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Bluesky will turn down its 2G network on May 2, 2016

Customers asked to check on phone compatibility
Source: Media Release, Bluesky Communications

Bluesky announced on April 18, their network improvement project that will involve retiring older equipment to replace with upgraded equipment. The impact of the upgrade is that some Bluesky mobile customers, whose phones are only compatible with the older network, may find their phones do not work after May 2, 2016.
Currently, Bluesky operates both a 2G (2nd Generation or older technology) and 3G (3rd generation or newer technology) network. Bluesky confirms that most of their customers are already using their 3G network.

Court Report

Samoa News staff translation

A man who allegedly used a butcher’s knife to attack another man at the Fagatogo Market Place entered a not guilty plea in High Court yesterday. His pre trial conference is set for June 10.
Pouena Malo is charged with one count of first degree assault — a Class A felony punishable by life imprisonment, or less than 10 years and not more than 30 years in jail, and unlawful use of a weapon, a Class D felony punishable by a prison term of not more than 5 years, a fine of $5,000, or both.

Sanitoa asks for DPWs “shovel ready plan” to fix Ottoville drainage problems

LDS church indicates willingness to help fund project — pending thorough review

Tualauta faipule Larry Sanitoa is calling on the Department of Public Works to release their comprehensive plan on the Ottoville drainage system, and he made this request through Talalemotu Mauga, the Legislative Financial Officer.

Aumua keynotes Library of Congress event honoring Asian-Pacific Islander Americans

Source: Media Release, Aumua Amata's office

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Aumua Amata gave the keynote address during the Library of Congress’ (LOC) presentation on Samoan culture in honor of Asian-Pacific Islander American Heritage Month entitled, “Generations of Samoan Culture & History”.

Tala otooto o Fa’amasinoga


O le taeao o le aso Gafua o le vaiaso fou lea ua fa’atulaga e faia ai le fa’amasinoga autu a le ali’i o Amosa Ilalio i luma o le fa’amasinoga maualuga, i le mae’a ai lea ona teena e le fa’amasinoga maualuga o se maliliega ua mae’a ona sainia i le va o le malo ma le ali’i ua molia.

Tu’uaia se ali’i faipisinisi faia uiga matagata teineititi 16 tausaga


Ua tu’uaia nei e le malo se ali’i faipisinisi ua iloga fo’i lana tautua i le atunu’u, i lona faia lea o ni uiga mataga i se teineititi e 16 tausaga le matua.
Talu ai o puipuiga i lalo o le tulafono mai le ono faigofie ai ona silafia e le atunu’u le tama’ita’i o lo o a’afia i lenei fa’alavelave, o le a le mafai ai e le Samoa News ona fa’alauiloa le igoa o le ali’i ua tu’uaia nei e leoleo, po o ni isi lava fa’amatalaga e ono fa’a faigofie ai ona iloa o ia.

ASDOE calls meeting over continued timekeeping problems

Still no word from ASDOE about status of Consolidated Grant

Faced with continued discrepancies on timecards, the local Education Department called a meeting last Wednesday for all timekeepers from private and public schools, and ASDOE deputy director Philo Jennings addressed the more than 40 in attendance regarding the discrepancies that continue to surface.

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SOFIAS Amata.jpgVisitors to National Park of American Samoa create over $971K in economic benefits








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Visitors to National Park of American Samoa create over $971K in economic benefits

Source: NPS media release

A new National Park Service report shows that 13,893 visitors to the National Park of American Samoa in 2015 spent $795,500 in villages near the park. That spending supported nine jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $971,600

Hawaiian Air pilots open strike authorization vote

Move comes as airline reports record 1Q income
Source: ALPA news release

More than 630 Hawaiian Airlines pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), began voting Monday on whether to authorize their leadership to conduct a strike if they cannot reach a contract agreement with Hawaiian Airlines management, and the National Mediation Board (NMB) releases them to self-help.

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