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Defective airbags cause urgent recall in certain regions, including Am. Samoa


Owners of certain car models in American Samoa and all U.S. jurisdictions are being urged to “act immediately on recall notices" to replace defective airbags manufactured by Takata Corp., according to a Consumer Advisory issued Monday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
“The message comes with urgency, especially for owners of vehicles affected by the regional recalls” in Florida, Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Virgin Islands and Hawai’i, the federal agency said.

Lolo seeks input from local farmers, invites cabinet members along


The Lolo Administration wants to hear from local farmers as to the services that government should provide for them, and how the government can best assist them in local economic development.
To receive such feedback, Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has set for this Friday, a “discussion forum with American Samoa’s farmers” and he has also invited nine cabinet members to attend the meeting and field questions from farmers.

LOMU: “If it’s not broken, no need to fix it!”

While there has been a lot of exposure— via state run KVZK-TV— of senior government officials supporting the veto-over ride referendum which will be on the Nov. 4 general election ballot, most of the opposition has been seen posted as comments on the Samoa News website and Facebook page.
That is until last Friday afternoon when about 20 people — including children— brought their message to electors of American Samoa, holding up signs along the roadway, which sent the clear message—"Vote No" on the veto override.

Community Briefs


The American Samoa Women’s Business Center (ASWBC) is offering its final quarterly classes for calendar year 2014 and as of yesterday, the Business Management and Leadership Skills Course was already filling up.

Biz Beat: Hope House Thrift Shop selling great bargains for a good cause


If you’re looking for great bargains and quality items, and you want to spend your hard-earned dollar knowing that it will go towards something useful, then head over to the Hope House Thrift Shop in Fatu o Aiga, where you’ll find a great selection of clothes and shoes for men, women, and children, as well as other miscellaneous items like kitchen utensils and books.
Right now, there are also Halloween decorations and costumes up for sale at affordable prices.

Arts Fiafia underway at the Hayden Museum


Local artists will be showing off their creations this week during the “Arts Fiafia” program, hosted by the American Samoa Council on Arts, Culture and Humanities to celebrate various Samoan culture forms and arts.
The week-long celebration kicked off yesterday and will conclude this Friday.

Local girl flies high as commercial pilot


Laura Faamoe Ale-Englebrecht recently completed a two-week electronic training course, following a month of formal training in full flight simulators covering normal emergencies including engine failures, in-flight fires, four exams, and six-day trips to ensure her overall readiness to carry passengers on Delta Airlines’ new 330 Airbus.
Ale-Englebrecht is the daughter of the Territorial Administration on Aging (TAOA) Director Tifi Ale and Mrs. Fujiyama Nomura Ale of Leloaloa.

Homeland Security, DoH sure they can handle Ebola


The men in charge of the territory’s First Responders — Director of Public Health Motusa Tuileama Nua and Homeland Security Director Utuali’i Iuniasolua Savusa have confidently told Senators that with the preparations that are in place, American Samoa is ready in case there is an appearance of the deadly Ebola virus in the territory.
The directors were testifying before the Senate Health Committee, which was chaired by Senator Mauga Tasi Asuega.

Man behind bond fraud that killed Whitehorn cuts plea

Faces 20 yrs in prison, fines and restitution

The instigator of a forged construction bond scam in which one of the victims was Whitehorn Construction — the original contractor of the multi-million dollar Airport Road project — has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors at the federal court in Atlanta, Georgia.
Eric D. Campbell, who is in federal custody, was indicted in May this year by a federal grand jury in Atlanta, charging him with three counts of wire fraud; two counts of aggravated identity theft and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Pay hikes for top officials, office allowance raises automatically rejected as special session ends


The two bills — one to increase by $10,000 across the board the office allowance of all Fono members and another to hike the annual salaries of the governor and lieutenant governor — have been automatically rejected since the Special Session ended yesterday with the measures failing to be be presented to the floor to be voted on by the House.

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