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Samoana — the Jazz Fest inspired by a legend

Begins tonight on Tutuila

The sweet sounds of jazz, in many of its fascinating forms, will be heard on Tutuila this weekend, as an extraordinary woman — with the help of her many island friends and fellow musicians — launches the first ever Samoana Jazz and Arts Festival tonight.

Court Report


In its third day of the ongoing prostitution jury trial, the government called to the stand one of the four police officers who investigated the case against Lusia Tusi aka 'Sheila', a co-defendant in the prostitution case, which also implicates the owner of the Karaoke bar in Satala, Fa’asaina Park.
Sheila and Park are before a jury of four men and three women, and each is charged with promoting prostitution, second degree.

Number of registered voters dropped this year says chief election officer


The number of registered voters for this year’s general election dropped by six percent compared to those who registered in the 2012 election, which is when electors also cast ballots for the gubernatorial race.
This is according to statistics provided by chief election officer, Tuaolo M. Fruean during a briefing at Tuesday’s cabinet meeting, where Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga called on all ASG entities to provide any type of support necessary to the Election Office to ensure a smooth and successful election this year.

Congressional candidates tackle the question of legalizing marijuana

Four No, Three Yes, and one Maybe

Aside from politics, education and healthcare questions, the congressional candidates at the forum hosted last week at the American Samoa Community College were asked about their view of legalizing marijuana in the territory for medical purposes. The forum, which took place last week Thursday, was hosted by the ASCC Student Government Association.

Lawsuit filed against Faleomavaega’s D.C. office

Alleges civil rights violations, intimidation by staff

An eight count civil action suit was filed yesterday at the federal court in Washington D.C. against Congressman Faleomavaega’s Office in the nation’s capital.
The 14-page suit by Victor E. Salazar, a former employee of the Congressman’s D.C. office, accuses the defendant with one count of violation of prohibition of intimidation or reprisal; five counts of civil rights violations; and two counts of violating the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Cop involved in night club incident re-assigned to investigate drug case

Public — and fellow cops — cry foul

“It’s due to his expertise in the Vice and Narcotics field that we’ve had to reach out to him (Detective Ioane “Johnny” Paselio) to be the lead investigator in a recent drug case,” was the explanation given by Commissioner of Public Safety, William Bill Haleck regarding Paselio, who is the officer allegedly involved in the assault and property damage incident that occurred recently at a night club in Pago Pago.

ASCC Halloween Spirit week hosted by the Student Government Association

All photos: Tala Ropati Leo & Princess Auvaa

Congressional candidates all support the “War on Terrorism”


At the congressional forum hosted by the American Samoa Community College’s Student Government Association (SGA) last week Thursday, one of the question’s posed to the candidates was their view on whether or not they support the US involvement in the war on terrorism.

Court Report



ASG shipyard completes emergency repairs on Tri-Marine boat in record time


Tri Marine International is conducting its own investigation into the cause of an incident earlier this month where its purse seiner, the ‘Captain Vincent Gann’ collided with another purse seiner inside the Pago Pago Harbor, causing an oil spill.
As previously reported by Samoa News, the Vincent Gann collided on Oct. 16 with the vessel Ocean Challenger, causing damage to the Vincent Gann. The incident also sent a crew member of the Ocean Challenger to the hospital.

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