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Bluesky expands reach, buys 60% of Telecom Cook Is


Bluesky Communications has expanded its reach in the South Pacific by acquiring a majority share of a telecommunication firm in the Cook Islands, and the purchase is being financed by a regional financial institution.
in a news release on Monday this week, Bluesky Group announced that its Cook Islands subsidiary, Teleraro Ltd, has completed the purchase of a 60% interest in Telecom Cook Islands from Spark New Zealand.

ASCC-UCEDD Director chosen for FCC Committee

Ms. Tafaimamao Tua-Tupuola, Director of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at the American Samoa Community College (ASCC), has been selected to serve on the Disability Advisory Committee (DAC), a group made up of individuals recognized for their exemplary advocacy on behalf of the disability community, who will advise the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on a wide array of disability matters within the jurisdiction of the Commission, and facilitate the participation of people with disabilities in proceedings before the Commission.

DOE director says SPED personnel have been relocated, not changed


Director of Education, Vaitinasa Dr Salu Hunkin Finau says no personnel changes have been made to the Special Education Division of the Department of Education, rather, it’s a temporary appointment of Paulo Salave’a as interim supervisor for the Special Education Division of the Education Department.
Vaitinasa also told Samoa News yesterday that titles and positions of the SPED officials have not been changed and that Assistant Director for the Special Education Division, Jeanette Vasai Tilo, along with other SPED personnel have been relocated.

Update: IGIA meeting hears from Gov Lolo on influx of Chinese into territory


Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga told a meeting of federal and territorial leaders that American Samoans are “enticing” Chinese people with money into the territory, due to the fact that local residents “need to survive and live” and despite residents having a hard time dealing with the Chinese in the Territory.

Lolo expects update from feds today on request for cabotage waiver


Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is expected to be updated today by federal officials regarding air transportation issues for American Samoa, such as the administration’s plea for a cabotage waiver which would allow foreign airlines to operate in and out of Pago Pago carrying paid passengers to other U.S. airports.
U.S. Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas, Esther Kia’aina has called on DOI’s federal partners to understand the remoteness of the territory, which faces unique challenges.

Court Report


Albert Liu Fa’apu’e will be sentenced on May 1, 2015 in connection with a sex case involving a nine-year-old girl. In a plea agreement with the government, the 29-year-old man pled guilty to sodomy and sexual abuse. In return for his guilty plea, the  government moved for the court to dismiss the remaining charges.
Fa’apue was accused of performing sexual acts on the young girl.

ASCC accreditation placed on "Show Cause" status


The American Samoa Community College has been placed on “Show Cause” due to “deficiencies” identified by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), which recently released a “Public Disclosure Notice” about the accreditation of the territory’s only institution of higher education.

DPS leadership got big pay boost under Haleck

Rank and file DPS officers wait for raises

It’s unclear when the Lolo and Lemanu Administration will implement the salary increases for police officers, says Department of Public Safety Commissioner Save, however he confirmed that the Deputy Commissioner, Chief of Police and all the Commanders in the police force have already received raises.
These raises occurred before Save was appointed as Commissioner — was done during former Commissioner William Bill Haleck’s tenure.



“Adiposity” is this year’s Samoa News Territorial Spelling Bee winning word, spelled correctly by Debrina Meggie Alaia Su’a of Manulele Tausala Elementary School.


Taylor Jessop receives 2nd Offer of Appointment

Many local students set to graduate this coming June from high school are anticipating another step forward on the path to achieving their dreams, and some will have to make choices that will indeed decide what their journey will embrace, in most cases, an institution of higher learning, trying to choose the ‘best’.

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