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Aviana Technologies business partner is global provider of IT services

Track record includes bringing offshore business back to America

Commerce Department director Keniseli Lafaele has revealed that Datamatics Global Services Ltd. is the business partner of Las Vegas based Aviana Technologies, which is proposing to set up a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) operation in the territory, initially employing just over 200 workers.

Bench warrant issued for Ieremia Lone — for alleged assault of an infant


District Court Judge Elvis Pila Patea has issued a bench warrant for former Day Care employee Ieremia Lone also known as “Loge” in connection with an alleged assault of an infant she was watching at a local day care center.
As Samoa News previously reported, Loge has since left island yet there are pending charges of endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of third degree assault. In the meantime, the day care center, Airport Daycare where she was employed, has had its services suspended by the Department of Social Services.

Grounded fishing vessel causing health concerns

Clean up efforts hampered by rough seas

Today will be the eighth day since the SeaHawk #68 ran aground on the reef near Coconut Point in Nu’uuli and there is nothing much that can be done due to the bad weather, says head of the Marine Patrol, Lt. Faimasasa Malaefono.
Last Friday, a total of 22 crew members were on the fishing vessel when it ran into the reef and all are accounted for says the Lt. Governor’s Executive Assistant Solomona Auelua, who was present along with Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga when the police and EMS were bringing the fishermen-sailors ashore.


The bad weather yesterday morning did not stop the elderly population from celebrating their Senior Citizens day, which kicked off with a parade to the Su’igaula ale Atuvasa in Utulei. The parade was led by Lt. Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga and his wife, Pohakalani.

Spoiled prom food pits restaurant against angry highschool officials


Senior Prom, next to graduation day, is perhaps the most memorable event in a young person’s life on-island, as is the case in the U.S.
But for some of the students of Faga’itua High School, the event turned into a nightmare when the food that was served during their special night two weeks ago was alleged to be spoiled and inedible.

May rainfall well about average with more predicted


It’s going to be a wet weekend as a surface trough continues to hover over the territory, meaning there will be more rain from now until next Monday.
The territory has been experiencing consistent rainfall over the past month.
In a telephone interview with Samoa News yesterday afternoon, local meteorologist Hans Malala explained that a small craft and high surf warning are in effect for south facing shores, including Aunu’u. “This means people in that area need to stay out of the water,” Malala explained.

Low min wage + large pool of graduates make territory attractive say BPO investors


American Samoa’s low minimum wage entry level and possible pool of high school and ASCC graduates to staff its operations are among the reasons Las Vegas based Aviana Technologies wants to set up a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) in the territory, says Aviana official Barney Sene.
Today at the Tradewinds Hotel from 9a.m.- 1p.m. is the company’s Job Fair. See yesterday’s edition for part one of this story.

Court Report


The government’s case against a man on allegations that he stabbed a minor with a pair of scissors has been handed over to the felony attorneys with the Attorney General’s office, says Assistant Attorney General Aitofele Sunia the prosecutor in District Court, when Samoa News asked if the government intends to file additional charges.

Vui calls for immediate traffic safety solutions for the students


A traffic incident that injured an elementary student which occurred in Ili’ili has Tualauta Faipule, Vui Florence Vaili Saulo calling on the Department of Public Safety and Department of Public Works for assistance to assure such incidents do not happen again.

DMWR head participates in Climate Change seminar in Apia


Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources director Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga led American Samoa’s two-member delegation to a regional climate change seminar held May 12-14 in Apia hosted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP).
Matagi-Tofiga, who is also the Governor’s Climate Change Coordinator, along with American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency official Neil Pilcher were among the participants at the 5th Pacific Climate Change Round table discussion.

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