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First Safety Fest well attended


More than 200 employees and employers from the government and private sector are taking part this week in a training about safety and health in the workplace.

 
 

OIA awards two grants to ASG


The Department of Interior Office of Insular Affairs has awarded ASG two Technical Assistance Program grants totaling $320,000.

 

Court accepts plea agreement for Tofaeono


The High Court has accepted the plea agreement in the government's case against a former Business Office Manager for LBJ Hospital, Jennifer Tofaeono.

 

 
Dr. Blizzard in center with Sunrise crew

DHR not renewing Dr. Blizzard's contract


The Department of Education will be losing its grant writer for the last four years, Dr. Amy Blizzard.  

 
 

$6 million subsidy for LBJ in FY2015 budget


The administration is proposing millions of dollars in subsidies for the LBJ Hospital and the American Samoa Community College.

 
 

Leala P. Reid Foundation donates $25,000


The Leala Peter E Reid Foundation has donated $25,000 for repairs to Catholic schools during the summer break.  

 

Immigration computer system not working


The latest budget proposal for the American Samoa Government reveals that the immigration computer system that ASG spent about a $1 million in the past years to put up is useless.

 

Acute fever rash outbreak spreads


The number of people seeking medical attention from an illness that health officials are describing as an "acute fever rash outbreak" has now reached 48 with more people presented with similar symptoms at the health clinics and Emergency Room as of yesterday.

 

Non tax filers hurting ASG revenues


People not filing their taxes are hurting the government’s coffers.

 

Fitiuta Greens plans to set up factory


Manu’a is being eyed for a major replanting and farming project by Fitiuta Greens, owned by Sosene Leau and his wife.  

 

Bonvavista II to the rescue


The Department of Marine and wildlife enforcement boat Malolo was towed into port late last night after it died half way between Tutuila and Manu’a. 

 

PM confirms All Blacks game in Samoa


Samoa Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has confirmed the All Blacks will play Manu Samoa in Apia on Wednesday July 8th next year.
 

DOC attempts to gauge unemployment rate


What is the territory’s unemployment rate?  

 

BGCAS gets into rugby


The Boys and Girls Club of American Samoa is getting into rugby.  

 
 

ASG workforce up by 300 + in FY2015


The ASG workforce increases a few hundred according to the new fiscal year budget. 

 

Tofa soifua CG Lt. Garcia


The head of the local Coast Guard Safety Detachment Unit for the past year Lt. Rven Garcia has completed his tour of duty in the territory and departs tonight. 

Thief jailed for seven years


A man who stole $700 from a woman's purse while she was sleeping told the High Court that he took the money because he was hungry.

 

Manu'a DG notices changes for the better


Acting Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga challenged Manu’a residents to continue to fulfill the dreams of their ancestors by seeking to do great things for the benefit of future generations.

 
 

ASG increases net position and lowers debt


Governor Lolo reported to Fono leaders that some of ASG's accomplishments in Fiscal Year 2013 include the increase in its net financial position and reduction of the General Fund deficit and long term debts. 

Proposed FY2015 budget totals $424.5 m


The administration is proposing a $424.5 million budget for the American Samoa Government for Fiscal Year 2015 which begins October 1st.

 

Kia'aina plans to visit all insular areas


Newly-installed Interior Assistant Secretary Esther Kia'aina says she she'll use her executive power where she can to get things done for the islands. 

 

 

Sen. Atualevao takes issue with exec orders


Senator Atualevao Asifoa is of the opinion that executive orders are being used to carry out what the administration wants, instead of following the law. 

 

DOE Director says they're just preparing for dual language


Director of Education Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin- Finau told a Senate hearing today that DOE is just making preparations for the introduction of dual language instruction in schools while praying that a law will be passed to make Samoan just as important as English in classroom teaching.

 
 

Hawaiian Air plane needed part


The reason for the delay of Hawaiian Air ‘s Wednesday night flight is because a slide on he aircraft needed replacement.

 

Polynesian's back to two planes


Polynesian Airlines second Twin Otter aircraft which has been undergoing maintenance for the past month was back in service this morning.

 
 

Sharing data on climate change


The Pacific Islands Climate Services Dialog opened today at the Tauese PF Sunia Ocean Center. 

