Several congressional candidates believe it’s time senators are elected by popular vote while others said the selection of senators by village councils is a great example of the Samoan culture in action.
The government shipyard at Satala has been working round the clock since last Saturday to complete repairs for the Captain Vincent Gann purse seiner which was involved in a collision at the main dock last week.
Eight congressional candidate fielded questions this afternoon relating to the veto override, US citizenship, election of senators, youth and politics and the war on terrorism at a congressional forum hosted by the Student Government Association at the American Samoa Community College.
High school students from public and private high schools who are members of Close Up, are putting what they've learned about the democratic process into practice at a three day conference hosted by the Department of Education and the Close Up Foundation.
A man indicted in connection with a massive bond scheme that affected a local company that was formerly awarded the airport road project pleaded guilty yesterday at the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division.
From the response of civic organizations, government departments, businesses, churches and other groups, organizers of the first local celebration of the International Day of the Girl, are expecting a huge turn out Saturday.
The owners of the Captain Vincent Gann purse seiner which collided with another purse seiner at the main dock last week says damage was minimal to the bulb of the vessel and it's currently being repaired at the shipyard at Satala.
Candidate for Congress Aumua Amata has written to U.S. House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) urging him to hold early hearings on a bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL) to prevent President Obama or future presidents from unilaterally restricting usage of any additional vast areas of land or sea resources under the Antiquities Act of 1906.
Clean up operations are continuing today in Pago Pago Harbor to mop up what’s believed to be a couple hundred gallons of fuel which leaked into the ocean after a purse seiner rammed into another at the main dock yesterday.
In what is seen as a payback move for the Senate’s disapproval of a member of the House to serve on the Immigration Board, House Representatives today voted overwhelmingly to reject the Senate member on the board.
One of the items the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council will again take up at its meeting next week is a measure to open some of the now closed waters surrounding American Samoa to longliners.
The Election Office reminds registered absentee voters in the military services, those attending higher institutions of learning or working for federal agencies and the ASG Office in Hawaii that Monday, October 20 is the last day to request an absentee ballot.
The only member of the House of Representatives who voted no on a bill that would limit sponsorship of aliens by businesses says foreign owned businesses make a valuable contribution to the territory’s economy.
A federal judge has given the Haleck family until November 3 to see if they want to dismiss or amend their case against the US Department of Interior over the more than 20 acres of Tafuna lowland rainforest known as Naumati.
A Samoan travel agent pleaded guilty in the federal district court in Springfield Missouri today for stealing $360,000 from the Willard High School Band Boosters, which forced the cancellation of a trip to Hawaii for more than 300 students and chaperones.
In an effort to raise public awareness about the Ebola virus and address concerns about the territory’s preparedness in dealing with the disease, the Department of health has issued the following information.
The American Samoa Medicaid Office, a division of the Governor’s Office is currently renewing its lease at the American Samoa Telecommunications Authority Building in Tafuna, on a month to month basis.
A corrective action plan by the Special Education Division of DOE in response to a study by an off island team which documents a host of deficiencies in Special Ed, recommends a complete reorganization of the Special Education Division.
The nine candidates vying for American Samoa’s seat in Congress have been invited by the Student Government Association (SGA) at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) to participate in a Congressional Forum next Thursday, October 23rd, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the College’s Gymnasium.
The Special session of the Fono began today with statements from both the Senate President and House Speaker in their respective chambers that if the Senate and House get through the agenda items quickly the session would be finished before the ten days mentioned in the governor’s call.
A delegation from American Samoa has been invited by a company from the Philippines with plans to set up a multi food processing plant in the territory see visit the Philippines for a first hand look at their operations.
The report by an off island team which reviewed the Special Education Division of the Department of Education highlights two recurring themes: one is the lack of competent personnel and lack of supervision.
Funding for a charter bank that the American Samoa Government is setting up is one of the first priorities that Governor Lolo Moliga has identified for the American Samoa Economic Development Authority .
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Candidate for Congress Aumua Amata has pledged her support to spreading the word about a disease that has taken the lives of too many women often at a young age.
The company from the Philippines that is setting up a food processing plant in the territory, AVM Bernardo Engineering, will take advantage of the Headnote 3 A benefits which entitles products that are made in American Samoa duty free entry into the United States.
