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Eastsiders scoop up big buckets of palolo

Tisa and Candyman at Tisa's Barefoot Bar took time off from preparing for next week's Tattoo Fest when one of the biggest palolo swarms in recent years happened over night.


Tisa told Samoa News it was a "huge harvest".   Yum, yum.


National Georgraphic reported several years ago that the palolo's curious behavior has attracted the attention of more than just hungry South Pacific islanders.


NOAA finds non-compliant foreign longliners in AmSam


Federal enforcement officers from the US found during their inspection in American Samoa foreign flagged longliners not in compliance with regional conservation measures, according to a Enforcement Activities report as of Sept. 30 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Law Enforcement (OLE).

Cool Stuff: Tia & Samoana Jazz Festival

Tia Carrera has fond regard for her time in both Samoas. And with her Dad and tennis Ace sister's time in the Territory, you can bet she would listen to an offer to perform at the next Samoana Jazz Festival. Only problem, nobody ever thought to invite her.  

Police Report

Samoa News staff translation

Police Commissioner Save Liuato Tuitele has confirmed that a police investigation is on going as a result of an Asian inmate, Tao Liu, who allegedly escaped from the Territorial Correctional Facility at the end of last month.
Save also told Samoa News last week that there is a lot more information and evidence that police are not aware of and are trying to find out, but declined to give details because of the ongoing probe, saying only that the investigation continues.

Fono News


The Fono has officially approved an Administration bill, which overhauls local litter laws, under the Keep American Samoa Beautiful Act.
The final approval by the Fono came a week ago Friday during the last day of 34th Legislature, with the House approving the Senate version of the bill, which senators amended to include the Office of Samoan Affairs as one of the seven government agencies with enforcement authority.

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.

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