Manu’a Airlines has been given a bit more time to get off the ground despite a 30 day deadline that Governor Lolo Moliga gave Airline President barney sene to get their service off the ground or the government will take back the governemnt plane, Segaula.
The Appellate Division of the High Court has dismissed the election challenge brought by Alataua House candidate Fatumalala Al Sheri against an election official, unofficial winner Savali Talavou Ale and others.
This Friday the American Samoa Government, in conjunction with the local canneries, the shipyard and the Western Pacific Tuna Council, is hosting an open house for heads of island country delegations who are attending the meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission in Apia.
The President and CEO of Starkist, the parent company of the territory’s biggest private employer Starkist Samoa says while the reduction in fishing grounds for US fishing boats in the Pacific will have an impact on their opertion, he's confident the cannery will overcme this challenge.
The American Samoa Power Authority will hold a public hearing on December 17 regarding rates and fees that were changed last year and to solicit feedback for proposed rate changes that ASPA is planning to implement in the near future.
Officials of the US Department of Labor will be getting assistance from the American Samoa Department of Homeland Security in tracking down foreign nationals who have returned to their home countries but have wage paychecks coming their way.
StarKist CEO Andrew Choe with Michelle Faist, StarKist spokesperson
The American Samoa College Research Foundation (ASCRF) Student Association, based at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) will be hosting a pre-Thanksgiving Mini-Carnival in the ASCC Gymnasium tmorrow from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.
While leaders have lauded passage of the territory’s first human trafficking legislation as a way to prevent a repeat of the Daewoosa saga, one ASG official has major reservations about the language of the new law.
The Appellate Division of the High Court has taken under advisement the complaint filed by House of Representative District 14 candidate Fatumalala Al-Sheri over what she views as violations to the election law.
In an effort to gather accurate data on fish and shellfish that’s sold locally the Western pacific Fishery management Council sponsored a Seafood vendors forum to explain the data collection efforts by the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources.
The American Samoa Governments contends it assessed the correct amount of taxes and penalties against California-based Clipper Oil and the amount – which is more than $41.6 million – is what ASG is asking the court to award it.
Criminal justice consultant and local girl Suzanna Tiapula recommends that American Samoa leaders – from government to cultural, church and community sectors – engage in a dialogue to discuss some of the forms of violence happening in the territory.
The American Samoa Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors informed Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Areas that the private sector in American Samoa has been shrinking for many years and that the underdevelopment of the private sector was holding back progress.
Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale describes the human trafficking conference which began today as a continuation of American Samoa’s march towards correcting the errors that happened during the Daewoosa debacle.
Congresswoman-elect Aumua Amata Radewagen has met with House Speaker John Boehner and GOP leader Kevin McCarthy…and expects her GOP credentials to benefit American Samoa and the other US islands in the new Congress.
The attorney for the unofficial winner of the District #9 House race Meauta Mageo has asked the Appellate Division of the High Court to dismiss the complaint filed by incumbent faipule Vaamua Henry Sesepasara against him.
Before leaving the territory Friday after a busy week in the territory, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Areas Esther Kiaaina signed with Governor Lolo Moliga a Memorandum of Agreement which would help fund maintenance of schools.
Representatives from the US Department of Labor, the Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse and Human Trafficking Programs and a non profit group working with survivors of violence will be sharing their expertise at an American Samoa Human Trafficking Conference that opens tomorrow.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency and ASG are scheduled to complete this Friday preparations for 19 repair and mitigation projects to be funded under the federal disaster declaration resulting from the July floods and landslides.
New Ituau faipule Manumaua Wayne Wilson & Vae'iaitu Filo Maluia
Fishing boats can safely anchor at the Malaloa marina now that the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources has completed construction of floating docks to replace the ones damaged during the 2009 tsunami.
After 10 years, 21 consecutive performances, the Dancing Fingers, one of the most successful piano studios in American Samoa held its last piano recital last night the the Calvary Temple AOG in Lepuapua.
Having been affiliated with the Hawaiian sovereign movement, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Areas Esther Kiaaina says she’s familiar with the complexities associated with self determination among Pacific island people.
One of the participants of the Executive Leadership development Program from the Northern Marianas, Alfreda Marie Passi Camacho is thankful that the class is meeting in American Samoa as its allowed her to get reacquainted with her Samoan roots.
Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Areas Esther Kiaaina says being a Polynesian woman gives her a different lens on how she looks at issues she’s charged with at the Office of Insular Affairs.
The head of the Veterans Affairs Clinic Dr. Fred Uhrle yesterday stressed at the two Samoa health summit the importance of having accurate data and making accurate diagnosis in order to combat the increasing number of people dying from chronic kidney disease.
Following a meeting with captains of fautasi who raced in the Fautasi Challenge for the People Lands, Air and Sea celebration, the Coastal management Program has determined the five fautasi that will race in the finals on November 26.
Traditional leaders have held an informal discussion with Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Areas Esther Kiaaina about rights of the people of American samoa which are guaranteed under the Deed of Cession.
Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Affairs Esther Kiaaina was officially welcomed at an ava ceremony hosted by the Office of Samoan Affairs at the Samoan guest fale at Utulei this morning.
Assistant Secretary of Interior for Insular Affairs Esther Kiaaina will deliver the main address at the territorial Veterans Day Ceremony tomorrow. The service will be held at the Veterans Memorial Center in Tafuna beginning at 9:
Swains Delegate Su’a Alexander Jennings says the visit by the Ulu o Tokelau Kuresa Nasau to American Samoa more than a week ago was an important first step towards finalizing trade relations between Tokelau and American Samoa.
