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ASG Shipyard Budget reflects downturn in fishing industry

7% decrease, with personnel costs down 25%

The American Samoa Shipyard Services Authority is proposing a $1.94 million budget for fiscal year 2015, which is a slight decrease compared to FY 2014’s approved $2.03 million budget for the government owned shipyard, which the governor wants privatized.
Faced with a downturn in the fishing industry, vessels are not going up for repairs.

Geothermal Resource Evaluation Project moving forward says Utu

Mapping of Tutuila being done with an eye toward geothermal energy

The American Samoa Power Authority has teamed up with Quantec Geoscience to look for a source of geothermal energy beneath certain parts of Tutuila, as confirmed by ASPA CEO Utu Abe Malae in response to Samoa News queries. The hope is that this form of renewable energy will be able to replace diesel fired power plants in the territory.

DYWA youth conference all about “Making Good Choices”


“This conference will be the foundation for understanding the thoughts and mindset of our youth towards the issues of bullying, school violence, tobacco, alcohol and drugs, digital safety (internet social media), teen pregnancy and cultural respect,” said Director of Youth and Women’s Affairs Jonathan Fanene at the beginning of the two-day mini-conference hosted by DYWA which began yesterday.
The conference, which is being held at Pago Plaza, has as its theme “Making Good Choices”.

StarKist Samoa back in full production


After shutting down production for the past two weeks following a July 3rd Stop Order notice from the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (AS-EPA) ordering StarKist to immediately cease and desist from operating the cannery or engaging in the activities responsible for creating an unauthorized discharge of pollutants into Pago Harbor, the territory’s largest private sector employer is back in full production.

UPDATES: Private plane crashes after take off from Pago Pago Int'l Airport


A private pane went down in American Samoa waters leaving two dead, according to Marine Patrol officers sent to sea close to midnight with a search and rescue team.
The first body was brought in around 1:15 am at the wharf before the marine officers went back to search for a second body. Apparently the plane had just taken off from the Pago Pago International Airport, said Airport Police.
The Department of Public Safety’s Marine Patrol officers suspended their search for the second body about 4am this morning. 

LBJ board moves to appoint Taufete’e as Acting CEO

Joseph Davis Fleming served with forced resignation notice

The LBJ Hospital Board has appointed board member Taufete’e John Taufete’e as Acting Chief Executive Officer for the hospital, a move which occurred after hospital board member Faimealelei Anthony Allen yesterday served hospital CEO Joseph Davis Fleming with a forced resignation notice asking for his resignation by 4p.m. yesterday.
Faimealelei told Samoa News that this move was approved by the board several weeks back however, they waited until Fleming returned to the island to serve him with the notice.

U.S. territories exempted from some of Obamacare


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS) has exempted American Samoa and other U.S. territories from certain Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, provisions dealing with health insurance issuers in the insular areas.
Congressman Faleomavaega Eni made the revelation in a news release last Friday, following a July 16 letter from USDHHS’ Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services to insurance commissioners for the governments of the territories.



Puleleiite Li’a Tufele of Bluesky Communications was the first to shower in the ice cold bucket of water during their Ice Challenge held last Friday as part of the worldwide online fiesta “Ice Challenge”, a tribute to all those who have and are battling cancer.
Tufele presented a $2,000.00 check donation from Bluesky Communication to the American Samoa Community Cancer Coalition at the end of the event.

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High Court convicts Barlow on 16 of 19 counts; from sodomy to careless driving


The Trial Division of the High Court has convicted James Barlow of 16 of the 19 criminal counts against him in connection with sexually related activity and traffic citations, following a bench trial, which was presided over by Chief Justice Michael Kruse, Chief Associate Judge Logoai Pereira and Associate Judge Fa’amausili Pomele.

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Associate Justice Lyle L Richmond handed down a straight seven year sentence for Malaki Sao, who admitted to stealing $700 cash from a woman at Sadie Thompson’s Inn in Fagatogo several months ago. Sao, who was charged with stealing and escaping from police confinement entered into a plea agreement with the government. He pled guilty to stealing, while the remaining charge was dismissed as part of the agreement.

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