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Court Report

Samoa News staff translation

The High Court has continued to next week the change of plea hearing on the government’s case against Viliamu Fito with Associate Justice Lyle Richmond saying that if a plea agreement is not reached by that time, the court will issue a decision on the case.
However, Richmond didn’t elaborate further on what decision the court would hand down, but this hearing has been continued several times.

McDonald’s off island scholarship winner

Each spring the McDonald’s Corporation of American Samoa generously funds five scholarships to local high schools students who will attend the American Samoa Community College (ASCC) and one scholarship for an ASCC graduate to meet the cost of continuing their college studies off-island. ASCC spring 2016 graduate Ms. Faavela Trianna Ah Sam, 19, of Faleniu recently received the good news that she is this year’s recipient of the McDonald’s off island college scholarship.



Earlier this month, on July 14, American Samoa’s very own Amelie Chen was one of the 56 winning chefs who had the golden opportunity to attend a Kids’ “State Dinner” hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House in Washington DC.
The nine-year-old is a student at Pacific Horizons School who was selected to serve as a healthy food ambassador for the territory after entering a winning submission to the 5th Annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.

Poly Air passengers sat… and sat… awaiting their flights

Very poor customer service cited as main complaint

Apia, SAMOA — “The mechanics will not be bullied by commercial demands, they will never release an airplane if they know its not yet 100% safe... that is the reality of things,” says Polynesian Airlines, Chief Executive Officer, Seiuli Alvin Tuala. During an interview with Samoa News at his office, Seiuli expressed heartfelt apologies to Polynesian Airlines passengers whose flights have been delayed up to eight hours, as one of their two planes was grounded in Ofu, Manu’a.

ASG proceeds with lawsuit to overturn new LVPA rule

Cites one of NMFS official’s emails: “…some Am. Samoans think they own their EEZ?”

The Territory of American Samoa, through ASG, claim that American Samoans are “suffering irreparable harm to their traditional cultural practices and way of life” because of the federal government’s failure to among other things uphold its fiduciary duty to the people of American Samoa by allowing a new Large Vessel Protected Area (LVPA) rule to take effect.

Court Report

Samoa News staff translation

A 24-year old woman was charged last week with three misdemeanor counts of third degree assault, resisting arrest and public peace disturbance. Faafili Lesa had her initial appearance late last week in District Court, where bail was set at $300. No confirmation at press time as to when she will appear in court again.

American Samoa at the Polynesian Leadership Group meeting

Our interests are tied to “all the Pacific islands by the Pacific Ocean”

Three main recommendations were outlined in the American Samoa Government report following its participation at the Polynesian Leadership Group meeting last month where the key focus was on climate change.
Lt. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga, accompanied by the governor’s executive assistant Iulogologo Joseph Pereira, represented Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga at the PLG meeting as well as at side meetings with other French Polynesian officials. (See yesterday’s edition for details.)

Community Briefs




Workers from Paramount Builders are busy installing additional siren systems throughout the territory. In response to Samoa News inquiries, company representative J.R. Mirasol explained yesterday that Paramount employees will be out and about installing several additional siren systems that include 25 indoor systems and 8 outdoor systems. 

Report shows rapist was never on “look-out” list


Almost a week after Chief Justice Michael Kruse ordered a convicted rapist from Samoa to serve the remaining three years of his sentence behind bars, Samoa News has learned, among other things, that Iosefa Lesa’s name was never on the “look-out list.”

DOH verifying recalled Bar-S corn dogs and hot dogs


Last week, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety Inspection Services (FSIS) announced that Bar-S Foods Company had issued a recall on approximately 372,684 pounds of hot dogs and corn dogs made with chicken and pork, as a precautionary measure, as there is a possibility the items are contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
Bar-S hot dogs and corn dogs are sold in numerous local stores, both retail and wholesale.

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