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Court Report


Sun Jun Park who underwent a two-day jury trial comprising three women and four men this week was acquitted. Park was facing charges of second-degree assault and public peace disturbance. Marcellus Talaimalo Uiagalelei represented Park while prosecuting this matter was Assistant Attorney General Jessica Bargmann. 
The government had alleged that Park visited a karaoke bar in Satala with a group of men and threw a glass at and punched another man in the face.

Lolo appoints new Health Regulatory Board members


Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has appointed new members to the American Samoa Health Services Regulatory Board, whose chairman - in accordance with local law - is the Department of Health director.

DMWR village outreach: The‘Fa’asao’ Program


As part of Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga’s mandate emphasizing “PEOPLE, AIR, LAND and SEA” (PALS), the Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources (DMWR) and their partners:  the AS Environmental Protection Agency, Dept. of Commerce, Agriculture Dept., and the Dept. of Youth and Women’s Affairs - have designated the months of September, October, and November to promote their own programs.
DMWR’s celebration of PALS took place this past week, Nov. 17-21 with the theme: "Conserve Today, Secure Tomorrow”.

“We are committed to the success of StarKist Samoa”

Dongwon purchases Satala can plant

The can manufacturing plant at Satala is back in the StarKist Co. family after StarKist owner, Dongwon industries purchased the facility for an undisclosed amount of money saying there would be no major changes in current operations.
Reuters news agency reported late last month that Dongwon Systems Corp., a subsidiary of South Korean based Dongwon industries, had acquired 100% of Ardagh Metal Packing American Samoa Inc.  — locally known as Ardagh Impress Samoa Inc. Ardagh has a workforce of less than 100 and has been the can supplier for StarKist Samoa.

StarKist Samoa, Miss AmSam join fight to end RHD


The lovely Miss American Samoa, Anneliese Sword joined little Tau (aka ‘Chow Chow’) Hunkin at one of the many local businesses that have Starkist donation boxes, on Wednesday, November 19, to add their donations to the ‘Charlie’s Little Hearts’ campaign sponsored by StarKist Samoa on behalf of the Rheumatic Heart Disease project, which has been ongoing in the territory for a few years.

Election petitions: one dismissed, one under advisement


The Appellate Division of the High Court has ruled on the petition filed against the winner of the Pago Pago election Meauta L Mageo and Election Commissioner Tuaolo Fruean, filed by Va’amua Henry Sesepasara.
Chief Justice Michael Kruse, Associate Justices, John L Ward, Lyle L Richmond and Associate Judges Logoai Siaki and Sala Mamea Jr ruled to dismiss the petition, but noted that a more detailed ruling will be issued at a later date on the court’s reasons for granting the dismissal.

Monica Lui of Samoana High School chosen Teacher of the Year


Samoana High School science teacher, Mrs. Monica Lui, who taught marine science education in neighboring Samoa during her tenure with the U.S. Peace Corps, has been named the Territorial Teacher of the Year (TTOY).
Education Department director Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau made the official announcement during a brief news conference yesterday at DOE's main office in Utulei, saying that Lui has been with the DOE for seven years and prior to her coming to American Samoa she served in the Peace Corps in Samoa.

Immigration & Customs officers have heated exchange before clearing Lady Naomi


The delay by Immigration officers in clearing the Lady Naomi Vessel at the wharf yesterday morning led to profanity and swearing between two government officials while members of the public were standing by.
The Lady Naomi docked at 8a.m. and the Immigration officers did not arrive until after 9a.m.
Samoa News was present when the incident occurred.

Remittance data crucial to calculating annual GDP says Commerce Dept

That’s how much $$ you get from off island & how much $$ you send off island

To further strengthen the calculation of American Samoa’s annual gross domestic product (GDP), the Commerce Department is collecting remittance data from local money transfer companies and financial institutions.
DOC revealed in its fiscal year 2014 fourth quarter performance report that its staff continues to follow up with money transfer agents and commercial banks data requested for transfer in and out of American Samoa for both personal and business transactions.

Community Briefs




During a recent meeting for the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, American Samoa was informed of several purchases approved and funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Region 9.


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