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Teenage girl dies in Fagaalu


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

 

Sulu Eliu wins 1st ASG employee award


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

 

Pilot Haris Suleman heads home


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

 
 

From CEO of LBJ to Yale University


Joseph Davis-Fleming's next job will be with Yale University.

 

Report of air transport study ready soon


The American Samoa Government is expecting this month the results of an air transport marketing study of the territory from a company out of Washington DC.

 

Local students at Redlands Summer Piano Camp


Three talented students from Dancing Fingers piano studio are participating in the Redlands Summer Piano Camp at the University of Redlands School of Music in southern California.

 

Lemanu orders: No pay, no travel


Acting Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga is putting the brakes on government travel.
 
 

Polynesian Airlines explains landing incident


A statement from Polynesian Airlines says one of their aircraft experienced a "controllable runway excursion" at Fagalii Airport last Friday Samoa time, Thursday our time.

 

Samoan woman admits fraud for benefits


A Samoan citizen living in Alaska has admitted to making false statements in an application to get a US passport so she could get state and federal benefits.

 

Davis-Fleming: too much politics at LBJ


The former hospital CEO says about 80% of citations the hospital is being cited for by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in its latest visit are for repeat violations from the last CMS visit in 2010.

 

Asian man feared missing at sea


An Asian man is feared missing at sea after he failed to return home last night.

 

ROV may be brought in to help search


One of the options being considered by the family of the plane crash victims is to bring in a remotely operated underwater vehicle or ROV that can take pictures of the ocean floor and possibly locate the plane wreckage.
 
 

ASCC teacher attends climate change wkshop


This summer American Samoa Community College (ASCC) Marine Science instructor Jameson Ka’eo Newtson joined colleagues form the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Northern Marianas at a Climate Change Science workshop held in Palau.

 

Suleman family overwhelmed with support


Wreaths were tossed in the ocean yesterday at the spot where the body of  l7-year-old pilot Haris Suleman was found last Tuesday night after the plane he and his father Babar Suleman were flying crashed shortly after it took off from Pago Pago International Airport.

 

DPS still short for next police academy


Commissioner of Public Safety William Haleck is still short of people for the next police academy.
 

Poly plane suffers damages on landing


Polynesian Airlines is again down to one aircraft after the wheel of one of its Twin Otters was apparently damaged during landing at Fagalii Airport last Thursday.

 

Workshop responds to cases of abuse


A workshop held last week was described by local and off island participants as a very effective and valuable training course to help the Catholic Church in the Pacific respond to cases of abuse involving those in leadership positions.  
 

Memorial Service for crash victims


At a memorial service this afternoon for the father and son team whose plane crashed off the airport last Tuesday, wreaths were laid at the spot where the body of  l7 year old pilot Haris Suleman was found.

 
Cyrus Suleman in black shirt is a son of the missing Mr. Babar Suleman. He's shown here with a cousin of his father.

Relatives anxious to have a dive team out


Four relatives of Haris and Babar Suleman, whose plane crashed near the airport Tuesday night have arrived are now in the territory.

 

Nothing new in sea and air search


As of 3:30 this afternoon the search for Mr. Suleman has not been successful.

 

Loss of tuna treaty will hurt canneries


Tri Marine International, owners of Samoa Tuna Processors says the competitiveness of their cannery will be impacted if their fishing vessels cannot fish in nearby fishing grounds.

 

Faleomavaega will run again


Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin is running for re-election in November and the American Samoa Democratic Party is endorsing him.

 
 

Chamber suggests how to implement EDIP


One of the suggestions the Chamber of Commerce made yesterday to the co-chairman of the task force that developed the Economic Development Implemention Plan is to have an individual or group dedicated specifically for moving the plan forward.

 

Joint effort to return home pilot's body


Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin has been requested by the Ambassador of Pakistan to the U.S. to ensure that the family of Haris Suleman, the 17 year old pilot whose plane crashed off Pago Pago International Airport this week can take his body home on Monday night’s Hawaiian Air flight.


 

Ex LBJ CEO not surprised with firing


Former LBJ CEO Joseph Davis-Fleming says it's no secret that he and the LBJ board did not see eye to eye over the managing of the hospital so he was not suprised at all when he was served this week with an employment termination letter from the board.

 

Congressman returns to Foreign Affairs seat


Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin returned to his seat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee for the first time since he fell ill, nine months ago.

Search continues despite bad weather


Weather has become a factor in the search for the missing victim of Tuesday night’s plane crash, Mr. Babar Suleman.
 
 

DOH cites Cost U Less for 6 violations


While the Department of Health has allowed Cost U Less to re-open, the department has slapped the biggest retail store on island with six health violations.

 

Chamber members comment on EDIP plan


The Chamber of Commerce expects to submit their final comments about the Economic Development Implementation Plan (EDIP) to the Department of Commerce by next week but the co-chair of the EDIP task force got to hear first hand some of the concerns from the Chamber at a meeting this afternoon.

 

Weather becomes a factor in search


There’s been no sign of Babar Suleman of Indiana since local and federal authorities scoured the waters between the airport and Aunu’u since Tuesday night.
 
 

Three Chikungunya cases confirmed


The Department of Health and the LBJ Hospital have confirmed that three specimens of the acute rash outbreak that were sent off island for testing are cases of Chikungunya. 

 

Fono asked to confirm new Treasurer Tonumaipe'a


Acting Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga has submitted for Fono confirmation the name of Ueligitone Tonumaipe’a to be the next Treasurer of the American Samoa Government. 

 

Cost U Less re-opens


Cost U less has re-opened for business.  

