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Local author publishes second novella


Local writer and former US Army soldier, Lynn Pulou Alaimalo has published her second novella entitled Pintail Foundation and now she is seeking the public’s assistance in reviewing her short story.
Pintail Foundation, a 108-page book published by Molioleava Books on June 1, is the second part of the Aiga Series, which “tells the imagined story of Mr. Tala and his family from the village of Futi in the Samoan archipelago, far out in the South Pacific.”

Free vision screening for children to be offered in August


A less commonly known fact is that some children who struggle in the classroom, or any learning environment, could have vision problems that go undetected for years.
The good news is, MyVision Eye Center and Optical is once again taking the lead, through the “3rd Annual Free Vision Screening”, scheduled for August 1-31 at the MHJ Building in Pago Pago.



Kanana Fou High School Class of 2016 graduate Demelio N. Fruean Tua  departed the territory this past Sunday and has arrived on the campus of Wentworth Military Academy in Missouri. He was accepted to Wentworth Military Academy/ROTC College in Missouri with a merit scholarship, full ride of $25,000.



It’s that time of year again, when renewal certificates are up for review and businesses have to undergo a mandatory inspection by employees of the Environmental Services Division of the Department of Health (DOH).
Thursday morning, Samoa News was visited by inspectors Leota Makeati S. Utufiti and Mafua Tapusoa who gave the Samoa News crew the nod of approval.

All DOE offices now online with LDS, except ECE, which is in progress

DOE leaders say LDS data system integral for improving education

Education Department officials have emphasized the importance of data collection on student performance and achievements, as well as teacher attendance and classroom teaching, because such data is needed not only by the federal government but also by ASDOE to take the steps necessary to improve the public education system.

Faoa says no word yet about his letter of resignation

Says rumors were that he would be terminated as soon as he announced his candidacy

While there is nothing in writing, Faoa Aitofele Sunia says that he heard in the Retirement Office about the ASG Retirement Fund board’s decision last month to terminate his contract as in-house legal counsel once he announced his candidacy for the governor’s race.

ASG website MIA


Over the past week, Samoa News has received numerous telephone calls and email messages from local residents and Samoans living off island, wanting to know if the American Samoa Government (ASG) has an alternate website, as the <americansamoa.gov> website account has been suspended.


To date: 14 pregnant women test positive for Zika virus

DOH outreach services are ongoing and free

As of yesterday, a total of 29 local residents have already tested positive for the Zika virus. Of that number, fourteen are pregnant women.
Those expectant mothers are now considered “high risk” and the Department of Health (DOH) will continue to monitor them closely as they near delivery.

Aumua announces $250,000 grant for healthcare in AS

Source: Media Release, Aumua Amata's office

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata announced Thursday that the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Grant Service Office has issued $250,000 in discretionary funds to the American Samoa Department of Health as part of the Pacific Basin Program.

Territorial Bank of American Samoa chooses first CEO


Territorial Bancorp Holding Company board of directors has recruited Philip Ware as the first chief executive officer of the ASG owned Territorial Bank of American Samoa. Ware had retired from the banking industry where he worked for a long time with extensive experience.

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