 

Suit #19 filed in Section 1602 debacle


The Development Bank of American Samoa has taken to court another 1602 project owner for not completing their low income housing project on time.

 

Catholic Church focuses on the famioly


Parents as first teachers, spirituality in the family and the sacrament of marriage are topics covered in the first of three mini synods which began last month in parishes throughout the local Catholic Diocese.

 
 

Commute-a-walk and ramp ready next month


Port Administration hopes to have in full operation by next month a ramp and commute-a-walk systems that would make boarding and disembarking from airplanes at the airport much safer and comfortable.

 

Hawaiian AIr Wednesday flight delayed


Hawaiian Air’s Wednesday night flight from Honolulu  has been delayed until this afternoon.

 

James Barlow guilty of 16 counts


The former college instructor who was on trial for subjecting three teen boys to sexual activity has been found guilty of more than a dozen counts of sex crimes, child endangerment and traffic violations.
 

College students included in SYEP


This year's Summer Youth Employment Program is also putting to work college students who are studying off island but are here to spend their summer vacation with their famillies.

 
 

Betham is Interim Director of Catholic Ed


Former vice president of the Development Bank of American Samoa Jason Betham has been appointed as Interim Director of Catholic Education for the Diocese of Samoa-Pago Pago.  

 

Solar power is helping reduce fuel surcharge


While the amount of energy produced by the solar photovoltaic farm at the Pago Pago International Airport is small, it is making an impact on fuel consumption for the American Samoa Power Authority.

 
 

House measure honors CWO Robert Yandall


A son of Leone who has just retired from the US Army after 42 years is being honored in a House concurrent resolution that the House approved yesterday.

 

Guilty of assaulting brother-in-law


A man who assaulted his brother in law pleaded guilty yesterday to third-degree assault.

 
 

Twenty one nurses graduate from ASCC


Twenty-one nurses graduated Friday from the American Samoa Community College's Nursing Program.
 

ASPA considers retirement incentive package


The American Samoa Power is working on an incentive package to entice eligible employees to retire early.

 

Catholic Bishop discusses workshop


What are appropriate professional boundaries between priests and parishioners?  

Between teachers and students or leaders of youth groups and young people?

 

Senate approves House measure on LVPA


The Senate approved by unanimous vote yesterday the House concurrent resolution requesting the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council not to reduce the Large Vessel Prohibited Area from 50 to 25 nautical miles. 

 

Plea deal in Afono death


35-year-old Eric Naiuli pleaded guilty yesterday to criminal negligence homicide in connection with the death of a man in Afono earlier this year.

 

No live coverage of Manu'a Flag Day


Last year KVZK-TV was able to broadcast live the Manua Flag Day celebrations. However that is not happening this year.
 
 

ASPA chief explains hike in personnel costs


The executive director of the American Samoa Power Authority says the request from Governor Lolo to ASPA chairman Fonoti Perelini for a reduction in the electricity rate will be a difficult task, but not impossible.
 

Sen Tagoa'i supports dual language


Senator Tagoa’i Tuiolemotu is throwing his support behind the Department of Education’s dual language program which will increase the use of Samoan in classroom instruction,

 

Dog trapping begins in golf course area


The Department of Agriculture Veterinary Clinic will be trapping dogs roaming on government land in the Iliili Golf Course area beginning Monday, July 21, 2014.  

 

Pending measure questions governor's absence


Senate President Gaoteote Palaie today responded to complaints from Senator Soliai Tuipine that the Senate attorney was not doing any work on bills from Senators.

 

Workshop on professional standards


The Catholic Bishop of American Samoa, Bishop Petelo Brown and the Diocese of Samoa Pago Pago, are sponsoring a training workshop on professional standards for members of Professional Standard Committees from the Dioceses in the Oceania region.

 

Alcohol counseling ordered for puncher


A man who punched his sister for fighting with his wife was ordered by the the District Court to successfully complete alcohol counseling.

 

Security cameras a solution for Tafuna


The Criminal Justice Planning Agency says it has no funding to hire security for Tafuna High School but it has suggested an alternative way to provide surveillance for the public school.