 

Family members of crash victims arrive Friday


Strong gusts and high swells this morning created some difficulty for vessels involved in the search operation for Mr. Babar Suleman of Indiana, who has been missing since Tuesday night.
 
 

Local students immerse in voyaging


Patricia Penitito of Manu'a High School and O'Riley Siona Lea'u of Fagaitua High School are getting an experience of a lifetime in Hawaii as part of the Hokule'a Student Exchange Program.

 

More charges filed against intruder


A man who was caught breaking into a home over the weekend was charged today in District Court for several felony and misdemeanor crimes.

 

Man jumps from 3rd floor of EOB


A man in his 30’s jumped from the third floor of the Executive Office Building onto the atrium on the ground floor this morning. 
 
 

No dive yet in search operations


Divers are not able to dive in an area that has been pinpointed as where the last signal was received from the single engine plane carrying Mr. Babar Suleman and his son Haris.
 
 

Teacher salary plan finalized at year's end


A reclassification and pay proposal for Department of Education teachers is expected to be finalized by the end of the fiscal year.

 

BHE approves self study


The  Board of Higher Education (BHE) has approved a document the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) has spent the better part of eight months preparing as part of its accreditation renewal process with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

 

Gasoline prices going up


Prices at the pump are seeing double digit increases under the new Maximum Allowable Price chart effective this week.
 

All day search fails to locate missing man


The search for one of the two victims of Tuesday’s night’s plane crash began at daylight this morning. 
 
 

ASG to continue employment initiative


ASG is proposing a half a million dollar allocation for the new fiscal year to continue an initiative of employing returning graduates.

 
 

19th Hole Club donates $1500


The 19th Hole Club in conjunction with the Ali'i Golf Club and the Hawaii Samoa Golf Club have donated $1,500 to Hope House at Fatuoaiga and the Junior Golf Association.

 

Olympic Triathlon Saturday


Samoa Prosthetics, a company that supplies artificial limbs is sponsoring a triathlon this Saturday to promote good health.  

 

Search fails to locate missing man


An extensive search involving local and federal agencies has not been able to locate the body of one of the two people who were on board a small plane that crashed into the ocean last night.

 

Atuatasi Lelei Peau leaving DOC


Deputy Director of Commerce Atuatasi Lelei Peau is leaving DOC to become the
deputy superintendent of the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa.

 

Youth see value in conference


Students participating in a youth conference this week say the presentations by police officers, social services representatives and counselors are helping them turn a new leaf. 

 

Steve Watson temporarily at Treasury


The governor’s chief counsel Steve Watson has been temporarily assigned to Treasury effective this past Monday.

 

Crash victims are Haris and Babar Suleman


The two people on board a private plane that crashed off Pago Pago International Airport last night have been identified as 17-year-old Haris Suleman and his father Babar Suleman. 

 

More from licenses/permits, less from fees


The government is projecting to collect a bit more revenues from licenses and permits but believes there will be a decrease in monies coming in from charges levied at the port and other government fees in the new fiscal year.
 

StarKist appreciates help


StarKist today issued a statement expressing appreciation to the American Samoa Government and local diving company for helping the cannery get back into operation.

 

 

National Park tourism creates jobs


A new National Park Service report shows that 17,919 visitors to the National Park of American Samoa in 2013 spent $987,700 in villages near the park. 
 

Private jet crashes off airport last night


A private plane that arrived yesterday for refueling crashed minutes after taking off from the Pago Pago International Airport last night, killing its two passengers - a father and son.

 
 

Joseph Davis-Fleming removed as LBJ CEO


As of 4pm today Joseph Davis-Fleming is no longer the Chief Executive Officer of the LBJ Hospital. 
 

Youth talk about social problems


More than 100 youth are sharing their experiences on major social problems they face nowadays such as bullying, school violence, smoking and drinking alcohol.
 

Cost U Less cooperating with DOH


Cost U Less says its fully cooperating with the Department of Health.
 

Lots of TAOA hotmeal leftovers


It’s now been nearly three months since the Territorial Administration on Aging Office switched from monthly food vouchers to hot meals for the elderly citizens. 
 

No change in Consumer Price Index


There was no change in the Consumer Price Index for the second quarter of 2014 compared to the first quarter. 

 

OSHA issued 158 violations last year


The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a total of 158 violations against employers last year following inspections of 38 businesses in the territory.
 

DHR Director explains rules for contracts


Director of Human Resources Sonny Thompson says the position of grant writer for the Department of Education will be advertised so that qualified individuals including the person holding the position at the moment - Dr. Amy Blizzard - can apply for it.

 

Finally, DMWR floating docks get fixed


Work has begun on a project that has been held up for many many months awaiting federal clearance...repairs to the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources floating docks at the Malaloa marina. 

 
 

Blood samples sent off island for testing


The LBJ Hospital and Department of Health are awaiting lab results of blood samples sent off island for testing before determining if the death of a 28 year old man was caused by the acute fever rash disease which appears to be spreading in the territory.
 
 

ASG still pushing for Labor Dept


The government's plan to establish an ASG Department of Labor is still in the works.

 

Administration continues subsidies in FY2015


The Lolo-Lemanu Administration is seeking funding to continue initiatives it started last year.

 

Man jailed for one year


Isaako Tausaamalu was sentenced by the High Court to a year in jail for recklessly causing injuries to a villager and friend Kalena Atalima of Fagaalu last year.
 

DOH closes down Cost U Less


The biggest retail store on the island, Cost U Less, has been shut down by the Department of Health until it has rectifed a problem with rat infestation.

 

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.

 

American Samoa wins All Samoa Open


Team American Samoa took home the 37th All Samoa Open golf tournament Team Championship with a low net score of 1182. 

 

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.