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ASDOE calls meeting over continued timekeeping problems

Still no word from ASDOE about status of Consolidated Grant

Faced with continued discrepancies on timecards, the local Education Department called a meeting last Wednesday for all timekeepers from private and public schools, and ASDOE deputy director Philo Jennings addressed the more than 40 in attendance regarding the discrepancies that continue to surface.

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SOFIAS Amata.jpgVisitors to National Park of American Samoa create over $971K in economic benefits








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Visitors to National Park of American Samoa create over $971K in economic benefits

Source: NPS media release

A new National Park Service report shows that 13,893 visitors to the National Park of American Samoa in 2015 spent $795,500 in villages near the park. That spending supported nine jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $971,600

UN Decolonization Committee welcomes Lolo’s move forward on status


The United Nations Decolonization Committee will hold the Pacific regional seminar on decolonization from May 31 to June 2 this year in Managua, Nicaragua — a country with both a Caribbean and Pacific coast. It was also Nicaragua that hosted last year’s Caribbean seminar, which is rotated between the Pacific and Caribbean ever year.

Luatua enters “not guilty” plea at arraignment


Former executive director of the ASG Employees Retirement Fund Office, Luatua Filisouaiga Ta’afua has entered a not guilty plea to the 20 charges leveled against him, and his next court appearance is set for early July this year.
Luatua appeared yesterday in High Court for his arraignment after his case was bound over from District Court on Monday. Through his attorney, Gwen Tauiliili-Langkilde, the defendant waived a public reading of the charges against him and entered a not guilty plea.

DOC preliminary survey results show population increase in territory

Manu’a continues to have the least amount of people, Tualauta the most

The preliminary population count for American Samoa in 2015 conducted by the local Department of Commerce was just over 57,000, an increase of more than 2,000 people from the 2010 Census.
In an Apr. 8, 2016 press statement, DOC says these are the preliminary results of the 2015 Household Income and Expenditures Survey (HIES), which was carried out in April and May last year.

USDOJ and ASG agree: no trial necessary in LVPA lawsuit

Jurisdiction, however, may be in question

The US Justice Department has cited two defense issues that may affect the Honolulu federal court’s jurisdiction over a lawsuit filed early last month by the Territory of American Samoa, through the territorial government, against several federal defendants including US Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker and the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council.

New ATMs help solve cash shortages


A look at one of the new ATMs that can be found at McDonald’s in Tafuna and the A.P. Lutali Executive Office Building in Utulei where the new service was launched last week. This is a partnership between locally based Betham Technology Inc. in Nu’uuli and two US based firms: Automated Cash Management Systems and Coast To Coast Processing and Media Services.
Betham Technology owner David Betham plans to install 10 ATMs on Tutuila with the first two already in place.



Tua’au Kereti Mata'utia, is the second Congressional candidate to throw his name into the Congressional race for the 2016 General Election, just eight months away. He ran unsuccessfully for the same post during the 2012 and 2014 elections.
Tua’au, who is currently the Assistant Senior Policy Advisor in the Governor’s Office, said his reason for running in the congressional race is because of his love for the people of Tutuila, Aunu’u and Manu’a.

Former Retirement Fund director arraigned today


Former executive director of the ASG Employees Retirement Fund Office, Luatua Filisouaiga Ta’afua will be arraigned in High Court today, after waiving his rights to a preliminary examination in the District Court.
There was a brief status hearing yesterday morning in the District Court, pertaining to the PX hearing, and the defendant, through his attorney, waived it, resulting in the case being bound over to the High Court where he will be arraigned today.

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