Neil’s Ace Home center, the new name of Ace American Industries in Malaeimi honors the late Mr. Neil Scratch, who started the family business with his wife Sala and their six children three decades ago.
The Department of Interior today announced that Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia’aina will make her first official visit to the southernmost U.S. territory of American Samoa next week.
Some employees of the Department of Health are grumbling over a memo from their director asking that they donate money to help with the hosting of the two Samoa Health Summit that the department is hosting next week.
Ace American industries the island’s biggest hardware supply store is celebrating 30 years. The business started from humble beginnings in a small building at tafeta by the founders the late neil Scratch, his wife Sala and their children. &n
Ocean Star Enterprises Inc., doing business as Pacific Mini Mart in Tafuna and as Ocean Star Enterprise Inc. in Nu'uuli, has agreed to pay $23,922 in back wages to seven employees following an investigation by the Wage and Hour Division.
The American Samoa Community College’s In House Scholarship recipients are Finao Tuiasosopo, Theresa Togia, Adolph Petaia and Jillane Clemens. Tuiasosopo and Togia are the recipients of fall 2014 “Saili le Atamai” Scholarship. Funded b
The Department of Agriculture is closely monitoring vegetable farms following a study which found bacteria in cabbages supplied to the School Lunch plus questionable activities which have raised the eyebrows of Agriculture officials.
The Office of Protection & Advocacy for Individuals with Disabilities in collaboration with the Veterans Affairs Medical Clinic provided an Overview of Mental Illness Training for the Department of Public Safety police officers.
The owner of the company from the Philippines that intends to set up a multi food processing company in the territory Anthony Bernardo has confirmed that American Samoa Government has committed to putting up a 10% investment in the company.
Hawaiian Airlines says it can better cater to demand for seats on the Honolulu Pago Pago route if it knows ahead of time of events that would generate more than the usual traffic. Airline Vice President Ann Boticelli said this has been communicated
Polls were opened at 6 this morning on Tutuila, Aunu'u and Manu’a on this overcast Election Day when electors will cast ballots for members of the American Samoa House of Representatives, a delegate to Congress and a referendum to give the legislature the power to override the governor's veto of legislation.
The National Weather Service Office in Tafuna says the tropical cyclone season outlook from November 1, 2014 to April 30, 2015 we can expect at least expect two to three named tropical cyclone systems to impact American Samoa.
Commissioner of Public safety William Haleck has assured the public that the drive by shooting at the Leone Substation over the weekend will not intimidate police and deter them from their duty to protect the public.
Parents of children with special needs, administrators and teachers of the Sepcial Education Division of the Department of Education, and community organizations that serve children with special needs assessed the strengths and weaknesses of special education.
In celebration of Environmental Week this year, the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency recognized today more than 40 community, business and government entities who helped make their “Keep American Samoa Beautiful” campaign a success.
The Election Office reminds candidates to please submit their list of poll watchers for the elections next Tuesday.The election office reminds candidates to please submit their list of poll watchers for the elections next Tuesday. Election Commissioner Tuaolo manaia Fruean says the poll watchers must be qualified electors. The poll watchers will represen
The denial by FEMA of individual assistance for those whose homes and properties were destroyed or damaged in the July floods and mudslides has pretty much left the victims to fend for themselves as far as repairing or replacing what they lost.
Improving local businesses, implementing economic development plans, and staying in school were some of the answers given by Tualauta and Ituau candidates on a question by a Tafuna High School student relating to job creation.
Election Commissioner Tuaolo Fruean says he has not seen the request from Aumua Amata's campaign chairman Pulu Ae Ae Jr, requesting the Election Office to conduct voter education to explain that there’s no run-off in the congressional race.
Senator Galea’i Tuufuli has taken issue with a statement made by congressional candidate and former governor Togiola tulafono that giving the Fono override authority would give the Fono the power to govern.
One of the biggest changes the hospital is implementing following the review and findings by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid is the restructuring of the dialysis unit which will now be overseen by a newly established board of directors.
The US Department of Justice has filed its first 1602 low income housing case in federal court against a local project owner and it's against a cabinet member, Chief Procurement Officer Tiotalaga John Kruse and his wife Elaine.
With elections just one week away, the chairman of Aumua Amata's campaign for delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, Pulu Ae Ae Jr. has asked Chief Election Officer Tuaolo M. Fruean to remind voters that there is no runoff election for that office.
A candidate in the District #1 House of Representatives race has expressed concern that the designated voting booth on Tutuila for their district may be out of the way for voters who have to use the bus.
The District #1 voting booth on Tutuila is the Tafuna CCCAS Talalelei hall at Petesa, while there are three in Manu’a.
Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin leads campaign fundraising among the nine candidates running for American Samoa’s congressional seat, according to the final candidate filings with the Federal Election Commission before the November 4 election.
A review of the price chart for local produce sold to the School Lunch Program will be carried out this week. Farmers attending the meeting Friday with govenror Lolo and members of his cabinet, suggested that the price for taro and bananas sold to
Concerns about Asian owned farms rapidly sprouting up around the territory and seemingly dominating the School Lunch Program was one of the main issues Samoan farmers raised during a meeting with Governor Lolo and members of his cabinet today.
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.