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Budget submission will be in ‘electronic’ form, says Budget director

FY 2016 budget for most ASG entities set 10% less than last year

The Fono reconvenes Monday following a two and a half week recess, which was to save session days while awaiting the Executive Branch’s submission of the fiscal year 2016 budget. According to Office of Program Planning and Budget director Catherine D. Saelua, she is looking at sending the budget to the Fono next week and it will be sent in electronic format.

Samoa police raid uncovers weapons, drugs and cash

The police in Samoa have uncovered drugs, illegal weapons and cash in a raid in a house near the capital Apia.

our people have been arrested and are facing several criminal charges.

The police also found equipment suspected of being used in manufacturing methamphetamine in the raid on a family home at Afiamalu.

The Police Commissioner, Egon Keil, says he's sure there's more illicit material out there and his main concern is the safety of Samoans and visitors.

Community Briefs


The Rotary Club of Pago Pago held their annual Changeover of Club Officers for the 2015-2016 Club year at the Sadie Thompson Inn last Saturday evening.
The banquet was well attended with member’s family and friends. In addition to introduction of the incoming Club Officers, Past President, Mrs. Jacqueline Hall was honored and recognized as the Club's newest Paul Harris Fellow and Past President and Treasurer Jim Mahoney was recognized as Rotarian of the Year.

Amata takes part in VA bill floor debate

Source: Media Release, Aumua Amata's office

For the hotly contested floor debate on H.R. 1994, the VA Accountability Act, which split Members largely along party lines, House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-FL), who managed the debate for the Majority, selected Amata as one of only eight speakers to speak in support of the measure during the half-hour allotted to the majority side.

Poloketi auala a le ASPA i Fagaalu

O le poloketi a le ASPA i Faga’alu i le va o Matafao Elementary ma le fale e nofoia ai taane suauu a le malo, ua fa’ailoa mai, o lona taimi e tatau ai ona mae’a lelei o le aso To’ona’i o le vaiaso nei.



Community Briefs


The head of Congresswoman Aumua Amata’s local office, HC Pulu Ae Ae Jr., says he is appalled at the condition of the Fono’s Fale Samoa, and he wonders why nothing is being done about it.
Pulu, a former faipule for Ma’oputasi, told Samoa News that the leaky roof at the Fale Samoa has been a longstanding problem, and attempts to address it have never been successful.

New ASPA wells achieve 95.5% of targeted production, thus far

Goal: to eliminate need for Boil Water Notice

The five new wells the American Samoa Power Authority has been working on since last year July are now at 90% says Matamua Katrina Mariner, ASPA’s Water and Wells Engineer.  Responding to Samoa News questions, Matamua stated the project had been proposed to locate and drill for new, good quality groundwater resources to ensure ASPA customers have  sufficient good water supply to enable them to lift the boil water notice that’s been effective for several years now.

StarKist agrees to pay $12MIL in cash and vouchers to settle class action lawsuit

Continues to deny allegations of wrongdoing

A federal judge in California has granted preliminary approval of a class action settlement agreement in which Pittsburgh-based StarKist Co., whose local operation is StarKist Samoa cannery, will pay $12 million to settle a suit filed against the canned tuna company.

Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa invites PNG airline into Samoa

Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi has openly invited the Airlines PNG Limited to land their planes at Faleolo Airport connecting Samoa to Los Angeles and Hong Kong.

Tuilaepa made the invitation during the Bank South Pacific launch on Thursday night where the Director of Airlines PNG. who is also the Bank South Pacific Chairman Sir Kostas Constantinou was present.

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