The American Samoa Department of Education receives about $6 million each year from the federal government to educate children with special needs, but an external review of Special Education conducted in June and July found lapses in qualified personnel, equipment and services for the territory’s special children.
Attorneys representing the appellants in the Tuaua v United States citizenship lawsuit say the federal government and those against their case are ignoring the historical text, purpose and original understanding of the 14th Amendments' Citizenship Clause.
The Lolo Lemanu administration looks set to score a major piece of legislation, one worth $100 million, with passage of a bill that gives the American Samoa Economic Development Authority wide ranging powers to issue bonds.
A Federal Bureau of Investigations search for a man wanted in Seattle for a parental kidnapping case has been extended to American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Marianas and all sovereign nations of the Pacific.
The NOAA National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa welcomes the two new captains and crews of the voyaging canoes the Hokule’a and Hikianalia as they prepare for the next leg of their round the world voyage.
An 11-member team representing the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), a division of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), completed a site visit to the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) this past Friday.
When lawmakers got to read the fine print of legislation to enhance the bond issuing capability of the American Samoa Economic Development Authority they were leery about language in the bill which they felt cuts out the legislature from the decision making on how the bonds will be used.
The Election Office has now certified candidates in the House of Representatives election for District #15, Tuala –uta after the Appellate Court ruling yesterday in candidate Lucia Bartley’s challenge of incumbent faipule Vui Florence Saulo’s eligibility to be on the ballot.
The Appellate Division of the High Court today upheld the Chief Election Officer’s decision in denying Lucia Bartley’s challenge of candidate Vui Florence Saulo’s eligibility to be on the ballot for the Tuala uta House race.
Cupcakes and face painting. That’s how the 5th anniversary of the September 29, 2009 tsunami was remembered at the American Samoa Community College. At the front entrance to ASCC, Student Foundation Association members gave students
Author Rob Shaffer is happy with the response from military veterans , and descendants of the fita fita guard ot his request for names, military service and photos that would help him compile a chapter on the military for the Amerika Samoa Centennial Book.
Farmers in American Samoa, who were negatively impacted by the July floods and landslides may be eligible for Emergency Loans through the United States Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA).
According to Director of Commerce Keniseli Lafaele, an increase in consumer spending reflected in the 2013 estimates of Gross Domestic Product for American Samoa was due to several initiatives by the administration.
The Appellate Court has taken under advisement arguments heard today on a motion by the Chied Election Officer to dismiss an appeal by a contender in the Tuala-uta House election, Lucia Bartley over the Chief Election Officer’s decision to deny her challenge of incumbent faipule Vui Florence Saulo’s eligibility to be an election candidate.
Health Director Motusa Tuileama Nua assures the public that DOH and the LBJ Hospital are closely following the one Ebola case that’s confirmed in the United States in the state of Texas, and are taking steps to ensure that the territory’s borders are protected from this fatal virus.
When officials of the LBJ Hospital appeared before the Senate Health Committee yesterday, Senator Soliai Tuipine informed them that nurses in the Intensive Care Unit have complained about the work performance of doctors.
The Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Foundation (APIASF) is making available a new scholarship opportunity to American Samoan students through the Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) Scholarship Program.
Swains Representative Su’a Alexander Jennings is requesting that a House Joint Resolution he sponsored to grant the Swains island delegate the right to vote in the House of Representatives be brought to the floor for a vote.
The association of elderly mothers and fathers who helped instill discipline in schools and monitor unruly behavior on campus, "Toe Afua Mai Matua," is anxiously awaiting word from the Department of Education on whether their services will be needed this school year.
At the Pago Pago Rotary Club and Hawaiian Air's memorial Saturday for victims of the 2009 earthquake and tsunami was a gentleman who wanted to find out about an Asian woman whose lifeless body he found that Tuesday morning after the waves had receded.
A man has been jailed for 5 years for sexual abuse and sodomy involving his two minor stepdaughters. The citizen of Samoa was sentenced to five years for sexual abuse and 15 years for sodomy. However he will serve only 5 years with no rel
Governor Lolo Moliga issued an order yesterday to lower all flags in the territory at half staff on Monday, September 29 from sunrise till sunset to remember those whose lives were taken by the earthquake and tsunami of September 29, 2009.
