attorney representing Siaumau Siaumau Jr will not be pursuing several motions that Siaumau's former lawyer filed during the initial stages of the four-year-old murder case.


Farewell Mark Tuia aka King Aeto

For the past  2 years Mark  Tuia, also known as King Aeto was the voice of V103 Radio from 12 to 3pm. 


Interconnection a work in progress

The chairman of the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority says ASTCA continues to address complaints from the CEO of Bluesky Communications concerning BlueSky's interest to have interconnectivity with ASTCA.


'Dont use kids as punching bags'

A religious leader told a gathering today for victims of crime that we should never use God’s words as a license to beat our children senseless or as punching bags when we’re angry.


CIP Office makes an impact: Coordinator

ASG’s coordinator for Capital Improvement Projects Tuimavave Tauapa’i Laupola believes the opening of an office to oversee the implementation of CIPs has had an effect in moving projects that have been stalled for some time. 

Hope & ORiley win Hokule'a essay contest

Hope Autele of Manu’a High school and ORiley Siona Leau of Faga’itua High School have won an essay competition to sail on the Hawaiian voyaging canoe Hokule’a. 

Faleomavaega speaks on House floor

Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, not seen publicly on Capitol Hill for weeks since returning to D.C. after an apparent stroke last October, made an appearance on the US House floor today. 

More jobs for youth this summer

There’ll be a 40% increase in the number of young people hired under the Summer Youth Employment Program this year. 


Why DMWR floating dock is delayed

Reconstruction of the Department of Marine Resources floating dock at the Malaloa Marina is being held up because of federally required biological assessments and permits.  


WASC team visits Samoana

Samoana High school is undergoing an accreditation visit by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.  


Art Show opens at Pago Plaza Thursday

Thirty local artists will be showcasing their artwork at the Pago Plaza in celebration of Flag Day.


Candlelight vigil for abused children

A candlelight vigil to remember victims of child abuse will be held at the Lee Auditorium this morning at 8:30 a.m.  

9th Gov. Tauese Sunia internship

Applications are now being accepted for the 9th Governor Tauese P.F. Sunia Memorial Coral Reef Conservation Summer internship. 

ASTCA calls BlueSky promotions gambling

The head of the Consumer Protection Bureau at the Attorney General's Office has confirmed that the bureau is looking into concerns raised by chairman of the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority regarding Bluesky Communications' promotions which he contends are illegal as they amount to gambling activities.


Wednesday flights this summer

Hawaiian Airlines will be adding a Wednesday flight to meet increase demand on the Honolulu Pago Pago route this summer. 


Spotlight on sexual assault

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and from now till the end of the month, the Alliance for Strengthening Families and its community partners have planned a number of activities with the focus of raising public awareness of sexual violence in American Samoa.


Governor confident about BOH commitment

Governor Lolo Moliga is satisfied with assurances by Bank of Hawaii officials that BOH will not leave the territory unless they are certain banking services can be continued at a level which will meet the needs of the government, business community and residents. 


DOH urged to clamp down on food handlers

Public Health is being urged to be more aggressive in stemming the spread of the pink eye disease. 


Tisa: Promoting tourism our way

A local businesswoman who attended a major tourism show in Samoa says the territory must develop its own marketing strategy which suits its size and limited resources. 


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Public schools closed for rest of this week

All public schools will remain closed for the remainder of this week due to the pink eye disease.


$9,000 checks for Retirement Board trip

Prior to the House of Representatives vote on members of the Retirement Fund Board yesterday, reports were circulating that the old board had approved a trip off-island costing about $9,000 for each member. 


Financial advisors work on credit rating

Financial advisors to the American Samoa Economic Development Authority (ASEDA) are hoping to complete a credit profile for American Samoa before the end of the year. 


Immigration fast tracks new ID's & renewals

The chief immigration officer says the Immigration Office continues to look at ways to improve services to the public. 


Senators table House supplemental bill

Senators yesterday voted to table the House approved administration bill appropriating $625,000 to repair roads in the Eastern District.  


Miranda's role model is Bill Gates

Nineteen year old Miranda Galo is the recipient of the American Samoa Community College's Presidential Merit Scholarship for this semester.


Governor Lolo moves to apartment

Governor Lolo Moliga has left a hotel and moved int o an apartment building in Honolulu.