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Local fishermen get free safety supplies thanks to subsidy program


Local fishermen and ‘alia owners received a pleasant surprise this past Thursday when they were presented with equipment and supplies from the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR), made available through a subsidy program approved by Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga.

Owner of Polynesian Tattoo Factory comes home


For those who aspire to carry a traditional or modern Samoan tattoo on their bodies, there is a new tattoo shop in town. Sulu’ape RiccyBoy Lamositele Novera Jr. — who is of Samoan/ Filipino descent — along with his wife Lilia Fonoimoana Novera, now have another location to add to their Hawai’i-based Polynesian Tattoo Factory, they are opening in American Samoa a studio — located at Two Dollar Beach.

High Court rules in favor of DBAS in 1602 jurisdiction


The Trial Division of the High Court has denied a motion to dismiss one of the cases the government has filed on behalf of the Development Bank of American Samoa (DBAS) and its 1602 housing program where borrowers have failed to adhere to the contracts.
In March, Kalilimotu and Tuputasi Hunt through their attorney, Mark Ude filed a motion to dismiss claiming that DBAS is seeking relief in the wrong court as their proper venue is the Land and Titles Division, in as much as the issue at hand involved land.

Video: Hokuleʻa and Hikianalia enroute to Apia

Blow the conch shell: Hokule’a and Hikianalia appear to be a go for an 11:30 a.m. local time departure from Pago Pago Harbor, bound for Apia to meet United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and other dignitaries and partners.

We weren’t expecting this much sail drama this early but it is what it is. And it looks choppy out there.

Here we go — should be an eventful sail for the crew. (And I hope typing this blog doesn’t jinx us actually leaving.)

Senate voices concern about communicable diseases and border security


Is American Samoa prepared to prevent the spread of Ebola virus — which has no tested and proven vaccine — within our borders and what measures are in place to monitor the outbreak that has hit the five West African countries killing more than 1,000 people?

High winds delay canoes' trip to Samoa

Strong, relentless winds have tossed the crew members for Hokule‘a and Hikianalia into a race against time to meet the head of the United Nations in Samoa and receive a commitment toward protecting more ocean area.

Winds around 25 mph have pounded Pago Pago Harbor from the east since as early as Monday night. For the past several days the gusts — along with swells forecast to climb as high as 18 feet — have prevented the two canoes from safely departing for the U.N.'s Small Island Developing States conference in Apia, nearly 80 miles away.



Most of the government workforce was at the Veteran’s Memorial Stadium Friday to participate in activities planned for Labor Day.

The program included raising both the US and American Samoa flags, a parade featuring workers from different government departments, agencies, and businesses from the private sector who also participated in games, contests and the ever popular Zumba.

Weather delays start of Manu'a schools for one week


Public schools in the Manu’a islands will start the new school year 2014-2015 on Sept. 8 which will be the same for all ECE Centers throughout the territory, says Education director Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau in a media statement Friday evening.

She said that ECE Centers will officially open school Monday  September 8. Additionally, public schools on Manu'a will officially open Monday, September 8 due to climatic circumstances and transportation unavailability to Manu'a.  

Pub. Defender's Office adds certified Criminal Defense Investigator to staff


With the support of federal funding for off island training, the Office of Public Defender now has — for the first time — a certified Criminal Defense Investigator, according to that office's third-quarter performance report for FY 2014, covering the period of Apr. 1-June 30, 2014.
In the report, Public Defender Douglas Fiaui said funding through the US. Department of Interior’s technical assistant grant program for training and certification in criminal defense investigation was used during this quarter.

State Dept. invites Gov. Lolo as U.S. delegate to SIDS conference


Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga is invited by the State Department to be a member of the US Delegation at the United Nations Small Island Developing States (S.I.D.S) conference to be held in Samoa from September 1- 4, 2014.
The S.I.D.S Conference, convened under the theme Sustainable Development through Genuine and Durable Partnerships, will focus international attention on a group of countries that remain a special case for sustainable development in view of their unique and particular vulnerabilities.

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