The Tautai o Samoa Longline & Fishing Association has used some of Governor Lolo’s statements to President Barack Obama opposing expansion of the Pacific Remote Island Marine National Monument to again plead their case to be allowed to fish within the territory's 50 mile closure area.
Governor Lolo Moliga is adamant that payroll irregularities that have been rampant for many years can only be stopped by moving the Payroll Division now under Treasury to the Department of Human Resources.
President Obama’s executive order to expand less than planned, the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, is drawing mixed reactions from American Samoa’s congressman and Western Pacific fisheries interests.
The first judged portion of the Miss American Samoa competition takes place today when the five contestants vying for the crown make presentations on selected topics and answer questions from the judges.
The government's $10 million workforce grant application to the US Department of Labor which was initially submitted early this year will be resubmitted to the federal agency for the next funding year.
A year after he first wrote to Govenror Lolo Moliga about payouts made to former directors of the last administration, Senator Galea’i Tu’ufuli has sent off another letter to the governor about the same topic.
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale fully supports a bill which establishes a sex offender registry under the Attorney General’s Office and provides for a website that lists all those who have been convicted of sex offences.
A major infrastructure project which has been on the drawing boards since 2007 wil have to be re bid because all of the bids that were received in the first round were way beyond the budget for the project.
The captain of the Hokule’a, Nainoa Thompson says American Samoa has had a very profound impact on their quest to revive traditional sailing methods and promote awareness of global challenges that affect islanders.
The American Samoa Telecommunications Authority has filed a response to the complaint filed by Bluesky Communications with Governor Lolo over their dissatisfaction with ASTCA's handling of negotiations for an interconnectivity agreement.
The presidential declaration of American Samoa as a disaster area is seen by the contractors who are helping set up American Samoa’s State Small Business Credit Initiative Program as a boost in efforts to set up new businesses in the territory.
The Appellate Division of the High Court today granted incumbent Tuala-uta Representative Vui Florence Saulo’s motion to intervene in the appeal brought by challenger Lucia Bartley over Vui’s eligibility to run for the District 15 race.
Because of ASG’s high risk designation, all disbursements for the State Small Business Credit Initiative, the federally funded program intended to finance new businesses and upgrade existing ones, will be subject to extra scrutiny.
The four fishermen who went on a fishing trip last week to Manu'a but never arrived at their destination were found yesterday by a purse seiner vessel alive and floating some 230 nautical miles off Samoa.
Contractors who will oversee the American Samoa State Small Business Credit Initiative say the territory’s application was so novel that the US Treasury has never seen or approved anything like it before.
The attorney representing the four Indonesian men who were kept at the Territorial Correctional Facility for more than a week has written to the Attorney General’s Office questioning why the men left the island after the AG’s Office initially put a stop order preventing their departure.
The family of the family and son team whose small plane crashed off Pago Pago International Airport in July have informed the Director of Port Administration that they will carry out a sonar search of the ocean floor where the aircraft is believed to have crashed.
Congressional women candidates Aumua Amata and Rosie Fualaau Tago Lancaster last night urged the contestants vying for the Miss American Samoa title to never stop learning and to represent the territory with confidence and dignity.
Some in the Senate are perturbed with criticisms directed at the increase of office expense allowances for the Fono but Senate President Gaoteote Palaie says criticisms should not stop them from doing the right thing.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has made available low-interest federal disaster loans to eligible organizations in American Samoa following President Obama’s recent federal disaster declaration for public assistance.
The President of the Pago Alia Fisheries Association Representative Vaamua Henry Sesepasara says the subsidies alia owners are receiving from the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources have been a tremendous help in reviving alia numbers.
An air traffic control tower for Pago Pago International Airport is not a dead issue but according to Port Director Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Poumele it would probably be 2017 when funding for the tower can be discussed with the Federal Aviation Administration.
Representative Vui Florence Saulo is requesting the Appellate Division of the High Court to intervene in the election appeal filed against the chief election officer which questions her eligibility to run for one of the House seats she currently occupies.
A celebration this week honoring nurses who care for patients with kidney disease is highlighting the rise in kidney disease in American Samoa and the need for residents to become “health kidney” advocates.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.