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Court Report


A young man made his initial appearance in the District Court on Monday on charges of public peace disturbance and third degree assault, both misdemeanors and each count is punishable with up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

Community Briefs


Chief Election Officer Tuaolo Manaia Fruean says that tomorrow, March 5, at 4:30 p.m. is the last day to request an outside absentee ballot for the March 20 special election for registered voters of District #6, Sua #2.

Client hasn't had a shower since arrested, Samoa Court told

One of the men accused over a gunfight at Fasito’outa last year has not had a shower since he was charged and arrested.

The claim was made by lawyer, Maiava Visekota Peteru, when the accused men appeared before Chief Justice, His Honour Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu, this week.

Malaki Tavita, of Faleatiu and Afega, and Ovaleni Palau Faisauvale, of Faleatiu, face charges involving narcotics and firearms.

Tavita is represented by Maiava while Faisauvale is represented by lawyer, Iuni Sapolu. In the absence of Ms. Sapolu on Monday, Pa’u Tafaogalupe Mulitalo appeared on her behalf.

Little trust in Samoa Rugby Union puts tests in jeopardy

Conflict has arisen on the home front which has the potential to leave the game in Samoa in worse shape than it has ever been.

Acting governor Lemanu signs key bills for charter bank into law


American Samoa can move forward with the establishment of a government owned charter bank, as well as setting up the Office of Financial Institutions (OFI), now that Lt. Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga has signed into law the administration bills, which were approved last month by the Fono.
Lemanu, who is currently the acting governor, also signed into law, legislation which amends current laws dealing with the sale of bonds by the American Samoa Economic Development Authority (ASEDA).

Changes in Corporate sponsorship of foreigners signed into law


Corporate sponsorship was intended to foster local investment such as in the tuna processing industry, but over the years it has changed, with foreign nationals now owning small businesses in the territory instead of American Samoans, said Acting Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga, as he signed into law on Mar. 2, an administration bill which amends current immigration laws when it comes to local companies sponsoring foreigners to work here.

Man from Samoa first sex offender ordered to register with SORNA


Tele’a Vaifale of LeAuva’a, Samoa who admitted to sexual assault and sexual abuse against a 14-year-old girl, was sentenced to serve eight years in jail, and is the first man ordered to register with the territory’s newly established Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

Fuel prices begin to creep back up

MAP is seeing an increase

The new maximum allowable price (MAP) or wholesale price, for all petroleum products sold in American Samoa is seeing an increase — including for gasoline, according to data released by the Office of Petroleum Management, which releases the MAP on the 1st and 16th of every month.
Local motorists have enjoyed a drop in gas prices since the beginning of the year, but the new MP — effective Mar. 1 — shows an increase of just over 25 cents for gasoline, according to OPM data, which shows the new MAP for gasoline is a little over $2.56 per gallon.

Complaints voiced about high entrance fee for Flag Day fautasi race


Last Friday, fautasi captains and village representatives gathered at the Office of Samoan Affairs for a meeting to discuss the upcoming Flag Day 2015 fautasi regatta.
There, OSA officials were asked to reduce the proposed $1,000 entry fee, with captains and village officials pointing out that thousands of dollars already go into building the long boats and maintaining them, in addition to other expenditures related to preparations for the Flag Day race.

McDonald’s offers new round of scholarships for college bound students


McDonald’s American Samoa, in celebration of its 15th anniversary, is once again offering scholarship opportunities for local college bound students who plan to either attend college off island or take classes at the American Samoa Community College.
Since 2006, McDonald’s American Samoa has provided scholarship funding for students in the territory.

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