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It’s that time of year again, when renewal certificates are up for review and businesses have to undergo a mandatory inspection by employees of the Environmental Services Division of the Department of Health (DOH).
Thursday morning, Samoa News was visited by inspectors Leota Makeati S. Utufiti and Mafua Tapusoa who gave the Samoa News crew the nod of approval.

All DOE offices now online with LDS, except ECE, which is in progress

DOE leaders say LDS data system integral for improving education

Education Department officials have emphasized the importance of data collection on student performance and achievements, as well as teacher attendance and classroom teaching, because such data is needed not only by the federal government but also by ASDOE to take the steps necessary to improve the public education system.

Faoa says no word yet about his letter of resignation

Says rumors were that he would be terminated as soon as he announced his candidacy

While there is nothing in writing, Faoa Aitofele Sunia says that he heard in the Retirement Office about the ASG Retirement Fund board’s decision last month to terminate his contract as in-house legal counsel once he announced his candidacy for the governor’s race.

ASG website MIA


Over the past week, Samoa News has received numerous telephone calls and email messages from local residents and Samoans living off island, wanting to know if the American Samoa Government (ASG) has an alternate website, as the <americansamoa.gov> website account has been suspended.


To date: 14 pregnant women test positive for Zika virus

DOH outreach services are ongoing and free

As of yesterday, a total of 29 local residents have already tested positive for the Zika virus. Of that number, fourteen are pregnant women.
Those expectant mothers are now considered “high risk” and the Department of Health (DOH) will continue to monitor them closely as they near delivery.

Aumua announces $250,000 grant for healthcare in AS

Source: Media Release, Aumua Amata's office

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata announced Thursday that the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Grant Service Office has issued $250,000 in discretionary funds to the American Samoa Department of Health as part of the Pacific Basin Program.

Territorial Bank of American Samoa chooses first CEO


Territorial Bancorp Holding Company board of directors has recruited Philip Ware as the first chief executive officer of the ASG owned Territorial Bank of American Samoa. Ware had retired from the banking industry where he worked for a long time with extensive experience.

Customs canine sniffs out gun and drugs in vehicle

Vehicle still released by DPS to consignee — a local resident

Several days ago, the canine unit for the Customs Division of the Treasury Department uncovered a firearm and drugs inside a vehicle that was imported to the territory, and manually searched inside the Customs warehouse.
Investigators from the Department of Public Safety (DPS) were contacted and a ‘change of custody’ resulted in the weapon and drugs being transferred to the DPS.

New shipping link launched between Hawai'i and Samoas

Matson Shipping will soon provide a direct shipping link between Hawai'i and the two Samoas.

At present there's no direct link from Hawaii to American Samoa and goods have to be sent via the US mainland.

Matson will officially announce the service from Hawaii to Samoa and on to American Samoa at a reception featuring former All Black rugby great Michael Jones, who is promoting the move.



Littering is a problem that ravages the planet, and affects the natural world and wildlife, as well as the human population. No community, whether on land or in the sea, is immune from its destructive and unsightly effects.
Here in American Samoa, we have numerous projects, outreach events, awareness movements and clean up days in order to keep our island beautiful. One of those events was held recently: the American Samoa National Olympic Committee’s Sport and Environment Commission’s summer Pala Lagoon cleanup, which began last Friday.

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