 

StarKist hopes to resume production this week


StarKist Samoa is hoping to resume full production this week, after being shut down for all of last week. 

 

Manu'a Day a low key event


A farm fair held today at the Manu'a High School is one of activities that will prelude the Manua Flag Day celebrations this year.

 

Fitiuta Greens promotes food security


After running a successful entertainment business in Hawaii, Island Breeze Productions, for decades Mr. Sosene Leau has decided its time to return home and give back to the island.  

 

Senate questions 2% wage tax for LBJ


Senators are still after answers from Treasury as to why ASG hasn’t paid the full amount from the 2% increase in the wage tax to the LBJ Hospital.  

 

MV Sili to Manu'a this morning


The MV Sili didn’t finish inspections until last night so it wasn’t able to sale to Manu’a last night.  

 

Leilua: CMS approves action plan


The LBJ Hospital’s Plan of Correction for the Nursing Division and Dialysis Unit have been approved by the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services.  

 

Measure asks to keep LVPA as is


The House of Representatives has approved a concurrent resolution requesting the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council to keep the Large vessel Prohibited area at 50 nautical miles from territorial shores. 

 

Man charged for stoning ambulance


A 22-year-old man is accused of throwing a beer bottle at an ambulance unit as it was responding to an emergency in Leone early Sunday morning.

 

Soliai complains about Senate lawyer


The Senate counsel was the target of complaints by Senator Soliai Tuipine.  

 

Mrs. Iva Pisia Salazar scholarships


The Iva Alofa Pisia Salazar Memorial scholarship was awarded for the first time Friday night at the  graduation ceremony for registered nurses.

 

Sen. Galea'i unhappy with DOE


The move by the Department of Education to increase the use of Samoan in classroom instruction in the new school year is not sitting well with Senator Galea’i Tu’ufuli. 

 

MV Sili should be ready to sail tonight


The MV Sili came off the slipway yesterday and if it passes sea trials today, will be on its way to Manu’a tonight. 

 

Cop accused in cockroach scheme


A veteran police officer is being accused of taking money from three restaurants in a scheme which involved his claims that the food they served contained cockroaches.

 

Fourth Regular Session begins today


Lawmakers return to work today at the start of the Fourth Regular Session of the 33rd Legislature.  

 

ASG proposes OT payment of $177,300


The American Samoa Government is waiting to hear from the US Department of Labor whether it will approve the figure it presented to the federal agency to cover overtime pay for ASG employees.

 

Temperature drops to 66 degrees F


We’ve had some chilly nights over the past few days and some have had to get out blankets and don jackets and sweaters.  

 

Rape suspect deported from Seattle


A 37-year-old man charged with raping four disabled students at a school in Samoa was found in the Seattle area and deported last Tuesday.

 

ASG pays $50,000 in disallowable costs


The American Samoa government has paid the federal government close to $50,000 in disallowable costs relating to the State Small Business Credit Initiative or SSBCI Program.

 

Tutorials for Praxis planned for school campuses


To accommodate teachers planning to take the Praxis, the Department of Education’s Teacher Quality Division is looking at conducting Praxis tutorial sessions at the teachers’ respective campuses.

 

Participants enjoying work experience


Students employed under the government's Summer Youth Employment Program say they are enjoying their time at work.

 

DOH issues health advisory about outbreak


More than 30 people have fallen ill with similar symptoms in the past 10 days, resulting in the Department of Health issuing a health advisory this afternoon.

 

"Safety Fest Week" planned for later this month


The recently-formed American Samoa Industrial Health & Safety Association (ASISHA) is organizing a “Safety Fest Week” later this month for local businesses and interested government agencies.

 

Very few teachers passed Praxis test


The majority of public school teachers who sat the Praxis test earlier this year did not pass all three parts of the teacher certification examination.

MV Sili should be off the slipway this weekend


Repairs to the MV Sili are expected to be completed by this weekend and if the vessel gets the thumbs up from the US Coast Guard, it will make a trip to Manu’a in time for the Manu’a Flag Day next week.

 

Administration hopes to restore Americorp Program


The Lolo-Lemanu Administration is hoping to restore the federal Americorp Program in the territory.
 

