Local News

DPS again urged to safeguard students crossing Airport Road


Rep. Larry Sanitoa has asked Chief of Police Maiava Vaimaga for support with the presence of police officers at the very busy intersection of the main road and airport road in Nu’uuli due to safety concerns of students crossing this intersection heading to and from Manulele Elementary School.

Treasury concerned over low pay for collection officers


While additional revenue collection tax staff is needed, Treasury Department says the pay scale for some workers, raking in thousands of dollars a year, is a concern that Treasury is trying to address, according to Treasury’s fiscal year 2014 fourth quarter performance report.

Parks and Recreation taking up more special projects


In its fiscal year 2014 fourth quarter performance report, the Department of Parks and Recreation director Tamaaaiga Pili Gaoteote revealed that the department has been asked to help with ASG special projects, but the department lacks sufficient staff, including management staff, and has a shortage of heavy equipment.
According to the director, the department is short 12 employees when compared to its organizational chart and it needs to hire more workers to fill the shortage so that “we can put more people at the work sites.”

Office of Highway Safety staff attend meetings to enhance local highway safety


This year, staff members from the DPS Office of Highway Safety (OHS) have been taking part in a series of meetings that program coordinator Fred Scanlan said are “to see what the future of technology holds, as far as solutions to American Samoa’s highway safety behavior issues.”

Catholic education system in spotlight for revamp


Thirty years after he left in 1984, Brother Donald Texeiria, the former head of the Marist Brothers all boys Catholic School in Atu’u has returned to the territory to conduct an overall assessment of the local Catholic school system
Brother Donald along with Brother Kevin arrived in American Samoa this past Thursday and were greeted at the airport by the leader of the Diocese of Samoa Pago Pago Bishop Peter Hugh Brown, Vicar General Father Kelemete Puaauli, and some of the Marist Brothers alumni.

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.

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