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BlueSky mgrs. get the word — sale agreement signed

CEO Aoe’e Adolfo Montenegro’s management contract “concluded”
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In an email to Bluesky employees, leaked to Samoa News, the CEO of Amper SA (Amper), Jaime Espinosa announced the signing of “the Sale and Purchase Agreement between Amalgamated Telecom Holdings ("ATH") and the Amper Group by which
 Amper sells all its Telecom Businesses in South Pacific to "ATH".
 



Utu answers concerns about wearing “too many hats”

Says the question should be: “Are there more ways for more people to serve the community?”
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Concerns — and perhaps some are complaints — have surfaced in the past few months about American Samoa Power Authority executive director Utu Abe Malae “wearing too many hats” in serving the government on a handful of boards and committees.
 



Galeai says why waste a “wonderful resolution” on people who don’t want to stay

BoH thanked in Fono concurrent resolutions
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The Fono has approved concurrent resolutions expressing gratitude and appreciation of the government and people of American Samoa to Bank of Hawai’i chairman and chief executive officer Peter S. Ho and the bank’s parent company Bank of Hawaii Corporation.
 



Elderly male inmate passes away in TCF over the weekend

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A male inmate passed away over the weekend and there are already various unconfirmed reports as to the cause of death, but Police Commissioner Save Liuato Tuitele says they do not suspect foul play.
 
When asked yesterday, the Police Commissioner confirmed that a male inmate passed away Sunday inside the Territorial Correctional Facility. He explained the inmate was faced with many “medical complications” and he was taken to the hospital a couple of times and was just recently released from the LBJ Medical Center where he was hospitalized for some time.



Privatizing ocean transportation to Manu’a discussed in House hearing

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Privatizing ocean transportation service for the Manu’a islands was raised during a House Transportation Committee hearing where Port Administration deputy director Christopher King and ASG Shipyard Service Authority chief executive officer Moefa’auo William Emmsley were witnesses to discuss ASG vessels serving the Manu’a islands.
 



Local fishermen greeted with huge demand for their catches

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The people of American Samoa are being credited with the successful September 10th Fishermen’s Day that saw crowds of local residents gathering at the fresh fish market stand before it opened at 6a.m.
 
“The crowd grew bigger and there was a buzz as people shuffled to see the fresh fish from one table to another, people digging in coolers, and the constant call between people regarding prices,” said a statement from the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources.
 



Court Report

Samoa News staff translation

MELVIN ETEUATI
 
The government has charged a young man with two felony counts after he allegedly forced entry into a home in Atu’u, along with a juvenile and stole the homeowner’s belongings, including cash.
 



Gov. Lolo says American Samoa needs a voice in regional matters

Pacific Islands Forum membership an avenue
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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga says American Samoa has an invitation to become a member of the Pacific Islands Forum assembly and the Attorney General has been directed to prepare a briefing for submission to the US State Department on the importance that American Samoa maintain a close relationship with its Pacific Island neighbors.
 



Governor looking at appointing Task Force to assess education challenges

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Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga is looking at appointing a task force to assess and make recommendations as to how best to address some of the “education challenges” in the public school system faced by American Samoa.
 
The governor made the revelation at last week’s cabinet meeting held at the Agriculture Department conference room, where he told cabinet directors that “education is always a challenge, [and] it’s an everyday challenge.”
 



PD says local drug laws should be “re-visited”

Give court some leeway in sentencing
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Public Defender Douglas Fiaui told the House Judiciary Committee during a hearing held last week, the problem that he sees with local stringent drug laws, is they do not give an offender parole or probation and suggested that the Fono revisit the local statute under Title 13 Chapter 10 — titled Medicine and Drugs. 
 



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