Court takes plea deal for Tofaeono under advisement


The High Court has taken under advisement a plea agreement proposed by the parties in the criminal case of former LBJ business manager Jennifer Tofaeono.

 

DOL gives ASG more time to respond to $2.5 m payback


The US Department of Labor has given the American Samoa Government additional time to respond to the federal agency’s decision that it payback $2.5 million in disallowable costs for the National Emergency Grant Program.

Methodist church celebrates 50 yrs of independence


Acting Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga departs today for Samoa to attend the 50th anniversary of the Methodist Church.

 

Double Z's opens in Malaeimi


If you love eating burgers, try out the new burger joint in Malaeimi called Double Z’s.

 

Five years for marijuana possession


35-year-old Misi Iti will serve 20 months in jail for possessing methamphetamine on February 10 of this year.

Happy 15th birthday Bluesky


Bluesky Communications is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a lot of activities including the launching of its $30,000 annual scholarship program, a community service project and heaps of phone promotions of free giveaways.

 

Gov tells boards not to go directly to DOI for CIPs


Governor Lolo has told the chairmen of semi autonomous agencies that the practice of authorities sending their requests for Capital Improvement Project funding directly to the Department of Interior without the input of his office or the local CIP Committee should not be repeated in the future.

 

Polynesian is getting a 3rd aircraft


Polynesian Airlines is getting a third aircraft next month, according to Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele.

 

Convict sentenced for marijuana possession


A convict who was caught bringing marijuana inside the Tafuna Correctional Facility when he was on work release was sentenced today to 20 months in jail for drug possession.

 

Pulu: Give Amata a chance


Give Amata a chance.    That was the public plea made by Aumua Amata’s Campaign Chairman Pulu Ae Ae Jr., during Amata’s campaign kickoff today in Pago Pago.   

Will power rate drop if other services are removed?


Governor Lolo Moliga has told the American Samoa Power Authority Board that he would welcome an assessment of a possible reduction in the power rates if services such as solid waste and wastewater are removed from under ASPA.   

PBS docu on Swains premieres here soon


A screening of a PBS documentary about Swains Island will be held in American Samoa next month.

 

DOH confiscates expired food items


The Department of Health removed food items from several stores this week because they were expired.  

Governor expects 5 cent drop in power rate


Governor Lolo Moliga wants the American Samoa Power Authority to find a way to reduce the cost of electricity by 5 cents by the end of this year.

 

At present the electricity rate is 39 cents per kilowatt hour and in a letter last week to the ASPA Board Chairman Fonoti Perelini, Lolo said that this rate is an improvement from the 43 to 45 cents rate that was in place when the

PE plans fuel exports from here


The CEO of the company that has been operating the fuel terminal for the American Samoa Government in the past four years says Pacific Energy hopes to restart fuel exports through Pago Pago.

 

2nd Annual Tina Drabble Foundation tournament


The Tina Drabble Foundation is hosting it's second annual golf tournament at the Iliili golf course Saturday.

 
 

DOH will notify schools of inspection results


The Department of Health is planning to send out next week letters to schools that have already undergone health inspections in preparation for the new school year.

 
 

Governor raises concern about Bumble Bee in Samoa


The governor has sounded a cautionary note about the impact on the territory of Bumble Bee setting up in Samoa.

 
Hope House volunteers

Net profit for Hope House tournament-$31,000.


After paying expenses for its recent golf tournament, Hope House is banking a profit of about $31,000.

 

 

Aunuu gets health education


Representatives of the American Samoa Area Health Education Center held an outreach visit to Aunuu as part of their mission to increase health care professionals in rural and underserved areas.

 

Jamias worried about military cutbacks


Retired US Army Lt. Colonel Mapu Jamias says American Samoa’s delegate to Congress must make every effort to protect the local Army Reserve from military cuts.  

Man caught touching other men's legs


The government is looking at filing additional charges against a man caught touching the legs of two other men who were on a bed.

 

Governor considers RF loan for Manu'a boat


Don’t be surprised if ASG makes another loan from the Retirement Fund. 
 
 

Governor wants solutions for payroll problems


The Director of Human Resources and Acting Treasurer have been tasked with assessing ASG’s payroll system and make recommendation to correct any deficiencies. 

