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Bail of $20,000 has been set for Taauso Fa’afetai Siliga on charges of child molesting, sodomy, deviate sexual assault, sexual abuse first degree and endangering the welfare of a child. According to the government’s case, a 12-year-old girl was hanging out with the defendant, who’s 19 years old, behind a private school in Leone at 11pm at night. It’s alleged the defendant kissed the girl and touched her inappropriately.

White Collar employees in Am. Samoa to see pay hike under new law


The “special salary level” for salary workers — who are considered exempt ‘white collar’ employees in American Samoa — will get a hike of nearly $400 a week under a US Department of Labor final rule published yesterday in federal portal, regulations.gov and the federal registry website, under the heading, “Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees.

Governor serious about resolving ASG debts to locals

Deadline to provide details of outstanding unpaid invoices: May 31, 2016

Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has given companies, which are owed money by the government until the end of this month to provide to the ASG Treasury Department details of outstanding unpaid invoices in an effort by the Administration to resolve outstanding ASG debts to vendors.

Pacific Horizons graduates largest class yet


Pacific Horizon School saw its biggest graduating class yet –  8 Seniors — bidding farewell to PHS staff and faculty, after receiving their diploma's and turning their tassels to open a new chapter in their lives. The ceremony, which was filled with families and friends was held at the Lupelele Church of Christ American Samoa, in Il'ili.


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A.S.I.A. training set for next week


The final training for instructors who will be part of the Aoga Samoa i Afioaga (A.S.I.A.) program this summer will take place next week.
A total of eleven centers (mostly church halls) are confirmed to host the program, which aims to promote mathematics, penmanship (writing), and reading in the Samoan language.
About 150 instructors are expected to man the centers which will educate between 400-500 youngsters in the next few weeks.

Amata’s SBA bill Included in Defense Authorization

Source: Media Release, Aumua Amata's office

Washington D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata issued the following statement on Friday regarding the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included language introduced by the Congresswoman.
“For nearly five decades, Congress has met its Constitutional duty, and provided for the security of our nation through the NDAA. This annual authorization bill provides our troops with the resources they need to defend the United States from a variety of growing threats around the globe”



It’s been thirteen years since the first graduates of Pacific Horizons School in Ottoville received their diplomas and this year, the school is proud to say goodbye to eight seniors, its highest number of graduates ever.


This year’s coverage of the 2016 graduation season — Awards is brought to you by Paramount Builders, a local company that prides itself in promoting education and investing in the territory’s children.


LBJ’s Medicare certification directly tied to Medicaid

Loss of CMS certification means automatic loss of Medicaid funding

Medicaid Office Director, Tofoitaufa Sandra King Young is concerned about the recent report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the noncompliance of the Dialysis Unit (or ESRD- End Stage Renal Disease unit) at the Territory’s only hospital.
 Responding to Samoa News queries, the Medicaid Director said that if LBJ loses its Medicare certification for the dialysis unit, “it will automatically lose funding from Medicaid for the dialysis unit and patients.”

LBJ CEO gives cabinet upbeat report on med center

However, notes problem with “overcrowded morgue”

Chief Justice Michael Kruse is one happy Judge, according to the hospital Chief Executive Officer, Taufete’e John Faumuina who reported reported during the Governor’s Cabinet meeting last week at the ASCC lecture hall, that the the Mental Facility building is finally completed.

ASVA Board Chair Tom Drabble: “Tourism is going to be Territory’s economic driver”

“We’ve got to work together”

American Samoa Visitors Bureau board chairman Tom Drabble says tourism is going to be the territory’s “economic driver” and urged the private sector “to work together” to make it happen.

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