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ASDOE General Assembly for teachers kicks off 2016-17 school year

“Be Faithful in Small Deeds”

The American Samoa Department of Education (ASDOE) hosted their General Assembly yesterday morning at the Tafuna High School gymnasium – a standing room only event that welcomed all public school teachers, faculty, and support staff to the new school year.

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The Senate has, again, rejected the governor’s nomination Roy J.D. Hall Jr., as member of the American Samoa Visitors Bureau. The Senate vote yesterday was 4 senators in support and 9 opposing the nominee. Hall was confirmed last Thursday in the House 11-1 vote.

Court Report

Samoa News staff translation

The High Court has taken under advisement the plea agreement between the government and defendant Sanele Ah Chong, accused of having a sexual act with a female minor, and the Probation Office has been requested for a pre sentence report before the court makes a decision on the agreement.

Wedding bells ring for Maelynn Aiava-Aiono

Maelynn Ma'aveeseeseleaigasatuiatua Aiava-Aiono and groom Jashua Aiono, celebrated their special day with their families and friends on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016 at the LDS Malaeimi Stake Center.

The new Mr. & Mrs. Aiono were sealed in the LDS Apia Samoa Temple on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016.

The bride is a part of the Samoa News family, wishes them a happy & prosperous life’s journey.


Let the inter Samoa route air fare war begin


The Samoa government owned Polynesian Airlines is challenging its new competitor — Talofa Airways — head on, with lower round trip fares, which the airlines claims it began selling last week, while also defending its Twin Otter fleet operating the inter Samoa route, as “comfortable and bigger plane[s]” preferred by travelers.

Election Day proclaimed, reminder— no ‘free’ food


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  • Talofa opens locally — with “Promotional Airfare”

    The privately own Samoa-based Talofa Airways is “on” — officially opening it’s doors at the airport today, Monday, August 22, and to celebrate its commencement, the airline is offering a “promotional return airfares inclusive of all taxes and surcharges for bookings paid from” today to Wednesday, Aug. 31st. (See advertisement in today’s edition)


    Poly Air CEO says fares are to be lowered, just not when

    Faipule Vui says travelers have no choice but to pay the airline’s high fares and fees

    With Polynesian Airline’s “monopoly” of the inter Samoa route, Rep. Vui Florence Saulo says travelers have no choice but to pay the airline’s high fares and fees.
    However, the airline’s Chief Executive Officer Seiuli Alvin Tuala says airfare reductions will happen soon and that the airline provides food voucher when flights are delayed for two hours or more, although Vui countered that no such vouchers were offered during the long-hour flight delays early last month.

    Senate Judiciary Committee holds hearing on Permanent Resident bill, other issues


    Some 600 foreigners on the waiting list to get permanent residency in American Samoa, will have their paper work expedited for residency if an Administration bill now before the Fono is enacted into law, according to testimony during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week.
    However, the committee has opted to hold another hearing Wednesday this week and hope by that time Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale is back on island so he can testify.

    Amata announces $80,000 in healthcare funding

    Source: Media Release, Aumua Amata's office

    Washington, D.C. —  Congresswoman Aumua Amata announced last week that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/ CDC –OSTLTS Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support, have awarded a grant in the amount of $82,851 in assistance toward the Preventive Health Services program in American Samoa.

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