 

Rtd Lt. Col Mapu Jamias runs for Congress


Retired US Army Lt. Colonel Mapu Jamias is making a bid for American Samoa’s seat in the US Congress.  

 

Teachers urged to be advocates of dual language


Teachers have been urged to learn and understand bilingualism so that they can convince decision makers about the benefits of bilingual education.  

 

Tina Drabble Foundation donates to Jr. golfers


Four local junior golfers will compete in the Callaway Junior Golf Championships in San Diego next week. 

 

Auditors concerned with unfunded liability


Governor Lolo Moliga met yesterday with representatives of ASG’s auditing firm Moss and Adams to go over the Fiscal Year 2013 ASG audit which has been issued.

 

OpenVista would open door for incentives


The contract that the LBJ Hospital and Department of Health have signed with US company Medsphere covers support and services, including future upgrades to the electronic health records system known as OpenVista. 

 

Asbestos removal at Rainmaker Hotel


Local company E&W Construction has begun the removal of asbestos from the old Rainmaker Hotel. 

 

Special Olympics fundraiser tops $40,000


More than $42,000 was raised by the Special Olympics of Amerika Samoa during its benefit dinner and tele-and-radio-a-thon on July 4th.

 

Over 200 would retire if given bonuses


More than 200 ASG employees have indicated their willingness to retire if they were given a retirement bonus.

 

New electronic health records system


A doctor at the LBJ Hospital will soon be able to get instant access to health records of a patient at the health center at Tafuna, Amouli or Leone.

 

Ocean Star offers fun learning experience


Thirty-five students between the ages of 10 and 12 are learning about the ocean and its resources under the Ocean Star Summer Program.

 

Report on BlueSky promotions probe ready


A report from the probe by the Consumer Protection Bureau of the Attorney General’s Office regarding promotions by BlueSky Communications is now on the Attorney General’s desk.

 

'Language is a gift from God'


A noted linguist from New Zealand, John McCaffery says American Samoa will be a leader in dual language education when it embarks on increasing the use of Samoan in classroom instruction.  

 

Am Samoa awarded $50,000 grant


American Samoa is awarded a grant of more than $50,000 under the Land and Water Conservation Fund administered by the US Department of Interior.

 

Am Samoa awarded $50,000 grant


American Samoa is awarded a grant of more than $50,000 under the Land and Water Conservation Fund administered by the US Department of Interior.

 

How does climate change affect freshwater?


Representatives from the government and private sector will be discussing later this month the impact of climate change on American Samoa and its limited freshwater sources.

 

ASTCA offers promotions after cell upgrade


The American Samoa Telecommunications Authority yesterday launched its first promotion using its newly upgraded prepaid cellular network. 

 

Samoan judge sits on UN committee


A Samoan Supreme Court judge, Justice Vui Clarence Nelson, has been elected to sit on the Committee on the Rights of the Child, based in Geneva.

 

StarKist to resume production Wednesday


StarKist Samoa is to resume production on Wednesday according to a notice from cannery management issued this afternoon. 

 

Domestic violence now widely discussed


A victims’ advocate says American Samoa is making a dent in the fight against domestic violence because the issue is being talked about alot in the community.

 

Lt. Gov & Lokeni to sail on Hokule'a


Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga and 27-year-old Junior “Rex” Lokeni, an intern with the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa are the only two Samoans who will sail on the Polynesian leg of the Hokule’a Voyage next month.
 

Taotua is 1st Teacher-Ranger-Teacher


A teacher from Manulele Elementary School has joined the National Park of American Samoa as its first Teacher-Ranger-Teacher.

 

July 4th arrests one of lowest for a holiday


Nine people were taken into custody over the July 4th weekend.

 

DOE launches dual language program


Gagana Taumualua or Dual Medium Language is a phrase that you can expect to hear a lot of in the new school year as the Department of Education introduces dual language instruction in the classroom. 

 

ASEPA issues stop order to StarKist Samoa


StarKist Samoa will not be in production until it can fix a problem with its outfall discharge pipeline which the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency believes is contributing to the discoloration of Pago Harbor water.

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Double celebration on Friday


The laughter, screams and cheering of the youth and their famillies filled the air at Utulei Beach on July 4th as American Samoa celebrated Independence Day and Youth Day.

