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Pavai’ai Elementary cherishes air, land and water


In the spirit of raising awareness within the community on how important the environment is — the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency targets the elementary level. 


Pictured here are the Pavaia’i Elementary Level 2 students who have learned the importance of the three elements of the environment, which are Air, Land, and Water. 


The participation of these wonderful and intelligent children was amazing and it had an abundance of positive vibes. 


Secondary counselors train to prevent and combat bullying in schools


Bullying in public schools is one of the issues being addressed during a three-day training held this week for elementary and secondary school counselors.
Education director Vaitinasa Dr. Salu Hunkin-Finau said the training is conducted by Dr. Yvonne Ryans, the chief executive officer of Education Northwest Center, one of the three centers funded by the federal government to provide technical assistant to the US Pacific territories and part of the Western Pacific area of the US.

Amata lobbies for territory before U.S. House Budget Committee

Washington, D.C. –  Congresswoman Aumua Amata, testified on Wednesday before the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill during the Member’s Day hearing, which allows members from both parties five minutes to present their “guidance” for the coming year’s budget.

Mauga says the timing is wrong for Fono pay raises

ASG faces more important financial obligations

Secretary of Samoan Affairs, Mauga Tasi Asuega, who is a former Senator says while he believes raising salaries for the lawmakers is appropriate, however the timing is wrong, given that there are far more important financial obligations faced by the government. His comments were made during the cabinet meeting Thursday and this is the first time a member of the Lolo and Lemanu Cabinet has commented on the protests that occurred on Tuesday and yesterday morning.

Snag in system delays test results for suspected Zika cases


Health Department epidemiologist Magele Scott Anesi acknowledged there is a “breakdown in communication” causing a delay in sending out suspected Zika virus specimens for testing, which he says is a complicated process, but with the support of the US Center for Diseases Control and Prevention such problems will be addressed.
There have been reports of shipment problems causing the delay of specimens being sent off island for testing and confirmation. The shipment of 25 samples of suspected Zika virus cases is now expected to go out this weekend.

Senators hear $10 Million Rapiscan project is not a “done deal” yet

“Why don’t you let Homeland Security buy this?” Tuaolo questions

Following concerns raised by senators over the use of $10 million in bond proceeds for the Rapiscan project, ASG Deputy Treasurer Tina Va’a told a Senate committee hearing that the governor has called for a delay in moving forward with the purchase, with the contract not yet signed and “not a done deal” yet.

Citizenship plaintiffs ask Supreme Court to hear their case


Through their attorneys, five American Samoans have petitioned the United States Supreme Court to hear their citizenship lawsuit, which was dismissed by the federal district court and the appeals court, both in Washington D.C.

Young and old turn out to protest Fono pay raises


“No, No to the pay rise” of the Fono, was again echoed yesterday morning as over 100 participants of all ages gathered at the Fagatogo Malae across the street from the Fono compound, as a sign of their opposition to the proposed salary increases for lawmakers.

Lolo dismisses rumors that Lemanu will run separately

“In God’s eyes we were not made to run separately,” he says

Rumors that Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga and Lt Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga are running separately in the upcoming 2016 general election should be dismissed, the governor said during his cabinet meeting held at the Agriculture Conference Room in Tafuna yesterday morning.
Lolo said he had received a call from the media asking him to confirm rumors that he and Lemanu will be running separate campaigns. “Nothing like that will be happening,” he stated.

Talofa Airways looking to start flights between Samoa and Pago


A new Apia-based airline, which plans to launch air service between Samoa’s islands of Upolu and Savai’i is also looking at American Samoa to expand its route later in the year and has already approached territorial officials for office space at the Tafuna airport.

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