Local News

All treats and no tricks at KS Mart Halloween contest


The scariest ghouls and prettiest fairies will be out and about next week Friday, when the territory’s residents—both young and old— celebrate the one day of the year when it is okay to dress up as any character, whether cute or horrific.


“I am thrilled that Tisa’s Tattoo Fest is the time each year for us to honor our traditional Tatau art form and to celebrate how it has been re-envisioned by the new generation of artists. The success of Tisa’s Tattoo Fest over the years belongs to the new generation,” Tisa Fa’amuli told Samoa News as the 10th Annual Tattoo Fest gets underway today at Alega Beach.

Swains Islanders to select their delegate this weekend


Residents of Swains Island will be selecting their delegate to the local House of Representatives during an open meeting this weekend at the Election Office in Tafuna.
Swains Island is currently represented by Rep. Su’a Alexander Eli Jennings who was first selected to hold office following the 2004 general election. He is currently serving as chairman of the House Public Safety Committee and is also a member of other committees.

Court Report


Chief Justice Michael Kruse, accompanied by Chief Associate Judge Logoai Siaki and Associate Judge Faamausili Pomele, have given the attorneys involved in the bench trial of Michael Tolmie, who’s charged with three counts of embezzlement, a few days to prepare their closing arguments.
Tolmie is in court on allegations that he misappropriated funds from an enterprise he was involved with, New Dimension Company, or NDC.

“Hope Starts Here” — Community Cancer Coalition aims high with next fundraiser


As Chairperson for American Samoa’s Community Cancer Coalition, Rochelle Reid has written a heartfelt letter to members of the community, inviting them out this Saturday, October 25 for a fundraiser meant to bring both help—and hope— for more of our local families who have had someone diagnosed with cancer.

Senator Laolagi hopes to repeal unpopular wage tax


Senator Laolagi Savali Vaeao is a man on a mission, looking to repeal the 2%wage tax, whose proceeds are being used to fund LBJ Medical Center, the only hospital in the territory.
Responding to Samoa News queries, the Chairman of the Budget and Appropriations Committee pointed out that it was uncovered in a recent hearing with hospital officials that — aside from their $52million approved budget — they also receive funds from the federal government amounting to more than $60 million.

Community Briefs


The Philippines Counsel General will arrive in the territory tomorrow night and a three-day outreach program is scheduled for the local Filipino Community beginning this Saturday, October 25 until Monday, October 27.

Immigration boad abruptly disbands, businesses wait


The move by the Immigration Board to suspend its weekly hearings for the businesses who are sponsoring foreigners did not sit well with members of the business community yesterday, as they were told the Chairman of the Board, Frank Gaisoa Sr is seeking an opinion from the Attorney General regarding the status of the bill which was proposed to regulate the sponsorship of aliens by businesses.

More seniors upset over TAOA food distribution


“The hot food plates are cooked in accordance with the attendance from the week before.” That’s the explanation given by Territorial Administration on Aging (TAOA) Deputy Director, Kuresa Paopao, responding to Samoa News questions about the food handed out each week by TAOA.
Samoa News received several complaints from elderly residents who were picking up their hot plates of food from the TAOA Nu’uuli center. One woman said that when she and her husband arrived, the site was already closed.

Defective airbags cause urgent recall in certain regions, including Am. Samoa


Owners of certain car models in American Samoa and all U.S. jurisdictions are being urged to “act immediately on recall notices" to replace defective airbags manufactured by Takata Corp., according to a Consumer Advisory issued Monday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
“The message comes with urgency, especially for owners of vehicles affected by the regional recalls” in Florida, Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Virgin Islands and Hawai’i, the federal agency said.

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