 

James "Superman" Aulava wins Mr. AS


Mr James “Superman” Aulava of Lauli’i will be the face that will be promoting health and wellness for the Sosaiete o Faafafine i Amerika Samoa’s chronic kidney disease awareness campaign.

 

Group eyes flights from US west coast to AS


A group is looking to start flights between the US west coast and American Samoa in the near future. 

 

ASTCA Board appoints deputy CEO


The Board of Directors of the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority approved several changes in its last board meeting which have changed the semi autonomous agency's organizational chart and limited the authority of the ASTCA CEO.

 

Lawmaker thanks DPW for soak pit


Tuala-uta faipule Larry Sanitoa has sent a letter of thanks to Public Works Director Faleosina Voigt for the soak pit drainage improvement near Cost U Less.

 

Thirty-two candidates pick up petitions


As of yesterday 32 individuals have picked up nomination petitions for the November general elections from the Election Office. 

Encouraging men and boys to end violence


The executive director of the Alliance for Strengthening Families says the recent summit on violence against women in the U.S. Virgin Islands brought together a wide range of professionals to share information and strategies on how best to end violence against women.

More gas for your buck


Fuel prices are falling this week just in time for the long July 4th weekend. 
 

DOE Director hunts for "informants"


Director of Education Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin Finau has informed DOE staff she is conducting an internal investigation to identify informants who are releasing information to the media. 

Maugaoalii seeks CMS report, LBJ finances


The Chairman of the House Health Committee Rep. Maugaoalii Leapai Sipa Anoa’i wants to be fully informed of the findings of an inspection of the LBJ Hospital by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the hospital’s response.

Bid notice out for new jail


Commissioner of Public Safety William Haleck says the bid notice for the new jail facility has been issued.

Slight increase in June food index


Of 18 basic food items selected for the monthly basic food index, only one, vegetable oil, registered a drop in price.  

 

 

After three years, rape defendant in court


The pretrial conference of a man accused of raping a woman twice at knifepoint in 2011 is set for August 11.

Industrial Gases expanding in Malaloa


At a time when other businesses are tightening up and watching every penny, one company is making another substantial investment in a new venture. 

 

 

Chiefs welcome delay in WPRFMC vote


Traditional leaders who petitioned against changing the rules to allow longliners to fish in near shore waters now relegated for small alia vessels, have welcomed the decision by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council to delay a vote until more discussions in the territory.

 

Aunty Tala here to help Special Olympics


Are you a fan of Aunty Tala?

 

Court dismisses civil suit by ex-ASCC teacher


The Trial Court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a former college instructor over his alleged mistreatment at the Territorial Correctional Facility.

 

 

No swimming or fishing in harbor


The Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources is advising residents not to swim or fish in the Pago harbor area until the cause of the water’s strange coloring is identified.

 


 

Lemanu reports on renewable energy projects


American Samoa is making a lot of progress towards developing renewable energy sources.  

 

 

Polynesian plane down for a few hours


Polynesian Airlines flights for today have been backed up after the sole Twin Otter flying between Fagali'i and Tafuna developed mechanical problems after its first flight arrived at Tafuna this morning. 

 

Amituana'i charged for resisting arrest


The government has added another felony charge against a man accused of assaulting a Pago Pago homeowner, a caretaker and a police officer.

 

 

Lt. Governor Lemanu delivers address


Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga reported on American Samoa's renewable energy efforts at a conference on sustainable development this week.

 

LFO urges Fono to deal with shortfall


The Legislative Financial Officer has urged Fono leaders to address ASG’s projected shortfall as a critical issue when the Fono returns to session this month. 

 



 

LFO Talalemotu Mauga makes the recommendation in an LFO analysis report to Fono leaders about

Youth Day celebration on Friday


A parade, floats, games, entertainment and fireworks are all part of this year’s celebration of Youth Day on Friday, July 4th.
 

Sexual assault now in High Court


The government’s case against a man accused of touching a 13-year-old sexually was bound over today to High Court.

 

 

Governor updated on CMS survey


Governor Lolo Moliga has received a preliminary report of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services survey as well as the LBJ Hospital’s Plan of Correction to address deficiencies cited.  

