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Two-day medical symposium underway — poised to eradicate medical challenges


LBJ Medical Center chief executive officer Taufete’e John Faumuina has called on participants attending the two-day Medical Symposium in American Samoa to dialogue with their colleagues in order to find solutions to eradicate poisonous medical challenges, infectious diseases and cancer in the territory.

ASG needs to focus on “accurate costs” for economic development projects


Former Chamber of Commerce chairman, David Robinson suggests that the American Samoa Government focus on what it wants to do for economic development and to attract investors and “then get its accurate cost” to ensure that it does work.

Building big fish market in discussion says DOC director


While the new fish market manager and operator discussions are not finalized, the Commerce Department is entertaining Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s idea of building a two-story building in Fagatogo with the first floor an open fish market place — similar to fish market facilities in Samoa and Hawai’i — with wide-open space for both buyers and sellers of a variety of fish.

Court Report

Samoa News staff translation

A man accused of assaulting his wife by punching her in the face, pulling her hair and shoving her down, all in front of the couple’s children, made his initial appearance in District Court yesterday where he is charged with two misdemeanor counts of third degree assault and public peace disturbance.
The wife allegedly told police this is not the first time her husband had abused her in front of their children, according to court information.

Community Briefs

compiled by Samoa News staff

The Election Office reminds all registered voters who have not picked up their voter ID, to do so and that only the elector is allowed to pick up his/ her voter ID and no one else. Election officials say that many electors have registered and have taken their photo for the voter ID, but have not returned to pick up their voter ID.

Political status, to elect the AG or not — ask the candidates


A plan for American Samoa’s future political status and whether or not to elect the territory’s Attorney General, are among the more than ten questions asked of the candidates for governor during last Thursday’s gubernatorial forum hosted by the American Samoa Bar Association.
The political status issue has been talked about over the years and has become a more prominent issue over the past several months when Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga called for more discussions as well as an education awareness program.

“Samoana” Jazz Fest promises to delight

2016: The 3rd Samoana Jazz & Arts Festival begins in American Samoa Nov. 4

It has all the makings of a world class festival — two countries, two weekends, home-grown talent on display — all inspired by a legendary South Pacific woman.


It’s that time of year again for the Samoana Jazz Festival, an emerging festival tradition in 2Samoas with a growing following around the world.


Heading into its third year, Festival organizers have created a unique event meant for an international stage, where the talents of Samoan artists from local and diverse places are showcased and celebrated.


Tourism the answer says Utu about expected downturn

When asked what other businesses can come to the rescue with our economy

With the planned indefinite closure in December of Samoa Tuna Processors cannery, the American Samoa Power Authority has already looked at the impact it will have on its own operations.
Tri Marine International announced last week the closure of the canning operation of its American Samoa plant effective Dec. 11. STP has a workforce of about 800 and it remains unclear as to how many employees will be affected by the indefinite closure.

New Manu’atele vessel still undergoing sea trials

Still in shipbuilder’s hands, Coast Guard needs to deem it “seaworthy”

American Samoa’s new multimillion dollar vessel for Manu’a is still undergoing US Coast Guard inspection in Washington State and Port Administration director Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Poumele said ASG will not take over the MV Manu’atele unless it’s deemed “seaworthy” by the Coast Guard.

Wife stabs tires of husband’s car at Tafuna police substation

Samoa News staff translation

Two separate domestic cases on Monday this week, during separate times of the day, sent three people — including a divorced couple — to jail and all three appeared Tuesday in District Court for their initial appearance.
In the first case, which occurred in Tafuna, the woman was charged, while the second case, from Iliili, the man was charged while the woman’s case is still being investigated. As a policy, Samoa News does not identify the defendants in domestic cases to protect the victim.

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