 

 

BlueSky sponsors 4th of July fireworks


The skies will light up this Fourth of July. 

 

 

Mr. AS pageant spotlights kidney disease


Nine young men will be vying for the title of Mr. American Samoa in an inaugural pageant organized by the Sosaiete o Faafafine I Amerika Samoa for the purpose of raising awareness about chronic kidney disease.

 

Gov on hiring of teachers from Samoa


Governor Lolo Moliga has reminded the Director of Education Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin Finau  that the hiring of teachers from Samoa must follow Human Resources statutes.
 
 

Youth Conference July 22-23


Social issues and crimes facing the youth which almost always appear every day in the media will be the focus of a two-day youth conference this month.

DBAS will enforce $300 a day penalty


The chairman of the Board of the Development Bank of American Samoa, Senator Nua Saoluaga says the bank will enforce a $300 a day penalty on the contractor for the new DBAS building in Pago Pago, Paramount Builders.

 

AS Cancer Coalition wins award


The American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition has won an award from a naional organization devoted to find a cure for cancer, C-Change. 

 

Court dismisses assault case at govt's request


The High Court has dismissed an assault case against Eddie Maea Loa at the request of the government.

 

 

CCCAS conference July 24-Aug 3 in CA


Some delegates to the biannual conference of the Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa have begun leaving the territory. 

 

 

DPS to begin non-lethal weapons training


The Department of Public Safety will soon train police officers in the use of non-lethal weapons, such as pepper spray, batons and taser guns.

 

 

MOU aims to build local capacity


Government officials and heads of educational institutions in US Pacific territories signed last week a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at helping islanders get fishery related jobs in their own jurisdictions.

 

 

Arona Amituana'i probation revoked


The Probation Office has moved to revoke the probation of Arona Amituna’i after the government filed two criminal cases against him.

 

 

High failure rate delays start of police academy


The Department of Public Safety has no choice but to delay the start of the next police academy because almost all of the candidates did not pass the entrance exam.

 

 

Dialysis Unit also on "immediate jeopardy"


The Dialysis Unit at the LBJ Hospital, the last division that was inspected by a team from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS, has also been put on “immediate jeopardy” status. 
 
 

Bond schemer indicted on federal charges


A man believed to be behind a massive surety bond scheme that affected the local company that was formerly awarded the multimillion dollar Tafuna Airport road project has been indicted on federal charges.

 

 

Burglary and sexual assault


A man accused of breaking into a home and touching a girl in a sexual manner while she was sleeping is scheduled to be arraigned in High Court this morning.

 


 

Commissioner Haleck seeks gun donation


Commissioner of Public Safety William Haleck is hopeful that the Honolulu Police Department will accept his request to donate their old weapons to American Samoa.

 

 

Manu'a catamaran launched in Seattle


The Washington-based company that won the bid to build an inter-island vessel for Manu’a launched the new vessel last week.

 

 

MV Sili on slipway for two weeks


Current repairs to the MV Sili are necessary for renewal of its inspection of hull certificate, which expires July 31st. 

 

 

Alofa mo Meaola gets 501 (c)


Several good things are happening with the animal organization, Alofa Mo Meaola.

 

 

Man faces sex charges involving 13-yr-old


A 36-year-old man is facing felony charges in connection with allegations that he touched a 13-year-old in a sexual manner.

 

 

Council member calls LVPA proposal tough


A longtime local member of the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council says he feels for everyone divided over a proposal to open portions of closed waters in the territory to aid the longline fishery.

 

 

Lemanu attends Oceania 21 meeting


Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga is attending a conference in New Caledonia this week, hosted by Oceania 21, an international organization that promotes sustainable development.
 
 

DHR Director praised for FMLA policy


Director of Human Resources Sonny Thompson has been commended by the US DOL Wage and Hour Division for ensuring that the American Samoa Government is compliant with the Family Medical Leave Act.
 
 

Hope House tournament a huge success


Proceeds from the annual Hope House golf tournament are still being finalized but according to board member David Robinson, the event grossed about $30,000.
 
 

Businesses need to learn FMLA


The Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division urges employers in the private sector to familiarize themselves with the Family Medical Leave Act.  

 

 

Local reps on Council welcome delay


The directors of Marine and Wildlife Resources and Port Administration say a delay in acting on a proposal to open some of the closed fishing waters to longliners would give American Samoa time to come up with a solution that's beneficial for everyone involved.

 

 

Outcome statement from Samoa talks


Both Samoa and American Samoa agreed to look at removing all permit fees to allow for free travel between the two Samoa.  

 

 

Samoa signs MOU with Bumble Bee


Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele yesterday signed an MOU with US cannery Bumble Bee that would pave the way for the company to set up a fish loin plant at the Matautu wharf. 
 
 

WPFMC delays action on rule change


The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council voted this afternoon to delay action on a proposal to open some of the now closed waters surround American Samoa to longliners to fish.

 

 

Twenty-one receive maritime certificates


Twenty-one participants graduated today in the first maritime certification program sponsored by the Pacific Marine Services and Maritime Training in partnership with the American Samoa Government.

 

 

Teens Against Tobacco Use at Manumalo


“Be smart, don’t start”. That’s one of the main messages five teen teachers with American Samoa’s Teens Against Tobacco Use or TATU promoted during their presentation today at Manumalo Baptist School.

 
 

Fagatogo lawmaker sends condolences


Fagatogo lawmaker Maugaoalii Sipa Anoa’i has added his voice to the many who have expressed sympathies to the wife and family of ASG Treasurer Falema’o Dr. Phil Pili.  

 

 

Immigration amnesty bill sent to Fono


What would be a significant piece of legislation for the Lolo Lemanu administration, the Immigration Amnesty bill, has been submitted to the Fono.

 

Several fisheries recommendations for AS


The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council approved in its 160th Meeting yesterday 9 recommendations relating to fish landings and fishery development for American Samoa.

 

Bench trial of ex-ASCC teacher ends


The panel of judges who heard evidence in the bench trial of a former college instructor accused of committing sex acts against three teen boys will be issuing a written verdict in the case. 

 

$1 m grant will compensate damaged alia


Alia boat owners whose vessels were destroyed during the 2009 tsunami will receive compensation under a $1 million fishery disaster relief grant fund awarded to American Samoa.

 

CEO says ASTCA passes BLAST audit


American Samoa Telecommunications Authority CEO Moefaauo Bill Emmsley says ASTCA passed with flying colors its first financial audit for more than $90 million Broadband Linking American Samoa Territory or BLAST project.

 

MOU seals land swap between two Samoa


The Governments of American Samoa and Samoa yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the leasing of land to accommodate each other’s consular offices.

 

Heavy passenger loads on Lady Naomi


Passenger loads on the inter island ferry Lady Naomi have been higher than usual because of only one aircraft flying between the two Samoa. 

 

Alleged attacker now faces felony charges


A woman accused of going uninvited to another woman’s home and attacking her as she was sleeping with her children was charged yesterday with felony crimes.

 

LBJ Board will be briefed on CMS visit


The chairman of the Board of the Hospital Authority Leilua Mase Akapo says the board will be briefed Saturday about the outcome of the visit by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services of the LBJ Hospital.

 

'Republican Party will be handicapped'


The American Samoa Republican Party says it will be handicapped by the passing of its Acting Chairman Falema’o Dr. Phil Pili.  

 

AYFS 49ers had memorable trip


The head coach for the American Youth Football of Samoa AYFS champs the 49ers said though the outcome of their football games in Hawaii wasn’t what they had hoped for, the trip has brought the team closer than ever. 

Tausaamalu cleared of serious charge


A High Court jury of four women and two men has cleared Isaako Tausaamalu of the more serious charge of felony assault but found him guilty of the lesser included offense of third degree assault plus public peace disturbance. 

Local fishermen help design super alia


In an effort to develop the alia fishery, local fishermen are working with the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council to design a super alia vessel that is safe and can be used for different types of fishing activity.

 

Error on memo raises eyebrows


A memo issued by Acting Governor Malemo Tausaga that has been distributed to departments and agencies raised eyebrows because of a glaring error. 

 

US Senate confirms Asst. Secretary Kia'aina


The US Senate today confirmed Esther Puakela Kia’aina as Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Affairs.